An expert competitive shooter shares his secrets for success.
By Bob Robb
I first met Tom Maciak, a mechanical engineer for one of the world’s preeminent makers of riflescopes and other optics for both civilian and military use, at a shooting school in Utah. Maciak is a competitive long-range shooter, and it was there that he taught a small class that included special forces members, his secrets on how he builds a rifle/load/optic combination that will precisely place a bullet at 1,000 yards or more pretty much every time, and how you, the shooter, can deliver it consistently on target. It was when I saw these American heroes paying close attention to what he was saying that I thought, perhaps, I should take some notes. Before the trip was over, we had affectionately dubbed him “Zen Master.”
That Maciak could help me ring a gong pretty much every shot with either a .223 modern sporting rifle or bolt-action .308 at distances from 100 to 900 yards pretty much says it all. If I can do it, so can you. Here are Maciak’s 12 tips that, taken together, will help make you the best rifle shot you can be.