April 28th, 2011

Varmint Fun Matches on Both Coasts This Weekend

Whether you’re on the East Coast or West Coast, you can have fun this weekend at an outstanding varmint match, shooting reactive targets for fun, glory (and maybe a little cash). Easterners — head down to Virginia for the Roanoake Egg Shoot. Westerners — navigate to the Pala Range near Oceanside in Southern California.

Roanoake Egg Shoot, Saturday April 30th
roanoake Egg ShootIn Virginia, the Roanoake Egg Shoot will be held Saturday, April 30, 2011 at the Roanoake Rifle and Revolver Club in Hardy, Virginia. This is a real test of shooter and equipment. You want challenge? Try hitting an egg at 500 yards. That requires a skilled triggerman (or woman) and a very accurate rifle. In addition to the 500-yard egg event, Roanoke also offers long-range plate shooting. There will be three classes this year: 1) Factory Guns; 2) Hunter/Tactical; and 3) Custom Benchrest. The custom gun class will shoot 2″-diameter steel plates at 425 yards while the Factory and Hunter class guns will shoot 3″ plates at 425 yards. All shooting is from a 20-bench covered firing line. The entry fee is just $20.00 per gun/class entry. Pay $60.00 and you can shoot all three classes. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top shooters. For more info, contact Mark Schronce (540) 980-1582 rmschr@comcast.net or Epps Foster, (540) 890-4973. The club is located at 1305 Gun Club Drive, Hardy, VA 24101. GET DIRECTIONS.

Pala, California Multi-Stage Varmint Silhouette Shoot
About 24 miles east of Oceanside, California (near the Camp Pendleton Marine base) is the Pala Reservation. On that Native American land you’ll find an impressive Casino Resort, plus an excellent shooting range. The first Sunday of every month, shooters come to Pala to enjoy a challenging Varmint Silhouette Match. At five different yardages, ten steel “critter” targets are set as follows: 200 Meters – Field Mice (“pikas”); 300 meters – Crows; 385 meters – Ground Squirrels; 500 meters – Jack Rabbits; 600 yards – Prairie Dogs.

Pala Silhouette Match

There’s a North County Shootist Association Varmint Silhouette match this Sunday, May 1st. You’ll need a very accurate rifle, and 80-100 rounds of ammo. You can shoot either rested prone (F-Class style), from bipod, or from a wooden bench with front pedestal and rear bag. Any rifle 6.5 caliber or under is allowed, with no weight restrictions. Muzzle brakes are permitted. There’s a one-hour sight-in period starting at 8 am, and the match starts at 9 am sharp. The folks at Pala run a tight ship, cycling multiple relays efficiently, so everybody gets to shoot 50 targets (10 each at five different yardages), and the show is usually completed by 1:00 pm. (Then if you want… head over to the Pala Casino for gambling fun, or a spa treatment.) CLICK HERE for Match Info.

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April 28th, 2011

Top Shot Season 2 Final Episode Now on History.com Website

If you’re a fan of the History Channel’s Top Shot series, but you missed the season finale, don’t despair. You can watch the full episode online and see who wins $100,000 and the title of “Top Shot”. We won’t reveal any spoilers here, but we can say that some dramatic surprises will unfold as you watch.

CLICK HERE to watch the Season 2 Finale of Top Shot

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April 28th, 2011

NRA Annual Meeting Activities Commence This Afternoon

The 2011 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits officially kick off tomorrow, April 29th. However, if you’ll arrive in Pittsburgh, PA early, you can occupy yourself with many interesting afternoon activities, including air gun shooting:

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Member registration
Registration opens this year and offers a great chance for you to take care of this early, allowing you to walk right by the line and into the convention center Friday morning.

Pyramyd Air Air Gun Range2:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Pyramid Air Air Gun Range
Pyramid’s indoor Air Gun range in the Lawrence Convention Center opens at 2 pm today. For a $1.00 fee you can shoot the latest models of air rifles, air pistols, air silhouette rifles and 10-meter running game target rifles. CLICK HERE to see all the different models available.

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Antique Guns & Gold Showcase
At the Guns and Gold Showcase in the Convention Center upper lobby, experts from the National Firearms Museum can evaluate your antique guns, explaining markings and appraising current market values.

5:00 pm – National NRA Foundation Banquet
This evening’s National NRA Foundation Banquet (ticket required), includes dinner, silent auctions, games, and special drawings with all proceeds going to support The NRA Foundation.

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