Another toy I got to play with at the 2013 Sniper’s Hide Cup was an Ashbury Rifle chambered in 308 Winchester, if my memory serves me. I was a bit skeptical of the Ashbury stuff prior to getting some hands on time with one of their rifles. Their stuff is pricey. Upwards of 1600+ for a decked out chassis system. I typically look at the Accuracy International offerings as a benchmark as far as a chassis system goes. I find myself asking when checking out new stocks and chassis systems, “What does this do, or what doesn’t this do, compared to an AICS or AXCS? and is it worth the price difference?”
McMillan has a new rifle on the market they are calling the ALIAS rifle. The McMillan ALIAS rifle is designed to be a modular rifle that the user can customize for the task at hand. There are configurations available for tactical rifle competitions, military and law enforcement applications, and target shooting. The rifle comes in three basic configurations; the CS5, the STAR, and TARGET. The applications are pretty obvious, the CS5 is designed for ultra compact size, portability, and concealment. The STAR is the standard tactical application configuration. Obviously, the TARGET model is to be used in a target shooting environment.
We had so much fun at the 2012 Snipers Hide Cup that we had to give it another go this year. The competition and its organizers did not disappoint! The 2013 Snipers Hide Cup raised the bar over last year in a number of ways. The same staff that was responsible for last year’s competition returned this year. The 2013 Snipers Hide Cup was run by Competition Dynamics. Zak Smith returned with Ray Sanchez as the Match Director and Assistant Match Director. They did an outstanding job. The list of competitors grew from approximately 90 competitors last year to over 120 this year and the timing and progression of competitors through the stages was the same. Frank Galli, owner of Snipers Hide LLC, again ran the match promotion. Helping out in a big way were Jeff and Ann from Competition Dynamics that assisted with logistics and match promotion by the numerous sponsors. When it was all put together what we wound up with was one of the largest, most challenging, most efficient, and most fun tactical rifle matches in the world!
The Sniper’s Hide Cup was a blast last year and even more shooters have signed up this year. We highly recommend participating in the Sniper’s Hide Cup for a variety of reasons, experience shooting in field conditions being among the best of those reasons! Meeting other shooters, learning to shoot better, checking out some of the coolest gear, great food and a fun time are other reasons you should look into it! In the mean time, have a look at some photos and the run down from the 2012 Sniper’s Hide Cup by clicking HERE.