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February 9th, 2022

How Primers Are Made — Video from Federal Factory

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Do you know how gun primers are made — how the explosive elements are applied into those tiny cups? Find out by watching this video filmed at a Federal ammunition factory. It starts out with empty primer cups loaded, 1000 at a time, into trays using vibration (0:05 time-mark). While much of the process is automated, there is still a significant role played by production workers who apply a green, paste-like charging compound to the inside of hundreds of primer cups.

At the 0:17-second time-mark you can see the factory worker “charging” the primers with the priming compound. After the cups are filled, then the plate of cups “mates up with a plate of anvils” (0:40 time-mark). Then the primers are unloaded from trays and inspected.

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Primer “Mysteries and Misconceptions” Article

There is an excellent article about primers on the Shooting Times website. This authoritative Shooting Times article explains the fine points of primer design and construction. The author reveals some little-known facts about primers and corrects common misconceptions. Here are some highlights:

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Useful Trivia — even though Small Rifle and Small Pistol primer pockets share the same depth specification, Large Rifle and Large Pistol primers do not. The standard pocket for a Large Pistol primer is somewhat shallower than its Large Rifle counterpart, specifically, 0.008 to 0.009 inch less.

Magnum Primers
There are two ways to make a Magnum primer — either use more of the standard chemical mix to provide a longer-burning flame or change the mix to one with more aggressive burn characteristics. Prior to 1989, CCI used the first option in Magnum Rifle primers. After that, we switched to a mix optimized for spherical propellants that produced a 24% increase in flame temperature and a 16% boost in gas volume.

Foiled Again
Most component primers have a little disk of paper between the anvil and the priming mix. It is called “foil paper” not because it’s made of foil but because it replaces the true metal foil used to seal early percussion caps. The reason this little disk exists is strictly a manufacturing convenience. Wet primer pellets are smaller than the inside diameter of the cup when inserted and must be compacted to achieve their proper diameter and height. Without the foil paper, the wet mix would stick to the compaction pins and jam up the assembly process.

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February 9th, 2022

Sick of COVID Contest — Pyramyd Air Prizes & Free Targets

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Pyramyd Air announced its Sick of COVID Challenge — a contest that offers three big Prize Packages, Daily Giveaways, plus FREE Targets. The Sick of COVID (SOC) Challenge runs from February 7 through April 7, 2022. Winners will be drawn after the campaign concludes. To learn more about the SOC Challenge visit NOTE: To enter contest you must scroll down page and log in via email or social media account. No purchase necessary.

Pyramyd Air says: “Sick of Covid? We are too, which is why we’re holding a Sick of Covid Challenge from February 7th through April 7th, with prize packages that include a $3,000 Pyramyd Air shopping spree! Shooting targets won’t fix everything, but it will give us all a chance to unwind and bring some joy back to the world.”

THREE prize packages:
1st Place: $3,000 Shopping PA Spree
2nd Place: $1,500 Shopping PA Spree
3rd Place: $500 Shopping PA Spree
See Pyramyd Air social media channels for Daily Winners!
Winners will be drawn AFTER the contest has finished April 7th, 2022.

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Get FREE Targets (just pay shipping)

Visit to get your FREE Sick of Covid targets and free stickers (just pay shipping). Use coupon code SOC at checkout to get free targets. You can also download the target for free and print it out.

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NOTE: The targets have a $9.99 price. However, they are free with Code “SOC”. You just pay shipping.

About the COVID Challenge Contest
Customers can enter to win exclusive prize packages by sharing how they enjoy their trigger therapy after a long two years of Pandemic restrictions and worry. Whether it’s an action-packed film, creative candids, or an interesting story, Pyramyd Air wants to hear how shooters are showing they’re Sick of COVID. Pyramyd Air will award $5,000 worth of shopping sprees to winners plus weekly giveaways throughout the two-month campaign.

About Pyramyd Air
Pyramyd Air is the world’s largest online retailer of airguns and accessories. The Ohio-based company offers a diverse inventory from the industry’s leading manufacturers. Each year, the company hosts the Pyramyd Air Cup competition. Pyramyd offers a vast collection of air rifles, from Red Ryder BB guns to lympic-class air Rifles from Anschutz and Feinwerkbau.

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February 9th, 2022

Zombies in the Heartland Match on Shooting USA TV Today

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Shooting USA will broadcast a fun episode today, February 9, 2022. Today’s show covers Hornady’s Zombies in the Heartland multi-gun match. This popular event, hosted in Nebraska, is one of the biggest three-gun shoots in the nation. After cancellation in 2020 due to COVID, the match returned in June 2021. The Zombies in the Heartland 2021 Match attracted 300 shooters from 20 different states.

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SHOW TIMES: This Shooting USA Episode airs Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 9:00 PM Eastern and Pacific; 8:00 PM Central. If you miss the regular broadcast, you can stream the show at any time on Vimeo for $0.99 per episode.

Pandemic 3-Gun Match Zombies in the Heartland Nebraska Hornady

The 10-stage 3-gun match was fun and challenging. Reactive zombie targets kept shooters engaged and entertained. Participants shot from a suspended motorcycle, through a burned-out auto yard, and while sitting in a parked pickup truck where shooters were required to turn the wheel to see targets.

Zombies in the Heartland on Shooting USA TV

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Pandemic 3-Gun Match Zombies in the Heartland Nebraska HornadyPandemic: Zombies in the Heartland
Every year Hornady hosts the very popular Zombies in the Heartland event. This “Pandemic” 3-Gun fun match, one of the biggest three-gun shoots in the nation, took place in June 2021 at the Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, Nebraska. It was great to see the match return after cancellation in 2020. The Pandemic featured a rich prize table worth over $150,000. Prizes include pistols, rifles, shotguns, scopes, AR uppers, gun parts, and gear of all kinds.

The Pandemic is a veritable theme park for shootists, with many fun stages and innovative targets. Many unique, reactive zombie targets have been developed specifically for this match. The use of paper targets has been minimized — so it’s mostly “bang and clang”.

There were ten multi-gun stages this past year. Rifles, pistols and shotguns are used on most stages. There were also fun side-matches. We highly recommend you watch the video below to see highlights from a past Pandemic.

Zombies in the Heartland Highlights Video. Guys, this well-made video is WORTH WATCHING! This video offers Shooter’s POV views of many stages including full auto:

Zombie Hornady Heartland Pandemic

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