Shooting USA - Precision Rifle at the Bushnell Brawl
It’s the most challenging precision rifle competition, the Bushnell Brawl, with 1,000 yard targets set out in the South Texas wind. Plus, team building for the Smith & Wesson gun builders competing in the Factory Cup. And the historic Remington from John Browning that would change shotgun hunting forever. Then Todd Jarrett shows us his technique for a lightning-quick draw.
The Precision Rifle Series is one of the fastest growing shooting sports drawing in some of the top riflemen and women in the world, as well as those who just want to put their skills and gear to the test. The Bushnell Brawl is by far the most difficult competition in the PRS, with some small targets set out to 1,000 yards. Plus, the match takes place in South Texas at the Rifles Only training center, where the wind is wild and unpredictable. It’s also where the Match Director, Jacob Bynum, promises to take shooters out of their comfort zone.
“The conditions have made it tough. The positions have made it tough. The size of the target and the stage design all make it a little bit tougher this time,” says Bynum. “I gave them some cream puff events, but I also gave them some events that were very difficult.”
The Bushnell Brawl features a couple of new stages including “Contain Yourself” where competitors take shots using a barricade from the top of a shipping container at targets nearly 300 yards away. There are 16 other courses of fire including the 400-yard mover and even a 35-yard pistol mover. All of the stages are worth a total of 200 points, and it is a fight for every match point as targets vary in size, shape, and distance.
Bushnell Brawl Results
History’s Guns: Remington’s Shotguns
America’s oldest firearms company has been making shotguns for bird hunters for more than 150 years, but along the way, there was a milestone that would change shotguns forever. In 1906, John Browning visited the company for the second time, bringing his design for the first American auto-loader, that eventually became the Model 11.
“It was at the right place at the right time, with a fantastic design, compliments of John Browning,” says Remington Historian Richard Shepler. “It was manufactured for 42 years and during that period of time over 850,000 of these guns were made by Remington.”
Later, in 1950, Remington introduced the Model 870 Wingmaster Pump, which is still in production today, and s simply the most popular shotgun in all of firearms history. More than 15 million have been produced, with many serving duty in police squad cars.
Smith & Wesson’s Factory Cup
It was an instant success when Smith & Wesson announced the opportunity for employees to train and compete in the Employee Factory Cup. It was the idea that the people who make the guns should have the experience of handgun competition. The sign-up list for the first event had people coming from virtually every department in the company, all anxious to master their first-time nerves and score points on the targets.
“I think Smith & Wesson values their employees and I think that’s part of the reason they give us this opportunity. They don’t have to, but they do,” says one of the employees. “And it’s cool that they think enough of us to give us a cool opportunity like this. And they support everything that we do, shooting and non-shooting. So, it’s awesome!”
Nearly four-dozen employees signed up to take the challenge of competition, but they also had a couple of well-known teachers on hand to train. Smith & Wesson Team Captain Julie Golob and Pro Shooter Jerry Miculek assisted in handgun techniques, but it was also a way to tell employees how much they mean to them.
“I hope they realize how much we value them,” says Julie. “We’re out there shooting the products that they make and the services that they provide, and this is just one way that we can say thank you.”
Savage A17 & A22
There are two new rimfire rifles from Savage. The A17 is chambered in .17 HMR, which stands for Hornady Magnum Rimfire. It is the only auto-loading rimfire rifle designed to safely function with magnum rimfire cartridges. The key to the system is the mechanically delayed blowback action, with an interrupter lug that locks the bolt until the initial pressure is reduced. Then, the interrupter lug unlocks with still enough recoil energy to cycle the action safely while ejecting the case and picking up the next round.
That engineering is priced at about $475. The Savage A22 chambered in .22 Long Rifle is the newest Savage. Both rifles use a rotary magazine, have ten-round capacity, and are fit with the Savage Accu-trigger. The A22 has a suggested retail of $280.
Savage A17 Product Link
Savage A22 Product Link
Hoppe’s Gun Medic & Bushnell Rimfire Optics
Pre-treating rimfire rifles with Hoppe’s Gun Medic is essential to prevent stoppage, and the Bushnell Rimfire Optics riflescope is essential to see your target hits from the A17 or A22. It’s a 3.5 to 10 variable power optic, built in a one-inch tube. The windage and elevation adjustments are in quarter-MOA, and the parallax is forward-adjust. Retail price is $170.
Bushnell Rimfire Optics
Hoppe’s Gun Medic
Pro Tip: Todd Jarrett - Speed on the Draw
When it comes to speed out of the holster, most of us think of the speed holsters seen in USPSA competition, not the retention holsters used for concealed carry or duty. So, Blackhawk Pro, Todd Jarrett is prepared to show how fast you can be with a retention holster, and how establishing your master grip is critical to first-shot accuracy.
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