Outdoor Writer says Tactical Hunting: Sir, Yes Sir!

Smith & Wesson tactical rifle

Outdoor shaman Kevin Reese returns in a fury in his call for tactical rifle hunting ...
Corsicana, Texas - My pop once told me I might fit into my dress blues if I used bungee cords; the truth hurts. Looking at me it’s hard to believe I spent eight years in the Marines. In all honestly, I’m not that bad off… I’m just not that well off; I could stand a few months of nonstop treadmill work. Beyond reminiscing about my life as a Marine and wishing I still looked the part, I miss many aspects of active duty life – chief among them being camaraderie and my trusty M-16 A2 Service Rifle.

I wasn’t a huge promoter of 62-grain 5.56 Ball NATO ammunition but it seemed to be sufficient. I qualified every year as a rifle expert and later in my second enlistment as a pistol sharpshooter, qualifying with an original Colt 1911 that had been in Marine Corps service for over 75 years and was still a sweet shooter.

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From the Civilian Marksmanship Program - Top Winners and Individuals Named in 2014-2015 JROTC Postal Competition

Precision rifle winners at the JROTC Postal Match

Port Clinton, Ohio - A total of 11,515 young marksmen participated in the 2014-2015 JROTC Postal match, with the top shooters and teams in each branch earning an invitation to the JROTC Regional Service Championships, to be held in Phoenix, AZ; Anniston, AL; and Camp Perry, OH.

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6 Inimitable Winchesters from NRA Sharp

NRA Museum Winchester Rifle

Fairfax, Virginia - NRA Sharp covers the people, gear, and culture alive and well in the NRA lifestyle. Recently they took a look at six specifically spectacular Winchester Rifles found in the Nation Firearms Museum.

Take a look at what they came up with:

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NRA's largest competitive match of the year begins January 1 and you can compete at your home range

NRA National Indoor Rifle & Pistol Championships

Fairfax, Virginia - Are you looking to do some competitive shooting this winter? The 2015 NRA National Indoor Rifle & Pistol Championships start January 1 and they're the NRA's biggest match of the year. Unlike NRA's Bianchi Cup or National Matches at Camp Perry, the Indoor Championships are shot as a postal match, through multiple sectional tournaments all across the country. This means you can join the action from the comfort of your local range. There's no need to travel half way across the country!

Results are sent to the NRA where they're compared to everyone else's and winners are determined. It's a fun way to compete with many other shooters and it's easy to get involved.

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Daniel Defense joins as sponsor of Action Rifle program to help teach practical rifle skills

Daniel Defense becomes official sponsor of NRA Action Rifle program

Fairfax, Virginia - The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce Daniel Defense as the official sponsor of the new NRA Action Rifle program. The Action Rifle program is designed to help develop modern, practical rifle skills with general purpose rifles such as the AR-15.

“The NRA is proud to partner with Daniel Defense to bring functional rifle training and matches to shooting ranges across the country,” said Executive Director of NRA General Operations Kyle Weaver. “Daniel Defense is a leader in the firearms community and embodies the NRA’s outdoor lifestyle and dedication to responsible firearm ownership.”

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Compact for storage & easy to transport rifle bench rest combo

NRA Store Shooting Rest
NRA Store Merchandise Buyer Joe Garnreiter took two great things that work great together and turned them into a hell of a special ...

Fairfax, Virginia - The NRA Clean Sweep Shooting Rest and NRA Unshakable Shooting Bench are a sportsman’s match made in Heaven. Together, these two components create a functional, adaptable, adjustable and portable shooting platform. The combination is deadly for long range shooting or varmint hunting!

Better yet, the shooting rest may be removed and used separately. This multi-axis rest is capable of rapid, seamless changes in elevation and direction ... more on NRA Store's Shooting Rest & Unshakable Bench ...

Sometimes the best laid hunting plans fall victim to the environment and fate

Shawn Skipper with his elk - image from American Hunter magazine 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

Could the Russian mainstay be the best .30-caliber option for America’s rifle? 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.

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Trijicon and Peacemaker succeed in creating championship that offers variety of shooting experiences

Trijicon World Shooting Championship American Rifleman

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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