At one point I found myself looking for a small, easy to carry, general purpose gear/range bag and had a look around at some of the offerings. Maxpedition came up in my searching and I started looking at packs they offer. They have a wide and diverse range of packs and accessories available. I settled on the Maxpedition Lunada Gearslinger as the size and features seemed to loosely fit my list of requirements of a range bag. It was reasonably compact but big enough for a box of ammunition and some hearing protection.
Have you ever heard the expression, “Experience is the best teacher?” I tend to believe that statement as it has proven itself more than a few times in my life. One thing I never thought was all that necessary, was the scope magnification ring throw lever, or “cat tail” as it is also called. Well, I can tell you, from experience, that it is a welcomed accessory if you plan to do any competing with a precision rifle. I found myself ready on one stage and I was able to get on target and engage several successfully. My wind calls were good and my dope was spot on. Unfortunately for me, this was a rather expansive stage, and it required a lot of adjustment of the shooting position from one set of targets to another. What happened was, I got lost in the terrain. I had to reach up and manually back my power range down a bit to widen my field of view to help search for the targets I had yet to engage. Then I had to crank it back up a bit so I could get a good look at the target when I found it. My next problem is, the target I found, wasn’t the target I thought it was. When I fired I landed way short of it, technically a rule violation in the competition. My problem was I thought I was shooting at one target, and I was actually engaging a different one. So the scope was set for the wrong distance and my shot was subsequently way off target.
There is an essential tool for any serious reloader and that tool is the chronograph. Read up on the Competitive Edge Dynamics Millennium 2 Chronograph review here at AccuracyTech and decide whether or not you think this is a tool that’s worth the coin. Before we get into the features of the CED Millennium 2 in our Chronograph Review we need to talk about why this is a necessary tool in the first place. For the casual handloader/reloader it may not be essential. For anyone who loads their own ammo for competition purposes, this is a critical tool. Whether loading for a pistol and you need to determine if you will make the power factor limits for USPSA or 3 Gun competitions, or if you load for rifle and want to make sure you have the most consistent ammo possible, you need information that the Chronograph gathers.
The phrase I’ve been using to describe any issues that anyone has with their Accuracy International Chassis System has been, “There’s a Victor Company Product for that!” If you own an AICS stock and you’ve ever shot it outside in the heat, you know that when your face gets even a little moist from sweat, the cheekrest that comes with the AICS gets real slippery…real quick. On a square range that might be something you can live with, but in any sort of dynamic environment it can be annoying. If you shoot in precision rifle matches, serve in the military, or work in law enforcement you sometimes find things happening at a hurried pace and slipping around while trying to get the correct eye relief in a shooting position that isn’t prone or supported on a bench can be challenging. Enter the Victor Company Grippy Cheekrest!
Here we have a Red Tac Rear Bag for use with precision rifles. We have mentioned this before, but choosing a rear bag is a highly subjective process. Different strokes for different folks and what not. You may have one rear bag that works great with one rifle and it may not work as well with another. Having multiple bags is never a bad thing and buying a few before you discover your favorite is pretty common. This was actually my very first rear bag. I bought a Red Tac Rear Bag because they have a solid reputation as a quality rifle rest. At the time I was using an HS Precision rifle stock and this turned out to be a good bag for that stock for a couple reasons.
When talking about drag bags for precision rifles, one name is typically the first to be shouted out…Tactical Operations. Tactical Operations, or TacOps, as they are often called, is based in California and not only do they produce some of the finest rifles in the world but the accessories to compliment them. The TacOps Drag Bag is synonymous with the term quality and for good reason. These bags are extremely well made and the level of detail that went into their design is present in every aspect of the bag’s construction and design.