A Conversation with Charles "Tate" Moots
Posted by Administrator on 7/6/2012 to Team DPMS
DPMS - Congrats on your recent win at the He-Man championship. How would you rate the match compared to others you’ve shot this year? 
Tate -  Thank you. I had a great time shooting the match, JJ and Denise always take time and come up with some great stage designs. The NRA Whittington Center is a magnificent place to hold a 3-Gun match because of its beautiful scenery of mountains and wildlife. The courses of fire for each stage are open terrain with ravines, mountains and wide open valleys. I have never shot at another range where this is allowed or even possible for obvious safety reasons. The NRA Whittington Center has thousands of acres where all this stage design can be done safely with very large fields of view for firing courses. The turnout of people wasn’t as good as I would have thought this year, but you can bet that next year it will be better and the year after that, even better. The good matches fill up quickly. This was the first year for the He-Man Championship, but it is a very good match and it will grow fast. I look forward to it next year. 

DPMS -  What do you think is driving new shooters into the sport? 
Tate - I’m sure there are many factors from the additional media coverage to word of mouth. A friend telling his buddy how much fun he is having in 3-Gun and then taking him out to try it out then another buddy. Before you know it, another friend is taking someone else he knows and the chain of events passes on to other buddies. Plain and simple, 3-Gun is the best sport for getting every action packed scenario you can imagine and then shoot three types of firearms instead of just one. The people involved in 3-Gun are a great group of people. I have seen very cool people do great things from helping a new shooter through a stage, to loaning equipment, to even giving a prize gun to a new shooter. The people in 3-Gun are COOL! 

DPMS - What is your favorite DPMS rifle setup? 
Tate -  I shoot several different models in different sports in the different categories within those sports, but the 308 3G1 is probably my favorite. I have the 308 3G1 design that I have been shooting for over seven years in competition. That is one tough rifle!

 DPMS - For you, whats the most fun you can have with a gun? 
Tate -   I love shooting. 3-Gun competition is about the most fun you can have with a gun, or three, as you are shooting CRAZY fun stages with three guns and great people. 

DPMS -  Is there any key skill that a new competitor should focus on to improve their shooting?
Tate -  Yes, be safe and HAVE FUN! If you go out and give this sport a try, have fun. The speed and accuracy will come with time, practice and patience. If you go out and get frustrated because you aren’t beating the guys, who have probably been doing this for a long time, you will just be missing out on some real fun. As I have stated, the people in 3-Gun are cool, they will work with you and help you to have a great time. I have won matches and I have been very low on the score board and I can say that it really doesn’t matter where you finish as long as you are having fun. 

Skills to work on as you go are: 
Accuracy – Learn what you are capable of hitting at any given distance and in any given time frame. You might have a rifle target out to 500+ yards, a slug target out to 100+ yards, a pistol target out to 75+ yards, or a clay flying, flipping, swinging, or crossing. 

Positions – The people who design these stages come up with some crazy and awkward positions to shoot from, so practice getting into and out of awkward positions and take notice of how they feel and what you can hit from each. 

Practice with your gear – Learn where your gear works for you. As you are running, jumping, rolling, crawling and fumbling around, you will be needing gear, and while you are shooting a match is not the best time to figure it out.
 
Practice with your firearms – Learn how they feel when they run empty, jam, recoil, and cycle. Learn what they are capable of to build confidence in your game.
What You've Said...
Mark Date 8/12/2012 8:41:30 PM
I have a LR-308 - periodically it fails to eject and tries to feed the next round without fully ejecting the first round. Any ideas on what is happening? I've seen things on the web that seem to indicate this is an issue with this gun.
Mark Date 8/12/2012 8:55:44 PM
I have a LR-308 - periodically it fails to eject and tries to feed the next round without fully ejecting the first round. Any ideas on what is happening? I've seen things on the web that seem to indicate this is an issue with this gun.
Mr. James Ashenbrenner Date 10/3/2012
Greetings, Thank you for producing a great rifle. I have handled thousands of Ar-15's during my military and L.E. career. When it came time to purchase AR's for personal protection and hunting I decided on DPMS. I don't need gimmicks, I need a rifle that works every single time I pull the trigger. DPMS delivers. I have never ever had any type of malfunction with either my 5.56 or 7.62 from DPMS. NOT ONE MALFUNCTION in thousands of rounds fired. Thank you for manufacturing a quality product. Sin
Bob Parks Date 10/4/2012
I purchased a LR308 last year and love firing it. I do mostly long range shooting. However, my problem is with the butt plate. It's too hard on the shoulder. I need a recoil pad! Any suggestions on the type to purchase and the place to purchase. Thanks! Bob
Rodney Adamek Date 10/12/2012
I recently purchased a DPMS Oracle that is marked 5.56/.223 on the reciever. With all of the opinions of the two calibers, I am not sure which to use in my rifle. Please advise. Rodney Adamek
WAYNE BOWER Date 10/14/2012
What profile DPMS 308 receiver do I have with 9/16" between the top of the charger slot and the flattop? Is it a 308 Sportical? Is there a full floating battlerail style handguard with a full length, flush, level with the receiver top rail available? Thanks, WB
Randy kline Date 12/2/2012
Have ar15. Fires only one rd at time. New firing pin, what next?
A.NICHOLAS Date 12/26/2012
I WISH TO FIND THE DETAILED SPECIFICATIONS ON THE DPMS TACTICAL RIFLE I PURCHASED MODEL A-15 BARREL MARKED DPMS 5.56 1-9 BODY MARKED .223=5.56MM PLASTIC CASE READS RFP-WCP, I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO LOCATE THE SPECS ON THIS RIFLE ON YOUR WEB SITE. PLEASE HELP ME GET THE DETAILED SPECS ON MY RIFLE.
A.NICHOLAS Date 12/26/2012
I WISH TO FIND THE DETAILED SPECIFICATIONS ON THE DPMS TACTICAL RIFLE I PURCHASED MODEL A-15 BARREL MARKED DPMS 5.56 1-9 BODY MARKED .223=5.56MM PLASTIC CASE READS RFP-WCP, I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO LOCATE THE SPECS ON THIS RIFLE ON YOUR WEB SITE. PLEASE HELP ME GET THE DETAILED SPECS ON MY RIFLE.
NICK Date 12/26/2012
is the dpms panther a center fire or rim fire rifle?
NICK Date 12/26/2012
is the dpms panther a center fire or rim fire rifle?
Mark Trahan Date 1/10/2013
I am ahead of the curve in owning a 308 in AR. I purchased a LR308AP4 a couple years ago. Before, I owned a couple AR's in 5.56cal. I am very happy many are following me in aquiring "enough gun" to bring to a fight. Mine is topped with a Leaper's Tactical scope and with it; this year, I bagged 2 bucks that will reside on my living room wall. I use to hunt with a BAR, however when my LR came in, I quickly came to love this gun. I am no competition shooter, but I can do 1in. groups at 100yrds wit
. A. NICHOLS Date 1/11/2013
does dpms have a vertical grip that is made for the dpms ar15 sportical with a glazier hand guard. that does not require modifications to rifle to make grip fit solid? thanks for your help.
. A. NICHOLS Date 1/11/2013
does dpms have a vertical grip that is made for the dpms ar15 sportical with a glazier hand guard. that does not require modifications to rifle to make grip fit solid? thanks for your help.
James Randall Trimble Date 1/14/2013
I have filed a utility patent a few days ago on a very unique new kind of gun that I have invented. . The patent search showed no other gun even close to it. This is the first company I have tried to contact. Your company was recommended to me by a local gun dealer here in my home town EUREKA, CA. I want to sell this patent to this company. You should see this, you will want it.
phil smith Date 2/1/2013
I have a AR-15. the mag housing has .223-556 and the barrel has 556 1-9 . Does this mean this AR can fire both calibers safely
Kim Stowe Date 2/23/2013
2/21/13 I just purchased a 308 panther w bull barrell. Can I use 7.62 ammo in this dpms rifle??
kenny herring Date 2/28/2013
my father in law purchased a 223 and308 rifle in dec 2012 he is looking to purchase mags to fit them.we did not find any for sale on your web site do yall not sell them? where can we find mags?
Wayne Howard Date 4/5/2013
I recently purchased a DPMS Panther 308 rifle and it included (2) magazines, I think either 19, 21 round capacity. I am looking for 30 round 308 magazines for it and I have not been able to find this product. If anyone could point me to a supplier, it would be appreciated.
matt Date 4/6/2013
how do I take off the front sight so I can use my red dot scope
rick scadden Date 6/21/2013
I just got dmps orical whats the best why to use scope and meg pole open sights what kind of see though mounts do I need a riser I did put a qawd rail on thanks
Bill Sahlberg Date 8/14/2013
I own several Panther 308s and have found that the recoil buffer spring needs to be replaced after @ 3K rounds or you will start to experience the gun not ejecting ammo properly. Really? $9.95 total?....YES, it is that simple! .308 Standard Length Buffer Spring 308-BS-10B .308 Standard Length Buffer Spring Your Price: $9.95
Stephen Fletcher Date 10/3/2013
Why don't anyone awnser any questions about thedmps Oracle 223 556,I would like to hear some of the awnsers
Stephen Fletcher Date 10/3/2013
Sorry I meant DPMS.
Ed Rach Date 10/14/2013
I just purchased a DPMS Oracle in .223/5.56. I have two qustions, what type, model # of clip should I use sinc I only recievedone 10 round clip with weapon, 2 can you mix 223 and 5.6 rounds together in the same clip and fire them without any damage/ Thank you, sincerely, Ed Rach
tyler Date 12/10/2013
Hi.if i put a 20" bull barrel with 1-8 rifling.what gran .223 bullet would work best to 400 yards 50 55 62 ?
lowell Date 12/11/2013
do you make a 10 round clip for my 223 55.6 dpms.
Steve Spore Date 12/18/2013
Does your company offer a pistol grip for a Panther Bull Sweet Sixteen?
Bruce Hill Date 12/23/2013
Can you suggest a good source of information on Field Stripping a AP4A. The operations manual that shipped with the gun has the worst illustrations I have ever seen. Any video's available?
 
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