USING THE TACTICAL FIREARM AS A HUNTING TOOL
Some of us are in occupations that for whatever reason requires us to use non-traditional hunting firearms in the course of our work day.
The tactical, a much over-used description in my opinion, rifle can be a good hunting tool that helps to supplement the various “cool” training one receives. Thus hunting can become a form of training for endeavors of a more serious nature if we choose to do so. Granted most jurisdictions will limit the number of rounds in your AR, five round magazine limit in my location for hunting here, but almost all the other things remain the same.
Sight picture, breathing, trigger control all remain the same whether you are using your Colt 6920 or your Featherweight Model 70. Chances are if you use a rifle in your working day that will be the rifle you are most familiar and competent with as well. To me it only makes sense to get out and use your working rifle as your hunting rifle. This gives one a cross-training perspective so to speak. Predator hunters were quick to realize the advantage of the AR platform for hunting. Now with many soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines coming home it seems to me that many of them will gravitate to the rifle, or a semblance there of, that they used in combat or on duty.
After WWI and WWII we saw many former G.I.’s come home and take up hunting with rifles similar to what they used in combat. Some even took to using their opponents weapons for hunting, just look at all the sporterized Mausers out there after WWII. Rifles have evolved over time and while there are traditionalist among us, I like to think of myself as one at times, progress marches on and things change. We have gone from the days of muskets, to the various rolling, falling, and other blocks, to the bolt action only to arrive at the semi-automatic. Looking back through history it appears to me that hunting rifles have most commonly been military arms at some point. As weapon technology advances the previous generation of military arms seems to become the sporting arm of the day.
It seems to me that one can get double benefit by using their working rifle as their hunting rifle. Fast sight acquisition, steady trigger press, and ability to track their moving target just to name a few. If nothing else it helps one to develop more familiarity with the tools of their profession and I contend that is a good thing. That is not to say that I desire to use a 14.5” burst fire M4 as my hunting arm, but I will settle for my 16” semi-auto that pretty much functions the same way.