FRI | MARCH 6, 2020

In February, junior ROTC cadets gathered together in the north, south and west to compete in the scholastic JROTC Three-Position Air Rifle Service Championships. Competitors at each location are awarded based on individual scores as well as overall team accomplishments according to military service branch.
The 51st USA Archery Indoor Nationals were contested at thirteen locations over the past several weekends with intense excitement and nearly 5,000 participants.
Team Beretta shooters recently achieved 4 podium finishes in 5 different events at last week’s 2020 Seminole Cup in Woodbine, GA.

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. announced that Team Ruger's Randi Rogers (Holy Terror) claimed top place wins in both Cowgirl and Wild Bunch categories at this year's Winter Range SASS National Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting held at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, AZ.
CZ-USA expands the Shadow 2 line of competition-ready pistols with the new CZ Shadow 2 SA. While not legal for USPSA Production Division like the standard Shadow version, the CZ Shadow 2 SA and its lighter, crisper SA trigger gives the target-shooting enthusiast the ability to punch paper with precision.
Throughout 2019, voluntarily donated $12,466.83 to pro-freedom organizations and charitable causes through the company's Freedom Fighter Support program. The Freedom Fighter Support program allows's customers to choose from one of 16 patriotic and freedom-focused groups to have a portion of their purchases donated to without any additional cost to the customer.

SIG SAUER, Inc.announced that the Vermont State Police has adopted the SIG SAUER M400 Pro Rifle as the official patrol rifle of the Vermont State Troopers. The Vermont State Police has jurisdiction for public safety throughout the Green Mountain State, with over 300 sworn state troopers.
Heybo Outdoors is pleased to unveil a new logo that complements the rapidly growing outdoor lifestyle, hunting and fishing apparel brands pivot towards a more technical, outdoor oriented clothing line.
NetBait’s new Dagger design is centered around an innovative, thin flex-wing design for unique gliding action.

JP Enterprises is pleased to introduce the Law Tactical Series of Silent Captured Springs. This marks the first buffer spring substitution component certified compatible by Law Tactical for use with their folding adapter.
Galco announced availability of the Combat Master belt holster for the SIG-Sauer P365 pistol.
Streamlight, Inc. launched the TLR-1 HL Dual Remote Kit. The new kit, with included TLR-1 HL light, allows for the individual or simultaneous activation of the light and an external aiming device.

Breakthrough Clean Technologies releases their new Anti-Fog Gel Kit. This Anti-Fog Gel provides a superior, streak-free finish and long-lasting prevention, effectively eliminating fogging on all kinds of surfaces including multi-coated lenses.
Apex Tactical Specialties is expanding its aftermarket upgrade options for the CZ P-10 model pistols with the upcoming release of an Extended Slide Release for the CZ P-10 C, F and S models.
Legacy Sports International’s new CITADEL BOSS 25 Semi-auto shotgun is in stock and now shipping. The CITADEL BOSS25 Semi Auto Shotgun (based on the popular AR platform) is truly a versatile shotgun that is capable of home defense, recreational and 3 gun competition use.

A special edition of “It’s Federal Season” podcast welcomes four-time World Champion and two-time Olympic Men’s Skeet champion Vincent Hancock to the microphone for an in-depth discussion on becoming one of the sports all-time best.
Featuring a 30 mm tube, the proprietary GPObright™ high-transmission lens coating technology, PASSIONdrop™ hydrophobic exterior lens coatings and a double HD glass objective lens, the new 1-5x24i and 3.5-18x56i riflescopes provide hunters with enhanced clarity, exceptional brightness and true color from dawn to dusk.
The new Nikon Sportstar Zoom 8-24x25 Binoculars employ a centrally-located zoom lever on top of the portable and compact body, which enables smooth 8-24x zooming to bring the action closer.

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms says "U.S. Senator Charles Schumer should apologize to the Supreme Court and then resign and go back to Brooklyn for threatening Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh by name, during a rally," has launched its Spring Fever Giveaway. Participation in this giveaway is free to all entrants and no purchase is necessary.
It’s a special episode to celebrate 25 years on the air, this week on Tom Gresham's GUN TALK Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.
This week, tune into Outdoor Channel for Addicted to the Outdoors, Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector and CRUSH with Lee and Tiffany. Dedicated to the outdoor lifestyle and conservation, the independent cable network is a division of Outdoor Sportsman Group.
Carmi-White County S3DA Archery Club recently hosted an Indoor Regional Tournament at the White County Archery Range in Carmi, Illinois to support Kinsey Woodrow and her fight against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
The National Archery in the School Program prepares to kick off the 2020 Western National Tournament this spring, April 24th-25th at the Mountain America Center in Sandy, Utah.
Wisconsin Scholastic 3-D Archery held an Indoor Regional at Hunters Edge Archery in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Eight S3DA clubs and teams were represented.

If you’ve been following the wires this year seems to be “year of the rimfires” for some of us. Of the guns recently received, a pair of them are analogs to centerfire guns, one an extreme compact (Ruger LCP II “Lite Rack” 22 LR) and the other a service-compact (GLOCK 44).

In keeping with the appropriate practice protocol for subcaliber trainers, I could go for singles from ready, singles from the holster, reload drills and trigger control work. I elected to run one of the guns on a trigger control drill I stumbled across on social media. Found on various firearms fora, “Rastoff’s Challenge” seems to have appeared in around 2015. I found it on a social media page where a person was doing the challenge with a particular firearm he’d picked up. I thought it looked interesting and having the (specified) NRA B-27 repair centers, elected to give it a go with the GLOCK 44, as the understudy to a service gun. While I was about it, I’d go for 5-yard precision on the ½” numbers printed on the target with that gun and with the LCP II.

A bit about the NRA B-27 target. It’s for “competition, training and qualification” and was considered more stringent than the old B21 that was used before it. In “qualification mode,” the target is scored five points per any hit in the 17 ¾” high by 11 ¾” wide “8” ring. The numbers printed on the target are about ½” high.

Unfortunately, too many agencies used the B27 in its qualification mode. At one time, Texas used their proprietary (and better) target for their qual and for CCW permits in the Lone Star State. Unfortunately, they’ve gone to the old B27. Like most states using it for non-sworn permits, a hit anywhere on the barn-size target is worth as much as a hit in the X. The target is two feet wide and three feet high . . .

The objective of “Rastoff’s Challenge is to place all hits into the 2”x3” oval X-ring over the course of fire, shot with no time limit.

3 yards: Four shots

5 yards: Six shots

7 yards: Six shots

10 yards: Four shots

Above, the pair of guns used in trigger control practice. Below, "Rastoff's Challenge" failed by hitting high with the G44 -- still a good performance from gun and ammo.

The creator says that it’s a “(n)ice, easy course of fire that only takes twenty rounds.” To accomplish this, the GLOCK 44 was fired using its (so-far) favorite CCI “Clean-22” load and the Ruger LCP II 22 LR was shot using an old box of Federal “Lightning.”

I like to find appropriate range exercises and added the following notes to open the “Challenge” into practice protocols:

Options for use:

- To work the draw, each round on each string is a single from holster.

- To get to the draw, each round on each string is from contact ready (a stage of the draw)

- To work recoil tracking, make each string pairs.

- To work reloads, make each string with a chambered round over an empty mag.

For any of these options, maintain the X-ring standard. Don’t shoot faster than you can nail the X.

Firing the G44, I was surprised by using only the top 1/3 of the “X” ring at three and five yards, throwing a pair high out of the preferred scoring zone at seven yards. One of those cut the ring – I count that as a “miss.” The other was just over an inch over the ring on the left. From ten yards, even favoring the bottom 1/3 of the X-ring, I had one pair just over the ten-ring. Measuring the aggregate, I found that the entire group would have fit inside the X-ring.

Working the "9's" -- 1/2" numerals on the target -- from five yards, gave a one-hole effort seen just above the G44. The pint-sized "Lite-Rack" LCP II 22 did a credible job with some elderly Federal Lightning ammo shown below.

I began working the numbers “9” printed around the ten-ring with the G44. The first group was a sub-one inch group that was a vertical string. Resetting, I then shot the “9” at the bottom of the ten-ring with five rounds. As the image shows, all five rounds were touching. I was shooting at the ½” numbers from five yards.

Breaking out the Ruger “Lite-Rack” LCP II and an old box of Federal “Lightning” ammo, I began working the pair of “8” numbers from the same distance. The tiny gun acquitted itself well, printing the hits a little high over the number and the best three into a half-inch.

Working the trigger on the lightweights is good practice for working the centerfire guns. And we can all use more practice.

- - Rich Grassi

Event Calendar

Western CMP Games & CMP HP Rifle Matches

Marksmanship 101 class, Ben Avery Shooting Facility, Phoenix, AZ

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One Man Shoot Announces 9th Annual Sporting Clays Fundraiser For Prostate Cancer Research and Awareness

Riverside Sporting Clays, 52400 Hwy. 16 Denham Springs, LA 70706

The One Man Shoot is a family friendly sporting clays competition for four person teams that raises funds for Dr. Oliver Sartor’s Prostate Cancer Research Fund at Tulane Cancer Center. for more details and a full event schedule. For additional information, please contact: Amy Kellogg,  or call 504.717.1328; 225.753.8722

APRIL 17-19
NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits

Music City Center - 201 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 -

Eastern CMP Games & CMP HP Rifle Matches – Camp Butner, Butner, NC

Marksmanship 101 Class CMP

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MAY 12-14
2020 National R3 Symposium

Provide a venue for partners focused on the growth of hunting, angling, target shooting, boating, and other outdoor recreation, to gather, learn, discuss and contribute to national efforts to recruit, retain and reactivate participants. 

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MAY 16-17
Ridgway Rifle Club – Ridgway, PA

CMP Marksmanship 101 Class

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MAY 29
Camp Atterbury – Edinburgh, IN

CMP Markmanship 101 Class

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