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January 15th, 2008

Barrel Chambering with Gritters & Grizzly — Dialing In the Barrel

Gunsmith Gordy Gritters and Grizzly Industrial have joined forces to produce an excellent DVD on chambering and fitting match barrels. In our Jan. 5 Bulletin, we ran a segment showing Gordy completing the headspacing of the barrel. That video was a bit hit with our readers. Today we offer another segment from the Grizzly DVD. In this clip, you’ll see Gordy dialing in the barrel using a Grizzly G0509G 3-Phase Gunsmith Lathe. Once Gordy finishes that process he’s ready to align the threaded shoulder and pre-drill the chamber.

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On the full DVD, available from Grizzly for $59.95, you can see Gordy do the complete job of chambering a barrel from start to finish, including fitting the barrel to a custom action. Gordy gives step by step instructions for all important operations: 1. Dialing in the barrel; 2. Threading the barrel; 3. Aligning the threaded shoulder; 4. Predrilling/preboring the chamber; 5. Reaming the chamber; 6. Checking and setting headspace; 7. Crowning the muzzle; and, 8. Stamping and polishing the barrel

CLICK HERE for more photos from the DVD. The full DVD can be ordered from Grizzly’s Web Site.

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January 15th, 2008

Smith & Wesson Hosts First IDPA Indoor Nationals

After 10 years of hosting the Int’l Defensive Pistol Assn. (IDPA) Winter Championships, Smith & Wesson will now hold the first IDPA Indoor National Championships February 21-23, 2008 (Thurs-Saturday). This year’s prestigious event will be held at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The 2008 IDPA Indoor National Championships will feature over 300 competitors in five IDPA divisions. Each participant will face nine courses of fire involving low-light conditions, moving targets, and defensive shooting scenarios. Along with the match itself (a half-day of shooting for each class), competitors can participate in Smith & Wesson factory tours, training seminars with Champions such as Jerry Miculek, and shooting demonstrations.

Smith Wesson Indoor Nationals

Robert Ray, IDPA’s Marketing Manager observed: “We are very excited to be holding the first IDPA Indoor National Championships at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Center, one of the most advanced training facilities in the United States.” Ray added, “The Smith & Wesson Winter Championships have grown into the second largest IDPA event in the world and we expect that momentum to extend into this year’s Indoor National Match.”

For more info on this year’s IDPA Indoor National Championships including match details and important updates, visit

MATCH ENTRY Form ($150.00 Entry Fee)
MATCH INFO Form (With Stage Formats)

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