FRI | AUGUST 23, 2019

Century Arms has recently acquired the surplus company Springfield Sporters and all of its assets. The company was well known in the surplus space for hard-to-find surplus parts and collectible surplus firearms and had grown to become one of the largest surplus military parts suppliers in the U.S.A.
Federal announces two new flat-shooting Premium 224 Valkyrie loads that deliver precision accuracy at long ranges. The new loads use the 80.5 grain Gold Medal Berger Hybrid and 78 grain Barnes Shock X.
Federal announced its new Syntech PCC 9mm Luger load, designed to meet the exhaustive demands of fast-paced Pistol Caliber Carbine competitions, with flawless function in carbine platforms.

It might be one of the most patriotic guns in the country, and it could be yours. Honor Defense is auctioning a custom pistol with 100 percent of the proceeds to be donated to Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)
Team Hornady shooter Jake Vibbert took first place at the Defy the Distance Mattch – 7th PRS Pro Series Qualifier, August 17-18, 2019 in Three Forks, Montana.
Henry Repeating Arms has partnered with Stewart-Haas Racing with Fred Biagi (SHR) in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for a full-car sponsorship of the No. 00 Ford Mustang driving by Cole Custer in the CTECH Manufacturing 180.

Blaser-sponsored shooter Cory Kruse from Willis, Texas was crowned champion of the 2019 World English Sporting Championship on Sunday, August 11 at Northbrook Sports Club in Hainesville, Illinois, securing his first World English Sporting title with his Blaser F3 shotgun.
Legacy Sports International is proud to announce their attendance at the upcoming Nation’s Best Sports Fall Semi- Annual Market. Products on display will include the HOWA Oryx chassis rifles, the popular POINTER Arista Over-Unders and the new POINTER Phenoma Camo Cerakote Laser Etched shotguns.
Norma will be showcasing their new-for-2019 ammunition at the Worldwide Show in Reno, Nevada. Norma’s MHP, BONDSTRIKE and ENVY ammunition will be on display.

Norma will be showcasing several new ammunition products at the Nation’s Best Sports Expo in Fort Worth, Tx. The company will display new products, including their new 223 Norma Tactical, the 9mm Monolithic Hollow Point personal defense, BONDSTRIKE Extreme long-range hunting, and ENVY match grade for pistol caliber carbines.
Savage is now chambering the 110 Apex Hunter XP and 110 Engage Hunter XP Package Rifles for 450 Bushmaster. The cartridge is legal in many previously shotgun slug-only areas and offers improved range, accuracy and power over other straight-walled rifle cartridges and sabots.
Birchwood-Casey alerts shooters and hunters that now is the time to stock up on targets before the seasonal inventory rush. Birchwood-Casey is the go-to solution for all your target needs, from zeroing and tactical paper targets to reaction and wild game targets.

Following rigorous field testing, the National Tactical Officers Association has awarded Primary Arms with multiple Gold-tier ratings, representing the highest scores possible.
Brothers & Company announced that it has promoted Garrett Fresh to the position of Creative Director. Fresh, who works in the agency’s Wichita, Kansas, office, has served as Associate Creative Director and Digital Design Director since 2015.

SureFire, LLC announced that NATO Stock Numbers have been assigned to the SOCOM556-RC2 Suppressor and three different SureFire muzzle devices for 5.56 mm rifles. 


As Chattanooga Shooting Supplies continues to grow, they announce and welcome four key players to the CSSI Sales Team. Drew Lenhausen, Robin Brokob, Robin Richardson and Dustin Cimoli bring with them award-winning, top notch account experience from United Sporting Companies, Inc.
Leica Sport Optics announces changes to sales and marketing structure for their North American operation. Effective September 1, 2019, Leica will shift sales representation to internal, employee-based representation.

Pulsar announced their new partnership with ExpertVoice, the world’s largest advocacy marketing platform powered by experts. This partnership will recognize, empower, and elevate the voices of hunting experts.
Steyr Arms USA is now offering two new aftermarket accessories from Corvus Defensio to enhance a Steyr AUG . The new M-LOK Forward Accessory Rail and the A3 M-LOK Receiver Rail are currently in stock and available for purchase.
The Ruger Security-9 Compact 9mm pistol with factory-installed Viridian E Series red laser sight is now available and shipping nationwide. This laser sight is designed for the Ruger Security-9 series.
Bear Edge Knives introduces the new Bear Edge 61128. It's a framelock pocket knife with a modified drop point 440 stainless blade, bilateral thumb studs and stainless steel handles.
Ti Training LE, LLC and Realmax Inc. have partnered to bring realistic, relevant and cost effective augmented reality into the law enforcement training space. Realmax Inc produces an advanced VR/AR headset which features a 100.8 degree projected field of view, an advanced processor, rechargeable battery and prescription grade optics.
The New HOWA Randy Newberg Signature Series Rifle is now available exclusively at Sportsman’s Warehouse, just in time for hunting season.
Recently, the 2019 S3DA National 3-D and Outdoor Target Championships were held in Metropolis, Illinois.
Retail Technology Group CEO, Jon Rydberg, will speak to NBS retail members about POS technology at the upcoming NBS Retail Expo on the morning of August 26, 2019 in Fort Worth, TX.
For this special issue of Guns of the Old West, author Peter Suciu takes you behind the scenes for a closer look at Deadwood: The Movie which debuted this past May 3.
SIG SAUER Electro-Optics is now shipping the OSCAR8 HDX Variable Power Spotting Scope. With more power, magnification, and the latest advancements in technology the OSCAR8 is a premium, angled eyepiece 27–55x80 mm spotting scope, built for the best in all-weather performance and durability in the field.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced that it has awarded its highest Five-Star rating for range excellence to Bullet and Barrel Indoor Range and Training Facility located in Huntsville, Alabama.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program has announced that Match Sanctioning is live for all sanctionable match types, including Three-Position Air Rifle and EIC Rifle, EIC Pistol, .22 Rimfire Pistol EIC, non-EIC and Games Rifle and Pistol events.
Rock River Arms has expanded its popular RRAGE rifle series with the introduction of the new RRAGE 3G.
The theme of wanting to constantly improve is prevalent among the precision community and can be found all throughout this special edition of Ballistic.
It's world champion speed shooter Jerry Miculek, a new trigger from Timney to go the distance, lightweight and slim self-defense lights, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio.
20 gauge aficionados now have more options to select from with the introduction of several new Super X® 4 models from Winchester Repeating Arms.


Citing the major economic and recreational contributions made by hundreds of thousands of people who enjoy participating in sport shooting in the state, Gov. J. Kevin Stitt has proclaimed August as National Shooting Sports Month in Oklahoma.
Doug Koenig’s Championship Season returns to Pursuit Channel celebrating its ninth season. Tonight’s show, ‘Banging Steel’ is all about balancing speed and accuracy as Doug steps up to the line of fire at the 2019 US Steel Nationals held in Covington, GA.

One of the most common 22 rifles in history is the Ruger 10/22. Across myriad variants and now including “clone” actions made by others, the simple-to-manufacture design is an example of modern firearm manufacture: it’s low-cost, reliability and simplicity make it the action-shooter of choice for the various rimfire games. Long before those, it was a superb field rifle.

And I knew nearly nothing about it.

It originated toward the end of the midpoint of my childhood. It looked “okay,” but had some silly rotary magazine that “wasn’t cool” like the stick mag of the M1928 Thompson. The rear sight mounted on the barrel, typical of the 22 rifle of the era was neutral; it’d win no matches, but it was likely minute-of-soda-can at the strip pits where we shot.

And, I confess, I gleefully ignored it preferring the strange space-age looking Nylon 66 Dad brought home.

I let it go as I moved into the handgun world. Entering a more serious firearms occupation, I left 22s behind. Since I “pulled the pin,” 22s drew me back. I had the opportunity to use a 10/22 Takedown model and since have been gifted a commemorative version of that same gun.

I wrote about that “first 10/22” in 2016:

“I've been working with a neat little device that's handy to have: the Ruger 10/22 Takedown model. Stainless steel with nylon furniture, it's more weather resistant than blue steel and walnut. One of the most popular .22 rifles in history in standard form -- and what that really is these days is hard to tell with all the variations -- it has broad parts availability and is easy to keep running.

“You can carry a fairly large amount of ammo with little weight can have magazines pre-loaded without loading the chamber. You can see the bag the rifle comes in from the factory -- and it's handy for packing the disassembled rifle when it's time to leave. Being a .22 rifle, it doesn't create the knee-jerk 'fear' reaction of the AR15.

“The long magazine is shown, but flush-seated 10-round magazines are broadly available and can be found on sale.

“For more information, see their web site.”

Why bring it up now? I’ve collected a book, The Ruger 10/22 Complete Owner’s and Assembly Guide by Walt Kuleck. This book would have made my understanding of the 10/22 a lot easier early on – and it should be included with every 10/22 sold.

He quickly – and completely – takes the reader through Ruger’s company history, a key to understanding their firearms design and manufacturing philosophy. He shows how Bill Ruger’s affiliation with Auto Ordnance early on formed part of the concept that became the 10/22. Going from history to showing how the gun came from previous carbines (as well as the Deerstalker) to explaining aspects of operation, ammunition, maintenance and disassembly/assembly, the book is “all about” the 10/22.

No book on the 10/22 would be complete without discussing the customizing of the gun and he does that here as well. It is the essential resource for the Ruger 10/22. If you own one of the close-copies made by another company – Walt’s book is still an ‘essential.’ Buy it, you’ll like it.

Now, my 10/22 TD – thus far my favorite class of the little gun – is absolutely stock. I’ve not changed out the trigger, sights – I even use the standard 10-round rotary magazine preferring them to the longer magazines. I recently mentioned the 10/22 recently here and took it back out when I was using the high power range for some 100-yard work.

Using Federal Auto Match 22 LR and shooting from a seated bench rest, I printed a near-vertical 7 ½” string using the gun’s iron sights. I was shooting off the left side and noted that seven of the ten rounds printed into 4-inches.

Not good, you say? Oh, I think an iron-sighted take-down carbine, weighing less than five pounds, shooting bulk-packed 22 LR ammo performed quite well. Fifty yards is my maximum likely range for this class of firearm, but you never know what it’ll do until you try.

- - Rich Grassi

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