Owning a powerful rifle with the latest high-tech accessories is one thing. Knowing how to use it is another thing altogether. But you don’t need to feel down about being a beginner — even the best shot in the world was in your place at some point. You can make the most of your weapon by learning these tips for how to shoot your rifle.
Welcome to OTM Tactical's Blog!
- Rifle Shooting Tips for Beginners
- How To Clean a Rifle Barrel The Right Way
- The History of Ammunition (The First Bullet)
- The History of the Firearm: Rifles and Shotguns
- KMW Rifle Chassis Systems and Hardware
- The Best Tools for Rifles
- Benchmade Knives: Fine Steel for Any Outdoorsman
- XLR Rifle Chassis Systems: World-Class Craftsmanship for Everyone
- McMillan Stocks and Chassis: A History in Competition
- Bix'n Andy: High-End Triggers for the Discerning Marksman
This basic guide to the tools and techniques should be enough to help you get started. Cleaning your gun isn’t enough to count as proper maintenance. You need to know how to clean it well, so you can make sure that your rifle is in tip-top shape and your accuracy is unhindered.
The modern bullet is the culmination of a long series of inventions and innovations. Just like the firearms that launch it, ammunition has its own extensive and fascinating history, which stretches back more than a thousand years. On that note, any discussion on the changes that firearms have undergone over the centuries would be incomplete without also discussing its projectiles. Here is the history of ammunition, from before the first bullet to the latest take on the concept.
The gun is up there with the wheel and the alphabet as an invention that has had an incalculable impact on the world. We cannot imagine a world in which they never existed. However, there was a point in time when everything we take for granted now — basic mechanisms, triggers, even gunpowder — had not yet been created. Here is a condensed history of the firearm, with an emphasis on rifles and shotguns.
Experienced gun owners know that not allare created equal. Simply picking one at random may leave you dissatisfied. You need to consider the materials it is made from, the weight of the gun, the length of pull, the other parts you will use, and many other factors.
OTM Tactical understands this, which is why we strive to only supply stock systems from manufacturers who understand this. KMW is one such company, and anyone seeking premium parts should consider their rifle stock systems and hardware.
Possession of a gun on its own, even a highly specialized custom rifle, is not the mark of a seasoned shooting enthusiast. The professionals know that their arsenal would be incomplete without the right equipment. After all, without proper maintenance and care, even the most state-of-the-art firearms may suffer quickly, leaving you unprepared for competition or combat. OTM Tactical provides only the best. Here are a few you should consider keeping with your shooting gear.
If you've spent any time at all in the outdoors, you've doubtlessly encountered a situation where the right cutting tool makes all the difference. Anything can happen — you could be out in the middle of a national park, setting up camp hundreds of miles away from civilization, or you could be walking near a river in your neighborhood and spot some discarded fishing line tangled in a tree. There are countless reasons people have been carrying knives since humans first discovered how to bash two stones together to make a sharp edge. Sure, they can be used as weapons, but the vast majority of the time, knives are a versatile tool!
At OTM Tactical, we get out into nature for all kinds of reasons. Tactical shooting competitions and hunting are both activities likely to see you in the deep woods. The knife you carry with you is as important as your rifle, and in some cases can be more important. And just like your firearm, you need to carry the best!
That's why we stock Benchmade knives at OTM Tactical, in an assortment of types suitable for numerous applications.
Choosing a rifle chassis is an involved process with tons of variables to consider. How much weight can you handle, and how light is too light for you? Where will you be shooting and how hazardous will the environment be to the materials used in your rifle stock's construction? What length of pull do you need? What trigger, action, barrel, etc. are you going to use? Which accessories might you want to attach? The list goes on. And once you've gone through all that, and finally arrived at the ideal platform for your dream rifle, you might suddenly hit another wall: price!
Well, we have some good news: rifle chassis systems by XLR may solve all your problems at an affordable price. Read on to learn why we at OTM Tactical feel XLR is a groundbreaking addition to our selection of top-tier rifle upgrades.
Long-range precision shooters know the satisfaction in hitting a target, whether literally or figuratively. It goes without explanation of what a literal target is, but a figurative target is a goal for yourself: a goal to become a better marksman, make better and farther shots, defeat your competition, and overall raise yourself to an ever-increasing level of skill. At OTM Tactical, this is what we're all about.
In our mission to bring you the absolute best rifle parts and accessories, we're pleased to carry McMillan stocks at low prices. These are some of the best rifle stocks in the world and truly worthy of their stellar reputation.
We're proud to only carry the best at OTM Tactical. We live and breathe competitive shooting and have a deep passion for discovering the best of the best rifle parts, upgrades, and accessories. Our mission is to bring the marksmanship community the finest products by collecting them in our online store. It's our hope that we can serve as your one-stop-shop for top-tier rifle upgrades and information about them to help you make your decision.
One of the awesome manufacturers you'll find in our online catalog is Bix'n Andy, an Austrian company that makes some truly top-of-the-line triggers. Let's learn more about them.
Here at, precision long-range shooting is our game and our passion. We go out of our way to carry only the for you to step up your shooting performance. We carefully select our products according to the motto "if we won't use it, we won't sell it," so you know you're looking at the cream of the crop when you browse our catalog.
One of the manufacturers we are most pleased to carry is Defiance Machine, whose bolt actions have brought a new level of quality into the shooting world. Let's take a closer look at what makes them special.
There are several benefits to handloading your own ammunition. Whether you reload spent cartridges or assemble brand new ones, you'll discover certain rewards in doing so. Handloading saves money in the long run, and gives you an opportunity to stock up on ammunition that meets your rifle's specific needs far better than off-the-shelf ammo. Handloaded ammunition is often more accurate, and more satisfying to shoot.
carries the finest reloading equipment available, from the best manufacturers in the industry. Let's go over the reloading treasures you can find in our online catalog.
OTM Tactical is always looking to expand our selection of top-tier rifle upgrades for discerning precision shooters everywhere. Whether your focus is primarily hunting, target shooting, or tactical competition, we make it our goal to have what you need.
To that end, we're proud to be a supplier of Schmidt & Bender rifle optics, as in our experienced opinion, they're some of the best on the market. You'll find Schmidt & Bender scopes gracing the rifles of competition and military shooters in some of the most demanding venues. But what is it about Schmidt & Bender that makes their rifle scopes so highly regarded?
Let's take a quick look at the company.
Perfection is often desired but rarely achieved, even in the world of precision shooting. Even the most accurate shooter with the best equipment always desires something better. We understand that mindset very well here at OTM Tactical — in fact, we live and breathe it. No matter how skilled of a marksman you are, there's always that feeling that you can reach a higher level, especially when you're ready to upgrade your rifle to match your growing capabilities.
The serious precision shooter is always on the lookout for an advantage. And that's not to say that equipment can make up for skill, but rather that you need to find equipment of sufficient quality that it doesn't get in the way of your skill — meaning, ideally, that your rifle won’t present any issues that hurt the accuracy you're actually capable of.
Problems in construction, assembly, and materials of your firearm can all lead to wild or inconsistent shots, especially with repeated use and the cumulative stresses of recoil, and it's very hard to improve your marksmanship when your own equipment is sabotaging you. How can you get the most out of target practice if you don't know whether it's you messing up, or the gun?
At OTM Tactical we cater to all types of precision shooters, including the discriminating handloader. We’ve discussed handloading and its benefits before (see Reload! OTM Tactical's Fine Selection of Reloading Brass), and we’re happy to have excellent brass like Norma USA in our catalog. Norma cases stand up to years of repeated use and numerous reloads, and still perform with the accuracy and consistency a serious marksman would expect.
Here’s a quick rundown of Norma cases and what makes them exceptional.
How do you make precision shooting better? At OTM Tactical, that’s a question we’re extremely interested in, and we feel all serious marksmen will agree — after all, whether you’re a hunter, target shooter, or into tactical competition, you’re always seeking an advantage. And while there’s no substitute for skill and practice, there’s a good reason so many competitive shooters seek to upgrade their rifle piece by piece. A new barrel, a new stock, and other parts can all make a difference in your rifle’s performance — and, naturally, so can a new trigger.
We carry only the best aftermarket rifle upgrades here at OTM Tactical, and we’re proud to include TriggerTech triggers in our catalog. Read on and you’ll see why.
At On the Mark Tactical, we go out of our way to provide our customers with the very best. Our selection of stocks, barrels, triggers, ammunition, and other rifle parts and accessories is carefully chosen for quality and performance. To that end, we're pleased to offer Jewell Triggers at some of the best prices in the industry.
About Timney Triggers
At OTM Tactical, we make it our mission to carry the very best precision rifle parts and accessories for the most discerning competitive and hobbyist shooters out there. Some of the highest-quality triggers available today are made by Timney, an Arizona-based manufacturer that has been around since the 1940s. Read on to learn more about Timney and how their history has made them who they are today.
About Krieger Barrels
Any precision shooter worth their salt knows nothing affects a rifle's overall performance as much as the barrel. The barrel has an enormous effect on your range, accuracy, and precision and can make all the difference when hitting your target. A good barrel will send every shot predictably and within expectations. A bad barrel will send your shots wild, and even if only by a fraction of a millimeter, this translates into a huge margin for error far downrange.
Rifle barrels need to be manufactured with an eye for detail, and Krieger Barrels has that down to the very molecular structure of the steel they use. In fact, their barrels are created with the same precision you'll require on the range, from beginning to end.
The purpose of a rifle bipod is pretty obvious: it provides a means of stabilizing your rifle at a certain height in order to shoot more accurately with less fatigue. But you can't just attach a bipod to your rifle and expect it to make you a better marksman. For one thing, you'll need to know how to use your bipod effectively, otherwise it won't help you much and in fact, could even hinder you.
So what do you need to do to get the most out of your bipod and really feel the difference? Read on to find out.
Let's say you've built your perfect rifle — chosen the best stock, barrel, and trigger for your prime shooting preferences. What's next? You'd be looking at rifle accessories to give you a new edge in precision, and maybe give yourself some additional options suited to hunting, competition, or whatever interests you in the shooting world. At OTM Tactical, we have the accessories you might be looking for to kit out your rifle, and we have the supplies you need to keep it going.
Ammunition Storage & Shelf Life
It's obvious to most that the quality of your ammunition is just as important as the quality of your rifle. Whether you prefer to hand-load, or you'd rather make an investment in a top loaded ammo brand like Hornady, you want to do your best to keep your ammo in fighting form. Depending on the climate where you live, this can be trivial, or a significant challenge.
While it's true that modern ammunition has a much longer shelf life than older types, it's still possible for the environment to degrade your ammo. This mainly becomes a problem if you want to stockpile ammunition — and what precision shooter doesn't? If you're always on the lookout for new and better things, you might find yourself wanting to try different ammo with different rifles in search of the sweetest combination possible, which could mean a lot of ammo sitting around unused for a period of time. Not only do you need to keep it organized, you also need to keep it in good condition until you're ready to use it, even if that day isn't coming anytime soon.
Here are three proven tips for extending the shelf life of your ammo.
Your scope mount is vital to the accuracy of your shots, but many beginning target shooters underestimate the level of customization you can achieve —and the precision installation needed — to really get the most from your rifle scope. Maybe it's because it looks like such a simple set of parts, no more than a base and a couple of rings. But making the wrong decision here can mess up your shots no matter how great the rest of your rifle is.
Here are some things that can go wrong, and might help you to determine if you need to upgrade this crucial piece of shooting equipment.