February 2nd, 2015

Sonic Sensors in Talladega’s Target Systems Plot Shots

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Photo courtesy CMP and www.AL.com.

What lives in the Alabama backwoods and has 54 sets of ears? The answer is the new, $20 million-dollar CMP Marksmanship Park in Talladega. This new facility, set to open in May, boasts electronic Kongsberg Target Systems (KTS) at 200, 300, and 600 yards. All totaled, there are 54 Kongsberg target units, each with its own acoustic sensors — the “ears” as it were. Each KTS target has a set of acoustic sensors (very precise microphones) that plot the shot location using sound triangulation. Shot locations are accurate within a fraction of a millimeter. What’s more, because electronic targets do not expand or shrink with humidity levels, as paper does, scoring should be more consistent match to match.

Monitors Display Score and Shot Location Instantly
Kongsberg talladega electronic targetEach target connects to a monitor that displays the hit locations to the shooter. Easy push-button controls allow the shooter to cycle through hits and options without having to change positions. The monitors employ non-glare glass protected by an aluminum frame that acts as a shade. This ensures good visibility for the shooter.

Engineered in Norway, Kongsberg target systems do more than just display shot locations to competitors. The system automatically calculate scores, and every target is networked to a central, “command” computer. This can provide updated competitor rankings, and can even display the results to event spectators on large view screens. See how it works in this animated demo video from Kongsberg:

Video Demonstrates Kongsberg Target System

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February 2nd, 2015

Illustrated History of the Second Amendment (Part One)

History Second Amendment Arizona McWhiter LawA well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

If you’re reading this, you’re probably a firearm owner (most of our Daily Bulletin readers are). But how much do you really know about the history of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? The Second Amendment itself contains only 27 words (printed above), but those words have a rich history behind them.

To illuminate the origins of the Second Amendment, and to explain how its interpretations have evolved over the years, Arizona Attorney, the journal for the State Bar of Arizona, has published a detailed two-part “Illustrated History” of the Second Amendment by attorney Robert J. McWhirter, an expert on the Bill of Rights.* Part One was just released, and Part Two will be published next month.

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We think all gun owners should read McWhirter’s article, which is both entertaining and insightful. Don’t worry — this is not a dull “law school” treatise. McWhirter’s article features dozens of illustrated footnotes (some fascinating, some merely amusing). Here are some sample footnotes — you can see this is a treasure trove of Second Amendment trivia.

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History Second Amendment Arizona McWhiter Law

*The American Bar Association has just published Mr. McWhirter’s book Bills, Quills, and Stills: An Annotated, Illustrated and Illuminated History of the Bill of Rights.

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February 2nd, 2015

Tripods as Shooting Platforms — The 6.5 Guys

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Tripods aren’t just for cameras and spotting scopes — they can be used as shooting supports as well. In this video, our friends Ed and Steve, aka The 6.5 Guys, take a look at a variety of tripod options for shooters. Steve and Ed provide a brief overview of some of the techniques they use to shoot off a tripod support from kneeling, seated, and standing positions. They also demonstrate how slings can be used to control elevation and stabilize a rifle.

Ed and Steve employ different techniques — one uses a ball head while the other doesn’t. In the video, they explain why they have adopted their respective techniques. They explain why you may want to try a variety of tripod set-ups, depending on the shooting scenario (and your personal preferences). The 6.5 Guys also discuss the differences between two popular tripod accessories — the Hog Saddle and the lower-cost Pig Saddle.

Tripod Use in the Precision Rifle Series (Anette Wachter)
I have noticed in the last year of precision rifle competitions that the tripod is a valuable asset to have. Most of the time when a stage calls for the offhand position, unless otherwise stated, people can use a tripod. Easy enough but you realize quickly that not all tripods are alike. You need to think of weight since you are carrying everything with you for 10 hours a day. And of course stability is your number one importance.This is different than a photographer’s tripod. Think of it as a tactical tripod. — Anette Wachter, The 30 Cal Gal.

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