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The technology of the Biathlon rifle | Science of YOG with Tom Scott

The shooting is the most important part really. A lot of people think that the most important part
is being able to ski quickly, but in my experience you get a lot of penalty points
for missing shots and it’s difficult to make up that amount of time
in the skiing. I think it helps if you have less movement in the weapon
when you are loading with the reapter so that the sights remain in more or less the
same position all the time. Well, obviously there can be some difference between
how much time it takes people to load. I don’t think there is that much difference in time, I think most of the difference is in shooting score
and on the ski track.

25 thoughts on “The technology of the Biathlon rifle | Science of YOG with Tom Scott

  1. +Olympics +Tom Scott the background music was a bit too present in the video. Maybe it was the audio balance between the music and your voice, maybe it was because it's high tempo, 'busy' music, but I had a bit of a hard time hearing Tom even with headphones on. Perhaps something you guys can improve upon in post?

    Other than that, great video!

  2. I'm really curious about the optic, is it just an iron sight with aperture control? Or is it actually a magnifying optic?

  3. Watch the rest of the Science of YOG videos with Tom Scott here:

    And from February 12th, we will have live streams and highlights from the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer.

  4. I'm wondering if automatics are out. the anshutz straight pull bolt rifles are very nice ( someone at my range has one), but I would rather not have to work the action at all.

    there really is not much of an accuracy penalty, particularly with .22lr. the barrel is so much more important than the action for a small bore rifle.

    on a somewhat related note, I would like the biathlon to bring back the original rules, wherein the competitors would shoot service rifles rather than small bore rifles. I would be excited to see someone ski up to the sitting line and pull an M-14 or an AR-15 off of their backs to engage targets at 300 meters.

  5. Oohh those wear the days… I was on the poor team and we were using those canadian army 22. with the old fashion-call-of-duty bolt haha happy times

  6. whose great idea was it to put the subtitles in white text on a white back ground against a snow backdrop …. -.-

  7. As an (ex) target shooter I was rather disturbed by the way the young lad brought the rifle to his shoulder, in all other disciplines the rifle would be brought up to the shoulder from pointing at the ground safely, rather than brought down from an anti aircraft position pointing at the sky which is most unsafe.

  8. At the 2018 Olympics, the women's final event was marred by high winds, making the women miss many times. After each lap, there was a different leader, because the winds effected the shooting too much.

  9. If you went back to the original .30-06 & .308 chamberings for Biathlon you would add recoil compensation to the physical skill set necessary to shoot accurately, along with breath control after exertion. Additionally the bolt action mechanism has much heavier resistance in the higher chamberings. This will also help keep the sport from becoming a technical competition rather than an athletic one.

  10. Truest sport on the planet!! I could ski in winter, and shoot in summer, but not consecutively….I’d need oxygen to hit anything, and maybe a nap.

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