My expert says that White Lake makes the very finest match
I wanted a new AR-15 target rifle, but I wanted a
versatile gun with these characteristics:
Switch to cheap ammo: The colt AR-15 Match
Target AR15 rifle offers .223 caliber for long range with a .22
conversion kit (About $230) for cheaper ammo. For a .22, you cannot
beat the Federal .22 40 grain target ammo which costs under 5 cents
per round and packs a wallop.
Fast switch between manual sight and scope:
Good manual sight up top 500 yards with a way to change sights from
manual sight to a high-powered scope without loss of zero.
Smooth trigger: a good target rifle must never
have a sticky or hard to release target, and it's important to
choose rifle that allows you to swap-in a target trigger.
Bolt Action: Experts say that the bullet has
not yet exited the barrel when a semi-automatic mechanism kicks-in,
and hence, a bolt-action rifle will always be more accurate than a
semi-automatic for long-distance sniping. They are also a safe buy
used because there is no risk of buying a jamming gun, and the only
issue is the trigger pull weight.
Floating barrel: a good target rifle has a
thick "bull barrel", and it "floated" to improve the harmonics. You
can tell if a target rifle has a floated barrel buy slipping a
dollar bill under the barrel:
The best AR target
The best rifle to fit my needs was a Colt AR-15 heavy barrel
match target rifle. The AR-15 MT 6700 Colt (Match Target)
is the perfect assault rifle for home protection, especially
since you can quickly swap-out the bolt carrier unity for a .22,
allowing you to kill a home intruder at up to a third of a mile
AR-15 Match Target rifle fitted with .22
It's also called
the "Blue label box" with the heavy barrel (8
1/2 lbs) for high accuracy at distances greater
than 500 yards.
The salient characteristics of the AR-15 are:
Looks like an M-16:
While it might be "cool" to have a gun that
looks like an M-16, it's not cool at all if
your opponent has a real M-16.
Very versatile: The
AR-15 is super easy to clean and you can
swap-out toe .223 bolt with a .22 bolt in
less than 60 seconds (see below).
Jerky trigger pull:
I found the trigger to he jerky
and unsmooth, with a high force pull to
discharge, something I can tweak to make
smoother. The trigger on an AR-15 is
designed like a shotgun, with high trigger
force, and it make an “expert smooth pull”
is difficult. See this
AR-15 forum discussion for AR-15 trigger
smoothing, and here are
compete instructions for AR-15 rigger
Too much trigger manipulation
can be dangerous. You might cross the line
between a hair trigger and a machine gun, and
making an AR-15 fully automatic (into an M-16)
is a felony.
AR-15 shooting yardage
NRA High power rifle competitions are done
with AR-15’s at 200, 300 and 600 yards.
These NRA rifle competitions are shooting with
open sights - no scopes. Scopes and red
dot sights are for grandma.
At 800 yards
and beyond, the AR-15 does not have the muzzle
velocity for a clean kill, and it’s like lobbing
a cannonball. Military distances for
Military qualification as expert with the rifle
(M-16/M-4) requires 35 to 40 hits out of 40
rounds (on various sized silhouettes, simulating
targets at different ranges.
military rifle targets are placed at 25 meters
away, with silhouettes simulating targets at 50
meters, 100 meters, 150 meters, 200 meters, 250
meters and 300 meters. Ten shots are fired each
from these positions:
This video shows how easy it
is to change out a Colt A-15 .223 bolt with a .22 Long rifle
This gives you 10x the range time for the same
money (40 cents for a .223 bullet vs. 6 cents for a 22. bullet),
and you can have great fun with the manual sights on the AR-15
at 100 yards.
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