Precision Tactical Eq

Consulting and equipment for the discerning firearms enthusiast.

Here are some useful files for you to print out and use on the range.

The logbook is one of the most critical pieces of the long-range shooting puzzle. Without historical data to work from, you're starting from scratch every time. 

The logbook is one of the most critical pieces of the long-range shooting puzzle. Without historical data to work from, you're starting from scratch every time. 

The heart of the system is a Range Log for every day. I print these, 3-hole punch them, and keep them in a binder with other important information. Having the blanks about conditions at the top has a twofold purpose: it forces you to take the time to assess the conditions before you shoot, and it also provides a record for future reference. There may be certain conditions which prove troublesome, and this can help identify them.

The table in the center of the page is where most of the range data goes. You can record every shot, or record groups fired under the same conditions, or just punt on recording data for a while and shoot. Whatever you feel you need to record, record. I always put my cold-bore shot, zero verification, and any long-range shots on there to get data for the future. 

The end of the page offers room for general notes, a field for rounds fired, and a place to track zero changes. Sometimes a gun will shift zero based on environment (most common with wooden stocks), but usually zero shift is scope mount issues, or just the shooter.

This brings me to my next file - a page that I keep in the front of my logbook, just for tracking zero changes. Ideally any zero change will be a bump back and forth around 0. A large change or a trend that continues in one direction means you probably have something working loose. I don't record every range session here - only zero changes. 

I have a plethora of targets I’ve made with optimized aiming points for different situations. See my article on Aiming Points for more information on why I do this.

5 Diamonds is my take on a classic sight-in target. It has lines in 1” increments and five diamond-shaped aiming points that work great with most scopes from 25 to 200yd.

100yd Load Dev is designed for doing OCW testing. It has 10 aiming points and bold horizontal lines, you can easily measure the vertical shift of each load relative to each other.

200_400 and 300_600 are long-range dope-gathering targets. I mostly shoot steel at long range, but when trying to fine-tune drop data, paper is more accurate. I normally use the scope reticle for measuring my targets, but that doesn’t work at long range with small bullet holes. These targets have lines calibrated in mRad to make life easy, and aiming points for precise work at long range.

25, 50, and 100 yard sight-in targets are designed for the ranges indicated, but may prove useful at other ranges, depending on the magnification of your scope, or the size of your front post or red dot. The center aiming point is optimized for scopes of fairly high magnification, the white circle provides a good aiming point for most red dot sights, and the black ring works well for iron sights. With reticles, dots, or sight posts that are particularly fine or coarse, you may find that you get better precision moving up or down a target.

1 Inch Circles is one of my favorite targets for .22LR work. At close ranges, you’ll shoot the aiming point out very quickly, so having lots of aiming points is nice. The bullseye-style circles work well at many different ranges, and let you easily judge your shots and equipment, whether it’s a 0.5moa or 2moa gun and shooting situation. The thin lines also don’t hide bullet holes like thick lines or solid dots.

1 Inch Dots is like the Circles target, but provides a bolder aiming point. This is great for centerfire rifles at 50-200yd, as well as iron-sighted weapons at closer range. This is a classic pistol-training target for focusing on trigger control when used at 3-5 yards.

1 Inch Dots – Numbered is just the Dot target with numbers in the dots. This allows for all sorts of drills – either shooting them sequentially, or games involving dice or playing cards.

0.5 Inch Dots is a tiny version of the dot target, done in a grey tone to allow easier spotting of shots and make aiming more difficult. I use it for airgun practice a lot, but it’s also a great short-range rifle target. With 80 aiming points on a single sheet, staying focused through nearly two whole boxes of .22LR ammo is a challenge!