June 6th, 2010

19-Year-Old New Mexico Co-Ed Has Bright Future in F-Class

Increasing the number of women who are knowledgeable about firearms is vital for the future of hunting and the shooting sports. Thankfully, there are many talented women shooters who can help inspire other females to get involved in the shooting sports. One such capable young lady is Susannah Clary from New Mexico. An avid hunter and competitive shooter, Susannah has distinguished herself in long-range F-Class competition, and she hopes to shoot in the Creedmoor matches next year. Here is a profile of 19-year-old Susannah, penned by her proud father, Dr. Jim Clary.

Susanna Clary

Susannah Clary — Pride of New Mexico by Jim Clary
Susannah L. Clary, my daughter, now age 19 and beginning her junior year in college, shoots F-Class High Power. Who says female shooters can’t be good looking? She shoots a Savage Model 12 rifle custom-chambered in 6.5 x 284 Norma by Alan Warner in the US. She uses Lapua brass with a 139gr Lapua Scenar bullet with 49.4 grains of H4350 powder. It gets out there pretty good at 2,950 fps. The scope is a Nightforce 12-42x56mm NXS with NP-R2 reticle. Alan Warner and his son Dan worked over the Savage action and used their reamer on the chamber. Now the action is incredibly smooth and the rifle is very accurate. Susannah loves her Nightforce scope. CLICK HERE to read a detailed NXS Review written by Susannah. We use Gerald Perry’s Exbal/Nightforce ballistics program to generate the necessary data for shooting.

Susanna Clary

Susannah hopes to compete at the Creedmoor matches in Ireland in 2011, either for the Irish team or as an individual competitor. Her connection with Ireland is that her dad (me) is an Irish-American, and because she has never shot for any national team (a prime requirement), and has a direct and verifiable heritage to Ireland, she is eligible to shoot for the Irish team — if they wish to have her. Susannah also plans to shoot in the 2013 World Championships as an individual. She would like to shoot for the U.S. Team, but given her college responsibilities, she has no time for the team-selection prelims across the US.

Susannah has completed the NRA rifle and pistol instructor’s courses, and must now wait until she is 21 to be fully certified. In the meantime, she works part-time at a gunshop/shooting range, the Calibers Shooting Sports Center, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She does hold at least one National Record — she set a 1000-yard Junior High Power record at the 2007 US Nationals in Raton, NM (Whittington Center).

Susanna Clary

Though Susannah has said she ‘wants to be a sniper’, she is studying for a bachelors’ degree in Nursing. She is a bright, hard-working young lady. She has five published scientific papers and she even holds a patent. She managed all that before even starting college. I’m very proud of her.” — Dr. Jim Clary

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June 6th, 2010

Irish Lassies Learn to Shoot in County Wicklow

Ireland NASPRCIreland has adopted some very tough gun laws recently, but we’re glad to see that our Irish shooting friends are still “fighting the good fight” and bringing new shooters into the sport. In fact, Ireland’s National Association of Sporting Rifle and Pistol Clubs (NASRPC) has begun a training program for lady shooters.

The Irish Sports Council has scheduled a Women on Target program to encourage more female participation in sport shooting. Declan Keogh, an NRA-Certified Instructor, has scheduled his first clinic on Saturday June 19th, 2010. The class is being hosted by the Hilltop Shooting Club in Tithewer, Newtown Mountkennedy, County Wicklow. The clinic is a part of the Irish Sports Council’s Women In Sport program. The three-hour class will include basic pistol instruction and .22LR target shooting. Instructors will cover the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling and teach shooting fundamentals. The program costs €20, which covers ammo, program materials, and refreshments.

CLICK HERE for Irish Women on Target Application and Information Form. PDF

CLICK HERE for lastest Ireland NASPRC Newsletter. PDF
This issue contains a detailed Guide to Regulations Governing International Travel with Firearms.

Ireland Women on Target

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June 6th, 2010

Zeiss 85mm Victory DiaScope T* FL Wins Major Design Awards

The new Zeiss Victory DiaScope 85 T* FL Spotting Scope has earned two prestigious awards. First the new 85mm DiaScope won the coveted Red Dot Design Award. “All products honored with the red dot design award had to impress an international jury. These products [must] demonstrate their quality in one of the toughest design competitions in the world,” says Professor Dr. Peter Zec, speaking on behalf of Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen which issues the Red Dot Design Awards.

Ziess 85 diascopeOutdoor Life Magazine. Outdoor Life’s editors praised its “optically superior [flourite] glass in a surprisingly lightweight chassis”. The ZEISS DiaScope won the low-light test, had a top resolution score and “the two-speed focus and wide-angle eyepiece sparkled”, according to the test team.

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We checked out the new 85mm DiaScope at SHOT Show and reviewed its new features with Zeiss project engineer Stephan Albrecht. Make no mistake about it. This is an outstanding spotting scope. We loved the dual-rate focus system. You can do the gross focus really fast, but still achieve the ultra-precise focus needed to resolve bullet holes at long ranges. We were very impressed with the new higher-magnification 20-75X zoom eyepiece. This is one of the best variable-power eyepieces ever made, and long-range shooters can definitely use the extra magnification (75x vs. 60x). Overall the Zeiss system is surprisingly compact, yet it offers excellent low-light performance, plus higher magnification than most other spotting scopes in the 80mm category.

The new 85mm Diascope is available in straight or angled bodies both boasting a rubber-armored exterior for protection. Eyepieces are available as variable 20-60x, 20-75x, or fixed 40x. A 65mm version of the new Diascope is also available, but we feel that, if you’re going to spend this kind of money ($3000.00 for 85mm with 20-60X eyepiece), you should go with the 85mm. The 20-75X eyepiece only delivers 15-56X when used with the smaller 65mm Diascope.

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