January 12th, 2015

Accuracy International AX AICS Chassis — The New Hotness

Here’s an item for the tactical operators out there. On the new SnipersHide Forum you’ll find a thread titled AX AICS: The New Hotness. This is a very thorough Owner’s Review of the Accuracy International AX Chassis by “TriggerMonkey”. With eight large, detailed photos, this “show-all, tell-all” thread does a great job of describing and illustrating the AX chassis system. Here’s a short sample:

2014 AX AICS Chassis
A couple of years ago I took a chance and purchased my first Accuracy International chassis, specifically the AX AICS, for my Remington 700. I say I took a chance because there was the possibility that I wouldn’t like it, I’ve never really considered myself a chassis system type of guy beforehand but it had features that appealed to me. I had nothing to worry about as it turns out because I got great accuracy out of the rifle without having to bed it and the adjustability of the stock made it very comfortable to shoot. When I saw that Accuracy International was rolling a new version of the AX AICS last year I knew that I had to have one for an upcoming build. Well now that I have one in hand I can see that the differences go far beyond just the addition of a right-hand folding stock. Nearly every part has been revised from the previous generation so let’s go through some of them.

The 2014 AX AICS comes in a pretty non-descript cardboard box in two pieces, neatly packaged in closed cell foam to protect of dings and such in transit. I would say this is a step up from my first AX AICS where the packaging was sufficient but not nearly as nice.

With the 2014 AX AICS you get the following:

2014 AX AICS “Main Body”
KeySlot Forend
2 Short Picatinny Rails w/ QD Sockets
1 Long Picatinny Rail w/ QD Socket
1 Short Picatinny Rail
1 Harris Bipod Adapter
Assembly Instructions

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January 12th, 2015

Reloading, a Lifetime Hobby (Memories of My Father)

Sierra Bullets Ballistic Technician Gary Prisendorf has written a nice essay about how reloading can become a life-time hobby, a rewarding pastime that can bring together a father and son…

by Gary Prisendorf
For as long as I can remember I have been around reloading. I have tons of childhood memories of my father reloading and shooting. I remember how he would let me help him load his ammunition, by letting me clean primer pockets or wipe the sizing lube off of his cases. I really thought I was doing something. Well, I guess I was, I was spending quality time with my father doing something that would become a great hobby and eventually land me a great job working for Sierra Bullets.

Herters Press Sierra Bullets Reloading Prisendorf Father son

I remember watching my father sizing cases on his Herters press, dropping his powder charges with a Belding & Mull powder measure and weighing powder charges with his Texan scales. Heck, I can even remember when he would buy powder at a local pawn shop, and they would weigh it out and put it in a paper sack. He would save his empty powder cans, wrap them with masking tape and write what the powder was on them with a black magic marker.

Herters Press Sierra Bullets Reloading Prisendorf Father son

When I was in Junior High, I got my first shotgun, a 20 gauge Mossberg 500 and within a couple of weeks my father came home with a 20 gauge Lee Load-All and a pound of Blue Dot. He gave me a crash course on how to use it, and got me up and running with a couple of safe loads. I put a lot of shells through that old 20 gauge.

From that day forward I was hooked. If I got a new gun, I was loading ammunition for it. I don’t buy factory ammunition unless I just want to shoot it up so I can get some once fired brass. I reload everything that I shoot, except for rimfire stuff, and if I could figure out how to do that safely, I would probably load that too.

Through the years I have learned to appreciate things — such as once-fired military .30-06 cases that can be converted to obscure cartridge types. And I know the value of a five-gallon bucket of lead wheel weights that will be melted down and cast into bullets.

I remember finding 19 once-fired Norma 7.7×58 Arisaka cases laying on the ground at a public shooting range, and it was like Christmas came early. I must have looked for that 20th case for about thirty minutes, but I never did find it.

I can’t thank my father enough for getting me started in reloading, he gave me a great hobby, many wonderful memories and taught me the skills that gave me a career doing something that I love.

If you are a reloader, teach someone. You may just give them a hobby for the rest of their life and who knows, you could help them find an enjoyable career, doing something that they love. — Gary Prisendorf

Herters Press Sierra Bullets Reloading Prisendorf Father son

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January 12th, 2015

Register for SHOT Show ASAP — Fees Double After January 13th

Shot show Las vegas 2015 planner

If you are planning to attend SHOT Show but haven’t registered yet, don’t delay! Registration fees DOUBLE after January 13, 2015. To take advantage of the early-bird registration discount, go to SHOTShow.org/apply and complete your application. You have just two (2) more days to take advantange of the discounted pricing, so don’t miss out. NSSF-member buyers and manufacturer reps using this discount pay $35, and other qualifying non-buyer attendees pay $175. After January 13, registration fees will move to $70 for NSSF-member buyers and manufacturer reps, while all other qualified attendees will incur a registration fee of $350.

Hotel Rooms Are Hard to Find…
It seems like Las Vegas is almost completely booked out for SHOT Show week this year. Finding an affordable room is harder than in years before. The reason is simple. There are THREE major industry conventions in Las Vegas this same week, including the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (24,000 attendees) and International Builders Show (49,000 attendees), which run simultaneously in the Las Vegas Convention Center. If you haven’t booked a room yet, expect to pay a premium. And expect it to be harder than ever to find a taxi.

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with Online Show Tracker

To see a list of exhibitors, locate booths, research seminars, and even get shuttle bus schedules, visit the 2015 SHOT Show Tracker. This handy online show guide helps you plan your visit to Vegas. With the help of the Tracker, you can map out your SHOT Show experience in advance. The Tracker contains a list of all exhibitors, and also has a handy map of the Sands Expo & Convention Center, marked with booth locations.

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