Shooting USA – Pistol Pro-Am
It’s the pistol match created for TV. Falling steel, par times, and cash skins for the Pro Shooters in the Pistol Pro-Am from Florida. Plus, the Spencer Carbine, one of the first repeaters, and now one of History’s Guns. And the CMP opens the most advanced shooting sports park in the world to advance the mission assigned by congress, promoting marksmanship for civilians.
In the early 1990s, the Pistol Pro-Am was created for television and specifically for our cameras. The original concept was simple, based on a limited shooting time, or par time. Competitors shot as many steel targets as possible within that given time. Two decades later, the Pistol Pro-Am held at the Universal Shooting Academy in Florida, continues to follow that same concept, and it’s still one of the most exciting and challenging matches of the year.
Overall, competitors can shoot in either of the two divisions: Open or Limited. Both are governed by a ten-round capacity limit, but Open Division competitors generally have a shorter par time. And, because the Pistol Pro-Am caters to both professional shooters and amateurs, competitors can pick a preferred scoring system, but the pros compete for cash prizes. Max Michel of Team Sig Sauer is one of the professional shooters in the match.
“Strategy is everything here, whether you shoot all of the targets or not. You just have to hit more than the other guys,” says Michel. “I spent four days at home working pretty hard. I shot 1,000 rounds a day over four days getting ready for this…”
History’s Guns: Spencer Carbine
The Henry Repeating Rifle is prized by collectors and enthusiasts, but truth be told, there was a more powerful repeater during the Civil War. In 1860, Christopher Spencer designed the carbine that now bears his name. The Union Army first adopted the repeater, but it also caught the interest of foreign armies.
“Certainly the preeminent gun of its type during the Civil War and even in the post-Civil War,” says Firearms Historian Garry James. “The French even bought a bunch of thse and used them in the Franco-Prussian War.”
CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park
Talladega is known for NASCAR and its super-speedway, but now there is another destination for sports enthusiasts, thanks to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). Congress created the CMP in 1903 with an original mission to promote civilian marksmanship, but in its 110-year history, the CMP never had its own range. So, the organization built the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park, a $20 million sports facility, now hailed as the most advanced shooting sports facility in the world.
“You won’t find another place like this in the United States, and I think in most of the world,” says Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama. “You know, I brag on the Talladega 500 all the time, being the fastest NASCAR track, and now I’ll be able to brag about having the best, if not the most world class marksmanship facilities in the world here in the same neck of the woods.”
The CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park opened in Talladega, Alabama and is now open to the public.
CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park
Sig Sauer 556xi
Sig Sauer combined AR and AK platforms to create the 556xi. The design gives a nod to the Swiss 550 battle rifle, and functions off of a gas-piston operating system. Thanks to that operating system, there’s a Swiss-style folding stock with a removable cheek piece, but what makes this rifle remarkable is the serialized upper receiver, which allows for easy swapping of the lower receiver. In this configuration, the 556xi will accept any AR pattern magazine. Swap it out for the Sig Sauer-built Russian-style lower and it would then accept AK pattern magazines. There are also other caliber configurations and different barrel lengths available. The Sig 556xi carries a suggested retail of about $1,600.
The TechnaClip is a simple and practical add-on for any carry gun. You just replace the rear-frame pin with the one supplied by TechnaClip, and then tighten the supplied screw with the clip. Fitments are available for nearly any popular pocket pistols, including the new one for Smith & Wesson M&P Shield.
“The TechnaClip makes the easily concealable Smith & Wesson Bodyguard even more flexible and you don’t even know the clip is there when its time to shoot,” says Shooting USA Producer John Scoutten.
Challenge Harmonic Target – 15% Discount with SHOOTINGUSA Coupon Code
The Challenge Harmonic Target is a modified version of the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) target, but provides immediate feedback on hits. The Harmonic Target is made with two AR-500 steel plates, representing the A zone, and the B and C zones. The second plate is spring-mounted, so shots missing the A-zone create dull clanks, while A-zone hits play a better tune. Prices range from $290 to $325 depending on base choice, but Challenge Targets has a limited time offer, 15 percent off retail with the SHOOTINGUSA coupon code
Pro Tip: Adam Painchaud on the Status Check
Whatever your scenario, any time you are going to potentially use your firearm, you must know it’s ready. It seems simple, but with all of the available platforms, it is worth reviewing. Sig Sauer’s Senior Director of Training, Adam Painchaud explains the Status Check.
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