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Mail Call Mondays Season 6 #27 – .224 Valkyrie, Suppressor Harmonics and Pistols for PRS.


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Mail Call Mondays Podcast #21 – .224 Valkyrie, Suppressor Harmonics and Pistols for PRS.

This week we talk about the .224 Valkyrie, Suppressor Harmonics and Pistols for PRS.
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Federal’s new cartridge: .224 Valkyrie

Sources state that the new cartridge that Federal is hinting at will be a bit smaller than the 6mm many were hoping for. It appears that Federal’s new offering will launch the .224 caliber bullet. The question is, will the initial offerings be heavy target/long range bullets, or are we looking at another varmint cartridge? Their marketing so far seems to indicate the former.

Federal is set to spill the beans on 10/16/17, but we will update you as more details leak out.

DIY Simple Dope Card Holder


A rifle mounted Dope Card Holder may seem like a very simple thing. It is, but it can make all the difference in the world on a timed stage. It prevents the shooter from having to break position to look at their target engagement data and allows you to keep your eye behind the scope.

A quality Dope Card Holder is not cheap. Some shooters may not be willing to take the leap without trying one. New shooters may just not have the cash to spend. We came up with a really cheap and easy way to get that Dope Card attached to your rifle.

Mail Call Mondays Season 6 #26 – Litz Drag Curves, Crooked Remington 700, Ammo for Steel and More!


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Mail Call Mondays Podcast #20 – Litz Drag Curves, Crooked Remington 700, Ammo for Steel and More!

This week we talk about the Litz Custom Drag Curves, Crooked Remington 700 Barrel Channels, Cartridge Selection for Young Women and Ammo for shooting steel.
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Danger Close Armament Signature GLOCK 19 Unboxing

While browsing the aisles at TriggrCon in Tacoma, WA several months ago, we had a chance to talk to the guys at Danger Close Armament. They had several examples of their custom work on display. I was immediately attracted to their stippling and frame modifications on the Glock family of handguns.

Not too long after I returned home, I sent off a brand new and un-fired Glock 19 for DCA to work their magic on. After a short conversation with the guys at Danger Close, we lined out what options they would apply to their “Signature” package. Continue reading Danger Close Armament Signature GLOCK 19 Unboxing

VISM Universal Pistol Rear Sight Tool Review

Pushing off the factory Glock plastic sight.
Pushing off the factory Glock plastic sight.

Replacing the sights on a handgun can be a frustrating task. The simplest method is to clamp the slide in a vice and drift the sight off with a brass punch. While this is an inexpensive method, it offers a great chance of damage to the slide and sight. In addition to the risk of damage, it makes it difficult to make fine adjustments to the zero of the handgun.

There are a number of sight installation tools on the market to make this job safer and easier. Unfortunately, many of them are make/model specific and expensive. This is why I was excited when I came across the VISM Universal Rear Sight Installation Tool. Continue reading VISM Universal Pistol Rear Sight Tool Review

Loading the Bipod on a Ruger 10/22 – Free-Float is Better

NRL 22 Match at the Westside Sportsman's Club in Evansville, IN
NRL 22 Match at the Westside Sportsman’s Club in Evansville, IN

One of the best parts of precision rifle shooting is the problem-solving process. Recently at the National Rifle League 22 here in Evansville, Indiana, I came across a new problem. This was the first competition for my customized Ruger 10/22. The rifle is fairly accurate for a low-cost semi-auto. At the beginning of the match, I had verified my zero at 50 yards and confirmed my Dope at 25, 75 and 100 yards. The rifle was performing perfectly.

NRL 22 Match at the Westside Sportsman's Club in Evansville, IN
NRL 22 Match at the Westside Sportsman’s Club in Evansville, IN

The first stage of the match was shot from the prone position, but I missed four shots at very easy targets. This confused me a little bit because I could see exactly where the shots were impacting. I could tell they were 0.5 mRad low on my reticle. I have learned to “believe the bullet” from many experiences in the past, so made an adjustment to my hold and hit the rest of my targets. Continue reading Loading the Bipod on a Ruger 10/22 – Free-Float is Better

Magnetospeed M-Series Grip Review

Magnetospeed M-Series Grip with DryBox installed.
Magnetospeed M-Series Grip with DryBox installed.

After using many AR15 grips, I have come to the conclusion that grip choice often just boils down to personal preference. It has become hard for me to get excited about a new grip, but Magnetospeed has my interest with their new M-Series Grip. This is a grip that adds some utility to your rifle. Continue reading Magnetospeed M-Series Grip Review