ARP 068 - Competitive Shooting and the MSR

Reed and our special guest, Michael Caprioli, talk about the sport of competitive shooting.

Welcome to Episode #068 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today is my special guest Michael Caprioli. This is the podcast about your favorite black rifle!  This show is for you; whether you're building your first AR or you’ve been building ARs for years. There is something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level.

Brownells helps make this show possible.

Don’t forget that Brownells is there for you anytime you make a mistake, like when Jake shoots a take down pin detent across his avocado green linoleum flooring and it skids under the cabinets.

Brownells Item of the Week:  Gehmann Shooting Gloves, Shooting Coat, and Shooting Mat

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Tip of the Week:

Keep a notebook, write down everything you do for the whole day, for every day you are training for competition.  Being able understand how each little decision affects you during your entire day and every part of your training schedule, helps you to determine how everything affects you at the time you are competing.

Main Topic:  High Power Competition


  • Match
  • Service

Governing Bodies:

  • NRA
  • CMP

How Do You Start:

  • Equipment
  • Find a range through the NSSF , ODCMP, Accurate Shooter
  • Participate in a match

How Do You Get Better:

  • Snapping in and Dry Firing
  • Mental Training (Visualization)
  • Try finding a range to practice

What is the course of fire:

What is the atmosphere at the competition like:

Listener Feedback:

Glenn from southwest:  Hey Reed, I am still listening and shooting on a weekly basis. Anyways I heard the recent coating extravaganza episode and would like to share my experience with Duracoat. I have included a bunch of photos of my M1991A1 that I did myself. Very easy, and man this coating is flawless. It is now impenetrable by water, solvents, oils, and anything else that could harm it.

I did the Rust-Oleum® thing the JW spoke of. The multicam pics above are 2 different paint jobs that looked good but compromised the function. I did the tedious stencil cutting and multiple layers. It constantly peeled off and messed up the action got into all of the moving parts. I do not recommend doing Rust-Oleum® unless you want to redo it often.  So, I stripped all of the paint with Stripper ( a spray can paint stripper) I cleaned all of the oils of with brake cleaner. Please be cautious if using degreasers, they can cause rust on bare metals.  I ordered the Duracoat 2in1 from Brownells  which ran $51 after 2 day shipping. I have shot nearly 350 rounds through it since allowing it to harden for 3 days. It is easier to clean than ever and I highly recommend the Duracoat. I will be doing my AR in black Duracoat simply because of the protective barrier it adds to the firearm.

Anyways if you have any questions or concerns just let me know & I would be more than happy to help. And the invitation to shoot is still open. Thanks for the podcast and all the hard work you do.

Mike C: Hey guys. Great show and look forward to each episode. Any chance you could do show on Primary Arms optics? They seem to have a very good rep and are a local company for Reed (TX). I have their fairly new 2.5X CQB scope and really like it.

Quick funny story. Yesterday, Friday, March 28th, I was sitting in a box blind hog hunting listening to the MS Clean episode and missed one hog and got another. Neither shot was with my AR though. Missed shot was with a traditional muzzle-loader and the kill shot was with a 20G slug gun. My AR was successful back in November. so, of all the stuff on iTunes to listen to, I chose your podcast!

Anyway love the show. Reed I am in Royse City just east of DFW. Not sure if a giveaway is going on, but if so....

Joseph C: Hi guys, what's the verdict on polymer lowers for the AR-15, I have not heard anybody talk about the quality of a polymer lower for a long time,when they first came out the majority of gun people were strongly against, thanks for your time.


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