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February 14th, 2009

Berger Organizes Tech Consulting Team

Berger BulletsBerger Bullets has expanded its technical assistance and customer support team, adding Kevin Thomas as primary “E-Technical Consultant”. Eric Stecker, Berger’s Master Bulletsmith, issued the following statement yesterday:

“It is with great pleasure that I announce the addition of Kevin Thomas to the Berger Bullets team as our E-Technical Consultant. Kevin spent the last 15 years as Sierra’s Chief Ballistician. Prior to becoming Sierra’s Chief Ballistician, Kevin spent 6 years moving from Sierra’s production floor to their ballistics lab. Kevin will use his extensive shooting knowledge to help folks get the most out of their rifle shooting experience.”

Thomas will be part of a customer service/tech support group at Berger:

Technical Support by Phone – (714) 447-5458
Berger has partnered with Sinclair Int’l to provide extensive phone coverage by active and knowledgeable shooters.

Loading Data and Technical Assistance from Walt Berger – bergerltd [at]
Founder and member of the Benchrest Hall of Fame, Walt Berger’s extensive shooting experience is a tremendous resource for those who need help. Over the last several years, Walt has been working on Berger’s loading manual.

Loading Data and Technical Assistance from Kevin Thomas –
(email is not active yet)
Kevin spent two decades shooting in Sierra’s test facility every day and working with major ammo producers on several projects. Additionally, he is an experienced, active and successful competitive target shooter. He will soon be available for those who need assistance.

External Ballistic Assistance from Bryan Litz – bryan.litz [at]
Bryan’s reputation as a top external ballistics mind is well known. Equally recognized is his success as a competitive target shooter. Bryan is available for those who need to address advanced external ballistics concerns.

Stecker tells us: “Both Kevin Thomas and Bryan Litz will actively engage the forums as we strongly believe that forums are a valuable resource for all shooters. All of the people listed above are active rifle shooters and are committed to your success. These folks can provide an even greater level of shooting-related technical assistance than I. For this reason, you will see less of me as I focus my attention on the production floor. I will not be disconnected or unavailable, but I will rely heavily on this ‘dream team’ of technical experts to provide you with the information you need to get back to the range or into the field.”

In this video, Eric Stecker explains Berger’s product line and reveals what’s new for 2009.

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February 14th, 2009

How Safe are YOUR Shooting Glasses?

The editors of the NRA’s American Hunter magazine recently tested 10 brands of shooting glasses, determining how well the eyewear could shield users from shotgun birdshot. Eyewear samples were tested at 25, 15, 10, 8, and 5 yards, using #8 shot. One ANSI Z87.1-certified polycarbonate sample was then repeat-tested with #6 shot, #4 shot, #2 steel and buckshot. Read Full Test Report.

shooting glasses safety tests birdshotThe tests provided some very important conclusions:

1. The glasses marked Z87.1+ (“plus” is a high-impact rating) performed the best. Overall, Z87.1-rated polycarbonate lenses provided excellent protection from birdshot at 10-15 yards and beyond. Some Z87.1+ eyewear even blocked birdshot at 8 yards.

2. You can’t necessarily rely on price as an indicator of quality. The $12 Bollé VX and the $5.95 Pyramex Rendezvous both worked better than some much more expensive brands. The $5.95 Pyramex, in fact, was one of only three products that stood up to the #8 birdshot at 8 yards. The Pyramex does carry a Z87.1+ rating.

3. Avoid no-name, un-rated plastic eyewear. American Hunter Editor Jeff Johnston writes: “It’s a mistake to assume that any plastic-lens sunglasses off the rack at the local 7-11 are made of polycarbonate and therefore are effective as shooting glasses—cheap plastics are not polycarbonates; in fact, wearing them could be worse than wearing nothing, as they can introduce sharp shards of plastic to your eyes in addition to the projectile(s) that caused them to break.”

To learn more about safety standards for shooting glasses, read our comprehensive Guide to Eye Protection for Shooters.

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February 14th, 2009

Top Gun Execs on Gun Talk Radio

To celebrate Presidents’ Day, this Sunday’s lineup of guests on Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk® radio show will be all presidents and CEOs of big companies and organizations in the firearms industry. Currently scheduled to appear on the show are Pete Brownell, president of Brownells; Tommy Millner, president of Remington; Bob Morrison, president of Taurus USA; Lew Danielson, president of Crimson Trace; and, Steve Sanetti, president and CEO of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

“I thought it would be fun to get a one-day head start on Presidents’ Day by getting some of our own presidents on the show, ” said Tom Gresham, host of the national radio talk show.

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Gun Talk Radio, in it’s 14th year of national syndication, is heard coast-to-coast on 66 FM and AM radio stations, on Sirius and XM satellite systems, and is available for download at and on Apple’s iTunes Store.

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