The first iteration clearly demonstrated that old eyes and iron sights just don’t get along, but other than that it was a success and it has been on our schedule every year since then. The types of rifles preferred have changed over the years. For the first few years, we saw a lot of FN FALs, HK91s and M14s. Now we see AR10 clones and the FN SCAR 17S in favor.
The objective of today’s Battle Rifle class is how to fight with a .308 Win/7.62×51 caliber semi auto Battle Rifle. The Battle Rifle is defined as a rifle capable of being shot effectively in the standing position and carried extensively in a ready position. Keeping the total weight of the loaded rifle under 11lbs and having an optic mounted that is conducive with engaging targets at close and medium ranges is the goal.
Many students ask what equipment they need for the class as well as what the physical demands of the course will be. I recommend the FN SCAR 17S for many uses. The optics recommendation for the course varies widely as matching the optic to the rifles mission after the course is most important. I recommend a variety of 1-4 to 1-8 power variable power scopes, with the 1X being very important. With these, I always weigh heavily toward external adjustable turrets in the Mil/Mil configuration. The close range engagements in the class don’t go well for the students with…..to continue reading this article click on the link below.