December 8th, 2014

2015 Guns & Gear in Shooting Industry New Product Showcase

SHOT Show Product Showcase 2015The free December Shooting Industry eZine includes a preview of the 2015 SHOT Show (pp. 50-51), detailing the week’s events and offerings at the industry’s mega trade show kicking off next month in Las Vegas. This December issue of Shooting Industry magazine also features Part I of the New Product Showcase (starting on page 56). This 20-page Showcase features hundreds of new product offerings including handguns, long guns, ammunition, optics, accessories and more. If you want a preview of products to be released in Vegas, check it out….

The December issue also features the Shooting Industry Buyer’s Guide, an industry-wide directory of product sources. This searchable, interactive directory lists manufacturers and distributors for all types of outdoor products, including guns, ammunition, optics, reloading tools, shooting accessories, archery equipment, knives, hunting gear and more.

SHOT Show Product Showcase 2015

This month’s edition of Shooting Industry also addresses trends in the shooting retail market. In “Dealers: Facing The Challenges,” Managing Editor Jade Moldé looks at issues such as high inventories and decreased consumer demand. One Arizona retailer said regulations are a constant concern: “The biggest challenge I see for 2015 is staying on top of all regulatory responsibilities and growing partnerships with those manufacturers who will offer the best support to the independent retailer.”

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December 7th, 2014

Leviathan Benchrest Stock from McMillan — the Super 50 BR

We’re reluctant to call this a mere gun-stock. After all it’s more the size of a kayak, and it weighs about as much. This monster, McMillan’s new 50 Cal Benchrest stock, measures a whopping 44 inches long and weighs 18 pounds in heavy configuration. McMillan calls this beast the “Super 50 BR”, but other possible names come to mind: “Dreadnought”, “Leviathan”, “Blue Whale”. This monster benchrest stock will be offered in either 3.5″- or 5″-wide versions for $990 uninletted or $1200 with a full inlet.

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McMillan fiberglass stock 50 caliber super BR HBR

McMillan previously offered a 50-cal Benchrest stock, but the new Super 50 BR represents a major upgrade over its predecessor. The new stock is stronger, more stable, and it should track better because the tail and forearm now feature precisely machined metal lower bag-riding surfaces. McMillan explains: “The primary feature of this new .50 caliber benchrest stock are machined aluminum shoes on the bottom of the forearm and buttstock that are machined true to each other and to the action.” The forearm shoe (or plate) is available in either a 3.5” width or a 5” width, while the forearm itself is about 20 ¾” long from the front of a McMillan .50 caliber action. This stock has a minimum weight of about 9 lbs. as a light gun stock and a maximum weight of about 18 lbs. as a heavy gun stock. A fully ambidextrous design, the Super 50 BR stock may be used in either right-hand or left-hand configuration (with appropriate inletting).

For comparison purposes, here is McMillan’s previous 50 HBR stock. Constructed of fiberglass with fill, you can see it lacks the signature front and rear machined metal sections that distinguish the Super 50 BR. This earlier version was good, but the Super 50 BR represents a major improvement in stiffness, geometry, and tracking ability.

McMillan fiberglass stock 50 caliber super BR HBR

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November 14th, 2014

Promo Code for Natchez Shooters Supply

There’s a big sale going on at Natchez Shooters Supplies this weekend. Lots of name-brand products are on sale, including Nikon scopes, Hornady reloading hardware, and EOTech Red Dot sights. Here’s a special Discount Code that can save you as much as $35.00 on your purchases. Use Promo Code DO1411BB during checkout. [Note: if "D" followed by Capital letter "O" (Oscar) doesn't work, try "D" followed by the number zero then 1411BB.]

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November 11th, 2014

Today is Veterans Day — Honor Those Who Served

On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of 1918, bugle calls signaled the ‘cease fire’ ending the First World War. (The official Armistice was signed earlier that morning.) To those who endured it, WWI was the “Great War”, “the War to End All Wars.” Tragically, an even greater conflict consumed the world just two decades later.

Today, 96 years after the end of WWI, Americans mark the anniversary of the WWI Armistice as “Veterans Day”. In Canada it is known as Remembrance Day. On this solemn occasion we honor all those who have served in the military in times of war and peace.

While more WWII veterans pass away each year, there are still over 23 million veterans in the United States. Take time today to honor those soldiers, sailors, and airmen who have served their nation with pride. Today we remember that… “All gave some, and some gave all.”

Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James Peake asked Americans to recognize the nation’s 23.4 million living veterans and the generations before them who fought to protect freedom and democracy: “While our foremost thoughts are with those in distant war zones today, Veterans Day is an opportunity for Americans to pay their respects to all who answered the nation’s call to military service.”

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On Veterans Day we especially need to remember the seriously wounded combat veterans. These men and women summon great courage every day to overcome the lasting injuries they suffered in battle. Some of these soldiers have lost limbs, yet volunteered to return to combat duty. That is dedication beyond measure.

National Veterans Day Ceremony
The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces. Major regional ceremonies are also held throughout the country. CLICK HERE for list of regional Veterans’ Day events.

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November 5th, 2014

Magazine Marker Bands — Simple But Effective

Magazine ID band bracelet ringHere’s a simple product that performs a very important function. Magazine Marker Bands from Faxon Firearms help you keep track of your AR- and AK-platform mags. Color-coded and marked with the cartridge type (5.56/.223, 7.62×39, 300 BLK), these bands help ensure you never load the wrong type of ammo into your semi-automatic rifle. Maybe you’re thinking “I’d never make that mistake” but remember Murphy’s law — “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” The consequences of shooting the wrong type of ammunition in a rifle can be dire, if not catastrophic.

In addition to the safety benefits, these color bands also help you organize your magazines during transport and storage. If you have a variety of AR uppers in various calibers, it would be sensible to purchase a set of these color-coded bands. Price is $9.99 per set of ten (10) bands of one color (blue 5.56/.223, yellow 7.62×39, or red 300 BLK). Unfortunately, Faxon does not currently offer a “Mix and Match” option. So, if you want all three types, you’ll have to buy three different sets. That’s a bit annoying.

Magazine ID band bracelet ring

We’d like to see a marker band product like this for other types of magazines, including rimfire mags. We’ve seen varminters try to stuff a 17 HMR magazine into a 22LR and vice-versa. We’ve also seen shooters pick up the wrong Detachable Box Magazine (DBM) for their centerfire bolt guns. This can easily happen on a varmint hunt when you have multiple rifles in different calibers (such as .223 Rem and .204 Ruger).

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October 24th, 2014

Buying a First Handgun — The Rational Wheelgun Option

In recent years, the ranks of first-time handgun buyers have grown dramatically. Thousands upon thousands of Americans are purchasing their first-ever pistol. With so many handgun options available these days (from derringers to Desert Eagles) many first-time buyers have trouble making a choice.

A close relative recently contacted this Editor. Wanting to get started in handgunning, he sought my advice on purchasing his first handgun. “Should I get a Glock?”, he asked. “No” was my response. “Well how about an M&P?” he inquired. “Better ergos” I said, “but ‘No’ is still my reply.” “OK, how about a KelTec, they’re cheap…” “Absolutely not”, I replied.

I could tell he was getting annoyed, when he said “OK, Mr. know-it-all, so what handgun should I get?” Calmly, I replied: “Get a .22-caliber rimfire revolver. You will never out-grow it. You will learn sight alignment and trigger control. You can practice with inexpensive ammunition. A good .22 revolver will be considerably more accurate than 90% of the self-loading pistols you could buy. If you get a Smith & Wesson, you will keep the gun for the rest of your life and pass it on to your kids. If you or your heirs ever wear out the barrel or cylinder, Smith & Wesson will replace the parts for free, forever.”

Smith Wesson 22 .22 LR Revolver model 63 17 617 wheelgun revolver cylinder

Smith Wesson 22 .22 LR Revolver model 63 17 617 wheelgun revolver cylinder

Smith Wesson 22 .22 LR Revolver model 63 17 617 wheelgun revolver cylinder

Smith Wesson model 617 4 inchFirst Handgun Choice — A very good choice for a first handgun is a Smith & Wesson .22 LR revolver, such as the S&W model 617. The model 617 is extremely accurate, with a very crisp trigger (in single-action mode), and good sights.

You can learn all the fundamentals with this ultra-reliable handgun, shooting inexpensive .22 LR ammo. The model 617 is rugged, durable, and can give you a lifetime of shooting fun. Once you have mastered the basics of shooting with a .22 LR, you can move on to larger caliber handguns suitable for self-defense. Below is a slide-show illustrating a S&W model 617 ten-shot, with 6″ barrel. S&W also makes a 4″-barrel version of this revolver. (See: Shooting Demo Video with 4″ model 617.)

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October 18th, 2014

Set Up Your Own 10m Indoor Air Rifle Range

Air Rifle Range BackstopIn another month or two many Eastern and snow-belt shooting ranges halt operations for the winter. If you’re an avid rifleman who enjoys shooting regularly, the dark days of winter can bring withdrawal pains. The closure of outdoor ranges can mean months of forced inactivity… unless you have an all-weather indoor shooting solution.

Some clubs maintain their own indoor air rifle ranges where you can continue to shoot and train throughout the winter. If there are no such facilities nearby, Creedmoor Sports now offers a great solution for those who want to shoot indoors — even in your own basement or garage.

Creedmoor’s patented 10m Air Gun Range provides a target holder and a curtain-type backstop capable of stopping pellets with a muzzle velocity up to 600 fps. The target boxes can be positioned at various heights for prone, kneeling, and standing. Creedmoor says the hardened steel target boxes provide 100% containment for any pellet passing through the target.

The 10M Air Gun Range is available either in a 3-station configuration for $1514.00 (item 3AGR), or as a one-station (single-point) range for $325.00 (item AGR-SINGLE). Creedmoor’s Air Gun Range is a proven, heavy duty product — the only Air Rifle target system ever tested and approved by the U.S. Military. This system is currently being used in more than 600 schools nationwide, as well as the new CMP shooting facility in Alabama. The 3-station range easily dis-assembles for transport and storage, fitting inside a 34″ x 10″ x 8″ carry duffle.

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The Portable Air Gun Range comes with a durable curtain/ backstop that sets up quickly and easily. The curtain provides ample stopping power for air pellets. However, this is NOT to be used with high-energy pneumatic hunting rifles (such as the .357 Benjamin Rogue) or rimfire or centerfire rounds. This is for standard airguns only. That could be a $100 Crosman, or a $3600.00 Model 9003 S2 Anschutz:

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June 3rd, 2014

Tactical Bible — Blue Book of Tactical Firearms Values (5th Ed.)

Looking for an up-to-date, comprehensive resource on “tactical” bolt guns, AR-platform rifles, and defensive-style shotguns? Then check out this 500+ page book by “Blue Book” author S.P. Fjestad. The new 5th Edition of the Blue Book of Tactical Firearms Values is the most complete reference book for tactical rifles, handguns, and shotguns. The 5th Edition, published in April 2014, features both new and older tactical guns with detailed model descriptions and current MSRP. All values have been updated to reflect current market conditions.

Tactical Rifles Firearms Values pricing blue book Fjestad

Book Has Glossary and Manufacturers Index
This unique resource includes an updated tactical glossary defining tactical terms with helpful links and illustrations. The book also includes updated directories of firearms, gear, optics, and accessory manufacturers with complete contact information. Almost 200 AR-15 manufacturers and trademarks are covered. Most of the information contained in this 5th Edition of the Blue Book of Tactical Firearms Values is not available anywhere else. Author/publisher S.P. Fjestad is an expert on collectible antique and modern firearms. His best selling Blue Book of Gun Values, the industry standard reference source, has over 1 million copies in circulation worldwide.

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April 20th, 2014

Embrace Hope this Easter Sunday

We wish you have the chance to spend this Easter Sunday with your family and loved ones. Perhaps take the time to contemplate the blessings we all have, despite the many challenges in today’s world. In Christian theology, this day marks resurrection and rebirth.

For all of us, regardless of creed, this day carries a message of hope and the possibility of a better world in the future. In an Easter Sunday message from the Vatican some years ago, Pope Benedict XVI declared: “At a time of world food shortage, of financial turmoil, of old and new forms of poverty… of growing fears over the future, it is urgent to rediscover grounds for hope.”

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February 4th, 2014

Durable Polymer Target Bottles Survive Hundreds of Hits

Here’s something we haven’t seen before — shatter-proof, reusable bottle-shaped targets that you can blast over and over again (unlike real glass bottles). These would be fun for pistol plinking, and would be pretty challenging for rifle shooters at 300 yards and beyond.

Shatter-Proof, High-density, Recyclable Polymer Target Bottles from NRA Store
Report by Lars Dalseide for NRABlog.com.

NRA's Reusable, Shatterproof Bottle Targets Super Bowl Sunday has come and gone, and all that’s left now is a heap of glass bottles ready for target practice. Unfortunately, real glass is only good for one shot, and the shards can be dangerous. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a bottle you could shoot repeatedly, WITHOUT any of the mess? Well, the NRA Store has exactly that!

The NRA Reusable, Shatterproof Bottle Targets are just what the name implies — tough and reusable. Whether you’re plinking with your .22 or packing a punch with a .30 caliber rifle, these targets will survive hundreds of direct hits.

Built from high-density, recyclable polymer, each target in the six-pack is rated to withstand around 300 rounds. That’s 1,800 rounds for the whole set! Every pack include six polymer bottles in various bright, vivid colors. Each set of bottles includes nine feet of rope, allowing you to stage these targets in countless different ways.

You can order these polymer target bottles online. Visit the NRAstore.com to pick up a set of NRA
Bottle Targets
. The price is $39.95 for six bottles, carrier pack, and rope.

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