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Go to Vegas and meet Gunny at the Biggest Gun Show Around!

The awesome dudes at OpticsPlanet and SOG are putting on one heck of a contest. Here's what you could win:

  • 2 round trip flights to Las Vegas from anywhere in the Contintental US
  • 3 nights stay at the Mirage Hotel and Casino (January 14- 17, 2014
  • Meet and greet with R. Lee Ermey (aka "The Gunny")
  • And the following SOG Products:
  • 1 x Aura SEAL Tactical Knife AUO3-N
  • 1 x Trident Partially Serrated Black TiNi Folding Knife TF-1
  • 1 x Voodoo Hawk F18-N
  • 1 x FastHawk Tactical Tomahawk F06PN-CP
  • 1 x DarkEnergy 247 Lumen Tactical LED Flashlight DE-02
  • 1 x SEAL Pup Powder Coated Knife M37-N
  • 1 x SOGFari Black Machete MC02-N
  • 1 x PowerAssist Multi-tool B66N-CP
  • 1 x Gunny Folding Knife, Limited Edition GFL01-L
  • 1 x Vulcan Mini Folding Knife VG-10
  • 1 x Bowie 2.0 Knife S1T-L

The contest ends November 4th so you have to sign up quick! Head here for more details and to enter:  http://www.opticsplanet.com/meet-gunny.html

Gear Review: The SpeedVault by GunVault

GunVault SpeedVaultOne thing I wind up saying a lot is “I’d much rather have a .22LR pistol than a pointy stick”. The gist of which being that, even though .22LR isn’t my go to choice, it’s better than nothing at all. In many ways, a gun safe is much like that as well. A cheap, locking gun cabinet is better than just leaving the gun in your nightstand or sitting on a shelf. Granted, a top of the line, super thick, high tech gun safe with all the bells and whistles is the best choice but most of us don’t have $5,000 or more to drop on one...and if we did most of us would rather spend it on a new gun.

At the same time, most gun safes are there to protect your entire collection. There is, however, a line of purpose built safes that are for very specific storage methods. One of the most popular makers of such safes is GunVault. They have safes that are made to be mounted under desks and in desk drawers. One particular safe, however, caught my attention a while back: The SpeedVault.

 

 

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Team Hornady Takes on Fallen Brethren 3-Gun Challenge

Grand Island, NE: Three hundred fifteen competitors stood at attention as the American flag was raised and sang the National Anthem during the opening ceremonies of the Fallen Brethren 3-Gun Challenge. But it was the round of applause afterwards that set the spirit of the match, held October 4-6, 2013 at the Spartan Tactical Range Complex near Jacksboro, Texas. Now on its third year, the event honors the heroes who fell at the Battle of Mogadishu 20 years ago. Jerry Miculek won several stages amidst varying terrain to take the Open Division title, shooting Hornady 9mm 147 grain FMJ bullets in his pistol, and Hornady 60 grain V-MAX bullets in his 223 Rem rifle. Miculek considered it an honor to compete with and get to know the veterans at the match. “I have enormous appreciation for their sacrifice,” he said. “And my Hornady 147 grain FMJ bullets provided reliability that was paramount to my win. It was an enjoyable match from start to finish.”     Tate Moots finished second ...

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TrackingPoint ShotMade Tour Heads to Houston, Phoenix, Tampa and Dallas

I got a chance to play with the Tracking Point rifle at SHOT Show earlier this year. This gun is an absolute trip and I highly HIGHLY recommend anyone in the area pay them a visit if you can.   TrackingPoint™ has expanded its ShotMade tour, where the Smart Rifle™ company travels state to state demoing their precision guided firearm technology for press and firearms enthusiasts. Four new dates were announced this week via the TrackingPoint ShotMade blog. The new dates include Florida, Arizona and multiple stops in Texas and all will take place before the end of the year at private facilities. The tour provides the chance for attendees to be one of the only people in the world to ever have fired the extremely high end Smart-Rifle, an experience that has been reserved for tour attendees and the company's first adopters. Smart Rifles are currently only available through an application process, with demand stretching wait times further as the technology gains steam. The chance to shoot one i ...

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Shooting Tip: Slow The Heck Down!

As I’ve helped quite a few people learn to shoot by this point in my life, I’ve noticed certain patterns emerging. Certain attitudes in life seem to consistently translate to a certain type of shooting. Certain flaws in technique pop up over and over again. One of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen new and even moderately experienced shooters make over and over again is rushing their shots.

Now don’t get me wrong. When push comes to shove and you’ve got Robber McCriminalpants kicking in your front door, speed will be of great importance. When you’re trying to improve your technique, however, speed can destroy your chances of hitting anything.

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Reader Questions: Shotgun Ports and Dirty Magazines

Got a couple of quick questions from readers. The answers are short enough that I figured I could answer them both in one post.

 

Can I shoot birdshot through a ported barrel?

and

Should I be cleaning my magazines also?

 

Answers after the jump!

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Beginner Gun Review: Smith & Wesson Model 686

Smith & Wesson Model 686In the interest of full disclosure, I feel the need to make a confession: I’ve never really liked revolvers. Now, I recognize that there are people that love them and swear by them but I’m not one of them. Suffice to say, it comes down to the fact that I just don’t like the way they feel. While there hasn’t been many, every revolver I’ve shot to this day was clunky and downright painful to shoot. Give me a nice, semi-automatic pistol of any caliber any day and I’m happy.

I’m also working on becoming an NRA certified instructor. One of the requirements is that I have to demonstrate ability with a revolver.

Crap.

Well, time to get ahold of a revolver I guess. Fortunately, a close friend of the family had one he was planning on selling and he let me try it out first. The revolver in question is the Smith & Wesson Model 686. This is a double action revolver chambered in .357 Magnum which means it can also shoot the cheaper and lighter shooting .38 Special as well. The gun is based off of Smith & Wesson’s L frame which is what they call their “medium-large” pistols. It holds 6 rounds but there are also 7 round options and It also has adjustable rear sights.

 

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Shoot Your Carry Ammo At Least Once

Hornady Critical Defense AmmoLet me tell you a story. Remember that XDs review I did a while back? That was my father’s gun. He bought it for his daily carry gun. After I did the review and gave it back to him, he held off carrying it for a while until he had the chance to shoot it himself. That turned out to be a good idea.

I’ve always been a fan of the Winchester PDX ammunition. The problem is, there was a bit of an ammo crisis in recent months. You might have heard about it. I believe a couple of blogs might have mentioned it as well. Either way, PDX ammo was difficult to find so my father loaded the gun with Hornady’s Critical Defense ammo instead.


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How to Tell You're Paying a Good Price

Gun StoreGuns aren’t cheap. Well, some guns are cheap but most guns aren’t. For the vast majority of us, the purchase of a gun is a big deal and requires a great deal of planning, budgeting and bribing of the significant other.

Personally, I’ve always had the rule of “if it costs more than $100, I have to spend at least a week making sure I’m not only buying the right thing but getting a decent deal.” For starters, it saves me from impulse buys which rarely turn out well. At the same time, it makes sure I make good use of every penny.

When we’re at the store or gun show and picking out our gun, how can we be sure we’re getting the best bang for the buck...so to speak? Let’s take a look at how I work through it, as well as some of my favorite resources for either buying a gun or at least figuring out the going rates.

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Team Hornady Chalks Up Wins at AR15.com/Rockcastle Pro Am 3-Gun Championship

Grand Island, NE (PRWEB) September 22, 2013 Team Hornady was unstoppable among the largest field of shooters ever to compete at the AR15.com/Rockcastle Pro Am 3-Gun Championship, August 23-25, 2013 in Park City, Kentucky. Two thousand acres of unforgiving terrain and eight Pro stages designed by some of the top three-gunners on the circuit coupled with a stamina-withering heat index did not deter Team Hornady’s shooting skills or the accuracy of their Hornady ammo. Michael Voigt won the Open Division shooting Hornady 125 HAP bullets in his 9mm pistol, and Hornady 75 grain BTHP Match and Hornady 55 grain V-MAX in his 223 Rem rifle. “The complexity of the stage designs meant I had to be on top of my game,” said Voigt. “Shooting dependable ammo was paramount in achieving winning results.” Jerry Miculek turned in a strong performance, finishing second behind Voigt shooting Hornady 22 cal 60 grain V-MAX bullets in his M&P-15 rifle, and Hornady 125 grain HAP bullets in his 9mm p ...

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