The targets were all produced using the same method:

  • The rifle was set in a recoil absorbing bench rest.

    It is a Deluxe Shooting Rest from Shooters Ridge that I modified. I added 50 pounds of weight in the form of 2 barbells. With most rifles, the rest barely moves.

    M1 Garand rifle mounted on the bench rest
  • The distance to the target was 50 yards.
  • Aiming was done using the open sights, no rifle scope or any other aiming device was used.
  • The rifle was repositionned after each shot to ensure that the point of aim was constant.
  • The middle white circle measures 2 inches in diameter.

Note that grouping is more important than shooting bullseye. Once the group is tight, the sights can be adjusted to move the group towards the center of the target.

Mauser Karabiner 98 Kurz

Mauser accuracy test target

Lee Enfield No.4 MK2

Lee Enfield accuracy test target

Mosin-Nagant M91/30

Mosin accuracy test target

M1 Garand (**)

M1 accuracy test target

Tokarev SVT-40

SVT-40 accuracy test target

**: Contrary to other rifles, the M1 Garand was affected a lot by a hot barrel. To obtain that result I had to wait a lot between shots. For the other rifles, each shot was fired with a 5-10 seconds interval. For the M1, I waited 60-90 seconds! Faster than that and the group would open quite a bit.

I did try waiting longuer with the other rifles - just to be fair - but the results were similar to the short interval tests.