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Washington youths give their best shot at clay target sports

Posted By on November 21, 2015

By Rich Landers

DSC_0527 As partner of USA Youth Education in Shooting Sports (USAYESS), the nation’s premier and only all-inclusive junior competitive shooting organization, Washington Youth Education in Shooting Sports, WAYESS, held its fourth annual Junior State Clay Target Championship. The tournament was open to any team or individual belonging to an organization which has a competitive shooting program such as USAYESS, 4-H, FFA, A.I.M., and others. More than 170 students, grades 6-12, were having a blast last weekend at Double Barrel Ranch south of Spokane and at the Spokane Trap and Skeet Club in Spokane Valley.

Over 20 teams from across the state were applying their year of training and practice in the fifth annual WAYESS Junior State Clay Target Championship.

In two days, most competitors fired 100 shotgun rounds in each of three venues: trap, skeet, and sporting clays.

Clay bursting RGB web Nathan Barron of Spokane had a two-day score of 282 out of 300, tying for first place overall with Max Jester of Wenatchee.

Among the other top individual performances were Barron and Tommy Hartman of Spokane shooting 99s in skeet and Colton Call of Spokane firing a 99 in trap.

DSC_0794 “Interest is growing at clubs and high schools across the state every year,” said Eric Nikkola, Athletic Director at Rearden High School and Vice President of WAYESS.

“Local gun clubs, such as the Spokane Gun Club, often sponsor youth clay target shooting teams as well as Future Farmers of America and 4-H programs in schools,” Nikkola said. As a nonprofit national program, USAYESS forms state foundations across the country which then support local teams within the state and introduce, grow, support, and educate youth and their families on firearm safety, shooting sports, and wildlife conservation and habitat.

“We want shooting sports to be thought of the same way as other athletic sports,” Nikkola said.

“Clay target sports is the fastest growing sport in high schools and colleges across the country,” said Charles Worthing, President of WAYESS.

DSC_0510 Abbi Denmark, 18, of Spokane is doing her part in that respect.

The Freeman High School senior was the top female shooter in last weekend’s competition and fourth overall with 276. But that was just the latest stop on her journey.

“I picked up a shotgun for the first time when I was a freshman,” she said. “I placed dead last in my first competition, breaking only one target out of 50.”

After six months of determined practice with the Spokane Gun Club youth team, she finished fourth in the state girls’ competition. She’s gone on to win regional and state titles through her high school career and finished third in national competitions last year.

“It’s paid off,” she said. “I have a shooting scholarship and will be going to Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska.”

“We are seeing more girls joining teams and competing equally with the boys,” Said Worthing.

“Adults with deep roots in the shooting sports step up for the kids,” Nikkola said.

DSC_0621“We had about 40 adult volunteers out there, including two at each of the 16 sporting clays stations,” he said. “These are people who want their sports to grow, and we’re being successful in many ways.”

“Although we lose our seniors every year, the overall number of participants is increasing. And last year, the Colville team went on to win the combo of all three events in the San Antonio national shoot.”

“There were no perfect scores but several 99 out of 100 scores,” Nikkola said. “That’s incredible. One of the shooters on my (Spokane) team shot 98 of 100 in trap and placed fourth.”

IMG_2380 To learn more about the Washington Youth Education in Shooting Sports, visit: www.wasctp.org. or contact Eric Nikkola at (509)944-1642.

Quinn McElvain – SST, 8th grade

The WAYESS State Shoot was one of my favorite shooting experiences. I was skeptical about shooting sporting clays at a different location than our trap and skeet club, but it ended up working out great.  It was only a 30-minute drive, and it really brought our team together. We learned new things about each other, which helped our team communication during sporting clays.  We also gave each other tips and advice for skeet and trap. I also got to meet a few people from other teams and get to know them!

Hodgdon Announces IMR 4955 Powder

Posted By on November 11, 2015



IMR 4955 Added to Enduron® Series
of Technology Advanced Smokeless Powders

Shawnee, KS, November 11, 2015 — IMR® Legendary Powders is pleased to announce

IMR 4955, the latest introduction to the Enduron® series of smokeless powders.

IMR 4955 lands between IMR 4451 and IMR 7977 on the burn rate chart and is an ideal choice for many popular calibers such as 270 Winchester, 25-06 Remington and the 300 Winchester Magnum. Enduron® Technology allows accuracy to be maintained over longer shooting sessions, thanks to a special additive which helps remove copper fouling as the rifle is fired.

This environmentally friendly formulation delivers ideal loading densities in medium and big game hunting calibers.

Ballistic variations based on climate conditions are a thing of the past with IMR 4955, thanks to its temperature insensitivity. From extreme heat to extreme cold, shooters will see uniform velocities. IMR 4955 has a small grain size, making it extremely accurate and easy to flow through a powder measure.

With the addition of IMR 4955 to the series of Enduron® Technology powders, reloaders can find a technically advanced powder for reloading anything from 223 Remington all the way up to the 500 Nitro Express.

IMR 4955 will be available in early 2016 in one-pound and eight-pound containers. Complete reloading data will be available in the 2016 Hodgdon® Annual Manual in January or in the Reloading Data Center on http://imrpowder.com any time.

Contact information: IMR Powder Company, 6430 Vista Drive, Shawnee, KS 66218, email help@imrpowder.com, imrpowder.com, call 913-362-9455, and fax 913-362-1307

Contact: Chris Hodgdon Phone: 913-362-9455 ext. 120 Email: chris@hodgdon.com

Hunting Hogs With Airguns

Posted By on October 20, 2015

AATVSeasonOfGiveAways-Logo This Week on American Airgunner

By Justin “JB” Biddle, Executive Producer

FORT SMITH, AR (October 19th, 2015)—Come watch Steve Criner try to bag a 90 pound hog with the same high-powered PCP air rifle he used to harvest a coyote on Episode 1 of the 2014 Season. This week’s episode shows the power of modern large caliber PCP air rifles for authentic hunting. The original Coyote Ugly episode was one of the Top 5 viewed videos of the entire American Airgunner series and the Hog Hunter show won’t disappoint.

rossi-serious See the .22 vs. .22 battle between one of the most popular rimfire firearm rifles and a Walther LGU .22 air rifle. Viewers of this segment might be surprised at the results and should be able to answer the question of “Is a .22 pellet airgun a good alternative to rimfire rifles?”

See what amazing things our round table crew discovered at the 2015 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. From the unusual to a lot of gotta-haves, you will want to see these innovative new airgun related products. Many of the products shown are entering into capabilities that only were possible with firearms in the past.

rossi-rick-25y-cards This week’s prize in the American Airgunner 2015 Season of Giveaways is the top-selling action pistol Colt® Peacemaker® airgun with custom hand engraving donated by Pyramyd Air. You can ENTER THIS WEEK’S GIVEAWAY on Facebook and view the custom engraved Peacemaker® when you enter at http://americanairgunner.com/airgun-giveaway. Follow American Airgunner online for the remainder of this year for your chance to win weekly prizes!

Audiences are invited to follow American Airgunner on Facebook, YouTube, AmericanAirgunner.com, Instagram and to search for #AirgunnerTV to keep up with the show, its host Rossi Morreale, and the show’s guests, airgun hunters, and experts.

American Airgunner airs on Wednesdays at 4:30 pm Eastern, Fridays at 1:30 am and during primetime on Friday evening at 8:30 pm Eastern/5:30 pm Pacific. Pursuit Channel can be found on DirecTV Ch. 604, and DISH Network Ch. 393 and via Roku and Chromecast. Check your local listings for additional channel information.






https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11qMXgRP2S8 – Coyote Ugly Episode with big bore airgun hunting

16-Year-Old Wins NSSF Rimfire Championship

Posted By on October 13, 2015

16-Year-Old Wins NSSF Rimfire Championship

RECORD ATTENDANCE . . . Sixteen-year-old Kolby Pavlock of Kuna, Idaho, claimed the title of World Champion this past weekend at the NSSF Rimfire Challenge World Championship, held at Old Fort Gun Club in Fort Smith, Arkansas. A record 200 competitors of all ages and skill levels took part. Formerly known as the Ruger Rimfire Challenge, NSSF took over ownership of the program in 2014. More than 400 Rimfire Challenge events were held across the country this year. The matches are designed to encourage family participation in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Complete results from the world championship event will be posted during the week at www.nssf.org/rimfire/championship.

  • NSSF EXTENDS THANKS TO RIMFIRE CHALLENGE SPONSORS . . . NSSF recognizes the 2015 Rimfire Challenge World Championship sponsors in gratitude for their support. The long list of 2015 sponsors includes ATI, Allchin Gun Parts, Breakthrough Clean Technologies, Brownells, Chamber-View, Comp-Tac, Fiocchi, Gold Coast Armory, Gun-Guides, Hogue Inc., Joseph Chiarello & Co., Kahr Arms, Keystone Sporting Arms, Magnum Research, MGM Targets, Mossberg, Revolution Stocks, Ruger, Secure Firearm Products, Striplin Custom Gunworks, Tactical Solutions, Tandemkross, Timney Triggers, Victor Company, Volquartsen Custom, Warne Scope Mounts, Walther, Winchester, WMD Guns and XS Sight Systems.

NSSF’s Rimfire Challenge Matches are Fun for Everyone

Posted By on October 12, 2015

By Jennifer L.S. Pearsall, NSSF Director, Public RelationsLogo1_Black

It’s often said that hunters, more often than not, tend to be well-rounded shooters. They spend time on the range practicing their skills, shoot competitively in the off-season and, in general, spend a lot of time behind their guns when they’re not in the field pursuing game.

All this off-season practice sharpens skills, improves performance and provides the chance to enjoy our firearms year round.

RimfireGirl Of course, no well-rounded hunter or proficient marksman was born that way. Everyone started somewhere, had their first safety lesson, first introduction to sight alignment, first pull of the trigger and a bevy of other firsts. For many, this list of firsts also included an introduction to some sort of shooting competition.

Competing with your firearm, whatever the sport, can be an intimidating proposition. You’re not familiar with the rules and equipment and you’re surrounded by people who seem to “know it all.” It can be enough to scare a newcomer away.

RimfireFamily NSSF seeks to change that “scariness” that can accompany a person’s first competition with its Rimfire Challenge program. Originally created and run by Sturm, Ruger & Co., Ruger sought out NSSF to take over the successful program in 2014.

Rimfire Challenge matches are two-gun matches. Competitors need both a rimfire pistol and a rimfire rifle—and other than hearing and eye protection, that’s just about all a new competitor needs (full details are available at www.nssf.org/rimfire). Why so minimal? The Rimfire Challenge was specifically designed to provide an entry to competition that wasn’t gear-focused, wasn’t expensive to participate in and wasn’t intimidating. In fact, it’s the opposite of all those things. Whole families are encouraged to participate and shoot together—and they do! RimfireBoy We see brothers helping sisters load magazines, moms shooting alongside their daughters, and families bringing neighbors and other friends to introduce them to the sport.

The formula for these matches—easy entry, easy cost, easy gear and lots of family-oriented fun—has proven to be tremendously successful. This has been especially true for a number of youth shooters, who are now sponsored shooters and proudly wearing shirts with the names of the many firearms industry members helping them continue to compete. Yet those kids, those perfecting their skills and becoming more serious about competing, still shoot right alongside brand new shooters and those younger than them, helping them through their first safety orientation, their first stage, and sometimes their first mis-feed. So even though this is competition—more serious for some than others, but still competition—guns are lent, advice is given and everyone encourages and cheers for everyone else.

RimfireInstruction NSSF would like to encourage new hunters and new shooters in general to seek out the Rimfire Challenge events in their area. Not only will they find a welcoming atmosphere and the most “non-scary” competition on the planet, by participating in Rimfire Challenge, they’ll do just what their mentors do: sharpen skills, improve performance and have the chance to enjoy their firearm year round.


Arkansas’ Old Fort Gun Club to Host 2015 Rimfire Challenge World Championship, Registration Now Open

Rimfire5 For the second year in a row, veteran shooting match facility Old Fort Gun Club, in Fort Smith, Arkansas, has partnered with NSSF as the hosting range for the 2015 NSSF Rimfire Challenge World Championship, to be held October 9-11, 2015.

With extensive experience hosting competitive shooting events, from local and small to large and national in scope, and across a wide range of shooting sports, Old Fort Gun Club’s staff and facilities are the perfect pairing to host large matches. Past events have included Cowboy Action and ISPC/USPSA matches, as well as 3-Gun Nation and Steel Challenge contests. Old Fort’s hosting of last year’s Rimfire Challenge World Championship was widely praised by spectators and competitors alike.

“Given how smoothly last year’s World Championship went and the professionalism exhibited by Old Fort’s match staff, we are very pleased to have them agree to host the 2015 World Championship,” said Zach Snow, Shooting Promotions Manager with NSSF. “We’re excited to be working with them again and look forward to hosting what will be an even more memorable event experience for all participants.

“The staff at Old Fort Gun Club was asking to host the World Championships in 2015 before the 2014 match was even completed,” said club match director Bill Striplin. “They absolutely love the sport and the competitors. We are very much looking forward to making this one of the top competitions in the nation, and October can’t get here soon enough.”

“I am very much looking forward to the 2015 Rimfire Challenge World Championship,” said Mark Passamaneck, match director for the World Championship. “As I design stages, run matches and compete over the shooting season, one of the highlights of the year is running this match, because this match format provides a low-stress atmosphere for anyone to get involved in competitive shooting, and it brings families together on the range. We hope to see a lot of new faces this year.”

Online competitor registration is available now for the Rimfire Challenge World Championships at https://shootnscoreit.com/nssf/match/220/. Shooter participation is limited to 200, so competitors are urged to sign up now. Additional information about the World Championships is available here (http://www.nssf.org/rimfire/championship/).

Windham’s VEX .223 Hunter & Burris XTR II 1-5X Fastfire Combo

Posted By on September 13, 2015

By Andy Fink, Dylan Sacks, and Ricky Marston

scope left side 2 We got in a really nice, wooden-stocked Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR) for test and review and were very pleased with it. The laminated nutmeg wood stock and the coyote-anodized receiver change the whole appearance. It is very pleasing to the eye compared to the standard, more common, black MSR. I also liked the fluted barrel and the small picatinny rail on top by the gas block at the end of the stock.

The function was perfect, with not even a single jam after over 350 rounds of reloads, Armscor and Black Hills Ammunition 55-grainers. Not one jam. Even with a slightly heavier trigger pull than I usually like, about 5 pounds, its accuracy was phenomenal. It is easily capable of shooting one-hole groups at 100 yards.

Though heavy for a MSR at 8.35 lbs. due to the wood stock and not including the weight of the scope, it is a rifle that just screams for you to take it out hunting – whistle pigs, coyotes and even small deer with a 75-grain hunting bullet.

201002 Angle Ð XTRII#8470BC Now, part of the good results we got from testing its accuracy was certainly helped out by the Burris XTR II 1-5X24mm G3 scope combo with a FastFire III 3-MOA red dot, a 300mm AR-P.E.P.R. mount, and a Scope Tube FastFire mount all in one package.

  • The XTR II Ballistic 5.56 Gen 3 illuminated rear focal plane reticle helps the shooter achieve maximum accuracy with 5.56/.223 ammunition (201000, 201002 only)
  • Features the XTR II Ballistic CQ Mil illuminated rear focal plane reticle (201001 only)
  • Combo includes a complete shooting platform at significant savings: XTR II Riflescope 1-5x24mm with XTR II Ballistic 5.56 Gen 3 rear focal plane reticle, FastFireIII 3-MOA red dot sight, a 30 mm AR-P.E.P.R.mount, and a Scope Tube FastFireMount (201002 only)
  • Designed for serious rifle shooters—both tactical and competitive

5.56-gen-3-reticle JPEG The XTR II Ballistic 5.56 Gen 3 reticle is made for ultra-fast target engagement at short distances and trajectory compensation to push out to extended ranges. It’s an incredibly versatile tactical reticle.

  • Mil measurements
  • Illuminated broken-circle pattern with center dot
  • Rear focal plane design provides consistent reticle size at every magnification
  • Dual focal plane design allows the crosshairs to change size with magnification so mil measurements and trajectory lines are accurate at any power; illuminated broken circle remains a constant size for easy transition between short- and long-distance shooting
  • Ideal for achieving accuracy with 5.56 and .223 ammunition
  • Trajectory compensation out to 1,000 yards

Burris really did a great job putting this combo together. Though considered more a tactical scope than a hunting scope, it can be used for both, as well as competitive shooting whether at 10 yards or 500 yards. It makes an excellent 3-Gun combination. I absolutely love the G3 reticle. With its illuminated broken circle pattern with center dot, it is easily picked up and placed on target. The windage Mil measurements and trajectory compensation lines make it simple to adjust to both distance and heavy winds.

3moa-dot The FastFire 3-MOA mounted on top lets you pick up your target quickly and clearly. Some of its features include:

  • Bright red dot allows for fast target acquisition and easy aiming
  • Compact and lightweight so it won’t affect firearm balance or handling
  • 1x magnification allows both-eyes-open shooting for enhanced awareness and target acquisition
  • Parallax-free for better accuracy
  • Mounts to almost anything—including handguns, rifles, and shotguns—using Burris mounting systems
  • Automatic brightness sensor adjusts brightness to match the environmental conditions; also features 3 manual brightness settings
  • Windage and elevation adjustments make optic fine-tuning easy; no special tool required
  • High-grade optical glass provides excellent brightness and clarity with lasting durability
  • Index-matched, Hi-Lume® multicoating provides low-light performance and glare elimination
  • Waterproof
  • Nitrogen-filled body tubes prevent internal fogging in the cold and rain
  • Shockproof design stands up to years of punishing recoil
  • CR1632 battery included
  • Battery access is conveniently located on the top of the sight

Dylan low ready smiling Dylan Sacks (19)

On this cold, cloudy day, I shot the Windham Weaponry VEX wood-stocked MSR. This unique rifle with its wood furniture was outstanding. The trigger was a bit heavy, about a 5-lb. pull, but the break was clean. Its accuracy was phenomenal, allowing me to hit a popper at 100 yards offhand with no problem. There was almost no recoil, which surprised me for a rifle with a non-threaded barrel. All in all, I’d say, sure, I wouldn’t mind adding a Windham to my collection.

The Windham VEX was matched with a Burris XTRII scope. I own a MTAC 1-4, and I honestly think the XTRII is a better scope. Both scopes hold up well. The horseshoe reticle on the XTRII makes taking accurate shots a breeze over the MTACs’ point-and-shoot style circle dot reticle. The illumination makes taking close shots a bit easier and faster, though normally I would leave it off. The only down side I see to the XTRII is the cap for the battery also acts as a turret for the illumination switch. This causes the shooter to loosen the cap as he switches brightness settings. Other than this small issue, the Burris XTRII is a wonderful scope; I definitely see one in my future.

Ricky Marston (13)

Windham Ricky offhand I recently had the opportunity to shoot a Windham Weaponry MSR (AR-15.) It had a beautiful laminated wood stock and a 16-inch fluted barrel. It also had a BCM charging handle. Overall, I thought that the gun shot pretty well. I tried a variety of different types of ammo with this gun, and all seemed to perform accurately when I shot it. One difference in comparison to other MSRs that I have recently shot is it is quite a bit heaver and bulkier. As an avid shooter, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this gun to others in the competition field. I believe it would make an even better hunting gun!

Windham VEX MSR 223 Hunter Left side “Windham Weaponry is proud to offer the highest quality rifles made
anywhere. As testament to that quality, we back our rifles with a Lifetime
Warranty to the original owner. That Warranty is also transferrable to
subsequent owners. See www.windhamweaponry.com for complete details.”

VEX Wood Stocked Series – Nutmeg Specifications

  1. Model: R20FSSFTWS-2
  2. Caliber: .223 Rem.
  3. Type: Rifle
  4. Price MSRP: $1,480
  5. Action: Semi-Automatic, Gas Impingement System
  6. Capacity: 5 + 1- Ships with one 5 Round Magazine (accepts all std. sizes)
  7. Safety: Manual Lever with Indicator Markings on Both Sides of Receiver
  8. Receiver: A4 Type Flat Top Upper Receiver with Optics Riser Blocks
  9. Receiver Material: Forged 7075 T6 Aircraft Aluminum with Aluminum Trigger Guard
  10. Receiver Finish: Hardcoat Coyote Anodize
  11. Bolt Material: Carpenter 158 Steel
  12. Barrel: 20” Stainless Steel – Fluted – Matte Finish – w. Sling Stud
  13. Barrel Material: Precision 416R Stainless Steel
  14. Chamber: Compass Lake Spec. with Matched Bolt
  15. Rifling: 1 Turn in 8” – Right Hand Twist
  16. Stock/Forend: Laminated Wood – Nutmeg
  17. Weight: 8.35 pounds
  18. Length Overall: 38.1875 inches
  19. Pistol Grip: Hogue OverMolded Rubber Pistol Grip
  20. Rear Sight: None – Ready for Optics of Choice on Picatinny Rail Platform
  21. Front Sight: None – Picatinny Rail Platform
  22. Packaging: Hard Plastic Gun Case with Black Web Sling & Operators Manual

CMP Monthly Match League Returns for 2015 Session

Posted By on September 4, 2015


By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

CAMP PERRY, Ohio; ANNISTON, Ala. – The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) will be holding the final three Monthly Matches during Fall 2015. There, shooters will have the chance to be ranked among Monthly Match participants from across the country for a chance at monetary rewards and bragging rights during the new Monthly Match League.


With events geared toward introducing new marksmen to the world of competition shooting and events to challenge the more experienced shooters, there’s a little something for everyone at the Monthly Matches.

The six Monthly Matches are held at our South Competition Center in Anniston, AL, as well as our newly renovated Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center in Camp Perry, OH. Staple events fired include a Junior 3×20, Junior 3×10, Novice Prone, 60 Shot Air Rifle Standing and 60 Shot Air Pistol.

During the League, all six matches will be combined and prizes will be awarded to the overall winners from both North and South, based on aggregate scores.

FamilyFun The last three Monthly Matches will be held:

  • September 19
  • October 10
  • November 14

A running total of qualification scores will be recorded for shooters at both locations, with the top four scores for each participant used to determine the overall winners. Lowest scores will be dropped. Because the winners must have fired in four or more matches to be eligible, shooters are encouraged to sign up for as many Monthly Matches as possible for better odds at cash and donated prizes.

Eligible events for the Monthly Match League include:

  • Pistol 60 Shots (No PPP)
  • Rifle 60 Shots
  • Sporter 3×20
  • Precision 3×20 
  • The CMP Monthly Matches are a great way to spend time as a family. Novice Prone event is designed for young shooters aged 8-12 who are just beginning their shooting careers and introduces them to the exciting world of competitive shooting in a safe and fun way.

A money pool will be filled after each Monthly Match from $2 of each shooter’s entry fee. Consequentially, the more shooters who sign up for the matches, the larger the prize pool will be when prizes are awarded.

Along with cash prizes, the first three places in each category will receive a CMP plaque. Additional prizes will be given to fourth and fifth place overall winners.

Prizes include:

  • First Place – 30% of prize money
  • Second Place – 25% of prize money
  • Third Place – 20% of prize money
  • Fourth Place – 15% of prize money
  • Fifth – 10% of prize money


League Awards will also be presented to the High Junior in Pistol and Rifle and the Most Improved competitor. These shooters will receive plaques by mail.

Events featured in the Monthly Match League include Pistol 60 Shots (No PPP), Rifle 60 Shots, Sporter 3×20 and Precision 3×20. Overall winners at the end of the six sessions will receive a monetary award from the prize pool.

The CMP Competition Centers are equipped with 80 firing points with Megalink electronic targets. The Megalink targets allow for scores to be instantly displayed on small monitors for each shooter, as well as on large television screens for spectators to observe. Scores will be automatically uploaded to CMP’s Competition Tracker website at http://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php for viewing.

For more on the Monthly Matches and registration info, visit http://thecmp.org/air/cmp-competition-center-event-matches/monthly-air-rifle-and-air-pistol-matches/. The CMP Competition Centers are open every Tuesday and Thursday evening for Open Public Shooting. Visit our website for more information.

For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto www.TheCMP.org for more information and program descriptions.

Camp Perry Training Site, Bldg. 3 clip_image002
P.O. Box 576, Port Clinton, OH 43452
Tel (419) 635-2141
Web site: www.TheCMP.org
On-Line Newsletter: http://thecmp.org/communications/the-first-shot/

Boyds Adds Replacement Stock Options for Remington 710 and 770 Models

Posted By on September 1, 2015

 Remmington 710 (2) (1) MITCHELL, S.D. – Boyds has recently released new hardwood gunstock options for the popular Remington 710 and 770 models. The Remington Model 770 and its predecessor, the Model 710, are affordable, high-performance bolt-action centerfire rifles that are a popular choice among hunters. Boyds now offers hardwood replacement gunstocks for the 710 and 770 models in their Classic, Featherweight Thumbhole, Heritage, Platinum, Prairie Hunter, Pro Varmint, and Varmint Thumbhole designs.

Print “At Boyds, we actively seek out input from the industry and our customers,” said Dustin Knutson, general manager at Boyds. “We’ve had a lot of stock requests for the Remington 710 and 770 models and we’re proud to add these to our lineup.”

Boyds uses the Product Request Form on their website as a guide to continuously add new makes and models to their product offerings. Boyds adds new parts to their product line daily based on the input they receive. With this focus, Boyds is able to provide the best selection of the most relevant gunstocks to their customers. The new Remington models are a prime example.

Boyds also offers countless custom options for their constantly growing line up of hardwood replacement gunstocks. These include laser engraving, custom grips, custom length of pull, custom recoil pads and custom tips. A new adjustable comb option is also now available for their Classic, Prairie Hunter, Platinum, Heritage, and Pro Varmint designs.

Boyds is the leading manufacturer of high-quality hardwood gunstocks in the world. An American, family-owned business located in Mitchell, S.D., Boyds builds well over 100,000 different makes and models of gunstocks priced under $100. All of Boyds hardwood gunstocks can be found and ordered at www.boydsgunstocks.com/770.

Randy Boyd, 605-996-5011, info@boydsguntocks.com

Tim Noland, 660-826-2822, tnoland@ecallis.com

I’m a Professional Gunfighter

Posted By on August 24, 2015

By: Colby Furniss “Kid Rango”By the corral ready to go

My name is Colby Furniss (AKA Kid Rango). I am eight years old. I live in Boise Idaho, and I am a professional gunfighter.

When I was seven years old, I started to watch my grandma (Mustang Anne) and grandpa (Tucson) do cowboy action gun fighting as part of the CFDA (Cowboy Fast Draw Association). After watching them shoot a few times, I told them I wanted to be a professional gunfighter, too. Every chance I got I would go to practice shoots out in Notus, Idaho, with the Treasure Valley Gunslingers and watch. My shooting Spud and I at Lowman Shootout buddy “Spud” heard I was ready to become a gunfighter and was nice enough to lend me his old holster and belt until I could get my own. He even gave me some of his old cowboy clothes to help me get ready to become a gunfighter.

My grandparents introduced me to a man name Curley Calhoon. When I first saw him, I thought he was a very tall man that wore cool clothes. I was so shy when I met him, but after he met me, he walked right up to me, got on one knee, and shook my hand and introduced himself to me. He asked me what my name was and asked if I wanted to be a professional gunfighter. I told him in a quiet voice, “Yes.” Curley told me he could not hear me. I then mustarded up a little more voice and said “Yes!” Curley told me was going to teach me how to be a professional gunfighter, but I Curly and I getting ready to start my shooting set had to promise him one thing. He made me promise that my schoolwork and grades came first. He also told me that I had to promise that I would always have fun while I’m shooting. Curley asked me what my cowboy name is. I told him in my shy voice it was “Kid Rango.” Curley again said he could not hear me. I again said, “Kid Rango.” Curley said, “That is a fine cowboy name.”

Curley gave me this book about cowboy fast draw that had all these words in it that I tried to read, but a lot of the words were too big for me to understand. So with the help of my parents and grandparents, we started to read the book together. My grandparents decided they would make me a lesson book about gunfighting using something they knew I could understand. It had pictures of a gun in it. They used a word I had never heard of before: “nomenclature.” They said, “This book will help you learn all the parts of the gun.“

After I started studying for my Billy the Kid gunfighter’s test, I went to Curley’s house for my first official training class. I sat down and listened very carefully to all the important things Curley told us. When I left, Curley told me that the next time we meet we are going to take the shooting part of the test, which made my eyes perk up, and my grin got bigger than you could imagine.

A few months later, we set a date and time to go back to Curley’s and take my test. I don’t think I slept a wink the night before the test. Every time I closed my eyes, I had nothing but being a gunfighter on my mind.

When I arrived at Curley’s house, he was there to greet my family and me. Curley asked if I was ready to be a professional gunfighter. Knowing Curley wanted me to use my big voice and not be shy, I said, “Yes, I am,” in my biggest gunfighter voice. I sat down, and Curley started asking me questions about all the rules of the sport and nomenclature of the gun. I was nervous, but I knew all the parts since I have been practicing so much. I answered all his questions except the last one. Curley asked me, “What was the thing I had to do all the time?” I thought real hard and did not remember that question as being part of my studying. I paused. Then I remembered; I need to have fun. I remembered Curley telling me the first rule is safety, and the second rule is to have fun, and the final rule is competition.

Grandpa Tucson handing me my bullets When that was done, Curley told me it was time for me to do the shooting part of my test. I got real nervous, put on my holster, and my grandpa got out his backup gun, a .45 caliber Ruger Vaquero single-action pistol, from his bag and handed it to me. I did what I was taught and checked the gun to make sure it was unloaded and safe for me to handle. Curley walked me up to the line and told me what we were going to do next. My heart was beating so loud it was hard for me to hear what he was saying over the thumping of my heart. Curley handed me a few bullets. My hands were shaking, but I was trying my best to not show how nervous I was. I just took a breath and took my time and loaded each bullet into my .45 pistol. I put my gun into my holster and waited for the commands to fire. Once the command was given, I stood there staring at the light waiting for it to come on. It seemed like forever, but all of a sudden, the light came on, I pulled my gun, and “bang.” I don’t even know if I hit the target or not. With each shot, my nerves started again but not as bad as the time prior. Curley had me shoot a few more times, and then he told me, “Okay. Let’s take the shoot test now.” I was thinking to myself, “I thought was just did that.” But I was not going to argue. And, hey, that means I get to shoot some more.

Curley then let my grandpa (Tucson) step up and hand me my bullets, and I put them into my gun. Once again, the nerves fired back up, but I knew I had been hitting the target so I had nothing to worry about. The commands came, and the shots went off perfectly. As I was waiting for the next shot command, Curley told me, “Congratulations, Kid Rango! You passed. You are now a professional gunfighter.”

Curley told me I was all certified, and as soon as I turned eight years old, I could start shooting competitions. I let Curley know that I will be turning eight on October 13th, 2012. Curley seemed very excited to tell me that he wanted me to shoot in the 10:13 to Lowman shootout that will be on October 13th and 14th, 2012, in Lowman, Idaho.

My first shoot and 8th birthday:My family

On October 12, 2012, my family all drove up to Lowman for the 10:13 to Lowman shoot. We brought up a camper and decided to camp at the campground so we would not have to rent a hotel. We parked our camper next to several of my new gunfighter friends and my grandpa and grandma. When we arrived, people were so excited to see me there and asked if I was ready for my big day and my birthday. I was trying to be very polite and answered in my best cowboy boy voice.

Later that night, my family, grandma, grandpa, and their best friends came over to our camper and said they had some things for my birthday. I told them that it was not my birthday yet. They said they wanted me to open these gifts up before my big shoot in the morning. When I started to open my gifts, it seemed like everyone from the camp walked over to see what I got. I was so surprised when I opened up my gifts and noticed I got a new custom holster and belt, new pants, new shirt, and some stickers that had “Kid Rango” on them.

The next morning I woke up (not that I really slept much) and was ready for my first competition shoot as a real professional gunfighter. I was so excited I don’t think I even thought about it being my eighth birthday. When I walked out of the camper with all my new gear, on everyone was looking at me and asking if I was ready to go shooting. I stayed calm and respectful and told them I was ready.

Me and dad When we walked down to sign up for the shoot, I was nervous and excited at the same time. I could not wait for the match to start. Before it started, my parents and grandparents kept telling me, “Don’t worry about how fast you are; you only need to hit the target.” Once the shooting started, I had the best time of my life. Every time I hit the target, people were cheering for me. They did not care if I had the fastest time or not. Throughout the whole day, I stayed focused and kept reminding myself that I promised Curley that I would continue to have fun.

After the first day of shooting was finished, they announced they were going to hold a side match called “The Eliminator.” I have never heard of this type of shoot and had to ask what it was about. I don’t think I really understood, but I just decided to wait for my name to be called so I could go shoot. The match kept going, but I had not heard my name yet. It was starting to get toward the end, and I was not sure if I was going to shoot or not. But then it happened; they called, “Kid Rango,” you are next to shoot in The Eliminator.” I gathered my bullets and walked up to the line past my grandpa (Tucson) who was the range master. Tucson said, “Good luck, Rango.” I said, “Thank you,” and walked up the line. When I got there, I noticed my grandma (Mustang Anne) was standing there and asked if she could be my hand judge. I told her, “Of course, you can.”

On the line ready to draw at the light It was a long match that was going between me and another shooter named Little Foot. It came down to the last round, and when the light went off, I pulled my gun and just stayed focused on what Curley and my grandparents taught me and just squeezed the trigger. The next thing I knew I was hearing my name over the loud speaker telling everyone, “Kid Rango has just won The Eliminator on his eighth birthday!” I turned toward Little Foot and shook her hand and told her, “Nice shooting.” Everyone in the crowd was so excited and clapping for me. My grandma gave me a great big hug and told me I did great. I walked toward my parents, and I was stopped by Curley. He got down on one knee and congratulated me on my win. I was the happiest kid in the world. I then walked over to my grandpa, and he was so excited he did not have words for me winning. He gave me a great big hug and gave me a pat on the back and was able to get the words “Great job, Rango” out.

Me and my birthday cake Later that night, we had a dinner with all the other shooters and families. After eating, I thought we were done for the night but was surprised when they brought in a birthday cake with my picture on it. Everyone sang happy birthday to me. I was so surprised and told everyone to please share my birthday cake with me. I think everyone had some because there was only one or two pieces left over.

That night, we all went around the campfire and listened to cowboy poetry and listened to music. They also gave some raffle prizes away to some of the shooters. I ended up winning a small moose-head statue and was so excited when they called my winning ticket. At the end of the raffle, they said they had one more gift — a $100 gift card from American Express. They asked me to come over and draw the winning ticket. I pulled the number out and handed it to Curley. They called the number out and nobody acted like they won. They then told me I won. I could not believe how perfect my birthday was. People were asking me if I was going to buy toys with my money. I thought about it and said, “No. I’m going to by myself a gun.”

The next morning the shoot started back up, and I was right back into it. I shot all day long, and near the end of the day, they moved into the final rounds for placement. The kids took turns shooting after the adults. The final three Billy the Kids shooting in the final were Spud, Tank, and I. It came down to the last round, and I ended up taking second place behind my buddy Spud.

After all the shooting was done, they handed out the prizes for the winners. My grandpa (Tucson) took second place just like I did.

Where I am now with my shooting:

Tucson, Curly and me I get to shoots here in Idaho twice a month. I really enjoy spending time at the shoots with everyone. We have a joke around the club that people don’t like to shoot against me because I might not be as fast as them, but I don’t miss.

A few months ago, I kept my promise I made at the 10:13 to Lowman shoot: I was able to find my own gun, and with my winnings and the money I saved up, I bought it on my own. I have also convinced my dad (Idaho Bandit) to start shooting. He is getting better, but I still don’t miss and win against him about half the time.

I am not the same shy gunfighter who started a few years ago. I am one of the club members and family and do my part to ensure that everyone is staying safe and always reminding people that they need to have fun.

James Payne, 16, Sets New Records at 2015 National Rimfire Sporter Match

Posted By on August 13, 2015


By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

CAMP PERRY, Ohio – On August 1, the National Rimfire Sporter Match was held on a hot, sunny day to a group of over 300 competitors. With last year’s event cancelled due to weather, competitors were eager this year to get on the firing line and take part in one of the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s most popular events.

Competitors in the match fire smallbore sporter rifles in three different classes: T-Class (telescoped rifles), O-Class (open sights) and PayneTactical. A winner, high junior, high woman and high senior is awarded from each class, based on scores.

Samuel Payne of Kingston, GA, was the match winner of the T-Class with an exceptional score of 599-46x. He was also the high junior, the high 4-H junior and set a new National Record. Payne was awarded his plaques by DCM Emeritus Gary Anderson (left), as well as CMP staff member Brad Donoho (right), who called the Rimfire Sporter Match.

Samuel Payne, 16, of Kingston, GA, was the match winner of the T-Class with an exceptional score of 599-46x. He was also the high junior and the high 4-H junior.

Back at the Eastern CMP Games in May, Payne became the first competitor to ever fire a clean score of 600 in the Rimfire Sporter Match. At the National Matches, Payne arrived with the hopes of duplicating his Eastern Games performance with another historical win.

“I wanted to shoot a 600 because I didn’t want to do so good there (Eastern Games), then come out here and do worse at the bigger competition,” he said.

The one point he dropped in the match was during his standing rapid fire – his third shot. From his scope, he thought the shot may have been close to the 10 ring, so he continued on as if he was still on track with his perfect performance.

“I didn’t know until after I finished shooting [that I didn’t make the 10 ring], which is probably good because it would’ve messed me up a little more,” he said with a smile.

Although he didn’t reach his goal of repeat perfection, Payne still made history by setting a new National Record – beating the previous score of 598-35x previously set by Jacob Guay in 2012.

“It’s awesome,” he said. “It’s almost as good as a perfect score because it’s the thing to beat. It feels pretty good.”

Next year, Payne plans to come back to set a new record – a perfect score at Nationals.

Schindehette Scott Schindehette, 70, of Saginaw, MI, was the high senior of the T-Class with a score of 588-28x, while Amy Trombley, 50, of Canton, MI, earned a score of 585-31x to become the high woman.

In the Tactical Class, Theodore James, 36, of Woodville, OH, fired an outstanding score of 595-37x to claim the match winner title. His performance also set a new National Record, beating the previous score of 593-30x set by Ron Villanueva in 2012.

High junior of the Tactical Class was Brianna Toikkanen, 17, of Conneaut, OH, with a score of 563-24x. Roger Burdick, 59, also of Conneaut, OH, was the high senior of the match with a score of 592-35x. Burdick was the third place finisher overall. Rene Baldwin, 50, of Ellwood City, PA, earned the high woman honor with a score of 568-10x.

Winning the O-Class was Don Moore, 65, of Chattanooga, TN, who fired a score of 585-30x. Moore was also the high senior of the class. Amanda LaBeff, 33, of Saginaw, MI, was the high woman, with a score of 560-13x. Trombley

Samuel Payne was the high junior with a score of 583-23x. Payne also was the second place finisher in the O-Class and the high 4-H junior.

Amy Trombley of Canton, MI, earned a score of 585-31x to become the high woman of the T-Class.

Special thanks to Savage Arms and Remington for donating rifles to two lucky winners of the Rimfire Match.

For a complete list of Rimfire Sporter results, visit https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&task=edit&match=12167.

Photos of the event can be found at http://cmp1.zenfolio.com.

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AiR 15 Challenge Grows Over 100 Entries at 2015 National Match Air Gun Events

Posted By on August 4, 2015


By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer Competitors

CAMP PERRY, Ohio August 3, 2015 – The Top 20 competitors of the AiR 15 Challenge met on the firing line at the world-class facilities of the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center for a Shoulder-to-Shoulder shoot-off and a chance to earn prize money. With 100 more entries into this year’s Challenge than last year’s, the popularity of the event is clearly growing.

Competitors qualify for the shoot-off in a 20 Shot re-entry match. During the final, shooters receive a 5 minute sighter period, followed by 20 record shots in a time limit of 22 minutes. The marksman with the highest score derived from those 20 shots is deemed the winner of the shoot-off.

This year, there were over 100 more competitors signed up for the AiR 15 Challenge than last year’s match – proving its growing popularity during the National Matches.

Green This year’s winner, with an outstanding score of 199-7x, was SFC Brandon Green, 30, of the Army Marksmanship Unit. With his win, Green also received a check of $700 from the CMP.

An accomplished Service Rifle competitor, SFC Green actually got his start in competitive shooting in sporter air rifle for a JROTC unit in Louisiana. After shooting sporter for a few years, he switched to precision in high school before joining the Army and becoming a member of the Service Rifle Team, which he has now done for the past 12 years.

Often seen on the line during the AiR 15 Challenge at the National Matches, he has placed every time he’s shot the match – giving him hundreds of extra dollars during his trips to the National Matches.

SFC Brandon Green, 30, of the Army Marksmanship Unit, was the winner of the AiR 15 challenge – finishing with an exceptional score of 199-7x out of a possible 200.

“I think, mainly, people come in here to train,” Green explained. “It’s convenient to train and compete – get a little of that match pressure. That’s the reason that I come in to do it. Just to get time on the sights – time on the gun. Plus, it’s exciting to come in and shoot for a little bit of money.”

“Come out and try it,” he added. “It’s a good time.”

Coggshall2 Coming in second place and receiving $500 was SSG John Coggshall, 30, of the Army National Guard, with a score of 197-9x. Civilian Thomas Holm, 46, of Sioux City, IA, claimed the third place spot with a score of 196-4x. Holm received $350 from the CMP. Monetary awards were also given to competitors in fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh place.

A Top Center Shot was awarded during the 20 Shot Re-Entry Sporter Match to the competitor who fired the closest shot to center. Out of 86 competitors, this year’s winner was Chris Mollis, 70, of Fremont, OH, who fired a 10.9 within 6.2718 mm of center. For his win, Mollis will receive a monetary prize from the CMP, based on the number of entries. The next seven closest competitors will also receive money for their efforts.

SSG John Coggshall, 30, of the Army National Guard, was the second place finisher in the AiR 15 Challenge with a score of 197-9x.

Jaren Nofzinger, 11, of Fremont, OH, won the Novice Prone Sporter Match – cleaning the phase with a score of 200-5x. The event is designed for young shooters aged 8-12 who are just beginning their shooting careers. Novice Prone introduces them to the exciting world of competitive shooting in a safe and fun way.

Winning the 60 Shot Air Pistol event was Alexander Chichkov, 21, of Tampa, FL, with a score of 579-1x. Chichkov also won the event at last year’s National Match Air Events as a junior.

High woman of the event was Lyudmila Andrianova, 21, of Schaumburg, IL, with a score of 517-3x. Gary Peterson, 67, of Levittown, NY, fired a score of 548-8x to become the high senior, while Robert Yarrito, 18, of Phoenix, AZ, shot a 520-6x to earn the spot as high junior.

Air Pistol A Top Center Shot is also awarded during the 30 Shot Air Pistol Match to the competitor who fired the closest shot to center. As with the 20 Shot Sporter Match, the top eight competitors closest to center will receive monetary prizes.  Winning the Center Shot Contest was Konstantin Pitsoulis, 45, of Brooklyn, NY, who fired a 10.9 within 0.1140 mm of center. With 377 total entries, Pitsoulis will receive nearly $200 for his win.

For a complete list of results, visit https://ct.thecmp.org/app/v1/index.php?do=match&task=edit&match=13159.

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3-Gun Video Series from Brownells and Janna Reeves

Posted By on July 23, 2015

Brownells & Pro Shooter Janna Reeves Partner in 3-Gun Video Series

Grinnell, Iowa – Brownells has released a video series offering viewers a pro’s perspective on conquering the game of 3-Gun.

Hosted by 2014 3-Gun Nation Pro Series finalist and Brownells-sponsored professional shooter Janna Reeves, the three-part series covers a range of topics from gear selection to key tips and tactics to help improve scores on the range.

Get in the Game

The first video, entitled “Get in the Game” breaks down the essential gear necessary to get started in this popular sport.

Stay in the Game

In the second video, Reeves covers the basic products necessary to “Stay in the Game.” This includes products to place in range bags and maintenance equipment to keep firearms running smoothly.

Win the Game

In the final video, “Winning the Game,” Reeves breaks down a typical 3-Gun stage and offers advice on efficiency in movement and action – a critical component of scoring well.

To view the videos, or to see Janna’s recommended gear and other competition shooting-related items, customers are invited to visit the Janna Reeves page at www.Brownells.com.

About Janna Reeves

Janna Reeves, aka “Miss Battle Born,” is a Brownells-sponsored professional 3-Gun shooter participating in professional-level competitions across the U.S. Since picking up a firearm for the first time in 2011, Reeves has taken the competition shooting world by storm. Her resume includes a top-four finishing in the prestigious 2014 3-Gun Nation Pro Series final, in addition to numerous “high-lady” match titles.

About Brownells

Serious About Firearms Since 1939™, Brownells is the world’s leading source for gun parts and accessories, ammunition, gunsmithing tools, survival gear and archery. With a large selection of both common and hard-to-find items, and an extensive collection of videos, articles, and gun schematics, Brownells is the expert for everything shooting-related. Committed to maintaining our great traditions, Brownells has more, does more and knows more – and guarantees it all, Forever. For more information or to place an order, call 800-741-0015 or visit Brownells.com. Stay up-to-date with Brownells on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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