March 21st, 2008

Boron Nitride Bullet Lube Sources

David Tubb of Superior Shooting Systems pioneered the use of Boron Nitride to coat bullets. Hexagonal Boron Nitride (aka “White Graphite” or “HBN”) is an extremely slippery substance with high load-bearing properties. David believes Boron Nitride reduces bullet jacket friction and fouling in the bore. With boron nitride-coated bullets, it is believed that a shooter can fire longer shot strings before cleaning is required. Boron Nitride coating performs much the same function as moly-coating, but David (and others) believe HBN does the job better, and adheres to the bullet better than plain moly. And unlike moly, HBN has no potential corrosive properties.

You have to make you own decision as to whether bullet coatings are advantageous to you. The majority of shooting matches are still won by “naked” bullets. However, if you are a long-term moly user, you may want to investigate the benefits of boron nitride coatings.

Superior Shooting Systems will coat your naked bullets with Boron Nitride for $0.05 (five cents) per bullet with a 1000-bullet minimum order. If you want to save dollars and coat your own bullets, the process is similar to that for moly-coating — impact plate the bullets by tumbling with Boron Nitride powder. Boron Nitride powder is available in bulk from LowerFriction.com. This Canadian firm sells powdered boron nitride in three sizes, .070 micron, 0.5 micron and 1.5 micron. The 0.5 micron size seems to work best for bullet coating. Current price is $79.00 US per pound, plus shipping. Call 1 + (416) 509-4462 to order.

Smaller quantities of a Boron Nitride bullet lubricant are offered by 21st Century Ballistic Solutions (“21stCBS”). This company offers a proprietary Boron Nitride blend specially formulated for easy application and excellent adhesion. 21stCBS has done extensive testing with both varmint and match rifles. They believe the Boron Nitride coating significantly reduces both copper and carbon barrel fouling. This allows up to 120+ rounds to be fired with no significant reduction in accuracy. The 21stCBS product applies easily in a vibratory tumbler–you don’t need steel shot or ball bearings to get the Boron Nitride to adhere to your bullets. Cost of the 21stCBS “custom blend” is $10.25 shipped for one (1) ounce of product, enough to coat 1000+ bullets. For more info, or to order, contact Mike Brenner, Mikeb@21stcenturyballisticsolution.com, (641) 485-0047 or (641) 753-3670. Mike also notes that the Boron Nitride does a great job of reducing friction when applied to leather benchrest front and rear sandbags.

Aerosol Boron Nitride Lubricant
We haven’t tried it, so we can’t confirm its effectiveness, but a new Aerosol spray coating is available that contains Boron Nitride. Produced by Slide Products in Illinois, Hi Temp 1800 was designed as a metal lubricant and mold release. The Boron Nitride retains its friction-reducing qualities even at very high temperatures.

We’ve been told that some shooters are experimenting with this spray-on Boron Nitride product. If it works with bullets, that will simplify the application process, since you won’t need a tumbler. But we caution that right now, spray on Boron Nitride is “experimental” at best. Cost is $87.20 for a case of 12 cans. For more info, or to order, call Slide Products, Toll Free 1-800-323-6433, or (847) 541-7220. Samples are available on request.

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March 21st, 2008

New CMP Rulebook Available

The CMP has finalized its 2008 rules for service rifle, service pistol and as-issued military rifles. The 12th Edition (2008) of the CMP Competition Rules is now posted on the CMP web site and can be downloaded for free. Printed copies of the 2008 rulebook can also be ordered from the CMP. DCM representative Gary Anderson reports that “just like in 2007, there are not a lot of rule changes, [and] nothing in the 2008 rules is going to substantially change any CMP courses of fire or the way competitions are conducted. There are some rule changes, however, that are designed to address issues that have come up or to respond to recommendations that were received from match sponsors and competitors.”

CLICK HERE for a Summary of all the New Rules

CLICK HERE to download CMP RULEBOOK

ECIs now Required for Rimfire AND Pistol Classes
One noteworthy change in the 2008 CMP rules is that ECIs (empty chamber indicators) confirming that firearms are unloaded and safe are now required in ALL rifles and pistols in both CMP and NRA matches at all times except during preparation and firing periods. Highpower and air rifle shooters quickly accepted the mandatory use of ECIs for centerfire rifles and CBIs (clear barrel indicators) for air rifles, but smallbore and pistol shooters resisted. Now several years of experience have demonstrated how effective these safety flags are in allowing range officers to quickly confirm that guns are cleared. Accordingly, the use of ECIs is now mandatory in all classes.

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March 20th, 2008

Definitive Cartridge Guidebook on Sale

Cartridges of the World, 11th Edition by Frank Barnes, is considered by many to be the definitive print resource on firearm cartridges. The most recent 552-page edition describes over 1500 cartridges, including the latest wildcat and military cartridges. It also describes many historical or obsolete cartridges, making it useful for antique firearms collectors. This important reference features detailed photos, dimensional drawings and loading data.

Now through the end of March, 2008, MidwayUSA has Cartridges of the World (item 743700) on sale for $16.99, marked down from $19.99.

About the Author, Frank Barnes
Frank Barnes (1918-1992) began collecting information on handgun cartridges at the early age of 12, thanks to his father who was a police officer. Most people don’t know that Frank had a Masters degree in Justice and served as college professor, a pilot, and a racecar driver. He was an innovator, and came up with the original 308 x 1.5″ Barnes, predecessor of the 30BR case. Decades ago Barnes started working with different cartridges and decided to publish a manual for all of them. Cartridges of the World was first published in 1965, and is now in its 11th Edition.

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March 20th, 2008

Heller's Lawyer Speaks Out on the Second Amendment

In a commentary appearing in the Boston Globe and Washington Times, Robert A. Levy, one of the lawyers for Dick Heller, explains the key issues in the landmark D.C. v. Heller Case. We recommend you read Levy’s essay, offered on the CATO Institute website.

CLICK HERE to read Levy Commentary.

Levy explains how, if the Supreme Court finds that the Second Amendment accords an individual right to ALL citizens, then restrictions on that right should be subject to “strict scrutiny” under established principles of Constitutional law. Levy notes that, if the High Court accepts the District Columbia’s view of the Second Amendment, then this would effectively render the Second Amendment a “dead letter”. Based the comments of the Justices during the oral arguments on March 18, we believe at least a majority of the Supreme Court is not willing to go that far. However, Levy warns:

“If D.C.’s outright ban on all handguns, in all homes, at all times, for all purposes, is determined by the court to pass muster, it will mean the Supreme Court intends to rubberstamp just about any regulation a legislature can dream up — no matter whether the government has offered any justification at all, much less a justification that would survive strict scrutiny. That would, in effect, excise the Second Amendment from the Constitution. A right that cannot be enforced is no right at all.

At root, the Heller case is simple. It’s about self-defense: individuals living in a dangerous community who want to protect themselves in their own homes when necessary. The Second Amendment to the Constitution was intended to safeguard that right. Banning handguns outright is unconstitutional.”

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March 20th, 2008

EVENT CALENDAR — Send Us Your Listings

Please send in your events for the Calendar. We have about 40 event listings and we’d like to triple that number. While we don’t have the resources/space to put in all clubs’ regular monthly events, we want to include:

A. Major National and Regional Championships
B. Popular Special Competitions and fun shoots, such as Hickory Groundhog Shoot
C. Interesting Special Events, such as Industry Trade shows, BR school, or multi-discipline shoot.

Please provide a 100-word summary of event with dates, cost, list of classes (gun types), and a phone # and web link for further information.

Send Photos and Range Maps
Our Calendar software allows us to display photos, club logos, or range maps, so you can attach those to your submissions. Please send your calendar items to: mailbox@6mmBR.com . Please put “EVENT” in the email subject line. Thanks!

We reserve the right to edit any entries.

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March 19th, 2008

Supreme Court Appears to Favor Individual Rights View of Second Amendment

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral auguments in the landmark D.C. v. Heller case. It appeared, based on the questions posed by the Justices, that the High Court may strike down the D.C.’s ban on handguns. But we’ll likely have to wait until May or June for a final decision.

Head Count: It looks Like 5:4 or 6:3
Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Alito, and Justice Scalia all seemed to favor the view that the Second Amendment confers an individual right to keep and bear arms. Roberts made his views clear right from the start, asking the District’s lawyer: “If [the Second Amendment] is limited to state militias, why would they say ‘the right of the people’?…In other words, why wouldn’t they say ‘state militias have the right to keep arms’?” Justice Thomas did not speak at the argument, but he can be expected to align with Roberts and Scalia. Justice Kennedy may be the swing vote needed to overturn the D.C. ban. Kennedy said the Second Amendment confers “a general right to bear arms quite without reference to the militia either way.” That leaves four justices who may vote the other way: Breyer, Ginsburg, Souter, and Stevens. Stevens might also vote with the majority for a 6-3 decision.

Most legal observers, including our correspondent, Robert Whitley, believe there will be at least 5 votes to overturn the D.C. ban. Whitley cautions however: “I think there will be a recognition of the individual right, and the D.C. ban will probably be invalidated, at least in its current form. But this isn’t the end of the controversy… there will be many more battles ahead. The court will likely try to decide the case narrowly, and many of the justices seem to favor some kind of ‘reasonableness’ test for gun laws that will only lead to more legal challenges in the months and years ahead.”

Richard Heller, the Man in the Middle
After the oral arguments, Robert Whitley interviewed Dick Heller, the plaintiff in the historic case. Robert observed: “Heller is a normal guy, like you and me. He’s a nice guy who simply felt the D.C. gun ban was wrong.” Heller lives in a small apartment in the heart of the District. One day, observing a bullet hole in the frame of his front door, he decided he wanted to keep a handgun to protect himself.

Heller works as a security guard in a Federal building. Heller told Whitley: “To me, the case is simple. I go to work, and I’m told to carry a gun to protect Federal employees. Yet when I go home, the District of Columbia says the value of my own life is not worth protecting. That’s just wrong.”

Jim Shepard, covering the case for The Outdoor Wire, recorded a remarkable exchange between Heller and reporters:

“… A reporter interjected: ‘the Mayor (DC Mayor Adrian M. Fenty) says the handgun ban and his initiatives have significantly lowered violent crime in the District. How do you answer that, Mr. Heller?”

The initial answer certainly wasn’t expected – Dick Heller laughed. Ruefully.

Pointing at the Mayor who was making his way across the plaza, surrounded by at least six DC police officers, Heller said, ‘the Mayor doesn’t know what he’s talking about.’

‘He doesn’t walk on the street like an average citizen. Look at him; he travels with an army of police officers as bodyguards – to keep him safe. But he says that I don’t have the right to be a force of one to protect myself. Does he look like he thinks the streets are safe?'”

When it comes right down to it, that’s what this case is really all about — an individual citizen’s basic, fundamental right to defend himself and his home. That’s a right the founders surely intended to guarantee in adopting the Second Amendment.

CLICK HERE for NBC News Video Report

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March 19th, 2008

Horizontal $259.00 "Site Safe" at Lowe's

Here’s a useful item that can provide secure storage for valuable tools, outdoor gear, and shooting accessories. In a pinch, it can also augment the storage capacity of your gun safe, though we recommend a conventional gun safe with UL-rated locking mechanism for long-term firearms storage.

Better Built Job Site Safe

The Better Built® 48″ Steel Job Site Safe is now on sale at Lowe’s for $259.00, marked down from $288.00. Offering 17.5 cubic feet of storage space, the Site Safe (Lowe’s item # 195894) will hold tools, barrel, tripods etc. up to 48″ in length. It is 25″ high, 24″ front to back, and is built of powder-coated 14 gauge steel. The design includes recessed lift handles to assist in installation. In the front are two lock ports which can be secured with padlocks.

Note, this Job Site Safe does not qualify as a Residential Security Container, so it won’t pass muster in some states as a qualifying gun safe. However, this unit can be very handy in your garage or workshop to secure expensive tools and other equipment. Also, its low, horizontal design allows it to fit in places where a conventional, vertical style safe will not fit. Better Built® also offers 36″-wide (item 37224145), and 60″-wide (item 37224142) Site Safes, but these products are not currently sold at Lowe’s.

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March 18th, 2008

Today's the Day — Supreme Court Hears Second Amendment Case

This morning, March 18, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the D.C. vs. Heller case, the most important gun rights case to be heard by the High Court in nearly 70 years. The transcript of the Argument is linked below:

Transcript of D.C. v. Heller Oral Argument

Comments from the Justices — Breaking Report

Analysis of the Arguments — Justices Skeptical of D.C.’s Arguments

The key issue in the Heller case is whether the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides an individual right to have firearms or whether that right is limited to those who are members of the “militia”, or what is, today, the National Guard. The current case started when plaintiff Richard Heller sued the District of Columbia after it rejected his application to keep a handgun in his own home for self-defense. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. District agreed with Heller, and struck down the D.C. handgun ban as unconstitutional. The District of Columbia appealed the Appellate Court’s decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. Today, lawyers for both sides presented their arguments, starting at 10:00 am Eastern Time.

While we can’t predict the results of the hearing, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. asked rhetorically: “What’s reasonable about a total ban on gun possession?” One key “swing-vote” justice, Anthony Kennedy, stated his view that the Second Amendment “gives a general right to bear arms.” Justice Scalia seemed to clearly believe the Second Amendment confers individual rights:

“JUSTICE SCALIA: I don’t see how there’s any, any, any contradiction between reading the second clause as a personal guarantee and reading the first one as assuring the existence of a militia, not necessarily a State-managed militia because the militia that resisted the British was not State-managed. But why isn’t it perfectly plausible, indeed reasonable, to assume that since the framers knew that the way militias were destroyed by tyrants in the past was not by passing a law against militias, but by taking away the people’s weapons — that was the way militias were destroyed. The two clauses go together beautifully: Since we need a militia, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Bush-appointed justice Justice Samuel Alito seemed to come down on the side of gun rights, opining that the D.C.’s restrictions on long guns (not just pistols) were overly restrictive. Justice Alito further noted that it makes no sense that the Second Amendment would ONLY protect a militia from being disarmed, because the Congress could do that separately:

“JUSTICE ALITO: Your argument is that [the Second Amendment’s] purpose was to prevent the disarming of the organized militia, isn’t that correct?
MR. DELLINGER: That is correct.
JUSTICE ALITO: And if that was the purpose, then how could they — how could the Framers of the Second Amendment have thought that it would achieve that… because Congress has virtually plenary power over the militia under the militia clauses?”

Lining the street in front of the Supreme Court building were scores of interested citizens. Both sides in the debate were represented. Two days ago, a line to get into the Supreme Court for the historic arguments began forming; the line extended more than a block this morning. Second Amendment supporters held signs saying “Support the Constitution” and “Guns Stop Crime”, while gun control advocates held anti-gun placards.

Representing AccurateShooter.com at the hearing today was attorney (and highpower shooter) Robert Whitley. Robert is attending the hearing as an observer. He will listen to the questions posed by the members of the Supreme Court and try to discern which way the justices will lean in the case. No one can really predict how the High Court will rule in D.C. vs. Heller, though the majority of top legal scholars, including Lawrence Tribe of Harvard Law School, now favor the view that the Second Amendment confers rights to individual citizens, just like the First Amendment.

The final ruling in the case is expected in June. At least one legal scholar, Prof. Nelson Lund of the George Mason Univ. Law School, predicts that the Supreme Court will invalidate the District of Columbia’s ban on handguns, but it will do so with a narrowly-drawn ruling: “Because this would be the first case in history in which the federal courts invalidated a gun control statute under the Second Amendment, the Court would probably write its opinion narrowly.” Lund notes that: “If the Supreme Court accepts D.C.’s principal contention–that civilians have no constitutional right to possess firearms except in connection with militia service–the Second Amendment will essentially become a dead letter.” The High Court, Lund believes, would be reluctant to effectively extinguish part of the Constitution. CLICK HERE for Lund’s Analysis.

Robert Whitley will be filing his report by phone will us soon, so check this Daily Bulletin for updates. It may be many weeks, or even months, before the U.S. Supreme Court actually issues its ruling in this case. For more information on the D.C. vs. Heller case, click these links below.

MSNBC Report–On the Scene in Washington

Top 10 Facts in the D.C. v. Heller Case (American Rifleman)

Background of the Second Amendment (NSSF Amicus Brief)

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March 18th, 2008

Sinclair Int'l Introduces Ultra-Long Gun Cradle

Sinclair International recently introduced a “stretched” version of it’s popular aluminum rifle cleaning cradle. Priced at $49.85, this “long-wheelbase” 03-2600 design fits lengthy prone and Highpower stocks. This cradle is complete with legs, standard 14” tie bars, and rubber-lined saddles #CC190 (rear) and #CC120 (front) for varmint and prone rifles with large rear grips. Sinclair notes: “We recommend this cradle for stocks with forends up to 2.625” and rear grips from 1.75” to 2.35”. Some stocks that will fit this cradle include most Masterclass Highpower and prone stocks and some heavy varmint/target type stocks.” If you need a cradle for long-range BR and F-Class stocks with wider fore-arms, Sinclair offers cradle model 03-2400, which has a #CC130 front saddle that fits fore-arms up to 3.25″ in width.

Front and rear rubber-edged stock saddles of various widths can be ordered seperately for $13.65. These can be easily swapped in and out of the basic Sinclair rifle cradle to fit different stock configuations. For example, the #CC180 front saddle has a curved profile to fit the round handguard or float tube on AR-style rifles.

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March 17th, 2008

Nikon BDC 3-9×40 Scope on Sale

Here’s a good deal on a scope suitable for deer hunting and general field use. The magnification range is sensible for an all-around hunting rifle. SWFA is offering the 3-9×40 Team Primos Riflescope for just $199.00 (item 8435). That’s $150.00 off SWFA’s normal price, and $40-$50 cheaper than the best prices we’ve found at other vendors.

Weighing just 13 ounces, the Nikon offers near-constant 3.6-3.7 inch eye relief and 95% light transmission with full-coated lenses. The nitrogen-filled scope is 100% Waterproof/Fogproof/Shockproof and features a one-piece main body tube. Nikon offers a full, lifetime warranty.

The scope features Nikon’s BDC (Bullet Drop Compensating) reticle designed and calibrated to provide fast, simple aiming points for various shot distances. This system has a series of small “ballistic circles”-each subtending 2″ at 100 yards.

Nikon’s BDC is designed to be used with most standard centerfire cartridges with typical bullet weights, providing aiming points out to 500 yards, with a 100-yard sight-in. With Magnum cartridges and typical bullet weights, the same scopes with BDC reticles offer aiming points out to 600 yards, with a 200-yard sight-in.

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March 17th, 2008

Dell Renews $549.00 Laptop Deal

In January, we reported that Dell was offering an excellent laptop computer for under $600.00, the Dell Vostro 1500. Dell has extended that offer, and even sweetened the deal. Now for $549.00 you can get a well-configured unit with 2 Gigs of RAM, a 1.4 mhz Intel Dual-Core processor, built-in Wi-Fi, and a huge 250 gigabyte hard-drive. Previously, the $549.00 Vostro 1500 had a 160 Gig hard-drive. This is a limited-time offer from Dell. Dell even includes FREE shipping.

CLICK HERE for full Vostro 1500 Review.

Notably, unlike Acer, Sony, Toshiba, and most other bargain lap-top makers, Dell offers its Vostros with a choice of either Windows XP or Vista operating systems. For a variety of reasons, we still recommend XP over Vista. Tests have demonstrated that XP runs faster than Vista, it enjoys superior software compatibility, and it requires less RAM.

Overall, the Vostro 1500 is a very capable package for the price. This Editor acquired one (thanks to a donation from Joe. F in CA), and our 1000-yard Editor Jason Baney just ordered one. Dell laptop buyers also get special deals on printers, for example the Dell 1320c Color Laser, a PC World magazine “Best Buy”, is just $299.00. Consider that, a decade ago, a quality color laser printer could cost $1500.00 or more.

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March 16th, 2008

Lyman 1200 Powder Dispenser Speed Upgrade Kit

Here’s a great product for owners of the Lyman 1200 Electronic Powder Scale/Dispenser. Lyman offers an inexpensive kit that will make your machine run much faster, AND it will be easier to clean out. Currently MidwayUSA has the Lyman 1200 Speed Upgrade Kit (item 638676) on sale for $21.99. This price is good through March 31, 2008.

Lyman 1200 owners report that the Speed Kit (Lyman part #7752428) is easy to install, and it can double the dispensing speed with some powders. Jack C. of NY reports that he could swap in the new unit in 10 minutes. He found that, with the Speed Kit, his machine was “nearly twice as fast and it cleans out in 1/10th the time.” Chris U. of Texas concurs: “This upgrade works! The bonus is that cleanup is greatly improved over the original unit. Remaining powder flows out easily leaving only a few behind.” Overall, Lyman 1200 owners report significant dispensing speed gains. Steve K. of VT notes: “The upgrade kit at least doubles the speed of the DPS 1200 and with rifle cartridges has a new charge dispensed and ready by the time I have placed and seated a bullet on the previous charged case. I highly recommend this upgrade.”

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March 16th, 2008

Gunbroker.com Hits Million-Member Mark

In less than a decade, GunBroker.com® has reached a milestone unmatched by any other online firearms auction — 1,000,000 registered users. On March 4, Californian D. Krainock, registered as the record-setting user. With this achievement, GunBroker.com maintains its position as the third largest online auction site in the world and by far the largest firearms, hunting and shooting sports website.

Steve Urvan, CEO of GunBroker.com, declared: “It amazes me to think that in fewer than ten years, GunBroker.com has grown to more than a million users.” “The future of business across the globe is e-commerce,” he continued. “It’s comforting to know the firearms industry is keeping pace with rapidly evolving technology.”

Caveat Emptor Applies to GunBroker Transactions
While this Editor has used GunBroker.com for some successful transactions, we caution users to be very careful when you buy. If a transaction goes bad, there is little GunBroker.com will do, as an enterprise, to help you out. You’re pretty much on your own. Here are some tips for buyers:

■ Before the auction closes, ask plenty of questions. Don’t assume that the description of the item for sale is completely correct (or current).

■ Check to ensure the photos in the listing are actually of the item for sale. Quite often they may be “catalog shots” taken from a manufacturer.

■ Review the seller’s return policy. We won’t buy any gun unless there is a “no questions asked” return policy allowing a reasonable amount of time for inspection. Some sellers will give you five days for inspection, but their clock starts running on the shipping date. You want at least five (5) business days from date of arrival.

■ If the item you receive is NOT what you purchased, immediately notify the seller, and take pictures of the item before you send it back. Try to negotiate a refund before you return the item.

■ Be sure you understand shipping/insurance procedures and costs. These days, it is not unusual for gun to be damaged in transit. Make sure the item is adequately insured and that you can send it back if it is damaged.

■ Check seller feedback. If there are more than a handful of published negative feedbacks, avoid that seller.

GunBroker.com Fraud Protection
GunBroker.com advertises a Buyer’s Protection Program under which buyers are automatically covered against fraud, for amounts up to $500 with a $100 deductible. The Buyer’s Protection Program covers two forms of fraud: a) if you pay for an item and never receive it; or 2) the item you receive is materially different that its description (e.g. if you bid on a stainless pistol and received a blued one instead.)

That sounds good right? In practice, we’ve found that it is exceedingly difficult to get one dime out of GunBroker.com if a transaction goes bad. First, GunBroker.com doesn’t answer emails or take phone calls. Second, the Fraud Claim Process is very complex and there is a lot of fine print, with “weasel clauses” that negate buyers’ rights. Many typical problems are specifically NOT covered by GunBroker’s Buyer Protection. For example, Gunbroker.com will NOT pay if:

A. The item was purchased with cash, or you don’t retain proof of payment.
B. The item was lost or damaged in shipping — “You must deal with the carrier for lost or damaged items.”
C. There are “differences in opinion over the condition of the item”.

In practice, that last clause (“C”) applies to most disputes, and really renders the Fraud Protection pretty useless except in situations where you don’t get the item at all (non-delivery), or if you receive something completely different than what you purchased (e.g. if you receive a Marlin 22 when you bid on an Anschutz).

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March 15th, 2008

New LG/HG Combo Stock from Competitive Edge

Competitive Edge Gunworks, based in Missouri, has created an interesting new stock design. Featuring a 5″ wide fore-arm and a 2.5″-wide butt section, the new stock is designed to work for BOTH Light Gun and Heavy Gun competition. The Heavy Gun version can be fitted with plates to increase weight, and to track more precisely with a mechanical rear rest. The Light Gun version can make weight at 16.5 pounds, and you can order a narrower rear dimension if your club does not allow 2.5″-wide flats in the rear. (A 2.5″-wide rear flat should be legal under current F-Class, NBRSA, and IBS rules.) Since some clubs or events may still limit the front fore-arm to 3″ for Light Gun class, you can also order the stock with a 3″-wide forearm. However, if the 5-incher is legal at your club–that’s what you want to run. It’s makes the gun signficantly more stable, and really reduces torque effects (with big calibers) compared to a 3-incher.


Larry Crow of Competitive Edge designed the “combo stock.” He believed that long-range benchrest shooters could benefit if their Light Guns and Heavy Guns were configured as similar as possible. This way, for both LG and HG, the bolt is in the same position, length of pull is the same, and the scope is in the same position. You can also use the same front rest for both guns. With consistent dimensions and ergonomics, the shooter can concentrate on reading the conditions, and not worry so much about gun-handling.

The Competitive Edge stock is available in both a 3″ forearm version, and the bigger 5″-wide combo version. Price for a 3″-wide forearm stock starts at $395.00, while the 5″ x 2.5″ combo stock starts at $495.00. Fancy laminates are available on request at extra cost. For more info, contact Competitive Edge Gunworks at 1-660-731-5124.


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March 15th, 2008

Exotic Firearms from France

Recently in our Forum, French shooter Aurelien posted some spectacular 400m groups shot with a “6×47″ built by Christian Salva. (We believe that is the 6mm based on the 6.5×47 Lapua cases, and not the RUAG 6×47, a separate cartridge.) If you want to see some cool-looking precision rifles (and target pistols) built with a continental flair, check out Christian’s website. Christian has built some wild-looking silhouette pistols, and we are intrigued by his barrel-block F-Class rifle, and thumbhole Varmint rifle.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS

Christian Salva gunsmith, France

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March 14th, 2008

Bargain Bin — $55.00 Wind Meter

Whether you shoot at 100 yards or 1000, you need to gauge the wind to shoot small groups. A flag or wind-sock will show you the angle of the wind, but you’ll still be guessing about its velocity. That’s where a hand-held wind gauge helps. A good gauge provides both current and averaged wind speed plus basic environmental info (such as temperature and wind chill). To get these features you can pay hundreds of dollars. Or, you can buy a Speedtech Skymate SM-18 Wind Meter from Officetronics for just $55.00. (If Officetronics is sold out, try this vendor link at $58.66.) The Skymate is a quality product sold by many of the big name vendors (Cabela’s, MidwayUSA) for $90.00 or more. The Skymate Wind Meter is accurate, rugged, water resistant, and affordable. This compact unit weighs just 2.3 ounces, and has a replaceable 400 hour lithium battery. “Smart” features include a data lock function, and an automatic power shutoff that kicks in after 15 minutes to save your battery.

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March 13th, 2008

Great Deal on Steiner 8×30 Binoculars

Currently, Natchez Shooters Supply has the highly regarded Steiner 8×32 Predator binoculars on sale for $199.00, marked down from $249.00. The versatile, rubber-armored Predator 8×30 is small enough to carry easily and fit into a coat pocket, while offering both power and brightness. The Steiner 8x30s provide 20mm of eye relief and a 390-foot-wide field of vision at 1,000 yards. Weight is 18 ounces. The waterproof Predator 8x30s come with Auto-Focus System, wrap-around eye cups that fold down, objective lens covers, binocular case and strap. Steiner offers a 10-year warranty on this model.

Steiner Predator Binoculars

This is a very good deal. We did a quick price search on the web. Cabela’s.com has the same 8×30 Steiners for $260.94, while OpticsPlanet.com is charging $249.00.

CLICK HERE to read Steiner Binocular reviews from Cabela’s Customers.

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March 13th, 2008

Lapua Brass for U.S. F-Class Team

The United States F-Class Rifle Team announced that Lapua, a division of the Nordic Nammo Group, has committed to provide world class cartridge cases for use by the U.S. Team in the 2009 World F-Class Long Range Rifle Championships.

In July 2009, 35 of America’s best F-Class shooters from across the United States will travel to England to face team competition at distances of 600 to 1000 yards in the third World F-Class Long Range Rifle Championships. The United States won the first world championships in 2002 held in Ottawa, Canada, followed by a second place finish in 2005 in South Africa.

In an effort to reclaim the world title in 2009, the team officers have created a training program designed to greatly increase their odds. “We have worked hard to modify both our team selection process and training regimen,” said Robert Bock, United States F-Class Rifle Team captain. “It brings us great pride and pleasure to have our efforts both acknowledged and supported by Lapua. We can’t thank Lapua enough for its support and dedication or our future success.” Team USA currently uses the 6.5-284 cartridge, and it is likely the team will stick with that chambering in 2009.

F-Class is shot from the prone position at distances of 300 to 1,000 yards. In Open Class Competitors may use almost any caliber rifle, a scope, and both front and rear rests. An ideal sport for both male and female competitive shooters, this shooting discipline is unique in the fact that anyone can excel in it, even with little experience. “F-Class shooting is performed with a scoped, rested rifle,” said Adam Braverman, U.S. sales and business manager for Lapua. “Men, women, teenagers, the elderly and the physically disabled are able to compete on an even playing field, making F-Class the fastest growing long-range shooting discipline in the world. It is our pleasure to support the national team and we look forward to them returning to the United States as World Champions.”

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March 12th, 2008

Share Your Design Concepts with Timney Triggers

Timney Triggers“What trigger would you like us to build next?” That’s the question Timney Triggers is asking shooters. Timney wants customer input on what type(s) of new triggers it should develop, and the reasons why. Just log on to the Timney Triggers website, and share your ideas on the Trigger Survey Page.

Timney tells us: “Since its inception in 1946, Timney has always looked for ways to improve their products by listening to the customer. After all who knows better about the product than the end user? Timney would like to pose the question to all shooters and hunters. What trigger would you like us to build next? Perhaps a new bolt action, semi-auto pistol, shotgun, or tactical rifle? The sky is the limit so be creative.”

Arizona-based Timney Triggers currently offers a line of 75 replacement triggers, including a popular set of drop-in, modular AR-15 triggers. For more info, call 866-484-6639 or visit TimneyTriggers.com.

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March 11th, 2008

Hunting and Shooting Sales top $3.7 Billion

The popular media often depict hunting and shooting as ‘niche’ activities, out-of-step with general trends in society. And of course golf and tennis receive much more coverage in the media than do shooting sports.

In fact, hunting and shooting are hugely popular. Americans spend more money on hunting and shooting equipment than on golf, tennis, fishing, or skiing gear. $3.7 billion was spent on hunting and shooting equipment in 2006, including $2.18 billion in firearms sales. According to data released from the National Sporting Goods Assn., sales of hunting and shooting-related equipment exceeded gear sales for every other sport activity, except exercise equipment. That means hunting and shooting are more important to the economy than golf, more important than tennis, more important than sport fishing.

New statistics show that hunting gear and firearm sales topped $3.7 billion in 2006, up 4.1 percent from the previous year. Only exercise equipment performed better, with sales of $5.22 billion, according to NSGA’s most recent “Sporting Goods Market” report. Golf equipment, which claimed the No. 2 spot the previous year, fell into the third spot with $3.66 billion in sales.

Included in the hunting- and shooting-related equipment category are firearms ($2.18 billion in 2006 sales), airguns ($224.1 million), ammunition ($977.1 million), knives ($51.8 million), paintball guns/packages ($220.9 million), and reloading equipment ($52.0 million).

“These statistics not only further demonstrate the willingness of America’s 40 million hunters and shooters to spend big bucks to enjoy their lifestyles, but also show our industry’s success in continuing to develop new products to meet their needs,” said Doug Painter, president of the firearm industry’s trade association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Top 10 Sports Equipment Sales Categories (2006):

1. Exercise – $5.22 billion
2. Hunting and firearms – $3.71 billion
3. Golf – $3.66 billion
4. Athletic goods team sales – $2.62 billion
5. Fishing tackle – $2.22 billion
6. Camping – $1.53 billion
7. Optics – $1.01 billion
8. Snow skiing – $615.0 million
9. Billiards / indoor games – $570.9 million
10. Tennis – $419.8 million

This report appears courtesy the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

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