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The Journey to Shoot Better

There comes a moment in your life when everything feels right, and it’s like this is how it’s meant to be. I first felt that holding a Beretta 92 FS, pretending like I knew what I was doing. The range officer told me to bring my hand up a bit higher, and where to place my off hand, then I squeezed the trigger with all my might, the gun went off, and to no one's surprise, I pulled the shot high and left. From that moment on I found my passion in life, and it was shooting. My name is Anthony, and this is the story of my journey to shoot better.

anothony mdt shooting prone top view

Shortly after that day, I found myself unemployed, unsure of what to do next. A local gun shop was hiring for a retail sales position and after eating my very famous words to my wife of “I will never work retail” I found myself behind the counter selling firearms. It was a very different experience, and I was immediately hooked as I was excited to come to work every day and learn something new!

anthony mdt with his 22 rifle in the bush

One day a Remington 700 5R Milspec came in and I instantly fell in love with the rifle. From there on I knew I had to have one, but I didn’t know why I had to have one other than the cool green HS precision stock. Real life set in and I couldn’t afford the rifle I wanted, however, I could afford a Remington 700 AAC-SD and after some thought, moving money around, and placing an order, I had a green stock Remington 700 in 308 Winchester.

The first time I shot the rifle I purchased a box of American Eagle 150 gr FMJ’s, excitedly I placed my targets at 100 yards, got behind the rifle, and squeezed the trigger five times. The best grouping of the day was 1.5”. I was disappointed. Later that week I discussed the issue I was having with a customer that built precision rifles. His suggestion was to try a different kind of ammunition, specifically Federal Premium 168 gr SMK Gold Medal Match. Taking his advice I purchased an entire case, and on my next outing, my groups were consistently 1 MOA. I realized how much of a difference quality ammunition makes,  however, I wanted to shoot better.

anthony mdt shooting ess rifle off a fallen tree stump

After many hours researching precision rifles and what was improving accuracy for other people, I decided the factory Hogue stock wasn’t the best platform for what I was doing. I decided that the next upgrade to my rifle would be a new stock. After weeks of searching online for what I wanted, I found a game changer. I discovered a company by the name of Modular Driven Technologies, who produced a chassis called the TAC21, it looked like an AR platform, offered the ability to utilize AICS magazines, and no bedding was required! A few emails later my brand new TAC21 arrived.

In a single night I assembled my new chassis, and after launching my bolt stop spring a few times into low orbit, my TAC21 was installed. The very next day after zeroing the scope at 100 yards I shot a ¾” group, and I went “wow! I can’t believe that I did that.”. Next came the Timney trigger and my rifle was now shooting ½” groups at 100 yards consistently.

Anthony mdt with his rifles on the drag bag

Fast forward six years I am now doing my own reloading, have shot at 1350 yards with my Remington 700 SPS Varmint in 308 Winchester in an ESS Chassis, and best of all I’m now a customer support representative at MDT. Working for MDT is a dream come true, I work with products that I genuinely believe will help people shoot better!  If you are looking to shoot better, contact us at MDT and we will be sure to help you out with anything you need.


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