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January 17th, 2022

PRS Game-Changer? Savage Impulse Straight-Pull Chassis Rifle

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This is big news for the PRS/NRL and tactical game. Savage Arms has adapted its Impulse straight pull action for the tactical market. Savage’s new Impulse Elite Precision combines the award-winning Savage Impulse straight-pull action with a precision MDT aluminum alloy chassis. The ability to shoot faster, with less rifle movement, is potentially a game-changer for the tactical/precision rifle competitions where stages run “on the clock” and fast follow-up shots are very important.
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The new Impulse Elite Precision features a straight-pull action fitted in a ACC (adjustable core competition) chassis from Modular Driven Technologies™ (MDT). With a full-length ARCA rail, the Impulse Elite Precision can be easily customized for individual balance preferences. You can add weight and accessories on the fore-arm easily through the ARCA mounts. And the rear section offers adjustable length of pull and cheekpiece height. The ambidextrous bolt can be fitted on either right or left sides.

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Savage 110 Impulse elite precision chassis rifle 6.5 Creemoor 300 PRC shot show tactical
Savage 110 Impulse elite precision chassis rifle 6.5 Creedmoor 300 PRC shot show tactical

Savage 110 Impulse elite precision chassis rifle 6.5 Creedmoor 300 PRC shot show tacticalThis Impulse straight-pull action is bedded in an Adjustable Core Competition chassis from Modular Driven Technologies (MDT). From its full-length ARCA rail to its nitride coatings, the Impulse Elite Precision is optimized for the PRS/NRL game.

“The Elite Precision has changed the way Savage shooters think about long-range capability,” said Jessica Treglia, Senior Brand Manager for Savage Arms. “The addition of the Impulse straight-pull action is going to add a new element of speed to an already efficient rifle. When split times are an important aspect of the competition, Impulse Elite Precision will be a game-changer.”

The new Impulse Elite Precision will initially be offered in seven chamberings: 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, .308 Win, .300 PRC, .300 Win Mag, and .338 Lapua Magnum. MSRP for the rifle in the four smaller chamberings (all with 26″ barrels) is $2619.00 while the .300 PRC and magnums will cost $2839.00. The .300 PRC, .300 Win Mag, and .338 LM have 30″ barrels.

Hunting Version of Impulse Named 2021 Rifle of the Year
The Savage Impulse straight-pull hunting rifle recently won the coveted NRA American Hunter 2022 Golden Bullseye Award as Rifle of the Year. Previously, Guns & Ammo magazine editors also named Savage’s Impulse the 2021 Rifle of the Year.

Savage Impulse Straight-Pull Action — Overview

Savage’s Impulse series of straight-pull bolt rifles is the first American-designed and crafted straight-pull centerfire rifle. The new Impulse features an innovative Hexlock bolt-locking mechanism with six spherical bearings that move radially outward into a ring in the barrel extension, thereby locking the bolt in place. That barrel extension is held in the receiver assembly by four cross-bolts on the lower front section. Ahead of the barrel extension is a conventional recoil lug and a familiar Savage barrel nut.

Innovative Hexlock Bolt System in New Savage Impulse

When the bolt is closed, the Hexlock system holds it in place instead of conventional lugs. With the Hexlock, six (6) hardened steel bearings lock the bolt in place inside the receiver’s barrel extension. Savage says “As pressure increases, Hexlock’s hold tightens, ensuring that there can be no rearward movement of the bolt. Once the round has left the barrel, the pressure subsides, and the action can safely open again with the straight pull of the bolt handle.”

Savage Impulse — Hexlock System (Bolt Locks in Barrel Extension)

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January 9th, 2022

.375 EnABELR for Extreme Long Range Using Solid Bullets

Berger 379 grain 379gr solid bullet .375 caliber enabler

The .375 EnABELR Cartridge — Big and Fast

The .375 EnABELR cartridge was developed to offer magazine-feeding capabilities with the highest-BC solid bullets available. The .375 EnABELR cartridge is slightly shorter than a .375 CheyTac so it allows the round to mag-feed. Applied Ballistics is currently using brass made by Peterson. The .375 EnABELR has achieved impressive velocities — 2990 FPS — with prototype Berger 379-grain solid bullets fired from a 1:7″-twist 30″ barrel. Applied Ballistics may also test 1:8″-twist and 1:9″-twist barrels. READ Bullet Testing Report.

The .375 EnABELR cartridge was designed to offer .375 CheyTac performance in a slightly shorter package: “The problem with the .375 CheyTac is that, when loaded with the highest performance .375 caliber bullets (379-407 gr Berger Solids, and the 400-425 grain Cutting Edge Lazers) the round is not magazine feed-able in any action that’s sized for CheyTac cartridges.

Berger 379 grain 379gr solid bullet .375 caliber enabler

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Here is Mitchell Fitzpatrick, shooting the 375 EnABELR in an ELR Competition.

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“Knowing the .375 CheyTac produced substantial performance, and that it was just too long for magazine feeding, made it easy to converge on a design for the .375 EnABELR. We just had to make the case short enough to achieve magazine length with the desired bullets, while adding a little more diameter to keep the case capacity similar to the .375 CheyTac. The resulting basic shape is quite similar in proportions to the successful .338 Norma Magnum Cartridge which, interestingly, was selected as the cartridge for General Dynamics Lightweight Medium Machine Gun (LWMMG).”

Applied Ballistics .375 enABELR solid berger bullets

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December 31st, 2021

Mantis Blackbeard — AR15 Dry Firing System Resets Trigger

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Do you use an AR15 for service rifle, 3-Gun, or tactical competitions? Then you should consider dry-fire training. Many top competitors spend an hour (or more) dry-firing for every minute they shoot live cartridges in competition. The allows effective training without spending a fortune on live ammunition (which can run $1.00 per round or more).

There is a handy new system that resets the trigger on AR-platform rifles — the Mantis Blackbeard (see videos below). This permits you to make multiple successive shots without having to alter your grip and manually recycle the charging handle. This two-part system employs a replacement bolt carrier/bolt and replacement magazine. With these two components installed, your AR can automatically reset the trigger instantly after you pull the trigger. It works, it’s effective, and it’s affordable at $219.00 MSRP.

The Blackbeard system is used by the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army (including Special Forces), so you know it works. During training the Mantis Blackbeard allows unlimited, repetitive Dry Firing without resetting the charging handle. That eliminates a tedious task that requires altering your hold on the rifle.

No Gun Modifications
Same Trigger Weight, Break, and Reset
Installs in under a minute
Up to 10 shots per second
Up to 100,000 Shots per Charge
Save on Ammunition Costs

In the video below Top Shot Champion Dustin Ellermann shows how to use the Mantis Blackbeard. He vividly demonstrates the clear advantage of the Blackbeard compared to manually pulling the charging handle over and over (See 00:02 – 00:20 time).

Dustin Ellermann Review of Mantis Blackbeard Trigger Reset System

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This next video, from the manufacturer Mantis, shows how to install the Mantis Blackbeard, how to set the zero, and how to operate the unit with your AR-platform rifle.

The easy-to-install-Mantis Blackbeard replaces your bolt carrier and magazine in less than a minute, allowing easy training transitions. The magazine battery pack is good for 100,000 shots per charge and the Blackbeard is rated to reset as quickly as 10 shots per second, allowing rapid fire training for 3-Gun and tactical competitions.

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December 31st, 2021

3D Cutaway Animations Reveal How AR15 Rifles Work

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Americans love AR-platform rifles. However, they can be maintenance-intensive, as hot gasses are directed right back into the action to operate the bolt. Because ARs have a somewhat unique (and dirty) semi-auto operating system, we think all AR owners should learn how their rifles operate — from the inside out. This feature provides an “inside look” at the AR, with X-Ray and Cutaway views created through advanced 3D computer modeling.

AR15 Functions Revealed with 3D Computer Animation

Ever wondered how the parts inside an AR15 work together? Just exactly how does the reciprocating bolt carrier feed rounds from the magazine? How do the elements in the trigger group work and reset after each shot? How does the gas system bleed gas from the barrel and operate the bolt carrier? These and other questions are answered in this eye-opening video from 45Snipers. Using “cutaway” 3D computer animation, this 5-minute video shows all features of an AR15 inside and out. This fascinating firearms animation allows the viewer to look inside the upper and lower receivers, into the bolt carrier, chamber, barrel, and magazine.

This video starts off slow and has annoying background music, but it is well worth watching if you own or shoot any AR-platform rifle. It illustrates all the key operations during the charging, loading, firing, and ejection processes. The cutaway animation shows how rounds are stripped from the magazine and then chambered. It then shows how every part of the trigger group works, and how the firing pin strikes the primer. You can even watch the bullet move down the barrel before the empty shell casing is removed from the chamber and tossed out the ejection port. Here are sample frames from the video:

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How AR-Platform Rifles Work — General Introduction
To help reader understand the general operation of AR-type rifles, this video shows the control functions of an AR and how the upper and lower sections work together.

Cutaway 3D Animation of AR15/M16 Action — Watch Video

Here is an excellent “cutaway” animation by Thomas Schwenke that shows how an AR-15 functions — how the entire loading cycle works from start to finish.

AR platform rifles are semi-automatics version of the M16. These feature distinctive upper and lower receivers which can be readily separated via front and rear pins. The upper includes the barrel, handguard, forward gas tube, and bolt assembly, while the lower contains grip, trigger group, fire selector, and mag well. In addition the lower is attached to the stock which encloses the buffer assembly.

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The original ArmaLite AR-15 was a select-fire, air-cooled, gas-operated, magazine-fed rifle designed by American gun manufacturer ArmaLite in 1956. It was based on Armalite’s AR-10 rifle chambered for the 7.62×51 NATO (.308 Win). In 1959, ArmaLite sold its rights to the AR-10 and AR-15 to Colt. Some key modifications were made — most notably, the charging handle was re-located from under the carrying handle to the rear of the receiver. The redesigned rifle was adopted by the U.S. military as the M16 carbine, which went into production in March 1964.

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December 27th, 2021

Bargain Finder 327: AccurateShooter’s Deals of the Week

AccurateShooter Deals of the Week Weekly Bargain Finder Sale Discount Savings

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. EuroOptic — Save 15% on Christensen Arms Rifles with Code

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Excellent chassis rifles and hunting rigs, save 15% with discount

Christensen Arms (CA) makes very high-quality rifles with good barrels and excellent stocks and chassis. These are some of the best production rifles you can buy. The CA Modern Precision Rifle series features a very high-quality chassis with folding stock. Hunters will like the light-weight Ridgeline series with Carbon-Fiber wrapped barrel and available Titanium action. Use EuroOptic promo code SHOOT15 to save 15% on these and other CA rifles. However, you better act soon — his special promo code is a limited time offer.

2. Academy Sports — Cannon 65-Gun Safe, $799.99

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Save HUNDREDS on a BIG safe, this deal won’t last long!

Here’s a BIG gun safe at a great price. This large Cannon AP5540 safe is rated for 65 guns, but that’s for thin rifles with iron sights. In the real world you CAN hold 20+ scoped rifles and 20+ handguns with ease. The safe is 55″ high, 40″ wide, and 25″ deep. It weighs 465 pounds and boasts seven 4″ locking bolts. It ships with adjustable shelves, carpeted interior, and door organizers. It has a 30-minute fire rating with FIN fire seal. There is a fast electronic lock with a handy back-up key. This is a LOT of safe for the money.

3. Bruno’s — McMillan Stocks $50 Off Sale

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Save $50 and avoid the wait for a quality McMillan Fiberglass stock

Right now at Bruno Shooters Supplies, McMillan Fiberglass Stocks in inventory have been discounted $50.00. If you need a top-grade stock, here’s your chance to save $50.00 and have your new stock delivered immediately (no wait). A large variety of stock designs are offered for competition, tactical, and hunting applications. Shown above are just a few of the nearly 30 stocks available now.

4. Locked & Loaded — Timney Trigger Blow-Out Sale

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Big Discounts on Timney triggers for bolt guns and ARs

Need a trigger for your next gun project, or plan to upgrade an existing rifle? Then consider a Timney. Right now Locked & Loaded has a variety of quality Timney triggers on sale. Save up to $90 with this December Timney Trigger Blow-out Sale. On sale are triggers for Rem 700s (and clones), for ARs, and for the SIG MPX.

5. Midsouth — LEE Automatic Case Primer (ACP) Press — $74.95

Lee precision automatic Case Primer A.C.P. ACP priming station bench tool
Speeds up priming, works well, case feeder $24 extra

The Lee Automatic Case Primer (ACP) is the world’s first automatic-feeding priming tool that does not need shell-holders. Cases are guided into position by a sliding “finger guide”. The “dead length” priming device ensures that rimers are seated uniformly without “feel” or adjustments required. This is very efficient and relatively easy, once the primers are loaded into the triangular tray. This ACP tool is on sale now at Midsouth for just $74.95, 20% off the regular price.

To increase output, there are various, affordable LEE ACP upgrades including the Lee Universal Case Feed Magazine ($23.79), Lee Case Feed Collator ($10.96), and Lee Roller Handle . In addition, the ACP can DE-PRIME cases efficiently with the inexpensive ($7.29) ACP depriming kit. SEE LEE ACP Product Info Sheet with all accessories.

6. Palmetto SA — CCI Blazer Brass 9mm Ammo, $19.99/50

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Very good price on reliable, reloadable USA-made 9mm pistol ammo

We like CCI ammo — it is reliable and consistent. This reloadable CCI Blazer brass-cased 9mm Luger ammo has served us well for many practice sessions and IDPA matches. Right now, Palmetto State Armory has this 9mm ammo on SALE for just $19.99 per 50rd box. That works out to just $0.40/round — a great price these days.

7. MidwayUSA — Walker’s Alpha Power Electronic Muffs

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Excellent price and good NRR for electronic muffs

This is an outstanding deal for quality electronic earmuffs with a very good 26dB Noise Reduction Rating (NRR). These muffs are on sale for just $39.99, 50% off the regular price. Two hi-gain, omni-directional microphones pick up sound equally from all directions, which preservers and enhances your ability to hear. The Alpha Power’s sound dampening composite housing aids comfort and having a separate volume control for each ear is a big plus.. Users say these muffs are very comfortable and work well: “I still use ear plugs and the Walker’s [dual] volume control helps to hear range commands and communicate with other shooters.”

8. Brownells — CMMG .22 LR AR15 Bravo Conversion Kit, $179.99

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Fast, easy AR15 rimfire conversion — save on ammo costs

If you shoot an AR15 in service rifle or tactical matches, it makes sense to train with rimfire ammo. First, .22 LR ammo is WAY cheaper than .223 Rem match ammo. (Rimfire ammo starts at about $0.10/rd.) Second, shooting .22 LR at 100 yards duplicates the wind drift of a .223 Rem at much longer ranges. Right now the CMMG Bravo Rimfire Conversion Kit (replacement bolt/carrier plus 10-rd magazine) is $179.99 at Brownells on sale. Or, for just $10 more ($189.99), you can get the CMMG .22 LR Bravo Conversion with THREE 25-rd rimfire magazines. NOTE: CMMG recommends Federal 36gr plated RN ammo for best performance. This CMMG kit is designed for Direct Impingement AR-15s only.

9. MidwayUSA — Hoppes Gun Vise and Cleaning Kit, $39.99

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Good basic gun vise at great price with bonus cleaning kit

The Hoppe’s Gun Vise is a good basic support for working on your firearms. Clamping brackets in the front and rear hold your rifle or shotgun securely without scratching. The vise is made out of a durable, chemical resistant polymer and has multiple compartments for your cleaning chemicals, tools, and accessories. Included with this vise is a 12-piece Cleaning Kit for rifles, pistols, and shotguns. Features include: Dual lockable no-scratch brackets, multiple compartments for tools, and adjustable feet.

10. Midsouth — Radians Outback Shooting Glasses, $5.88

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Quality name-brand shooting eyewear — buy multiples at this price

Every shooter needs eye protection EVERY TIME you go to the shooting range. Right now Midsouth has the good Radians clear Lens Outback Shooting Glasses for just $5.88. These ANSI Z87.1 Radians Shooting Glasses provide 99.9% UVA/UVB protection with the coated lenses. These offer excellent wrap-around protection and are fairly light and comfortable. A handy neck cord is included. With this low $5.88 price, you can buy 3 or 4 sets and keep spares for yourself and your shooting buddies.

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December 14th, 2021

GAP Grind 2021 on Shooting USA This Week

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This week, Shooting USA TV spotlights the 2021 GAP Grind, the largest PRS Pro-Am Tactical match with nearly 400 competitors. The 2021 GAP Grind/Bushnell Pro/Am took place in October at the K&M Precision Shooting Complex in Finger, Tennessee. The 3-day event, the biggest PRS match of the year, included professional and “amateur” classes with both individual and team competition. Here are highlights from the 2021 event in this Area419-produced video:

GAP Grind 2021 in Tennessee:

SHOW TIMES: This Shooting USA Episode airs Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 9:00 PM Eastern and Pacific; 8:00 PM Central. If you miss the regular broadcast, you can stream the show at any time on Vimeo for $0.99 per episode.

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

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).

GAP Grind 2020 Shooting USA Scoutten TV

The GAP Grind typically 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 2020

Great video shows K&M Complex — overhead and action shots — Click II pause to halt:

GAP Grind 2020 Shooting USA Scoutten TV

GAP Grind Hardware

You’ll find the latest and greatest PRS hardware at the GAP Grind. Notable in 2021 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 and we predict will be running the new Zeiss FFP scopes in 2022. Photo by Shelley Giddings.

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December 13th, 2021

Bargain Finder 325: AccurateShooter’s Deals of the Week

AccurateShooter Deals of the Week Weekly Bargain Finder Sale Discount Savings

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. Amazon — Frankford Intellidropper Scale/Dispenser, $195.46

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Fast, programmable, accurate dispenser at great price

The Frankford Arsenal Intellidropper is a high-quality powder scale dispenser. It’s accurate to +/- one-tenth of a grain, dispenses in seconds, and can be controlled by a handy mobile App that can store various charges weights for different cartridges. This unit has a 7000-grain capacity with both Auto and manual trickle capability. This price won’t last long, so act soon to get the Intellidropper for $195.46 on sale.

2. Brownells — Black Rifle Christmas Sale — Big Discounts

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Wide variety of AR uppers, lowers, accessories, magazines, and optics

For the next two weeks Brownells is running a Black Rifle Christmas promotion on AR related components, accessories, magazines, and optics. There are some good deals on complete uppers, and an interesting folding stock “self-contained” AR for $999.00. We also like the CMMG .22 LR conversion kit. Visit the Brownells Black Rifle Sale Page to see dozens of discounted products.

3. KYGUNCO — S&W M&P9 Shield EZ Range Bundle, $445.95

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Good 9mm S&W pistol plus hard case, eye protection and muffs

For the Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm Shield pistol by itself, $445.95 is a good value. But you get more — a LOT more. This package includes a nice Plano hard case, Walker’s NRR 22 low profile ear muffs, Walker’s ANSI-certified shooting glasses, and even a pull-through cleaning cord. This great package deal is part of KYGUNCO’s 12 Days/Deals of Christmas.

4. MidwayUSA — Vortex Sale, Riflescopes and Spotting Scopes

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Save 30-44% on Vortex Viper Scopes and Razor HD Spotters

As a holiday promotion, MidwayUSA has a large selection of Vortex Optics Riflescopes and Spotting Scopes on sale. Save up to 44% on scopes. The 6.5-20x44mm Viper HS is a steal right now at just $259.99, a 34% savings. And for long range varmint hunters the 5-25x50mm Viper PST RZR is hard to beat at $699.00 a 30% discount. There are also good deals on Vortex binoculars and Razor HD Spotting scopes.

5. Palmetto SA — S&W M&P15-22 Sport Rimfire Package, $429.99

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Good, reliable rimfire AR clone for NRL22 and cross-training

This Smith & Wesson AR-style M&P15-22 provides the fun of an AR15 with the low cost of rimfire ammo. This can work well for cross-training or NRL22 matches. The S&W M&P15-22 SPORT features a slim M-LOK handguard that easily accepts a variety of accessories without removing the handguard. The M&P15-22 SPORT comes standard with removable Magpul MBUS front and rear folding sights. This $429.99 package includes 3 magazines and a nice gun case.

6. Midsouth — Tipton Basic Gun Vise, $39.99

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Durable, easy to move around, versatile — at great price

The original Tipton Gun Vise is ON SALE for just $39.99 at Midsouth. Great Deal — this sells for up to $59.99 elsewhere. This is a tough, versatile product you’ll use for years. This Editor has used one of these for more 16 years (with all sorts of rifles) and it is still going strong. This vise has handled everything from an 18″-barreled lever gun to a 32″-barreled F-Class rifle. The unit works well for many tasks: cleaning barrels, stock refinishing/bedding, scope mounting, trigger adjusting, bore-scoping barrels, and checking throat length with a Hornady OAL tool.

7. Midsouth — Aguila Super Extra .22 LR Ammo, $3.99 for 50rds

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Decent .22 LR rimfire ammo at pre-Pandemic price

Well this is encouraging — $3.99 for a 50ct box of decent .22 LR rimfire ammo. We haven’t seen that kind of price in a long time. This Aguila Super Extra Hi-Vel (1255 fps) 40gr ammunition is decent training ammo for NRL22 matches or good fodder for fun plinking on reactive targets. Order soon before Midsouth sells out. This price works out to just 8 cents per round.

8. Browning — Gun Safe Rebate, save up to $100

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Save $50, $75, or $100 on high-quality large Browning gun safes

Need a high-quality gun safe for your growing firearms collection> This Rebate offer from Browning can save you up to $100. Receive a manufacturer’s rebate of $50, $75, or $100 when you purchase a new, eligible Browning ProSteel safe at retail between November 22 and December 31, 2021.

9. Midsouth — Berry’s Tri-Can Ammo Carrier, $21.99

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Very Handy New Product has Three Clear-Top Compartments

The Tri-Can Utility Box Carrier is on sale now at Midsouth. Choose either black containers or tan containers for the same $21.99 price (31% off the previous price). This Berry’s Tri-Can is a handy, versatile organizational tool that simplifies range trips. The tough injection molded plastic base and lids, rubber seal gaskets, and cam-lock latches keep contents safe. The Tri-Can boasts a strong, handy carry handle. The Tri-Can is made up of three translucent-lid containers with three internal compartments. If you need even more capacity, MTM offers a 5-can Ammo Crate system for $35.66.

CDNN Sports — Bore Squeeg-E 22 Cal – 12ga Cleaning Kit, $9.99

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Compact cleaning kit for pistols, rifles, shotguns from .22 Cal to 12ga

Here’s a handy pack for gun cleaning on the go. NOTE: For quality match rifles we recommend using a one-piece cleaning rod with a fitted bore guide. But if you have ARs, pistols or shotguns that need a quick clean, this compact Remington/Bushmaster kit can do the job. The Bore Squeeg-E Cleaning System Kit contains cleaning tools for ARs, rifles, shotguns and handguns in .223/5.56mm, .308/7.62mm, .357/.380/.38/9mm, .44/.45 and 12/16/20/28GA. The compact canvas pack features quiet zipper pulls, and MOLLE mountable rear-velcro straps. There are rifle and handgun Pull Cables with T-pull handle.

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December 10th, 2021

BYOB with Wood — Build Your Own Barricade for PRS/NRL

6.5 Guys Ed Mobley Steve Lawrence

Here’s a great Do-It-Yourself project for tactical shooters. Ed and Steve of the 65Guys.com have created a versatile wooden barricade designed for easy transport. The goal with this design was to create a stable barricade that offers a variety of shooting positions, but can also fit in the bed of a pick-up or the back of an SUV. The 69″ tall barricade is hinged in the middle, so it’s just 27″ wide. To deploy the Barricade you simply fold it open and then nest the lower wings in ground-level stands.

We call this the BYOB Project — Build Your Own Barricade. Anyone with basic wood-working skills should find the Barricade prettyeasy to make. The only tricky part is cutting the side Dado joints for the left and right lower wings. But when you’ve got it completed, you have a low-cost unit that is versatile and sturdy yet easy to pack in a truck and carry out on the range. In the video below the 6.5 Guys showcase their Gen 2 barricade and explain how to build one just like it.

Looking at the 6.5 Guys Modular Barricade
The Modular Barricade was drawn up by Steve in PowerPoint and then dimensions added. Once the entire plan was created, Steve cut components to size and then used ordinary wood screws and wood glue to assemble the barricade frame. This was done to ensure maximum rigidity due to the light weight construction using 2″ x 2″ frame members. A long piano hinge was used to allow the Barricade to fold in half, while still having high torsional rigidity. Each of the Barricade openings are 12″ x 12″ square. This consistent ‘window’ spacing allows interchangeable panels with different cut-out shapes to be placed at varies heights/locations in the Barricade.

Modular Barricade Key Features
— Lightweight construction using low-cost 2×2 wood beams.
— Collapsible frame with center hinges for easy transport and deployment.
— Multiple Support levels at 6″ vertical intervals (6″ variance R to L).
— Modular port design allows ports to be changed and moved as desired.

6.5 Guys Ed Mobley Steve Lawrence


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6.5 Guys’ Modular Barricade — Construction Tips
The Modular Barricade can be constructed over a weekend with the proper materials and basic shop tools such as a power saw and electric screwdriver. Steve used a router for the side panel dado joints but a table saw could also be used for that task. Steve’s only real issue with the build involved the port panels — getting them to fit right. The 2″ x 2″ frame wood wasn’t always straight; even a small variation in the wood could cause a port panel to be too tight or too loose. Steve had to do a lot of extra sanding and planing to get the port panels to fit just right.

Where and How to Use the Barricade for Training
Because the 6.5 Guys’ Modular Barricade is so easy to move, you can simply pack it up and deploy it at your local range for practice. (Do ensure club/range rules allow shooting from barricades.) While the Barricade is designed to sit on the natural ground, the base stands can also be placed on concrete if your range does not allow deployment forward of the normal firing line. While you can use the Barricade for training on your own, Ed and Steve say novice shooters can benefit from a formal clinic.

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December 9th, 2021

How to Range Targets with MIL-Reticle Optics

NRA Video Milrad MIL mil-dot range reticle

MIL-system scopes are popular with tactical shooters. One advantage of MIL scopes is that the mil-dot divisions in the reticle can be used to estimate range to a target. If you know the actual size of a target, you can calculate the distance to the target relatively easily with a mil-based ranging reticle. Watch this helpful NRA video to see how this is done:

Milliradian Definition and Yardage Ranging Formula
“MIL” or “Milrad” is short-hand for Milliradian, a unit of angular measurement. The subtension of 1 mil equals 3.6 inches at 100 yards or 36 inches at 1,000 yards. (In metric units, 1 mil equals 10 centimeters at 100 meters or 1 meter at 1,000 meters.) Knowing this subtension and knowing the size of the target (or a reference object near the target) allows the distance to the target to be estimated with considerable accuracy. The formula used to calculate range (in yards) based on MIL measurement is:

Height of Target in inches (divided by 36) x 1000, divided by the number of mils.

NRA Video Milrad MIL mil-dot range reticle

For example, if a 14″ tall target spans 3 mils from top to bottom, the distance is 129.67 yards calculated as follows: 14/36 x 1000 = 389, then divided by 3 = 129.67. You can also use a different conversion to find distance in meters.

Can You Estimate Range with an MOA-Marked Reticle? Yes You Can…
Reader Josh offers this handy advice: “It worth noting that the ability to measure range is not unique to mil-based systems. A MIL is just another unit for measuring angles, and any angular measurement will work. Considering that just about everybody knows that 1 MOA is about an inch per hundred yards, similar formulae can be developed for ranging with MOA marks. The advantage with mils is the precise relationship between units — the MOA-inch measurement is imprecise (being off by 0.047″) — so in principle MILs are a better unit”.

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December 8th, 2021

The Tack-Driving AR — Secrets to AR Platform Accuracy

AR-X AR15 Upper

One Shooters’ Forum member asked: “What makes an AR accurate? What parts on an AR can really affect accuracy — such as free-floating handguards, barrels, bolts, bolt carriers?” He wanted an honest, well-informed answer, not just sales pitches. Robert Whitley posted a very detailed answer to this question, based on his experience building/testing scores of AR-platform rifles. Robert runs AR-X Enterprises, which produces match-grade uppers for High Power competitors, tactical shooters, and varminters.

AR-X AR15 Upper

Building an Accurate AR — What is Most Important

by Robert Whitley
There are a lot of things that can be done to an AR to enhance consistent accuracy, and I use the words “consistent accuracy” because consistency is a part of it (i.e. plenty of guns will give a couple great 5-shot groups, but won’t do a very good 10- or 20-shot groups, and some guns will shoot great one day and not so good on others).

Here are 14 key things we think are important to accuracy.

1. Great Barrel: You’ll want a premium match-grade barrel, well-machined with a good crown and a match-type chambering, true to the bore and well cut. The extension threads must also be cut true to the bore, with everything true and in proper alignment.

2. Rigid Upper: A rigid, heavy-walled upper receiver aids accuracy. The typical AR upper receiver was made for a lightweight carry rifle and they stripped all the metal they could off it to make it light to carry (which is advantageous for the military). The net result are upper receivers that are so thin you can flex them with your bare hands. These flexible uppers are “strong enough” for general use, but they are not ideal for accuracy. Accuracy improves with a more rigid upper receiver.

3. True Receiver Face: We’ve found that truing the receiver face is valuable. Some may argue this point but it is always best to keep everything related to the barrel and the bore in complete alignment with the bore (i.e. barrel extension, bolt, upper receiver, carrier, etc.).

4. Barrel Extension: You should Loctite or glue the barrel extension into the upper receiver. This holds it in place all the way front to back in the upper receiver. Otherwise if there is any play (and there typically is) it just hangs on the face of the upper receiver completely dependent on the face of the upper receiver as the sole source of support for the barrel as opposed to being made more an integral part of the upper receiver by being glued-in.

AR-X AR15 Upper5. Gas Block: You want a gas block that does not impose pointed stress on the barrel. Clamp-on types that grab all the way around the barrel are excellent. The blocks that are pinned on with tapered pins that wedge against the barrel or the slip on type of block with set screws that push up from underneath (or directly on the barrel) can deform the bore inside of the barrel and can wreck the accuracy of an otherwise great barrel.

6. Free-Float Handguard: A rigid, free-float handguard (and I emphasize the word rigid) really makes a difference. There are many types of free-float handguards and a free-float handguard is, in and of itself, a huge improvement over a non-free-float set up, but best is a rigid set-up. Some of the ones on the market are small diameter, thin and/or flexible and if you are shooting off any type of rest, bipod, front bag, etc., a rigid fore-end is best since ARs want to jump, bounce and twist when you let a shot go, as the carrier starts to begin its cycle before the bullet exits the bore.

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7. Barrel Contour: You want some meat on the barrel. Between the upper receiver and the gas block don’t go real thin with a barrel (we like 1″ diameter if it’s workable weight-wise). When you touch off a round and the bullet passes the gas port, the gas system immediately starts pressuring up with a gas impulse that provides vibrations and stress on the barrel, especially between the gas block back to the receiver. A heavier barrel here dampens that. Staying a little heavier with barrel contour through the gas block area and out to the muzzle is good for the same reasons. ARs have a lot going on when you touch off a round and the gas system pressures up and the carrier starts moving (all before the bullet exits the bore) so the more things are made heavier and rigid to counteract that the better — within reason (I’m not advocating a 12-lb barrel).

8. Gas Tube Routing Clearance: You want a gas tube that runs freely through the barrel nut, through the front of the upper receiver, and through the gas key in the carrier. Ensure the gas tube is not impinged by any of them, so that it does not load the carrier in a stressed orientation. You don’t want the gas tube bound up so that when the gas tube pressures up it immediately wants to transmit more force and impulse to the barrel than would normally occur. We sometimes spend a lot of time moving the gas block with gas tube on and off new build uppers and tweaking gas tubes to get proper clearance and alignment. Most gas tubes do need a little “tweaking” to get them right — factory tubes may work OK but they typically do not function optimally without hand-fitting.

9. Gas Port Tuning: You want to avoid over-porting the gas port. Being over-gassed makes the gas system pressure up earlier and more aggressively. This causes more impulse, and increases forces and vibration affecting the top end and the barrel. Tune the gas port to give the amount of pressure needed to function properly and adequately but no more.

10. Front/Back Bolt Play: If accuracy is the game, don’t leave a lot of front/back bolt play (keep it .003″ but no more than .005″). We’ve seen factory rifles run .012″ to .015″ play, which is OK if you need to leave room for dirt and grime in a military application. However, that amount of play is not ideal for a high-accuracy AR build. A lot of front/back bolt play allows rounds to be hammered into the chamber and actually re-formed in a non-consistent way, as they are loaded into the chamber.

11. Component Quality: Use good parts from a reputable source and be wary of “gun show specials”. All parts are NOT the same. Some are good, some are not so good, and some aftermarket parts are simply bad. Don’t be afraid to use mil-spec-type carriers; by and large they are excellent for an accuracy build. Also, remember that just because a carrier says “National Match” or something else on it does not necessarily mean it’s any better. Be wary of chrome-plated parts as the chrome plating can change the parts dimensionally and can also make it hard to do hand-fitting for fit and function.

AR-X AR15 Upper

12. Upper to Lower Fit: A good upper/lower fit is helpful. For quick and dirty fit enhancement, an Accu-Wedge in the rear helps a lot. The ultimate solution is to bed the upper to a specific lower so that the upper and lower, when together, are more like one integral unit. For the upper receivers we produce, we try to get the specs as close as we can, but still fit the various lowers in the market place.

13. Muzzle Attachments: Don’t screw up the muzzle (literally). Leave as much metal on the barrel at the muzzle as you can. People like to thread the muzzle for a flash hider, suppressor, muzzle brake, or some other attachment, but if you really want accuracy, leave as much metal as you can there. And, if you have something that screws on, set it up so that it can be put on and have it stay there without putting a lot of torque and stress on it right where the bullet exits the bore. If you are going to thread the end of the barrel, make it concentric with the bore and make sure what you screw on there is as well. For all muzzle attachments, also ensure that the holes through which the bullet passes through are dead true to the bore. Many aftermarket screw-on things are not so good that way. Anything that vents gas should vent symmetrically (i.e. if it vents left, it should vent equally right, and likewise, if it vents up, it should vent down equally). Uneven venting of gas can wreck accuracy.

14. Quality Ammunition: Ammo is a whole story by itself, but loads that are too hot typically shoot poorly in an AR-15. If you want accuracy out of an AR-15, avoid overly hot loads. Shown below are test groups shot with four (4) different uppers, all with moderate loads. These four uppers all pretty much had the same features and things done to them as explained in this article, and they all shot great.

AR-X AR15 Upper

Robert Whitley
www.6mmAR.com

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December 8th, 2021

ATF Will Offer New eForms System for NFA Transfers

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This report comes from the American Suppressor Association (ASA).
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has announced the imminent launch of a new electronic system for NFA transfers. Known as the eForms system, this overdue modernization will allow consumers to submit both ATF Forms 1 and 4 electronically, hopefully resulting in a significant decrease in transfer times when compared to traditional paper Forms. This should speed up acquisition of firearm suppressors, since these require a Form 4.

According to ATF, the transition to the new system will occur sometime after December 15th, but before Christmas. The new eForms system will handle all existing NFA transfer forms, including the ATF Form 4, which is used for transfers of suppressors.

What is the NFA?
The National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) requires the Federal registration of fully-automatic firearms, of short-barreled rifles and shotguns, of rifles over .50 caliber, and of firearms sound suppressors (termed “silencers” under the NFA).

Do NOT Withdraw an Existing Form 4 Submission
If you recently submitted an NFA application, keep it in the queue. The ASA cannot stress this enough. Withdrawing your Form 4 and re-submitting electronically will take longer than allowing your Form 4 to make its way through the approval process. Withdrawing and re-submitting electronically will add months to your overall application process.

That’s because ATF isn’t going to dig through the tens of thousands of forms being processed to find your application. They’re going to wait until your Form 4 reaches an NFA examiner’s desk – the exact point at which it would normally be approved – to process your withdrawal. Instead of approving it though, they will acknowledge your withdrawal and release your serial number. You will not be able to re-submit an eForm 4 with the same serial number until ATF acknowledges your withdrawal and puts it back into your dealers’ inventory.

While traditional paper-based applications will remain a viable option, ASA recommends that suppressor buyers submit new NFA applications electronically. That’s because, if the new eForms system works as promised, it will increase efficiencies by reducing form submission and payment processing times, eliminating weeks of delays in data processing, and all but eradicating data entry errors.

The ASA plans to provide updated information about eForms as soon the ATF officially launches the new program for submitting ATF Forms 1 and 4 electronically. In the meantime, stay tuned by following the American Suppressor Association on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

Once the transition to the new eForms system begins, ATF estimates that the transition will take between two to four days to complete, at which point the new eForms system will go live. ATF has indicated that it will notify the industry 24 to 48 hours prior to the transition, and the ASA will post information as soon as it receives this notifice.

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December 4th, 2021

PRS Ace Austin Orgain Wins Top PRS Honors Two Years in a Row

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Austin Orgain was the top finisher in the 2021 Precision Rifle Series season, winning the Golden Bullet award for the second year in a row, as the Pro Class Open Points Series Champion.

PRS competitor Austin Orgain took home the Precision Rifle Series Pro Series Golden Bullet award for the second year in a row. With his many wins and top 5 performances, Austin is now ranked #1 in the PRS Bolt Gun Series PRO Division. Austin took top Pro Division honors at the PRS Series Finale held Nov. 6-7, 2021 at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico. Some 200 of America’s top PRS shooters competed in the challenging Finale.

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Orgain’s PRS match rifle features a PROOF Research steel competition contour .243 1:7.5″-twist cut-rifled barrel chambered for the 6mm Dasher. Note the left bolt action.

Remarkable Record in PRS in 2020 and 2021
Austin Orgain has shot 61 total PRS matches, of which 47 are Pro Series matches. Orgain’s best Pro Series finish was at the 2021 PRS PRO Series Finale match where he finished first (#1) out of 214 shooters. Orgain has won his last three matches straight, for a fantastic finish to 2021:

Winner: November 6, 2021 — 2021 PRS PRO SERIES FINALE Raton, New Mexico
Winner: September 18, 2021 — BOX CANYON SHOWDOWN AG Qualifier, Medicine Lodge, Kansas
Winner: August 28, 2021 — OKIE SUMMER SHOWDOWN, Ninnekah, Oklahoma

PROOF Research’s cut-rifled barrels are designed for extreme accuracy, performance, and reliability under any environmental condition. Orgain commented, “The consistency and accuracy that I see from PROOF barrel to barrel makes my job so much easier. Break one in, load the same charge, and go hammer.” The Competition Contour barrel and all of PROOF Research’s barrels are single-point, cut-rifled, lead-lapped, and thoroughly inspected at multiple quality-control stations.

About PROOF Research
Headquartered in Columbia Falls, Montana, PROOF Research maintains research and manufacturing centers in Montana and Ohio. PROOF Research has developed next-generation composite materials for carbon fiber barrels, premium hunting rifles, and weapon systems. PROOF Research’s goal is to make reduced weight, durability, and match-grade accuracy a reality.

Proof Research Carbon-wrapped barrel
While Austin Orgain shoots with an all-steel barrel, PROOF Research produces advanced carbon-wrapped barrels offering significant weight savings.

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December 2nd, 2021

Suppressor Basics — What You Need to Know

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Curious about suppressors (aka “silencers”, “moderators”, or “cans”)? Below you’ll find an informative NSSF Infographic that covers the history, legal status, design, and operation of modern-day suppressors.

Here’s a cool video showing how suppressors work. This video features see-through rifle suppressors filmed with ultra-high-speed (110,000 frame per second) cameras. When played back in super-slow-motion, you can see the flame propagate through the suppressor and the bullet move through each baffle before it exists the muzzle. Check it out!

See Through Suppressor in Super Slow Motion (110,000 fps) — Click Arrow to Watch:

Suppressor Facts — What You Need to Know

In this infographic, the NSSF provides the history, specifications, benefits and uses of firearm suppressors. Don’t suppress your knowledge!

Suppressors reduce gunfire sound levels by using baffles that contain expanding gasses exiting a firearm’s muzzle when ammo is discharged. Suppressors are similar to car mufflers that were, in fact, developed in parallel by the same inventor in the early 1900s. Well-designed suppressors typically reduce the gun sound levels by 30-35 decibels (dB). Suppressors are becoming more popular even though it still takes many months to get approved. In fact, the number of suppressors registered with the ATF grew by over 1 million from 2011 to 2017. That’s a 355% increase.

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November 27th, 2021

Brownells Black Rifle Specials and Site-Wide Discount Codes

Brownells folding AR stock adapter

Brownells is continuing its popular Black Rifle Friday promotion through this entire weekend. Now through midnight on Sunday 11/28/21, enjoy big savings on uppers, lowers, barrels, buttstocks, rimfire conversion kits, AR optics, magazines and much more. Along with the attractive sale prices, you can save on nearly all Brownells products with special Black Friday weekend Discount Codes. NOTE: These codes are NOT limited to AR stuff — you can save on most products in stock.* But don’t delay, the codes expire soon.

Code RFA: 11% Off $200 | Code RFB: 12% Off $300 | Code RFC: 13% Off $700

Brownells folding AR stock adapter

Most Sale Prices Good Through 11/28/2021 at 11:59 pm CST. The special Discount Codes expire on 11/29/2021 at 11:59 pm CST.

Brownells folding AR stock adapter


*Promo Code Exceptions
Promo Codes are NOT valid on these brands: B&T, Bighorn Arms (Zermatt Arms), Crimson Trace, FN USA, Franklin Armory, Galco Int’l, Glock, Holosun, Kahles, LabRadar, Leica, Leupold, Nightforce, Raven Concealment, Ruger, SIG Sauer, Swarovski, Trijicon, and Zenith Firearms. Also Promo Codes are NOT valid on these product types (and more): barrel blanks, barrels (chambered), barreled receivers, bullets, case tumblers, cleaning rods, progressive presses, reloading kits, rifle stocks, shot, shotshell presses, ultrasonic case cleaners. See ALL Exceptions.

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November 25th, 2021

Black Friday Deals — Big Savings from A Dozen Vendors

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Happy Thanksgiving folks. Many major manufacturers and online vendors are offering great bargains tomorrow, Black Friday. And many of the sales start today. We are spotlighting vendors worth visiting because they offer a wide range of discounts on a large inventory selection — in some cases, everything in stock is discounted 10%, 15%, 25% even 40%. For other sellers, only specific items are on sale, so we’ve identified some of the best deals.

Come back regularly, as we will be updating the information as Black Friday sale prices on specific products are released by some vendors late on Thursday.

ScopeList — Save 20% on Top Quality Optics

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Scopelist.com, which is affiliated with EuroOptic, has some very good promotions right now. Some are special Black Friday/Cyber Monday specials, while other deals are good through December 1, 2021. Here are some of the notable special deals that can save you up to 20%:

Sig Sauer Electro-Optics Sale — Get up to 20% Off – Through January 1, 2022
Crimson Trace Optics Sale — Receive up to 20% Off – Through December 25, 2021
Schmidt Bender Riflescope Sale — Save Over $1000 – Limited time offer
Steiner Special In-Cart Rebates Save 20% – Through December 1, 2021
Aimpoint Black Friday Sale — Add to Cart to See Price — Limited time offer

Midsouth Shooters Supply Black Friday Sale

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Midsouth is one of our favorite vendors. This company respects its customers and has maintained fair pricing even during the shortages. We will update this listing with specific hot deals as soon as they are posted. Special sale items with discounted prices should be revealed at 12:01 am ET 11/26/2021.

MDT — 10%-40% off all MDT Products including Chassis Systems

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MDT produces very popular chassis systems for bolt-action rifles. These MDT Chassis units are very popular with PRS/NRL competitors because they are strong, versatile, adjustable, and can be easily fitted with bipods, forearm weights, and other accessories. Right now all MDT products are at least 10% off. And the “factory second” chassis systems are now 40% off at Mdttac.com.

Graf & Sons — Big Sightron Sale

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The entire Sightron line-up is on sale now at Grafs.com. Save 25% on most Sightron riflescopes, including the poplar 10-50x60mm SIII scopes which have won major benchrest and F-Class matches. In addition, some great Sightron spotting scopes are 25% off. There are also significant discounts on binoculars, sunshades, and tripods.

Sportsman’s Warehouse — Huge Black Friday Sale

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The Black Friday Sale at Sportsman’s Warehouse is underway right now, and runs through Wednesday December 3, 2020. We saw some great deals on Savage rifles, SIG Sauer optics, Leupold SX-2 spotters, as well as gun safes. A wide selection of hunter camo clothing is also on sale starting 11/25/2021 (Thanksgiving Day). CLICK HERE for compressed layout with 100+ sale items on one page.

K&M Shooting Products — 23% Off with Code THANKFUL23

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K&M Products is running a Thanksgiving/Black Friday special offer, with 23% Off Savings on purchases over $50 (with some exclusions). K&M posted: “Happy Thanksgiving… Feast on 23% Off on $50 or more.” This promotion is good November 24-29, 2021. To get the savings, use Coupon Code THANKFUL23. Mitutoyo products, Arbor Press Case, and Benchtop machines, are excluded.

Bruno Shooters Supply — FREE Shipping for $100 (and up) Orders

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Now through Monday 11/29/21 at noon, Bruno’s Shooters Supply is offering FREE Shipping (within the USA) on all orders of $100 or more. This does not cover items not currently in stock, and the Free Shipping offer excludes hazardous materials and any complete firearm. The Bruno’s storefront will be open half days on Friday and Saturday, 11/26-11/27.

Area 419 — Black Nitride Friday Discounts

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Area 419 is running a “Black Nitride Friday” promotion. There are major savings on a variety of products including Hellfire muzzle brakes, Sidewinder muzzle brakes, suppressor mounts/adaptors, and thread protectors. CLICK HERE for all sale items.

KYGUNCO — Big Savings on Rifles, Pistols, Shotguns and Ammo

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Shown above are just some of the deals, starting Friday. There are great prices on rifles, pistols, and shotguns. If you’re looking for a nice Bergara B-14 HMR .22 LR trainer, this is a good place to shop. NOTE: Prices go into effect on Friday, 11/26/2021. CLICK HERE for a full preview of items that will go on sale. That page has clickable links for particular products (sale prices effective 11/26/21).

Natchez Shooters Supplies — FREE Shipping for $99.99+ Orders

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As a special Black Friday Promotion, Natchez Shooters Supplies is offering FREE Shipping on all orders of $100 or more. Use Code FS211125 to qualify for free shipping. This promotion is good through Monday 11/29/2021 at midnight.

Locked & Loaded — Black Friday Sale

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You’ll find some attractive deals on Rifles, Pistols, and Shotguns at LockedLoaded.com now through CyberMonday at 11:59 pm. This vendor also has substantial stocks of loaded ammunition at better-than-average prices.

L.E. Wilson — Free Shipping November 26 – 28 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

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L.E. Wilson will offer FREE shipping on November 26-28, 2021 for orders in the USA. At the top of the L.E. Wilson website it notes: “Black Friday Free Shipping November 26-28th (U.S. Orders) Automatically Applied.” So this offer starts tomorrow, Black Friday, and is good through Sunday, November 28, 2021.

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November 24th, 2021

Pre-Black Friday and Cyber Week Deals — Save Hundreds

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Many gun gear makers and online vendors are offering great bargains right now through “Pre-Black Friday” promotions. Popular online stores are offering big discounts on a large inventory selection — in some cases, everything in stock is discounted 10%, 15%, even 25%.

Traditionally, a host of major sales commence on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. However, some major Black Friday Week promotions that are already underway today, November 24th, 2021. You’ll find super deals on firearms, reloading tools, optics, shooting accessories, and more. Most of the offers shown below are active right now, or start on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. We will release another Sale Spotlight tomorrow for deals that begin on Black Friday.

EuroOptic Black Friday/Cyber Week Savings — Major Discounts

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EuroOptic is offering special Cyber Week savings on scopes, spotting scopes, binoculars, and laser rangefinders from major brands including Schmidt & Bender, SIG Sauer, Crimson Trace, Eotech and more. In addition, you’ll find discounts on Vortex, Leupold, and other brands. And not just optics are on sale — there are Cyber Week discounts on Kimber pistols, Timney triggers, Garmin gear, and SilencerCo suppressors. CLICK HERE to see ALL the EuroOptic deals.

Primary Arms Pre-Black Friday Sale

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Save on AR lowers, uppers, optics, triggers, .22 LR AR conversion kits, cleaning kits, backpacks and more. Primary Arms has discounted nearly all Aero Precision products. Plus Primary Arms has complete Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22 rimfire AR clones for $379.99 — that’s $70 off the regular price.

Palmetto State Armory — Pre-Black Friday Sales

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Palmetto State Armory (PSA) has already kicked off a major Black Friday week sale. If you are shopping for an AR lower, upper, or magazines, this is the first place to look. PSA also has very attractive pricing on handguns for carry or competition.

Precision Reloading — Bullets, Brass, Presses, and Dies on Sale

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Precision Reloading has discounted Hornady bullets, Redding dies, RCBS presses, RCBS ChargeMaster Lites, RCBS priming tools, Redding presses, Lyman tools, Starline brass, and more. This is a great opportunity to get a good press and quality dies for your next gun project.

Creedmoor Sports — Pre-Black Friday Savings on Many Products

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Creedmoor Sports is running a big Thanksgiving Week Sale with significant savings on dozens of popular items including signature Creedmoor Sports shooting coats, shooting mats, carts, rifle cases, scope stands, and much more. There are also big discounts on Sightron and Hi-Lux optics, electronic hearing protection, reloading tools, and other hardware. CLICK HERE to see all products on sale now.

Walmart — Hewlett Packard Core i3 Windows Laptop, $279.00

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GREAT price for HP laptop with Windows 10 and very fast SSD

Here is a killer pre-Black Friday deal at Walmart. Get a fine Hewlett Packard (HP) 15.6″ Laptop computer with Windows 10 software for just $279.00! This HP features a fast Intel i3 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of super-fast SSD storage, plus FREE Windows 11 upgrade. With this device you can can monitor a shot-marker, record match results, and access load data at the range. NOTE: If you prefer a faster processor, Walmart also offers a similar HP laptop for $379.00 with Intel i5 processor, Windows 11, and 8GB RAM/250GB SSD.

Sportsman’s Warehouse — Early Access Black Friday Sale

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Sportsman’s Warehouse is running an “Early Access” Sale with major discounts on firearms, hunting gear, outdoor clothing, and optics. You’ll find great deals on scopes, rangefinder, and binoculars from Vortex, Nikon, Crimson Trace, Leupold, SIG Sauer and other top brands. You can save up to $500 on Crimson Trace scopes. If you want even bigger savings, CLICK HERE for a preview of the featured Black Friday sale items starting 11/26/2021.

Longshot — Big Cyber Days Savings on LR Target Cameras

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Longshot makes the best long range target cameras on the market. These offer great image quality and unrivaled range. In addition, Longshot offers a cool system that works with spotting scopes, allowing you to video-record your strings and even score shots. Right now you can save $100.00 on the superb Longshot LR-3 UHD system with 2-mile range. Save up to $250.00 on multi-camera systems.

Big Shot Tumblers — FREE Shipping through December 5, 2021

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Forum member F-Class John offers the superb, high-capacity Big Shot Tumblers in two high-capacity sizes, BST-40 and BST-60. These Big Shot Tumblers put lesser machines to shame. If you regularly tumble large quantities of cases, you should definitely get a Big Shot Tumbler. These start at $380 for the 40-lb capacity BST-40 model. Now through 12/5/2021, you can get FREE SHIPPING on your orders. Use coupon Code BIGSHIP during check-out.

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November 22nd, 2021

Bargain Finder 322: Accurate Shooter’s Deals of the Week

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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. Midsouth — RCBS ChargeMaster Lite Scale/Dispenser, $234.49

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Save $30 or more on this very popular Scale/Dispenser

Dispensing very accurate powder charges is critical for precision reloading. One of the most popular electronic powder scale/dispensers is the ChargeMaster Lite. Featuring an easy-to-use digital keypad, large powder hopper, accuracy to +/- one-tenth of a grain, the ChargeMaster Lite will help you load more accurate charges AND save time.

2. Sportsman’s WHSE — Savage 110 Switchback Rifle, $499.99

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Excellent choice for hunting rifle, with nice, adjustable stock

Savage produces good, accurate rifles at attractive prices. If you are looking for a new hunting rig, consider the Savage 110 Switchback bolt action rifle. Available in many of the most popular hunting chamberings, the Savage Switchback features an ergonomic stock with adjustable length of pull, a one-piece +20 MOA rail, and a flush-fit muzzle brake. These are featured-packed hunting rifles at a good price.

3. Midway — 10% OFF Qualifying Optics (Many Brands)

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Large selection of big name optics on sale with Bonus 10% Discount

Right now Midway has a wide variety of quality scopes on sale, with big discounts shown with RED Sale Prices. Plus if you use Code optics111721 during checkout, you will get an additional 10% Off ALL qualifying optics. Choose from many top optics brands including Vortex, Leupold, Sightron, Holosun, and more. You’ll find everything from simple red-dots up to high-magnification competition scopes. In addition, binoculars and rangefinders are on sale as well. To get 10% Off use Code optics111721.

4. Lock & Loaded — EAA Girsan MC9 Pistol with Red Dot, $491.85

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Impressive 9mm for Action Pistol matches, with Red Dot

We love finding deals on high-quality pistols that can be used for competition and defense. A great example is the EAA Girsan MC9 9mm pistol. With its 17rd high-capacity magazine, interchangeable backstraps, ported slide, and included Red Dot sight the EAA MC9 is match ready. Priced at under $500, this is a great deal on a sophisticated 9mm handgun that can win matches.

5. Cabela’s — SIG Kilo 2200 BDX Laser Rangefinder, $279.97

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Quality laser rangefinder that communicates with BDX scopes

Knowing the distance to your target or game is critical for safe and effective shots. The SIG Sauer KILO 2200 BDX Rangefinder is a very good LRF for the price. With the industry’s fastest digital signal processor, this Kilo 2200 BDX rangefinder delivers near-instantaneous rangings. This “smart” rangefinder also communicates with BDX-enabled scopes, showing range and holdover points in your BDX scope’s reticle. SIG Sauer states that the KILO 2200 BDX can reliably range deer out to 1000 yards, trees to 1400 yards, and reflective targets way out to 2,200 yards.

6. Creedmoor Sports — MTM Wind Flag, $19.95

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Effective wind reading tool at a fraction of the price of other wind flags

Serious benchrest competitors always employ wind flags. And even when you are doing load development or practicing, it makes sense to have your own flags. Wind flags provide a constant “read” of current wind angles. This will help you stay on target. And watching the flag will quickly improve your understanding of wind patterns. If you are looking for a simple, affordable wind flag, the MTM Wind Reader Shooting Range Flag is a bargain at just $19.99, including stake-type support and tail ribbon. This MTM wind flag is easy to set up and it stores flat for transport.

7. Amazon — Magpul Rifle Bipod, $99.80 – $115.02

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Strong, versatile bipod with M-LOK and Picatinny options

The Magpul Bipod is an excellent, mid-priced general purpose bipod which can be used on anything from PRS rigs to hunting rifles. This sturdy bipod features spring-tension legs that stow neatly forward and lock into place. The leg extensions slide and lock securely with the push of a button on seven half-inch spaced locking detents. Amazon’s Magpul Bipod prices start at $99.80, varying with color and attachment options (M-LOK, 1913 Picatinny, A.R.M.S. 17S, Sling Stud QD).

8. Amazon — Caldwell Handgun Shooting Rest, $45.89

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Well-designed, stable pistol rest, at a great price

When you’re testing the accuracy of any kind of handgun, it’s important to have a stable support. Consider the Caldwell Matrix Adjustable Shooting Rest. This ambidextrous rest is designed with a wobble-free front cradle plus padded support for the bottom of the pistol grip. It is easily adjusted With a spring-loaded tension mechanism and height adjustment knob. NOTE: This versatile rest features a removable rear section with V-cradle for a rifle buttstock. This allows the rest to be used with a rifle. However it is primarily designed for handgun use.

9. ShootSteel.com — 35% Off Steel Targets with Code

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Use Code IMPACT to save 35% on steel targets

Shooting reactive steel targets is fun. And now you get get a whopping 35% off quality targets from SteelTargets.com. With this early Black Friday Deal, with Code IMPACT you can save 35% on a wide variety of tough AR500/550 steel targets including poppers, dueling trees, silhouettes, Texas Stars, speed racks, rimfire racks, and more. For the larger complex targets, this promo can save you over $300! In addition, surplus 1/2″ AR500 steel is 40% off with no code required. All orders over $350 ship FREE.

10. KYGunco — Anderson AM-15 Lower, $38.99

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Super low price on a good AR-15 lower receiver

With Federal politicians threatening new gun regulations, you may want to get your “black rifle” while you still can. If you don’t want to purchase a complete AR-platform rifle at this time, consider just getting the lower receiver — the key serialized part purchased through an FFL. One of the best current deals is the Anderson AM-15 No Logo Lower Receiver currently selling for just $38.99. This anodized aluminum lower receiver can be finished with the fire-control group, grip, and stock of your choice, all sold separately.

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November 16th, 2021

MIL vs. MOA — Angular Measurements for Optics Explained

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Visit PrecisionRifleBlog.com for a discussion of MIL vs. MOA.

Many guys getting started in long range shooting are confused about what kind of scope they should buy — specifically whether it should have MIL-based clicks or MOA-based clicks. Before you can make that decision, you need to understand the terminology. This article, with a video by Bryan Litz, explains MILS and MOA so you can choose the right type of scope for your intended application.

This March-FX 5-40x56mm Tactical FFP scope features 0.05 MIL Clicks.
Mil MOA reticle ranging PRS tactical minute angle precision rifle series

You probably know that MOA stands for “Minute of Angle” (or more precisely “minute of arc”), but could you define the terms “Milrad” or “MIL”? In a helpful video, Bryan Litz of Applied Ballitics explains MOA and MILs (short for “milliradians”). Bryan defines those terms and explains how they are used. One MOA is an angular measurement (1/60th of one degree) that subtends 1.047″ at 100 yards. One MIL (i.e. one milliradian) subtends 1/10th meter at 100 meters; that means that 0.1 Mil is one centimeter (1 cm) at 100 meters. Is one angular measurement system better than another? Not necessarily… Bryan explains that Mildot scopes may be handy for ranging, but scopes with MOA-based clicks work just fine for precision work at known distances. Also because one MOA is almost exactly one inch at 100 yards, the MOA system is convenient for expressing a rifle’s accuracy. By common parlance, a “half-MOA” rifle can shoot groups that are 1/2-inch (or smaller) at 100 yards.

What is a “Minute” of Angle?
When talking about angular degrees, a “minute” is simply 1/60th. So a “Minute of Angle” is simply 1/60th of one degree of a central angle, measured either up and down (for elevation) or side to side (for windage). At 100 yards, 1 MOA equals 1.047″ on the target. This is often rounded to one inch for simplicity. Say, for example, you click up 1 MOA (four clicks on a 1/4-MOA scope). That is roughly 1 inch at 100 yards, or roughly 4 inches at 400 yards, since the target area measured by an MOA subtension increases with the distance.

one MOA minute of angle diagram

MIL vs. MOA for Target Ranging
MIL or MOA — which angular measuring system is better for target ranging (and hold-offs)? In a recent article on his PrecisionRifleBlog.com website, Cal Zant tackles that question. Analyzing the pros and cons of each, Zant concludes that both systems work well, provided you have compatible click values on your scope. Zant does note that a 1/4 MOA division is “slightly more precise” than 1/10th mil, but that’s really not a big deal: “Technically, 1/4 MOA clicks provide a little finer adjustments than 1/10 MIL. This difference is very slight… it only equates to 0.1″ difference in adjustments at 100 yards or 1″ at 1,000 yards[.]” Zant adds that, in practical terms, both 1/4-MOA clicks and 1/10th-MIL clicks work well in the field: “Most shooters agree that 1/4 MOA or 1/10 MIL are both right around that sweet spot.”

READ MIL vs. MOA Cal Zant Article.

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November 14th, 2021

Sunday GunDay: CZ 457 Rimfire — Pursuit of Accuracy Channel

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Pursuit of Accuracy’s Josh Thomas has done well with his upgraded CZ 457 precision rimfire rifle. Shown above are Open Division trophies he won in the 2021 season.*

Interested in the Rimfire Precision game — NRL22 and PRS Rimfire? Then this article is for you. Today we feature the CZ 457 of Joshua Thomas, the talented host of the Pursuit of Accuracy YouTube Channel. Josh loves his CZ 457, which has been upgraded with a Lilja barrel and Timney trigger. Josh tells us: “You don’t need to spend $3000 on a precision rimfire — you can win with a $700 CZ. Here’s how….”

Rimfire Precision Report by Joshua Thomas, PursuitofAccuracy.com
In the precision .22 LR market, the CZ 457 offers stellar performance for the price. For $400 to $1000 you can pick one of many CZ 457 models that will suit your needs and shooting style. Every model offers the same exact receiver and trigger assembly. I have found both standard 457 and the “match chamber” 457 barrels to be accurate and extremely well-made. There are lots of aftermarket choices for the rifle that make it easy to get exactly what you are looking for out of your rifle — triggers, stocks, chassis sytems, barrels, bolt knobs, scope rails, and more.

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Best Features of the CZ 457
The CZ 457 may be the most modular precision rimfire on the market. You can swap barrels and magazines easily. The interchangeable barrel feature is by far the best feature of the CZ 457. Want to shoot .22 WMR for varmint hunts then transition to a .22 LR for precision shooting? No problem — five minutes and four screws are all you need. The CZ 457 is also an excellent value — it’s WAY better than a 10/22 but a fraction of the cost of high-end custom rimfire rigs. [Editor: Josh does own a Vudoo V22, but he says with a barrel upgrade the CZ 457 offers very similar performance at a fraction of the cost].

With his CZ 457 Josh drives nails at 100 yards. But it did take multiple shots.

pursuit accuracy youtube channel joshua thomasCZ 457 VPT MTR Equipment List
Barrel: Lilja 1:16″-twist, 21″, .920″ straight taper
Scope: Athlon Cronus BTR Gen II 4.5-29x56mm
with Mil APRS1 Reticle
Rings: Athlon 34mm Low height rings
Scope Base: Area 419 +30 MOA base
ARCA Swiss Rail: Area 419 14″ weighted
ARCA Clamp: RRS ARCA clamp (Atlas)
Trigger: Timney 457 Curved Shoe (5 oz.)
Magazine and extensions: Anarchy Outdoors
Dope Card: Coletac Cheatsheet
Cheek Rest: Victor Titan universal cheek rest
Bipod: Atlas BT46-NC

CZ 457 Accuracy — What Can It Deliver?
I have done extensive testing with my CZ 457 using both factory and aftermarket barrels. You can expect the stock barrel to group most match ammunition around 0.3″ at 50 yards. This can obviously vary but this is a good general standard. Aftermarket barrels, such as the Lilja, are capable of shrinking those average group sizes down to 0.2″ or lower. I have personally shot a few 0.1″ groups with my Lilja at 50 yards with ELEY Match ammunition. While this doesn’t sound like a huge difference at 50 yards that variance between the factory barrel and the Lilja grows the further out you go.

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Upgrade Strategies for the CZ 457
As I’ve noted, the CZ 457 is easily upgraded. But first buyers need to make an initial decision. Do they want to build a CZ 457 or just slowly upgrade as they go? If a buyer wants the best performing rifle he/she can start with the cheapest 457 model they can find. Remember all CZ 457s have the same receiver assembly. Then buy a Timney trigger, buy a Lilja custom barrel (e.g. .920″ straight taper), and upgrade to your choice of stock or chassis. I recommend a Manners stock if you don’t already have a different preferred aftermarket chassis.

For those looking to upgrade as they go on a tighter budget I would recommend the YoDave trigger kit — basically a spring change. With the YoDave upgrade my trigger averaged around 9-10 ounces. Next I would buy the Lilja barrel, then a stock later.

Ammo Selection for the the CZ 457 — Why Comparison Testing Is Important
Every gun and barrel is different, so you so should always lot test your gun with various ammo types and lots. If you’re serious about rimfire accuracy, then lot testing is a must, whether at your own rage or a testing center. There is no replacement for starting with a good lot of ammunition your rifle likes. A lot of guys want to buy various ammo in small quantities than use a tuner or sorting to get the ammo consistent. If you compare how much ammo you’re wasting in that endeavor it’s much more cost effective to lot test FIRST and buy a case of what your rifle likes.

Lot Testing Ammo — What You Will Discover

Improving Results for Your Rimfire Rifle
To get the best results from your CZ 457 rifle, first check your action torque — that’s something many rimfire precision shooters overlook. Then collect as much data as you can. From a cold bore find out how long it takes to foul-in, and determine the round count for the best accuracy. And learn how many rounds you can shoot before you need to clean (this will vary from gun to gun).

Also work on your gun handling. With a rimfire, good follow-through is vital because of the “long barrel dwell time” of the rimfire bullet. (A rimfire bullet, since it runs 1000-1100 fps vs. 2800-3200 fps for a centerfire bullet, spends much more time inside the barrel). Follow-through is huge in 22s as far as accuracy goes. For my rifles I try to keep a relatively light but constant pressure on the butt/comb.

Comparison — CZ 457 vs. Vudoo V22 vs. Ruger Precision Rimfire

Editor: Josh owns a top-tier Vudoo V22 as well as CZ 457 rifles. In this video, he tests his Lilja-barreled CZ 457 head-to-head vs. the much more expensive Vudoo V22. The results may surprise you.

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Here is the Vudoo V22 with F3R Machine +20 MOA mount.

In this video Josh compares the Ruger Precision Rimfire to a CZ 457 AT-ONE .22 LR. Josh reports: “We show accuracy at 100 yards and talk about the advantages and disadvantages to each rifle. If you are looking for your next .22 LR purchase check out the video and see which rifle comes out on top for you.”

Favorite Accessories: Timney Trigger, Area 419 scope base and ARCA rail
The Timney trigger is the best aftermarket trigger available for the 457 currently. Mine averaged 5-6 ounces and is extremely crisp. It’s a great trigger for Benchrest or PRS/NRL style shooting. The Area 419 Scope Base has the best fit and finish in the market with no close seconds, in my opinion. It is available a +15, +30, and +50 MOA versions. This can allow rimfire competitors to reach 400+ yards without needing to hold over. That’s roughly 20 Mils of elevation travel at 400 yards.

The Area 419 ARCA rail is another best in class in my opinion. The 14″ universal weighted ARCA rail really helps for for PRS / NRL style shooting. The rail’s weight helps the rifle settle into the support bags, and helps to steady the reticle for cleaner shots off of barricades and props.

Upgrades — Installing and Headspacing a Lilja Barrel

One advantage of the CZ 457 platform is the ease with which the barrel can be upgraded. In this video, Joshua installs and headspaces a Lilja .22 LR match barrel onto his daughter’s CZ 457 AT-ONE rifle. The video shows the process for setting headspace.

Josh explains: “Different rimfire ammunition manufacturers use different rim thickness for their ammunition. CCI, Lapua, and SK have a thicker rim thickness than that of ELEY. I like to start at the standard of .043″ for headspace and work my way in .001″ at a time. I’m working my way in looking at accuracy changes, extraction reliability, and the feel of the bolt close. I have found that this will vary barrel to barrel as the chambers are slightly different. For the Lilja I have found .041″ was best for Lapua, SK, and CCI while .039″ was what worked best for ELEY.

Always follow the barrel manufacturer’s directions and work in small increments. Lilja provides instructions on how to set your headspace, and how to make the required measurements to achieve this. I believe Lilja currently is the only barrel manufacturer that is offering a barrel for the CZ 457 for which the end user can easily set the headspace themselves.”

Reactive Targets — Why They Are Fun to Shoot and Good for Training
I love to shoot small steel swinger targets. Reactive targets give the shooter instant positive feedback that what they have done is correct or working. These can be great training tools for both the novice shooter and the expert shooter. However I recommend competitive shooters use smaller reactive targets so they don’t get over-confident with big plates. I like to stick to 1-2 MOA size targets in relation to the distance.

If the rifle is capable of 1″ groups at 150 yards I will use a 2″ – 3″ target as I’m usually shooting these from a field position and not a bench. This allows for small errors on my part and wind calls without making it so easy a bad shot hits.

About the Pursuit of Accuracy Video Channel

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Mission Statement: We push the boundaries of rimfire accuracy through education and a shared learning experience with our audience. We claim no professional status … we are simply a small team of dedicated marksmen attempting to redefine the generally-accepted limits of what can be done with .22 LR rifles. We remain committed to our viewers and community. We do not conduct paid reviews. We feel this must be the standard as the trust and honesty we share with our viewers is simply worth more than any paid product review.

Q: What is the biggest challenge in creating videos?
Josh: The biggest challenge with creating rimfire content is dealing with changing environmentals. Not only does all the preparation to film need to be completed but the weather must also cooperate. It’s nearly impossible to demonstrate the accuracy of a platform with a varying amount of wind affecting bullet flight.

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Q: How has making videos has helped your shooting and your knowledge of rifles?
Josh: Creating content for YouTube has pushed me to shoot nearly every single day of the week. The increased time behind the trigger and the opportunity to see my mistakes on camera afterwards create a unique learning environment. I have thousands of people seeing my mistakes and quickly pointing them out to me. The amount that I have learned in the last seven months of daily rimfire shooting has proven to me I didn’t know nearly as much as I thought I did! You can always keep learning and improving.

Joshua also competes with his daughter. The young lady is a talented shooter and has actually outscored her father on occasion:

Q: What you like most about making rimfire marksmanship videos?
Josh: Making videos for YouTube constantly pushes me to rise to challenges I would have never thought achievable with .22 LR rifles. My audience is attentive and well-informed. That makes me bring my best game to the range every time I have the camera in hand.


* Trophies for 2021 Open Division Precision Rimfire matches: Large IPSC plate for 2nd overall in VOD 2021 series; Small IPSC plate for 2nd overall VOD series finale; State of NC trophy for VOD rimfire 3rd overall; Gray griffon trophy for Liberty Precision rimfire 4th overall; Small IPSC dark plate for Top MIL/LEO in Frontline Defense Match.

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November 8th, 2021

Mental Training for Shooting Sports — Recommended Resources

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To win in competitive shooting you need an accurate rifle, excellent ammo, good sights/optics, and good physical fitness. But in addition, there is the “mental game”. You need to be mentally prepared for the match. You should be focused yet relaxed, and be able to deal with stresses from a bad shot or rapid wind change. Experts say you also want to visualize the perfect shot.

One great Shooting Sports USA article, Shooting is 90% Mental, was penned by Chip Lohman (SSUSA’s former Editor). With the help of two very smart Ph.D types, Judy Tant and Mike Keyes, Lohman examines the mental processes involved in the shooting sports. Chip’s co-authors have impressive credentials. Dr. Judy Tant is a Clinical Psychologist and National Bullseye Pistol Champion. Dr. Michael J. Keyes, is a licensed Psychiatrist and former physician for the U.S. Shooting Team. CLICK HERE to read article.

Recommended Books to Focus Your Mental Game and Improve Your Shooting
Along with the article above, there are a number of good books than can help you improve your mental game and perform better in competition. Here are seven recommended books that can help your mental game and shooting skills. These are available from Creedmoor Sports and Amazon.com.

Mental Game Books at Creedmoor Sports

Sport Psychology and Competition: The Psyche of the Shot
This book is a guide to systematically preparing for shooting matches. It contains 1,000 pictures, 200 exercises, and a 6-week training plan.

The Bullseye Mind
Bullseye Mind is the first mental training book written specifically for sport shooters.

Mental Training in Shooting

Mental Training in Shooting
Mental training in Shooting” is a practical book packed with good, straightforward advice about techniques and mental preparation.

Mental Game and Marksmanship Books on Amazon

Mental Preparation for Shooting Matches

Advice from Emil Praslick
Along with these books we offer some smart advice from Emil Praslick III, former USAMU coach. Considered one of the best wind readers on the planet, Praslick also was known for his ability to help his shooters master the “mental game”. Here is an article from the CMP Archives in which Praslick explains how to focus your mind to achieve greater success.

Emil Praslick

Thinking Your Way to Success
by Emil Praslick
Why does it seem that the same small group of shooters wins the majority of the matches? What is the difference among shooters who are technically equal? Confidence. A confident shooter is free to execute his shots without the fear of failure, i.e. shooting a poor shot.

Negative thoughts (can’t, won’t be able to, etc.) will destroy a skilled performance. The mind’s focus will not be on executing the task, but on projecting fear and self-doubt. Fear is the enemy, confidence is the cure. How does a shooter on the eve of an important match … attain the confidence needed to perform up to his potential? A pre-competition mental plan can assist in acquiring that positive mental state. The plan can be broken down into a few phases.

Build a feeling of preparedness. Developing and executing a plan to organize your equipment and pre-match routine will aid you in feeling prepared on match day.

Avoid negative and stressful thoughts. Focusing on “winning” the match or shooting for a specific score (like making the “cut” or making the President’s 100) can cause undue stress. Good shooters focus on aspects that are within their control: their sight picture, their sight alignment, their position. Each shot should be treated as an individual event.

Train stage-specific tasks during your practice sessions. Instead of shooting matches or practice matches only, include some drills that focus on your problem areas. Training in this manner will assist your level of confidence.

As part of your pre-match routine, imagine yourself shooting perfect shots. Visualize getting into the perfect position, acquiring a perfect sight picture, and perfect trigger control.

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