June 4th, 2009

"Girls with Guns" Biathlon Program in Alberta, Canada

Our recent story on the Ansch├╝tz Model 64-R Biathlon rifle prompted interest in the Olympic sport of biathlon, which combines cross-country skiing with rimfire rifle marksmanship. While most of the top shooters are from Europe, there are many dedicated biathletes in Canada and the USA.

In the video below, Nicki Pacas, a former Canadian National Team biathlete, talks about the “Girls with Guns” biathlon program she leads in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Nicki’s “Girls with Guns” program has attracted many new female biathletes who enjoy the comradery and the unique challenge of skiing and shooting. Nicki explains: “I enjoy the challenge of biathlon. The best way to describe going from skiing to shooting is, say you just did a 100-meter sprint and a whole bunch of pushups and then you need to try and thread a needle. It’s really, really hard… it’s a total shift in concentration.”

With the help of top Nordic coaches, Nicki has introduced dozens of young women to the sport of biathlon. For many participants this was their first experience shooting rifles. Nicki adds: “It’s so great to see more girls participating in [biathlon]. I think because it’s a girls-only program it’s more appealing…. I think if you give girls the opportunity to have a healthy lifestyle… they’re more likely to make really positive decisions in the future.”

NOTE: You should definitely watch this professionally-produced video. Nicki is a great spokes-person for her sport.

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June 4th, 2009

Rimfire Benchrest Stock Sources

We often hear the question: “Where can I get a quality bench stock, with a wide, flat fore-end, for a rimfire action?” First, McMillan can inlet their popular Edge and Hunter benchrest stocks for rimfire actions such as the Hall, Rem 40X, and Turbo. Second, if you’re looking for a nice wood stock, contact Don Stith in Troutville, Virginia. Don’s St. Louis Plains Rifle Co. offers match-proven wide fore-end designs, inletted for most of the popular rimfire target actions: Anschutz 54, Hall, Remington 37, Remington 40X, Remington 540 or 580, Sako Finnfire, Suhl, Turbo, Ultralight, and Winchester 52. Stith also sells a rimfire sporter stock with a narrower fore-end. This is designed to meet the regulations of IR50/50 Sporter Class

Stith offers a variety of fancy woods, as well as colored laminates. Stock weight depends on your choice of wood. Butternut, Catalpa, and Sassafrass will weigh 1.5 to 1.75 pounds. Walnut and Curly Maple are 1.75 to 2.25 pounds and the laminates are approximately 2.5 pounds.

stith stocks

Stith “Class BR” rimfire stocks start at $220 for laminates, and $200 for solid wood, but fancy or highly figured woods can cost quite a bit more. Call Don for a quote. The popular “Predator” design (known for its great tracking) starts at $250.00. Don’s rimfire benchrest stocks are fully shaped, sanded to 120 grit, and inletted but no finish is done and they are shipped without buttplates.

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June 4th, 2009

G.A. Precision Launches New Website with Enhanced Info

G.A. Precision builds some of the best tactical rifles currently available, such as the Crusader model shown below. The long-awaited updated and enhanced G.A. Precision website launches today, 6/4/2009 at 12:00 noon CST. G.A. Precision’s owner George Gardner (profile below) tells us: “The new site has enhanced features and navigation and a great deal of helpful new information. It’s still a work in progress. During the rest of this year we’ll add more pages…. You can also upload pictures of you and your GAP rifle to the site, as well as testimonials.”

G.A. Precision

Find Hidden Features for a Prize
George adds: “For the unveiling there are 8-10 ‘Easter Eggs’ on the new site. Some are clickable links while others are just hidden images. The first guy to email me with all of them will win a GAP/Strider Knife (retail value $375.00). The winner will be announced on this and other gun forums.”

George Gardner G.A. Precision

History of G.A. Precision
G.A. Precision was founded and started initially by George Gardner alone as a means of building competition rifles for local High Power and long range shooters. G.A. Precision has grown during the past ten years, moving through three different locations and adding 13 more employees. G.A. Precison currently builds rifles for over 300 law enforcement agencies, including FBI HRT Team Quantico, Chicago P.D. SWAT, Illinois State Police HRT Team, Cook County (Chicago) HBT. Coral Springs P.D., Florida, Kansas City MO P.D. TAC, Kansas City, KS P.D., Denton TX, Richardson TX. Dane County WI, and many others. G.A. Precision also specializes in building competition rifles for the increasingly popular long-range tactical matches held around the country. George Gardner is an active outdoorsman and shooter, regularly competing with the rifles he builds.

G.A. Precision Gladius
GAP Gladius with Manners T2A stock, 18.5″ Bartlein barrel, Nightforce F1

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