Great Tips To Take Your Rifle Skills To The Next Level.


The hunting season certainly presents a great opportunity for hunters to go out in the field and enjoy doing what they like doing the most. However, a period of fun and excitement is not all that it presents. Every hunter should look to improve his game with each passing season. Elevating ones’ skills for the forthcoming hunting season is not always easy. However, several of the best shooting coaches have prescribed methods that can help a hunter take his or her rifle skills to the next level. Most of these sound easy, but require quite a lot of practice. Here are some of those expert tips.

Focusing on practice

The process of effective shooting begins in the hunter’s mind, whether you want to master short range or long range shooting. When it comes to increasing the focus on practicing, dry firing can be as good as live fire practice. However, just pulling the trigger is not an effective drill. Making each shot count is what matters. Hunters should create drills that challenge them. Long before the hunting season starts, the seeds of practice must be sown. Honing such extreme levels of focus can be exhausting for hunters. This is why limited yet consistent amounts of practice time are essential to become a better shooter. Hunters should keep in mind that a bad shot in practice, is a bad shot in the live field. Such high standards should be maintained in practice session.

Practicing with modern equipment

There’s no point in practicing with guns that our grandfathers used to use. Practicing with them, only to find out in a few seasons that they are obsolete makes no sense whatsoever. The hunter should research for the up to date guns and equipment suitable for his or her type of hunting expeditions. The Nikon P 223 Riflescope 3X 32mm for instance, is a great piece of modern rifle. It completely removes parallax and its light transmission friendly nature makes it perfect for new hunters.


Positioning, for a hunter, is crucial. Without the correct posture, everything can go wrong. Every hunter must master these sitting positions – crossed leg, crossed ankle and with the knees shaped like a tent, a comfortable spread with the heels grounded.

Mastering the sling

Unlike carrying straps, slings come with an adjustable loop. They are great for providing support to the shoulder while carrying guns. A hunter who has mastered the sling is a hunter who can move as fast as his/her prey. Also, a sleek leather sling can make anyone look better.

Firing only when prepared

Most hunters usually have more time on their hand than they choose to use. Noticing a field full of prey, they tend to rush and forget to settle their rifle. Again, some engage in unnecessary delays causing the prey to run away. A hunter should only fire when he is prepared and a hunter must always be prepared.

Experience and practice are two key components of becoming the next level hunter. Aspiring hunters must follow these tips in order to set themselves on a path of constant improvement.


Contributing Editor Douglas Brooks: A Guide to Tactical Rifle Scopes


A tactical scope is going to be used for tactical purposes, as in the military or law enforcement. The needs here are clear, and they include great accuracy and control, sturdiness and reliability, and more. Take a look at this overview of tactical scopes and what you may want to keep your eye out for as you conduct your search.



One of the first things you’ll want to think about is of course the magnification and the kind of the lens that you want. This really will help to determine everything else, from size and price, to other features and options as well. Tactical scopes may come with magnifications from 2 to 20x. Many are also adjustable, with a range of magnification, for example, from 2.5-10x.

Adjustable magnification provides the greatest versatility and range of usages, but also means you will have to be adjusting as you go, which some individuals really don’t want to have to deal with. When you’re changing positions and looking at targets at different locations, you really need the adjustable capability, although for some more stable situations, you may be able to do without it.

The Lens

For the lens itself, simply put, bigger equals better, at least when it comes to letting in lighter. The larger the lens, in millimeters, the more light will enter, and the clearer the image that you receive will be. But larger lenses also equal more weight, more size and more bulkiness. So finding a good medium between image quality and light, and size and weight, is very important.


The Cost

Tactical scopes can quickly become rather expensive. Prices will always depend on the lens and magnification, the additional features and capabilities, and the manufacturer. One rule of thumb is that it’s better to pay for quality, durability and reliability than it is to find a discount, bargain bin scope. When your life, or someone else’s, could potentially be on the line, you need to be able to trust your scope unequivocally. Don’t sell yourself short and buy something that saves you a few bucks but then puts you in an unnecessarily precarious position down the road.

Not Just for Military or Law Enforcement

Finally, do tactical scopes have to be used only by the military or by law enforcement? Of course not, but this is really what they are designed for. You may want to use these high quality scopes for your own purposes, ranging from hunting to general marksmanship depending on your personal preference. When you do, you know that you’ll be getting a dependable product in return based on its design and intended usage.

Of course, this has just been a quick overview of the tactical rifle scope. There is much more information that you’ll need to consider as you plan your purchase. Just remember that magnification and lens size are the most important factors, and you want to focus on quality and reliability.

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