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  • February 29, 2012

    TOP SHOT: How to Not Make Mental Mistakes-1

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    Editor’s Note: Tim Trefren is a hunting guide from Wyoming and a competitor on Top Shot, the History Channel’s reality tv show about marksmanship. Each week Tim will blog about the most recent episode offering insight and shooting tips.

    So last night “Top Shot” featured the shotgun challenge, with the Benelli M4 and the Benelli Vinci. 

    Since there’s not much I can tell you about shotguns that you don’t already know, I am going to try and pass along some tips about not making mental mistakes.

    When we figured out it was a shotgun challenge I was like “HELL YA now we’re playing my game. Clay targets and steel plates, how much better can it get?”  

Well, mental mistake number 1 was overconfidence. I breezed through the practice round and the rest of the Red Team did great as well. But then came challenge time, and Colby (Top Shot host) explained that we were going to be shooting at the same time with a partner. The first shooter had to hit a steel target in order to release the clay target for his partner. 

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  • February 28, 2012

    Shooting Slam: How to Move Through a Building With a Gun-1

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    Mike Hughes, the rangemaster at the Gunsite Training Academy in Paulden, Arizona, explains how to enter a house while holding a pistol. The first step is to scan the door and assess where the hinges and the doorknob are (as a sidenote Hughes first references "hinges in the video, but he means door knob"). During this step, the gun is held close to the chest but aimed forward.

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  • February 28, 2012

    Shooting Slam: Building a Solid Two-Handed Pistol Grip-0

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    John Snow, the Shooting Editor at Outdoor Life magazine, explains the foundation of a solid, two-handed pistol grip.

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  • February 27, 2012

    Shooting Slam: 5 Steps to a Perfect Gun Draw-0

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    Mike Hughes, the rangemaster at the Gunsite Training Academy in Paulden, Arizona, explains how to draw a pistol from a holster by breaking the motion down to five steps. Hughes uses a 1911 for his demonstration.

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  • February 27, 2012

    Shooting Slam: How to Fight Your Way from Sitting to Standing-0

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    Mike Hughes, the rangemaster at the Gunsite Training Academy in Paulden, Arizona, explains how to go from sitting and aiming with a gun to standing and aiming.

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  • February 27, 2012

    Two New Lightweight Concealed Carry Options from Taurus-8

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    The Taurus 22PLY and 25PLY are built on polymer frames with steel inserts. That makes already light firearms into super-light carry pistols weighing only 10.8 ounces, and with an overall length of just 4.8 inches. Both models feature a blowback, double action operation.

    The reverse fish-scale serrations on the slide give these diminutive handguns a sleek look. The extended magazine base and full body contouring provide for a surprisingly large and comfortable grip, and has polymer grips. The trigger guard is designed for added finger purchases.

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  • February 24, 2012

    Brady Campaign Releases Its Annual Gun-Control Scorecard -8

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    The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence issued its annual scorecard-rankings of states with the strongest gun-control laws on Feb. 15 and it determined that California has the most restrictive gun control laws in the country.
                   
    The Brady Campaign awarded California 81 points out of a possible 100 points. California earned the dubious distinction by passing new laws covering background checks on gun sales, limiting gun ownership, and requiring long gun purchases, in addition to handgun sales, to be recorded.

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  • February 23, 2012

    Remington Now Offers its 700 SPS Tactical Rifle in 300AAC Blackout -3

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    You may have noticed many of the new rifles available in the exotic 300AAC Blackout caliber, a mid-power round offered in a number of semi-automatic AR-15’s.  Now, Remington is offering  this caliber, too, but in a bolt-action, the Model 700TM SPS Tactical 300 Blackout.

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  • February 23, 2012

    Shooting Slam: How to Perform a Quick Magazine Change on an AR-15-2

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    Mike Hughes, the rangemaster at the Gunsite Training Academy in Paulden, Arizona, explains how to perform two quick and efficient AR-15 reloads.

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  • February 22, 2012

    TOP SHOT: How to Communicate With Your Spotter-2

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    Editor’s Note: Tim Trefren is a hunting guide from Wyoming and a competitor on Top Shot, the History Channel’s reality tv show about marksmanship. Each week Tim will blog about the most recent episode offering insight and shooting tips.

    In the second Top Shot competition the teams walked up to the practice range to see that we were going to be competing with the B.A.R. (Browning Automatic Rife). With targets ranging from 100 to 200 yards, the key to winning this challenge was going to be how well the spotter could communicate with his shooter.  

    Going through practice, it became clear that I was the best on the spotting scope (after all, I've spent years behind the scope guiding hunters). That being said, most shooter/spotter relationships are built over long periods of time, sometimes even years. 

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