Airsoft 3-Gun? Fun! Fun! Fun!

Posted By on September 4, 2014

FM Airsoft group (Some of the Junior Shooters 3-Gun team at Forward Movement on a airsoft stage. Note the glasses and the finger off of the trigger. Glasses are a necessity for safety!) 

FM Ricky by two targets Do you want to try 3-Gun competition but not sure if you would like it, or can afford it? Do you need to practice 3-Gun but the cold during the winter months makes you want to stay home under the covers? Try airsoft 3-Gun! Yep, airsoft. You can have lots of fun, practice to your hearts content, and all at a very cheap price. Though you can certainly set it up outdoors, it is indoors where this sport is starting to shine. Out of the weather means no snow or rain to deal with and a controlled environment. It also means you don’t have to take those long trips to the range.

(Ricky Marston, 13, standing with an M4 in front of two custom made airsoft knock-down targets (available for sale at Forward Movement ( These targets are excellent for 3-Gun or practicing at home. Most of the plastic BBs are caught inside the container.)

The NRA started airsoft 3-Gun last year and they have rules for 3-Gun airsoft and .22: Rob Potter, of Shoot Right, has an International Air 3-Gun program going – both airsoft and airgun. This is a quickly expanding program that will be available across the country and internationally. You can contact him at 602-288-5324

FM Wyatt little clay 3 targets Here in Boise, Idaho, (Where Junior Shooters magazine is located) we have the advantage of working with Matt and Christen Schneider from Forward Movement (see article
). This gives us a facility to set up 3-Gun airsoft, practice, and actually have regular monthly matches as well as the Idaho State Airsoft 3-Gun Championship (Spring 2015). Each time we run a stage, the juniors are after me to run it again. “Can we? Can we, please, go again?” We look at stances, gun position, shoulders, hand position, sight picture, strategy, trigger pull, and of course, SAFETY comes first.

(Top left: Wyatt Irish, 15, shooting with a Beretta 92 (his favorite pistol) from Umarex. Notice the tiny clay in the window.)

FM Jessica rifle Stages can be set up where they are long, or relatively short, depending upon the space available. They can be rifle, pistol, and shotgun, or just one gun. They can be quick and close, long-range or a combination. We are currently working on four different stages which will be semi-permanent. (Right: Jessica Brown (16) shooting an M4. Notice the forward stance, square shoulders, and left arm well out on the forearm of the gun. A picture perfect stance for 3-Gun.We can shoot during our practices, during the regular monthly matches (starting in October) that are open to the public, and the public can go to Forward Movement and rent time and airsoft guns and try it out for themselves. Make it a family affair as it is lots of fun.


FM Bryson pistol Most of the airsoft guns Junior Shooters 3-Gun team is currently using are from UMAREX, especially the Elite Force high-end AR and the 1911. Umarex has an excellent variety, though no shotgun yet. We are in the process of acquiring a number of shotguns to test to find the right one. Pistols and rifles are plentiful with the pistols either using CO2 or Green Gas and the rifle is AEG (electric).  Check them out at:

(left: Bryson Smith (14) shooting at two standing airsoft knock-down targets with a Elite Force 1911 from behind cover.)

FM Kieera (left: Kieria Smith (12) moving up close with a 1911 from Umarex Check out the two triple stack knock-down targets.)

(Right: Torrin Smith (16) moving in with his airsoft M4.)FM Torrim M4


Stay tuned for more great airsoft 3-Gun action coming soon.


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NSSF “Bullet Points” Newsletter – Get it!

Posted By on August 28, 2014


August 25, 2014

Vol. 15 No. 33

image NSSF recently provided an audio news release (ANR) to radio stations across the country promoting firearm safety education and the message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It.” in conjunction with the start of hunting season. “Own It? Respect It. Secure It.” is the new campaign of NSSF’s longstanding Project ChildSafe program. To date, the ANR has been used by 871 stations from Miami, Florida, to North Pole, Alaska, reaching nearly 25 million listeners. NSSF encourages the use of the ANR by all who want to promote safe and responsible firearm storage. Listen to and download the ANR


NSSF’s Mission

“To promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. ”

Click here to visit the NSSF website and see how we accomplish this mission.

COPYRIGHT © 2014 by National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. Permission is granted for broadcast, publication, retransmission to email lists, Websites or any other copying or storage, in any medium, online or not, if 1) the text is forwarded in its entirety, including this paragraph, and 2) no fee is charged. “Bullet Points®,” “National Shooting Sports Foundation®,” “NSSF®,” and all other trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos and images of the National Shooting Sports Foundation appearing in this publication are the sole property of the Foundation and may not be used without the Foundation’s prior express written permission. All other trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos and images appearing in this publication are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

The Great Escape – AirForce Airgun’s ESCAPE

Posted By on August 6, 2014

CORRECTED ARTICLE to page 36 Summer issue Volume 18 SEE BLUE TEXT BELOW.


By: Ben Moody

For many, the availability of .22 rimfire caliber has caused an increased interest in airguns. Airguns have been an alternative for some time, but only in recent years have they become more powerful and accurate.

AirForce Airguns have created a platform that minimizes weight, reloading time, and prolongs the life of the airgun in their model, the Escape. The Escape was sent to me with the following accessories: with a manual pump, an air tank adaptor  a 4-16×50 scope, and a 3,000-pound air tank (ONLY USE COMPRESSED AIR (scuba tank) OR DRY NITROGEN GAS.) The air tank takes about 30 minutes to fill with periodic breaks. Assembly is fairly simple: The rifle only has two major parts, taking 15 minutes to put together. The instructions are on a DVD, not in a book. This being a new model, the DVD was extremely detailed but not up to date for the air tank. As far as safety, the single-shot action and self-resetting safety are reliable, but it is your responsibility to make sure the gun is empty.


20140513_183857 The Escape weighs in at roughly 5 pounds with the scope; it has a 24-inch barrel and comes in two calibers — the .22 or the .25. Finding the .25-caliber pellet was somewhat of a challenge since none of our local stores stocked it. I was able to find them on the Internet for $11 for 200 pellets, or approximately 5.5 cents a pellet; almost the cost of .22 rimfire bullets. There are many different types of pellets, including round nose, flat head, wadcutter, and even hollow points. I chose Benjamin’s Premier Destroyer .25 caliber, 28-grain, pointed hunting pellets for the brand name, but Beeman also manufactures the same caliber.

I had the opportunity to take the Escape out to our farm and use it to help control the population of rockchucks, which are destroying alfalfa fields. This caliber turned out to have awesome knockdown power and devastating effects on the rockchucks. I also had a chance to shoot at some pigeons that needed evicted from our storage cellar. My only missing once at a pigeon proved the rifle’s accuracy and the smoothness of the adjustable two-stage trigger.

20140418_110649 I used a chronograph to measure the speed of the pellet leaving the rifle. The ammo I used was able to achieve 1106 fps at full power; yet, when the rifle air pressure dropped below 1,000 pounds, it loses 10 to 15 fps per shot. AirForce Airguns claims, with the right ammo, 1300 fps is possible. I fired into a piece of half-inch wood to show how far the pellet would penetrate. The only problem was it went all the way through! Rummaging around the shop, I found an inch­-and-a-half thick 2×4 expecting its thickness to hold the pellet. Wrong again! Not only did the pellet fly through the board but through one side of the empty 55-gallon burn barrel that I was using as a backstop. The pellet finally lost velocity after penetrating the barrel and landed on top of a pile of ashes inside. By this time, other than being amazed, I was running out of wood, so I cut my remaining 2×4 into three pieces. Clamping these pieces together, I made a 4-1/2-inch block hoping that it would be enough. After almost shooting the clamp, I measured the penetration of the pellet at 1-3/4 inches, showing how powerful the Escape really is.

Sighting in the rifle was incredibly simple, taking less than ten minutes, and I was able to hold groups of 1 inch at 25 yards. Another feature is the variable-power adjustment above the forestock offering an almost unlimited option for velocity. The Escape also has an adjustable stock and is designed for left- and right-handed shooters making it very versatile.

In conclusion, the Escape is a great platform for those looking for an alternative to rimfire. It is ideal for small game or just a quieter gun. As far as looks, you cannot find a cooler-looking air rifle. There are a variety of different accessories available such as shoulder sling, iron sights, and bipods, thus making the Escape a more customizable airgun.

I would like to thank AirForce Airguns and Junior Shooters Magazine for the opportunity to review the Escape Air Rifle. This product is made from high-quality materials in the United States. I would highly recommend this rifle for beginner to expert shooters. It is a great rifle, and I enjoyed shooting it. Go to and get yours now.

John Taffin Appreciation Banquet

Posted By on August 5, 2014

02 Some of you may ask why this is posted here. It is because many of the parents may know who John is and have grown up seeing his articles in GUNS magazine, American Handgunner, and SHOOT! Magazine. He has enthralled us for years with his gun reviews and stories. The last few years he added a regular column in GUNS magazine called “Camp Fire Tales.” Amongst a variety of interesting stories, he has covered tales of his youth, the gun industry, and growing up around guns and the shooting sports.

John has taught his children and grand children about his love of shooting and especially revolvers. Yes, his favorite guns are six guns and his favorite caliber is the .44 Special. IMG_4957 He has been instrumental in making sure that the next generation of youngsters have the opportunity to enjoy his love of IMG_4958 IMG_4960
guns and shooting. He is also a person you can always count on. John and his wife Dorthy are the nicest and friendliest couple you will meet.

He has also written numerous books such as:    Big Bore Sixguns, Big Bore Handguns, The Gun Digest Book of the .44, Single Action Sixguns, The Gun Digest of Cowboy Action Shooting: Guns – Gear – Tactics, Action Shooting Cowboy Style. He is respected as one of the top handgun-hunters ever.

There is a celebration for John happening in October in Boise, Idaho, were he lives, and I wanted all of you to know about it. See the flyer below.

Event Coordinator: Cactus Tubbs 208-761-5382      To reserve your ticket(s) contact:Tony Kojis Email ticket requests to 208-376-2256

CMP July Newsletter Has Good Stuff

Posted By on July 18, 2014


CMP’s First Shot Ceremony Observes WWII Battles, Triumphs of Decorated Olympian

CAMP PERRY, OH – The Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) ceremonial First Shot Ceremony on July 7, 2014 at Rodriguez Range in Camp Perry, OH, celebrated more than the beginnings of the National Matches – it also commemorated the sacrifices of America’s Greatest Generation. The date of the ceremony coincidentally fell on the day two significant World War II battles transpired, sparking the need to honor the overlapping historical moments through words, sights and reenactments.

Read the complete article.

Over 450 Attend Ceremonial Opening of Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry

CAMP PERRY, OH – On July 7, 2014, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) celebrated a monumental marker in its history with the dedication of the new Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center, located within Camp Perry in Port Clinton, OH. Around 450 guests toured the center throughout the day to see the state-of-the-art electronic air gun range, modern architecture and design, as well as display cases that feature authentic memorabilia from the many accomplishments of the center’s namesake, Gary Anderson.

Read the complete article.

Skills Tested for All Ages During Rimfire Sporter Event at National Matches

CAMP PERRY, Ohio – One of the most popular events of the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) National Rifle Matches is always the Rimfire Sporter Match, fired this year on August 2 at Camp Perry. The match is perfect for first time shooters, to prepare them for competition-style shooting, as well as experienced marksmen looking to rekindle a nostalgic connection with a .22 rifle.   

Read the complete article.

Elite Junior Marksmen Determined at CMP National Air Rifle Championships and National Junior Olympics

CAMP PERRY, OH – Junior air rifle competitors and supporters from around the country ventured to the new Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center June 24-28 to compete at the USA Shooting National Junior Olympics, as well as the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Three Position Air Rifle Championships. The week marked the end of a competitive expedition that began in November and was the last opportunity for some competitors at air rifle glory.

Read the complete article.

Unique National Trophy Infantry Team Match Brings Teamwork and Excitement to National Matches

CAMP PERRY, Ohio – Rifle enthusiasts looking for a match that brings the challenge of fast, accurate firing and strong communication skills should consider signing up for the National Trophy Infantry Team (NTIT) match at the 2014 National Trophy Rifle Matches. The event will be fired on July 20 on the historic ranges of Camp Perry, Ohio.

Read the complete article.

Shooting Articles in Other Media

Marines host Interservice Rifle Championship, bring out top marksmen at Quantico in VirginiaBy Gary Sheftick, Army News Service, Fort Hood Sentinel – WASHINGTON – Marksmen throughout the Department of Defense competed in the seven-day 53rd annual Interservice Rifle Championship July 6 at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. The winning competitors included the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, the South Carolina National Guard, the U.S. Navy Shooting Team, the U.S. Marine Corps Shooting Team, the National Guard Shooting Team and the U.S. Army Reserve Shooting Team. Read the complete article

One team, one fight: Competition breeds camaraderieBy Lance Cpl. Cameron Storm, Defense Media Activity – MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Virginia – Shots rang out as several high-powered rifles sent rounds toward the targets of Range 4, Weapons Training Battalion, Marine Corps Base Quantico on July 7, 2014. Service Members had begun the 53rd Annual Interservice Rifle Championship. Shooting is one of the United States first sports with the first shooting competition on Long Island, New York. Union Civil Wars officers had seen the poor marksmanship demonstrated by their soldiers and formed the National Rifle Association to promote rifle sportsmanship in America. Read the complete article.

Right on target, Whitewood girl breaks 1997 SD 4-H Shooting Sports record in air pistol division, brother places at nationalsBy Heather Murschel Black Hills Pioneer – WHITEWOOD – A Whitewood girl has broken the state 4-H Shooting Sports record that has been in place for 17 years. Rose Smith, 11, is a member of the Range Riders 4-H Club out of St. Onge and the Lawrence County Sharpshooters club. As a beginner, she was pretty happy after placing first in the air pistol division at the state 4-H Shooting Sports Competition held in Fort Pierre this March. It wasn’t until a couple weeks ago that she learned she broke a record held since 1997, and now she has a little more to brag about. Read the complete article.

USAMU makes clean sweep of 2014 NRA National Pistol ChampionshipsBy SFC Raymond Piper, USAMU PAO – CAMP PERRY, Ohio — It was a historic performance for U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) shooters at the National Rifle Association (NRA) National Pistol Championship as Service Pistol Team members took the top three positions out of 656 competitors. Staff. Sgt. Patrick Franks claimed the coveted national title with a total score of 2649 with 147x (out of 2700). The runner-up was Sgt.1st Class James Henderson with a total score of 2649-131 and third place went to Sgt. Greg Markowski with a total score of 2640-127. To top it off, the USAMU won the overall team championship to complete the sweep. “I don’t think there has been team domination like this at nationals, ever,” Henderson said. Read the complete article.

News from the CMP

The CMP has scheduled two JMIC Master Instructor Courses in August. The JROTC Marksmanship Instructor Course, better known as “JMIC,” is a marksmanship training course that must be completed by Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force JROTC instructors before they can teach air rifle marksmanship to JROTC cadets. The class in Anniston, AL, will be held 5 August and the class at Camp Perry, in Port Clinton, OH, will be held on 7 August. Visit for more information.

The NRA is looking for 2014 National Matches Target Pullers Wanted (Aug 4-10) Camp Perry, OH. No Experience Necessary, Housing Provided, Must be 18 or older to apply. Visit to apply. For more information, email or call (703) 267-1485.

Do you want to learn more about rifle coaching or marksmanship? Help your shooting team get better? Coaching athletes, especially young athletes, is one of the most challenging endeavors–and one of the most rewarding. Some of the athletes you coach one day may represent U.S.A. in international competition. To help you give them the best start, you should participate in the NRA/USA Shooting/CMP Shooting Coach Certification Program. A 2014-B MJCA/TNSSA – NRA/USA SHOOTING/CMP Level 1 Coach Training School (Air Rifle/Smallbore Rifle) will be held on 13-14 September in Nashville, TN. Click here for more information.

ADDITIONAL SPOTS AVAILABLE – 2014 CMP Junior Rifle Camps have additional spots available! As the result of hiring a record number of counselors this year, CMP is now able to open more camp slots for several of the 2014 camps.  All camps are one week long, three-position air rifle camps, with the exception of the Outreach Clinics and the Advanced Standing Camp. Visit the CMP website at for more information.

There will be an NRA/USAS/CMP Level I Air Rifle/Smallbore Rifle Coach School held in Camden, SC, August 2-3. For more information, please contact Paul L Davis at

Affiliate your club with the CMP.  We look forward to working with you to assist your club in reaching its goals and in reaching the mission and vision of the CMP – to promote marksmanship training and firearms safety for all qualified U.S. citizens with a special emphasis on youth. Visit for more information or contact the CMP Affiliate Relations Department at 419-635-2141, Ext. 1182 or email   


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CMP Paver Project

Become a permanent part of the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park. Leave your legacy on one or more than three firing lines throughout the park with a personalized engraved granite paver.

Click Here for more details.


Western CMP Games & Creedmoor Cup Matches

The 11th Western CMP Games and Creedmoor Cup Matches are co-sponsored by the Civilian Marksmanship Program and Creedmoor Sports, Inc. and will be held at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, Arizona, on 10-19 October 2014. All interested shooters, whether new or experienced, recreation-oriented shooters or national championship contenders are invited to participate in these unique, national-level competitions.

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Please note the changes for the 2014 National Match Schedule posted at


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CMP Custom Shop

Let Us Make the Modifications to Your Rifle

The CMP Custom Shop continues to deliver on its promise to upgrade, accurized, customize and refinish traditional U.S.G.I. rifles. Custom Shop work also includes routine repairs and troubleshooting. John McLean, Custom Shop Manager, encourages those who have specific questions or unusual work requests, to call the shop directly at 256-835-8455, ext. 2114. 


Garand-Springfield-Military Rifle Master Instructor Clinics

October 10-11, Phoenix, AZ

Experienced rifle marksmanship instructors and shooters who would like to receive advanced training and be certified as “Master Instructors” to teach CMP-sanctioned Garand, Springfield and Vintage Military Rifle or Rimfire Sporter Clinics are invited to apply to attend a two-day CMP Master Instructor Training Workshop.

Click here for more information and an Application Form.



Coaching Young Rifle Shooters   By Gary Anderson, DCME

The most comprehensive guide to instructing junior shooting, written by one of the nation’s premier shooters, Gary Anderson. In his 11 years of international competition, Gary has won two Olympic gold medals, seven World Championship gold medals, six world records, and 16 national titles. In the 200-page book, loaded with illustrations, Gary provides coaches with all the tools needed to develop the young shooter and improve the skills of us and coming juniors.  Full color instruction guide. 

NLU 758   $19.95 plus S&H

Order your copy today on the CMP E-Store!


Open Public Shooting

CMP Marksmanship Centers

Tuesday & Thursday Evenings

Anniston, AL

Shooters, including aspiring new shooters, adult and youth, who live in the Anniston, Alabama, area are invited to take advantage of the opportunity to do practice shooting at the Marksmanship Center air gun ranges. Both 80-point, 10-meter air gun ranges are fully equipped with electronic targets that accommodate air rifle, air pistol or National Match Air Rifle shooting. Rental equipment is available for a small fee.

Open Public Shooting will not be held in the month of July in Port Clinton, OH. The Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center will be hosting the National Match Air Gun Events which are open to the public.


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American Airgunner and Junior Shooters

Posted By on July 16, 2014

Junior Shooters Magazine made an appearance on @AmericanAirgunner on the Pursuit Channel today. It airs again during primetime on Friday at 8:30 pm Eastern time. #AirgunnerTV.



Thanks American Airgunner, JB, and Umarex!

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Ding-Go Coatings: Custom Cerakote Camouflage

Posted By on July 6, 2014


Coatings By: Dave Furney

I was attending a local gun show in Boise when I noticed an unusual camouflage pattern on a Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR-AR.) I stopped and started talking with the young man behind the table. His name is Paul Zarneke, and he owns Ding-Go Coatings in Garden City, Idaho.

I commented on his work and that I really liked the pattern he had done. I asked what he called it, and he said it was his “Zarneke Process” camo pattern. He stated that no two were exactly the same. Inquiring, I asked what he used for the coating. He said he uses Cerakote products exclusively.

LAR08 Cerakote rcvr right side (Rock River Arms LAR-08, Varmint A4 .223 with Alpen 4-16X scope, Magpul Grip and trigger guard, Vikings Tactical VTAC II sling)

I told him my name and that I’m on staff with Junior Shooters magazine. If he was interested, I would like to do an article on his work. Paul said that would be great as he was just starting this side of his auto body shop business. I went and found Andy Fink (magazine publisher/editor-in-chief) who was there at the show also. We returned to the table, and I introduced him to Paul. Paul said that he would do one of our guns for us to be featured in an article. We discussed a time to meet later and set up a meeting for the following Monday.

On Monday we met with Paul at his shop. We finalized plans, and Andy said he wanted to do his RRA LAR-8 .308/  26” Varmint rifle in the brown pattern. Paul stated he needed the gun completely disassembled as he coats each part. This includes cleaning in the ultrasonic machine, media blasting, and the coating process. Boy, that’s a lot of parts. He also did the scope and Warne mount, Magpul Mbus sights, 45-degree side mounts, bipod, two magazines, and the VTAC, sling. The bipod, sling, and Magpul sights are available from Brownells.

LAR08 Cerakote full gun right side snow 1 EDITED So the next day I disassembled the rifle and delivered all the parts and pieces to him. He stated that he needed a few days. I was totally surprised when he called me a few days later and said to come get it. Wow, that was a fast turnaround for the amount of work that had to be done. The barrel was painted in air-cure Cerakote, so it needed to cure for a few days. I was able to put the upper and lower receivers together right away. (That’s the great thing about oven-cure Cerakote; you can assemble immediately.) I gave the barrel a week to cure and did the final assembly.

As you can see from the pictures, there is a complete transformation. I can’t wait for the weather to change so we can sight it in with the new Alpen 4-16X Apex scope that they sent us for this project. Also, thanks to Warne mounts, Magpul, and Brownells for their generous help with parts for this project!

Paul is an FFL license holder and can disassemble and assemble your firearm. He also does any coating configuration you could want, single to multi colors. Use your imagination or his.

Paul can be reached @ or (208)867-4295)
Dingo-Go! Coatings
Paul Zarneke, Owner

Mossberg’s Youth Firearms and Safety

Posted By on July 6, 2014


Mossberg® Leads in Youth Firearms and Safety with Newly-Released Catalog

45 Firearms Developed Specifically for Smaller-Statured or Younger Shooters

Mossberg3DLogoO.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. June 30, 2014
7 Grasso Ave ~ North Haven, CT 06473

North Haven, CT – O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc, throughout the company’s 95-year history, has been a leader in the development and design of firearms for younger and small-statured shooters and promoting responsible gun ownership and safety training for all gun owners. In the recently-launched Mossberg 2014 Youth Catalog, 45 shotguns, rimfire and centerfire rifles feature the company’s innovative EZ-Reach™ forends (pump-action shotguns), Super Bantam™ stock spacer adjustment system (shotguns and rifles) and Mossberg’s ground-breaking FLEX™ TLS™ (Tool-less Locking System). Adding these dimensional design features provides for proper fit and balance for younger shooters or individuals who require more compact firearms with shorter lengths-of-pull (LOP). To view the complete catalog online, please visit

7 Mossberg specifically-designs their Youth, Bantam and Super Bantam firearms to dimensionally fit smaller-statured shooters; not by simply shortening the LOP. The EZ-Reach forends on Mossberg’s pump-action shotguns are located closer to the receiver so cycling is easier with shorter arms and reduced grip size, combined with shorter LOPs, improve comfort and control. With their innovative Super Bantam spacer system on shotguns and rifles, a 1-inch spacer can be easily added to increase the LOP as your young shooter grows. Overall, reduced dimensions with shorter barrel lengths provide proper balance and lighter weight for more enjoyable shooting.

Time afield and at the range, with equipment that fits and with the proper training, can lead to a lifetime of enjoyment of our hunting and recreational shooting heritage. With a focus on safety, Mossberg provides a gun-locking device with each firearm sold; includes safe gun-handling messages and the 10 Commandments of Firearm Safety in their advertisements, catalogs, owners’ manuals and on their web site; and works with industry-partners, like the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA) to promote firearms education and awareness programs. And Mossberg proudly provides the firearms training sets for IHEA’s hunter safety courses. Everyone should have a role in responsible gun ownership and safe storage. Everyone should have a role in responsible gun ownership and safe storage.

Photo 1 Abbigail with Turkey “Mossberg’s focus, throughout the company’s history, has remained on providing exceptional quality and value-added features to our firearms, for hunters and shooters of all ages, while promoting safe gun-handling,” commented Iver Mossberg, CEO. “Introducing a young or new shooter to recreational shooting or hunting provides an opportunity to teach discipline, responsibility, sportsmanship and a respect for the outdoors. And with firearms that fit properly, the shooting sports can provide years of enjoyment.”

To learn more about firearms safety and training, Mossberg urges you to locate an organization in your area (the NRA, IHEA, 4-H Clubs, the Boy Scouts of America and various competitive gun clubs or organizations) for age-appropriate educational and safety courses. Mossberg also encourages all gun owners to learn more about the NSSF’s Project Childsafe, a nationwide firearms safety education awareness program, at For more information on Mossberg’s extensive line of youth firearms and accessories, please visit your local Mossberg dealer or our web site at

About O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc.

Founded in 1919, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. is the oldest family-owned and operated firearms manufacturer in America, and is the largest pump-action shotgun manufacturer in the world. Leading the way with over 100 design and utility patents to its credit, and standing as the first ISO 9001 Certified long-gun manufacturer, Mossberg is considered to be one of the most innovative firearms manufacturers in U.S. History. For more information on commercial, special purpose, law enforcement and military shotguns, rifles and accessories, please visit their website at

Junior Shooters and Forward Movement Training in Idaho

Posted By on June 19, 2014

By: Mike Sacks and JuniorsForward Moement background

Hi, everyone. As you know, we, at Junior Shooters magazine, care about kids and their parents and want you to have a place to go to find what is needed to get started in many different shooting venues. Questions are answered in our printed magazine and website about safety, guns and gear, protective gear, events, organizations and more.

Andy simulator with Ben left hand What you may not know is that we also provide ‘hands-on training’ in Idaho for juniors who are part of our Junior Shooters team who want to be competitors at the MGM Ironman 3-Gun Match in June each year. Even though our training is extensive, we have been limited to providing training at a variety of ranges in the area.
Things have changed thanks to Forward Movement Training Center in Meridian, ID.

 Outside dojo and training area Forward Movement opened earlier this year offering a facility geared towards advanced tactical training for police, military and civilians. We met earlier this year with Matt and Christen, the owners, and found a facility that we could use for our training as well.

Andy going over gear with WyattForward Movement is a 17,000-square-foot facility with many options that are well-suited for our needs. There is a classroom  that can seat over 40 students, open spaces where we can practice a variety of drills, and the best part is the VirTra 100LE Simulator.

The VirTra 100LE Simulator is a state-of-the-art training simulator that provides hundreds of different training scenarios with many of them geared for marksmanship training. Forward Movement has a room dedicated to this reactive laser training system. One wall of the room is a full screen where different Scott instructing Reagan (11) and brother Ryker (13) 2video marksmanship courses can be run. The students use actual Glock pistols that have been modified using a combination of a laser and CO2. The result is that when a student acquires a target and pulls the trigger, the pistol simulates recoil and shots are placed where the sight picture presents them. There are simulated paper targets that we use that actually show where the hits are. This is extremely valuable from a coach’s perspective as we can see where the student is shooting and help them to develop his or her skills without using live ammunition. Other scenarios use steel plates and moving targets which can be engaged from a variety of distances. We have even developed our own course that we use just for Juniors Shooters.

We train our Junior Shooters to be safe and skilled shooters using modern sporting rifles, shotguns and pistols so that they may compete in well-supervised 3-Gun matches. The targets used are steel plates and simple cardboard targets with scoring areas on them.

House disde view Forward Movement Training has much more to offer law enforcement and military than we use. They have a 2,100-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath residence. The house is fully furnished as if it were occupied including furniture, appliances, clothing, pictures and more. There is a bank that is outfitted with all of the things that make them look authentic. The bank has a teller line, computers, paperwork and cubicles.

Dojo The large Forward Movement Training mat room allows for various hands-on combat training. There is also an open area of about 5,000 square feet that we use for a variety of training classes. Many of these are line drills where the juniors learn how to move safely while manipulating their firearms and simulate shooting. Safety is the key and if you practice safety off the range you will be safe on the range.

Camouflage maze obsticals with various targets hidden Soon, outside the facility there will be several vehicles for training use. The vehicles include a full-size bus, multiple different types of sedans, a truck, and a motorcycle.

Forward Movement Training is the only facility of its kind within 500 miles.

For civilians, the following courses are offered.

  • Home and Urban Defense
  • Women’s Self-Defense
  • Concealed Weapons Course
  • Team Building Exercises
  • Women-Only Home Defense
  • Prosecutors at the Crime Scene
  • Crime Lab at the Crime Scene
  • Security Tactics
  • Bank Employee (Hold-up, Robbery, Hostage) Training
  • Decision-Making Scenarios (Shoot/Don’t Shoot)
  • Ongoing Weekly Self-Defense Training
  • Private/Family Lessons (Any Topic)

Please contact Forward Movement for Law Enforcement Courses or any of the courses above. The simulator room also can be rented out for private individuals or groups.

The folks at Forward Movement are great and we are privileged to be able to have such a diverse facility available!

Forward movement sign Here are some comments from some of our juniors about going to Forward Movement:

Gun Rack Collapsable Wyatt Irish (15): AWESOME! I love Forward Movement. This is a great place to perform drills necessary to be successful in 3-Gun as well as being a good place to meet up and learn your firearm’s ins and outs. Overall I love Forward Movement.

Once more in our new building and excited to be there. We started off with a short half-hour class, then moved on to doing some line drills to build strength and doing a little practice in the simulator room. I really liked that we did some line drills to get back into the feel of things and using the simulator as well. I also liked the fact that the class time was very factual.

Karli Wellman (15): Today we learned how to handle our shotguns. We also learned how to put shotgun shells in the shotgun. The shotgun is not really for me right now, but I just have to keep at it and just keep working with it, so sooner or later I will get used to it or I will have to deal with it. I had a lot of fun and I practiced hard. We also went into the simulator room to practice our aim, stances, and our grouping. The first round I didn’t do too well on my grouping. The second round I was a little better, but still not too good. Then I got to the last round and I only had one shot that was in a different place out of seven. On that last round I was so happy with myself.

Bryson Smith (14): Awesome! I love Forward Movement. What I couldn’t believe was that the simulation pistols (GLOCK 22 CO2 simulator laser pistols) cost $7,500 each. Also, I loved the buildings inside the building, too. What I really wanted to do was go through the buildings with the simulation pistol.

Jessica Brown (16): This Wednesday was my first time having the opportunity to practice with the Junior Shooters Magazine at Forward Movement. Practice is key in anything you wish to do, and as far as shooting and tactical maneuvers, Forward Movement is the perfect place. This Wednesday was very instructional and I learned some things I had never known before, and reviewed various basic, but important aspects of shooting.

Knowing your firearms is important because it can help on stages with different target sizes, distance of the target and weather influence. I learned about the ballistics of my rifle, pistol, and shotgun and about the different types of ammo for the best outcome in many situations. We also reviewed safety and sight picture/sight alignment and I had the chance to take a tour of the facility and try out Forward Movement’s awesome simulator. On a last (but very not least) note, I would like to thank Matt Schneider for letting the Junior Shooters team train in his facility.

Ben Moody (16): Forward Movement is an excellent training facility that allows individuals to experience firearm simulation without having to use live rounds. My favorite piece of training equipment is the VirTra simulator. The simulator allows us to check our groups more efficiently and for our instructors to adjust and make corrections in our shooting techniques from different angles.



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Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Newsletter May 10, 2014

Posted By on May 10, 2014



CMP Offers Pistol Small Arms Firing School and Warm-Up Match in July at National Matches

CAMP PERRY, Ohio – Those who have always wanted to try their hands at firing a real M9 Pistol in a safe and relaxed environment are encouraged to attend our Pistol Small Arms Firing School (SAFS), held Monday, July 7, during the Opening Day of the 2014 National Rifle and Pistol Matches at historic Camp Perry.

Read the complete article.

CMP Club News – The Woodstock Rifle and Pistol Club

The Woodstock Rifle and Pistol Club (#018011) held a CMP Rimfire Sporter Match on April 12, 2014.  A team from the Proctor Fish and Game Club of Proctor, VT, took the high honors for the day.

Read the complete article.

CMP Summer Air Rifle Camps Expand for 2014 to Accommodate Popularity

The Junior Air Rifle Camps have been a staple in the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) summer program lineup for over a decade. The highly popular camps and clinics train high-school age (9-12 grade) junior shooters on intermediate and advanced air rifle marksmanship skills through various exercises and demonstrations.

Read the complete article.

Shooting Articles in Other Media

4-decade career impacted thousands of shootersThe Bayonet – SGT. 1ST CLASS Raymond Piper, USAMU PAO – In a career that began at the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit because of her ability to write shorthand, it eventually became a job that touched thousands of shooters over nearly 40 years. Nancy Pool, program manager for the Army Excellence-in-Competition Program, retired Friday and was honored by friends and unit members during a ceremony April 25. Read the complete article.

Warhawks Battalion Sets Its Sights on National, Dothan, AL – By Courtney Crown – DALEVILLE — Daleville High’s JROTC took two rifle teams to the 2014 Civilian Marksmanship Program Air Rifle Regional Championships. Only the top teams from schools, clubs and organizations all over the nation were invited to compete in three different regional competitions in New Mexico, Alabama and Ohio. Read the complete article.  

Historic weapons receive new life through Civilian Marksmanship ProgramDVIDS – ST. CLOUD, Minn. – On April 26, 2014, Harry Sieben the Secretary of the Civilian Marksmanship Program, presented a plaque of appreciation to the Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, Maj. Gen. Richard Nash. The plaque was presented to General Nash for his support of the Civilian Marksmanship Program. Read the complete article.  

The author shoots sitting rapid fire during the Small Arms Firing School at the Eastern CMP Games. Rifles are issued on the line minutes before the match begins.

The Eastern CMP Games: Military Rifles on the Range -

Outdoor Hub – By Dick Jones – When the targets began to rise, I dropped to one knee, planted my left elbow where it should be on the mat, and cycled the bolt on the M1 Garand. The first two shots felt pretty good, except I had a little trouble focusing on the front sight. After the first two shots, the familiar ping of the M1s clip ejecting reminded me to reload, and the process went smoothly. Read the complete article

Piedra Vista High School’s marksmanship team takes homes honors at area competitionsDaily Times Milestones – The Piedra Vista Marksmanship team finished the competitive year on a high note. At the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Western States Regional Championships in Layton, Utah, the PVHS squad won second place with a school record score of 4,301 during the two-day competition on April 4 to 5. Read the complete article.  

Camp Hope welcomes huntersDaily Journal Online, By Renee Bronaugh -  Camp Hope is a place for wounded veterans to visit, relax, and be honored for their service. But starting this morning it was a place for those veterans to do some serious turkey hunting. A group of veterans arrived in recent days to enjoy Missouri’s spring firearms turkey season on Chris Neil Farm, the location of Camp Hope. During Camp Hope’s Open House on Saturday, the M1s for Vets Project presented William White, founder of Camp Hope, with an M1 Garand. Director of Missouri M1s for Vets Don Merrit said they help wounded veterans get back to doing what they want to do. Read the complete article

News from the CMP

IN MEMORIAM – Colonel Walter Walsh, Jr., USMC Ret., passed away on 29 April 2014 at his Northern Virginia home. At the time of his passing, he was six days shy of his 107th birthday and recognized as the world’s oldest living Olympian. Col. Walsh was revered as a true American hero for his extraordinary feats as an FBI agent, as a highly decorated Marine Corps officer during and after World War II and as an Olympian and Triple Distinguished marksman. His heroic actions as an FBI agent helped to bring down the infamous Barker gang in 1934 and the Brady gang in 1937. He was wounded in a shoot-out with the Barker gang where he shot gang leader Al Brady and one other gang member. He began service in the Marine Corps Reserves during this same period and earned both the Distinguished Rifleman Badge and the Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge in 1935. He was commissioned in 1938 and called to active duty in 1942 to serve in World War II. After the war he resumed his pistol competition activities and qualified for the 1948 USA Olympic Team in the 50m free pistol event. He won a silver medal in the center-fire pistol event in the 1952 World Shooting Championship to earn his Distinguished International Shooters Badge and become Triple Distinguished. After his active competition career, he served in numerous leadership functions; he was the Team Captain of the USA Shooting Team in the 1966 World Championship and the 1972 Olympic Games. Col. Walter Walsh, Jr. was inducted into the U. S. International Shooting Hall of Fame in 2013. The CMP extends its deepest gratitude for Col. Walsh’s extraordinary service to this country and its sincere condolences to his family.

IN MEMORIAM – JAMES E. "JIMMIE" STEVENS passed away in Nashville, Tennessee on 29 March 2014 at the age of 88. Stevens was a lifelong junior shooting leader in the Nashville area. He coached the Montgomery Bell Academy rifle team for 25 years and was instrumental in founding several other junior shooting clubs. He served on the NRA Board of Directors for many years. Stevens was a professional engineer who founded his own construction company.  He became a nationally-recognized expert in shooting range design; he designed the MBA rifle range and made his engineering expertise available to many shooting clubs by assisting them in designing their ranges. The CMP expresses its condolences to the Stevens family and its gratitude for Jimmie Stevens’ contributions to the development of junior shooting and shooting ranges.

Updated Distinguished Shooter Program Posted. An updated version of A Short History of the Distinguished Shooter Program has just been posted on the CMP website. This 41-page document was written by shooting historian Hap Rocketto. It offers anyone interested in the fascinating history of the USA’s Distinguished Badge program a detailed and exceptionally well-researched narrative of its origins, history and heroes. The updated version is posted at

New Distinguished Shooters. The CMP extends its congratulations to the following competitors for achieving this prestigious status! The most recent shooters to earn Distinguished Badges are listed below. To view the official list of all Distinguished shooters,
Distinguished Rifleman Badge 

#2176  Jeff Lakey, Lakewood, CO
#2177  Jill Knerr, Pensacola, FL
#2178  Jerry Iliff, Dallas, TX
#2179  Lauren LeCren, Keller, TX
#2180  Carol Boyd, Delanco, NJ
#2181  Jennifer Creasy, Montgomery, AL

#2182  Bruce Letwin Jr., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#2183  Douglas Thompson, Guinda, CA

#2184 Otis Bowers Jr., Louisville, TN

Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge

#1561  John Chubb, Knoxville, TN

#1562  Timothy Young, Franktown, CO

CMP STORES CLOSED 4 & 5 JULY, 2014. CMP stores will be closed on 4 and 5 July, 2014. The CMP store in Anniston, AL, will resume regular operating hours Thu – Sat on 10 July. The CMP store at Camp Perry, OH, will begin the National Matches days/hours of operation on Sunday 6 July. Please see for the North Store calendar for July and August.

ADDITIONAL SPOTS AVAILABLE – 2014 CMP Junior Rifle Camps have additional spots available! As the result of hiring a record number of counselors this year, CMP is now able to open more camp slots for several of the 2014 camps.  All camps are one week long, three-position air rifle camps, with the exception of the Outreach Clinics and the Advanced Standing Camp. Visit the CMP website at for more information.

USAMU accepting applications for advanced junior rifle camp – The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit is accepting applications for the annual Advanced Junior Rifle Camp. The camp will be held Aug. 4-8, 2014, at the USAMU’s Pool International Range Complex located on Fort Benning, Ga. The USAMU Junior Rifle Camp is an advanced rifle camp open to juniors aged 14-18. The camp will be limited to 25 shooters, and acceptance will be based on previous matches shot. This camp is primarily a smallbore camp. The juniors will receive coaching from the world-class Soldier/Athletes of the International Rifle Team, including Olympians, World and National champions. For more information, visit or contact SSG George Norton at (706) 545-2343 or

Eastern Junior Highpower Clinic & Championship – June 22-28, 2014 – In an effort to promote interest, education, and competition to the sport of Highpower Rifle Shooting among Junior shooters, a group of Junior coaches and Military coaches have come together to organize the 2014 Eastern United States Junior Highpower Clinic and Championship. Experienced coaches and instructors from the United States Army Reserve Rifle Team and military personnel will be conducting clinics for both new and experienced junior shooters. Instruction in both shooting individual matches and shooting as a member of a coached team will also be provided. This week long program is offered to provide junior shooters an opportunity to expand their current level of knowledge, experience and expertise. It is also an opportunity for junior shooters to come together to experience the each other’s company and to form bonds of friendship and camaraderie within the sport. For more information, visit or contact Bob Hughes at

2014 Interservice Rifle Championship Matches – The 53nd Interservice Rifle Championship offers service rifle competitions for teams and individuals representing the Armed Services, Active, Reserve and National Guard, to include ROTC and Service Academies of the United States. This event will take place 5-13 July and is hosted by the Weapons Training Battalion, Quantico, VA. Visit to register online or download the match program.

CMP Affiliates New Clubs.  The CMP would like to welcome the newly affiliated clubs listed below. If you would like more information on affiliating with the CMP, please visit

Alaska Top Shots, Anchorage, AK
Nogales Explorer Post 125, Nogales, AZ

Boy Scouts of America Catalina Council,
Tucson, AZ

Design Science HS Army JROTC, Saner, CA

Istrouma Area Council-Crew 998, Baton Rouge, LA

Breaux Bridge HS Army JROTC, Breaux Bridge, LA

Franklin 4-H Foundation, Winnsboro, LA

Boy Scouts of America Troop #20, Boonsboro, MD

Cedar Rod and Gun Club Inc, Traverse City, MI

Boy Scout Troop 177, Bowling Green, MO

Lewis and Clark Junior Marksmen, Helena, MT

Sandia Gun Club, Albuquerque, NM

Lea County Dead Eyes 4-H Shooting Club,
Lovington, NM

Sierra County Top Guns 4-H, Winston, NM

Ohio CSB Ministries, Leavittsburg, OH

Wildlife Action Inc, Mullins, SC

Shelby County 4-H Rifle Team, Lakeland, TN

BSA Circle 10 Council, Carrollton, TX

El Cielo 4-H Club, Laredo, TX

Roma HS Army JROTC, Roma, TX

Sherman County Sporting Club, Stratford, TX


In This Issue

CMP Offers Pistol Small Arms Firing School and Warm-Up Match in July

CMP Club News – The Woodstock Rifle and Pistol Club

CMP Summer Air Rifle Camps Expanded for 2014

Shooting Articles in Other Media

News from the CMP

CMP Monthly Matches

G-S-M Rifle Master Instructor Clinics

Coaching Young Rifle Shooters

Open Public Shooting

CMP Custom Shop

2014 NM Schedule Changes

New Junior Air Rifle Distinguished Badges


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CMP Monthly Matches
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The Civilian Marksmanship Program invites you and your team to participate in the CMP’s Monthly Matches at the CMP’s Marksmanship Centers North and South. The competitions will feature a Junior Air Rifle 3×20 and 3×10, a 60 Shots Air Rifle and Air Pistol match, and a 20 shot Novice Prone match. Rental equipment is available for the monthly matches for a small fee. 

New for 2014! The six 2014 monthly matches will now be combined into a league. Additional prizes will be awarded to the overall winners! 

Click here for additional information.


March 2014 GSM Class Anniston, AL

Garand-Springfield-Military Rifle Master Instructor Clinics

July 15, Camp Perry, OH
October 10-11, Phoenix, AZ

Experienced rifle marksmanship instructors and shooters who would like to receive advanced training and be certified as "Master Instructors" to teach CMP-sanctioned Garand, Springfield and Vintage Military Rifle or Rimfire Sporter Clinics are invited to apply to attend a two-day CMP Master Instructor Training Workshop.

Click here for more information and an Application Form.



Coaching Young Rifle Shooters  By Gary Anderson, DCME

The most comprehensive guide to instructing junior shooting, written by one of the nation’s premier shooters, Gary Anderson. In his 11 years of international competition, Gary has won two Olympic gold medals, seven World Championship gold medals, six world records, and 16 national titles. In the 200-page book, loaded with illustrations, Gary provides coaches with all the tools needed to develop the young shooter and improve the skills of us and coming juniors.  Full color instruction guide. 

NLU 758   $19.95 plus S&H

Order your copy today on the CMP E-Store!


Open Public Shooting

CMP Marksmanship Centers

Tuesday & Thursday Evenings

Anniston, AL

Port Clinton, OH

Shooters, including aspiring new shooters, adult and youth, who live in the Camp Perry, Ohio, area or Anniston, Alabama, area are invited to take advantage of the opportunity to do practice shooting at the Marksmanship Center air gun ranges. Both 80-point, 10-meter air gun ranges are fully equipped with electronic targets that accommodate air rifle, air pistol or National Match Air Rifle shooting. Rental equipment is available for a small fee.


for more information.



CMP Custom Shop

The CMP Custom Shop continues to deliver on its promise to upgrade, accurized, customize and refinish traditional U.S.G.I. rifles. Custom Shop work also includes routine repairs and troubleshooting. John McLean, Custom Shop Manager, encourages those who have specific questions or unusual work requests, to call the shop directly at 256-835-8455, ext. 2114. The shop opened in October 2013 and while demand is strong, the turnaround time remains good, with about a 30-day backlog. 


Please note the changes for the 2014 National Match Schedule posted at


Photos may be downloaded or ordered on our website at


New Junior Air Rifle Distinguished Badges

  The CMP extends its congratulations to the following competitors for achieving this prestigious status! The most recent shooters to earn Distinguished Badges are listed below. To view the official list of all Distinguished shooters, visit


#707 Kathryn Davis
New Albany, IN
#708 Jeffery Dean
Gray, TN
#709 Angel Reyes
Middletown, NY
#710 Jesse Sprague
Fountain, CO
#711 Brittley Ball
Rockford, IL
#712 Jenna Bethea
Milledgeville, GA
#713 Maggie Ehmann
#714 Alejandro Grijalva    
Albuquerque, NM
#715 Judith Hinson
Daleville, AL
#716 Brandon Muns
Rio Rancho, NM
#717 Byanka Padilla
Sierra Vista, AZ
#718 Darrell Ray
Moss Point, MS
#719 Tessa Snyder
Los Alamos, NM
#720 Alec Patajo
Puyallup, WA
#721 John Williams
Lithia, FL
#722 Madie Snyder
Kimball, NE
#723 Kasey Rysavy
Salem, OR
#724 Erik Cossentine
Nevada City, CA
#725 Angel Aguilar
Batesville, MS
#726 Zachary Beene
Joshua, TX
#727 Jesse Bustillos
Lebanon, OR
#728 Ashlynn Cook
Covington, GA
#729 Dakota Spivey
Dahlonega, GA
#730 Morgan Tritt
Dahlonega, GA
#731 Alexander Eikelenboom
Lebanon, OR
#732 Ian Hollins
Freeport, IL
#733 Morgan Howard
Anchorage, AK
#734 Erin Leary
Peoria, IL
#735 Alexis Poke
Daleville, AL
#736 Bailey Rueckert
Clearfield, UT
#737 Alex Tamboli
Batesville, MS
#738 Jillian Tyler
Gulfport, MS
#739 Sierra Czap
Hardy, VA
#740 David Johnson
McDonough, GA
#741 Brittany Robins
Gulfport, MS
#742 Josh Martin
Hershey, PA
#743 Haylee Schoenrock
Cortland, NE
#744 Dakota Carter
Freeport, IL
#745 William Dixon
Kemptor, PA
#746 David Trumbull Jr
Libertytown, MD


Breakthrough–Amazing Firearm Cleaner

Posted By on May 2, 2014

By: Mike Sacks20140402_112933

A pleasant  surprise! 

I recently had the opportunity to try a new firearms cleaning solvent just made available to the general public. BREAKTHROUGH claims to remove all fowling from firearms.

I can tell you that it shocked me at how well it worked on an extremely fowled shotgun choke tube.

I removed a choke tube from one of my 3- gun shotguns after firing over 500 rounds through it. As I walked from my office out to my ‘Armory’ I had the nasty little choke on a terry cloth rag. I had sprayed a little of the BREAKTHROUGH on it and inside as well and casually walked the 75 feet to one of my benches. When I got there I opened up the cloth and the darn choke was almost totally clean without me even wiping it down!  I pulled the cloth through the choke and twisted it a bit around the choke and in a heartbeat it was spotless. I am impressed!

I wanted to see what it would do in a 1911 barrel that I had just finished shooting 200+ lead cast bullets through. The barrel had some leading and as usual the top of the chamber had a layer of lead on it. I sprayed some BREAKTHROUGH down the barrel and then sprayed some on a nylon bore brush and ran it down the barrel about 30 times. I then ran a swab, moist with BREAKTHROUGH, down the barrel to push any gunk left out. I again was pleasantly surprised to find most of the leading removed with very little effort. I did the same procedure again and the lead was gone.

Very cool!

Safety First–Glove Up!

Posted By on April 27, 2014

Safety Gloves will reloading and cleaningSafety First!

Glove Up!

I hope you enjoy shooting sports your whole life. And what is #1? That’s right! Safety! Did you ever think that safety also is important while cleaning your firearms? I know you did but here is an important tip. Many of the cleaners we use are made strong so that all the fowling, debris, lead and copper can be removed. A simple way to protect you from them is to always wear disposable gloves while cleaning your firearms and components. I use Latex free mechanics gloves that I get at the auto parts store. I always ‘Glove Up’ before I begin the cleaning process.

Safety Glasses copyAnd remember…never start without eye protection!

Michael Sacks
Junior Shooters magazine