Shooting USA – USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals
The fastest practical shooters race for the USPSA Multi-Gun National titles using pistol, rifle and shotgun. We’ve got the action from Las Vegas. Plus, the rare breechloader prized by the Confederacy, the Terry Carbine. And, juniors compete with dreams of Olympic Gold as the Army hosts the Junior National Air Rifle Championship.
USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals
When Colonel Jeff Cooper first organized the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA), competition was based on run-and-gun handgun competition. Now, it has expanded to pistol, rifle and shotgun. At the USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals in Las Vegas, top competitors from across the country race through a dozen stages with all three firearms.
“It's something new to me. I am trying to understand and learn the game. It's really challenging,” says KC Eusebio. “You’ve got three guns instead of one, but it's really, really fun and I’m out of breath.”
Eusebio is participating in the Open Division for the first time, where he’s allowed an extra optic on his rifle for close-range targets. Meanwhile, the USAMU’s Daniel Horner is vying for his seventh consecutive Multi-Gun National Title in the Tactical Division, but with the unpredictable weather in the Nevada desert, anything can happen.
History’s Guns: Terry Carbine
The Terry Carbine is one of the earliest bolt guns ever designed. Officially, it is the Calisher and Terry, named for the British who built the firearm at the Breech Loading Armory Company in England; however, it is William Terry’s breechloading design that gave this firearm such high regard.
“He was no Samuel Colt or John Browning,” says Firearms Historian Garry James. “He was kind of a one-shot wonder with this gun.”
Junior Air Rifle Competition
At the Army National Junior Air Rifle Championship, the nation’s top junior shooters have a couple things on their minds: the Olympics and bringing home the gold. The competition is what brought dozens of shooters from all across the country to Fort Benning, Georgia. While juniors compete in either the Sporter or Precision class, they’re also learning from four-time Olympian SGT Jason Parker, who teaches a clinic during competition.
“It’s always nice to share information with them, give them some tips and techniques to improve their position and their overall shooting abilities, but really, when it comes down to it, hopefully you inspire them to make themselves better, and continue on in the sport or just make themselves better in life,” says Parker.
The Army Marksmanship Unit hosts the National Championship at the Pool International Range Complex, where 20 teams compete.
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Safariland 578 GLS Pro Fit Holster
Safariland is well known for retention locking holsters, especially for police duty gear, but also for concealed carry with their Grip-Locking Retention System (GLS). The gun is secure until the middle finger releases the lock. The new 578 GLS full-size or compact version holster retains 175 different handguns, and it may be the only retention holster you’ll ever need. The Safariland 578 GLS Pro Fit Holster is priced at $55, with both paddle and belt loop attachment in the package.
Sig Sauer M400 Rifle
The new Sig Sauer M400 Predator rifle is designed to be your out-of-the-box, ready-to-go hunting rifle. For that purpose, it ships with a thread protector on the 18-inch barrel, and a pinned five-round magazine. The rifle is designed to be lightweight, thanks to the Hogue free-floating aluminum hand guard. The M400 is also equipped with ambidextrous controls and QD mounts. It retails for about $1,300.
Go-Gun Super Comp Muzzle Break
Go-Gun is out with a variety of rifle breaks called Super Comps. There are talon-tipped options or smooth-faced, but these come in titanium to keep the rifle lightweight. Steel versions are also available in a variety of different finishes. Plus, there’s a 30 cal. option if you're running heavy metal or a 300-blackout setup. The Go Gun Super Comps start out at about $90, or $150 for titanium.
Pro Tip: Max Michel on Target Transitions
Transitioning from target to target quickly is a skill needed for competition, and shaving off extra time between targets can perhaps mean the difference of life or death. World Speed Shooting Champion Max Michel shows us his tips on transition time-savers at the Sig Sauer Academy.
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