You don't have to take the RDS off. You might want to though just to give it a try.
We are serious when we say bring what you have and shoot what you bring. We get ALL kinds of rifles on the line; tube fed, bolt actions, lever actions, single shots, and all combos thereof. And people shoot Rifleman with them. The critical factor in being successful (as with most things in life) is a teachable attitude. A good GI loop sling really helps too.
Most AS are at 25m because that is what the course of fire is designed to be. The target sizes are simulated/scaled. Also, once you get dialed in at 25m BSZ is simple to figure out and use if you know the come-ups on your rifle. On Sunday, we do teach the long distance / known distance componant. If the range has the range, we'll set up targets at actual distances and shoot.
I have heard of a few special events where they shoot AQTs at known distance but have not had the luck to attend such an event. For a normal AS, there is simply too much instruction crammed in to two days. Most ranges aren't set up to allow people downrange to score targets and walking back and forth eats a lot of time. You could always check out an Rifleman's Boot Camp. A full week of instruction and shooting. And, if I remember correctly, it is done at full distance (at least at the home range of Ramseur, NC).
At Gibsonburg, OH they go out to 500m and we do set up a 20" steel targets at 500m. Sunday afternoon we'll take the students over and let them put what we've taught them to use; either with their own centerfires or with a loaner from an instructor. Many of the instructors bring out their "toys" to play when there is full distance capaple range.
Best story for that one is a couple months back a Mom and her son came to the event. Neither had shot anything more than BB guns in the back yard. She had bought/borrowed (can't remember which) two .22lr rifles. Sunday afternoon we go over to the 500m line. She gets behind one of the instructors' M1A's. She rings steel on her first shot. She rang steel several more times before letting someone else try. She was grinning from ear to ear the rest of the day. A month later she ran into one of the instructors in the grocery and was still amped up about being able to take what she learned at 25m and make the steel ring at 500m with irons. For a new shooter, it is very empowering.
crypto wrote:No, I just meant that I'm not going to take my RDS off my AR to shoot an AS.
Are there any AS's that are out on long ranges, or is it all shot on the 25m AQT these days? I take AQT's to the range with me from time to time and wonder how you're supposed to account for something like holdover with one.