I picked up a Scout Squad with my eye on making a DMR. Most of you probably already know but for those who don’t, let’s define a DMR.

Wikipedia explains the Designated Marksman’s tool like this:

The Designated Marksman Rifle is the weapon used by soldiers in the designated marksman (DM) role. The DM’s role fills the gap between a regular infantryman and a sniper, typically being deployed at ranges of 250-600 m (273.4-656.17 yards). DMRs have been developed with this middle ground in mind.”

This is the type of roll that I hoped to fill with the Scout Squad M1A from Springfield.


I’m new to shooting farther than 100 yds. Not brand new, but admittedly I have limited experience. As a boy, I was introduced to shooting primarily through hunting. Lots of my early shooting experience was connected to simply sighting in my .270 Remington BDL before season. Most of the rest of it was shooting at clay pigeons tossed by my father or a friend, or shooting his old Smith & Wesson model 29 in .357 to hit cans off of fence posts.

I always liked it but didn’t really get into shooting until after college when my new wife and I moved to East TN. An older friend named Sam became a bit of a mentor to me and he introduced me to some of his friends.  Most of these new friends belonged to a couple local gun clubs/ranges, and many of them were into various forms of competition shooting.



Because most of my shooting was handgun, shotgun, and carbine shooting within 100, most of my focus had been on red dot optics and lower power scopes. When it comes to scope evaluation, I bring a pair of fresh eyes to the table. I have a lot to learn but have been shooting long enough to know what I’m looking for; I’d encourage you to take the journey of optics evaluation along with me. I don’t know what has me so interested in longer ranges, but I am.