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In the upcoming November 2013 issue of Tactical Weapons, author Doug Larson understatedly writes, “Shooting from a helicopter at an enemy combatant or a criminal who is a threat is a challenge.” But he signed up for Dillon Aero’s Aerial Rifle course to just learn how to do it—and by “it,” we mean shooting an AR from a helicopter flying at speeds upward of 60 knots.

According to Larson, “Things happen fast. With the doors removed from the Huey, there is plenty of room to shoot, but the targets appear small and the opportunity to shoot is short. Wind whips at the shooter and the rifle, air turbulence can bounce the aircraft without warning, and the helicopter naturally vibrates, making aiming difficult. Both eyes need to be open to provide the shooter with a wide field of view, and that is why a non-magnifying optic is better than a magnifying scope. There is a lot of sensory input to process in a short time while remembering where to aim and when to press the trigger. But if the student keeps his wits and has paid attention to the instructor, a first-round hit is possible.”

So how effective was Larson’s marksmanship after a few flights with Dillon Aero? Did he make first-round hits? More importantly, what can prospective LE marksmen learn from attending the course? To learn more, check out the November 2013 issue of Tactical Weapons, available on newsstands and digitally September 24, 2013. To subscribe, go to https://www.tactical-life.com/subscribe/tactical-weapons/.

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