RCBS’ New M1000 Scale for Serious Reloaders


The New RCBS M1000 Scale Weighs 1,000 Grains with +/-0.1-Grain AccuracyOVERLAND PARK, Kansas – The new M1000 mechanical scale provides right- or left-handed operation and a wealth of big-time features at an affordable price.

“We offer ultra-reliable equipment for serious reloaders,” said Curtis Smith, RCBS Product Director. “For those who choose mechanical scales, accuracy and reliability are top priorities. The new M1000 scale provides exactly that for both left- and right-handed users.”

Featuring a proven design that lets you weigh up to 1,000 grains with +/-0.1-grain accuracy, the M1000 also offers RCBS’ magnetic damping system for fast readings, and maintenance-free movement. The tip-proof metal pan makes loading easier. Read more

Armscor-Rock Island Armory Summer Kickoff Ammo Giveaway


LAS VEGAS, NEV. – Armscor®-Rock Island Armory® (RIA) is kicking off the summer with a special promotion for its TCM Series fans. Any purchase of the M22 TCM BA rifle qualifies the buyer for a free box of TCM ammo upon registering the firearm with Armscor-RIA.How to participate
For a limited time only, purchase the M22 TCM BA rifle and earn your free box of ammo. Here’s how:
1. Purchase an Armscor-RIA TCM rifle

2. Go to Armscor.com/Promotions

3. Register your gun

4. Receive a code for your free box of TCM ammo

5. Redeem your code on AdvancedTactical.com

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AR9 9mm Pistol Caliber Carbine


The Wilson Combat AR9 9mm pistol caliber carbine was designed from the ground up as the new standard in pistol caliber carbine reliability. The use of common 9mm service pistol magazines makes it an ideal choice for patrol, home defense and cost-effective tactical training.Wilson Combat engineers have designed three unique AR9 lower receivers with last round bolt hold open that are compatible with the most popular 9mm service pistol magazines from Glock?, Beretta? and S&W?.

The Wilson Combat AR9 closed-bolt blowback operating system is soft shooting and reliable with a wide variety of 9mm loads and exhibits flawless feeding with all common pistol bullet shapes, including hollowpoint and +P tactical ammunition. The AR9 bolt hold open ensures reliable lockback on empty with your pistol’s factory magazines. The AR9 proprietary bolt carrier group with heavy duty claw extractor and plunger ejector is tuned for exceptional reliability. Read more

Buckwheat Fills the Gap

By Glen Wunderlich

With the recent and predictable news of the expansion of the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) management areas in southern Michigan, the handwriting is on the wall.  The practice of deer baiting, as we’ve known it, is on the way out.  Certainly, the producers of carrots, beets, etc. will not be happy, as the convenience store/gas station demand is sure to drop in the affected areas.  So, you want change?  It’s here.

While baiting and feeding in the Lower Peninsula becomes less acceptable, food plots are a sure-fire means to increase one’s hunting chances in the fall, if you have access to private land.    One who works the land not only gains an advantage for hunting purposes, he has the ability to provide nourishment to wildlife throughout the year.  With the proper balance of perennial and annual plots, deer, turkeys, rabbits, pheasants, and other game animals may just call your habitat home.

Deer like variety in their menu.  To add to a whitetail’s choices before fall planting, I’ve chosen a small strip of land that can be an attraction until then by planting buckwheat.

Buckwheat Seed

Buckwheat Seed

Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) is a warm-season annual forb that can provide several benefits to a whitetail food-plot program. Frost will kill it, so it’s important to sow the seed when the danger of frost is past. Likewise, in the fall the buckwheat leaves will vanish with the first frost, so it will only be available for the summer months, or even less if your plan includes planting more hardy species in August, such as brassicas.

The Quality Deer Management Associaiton notes that buckwheat produces well in poor soil and actually builds weak soil for future plantings. Buckwheat matures very quickly – approximately 10 weeks after germination and will begin to bloom within two weeks of germination. Crude protein levels in buckwheat forage are quite impressive, ranging from 15 to 25 percent in well-managed soils. The plant residue increases organic matter and releases a significant amount of phosphorus that will be available for your fall plantings, improving the nutritional quality while reducing fertilizer costs. If you have a relatively small area you’d like to experiment with and have no need for a 50-pound bag, locally Family Farm and Home sells buckwheat in bulk at a cost of approximately $1.70 per pound. If planting in marginal seedbed conditions, consider slightly increasing your seeding rate to account for reduced germination.

Once buckwheat is planted, its rapid germination and growth rate is an excellent weed suppression mechanism. It quickly forms a dense leaf canopy, suppressing many weeds due to the shading/smothering effect.

Many site locations require lime to increase the ph level so that plants can grow vigorously, but only a soil test will tell the story.  For best results, get the lime into the soil as early as possible – 3 months or more before planting.

In any case, time’s a wasting, if you’d like to reap the rewards of a fall planting.  For a good reference, check out Ed Spinazolla’s book, Quality Deer Food Plots or his website http://deerattraction.com/

Ruger Introduces Hawkeye FTW Hunter


Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. (NYSE: RGR) announces the addition of the Ruger® Hawkeye® FTW Hunter to its line of Hawkeye bolt-action rifles. This new rifle was designed by working closely with the instructors of the Sportsman’s All-Weather, All-Terrain Marksmanship (SAAM) school at the highly regarded FTW Ranch in Barksdale, TX.The Hawkeye FTW Hunter features a Natural Gear™ Camo, laminated wood stock and a stainless steel, cold hammer-forged barrel for exceptional accuracy, longevity and easy cleaning. The hinged, solid steel floor plate is engraved with the FTW Logo and allows for easy unloading of the rifle without the need to chamber each cartridge. Offered in seven calibers, including three left-handed options, the Hawkeye FTW Hunter is sure to be a popular choice among hunting enthusiasts.

Each rifle comes with the Ruger® Muzzle Brake System, which includes a removable, radial-port muzzle brake that significantly reduces felt recoil. For times when the brake is not preferred, it may be replaced by the included dynamically-matched muzzle weight. Switching between the brake and the weight will not change the bullet’s point of impact for a particular load. The included thread protector may be used if neither the brake nor the weight is desired.

The Hawkeye FTW Hunter also includes the LC6™ trigger, which offers smooth, crisp performance right out of the box and increased accuracy on the range or in the field; a non-rotating, Mauser-type controlled round feed extractor, which is the most positive case extraction system ever invented; a three-position safety for easy activation that allows the shooter to lock the bolt or load and unload the rifle with the safety engaged; and an adjustable length of pull spacers and patented integral Ruger scope mount cuts into the receiver. Read more

S&W M&P22 Compact Pistol with Cerakote Flat Dark Earth Frame Finish


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Smith & Wesson Corp. announced today that it has added a new model to the company’s line of M&P polymer pistols with the introduction of the M&P22 Compact pistol in durable Cerakote Flat Dark Earth (FDE) frame finish. Engineered to professional standards, this tactical rimfire pistol incorporates a variety of features inherent to the design of the full size M&P centerfire pistol in a smaller scale version. The American-made M&P22 Compact .22 LR pistol delivers M&P accuracy and reliability in a fun-to-shoot, compact profile. Read more

Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P SHIELD Ported Models With Tritium Night Sights

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced that the company’s popular Performance Center Ported M&P Shield pistol, in both 9mm and .40 S&W with factory ported barrel and slide, is now available with front and rear tritium night sights. Whether used as a backup sidearm for police personnel, a deep concealment pistol for plain-clothes officers, or a self-protection firearm for consumers, the Performance Center Ported M&P Shield with new night sights enhances sight acquisition in all low-light situations. Engineered by some of the most skilled Master Gunsmiths in the world, the new pistols are available exclusively from the legendary Performance Center and provide premium features for discerning shooters.

Engineered on a high-strength polymer frame measuring .95-inches in width, the Performance Center Ported M&P Shield is standard with a 3.1-inch factory-ported barrel. The barrel, combined with the pistol’s three precision-cut ports across the top of the stainless steel slide, help reduce muzzle flip and improve the ability to remain on target after firing. The Performance Center Ported M&P Shield pistols have been further updated with tritium night sights and an enhanced trigger. Read more

Comp-Tac Holsters for S&W M&P45 Shield


Houston, TX – Comp-Tac Victory Gear, a leading manufacturer of quality concealed carry holsters and firearms accessories, have once again expanded their holster fits, this time to accommodate the brand new Smith and Wesson M&P Shield .45ACP.Comp-Tac has always maintained the recognition for the need for holster options for the variety of handguns on the market. The new S&W M&P chambered in .45 ACP are larger in width than the 9mm and .40 models and will not work with previously produced holsters. Comp-Tac’s new holster fits for the S&W M&P Shield .45ACP include a variety of holsters covering both inside the waistband and outside the waistband wear. Holsters with the Shield .45 fit include: MTAC, Infidel Max, Infidel Ultra Max, International and Flatline. Read more

New S&W M&P45 SHIELD Pistol


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Smith & Wesson Corp. announced today that it is now offering its popular M&P Shield™ pistol in .45 AUTO. Smith & Wesson’s M&P45 Shield is a slim, concealable, lightweight, striker-fired polymer pistol. From its one-inch profile to its optimized 18-degree grip angle, the M&P45 Shield offers professional-grade features that provide consumers and professionals with reliable performance and simple operation in a concealed carry. 45 AUTO firearm. Whether deployed as a backup sidearm for law enforcement personnel, a deep concealment pistol for plain-clothes officers or a personal protection firearm for consumers, the M&P45 Shield can be carried comfortably and confidently, all day.Jan Mladek, General Manager of the M&P Brand, said, “Our new M&P45 Shield takes personal protection to the next level by offering all the M&P features our customers have come to trust, combined with .45 caliber power. Well over 1Million consumers and professionals have chosen to “Shield themselves” with the slim, concealable and powerful M&P Shield pistol. The new M&P Shield in .45 AUTO provides that extra level of confidence.”

Available for the first time in .45 AUTO, the M&P45 Shield features a slim design combined with the proven and trusted features found in the M&P Pistol Series. At 6.45 inches long, the M&P45 Shield is standard with a 3.3 inch stainless-steel barrel. On the left side of the frame, the pistol is fitted with familiar operational controls including a simple takedown lever, flat profile slide stop, and magazine release. For optimal firearm control, the M&P45 Shield is standard with an 18-degree grip angle, aggressive grip texture and front cocking serrations. The pistol is available with or without a thumb safety, and an extended trigger guard allows for operation with or without gloves. The striker –fired M&P Shield is highly regarded for its crisp trigger and quick and audible reset. Read more

Ruger Introduces 10/22 Takedown Lite

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to introduce the Ruger® 10/22 Takedown® Lite. This newest introduction combines the popular attributes of the 10/22 Takedown line with a new, lighter weight barrel and the Ruger® Modular Stock System. This new barrel configuration consists of a cold hammer-forged alloy steel barrel mated with a 6061-T6 aluminum alloy sleeve. The barrel nut is torqued to precise factory specifications to optimize performance.

Taking a page from the Ruger 22/45 Lite®, the 10/22 Takedown Lite’s aluminum alloy barrel sleeve is ventilated, resulting in the lightest weight 10/22 target barrel yet from Ruger. The barrel and sleeve are torqued to an optimum setting to provide outstanding accuracy both at ambient temperatures and when heated by long strings of fire or by employing a sound suppressor. The aluminum sleeve is manufactured with an array of small diameter, circular ventilations that not only provide a striking look but also aid in heat dissipation during extended use.

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