Young phenom in International Skeet opens her range bag for Shooting Sports USA

What's in your range bag, Brandy Drozd?

This month's Shooting Sports USA sees Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sit down with world champion skeet shooter and Olympic hopeful Brandy Drozd to open her range bag and see what's inside.

A senior at Texas A&M, Brandy Drozd says she was born and raised an Aggie. This 2014 ISSF World Skeet Champion Gold medalist has been competing for over half her life. “I started at the age of 8, only shooting American Trap because it was the easiest for me to learn. Now my specialty is International Skeet and I started shooting that around the age of 12,” said Drozd. She began shooting in the local Brazos Country 4-H Sportsman’s Club and joined the National Team in 2011.

Drozd shoots a 12-gauge Perazzi MX8/2000, and loads it with Winchester AA 24 gram 9 shot.

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Lever Action Rifles are finding an old friend in Henry

Lever Action Rifle image from the American rifleman website

Joe Kurtenbach provides a look at Henry Repeating Arms' decision to expand its catalog of American-made lever guns.

Leveraging Heritage
by Joe Kurtenbach

The 1800s were a time of great innovation for firearms-and certainly a time of transition. Flintlocks gave way to percussion cap mechanisms, which in turn were made obsolete by self-contained metallic cartridges. Muzzleloaders were replaced by breechloading rifles built to fire the cartridge ammunition. The American Civil War in particular served as a proving ground for then-modern designs, bringing to the fore actions, arms and ammunition that would change the landscape for military and consumer firepower.

One design element that clearly made an impact was the incorporation of a lever mechanism into the trigger-guard assembly. Early incarnations took the form of single-shot, breechloading rifles, especially of the “falling block” design… more on Henry's recent push in the lever action market ...

From American Rifleman - SIG Sauer P320: Tomorrow's SIG Today

SIG Sauer P320

Wiley Clapp takes two of SIG's new P320s out for an American Rifleman test drive ...
SIG Sauer P320: Tomorrow's SIG Today
They have that SIG look to them—blocky slide sitting well above the receiver, gracefully shaped butt section, simplified controls. Unquestionably, a strong family resemblance that says the innovative designers up in New Hampshire have a new series of pistols ready for your consideration. However, there are several features that are quite different, and the most significant is the absence of a conventional hammer. The guns are called the P320 series, and I had access to the first two offerings—the full-size P320 and the P320 Compact model—for this article. Both sample guns were 9 mm Luger semi-automatics, but .40 S&Ws, .357 SIGs and even .45 ACPs are on the horizon. undefined

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Going after big game? Know what dangers await you ...

Grizzly image from NRA's American Hunter magazine Keith Wood provides a cautionary tale when it comes to hunting America's dangerous game ...

Dangerous Domestic Game

It was 2 a.m. when the black waters of Lake Okeechobee erupted in a foamy geyser as a 10-foot alligator inhaled the rotten chicken used as bait. The engine on the airboat fired to life and the small craft surged forward toward the thrashing reptile. The plan was to get the boat directly over the gator and snatch him with a hand-thrown grappling hook. Florida’s regulations for gator harvest require some unorthodox methods when it comes to bringing the animals in for their meat and hides—you can’t just shoot for the head the way that African crocodiles are hunted.

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Shooting Sports USA sits down with the up-and-coming trap star

Shooting Sports USA opens up Hank Garvey's range bag

Fairfax, Virginia - In the March 2015 issue of Shooting Sports USA, Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sits down with teen phenom Hank Garvey, a 2015 Brownells/NRA Youth Shooting Sports Ambassador member of USA Shooting's Junior Olympic Team, to find out what he brings to the range.

Hank Garvey has been shooting for half his life, considering he started at the age of 8—on a shotgun. Since 2011, he has been concentrating on International Double Trap, and it doesn’t look like he’s missed his target or focus much.

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How today's polymer lowers stack up to the traditional gear

FMK Firearms AR-1 Steve Adelmann takes a look at the wave of polymer AR lowers on the market today ...
Polymer AR Lowers
Polymer AR lower receivers are becoming more prevalent, but how do they compare to traditional, aluminum models?

Synthetic materials have been used in firearms manufacturing since the early 20th century. Franzite was one of the first plastic-like materials that replaced hard rubber, wood and ivory grips for a wide variety of handgun models. These materials were relatively inexpensive, durable and could be formed into nearly any shape, texture, style and eventually, color. The lack of aesthetic charm was counterbalanced by practicality. By the 1950s, firearms manufacturers began using similar “space-age” materials for rifle stocks, pistol grips and fore-ends. Most of us have heard about the cool reception the original M16 received from troops forced to trade in their wood and steel M14s for the new aluminum and plastic, small-bore rifles. Heck, senior non-commissioned officers were still referring to them as “toy guns” when I joined the Army in the 1980s.

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What questions to ask and what to look for when purchasing your first firearm

Defensive Gun Options for New Shooters

My man B. Gil Horman traverses the tips of the Rockies with tips for the first time gun owner ...

Defensive Gun Options for New Shooters

Recently, one of my best friends called to ask if I would help him choose a defensive handgun. Now, we’ve been friends for years, and more than once I have brought up the topic of defensive firearms to no avail. He had no interest in owning a gun. So, needless to say, I was surprised to get this call.

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Keefe honored with Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Communicator Award at SHOT Show

undefinedFrom the American Rifleman website ...

American Rifleman Editor-in-Chief Mark A. Keefe IV was honored this evening with the prestigious Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Communicator Award during the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) State of the Industry dinner, held annually during the SHOT (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade) Show.

The award, given by the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) and NSSF, recognizes communicators within the firearms/shooting sports/Second Amendment arena who grasp the ideals, foster the commitment and display the talent Grits Gresham showed during his storied career.

Keefe was appointed editor of American Rifleman magazine in 2000, and was promoted to editor-in-chief of American Rifleman and "American Rifleman Television" in 2003. He started out as a volunteer at the National Firearms Museum in 1989 and became a curatorial assistant there in 1990. He joined the American Rifleman staff in 1991 ... find out more about Keefe and the Grits Gresham award ...

Shooting Sports USA sits down with Top Shot all star and Venezuelan Olympian Gabby Franco

Top Shot's Gabby Franco trying out a rifle during the NRA Convention in St. Louis

Fairfax, Virginia - This January's issue of Shooting Sports USA, sees Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News taking a seat with Gabby Franco, professional shooter and competitor from the fourth season of History Channel's Top Shot, to find out what she carries in her shooting bag.

Gabriela (Gabby) Franco exudes energy and confidence as she travels the country teaching fire- arms courses and competing in USPSA matches. A former pistol competitor on the Venezuelan Olympic team, she moved to the U.S. in 2002 after claiming three Gold medals in the South American Games. Many know her from Season 4 of History Channel’s “Top Shot” series.

Gabby has been shooting for 22 years and competing for 15. She credits her father for introducing her to the shooting sports. “In 2014 I shot my new Para ‘Tomasie’ Custom pistol in .40 S&W, using Remington ammo loaded with Barnes bullets. For this year’s 3-Gun matches, I will be shooting a Para pistol in 9 mm, my Remington VersaMax in 12Ga and a Bushmaster XM-15 rifle,” said Gabby.

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