Shooting USA | What’s in your range bag, Tom Fuller?
Photo credit: Michael Cage
Meet Tom Fuller, a highly decorated veteran who served for many years as a Sergeant Major in the US Army Marksmanship Unit and is also the founder of Armageddon Gear. And as if that weren’t enough, it’s also a high-profile competitor to the Precision Rifle Series. Find out what Fuller keeps in his range bag. (See it on the January 2018 cover as well.)
Tom Fuller is a competitor to the Precision Rifle Series and the founder of Armageddon Gear, a maker of popular rifle accessories. (Photo by Michael Käfig)
What are your first memories of handling a firearm?
I was born and raised in the Appalachians, where firearms have been a big part of my life. Growing up, I spent a lot of time hunting rabbits and squirrels. My first gun was a single-shot Winchester .410, and I still have it.
Tell us how you got started with competitive shooting.
As a Sergeant Major in the US Army Marksmanship Unit, I began to compete in 3 guns while on duty. It was a lot of fun and I was pretty good at it. Later, while I was working for Bushnell Corporation, we launched the DMR line of riflescopes and I started shooting long range matches to showcase the optics. Then when the Precision Rifle Series started, I joined in the fun. Today, the PRS competition is a huge part of my life along with running my Armageddon Gear company.
Fuller says he uses only Hornady brass and bullets for precision rifle competitions. (Photo by Michael Käfig)
Please share some of your most important shooting performances with us.
Winning the Sniper Adventure Challenge twice is definitely one of my greatest shooting achievements. These events are some of the most physically demanding things I’ve ever done. And that includes 22 years in the Army, most of them in the Ranger Regiment!
What firearms and other equipment do you use for competition?
For competitions I use GA precision rifles with Bartlein Barrels in a Manners TCS stock with a Sikes Clutch. I always use Harris Bipods for support. There’s nothing faster on the clock and I’ve never had a break.
My favorite accessory on my rifle is the Area 419 Arca Rail. Not only does it add modularity, but it also allows me a lot more versatility in setting up the rifle to handle different scenarios.
As for my ammunition selection, I only use Hornady brass and bullets. The 110-grain A-tips are my first choice. However, I often have to switch to 108-grain ELD-M if I don’t get the A-Tips because they are so popular.
As Fuller shows here, when shooting in a PRS match, competitors must use stage obstacles to their advantage. (Photo by Michael Käfig)
Tell us about your range bag and what you have in it besides your firearms.
Please don’t laugh, but my range bag is a Chinese backpack and range bag that I bought from Amazon. I know I own Armageddon Gear, but I’ll be using this bag until we start doing something similar because it’s the best design I’ve seen. Usually it starts to fall apart in the first year, but I really like it. Maybe one day I’ll knock the design off. It would be cool for an American company to turn the tables in Chinese manufacturing.
Some of the items I always have with me are a Game Changer shooting bag, a Gray Ops CNC amplifier plate with an Armageddon Gear amplifier plate pad, a Competition Data armband, an Armageddon Gear Precision Rifle Sling, paper and pens, and my Kestrel Weather Meter with Hornady 4DOF software. Earmuffs, spearmint chewing gum, fix-it sticks, Hoppe’s gun oil and a rain cover round off the rest of my equipment.
What are you doing in your spare time?
In my spare time I like to go hunting and fishing. Occasionally I enjoy unusual solo adventures. Last summer I kayaked 250 miles down the Chattahoochee River, which took about two weeks. Also last year I took an unforgettable motorcycle trip from Idaho to Kansas.
What would you say to someone who wants to learn more about your sport?
To learn more about Precision endurance racing, the first thing I recommend is that you visit the Precision Rifle Series website and find a club near you. It’s a great way to get involved and learn. Then start competing on a local (and less intimidating) level.
Any tips for new shooters?
Every shooting sport is mostly mental. Learn the basics and keep trying to improve them. Most people shoot worse in competition than they do in training because they think too much and question themselves. If you have fun with it and don’t get lost in your own head, your performance will be much better. If anyone finds out how to do this, please let me know.
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