When I tell students that one of the easiest and most accurate ways to estimate range is using a map, they typically seem to say, "Why, I could've thought of that."
This is so fundamental and so obvious, but very frequently it's the last method a sniper thinks of using—and it should probably be the first.
Clearly, the most direct approach is to plot your location and that of your target and simply measure the distance. That doesn't always work, though, because sometimes you're not sure of your target's location. In this situation, just look around until you see some prominent landmark that appears to be the same distance away and measure this range on your map. (Of course, beware of the visual pitfalls we covered a moment ago.)
A more exact range estimate can be ob tained by using a GPS in unison with your map. Provided that there's distinctive terrain near the target, establish your exact location via the GPS. Plot this and the target location on the map, then measure it and you should have it. The Vector 21 system, as we'll see momentarily, takes this technique a step higher by integrating a GPS and laser to yield the most precise estimates obtainable.
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