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September 6th, 2008

Spirit of America Match Sept. 7-14 in Raton, NM

The Spirit of America (SOA) National Fullbore Rifle Prone Championship kicks off Sunday, Sept. 7th at Raton, NM, at the Whittington Center Range. The event will run for a full week, concluding with the 3rd U.S. F-Class International Team Challenge Match on Sept. 14th. Members of the Open F-Class teams for the USA and other nations will participate, using this event as a tune-up for the 2009 World Championships in Bisley, England. Open Class Team USA members will all be shooting rifles chambered as 6.5-284s. Overall weight is 22 lbs. for the Open Class rifles, including scope. Shown below is U.S. Team member David Bailey’s rifle, which features a Robertson Composites F-Class stock, with a BAT Action.

The match is sponsored and hosted by the Bald Eagles Rifle Club. A complete 9-page guide to the event is available online. This includes general info, basic match rules, fee schedule, a registration form and match calendar.

CLICK HERE to download SOA Info Form (.pdf file).

Day by day, the scheduled matches include:

Sept. 7 (Sunday): Cunico Tire Service Team Match
Sept. 8 (Monday): Folsom Shooting Club Team Match
Sept. 9 (Tuesday): OK Weber Individual Match — 300, 500, 600 and 900 yards
Sept. 10 (Wednesday): Precision Shooting Individual Match — 300, 500, 600 and 1000 yards
Sept. 11 (Thursday): Sierra Bullets Team Match + McGee Rifle Stocks Match
Sept. 12 (Friday): Sinclair International Individual Match — 300, 500, 600 and 900 yards
Sept. 13 (Saturday): Sierra Bullets Individual Match — 300, 500, 600 and 1000 yards
Sept. 14 (Sunday): F-Class International Team Challenge Match For F-Open Teams

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September 6th, 2008

Lock Up Those Handguns, Please…

For self-defense in your home or shop, you want quick access to your handgun.

Ideally, both handguns and long guns should be locked up in a heavy, full-size gunsafe that is bolted to the floor. However, if you need quick access to a handgun for personal defense in the home, there are smaller safes that can be opened in a couple of seconds, while still keeping handguns secure from kids or any unwanted visitors.

Gunvault Biometric Safe

Shown above is a GunVault Biometric handgun safe ($299.99 at This uses your fingerprint as the “key” to open the safe. Place your index finger in the scanner then press the middle button, and the safe opens up in under 2 seconds. As a back-up, you can can quickly open the safe by pressing buttons on the 4-finger keypad in the right sequence. Gunvault also makes a less costly basic GunVault version without the fingerprint function. The basic GunVault employs the keypad and/or a security lock to open the safe. Both models (biometric and standard) can be secured via a heavy security cable so a thief can’t simply grab the safe and run. Cabela’s has a video showing the biometric Gunvault in action.


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