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I have a compatition coming n a month wher I must fire from a Helocopter. This is not an are where I have a lot of experience. I will be using an ar-15. Any tips or pointers? we are being timed, and penalized for shots mised. targets will be larue steel targets at ranges of up to around 200 meters. Thanks.

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3 years 33 weeks ago, 10:01 AM

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That would be fun!

It will probably take a second to get used to the lead time depending on height and speed. Shooting down from a moving platform at 200M with an AR won't be easy. I assume you'll be using tracers so you can tell where your misses are going?

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3 years 33 weeks ago, 10:20 AM

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For women and children, don't lead as much. lol
Sorry, I had to get a FMJ reference in there.

I haven't done this either, but I would think if you stick with the basics; stay calm, time your breathes, squeeze when you have a lock and you hold breathing and body still, and good sight picture.

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3 years 33 weeks ago, 12:49 PM

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ronin1604 wrote:
I have a compatition coming n a month wher I must fire from a Helocopter. This is not an are where I have a lot of experience. I will be using an ar-15. Any tips or pointers? we are being timed, and penalized for shots mised. targets will be larue steel targets at ranges of up to around 200 meters. Thanks.

From everything I have read and heard from talking with some of the Vet's and SWAT guys...

When you are moving faster than your target you have to trail your target.

If they allow a strap to be hung use it looped around the barrel and put tension on it so it takes all the vibration out when sighting. Makes the sling into a dampener of sorts.

We're supposed to be going to Front Sight as a Family this year. That is one of the things I am definitely be doing there.

No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!
3 years 33 weeks ago, 1:43 PM

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that would be a fun course. Rifles only also offers a helicopter assault course as well other stuff. You TX boys should check them out.

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3 years 33 weeks ago, 3:01 PM

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If you can find enough room to play, practice from the bed of a moving pickup.
I've only been in a chopper once. Hell I couldn't even shoot my camera worth a crap. I bought the air tour dvd from 'em when we got back to the heliport.
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3 years 33 weeks ago, 8:35 AM

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practice

I know the platform will be moving and the target stationary.... but it may be good to practice on a moving target if you can't duplicate the competition scenerio. Shooting skeet couldn't hurt.

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3 years 33 weeks ago, 1:21 PM

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Great luck

Hope you hit every one I was always told no caffeing before make sure you use the bathroom as you might be shooting with something else lol.TY P.S. let us know how you do. :>)

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3 years 33 weeks ago, 5:04 PM

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If the targets are stationary and the chopper is moving, aim off the trailing edge of the target and low. Any time you are firing upward or downward, you need to aim low. Obviously, the distance from center is going to vary, but you'll have a better chance of hitting something than people who aim center mass.

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3 years 33 weeks ago, 6:31 PM

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The helo.....

The helo is supposed to be stationary and low height (about 20ft) I am being told. However in this texas wind, no promises on either. LOL! I'm kinda thinking it will be more like shooting from a boat then a truck. Win or lose, I think this comp will be fun as hell, and a great learning experience,

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3 years 33 weeks ago, 11:33 AM

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I'd give Bill Davison at TacPro a call....I know he did heaps of this in the Royal Marines/SBS.

3 years 33 weeks ago, 8:52 PM

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TLG...

Thank you much!

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3 years 33 weeks ago, 8:55 PM

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I also think...

That I'm gonna have to switch out my 1911 for a 9mm. They do not have any classification for types of pistols, and all ties are decided with duelling trees. Think a single stack 1911 will cause me issues going against these hi-cap 9's.

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