We’ve said it before, so we’ll say it one last time. The volume and quality of the entries to our SIG SAUER P320 content contest has been mind-boggling. Picking Dave Keller’s name out of a hat as the first winner was easy. Judging the best effort from the hundreds we’ve received has been a little more daunting. But looking back over the breadth and depth of all the entries, one stood just a little higher than the others, and that was Randy in Indiana’s ‘Papa’s Rifle‘. Randy will soon be getting a package from New Hampshire, something that we hope he’ll hand down to his grandchildren some day the way his grandfather passed down that beautiful 1936 Marlin. Congrats. And thanks to all the writers who shared their time and talents with TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia.
“That Tyler can stand still for that long is beyond comprehension. With shooting, it’s improved his grades, his desire to go to school, his overall organization. I’m all for it.” – Bonnie Lefebvre quoted in Gun controversy lost on new shooting stars [via bostonglobe.com]
Match directors for 3-gun competitions are always trying to dream up ways to exploit the weaknesses of the shooters. For shotguns, stages will force the shooter to reload over and over again since keeping the scattergun full is the hardest part about shooting it. For handguns, long-distance targets and one-handed shooting are the bane of a competitor’s existence. But for the rifle, there isn’t much that the gun can’t do. The scope, however, is another story altogether. . .
After ArmsBand owner Bill Davis posted a response in the comments under our What Could Possibly Go Wrong write-up, we decided to help him out. So we tapped the massive reservoir of wit and creativity that is the Armed Intelligentsia and offered up a free ArmsBand to the mega-mind who comes up with the best tag line for Bill’s ballistic bauble. Now we’re pleased to announce that the winner is Zebulon Pike for penning “ArmsBand: The Ace Up Your Sleeve.” (We could say something about the song Always Have an Ace in the Hole and this story, but that would be wrong.) Zeb, please email your address (to email@example.com) to claim your prize. Watch this space for Tyler Kee’s ArmsBand review.
Adjustable gas blocks are great for competition shooters. With the turn of a couple screws you can turn an ultra-reliable yet hard recoiling rifle into a veritable pussycat, allowing you to get back on target faster after each shot. While it’s a great feature, retro-fitting existing guns to have an adjustable gas block is a bit of a pain. For those who have run headlong into this problem, Rubber City Armory has a solution . . .
For ages, SIG SAUER has been known primarily for their all-metal frame handguns. Solid firearms that work reliably every time. Guns like the Mk25 P226 – used by the Navy SEALs – and SIG’s recently introduced line of 1911 handguns. Now SIG is diving head-first into the competitive arena of polymer-framed striker-fired pistols, a market long dominated by GLOCK. SIG’s submission: the P320 . . .
Tyler Kee is a little light on 5.56 ammunition these days. In fact, he has more .30-06 on hand at the moment than anything else. So when I invited him to join Robert and myself for a friendly carbine competition out at the Austin Rifle Club, he decided that his M1 Garand would be the weapon of choice and not his AR-15 rifle. While the 8-round clips probably slowed him down a little, there’s something to be said for watching someone literally blowing the targets off the stands with a rifle manufactured before the United States entered the Second World War.
If you had asked me a couple years back what platform was the best for 3-gun competitions, there wouldn’t have been a moment’s hesitation from me — the AR-15 uber alles. But after spending a year with Team FNH USA and running the SCAR 16S exclusively in competitions, I’m starting to question that analysis. With that rifle, I’ve posted better scores and faster times than I’ve ever been able to before, and as this season is starting up I find myself facing a very important question: do I keep running the SCAR, or switch back to an AR-15? . . .
It seems like all of the major firearms manufacturers these days are going after the 3-gun market.And that’s great, since the sport is absolutely booming and the only serious manufacturers making things for 3-gun have been Noveske, Stag, Sampson Mfg and Lancer. But this year at SHOT, a handful of big-name manufacturers decided to take a shot at making a 3-gun rifle, and CMMG’s MK4 3GR was among those whose guns looked the nicest . . .
Last weekend I shot the 3-Gun Nation Southeast Regional Championship in Clinton, SC. The match included a variety of stage designs and terrain – everything from close-and-fast stages in bays, to a shotgun jungle run through the woods, to a 50-yard sprint up a hill. It tested the shooter’s ability to quickly blast targets at distances of three yards, and to precisely reach out and touch targets at 300 yards – sometimes within the same stage. It tested the shooter’s mental ability to break down and execute a complicated stage plan, and it also tested a shooter’s fitness . . .
The rise of the rugged, reliable zero-to-low power variable rifle scope in the last decade has been a fantastic development. Scopes like the Burris MTAC, Leupold VX-R Patrol and Bushnell SMRS can meet your aiming needs from sitting-room distances out to 300 yards and beyond. From CQB to DMR to hog and coyote hunting, they bridge the gap between red dot sights and magnifying optics. But most of them bridge that gap verrry sloooowly. And that’s where a good scope throw lever comes in . . .
For the third year in a row, I’ve been tapped to represent TTAG at the Crimson Trace Midnight 3-Gun Match. The competition is designed to highlight some of the company’s light-emitting firearms-related products. Illuminating items such as Crimson trace’s lasers, Surefire’s flashlights, and FLIR’s thermal imaging stuff. It’s a great way to try out the new gear, and I’m really looking forward to see what this year’s stages look like. But there’s an added twist: a $2,500 check for the first place finish among the members of the media. Now, remind me: who currently holds that title? . . .