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October 9th, 2014

Shooting USA Cover Photo Contest

Would you like to see an image you photographed on the cover of Shooting Sports USA? If you’ve snapped a great shooting-related photo, you could be honored with the cover shot for the SSUSA December issue. 2014 marks Shooting Sports USA’s second year for the December cover shot contest. Both professionals and amateur photographers may participate as long as reproduction rights are given to NRA. Shown below are the ‘Top Shots’ from 2013, i.e. last year’s finalist photos.

SSUSA Shooting Sports Cover Contest

SSUSA Shooting Sports Cover ContestContest Entry Rules and Guidelines
Contest entrants should submit one or two high resolution (300 dpi or greater) photos of youth shooting sports, famous shooting athletes, or shooters in action. Provide a caption for each image. Note: if your image shows shooters on the firing line, the shooters should be wearing ear and protection. Images should be vertically oriented to fit the cover format and color photos are preferred. The magazine’s editors will consider all submissions and pick one for the December cover of Shooting Sports USA magazine. E-mail submissions to: shootingsportsusa [at]

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October 9th, 2014

Beautiful Stock Work by Forum Member

Forum member Erick C. (aka cncmill) has produced a very nice laminated stock featuring wood inlays. A tool and die maker from Pennsylvania, Erick is justifiably proud of his handiwork. Erick tells us: “Here is my latest build — just finished. The rifle features a Kelbly’s Atlas action, with Hawk Hill custom barrel chambered for the .284 Winchester. The stock is made from three types of wood: Birdseye Maple, African Padauk wood, and Wenge wood (for the dark stripes).” Erick explained that the Wenge inlays served a useful (as well as aesthetic) purpose: “I put the Wenge stripes in to fix two cracks in the Birdseye Maple. I was not sure about it at the time but it turned out well.”

Home-built Laminated Stock features three different woods.
wood laminated stock maple padauk wenge

wood laminated stock maple padauk wenge

Stock before final finishing.
wood laminated stock maple padauk wenge

Detail of Fore-End.
wood laminated stock maple padauk wenge

If you like this example of rifle-building, check out the ‘Pride and Joy’ thread in the AccurateShooter Forum to see other “home-built” project guns.

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October 9th, 2014

New Adjustable Target Stand System from CTK Precision

P3 target frame CTK PrecisionHere’s a new, versatile target stand system from CTK Precision. The P3 Ultimate Target Stand, which combines CTK-supplied clamping plates with wood furring strips, can adjust to almost any size or shape of target. Because the clamping plates (brackets) are readily removed, your entire target frame can easily break down into small units for ease of transport. CTK’s kits include all the metal parts. You supply the wood (which can be purchased at home supply stores.)

• The 24″ angled legs provide a solid 4-point stance on any terrain. Legs can be pushed into the ground to further stabilize the stand. The 3.5″ main beam height allows use of extra sandbag ballast.

• Adjustable from 5″ to many feet wide, this system can handle just about any paper or cardboard target. Bottle holders are optional.

• Clamping plates (with large tightening knobs) grip furring strips firmly over a large area.

Video Shows CTK Target Frame Components and Use with Optional Bottle Holders.

CTK’s P3 Ultimate Target Stand can be adjusted to accommodate paper and cardboard targets of virtually any size. It sets up and breaks down in seconds, with no tools required. The system is crafted in the USA from from strong 14 gauge tubing and 3/8″ rod.

P3 target frame CTK Precision

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