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News | Friday, September 22, 2017

Kahr Arms Defensive Challenge And Demo Day

Kahr Arms is proud to announce their title sponsorship of the Kahr Arms Defensive Challenge & Demo Day. The event will take place October 14th and 15th at the Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, WV.

The Practical Guide to Gun Holsters for Concealed Carry

The Practical Guide to Gun Holsters for Concealed Carry is now available in print and eBook formats. The book aims to help lawfully-armed citizens learn how to carry a concealed weapon safely, effectively, and responsibly while avoiding a dangerous false sense of security.

Savage Shooters Dominate Long-Range Competitions

Savage shooters took three of the top five places in the 1,000-yard F/TR Division at the Northern Rockies Long Range and F-Class Regional Tournament at Deep Creek Rifle Range in Missoula, Montana.

This Week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk

This week, it's new options for carry, new guns, and a deal you don't want to miss, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

Proof Research/Jake Hoback "PROOF of Life" Axe

Jake Hoback Knives and PROOF Research are pleased to announce the release of a collaborative project, the limited edition PROOF of Life Axe. Hoback described his design as 1/3 tomahawk, 1/3 crash axe, and 1/3 ultra-light axe.

Honor Defense: HonorUSA Promotion

Honor Defense is pleased to announce the HonorUSA promotion. They've joined forces with some of the best companies in the firearms industry to offer a 20% off promotion to their customers through November 3, 2017.

MidwayUSA Lightweight Shooting Shirts

The MidwayUSA Lightweight Shooting Shirt is made of 3.24 oz 100% Cotton Poplin, and features extra padding incorporated into the right shoulder to prevent fatigue from those 100 clay days.

Colorado's Centennial Gun Club Earns Highest NSSF Approval Rating

The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced that it has awarded Colorado's Centennial Gun Club its highest Five-Star rating for range excellence. Located in the town of Centennial, an active southeast suburb of Denver noted for being one of the safest cities in the country, Centennial Gun Club was founded in 2012 by Richard Abramson.

SureFire Exhibits at the NSC Congress

SureFire, LLC will be exhibiting at the 2017 National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo Monday, Sept. 25, through Friday, Sept. 29, in Indianapolis, IN. The NSC Congress & Expo is the world's largest annual "must attend" event for safety, health, and environmental professionals.

Barra Optics Hunting Scopes

Barra Optics has just released its H20 series of hunting style riflescopes. All H20 models feature capped ¼ MOA turrets, fully-coated lenses, flip lens covers, and Barra's signature Diamond Standard Lifetime Warranty.

NCAA Rifle Preview: Mountaineers Fixed on Six

As the 2017-18 NCAA Rifle season gets underway this weekend, it's only fitting that things get started at the same place they'll conclude as The Citadel hosts a big match this weekend. Fourteen teams, including defending National Champion West Virginia start tomorrow in the quest for a national championship. With three NCAA Individual Champions, their dreams of a sixth title might be more reality than dream.

HatsanUSA Unveils the Riptor

HatsanUSA has announced the Riptor - a new C02-powered, semi-automatic BB pistol. With a realistic blowback action, this is one plinker is also a great option for teaching pistol fundamentals to first-time shooters.

Comp-Tac Infidel Ultra Max IWB

Comp-Tac's Infidel Ultra Max is a high-tech inside the waistline holster made for over 160 different makes and models of pistols.

Ed Brown Lightweight CCO 1911

Featuring the lightweight compact 1911 frame – with steel insert in the feedramp – and a round butt treatment, the Ed Brown Products CCO LW is new to the line. This pistol is adorned with some of the now over 100 custom options that can be chosen when having a pistol custom built.

Crimson Trace Gear-Up Options

Crimson Trace has begun offering many options for customers, fans and shoppers in search of great gear. Those new gear options range from colorful camping mugs to stylish polo shirts and rugged range bags.

Beretta LE Armorer School Announcement

Beretta USA is pleased to offer new In-Field Armorer courses for 2017 and 2018. In October, the Dallas Police Department will host three classes at its facility for the NEW APX pistol as well as the 1301 Tactical Shotgun and the 92/96 pistol series.

Blue Force Gear Sponsors Army Urban Assaulter Challenge

Blue Force Gear will sponsor the United States Army Special Operations Command's 2nd Annual Urban Assaulter Challenge slated for Monday, September 25, through Friday, September 29, at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Magnum Research® John Nagel Pro-Staff to Attend Copa Aguila in Mexico

Magnum Research Pro Shooter John Nagel will be participating in the third Annual Copa Aguila 2017 shooting match, running today (September 21) - September 24 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

USCCA Applauds Wisconsin Lawmakers on Constitutional Carry Legislation

The United State Concealed Carry Association is applauding lawmakers in Wisconsin for helping the state take another step forward in their fight for constitutional carry laws. The bill passed out of committee, headed for a floor vote.

LMT Defense Pledges $25K in Annual Support to Sprit of Blue

The Spirit of Blue Foundation is pleased to announce that LMT Defense (Lewis Machine & Tool Co.) has pledged $25,000 in annual support of Spirit of Blue and its work to protect law enforcement officers nationwide.

Faxon Firearms Seeking Senior Sales Manager

Faxon Firearms is seeking a Senior Sales Manager who will be responsible for supervising all OEM, distributor, and dealer accounts.


How Far?

Careful shopping led to a smoking deal on a laser rangefinder, the Bushnell Scout 1000 DX.
Range estimation is something I'm not good at. There are field expedient work arounds and I've had 'the training,' but it seems that the process is quite haphazard. I just don't have the knack even locally. Moving into the Wyoming country on a varmint shooting excursion pretty much put my guesses in the "no idea" category.

I had others there who seemed to be knowledgeable but how could I confirm their more-educated guesses? One year – and one year only – an optics manufacturer supplied laser rangefinders. I found them interesting enough to want one of my own.

Primarily it's "just to see" – a confirmation thing. As other fiscal issues intruded demanding my attention, I pushed laser rangefinders to the "maybe later" category.

At the local club range, I'd paced off distances to targets on the rimfire/black powder range. Making the trip on the Highpower range to post targets gave me some idea there too, but a little precision would be helpful.

A few days ago, I was in a local version of a "big big-box store," part of a company which is all but everywhere in the States. I had business fairly close to sporting goods and wandered over. An employee, a veteran of many years at that location, was easy to talk to. As we chatted about ammunition availability, I noticed a tag on an item in the optics counter. It was cheap, less than a C-note cheap.

"Is that a rangefinder?" I asked. He sighed.

"I was hoping you didn't notice it." He got the key to the display and said he was planning on checking it out later in the week.

It was a Bushnell Scout DX 1000 ARC, black. Sale price on this item at BH-Photo is somewhere just south of $270 and the price shown was about thirty percent of that.

"Uh, that would be sold."

Now there's no carry case, lanyard or instructions, but a battery was installed. To say I started ranging items as soon as I got out of the store would be accurate.

One of the first chores for the Bushnell Scout was at the club range, checking distance to target boards, backstops and steel targets.
The Bushnell Scout DX 1000 ARC is light, thin and handy. I use the plastic bubble-wrap type "envelope" from the Ruger Mark IV recall to house the Scout when not in use – want to talk about a cheap, cushioned case for electronics? According to the factory literature, available on Al Gore's internet, it ranges from 5 to 1,000 yards and can compensate for elevation difference, muzzle to target.

It's certainly got more features than I'll use: settings for bow or rifle, using ballistic tables to calculate hold-over/under at various distances, etc. It's powered by commonly available CR2 3-volt lithium batteries.

The device pushes infrared energy to calculate distance: the time it takes to reach the objective and reflect back calculated by a microprocessor. Accuracy depends on how still you can hold the device on the objective; keeping the power button depressed will give readings of the item and its surroundings. Reflectivity of the target will determine the maximum range of the device.

You can expect +/- one yard accuracy at 100 yards or more.

I determined a few things about our range: distance from closest firing point to each target board, backstop and steel target is very close. I imagine they taped the distances at the outset – and worked harder than I did confirming the range.

Upon reflection – see what I did there? – I should have made the purchase before now. Actually ranging distances in neighborhoods, parking lots and the like gives you a basis for range estimation in your usual environments when it's inappropriate or impossible to use a rangefinder.

It's a handy gizmo. Everyone should have one. For more information on the Bushnell line, see their website.

- - Rich Grassi

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