Shooting USA – USPSA Revolver Nationals
The fastest wheel gunners in the nation compete for championship titles in the USPSA Revolver Nationals. Plus, the event for women only: A Girl & A Gun convention and shoot in Texas. And, the British Service rifle that made the transition to breechloading. The Snyder is now one of History’s Guns.
When Colonel Jeff Cooper first organized the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA), competition was based on combat shooting with the 45 Automatic, but fans of the wheel gun have always preferred to compete with the revolver. Initially competitors used six-shooters chambered in 45 ACP, but that has now changed. Since USPSA started to accept higher capacity revolvers in competition, the six-shot revolvers have nearly become obsolete at the USPSA Revolver Nationals in Barry, Illinois.
“I had someone very good on our squad, shooting a six-shot, and did a fantastic job, and the best he could come up with was thirteenth,” Smith & Wesson Pro Shooter Annette Aysen. “So that little extra time for reloading is crucial.”
Aysen is vying for her seventh Revolver National title for the ladies, while 24-time USPSA National Champion, Rob Leatham, “the Great One,” aims to continue his streak, but with more than 100 top competitors tackling stages with hidden steel, obscure start positions, low light simulation, wooden barriers and max traps at PASA Park, the match will come down to the wire.
History’s Guns: 1866 Snider Rifle
In the later half of the 19th Century, the British, along with nearly every country in the world, were examining ways to convert muzzleloaders to rifles using the self-contained cartridge. The British chose an invention by an American from New York, Jacob Snider. The action modified the Pattern 1853 Enfield Rifle to a breech loading cartridge gun, chambered in the British 577 caliber cartridge.
“That’s a bruiser!” says Firearms Historian Garry James. “A very, very good load, and certainly one of the most powerful, military cartridges of the time.”
A Girl & A Gun Conference
For the past three years, more than 250 women from across the country have met in Marble Falls, Texas, for a weekend of sisterhood and shooting at Smith & Wesson’s A Girl & A Gun’s National Training Conference. The weekend is comprised of classes at the Copperhead Creek Shooting Range, including multi-gun strategies, handgun techniques, precision rifle, skeet shooting, aerial gunnery, and even a low-light class with suppressed rifles and Gen 3 night vision equipment.
“We’re breaking barriers. We’re taking these ladies to places they’ve never been before and it’s so exciting that we get to do that,” says AGAG Founder Julianna Crowder.
Crowder started the organization four years ago to meet the needs of more women engaging in the firearms industry and shooting sports. Now, AGAG has 85 local chapters throughout the United States with about 2,500 members.
Bushnell Equinox Night Vision
Bushnell wants to make night vision an affordable option and the Equinox line of monoculars is their way in. With two options for magnification, both have infrared emitters so they will work even in zero light. The 3x30 has a video output, and the 4.5x40 also has that feature, but it can also capture still images or record video to a removable micro SD card. The 3x30 is about $200 and the 4.5x40 with the optional rail mount is about $350.
Legacy Sports Howa Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor
This is really an example of a new cartridge going mainstream. It’s the 6.5 Creedmoor that Hornady has been at the forefront in developing. It’s flat shooting and stable on long distance targets, and choosing 6.5 Creedmoor has now become more affordable.
Legacy brings in Howa barreled actions from Japan, finished in Cerakote, then stocks the action with a Hogue over-molded stock, and tops the rifle with the Nikko Stirling 4x16 Gameking scope. Suggested Retail $956 dollars, ready to hunt.
Hornady 6.5 Creedmoor Link
Legacy Sports Howa Rifle Link
Blackhawk! Go-Box & Diversion Bag
New rolling load out bags from Blackhawk! will change the way you travel. The key to the Go-Box, is the aluminum external frame system with urethane wheels, rated to 200 pounds. It has padded backpack straps, multiple external pockets, and lockable heavy-duty zippers. Then there’s the Diversion bag, which houses a discrete chamber for long guns. The Strike webbing system is fully customizable and secure, while the main chamber can hold soft gear. Blackhawk! builds its gear to last and it is priced accordingly. The Go-Box is just over $380 and the Diversion bag, is just over $400.
Pro Tip: Julie Golob on Flashlight Techniques
In both self-defense and competition, you need to know how to shoot with a flashlight. That’s where Smith & Wesson Pro Shooter Julie Golob comes in with three different techniques for keeping your sights on target in the dark.
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