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June 22nd, 2021

14-Year-Old Earns First EIC Points in Pursuit of Distinguished

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At a recent Miami Rifle & Pistol Club (MRPC) match in Ohio, a talented young lady, Madelyn Schnelle, earned her very first Excellence-In-Competition (EIC) points. This was a key step in her journey toward the coveted Distinguished Rifleman Badge.

At the MRPC match, held June 5-6, 2021, Madelyn gained her EIC points by placing second among Non-Distinguished competitors with a score of 480-14X. This is an impressive performance for a relative newcomer. Though she just started High Power competition in May of 2020, Madelyn is now maintaining a Master-level average. Madelyn competed in her first marksmanship match in May 2020 and has gone on to reach Expert classifications for both the CMP and the NRA.

During the 2020-21 winter, Madelyn trained with a SCATT electro-optics training device and a Compass Lake .22 Rimfire upper. Since getting back into competition in the spring of 2021, Marilyn has done great. This May she achieved her personal best, shooting 788-25X in an 80-shot event. Then, at an NRA Midrange Prone match at Wildcat Valley R&PC, she WON the match with an impressive 598-26X.

Grand-Dad Shoots with Grand-Daughter on Same Team
Dave Schnelle, Madelyn’s grandfather, is also a competitive shooter. At the same June MRPC match Dave had reason to celebrate. Along with finishing second overall in the Distinguished category of the EIC Match, he was able to watch his granddaughter earn her first EIC Points. Having earned his own Distinguished Badge in 2006, Dave is proud of his granddaughter: “In my 22 years of shooting High Power, I’ve never had so much fun! Madelyn’s progress is a testament to the fact that this is a learned skill, and with dedication, hard work and some good coaching, you can achieve remarkable results”. Dave and Madelyn often practice and travel together as members of the Wildcat Valley Rifle & Pistol Club.

Firing school small arms Camp PerryAbout the Distinguished Badge
The Distinguished Badge is a distinct honor for any marksman. The badge, available for a variety of disciplines, is awarded after scoring within the top percentage of participants in an EIC-designated event and netting the accompanying EIC points — with 30 points needed overall. Shown at right is the Distinguished Rifleman Badge awarded for rifle marksmanship excellence.

Learn about the CMP’s Distinguished Badge Program.

Madelyn Heads to Camp Perry Next Month

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Madelyn will be making her first trip to the Camp Perry National Matches in July 2021. “She is a VERY upbeat person”, Grandad Dave noted, “She really brings a ray of sunshine to the firing line, and competitors love her light-heartedness and joking”. Madelyn is the oldest of six kids. Living on 80 acres of woods and trails, she loves the outdoors and enjoys hunting, fishing, and riding dirt bikes with her siblings. Her father, Matthew Schnelle, also shoots High Power matches.

Camp Perry 2021

This July Madelyn will go to Camp Perry in Ohio for the National Matches. She will participate in the the Small Arms Firing School (see below), team matches, and CMP Games events.

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Praise for Madelyn from Another Lady Shooter

Dr. Paula Crenshaw, who earned her own Distinguished badge at age 67, praised young Madelyn:

“Congratulations Madelyn! Great score! I shot my first rifle at age 12 at summer camp and loved it, but it took me until my 50s to start shooting competitively. I wish I’d had an awesome grandfather like yours to guide me. Hope to see you at Camp Perry!

Glad to hear she uses a SCATT for off-season training, as I found it invaluable when I was working toward my Distinguished Badge. I hope she sticks with shooting as she gets older. Many young people quit once they leave their junior programs, but the beauty of shooting is you can continue to compete even into your later years, just like her grandfather Dave and I have done.” — Paula Crenshaw DR #2521

The Path to Distinguished — One Starting, One Finishing

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At the same June MRPC match Scott Schneider (right) secured the last final EIC points he needed for his Distinguished Rifleman Badge. Here Scott and Madelyn pose together. On the very same day that Madelyn earned her first EIC points, Scott earned the final points he needed to “Go Distinguished”. This was a great day for both shooters.

About the Miami Rifle & Pistol Club

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The Miami Rifle & Pistol Club (MRPC), located in Batavia, Ohio, hosts competitions for a variety of marksmanship disciplines. The club boasts multiple firing lines for rifle and pistol, situated in a scenic, wood-lined region of Ohio. The club has provide the tri-state area with firearms education and competition since 1916. For MRPC range info and event calendar, visit the MRPC Website.

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June 22nd, 2021

AR Platform Video Series from Brownells — Watch and Learn

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Do you own or shoot an AR-platform “black rifle”? Then you know these rifles run dirty, and have some unusual maintenance requirements. On the other hand, the AR “Modern Sporting Rifle” is fun and versatile with a vast range of options among buttstocks, barrels, handguards, and grips. You can assemble a simple 16″ barrel .223 Rem rig for home defense, or build a long-barreled 6mm ARC rifle with bag-rider buttstock and high-magnification optic for long range target work. The choice is up to you.

To help with your black rifle journey, here are four helpful videos from Brownells. These will help ensure your AR rifle cycles reliably and runs longer, with reduced wear. Brownells also explains how to choose the optimal barrel twist rate. CLICK HERE to order AR parts, accessories, and ammo from Brownells.

AR Bolt/Bolt Carrier Lubrication — Smarter Methods

This video shows the proper way to lubricate an AR-15 bolt-carrier assembly. The video identifies the key metal-on-metal friction points where you actually need lubrication: the rails on the underside of the carrier, shiny wear points on top, and just a dab on the cam pin. How much oil/lubricant should you use? The AR-15 is pretty forgiving on that point. Some spots work best with grease, others work best with a lighter oil. Just keep it out of the combustion areas. Those little holes in the carrier are gas vent holes, NOT oil holes!

AR Barrel Twist Rates — What You Need to Know

AR barrels can be ordered with a variety of twist rates from 1:12″ to 1:7″. Basically, the longer/heavier the bullet you plan to shoot, the faster the twist rate you need. For example, Sierra recommends a 1:7″ twist rate for the 90gr SMK. A 1:12″ could work with the small lightweight bullets up to 55 grains. The 1:9″ barrel will stabilize the light and mid-weight bullets up to about 77 grains. We recommend a 1:8″ or 1:7″ twist rate for the best versatility. You’ll find a detailed discussion of AR twist rates on

Barrel Gas Block Alignment — Key to Reliable Cycling

In this Tech Tip, Brownells gun tech Steve Ostrem explains surefire methods to align your gas block. The most common problem with AR builds is poor cycling, commonly caused by misalignment between the gas block and the barrel’s gas port.

Setting Up Gas Tube Systems

This Tech Tip examines AR-platform gas systems, and shows how to select the proper length gas tube, and how to configure multiple tube systems if you change your barrel to different lengths. This is worth watching for anyone re-barreling an AR.

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June 22nd, 2021

Sectional Density of Bullets — What You Need to Know

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by Sierra Bullets Ballistic Technician Paul Box
All of us who have been in reloading and shooting for any period of time have read how sectional density has been regarded as a bullet’s ability to penetrate. Back before high velocity came along and modern bullet design, the easiest way to get more “power” and penetration was by increasing the diameter and mass. After all, a bowling ball will hurt more than a golf ball, right?

Let’s take a closer look at sectional density.

The formula for calculating sectional density is pretty simple and straight forward. Take the bullet weight and divide by 7000. This number is then divided by the bullet diameter squared. Two bullets of equal weight and the same diameter will have equal sectional sectional density. No regard is given to the bullet construction. This is where the fly hits the soup in considering sectional density as far as penetration is concerned.

Section Density Formula: (Bullet Weight divided by 7000) divided by Bullet Diameter squared.

Bullet construction is the biggest factor in how it is able to penetrate. The best example I can think of here is to look at the Sierra .224 55 Gr. FMJBT GameKing #1355 compared to the 55 Gr. BlitzKing #1455. Both are .224 and weigh 55 grs. Both have a sectional density of .157. But there is a huge difference in their construction. The FMJ has a thick jacket and is designed to penetrate. The BlitzKing is designed for fast and rapid expansion with little concern for how deep they will penetrate.

The next time you’re choosing a bullet, look at the construction and less at the sectional density number. It’s all about the construction anyway. If you have any questions or would like to discuss sectional density or bullet penetration further, please give us a call at 800-223-8799 or shoot us an email at

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