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3-Gun Nation Nationals

Friday, August 30th, 2019

This year 3-Gun Nation nationals will be held in the 7th Special Forces Group’s area (Panhandle of Florida).  3GN, Grizzly Targets and RPGi have teamed up to put on 3GN nationals at Southern Tactical Range located in Holt, Florida just about 30 minutes from our compound at 7th. Southern Tactical Range will also host an outdoor expo of sorts with numerous local companies and vendors.  This combined event is templated to bring up to 500-600 people to Southern Tactical’s property.  

This event will mark the seventh iteration of 3-Gun Nation’s championship match since 2009 and feature two days of competitive 3-Gun, vendors, side demos and more. 3-Gun Nation has provided a $100 discount on the match fee for any Military or Law enforcement personnel.  This is extremely important to attract the military shooters from Fort Benning, Fort Rucker, Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field, NAS Panama City, NAS Pensacola and more. 

The venue (Southern Tactical Range) features many of the attributes that makes a facility perfect for a major 3-Gun match. Home to the Green Beret Foundation’s 2019 Fallen Heroes 3-Gun Shooting Competition (designed and ran by RPGi).  Southern Tactical has 15 range bays at various sizes, natural terrain and long range options up to 1000 yards – all within a 30 minute drive to the beach town of Destin, Florida. 

Additionally, RPGi training group will be hosting 3-Gun training classes for anyone interested in learning the sport. Training topics include shotgun loading techniques, transitions and gun abandonment, speed reloads and rules of the game. 

MATCH STATS: 

– 2 days of competition featuring 8 Courses of fire

– 200 rifle; 250 pistol; 150 birdshot ; 20 slug shots

– 125 – 175 competitors

– Vendor areas and demo areas available

– $100 match fee discount for any Military or LE personel

– Free 3GN membership ($45)

To register visit www.3GunNation.com/nationals  or https://practiscore.com/3-gun-nation-2019-nationals/register 

To learn more about RPGi visit rpg-international.us  or email brendan.souder@gmail.com

Freedom Shooting Center to Celebrate National Shooting Sports Month

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Virginia Beach, VA – Freedom Shooting Center today announced its involvement in National Shooting Sports Month, in partnership with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

Created to encourage participation in the shooting sports and emphasize firearms safety, National Shooting Sports Month will take place throughout the month of August.

“We are truly excited to see NSSF promoting National Shooting Sports Month,” said Carlo Galinato of Freedom Shooting Center.. “This is the perfect incentive for our regular customers to introduce someone new to the sports they enjoy and for those who haven’t been out target shooting lately to get back out there for some practice. We’re also offering great discounts on gear in the pro shop. So if you’re a fan of the shooting sports or just want to give target shooting a try, come visit us to see what we have to offer.”

“Last year’s National Shooting Sports Month was a tremendous success, thanks to hundreds of ranges and retailers across the country reminding people about the fun and excitement of target shooting,” said Zach Snow, NSSF Director, Retail & Range Business Development. “We’re thrilled to have Freedom Shooting Center join in continuing the celebration of the shooting sports this year.”

Whether you’re an experienced target shooter, a hunter or a person just becoming interested in acquiring your first firearm and learning how to shoot, NSSF invites you to head out to the range during National Shooting Sports Month so you can improve your shooting and firearm safety skills.

Visit letsgoshooting.org to learn more.

Be sure to “Like” NSSF’s Facebook page to see how others across the country are celebrating this special event. NSSF and Freedom Shooting Center encourage you to share your National Shooting Sports Month experience on social media and to use the hashtag #LetsGoShooting.

MasterPiece Arms (MPA) Introduces the MPA BA Precision Match Rifle (PMR) Competition “Ready” Rifle

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

The MPA BA PMR “Competition Ready” Rifle configuration includes several key accessories, an MPA BA mount, and optic.

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Comer, Ga. (August 2019) – MasterPiece Arms (MPA), manufacturers of the MPA BA Rifles and Chassis Systems, is pleased to introduce the MPA BA Precision Match Rifle (PMR) “Competition Ready” Rifle. This rifle is designed specifically for the Production Class requirements of the Precision Rifle Series (PRS) and has been approved for use within this division. The special “Competition Ready” configuration includes several key accessories, an MPA BA Mount and optic. MPA has packaged these items together to offer a tremendous value on the “Competition Ready” package with a special MSRP of $2,999.99 for the rifle and all included accessories. The value of the items included is $3,459 (MSRP), so the “Competition Ready” package provides approximately a $500 savings.

The MPA BA PMR “Competition Ready” Rifle utilizes the MPA BA Hybrid Chassis, which is machined on MPA’s CNC Horizontal Machining Centers to exacting tolerances from 6061 aluminum. The v-bedding system provides additional clearance for glass bedding action and straight section of the barrel. The chassis also includes a built-in inclinometer, thumb notch, lower mounted Picatinny Rail, 20 MOA Scope Rail, A2 Style Pistol Grip and is R.A.T. System compatible. The MPA Buttstock comes with an adjustable cheek riser and length of pull that is locked in position with a series of set screws that are embedded into the buttstock body. This is the same system MPA uses on its Standard BA Chassis but without the thumb wheels.

The MPA BA PMR “Competition Ready” Rifle includes an X-Caliber hand lapped 416R Stainless Premium Barrel Blank with a polished barrel finish. It is available in 26” for 6.5mm and 6mm and 24” for .308 M24 barrel profile. The chamber is indicated within 0.0001” or less to the bore of the rifle.

Additional items included in the “Competition Ready” package include an EVG Grip, Bag Rider, V4 Spigot Mount, MPA 30mm, 1.125, 0MOA Mount, MPA DN3 Brake and a Bushnell Forge Optic (RF4275BF2 – 4.5 – 27×50 FFP MRAD Forge Black Deploy MIL Riflescope, box).

MPA BA PMR “Competition Ready” Rifle Specifications:
Caliber: 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, 308
Action: MPA/Curtis Short Action
Bolt: 60 Degree Bolt Throw
Chassis: MPA BA Hybrid Chassis
Chassis Weight: 3.5 lbs.
Rifle Weight:11.5 lbs.
Barrel: X-Caliber Hand Lapped 416R Stainless Premium Barrel Blank
Barrel Twist: Caliber specific
Barrel Length: 26” (6.5mm and 6mm); 24” (.308)
Barrel Muzzle Thread: 5/8-24 TPI
Barrel Profile: #M24 Contour
Coating: Cerakote Chassis, Polished Barrel
Length of Pull: 13.75 – 15”
Trigger: Trigger Tech Special
Trigger Pull: 1 – 3 lbs. (Customer Choice)
Magazine: AICS Type (10 Round Magpul/AICS Type Magazine Included)

MPA makes every effort to get the product to the customer as quickly as possible. These are hand-built precision instruments and not production components. To see MPA’s latest delivery and lead times for all Bolt Action Rifles and Chassis, visit masterpiecearms.com/bolt-action-rifle-and-chassis-current-delivery-times.

For more information on MasterPiece Arms and their product line of rifles, chassis systems, and accessories, visit www.masterpiecearms.com.

Kit Badger – The Date Night Drill

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

What do you think of this drill Ivan picked up from Bill at AMTAC Shooting?

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Max Michel Comes Home With Two First Place Finishes in European Competitions

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

NEWINGTON, N.H., (June 20, 2019) –SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Team SIG Captain Max Michel on his two first place finishes in European competition. At the European Steel Challenge Championship, Max placed first in the Open Division held May 30 – June 1 in Winterswijik, Netherlands, and at the Infinity Open, he placed first in the Production Optics Division held June 7-9 in Phillippsburg, Germany.

“As Max begins to prepare to defend his titles at the IPSC World Shoot in 2020, it’s great to see him go into these European competitions and come away with first place finishes,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer, and Executive Vice President Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc.  “His performances continue to dominate across the various divisions he competes in and his ability to compensate for various styles of shooting, depending on the match, is really impressive.”

For competition Max used a SIG 1911MAX at the European Steel Challenge, and a SIG P320X5 at the Infinity Open.  In both competitions he used the soon-to-be-released ROMEO3MAX, and SIG SAUER 9mm Match Elite Competition Ammunition

 “The IPSC style of shooting is very different in the fact that they use a target which is 30% smaller and a different shape than the USPSA target that I am accustomed to.  The courses are also formatted in a way that accuracy is more heavily weighted that raw speed unlike U.S. matches,” added Michel.  “Overall, despite the differences in style, I accomplished everything I wanted to and my SIG equipment was a huge factor in elevating my performance to these first place finishes.”

The ROMEO3MAX used by Max Michel in competition is a compact, open reflex sight featuring a 30mm Max round lens design for superior field-of-view, a special red-notch filter for a vivid red dot and unrivaled optical clarity, 6 MOA dot size for rapid target engagement, twelve illumination intensity levels, MOTAC activation, and up to 20,000 hours of runtime.  The sight is machined from aircraft grade aluminum in a matte black finish, with a side-loading battery tray, and waterproof (IPX-7 rated).

The SIG SAUER Match Elite Pistol Competition Ammunition used by Max Michel at the European Steel Challenge and Infinity Open is available for purchase at sigsauer.com/store

 

U.S. Pistol Athletes Named to 2019 Pan American Games Team

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – June 13, 2019) –

Seven U.S. Pistol athletes, including four Olympians, have earned the opportunity to compete for Team USA at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. The XVIII Pan American Games will be contested July 26 – August 11 and will feature over 6,500 athletes from 41 nations.  

Athletes were determined based on results of the 2019 Spring Selection Match that took place March 25-30 in Fort Benning, Georgia.

Previously earning quotas by winning the 2018 Championship of the Americas was Alexis Lagan (Boulder City, Nevada) and James Hall (Colombia, Missouri) in Women’s Sport Pistol and Men’s Air Pistol.  Given that there are still quotas needing to be obtained in each of those events, Lagan and Hall both declined their invitation to participate, freeing up spots for their teammates to go and try to earn a quota. Lagan won Spring Selection while Hall was second.  Earlier this year, Henry Leverett (Bainbridge, Georgia) earned a quota in Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol after a fifth-place finish at a World Cup in Beijing, China. He finished second at the Spring Selection Match, but would give up his spot after the achievement.

The Pan American Games will be a critically important match to a pistol program eager to prove itself with a mix of young and proven talent. In search of five Olympic quotas, Team USA will include three-time Olympian Keith Sanderson (Colorado Springs, Colorado) competing in Rapid Fire Pistol, 2016 Olympian Jay Shi (Phoenix, Arizona) competing in Men’s Air Pistol, and 2012 Olympians Nick Mowrer (Butte, Montana) and Sandra Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Alabama) competing in Men’s Air Pistol and Women’s Sport Pistol respectively.

Joining this veteran squad is two-time Pan Am Games participant Nathalia Tobar (East Northport, New York) competing in both Air and Sport Pistol, Miglena Todorova (Miranda, California) setting her sights on Air Pistol, and 19-year-old Jackson Leverett (Bainbridge, Georgia) competing alongside Sanderson in Rapid Fire Pistol. Todorova and Mowrer will team up together in the Mixed Team Air Pistol event.

Sanderson will be making his first appearance at the Pan American Games since 2007 when he earned silver in the Rio de Janeiro. The 44-year-old has competed in four World Championships and 50 World Cup matches, earning medals in 10 of them.

Mowrer is a 2012 Olympian in the now discontinued event of Free Pistol that will be competing in his third Pan American Games and looking for his first Pan Am medal after previous finishes of fifth, sixth and ninth. He finished fifth at the Championship of the Americas in 2018.  

Shi, Uptagrafft, Tobar and Todorova proudly represent Team USA as naturalized citizens. Shi was born in Beijing, China and finished 18th in Air Pistol at the 2016 Olympic Games. He helped earned his spot to Rio de Janeiro by placing second in the event at the 2015 Pan Am Games and earning the Olympic quota for Team USA.

Uptagrafft was born in Singapore and will be competing in her fifth-straight Pan Am Games, having previously earned gold medals in Sport Pistol in 2003 and 2007 while earning silver in 2011 and 2015 and adding a bronze medal in Air Pistol as well in 2011. She finished third at the Championship of The Americas in 2018 in Sport Pistol.

Tobar competed for the Columbian National Team through 2011 before becoming a U.S. citizen.  She has participated in two previous Pan American Games in 2003 and 2007, earning a bronze medal in Sport Pistol at the 2003 Pan Ams in the Dominican Republic. Her father, Bernardo, is a Columbian shooting legend, having competed in four Olympic Games and finishing sixth in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Todorova competed for Bulgaria as recently as 2006, participating in two World Championships. She finished second at the 2002 World Cup in Milano.

Henry Leverett declining his chance to compete in Peru opens up the chance for his older brother, who finished third at the Spring Selection Match in Rapid Fire Pistol.  Jackson finished 12th at a World Cup event in 2018 and was eighth at Championship of the Americas.

The Pan American Games are the world’s third-largest international multi-sport Games featuring athletes from countries in the Americas. The first Pan Am Games were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1951, and are held every four years. From July 27-August 3, shooting competition will take place at the Las Palmas Air Base. The U.S. Shooting Team earned 13 medals (four gold, six silver, three bronze) at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.

2019 U.S. Pan American Games Pistol Team

Women’s Air Pistol

• Miglena Todorova (Miranda, California)

• Nathalia Tobar (East Northport, New York)

Women’s Sport Pistol

• Nathalia Tobar (East Northport, New York)

• Sandra Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Alabama)

Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol

• Jackson Leverett III (Bainbridge, Georgia)

• Keith Sanderson (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Men’s Air Pistol

• Nick Mowrer (Butte, Montana)

• Jay Shi (Phoenix, Arizona)

Mixed Team Air Pistol

• Miglena Todorva / Nick Mowrer

 *All Pan American Games roster nominations are pending approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee. 

Canik’s Nils Jonasson Wins USSL Multigun Championship Tactical Optics Title

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

DELRAY BEACH, Florida – (JUNE 3, 2019) – Canik, manufacturer of handguns and accessories used around the world and imported to the U.S. exclusively by Century Arms, is excited to announced Nils Jonasson recently won the United Sports Shooting Leagues (USSL) MultiGun Championship, Tactical Optics Division in Boulder City, Nevada. Held in conjunction with this event, Jonasson also placed second in the USSL Grand Championship, Tactical Optics Division.

Jonasson joined Team Canik in May 2019 and these events represent his first national competition shooting the Canik TP9SFx. The USSL MultiGun Championship was a 15-stage match with every stage requiring the use of multiple guns including rifle, shotgun and pistol. The USSL Grand Championship required shooters to compete in five multigun stages, five rifle, five shotgun and five pistol stages. Jonasson used a TP9SFx with factory iron sights on his way to the wins.

Jonasson is a 15-time winner of national and world championship events, one of an elite few that compete in different divisions across many styles of competition shooting, all while maintaining high level finishes.

Canik and Century Arms are proud to support Nils Jonasson and congratulate him on his recent wins.  

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US Army Marksmanship Unit Celebrates New Service Rifle Record – 1st Ever in History

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Sgt. Benjamin Cleland from Swanton, Ohio set a new National Record by shooting the 1st ever Perfect Score of 800 with a Service Rifle at the 2019 Charlie Smart Memorial Regional in Oak Ridge, Tennessee this weekend.

What a week Sgt Cleland is having. First, he was selected for promotion to the rank of Staff Sergeant and now he obliterates the standing record and shoots the first ever 800!

The Soldiers and Civilians of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit are unbelievably proud of this young Soldier and look forward to a successful 2019 Individual and Team Summer Season for our Service Rifle Team.

In the 4-man Match, USAMU Craig-coached by Sgt. 1st Class Walter Craig led the team consisting of Sgt, 1st Class Brandon Green (not pictured), Staff Sgt. Cody Shields, Sgt. Benjamin Cleland, and Sgt. Lane Ichord to a 1st Place Finish! The team shot a 1980-81x!

Way to go Service Rifle Team!

Story and photos by USAMU.