Sometimes the best laid hunting plans fall victim to the environment and fate
Shawn Skipper gets more than he bargained for during his Utah elk hunt ...
Out of the Hole
Battling bad luck, a broken truck and the flu, the author relies on sheer grit when chasing elk up and down a foreboding Utah landscape.
Elk can bark. Wait, elk can bark? Why didn’t anyone tell me elk can bark? These are barking—at me. Is that good? That can’t be good. There’s no way that’s good.
Do I bark back?
And so went my thoughts as I sat crouched in the snow some 300 yards away from the herd we’d spent hours stalking. The herd that hid the one thing I’d traveled so many miles and scaled so many steep, snowy inclines to find: a bull.
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Your concealed-carry Shield can easily become your home-defense handgun
Shooting Illustrated Steve Adelmann realizes that there's more to the 7.62×39 mm cartridge than he thought ...
AR Accuracy with 7.62×39 mm
While you might not associate the AK-47’s cartridge with accuracy, out of an AR-15 the 7.62x39 mm can produce tiny groups. Could the Russian mainstay be the best .30-caliber option for America’s rifle?
In an AR-15, the 7.62×39 mm cartridge is more accurate than you may think.
Like many current and former “ground-pounders,” my view of the AK family of firearms used to be stereotypical: They go bang when you pull the trigger and throw rounds in the general direction you point them. I used a bunch of AK variants during my Army career, but I never gave Mikhail Kalashnikov’s simple masterpiece much thought beyond its “minute-of-man” accuracy, uncomfortable folding stock and ample muzzle flash. Taking the time to actually zero them can make AKs aim-worthy, but they are still not known for precision. I always assumed the 7.62×39 mm cartridge they fire was likewise incapable of doing much more than moving through the air and hurting whatever it occasionally hit. It turns out that I was very, very wrong.
More on Adelmann's adventures with the 7.62×39 mm cartridge ...
Trijicon and Peacemaker succeed in creating championship that offers variety of shooting experiences
American Rifleman's Brian Sheetz breaks down why the Trijicon World Shooting Championship is such a hit ...
Trijicon World Shoot Winds Down
After such an unqualified success as the Trijicon World Championship, it's obvious that Peacemaker has succeeded in its mission to bring excellence in a variety of shooting experiences to the masses.
From a wide range of competitors in both pro and amateur categories to sponsors and staff, the inaugural Trijicon World Shooting Championship appears to have been a success if it is to be judged by the enthusiastically affirmative responses that arose from the informal survey question, “Would you shoot it again next year or recommend it to a friend?”
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$8,000 NRA Foundation Grant helps shooting sports in the Texas Panhandle
Dalhart, Texas - The Dallam County 4-H Shooting Sports Rifle Team of Dalhart, Texas, has recently benefited from Friends of NRA fundraising. On March 13, 2014, the local 4-H office received notification that the grant request submitted in November by a member of the Dallam Parent Leaders Association was approved by the Texas State Fund Committee and the Board of Trustees for the NRA Foundation, Inc.
Not only do these grants provide monetary support, but they also help to build valuable relationships within the shooting sports and Friend of NRA communities. Some valuable connections were made during the grant process this year at the local, state and national level. This year Dallam County 4-H Shooting Sports Rifle Team will receive a rifle and equipment valued at $8,343.21.
Under the instruction of Kelly McMurry and Martin Dettle of Dalhart, the Dallam County 4-H Shooting Sports Team, which competes in 3-position small-bore rifle, now has room to grow in numbers of participants and coaches. Our local team had one coach and seven members in 2013. We added a second coach earlier this year, and we hope to see our numbers continue to grow. The team will now have more equipment available for teaching and practicing and we hope it will have greater success in the upcoming district competition on May 9-10, 2014, in Amarillo.
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Open up professional shooter Matt Emmons' range bag and see what's helped him reach three Olympic Games
Fairfax, Virginia - In this month's Shooting Sports USA, Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sits down with famed shooter Matt Emmons to find out what the professional rifle shooter, and Olympian, carries around with him to the range.
Emmons has competed on the U.S. National
Team since 1997, medaling in three Olympic
games: Gold in 2004 in Men’s 50m Rie Prone
(center); Silver in 2008 in Men’s 50m Rie Prone;
and Bronze in 2012 in Men’s 50m 3X40.
Although born and raised in New Jersey, he traveled west for a bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and an MBA from the University of Colorado. He now lives with his wife, Katy, and two children in in Plzen,
Czech Republic. Katy is a three-time Olympian rifle shooter from the Czech Republic.
Although his specialty
is Men’s 3-Position rifle,
Emmons’ World Championship
and Olympic Gold are in Men’s
50m Prone. He shoots a Bleiker
Challenger .22 rifle, with Eley
What's inside Matt Emmon's range bag ...
Why this rifle is still one of the most high prized American military rifles
Gun writer and historian Bruce Canfield delves into the World War II's prized M1C Garand Sniper Rifle ...
The M1C Garand Sniper Rifle
When the U.S. Army sought a sniping rifle based on the M1 Garand at the end of World War II, the M1C, with its offset scope, was delivered in small numbers. Never the best solution, the M1C performed adequately in post-war service and remains one of the most highly prized American military rifles.
At the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, the U.S. Army did not have a standardized sniper rifle. Early in the war, the Army Ground Forces requested that a sniper version of the M1 Garand rifle equipped with a telescopic sight be developed. However, it was immediately apparent that the M1 rifle’s action would require an entirely different approach than most bolt-action sniper rifles—which mounted a telescope directly over the receiver. Since the M1 had to be loaded from the top, a telescope mounted in such a location would not be feasible. The U.S. Army Ordnance Dept. tested several possible solutions—including a prismatic telescope with the eyepiece centered over the M1’s rear sight but with the body of the scope offset to provide the necessary clearance for the action. While it and other M1 rifle-based sniper designs were evaluated, a slightly modified Remington Model 1903A3 bolt-action rifle was adopted in early 1943 as the “U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1903A4, Snipers” as more or less an interim measure. Sizeable numbers of ’03A4 sniper rifles were produced and widely issued during the war until a satisfactory Garand sniper rifle could be developed.
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Familiar faces fighting for fullbore rifle title as Championship rolls to an end
Port Clinton, Ohio - Today's schedule of fullbore for the NRA National Rifle Championships begins with little distractions. The weather is clear, the competitors are positive, and the scoring is stable. Though the winds are still in play, the relatively low temperatures along with sunny skies means adjustments necessary for a V are few.
A V? That's right. Because we're shooting fullbore rifle, that means we're firing on the 5 V target. In other words, competitors only earn 5 points for a bullseye. On the flip side it means that only lose 5 for a miss or crossfire. Not something you want to hang your hat on, but a positive nonetheless.
More on Day 6 at the NRA Fullbore Rifle Championships ...
Taking time off and concentrating on F-Class rifle shooting refocuses 4-time champ
Port Clinton, Ohio - You could say shooting is in her blood. Raised in a home where national titles were about as regular as Johnny Carson on late night, it was only a matter of time until Michelle Gallagher won a National NRA Rifle title of her own. Or, as is the case this year, a fourth National NRA Long Range Rifle Championship.
“I started shooting when I was about 7,” Gallagher explained. “Mom was taking me and Sherri (her sister) to the range ever since we were little kids. “
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Change in distance and targets leads to trouble for some at Rifle Championships
Port Clinton, Ohio - The final championships held on the hallowed ranges of Camp Perry is reserved for Fullbore. Call it a modified version of our Palma Championships. Actually, to be accurate, Palma is a modified Fullbore Championship. Here are the basics.
Competitors fire the same rifles used in the Long Range High Power Rifle competitions. The primary differences are two; distance and target. At the NRA Fullbore Championships, competitors will fire from 300, 600, 800, 900, and 1,000 yards (internationally the 800 is usually replaced with 500). The targets, somewhat smaller, are of the ICFRA (International Confederation of Fullbore Rifle Associations) 5v variety.
More on scores at the NRA Fullbore Rifle Championships ...
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