The Saiga in Competition

Sighting In with Shooting USA - The Saiga in Competition

SI30-07-2We're sighting in on the Russian designed, magazine fed, shotgun, and it's role in the open division of Multi-gun competition. It can be fast on the course of fire, but only after extensive re-work to make the Russian import reliable.

Taran Butler is the highest ranked Open Division competitor to be campaigning a Saiga in competition.  He’s made some improvements of his own to increase his speed on stages of fire. But so far he has not claimed a National Title.

SI30-07-3There is clearly a divide among the top Open Division competitors on the magazine fed shotgun, and it is worth noting that no one has yet won a USPSA National Title using one. But in the short time that the Saiga has been seen in competition, those who think it’s an advantage have pushed the capabilities far beyond the original design.

In the years ahead, it may become the solution that will replace the tube fed auto shotgun and speed-loaders, but not this year.


History’s Guns – The M-14

SI30-07-5The story of a famous service rifle, a design that's still in service, but it had a short primary service life when it was expected to perform too many roles for the infantry. When the Army adopted the M-14 it was intended to replace four firearms in warfare—the M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, the M3 Grease Gun, and the BAR.




That proved to be too much to expect of one weapon. So while the M-14 is back on the battlefields of Afghanistan, it is also one of History's guns.



More Improvements for the M&P 40 Limited Gun

SI30-07-7John’s has been modifying his M & P 40 Pro Series to get competitive in the Limited division of USPSA. It started with the Apex Tactical competition action kit that got the trigger down under 3 pounds.







Then he upgraded the guide rod and recoil spring with the help of speed shooter specialties. He also added one of their mag wells and some base plates for the magazines from Taylor freelance.




Storm Lake Barrel

Now it’s time to tighten up the groups a bit and with a Storm Lake replacement barrel. This is match grade and machined from 416R stainless, then hardened to 40-42 HRC for durability. It has specially cut riffling that will  accept either jacketed or lead bullets. It’s a simple drop in fit.  Retail $160.

Storm Lake Website


Apex Tactical RAM

Next, John wanted to address the soft reset which is common in the M&P and Apex Tactical has a simple part to do that. They call it the RAM, that’s Reset Assist Mechanism and it consists of a little spring and plunger, and it’s pretty simple to install as long as you have the right size punch to take out this take down pin. Retail $23.

Apex Tactical Website  


Blackhawk Sportster Range Bag

Suggested Retail under $60

Multiple On Line Stores


Mech Armor Tac-Ops 1 Charge Handle

The AR rifle design never anticipated having a scope on top… never anticipated a flat-top receiver… But now that scopes are common the charge handle can be difficult to manipulate, because you can’t reach over the top to pull the release. MechArmor has the fix, the Tac-ops 1 charge handle for all AR platforms,  both AR 10 and 15. Developed and tested by a former Ranger Battalion sniper, this design allows the user to manipulate the charge handle with either hand, with the rifle in any position, with or without an optic. The Tac-Ops 1 latch still operates like a traditional charge handle, but the latch can also be released with the press of the rear lever.  It’s just over $100 and, yes, it’s patented.

Shooting USA Viewer Special Pricing:  $87.95 plus shipping.

Hunting Tips – Wade Bourne on Shooting Rests

SI30-07-9When you’re shooting a rifle, a rest is absolutely imperative to get a good rock solid Aimpoint and to hold those crosshairs steady.

I don’t care where you are, or what you’re hunting, if you’re shooting a rifle you need to use a rest if at all possible.  There are a number of different things you can use.

You can use a tree trunk, log, fencepost or a rock.

There are several commercial rests that you can take with you, shooting sticks in particular.



You can buy sticks like this, they are adjustable. Just carry them along with you like a walking staff. If you need to take a shot lay the rifle in the brace and you’ve got a good solid rest and foundation for your aimpoint. 





Here’s another type of commercial rest that I like. It’s attached by bungee cords. It folds up like so. To get ready to hunt, pop them together and you’ve got the rest.





One that I’ve seen recently that I really like is the Little Sure Shot. This is a very simple item that fits in your pocket. I use it with my walking staff. I take this a lot with me in the woods. And this Little Sure Shot will clamp on at any height that I want it to. Screw it down tight and you’ve got a good solid rest.


Or if you don’t want to spend any money you can find a couple of sticks. I put sharp points on the ends. When I spread them they lock into the ground and I’ve got a nice “Y” on the end where I can lay my rifle. I guarantee you this one is just as solid as any of the other three.

So the point is, use a rest every time if possible. Plan ahead to take a rest with you and practice using it in the woods during your shooting sessions. Take it with you when you go hunting. A rest will keep you on target. You’ll be a happier hunter.


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