Tactical Sniper Shooting Techniques for Law Enforcement
By G. David Tubb
Gun Video
4585 Murphy Canyon Road
San Diego, CA 22123

06 August 2001
By William Moore

This tape features David Tubb, who has won just about every centerfire rifle competition title multiple times. Mr. Tubb does a good job of explaining how to make repeatable sight adjustments and what minute of angle is. He also makes a very good case for not becoming overly dependent on prone/bipod and the need to practice position shooting.

His solution to the data book is to write everything on a card attached to the rifle. This may work well for getting on paper when you have sighters, but it's not the ideal solution for someone whose first shot must be right on target. I do have to concede that this might not be all that bad an idea for very basic sight correction information, though.

Because of a lack of organization and very poor editing, the good information is hard to find. After making his case for position shooting, there is almost no discussion on the basics of developing stable shooting positions. There are also some contradictions: Tubb discusses the effects of canting caused by using bipods on surfaces that aren't level but uses a rifle with a swiveling bipod as an illustration. Then he makes the comment on how "This isn't a problem for the military sniper since they can just slither around till they find a level spot." There are some other examples, none so amusing.

There's also an extended sales pitch for a "tactical sling system" designed by Mr. Tubb. This looks like a cross between an assault vest and a rappelling harness. Blackhawk carries this as the 30VT01 at a price of $140.00 US. I couldn't find the sling system at any tactical supplier and had to call Blackhawk to get the model number and price. It would appear the system isn't very popular as none of the suppliers had even heard of it.

There are also a couple of spots I have real problems with. Picking your rifle up by the objective bell on the scope is one of these. Repeated scenes of Tubb in prone position with some unknown production assistant downrange is another.

This tape could have been an excellent source of basic information for the beginning precision shooter. Due to very poor production standards, though, it's something to avoid.

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