July 31st, 2007

eBAY Bans Sales of Gun Parts and Reloading Components

On July 30th, internet auction site eBay announced it will change its current policies regarding sales/auctions of gun parts and reloading components. Currently, one cannot sell firearms on eBay, nor live ammunition, nor a variety of “black-listed” gun accessories such as high-capacity magazines. Now, eBay will prohibit the sale of “any firearm part that is required for the firing of a gun.” This will include brass, bullets, and barrels. The new policy was announced by Matt Halprin, eBay Vice President:

“In mid-August, we will be updating our Firearms, Weapons and Knives Policy to place more restrictions around gun-related items. Once these changes take effect, we will prohibit listings of any firearm part that is required for the firing of a gun. This includes items like bullet tips [sic], brass casings and shells, barrels, slides, cylinders, magazines, firing pins, trigger assemblies, etc. Please read the Firearms, Weapons and Knives Policy for more details on our current policy.

As you may know, eBay does not allow the listing of any items which are regulated by individual states or the federal government; however, there are still a large number of firearm-related parts that are legal and are widely available in retail stores. These items have also historically been allowed on eBay.

After learning that some items purchased on eBay may have been used in the tragedy at Virginia Tech in April 2007, we felt that revisiting our policies was not only necessary, but the right thing to do. After much consideration, the Trust & Safety policy team – along with our executive leaders at eBay Inc. – have made the decision to further restrict more of these items than federal and state regulations require. This new update… brings our policies in the U.S. and Canada in closer alignment with our existing policies in other markets around the globe.”

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July 31st, 2007

IBS Group Nationals Underway

International Benchrest ShootersThe International Benchrest Shooters (IBS) Nationals kicked off July 30th in St. Louis. The event, which draws top 100/200 yard shooters from around the nation, continues through August 4th. Hosting the Nationals this year, is the Benchrest Rifle Club of St. Louis, 2045 Kohn Rd, Wright City, Missouri.

IBS 100/200 Score Nationals are also held this month, August 18-19, at the Canastota Conservation Club, Warners Road
Canastota, New York. The IBS 200/300 Score Nationals follow a month later, September 22-23, at the Thurmont Conservation & Sportsman’s Club, 11617 Hunt Club Rd., Thurmont, Maryland. For more info about these IBS events, visit the IBS website and click “Featured Events”.

Shown below are the top shooters from last year’s 2006 IBS 100/200 Group Nationals held at Canastota. Top row (L to R) are Rob Sarbrough, Mike Ratigan, Joe Krupa and Russ Boop. Wayne Campbell is in front. Photo courtesy IBS.

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July 30th, 2007

Long Range Shooting Simulation

Long Range Shooting SimulationShooterReady.com offers an excellent computer simulation that lets you “shoot” three different calibers at virtual ranges out to 2000 yards–complete with sound effects and realistic scenery. You view the target through a 10-20x zoom scope and adjust windage and elevation as with a real scope. A FREE Online Demo is available that lets you practice with a 175gr .308, and also Windrunner .338 and .50 BMG. Atmospheric conditions and range distance change with each stage, so there is plenty of challenge. Warning–if you’re at work, this can be addictive once you get the hang of it.

Long Range Shooting Simulation

Long Range Shooting SimulationYou can practice Mil Dot ranging on 3 targets: A 12″ X 12″ swinging plate, a 30″ X 18″ knock-down plate, and a regulation 72″ X 19″ knock down plate. Each caliber has 70 range exercises, plus an advanced stage with 25 timed hold-offs, and moving targets.

The CD also includes “Interactive Classrooms” that teach you how to use Mil-Dot scopes and how to use a range card. The presentation on reading Mils and calculating target distances is very well done. It is much easier to learn interactively than by just reading a static manual. Below is a screenshot from the Mil-Dot Ranging “Classroom”.

Long Range Sim Interactive Classroom

Trust us, you can learn a great deal from the Free Demo. This is not just a shooter video game. The demo offers a variety of scenarios–enough to keep you occupied for quite some time. If you want to learn more, the full CD, with hundreds of scenarios, and five bonus stages, costs $39.95 from ShooterReady.com.

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July 30th, 2007

NRA Starts Competition Endowment

In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the NRA National Rifle and Pistol Championships at Camp Perry, NRA President John C. Sigler (at right) is initiating a Competitive Shooting and National Championships Endowment.

An endowment is a permanent fund or savings account that produces investment income. The permanent fund is never touched – only a portion of the fund’s interest is used for qualified programs. The balance is then reinvested to ensure the fund’s growth, thus providing a source of income in perpetuity. “Competitive shooting is at the core of NRA’s mission,” Sigler commented. “This endowment will help provide permanent funding necessary to ensure continued operation and growth of national-championship level competition, and enhance shooting participation wherever feasible.”

“NRA sanctions about 10,000 tournaments a year and conducts more than 50 National Championships,” Sigler continued. “It is essential that we not only protect our current programs but expand the opportunities for Americans to find new, fun ways to exercise their Second Amendment rights.”

Commenting on the endowment, Mike Krei, NRA’s Director of Competitive Shooting, said, “This initiative is a major step toward securing the long-term growth of NRA competitive shooting events. Serious competitive shooters who want a way to give something back to the sport in perpetuity will find no better option than this endowment.”

To donate to the NRA Competition Endowment, contact Frank Cerutti, Director of NRA Strategic Giving, at (703) 267-1571 or fcerutti@nrahq.org. Donations to some programs within this endowment may qualify as charitable gifts for tax purposes. Gifts may be made in cash, stocks or other assets, and pledged over time or as an estate gift.

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July 29th, 2007

Folding Magnifiers for Reloaders

What is the most-used piece of equipment on this editor’s reloading bench? No it’s not my Rock-Chucker press, or even my calipers. The one item in near-constant use is a small, folding magnifying glass. Mine folds into a square case and offers 4X viewing with an 8X bifocal insert. With this handy tool I can inspect case mouths for burrs, check primer pockets, and look for flaws on bullet jackets. I also use the magnifier to see rifling marks on bullets seated into the rifling, or check my bolt for galling. The number of uses is nearly endless.

Folding magnifiers are so handy yet inexpensive that you should own a couple spares (including one in the range box). I bought my magnifier in a book-store, but you can also find them on the web at Edmund Scientifics and WidgetSupply.com starting at just $1.97.

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July 28th, 2007

Timney Trigger Sale at LockStock.com

Lock, Stock & Barrel is currently selling Timney triggers at 25% off normal retail. Triggers are available for most popular actions including Browning, CZ, Mauser, Remington, Ruger, Sako, Springfield, and Winchester. We are impressed with Timney’s new Rem 700 “Tactical” trigger (item TM501T). This Rem Tactical trigger adjusts from 4 to 10 ounces pull weight. It features a knurled Anschutz-style vertical trigger shoe that can adjust for angle (cant) and length of pull. The trigger housing is machined from solid steel, and all contact surfaces are CNC-machined steel that has been hardened, surface ground, and polished. Timney’s Rem 700 Tactical trigger is now just $86.06 at LockStock.com. That’s a great deal. The same trigger sells for $134.95 on Timney’s Online Store, TimneyTriggers.com.
Timney Remington 700 Tactical trigger

Timney also offers two new AR-15 triggers. The AR-15 Competition trigger is a true drop-in replacement for the standard fire-control system that uses your rifle’s original hammer/trigger pins. Timney claims the trigger module can be installed in ten minutes. It comes in 3- or 4-lb versions and features a crisp, one-stage pull. MSRP is $194.95, and a skeletonized version (shown below) retails for $234.95. Lock, Stock & Barrel does not list the new AR-15 trigger in inventory, but you can call for pricing, (800) 228-7925.

Timney AR-15 Trigger Skeletonized

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July 28th, 2007

Advice for Acculab 123 Scale Users

Some of our forum members have observed issues with the Acculab VIC-123, an 0.001g precision electronic balance made by Sartorius. The two main complaints seem to be sensitivity to drafts, and instability of zero, causing weight read-outs to “drift” over time. We have seen the latter problem in less expensive scales such as the PACT. (Read PACT report).

Acculab VIC-123 digital scaleForum member Ronemus, who lists his profession as “instrumentation scientist”, offers the following advice:

“It is necessary to isolate the scale from drafts and vibrations. Laboratory scales with this sort of resolution (.001g) generally have a housing around the pan with sliding doors for access and vibration isolators in the feet. Those scales cost thousands of dollars, and some features must be cut to reach a price we’re willing to pay. Unfortunately, the instruction manuals accompanying our scales generally aren’t very good at spelling out the steps necessary to have then operate to our satisfaction.

A small draft (one you can barely feel) can easily shift the reading a few tenths of a grain, so some sort of enclosure is needed. I use a cardboard file box with one end cut out, so 3 sides and the top remain, and that’s good enough for 0.1 gr (6 mg) stability; however, that may not be sufficient for 0.01 gr.

For stable zeros it’s necessary to warm up for at least a few hours (they’re generally left on continuously to avoid drift) and keep the room temperature fairly constant (within a few degrees).

Inexpensive scales are also susceptible to electrical noise, either riding the power line or through the air. Power line noise can be eliminated with a good filtered power strip (I recommend a Tripp-Lite Iso-Bar), not just a surge suppressor. Cordless and cell phones, fluorescent lights, wireless computer networks, baby monitors, etc. can cause problems at short range, so they should be kept away from the scale as much as possible.”

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July 28th, 2007

Finding Older Posts in the Bulletin

We now have hundreds of entries in our Daily Bulletin. A few readers have told us: “I read something in the Bulletin last week, but now I can’t find it. Where did it go?”

Don’t worry. Every Bulletin entry is archived, and each is listed by one or more categories as well. You can search for a past entry by keyword, or just click on a category. If you want to watch a video again, just click on “Videos”. If you saw a review of a scope, click on “Optics”, or do a word search such as “Nikon” or “reticle”. The “Articles” item at the top of the list will bring up posts that link to a longer feature article on this site or elsewhere.

Once you get the hang of it, you should find it easy to find stuff using the navigation tools. The search is fast and effective. The illustration below shows how to use the navigation tools, found at the upper right of this page.

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July 27th, 2007

Gun Glossaries Explain Tech Terms

Confused about the meaning of a term such as “meplat”, “magnaflux” or “obturate”? Need to know the OAL of an unusual Wildcat such as the .218 Donaldson Wasp? Well CCI and MidwayUSA offer handy answers on the web. CCI’s Shooters’ Glossary is a very complete collection of gun-related and reloading terms. MidwayUSA’s GunTEC Dictionary contains short descriptions of hundreds of cartridges, plus definitions of thousands of shooting-related words and phrases. How many of you knew that “Maggie’s Drawers” is “a colloquial term used for the red flag once used by pit workers to signal a missed shot at high-power rifle competitions”?

MidwayUSA GunTec Dictionary

Consulting the dictionary, we learned that “Magnus Force” was not a Tom Selleck TV show. Rather, “Magnus Force is the movement of a bullet in the direction it is rotating (and downward) due to the lower air pressure surrounding it. The low pressure pocket is caused by the effect of the bullet’s fast rotation on the surrounding air.” MidwayUSA’s GunTEC dictionary even includes short “bios” of notable firearms inventors and marksmen, including J.M. Browning, Fredrich von Martini, and Peter Paul Mauser. A serious shooting buff could spend hours browsing the GunTEC dictionary, learning new facts (and a ton of obscure trivia.)

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July 27th, 2007

NSSF's New Online Product Database

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) announced the launch of its new online NSSF Marketplace Buyers Guide. Available on NSSF’s Web sites, this directory allows shooters to quickly locate specific products and services by keyword or category. The NSSF Marketplace employs a powerful search engine that continually indexes the Web sites of all companies represented in the directory.

The Marketplace has both keyword-search capability and dozens of links for specific product categories such as ammunition, optics, cleaning gear, and guide services. Click on “Optics/Electronics”, for example, and a page appears with linked subcategories for Scopes, GPS units, Rangefinders, Eyewear, Binoculars and more.

NSSF Marketplace database

The NSSF Marketplace also offers a downloadable desktop search application. If you install this, you can search for products and services directly from a small search window on your desktop. The NSSF Marketplace also includes a Request for Information (RFI) tool, enabling users to contact a group of suppliers with one click of a button. The buyers guide can be found on www.nssf.org and other association-supported sites, including www.huntandshoot.org, www.wingshootingusa.org, www.wheretoshoot.org, www.huntinfo.org and www.stepoutside.org.

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July 26th, 2007

Hornady Offers Custom Dies

How would you like a full-length sizing die perfectly fitted to your fired brass? At one time that required you to purchase a die blank, a special undersized reamer (a chamber reamer is too big), and send the work out to a skilled gunsmith. You could expect to have $250-$350 tied up in your custom die when all was said and done.

Now Hornady’s custom shop offers a much less expensive alternative. For roughly $75-$90, plus shipping, Hornady will produce a custom-made die based on your reamer print, spec sheet or fired brass. You can either order a conventional non-bushing FL die, or a FL die that uses bushings to size the case-necks. To order, we recommend you send 3 or 4 fired cases along with a reamer print to Lonnie Hummel at Hornady Mfg., Box 1848, Grand Island, NE, 68802. Give Lonnie a call first at (800) 338-3220, ext. 208, to discuss design details and get an estimated delivery date.

Hornady Custom Dies

Lonnie and his team of skilled machinists have produced custom dies for many top shooters. Scott Parker had Hornady produce a custom full-length die for Scott’s 6BRX. Scott reports: “The die is great. I’m very impressed. The die is a perfect fit for my brass and the sized brass has very low run-out.” Past F-Class Champion John Brewer has a set of Hornady custom 6-6.5×47 Lapua dies on order currently.

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July 26th, 2007

Pacific Tool & Gauge Products at MidwayUSA

Dave Kiff’s Pacific Tool & Gauge is the “featured brand” this week at MidwayUSA.com. You’ll find excellent prices on everything from “Go” gauges to ultra-durable, fast-cutting carbide chamber reamers. PT&G sells both fixed-end and piloted (floating tip) reamers. The piloted reamers have a definite advantage when you chamber barrels from different manufacturers that may vary slightly in internal bore dimensions. The pilots are interchangeable so you can select a pilot diameter that best fits your particular barrel.

Pacific Tool Finish Chamber Reamer

Pacific Tool Finish Chamber Reamer

Pacific Tool Chamber Prints BookIn addition to reamers, gauges, and miscellaneous cutting tools, MidwayUSA carries Dave Kiff’s Gunsmith’s Book of Chamber Prints. This 425-page, spiral bound resource contains a huge collection of chamber prints for many of the reamers that PTG makes (circa 2002). Complete mechanical schematics are well drawn and all required measurements are provided. This reamer book is a great place to start if you are choosing a special caliber for your next rifle, or considering building your own wildcat cartridge. Dave Kiff will send out reamer prints on request, but the book offers them all in one place for a reasonable price: $47.99 (Midway item # 347655).

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July 25th, 2007

USAMU Shooters Win Major Matches

Soldiers of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit have scored major victories recently, including First, Second and third in the just-completed Service Rifle Championship at Quantico. The Service rifle team competes, primarily, with an accurized version of the M16A2 rifle at distances of 200 to 1000 yards. Select members of the team also compete with bolt-action rifles equipped with both telescopic and aperture sights from 800 to 1000 yards. Below are recent winning performances by USAMU team members. USAMU shooters and coaches will also be competing in the Centennial matches at Camp Perry in the next few weeks.

USAMU 1000 yard shooting

Interservice Highpower Rifle Championships
Quantico, Va., July 16 to 24

USAMU service rifle shooter Sgt. 1st Class Lance S. Hopper won the Overall Individual Interservice Rifle Championship, followed by Sgt. 1st Class Grant L. Singley in second place and Sgt. 1st Class Kyle A. Ward in third. Singley won the Navy Match and Staff Sgt. William T. Pace won the Marine Corps Match. The USAMU Service Rifle Team coached by Staff Sgt. Emil Praslick III won the 2007 Interservice Rifle Championship Commanding General Team Match; shooters were Hopper, Green, Singley, Ward and Sgt. 1st Class Lance D. Dement and Spc. Matthew T. Sigrist and the team captain was Spc. Tyrel L. Cooper.

National Smallbore Rifle Matches
Camp Perry, Ohio, July 19 to 21

Sgt. Shane M. Barnhart won the National Smallbore Three Position National Championship; Lt. Col. Robert E. Harbison took third place. Barnhart also won the Three Position Any Sight Championship, in which Spc. Nicole M. Cooper finished third; Cooper also won the Women’s Championship. Second Lt. Lucas F. Leinberger placed second in the Three Position Metallic Sight Championship. The USAMU Team of Cooper, Staff Sgt. Armando R. Ayala, Cpl. Henry L. Gray and Spc. David R. Sprecher won the Three Position Any Sight Team Match and the USAMU Team of Harbison, Leinberger, Barnhart and Maj. Michael E. Anti took the Three Position Metallic Sight Team Match.

Pan-American Games
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 15 to 21

Sgt. 1st Class Jason A. Parker won Gold Medals in the Air Rifle and Three Position Free Rifle matches. Sgt. 1st Class Thomas A. Tamas received the Gold Medal in the Free Rifle Prone competition, in which Spc. Michael D. McPhail got the Silver. Spc. Joshua M. Richmond received the won the Gold Medal in the Double Trap match, followed by Spc. Jeffrey G. Holguin with the Silver. In the Skeet competition, the Gold Medal went to Pvt. 2 Vincent C. Hancock and the Silver to Sgt. 1st Class James Todd Graves.

USAMU Army Marksmanship Team

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July 24th, 2007

BoreScope Video–Factory vs. Custom Barrels

In this video by Dan Lilja, you can see the difference between a factory barrel and a hand-lapped custom barrel with your own eyes. The borescope reveals the tooling marks, rough surface, and flaws in the lands that are not uncommon in a factory barrel. Conversely, the custom barrel (shown in the image below), shows sharp lands, a smooth surface (without excess machining marks), and rifling without scratches or cuts. If you haven’t watched this video before, you may be amazed.

You can learn more about borescopes by reading the Hawkeye Borescope Review by top UK shooter Vince Bottomley. Vince put a Hawkeye unit through its paces and concludes that it is an invaluable tool for diagnosing barrel problems and monitoring barrel wear. Vince writes: “With a borescope, you can tell immediately if your cleaning regime is effective, or inspect for throat-erosion and the general condition of the rifling. In addition, I have found that it is very useful for inspecting newly-cut chambers–making sure they are free from scoring and other machining defects and you can even have a good look at the muzzle-crown from the inside–one of the most important parts of any barrel. Tiny burrs can often be present on newly-cut crowns and even the most minute damage to a crown (often caused by careless cleaning) can play havoc with accuracy. For the professional gunsmith, you could say that a borescope is the equivalent of a doctor’s stethoscope.”

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July 24th, 2007

Friedrich Shoots ARA 2500 with Calfee Pistol

This may be a first in ARA 50-yard competition. Using a Calfee-built Rem XP100 pistol with 20″ barrel, Joe Friedrich shot a perfect 2500 score at the Open Grove range in California this past weekend. His four-target total was 9650 (2350, 2450, 2500, 2350). The pistol was supported by a skeletal bipod in front with a conventional sandbag in the rear. The group was shot at night in very stable conditions. Joe told us: “This pistol is incredible. I’ve only had it a couple of weeks, and I’m still learning the technique.”

joe friedrich calfee pistol

We find it very interesting that Joe was able to achieve this kind of accuracy with a relatively short barrel. Conventional wisdom (at least with rimfire rifles) dictates that one needs a barrel 25″ or longer to work optimally with the tuner systems. Many folks also believe that the longer barrels tend to “iron out” shot to shot velocity differences. It will be interesting to see if some ARA shooters now experiment with shorter barrels on their rifles.

Joe credits much of his recent hot shooting to a new wind indicator product he’s using: “Snuffy” Sail Tails. These use nylon ripstop sailcloth material and maintain a tubular shape (like a long cigar) when attached to a wind flag. They rise and fall with velocity changes, and are much easier to read. Joe says these don’t flutter around like conventional wind tails or surveyors’ tape. They are sensitive enough for small zephyrs but they don’t swing back and forth erratically giving potential false reads. You can order the Sail Tails from Howard “Snuffy” Smith in Macon, GA, (478) 477-2829. A set of five Sail Tails in a PVC tube is $24.50 delivered. Link to Advert.

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July 23rd, 2007

6mm BRG Specifics

Many of our readers were interested in the 6BR Improved cases with a longer neck than a Dasher, such as David Stipling’s 6 BRDX and the 6 BRG from gunsmith Billy Dale. At our request, Billy measured his 6 BRG wildcat and provided us some additional details. It has slightly larger capacity than the 6 BRDX. Fire-formed 6 BRG cases (Lapua Brass) offer 40.6-40.8 grains of H20 capacity, just a little bit less than a 6mm Dasher (41.0-41.3 grains), and about 2.5 grains more than a fire-formed 6BR case. The 6 BRG neck is .264″ long, just about .058″ shorter than standard 6BR brass. That gives you plenty of neck to seat both long and short bullets, and to “chase the lands” as the throat erodes.

6 BRG

Billy reports: “The 6mm BRG was designed by myself and Dr. Robi Robinson as a 1000 yd competition and long range varmint cartridge. The neck is about .250″ and the body taper is reduced to .010″ (.005″ per side). The BRG fills the gap between the 6mm BR and the 6mm Dasher, giving the shooter a neck length of .264″–somewhat longer than the Dasher enabling him to seat VLD bullets out further to chase lands as they wear. Varget Powder works extremely well in the BRG and with a 28″ Lilja 3 groove barrel, you can push a 105gr VLD bullet 3100+ FPS with extreme accuracy. On a recent varmint hunt in Kansas with one of my clients, I witnessed many kills from 700 to 1120 yards with this gun and cartridge. For more info, I can be reached at 804-314-6787 or BDRCustomguns[at]aol.com. My website is BDRcustomguns.com.”

Dave Kiff at Pacific Tool & Gauge created the reamers for the 6 BRG and a 6.5 mm version, and a reamer print is available in PT & G’s archives.

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July 23rd, 2007

Better View for Balance-Beam Scales

Even in today’s digital age, many reloaders prefer the simplicity and reliabilty of a balance scale for weighing powder charges. In this Bulletin, we reported that our own PACT digital scale suffers from fluctuating read-outs. The weight reading drifted up to 0.3 grains in less than an hour. (PACT Story). LTRDavid has come up with a clever upgrade to an O’Haus-type scale that makes the weighing process easier for those of us with old eyeballs. He’s simply mounted a magnifying glass in front of the balance marker, using two clamps. Pretty ingenious wouldn’t you say? We wonder why the scale-makers didn’t offer a small magnifier as a factory option long ago. For more smart reloading tips, check out David’s website, LTRDavid.net.

Redding Balance Beam Reloading Scale

When working with balance beam scales, be sure you have the device leveled. Even a small amount of tilt will throw off the measurement. We’ve seen folks who keep their scale on a shelf or storage area, and then take it out for use. That’s fine, but remember than your loading bench may not be uniformly level on all sections. Unless you put the scale in exactly the same place on the bench every time (at the same angle), you may have to re-set the level. Likewise, if you take the scale to a range, be sure to re-level it to your new working surface. And remember that is it just as important to level the scale front to back as left to right.

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July 22nd, 2007

Camp Perry Results Available Online

The 2007 NRA National Rifle & Pistol Championships are underway now at Camp Perry, Ohio. This year promises to be one of the best-attended Championship series in Camp Perry’s 100-year history. More that 4000 shooters will be competing in a variety of disciplines. The smallbore 3-Position event concludes today, July 22nd, to be followed by Smallbore Prone from July 23-27. CMP Rifle matches run August 1-4. The High Power Rifle competition will be held August 6-10, while the High Power Long Range match runs August 11-14. Visit the Camp Perry web site for Camp Perry History, driving directions, and lodging information.

Complete match scores and standings are compiled daily and posted on the NRA Nat’l Championship Results webpage.

Camp Perry is a 640-acre Ohio National Guard Training Site located on the southern shores of Lake Erie. Ranges and Training facilities include three automated firing ranges, ballistic shoot-house and multiple field training areas. An article covering the history of the Camp Perry matches, written by Philip Schreier, Senior Curator, National Firearms Museum, is on the NRA’s National Rifleman website. Click the graphic below to read the article.

Camp Perry Centennial match
Illustration ©2007 National Rifle Association

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July 22nd, 2007

Bushnell Outdoor Products Acquired by Private Equity Group

The trend of shooting industry buyouts continues. Cerberus acquired Remington, Smith & Wesson purchased Thompson/Center Arms, and Brownell’s has bought out Sinclair International. Now Bushnell is the latest big outdoor company to change hands. Bushnell Outdoor Products will be acquired by MidOcean Partners, a private equity group. MidOcean will purchase Bushnell and its sub-brands from Wind Point Partners, also a private equity investment firm. Bushnell’s senior management team will remain in place (for now) and have a significant ownership stake in the company. The deal includes Bushnell Outdoor Products’ 11 brands (15 product lines) including Bushnell®, Tasco®, Serengeti®, Bollé®, Uncle Mike’s®, Stoney Point®, Hoppe’s®, Blackwater Gear®, and Butler Creek®.

Bushnell outdoor products

Bushnell Outdoor Products was founded 48 years ago. In the shooting optics and electronics markets, Bushnell is well-established in the low- to medium-priced segment, with excellent distribution and marketing systems in place. In recent years, Bushnell has brought out some of the more innovative, high-tech products and accessories in the shooting industry, including Laser Rangefinders with angle correction and the Onix line of GPS units that can download satellite maps and weather info via XM Satellite radio. Click HERE for Onix video.

MidOcean Partners is a private equity firm with a wide variety of holdings including Concentra (Health Care), Lecta Group (paper products), Penton Media (B2B trade shows and journals), Totes/Isotoner (clothing), Palace Entertainment (family water parks). Based in New York and London, MidOcean invests in high quality companies with stable market positions and opportunities for growth in the United States and Europe.

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July 21st, 2007

Wind Wizard Emil Praslick Offers Tips

Emil Praslick, USAMU wind reading

SSG Emil Praslick, USAMU Service Rifle coach, is considered one of the best wind gurus in the United States, if not the world. He has authored an excellent two-part article on wind reading that is available on the CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) website. Both articles contain helpful illustrations, and are “must-read” resources for any long-range shooter–not just Service Rifle and Highpower competitors.

Click to Read Articles:

Reading the Wind (Part One) | Reading the Wind (Part Two)

Part One covers basic principles, tactics, and strategies, with a focus on the 200-yard stages. Emil writes: “There are as many dimensions to ‘wind reading’ as there are stages to High Power competition. Your tactical mindset, or philosophy, must be different for the 200 and 300 yard rapid-fire stages than it would be for the 600 yard slow-fire. In the slow-fire stages you have the ability to adjust windage from shot to shot, utilizing the location of the previous shot as an indicator. Additionally, a change to the existing conditions can be identified and adjusted for prior to shooting the next shot.”

In Part Two, Praslick provides more detailed explanations of the key principles of wind zeros, wind reading, and the “Clock System” for determining wind values: “The Value of the wind is as important as its speed when deciding the proper windage to place on the rifle. A 10 MPH wind from ’12 o-clock’ has No Value, hence it will not effect the flight of the bullet. A 10 MPH wind from ‘3 o’clock’, however, would be classified as Full Value. Failure to correct for a Full Value wind will surely result in a less than desirable result.”

USAMU Praslick wind clock

Praslick also explains how to identify and evaluate mirage:

Determine the accuracy of the mirage. Mirage is the reflection of light through layers of air that have different temperatures than the ground. These layers are blown by the wind and can be monitored to detect wind direction and speed.

Focus your scope midway between yourself and the target, this will make mirage appear more prominent. I must emphasize the importance of experience when using mirage as a wind-reading tool. The best way to become proficient in the use of mirage is to correlate its appearance to a known condition. Using this as a baseline, changes in mirage can be equated to changes in the value of the wind. Above all, you must practice this skill!

Click HERE for more excellent instructional articles by Emil Praslick and other USAMU Coaches and shooters.

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