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March 5th, 2008

2008 Shooting Event Schedule

The folks at Sinclair International have compiled a list of major 2008 shooting events. Mark your calendars. For future reference, we’ve added these and other match dates to our searchable Event Calendar.

IWA Show (European Shot Show)
Nurnberg, Germany
March 14 to March 17, 2008

Hog Roast Benchrest Match
Fairchange, Pennsylvania
May 3 to May 4, 2008

NRA Show and Annual Meetings
Kentucky Fair and Expo Center, Louisville, Kentucky
May 16 to May 18, 2008

Super Shoot Benchrest Match
Kelbly’s Range, North Lawrence, Ohio
May 19 to May 24, 2008

Midwest Palma Championship – 9th Annual
Lodi, Wisconsin
June 16 to June 20, 2008

East – West Benchrest Match
Benchrest Rifle Club of Saint Louis
Saint Louis, Missouri
June 28 to June 29, 2008

Camp Perry National Matches
Camp Perry, Port Clinton, Ohio
July 7 to August 13, 2008

Camp Perry Match Schedule:
NRA Pistol Matches July 8 to July 13, 2008
NRA Small Bore Matches July 17 to July 24, 2008
CMP High Power Rifle Matches July 27 to August 1, 2008
CMP M1 Carbine Match July 31, 2008
Springfield/Military Bolt Rifle Match August 1, 2008
CMP Garand Match August 2, 2008
NRA Springfield Match August 3, 2008
NRA High Power Matches August 4 to August 8, 2008
NRA Long Rang Rifle Matches August 9 to August 11, 2008
NRA Palma Individual Match August 12, 2008
Palma Team Match (New) August 13, 2008

Rocky Mountain Palma Match
NRA Whittington Center
Raton, New Mexico
July 10 to July 13, 2008

Varmint Hunter Jamboree
Pierre, South Dakota
July 21 to July 25, 2008

IBS Benchrest Nationals
Kelbly’s Range, North Lawrence, Ohio
August 11 to August 16 2008

F-Class Nationals
Lodi, Wisconsin
September 30 to October 4, 2008

NBRSA Benchrest 100/200 Group Nationals
Ben Avery Range, Phoenix, Arizona
October 6 to October 11, 2008

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March 5th, 2008

New Centerfire Tuner from ShadeTree Engineering

Butch Lambert of ShadeTree Engineering sent us these photos of his new barrel tuner for centerfire Benchrest guns. Developed with the aid of Shelley Davidson, the new tuner weighs 6.4 ounces and should work for both Heavy Varmint and Light Varmint Rifle. A special barrel contour has been developed so that even a 10.5-pound-class rifle can make weight with the tuner installed.

Butch tells us: “We were given a two-week delivery date by the CNC shop and an additional week for the laser engraving. Shilen and Bartlein barrels have agreed to to do a barrel contour of our design to be able to make weight with a 6.4 ounce tuner. Esten Spears, a Florida-based vibration engineer, did the basic design work and Varmint Al did the FEA analysis to prove the design. Ten prototypes are out there and the initial tests are looking real good. Esten’s studies have shown that the beyond the muzzle tuner will move the node out to the muzzle. Conversely, weights behind the muzzle will change the harmonics, but not move the node out to where it needs to be. The weights behind the muzzle need constant attention, much the same as changing your powder tune. We have found that the weight beyond the muzzle tuner has a much wider range of tune and takes very little tweeking during the day.”

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March 5th, 2008

AHSA Supports Anti-Gun Politicians

You may have received donation requests from an organization called the American Hunters and Shooters Association (AHSA). Beware. The American Hunters and Shooters Association entices hunters and sportsmen into contributing money by claiming to share their interests. From the group’s name, you’d think its primary purpose is to promote shooting and hunting. Wrong. The AHSA has supported anti-gun lawsuits and gun bans. AHSA’s leaders have given money to the Brady Campaign and to anti-gun politicians like John Kerry, Al Gore, Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein, and Ted Kennedy. We’re not surprised that the AHSA refuses to refund any donations.

The NSSF (Nat’l Shooting Sports Foundation) and NRA believe that the AHSA is an anti-gun front group. The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action states that the “AHSA would be more correctly called the ‘American Association for the Protection of Anti-Gun Politicians’.” Notably, in its “friend of the court” brief in the D.C. vs. Heller case, the AHSA states: “The argument advanced by [AHSA] would in no way prevent the D.C. Council from enacting reasonable regulations…. the District’s Gun Law was a laudable effort.” No organization that truly supported individual Second Amendment rights would make such a statement in an important legal proceeding.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Practices of the AHSA

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