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January 24th, 2009

Safari Club Int'l Convention Concludes Today

SCI hunter conventionAfter SHOT Show ended on Jan. 18th, many exhibitors had little time to rest. They immediately packed up their displays and headed west to attend the 2009 Safari Club International (SCI) Convention in Reno, Nevada. The SCI convention kicked off Wednesday the 21st, and concludes today, Jan. 24th. The SCI show, dubbed the “Ultimate Hunters’ Market”, attracted 20,000+ attendees, drawn by product displays from firearm and gear-makers, plus a series of informative seminars, covering everything from venison recipes to internet marketing.

The SCI show is also famous for its fund-raising auctions. SCI’s auctions offer exotic custom firearms, once-in-a-lifetime hunts, plus fine art and collectibles. Net proceeds from the auctions are used by SCI to promote conservation and game management efforts worldwide. To learn more about the auctions, visit the SCI Convention’s Auction Preview Page on the web. There you can download e-brochures showing guns, trips, and art up for auction. CLICK HERE to download the Firearms Auction Section as a .pdf file.

As just a small sample of the exotic arms that went up for bid in Reno this week, check out these impressive firearms from the 2009 SCI Auction Catalog:

Krieghoff .470 Nitro Double Rifle — Valuation $84,000
Krieghoff’s ‘Legends of the Hunt’ double rifle, chambered in .470 Nitro Express, is custom engraved by master engravers Michael Oke and Andreas Scholz. The stock is exhibition-grade Turkish walnut with ebony pistol grip and forend tip. There are gold barrel bands and gold accents on the express sight blades and double triggers. For more info, visit

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Dakota .270 Win Model 10 Falling Block — Valuation $17,500
Dakota Arms LLC has donated an extraordinary Model 10 falling block rifle in .270 Winchester. Features include a French grey receiver, quarter rib, hooded front sight and full-coverage scroll engraving with gold wire accents. The stock is special select Bastogne walnut with a right-hand shadowline cheekpiece, tear drops, schnabel forend and hand-cut fleur-de-lis and ribbon checkering.

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Ferlach 12ga + 9.3x72R Drilling — Valuation $6,500
Here is a side-by-side shotgun/rifle drilling by Ferlach of Austria. This magnificent boxlock features an engraved, scalloped and case-colored receiver, 27 1/2″ barrels with a fixed front sight and two folding rear sights. Other features include sideclips, cocking indicators, extractors, double triggers, and a manual Greener-style side safety.

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January 24th, 2009

Improve Your Prone Position — Tips from the USAMU

The First Shot, the CMP’s online magazine, features a well-written article on Prone Shooting Technique by SPC Matthew Sigrist of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU). The article covers all the major points of gun hold and body position: hand position, elbow position, stock weld, buttstock placement, and sling position/tension.

SPC Matt Sigrist of the USAMU breaks down the prone position into “fundamentals” and explains how you put each element together to create a stable body position: “The fundamentals are the building blocks of a position. Much like the framework of a house, a correct application of the fundamentals ensures a solid and stable structure. Since each person’s position will depend on their particular body build and shape, there is no ‘perfect position’ that applies to everyone. Experience, practice and knowledge of the correct fundamentals will dictate the best position for you.”

SPC Sigrist also demonstrates the two basic variations of the leg position when shooting prone: open/spread legged, and bent-legged.

For any service rifle, highpower, cross-course, or prone shooter, this helpful article can improve your performance in the prone position.

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