June 25th, 2008

Bag-Boosting Trick for Prone Shooting

shooting mat shelf linerMost rear sand-bags (from Edgewood, or Protektor, or SEB) are optimized for use on the bench with low-profile stock designs like the McMillan Edge or Kelbly Klub. If you use these bags when shooting from the ground F-Class style or with bipod, you may find the rifle is too low to the ground for comfort. Yes you can suck in your belly and crank down your front rest, but it makes more sense to elevate the rear bag. Jason Baney has a simple solution that costs under $4.00 in materials.

SEB Sebastian Rear Sand Bag

Get a small 12″x12″ section of 1″ thick plywood and trim it to fit the base of your bag, leaving maybe 1/2″ extra on all sides. Then get some rubberized, waffle-pattern GRIP-IT shelf-liner from your local home improvement center, and attach it to the underside of the wood. Alternatively, if you want a more rigid base (with less ‘give’) for hard, flat ground, use high-durometer unlined Neoprene, available from industrial supply shops. Glue a layer of shelf liner or Neoprene on the bottom and top of the plywood. This will give good grip on your shooting mat and provide a stable, non-slip surface for the base of your sandbag. If you need more elevation, just use a thicker piece of wood, or sandwich two pieces together. NOTE: We’ve used the shelf liner with zero problems on a concrete bench, but some folks say the shelf liner is too squishy for serious BR work. If you’re concerned about that, use the hard neoprene instead.

If you need a riser with more mass, Dave Dohrmann sells high-durometer Neoprene riser pads in 1/2″ through 1″ thicknesses, starting at $22.00. Dave offers risers cut to fit both Protektor and Edgewood footprints. Call Dave at 864-884-0155 or email dbugholes[@]aol.com. With textured surfaces top and bottom, Dave’s heavy pads work equally well to elevate your bag on the bench.

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June 25th, 2008

Field Pants on Sale at Cabela's — $7.88

You read that right. The price on these M-65 Camo Field Pants is just $7.88. Only two sizes are offered at this bargain price — Medium (Tall) and Large (Tall). Cabela’s claims these are genuine M-65 style field trousers, like those used by the U.S. Military. A couple of buyers said that the pants, while excellent, are thinner than true Army issue. Nonetheless, they are comfortable and sturdy, cut from rugged, heavy-duty nylon-cotton rip-stop fabric. NOTE: these pants do NOT have normal cuffs. Instead there is a drawstring. This helps keep snow and brush out. The Cabela’s M-65 pants are a good choice for hunting and general outdoor wear. They are cut very generously, with adjustable waist tabs.

Here are some user reviews:

CptSlab: “These are just like the M-65 field pants used in the military. They are cut baggy in the legs, thighs and seat for flexibility and to accomodate an optional button-in poly liner for cold weather wear. The material is very tough. There are plenty of pockets and adjustment tabs at the waist. Without the liner they are great for spring and fall.”

9Scout: “I have gone through several pairs of these over the years and I love the extra room and flexibility of these pants. They allow for extra layers underneath in cold conditions or just for single-layer coverage on warmer hunts. The tied ankle cuffs keep seeds and snow out of your boots also.”

Farv: “these pants are tough, have enough pockets for the job, and you can’t get a better all-round camo than good old Woodland. I would have given them 5 stars but the sizing is off — sizing chart suggested I was a large but that was way too big and had to re-order a medium.”

FREE Shipping: If you click through on the Cabela’s link (right column), you can get free shipping on $150.00 minimum orders. Use Code 68FREE on checkout.

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June 25th, 2008

Shooting USA Covers Camp Perry Centennial This Week

This week, Shooting USA repeats its broadcast featuring the 2007 Centennial matches at Camp Perry. If you missed it the first time, this “must-see” episode also highlights the 100-year history of the Camp Perry National Championships.

The first Service Rifle competition dates back to the late 1800’s. In 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt formally authorized the national matches to encourage better marksmanship for soldiers and civilians. In the beginning, the matches were held at different locations across the country, but in 1907 Camp Perry (now an Ohio National Guard base) became the permanent site. 100 years later, the tradition continues as America’s most prestigious shooting competition. The annual national matches are a combined effort of the Guard, the Civilian Marksmanship Program and the National Rifle Association.

Shooting USA airs Wednesday Nights on the Outdoor Channel:

Eastern Time 4:30 PM, 8:30 PM, 2:00 AM (Thursday)
Central Time 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM, 1:00 AM (Thursday)
Mountain Time 2:30 PM, 6:30 PM, Midnight
Pacific Time 1:30 PM, 5:30 PM, 11:00 PM

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