Bolt Action Combat Reload (With Video)

October 13, 2009 by  
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At a very young age I was taught to keep my rifle and shotgun topped off. My Granddad would tell me just because the animal fell it does not mean that it is dead.  Never just run up to it after the shot,  top off your gun, and put a round in the chamber before you move forward.  Because you never know when you might need a follow up shot. Also on the way to retrieve the first one,  a second animal may appear and if your gun is empty you will not have a chance at getting it.

He was absolutely right although I did not think much of it at the time. I would have much rather made the shot and ran up to retrieve my animal.  But as I got older, hunted larger more dangerous game, and began my military service, it made way more sense than when I was a kid hunting squirrels with my grandfather.  He was a pretty smart old guy, and admitted “he did not like to be out done by man or animal”. He was not going to miss a shot or be put in a compromising position because his gun was empty. He never carried an empty gun for an instant. It was reloaded or topped off before he moved. The only exception was if he was using a higher capacity firearm and only took one shot.

I love my bolt actions and use them a lot for just about everything, You do not need a AK or AR to defend yourself or put meat on the table. You can be just as effective with a bolt in most situations.

The British required their rifleman to be able to get off and average of one aimed shot every four seconds, including one reload every minute, at any range up to 1,200 yards, using a bolt-action rifle.

The British definition of “aimed” included the requirement that the rifleman achieve a high percentage of hits-per-shots-fired on man-size targets, even at the highest regulation speed of 15rpm, you actually get only three seconds to make an accurate shot, because each reload takes at least 10 seconds out of every measured minute. It makes perfect sense If you can not hit the target who cares how fast you can fire or how much ammo you have.

How could they do this? Lots of time was spent at practice. Soldiers were required to dry-fire every day, constantly refining bolt manipulation sight acquisition, and reloads. A good deal of time was also spent Live firing. Practice is the key to fast and accurate rifle fire. No matter what you choose.

Copyright © 2009 by Steven L. Doran

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