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August 30th, 2011

More Results from World Benchrest Championship

2011 WBC benchrestHere’s a follow-up on the World Benchrest Championship held last week in Volmerange-Les-Mines, France. As you may know by now, Gene Bukys was the two-gun overall winner, finishing just .001 MOA (0.028mm) ahead of fellow American Mike Ratigan. Tony Boyer finished third in the Two-Gun Aggregate. At least three new world records were set at the event:

LV 100m: 1.51mm (Steven Williams, South Africa)
LV 200m: 2.27mm (Carlos Pacheco, France)
HV 200m: 4.21mm (Larry DaCosta, USA)

Team USA ‘A’ won the team two-gun aggregate with a 5.881 mm (0.212 MOA) Aggregate. The next four teams in order were: Team USA ‘B’, Italy, Australia, and France.

For each class and yardage, here are the event winners and runners-up:

100m Light Varmint
Vera Carter, 4.912 mm (0.193 inches) | Carlos Costavich, 5.160 mm
200m Light Varmint
Mike Ratigan, 8.872 mm (0.349 inches) | Andy Shifflett, 10.948 mm
100m Heavy Varmint
Jack Neary, 4.064 mm (0.160 inches) | Cristian Rando, 4.518 mm
200m Heavy Varmint
Tony Boyer, 9.764 mm ( 0.384 inches) | Gene Bukys, 9.990 mm

2011 WBC benchrest

To learn more about the 2011 WBC, visit the Federation Francaise de Tir website. There you’ll find Complete WBC Results and an extensive WBC Photo Gallery.

Story tip by Luc K., and photos courtesy Federation Francaise de Tir, © Crédit FFTir GDumery.
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August 30th, 2011

Marlin Hosts Fun Event to Promote Youth Shooting

Marlin Firearms recently hosted a “fun shoot” in West Virginia. The goal of the event was to introduce youngsters to the shooting sports in a safe and entertaining fashion. As shown in the video below, the event featured the “Marlin Man” on horseback, interactive targets, and junior-sized Marlin XT-22 rifles.

Marlin XT Youth Bolt-Action Rimfire Rifles
Marlin’s new XT Youth series are the first Marlin rifles designed specifically for younger shooters. Weighing just four pounds, these rifles have a 16″ barrel and measure 33″ overall. Both single shot and mag-fed versions are offered.

marlin xt 22 youth rifles

XT Youth series rifles feature a shorter length of pull, shorter trigger reach, smaller pistol grip and a raised comb, making it easier for young shooters to acquire and hold a proper sight picture. In addition, the bolt lift and cocking force on the XT Youth rifles has been reduced for easier ejection and faster chambering. In the video below, Karin, a grade-schooler, gives the Marlin XT a thumbs-up review.

About Marlin Firearms
Established in 1870, Marlin Firearms, now a Freedom Group company, manufactures and markets multiple brands including Marlin, Harrington & Richardson, New England Firearms and L.C. Smith. Marlin Firearms produces lever action, bolt action, and semi–automatic rifles.

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