January 17th, 2020

Firearms Sales and Transfers — What You Need to Know

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Are you planning to purchase or sell a gun? Or perhaps you want to give one to a family member. Maybe you want to transfer a gun to a friend out of state. These are all situations that demand you understand the law before you buy, sell, or transfer a gun. Thankfully the NRA Blog has a series of helpful articles that can guide you through firearms transfers and transactions. Do note that laws on private transfers vary from state to state.

Here are five articles providing key facts you need to know.
Click each title to read the specific article.

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January 15th, 2020

GAP Grind and World Shooting Championship on Shooting USA TV

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Shooting USA will broadcast a great episode today, January 15, 2020. There are three segments worth watching. First the TV show spotlights the popular GAP Grind, a Pro-Am PRS event at the K&M Precision complex in Tennessee. Then this episode covers the NRA World Shooting Championship (WSC) in Virginia. This unique Pro-Am event challenges shooters with a dozen stages, employing a wide variety of pistols, rifles, and shotguns supplied by the manufacturers. The WSC offers huge rewards — over $250,000 in cash and prizes! Finally, there is a historical feature on the Spencer Rifle this week.

SHOW TIMES: This Shooting USA Episode airs January 15, 2020 (Wednesday) at 9:00 PM Eastern and Pacific; 8:00 PM Central.

PART ONE– 2019 GAP Grind Feature on Shooting USA

Lots of Action, with 20+ Stages
The GAP Grind is a challenging, “high tempo” match with minimal down-time between stages. Over the course of 20+ stages, competitors will fire 200+ shots at a variety of steel, paper, moving, and reactive targets out to 1,200 yards. Targets vary in size/difficulty based on the shooter’s position, distance, and time allotted. Most stages include “stressors” — i.e. time limits or required movement(s).

The GAP Grind is held at the impressive K&M Shooting Complex:

The GAP Grind attracts over 300 competitors — half experienced shooters and the other half newcomers to the sport. The key to growing the shooting sports is attracting new shooters. The best way to bring in “new blood” seems to be the Pro-Am type format. At the GAP Grind, experienced shooters share their knowledge and guide the new shooters through the competition.

GAP Grind G.A. Precision Precision PRS CMP Western Games

Shooting USA TV gap grind
Josh Temnnen Facebook photo.

GAP Grind Hardware
You’ll find the latest and greatest PRS hardware at the GAP Grind. Notable this year was the fact that many top competitors “stepped down” from the 6.5/6mm Creedmoor to the smaller, more efficient 6mm Dasher, 6BRA and other 6mm cartridges. The Dasher offers excellent accuracy with less recoil than the 6.5 Creedmoor. Also, many top shooters are now running Kahles optics. Photo by Shelley Giddings.

Giddings GAP Grind

PART TWO — NRA World Shooting Championship

WSC World Shooting Championship WV Peacemaker Glengary

In 2019, its sixth consecutive year, the NRA World Shooting Championship (WSC) returned to the Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, West Virginia. One of the nation’s biggest Pro-Am events, the WSC attracted many of the USA’s top professional shooters, along with talented amateurs.

This unique 3-day multi-gun match, held Sept. 18-21, 2019 tested competitors’ skills across twelve challenging stages involving nearly every major shooting discipline for rifles, shotguns, and pistols. Stages included fan favorites like 3-Gun, High-Power Silhouette, Cowboy Action, and more. For more information on the match, check out wsc.nra.org or email NRAhighpower@nrahq.org.

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January 13th, 2020

New N555 Powder from Vihtavuori — High Energy, Temp Stable

Capstone vihtavuori N 555 N555 energy H4350 powder new propellant High Energy 6.5 Creedmoor 6mm .284 win

Here is Big News for hand-loaders now using Hodgdon H4350 and Alliant Reloder 16. Vihtavuori just announced N555, an advanced new powder in the same relative burn range as H4350/RL16. Along with having a suitable burn rate for popular accuracy cartridges such as 6.5 Creedmoor and .284 Winchester, Vihtavuori’s new N555 is formulated for “clean burning characteristics and insensitivity in extreme weather conditions”. Complementing its temp stability, N555 includes an anti-fouling agent to keep barrels cleaner. In addition, Vihtavuori claims that N555’s “unmatched lot-to-lot consistency also eliminates costly range time re-developing your favorite loads”.

When can you try new N555? Vihtavuori says American retailers should have N555 in May of 2020.

Capstone vihtavuori N 555 N555 energy H4350 powder new propellant High Energy 6.5 Creedmoor 6mm .284 win

Official Vihtavuori N555 Powder Press Release:

Vihtavuori, the world’s #1 propellant choice of competitive benchrest and Extreme Long Range (ELR) enthusiasts, is now offering a new High Energy Series smokeless powder for the ever-popular Creedmoor cartridge family.

Vihtavuori’s new N555 High Energy Series smokeless powder is designed for precision rifle platforms chambered in cartridges such as 6mm and 6.5 Creedmoor, .284 Winchester, .260 Remington and .30-06 Springfield, among others. Competitive shooters and hunters will benefit from its unmatched accuracy, clean burning characteristics and insensitivity in extreme weather conditions. The most temperature stable powder in its class, N555 is comparable to 4350 burn rate and attains unprecedented performance in the 6.5 Creedmoor.

All Vihtavuori High Energy Series powders include an anti-fouling agent that minimizes barrel fouling to extend the length of your competitive shooting stages. Its unmatched lot-to-lot consistency also eliminates costly range time re-developing your favorite loads.

The New N555 powder will be available this May. To learn more about Vihtavuori High Energy Series smokeless powder, visit Vihtavuori.com/powders.

About Vihtavuori
Vihtavuori is world renowned for producing the cleanest burning and temperature stable smokeless powders with unprecedented lot-to-lot consistency. Vihtavuori is a part of the Capstone Precision Group, exclusive U.S. distributor for Berger, Lapua, Vihtavuori and SK-Rimfire products. For more information, visit Vihtavuori.com.

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January 11th, 2020

SHOT Shot 2020 Preview — Variety Pack

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Concealed Carry Yoga Pants? Yes these Alexo Athletica Leggings will securely hold a small carry pistol or taser. There are 4 holster pockets front/rear and 6 other pockets for phone, keys, or other items.

CLICK HERE for ALL 357 New-for-2020 SHOT Show Products »

2018 SHOT Show Planner new productsThousands of new products will be on display at SHOT Show 2020, the huge gun industry trade show held each January in Las Vegas. Some of the most highly-anticipated products have not yet been revealed, including new rifles, chassis systems, handguns, reloading tools, and state-of-the-art optics.

However, the official SHOT Show Product Planner offers a “sneak peak” at 357 new-for-2020 products. More will come in the weeks ahead. For the time being, however, here are six interesting accessory products and tools. There is a very interesting Universal Bullet Seating Die, plus new products from Lyman and Accu-Shot.

1. FAB Defense — RAPS Adjustable AR Stock

Shot show2020 RAPS adjustable ar ar15 buttstock stock

We like this Rapid Adjustable Precision Stock (RAPS) AR buttstock because the LOP and cheek height is very easy to adjust. In addition, the lower rear section (toe) of the buttstock is straight and smooth so it can function as a bag-rider. Too many “tactical style” buttstocks put a rail or notches on the bottom that grab in a bag. The RAPS from FAB Defense has a patent-pending 1Latch system with a memory feature that returns the adjustable LOP to its pre-set position. The integrated cheek rest has a height adjustment of up to 42mm and a non-slip rubber buttpad with 10mm of height adjustment.

2. Frankford Arsenal — Universal Bullet Seating Die

Shot show 2020 Frankford Arsenal Universal Bullet Seating Die

We like this concept. Now you can seat a variety of bullet calibers with a single die. Spend less money on your dies and save (storage) space on your reloading bench. Frankford Arsenal’s new Universal Bullet Seating Die holds .224 to .338 caliber bullets in place while seating, including a built-in micrometer allowing for precise micro-adjustments to the seating depth of the bullet. The die has a standard 7/8×14 thread for standard reloading presses. This Universal Seating die comes in a handy plastic case that holds all the caliber inserts plus die body.

3. Lakewood Products — Toaster-Style Rifle Carry Case

Shot show 2020 Lakewood Rifle Carry case B141L vertical

We like vertical drop-in, “toaster-style” rifle carry cases. These are easy to deploy and they don’t side-load your expensive optics when you clamp a hard case-lid shut. The new Lakewood B141L Scoped Rifle Case (Long) is a top-loading, soft-sided hard case that fits rifles up to 52″ overall length (OAL). That will fit most hunting and varmint rifles, and many competition rifles. Note — this is NOT just a foam and fabric case. Inside the ballistic nylon exterior is a case constructed of ABS plastic enveloped in foam padding. The case’s exterior dimensions are: 55″ L x 6″ D x 13″ W. Choose black (as shown) or True Timber Kanati camo.

4. Accu-Shot — Atlas CAL Cant and Loc Bipod without PAN

Shot show 2020 Atlas Bipod Cant Lock Super CAL

Since the Atlas Bipod was introduced in 2005, maker Accu-Shot has been asked for a no-pan model. The new Atlas CAL (Cant and Loc) model is a stable, adjustable bipod that dispenses with the PAN feature of older models. Many shooters thought the pan simply wasn’t necessary (or helpful) when shooting show-fire at bullseye-type targets. The new Atlas Super CAL (S-CAL) has the same features with 45° of Cant and larger leg spread.

5. Lyman Products — New Torque Wrench for Rifles and Pistols

Shot show 2020 Lyman Torque Wrench

The Lyman Torque Wrench allows the user to safely and correctly attach scope bases, scope rings, action screws and other fasteners to firearms. The Lyman kit comes with a variety of bits to fit various screw/bolt types. The orange ring allows the user to precisely set correct screw torque. This is very important for proper mounting of optics.

6. Hoppes — New Gun Vise

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You’ll probably seen the Tipton Gun Vises, both basic and deluxe. Here’s a new competitor offering good functionality for the price. Hoppe’s Gun Vise ($44.99 on Amazon) easily accommodates all styles of long guns, shotguns and other popular modern sporting rifles. We like the adjustable front cradle which will fit both narrow and wide fore-ends. There are multiple slots on the base for tools, solvents, and other gear. The Gun Vise also includes rubber over-molded feet for extra security.

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January 11th, 2020

New and Revised CMP Rules for 2020 Released

2020 CMP Civilian Marksmanship program rules Highpower High Power mandatory eye protection

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has issued important rule changes for 2020. These cover Highpower Rifle (Centerfire), Smallbore Rifle (Rimfire), and Pistol. In addition, there are CMP Games rules changes. READ RULE CHANGES HERE.

The big news is that Eye and Hearing Protection are now MANDATORY for Highpower Rifle competitors and Pistol shooters in all CMP-affiliated matches. The 2020 CMP Highpower Rifle, Pistol, and CMP Games Rulebooks all contain the following rule:

“All competitors and competition officials are required to wear appropriate eye and hearing protection when on shooting range firing lines during highpower rifle or pistol firing. All competitors must comply with this requirement before they can participate in a CMP sponsored or sanctioned competition. Competitors are responsible for selecting their eyewear and hearing protection.”

2020 CMP Civilian Marksmanship program rules Highpower High Power mandatory eye protection

Let there be no confusion, the CMP’s rule change notice adds: “The CMP and its sanctioned match sponsors will actively enforce this rule in 2020″.

CMP Safety Eye protection glasses rule change
In 2020, all CMP centerfire rifle and pistol shooters must employ Eye Protection and Hearing Protection.

Other important Rules Changes include:
1. Expansion of CMP Pistol Program rules for 3-Gun Match Pistol events.
2. Establishment of Smallbore Rifle Distinguished Badges.
3. Substantial reworking of rules for electronic scoring targets.
4. Rule Regarding “Resting” Magazine on Arm during Prone.

No More Mag Resting in Prone Position
Of note to Service Rifle and M1A shooters is a new rule that attempts to restrict a common practice of using the rifle magazine to support the gun on the arm while shooting prone. A few competitors were resting M1A or M16/AR magazines on their sling arms or shooting jacket sleeves. The prone position rule has been strengthened to state that while “a magazine may touch the shooting jacket sleeve … it may not rest on the jacket sleeve, jacket elbow pad, arm or ground. Competitors must control their prone positions to make they are not using the magazine to support the rifle in prone. Competitors can make sure their prone positions are not questioned by keeping the bottoms of rifle magazines visibly clear of sleeves or arms.

2020 CMP Civilian Marksmanship program rules Highpower High Power mandatory eye protection

Smallbore Rifle Distinguished Badges
The Distinguished Rifleman Badge has been a treasured honor among highpower rifle shooters. Now this important award will be available to smallbore shooters as well. The Distinguished Badge Program, which dates back to the first Distinguished Marksman Badges awarded by the Army in 1884, is being expanded in 2020 to award two new badges for excellence in Smallbore Rifle competitions.

CMP 2020 Rules: Highpower, Smallbore, Pistol, CMP Games

Report based on article by Gary Anderson, DCM Emeritus
The CMP Competition Rulebooks that will govern CMP sponsored and sanctioned Highpower Rifle, Pistol, CMP Games and Smallbore Rifle competitions in 2020 have been approved by the CMP Rules Committee and are now posted on the CMP website. The 2020 rulebooks went into effect on the 1st of January. All four rulebooks can be downloaded from the CMP Competition Rulebooks webpage.

The most important changes in the 2020 Rules include a major expansion of CMP Pistol Program rules that now provide for 3-Gun Match Pistol events, the establishment of Smallbore Rifle Distinguished Badges, a change in eye and hearing protection use in Highpower Rifle and Pistol Matches from “strongly urged” to “required”, a substantial reworking of rules for electronic scoring targets and several rule clarifications in each of the four disciplines. All changes from the 2019 Rules can easily be identified in the new rulebooks because they are shown in underlined, red text (printed Rulebooks will have underlined text). A detailed summary of 2020 Rule Changes is presented at the end of this article.

Here are some 2020 CMP Rulebook changes that merit further explanation:

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January 10th, 2020

New Berger 7mm 190 Grain Long Range Hybrid Target Bullet

Berger 7mm F-Open Hybrid Long Range Target Bullet new high bc

Just in time for the Berger SW Nationals, Berger has released a class-leading new 7mm bullet — the 190 Grain Long Range Hybrid Target (LRHT). The new 190-grainer boasts a “jump-tolerant” hybrid ogive profile along with formed meplat (bullet tip) for more consistent Ballistic Coefficient (BC). In fact, with its new MRT (Meplat Reduction Technology) nose, Doppler Radar testing confirms less than 1% BC variation from bullet to bullet. While a high BC is of course desirable for competitive shooting, shot-to-shot BC consistency is most critical when engaging targets to 600 yards and beyond. The new 7mm 190gr LRHT’s BC numbers are very impressive: 0.751 G1 and 0.384 G7.

Designed for F-Open competition, the 7mm 190gr LRHTs are optimized for cartridges such as .284 Winchester, 7mm WSM, 7mm SAUM, and 7mm Remington Magnum among others.

No you don’t need a new barrel to shoot the 190s. If you are running Berger 184s in a 1:9″ or faster twist you should be fine. Berger states: “The 190gr LRHT is complementary to the industry-leading Berger 184gr F-Open Target bullet with an identical stability factor and improved ballistics when launched from 1:9″-twist barrels.”

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Meplat Reduction Technology for More Consistent BCs
Utilizing advanced and proprietary manufacturing processes, Berger’s innovative Meplat Reduction Technology (MRT) applies controlled pressure along the nose of each LRHT bullet. Berger states this delivers ” a homogeneous and repeatable profile for the industry’s most consistent Ballistic Coefficients”.

“With improved MRT consistency contributing to its superior ballistic coefficient and form factor, the 190 is one of our highest performance projectiles to date. They provide minimal dispersion and more hits on target for F-Open competitors, long range shooters and larger capacity 7mm enthusiasts.” said Garett Stoddard, Berger’s Lead Production Engineer.

The new Berger 7mm 190 Grain Long Range Hybrid Target Bullets are shipping now to Berger authorized retailers.

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January 9th, 2020

New Wind-Mapping Technology in Trijicon Ventus Rangefinder

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To be honest, when we read the description of Trijicon’s new Ventus device, we thought it sounded like science fiction. This quad-collimated laser rangefinder/wind-reading gizmo seems like something Captain Kirk would use on Star Trek. According to Trijicon, the Ventus is “the world’s first advanced wind-mapping and range-detecting handheld device.” That’s right folks, this is a rangefinder that also “measures three-dimensional wind velocities at multiple distances out to 500 yards”. Combined with a claimed 5000-yard ranging ability (on reflective objects), Trijicon says its new Ventus gives “shooters and hunters previously unattainable data about their environment for long-range accuracy.”

The Ventus unit is designed with a Doppler LIDAR engine that can measure headwind, tailwind, crosswind and vertical wind components at six different distances, in any weather condition. The higher-end Ventus X Model also includes an onboard ballistics solver which communicates, via Bluetooth, with the Trijicon Ballistics App. This allows Ventus-X users to store shooter and target geographic locations, calculate ballistic solutions, and display wind maps.

Ventus X collimated laser rangefinder wind reading Ballistics app LIDAR Doppler
The Ventus utilizes an advanced Doppler LIDAR engine and four collimated lasers sent out in a cone to measure wavelength interaction with dust particles at up to six different distances.

Four Collimated Lasers Read the Wind via Doppler LIDAR
How does the wind-reading work? Trijicon states: “Thanks to a fiber optic collimated laser capable of returns through dust, fog, sleet, and snow, the Ventus offers extreme, all-weather performance. Four collimated lasers [are] sent out in a cone to measure wavelength interaction with dust particles at up to six different distances. This technology allows the Ventus to calculate for head, tail, cross and vertical wind, giving shooters an incredibly accurate wind reading.”

Ventus X collimated laser rangefinder wind reading Ballistics app LIDAR Doppler

Ventus X Model Includes Advanced Ballistics Solver
The Ventus comes in two models: Ventus and Ventus X. The basic Ventus handles ranging duties. The upgraded Ventus X adds a state-of-the-art, onboard ballistics solver. An onboard sensor suite captures all necessary data — range, wind, atmospheric temperature, stratospheric pressure, and incline angle — to provide a very advanced ballistic solution.

Ventus X collimated laser rangefinder wind reading Ballistics app LIDAR Doppler

The Ventus X also communicates via Bluetooth to the advanced Trijicon Ballistic application, soon to be available for both iOS and Android. The Ballistic App stores shooter and target geographic locations, provides a ballistic solution, and displays a wind map overlay of readings.

DISCUSS HERE in our Shooters’ Forum Ventus Thread »

Price and Availability
Trijicon says both Ventus and Ventus X units should be available in the “Second Half of 2020″. MSRP unknown at this time.

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January 7th, 2020

SHOT Show New Product Showcase — Stocks, Optics, & More

2020 SHOT Show Planner new products Las Vegas

CLICK HERE for ALL 338 New-for-2020 SHOT Show Products »

2018 SHOT Show Planner new productsThousands of new products will be on display at SHOT Show 2020, the huge gun industry trade show held each January in Las Vegas. Some of the most highly-anticipated products have not yet been revealed, including new rifles, chassis systems, handguns, reloading tools, and state-of-the-art optics.

However, the official SHOT Show Product Planner offers a “sneak peak” at 338 new-for-2020 products. More will come in the weeks ahead. For the time being, however, here are TEN interesting new products. Since most are completely new items, we haven’t been able to test them yet. Accordingly the product descriptions are provided by the manufacturers.

1. Minelli USA — WOOX Furiosa Chassis

MDT Modular Driven Hybrid Stock System

The WOOX Furiosa Rifle Chassis is a hybrid stock that combines wood sections over an aluminum sub-chassis, giving the “feel” of a wood stock with the strength and rigidity of a metal stock. The WOOX Furiosa is a full-length rifle chassis replacement for Remington 700s and Sauer 100s. The Furiosa pairs a full-length aluminum skeleton with high-quality wooden front and rear stock elements. The rear stock features an adjustable cheek rest and adjustable LOP and integrated flush cups. The front stock offers M-LOK® rails. The WOOX Furiosa retails for $999.00. Visit Website.

2. March Scopes — High Master 5-42x56mm Wide Angle

March optics scope Wide angle FFP High Master ED Glass

The new March 5-42x56mm High Master-Wide Angle is a premium First Focal Plane (FFP) optic developed for serious competition and tactical shooters. This scope features the advanced High Master lens system, with two Super ED lens elements for superb clarity, increased contrast, and minimal chromatic aberration. This advanced optic features a “Temperature Anti-Drift Lens System” which compensates for ambient temp changes by altering the refractive index of the lenses. The 5-42x56mm March High Master offers a full 40 MILs of vertical adjustment, so you can shooter very long ranges without an angled rail. The eyepiece is the new March Wide Angle model with greater field of view throughout the 8.4X zoom range. Center dot and cross are illuminated with .2 and .5 MIL hash marks. Visit Website.

3. GRS Riflestocks — GRS WARG Hybrid Stock

GRS norway rifle stock composite precision PRS chassis

The innovative GRS WARG is a modular, hybrid stock with metal fore-end, full adjustability, and a fiberglass-reinforced main stock shell. The grip is comfortable and ergonomic and cheek height as well as LOP is quickly and easily adjusted using the GRS SpeedLock 2.0 system makes it easy to adjust the length and height of the stock. On the new WARG the AR-style fore-end boast an M-Lok mounting system for Picatinny rails, sling studs, flush cups and other accessories. The GRS WARG is offered in three colors, tan, matte black, and dark green. Stock weight is just under 3 pounds in Tikka T3 inlet. Price is $730.00. Visit Website.

4. Metal Art of Wisconsin — The Freedom Cabinet

Freedom Cabinet Wall Safe concealment System RFID Biometric

The unique Freedom Cabinet is a patriotic, wall-mounted Stars & Stripes Flag-themed concealment unit. Available in Wood, Steel or Carbon Fiber, each secure Freedom Cabinet features inlaid steel and Invisible RFID or Biometric locking systems. The Freedom Cabinet costs $194.95. Along with this flip-up Freedom cabinet, there is a “Slider” version for $254.95. Visit Website.

5. DYX International — Quantum Rangefinder Riflescope

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The Quantum Rangefinder Riflescope is a new, affordable option for hunters who want a scope with a built-in Laser Rangefinder that automatically calculates shot hold-over (like the Burris Eliminator). You input the ballistics, click on the target, ant the built-in AMOLED display shows your hold-over point. Notably, the display can also show wind speed/ direction, temp and humidity (from external sensors). DYX Int’l claims the laser works out to 3000 meters, but we suspect the usable range on non-reflective objects is well under 1000 yards. Weight is 570 grams, which is about 6 ounces lighter than the Burris Eliminator III. Visit Website.

6. FightLite Industries — 50-State Legal SCR Hybrid AR

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The innovative, patented FightLite SCR® (Sport Configurable Rifle) blends the utility and accuracy of an AR15 with the classic lines of an American sporter. Importantly, this rifle is 50-state legal! The old-fashioned stock design of the SCR permits shipping to FFLs in all 50 states. SCR models for 2020 feature both solid walnut and laminated stocks and furniture as well as a free-floating M-Lok handguard option. The FightLite SCR accepts most Modern Sporting Rifle parts and accessories including magazines, upper receivers, barrels, bolts, handguards, and optics. SCRs start at $1169.99. NOTE: Along with the complete rifle, Fightlite also offers sporter stock lowers for $659.99. Visit Website.

7. Modular Driven Technologies (MDT) — Hybrid Stock System

MDT Modular Driven Hybrid Stock System

Modular Driven Technologies (MDT) has a new Hybrid Stock System, designed to “bring the benefits of a chassis to shooters who prefer a more traditional feel.” This has an internal frame of CNC-machined 6061 aluminum. That is then clad in textured composite panels with textured finish. On the metal fore-end is an MLOK pattern attachment system. The MDT offers two (2) interchangeable grip options, angled and vertical (both included). The stock system retails for $549.00. Visit Website.

8. Elftmann Tactical — Savage 110 SE Trigger

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The ELF Savage 110 SE Precision Rifle Trigger is a high-quality, drop-in trigger system for the Savage 110, Axis, and other Savage rifles. Pull weight adjusts from under 1.25 pounds to over 4 pounds. Users report this trigger has a good feel and very crisp break. Aerospace grade bearings assure consistency and a smooth pull. Because the bearings press-fit in the trigger, ELF claims “there is absolutely no play in any components”. The adjustable aluminum trigger shoe is offered in both curved and flat styles. Price is $149.00. ELF says this trigger is “100% Drop Safe”. Visit Website.

9. Danger Close — Reaper Multi-Function Target System

Reaper danger close multi target

The Reaper System is a unique, multi-functional target system. Weighing only 180 pounds, this wheel-equipped mobile target system can be put in place in just a few minutes. Constructed with ⅜” thick AR-500 steel, the Reaper can safely withstand shots from handguns (7 yards and beyond), .223 Rem ARs (20 yards and beyond), all the way up to a .338 Lapua Magnum shot at 240 yards out. The system allows you to shoot a variety of target styles — Cardboard Targets, Anatomical Vitals Plates, or Dueling Tree Plates. Visit Website.

10. Shooter’s Choice — Bullseye Box Deluxe Cleaning Kit

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The new Shooter’s Choice Bullseye Box Utility Gun Cleaning Kit includes the necessary equipment for cleaning rifles, pistols and shotguns. Gear is stowed in supplied tackle-box with pull out drawers. This is a very complete kit with cleaning rods, brushes, mops and jags for most popular calibers: .22/.223, .243, .270, .308, 9mm, .40, .45, 20 ga & 12 ga. The kit also ships with 1″ and 2.5″ square patches (100 each). Plus you’ll get all these solvents/cleaners: MC-7 cleaner, FP-10 Lubricant, All Weather Firearm Grease, and Rust Prevent. Additional cleaning supplies are: 3 all-purpose receiver brushes, 50 pipe cleaners, 100 cleaning swabs, lens brush, dust brush, and 3 microfiber gun towels. Bullseye Box MSRP is $149.99. Visit Website.

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January 7th, 2020

Illustrated History of the Second Amendment — Worth a Read

History Second Amendment Arizona McWhiter Law

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. To read the two-part series, CLICK Here for PART ONE, and CLICK Here for PART TWO.

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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.

History Second Amendment Arizona McWhiter Law

History Second Amendment Arizona McWhiter Law

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

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January 6th, 2020

Bargain Finder 224: AccurateShooter’s Deals of the Week

Accurateshooter Bargain Finder Deals of Week

At the request of our readers, we provide select “Deals of the Week”. Every Sunday afternoon or Monday morning we offer our Best Bargain selections. Here are some of the best deals on firearms, hardware, reloading components, optics, and shooting accessories. Be aware that sale prices are subject to change, and once clearance inventory is sold, it’s gone for good. You snooze you lose.

1. GunsAmerica — CZ 457 Series Rifles, $389.99 and Up

The CZ 457 is the successor to the popular CZ 455 line of rimfire rifles. The new 457 barreled action is offered in a variety of CZ 457 rifles, from an inexpensive 457 Scout Model ($389.99) all the way up to the 457 Varmint Match Target Rifle MTR ($739.00), featured in the above video.

CZ 457 varmint precision chassis rifle

There is a new modular chassis model coming soon, the 457 Varmint Precision Chassis rifle. This should be great for NRL22 tactical competition. You’ll find the full line of CZ 457 rifles on GunsAmerica, with many seller options. Scroll down the page to select the model you prefer, then compare offering prices.

2. Amazon — Teslong Rod-Type Digital Borescope, $69.99

teslong digital borescope

Teslong digital borescopes have been a huge success and earned high praise from our Forum members. First there was the cable-type plug-in model, then a Wifi Teslong for $74.99 that works with all types of mobile devices. The latest Teslong features a metal shaft, with length markings. This makes it easier to inspect your bore with great precision. This compact, electro-optical, rod-type borescope outputs sharp, high-rez images and VIDEO to desktop computers, laptops, as well as Android tablets and smartphones.

3. EuroOptic — Big Leupold Closeout Sale

Leupold close-out sale

EuroOptic is running a big Leupold Closeout Sale this week. You’ll find big discounts on top-quality scopes. For example the VH6 HD 4-24x52mm TMOA Illuminated optic is marked down from $1999.99 to $1549.99. This is a killer deal on the VX-6HD 4-24X TMOA which has been a popular, well-reviewed scope. Leopold binoculars are also deeply discounted with this close-out sale.

4. Amazon — Tianers Tactical Survival Kit, $27.99

Amazon knife light survival kit

Here’s a great 16-item Tactical Survival Kit. It’s chock-full of handy tools and gear for just $27.99 — what you might expect to pay just for the knife and flashlight. This highly-rated Survival Kit includes: folding knife, flashlight, tactical pen, credit card knife, wire saw, bottle clip, emergency blanket, flint stone, scraper, Paracord bracelet, whistle, carabiner, waterproof notebook, spoon fork, rope, and handy molle nylon carry pouch. If you prefer a hard case, order the Multi-item Survival Kit with 6.75″x 4.25″ waterproof plastic case for $29.99 on Amazon.

5. Precision Reloading — 10% Off New Year Sale (Ends Soon!)

Precision Reloading 10% off new year sale discount bargain coupon code

Right now, as an extended New Year Promotion, Precision Reloading is offering 10% Off virtually everything in stock — bullets, brass, powder, primers, reloading tools, and shooting accessories. There is a $75 minimum order to qualify and you must act very quickly. This deal expires Monday, January 6, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Use Promo Code NYTEN during checkout to save 10% on all orders over $75.00.

6. Midsouth — Tipton Best Gun Vise and Gun Butler on Sale

Midsouth Tipton Best Gun Vise Butler cleaning kit

In the wintertime we spend a lot of time in the workshop, getting our rifles ready for the spring season. If you don’t own a top-of-the-line gun vise yet, here’s a great opportunity. Midsouth Shooters has the Tipton Best Gun Vise on Sale for $78.99, marked down from $100.99. In addition, the smaller Tipton Gun Butler, a gun compact set-up for cleaning/maintenance at the range, is just $17.99 on Sale.

7. Natchez — Rock Chucker Supreme Reloading Kit, $279.99

Deals of Week RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme Kit

Everything you see above can be yours for just $279.99. Great Deal. Right now, Natchez is selling the Rock Chucker Supreme Master Reloading Kit for $279.99, a fantastic price considering what you get: Press, Primer Tool, Scale, Powder Measure, Loading Tray, Reloading Manual and more. Heck, the Rock Chucker press alone is worth $165.00+. This is good starter kit for any reloader with sturdy items (such as the Rock Chucker press), that will last a lifetime.

8. Graf’s — Lapua 6mm Creedmoor and 6.5mm Creedmoor Brass

Lapua 6mm Creedmoor and 6.5mm Creemoor Brass Sale

The 6.5 Creedmoor has taken over as one of the most popular rifle cartridges. And the 6mm Creedmoor is a favorite with PRS and tactical shooters. Because of the popularity of these cartridges, premium-quality Lapua brass has been in high demand. Now at Graf & Sons, you can SAVE 20% on Lapua 6mm Creedmoor and SAVE 23% on 6.5 Creedmoor brass.

9. CDNN — Geissele 2-Stage Trigger for AR15/AR10, $139.99

Geissele trigger ar ar10 ar15 two-stage 2-stage

The Geissele 2 Stage (G2S) trigger is a quality, cost-effective version of the Geissele Super Semi-Automatic trigger ($240 MSRP). The G2S is a non-adjustable trigger that allows precise and accurate trigger control. Total pull weight is spec’d at 4.5 pounds. First Stage runs 2.75-3.0 pounds, while the Second Stage will run 1.5-1.75 pounds. This Geissele G2S fits MilSpec trigger pins in standard lowers.

10. Amazon — RCBS Quick-Change Powder Funnel Kit, $11.04

Amazon RCBS Powder funnel quick kit

This versatile funnel system works with nearly all cartridge types, from 17 Remington up to 500 S&W. Even if you have a fancy metal funnel, it’s worth having one of these RCBS Kits on your reloading bench. The RCBS Quick Change Powder Funnel Kit features five (5) adapters that match case mouth diameter for specific cartridge ranges: 17-20 caliber, 22-264 caliber, 27-284 caliber, 30-375 caliber, 40 caliber and higher. The Funnel Kit includes a handy 4-inch drop tube.

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January 5th, 2020

How Rimfire Ammo is Made — Videos Reveal Production Process

22 .22 Plinkster Youtube Video CCI Speer Rimfire Ammo Ammunition plant Lewiston Idaho

22Plinkster Tours CCI/Speer Idaho Factory
Trickshot artist and YouTube host 22Plinkster recently got a chance to tour the CCI/Speer production facility in Lewiston, Idaho. This large plant produces both rimfire and centerfire ammunition. While touring the plant, 22Plinkster was allowed to capture video showing the creation of .22 LR rounds from start to finish. This is a fascinating video, well worth watching.

This revealing video shows all phases of .22 LR ammo production including cupping, drawing, annealing, washing, drying, head-stamping, priming, powder charging, bullet seating, crimping, waxing, inspection, and final packaging. If you’ve got ten minutes to spare, we really recommend you watch the video from start to finish. You’ll definitely learn some new things about rimfire ammo.

Field & Stream Tours Federal Ammo Plant in Minnesota

Note to Viewers — After Starting Video, Click Speaker Icon to HEAR audio!

Last year a Field & Stream writer toured the Federal ammunition production facility in Anoka, Minnesota. This large plant produces both rimfire and centerfire ammunition. While touring the plant, the reporter was allowed to capture video showing the creation of .22 LR rounds from start to finish. This is a fascinating video, well worth watching. Click speaker icon for sound.

The Manufacturing Process for .22 LR Rimfire Ammunition
Shooting Sports USA explains: “Rimfire cartridge cases are the oldest self-contained cartridge in existence, having been in continuous production since the mid-1850s. Rimfire cases are drawn from a thin piece of brass and formed with a hollow rim. A priming compound is then forced into the case using centrifugal force, where it is charged with powder and a bullet is seated in the mouth of the case. The case is then crimped around the bullet to ensure sufficient push and pull when the round is fired. When the firing pin strikes the thin brass rim of the case, the hollow rim is crushed and the primer is ignited.” Source: SSUSA.org 9/2/2017.

.22 LR ammunition photo
Photo courtesy BulkAmmo.com.

Buried in CCI Rimfire Ammo
22Plinkster was literally up to his neck in ammo while touring the CCI/Speer Idaho ammo plant. He says: “This was truly a dream come true for me. I can’t thank the people at CCI and Speer enough for allowing me to do this. I couldn’t possibly show everything that went on at the factory. However, hopefully I showed you enough for you to grasp the concept of how rimfire [ammo] is made.”

22 .22 Plinkster Youtube Video CCI Speer Rimfire Ammo Ammunition plant Lewiston Idaho

History — Speer Brothers Brought Ammo Production to Lewiston
Here is an interesting historical footnote. Today’s large CCI/Speer operation in Idaho can be traced back to the companies founded by the Speer brothers. After settling in Lewiston in 1944, Vernon Speer started Speer Bullets. A few years later, in 1951, Vernon’s brother Dick (with partner Arvid Nelson) started Cascade Cartridges Inc., a producer of small-arms ammunition and primers. Yes, as you may suspect, Cascade Cartridges Inc. is now CCI, a Vista Outdoor company, and one of the largest manufacturers of primers and loaded ammunition. Today, the CCI/Speer Lewiston plant produces both Speer bullets and CCI-branded ammunition and primers. Vista Outdoor’s predecessor, ATK, acquired the plant in 2001. Vernon Speer died in 1979, and Dick Speer died in 1994.

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January 3rd, 2020

Snake Reborn — Colt Offers New Python Revolvers for 2020

New Colt Python stainless steel revolver wheelgun .357 Magnum dirty harry

The Snake is back baby! For 2020, Colt’s Manufacturing Co. LLC will offer a refined and upgraded Colt Python with a hefty $1499.00 MSRP. The legendary double-action revolver, which originally debuted in 1955, returns in stainless steel in 4.25″ and 6″ barrel lengths. It is designed to be stronger than before. Numerous improvements were made to reinforce the revolver, including the use of stronger stainless steel alloys and a re-designed rear sight which allows for a 30% increase in the cross-sectional area of the top strap — meaning more steel for a stronger revolver.

Important Colt Python Enhancements:
— More Steel in Top-Strap for Enhanced Strength
— Recessed Muzzle Crown (protects rifling during cleaning)
— Reduced Number of Parts in Trigger Mechanism for Greater Durability

Colt doesn’t want these to be safe queens, they’re meant to be shot. Along with the stronger frame, these Colt Pythons have recessed target crowns for improved accuracy[.] Chambered for .357 Magnum they can withstand a lifetime of full-power loads[.] — Max Slowick, GunsAmerica.com.

GunsAmerica Review of New Colt Python

The new Colt Python is offered with a high-polish stainless steel finish and either a 4.25-inch or 6-inch barrel. Both come with walnut grips that bear the Colt medallion. These updated versions of the Colt Python have a few changes to differentiate them from the old snake guns but they maintain the classic looks and operation of the originals.

The classic grip pattern, boxy frame, generous trigger, ribbed topstrap, and full-length underlug are all just as they should be. Both models are double- and single-action with a spurred hammer.

Colt modified the sights. The rear sight is still a fully adjustable target sight, which is standard for full-size revolvers, and the front sight can be changed by the user like on the new Colt Cobras.

The classic grip pattern, boxy frame, generous trigger, ribbed topstrap, and full-length underlug are all just as they should be. Both models are double- and single-action with a spurred hammer.

CLICK HERE for FULL Colt Python REVIEW

New Colt Python stainless steel revolver wheelgun .357 Magnum dirty harry
The 4.25″ barrel Python is 9.75″ long and 42 ounces. The 6″ model is 11.5″ long and 46 ounces.

Factory Video Shows New Python’s Features
This Colt-produced video explains features of the new Colt Pythons (4″ and 6″) in detail. If you are interested in this wheelgun, definitely watch this video — it will answer most technical questions. Double action pull-weight is 7 to 9.5 pounds while the single action pull is 3 to 4 pounds out of the box. The new Colt Python .357 Magnum is available now through Colt stocking dealers for $1499.00 MSRP.


This is a tougher, stronger Python — durability tests included over 40,000 trigger pulls on a single Python. Trigger pull scans show lighter trigger pull weights, less friction, and increased consistency.

New Colt Python stainless steel revolver wheelgun .357 Magnum dirty harry

“We know the Colt Python is one of the most beloved and collected firearms in American history, and its re-release has long been demanded by enthusiasts,” said Justin Baldini, Product Director at Colt. “We took our time on R&D – we needed to be sure the look and performance of this redesign lived up to its legendary name and kept its impeccable reputation for quality and accuracy. This new Python lives up to the legend in every way.”

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January 1st, 2020

Happy New Year 2020 and Message to Our Readers Worldwide

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Happy New Year to all our readers worldwide, and especially the 48,120+ members of our AccurateShooter Forum. We hope 2020 brings you happiness in your lives and success in your endeavors. And we wish for small groups, good scores, and successful hunts in the New Year.

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Looking Forward to 2020
AccurateShooter.com ForumEvery year we work to improve AccurateShooter.com. In 2016 we completely overhauled the Forum, making it faster and more mobile-friendly. In 2017 we upgraded our servers. In 2018 we started vetting every new sign-up to prevent scammers. In 2019 we added more security measures, expanded our popular Deals of the Week, and commenced our first-ever exclusive Promos for Gold and Silver members. We hope you’ll continue to enjoy our feature articles, our Daily Bulletin, our match reports, and our Forum Classifieds. The formula seems to be working — our audience is bigger than ever.

Forum Membership Increased 11.5% in 2019
Our Shooters’ Forum grew significantly in 2019. Our membership grew by 11.5% as Forum ranks swelled to 48,120+ members! More people are successfully buying and selling in our Forum Classifieds section than ever before. Silver and Gold members get unlimited Classifieds for 12 months. Gold members also get custom Avatars and other privileges.

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We need your support. For 16 years the site has relied largely on volunteer efforts. But as the site grows, we need the assistance of Forum moderators, product testers, web gurus, and computer software experts. Those guys don’t work for glory alone.

Consider this — you’ll pay $25 for a couple movie tickets and a large popcorn these days. For the same twenty-five dollars you can become a Silver Forum member for a YEAR and help this site provide info, tests, tech tips, bargains, and shooting news.

And consider the benefits — Silver or Gold Members get unlimited classifieds for 12 months. If you were to sell just ONE $1500 rifle through Gunbroker.com, you would pay $58.75 in fees! That’s more than our Gold Membership — just to sell one single rifle.

In the last quarter of 2019 about 470 site users have donated or upgraded their Forum membership to Silver or Gold Levels. That’s less than 1% of the membership. We thank all those who have generously contributed. But that still leaves tens of thousands of users who access the site every week without contributing. With more donations we can deliver more premium content and offer more services to our members.

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December 31st, 2019

Midsouth End of Year Sale — Last Chance, Final Price Reductions

Midsouth Shooters Supply End of Year Clearance Sale EOYC discount prices New Year 2020

January 1, 2020 NOTICE: Midsouth’s End of Year Sale Was Set to End at Midnight 12/31/2019. But we are still seeing Clearance Pricing available on hundreds of items — so you may still have a chance!

There’s an amazing sale going on right now at Midsouth Shooters — prices on over 1000 products have been dropping every day since 12/26/19. The Midsouth End of Year Clearance (EOYC) sale is now in the home stretch — the last round of price reductions is today, December 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm Central Time. If you snooze you loose — EOYC inventory is selling fast!

We saw some great deals on Norma brass/bullets and Hornady ammo. Leupold and Nikon scope prices are drastically reduced. RCBS Dies and Reloading presses are deeply discounted. AR accessories are discounted. There are also big savings on gun cases, muzzle brakes, scope mounts and more…

Go to MidsouthShootersSupply.com to see the final, absolutely lowest prices for these and all other clearance items. NOTE: You can go to the EOYC Sale Page, which features all Clearance Sale items, but you can also use the regular Search Function — Sale Items will appear with the Close-out Prices indicated. For example, search for “Leupold”, or “Norma”, or “Hornady”. Scroll down the page and you’ll seen Close-Out Items with a red “Sale” tag and “Close-Out Price” marked.

Here are three examples tracking Midsouth’s EOYC price cuts since December 26th:

EOYC Sale Price Cuts for Timney Triggers

Midsouth Shooters Supply Timney Trigger End of Year Clearance Sale EOYC discount prices New Year 2020

EOYC Sale Price Cuts for Nikon Scopes

Midsouth ShootersSupply  Nikon Tactical Scope FX-1000 End of Year Clearance Sale EOYC discount prices New Year 2020

EOYC Sale Price Cuts for Aero Precision 6.5 Creedmoor AR Upper

Midsouth ShootersSupply    End of Year Clearance Sale EOYC Aero Precision AR upper discount prices New Year 2020

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December 29th, 2019

CMP Offers Scholarships to Young Men and Women

CMP Scholarship

CMP ScholarshipThe Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) invites young men and women shooters to apply for CMP scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year. The CMP offers $1,000 one-year scholarships to current high school seniors. Since 2005, CMP has awarded over $1 million in scholarship grants. Last year, the CMP awarded over $160,000 in scholarship money. Winning scholarship recipients, in their senior year of high school, came from JROTC schools, 4-H groups, and other shooting clubs.

CMP Scholarship Application Deadline is March 20, 2020

CMP Scholarships are based on merit. Candidates are high school seniors involved with a team or club participating in rifle or pistol marksmanship competitions. Applicants must provide rifle or pistol competition history, list of awards, and future goals in the shooting sports. Applicants must also provide academic GPA and an official high school transcript (3.0 Minimum GPA Required).

CMP Scholarship

Applications are Being Accepted Now for 2020-2021
The CMP is now taking scholarship applications for the 2020-2021 freshman college year. Scholarships are one-year awards that may be used to fund any accredited, post-secondary education or vocational program. (Note: Students planning to enroll in a military academy are not eligible).

CMP Scholarship Regulations | 2020-2021 Scholarship Application Form.

The deadline for CMP Scholarship Application is March 20, 2020. Learn more about the program at the CMP Website Scholarship Page. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Williams at 419-635-2141, ext. 709, or email kwilliams [@] thecmp.org.

CMP Scholarship

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December 25th, 2019

Happy Holidays to Our Readers — Thanks for Your Support

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all our readers and especially our 48,000+ Forum Members. This marks our 15th Christmas “in business”, and the site is stronger than ever thanks to our contributing Forum members and industry sponsors. AccurateShooter.com is now accessed by over 500,000 visitors every month, who enjoy our Feature Articles, Daily Bulletin, Shooters’ Forum, and our Facebook Page. Part of the reason for that success is the hard work of our dedicated staff and volunteer helpers.

Unsung Heroes Deserve Recognition
I want to acknowledge those guys who have really helped out the site. Number one is our Systems Admin, Jay Christopherson. Along with being a darn fine shooter, Jay is a computer guru who keeps the servers running smoothly and maintains our Forum. Jay has set up distributed computing and secure firewalls, making the site both speedier and more stable. We must acknowledge Boyd Allen and EdLongRange who tirelessly supply story leads for the Daily Bulletin. And our Deals Editor, F-Class John, finds great weekly bargains for the Bulletin and tests new products. Thanks also to Jeff Williams, who handles site donations by mail. We have a great place to test rifles thanks to our valued friend Joe Friedrich. Other important contributors include: Gavin Gear of UltimateReloader.com; Bill Marr of Rifleshooter.com; Ed Mobley and Steve Lawrence of 65Guys.com; and Craig Arnzen of Area 419. These folks have produced important product tests and contributed stories and videos. I also want to recognize Hunting Editor Colton Reid and regular contributors James Mock, Vince Bottomley, Jason Baney, and Erik Cortina. All these men (and many others) have contributed much time and effort.

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We also want to thank our major sponsors, without whose support the site could not provide the full AccurateShooter.com experience, with an active Forum, an archive of in-depth articles, and fresh content 365 days a year in our Daily Bulletin. We’re grateful to all our sponsors and advertisers. In particular, we want to acknowledge the major companies which have been strong supporters of this site for many years: Capstone Precision Group (Berger, Lapua, SK, Vihtavuori), Bruno Shooters Supply, Bullet Central, Graf & Sons, Grizzly Industrial, EuroOptic, Krieger Barrels, Midsouth Shooters Supply, Powder Valley Inc., Precision Reloading, and Zeiss Sports Optics. Their continuing support helps us keep up the flow of information and serve our readers and Forum members.

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December 25th, 2019

Holiday Sale Specials — Christmas 2019

Many online vendors are offering special promotions for the 2019 Holiday season, with sales extended through Christmas Day (and often beyond). Here are five Christmas promotions we found. These offer reduced product prices — as much as 30% Off. Some vendors are also offering free shipping or low flat-rate shipping with certain dollar-level minimum orders.

Brownells — Discounts and FREE Shipping Codes

Brownells has a number of attractive offers available with Promo Codes used during checkout. You can save up to $25.00, and get FREE Shipping with a variety of these Checkout Codes:

$25 Off $200 Order — Code HAD (Expires 12/31/2019)
$20 Off $200 Order plus FREE Shipping — CODE M8Y
$15 Off $150 Order — CODE NAX
$10 Off $99 Order plus FREE Shipping — CODE MDX
FREE Shipping with $49 Order — CODES VB5 or TAF

Bruno’s Free Shipping with Minimum Order Offers

Bruno Shooters Supply is offering two FREE Shipping deals. For USPS transport, get FREE USPS shipping with a $100.00 minimum order. For United Parcel Service delivery, get FREE UPS shipping with a $200.00 minimum order. These are for Online orders only.

Creedmoor Sports Christmas Free Shipping and $10 Off $150

Creedmoor Sports has a number of items on sale, plus they have the hard-to-find Forster Co-Ax Press in stock. And through the end of today, 12/25/2019, you can get FREE Shipping, with no minimum. Plus with Discount Code TREE you can get $10.00 Off all orders over $150.00.

Natchez Shooters Supplies — Free Shipping over $49.99

Free Shipping  Natchez

Natchez is offering $5.00 Ground Shipping on all orders over $49.99. This applies to pretty much everything in stock other than Motor Freight and Drop Ship Items. Use Promo Code FS171221 during checkout. But act soon — this offer expires 12/24/17 at 11:59 pm EST.

MidwayUSA — Free Shipping on Select Optics and Clothing

Free Shipping Christmas Bruno Shooters Supply MidwayUSA Midsouth Creedmoor Sports

MidwayUSA is offering FREE shipping (no minimum) on many popular brands including leading optics makers. Along with free shipping on scopes you can get free shipping on Sitka, Danner, Under Armor, and Carhartt outerwear and clothing.

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December 24th, 2019

Tips for Selling Firearms Online Through Auctions and Classifieds

Gunbroker shooters forum gun classified ads

online sales auctionsThese days, online gun Auctions and Classifieds attract more attention than ever. With so many folks accessing the internet daily, many gun owners find it easier to sell their firearms online rather than in the local gun store. Online selling opens up a much larger audience. With nearly 50,000 members in the AccurateShooter Forum, we have a very active gun Classifieds area. And then of course, there are the big dogs — Gunbroker and GunsAmerica. You’ll find tens of thousands of guns for sale on those big sites.

Before selling your stuff online, you should survey the major online sales and auction sites, comparing their fees and features. The costs are NOT all the same. For example, though you can list an item on Gunbroker for free, if the gun sells you may end up paying a LOT of money. Confirm this with the Gunbroker FEE Calculator. Using Gunbroker’s Fee Calculator we determined that, for a $2500.00 gun, the seller will pay $93.75 in fees! Yes, that’s for a single sale. That’s why many sellers prefer to list their rifles on Benchrest.com, or right here on AccurateShooter.com for FREE. Currently, basic members get five (5) free adverts in a 12-month period, while Gold and Silver members get unlimited classifieds for 12 months.

SEVEN TIPS for Selling Your Gear Online

1. Include Good, Sharp Photos: A custom rifle or expensive optic will sell two to three times as quickly, at a higher price, if you include good sharp photos. We can’t over-emphasize the importance of good photos. For all products, show multiple angles, and include the original boxes if you still have them. For a rifle, include detail shots as well as a photo of the complete gun.

2. Resize Your Photos Before Posting: Remember that many readers have monitors that only display 800-1000 pixels in screen width. We recommend you size your photos down to 600×480 pixels, or 800×600 at the most.

3. Be Fair and Complete in Your Description: Buyers appreciate honesty and thoroughness in product descriptions. Potential buyers want details. For a rifle, list the gunsmith, barrel-maker, round count, and provide the specifications. If the rifle has a winning competition history, say so. Always highlight the positives in your description, but you should disclose significant flaws. A buyer will be more willing to purchase if he thinks the seller is 100% honest.

4. Don’t Forget Contact Info: We’re amazed by how many adverts omit key contact info. In a forum classified ad, include a first name, e.g. “Ask for Dan.” We also suggest you list your residence city and state. Some buyers will prefer to buy from a seller in their home state. When communicating with a buyer, provide your phone number and email address. We recommend that all buyers and sellers actually talk live on the phone before concluding high-value deals.

5. Make the Price Attractive: Buyers, everywhere, are looking for good deals. If you want your item to move quickly, set the price accordingly and don’t expect top dollar. Check comparable listings and then discount by 10-15% if you want the item to move fast.

6. Include a Call to Action: Advertisements can be twice as effective if they include a “Call to Action”, i.e. a statement that directly inspires the potential buyer to respond. Sample calls to action are: “Free Shipping — today only.” Or, you can use a time limit: “Special Sale Price good ’til the end of the month”.

7. Always Follow ALL Applicable Laws: Even in states where private face-to-face gun sales are allowed, we recommend ALWAYS using an FFL for firearms transfers. This will protect YOU the seller. In addition, do your homework. Don.’t sell to a buyer in a city or state (such as California) state or city where the particular firearm (such as an AR15) may be restricted

Classified Advert vs. Auctions
For benchrest, F-Class, Silhouette, Tactical or High Power rifles, you may get the best results posting a For Sale ad on a Forum that caters to the right discipline. You want your ad to reach the right audience. On the other hand, a GunBroker.com auction will have tens of thousands of potential buyers. Realistically, however, if you price your rig attractively, it should sell quickly in a Forum Classified Advert. Plus with conventional Classifieds, you can sell immediately — you don’t have to wait for the auction to end. For scopes and reloading equipment (but not firearms, actions, barrels etc.), also consider eBay, which still allows many gun-related items.

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December 22nd, 2019

TSA Tips for Traveling with Firearms — What You Need to Know

Tom McHale flying with firearms guns TSA

If you will be flying with firearms this winter, you should read this article. You need to familiarize yourself with current Federal Regulations on gun transport before you get anywhere near an airport. Thankfully, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has a web page that states the important requirements for airline passengers traveling with firearms and/or ammunition.

You’ll want to visit the TSA Firearms and Ammunition webpage, and read it start to finish. In addition, before your trip, you should check the regulations of the airline(s) with which you will fly. Some airlines have special requirements, such as weight restrictions.

Here are the TSA’s key guidelines for travel with firearms:

1. All firearms* must be declared to the airline during the ticket counter check-in process.
The term firearm includes:

    – Any weapon (including a starter gun) which will, or is designed to, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive.
    – The frame or receiver of any such weapon.
    – Any firearm muffler or firearm silencer.
    – Any destructive device.

2. The firearm must be unloaded. As defined by 49 CFR 1540.5 – “A loaded firearm means a firearm that has a live round of ammunition, or any component thereof, in the chamber or cylinder or in a magazine inserted in the firearm.”

3. The firearm must be in a hard-sided container that is locked. A locked container is defined as one that completely secures the firearm from being accessed. Locked cases that can be pulled open with little effort cannot be brought aboard the aircraft.

4. If firearms are not properly declared or packaged, TSA will provide the checked bag to law enforcement for resolution with the airline. If the issue is resolved, law enforcement will release the bag to TSA so screening may be completed.

5. TSA must resolve all alarms in checked baggage. If a locked container containing a firearm alarms, TSA will contact the airline, who will make a reasonable attempt to contact the owner and advise the passenger to go to the screening location. If contact is not made, the container will not be placed on the aircraft.

6. If a locked container alarms during screening and is not marked as containing a declared firearm, TSA will cut the lock in order to resolve the alarm.

7. Travelers should remain in the area designated by the aircraft operator or TSA representative to take the key back after the container is cleared for transportation.

8. Travelers must securely pack any ammunition in fiber (such as cardboard), wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition.

9. Firearm magazines and ammunition clips, whether loaded or empty, must be securely boxed or included within a hard-sided case containing an unloaded firearm.

10. Small arms ammunition, including ammunition not exceeding .75 caliber for a rifle or pistol and shotgun shells of any gauge, may be carried in the same hard-sided case as the firearm, as long as it follows the packing guidelines described above.

11. TSA prohibits black powder or percussion caps used with black-powder.

12. Rifle scopes are not prohibited in carry-on bags and do not need to be in the hard-sided, locked checked bag.

NOTE: The 12 guidelines are reprinted directly from the TSA web page here: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/firearms-and-ammunition.

More Airline Travel Tips from Tom McHale
Tom McHale has written an excellent article for the Beretta Blog, Ten Things You Need to Know about Flying with Guns. We suggest you visit the Beretta Blog to read this informative story. Here are two of Tom McHale’s Travel Tips:

Weigh your gun case and ammunition
Most airlines will allow up to 11 pounds of ammunition. And, like any luggage, you will be charged more for any baggage weighing more than 50 pounds. This sounds like a lot, but when traveling to the Crimson Trace Midnight 3 Gun competition last year, my case with shotgun, rifle, pistol and ammunition tipped the scale past the 50 pound mark.

Pack ammo in the same locking case
This is another area that’s misunderstood and full of internet myth. Your ammo just needs to be stored in some type of safe container and not loose. Technically, you can keep ammunition in magazines, but I wouldn’t recommend it. It meets the letter of the law storage requirement, but too many airline and TSA agents will give you grief. Use a plastic ammo box or original cardboard packaging and you’ll be fine carrying that in the same lockable case as your gun.

Tom McHale flying with firearms guns TSA

*Please see, United States Code, Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 44 for information about firearm definitions.

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December 21st, 2019

U.S. Optics Introduces New Foundation Series Scopes for 2020

U.S. Optics Foundation Series Scopes 34mm milrad MIL FFP SFP

If you’re looking for a state-of-the-art scope with a 34mm main tube, consider the new Foundation Series™ riflescopes from U.S. Optics. There are four new models, three zooms (1.8-10x42mm, 3.2-17x50mm, 5-25x52mm) plus a 10X fixed power. These look impressive. Check out the features of the FDN 25X 5-25x52mm ($3449) below. There are so many options! Chose among 11 different reticle types, and three illumination colors (Red, Blue, Green). Get a black Anodized finish or order any one of 8 Cerakote colors. For Elevation adjustment, choose a 1/10 MIL knob or 6.5 Creedmoor, or .308 Win BDC knobs. The Rapid Focus Eyepiece is even available with optional internal level.

This all represents serious optics technology. But you’ll pay for it. MSRP on the FDN 25X starts at $3449.00.

U.S. Optics Foundation Series Scopes 34mm milrad MIL FFP SFP

The Foundation Series is machined from aircraft-grade 6061-T6 aluminum and features a low profile ER3K elevation knob with a Zero Stop, capped US#1 windage knob, adjustable integrated parallax and illumination knob, rapid adjustable 180° magnification throw, and customizable options.

Foundation Series Models:

FDN FX10 10x42mm ($1999) | FDN 10X 1.8-10x42mm ($2499)
FDN 17X 3.2-17x50mm ($2899) | FDN 25X 5-25x52mm ($3449)

U.S. Optics Foundation Series Scopes 34mm milrad MIL FFP SFP

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