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SHOT Show 2010 Preparations

The 2010 SHOT Show is rapidly approaching, and we’ve been preparing for the event for months. The annual event, hosted by NSSF, is easily the largest outdoors, hunting, and shooting expo. Manufacturers prepare all year for the event, and hundreds of new products will be able to be seen by retailers and distributors for the first time. This year’s SHOT show is being held January 19th – 22nd in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

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Leapers UTG Opens U.S. Manufacturing Facility

We here at Cheaper Than Dirt! regularly receive suggestions and recommendations from our customers. One of the more frequent requests that we receive is for more American-made products. While Cheaper Than Dirt! doesn’t manufacture any products, we do have close ties with our suppliers and pass on your requests. Leapers UTG, manufacturer of many of our AR-15 parts and AK-47 tactical accessories, responded to your requests and has recently opened their first U.S. manufacturing facility located in Michigan.

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Interview with Kevin Rich, Owner of Blackdog Machine LLC

I had the opportunity recently to sit down with Blackdog Machine LLC owner Kevin Rich and discuss the history of his little company, as well as get a sneak peek at some exciting products coming out soon. If the name Blackdog doesn’t sound familiar to you, it should. Blackdog is well known as the industry standard for magazines for .22 conversion AR rifles.

Blackdog Announces New Ruger 10/22 Magazine

Black Dog Machine brings their 50 round drum technology to your Ruger 10/22.  Based on their previous drum for the AR-15 platform in .22 long rifle, this 50 round magazine for the Ruger 10/22 brings the same reliability and fun factor to the millions of 10/22 owners.

Available soon, you can watch the test video here.
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New Choate PMAG Magazine Clamp

We recently picked up a new product from Choate Machine and Tool at the SAR Show West in Phoenix Arizona this December.

Choate’s newest offering is a magazine clamp for the enormously popular Magpul PMAG polymer magazines. It simply clamps two PMAGS together. The clamp is made up of a polymer center section with a steel front and rear sections, all held together with a long flathead bolt.

Game Recovery Lessons

Only once in all my years of hunting and in going along with my dad as he hunted have I ever been in a situation where an animal that had been shot made a run for it. I am very thankful for this, as the situation is not one that any hunter wants to be in; not only does it feed into the image of our sport among non-hunters as superfluous and cruel, but no hunter worth the tag wants an animal suffering because of a botched shot. It’s also a terrible waste if the animal cannot be recovered.

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Budget Pistols: Buying Used

In our last post, we discussed choosing concealed carry handguns for a new shooter. One subject we touched on was budgeting for a pistol. Firearms, as a general rule, are not inexpensive. High quality firearms can command prices that exceed $1,000. This places many firearms outside of the average person’s budget. What do you do when the pistol that “works” for you is one that is too expensive? One solution we mentioned was buying used. The problem is, not all used firearms are the bargains that they seem.

Guest Post: How Much Ammunition Is Enough?

The ammunition industry has been a very exciting place for the past few years. In addition to an influx of new hunters and shooters, we’ve also seen a number of individuals stocking up on various calibers of ammunition in anticipation of some unforeseen future shortages. The reasons to stockpile ammunition vary. But regardless of your reason to acquire a cache, how much is a sufficient quantity?

Guest Post: Commander Zero on Simplicity and Preparedness

We humans tend to have an affinity for elegant, complex devices. While having the latest whiz-bang device that not only solves your firearm cleaning problem, but also folds your laundry and walks the dog is great, when the Zombie Apocalypse comes, do you really want to rely on a complex device with hundreds of moving parts? Sometimes a simple solution is indeed the best.

Bear Ammunition Plant Explodes

Just received news that the Ulyanovsk plant ammunition plant located 893 km south of Moscow in Russia suffered a catastrophic explosion. Ulyanovsk are the makers of the popular Bear Ammunition.

Reports are sketchy at this point, but RTE news is reporting 1 dead and 35 injured with another 35 that are missing. More than 3,000 have been evacuated in the wake of the explosion. Window panes were blown out and a towering inferno visible up to 15 kilometers away lit up the night sky.