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September 1st, 2009

Shooting Sports USA Magazine is FREE online

Shooting Sports USAThe latest digital edition of Shooting Sports USA is now available FREE online. This September 2009 edition covers many regional shooting events, plus you’ll find a four-page in-depth report on the 2009 National Pistol Matches at Camp Perry. Over 700 handgunners competed in that event.

The September issue also features an excellent technical report on eyewear lens color and vision. Iron sights shooters should read this article. The author explains how choosing the correct lens color can help improve your ability to see your sights (and the target) more clearly. The article discusses the factors to consider when selecting lens colors for various disciplines and/or weather conditions.

This latest edition provides news briefs and short gear reviews. In addition, you’ll find a comprehensive calendar of upcoming shooting events. All NRA shooting disciplines are covered — from Air Pistols to F-Class rifles. The calendar is organized by discipline, within which events are listed state-by-state.

Shooting Sports USA

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September 1st, 2009

USAMU Selects New Senior Enlisted Advisor

Sgt. Major Martin BarrerasTraditionally, a senior non-commissioned officer (NCO), holds an important leadership role for the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit. Recently, the USAMU’s top NCO, Sgt. Major Thomas Fuller, turned over the reins to a new Senior Enlisted Advisor. Sgt. Maj. Martin Barreras assumed responsibility of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit from Sgt. Maj. Fuller at an August 28 ceremony in Fort Benning, Georgia.

Barreras becomes the 23rd Senior Enlisted Advisor at the “Home of Champions.” He arrives from the 75th Ranger Regiment, where he served for more than 20 years. He served with distinction in all three Ranger battalions as well as the regimental headquarters.

“Sgt. Maj. Barreras arrives to the USAMU with a tremendous reputation—one of inspiring leadership, extreme competence, and extraordinary professionalism,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Hodne, commander, USAMU. “I eagerly anticipate continuing the forward momentum and building upon the tremendous achievements and initiatives of this unit with the benefit of the counsel and leadership of Sgt. Maj. Barreras.”

Fuller is retiring after 21 years in the Army. Under Fuller’s mentorship the USAMU had some of its most successful years, which included seeing two of his soldiers capture Olympic Gold medals in 2008 as well as numerous international, national and interservice championships.

Fuller put an emphasis on training that contributed to measured progress on the USAMU’s marksmanship training programs, Hodne remarked. He also developed a concept to field a paralympic shooting team at the USAMU for wounded warriors, as well as institute an installation-wide program for all Command Sergeants Major that provides a venue to share marksmanship training techniques for dissemination throughout the Army.

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September 1st, 2009

Bug Solution for Labor Day Outdoor Adventures

Labor Day weekend is coming up. For most of us, that means time spent outdoors — perhaps picnicking or camping with the family. Unfortunately, in many areas, you can be assaulted by bugs, particularly at dawn and dusk. If you’re looking for a truely effective bug repellent system, we recommend the ThermaCELL products. We’ve used these on camping and hunting trips and they really work. A single ThermaCELL creates a 15′ x 15′ barrier against mosquitos and other bugs. ThermaCELLs dispense a small amount of repellent into the air over a long period of time. You can stay outdoors for many hours, without having to repeatedly apply insect repellents on your skin.

Right now Midsouth Shooters Supply has the entire ThermaCELL product line on sale, including the new ThermaCELL Lantern. This works great set on a picnic table, providing pleasant lighting as well as protection against bugs. The ThermaCELL antern with one fuel pack and with 3 repellant pads costs just $23.93 at Midsouth. The basic ThermaCELL unit in olive drab, costs just $19.14 with one fuel pack and 3 pads. The camo version is a couple dollars more.

Thermacell insect repellent

ThermaCELL Science — How It Works
The ThermaCELL works by heating a mat saturated with mosquito repellent. As the mat is heated the repellent is released into the surrounding area providing an area of protection (about 225 sq. feet). ThermaCELLs employ an active ingredient known as allethrin. It belongs to a class of materials called pyrethroids, which are synthetic analogs of pyrethrin, which is a naturally occurring insecticide found in certain types of chrysanthemum known as pyrethrum flowers. Mosquitoes really do not like this material. The allethrin is contained in the blue mats, and when they are heated it causes the allethrin to “volatilize”, which is similar to evaporation. The volatilized allethrin forms a zone of protection around the unit. Although the ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent is most effective against mosquitoes, field tests have shown it to be effective against black flies, no-see-ums, and sand flies.

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