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American Handgunner Jan/Feb 2010 - Page 70
1,000 YARDS WITH The MOA Maximum is a falling block design chambered in a variety of calibers. This one is a 6X47 using Lapua brass. The scope is a Burris set on 20 power. The rig is sitting on a Rock-Solid Pistol Rest by Shotsgunsmithing. MARK HAMILTON L ast year I received a phone call from Richard Mertz, the guru behind MOA handguns, inviting me to a long-range specialty pistol shoot. Luckily for me, I had vacation time tied up in a dall sheep hunt and a valid reason to decline. This year when the invitation came, I had an extra week free and no other excuses so I reluctantly accepted. Deep down, I didn’t want to embarrass myself shooting in front of a crowd. The event was dubbed “Cold Turkey Shoot” and included shooting paper targets at 500, 750 and 1,000 yards in a timed format. That’s correct, ten football fields with a handgun. I had never shot anything at these ranges and if nothing else, it would certainly be a new experience and hopefully, I would learn something. Richard was kind enough to loan me one of his MOAs in 6X47. This single-shot, falling block design handgun was wearing a Burris 6X-24X rifle scope. Another first, as I have never shot a rifle scope on a handgun. Later I would learn all the THE ROAD TO HUMBLE A good spotter played an important role advising the shooter where to make adjustments from bullet impact. Dad was spotter and coach for young Becky Auer. You could tell this young lady had experience shooting her MOA. 70 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • JANUARY/FEBRUARY2010