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May 7th, 2023

Sunday Gunday: Modern Air Rifles for 3-Position Competition

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Three Position 3p air rifle airgun precision competition CMPThree-Position Air Rifle (3PAR) shooting is the most popular and fastest-growing form of shooting sports competition for junior shooters (High School age and younger). The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) conducts two primary Three-Position Air Rifle events. First, Precision Air Rifle is modeled after Olympic-style shooting and allows the use of specialized target rifles and equipment. Second, Sporter Air Rifle is designed for new competitors or those who desire to compete with a minimum of equipment and expense.

In both types of shooting, competitors fire at targets at a distance of 10 meters in three different positions, prone, standing and kneeling. Three-Position Air Rifle provides young competitors with competitive shooting sports opportunities that can be offered on a wide variety of easily accessible or easily constructed ranges, with equipment that is commonly available at affordable costs.

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The CMP actively promotes Three-Position Air Rifle shooting as a premier youth marksmanship competition by providing low-cost equipment and pellets as well as training materials and competition activities. In addition, other air gun events for juniors and adults are hosted by CMP throughout the year. CMP facilities have Open Public Shooting evenings, and matches for air rifle and air pistol take place at the CMP Marksmanship Centers. CMP ranges are equipped with OpticScore Targets featuring technology by Kongsberg Target Systems.

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The Challenger PCP (pre-charged pneumatic) Air Rifle is the preferred .177 sporter class air rifle for competitive marksmanship programs throughout the country, including the Marine Corps JROTC, Army JROTC, Air Force JROTC, Navy JROTC, American Legion, and 4-H. The Challenger is a three-position competition rifle that features a fully adjustable stock, a two-stage, adjustable match grade trigger, a hooded front aperture sight, a micro click, adjustable diopter rear sight, a patented ambidextrous pull bolt, and a floating Lothar Walther™ barrel.

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Young American Wins Gold Medal in Air Rifle at 2021 Olympics

William Shaner 10m Air Rifle NBC 2021 Tokyo Olympics Gold Medal shooting

William Shaner won a Gold Medal at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The University of Kentucky marksman, then age 20, captured Gold in the 10-meter (10m) Air Rifle, setting an Olympic record in the process. Shaner scored 251.6 points in the 10m final to set a new Olympic Record just 1.2 points shy of the world record. Will scored 10.5 or above on 13 of his 24 shots in the final. At the Tokyo Games, William was shooting a Walther air rifle.

Watch Will Shaner capture Gold with a stellar shooting performance, broadcast by NBC Sports:

William hails from Colorado Springs, Colorado. He started his shooting career at age nine in a 4H program in the appropriately named town of Rifle, Colorado.

CMP Records 580+ Entries During 2022 National Air Gun Events at Camp Perry
Air rifle shooting is a very popular activity throughout the nation. Air rifle matches can draw a huge number of competitors. Last summer, the 2022 National Air Gun events, held as part of the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s National Matches, welcomed over 580 air rifle and air pistol entries. The events were held at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry, Ohio.

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Gary Anderson Competition Center
Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry.

Special CMP Air Rifles from Anschutz
Back in 2009, the CMP ordered a special run of Anschutz Air rifles. These had laminated wood stocks and the CMP logos on the buttstock.

CMP Air Rifle match

The CMP currently offers Precision Air Rifles and Sporter Air Rifles for sale via the CMP Website.

CMP Precision Air Rifles from Walther

The new Walther LG400 Bluetec was specifically designed for 3-position air rifle shooting. The barreled action and trigger are the same as the top-of-the-line LG400 models. It comes without an absorber but it can be retrofitted with one. The barreled action will fit into any of the higher end stocks if you wish to upgrade it. The accuracy is the same as the higher-priced LG400s. With a top-tier marksman, this rifle can put 10 shots through the same hole at 10 meters.

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The LG400 Bluetec is sold by the CMP with the Walther Basic rear sight, Walther 22mm front sight and a 200/300 bar steel cylinder. The aluminum stock comes with an ambidextrous grip, trigger guard, and an adjustable cheekpiece and buttplate. This rifle is sold by the CMP but shipped via Walther Arms.

Video from the U.S. Army Junior Air Rifle Nat’l Championships at Fort Benning, Georgia. This invitation-only event features top 30 precision and sporter individuals, and top 30 teams in both disciplines.

Three Position 3p air rifle airgun precision competition CMP

Sporter Air Rifles

The largest and fastest-growing segment of junior shooting today, Three-Position Air Rifle Shooting, uses a class of target air rifles called Sporter Air Rifles. These Sporters now constitute a special class of junior shooting competition, and are used extensively in JROTC programs.

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Sporter air rifles are characterized by their light weight (5-7 lbs.), low cost (from $180 to $600), basic target features (adjustable sights, adjustable length stocks, adjustable sling attachments) and good accuracy (rifles sold through this program must be capable of consistently shooting tens on the standard competition targets).

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Shown above is the new Daisy Model 599 10-Meter Competition Air Rifle, a .177-caliber gun that allows competitors to shoot the entire match without having to recharge.

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May 7th, 2023

AR and Pistol Mag Test Proves Long-Term Spring Functionality

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Article by Paul Ivnitskiy and David Lewis of
As you know, if your magazine spring loses its elasticity or breaks, it can render your firearm almost worthless. conducted a test to determine how long mag springs can last. The test also examined whether leaving a mag loaded for an extended period of time causes problems, or if loading a mag can damage its spring. The test findings are eye-opening and show that, under controlled conditions, the springs themselves will last more than a human lifetime for most shooters.

The test crew subjected 13 different mags (from multiple manufacturers) to a test protocol over a year. The protocol included loading and unloading to full and half capacity, storing in climate-controlled and fluctuating temperatures, and storing in a non-climate controlled shed.

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Field Testing — Magazines Performed Flawlessly
The crew took the mags to the range for field testing throughout the test study. The results revealed that regardless of the frequency of loading or unloading, or storage conditions, not a single magazine failed. The use of a digital force gauge showed no significant variability in the springs’ resistance from mag to mag but all the tested springs put up 20-25% less resistance than when they were fresh out of their factory packaging. That said, all of the mags performed flawlessly during field testing.

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Laboratory Magazine Testing — Tens of Thousands of Cycles
To determine precisely how much punishment a mag can tolerate before its spring starts wearing out, the team recruited help from lab technicians at Applied Technical Services. The results showed that a factory Glock 17 mag spring endured 14,842 cycles (the equivalent of 252,314 rounds) before it snapped, while the Magpul Gen 3 PMAG endured 69,881 cycles (2,096,430 rounds) before it finally gave up.

While this testing was not perfectly emulated under real-world conditions, it is safe to conclude that mag springs are remarkably durable. Many believe that by downloading a mag, that is, loading the mag shy of full capacity, they can protect their mag springs. However, the real world trials don’t offer up any evidence to support this kind of behavior by shooters.

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Conclusion — Get Good Mags and Don’t Worry About Them
Common wear and tear from everyday use is more likely to degrade the overall quality of a firearm magazine than the spring failing on its own from being loaded to full capacity and stored for long periods of time. So, unless you’re part of the group of individuals that actually shoots thousands of rounds down range on a weekly basis for training or completion reasons, the whole issue of worrying about the lifespan of your magazine springs is somewhat trivial.

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Other Important Factors to Consider
There are many other factors to consider before worrying about magazine spring failure. First, address the overall quality and cleanliness of your firearm, magazine housing, guide rod, buffer tube spring, ammunition choice, the list goes on. Magazine springs are relatively cheap items that can ultimately fail, just like any other man-made item before it. Luckily, magazine springs are very easy to replace once identified as the cause of a malfunction.

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May 7th, 2023

Organize Your Gun Room With Tipton Cleaning Rod Racks

Tipton Cleaning Rod Rack 100335

Cleaning Rod Rack Costs Just $7.99
Looking to better organize your reloading room (aka “man cave”)? Here’s a handy, affordable product that will help you organize gear in your reloading room or “man cave”. Tipton’s Cleaning Rod Rack (Tipton #100335) can accommodate up to six rods with various size handles. The wall-mounted Rod Rack also has horizontal studs on either end for additional accessories. These are useful for hanging the Tico Tool shotgun cleaning wands that stow in a tube with a plastic hook on the top.

Tipton Cleaning Rod Racks come complete with mounting screws (and screw slots are molded-in). You’ll find Tipton Cleaning Rod racks for under $10.00 at most vendors. They are $7.99 at MidwayUSA, while offers the racks for $14.74 with free shipping for Amazon Prime Members.

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