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August 20th, 2008

Rimfire Tactical Precision Match — Video Highlights

Recently we covered the first SoCal Rimfire Tactical Precision Match. Your editor had a chance to attend the second match on August 9. I can testify that match Director Bill Irwin presided over a fun, well-orchestrated competition with an interesting variety of stages. Competitors engaged paper targets and steel at various distances, plus clay birds and other reactive targets. For one stage, Irwin set building nails set in vertical sticks. The object was literally to drive the nails into the wood with your 22LR bullets. Easier said than done, I assure you. Here’s a “highlight video” from the August 9, match.

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Stills courtesy RKSimple and Shooter65

SAKO FinnFire ‘Range’ — Accurate, Ergonomic, and RELIABLE
To my surprise, at the match I witnessed quite a few malfunctions, both in bolt-action rifles and self-loading 22s. One 10/22 was particularly troublesome, and the normally reliable Savage MKII BTVS models gave some problems when cycled rapidly. One rifle that ran flawlessly throughout the match was the handsome SAKO FinnFire ‘Range’ belonging to Mark E. from Huntington Beach.

SAKO Finnfire 22LR

This gun has a stock that is virtually identical to the stocks on Tikka’s centerfire Master Sporter rifles. With that stock, the FinnFire boasts ergonomics and dimensions similar to a centerfire tactical rifle, making it ideal for cross-training. Mark talks about his FinnFire in the video below.

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August 20th, 2008

Wheeler Engineering Gunsmithing Products on Sale

MidwayUSA has discounted many Wheeler Engineering gunsmithing tools as part of an inventory reduction sale. Among the special bargains are the Savage Barrel Nut wrench, a “must-have” item for swapping barrels, and the Wheeler Scope Installation Kit, which earned high marks from MidwayUSA customers :

Wheeler Barrel Vise with wood bushings, item 226100.
Marked down to $44.99 from $55.99. $11.00 Savings.
Wheeler Savage Barrel Nut Wrench, item 288765.
Marked down to $19.99 from $36.99. $16.50 Savings.
Wheeler Scope Mounting Kit 1″, item 453687.
Marked down to $77.92 from $99.99. $22.07 Savings.
(30mm Kit also on sale for $79.20, item 819799.)
Wheeler Premier Cold Blue Kit, item 645752.
Marked down to $8.57 from $29.99. $21.42 Savings
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