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News | Monday, April 23, 2018

49th Annual Cornhusker Trapshoot Set for May 3-5

More than 2,000 students are expected to compete in the 49th Annual Cornhusker Trapshoot May 3-5 on the home grounds of the Nebraska Trapshooting Association (NTA) in Doniphan.


Rosco Manufacturing Will Attend, Support “Own the Night” Event

Rosco Manufacturing will sponsor and  attend the first annual “Own the Night” event on April 28th at the Wallum Lake Rod & Gun club. The event will feature live demos and samples from companies that include Sig Sauer, CZ-USA, HOLOSUN, Polymer 80, Gargoyles and others.


Berger Bullets/Capstone Precision Group Seeks R&D/Manufacturing Engineer

Berger Bullets/Capstone Precision Group is looking for an R&D/Manufacturing Engineer to work at their production facility in Mesa, Arizona. This position will be responsible for implementing new bullet designs into production, analyzing production processes, and evaluating controls for continuous plant improvements.


Faxon Firearms a Sponsor of the NRA Evening Honoring Charlie Daniels

Faxon Firearms is proud to announce that they will be a Supporting Sponsor of the NRA Presents: An Evening Honoring Charlie Daniels with Special Guest Travis Tritt, at the upcoming Dallas NRA Annual Meeting on Saturday May 5, 2018.  


Ammo, Inc. Begins Shipping to Gander Outdoors

AMMO, Inc. (OTC:POWW) has started its initial shipments to outdoor retailer Gander Outdoors. 


GPO, USA Partners With BOLT Strategies

GPO, USA and BOLT Strategies announce a strategic business partnership designed to enhance and sustain GPO, USA’s rapid growth.


Victory Range & Armory’s Range Earns Second NSSF Five-Star Rating

The National Shooting Sports Foundation  has awarded its highest Five-Star rating for range excellence to Victory Range & Armory’s (VRA’s) New Castle, Indiana, location.


Growth Strategy Partners Exit Planning Services

Growth Strategy Partners announces the addition of value creation and exit planning services specifically for shooting sports industry companies.  The firm will help owners improve their company’s sales, profitability, operations and many of their personal, legal and financial planning needs. 


Next on GunVenture

This week on GunVenture, an episode from the First Person Defender series shows what happens when an active shooter hits campus, and only an armed citizen stands between the attacker and a class full of potential victims. 


Bear Edge Knives Ready For NRA Annual Meetings

Bear Edge Knives invites all NRA Members that will attend the 2018 NRA Expo in Dallas, Texas to their booth, 11031, and see the latest everyday carry knives. 


Pistol Competition Wraps Final Week of National Junior Olympics

The nearly three-week-long spectacle known as the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships has reached its final week with the Men’s and Women’s Pistol competition at the Olympic Shooting Center in Colorado Springs. 


U.S. Team Warms Up for the World Championship

The USA Shooting Team will get their first crack at the new Changwon International Shooting Range – the host range for the International Shooting Sport Federation World Championship later this summer – when they compete at the ISSF World Cup in Changwon, South Korea. 


FEATURE

Legacy

Editor’s Note: This piece is an old favorite about old favorites.  

 

I can’t recall exactly when it was that Dad brought home that plastic and nickel rifle. I know I’d been shooting some time. He was a “walnut and steel” type, some of us would refer to him as one of the “Fudds,” a term used in current parlance.

But he was my portal through which I entered shooting.

He had an old Springfield 87A that’d seen better days. Picked up after WWII, it was a tube-feed .22 that would allegedly function as a semi-auto with .22 LR, but as a bolt action gun with Longs, Shorts and about anything else you could find that would fit the chamber. Not an example of the high end gunmaker’s art, it was a practical piece with a barrel as long as History class, a semi-buckhorn rear sight – U-notch – and what appeared from the rear to be a “ball” atop the front sight, a cylinder actually.

The proper sight picture was the ball-in-notch and cover the target you sought to hit. I didn’t try to determine point-of-impact with those varied loads – this was when a box of Shorts were 35 cents and you dug deep for that half-dollar for Long Rifle loads. I wasn’t analytical then.

He taught me shooting through plinking. There were no ranges around to speak of – guns were pretty icky in those bad old days. Remember the Gallup poll from ’58 that showed most Americans wanted a handgun ban. Apparently they did that survey while watching Gunsmoke or some other Western.

The targets were irregular, cans mostly in various positions and attitudes. I struggled with the rifle, long and heavy. My nearsightedness contributed to a natural lack of ability and that front sight was so far away. I’d suffered a broken right arm and for some time had to shoot the long gun from the left side. I found my left eye was my master eye.

In high school, I got the 50 foot smallbore Expert pin once, in my freshman year. Shooting that fine old Remington Target single shot on that ROTC indoor range was mind-numbing. The positions were contrived and served no use I could imagine; my experience had been on cans, twigs, blocks of wood and boulders on the sides of the strip mine dumps just outside our little community.

That’s where I learned 'hold-over.'

Plinking was fun.

He had an old double 16 gauge, a real piece of . . . work. He traded it on a Remington 1100. Made in 1964, it was a 20-gauge on a 12 gauge receiver. Now that was a shotgun. I found I could actually be passable at wing shooting with that gun. So that was the experience before the ‘space gun’ arrived.

Imagine my surprise when he arrived home one day with a package from John’s Sport Center. It was a used Remington Nylon 66. It was shiny black with nickel finished steel, something the glittered and shined. How could this be practical?

He had an optic on it. Why he needed that – he arranged to be born far-sighted – is beyond me. I promptly took it off and gazed through the sights. A square front in a form I’d now refer to as a Patridge with a square notch rear sight. I dug into meager funds to buy Long Rifle ammo, the only thing the finicky critter could consume and pilfered the old man’s stash too.

I learned a lot from that gun. A carbine, just over four pounds with a barrel just under 20-inches, it had a wonderful balance. Slim, trim and quick to shoulder – with that short length of pull -- I could shoot that plastic hammer with equal skill from either side. Sure, I missed with it. That’s where I learned trigger control.

Dad’s gone now. The Springfield and the Remingtons are still around. I hold them and memories of my past come through. He’s here with me as all the others who’ve moved on across the great barrier. Recalling those past times brings a mist to my old eyes.

The best I can do is to pass that legacy on. And hope that it grows as it passes to more generations to come.

-- Rich Grassi



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