20 Nov 1998

After completing a Police rifle Course on the West Coast earlier this week, I noted that students who used rifles with scopes exceeding two power consistently hit the wrong target. In one exercise, I placed five steel rifle targets in a row, and each one had to be hit once. But, all targets had to be hit, and none could be hit more than once. It never failed: students equipped with high-magnification scopes consistently lost track of which targets had been hit and which hadn’t. Some targets were hit multiple times, while others where not hit at all. This exercise confirmed to me that any scope exceeding two power is unsuitable for fighting at “Urban Rifle” distances. Once the students took the high-magnification scopes off their rifles and reverted to iron sights, they did fine.