Browning Steps Up The Game With The New X-Bolt Pro Rifle

Browning has introduced a rifle that many are calling a “semi-custom production rifle.” What gives the X-Bolt Pro this classification is the level of specialized finishing touches and higher-end construction that is above the already top-tier X-Bolt family of hunting rifles.

The new Browning X-Bolt Pro has many features that set it apart from the average production rifle. Most notably, the stock is a second generation design that is constructed using a full 360° carbon fiber wrap with a compressed foam core. The stock is extremely lightweight, rigid and includes textured gripping panels, a palm swell and is coated with Cerakote Burnt Bronze finish for added protection.

The receiver of the rifle is corrosion-resistant stainless steel with the durable Cerakote Burnt Bronze finish applied. It is glass bedded into the stock for accuracy and is drilled and tapped for the solid X-Lock scope mounts.

The fluted barrel of the X-Bolt Pro is a lightweight sporter contour and features a new proprietary lapping process that provides consistent, superior accuracy, reduced fouling and easier bore cleaning. The barrel lapping also allows customers to avoid the need for a time-consuming break-in process. The muzzle of the barrel is threaded to accept the included muzzle brake or thread protector cap. This rifle is ready to go, right from the box. Read more

Being Safe During Deer Hunting Season

By Glen Wunderlich

With the Nov. 15 firearm deer approaching, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers encourage hunters to brush up on safety tips and hunting regulations to ensure a safe, enjoyable experience.

The following general safety tips will help to insure that we hunters continue the trend to safer hunting:

o    Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.  That also means that if someone is offering to show you his firearm and presents it to you, ask him to open the action to verify it’s clear.  If you are the one presenting the firearm, make it your automatic policy to show it’s clear before someone else touches it.

o    Keep your finger away from the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you are ready to fire.  By following these instructions, others can be sure that the firearm cannot inadvertently discharge.

o    Keep the safety on until you are ready to fire.  A person’s hidden rationale for not using the safety may result from not becoming familiar with the firearm.  As a result, he may leave the gun ready to fire, so as not to forget later.  Or, maybe he forgot to check after loading and chambering a round.  Both are bad excuses.  Practice with the empty gun you will use until the process of taking the gun off “safe” is natural.  Another reason people will intentionally leave a gun in the “fire” position is because some safety mechanisms make an audible click, if operated quickly, and could spook game.  You should  practice operating the safety slowly, so as to minimize any related sound.

o    Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.  It doesn’t matter if you know the gun is empty; make it a habit!   Also, point out any unsafe handling to others, if they get careless.

o    Be certain of your target, and what’s beyond it, before firing.  To be certain of your target, get in the habit of carrying binoculars.  A good harness can make them accessible quickly and some will guard against the elements.  You don’t want to get in the habit of using your scope to identify objects – especially what may turn out to be another hunter!

o    Know the identifying features of the game you hunt.  If you cannot verify that what you are looking at is what you want to kill, hold your fire.  Otherwise, you’re setting yourself up to be the person that tries to explain away your negligence.

o    Unload the firearm before running, climbing a fence or tree, or jumping a ditch.

o    Wear a safety harness when hunting from an elevated platform. Use a haul line to bring the unloaded firearm up and down the raised platform.

o    Always wear a hat, cap, vest or jacket of hunter orange, visible from all sides, with a minimum of 50 percent hunter orange during daylight hunting hours, even if hunting on private land. The law also applies to archery hunters during firearm season.

o    Always let someone know where you are hunting and when you plan to return. This information helps conservation officers and others locate you, if you become injured or lost.

o    Carry a cell phone into the woods. Not only does it let you call for help, if necessary, but newer phones emit a signal that can help rescuers locate you.  Double check to make sure it’s in quiet mode, though.

o    Program the DNR’s Report All Poaching (RAP) line (800-292-7800) in your phone contacts so you can alert conservation officers to any natural resources violations you may witness.

CMP’s Advanced Maintenance Rifle Class Schedule Doubled for 2018

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has doubled the number of Advanced Maintenance Clinics for the 2018 season, providing even more chances for any firearm enthusiast to purchase and assemble his or her own vintage rifle. New for 2018, each student signed up for the class will have an option when purchasing, with both Field Grade Specials or CMP Special rifles available for construction. Read more

Lyman Announces Fall Rebates

Lyman Products is pleased to offer our customers some substantial rebates on some of our most popular products. Our Fall Mail-In Rebate will run through December 31, 2017. This is a great chance for customers to receive $10.00, $25.00 or even $50.00 back on some of the best-selling products we have to offer. Don’t miss this chance to get the amazing new gear you need AND money back in your pockets!

Qualifying products include the T-Mag Expert Kit Deluxe, the Crusher Expert Kit Deluxe, Cyclone Rotary Tumbler, T-Mag II Turret Press, Gen5 Digital Powder System, and the Bag Jack and Match Bag Combo set. We are also offering this rebate on any of our Pachmayr G-10 Pistol Grips and Pachmayr Renegade Wood Laminate Pistol Grips. Read more

GAMO’s Hornet Maxxim Air Rifle- Ready for Squirrel Season

Rogers, Arkansas – GAMO® Outdoor USA (, the leading manufacturer of high quality air guns, optics and laser designators encourages everyone to try the Hornet Maxxim break barrel, gas piston air rifle this Fall.

The Hornet Maxxim is available in both .22 and .177 caliber configurations providing the perfect shooting platform for small game hunting, recreational shooting and pest control. The Hornet Maxxim features quality parts and advanced technologies to improve the overall experience of shooting and hunting. Simply break open the fluted polymer jacketed rifled steel barrel, load a pellet and take aim. Hunting squirrels and other small game with the Hornet Maxxim is sure to be an enjoyable time shared with friends and family of all ages. Read more

New Model 686 and 686 Plus Revolvers Join Performance Center® Brand of Firearms

New Model 686 and 686 Plus Revolvers are Purpose-Built for Competition

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Smith & Wesson Corp. announced today the launch of two new Performance Center revolvers, the Model 686 and Model 686 Plus, to the company’s line of competition firearms. The new Model 686 and 686 Plus revolvers feature premium Performance Center enhancements for a competition-ready package, such as a speed release thumbpiece for quick reloads, interchangeable sights, and a Performance Center tuned action.

Tony Miele, General Manager of the Performance Center, said, “When we began designing these revolvers, we wanted to develop an out-of-the-box solution for those seeking a revolver for competition shooting. Equipped with a speed release thumbpiece, tuned action, and unique visual appearance, these new revolvers have attractive features for bothnew and seasoned competitive shooters. The new Performance Center Model 686 and 686 Plus feature Performance Center enhancements that provide an excellent foundation for shooters looking to customize and gain a competitive edge in the shooting sports, or for those who are new to the sport and looking for an excellent competition-ready value.”

The new Performance Center Model 686 and 686 Plus revolvers feature a stainless steel frame, cylinder, and barrelwith a matte silver finish. Built for competition, these revolvers include a Performance Center speed release, interchangeable orange front sight, and a Performance Center tuned action. These revolvers also feature a unique visual design, including an unfluted cylinder, vented ribbed barrel, and a chromed custom teardrop hammer.

Chambered in .357 Magnum and .38 S&W Special +P, the new Performance Center Model 686 revolver is equipped with a 6 round cylinder and 4-inch barrel, while the Performance Center Model 686 Plus revolver features a 7 round cylinder, 5-inch barrel and features a cylinder cut for moon clips. Both Performance Center Model 686 and 686 Plus have an MSRP of $966. Read more

Sighting In Checklist

By Glen Wunderlich

With the possible exception of experience, nothing can prepare a person for the rush of adrenaline a hunter may feel when an opportunity to take a whitetail deer is at hand.  Recalling an incident in a treestand with a bow years ago, I realized I was out of business when the shivers hit me.  Call it buck fever or what you will; it happens.

However, missed shots can have many root causes and often they can be traced to the mounting system of optics.  As an example, a friend described how he had purchased a new slug gun, mounted a scope and headed to the practice range to sight it in.  Box after box of slugs were shot and each group resembled a 40-yard shotgun pattern, rather than any kind of group.  The culprit was a loose scope base, which had been poorly installed at the factory.  Check them and tighten to 35 inch-pounds.

If all is well, check the screws that hold the scope to the base.  Then move on to the screws that secure the scope in the rings.  In John Barsness’ book, Modern Hunting Optics, the author states that an awful lot of ring marks and bad scopes can be blamed on screwdriver crunching, or as he aptly puts it, “farmer tight.”  Modern hunting scopes are slightly flexible along the main tube, and it’s because of this that only 20 to 28 inch-pounds of torque are necessary.  The flex in the tube results in pressure against the rings and that will hold them securely in place under recoil.

If you were a good scout and cleaned your firearm after last season, congratulations!  But, before heading to the range, you’ll want to run a clean patch through the bore to remove any residual oil or grease and to ensure there are no barrel obstructions.

Even if you’ve not changed any scope settings on the gun, it’s still a good idea to check its zero.  If your ammo stock is low, now is a good time to get a new supply.  Just make sure to get more than one box of the same lot numbers in the event the sighting-in process burns up more ammo than you thought it would.  Do not trust that your old ammo will shoot to the same point of aim as new ammo.  Also, do not mix different brands or different weight bullets, because they probably will shoot differently.

When you finish sighting in, leave the firearm uncleaned in the bore.  Cleaning it before hunting, can change the point of impact, which defeats the purpose of sighting in.  After the season, give it a thorough cleaning.

Practicing at the range has another distinct advantage:  familiarity with the gun.  Most deer guns are single-purpose tools in that they are used very little in the course of a year.  Many opportunities are blown afield because a hunter fumbled around for the safety.

In summary, stock up on some ammo and gain the confidence that only hands-on experience can provide.

Hornady Launches Free Mobile Ballistic App

Get the Hornady Ballistic Calculator App

Hornady®, a world leader in bullet, ammunition, and reloading products is pleased to announce the launch of the new Hornady Ballistic Calculator App that includes the advanced state-of-the-art 4DOF™ calculator as well as a standard BC (ballistic coefficient) calculator. The new Hornady Ballistic Calculator App is available for free on both the Apple and Android app stores and allows users to calculate trajectories in areas without wireless connectivity. Read more

NSSF Issues Statement on Chicago Gun Trace Report

NEWTOWN, Conn. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, today issued the following statement.

Gun Trace Report 2017 issued at the direction of the Chicago Mayor’s Office outlines a comprehensive public safety strategy, certain elements of which the firearms industry would endorse including increasing the number of police officers on the street and tough sentences for criminals who use guns. The bulk of the report, however, starts from a purposely misleading premise and represents what we have heard before as a political narrative from the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

As to the premise, a tracing request is simply a law enforcement tool. As the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) ATF has repeatedly stated, “The appearance of [a licensed dealer] or a first unlicensed purchaser of record in association with a crime gun or in association with multiple crime guns in no way suggests that either the federal firearms licensed dealer (FFL) or the first purchaser has committed criminal acts. Rather, such information may provide a starting point for further and more detailed investigation.” (Crime Gun Trace Analysis Reports, ATF, 1998).

Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) are already heavily regulated. Additional laws on the state level would be redundant and burdensome without doing anything to enhance public safety, only serving to impede the lawful commerce in firearms and ultimately affecting only law-abiding citizens.

The areas of Chicago affected by the criminal misuse of firearms are under siege from criminal cartel and gang activity involved in the trafficking of illegal drugs. Even when apprehended and convicted these repeat criminals are often treated leniently by the criminal justice system. Taking criminals off the street is the only way to stem this violence.

Chicago already has some of the most stringent gun control regulations in the country and, clearly, criminals are not complying with the laws. More laws won’t work to change criminal behavior. Read more

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