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November 20th, 2023

BargainFinder 426: 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.

NOTE: All listed products are for sale to persons 18 years of age or older. No products are intended for use by minors.

1. Midsouth — Hodgdon and Vihtavuori Powders in Stock

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Ultra-popular Hodgdon and VV powders now available at good prices

Many super-popular Hodgdon and Vihtavuori (“VV”) powders are in stock right now at Midsouth. That’s right, you can order Hodgdon Varget, H4350, and H4831SC right now for $50.99/lb (or $43.62/lb for 8-lb H4350, H4831sc). And other Hodgdon powders are available starting at $36.99/lb. Plus many popular Vihtavuori powders are in stock at Midsouth including VV N133, N150, N310, N550, N560 and more.

2. Sportsman’s WH — Savage Axis Rifle/Scope Combo, $369.99

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Truly great deal for hunting rifle with Bushnell 4-12X Scope

Here’s a shockingly good deal on a scoped Savage hunting rifle. The Sportsman’s Warehouse exclusive Savage AXIS XP rifle features a black synthetic stock paired with a carbon steel, button-rifled sporter barrel, plus a Bushnell scope. Right now this rig is offered in many chamberings for just $369.99 with optic: .223 Rem, .243 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, .270 Win, .308 Win, .30-06 Springfield, and .350 Legend. This package rifle is ready to go hunting, thanks to a mounted and bore-sighted Bushnell 4-12x40mm scope.

3. Sportsman’s Guide — Tipton Best Gun Vise + Wheeler Gunsmithing Kit, both for $99.98

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Outstanding gun vise PLUS a 72-piece gunsmithing driver set

This is a great $99.98 combo kit for working on rifles and shotguns. This is a super deal — the same gun vise with a lesser 43-piece tool kit costs $139.99 at MidwayUSA and the 72-bit kit sells for $64.99 by itself. The Tipton Best Gun Vise is stable with plenty of storage for solvents, patches, small tools and parts. The vise can adapt to hold a variety of long guns, including ARs. Along with the Gun Vise, you get a 72-piece Wheeler screwdriver kit with two driver handles and 70 bits (Standard, Phillips, Allen, and Torx).

4. Palmetto SA — Beretta Tomcat Pistol, $249.99 w/ Mfg. Rebate

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Great deal on covert carry gun after $150 Rebate

Beretta Tomcats are slim, compact, metal-framed .32 ACP semi-auto pistols. These are good “deep concealment” guns that can be carried in a pocket or purse. Currently Beretta Tomcat Pistols are on sale at Palmetto State Armory. Choose from a wide variety of finishes and colors for $399.99. But right now there is a $150 Beretta Rebate good through 12/31/2023. With the $150 factory rebate, your net cost for a Tomcat pistol is just $249.99.

5. Sportsman’s Guide — Homak Steel Security Cabinet, $179.99

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Versatile storage cabinet at very reasonable price

If you already have a good gun safe, but need a rugged security cabinet to hold optics, tools, stocks, and other valuables, consider this. The Homak First Watch Steel Security Cabinet is made from thick steel and features a pry-resistant door frame and heavy-duty locking plate. Choose either 8-gun or 10-gun capacity for the same $179.99 sale price (or $161.99 for Sportsman’s Guide members). This Homak Security Cabinet includes a fixed metal shelf and plastic barrel rest kit.

6. MidwayUSA — Vortex 20-60x60mm Spotting Scope, $249.99

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Great spotting scope for the price with rock-solid warranty

Having a quality spotting scope can help when in the field, at matches, or just having fun at the range. We found a great deal on the Vortex Diamondback 20-60x60mm spotting scope, now just $249.99 at MidwayUSA with FREE Shipping. This spotting scope has good light transmission throughout the magnification range. Sharpness is good, and this spotter is protected by Vortex’s VIP Unlimited Lifetime Warranty. If you need a bigger objective, MidwayUSA also has the 20-60x80mm version for $324.99.

7. Brownell’s — LEE Breechlock Kit, $161.99 with Discount Codes

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Get a complete reloading kit for less than the cost of a single-stage press

Would you like to grab a complete reloading setup for under $175.00? Brownells offers the Lee Breechlock Press Package for a low $174.99 price. But it gets better — enter Brownells 10% Off codes TA10, TTB10, or WLS10 at checkout to bring the price down to a crazy low $161.99 (before tax/shipping). This is a great deal on a complete reloading package with all the essentials — Press, Powder Measure, Scale, Priming Tool, Chamfer Tool, Shellholders, and more.

8. MidwayUSA — Bushnell Rangefinder + Binoculars, $189.99

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Good budget-priced laser rangefinder plus binoculars combo set

If you need affordable optics for a late-fall hunt, consider the Bushnell Prime Rangefinder/Binoculars combo. For just $189.99 you get a compact, 1300-yd-rated bright-lens laser rangefinder plus Prime 10×42 binoculars with EXO Barrier lens coating. This combo is a great bargain. The Bushnell Prime 1300 LRF by itself is $164.99 on Amazon. So you effectively get the 10×42 Bushnell binoculars for just $25.00.

9. Amazon — Tac-Force Folding Tactical Bowie Knife, $9.35

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Amazing price on good knife with very solid reviews

Everyone can use a good, handy folding knife to carry in the field or use at home. This rugged, spring-assist Tac-Force Folding Bowie Knife has a 3.5″ stainless spearpoint blade and measures about 9″ when folded. The inboard part of the blade has serrations for cutting ropes and tubing. Priced under ten bucks, this Tac-Force knife has earned excellent reviews (71% 5-star, 15% 4-star) from verified purchasers. Watch Amazon’s customer videos to see how the blade opens rapidly with spring assist.

10. Amazon — 400 Splatterburst 4″-diameter Targets, $25.99

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Easy to see hits at distance, convenient 200-target roll

When shooting plain paper targets, it can be hard to see impacts. With these handy 4″ Splatterburst Targets your hits instantly display in bright yellow upon impact. Spend more time shooting and less time looking for shots. These adhesive targets peel off the 200-ct roll and then stick firmly to your target backer. Get a roll of 200 adhesive targets for $25.99 on Amazon. That works out to just 13 cents per target.

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November 20th, 2023

ZEISS Deals — Save 25% on Scopes, $100-$200 on Binoculars

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From November 20 through December 31, 2023 ZEISS will be offering holiday promotions through participating ZEISS authorized retailers. These Holiday Promos will give buyers major savings on ZEISS scopes and ZEISS binoculars.

25% Off ZEISS LRP S3 and LRP S5 FFP Scopes
Get 25% off LRP S3 and LRP S5 First Focal Plane riflescopes. The LRP S3 is great for the long-range hunter or competitive shooter, with superb performance for the price. The LRP S3 comes in 4-24x50mm and 6-36x56mm versions, with two reticle options, ZF-MRi and ZF-MOAi. These LRP S3 riflescopes offer 160 MOA or 46.5 MRAD of elevation travel. These scopes feature an external locking windage turret and daylight-visible illuminated reticle.

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Superb LRP S5 Scopes — 3-18x50mm and 5-25x56mm
Out of the box, both the ZEISS LRP S5 318-50 and 525-56 riflescopes provide 40.7 MRAD, or 140 MOA, of total elevation travel. These riflescopes feature a premium optical design with legendary SCHOTT glass, European-style fast-focus eyepiece, and tactile and highly repeatable turrets. The LRP S5 is available with a ZF-MRI or ZF-MOAi reticle. The LRP S5 525-56 was named 2023 Best Overall Long Range Rifle Scope by Outdoor Life magazine.

ZEISS LRP S5 318-50 and 525-56 riflescopes scopes holiday Sale

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$200 Instant Savings for ZEISS Conquest HD Binoculars
Enjoy a $200 instant savings on ZEISS Conquest HD binoculars. The seven models feature a sleek, ergonomic design and a rugged, lightweight magnesium body that is waterproof and fog proof. The large focusing wheel is easy to operate, allowing you to observe even the smallest details in sharp focus and neutral colors at close range. The 90% light transmission provides superior optical clarity for impressive dusk to dark observations.

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$100 Instant Savings on ZEISS Terra ED Binoculars
Save $100 on ZEISS Terra ED 10×42 binoculars in coyote brown and 8×42 and 10×42 Terra ED binoculars in velvet green. ZEISS Terra ED binoculars are robust, reliable, and easy to use. Their state-of-the-art and sleek design makes them not only light but comfortably compact. The highest optical precision and the hydrophobic multicoating guarantee brilliant images down to the very last detail. The Terra ED binoculars are waterproof and nitrogen-filled, making them rough and ready for any adventure.

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zeiss holiday special sale binoculars riflescope ffp scopesZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. There is global demand for ZEISS brand products such as eyeglass lenses, camera lenses. and binoculars. ZEISS Consumer Products combines the company’s business with camera and cine lenses, binoculars, spotting scopes, and hunting optics. With over 41,000 employees, ZEISS is active globally in almost 50 countries with around 60 sales and service companies, 30 production sites and 25 development sites. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. Learn more about ZEISS at

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November 20th, 2023

Handguns in Carry-Ons — Don’t Make This Mistake

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Thanksgiving is just three days away. We know many of our readers will be traveling by air this week, and during the Christmas holidays. This article reminds folks who travel to alwasy comply 100% with rules. Don’t make an oversight that can land you in jail.

Handgun Transport During Flights — How to Do It Properly
It IS legal to take a handgun on an airline flight in checked baggage (if you follow the rules). But for goodness sake — declare the weapon as required by law and comply with all TSA and Federal regulations. Do NOT just toss your pistol in your carry-on and expect to board the plane. About 4,000 pistols were discovered in carry-on luggage in 2017. That can result in seizure and confiscation of the weapon, and just might land you in jail!

Gun writer Dean Weingarten has written an excellent article about handgun seizures at airports. Remarkably, in a single week a few years ago, 97 handguns were found in carry-on bags at U.S. airports.

Handguns in Carry-On Baggage

Report by Dean Weingarten, ©2018 by Dean Weingarten, GunWatch Blog
During the week of 28 May to June 3rd, 2018, the TSA discovered 97 pistols in carry-ons at airports where security is controlled by the TSA. The collage of pistols shown above is a sample of those found.

TSA gives a list of the pistols found. The list shows the make, model and caliber of most of the pistols. There were 93 pistols where the caliber was identified.

9mm pistols were still the most common, with 36 represented. .380 pistols, known in Europe as 9X17, 9mm Kurtz, or 9mm Corto, were the next represented, with 24 present. That is 70 pistols, or 75% of the pistols found. There were a smattering of other calibers. There were eight .40 caliber pistols, seven .22 LR rimfire, six .45 caliber, five .32 caliber, four .38 caliber, one .410, and one .22 magnum.

Most of the pistols were semi-autos, there were a few revolvers, and three derringers.

How does this happen? It is the principle of rare occurrences. While an event may be extremely rare for each individual, if enough individuals are involved, the occurrence of rare events becomes a statistical certainty. About 4,000 pistols were discovered in carry-on luggage in 2017. There were about 770 million travelers passing through TSA checkpoints in that year. That is one pistol found for about 194,000 passengers. Each passenger presumably went through TSA checkpoints at least twice, once going, once returning. Some passengers go through multiple checkpoints, depending on the route taken.

I believe it happens in ways most people do not consider, because they are RARE. One way is to be distracted at a critical moment. Perhaps a business owner has made the decision to move a pistol from his briefcase to his locked desk [but then is distracted] and he has to rush to make his flight. The pistol remains in the briefcase and is discovered by the TSA.

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The quality of the pistols found suggest most were taken from people who can legally carry them in most places. There are over 17 million people with carry permits in the United States. There are 13 states where no carry permit is required.

No one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. It is part of the human condition.

Another rare scenario is for a third party to put the pistol in the carry-on without the carrier knowing about it. In at least one case, this was done to a school student, maliciously. In that case, it was put in a teens’ backpack[.]

Some [handgun violations] occur because the traveler borrowed a piece of carry-on luggage, and missed a small pistol tucked into a dark recess of the luggage, where another family member kept it. I suspect that most pistols are discovered precisely because the carriers are NOT attempting to smuggle them.

Most of these errors are recognized as honest mistakes by the TSA. The TSA is not the end of the legal problems for a person who finds themselves in this situation. The biggest players are the states. How the situation is handled depends on where the situation occurs.

When traveling, check your carry-on twice. If you discover you have made a mistake, correct it.

©2018 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.

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