WHAT KIND OF RIFLE IS NEEDED?
The first question most people have about long range shooting and precision shooting in general is what kind of equipment is needed to do the job. At Family Survival System, we don’t like to hype equipment. As a matter of fact, we far and away favor skills over equipment any day of the week; with precision rifle shooting, however, it is all about equipment. Sure, the fundamentals of marksmanship are the same as any other kind of shooting, but at the end of the day, you are not going to reliably hit 1000 yard targets with your 5.56mm AR-15 with a 16” barrel. You need the right equipment to do the job!
Let’s start with the 30,000 foot view of the long range shooting game first, and what you need to get the job done:
- Barrel Length: Without going into wildcat or ultra high powered calibers, you are going to need a rifle that sports a minimum barrel length of at least 20”. More barrel length means more velocity, and you need velocity to reach out far.
- A Quality Scope: Good glass is basically mandatory for long range shooting. You are going to want a scope that can meaningfully magnify a target that might be 600-1000 yards away or more.
- Accurate: The rifle that you need for long range shooting has to be assembled with quality components (note: not necessarily expensive) and designed primarily for accuracy. Combat rifles like AK47s, FN FALs, and other such rifles are not primarily designed for accuracy!
Those are the basics of a precision rifle, now let’s get into the specifics.