Shooting USA - Rimfire Challenge World Championship
This time it’s the Rimfire Challenge World Championship, with top competitors and a family friendly welcome for new shooters. The NSSF promotes the all-steel speed challenge to get new shooters started in competition, but there are also world titles to be won. Plus, police officers are going to school at the historic Smith & Wesson Academy in Springfield, MA. They’re learning both tactics and gun maintenance to support their departments back home. Then Hornady introduces an effective round for suppressors that doesn’t create a sonic boom. And Julie Golob has a pro tip on what you’ve forgotten to practice.
Rimfire ChallengeWorld Championship
The National Shooting Sports Foundation Rimfire Challenge World Championship brings 350 competitors to Alabama from as far as California and Washington State to shoot .22 rimfire pistols and rifles on 14 challenging stages sages of fire.
“Our mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. And to see all these young kids out here with their parents and their families all shooting together and enjoying the shooting sports. That’s what it’s all about, ” says Tisma Juett with the NSSF.
The Challenge is a variety of steel plates on each of 14 stages of fire in the match. There is no set pattern or design, so each match is different with shooters only seeing the set-up as they arrive to compete.
Scoring is traditional - Time measured from first shot to last, with penalty seconds added for missing a steel plate.
Shoot fast or slow, depending on your skill level, and it’s fun either way, with instant feedback from the ringing plates indicating hits.
History’s Guns: The Astra 400
In the early 1900s the world was changing from revolvers to auto-loading side arms. The most famous, John Browning’s 1911. But there were other designs, from Luger, from Walther, and in Spain, a design that differed from all the others in one unusual respect. The blow-back operated Astra 400 is now one of History’s Guns.
Smith & Wesson Academy
The Smith and Wesson Academy has been in Operation since 1969. The mission is to provide training to law enforcement agencies on how to best utilize the firearms that Smith and Wesson manufactures, as well as to teach the department Armorers how to maintain and service them. They have an incredible facility, which houses ranges, a shoot house for room clearing exercises, and classrooms with state-of-the-art technology for instruction.
Dean Blair is the Chief Armorer Instructor at the Smith and Wesson Academy. He says, “If they show up and they haven’t had any experience with the pistol in the past, that’s fine, we can teach them, and it's almost better some ways because we don’t have to break them of any bad habits.”
Tactical Training at the Academy is a “Train the Trainers” effort. To return firearms instructors back to each department being serviced with new Smith & Wesson firearms.
Armorer Certification Training is different in that only Certified Armorers can service S&W firearms while maintaining the company warranty.
Smith & Wesson Academy Training
Hornady Subsonic Ammo
The cartridge is .300 Blackout and the first in a new line of rifle ammo the company calls Subsonic with its patented, expanding Sub-X bullet weighing 190 grains. Muzzle velocity of 1040 per second is below the speed of sound, making it the ideal round to feed a suppressed M4 Carbine.
The demand for an expanding .300 Blackout subsonic round has been growing from military, and law enforcement. The challenge for the team at Hornady was designing the Sub-X to expand reliably while traveling at subsonic speeds, as slow as 900 feet per second, to stay under 1125 feet per second that would break the sound barrier producing a mini sonic boom.
As you’d expect, Hornady has perfected an economical solution for a high performing, but quiet round to feed suppressed M4 pattern rifles.
Pro Tip: Julie Golob - One Handed Shooting
Our favorite Pro Tips trainer, Smith & Wesson Pro Julie Golob, shows us part of what should be our shooting skills, that frequently gets over looked in practice. That’s one handed shooting that you might need in an emergency, and definitely will encounter in competition.
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