Shooting USA – IPSC Tactical Shotgun
This time it’s fast-action shot-gunning at the IPSC Tactical Shotgun Championship in Kentucky. Plus, the rifle German paratroopers took to the battlefields during World War Two. The rare FG-42 is now one of History’s Guns. And, it’s back to school with the Master of the Longbow, to learn to shoot targets out of the air.
IPSC Tactical Shotgun Championship
The Father of Modern Handgun Shooting, Jeff Cooper developed the International Practical Shooting Confederation or IPSC in the 1970s as the international governing body for combat shooting competition with handguns. Since then IPSC has expanded to more than 90 countries and the sport continues to evolve, now with Tactical Shotgun Competition. It’s a growing discipline and, for Americans competing in the IPSC World Shoot in Italy, the Tactical Shotgun Championship at the Rockcastle Shooting Center in Kentucky is an ideal tune-up.
“It is a totally different style than any American matches,” says Smith & Wesson Pro Shooter Lena Miculek. “We are going more European. So it’s lots of no shoots, lots of really short courses with only eight or nine rounds. A lot of empty gun starts Things that we are just not used to.”
IPSC recognizes three divisions of Tactical Shotgun Competition. The Standard Division includes semi-auto shotguns with nine-round capacity; Standard Manual Division includes pump action shotguns, also with nine-round capacity; and the Open Division includes magazine-fed shotguns with ten-round capacity. Stages require different ammunition, including buckshot and slugs.
History’s Guns: FG-42
On the Axis side in World War Two, paratroopers were one element in a new military tactic called Blitzkrieg, or Lightening War. These Nazi units were the first to field a true assault rifle in combat, the Fallschirmjagergewehr 42 or FG-42. The Germans built 7,000 selective-fire FG-42's, capable of firing 750 rounds per minute in full-auto mode.
“The original one was selective fire,” says Firearms Historian Garry James. “It fired full-auto from an open bolt and fired semi-auto from a closed bolt, which is kind of interesting and unusual.”
Semi-Auto FG-42 Produced by:
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Byron Ferguson’s Bare Bow School
Technology has made today’s compound bows both easy to shoot and reliable for hitting a target, but there are still fans of the more challenging traditional bows. One of the biggest fans is our Master of the Longbow, Byron Ferguson. Twice each year he hosts a two-day class to teach traditional archers how to execute good form and shoot moving targets. It’s called the Bare Bow School, and it takes place at Goodman Ranch, an 800-acre hunting property in Henderson, Tennessee.
Byron explains, “One of the questions that I get most often when I’m out on the road is ‘how do you do that? How can you possibly make the shots that we see you do on television?’ For years I had the standard answer. I’d tell you, ‘you got to practice. You got to practice a lot, but you have to practice doing it right. Practice doing it wrong just makes you good at being bad.’”
His Bare Bow School is the chance to learn how to do it right.
Bare Bow School
Pro Tip: Adam Painchaud on Appendix Carry
Appendix carry is growing in popularity because of improved concealment and access, but it’s not without controversy. The position of the gun can be intimidating. So, Sig Sauer Academy’s Senior Director walks us through the concealed technique, with options on how to draw.
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