April 26th, 2021

BargainFinder 292: AccurateShooter’s Deals of the Week

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At the request of our readers, we provide select “Deals of the Week”. Every Sunday afternoon or Monday morning we offer our Best Bargain selections. Here are some of the best deals on firearms, hardware, reloading components, optics, and shooting accessories. Be aware that sale prices are subject to change, and once clearance inventory is sold, it’s gone for good. You snooze you lose.

1. Stocky’s Stocks — Assorted Stocks on Sale, $219.99

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Great variety of quality stocks at bargain $220 price

Need a quality stock but don’t want to wait months for a custom one? Stocky’s Stocks has a huge variety of models on sale right now for just $219.99. Choose from a Long Range Sporter, Long Range Composite M50, Long Range Composite or Long Range Composite w/ Thumbhole and you’ll be adding a quality stock that’ll give you years of service.

2. Graf & Sons — Hornady A-Tip Bullets in Stock

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High-quality, high-BC aluminum-tip bullets — get them while you can

Reloading components remain hard to find but we located a great selection of the popular Hornady A-Tip bullets in stock at Grafs.com. You’ll find a good assortment of popular calibers and bullet weights, including 6mm, 7mm, and .308 calibers. These A-Tip bullets have racked up many PRS/NRL match wins.

3. EuroOptic — SIG Sauer 20% OFF All Optics Sale

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Save 20% on riflescopes, red dots, binoculars etc. through April 25th

Need an optic for an AR or tactical rig? Or a reflex red dot for a pistol? Could you use a “smart” laser rangefinder that “talks” to your riflescope? Right now EuroOptic has discounted ALL SIG Sauer Optics 20%. All Sig Sauer optics are on sale, including riflescopes, red dots, laser rangefinders, binoculars, spotting scopes and more. That 20% discount can save hunters, PRS competitors, and pistol shooters hundreds on high quality optics with solid warranties. Shown are just a few of the great deals — dozens of other optics are on sale now through April 25, 2021.

4. COSTCO — Savior 55″ Double Rifle Case, $79.99

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Well-made case holds TWO 50+” rifles, sells elsewhere for $100

rifle caseQuality double rifle cases that fit long-barreled competition rigs can be expensive. But right now Costco has a great deal on the Savior American Classic 55″ Double Rifle Bag. This well-made case fits TWO long-barrel PRS, tactical, and/or F-Class rifles. Choose black or tan fabric (we prefer the tan as it doesn’t show dirt as much). The very same 55″ case sells elsewhere for nearly $100, so this is a great deal.

NOTE: This double rifle case comes complete with shoulder harness so it can be carried like a backpack (see photo at right). Plus there is plenty of room for gear in the three, side-mounted accessory pockets. If you order online from Costco.com, shipping is free, and you can return it to any Costco warehouse if you don’t like it for some reason.

5. Brownells — 200rds X-TAC 5.56×45 Ammo + SIG Red Dot, $344.99

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Get 200 rounds (55gr or 62gr) plus quality Red Dot 0ptic

Need ammo and/or a sight system for your AR? Right now Brownells has a package deal combining .223 Rem/5.56 ammo and a high-quality Red Dot optic. With this X-TAC 5.56 NATO AMMO package you can get 200 rounds of 55gr or 62gr ammunition PLUS a SIG Sauer Romeo5 Red Dot Optic. The combo deals start at just $344.99. This 5.56×45 X-Tac ammo is made by PMC, a very reputable brand. The Romeo5 Red Dot is a quality German-engineered optic from SIG Sauer.

6. Amazon — Steiner 7×50 Marine Binoculars, $211.65

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Excellent binoculars with big discount this week — outstanding bargain

Could you use a set of rugged, waterproof binoculars with excellent glass? Then consider these quality Steiner 7×50 Marine Binoculars. Like the famed Steiner Military/Marine binoculars, these boast an optical design system that keeps everything in focus from 20 yards to infinity (once you set the oculars for your eyes). We have a similar pair of Steiners and the focus system works great — no constant fiddling with the focus control. The big 50mm lenses also bring in lots of light. These binoculars feature hardened NBR shock-absorbing armor and all-weather reliability. You won’t find better 7x50mm or 8x50mm binoculars at anywhere near this $211.65 sale price.

7. MidwayUSA — Walker’s Razor Earmuffs w/ Free Walkie Talkie

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Electronic Muffs with handy Walkie Talkie

Hearing protection is essential, but so is communicating with those around you. You get vital audio protection plus communication capability with these Walker’s Razor Earmuffs with Free Walkie Talkie. With a 23 dB Noise Reduction Rating (NRR), these Walker’s Razor earmuffs offer a low-profile design and handy sound controls. Along with the muffs, right now you get a BONUS full-featured walkie talkie unit allowing you to communicate via wireless radio. This handy transceiver boasts 22 channels and features Push-to-Talk (PTT) technology.

8. Amazon — Caldwell Allweather “Fast Case” Gun Cover, $12.99

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Good waterproof cover for field rifles — easy on/off and lightweight

Ever been out hunting or positioned on the firing line only to have rain suddenly pour down? If you’d like a way to keep moisture out of your gun, check out the Caldwell Allweather Fast Case Gun Cover. This waterproof cover fits guns from 40″ to 54″ in length. The gun cover is easily rolled up and packed away, ensuring you’ll always have it when bad weather hits. This Caldwell cover is similar to the popular Mtn Lite Rifle cover at one-third the price.

9. Sportsman’s Warehouse — Vital Impact Shooting Bags

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Inexpensive bags — good starters for PRS or NRL matches

Every shooter can use a nice portable support bag. These inexpensive Vital Impact bags can work for sighting-in hunting rifles, supporting tactical rigs, or even resting handguns during load development. Many of durable synthetic fabric, these Vital Impact shooting bags are filed with small beads. This makes them much lighter and easier to carry than conventional sandbags. These Vital Impact bags also have have a textured rubber base that helps keep them in place when used on a bench or platform.

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April 26th, 2021

Wind Wizardry for Varminters — Keep the Wind at Your Back

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This impressive war wagon hauls varmint hunters around the Longmeadow Game Resort in Colorado.

When you’re on a varmint expedition in the Western states you can bet, sooner or later, you’ll encounter serious winds. Here’s some advice on how to minimize the effects of cross-winds on your shooting, and easily improve your percentage of hits. In essence, you want to use your ability to change shooting positions and angles to put the wind behind you.

A benchrest or High Power shooter must operate from a designated shooting position. He must stay put and deal with the wind as it moves across the course, from whatever direction it blows.

Put the Wind at Your Back
By contrast, a varmint hunter can move around and choose the spot that provides the most favorable wind direction. In most cases you’ll get the best results by moving your shooting position so the wind is at your back. This will minimize horizontal wind drift. Once you’re in position, use wind flags to direct your fire in line with the prevailing winds. A varminter who calls himself “Catshooter” explains:

The String of Death
I remember the first time I was on a dog town in the Conata Basin, in the Badlands area of southwestern South Dakota. Along with two other guys, I drove out for 21 days of shooting, and I never saw wind like that before. If all four tires of our vehicle were on the ground, the weather man said these were “mild wind conditions”.

After the first four or five days, we got smart. We would park the truck on the up-wind side of the town so the wind was at our back. Then we took a piece of string on a 3-foot stick, and set it in front of the shooters, and let the string point at the mounds that we were going to shoot.

For the rest of the trip, we didn’t have to deal with wind drift at all. We just shot the dogs that the string pointed to. We started calling our simple wind pointer the “String of Death”.

We were hitting dogs at distances that I would not repeat here (with benchrest grade rifles). After the first time out, I always took a wind rig like that.

Benefits of Swivel Benches
In a large varmint field, you’ll want to orient your shooting position to put the wind at your back if possible. If you have a rotating bench such as this, you can further adjust your shooting orientation to work with the wind, not against it. You may also want to position simple flags (posts with colored tape) downrange to alert you to wind changes you may not notice from your shooting positions.

Photos by Chris Long, taken during Chris’s Wyoming Varmint Hunt with Trophy Ridge Outfitters.

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April 26th, 2021

U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear New York State Carry Permit Case

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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear NRA-backed case about New York state’s concealed carry laws.

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear an NRA-backed case challenging New York’s restrictive concealed-carry-licensing regime. This sets the stage for the Supreme Court to establish what most states already hold as true, that there is an individual right to self-defense outside of the home. This important case is officially New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen.

This case challenges the state of New York’s requirement that applicants demonstrate “proper cause” to carry a firearm. New York regularly uses this requirement to deny applicants the right to carry a firearm outside of their home. The NRA believes that law-abiding citizens should not be required to prove they are in peril to receive the government’s permission to exercise this constitutionally protected right.

Speaking about the decision to “grant cert” and hear the case, NRA-ILA Executive Director Jason Ouimet posted: “The [Supreme Court] rarely takes Second Amendment cases. Now it has decided to hear one of the most critical Second Amendment issues. We’re confident that the Court will tell New York and the other states that our Second Amendment right to defend ourselves is fundamental, and doesn’t vanish when we leave our homes.”

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According to the NRA-ILA, the number of concealed handgun permits reached 18.66 million in 2019 – a 304% increase since 2007. And many more have been issued in 2020.

In addition to ruling on this statute, this case will give the U.S. Supreme Court the opportunity to clarify the precedent that it has created surrounding the Second Amendment. It has been over a decade since the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to have a handgun in the home for self-defense in District of Columbia v. Heller. In 2010, the Court also ruled that the Second Amendment is a fundamental right that applies to the states in McDonald v. City of Chicago.

Case is Very Important for Second Amendment Rights
The NRA-ILA states: “It is hard to overstate how important this case is. The decision will affect the laws in many states that currently restrict carrying a firearm outside of the home. NRA-ILA is working hard to defend your constitutional rights and is prepared to argue this case in order to protect the rights of Americans everywhere.”

Related CNN Story: Supreme Court Accepts Second Amendment Case.

Visit www.NRAILA.org for future updates on this and all of ILA’s efforts to defend your constitutional rights. Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess, and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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