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Guns of the USPSA

 

SI27-11-3Shooting USA - The Guns of the USPSA

This time we are Sighting In on the guns of the USPSA limited and production super-squads. It’s a look at the handguns in use by the best practical shooters in the nation.

John Scoutten has the report on the top shooters hardware from this year’s nationals.

 

 

SI27-11-1Limited Division Guns 

EAA Witness

SV Infinity Millennium

USSA Custom

STI 2011 five inch 

Caspian Hi-cap (Frame Only)

Springfield Armory High Capacity (Not for Sale)

Para High Capacity

 

SI27-11-2Production Guns

Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm

S&W M&P 45ACP

CZ-75 SP-01

Glock model 35 - 40 S&W 

Glock model 34 - 9mm

 


Sighting In on Camouflage

SI25-09-2Have you ever been sitting in a duck blind, looking at perfectly printed leaves and bark on your shotgun, and wondered, “How do they do that?” We’re the guys who make it our job to find the answers, so now you’re going to know how from a tour of the Stoeger Factory.

The process begins with surface preparation. For the plastic parts of what will be a shotgun, that means time in the vibrator to be sure the primer coat will get a permanent bond.

The next step is two coats of primer with a paint that is formulated to bond permanently to the gun parts and also provide a bonding surface for the inks of the camo pattern. The camo is printed on a thin transparent sheet, known as the carrier. The technician floats the pattern and the carrier on a tank of 100 degree water. It takes one minute for the water soluble carrier to dissolve, leaving just the inks floating on the surface.

SI25-09-1The inks are solvent based and only become soft and sticky when the technician sprays solvent on the surface. He has about 30 seconds for the application, which is done by easing the parts down through the film of ink as the water pressure in the tank forces the pattern onto every exposed surface of the part.

Next is a rinse in the wash cabinet to remove any traces of the plastic carrier sheet that may have stuck to the inks and the part. Then is hand touch-up using the same inks and a fine brush for any areas of the part that may need a stroke of color to be perfect. And, finally, a coat of polyurethane to protect the finish.

Related Link: Stoeger Shotguns


Sighting In on Ignition Systems

SI25-08-01We’re tracing the developments, from Flint and Steel, to Firing Pin, Primer and Cartridge.

It has been more than 400 hundred years since the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts, with the guns they would use to hunt and to secure their new settlement. Those guns were hand built flintlocks, touched off by a spark of flint on steel. In the centuries since, firearms technology has advanced dramatically, driven by the need to defend the nation, with advancements coming most often during times of war.

SI25-08-02With the help of our friends from the NMLRA and the N-SSA, we’re taking you back to the challenge of developing ignition systems that would lead to the firearms of today.

Related Links:

The National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association 

The North-South Skirmish Association 

 


Thompson Center Triumph Muzzle Loader

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50 Caliber  $450 in Black  $499 Camo

Thompson Center Link (caution: sound on home page)

 

 

 


 

Reloading Tips from Allan Jernigan –

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  Allan explains the RCBS X-die that will save you time.
  
X-Die

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pro Tips –

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    Julie Goloski –
    Julie Goloski on the preparations for the first shots.

    First Shots

 

 

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