November Rimfire Challenge Results!

Stock Pistol

T. Bryant                2.64
B. Richardson       3.02
G. Miller                 3.43
W. Hathaway         3.88
T.  Miller                 4.97
D. Leavins               4.48

Stock Rifle 

B. Richardson     2.56
T. Bryant             2.87
T. Miller               3.00
G. Miller               3.17
W. Hathaway       3.93

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TISR Schedule!

Good afternoon, internet!

Here is a quick look at what we’ll be doing at the Range in November!

Well Armed Woman on Nov. 7th @ 4:00pm
Rimfire Challenge on Nov. 8th @ 4:00pm
Beginner Archery Class on Nov. 14th @ 10:30am
Intermediate CCW on Nov. 20th @ 4:00pm
Tactical Ops: Level One on Nov. 21st @4:00pm

See you there!

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Shooting Tips from USMC Marksman Brian Zins

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Just want the highlights? Keep reading, we’ve marked the most important parts!

1. The Grip: The grip has to be consistent. There are multitudes of variations on grips. I’ve personally learned from Gunnery Sgt. Andy Moody that for Bullseye, it’s the natural grip that occurs when you reach down for your 1911 holstered off of your hip. But that’s not the point. The grip is the foundation for the trigger finger. If you can’t find a way to consistently hold your gun, it will be hard to find a way to consistently pull the trigger. Find the grip that works for you. Use that grip every time.

2. Sight Alignment: High Masters like Zins can probably write an entire book about this. It consists of matters like sight picture, center mass or sub-six hold, front sight focus, theories on “natural point of aim,” and red-dot versus iron sights. But for our purposes herein, sight alignment is finding an aiming process that lines up your eyes, your sighting mechanism (dot/iron) and your target.

Distilled to its essence, Zins’ theories on this are as follows. When using iron sights focus on the front sight, but when using a dot focus on the target. These are no small complications and are argued by the best shooters, Bullseye or combat. But no matter what school you may subscribe to in sight alignment methodology, Zins’ focus on this fundamental remains salient: Use a way that lines up you, your gun and your target every single time.

3. Trigger Control: The idea of trigger control is, for most, the simplest to consider and the most difficult to execute. It is to be able to pull the trigger without disturbing the sights. But we should pause to consider what trigger control is really about. Let’s circumvent for the moment nuances like trigger finger placement and how different handgun triggers break.

Here’s the catch—one that Zins laments. Every time you pull the trigger, your sights will move. Go ahead, see if you can do it. It’s nearly impossible, even with the best grip and steady nerves. Your trigger finger squeezing back will force movement in other muscles in your hand, altering your perfect sight picture.

The keystone to Zins’ ultimate mastery of this fundamental is he starts pulling his trigger before he has a perfect sight picture. Yes, he actually starts shooting before he’s on target, knowing that by the time the gun goes bang, he’ll be dead on.


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$10/person. Groups welcome. You will be shooting your way through our zombie house using our training (laser) weapons. Will you make it out alive?
Dates are:
Oct. 10        Oct.16       Oct. 17        Oct. 23       Oct. 24      Oct. 30      Oct. 31




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Let’s Talk About Taurus


Based in Porto Alegre, Brasil, Forjas Taurus (translation: Taurus Forge) is a diversified, international company and one of the largest small arms manufacturers in the world. The company produced its first revolver in 1941. In 1970, Bangor Punta, which owned Smith & Wesson, purchased a controlling interest in Forjas Taurus. During the next seven years, a great deal of technology and methodology was passed between the two companies.

In 1974 Beretta had won a contract to produce small arms for the Brazilian Army. The contract required Beretta to build a Brazilian factory and use Brazilian labor. When the contract ran out in 1980, Beretta sold the plant to Forjas Taurus. By that time, Forjas Taurus had new Brazilian controlling owners that had purchased Forjas Taurus from Bangor Punta in 1977. Forjas Taurus now owned everything that once belonged to Beretta, including drawings, tooling, machinery, and employed a very experienced work force. Forjas Taurus was in the pistol business, and immediately sought to improve on the Beretta design, resulting in the popular and acclaimed Taurus PT-92 and PT-99 9mm pistols.

The next milestone for Forjas Taurus came in 1982. Forjas Taurus formed Taurus Holdings, Inc., in Miami, Florida. Taurus Holdings, in turn formed Taurus International Manufacturing, Inc. The Taurus brand was unknown in the United States at that time. This situation was to change dramatically in the next few years.

In 1984, Taurus Holdings made an announcement that had a tremendous impact on the entire industry. Taurus Holdings became the first company to offer its customers an unqualified LIFETIME REPAIR POLICY. This changed the course of the company in the U.S. market. Only recently has this policy been matched. It has never been exceeded. This innovative policy made everyone sit up and take notice of Taurus brand firearms.

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August Rimfire Challenge Results!

We had another GREAT Rimfire Challenge this past weekend!  A big thanks goes to all of our competitors.  We had a great turn out and want to remind everyone that we will be having another Rimfire Challenge next month… stay tuned for the dates!  Now, for those of you who are ready to see scores, here they are!

Stock Pistol                                            Open Pistol
B. Richardson          2.09                        A. Zoghbi               2.80
D. Leavins                 2.68                        P. Westrich           3.18
S. Pitchford               2.73                        R. Coleman            5.42
K. Stephenson          3.01
J. Wright                   4.13
P. Wright                   6.17
W. Hathaway            6.37
S. Santalla                  7.15
M. Reiss                     7.59
A. Reiss                      12.72


Stock Rifle
J. Rolfe                   2.30
B. Richardson        2.37
W. Hathaway          3.68
Open Rifle
 K. Stephenson         2.22
J. Shirah                   2.85
R. Coleman              3.03
J. Rolfe                     3.33

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Now introducing… the shotgun!

Meet the Shotgun

May 29, 2014

Let’s take a look at what makes a shotgun a shotgun.

If you rely on Hollywood for your information, a shotgun can never miss and is capable of knocking a 1970 Pontiac GTO clear across Hazzard County.

In reality, they’re not quite that impressive, but a shotgun is one very versatile gun. Competition, recreation, hunting and home defense—a shotgun can do it all.

Before we get into types of shotguns and their various uses, let’s talk about what a shotgun is. A shotgun used to be a gun with a smooth (non-rifled) bore that fired multiple pellet projectiles. As with everything, the lines got blurry because gun people like to invent new stuff. Now some shotguns can fire single projectiles, have rifled barrels and are available as handguns.

For purposes of this discussion, let’s consider a shotgun as a shoulder-fired gun that has a smooth bore and is intended to fire a shell loaded with multiple pellet projectiles. Even with this basic definition, the versatility of a shotgun is evident.

The versatility comes from shotgun ammunition, commonly called shot. Shot type is identified by number. The higher the number, the smaller the pellet size. For example, 000 buck shot shells have pellets that measure .36 inches in diameter. That’s the same diameter as a .357 Magnum bullet! Number 9 shot shells have a gazillion tiny pellets that measure .080 inches in diameter. There are about a dozen options in between. If you require longer range and more power, you can use a shell with fewer, but larger and heavier pellets. If you’re shooting at clay targets or bird hunting, you can use a shell with many smaller and lighter pellets. Using the same gun, you can customize your ammo choice for the job.

We need to talk about one more thing before we get into types of shotguns—choke. Think of a choke tube as a nozzle you put on a garden hose. If you put a small nozzle on the end, the water stream gets narrower and shoots farther. It’s the same thing with a shotgun choke tube. For example, a “full choke” tube constricts the diameter of the muzzle, causing the pellets to compress into a tighter cloud.

Types of Shotguns

There are three common types of shotguns: break action, pump and semi-automatic. We’ll lump the more unusual designs into the “other” category. Let’s take a look at each.

Break Action

Figure 1 This Classic LC Smith side by side shotgun is a great example of a break action model.

Figure 1 This Classic LC Smith side by side shotgun is a great example of a break action model.

A break action is the simplest shotgun design. The “break” part simply means that the barrel (or barrels) hinge open from the receiver and stock. To load a break action, you simply dump the shotgun shells into the chamber end of the barrel. After firing, break the action open again and pull out the shells. Some break actions have an “ejection” feature that flings the shells out automatically when you open the gun. This looks exceptionally cool at the range, especially if you do it with a nonchalant look.

Break actions usually have one or two barrels. The most common styles are double-barreled shotguns. The barrels may be oriented side by side or over and under. You’ll see side by side styles on classic hunting shotguns, while over and under designs are more popular in the clay shooting sports like skeet, trap and sporting clays.

The benefit of a break action design is simplicity. It’s easy to load and unload, and there are no fancy mechanisms to operate during the firing sequence. When ready to fire, make sure the safety is off and pull the trigger. That’s it! On the downside, you only have one or two shots before needing to reload.


Figure 2 On this Browning BPS pump action shotgun, the wood forearm moves back and forth to operate the action.

Figure 2 On this Browning BPS pump action shotgun, the wood forearm moves back and forth to operate the action.

Pump action shotguns use a single barrel, but store multiple shot shells in a tube under the barrel. With most models, you load the magazine tube by pushing a number of shells forward against an internal spring in the magazine.

Loading a shell into the chamber is a manual operation completed by “pumping” the fore grip backwards towards the stock, then pushing it forward again. The pulling action allows one shell to move into the receiver, and then the forward motion raises the shell to the barrel and pushes it into the chamber. After firing, the reverse pump withdraws that shell and repeats the loading sequence with the next shell in the magazine.

With a pump gun, you control all ejection and feeding. Pump shotguns are popular for hunting as you can load more than two shot shells in the magazine. You won’t see them as frequently on the competition fields due to the need to pump the action between shots. However, in sports like trap shooting where you shoot once per turn, you’ll see plenty of folks using a pump shotgun.


The “automatic” part of this action means that the ejection of the spent shot shell and loading of a new one into the chamber is automated. There is no need for the operator to work a pump, lever or bolt between shots.

Most semi-automatic shotguns take advantage of gas operation. When you fire a shot shell, a huge volume of rapidly expanding gas expels the shot down the barrel. It’s like a politician in front of a microphone except a lot more productive. Part of the gas is bled off through a small hole in the barrel. The gas pressure operates levers, ejectors and lifters that fling the spent shell out and push a new one from the magazine into place. It’s like a pump shotgun that operates itself, except nothing moves on the outside. Like a pump shotgun, most semi-automatic shotguns have a tubular magazine under the barrel for extra shot shells.

Some innovative designs don’t use gas to perform the ejection and loading, they use inertia. Borrowing from that brilliant Newton guy’s principles, the equal and opposite reaction forces are captured and leveraged to operate the shotgun.


Nothing ever falls into neat little categories, nor do shotgun designs. You’ll see some that operate with a bolt action, just like that old family hunting rifle. Sometimes, you might even see one that operates with a lever action, just like the cowboy rifles on Bonanza. Most of the time, shotguns will fall into the three categories we discussed.

Uses of Shotguns

You know what? If you have a shotgun of most any type, don’t let equipment intimidation keep you from enjoying shotgun sports and activities.

Do you have a budget pump action shotgun? No worries, you can take it to shoot trap, sporting clays and even skeet. Some shots, like fast double targets, might be a little harder, but that’s no reason you can’t try them out. Heck, I have a Winchester 9410 lever action shotgun chambered in .410 bore. It looks exactly like one of those cowboy rifles you see on Wagon Train or Gunsmoke. I take it to the trap range and sporting clays fields all the time, even if people think it’s silly. Why? Because FUN!

With that said, certain types of shotguns are better for certain shotgun activities.

For example, a double barrel over and under shotgun is great for sporting clays. Why? You can fire two shots in quick succession for stages with multiple targets. You can put a different choke tube on each barrel to optimize one barrel for close targets and the other for far ones – a common sporting clays course challenge. You’ll also see break action over and under shotguns at the skeet range for similar reasons. Some of the stations launch two targets simultaneously; so two quick shots are in order. Perhaps most importantly, break action designs are easy to open, unload and move in a safe condition. With the shotgun sports, you’re constantly moving from station to station, so ease of unloading, moving safely and reloading is a big time saver.

I like to think of pump action shotguns as the duct tape of all the designs. You can use them for just about anything. You can use them for single target sports like trap shooting. You can use them for sporting clays although it’s a bit more challenging. Many people prefer a pump shotgun for home defense. They’re simple, reliable, and the operator has complete control over the whole loading, firing and unloading sequence.

For a little more money than a pump gun, you can experience the joys of a semi-automatic shotgun. The rapid-fire capability gives you more flexibility with hunting, home defense or shotgun sports. It’s not at all unusual to see semi-automatics in trap, skeet or sporting clays.

While there are plenty of shotgun options out there, the most important thing is not to let your current gun limit what you do with it. Do you have a Remington 870 pump shotgun sitting in the safe? Take it to a shotgun club and try out trap, skeet or sporting clays. There’s no reason you can’t start expanding your shotgun shooting horizons with the equipment you already have. If you like it, and want to optimize, you can always upgrade or add a new gun later.

Get out there and shoot!


 What a great article by the National Shooting Sports Foundation!  For more information visit NSSF Online!
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July Rimfire Results!

Good morning, internet! Here are your results for the July Rimfire Challenge.  If you didn’t make it to this one… we missed you!  There will be another Rimfire Challenge on Sunday, August 16th at 4:00pm.

(Stock)  J. Rolfe   2.88
(Open)  J. Rolfe  5.16


(Stock) A. Reiss    17.56
(Open) I. Kokol    3.74

If you shoot a .22LR pistol or rifle… we want you to compete!

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June Rimfire Challenge Results!

Happy Independence Day, internet!

Here are the  results for the June Rimfire Challenge! Our next Rimfire Challenge will be Sunday, July 19th at 4:00pm

Open Pistol                       Stock Rifle                           Open Rifle
C. Atchley    6.85                 J. Rolfe            3.38               J. Rolfe      3.045
J. Stafford      4.61                C. Atchley  4.47

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Good afternoon, internet!  We’ve got some great new dates for you.  Ready? Here we go!

Well Armed Woman Meetings:
July      18th at 4:00pm
Aug      8th  at 4:00pm
Sept      19th at 4:00pm
Oct     17th at 4:00pm

Beginner Archery Class:
July      18th at 10:30am
Aug     15th at 10:30am

Rimfire Challenge:
 July     19th at 4:00pm
     Aug     16th at 5:00pm

    August 21st – August 23rd

Home Defense Class:
July     15th at 5:00pm
Aug     19th at 5:00pm

Tactical Operations: Level One
July     25th at 4:00pm
Aug     15th at 4:00pm

Intermediate Concealed Carry Class:
 July      31st at 5:00pm
     Aug      28th at 5:00pm

Glock Match Fall Series:
July     25th at 2:00pm
Aug     22nd at 2:00pm
Sept     26th at 2:00pm


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