June 5th, 2009

Kent Reeve Sets NRA Metric Smallbore Record

Kent Reeve Palma teamForum member Kent Reeve (Cary, NC) is best known as a High Power and long-range shooter. Kent won the 2006 NRA National Long-Range Championships, edging out John Whidden by two points. However, Kent recently set a new NRA civilian record for smallbore metric prone shooting. Scoring 1,576 out of a possible 1,600 points, Reeve broke the record at the NC Smallbore Metric Prone State Championship held May 9-10 in Creedmoor, North Carolina. Kent used Lapua’s new X-ACT rimfire ammo.

Reeve’s accomplishment attracted the attention of the mainstream media. On June 4, Reeve was profiled by the News & Observer in Raleigh, NC. In that story, Reeve revealed that he shoots rimfire matches “for the training… it’s easier to find a 100-yard range.” Reeve also explained that smallbore shooting helps improve his centerfire marksmanship because the longer barrel time of the 22LR round makes a perfect hold even more important: “The .22 [rimfire] bullet stays in the barrel about three times longer than the .308, so any shot placement error is magnified.” Reeve recently headed to Wisconsin, where he will compete for a spot on the 2011 USA Palma team. Reeve has been a USA Palma Team member in the past, and we wish him luck in the team selection matches.

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June 5th, 2009

Father's Day Bargains at MidwayUSA

MidwayUSA recently released its June Promotional Flyer. There we found some super deals just right for Father’s Day (assuming of course your father likes to shoot).


MidwayUSA has knocked twenty bucks off the price of a complete, oil-finished walnut stock set for the M1 Garand. Pick up a Garand rifle from the CMP and dress it up with new Boyd’s furniture.

MidwayUSA has discounted the Tipton Gun vise down to $37.99. Though lightweight and easy to move around, this unit holds guns securely and has handy slots for cleaning implements and solvent bottles. Rubber padding protects your gun’s finish. This is a unit our Editors use on a daily basis.

Lyman makes the best trigger pull gauge you can buy. This provides a repeatable measurement from 12 pounds down to less than one ounce. There is a large, easy-to-read display, that can switch between English and metric units. This is the pull gauge our Editors use for testing.

We really like Midway’s nickel-plated spire point jags. The nickel plating eliminates the possibility of “false readings” from copper solvents. We also like the multi-caliber jag kits. These give you a complete set of jags (from .17 to .45 calibers) in a fitted flip-top plastic box. Right now MidwayUSA is offering a Combo deal for $29.99 (item 112-072). This gives you a dozen (12) nickle-plated jags, plus a collection of premium bronze bore brushes. If your dad has a diverse gun collection (with lots of different calibers), this would be a great gift.

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