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News | Monday, April 21, 2014

Benelli Sponsors On The Road Outdoor TV Show

Benelli announces its new partnership with On The Road (OTR), the hit outdoor TV show featuring Aaron Lewis and Rock Bordelon.

BLACKHAWK! Will Intro Pair of SERPA Holsters at 2014 NRA Show

BLACKHAWK! will introduce two new SERPA holster models at this week's NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits. Attendees will see the new SERPAs designed for the Smith & Wesson M&P SHIELD and GLOCK 42. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the BLACKHAWK! booth (#5209) to learn more.

Crimson Trace Will Display New Products at NRA Annual Meeting

When the National Rifle Association's Annual Meeting opens in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 25th, Crimson Trace will be displaying more than a dozen new products in booth number 3648.

Votava Wins National Junior Olympic Shooting Title on Home Range

There's no place like home - and winning a National Junior Olympic Shooting Championship (NJOSC) on your home range? It doesn't get much better than that for Abby Votava. - The Bidding Starts Now Names March's Best Selling Firearms. has released its list of Top 5 best selling new and used firearms for March 2014. Browning Citori tops the list as the best selling Over/Under Shotgun. Ruger No. 1 holds steady as the best selling Single Shot Rifle.

Troy, Jacob and Chase Landry for Savage Arms

Savage Arms Announces Landrys of Swamp People as Brand Ambassadors

Friends of NRA Volunteers of the Year Announced

The National Rifle Association announces their 2013 Friends of NRA Volunteer of the Year recipients, recognizing outstanding efforts for the grassroots fundraising program at the local and regional levels.

Blade-Tech Title Sponsor for the 2014 USPSA Area 1 Championship.

Blade-Tech Industries has signed on to be the title match sponsor for the Blade-Tech 2014 USPSA Area 1 Championship set for Benton City, Washington at the Rattlesnake Mountain Shooting Facility, May 16-18.

Original Moose Painting from First Nosler Bullet Board to Auction

Few items in the world of sporting collectibles are more desirable than the vintage bullet boards and original promotional art associated with legendary firearms and ammunition manufacturing companies. The Hunting Heritage Trust is pleased to offer one of the most exceptional items it has ever presented at auction, the original "Nosler moose" painting by Lorenzo Ghiglieri.

Team Taurus Triumphs at Early 2014 Matches

Taurus®, the global leader in revolver manufacturing, congratulates pro-shooters Jessie Duff and Alex Larche for their recent wins at the USPSA Area 6 Championship in Covington, Georgia and the Oilfield Classic in Bellville, Texas.

NFL's Vinaiteri, Max Michel to Appear in SIG SAUER Booth

SIG SAUER® will play host to a pair of world champions at the 2014 National Rifle Association Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Indianapolis, April 25-27.

Leupold® Pro Staff to Appear at the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits

Leupold® pro staff will be making appearances in the optics company's booth (#6245) at the National Rifle Association Annual Meetings and Exhibits throughout the weekend at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

NRA Whittington Center Features Jon Weiler at the NRA Annual Meeting

The NRA Whittington Center, America'a premiere recreation, shooting and hunting destination, is proud to announce the addition of precision and extreme long-range shooter Jon Weiler to their booth staff at this year's NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN.

Kim Rhode, to Appear at 2014 NRA Convention with Winchester Ammunition

Five-time Olympic medalist, Kim Rhode, will appear in the Winchester Ammunition booth #5245 at the NRA Convention, Friday, April 25 from 9:00AMET to 11:00AMET.

Kahr Firearms Group® Partners with Cabela's on Custom Offerings

One of the trends we are seeing in firearms right now is customization. Kahr Firearms Group has partnered with Cabela's, the World's Foremost Outfitter, and is offering exciting new custom designs for two of their best-selling pistols - the Auto-Ordnance 1911 and the Kahr PM9.

Brownells Gunsmith Conference and Career Fair Sets Attendance Records

More than 475 attendees and 70 exhibitors attended Brownells 8th Annual Gunsmith Conference & Career Fair at the Downtown Marriott, April 1-2, 2014, in Des Moines, IA.

Phillips Dominates Women's Three-Position Rifle at NJOSC

Before she even stepped on the line for the Women's Three-Position Rifle Final at the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC), Phillips (Seabeck, Wash.) already had the title in the bag.

Sisk Rifle's STAR Stock Has High Lumen Flashlight Inside

In addition to introducing the STAR Stock, the first rifle stock made from a solid block of aluminum, Sisk is stepping up the innovation by adding a high lumen flashlight inside the rifle stock. The STAR Stock and all its innovations will be on display at the Sisk Rifles Booth (#8456) at the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis April 25-27.

Carl Zeiss Sports Optics Announces 2014 NRA Show Celebrity Signings

Carl Zeiss Sports Optics announces that former professional cage fighter Matt Hughes, TV host of "Uncaged", along with Larry Weishuhn, TV host of "Trailing the Hunter's Moon", and Ralph & Vicki Cianciarulo, TV hosts of "Archers Choice" & "The Choice," will be appearing in the Zeiss booth (#6854) at the 143nd Annual NRA Meetings and Exhibits in Indianapolis (IN), April 25-27, 2014.

Tim Farmer Archery Classic Coming in May

The 19th annual Tim Farmer Archery Classic will be held May 17-18 at the headquarters of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Lights, Sights, Lasers Training Workshop Comes To Independence Township, New Jersey

Lights, Sights, Lasers LE/MIL US Tour will deliver free accredited training to Law Enforcement and Military personnel today and tomorrow (April 21st & 22nd) hosted by the Independence Township Police Department in Great Meadows, New Jersey.

NSSF to Hold Retailer Education Seminar in Jacksonville, FL

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has a NSSF Retailer Education Seminar scheduled at Aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park, 4812 Deer Lake Drive West in Jacksonville, Florida on May 20.

SPP Announces HiViz As Scholarship and Nationals Stage Sponsor

The Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) announces that HiViz Shooting Systems will offer a $1,000 SPP College Scholarship in 2014. As part of its overall Bronze sponsorship, HiViz is also the SPP Junior/Senior National Championships FOCUS stage sponsor.

SFP Offering Super Savings at NRA Show

Secure Firearm Products (SFP) will be offering super-saving discounts to all shooters-distributors, dealers, clubs, ranges and individuals attending the 2014 NRA Show, April 25-27 on all of their premier-quality target/shooting systems. Stop by/register for a daily drawing to win a Secure Mat (Neoprene Magnetic Cleaning Mat) in Booth #4065.


I Can See Clearly Now

For the past few weeks, I've been shooting my side-match competition .22 caliber rifle with a Redfield Battlezone riflescope instead of my normal scope. I had liked the reticle on Redfield's "bigger"scopes designed for modern sport rifles or precision bolt guns in .223/5.56 or 7.62. Both the 3-9x42mm and 6-18x44mm scopes have the TAC-MOA reticle, a bullet drop compensation system and something my creaky old fingers really appreciate-finger click reticle adjustments that I don't just feel, I can hear click.

If you have those units, you get a pair of turrets calibrated to either 5.56 55grain at 3,100 FPS or 168 grain .308/7.62 at 2,650FPS. The dials are calibrated in 50 yard increments.

The TAC .22 on my rifle is a 2-7x34mm model calibrated to the .22LR in the most common 36-grain load. Since that's generally what I run in side matches, plinking or varmint control situations, it was exactly what I wanted to give a try for all-around shooting.

Redifeld's Battlezone Riflescope in .22 -light, bright and easy to adjust. And it includes a second turret for your favorite "hot" .22 load. Jim Shepherd/OWDN photo
Normally I don't care for lots of stadia lines on my crosshairs. Honestly, if it's competition, I've been running a fiber point rather than crosshairs. But that gets problematic on longer shots with older eyes. The TAC-MOA reticle, however, isn't so crowded that it looks "furry" with two minute of angle (MOA) lines.

The eyepiece is also quick to focus and hasn't fogged under either cold or humid conditions. Since we haven't had any significant warm weather yet, I don't know about how it will perform in our swampy hot humidities, but it's shown no signs of fogging yet.

I do know it's durable, because I've banged it around from case to bench and from shooting position to shooting position. The zero has held no problem and I haven't had to do my "tap-tap-tap" exercise to make certain zero adjustments have "taken". OK, I know it's probably not necessary to tap scopes today, but in years past, I've found that I needed to either throw away around before checking zero -or tap. With ammo in short supply these days -I tap.

Although I haven't really run the scope through "serious" volume shooting, it's proven itself reliable with some fast sequences on varying distance targets and clear and bright when shooting more precision shots in less-than-optimal lighting conditions. It's also proven itself more than capable of giving me middle-of-varmint accuracy when I've used it in some varmint thinning activities.

And I've even put the second supplied turret to use on long-distance shots. That turret is marked in 50, 75, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140 and 150-yard settings. That means no math, just dial in the distance and shoot. It didn't vary significantly when I went to some heavier-hotter loads -after re-zeroing at the 50 yards.

The Redfield Battlezone Riflescopes .22 2-7x are readily available, having been rolled out at SHOT 2013 and you can find them in the under $200 range. For a scope that's fast to use and accurate, it's a good choice for your favorite .22 without breaking the bank.

It's backed by Redfield's "No Excuses" lifetime warranty, so I think I'll leave it on my little .22 racer for the immediate future.

If I could only get a "No Excuses" warranty on my shooting.....

-Jim Shepherd

Editor's Note: Many of our readers will be joining our editors at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Indianapolis, Indiana later this week. We're be wearing media badges with our names on them, so we hope you'll take the time to introduce yourself to us - and let us have the chance to say hello to you.

Apr 27
Ridgeway Rifle Club, Ridgeway, PA
May 4
Dutchess County Pistol Club Wappingers Falls, NY
May 5-10
NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico
May 16-18
NE New Mexico
May 9-22
USAMU's Pool and Phillips Ranges, Fort Benning, GA
May 21-24
Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club, Columbia, MO
May 25
Ridgway Rifle Club, Ridgway PA
Jun 1
USAMU Ranges, Fort Benning, Georgia
May 30-Jun 1
Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, Nebraska.
Jun 9-11
Springfield, Massachusetts
Jun 9-11
Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel 1 Monarch Place Springfield, MA
Jun 28-29
Ridgway Rifle Club, Ridgway, PA
Jul 27
Ridgway Rifle Club, Ridgway, PA
Aug 5-10
NRA Whittington Center, Raton, NM
Aug 13-16
Central Oregon Shooting Sports Association Range, Bend, Oregon
Aug 24
Ridgway Rifle Club, Ridgway, PA
Sep 27-28
Ridgway Rifle Club, Ridgway, PA

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