Arriving Soon For Testing: AutoTargets Digital Reactive Target System

If you’ve suffered through any of my YouTube videos, you probably know that I do most of my shooting in the woods of N’Idaho. It’s public land, which means I can’t leave targets out there. So ideally the targets I use set up and break down fairly quickly — no Hickok45-style steel range for me. Coming to the rescue to solve those boring target blues, AutoTargets looks like it’s going to provide a ton of interest and target shooting excitement while still setting up quickly. At least physically, that is, because the Android app gives you full control over. . .

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Question of the Day: What’s The Dumbest Tactical Move You’ve Seen?

Actually, the under-slide racking video above doesn’t highlight a tactical move. It’s a safety thing! “This shooter explained that he racks the slide from underneath because he is concerned about out of battery detonation,” thefirearmblog.com reports. “Supposedly another competitive shooter had a fail to fire and racked his slide with his hand covering the ejection port to capture the round. The round went off in his hand when he extracted it.” Wait. What? I reckon the RSO should have flagged his ass. Anyway, I’ve seen some pretty dopey tactical moves. My favorite: bird-like head movements masquerading as scanning for threats. What’s your pet peeve when it comes to operators operating operationally?

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Testing: A New Standard for Handgun Testing

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Creating objective reviews of handguns is harder than I thought it would be. I feel I’ve done my level best to standardize testing, but at some point, a sandbag accuracy test doesn’t tell the whole story of how a gun runs. The starkest  example I can think of is the SD9VE I tested in late 2012. That gun could be made accurate off a bag, but start to speed up and group sizes got big quickly thanks to the craptastic trigger the gun ships with. I knew I needed a standard that covered a variety of shooting situations to convey a coherent review…

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TTAG Pun Contest: Dog Eats Ammo Edition

Benno the dog (courtesy timesfreepress.com)

“Owner Larry Brassfield says Benno has eaten socks, magnets and marbles but he didn’t expect the animal would bother a bag of bullets by his bed,” timesfreepress.com reports. “Brassfield and his wife realized Benno needed medical attention after the pet vomited up four rounds. The vet removed 17 rounds from Benno’s stomach but left two in his esophagus, which the dog was allowed to discharge on his own.” See what he did there? See what you can do. The best pun gets a CMC Trigger. The rest of you live to tell the tail.

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Gun Review: Armalite M-15 18″ 3-Gun Rifle

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Things have been changing over at Armalite. There’s been an invasion of 3-gun shooters, and it has had a radical impact on the company’s products. They’ve gone from producing National Match style AR-15 rifles that wouldn’t have looked out of place in the 1990’s to offering what might be the slickest 3-gun rifle on the market in less than a year, and the man behind the push is Tommy Thacker, former 3-Gun Nation national champion and pro 3-gun shooter. The flagship product they are leading off this new charge with is their M-15 3-Gun Rifle, a gun designed to Tommy’s specifications, and it might just be the new go-to gold standard for 3-gunners.

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Gun Review: CZ 712 Practical Shotgun

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CZ’s line of shotguns is pretty well fleshed out these days, spanning the spectrum from classy side-by-sides to go with your elbow-patched tweed jacket to tactical pumps for the bedroom closet. The 712 Practical seen here, which I’ve been playing with since November, is intended for use in 3-Gun competitions but can certainly suit other roles as well. At its core, it’s meant to be an affordable — yet quality — entry-level, semi-auto shotty to get into the 3-Gun world. Where “quality” and “budget” collide you might expect to see “compromise” joining the party as well, and the 712 Practical does have its compromises. . .

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More Guns, Fewer Carbs: How I Lost 60 Pounds in 3 Months

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In retrospect, moving to Texas may not have been the best idea. I’ve always been on the chunky side, but surrounding myself with delicious Tex-Mex food and working for a company that has free soda fountains every 30 feet in the office led me to put on more weight. On January 1st, I decided I had had enough and wanted to be “skinny” for the first time in my adult life. Three months later here I am, “Thin Nick,” and both Robert and Dan have decided to follow my lead and shed some of their extra “tactical girth” too. In furtherance of that goal, Robert has commanded that I put in writing how I accomplished this feat . . .

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Introducing the Cobalt Kinetics BAMF

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Cobalt Kinetics is a company so new that their website doesn’t even work yet, but their rifles already look dead sexy. This is their entry level rifle: the BAMF. Not only does it feature a full-length aluminum free-floating handguard with a recessed muzzle, an appealing visual design, and enough rail space to make most people more than happy, but it also has something unique: not one but two forward assist buttons.

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Pro Tip: Make Sure the Range Is Clear Before Starting the Next Shooter

By Brandon via concealednation.org

There is absolutely no excuse that anyone could come up with that would justify what happens in the video above. Posted on YouTube by user Super-Tactical.com, you can see the scary scenario unfold right before everyone’s eyes during a shooting competition. As Super-Tactical.com wrote under the video, “Remember folks, safety is everyone’s responsibility and things can happen when we get complacent” . . .

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SHOT Show 2015: ArmaLite M-15, AR-10, AR-30, AR-50

As you know from Nick’s and Karla’s coverage, ArmaLite is shaking things up in 2015 putting a bit more modern in its line of modern sporting rifles. A bit more sporting, too, with AR-10 (.308/7.62×51) and M-15 (.223/5.56×45) models geared specifically towards 3-Gun and other competition use, plus hunting. And sure, why not, let’s take a tour of some .50 BMG AR-50s as well! I only grabbed a few photos, but those follow. . .

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Competition Recap: Bushnell Brawl 2015

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The 2015 Bushnell Brawl has come to an end, and with it, my anxiety about my first “big” shooting match. The Brawl, for those who aren’t familiar, is a multi-stage rifle and pistol match held over two days in Kingsville, Texas. Kingsville is home to Rifles Only, a premier training facility catering to civilian, military, and LEO shooters. There’s a lot more I’d like to say about Rifles Only, but I think that’s best for a separate article once I’ve had the opportunity to spend some more time out there. Suffice it to say, it’s a top notch facility run by an excellent group of individuals. And they put on on hell of a competition. Stage 1 started bright and early shortly after 8:00 AM. But first…checking zero. And my first problem of the day . . .

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