March 30th, 2014

Got Steel? NorCal PPRC does…

Today was “Work Day” for our buddy Vu Pham and the members of the Norcal Practical Precision Rifle Club (NCPPRC). That means the boys were hauling out newly-constructed barricades and uncrating a whole lot of new steel, courtesy MGM Targets. Here’s the new steel on display at NorCal’s home range, the Sacramento Valley Shooting Center. Poppers, silhouettes, giant spinners — it’s quite an impressive line-up of steel.

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NorCal MGM Targets

How’d you like to have this pallet of armored steel goodies materialize at your house? That’s a serious dose of “Heavy Metal”. Vu Pham (one of NCPPRC’s founders) says: “Thanks Mike Gibson, Travis Gibson, and the folks at MGM for [your] continued support.”

NorCal MGM Targets

New Playground Equipment for the Tactically Inclined
Vu Pham and his NCPPRC co-horts have been busy fabricating new ramps, barriers, and other three-dimensional challenges used in the popular NCPPRC tactical matches. Check out the angled prone platform (bottom photo). We get a little dizzy just looking at it. Notice how the bipod legs have to be set to different lengths to level out the rifle.

NorCal MGM Targets

NorCal MGM Targets

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March 30th, 2014

Top Shooters at Fort Benning ISSF World Cup

The 2014 ISSF World Cup at Fort Benning is underway, and some events have already finished, such as the 10m Air Rifle and 10m Air Pistol. The World Cup, which has attracted many of the world’s top rifle and pistol shooters, continues through April 3, 2014. Here are some photo highlights from the first three days of the Fort Benning World Cup. There were plenty of exotic, expensive rifles and pistols on display — plus a few small toy animals (favored by the lady shooters).


ISSF Fort Benning World Cup Photo Stream

Young Russian Wins First Gold of the Competition
Nazar Luginets, 24, from the Russian Federation, won the first medal match of the competition, the 10m Air Rifle Men event. With 209.4 points, the Russian athlete beat Serbian Milutin Stefanovic, who finished just one tenth behind Luginets. The 2013 Euro Champion, Sergey Richter from Israel, finished third.

10m Air Rifle Winner Nazar Luginets

New Air Pistol Record Set
Hoang Xuan Vinh, from Vietnam, won the 10m Air Pistol Men final, setting a new world record in the process. Currently ranked 8th in the world, The Vietnamese pistol shooter pocketed the Gold medal with a record score of 202.8 points in the final, breaking the previous 202.3-point record set by the 2008 Olympic Champion Pang Wei of China. Hoang beat Russians finalists Sergey Chervyakovskiy, and Vladimir Gontcharov, 36, who finished in second and third place with 202.3 and 181.3 points, respectively. This was an important comeback for Gontcharov, a 14-time ISSF World Cup medalist. Vladimir who started competing back in 1990, had been far from ISSF podiums since 2012.

Photos © International Shooting Sport Federation.
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March 30th, 2014

Salazar Reviews Modern Exterior Ballistics by Robert McCoy

G. Salazar regularly reviewed important shooting books on his RiflemansJournal.com website. One of the notable treatises reviewed by German is Modern Exterior Ballistics by Bob McCoy, the respected expert from the U.S. Army Ballistics Research Laboratory.

Salazar tells us: “We hope to cover a very wide range of books related to accurate rifles; some will be familiar to experienced students of the rifle, some will be quite obscure. There is no specific time frame for the books, so you may see something from the 19th century one month and a new book hot off the press the next. The only common factor is that these will all be books that have appeal to the serious student of rifle accuracy.” Here is a segment of Salazar’s review of Modern Exterior Ballistics:

Modern Exterior Ballistics – Robert L. McCoy
Review by G. Salazar

Bob McCoy is widely and properly regarded as the dean of modern ballisticians and this book is his most accessible work. For those who are not familiar with McCoy’s work, I can think of no better introduction than these words, written after McCoy’s death, which appear as a dedication to the book over the signatures of 54 of his fellow ballisticians at the U.S. Army Ballistics Research Laboratory:

“This book on exterior ballistics represents the life work and passion of Bob McCoy. It was his wish to leave a historical perspective as well as an accurate technical treatise for both the engineering community and the sporting arms industry. Bob was in fact an aerospace engineer, but he always referred to himself as a ‘ballistician’. He was very proud to have worked for and served the American people for 30 years at the U.S. Army Ballistic Research Laboratory while truly enjoying his passion. Bob was one of the most respected members of the staff of the U.S. Army Ballistics Research Laboratory and had an international reputation in aeroballistics. We will always remember his professionalism, his enthusiasm, his boisterous laugh, his passion for ballistics, and most of all, his friendship. We his students, his co-workers, his peers, and his friends dedicate this book to the memory of the last true ballistician of the 20th century.”
CLICK HERE to read full review….

Modern Exterior Ballistics
Author: Robert L. McCoy
1999, Schiffer Publ., Ltd.
ISBN: 0-7643-0720-7

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