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Video: Atmospherics and Ballistics for Long-Range Shooting

Cheaper Than Dirt!, as well as the National Shooting Sports Foundation and others, believe it is important to promote safe, comfortable, and proper shooting techniques to customers. This video focuses on the importance of understanding the effects of atmospherics on a projectile when calculating an accurate firing solution for long-range accuracy.

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Video: The Legendary M1A — Springfield Armory

Recently, The Shooter’s Log reported on the release of M1 rifles (Initial Release and Ordering Update) to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). Several readers left comments regarding price, availability, and quality. As opposed to new, the M1s from the CMP are pieces of history. Many of those M1s will be scooped up by collectors, other buyers have intentions such as home defense or competition. Whatever your intention, the M1 has been serving Americans since it replaced the M1903 Springfield in the 1930s, and saw service into Vietnam. Later, the M1 was replaced by the select fire M14. For those who want a new M1A—the civilian version of the M14—Springfield’s Master Gunsmiths are on the job. See what goes into building an M1A and check out Springfield’s limited time offer to get three free additional magazines with a purchase of a new M1A.

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Video Review: Heckler & Koch VP9 — The Secret Is in the Trigger

When I was looking for my first self-defense pistol, I surveyed law enforcement. SIG Sauer ranked well among law enforcement as a personal choice. This was a couple decades ago and at the time, the SIG P226 or P228 topped many officers list. The only handgun I regularly heard LEOs state they would (or had) traded their SIG for was the HK USP—they were that good. Technology, trends, and attitudes have changed considerably in the last 20 or so years, but Heckler & Koch’s quality remains a top contender with the HK VP9.

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Video: U.S. Law Shield — Self-Defense With a Shovel

Although many have adopted 24/7 carry to protect themselves or family members, whether in the home or on the road, there are times you may still find yourself unarmed. Other circumstances, such as a malfunction, may leave you searching for the nearest thing you can grab to defend yourself. This is a case where the nearest tool happened to be a shovel. In this video, U.S. Law Shield offers guidance on how to handle any the confrontation—after surviving the encounter.

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Video: How to Clean the AR-15 BCG (With Froglube)

AR-15s are America’s guns and shooters love spreading a few freedom seeds, but with every good shooting session, cleaning and maintenance is a necessity to keep your gun running and reduce eccentric wear. Some shooter’s could qualify for a minor degree if it was offered in AR-15 maintenance. However, if you love shooting, but need a bit of a primer course, this video is for you.

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Breaking: Springfield Armory Goes for .45 ACP With the XD-S Mod.2

Springfield Armory’s XD and XD-S lines have a rabid following for a few reasons: reliability, accuracy, and features. Which is great news now that  Springfield has released the XD-S Mod.2 in .45 ACP—one of America’s favorite self-defense calibers. This is the latest edition of Springfield’s most popular pistol, engineered in a slim, single-stack frame, holding 6 rounds of .45 ACP in a premiere concealed-carry firearm.

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Springfield M1A Loaded Released in 6.5 Creedmoor

Springfield Armory’s M1A Series has a hard-won reputation for handling any mission, any condition, any foe, at any range—and for taking home trophies from monster bucks to National Match crowns. Highly precise .308 WIN-chambered M1A models are found in the hands of elite tactical teams, snipers, backcountry hunters and competitive marksmen. Now, skilled shooters can get unmatched Springfield M1A performance in 6.5 Creedmoor caliber.

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Waterfowl: Take the Advantage

Have ever put your heart and soul into setting up the perfect duck blind and decoy spread only to find the that the ducks had ‘flown the coop’ just before you started hunting them? Did you make a mistake or was it something more innate to the ducks?

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#FixNICS: Advocating State Participation

Every federally licensed firearms retailer (FFL) is required by law to run a background check through NICS before transferring a firearm to an individual, whether the transaction is happening in a store, at a gun show, or online. While the merits of of background checks can be debated, so long as the system is in place, most believe it should include the records that disqualify individuals from buying a firearm—criminal and mental health records that prohibit an individual from owning a firearm. The National Shooting Sports Foundation is spearheading an initiative known as FixNICS.

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Video: Should You Be the Good Samaritan?

The reason most start carrying a concealed weapon is self-protection, with the protection of those around you as a close second. When those around you are your loved ones, and the people whose lives or health is being threatened, it is a fairly easy decision of when to get involved. However, when the threat is merely in your vicinity, or the threat is too strangers, the decision becomes much more blurry. This is true in the individual’s mind and the mind of the courts or legal letter of the law.

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Redefining the 1,000-Yard Cartridge: Federal .224 Valkyrie

Transform your MSR 15. Loaded with the 90-grain Gold Medal Sierra MatchKing, the all-new .224 Valkyrie provides less wind drift and drop than all other loads in its class and stays supersonic past 1,300 yards. The cartridge is the new choice for both long-range target shooters and hunters. Here is the full release and promo video from Federal Ammunition.

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Daisy Red Ryder: A Boy’s Memory

I am sure many of the readers of The Shooter’s Log started out with a Daisy Red Ryder. Most will remember little Ralphie opening his Red Ryder on Christmas morning in A Christmas Story—or at least his mother’s warning about shooting his eye out with it. Others, such as myself, started with something owning a little more pep such as a Winchester Model 69A .22 Long Rifle—a bolt-action .22 LR that quickly taught me to make every shot count small game such as rabbits and squirrel. Fortunately, a few years after that, I got the Daisy and while Black Bart never crossed my path, I thoroughly enjoyed torturing my little green plastic army men in mock wars for months afterward.

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Video: Gun Range Safety and Etiquette — A Beginners Guide

Going to an established range is one of the best ways to be introduced to the shooting sports. While getting your start in shooting by going with a friend or family member who is already an experienced shooter is always recommended, shooting at an established range with a professional Range Safety Officer (RSO) or certified instructor is your safest option.

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Video: Assessing the Environment During a Self Defense Confrontation

There are a lot of tactical trainers to choose from these days. Some trainers are better than others—as are some students, but that is another story. Occasionally, the lesson may have been taught correctly, but as the word (lesson) spreads, each copy gets a little fuzzier. Before long, self-professed experts, well-intentioned neophytes, and keyboard ninjas are parroting once solid tactics, but their version has drifted so far from the original intent, that the lesson has morphed into something that has wandered over the line into being dangerous.

In this video, Rob Latham and Rob Pincus discuss the differences between the assessment of a stage at a competition and a tactical situation. Common mistakes competition shooters habitually bring to a tactical situation, and the correct way to assess your situation during a confrontation. Are you making some of these mistakes? How many of these mistakes have you seen in live training classes or other online videos.

Share the lessons you learned, tips for others, or general thoughts about the video in the comment section.

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Video: Drawing Your Pistol in a Car

There are those that do and those that do not, but guessing from the majority or comments The Shooter’s Log receives, I’d say most of us believe carrying a firearm means concealed. However, there are multiple ways to carry, both on your person and off body. In my vehicle, I have a holster between the seat and the console. I have also used a magnet or holster under the steering column. All of these methods carry advantages and disadvantages, but the reason I employed these solutions was a belief that I could not effectively draw my handgun from a waistband holster while seat belted.