FRI | DECEMBER 8, 2023

Nosler is excited to announce the launch of their brand-new winter and spring apparel collection: Conquer the Cold.
Berger Bullets set two new F-Class Long-Range (1,000-yard) records during the 2023 Nationals earlier this month: a new F/TR Long-Range team record and F-Open Long-Range team record.
Congratulations to Team SK member Jake Stine on winning the 2023 Texas State Smallbore Championship with a grand aggregate score of 106 x 120. Stine was recently crowned the North American Smallbore Rifle Silhouette Champion by winning the 2023 Lapua Monarch Cup Championship, a three-nation competition featuring matches in Canada, USA, and Mexico.

A total of 330 junior sporter and precision air rifle athletes arrived in Ohio and Alabama over the weekend of Dec. 1-2 to compete in the 2023 Gary Anderson Invitational – one of the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) most anticipated youth events of the year.
Silencer Central, America's largest silencer dealer, is thrilled to announce its participation as a corporate sponsor at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Hunter & Outdoor Christmas Expo, December 7-16, 2023 in Las Vegas.
Athlon’s newest binoculars, the Midas G2 Pro, offers a field of view of 281 feet at 1000 yards, an interpupillary distance of 55-74 mm, a tripod adapter socket (1/4-20 thread), and an etched reticle.

Ed Brown Products is honored to be selected as a finalist for Ballistic’s Best Readers’ Choice Award for Best Full-Size Handgun.
The Scent Thief Wafer is designed for field usage, using natural forces to give hunters the predator advantage. Simply hang the wafer downwind on a tree branch above a climbing stand or in a bush next to a blind. Let the wind carry its scent-blocking power far and wide to create an impenetrable "No Smell Area.”
Davidson’s is proud to announce the significant growth of one of its newest product categories – cutlery. Davidson’s carries knives from nearly thirty brands and offers upwards of 1,200 individual SKUs in this product category. The category has indeed grown to the point of earning a spot on Davidson’s “Master Dealer Program” list.

The Scent Thief Wafer is designed for field usage, using natural forces to give hunters the predator advantage. Simply hang the wafer downwind on a tree branch above a climbing stand or in a bush next to a blind. Let the wind carry its scent-blocking power far and wide to create an impenetrable "No Smell Area.”
Otis Technology is proud to announce they have partnered with ExpertVoice, the leading platform for growing brand advocacy through pro deals, industry discounts and retail training.
Blackhawk announced that the United Security Group (USG) has been awarded a four-year contract from the Federal Police in Belgium to deliver new duty holsters from the brand’s T-Series holster line. As part of the contract, law enforcement professionals within the Belgian Federal Police and local police zones in Belgium will begin utilizing T-Series L3D holsters to carry their primary service pistols.
Liberty Ammunition acknowledges a 20-year milestone in offering self-defense ammunition. Starting as a development house for the US government, Liberty Ammunition has developed self-defense ammunition that provides key benefits.
Pursuit Media, LLC is pleased to announce a renewal and extension with DISH Network for HD carriage of the Pursuit Channel.
HeadHunters NW wishes to remind senior-level leaders and HR leaders that its third annual Industry Salary Survey is running from now through December 20, 2023.

NSSF® submitted a 28-page comprehensive public comment letter detailing the pitfalls of the Biden administration’s proposed “Engaged in the Business” rule that would create criminal law through executive fiat.
The Second Amendment Foundation will definitely challenge a federal ban on so-called “assault weapons” if legislation resurrected by anti-gun Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) somehow becomes law.
Outdoor Edge announced its new lineup of Razor VX, part of its new Advanced Carry line, featuring the company’s unique patented RazorSafe system. This system allows you to change blades quickly, easily, and safely with a button, ensuring that your everyday carry knife will never have a dull blade.

The Athlon Midas G2 UHD Pro 12x50 Binoculars is perfect for anyone who is looking to improve their precision mid or long-range shooting in either tactical or hunting applications. The diopter, reticle focus, reticle leveling adjustment, and main-focus wheel combine to result in unmatched clarity and sharpness.
President Biden has once again taken advantage of two high-profile shooting incidents this week in Texas and Nevada to push for a ban on so-called “assault weapons” when published reports indicate such firearms were not used in either case. The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms says Biden is “remaining true to form, dishing out the same gun control rhetoric he has used in the past, whether it matches up with the specific facts of a crime or not.”
This week on the No Lowballers Podcast, Logan Metesh and his panel dive into the dark world of night vision, looking at its history, how it works and the myths that surround the technology.

Mentoring is at the heart of NSSF’s +ONE® initiative, and for a limited time when you take the +ONE mentor pledge, you’ll be entered into the +ONE Gearbox giveaway sponsored by Mossberg.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) announces the installation of new electronic air gun targets at its indoor air gun ranges in Ohio and Alabama. All 80 firing points at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry, Ohio, and the 80 points at the Judith Legerski CMP Competition Center in Anniston, Ala., will now be equipped with Megalink 3D-Score targets.
With the holidays just around the corner, the NEBO staff has compiled a list of their favorite products throughout the year and presented it as a gift guide to give shoppers a jump start on the holiday season.

Chattanooga Shooting Supplies announces the addition of Cutting Edge Bullets to its extensive product lineup. They are widely known for their SealTite band which reduces copper fouling, allowing more shots between cleanings.
EAA Corp announces the shipment of the EAA/Girsan MC14T Lady Tip-Up™ pistol, not just a cute name, but the Solution™. This carry pistol is specifically designed with the modern woman in mind, offering a combination of style, precision, and reliability that sets it apart from the rest.
Federal Ammunition Federal Premium Gold Medal CenterStrike. These new match-grade loads feature a proprietary open tip match design, sleek profile and extremely tight specifications for the ultimate long-range accuracy and consistency. The new 77-grain, 223 Rem. load is currently shipping to dealers.
Savage Arms proudly announces “BONDING IN THE WILD” which debuted on Carbon TV December 1, 2023 and is now available on Savage’s Youtube Channel. “BONDING IN THE WILD” is the latest installment of Savage Arms’ blog series Savage Journeys which follows the travels of both new and seasoned hunters and shooters.
Sunday mornings are made for hunters on Sportsman Channel with best-in-class hunting series and authentic hosts ready to help viewers fill their freezers.
Outdoor Stewards of Conservation Foundation (OSCF) partnered with N.onT.ypical Outdoorsman TV to recruit new folks and showcase diversity in the outdoors. The team filmed six episodes of the show with each episode highlighting recruitment of diverse participants from within outdoor industry manufacturers and wildlife agencies.

What makes a 22 rifle important? We could argue popularity – the more units produced over the longest time indicates great popularity and that’s often due to reliability, features, utility and, now, after-market support.

Going along with my “artifacts” discussion about a 357 Magnum revolver, many of these rifles evoke memories for those of us who have lived long enough to lose people important to us.

Sometimes, it’s just knowing someone who’s a gun person who doesn’t own a 22 rifle. Like the idea that “nature abhors a vacuum,” it’s something that seems to cry out to be resolved. Like most, I began my shooting experience with a 22 rifle, a long drink of water that was Dad’s old Springfield 87A (marked Springfield J. Stevens Arms Company, Chicopee Falls, Mass. USA) that’d seen better days. That long old gun was replaced by the (“space aged” in those days) Remington Nylon 66. A shorter rifle, much lighter and with a shorter length of pull, the sight picture was decidedly handgun-like, with the front blade appearing as a square post through the squared rear notch on the barrel-mounted rear sight.

He taught me shooting through plinking. There were no ranges around to speak of – guns were considered a problem in those bad old days. A Gallup poll from 1958 showed most Americans wanted a handgun ban.

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.

Years later, I was chatting with Mike Rafferty and mentioned the fact that I didn’t even own a rimfire rifle. Sometime later, he had me come out to his car. It seems he’d been carousing at a gun show and found an ancient Remington rimfire with one of the old side-mounted scopes on board. I looked it over and told him it was interesting.

“Good,” he said, “Because it’s yours now.”

“The stock is cracked but repaired,” he said, “and the deal was right but I really don’t need it.” I don’t recall what he paid but I never forgot the gesture.

The Remington Model 34 is a tube-fed, bolt-action .22 rimfire rifle capable of using Shorts, Longs and Long Rifle rounds. The side-mounted scope, held on by two screws into the left side of the receiver, was a J.C. Higgins 4x of unknown vintage.

The Remington Model 34 was made from 1932 to 1935 – this gun has a manufacturing code of July, 1935. The gun was, at the time I got it out to study it and shoot it, 79 years and 11 months old. Only 163,000 of the guns were made.

To this, I added a Ruger 10/22 Takedown. I’m late to the 10/22 – it’s been around since the 1960s and I’ve only taken an interest in the last several years. It’s an incredibly practical little rifle, very handy and one I’ve shot far too little.

The one I have is stock, stainless steel with black synthetic furniture, a gold bead on the front sight and an ‘adjustable’ rear sight further back on the barrel. Light and trim at just over 4 ½ pounds, its 18 ½” barrel gives the whole rifle a length overall of just over three feet. It was issued with a carry bag and came with a scope base adapter and a 10-round rotary magazine.

Part of the 10/22’s appeal is the vast after-market for furniture, barrels, triggers and other accessories as well as the amount of support gear available from

That was followed by the Ruger American Rimfire Compact. The Compact was a hit with me due to the “real normal” length of pull – 12 ½” – with the possibility of getting the long length of pull stock modules (they’re interchangeable) that are supplied with the Standard American Rimfire guns.

The barrel is short at 18” -- it’s handy and quick. The gun sans optics weighs in at just under 5 1/2 pounds empty. The Rimfire American is supplied with iron sights – the front is a fiber-optic unit from Williams Gunsights. The safety is tang-mounted, as Jeff Quinn of was known to say, “where God intended it.”

I couldn’t agree more.

I selected an optic from Vortex Optics, the Diamondback 2-7x35 Rimfire, a fourteen-ounce unit with a one-inch tube. The reticle is the Vortex V-Plex hunting reticle. The click adjustments are light but pronounced enough that even I could feel them.

While the rifle is supplied with a cheek piece riser, I didn’t change the stock module to the higher cheek piece unit. After mounting the Diamondback, I mounted the rifle and saw that I had a good cheek weld as I peered down the center of the optic – no need to change it.

These aren’t the only important rimfire rifles out there. We each have those that stand out. These are my choices.

— Rich Grassi

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