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January 8th, 2011

Berger Bullet Sales Support USA Young Eagles Rifle Team

In October of 2011, the “Young Eagles”, the Under-25 American Rifle Team, heads to Brisbane, Australia for the World Under 21/Under 25 (U21/25) Long-Range Team Championships. To help the Under-25 Team, Berger Bullets generously donated 100,000 30-cal bullets. Sales proceeds from the bullets will help pay the team’s travel costs and other expenses associated. So far, only about 11,000 bullets have been sold, so the team needs more bullet buyers. Bullets offered for sale are all 30-caliber, 155.5 grain Palma bullets. Minimum order is 500 bullets for $195.00, which works out to $39.00 per box of 100.

• Bullet Specs: 30 caliber, 155.5 grain, Berger Fullbore Match
• Price: $195.00 per 500 bullets (minimum order)
• Shipping: 100 bullets per box, free shipping within the 48 states.

All donations are tax deductible through PALMA Promotions, Inc., P.O. Box 441, Mineral, VA 23117. This is a volunteer, non-profit organization (specifically, an IRS certified non-profit, 501(c)(3), Amateur Sports Organization), which was founded to foster and promote National and International Long Range Rifle competition and to create an increased awareness of this world class sport. For more information, or to place an order contact:

— Andy Doney, Team Captain: a_doney [at]
— Vikki Gaddie, Team Vice Captain: deadeyegurl14 [at]

Young Eagles Rifle Team

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January 8th, 2011

Records Set at Florida End of Year Match

malabar rifle pistol clubReport by Dave Conrath
In the last week of December, 2010, two pending FTR records were set at the annual Snowbird X-Miss Match hosted by Florida’s Port Malabar Rifle and Pistol Club. Competitors traveled from as far North as Michigan (through heavy snow). At the match, conditions varied over the four days of shooting from 25-mph winds, to below freezing temperatures and frost, to burning swamplands including falling ash. In a superb performance given the conditions, Kent Reeve was Palma rifle and overall winner with 1799-99X (dropping only one point over the 3-day event). Keith Perry was overall iron sight winner with 1781-107X.

New NRA 600-Yard Service Record Set by SSG Emil Kovan
SSG Emil Kovan (USAMU) and SFC James Gaston (BNX Rifle Team) took turns setting and resetting the NRA 600-yard individual NRA Service record. SFC Gaston shot a 198-11X, only to be bettered by SSG Kovan with a 200-11X.

Kovan uses a GA Precision-built, Surgeon-actioned, .308 Win rifle. It has a 26″, 11-twist barrel for tactical competitions, plus a 29″, 10-twist twist tube for F-T/R, both chambered in .308 Win. The 26″ BBL is chambered for 175-190 grain bullets, while the 29″ is throated for 210-grainers. Kovan shots moly-coated Berger 210gr VLDs in the longer barrel. He reveled that he loads “bullets long so they get soft seated .010″ when [closing] the bolt”.

In F-TR class, SSG Kovan won for the second year with a 1772-75X, Nik Taylor took second overall with 1769-69X, SFC Gaston took third place 1739-75X. In an extremely tight race in F-Open Class Michael Dana was first with 1765-36X, Mark Finizio took second with 1764-68X, Tom Goodman finished third with 1763-62X.

BNX Rifle Team Sets Pending F-TR Team Record
During the team matches on the final day, the BNX rifle team from Coastal Carolina Rifle Club at Camp Lejeune shot a new, pending F-TR 4-Man Team National record with a 794-37X. Shown below are BNX Team members (left to right), SFC James Gaston (200-9X), Tony Robertson (199-11X), Dave Conrath (197-7X), Tom Goodman (Asst. Coach/Scorer), Nik Taylor (198-10X) — Team Captain and Wind Coach.

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January 8th, 2011

TOP SHOT TV Show Seeks Contestants for Season Three

The popular TOP SHOT TV show was a hit in its first season, so the producers immediately started working on Season 2, which will run later this year. Since Hollywood can’t have too much of a good thing, the History Channel is now seeking seeking skilled marksmen for the third season of the “Survival”-style TV series. If you missed the show last summer, it features teams of shooters competing in weapons skill scenarios. One cast member is eliminated in each round. Near the end, the show shifts to one-on-one competition, with the “last man standing” earning a $100,000 cash prize.

Top Shot TV Casting Call

TOP SHOT Season 3 Casting Call — Applications Due by February 1st, 2011
The History Channel is actively soliciting new TOP SHOT cast members right now. Deadline for submission of entries is February 1, 2011. Interestingly, for season 3, the Show’s producer, Pilgrim Films & TV, hopes to find some paired contestants (such as two co-workers, or a husband and wife). The casting call notice states:

“We are looking for anyone with unrivaled shooting skills and a big personality to take on exciting physical challenges with multiple guns and mystery projectile weapons. It doesn’t matter if you’re a professionally-trained shooter or a self-taught average Joe or Jane! As long as you’re in good physical shape, have mastered a firearm and can adapt to new weapons and demanding physical situations, you could be America’s next ‘Top Shot’. We’re also looking for MARKSMEN PAIRS: Husband/Wife, Father/Son, Co-Workers or Siblings. If you and a close friend or relative are excellent shots, we want to hear from you both.”

Detailed eligibility requirements are found in the forms linked below. You can also use these forms to apply for Season 3 of TOP SHOT. Otherwise, simply email TopShotCasting [at] with your name, city/state, phone number, a recent photo of yourself and a brief explanation of why you should be selected. If you have questions, call the TOP SHOT casting hotline: (818) 478-4570.

Casting Requirements and Eligibility Form – PDF (Print Hardcopy and Fax or Mail Back)
Casting Requirements and Eligibility Form – Editable PDF (Fill Out with Computer and Email Back)

Remember the Deadline for Applications is February 1, 2011.

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