October 24th, 2012

Cartridge Chess — A Clever Idea for Gun Guys

Gun cartridge ChessFall is here, and winter is coming. What are you going to do when it’s too cold outside to go shooting? How about a game of “Cartridge Chess”, with chess pieces sourced from your own ammunition collection? We think the Cartridge Chess set is pretty clever, and it’s bound to be a conversation-starter at home or at the hunting lodge.

Create Your Own Cartridge Chess Set
This is a 3-D rendering found on the Cheaper Than Dirt Facebook page. We’d like to see a chess set with actual cartridges (assembled without powder or primers), perhaps with .32 ACP pawns and the 50 BMG and .338 LM as King and Queen.

Gun cartridge Chess

Challenge: How many cartridge and shotshell types can you identify? The Pawns look like 9mm or 40sw pistol cartridges, while the Rooks (Castles) are obviously 12ga shotgun shells.

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October 24th, 2012

New Mexico ‘War Wagon’ — Mobile Benchrest Trailer

In our Shooters’ Forum thread about Portable Shooting Benches, Forum member John H. of New Mexico (aka “Skratch”) showed off a nicely-crafted mobile shooting bench that he can haul with his ATV. This trailer-mounted, movable bench is built on a central tubular spine that also serves as the tongue for the trailer, which attaches to a standard hitch. The bench offers two (2) shooting positions so it works for both left-handed and right-handed shooters.

Shooting Varmint Bench Trailer

Up front, for storage, a surplus .50-Cal ammo can is secured to the trailer frame. The V-shaped middle section of the wood benchtop looks to be reinforced with a metal stiffener frame on the underside. The front section of the bench is supported by twin tubular uprights attached to the box-section axle housing. The two wooden bench-style seats (on left and right) ride on a cross-tube. At the ends of that cross-tube are adjustable legs for additional support.

Shooting Varmint Bench Trailer

Great Rig for New Mexico Varmint Hunting
There are plenty of great varmint hunting areas in Skratch’s home state of New Mexico — you’ll find some huge prairie dog fields there. But to get the best results on a varmint-hunting field session, you need a solid shooting station that can be easily hauled to new locations as needed. It looks like John (aka “Scratch”) has come up with an outstanding “War Wagon” for his New Mexico varmint safaris.

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October 24th, 2012

ATK Renews Contract to Run Lake City Army Ammunition Plant

ATK Lake City AllilantATK (Alliant Techsystems Inc.) has been awarded a U.S. Army contract to run the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (LCAAP) for the next seven to ten years. The U.S. Army selected ATK for both the production of ammunition and continued operation/maintenance of the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (LCAAP) in Independence, Missouri. The initial contract period is seven years, and if all award terms are exercised, the ATK’s future Lake City contracts would cover a 10-year period.

ATK is now the #1 producer of small arms ammunition in the world, manufacturing billions of rounds each year. Lake City is a key source of ATK ammo production. ATK began operating the plant, located in Independence, Missouri, in April 2000 and has increased production from 350 million to more than 1.4 billion rounds annually. The plant has the capability to produce a mix of 5.56mm, 7.62mm, .50-caliber, and 20mm cartridges, as well as ammunition links.

ATK is an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company with operations in 21 states, Puerto Rico, and internationally. ATK is the parent company of numerous major gun industry brands, including: Alliant Powder, CCI, Champion, Federal, RCBS, Speer, and Weaver.

Mark DeYoung, ATK President and CEO stated: “ATK is proud to continue our collaboration with the U.S. Army, building on more than a decade of direct operational experience, to assure the continued health and vitality of the small-caliber ammunition enterprise.” Mike Kahn, President of ATK Defense, added: “ATK is committed to the future success of our warfighters by optimizing and sustaining LCAAP. We are fully committed to delivering to our customer a lean, scalable and sustainable operation that will serve our nation for years to come.”

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