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June 2nd, 2011

Lothar Walther’s Woodall Explains Barrel-Making Methods

Lothar Walther barrelsAt the IWA Trade Show in Germany earlier this year, a correspondent for The Firearm Blog interviewed Woody Woodall, who runs Lothar Walther’s USA operation. While many shooters assume that Walther hammer-forges most of its barrels like some other European barrel-makers, in fact Lothar Walther USA uses the button rifling technique for most of its US-made barrels.

In the video below, created for The Firearm Blog, Woodall explains that button rifling involves some extra steps to ensure a good result: “The extra work that goes into it is that you’ve got to make rifling, stress relieve it, and have it come out the right size. And it takes a lot of skill to do that. Lothar Walther invented button rifling in 1925, if a better way of making rifling came out, we’d be glad to go to it.”

Woodall explains that hammer forging is a good method for mass production, but it is costly to set up: “Hammer forging is relatively new, it came out in 1934, but did not come into prominence until the 1950s…. But the cost of [hammer forging] in the world today is getting above what the market will bear for barrels. [Hammer forging] is more complicated. As the hammers hit the barrel the barrel gets longer, but the hammers have to hit uniformly so the barrel [stays] straight. There’s a higher failure rate in that. There’s also some surface delamination that can occur, and some other issues. So if you’re hammer forging, you really have to pay attention to the details. So, it’s like button rifling, only ten times more complicated. It’s for super-high-volume production… The large companies tend to use the hammer forging, intermediate size companies tend to use the buttoning, and craft companies tend to use the cut rifling. All three [methods] can make an equally accurate barrel.”

Credit The Firearm Blog for this informative interview.
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June 2nd, 2011

Father’s Day Fun Shoot at Williamsport, PA — June 18, 2011

The Original PA 1000-Yard Benchrest Club in Williamsport, PA, will hold a Father’s Day Fun Shoot with cash prizes on Saturday June 18, 2011 (starting at 8:00 am). This will be the first-ever match of its kind at Williamsport, the first and largest 1000-Yard Benchrest Club in the country. Entry is open to everyone. All net proceeds from this match are going directly to pay off the massive pit rebuild Williamsport recently completed. There will be 50% payback of fees to shooters, as well as door prizes. CLICK HERE for entry Form (Pre-registration recommended).

Williamsport 1000-Yard Club

Father’s Day Fun Shoot and 1000-Yard Scramble

  • 50% payback to top 10% of shooters in each class; there will also be door prizes.
  • Free lunch for every paid shooter (hot dog and drink)
  • Relays picked at 8am (random drawing). Match Starts at 9:00 am.
  • Pit crew will be provided, shooters need not pull pits.
  • Dinner will be provided for $7 if desired. Other concessions available.

THREE Classes – Light Gun, Heavy Gun, and Factory
Light-Gun and Heavy-Gun per Williamsport rules. Factory class rifles must include: factory barrel and receiver and stock. (Rechamber, trigger, re-crown, brake etc. are OK.)
ROUND COUNT: The total round count (per rifle) is 50-75 rounds.
ENTRY FEE: $75 per gun (each shooter may enter up to 1HG, 1LG and 1 factory)

Williamsport 1000-yard benchrest
Photo by Sebastian Reist,

Williamsport Father’s Day Fun Shoot — Course of Fire:

Stage 1: 3-Shot and 5-Shot Groups at 1000 yards.
– Shot in one sitting with a short break between groups.
– 12 shooters per relay, with points given for each group and score.
– Approx. 18 rounds, 48 points possible.

Stage 2: 10-Shot Group at 1000 yards
– Same scoring as Stage 1.
– Approx. 18 rounds, 24 points possible.

Stage 3: Clay Birds at 1000 Yards.
– Three targets each: rabbit/skeet/mini clay-birds for each shooter in 3×3 arrays.
– Shooters have 2-3 minutes to break as many as you can (no shot limit).
– Approx. 10-20 rounds, 36 possible points.

Grand Finale – “Scrambled Eggs”
– Top 12 scorers from EACH CLASS go to final relay to shoot eggs on the bank at 1040 yards.
Note: this is shot in the evening for the best conditions.
– Factory class will shoot eggs at 600 yards.
– Two-minute sighters on bank at skeet, then 2 minutes to try and break eggs.
– Cash prizes awarded for breaking the egg (separate from the 50% payback).
– Approx 10-15 rounds.

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