August 11th, 2015

High-Tech SCATT MX-02 Training System for Dry Fire and Live Fire

SCATT MX-02 MX02 rifle trainer lens
by Tony Chow
In recent years, the use of electronic trainer systems has revolutionized training in all disciplines of position shooting. By capturing (and illustrating) key performance variables like the steadiness of a shooter’s hold, accuracy of aiming, and the timeliness of trigger release, these devices can offer tremendous insights into the strengths and weakness of a shooter’s position and technique, making high-level marksmanship training less voodoo and more of a science.

Until now, electronic trainers all suffered from one critical limitation: the inability to be used outdoors in live fire training. Now, however, SCATT has introduced the next-generation MX-02 electronic trainer, a product that can finally support outdoor live firing in broad daylight, as well as dry firing indoors. In addition, the MX-02 is the first electronic trainer to support centerfire rifles. It goes without saying that, when we at AccurateShooter.com were offered an MX-02 test unit to review, we jumped at the opportunity.

SCATT MX-02 MX02 rifle trainer lens

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How the SCATT MX-02 Works
The SCATT sensor mounted on the end of the barrel has a digital camera that “sees” the black bullseye in the target, even in broad daylight outdoors. Using the bullseye as a reference, the SCATT software tracks the movement of the muzzle relative to the center of the target. The unit can plot these movements as a continuous trace, which appears on a monitor as a squiggly, colored line. Data points from the trace are also available in a tabular spreadsheet format. This allows the shooter to “crunch the numbers”, revealing strengths and weaknesses in his gun-handling and aiming technique.

In our testing, we confirmed that, like SCATT’s earlier indoor-only WS-01, the MX-02 offers excellent support for indoor dry-fire training, which will continue to be the primary means through which position shooters sharpen their fundamental skills. Since the new SCATT uses the same familiar Windows software for data capture and analysis as its predecessors, shooters and coaches upgrading to MX-02 will have no learning curve to overcome, and newcomers to the SCATT platform can tap into the wealth of institutional knowledge accumulated over the years by the shooting community on how to interpret shot data.

It’s in the support for outdoor live firing, however, that SCATT MX-02 distinguishes itself from its predecessors and the competition. Shot trace data captured by MX-02 during live firing turned out to be every bit as valuable (and revealing) as we had hoped. The ability to correlate SCATT tracing with real shots on target gave us a better understanding of the shooting process, and helped the reviewer, already a high-level smallbore prone shooter, uncover a significant problem in his shooting. SCATT MX-02’s outdoor capability is therefore an invaluable feature, particularly for experienced shooters aspiring to world-class performance.

SCATT MX-02 MX02 rifle trainer lens

SCATT MX-02 MX02 rifle trainer lens

In summary, SCATT MX-02 is an outstanding product that delivers on its promises. We heartily recommend it, both for first-time users of electronic training aids, and also for those shooters who may wish to upgrade their current electronic training system. The MSRP for SCATT MX-02 is $1,799, $500 more than its predecessor, the SCATT WS-01, which is still available. In my view, the $500 premium for the MX-02 is justified by the MX-02’s enhanced capabilities, making it a better long-term investment.

Our complete, 3600-word MX-02 review of the SCATT MX-02 can be accessed through the link below. This full review contains many more photos plus detailed field test results. For the time being, the review only covers our experience with the product in smallbore shooting. An upcoming addendum to the review will include test results from centerfire shooting. Those attending SHOT Show in Las Vegas next week can examine SCATT MX-02 in person. SCATT will have the MX-02 on display at Booth 111.

READ FULL REVIEW of SCATT MX-02 Electronic Trainer

For more information or to order SCATT products, including the new MX-02, visit ScattUSA.com or call toll-free: 1-855-57-SCATT (72288).

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August 11th, 2015

New MLP Solid Film Lubricant in Pen Applicator

Birchwood Casey MLP Dry lubrication AR15 MSR

Birchwood Casey has released an innovative Solid-Film Lubricant Pen that may be useful for some gun applications where conventional oils and greases are not appropriate. The Pen dispenses MLP Solid Film Lubricant, a semi-permanent, lacquer-like coating containing molybdenum disulfide (MoS 2) and corrosion-inhibiting elements.

Birchwood Casey MLP Dry lubrication AR15 MSR

Using the Pen, a low-friction lubricant coating can easily be applied to various friction points to reduce wear. Common application points on AR-style rifles include: charging handle, take-down pins, inside of bolt carrier, and mag well.

We can also see a use for this product on buttstock adjusting points, bipod joints/hinges, sling swivels — wherever a non-greasy lubricant can aid function. NOTE: We do not recommend this product for lubrication of bolt lugs on bolt-action rifles — we still think a high-quality grease-type lubricant is best for bolt-lug applications and other high-load points.

This Video shows where to apply Dry Film Lubricant on an AR-type rifle.

Birchwood Casey’s MLP Solid Lubricant Pen meets Mil-Spec requirements. The formula creates a tough, low-friction coating that helps prevent corrosion, galling, and seizing. IMPORTANT: after application, you should allow the dry-film coating to DRY for at least 6 hours before use.

Birchwood Casey MLP Dry lubrication AR15 MSR

Birchwood Casey claims that: “Once applied, MLP Solid Film Lubricant is virtually unaffected by atmospheric and fretting corrosion, solvents, acids, oils and degreasers. MLP Solid Film Lubricant operates at temperatures ranging from -320° to +300° degrees F.”

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