Meet David Rey AKA “David la Mitraille”
King of 1 Mile 2023 France
– David Rey, My Extreme Long Range Shooting Story- The fastest ko1M shooter that earned him his nick name, “Machinegun David”!
David Rey, “La Mitraille” King of 1 Mile Edition – This is a special edition of of My Elr Shooting Story which by now has brought you some of the most talented ELR shooters around the globe and some more amazing shooters to come! Today we start with the King of 1 Mile who made an entry and quickly soaring to the 1 Mile throne with a very fast string of fire as you will see in the video further down.
This rifletalks.com edition is special, we covered the King of 1 Mile in France at Camp Canjuers ourselves while we were there. It was our second time at King of 1 Mile, our first being Caylus. We enjoyed 6 days in France with four of them spent at this beautiful Extreme Long Range Shooting Camp with like minded ELR shooters. It’s a military camp, the largest one in Europe i’m told. It was a blast! We had the pleasure to participate and see how other European and American shooters do their thing at Extreme distances. We also had the pleasure to meet Jay Dvorsky from Texas, US that came along and shot his 460 Steyr with Benjamin Sanmarco.
Driving on towards the base camp for ko1/2m on a well kept military complex.
David Rey King of 1 Mile foreword
The 1 Mile competition is very important, it is achievable with most 30 caliber magnums, many shooters out there already have a setup that can do 1 mile maybe with a simple bullet change and it is a feeder competition to the 2 mile competition which requires another level of commitment in terms of ELR equipment. This was evident in the number of competitors. There were 110 competitors brushing shoulders for the King of 1 Mile title and 36 for King of 2 Mile competition, that’s about a third. Still very good numbers and turn out with alot of familiar faces and new ones which I recognised from my starting discipline, F-Class Europeans shooting at Bisley and some also coming from PRS and even 22ELR.
Driving through Nice, beautiful drive and scenery here. Highly recommended.
I want to also thank the organizers, Eduardo Abril de Fontcuberta as well as Benjamin Gineste and Hugues Vogin that helped us while we were on camp with our many questions. Other shooters that we had the pleasure to spend time with and who were great company and source of inspiration like Jay Dvorsky, Fabrizio Giuggia, Bruno Put from Armeca, Olivier from TPM Balles, Stef Ber, Roman Ochaba, Francois Dreuil, Benoit, Marco Bean, Benjamin Sanmarco, Lema and Angel from the Spanish team, Harry Drescher from Solid Solution Designs that scrambled to get our DT 37XC ready before the Ko2M competition, Stefan Van der Heide, Maurizio from Little Boy Rifles that were a reference point for us during our time in France and especially before getting there. There was a real good friendly atmosphere! We shot for a short time but we spent a great deal of time with these people.
The famous guys from Group Mike some of whom we had the pleasure to shoot with in Italy at Extreme Shot Italia last year.
Above: Stefan Van Der Heide and Harry Drescher that placed 3rd place at Ko2m.
This King of 1 Mile competition is not just about the shooting as many other competitors will tell you. It’s numerous factors put together, quite different to shooting Fclass at Bisley for example. It keeps you on your toes as Fabrizio Giuggia put it. It gives you little time to prepare and you must be ready to go, on a range you probably never shot. Thursday afternoon we zeroed our rifles at 100m, this was the day before the shoot starts with 20 other shooters blasting away. It was hot and the gravel steaming, the 100m paper target was plastered with mirage. We shared one 2×3 foot board between 5 shooters and had a paper target each. We had 10 minutes to zero one rifle and another 10mins to check the other gun. Then you will be called up based on a raffle system which decides your fate in the sequence of shooters during the competition. Your rifle is weighed during the registration process which was also an opportunity to have a few corner pocket chats. We had not yet David Rey till this moment.
Trucks lined up at the 100m zeroing range at Camp Canjuers. Look at the number of pick ups in this picture, almost like a US based match.
You will shoot in any weather condition as long as you can see the targets and you have 9 minutes to do so with 5 minutes to get setup up on the firing line. No excuses, You must find your targets on this immense stretch of flat lands and you will engage when asked to start. The weather around you maybe hot or wet and you may wait a long time before your turn. You may have to wait to see if the weather will clear and then be asked to get ready. It’s as real as it gets and I believe will get any shooter outside their comfort zone, even the best ones out there with thousands of rounds under their belt. You have 13 rounds to make it count, 1 cold bore then 12 to count for qualifiers. Ready? Go.
You can only move to the next target only if you hit the target you are on. If you surpass the amount of shots allowed for that distance eg, 3 rounds for 1190m target, the other shots you take are there to help you make it to the next stage but they do not count for points. The point systems favors first round impacts. The points increase as the distance increases in such a way to increase the gap between one shooter and another.
It’s also harder for shooters to work out their exact ranking in the competition till the results are out. Then you also have the time factor. If you make it, you will go to day two which will be your final round where you will shoot 5 rounds per target for 3 targets. IF you have done well on day one and scored big points, it may help you on day two but we have seen shooters come crawling on day one and sprinting on day two to the podium as did David Rey, the King of 1 Mile in Canjuers. David Rey did this with a 338Lapua Magnum, the classic round is not dead.
SQi-AndiX doppler radar
AndiScan micro is an advanced ballistic velocity Doppler radar for measuring muzzle velocity of projectiles. It operates in 24GHz frequency band. It is a highly integrated and extremely small form-factor device that is intended to be directly mounted on the rifle. This frees the user from a complicated setup alignment and it also allows to perform measurements under dynamic conditions. It is a first device of this form-factor on the public market.
A2 model is an updated new version of the original A1 pilot model.
37XC rounds over this chronograph during zeroing session in France, 6 rounds of 37XC with 10.9ft/s Extreme spread. [The last two numbers are not visible due to the refresh rate of the screen and has nothing to do with the unit shown above]
Last bit, if you’re shooting both competitions, you will have to keep an eye out on what’s happening on the other side of the mountain as the shoots are conducted simultaneously and you may need to get ready for your Ko1m/Ko2m shoot when you’re done from one of the strings. There is no real time communication between the two shoots happening. This maybe improved for next year to facilitate those shooting both competitions.
WATCH David REY King of 1 Mile Shooting his Final Round
David Rey was introduced by Benjamin GINESTE as the Prince of 22LR and he exited as the King of 1 Mile, WOW. Notice his rifle suppressed steaming after that fast string completed. He shot really fast or as Benjamin describes him “machinegun fire”. As they say, when you catch a wind condition ride it. Notice he shoots a right bolt action and uses his left hand for the trigger to enable him to cycle the action even faster, something we had seen Derek Rogers do as well on the Ko2M a few years back.
2022 au King de Caylus, je fini 7 ème. Avec Thierry et Patrick nous avons créé notre petite association Impactum. En parallèle pour la saison 2022/23, je participé au championnat de France PRA (prs) en finissant sur le podium et de ce fait , j’ai intégré l’équipe de France et j’ai participé au championnat du monde PRA. En aout 2022, j’ai intégré le mythique groupe Mike. Pour mon premier king à Canjuers, il y a 15 jours (mai 2023) , j’ai eu l’honneur de remporter le King en touchant 4 fois sur 5 le dernier gong qui était à 1819 m. C’était une première pour moi à cette distance.
I started shooting in 2018 with the 10m air rifle. Then I tasted the 100m with an rpr in 308win. I wanted more. I left in 2019 to do a training with Impact Formation to learn the basics and the fundamentals. In 2020, I registered for the first Prince du 22 ERL in Caylus and I won it for two years with my spotter Thierry. Suddenly I rubbed shoulders with the great French name of the ERL like Benjamin, François… seeing them, they made me want to participate in the one mile.
2022 at the King de Caylus, I finished 7th. With Thierry and Patrick, we created our small association Impactum. In parallel for the 2022/23 season, I participated in the French PRA (prs) championship by finishing on the podium and as a result, I joined the French team and participated in the PRA world championship. In August 2022, I joined the mythical group Mike. For my first king in Canjuers, 15 days ago (May 2023), I had the honor of winning the King of 1 mile by touching 4 times out of 5 the last gong which was at 1819 m. It was a first for me at this distance.
TPM Balles: Dies and reloading components
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Finally a European based manufacturer specialized in providing high quality reloading products and dies at
Provide them with fired brass and you can have your own custom made dies, either
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projectiles for ELR shooting.
King of 1 Mile 2023 qualifying round France
FINAL ROUND points for KO1M France
Final points of David REY KO1M France 2023
Now you have a bench mark, 15 rounds in 4.42mins at 3 distances to 1800m+ with a 80% hit rate in competition environment. Go get it boys!
What rifle are you currently running for 1-mile shooting and can you share some info about the rifle build?
March Scope 5-42×56 FFP High Master
5x-42×56 QUICK SPECS;
Apparent field of view: 26 Degree wide angle / First Focal Plane / 34mm tube / 1 Click =0.1mil / Reticles – FML-MT. FML-TR1. FML-3 / New Zero Set / Illuminated / Elevation 40mil / Windage 14mil
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Ko2M Video Benjamin Sanmarco
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