I was reminiscing about a conversation I had with Jim Shepherd at Gunsite about how spoiled the modern generation of shooters is, especially when comes to the mechanical accuracy of firearms these days. Think about it for a minute: you can go to your local gun shop and for $600-$1000 buy a commercial AR-15 that will shoot right around 1 minute of angle with commercially available factory ammo. When you read magazine articles from quite some time ago, this kind of accuracy was what was expected of precision rifles, a lot of time high dollar custom jobs. Now, if you buy a rifle that “only” shoots a 2 inch group at 100 yards, it’s “not very accurate”.
This doesn’t stop at just rifles, though. Modern commercial handguns are so accurate it’s stupid, capable of accuracy far beyond what the average shooter can wring out of them. A perfect example of this was demonstrated at this year’s Bianchi Cup, where Dave Sevigny using a stock Glock 34 was able to score 1806-101x, a score which put him ahead of many shooters using customized 1911s with optics and other gear. While that’s in no small part due to Dave’s ridiculous shooting ability, it doesn’t hurt that his Glock is more accurate from the factory than most factory handguns of 2 generations ago.
I don’t want people to think for a minute that I think it’s a bad thing how spoiled we are, mind you. I think it’s awesome that our levels of precision and engineering are such that we can mass produce tremendously accurate firearms for as little money as it costs us to so do. Technology is cool, and the advent of CNC machining has allowed us to make tremendous leaps in accuracy with firearms.