Long Range Myths with LAV

While filled with plugs on his (fantastic) equipment, Larry Vickers and his Tac TV head back to Gunsite to tackle long range shooting after the 1 mile shot last year. Shooting past 1400 yards, Larry and his spotter, Gunsite Staff Instructor Walt Wilkenson (Master Sergeant, Retd.)

They tackle topics such as suppression adding velocity, but most importantly they speak on the importance of actual system accuracy and how a consistently 1 MOA rifle is more than enough to tackle long-range shooting.

Complete with LAV’s standard high production value, its an entertaining episode.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • G0rdon_Fr33man

    He sounds so over the top… Kind of like the voiceover guy for Marines recruitment ads…

  • Dracon1201

    LAV is just so real, I love his personality and commentary. The footage his team gets is beyond amazing.

    • The Dude

      I love his “Why I’m Fat” video. I always gave him deference because he was SOF-D but when said, “Yeah, I was in three helicopter crashes and deployed was an assaulter for a million years” I really cut him some slack.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Yea… Except that fat and working out have nothing to do with each other. He’s fat because he eats more calories than his total daily energy expediture. That’s all. Calories in > calories out == fat. Only far people use the excuse that you need to workout to burn fat, that’s completely not true, it helps, and cardio can create a calorie deficit, muscle will raise your overall basel metabolic rate which will in turn raise your tdee.

        But no, LAV is fat likely because the same reasons everyone else is. Eats crap and liquid calories.

        • Grindstone50k

          I know you’re an expert in literally everything, so you would then know that weight loss is more than just “eat less”. Your assertion in your model is only half right. Unfortunately, reducing your calorie intake to below that of what is expended in a normal day without a dedicated exercise routine is just not feasible, unless you have the metabolism of a hummingbird. But we’re not hummingbirds, we’re humans. Eating less and NOT exercising does not lead to better health. Just not eating to burn fat is absolutely unhealthy and no credible medical expert recommends it as a weight loss program. Exercise doesn’t just “help”, it is 100% ESSENTIAL to weight loss and health.

          LAV’s reasons for being fat are his own, as is his path to fitness. His accomplishments speak for themselves.

          • wzrd1

            Heh, tell me about it. At one point, I was tipping 195 pounds in a 5′ 9″ frame. Bad knees and lower back nerve damage prevents any decent exercise, add in a separated shoulder and cervical radiculopathy with nerve impairment, it completes a set. On some days, I have to walk with a cane, lest a leg gives out and drops me onto the ground.
            Add in hypertension and pre-diabetes, I really needed to drop the excess.
            What worked was a literal starvation diet, where nutrients were less than optimal, but supplements helped a bit. Down to 171 pounds and am back to eating regular, if smaller meals. I have to carb load in the morning and at night, lest my sugar drop too low and I start shaking and feel like crap (hypoglycemia effects at a 110 glucose reading).
            There is a medical term used for people like him and myself, train wreck.

  • Ryan

    I wouldn’t mind an AX338, s’all I’m gonna say.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Lol… I would have THOUGHT that two guys who were in the military would have the knowledge to have the shooter call their their shots after break – what kind of nonsense is, “ok make adjustment” without a shooter call!?

    Yea… Long range myths indeed.

    • The Dude

      People screw up and it’s a relatively informal shoot which is clear in the footage… give LAV a break. Everyone makes mistakes, including you. Always with the negative comments, jeez.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        I’m not making videos that talk about long range myths. And nothing about this was informal, if you notice this isn’t a shaky cam with lots of ‘um’ in the speech.

        No, this video is fantasy-porn clearly made for people who have no business shooting that far.

    • Dan

      Well there you go thinking again.

  • James T Kirk

    He was a Sergeant Major, not a Master Sergeant.

  • Don Ward

    Long range myth #1 That any of this will ever be practical for the Mark 1 civilian or 99.99 percent of military or LEO guys who think they’ll be engaging targets at a mile plus.

    • John Daniels

      Some people shoot at long range just for fun because they enjoy the challenge of the activity itself. It’s very practical for those guys.

  • gol

    Dumb question, but why is he called LAV?

  • Dan

    Well all I got out of this video was, ignore my back pain and the advice of my doctor, grab my .50 and head out in the county to my usual spot and enjoy my day off tomorrow not just laying around popping muscle relaxers.

    • wzrd1

      Nothing that a *really* hot bath wouldn’t help, with those muscle relaxers.