Shooting USA – Precision Rifle at the Bushnell Brawl

It is considered the elite challenge in precision rifle competition. The Bushnell Brawl in South Texas is not just a long-range rifle challenge, it’s also a punishing physical challenge for the competitors.  Plus, the revolver that lead the way to the modern double-action, 50 years early. The Dean, Adams and Dean is one of History’s Guns. And Turkey Hunters flock to Nashville for the largest NWTF convention ever.


Bushnell Brawl at Rifles Only

35-07-1Shooting from a helicopter, shooting off of a wire, and shooting from the physically demanding maze called the Mouse Trap. These are just a few of the exhilarating courses of fire at an elite Precision Rifle Series (PRS) match at Rifles Only in Kingsville, Texas known as the Bushnell Brawl.

“It’s very relative to what military snipers do, what hunters do, and there’s just really not a whole lot cooler than making steel ring at 1,000 yards in 30 mile-per-hour winds,” says PRS Director Shawn Wiseman.

35-07-2Over the course of two days, competitors tackle more than a dozen stages at the Bushnell Brawl, but this year Bushnell hosted a one-day match to launch a new PRS division, the Production Class. It’s a division designed to welcome new shooters by limiting the cost of equipment used during competition.




“The whole idea, to be blunt, we want to hook them,” says Match Director and Production Division co-creator Jacob Bynum. “There’s a lot of gear out there that’s not that expensive that you can use to get into this and start to play the game and see if you like it.”




35-07-4In order to meet Production Division requirements, the rifle and scope must be under $3,000. All other accessories, such as the bipod, the rear bags, and the sling, can be added at the shooter’s own discretion.

If you like the competition you’re in and involved.  If not, you’ve got a quality hunting rifle and scope set.



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History’s Guns: Deane, Adams & Deane

35-07-6While America still preferred Colt’s Single Action Army, England pursued a more modern action. In 1851, gunsmith Robert Adams invented the first successful double-action revolver that would eventually lead the way to the future of modern wheel-guns.  George and John Deane were the company that built the firearm, which now bears all their names.

“It’s a very, very smooth double action, something that the Americans didn’t really catch up to for another 40 or 50 years,” says Firearms Historian Garry James.

National Wild Turkey Federation Convention & Sport Show

35-07-9In between seasons, turkey hunters can find a replacement for their sport in Music City. It’s where the Annual National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Convention and Sport Show is held each year.  Thousands of people flock to Nashville, Tennessee, to check out new products and gear, as well as to promote the NWTF’s mission, to conserve habitat while promoting hunting.


35-07-10“This is a turkey hunter’s dream to be down here in Nashville,” says Jeff Fisher of Barbourville, Kentucky. “We like to hunt turkeys and this is our ninth year running, coming to this show. Seems like every year it just gets a little bit better.”




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Hornady ELD Match Ammunition

35-07-7The newest technology for ammunition is Hornady’s ELD Match, with a polymer-tipped precision round that does not deform from the heat of friction. For Precision Rifle Series competition, John Scoutten uses Hornady’s ELD Match 6.5 Creedmoor. The bullet weight is 140 grains, exactly the same as the Hornady A-Max, but the data John gathered is different. At 1,000 yards the ELD Match is seven-tenths of a mil flatter than the A-Max, which translates to a difference of 25.2 inches in elevation.

“The engineers at Hornady had projected a flatter flying bullet from the ELD and they are spot on. The ELD really starts to show its stuff at the longer ranges,” says Scoutten.

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Hornady Rapid Rack

35-07-8Hornady is out with another new and useful idea. The Rapid Rack Chamber and Flag is now available in three choices, .223 for an AR, .308 for an AR-10, and 12-gauge for a home defense shotgun.  The Rapid Rack is inserted into the chamber with the red handle sticking out. There’s no round in the chamber, but the magazine is loaded. Then, just rip the handle to clear the chamber and load the first round. It’s faster than cycling the controls of an autoloader, and safer than starting with an open bolt over a loaded magazine, but just as fast into action. The Rapid Rack is about $15 at your Hornady dealer.

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Pro Tip: Todd Jarrett – Appendix Carry Techniques

35-07-12Safety is always a concern when it comes to deep-cover concealed carry, like in the appendix position. So, BLACKHAWK! Team Member Todd Jarrett has a few safety tips that will make appendix carry a little less intimidating.




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