· What is M855 or SS109? Let discuss what the whole BATFE ban is all about.
· What is black tip 30.06?
· AR 15 ammo: bring any ammo that has an AR15 rifle or pistol available for it
· Newest / best optics or sight - do you have a new red dot, long range scope or fiber optic sight? (Remember they cannot be mounted on a full pistol or rifle but you can bring an AR upper or pistol upper just not the whole firearm unless we can meet at Don’s shop.)
o Red Dot
o Fixed power scope
o Holographic sight
o Variable power scope
· Gun accessories that you love or hate- bring your favorite (or least favorite) accessory to the meeting and share them with the club.
o Tactical holsters
Additional discussion topics / guests:
· Brad Emerson is a candidate for the Wylie City Council (Place 4). Brad contacted the club and asked if he could speak at the meeting.
· Diane L. Culver is running for Place 2 on the Wylie City Council. She has also contacted the club and asked if she could speak at our March meeting.
· The BATFE has temporarily backed off of their ban of SS109 / M855 ammo. What does this really mean?
· NRA Annual meeting is April 10, 11 and 12 in Nashville TN – are you planning on going to the meeting?
If you have any suggestions for future speakers or topics please send your feedback to CARGO@att.net.
When was the last time you visited our web site? Please take some time to go to the CARGO website at www.cargogunclub.org
From Brook Lopez who spoke with us last month:
I know there was a lot on the agenda for your meeting. My website is www.democracy.com/electBrookeLopez/ for anyone looking to receive more information.
About the M855 /SS109 ban:
EXCLUSIVE: Common AR-15 Green Tip Ammunition Already Banned in New ATF Regulation Guide
Katie Pavlich | Mar 06, 2015
UPDATE: ATF calls stripping ban exemption for AR-15 "green tip" ammunition a "publishing mistake." Read the full story here (http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2015/03/07/atf-calls-stripping-exemption-for-ar15-green-tip-ammo-a-publishing-mistake-n1967168 ).
On Friday February 13 at 4:00 pm, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms released a proposal to ban commonly used M855 "green tip" AR-15 ammunition under the guise of law enforcement safety. The same day the proposal was released, on a Friday of a three day holiday weekend, ATF opened up a shortened 30-day period for the public to submit comments about the new regulation.
But it turns out, ATF has been working on a ban of AR-15 "green-tip" ammunition for quite some time and has already issued the ban in its new, 2014 Regulation Guide. For reference, ATF Regulation Guides come out approximately every ten years.
When you take a look at the 2005 ATF Regulation Guide, you'll see an exemption for AR-15 "green-tip" ammunition, which means it exempted from the definition of "armor piercing" and therefore is legal on the federal level.
When you look at the last page of the new, most recent ATF 2014 Regulation Guide, which was published in January, there is no longer an exemption for AR-15 "green-tip" ammunition.
"The 2014 edition of the Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide contains information that will help you comply with Federal laws and regulations governing the manufacture, importation and distribution of firearms and ammunition. This edition contains new and amended statutes enacted since publication of the 2005 edition, as well as updated regulations and rulings issued by ATF. In addition to these updated materials, in response to inquiries received from industry members, the public, and partner agencies, the 2014 edition contains additional and amended Questions and Answers to assist with compliance," ATF Director B. Todd Jones states in the 2014 edition of the new Regulation Guide (emphasis mine). "Laws may change over time, as will information in this guide."
The Office of Management and Budget must review and approve ATF Regulation Guides, which again, come out approximately every 10 years. This can take months and changes to Regulation Guides are not easily or often made. Because of the lengthy amount of time it takes for OMB to approve a new ATF Regulation Guide, ATF's comment period is just for show.
ATF officials and the White House have (and never did) no interest in actually listening to or considering comments that are currently being submitted. The exemption for the ammunition in question has already been stripped out of the regulation handbook moving forward and "green-tip" has been reclassified as "armor piercing." The rules have been changed. Further, because of local rules and regulations in different states across the country having their own "armor piercing" standards based on ATF regulations, thousands of people in possession of AR-15 green tip ammunition have essentially been turned into felons overnight.
A review of the timeline:
January 2015: ATF published a new, OMB approved Regulation Guide stripping AR-15 "green-tip" from its armor piercing exemption list.
February 2015: ATF proposes a ban (which they've already put in place through their handbook published in January) on AR-15 "green-tip" ammunition and opens up a comment period.
March 16, 2015: The comment period about the proposed/already implemented ban on AR-15 "green-tip" ammunition closes, ATF ignores tens-of-thousands of comments because they were never going to consider them in the first place, and continues with the regulations outlined in the new 2014 Regulation Guide.
ATF changed the law unilaterally, didn't tell anyone about it and has now put up a bogus comment period that means nothing. Because of these actions, ATF and the White House have not only failed to follow the Administrative Procedure Act, but has gone around Congress to violate the Second Amendment rights of Americans.
So, what' next? ATF is going to have to explain why the change was made under the radar and will also have to explain what this means for people in possession of "green-tip" ammunition after January 2015 when the new ATF Regulation Guide was published with the exemption missing. Is there no grandfathering period for possession? When will manufactures be forced to stop producing? What does this mean for buyers and sellers? States are also going to have to find a way to implement these regulations and define compliance under separate state ammunition possession laws.
Editor's note: The timeline listed above mistakenly said 2014 for all three dates. It has been corrected to 2015.
This post has been updated with additional information.
ATF Calls Stripping Ban Exemption for AR-15 Green Tip Ammunition a "Publishing Mistake"
Katie Pavlich | Mar 07, 2015
Yesterday I exclusively reported that common AR-15 "green tip" ammunition has already been banned in the new 2014 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Regulation Guide, which was published in January. After the story received wide public attention, which you can read in full here, ATF released a response Friday night at 9:12 p.m. blaming a publishing error for stripping out the "armor piercing" and ban exemption for AR-15 "green tip" ammunition.
Here is the full statement, emphasis is mine.
On Feb. 13, 2015, ATF released for public comment a proposed framework, including legal and technical analysis, to guide its determination on what ammunition is "primarily intended for sporting purposes" for purposes of granting exemptions to the Gun Control Act’s prohibition on Armor Piecing Ammunition.This proposed framework is posted for public comment only; no final decisions have been made as to its adoption.
Media reports have noted that the 2014 ATF Regulation Guide published online does not contain a listing of the exemptions for Armor Piercing Ammunition, and concluding that the absence of this listing indicates these exemptions have been rescinded.
Please be advised that ATF has not rescinded any Armor Piercing Ammunition exemption, and the fact they are not listed in the 20 14 online edition of the regulations, was an error, which has no legal impact on the validity of the exemptions. The existing exemptions for armor piercing ammunition, which apply to 5.56 mm (.223) SS 109 and M855 projectiles (identified by a green coating on the projectile tip), and the U.S .30-06 M2AP projectile (identified by a black coating on the projectile tip), remain in effect.
The listing of Armor Piercing Ammunition exemptions can be found in the 2005 ATF Regulation Guide on page 166, which is posted here. The 2014 Regulation Guide will be corrected in PDF format to include the listing of Armor Piercing Ammunition exemptions and posted shortly. The e-book/iBook version of the Regulation Guide will be corrected in the near future. ATF apologizes for any confusion caused by this publishing error.
Most importantly, if you're in possession of AR-15 "green tip" ammunition, legally you're good to go in most states and not in possession of "armor piercing" ammunition. Because of the "publishing error" in the 2014 Regulation Guide, ATF has advised FFL's and others to reference the 2005 Regulation Guidebook, where the ammunition is still exempted.
Despite ATF saying there's "nothing to analyze here folks," this simple "publishing mistake" deserves scrutiny. Considering the Office of Management and Budget must approve new Regulation Guides, which come out approximately every 10 years, are difficult to change and take months to review, that's quite the "publishing mistake." As ATF references, the exemption for AR-15 "green tip" ammunition is in the 2005 ATF Regulation Guide. For this "publishing mistake" to occur, someone would have had to delete an entire section from the guide, which just happens to be the section about ammunition the Obama administration is currently trying to ban.
2005 Regulation Guide with the exemption for AR-15 "green tip" ammunition: [snip]
2014 Regulation Guide, which was published in January, without the exemption for AR-15 "green tip" ammunition: [snip]
Somehow this "publishing mistake" looks a lot like "deleting" ammunition ATF is trying to ban without the consent of Congress or a proper public comment period as required by law. Also, keep in mind what ATF Director B. Todd Jones says about the 2014 Regulation Guide, that it "contains new and amended statutes enacted since publication of the 2005 edition, as well as updated regulations and rulings issued by ATF." Was this a "publishing mistake," or an updated regulation or ruling issued by ATF to quietly and unilaterally ban AR-15 "green tip" ammunition? It certainly looks like the latter.
According to ATF, the ban on AR-15 "green tip" ammunition is "a proposed framework posted for public comment only; no final decisions have been made as to its adoption." You can send your thoughts to ATF about the proposal until March 16, 2015 using the channels below:
-Fax: (202) 648-9741
-Mail: Denise Brown, Mailstop 6N-602, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 99 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20226: ATTN: AP Ammo Comments
The National Shooting Sports Foundation has requested ATF extend the commenting period for an additional 60 days.
This post has been updated with additional information.
Response from Senator Cornyn’s office:
Dear Mr. Curtis:
Thank you for contacting me regarding recent actions by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE). I share your concerns and appreciate having the benefit of your comments on these important matters.
As you may know, Congress passed the Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act (LEOPA) in 1986 to protect law enforcement officers from “armor piercing” ammunition, but importantly exempted ammunition “primarily intended for sporting purposes,” to account for the fact that sporting rifle ammunition could potentially be fired from handguns. Unfortunately, on February 13, 2015, the BATFE announced it would attempt to ban the manufacture and importation of certain ammunition by changing the way it interprets the LEOPA “sporting purposes” exemption.
I believe the BATFE is abusing its authority by interpreting the meaning of “sporting purposes” under LEOPA in this way, and am sending a letter to BATFE Director Todd Jones in opposition to this proposal.
As a strong proponent of the Second Amendment, I believe it is essential to safeguard law-abiding citizens’ constitutional right to own and use firearms for lawful purposes. Restricting this right runs counter to the intent of our Founding Fathers, who expressly guaranteed that citizens would retain the right to keep and bear arms. Furthermore, as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has primary jurisdiction over the BATFE, I will continue working with my colleagues to provide oversight of this agency.
I appreciate the opportunity to represent Texans in the United States Senate, and you may be certain that I will continue working with my colleagues to protect our Second Amendment rights. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.
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I just received an email from Texas Law Shield about this subject their take on it was that any rifle caliber that also had a handgun associated with it, could be banned as well.
From Several CARGO Members:
Congressman John Culberson (R-Harris Co) Says Repeal of Ammo Ban Immediate and Permanent!
Half an hour ago, Congressman John Culberton (R-Harris Co) called TSRA and asked that we get the message out to our members.
The ban on green tip ammo has been repealed and it's gone for good!
Congressman Culberson chairs a committee with direct influence over BATF and was able to convince those within the agency to remove the ban. We were also told that the ban was actually the first of several. All part of a "research project" designed to review many types of common ammunition which might be armor-piercing.
God Bless the Texas Delegation and God Bless Congressman John Culberson who remembers TSRA members sent him to Congress many years ago and took a moment to call.
And as always,
Keep the faith.
ATF shelves controversial bullet ban proposal
Published March 10, 2015
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is shelving a proposal to ban a popular but highly lethal type of bullet, amid opposition from gun-rights advocates and hundreds of members of Congress.
The agency said in a statement on Tuesday it would not seek to issue the final guidelines "at this time." The proposal pertained to M855 "green tip" ammunition, used in the AR-15 rifle, which regulators looked at banning because it can pierce police body armor.
The ATF said it would instead wait until Americans have finished commenting on the federal regulations and evaluate their comments and suggestions before "proceeding with any framework."
The statement follows 52 senators and 238 House members joining in opposition to any attempt the Obama administration might make to ban the ammo.
"This attack on the Second Amendment is wrong and should be overturned," said Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., who started the petition. "A clear, sizeable majority of the House agrees.”
Armor-piercing ammunition for handguns has been banned since 1986 as a way to protect police officers.
The agency also said the decision was based on the "overwhelming interest in this issue and the issues raised in the comments received.”
The ATF said it has received more than 80,000 public comments and that an overwhelming number were critical of the proposal.
"I’m pleased to see that the ATF has now decided to abide by congressional intent of the law, and its exemption protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners, Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said after the ATF announcement. "ATF’s original proposal to short-circuit the exemption and limit access to rifle ammunition was an affront to the Second Amendment to the Constitution, and it was met with stiff rebuke."
The Justice Department will make a final decision when all of the comments are reviewed.
Gun rights groups have argued that the ammo ban would be a backdoor attempt to ban assault weapons.
The weapons would still work without the M855s but they would no longer be capable of firing body-armor piercing ammo.
“Today’s announcement proves what we have said all along -- this was 100% political," said Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association. "Obama failed to pass gun control through Congress, so he tried impose his political agenda through executive fiat."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
This issue is not dead, by any measure:
It’s Back: Dems To Push Bullet Ban
March 14, 2015 7:40 am Second Amendment
(Washington Examiner) -Clearly upset that the Obama administration gave in too fast on a plan to target the popular AR-15 gun, top Democrats are planning to revive it.
Rep. Steve Israel of New York Friday said in a release that he will push the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to “reevaluate” it’s decision to back off a ban of the 5.56 M855 ammo.
His statement: Woodbury, NY—
On Monday, March 16th, Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington) will call on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to reevaluate the decision to delay a proposed ban on 5.56 mm M855 “green tip” ammunition, commonly referred to as “armor-piercing” bullets. Green tip ammunition is exempt from the Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act (LEOPA), signed into law in 1986, because it was largely used in hunting rifles. However, this ammunition can now be used in certain types of handguns. Additionally, Rep. Israel is announcing legislation with Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) that would require the attorney general to modify the definition of armor-piercing ammunition to conform to the performance of the bullet. Current law limits the definition for armor-piercing ammunition as bullets or bullet cores used in handguns which are made from one or a combination of certain metals.
From the ODCMP:
All IHC M1 Garands are limited to one per customer. We will begin accepting orders March 11th. Any orders received prior to this date will not be accepted. The quantities available of the Garands listed below are limited and will be sold to qualified purchasers "first come first serve" with no preferential treatment. A small quantity will be offered in the stores with the majority going to mail order customers. The M1s are no exchange due to severely limited quantities available. The XM855 is limited in our inventory and probably the last we will ever see or be allowed to offer.
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From Member Don Bridges:
Knife Rights' Texas Comprehensive Knife Ban
Repeal Bill Introduced
Knife Rights' Texas Comprehensive Knife Ban Repeal Bill, HB 3884, that would repeal the ban on ALL so-called "illegal knives" listed in Texas statute, has been introduced by Texas State Representative Harold Dutton (D-5). HB 3884, together with Knife Rights' Texas Knife Law Preemption Bill, HB 905, previously introduced by Rep. John Frullo (R-84), would comprehensively overhaul Texas knife law, removing irrational Texas knife restrictions and decriminalizing tools that Americans use every day while also ensuring that these new freedoms will be enjoyed by all Texans.
As you may recall, Rep. Dutton was Knife Rights' sponsor two years ago of the bill that successfully repealed the Texas ban on switchblade (automatic) and gravity knives. We are very pleased to be working with Rep. Dutton and his staff once again to eliminate the remaining antiquated restrictions on the knives that Texans can carry.
HB 3884 would repeal the existing ban on bowie knives, daggers, any knives with a blade over 5.5 inches, devices designed to cut or stab by being thrown, swords and spears.
Knife Rights passed the nation's first repeal of a ban on Dirks, Daggers, Stilettos and Switchblade (Automatic) Knives in 2010 in New Hampshire and has since passed repeal of knife restrictions in Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas. In Washington state knifemakers can now legally manufacture automatic knives.
Knife Law Preemption would rid Texas of its patchwork of local knife laws more restrictive than state law. Two Texas cities made Knife Rights' 10 Worst Anti-Knife Cities in America list for 2014, San Antonio at number four and Corpus Christi at number nine. San Antonio prohibits carry of all locking-blade folding knives except on the job. There's no local restriction on fixed blade knives.In Corpus Christi it is illegal to carry any fixed blade knife or a folder with a blade longer than 3-inches except when actually in use on the job.
Preemption repeals and prevents local ordinances more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state. Preemption ensures citizens can expect consistent enforcement of state knife laws everywhere in a state. Knife Rights passed the nation's first Knife Law Preemption bill in Arizona in 2010 and has since passed preemption bills in Alaska, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Utah.
Knife Rights' Idaho Knife Law Preemption Bill Advances
Headed to Full Senate Vote - Call & Write TODAY!
Knife Rights' Idaho Knife Law Preemption bill, SB 1092, was passed out of the Senate State Affairs Committee by a unanimous vote. SB 1092 now moves the full Senate for a vote.
If you live, work or travel in Idaho, please contact your state Senator or the Senator where you work or travel and ask them to please vote YES on SB 1092.CLICK HERE to find your Idaho Senator.
SB 1092 would repeal all existing local knife regulations and prohibit any future knife regulations, making state knife law supreme over the entire state. Our research discovered numerous local ordinances that restrict knives in Idaho, but we were especially taken aback by the prohibition on concealed carry (without a permit) of a "buck knife" in Twin Falls (Chapter 2, 6-2-1(B)). That's particularly ironic given that Buck Knives is headquartered in Idaho.
Knife Law Preemption prevents a patchwork of local ordinances more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state. Preemption ensures citizens can expect consistent enforcement of state knife laws everywhere in a state.
Knife Law Preemption is Knife Rights' signature legislative initiative and is the essential foundation for improving knife laws and protecting knife owners. Knife Rights passed the nation's first Knife Law Preemption bill in Arizona in 2010 and has since passed preemption bills in Alaska, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Utah.
Maine Knife Ban Repeal Bill Hearing Clears Committee
Headed to Full House Vote - Call & Write TODAY!
The Maine Joint Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety voted unanimously to report LD 264, sponsored by Representative Joel Stetkis. out of Committee with an "ought to pass" report. LD 264, "An Act To Restore the Right To Possess Certain Knives That Are Used by Many Citizens as Tools," would repeal Maine's irrational and antiquated ban on automatic and gravity knives. The bill now moves to the House floor for a vote.
If you live, work, or travel in Maine, please contact your Representative politely ask that they vote YES on LD264 and show the residents of Maine that they can be trusted to possess these average, everyday tools, responsibly. CLICK HERE to locate your legislator.
Automatic knives are legal in 38 states (some with restrictions) and 26 states have no restrictions whatsoever on these knives. Seven of those 26 states have been added by Knife Rights since 2010. Knife Rights passed the nation's first repeal of a automatic knife ban in 2010 in New Hampshire and has since passed repeal of automatic knife bans (and repealed other knife restrictions) in Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas.
Maryland Ivory Ban Bill Defeated
The Maryland House Judiciary Committee has voted to give an unfavorable report on HB 713, a draconian bill that would have banned the sale or purchase of any ivory, including mammoth ivory, in the state.
The unfavorable report came after an alliance of organizations opposed to the bill, including Knife Rights, helped make it clear to the committee members that it was terribly problematic for honest, law-abiding Marylanders, stealing millions in value from them, and that it would not save a single living elephant in Africa.
We would especially like to thank David, an 8-year-old student and avid fossil collector, for testifying in opposition to HB 713, showing off parts of his impressive collection of shark's teeth and mammoth ivory fossils that would be rendered valueless by this ill-considered bill, which would have also prevent him from continuing to collect many of the fossils he prizes most.
When we are allowed the opportunity to explain the facts involved and the reality of the illicit trade in elephant ivory, in which Americans have virtually no involvement whatsoever, we have a good chance of changing the minds of those who have been mislead by emotionally charged, politically and financially motivated efforts to ban legal elephant ivory that's been in the country for decades and mammoth ivory that's 10,000 years old.
The bright light of the truth and facts can carry the day given half a chance. Like all Americans, we find the poaching of African elephants appalling and reprehensible. Unfortunately, instead of going after poachers, smugglers and traders of illicit ivory, Ivory Ban bills only attack innocent Americans without any likelihood of having an impact on the poaching problem.
Knife Rights Foundation has recently added 40 more cities to its groundbreaking LegalBlade™ App - Knife Laws in America™. LegalBlade™ is the world's first knife law app!
LegalBlade™ provides guidance at your fingertips to the knife laws in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 42 cities in the U.S. with restrictive knife laws.
Knife Rights Founder and Chairman Doug Ritter notes, "While Knife Rights will continue to aggressively work to repeal bad knife laws, knowledge of the law is the first step in avoiding an unfortunate arrest, loss of your knife or other legal complications."
From the AR15.com Newsletter:
Celebrate with green this week
March is here, Putin is still missing, and the weather is starting to warm up. This means it's time to get out and do some shooting!
This month we have updates to a couple of the articles from last month, G2 Research ammo testing and the UTM CTA Conversion Kit; both below.
We're giving away an ATPIAL-C, courtesy of TNVC, so check that out as well and make sure you enter for your chance to win.
We've FINALLY gotten our takedown bags back in stock; these were sold out last year and we've been working ever since to find a new supplier. Well they're finally in; check them out below and order yours.
We also have a few events coming up that are worth mentioning. These include:
• Missouri 3-Gun Championship
Be sure to check us out at the Missouri 3-Gun Championship this weekend at the Lead Farm 3-Gun Range outside Versailles, MO.
• Urban Escape and Evasion
While on an international business trip, you are kidnapped and held for ransom. What do you do?
OnPoint Tactical is coming to Dallas this month to put on a course called Urban Escape and Evasion. This is a unique opportunity to learn some useful and no often taught skills that will help you in just such a situation.
There are still a few slots, so it's not too late to sign up. Check out the info below, as well as their web site for more details.
• Canton Trade Days
The next Canton Trade Days is (April 2-5, 2015), and we will have some changes in place this month. Come check us out!
Check out the Trade Days thread and we hope to see you there.
• NRA Annual Meeting and Expo
Don't forget next month is the 144th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the Music City Center in the heart of Nashville, TN April 10-12, 2015!
Legislator Wants to Ban Silhouette Targets
by Robert W. Hunnicutt | February 19th, 2015
A Pennsylvania legislator wants to ban the use of silhouette targets on shooting ranges in the Keystone State.
Thaddeus Kirkland, a Democrat representing Delaware Co., south of Philadelphia, said:
“Rather than perpetuate violence by continuing to allow individuals to practice their target shooting by shooting at human silhouette targets at shooting ranges, my legislation will prohibit the use of targets that depict human silhouettes at shooting ranges across the Commonwealth. Instead, silhouette targets could include, but are not limited to the following: white-tailed deer, black bear, wild turkey, and elk.”
How, exactly, this prohibition would be enforced was not detailed.
I don’t think anybody will fail to see this as the cheap grandstanding and publicity-mongering it is, and it wouldn’t even rate a mention it except to make the point that our side doesn’t have a perfect track record on this, either.
Rapid-fire pistol has been an Olympic sport since the Games were revived in 1896, and involves shooting at five rotating targets in time limits of eight, six and four seconds. When the event started, the targets were lifelike images of soldiers in 19th-century uniforms. These were cashiered in favor of a more abstract figure, which in turn was replaced by a coffin-shaped target that was in use when I covered the Olympics 30 years ago. Even that extremely abstract humanoid shape has now been replaced with a standard round bullseye, depriving the world of what was laughingly called the “foot shot:” a premature discharge that hit the very bottom of the target.
Similarly, when I was just a lad following the international shooting trail, there was an event called “running boar” that had shooters firing on a realistic depiction of a boar (sometimes it was two-headed so one target could be used in both directions). Various European PETA types whined about that and the event was redubbed “running game target,” with a circular bullseye target in place of the boar, which had until then given competitors the name “pig shooters.” While it was shot with .22 rifles at 50 meters in my day, it’s now shot indoors with airguns at 10 meters, which saves a lot of range building expense, but certainly takes the hunting heritage out of the picture.
Some even agitated against the standard B-27 police target on grounds that police shouldn’t be training to shoot black people. There have always been those who dislike targets made from photos of baddies like Osama Bin Laden and who think photorealistic targets should be restricted to law enforcement.
I don’t have any aesthetic issues with silhouette targets, but I would point out there is one practical problem with them. If you’ve been to any indoor range, you’ve seen some tyro shooter clip one on the trolley, run it out to 7 yards and wail on it with a full magazine from a Glock 17. If he gets 10 of 17 shots on target, he regards himself as the reincarnation of Wild Bill Hickok and jams in another mag.
What he never considers is that his high shots are going into the ceiling, his low shots into the floor and the hits to the left and right into the walls. That’s no great problem in modern indoor ranges where everything in front of the firing line is sheathed in steel, but if that same shooter goes outdoors, you better hope the backstop and side berms are tall!
In the dear, dead days of the 1970s, you learned to shoot a pistol on a bullseye target at 50 feet, taking one shot at a time. There’s still no better way to learn stance, grip, trigger control and the other fundamentals. Shooting at the B-27 with two hands only came later, and if you were even halfway competent at bullseye shooting, keeping them all in the 10-ring at 7 yards was a snap.
There’s no going back to those times: the average commercial range customer wants the immediate gratification of holing a silhouette target, and very few will ever care enough to build the skill it takes to shoot a 2700 match. But I can’t help wishing more would challenge themselves. Until you’ve held a .45 in one hand, pointing it at a bullseye 50 yards downrange in a gusty wind, you haven’t really shot pistol.
How about a seriously hi-cap 12 gauge shotgun???
Roth Concept Innovations Shotguns
Posted February 25, 2015 in Companies, Shotguns by Nicholas C with 38 Comments
Tags: RCI, Remington, VersaMax, XRAIL
RCI is the maker of the XRAIL. An auto indexing loader that holds and feeds a shotgun 23 rounds. Give or take a round or two depending on your shotgun setup.
Well they have been modifying shotguns as well.
They have a modified Benelli M2 with an integrated XRAIL. Usually the XRAIL is added as an extension at the end of the magazine tube. However with 23+ rounds this tends to make the gun rather front heavy. They removed the factory Benelli magazine tube and replaced it with their XRAIL. Recoilweb did an article in Issue 9.
For those of you interested in the RCI XM2XI it can be yours for only $3,299.00.
•Rounds total: 26 (25+1)
•Weight: 9 lbs empty, 11.4 lbs loaded with 26 rounds of birdshot
•Length of Barrel on gun: 21″
•Overall Length of gun: 42.5″
Now RCI is looking at modifying the Remington Versamax. They posted this on their facebook page. They call it the Versamax Vacuum. That is some serious undercutting of the feed port. Even the handguard has been shaved down for less drag. Beacuse Racegun.
Improve Your Trigger Pull with These 6 Tips
Posted by Rob Leatham
Mar 10, 2015 12:12:11 PM
One of the most important aspects of firing accuracy is the trigger pull. Your ability to perfect this area of shooting will improve your performance faster than any other skill.
Consider the following tips for bettering your trigger pull technique.
1.The right grip
If your firearm is too large, your hand can't exert the proper force to pull the trigger.
Similarly, if you grip the firearm in the wrong way, you're not using your arm and hand muscles to their full potential.
Make sure your firearm is well suited to your grip.
2.Isolate the trigger finger
Your index finger is used for the express purpose of pulling the trigger.
When I am ready to shoot, I concentrate on only moving my trigger finger.
In other words, isolate the trigger finger’s movement from the rest of your hand so as to not interrupt the sight picture.
3.Practice dry fire
“Dry Firing” is an excellent way to practice and perfect your trigger pull away from the range. Without the recoil and noise resulting from live fire, you can observe any movement of the gun. It’s easy and convenient and saves on expensive ammo.
Though dry fire is not a replacement for live fire, I do it regularly. Without having to worry about recoil, you can focus on your grip and perfect how you pull the trigger. Regardless of whether ammo is being used, remember to always follow the firearm safety rules.
Firing a gun is loud and your body is expecting the recoil.
Due to this, many shooters develop what can be described as a “flinch”. It’s important not to anticipate and prematurely react to this sound and recoil. Doing so can cause problems with accuracy. Mentally remind yourself to stay in the same position, gripping firmly and aiming all the way “through” the firing of a shot.
Practice maintaining control of the gun at all times, not just up until the instant a round is fired.
Remember, if the gun is in your hand you are controlling it whether you are actively shooting or not.
Focus is more than just the physical act of seeing with your eyes. Shooting accurately is as mental as it is physical.
Concentrate on feeling things like the trigger pull and grip pressure. Don't just “look at the front sight”. Focus on the target and sights along with the feel and movement of your trigger finger.
Several things happen at once to fire an accurate shot, but with practice you should become more proficient.
Once you have a basic understanding of the techniques involved, practice and discipline will be what allows you to shoot your best.
Jerking your trigger finger back quickly while in the learning phases destroys your accuracy.
Only the most advanced and skilled shooters are able to do this and maintain an even unmoving grip on the gun. Save that for later as you progress.
Pull the trigger evenly so that you do not interrupt sight alignment. Think smooth and steady.
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