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Old February 11, 2018, 09:08 PM   #1
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Olympic Biathelon

What are they shooting this year?

They look pretty cool
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Old February 12, 2018, 11:36 AM   #2
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I'm not sure who makes the ones that they're shooting, but Anshutz makes similar rifles (https://www.anschutznorthamerica.com/match-rifles.html). Very expensive rifles designed for each individual shooter. Big thing I noticed about the olympic rifles is the bolt. It's not a typical lift and pull style. They just pull it back just using their thumb and not lose sight picture.
Also, they're bolt action, so this thread should probably belong in that thread category.

EDIT: Here's another thread recently posted about the same thing: https://thefiringline.com/forums/sho...94#post6573894
Looks like Fortner modifies guns like Anshutz for Biathelon purposes.

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Old February 12, 2018, 11:40 AM   #3
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Anschutz for the most part. I think I've seen one Izmash.

Straight pull bolts for all the cool kids. Mine is ghetto: a turn bolt Savage--b/c I don't shoot well enough or ski well enough to deserve the more expensive rifle.

Definitely a fun sport to watch.
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Old February 12, 2018, 09:22 PM   #4
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Fortner pull-push action , some may have thr,,,

"lever-action Anshutch, which the wrist of stock, cycles the actio,


For me I'll stick with my Marlin 2000, having used it with the Washington Bilathlon Association.
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Old February 13, 2018, 02:06 PM   #5
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"...Fortner pull-push action..." It's a .22 LR, straight pull, bolt action. The 'Fortner' part is just the bolt handle extension. Makes the rifles horrendously expensive even for Anschutz.
And it's Biathlon. Originally shot with cf rifles until the Olympic Committee wussed it up in 1978.
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Old February 13, 2018, 03:56 PM   #6
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It's not lever action.
There was a Suhl biathlon rifle that had a lever action based on a moving handgrip, but the Anschutz are straight pull.
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Old February 13, 2018, 05:52 PM   #7
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Whenever we talk about Biathlon I like to refer folk to the following video. It was produced by Ruger and it has Annelies Cook of the US Biathlon team describing the sport.

Annelies Cook is young, enthusiastic and just a great spokes person for shooting sports and even though she calls a magazine a clip, because she can out shoot me seven ways from Sunday, I just don't care.

The video is on the Ruger site and youtube.
https://ruger.com/videos.html?vid=131253202&cat=3782644
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGx03PheuUw

but go to the Ruger site, they've got quite a few videos there and I'd like to encourage them to make more.
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Old February 13, 2018, 06:54 PM   #8
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Def bad-azz rifles.
But why is this thread in the autoloader forum?
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Old February 13, 2018, 10:17 PM   #9
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Somebody hasn't taken the time to move it yet. Paging Mr. Eatman...
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Old February 15, 2018, 02:28 PM   #10
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Here's the link to Fortner's biathlon rifle site:
http://www.fortner-biathlon.com/

The shooting part of the biathlon doesn't seem all that difficult; it's 50 meters firing prone for targets about 2 inches in diameter or standing for targets a little over 4 inches in diameter. What makes it tricky is having just skied cross-country for a mile or more at a world-class pace, you have to come to a stop, get the rifle shouldered and get your breathing under control enough to make those shots in a few seconds.
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Old February 15, 2018, 02:59 PM   #11
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Interesting, when they fire the last shot in a string, they sling up and ski away. When they get back to the firing line you can see them drop and stow the empty magazine, load a fresh one, and eject the last case. I am sure they have done time and motion studies to know that is the fast approach.
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Old February 15, 2018, 05:16 PM   #12
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Interesting, when they fire the last shot in a string, they sling up and ski away. When they get back to the firing line you can see them drop and stow the empty magazine, load a fresh one, and eject the last case. I am sure they have done time and motion studies to know that is the fast approach.
I'm not an expert on the subject, but perhaps that gives them a few moments to catch their breath and lower their heart rate before firing.


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Old February 15, 2018, 08:15 PM   #13
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Interesting, when they fire the last shot in a string, they sling up and ski away. When they get back to the firing line you can see them drop and stow the empty magazine, load a fresh one, and eject the last case. I am sure they have done time and motion studies to know that is the fast approach.
I'm not an expert on the subject, but perhaps that gives them a few moments to catch their breath and lower their hate rate before firing.
They are going from a lot of physically stressing movement to something mostly still and nearly meditative. A ritual that marks the transition may help make the transition more effective. I'm sure there is also a calculation that taking precious seconds unloading and reloading just after you've had a bit of a rest is a waste if that time can be allotted toward something useful, rest and transition.
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Old February 16, 2018, 04:20 AM   #14
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...and lower their hate rate before firing.
That's a VERY funny typo...
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Old February 16, 2018, 08:39 AM   #15
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Hahah. Fixed it.
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