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December 26th, 2013

Tactical Action at 2013 GAP Grind — 20-Minute Video

GAP Grind K&M Tactical 2013 Compeition FloridaThe GAP Grind is one of the nation’s premier tactical matches. The 20-minute YouTube video embedded below features highlights of the 2013 GAP Grind, hosted this fall at the K&M Precision Rifle Training facility near Crestview, Florida. It’s interesting to see the many types of rifle systems used at this match — Tubeguns, Aluminum Chassis rifles, AI models, and customs built on fiberglass stocks. These are all used in a dizzying variety of shooting positions and scenarios. Ninety (90) competitors fired over 15,000 rounds during this year’s GAP Grind.

The video employs multiple camera angles, giving you an “insider’s view” of the match. Starting at 16:30 you’ll see an interesting sequence — the Bartlein Steel Safari, with multiple steel targets engaged at progressively longer distances. Watch carefully and you’ll see bullet trace and the “splash” of impact. (This sequence is also previewed at the 2:30 time-mark — watch the trace).

Watch 2013 GAP Grind Tactical Match Video

The GAP Grind has been described as “a high tempo match with minimal ‘down-time’ between stages”. Competitors use rifle and pistol in a variety of scenarios, with pistol stages from 5 to 40 yards, and rifle engagements out to 1000 yards. Targets — an assortment of steel, reactive, paper, and automated moving targets — vary in difficulty based on the shooters’ position, distance, and time allotted. Most stages involve time limits, or required movement, or other “stressors” that heighten the difficulty (and get the heart pumping). Scoring employs Precision Rifle Series (PRS) guidelines in order to reward the most consistent shooters.

GAP Grind K&M Tactical 2013 Compeition Florida

GAP Grind K&M Tactical 2013 Compeition Florida

GAP Grind K&M Tactical 2013 Compeition Florida

GAP Grind K&M Tactical 2013 Compeition Florida

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December 26th, 2013

Get Smart: Replace Batteries in Digital Safe Keypads Every Year

Gunsafe safe keypad control battery batteriesHere’s an important reminder for readers who have digital keypad entry systems on their gun safes. If you have a safe with an electronic keypad, you should replace the battery every year as a precautionary measure.

I have one safe with a Sargent & Greenleaf (S&G) keypad. I went to get into the safe yesterday. Punched in the combination, but all I got was a rapid “beep, beep, beep, beep” after I finished the last combination entry. I tried again to ensure I entered the combination correctly (I did). But again, the locking system responded with multiple rapid beeps indicating something was wrong. And the safe would not open. Now I was worried….

I popped out the battery holder (which slides in from the bottom of the keypad housing on the door). I removed the battery and tested it with a volt-meter. The year-old Duracell 9v only registered 6.1 volts.

Low voltage was the problem. I went down to the store and got a couple new 9V batteries. I tested the new batteries and both measured 9.4 volts output. I slipped one of the new 9V batteries into the keypad housing, punched in the combination and everything worked OK again. Eureka.

Most electronic locks for safes WILL “remember” the combination for a period of time even when the battery is low (and the keypad’s “brain” should retain the combination when you remove the battery for replacement). However, a dead battery, or extended periods of low voltage can give you problems. Don’t rely on wishful thinking…

If the battery on your safe is more than a year old, or if it is not giving you the right voltage, replace it today!

My Sargent & Greenleaf (S&G) keypad takes one (1) 9v battery. The version below takes two. Note how the battery compartment slides in from the bottom:

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December 26th, 2013

Shooting USA Teams with Brownells on Gunsmithing TV Shows

Brownells home gunsmithing shooting usaBrownells is teaming up with Shooting USA to give viewers ideas for gunsmithing projects they can accomplish at home. Shooting USA will air six original Brownells Home Gunsmithing segments, featuring John Scoutten guiding viewers through the projects. The projects range from applying a camouflage paint job on a shotgun (Episode 1) to upgrading an AR-15 trigger.

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The first Shooting USA episode featuring a Brownells Home Gunsmithing Segment aired on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013. The remaining five new episodes, plus re-airs, will run throughout 2014. Episode 1 covers application of a Camouflage finish to a shotgun. The step-by-step stages of this process are illustrated on the ShootingUSA Website.

Viewers of the show are encouraged to visit the Shooting USA page at to check out the Brownells products featured during the segments. “John has done a number of projects in the past for our viewers, and they like seeing what they can do themselves,” said Shooting USA Executive Producer, Jim Scoutten. “But with this new series, they’ll be backed-up by Brownells’ 16-man staff of expert gunsmiths, ready to take their call, if they have any questions about the process. Nobody else provides that kind of support,” Scoutten said.

About Shooting USA Television
Shooting USA and Shooting USA’s Impossible Shots anchor the Wednesday night Gun Sports and Shooting Block on Outdoor Channel. The shows appear 52 weeks of the year, reaching 40 million enthusiast households. Jim and John Scoutten have been working together since launching the first TV gun sports show in 1993.

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