Christensen Arms launched its Quest long-distance marksmanship school in June 2021, and it took only a few scattered mentions on social media and word of mouth for classes to fill. The company expanded sessions this year to seven, each booked fully, and it plans on holding a total of nine next year to meet the today’s growing long-distance trend.
Watch American Rifleman staff on the range with a centerfire rifle built on the famed Browning X-Bolt action and loaded with cutting-edge features for hunters and enthusiasts who shoot at longer-than-usual distances.
A new long-distance shooting record of 4.4 miles was set September 13 in western Wyoming by a shooter who requested anonymity. Scott Austin and Shepard Humphries, managers at Nomad Rifleman, near Jackson Hole, Wyo., coordinated the massive undertaking that included a support team at the firing line and multiple spotters downrange to call impacts and document/verify the shot.
A quiet trend has begun in firearm industry and, judging by the response, the approach could quickly spread. While more and more gun companies are holding highly successful free events that provide fans a chance to take their latest models for a short “test drive” at a range, a pair of precision-rifle companies have launched something very different.
Springfield Armory’s SOCOM 16—a radically cut-down version of its flagship M1A—breathed new life into the best civilian M14-type rifle and advanced the scout rifle concept to its most potent level. The SOCOM II elevates that successful blend of battle-tested, practical engineering even higher, making it a modern, modular, close-quarters combat arm that is powerful and easy to shoot.
Although frequently used in 1,000-yard engagements, the .308 Winchester is often regarded as a “900-yard cartridge.” It gets this reputation because most bullets fired from .308 Win. rifles fall below the speed of sound slightly before they reach 1,000 yards.