The Technical Rifleman

The Technical Rifleman

The official Gun Digest blog of Wayne van Zwoll, covering all things rifles, optics, ammunition and ballistics.

Dry fire gun drills

Is It Possible to Overdo Gun Drills?

    Practice. It’s the way to get good at just about anything. Gun drills can even help you get good at doing the wrong thing. Lones Wigger, the most decorated Olympic rifleman ever, once told me he practiced gun drills up to four hours a day for the U.S. Army Marksmanship Training Unit....

Traditions designs still make for effective hunting bullets

Big Game Hunting Bullets that Disintegrate?

    Percentage of retained weight may appear the reigning measure of expanding bullet performance in game, but the last deer I’ve shot fell to thin-jacketed hunting bullets of ordinary construction. And in Missouri, Dynamic Research Technologies (DRT) is making big game hunting bullets designed to, well, disintegrate into tiny particles. “We’ve found they...

Harris Bipod for Rifles

How to Use Rifle Bipods, Tripods

    The animals you hunt live amid an abundance of rock, trees, hillocks and other rifle rests. Alas, there’s never a rock or a limb where you need it, when you have little time to fire. That’s why Cro Magnon man invented a rest for his spear…Well, perhaps the bipod doesn’t go that...

Wayne van Zwoll Springfield Sporter Rifle

Handloads: Will Your Gun Blow Up?

Firearms come apart when gas pressures from burning powder can’t leave soon enough. Time matters. Pressures can’t build to dangerous levels if you don’t give them time. On the other hand, you must give pressures time to build to useful levels. The bullet is an obstruction. Its resistance (friction and mass), plus barrel length...

Target shooting improves marksmanship

The Evolution of Marksmanship

  One shot does not a marksman make. Neither does it demonstrate accuracy. A single hole, in an animal or a paper target, shows only that you fired the rifle. It takes more to achieve true marksmanship. During the iron-sight stage of a smallbore match years ago, I settled into prone and accidentally brushed...