Mason Dixon Tactical

This is a post I wrote for Springfield Armory’s Blog, “Armory Life”, back in August.


A Self-Defense Precision Rifle (SDPR) should have a number of qualities, the highest of which is pinpoint accuracy at realistic ranges (max distance you can ID a threat). As a survivalist, I consider a realistic range for a self-defense rifle to be a good deal less than what one would suppose the operational ranges of a military sniper would be.


My standard for a precision rifle is 1 Minute of Angle (MOA is approximately 1 inch at 100 yards, e.g. 200 yards = 2 inches) groups at any realistic range. Beyond precision, attributes of a SDPR would be reliability, durable design, and comfortably ergonomic. All of these features are embodied in the Springfield Armory Loaded M1A, and at a reasonable price.

The Rifles

I have owned a 7.62×51 NATO caliber Loaded M1A for…

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BLOAT – Buy Lots Of Ammo Today (Supplemental)

Western Rifle Shooters Association

A couple of reax to Saturday’s Do It Now post:

Reader #1:

CA, Noticing your blurb about bulk XM193, thought I’d mention something.
I would seldom use ARFCOM as a source but there is a thread there RE next year’s switch of operating the Lake City plant from ATK (Federal) to Olin (Winchester).
Fairly short thread (so far) is here:


You’ll recognize chaff from grain but there are a couple of relevant posts, and the gist of it regarding direct impact (NIL) is correct. ([PERSEC] corroborating, who work at Rock Isl where the command is that manages the ammo plants.)

* If you don’t feel like citing ARFCOM, here’s the direct link for the PR blurb on the transition.


The alarmists on the webs will likely flail arms generally, and some will take a run at Fed XM193 because “election” but that will happen regardless of the type…

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