June 21st, 2014

NRA All Access TV Show Kicks Off Second Season in July

The popular NRA All Access TV show is coming back for a second season on Outdoor Channel starting July 2. If you liked Season One, you’ll definitely enjoy Season Two. Hosts Matt and Jessie Duff return, with some great new feature stories (and a lot of shooting footage). Ace shooter Jessie Duff reports: “We have a lot of great episodes this season and haven’t even scratched the surface of NRA’s programs.” NOTE: NRA All Access is moving to a new time slot, Wednesdays at 10:30pm ET/PT.

Check out the Season Two sizzle reel for a sneak peek of upcoming episodes:

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Here’s a fun Season One highlight, with Matt and Jessie on the West Coast:

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June 21st, 2014

Texas Technicians Use Accelerometers to Plot Bullet Hits

Waterloo Labs is a group of engineers from National Instruments and other self-declared “nerds” from Austin, Texas. These folks conducted an interesting demonstration using electronic accelerometers to plot bullet impacts from a suppressed Ruger MKIII .22LR pistol. The accelerometers respond to vibrations caused when the bullets hit a drywall target backer. By triangulating data from multiple accelerometers, each shot’s exact point of impact can be plotted with great precision. These point-of-impact coordinates are then fed into a computer and super-imposed into a Flash version of the Half-Life video game (which is projected on the drywall board). The end result is being able to “play” a video game with a real firearm.

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Now, we are NOT particularly interested in shooting Zombies in a video game. However, the technology has interesting potential applications for real shooters. Waterloo Labs has published the computer code, used to triangulate bullet impacts from multiple accelerometers. Potentially, a system like this could be built to provide display and scoring of long-range targets. Sophisticated electronic target systems already exist, but they use proprietary hardware and software, and they are very expensive. The Waterloo Labs experiment shows that shooters with some computer and electronic skills could build their own electronic scoring system, one that can be adapted to a variety of target sizes and materials.

In addition, we imagine this system could be utilized for military and law enforcement training. The walls of structures used for “live-fire” room-clearing exercises could be fitted with accelerometers so the bullet impacts could be plotted and studied. Then, later, the impact plots could be combined with a computer simulation so that trainees could “replay” their live-fire sessions, viewing the actual location of their hits (and misses).

Credit The Firearm Blog for finding this Waterloo Labs project.
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June 21st, 2014

Win Air Rifles and More in Pyramyd Air Contest

Are you feeling lucky? Well are you? If so, sign up for Pyramyd Air’s new ‘Son of a Gun Giveaway’. Pyramyd, North America’s leading vendor of air guns and accessories, is running a big contest. Every week a $25 eCard will be awarded. Once a month a Benjamin LP Limited goes to a lucky winner, and the Grand Prize is an Air Arms 30th Anniversary Edition S510 valued (with accessories) at over $3500.00.

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Click this link to enter contest.

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