May 14th, 2014

Ammo Failure (Detonation?) in 3-Gun Match — Watch and Wince

AR kaboom detonation over charge ammo 3-GunWhat happens when a round goes off unsafely in an AR? Watch this video and see. At about the 00:40 time-mark the shooter has a malfunction (click no bang), with a round. He then removes the magazine, and clears the chamber (we think). On the next round, at 00:53 you hear a “Bang” and see a big puff of smoke coming out of the upper receiver (see photo at right). This has been called a “detonation” by the video-maker, but we’re not 100% sure what happened. What do you guys think? Watch the video carefully, and state your conclusions in the comment section if you wish.

What Caused this Malfunction? Watch Video…

In any event, the shooter is fortunate his upper did not completely fracture, launching shrapnel into his face or other body parts. This could have turned out much worse. Here are screen-shots from the video, showing details of the gun after the accident, along with the recovered brass case, which separated near the case-head.

AR kaboom detonation over charge ammo 3-Gun

AR kaboom detonation over charge ammo 3-Gun

AR kaboom detonation over charge ammo 3-Gun

AR kaboom detonation over charge ammo 3-Gun

AR kaboom detonation over charge ammo 3-Gun

AR kaboom detonation over charge ammo 3-Gun

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May 14th, 2014

NSSF Rimfire Challenge Match is a Huge Success

What do you call a shooting match that draws 125 competitors (ages 7 to 70), with 30 first-ever shooters, 36 ladies, and 17 juniors? We call that a rip-roaring success. Credit the Old Fort Gun Club in Arkansas for hosting such a successful event on April 26-27, 2014. The impressive turn-out shows the appeal of the NSSF Rimfire Challenge format, a fun match with FREE ammo provided by sponsors.

Video Shows Rimfire Challenge Fun Match.

The match attracted target shooters from 10 states. More than 30 participants said it was their first time competing in a shooting event. Thirty-six of the 125 competitors were female, 17 were juniors, and 17 were seniors. This is the kind of match that is fun for all age levels.

Old Fort Arkansas Rimfire Challenge NSSF

The NSSF Rimfire Challenge is a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry. NSSF Rimfire Challenge was developed to introduce newcomers to target shooting by providing individuals and families with a safe, fun and exciting first-time experience using .22-caliber handguns and rifles and steel targets.

Awards were given to the top three finishers in Open and Limited Divisions, along with the top finisher in the Juniors, Seniors, Ladies, and Cowboy/Cowgirl categories. All registered shooters were also eligible to win sponsor-provided prizes.

Old Fort Arkansas Rimfire Challenge NSSF

Support for the match was provided by Volquartsen Custom, Brownells, Ruger, Hogue, and other companies. “I’d like to thank NSSF for supporting these matches,” said Bill Striplin, match director and Old Fort Gun Club president. “In my opinion, the NSSF Rimfire Challenge is the most fun shooting game in the world.” Learn more about the NSSF Rimfire Challenge at www.NSSF.org/rimfire. That web site also has a schedule of future Rimfire Challenge matches around the country.

Old Fort Arkansas Rimfire Challenge NSSF

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May 14th, 2014

Shooter’s POV — Across the Atlantic with Jim De Kort

What does a 1000-yard target look like when viewed through a 25-power* First Focal Plane scope? Here’s the answer, thanks to our Dutch friend Jim de Kort. This interesting photo shows the Stickledown Range at the National Shooting Centre in Bisley, England.

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Jim De Kort Gallery Accurateshooter.com Netherlands Bisley shooting

Jim De Kort Gallery Accurateshooter.com Netherlands Bisley shooting

Jim has published some other interesting images on his Facebook Page. Here is a view looking downrange at a 300m shooting facility. Jim says “It was nice to have 300m all to ourselves”. The overhanging baffles stop stray shots that might otherwise fly out over populated areas. This photo was taken at the Schietsportcentrum Emmen in the Netherlands.

Jim De Kort Gallery Accurateshooter.com Netherlands Bisley shooting

How many of these cartridge types do you shoot? Jim has quite the collection of calibers.

Jim De Kort Gallery Accurateshooter.com Netherlands Bisley shooting

Jim likes faithful canines and accurate rifles. We know the feeling, and we bet many of our readers share Jim’s “favorite two hobbies” — dogs and guns. Jim says: “Dogs are like guns…. They bark, smell, eat expensive food, need cleaning once in a while and you have to take them outside regularly.”

Jim De Kort Gallery Accurateshooter.com Netherlands Bisley shooting

Jim De Kort Gallery Accurateshooter.com Netherlands Bisley shooting

*NOTE: The scope in the top photo is a Premier 5-25x56mm ER-MOA with 1/4 MOA clicks, “set at 20x so [Jim] can watch both neighbors”.

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