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Cheaper Than Dirt! Interviews History Channel’s “Top Shot” Contestant Caleb Giddings

Caleb Giddings is a well known IDPA and USPSA shooter, and has made a name for himself with his performances shooting Enhanced Service Revolver in IDPA competition. He also runs a blog at Gun Nuts Media, and hosts a weekly podcast that is regularly downloaded by over 50,000 iTunes users. Recently he’s appeared as a contestant on the History Channel’s new show Top Shot. We had the chance to catch up with Caleb Giddings and sit down for an interview to discuss his role in the show and get some behind-the-scenes insights into the making of the series.

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The USGI Poncho and Poncho Liner

We carry a lot of military surplus items, many of which are overlooked or not properly understood, but which can be enormously useful. Our USGI poncho and poncho liners are some of those items. These ponchos are significantly larger than their civilian counterparts and are designed to fit over a person and their gear, including a backpack or ruck sack and a rifle. The poncho liner is well insulated and specifically designed to be used in tandem with the poncho.

Millisecond Molly: Cheaper Than Dirt! Interviews Molly Smith

She’s only 13 years old, but she’s one of the fastest shooters on the circuit. I first ran into “Millisecond Molly” at the annual Gun Blogger Rendezvous in Reno Nevada where we had a small Steel Challenge match. To say this young woman is fast would be an understatement: she blew us all away! When she finished shooting the first stage, “Smoke and Hope” I’m pretty sure every competitor there was speechless. We just couldn’t believe how fast she was! Molly Smith may be the youngest shooter on Team Smith & Wesson, but she’s no slouch. She easily holds her own in Ladies class competition against the likes of Julie Golob, Kay Miculek, and Annette Aysen.

Hog Hunting At Night

So, I’m about to head out of the office for a weekend hunting trip. I’m heading to a North Texas ranch where the local feral hog population has gotten too large. We’re going to be hunting mostly at night when the hogs are the most active.

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane season is officially underway, but most of the news coming out of the Gulf of Mexico has more to do with oil than weather. Still, Mother Nature waits for no one, and it’s well past the time to prepare for a hurricane if you live anywhere along the Gulf and Atlantic coastlines.

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Entry Level Bolt Action Rifles

It used to be that precision bolt action rifles were firearms that you had to save your pennies in order to be able to afford. In the past few years however, the price of an entry level bolt gun has fallen to the point that almost anyone can afford to purchase a high quality accurate rifle. In many cases, a durable 3-9x40mm scope is also included in the package allowing new shooters and first time hunters to get outfitted and up and running quickly. Here is a rundown of some of the best values we’ve found among entry level bolt action rifles.

Rock Island Auction Company Premier Auctions

The firearms sold by the Rock Island Auction Company may not be “Cheaper Than Dirt”, but some are pretty close to being “older than dirt”. Established in 1993 by Patrick Hogan, the company has sold more than $137 million dollars worth of collector grade firearms since 2004, making them the number one firearms company in the world based on actual sales.

Extreme Heat Survival

Summer is upon us, and with it comes fun in the sun and time spent playing at the beach, in the woods, or at your local sports field. But with the summertime sun comes the dangers of exposure to extreme heat.

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John Moses Browning and His Creations

John Browning was the most prolific firearms designer in the United States and perhaps the world. He lived in a time when the firearm was coming into the modern age, and his impact on the principles of firearm design helped to shape the growth of the modern firearm industry. In fact many people feel that Browning WAS the basis for the modern age of firearms! Some of his designs would be used for 100 years and many are still in use today.

7×57 Mauser

It shouldn’t be surprising how many modern hunting cartridges can trace their ancestry back to military based roots. Ammunition designed for and used in the military gained popularity with service members returning from war who favored cartridges they were familiar with for hunting medium and large game. The 7x57mm Mauser, or .275 Rigby as it is known in the United Kingdom, is one such cartridge.

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Sturm, Ruger & Company: A Brief History

Armed with a talent for gun design, a dedication for improving manufacturing techniques and a keen eye for seeing the needs in the shooting community, William B. Ruger led the Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. to become the 4th largest firearms manufacturer in the United States. In fact, Sturm, Ruger is the only US firearms manufacturer that produces firearms in all 4 market segments: rifles, shotguns, handguns and revolvers.

… On the Trail to becoming a Riflemen

The trail begins one step at a time–each one finding surer footing through the confidence of mastering another marksmanship fundamental.  Finding the trail and following it through requires personal perseverance and the committed help of fellow riflemen.  It requires the kind of instruction and coaching offered by the Revolutionary War Veterans Association (RWVA).

Maximum Point Blank Range and the Battlesight Zero

The MPBR is the maximum range at which the bullet rise and drop stays within the vital area of your target. Anyone who has been in the U.S. Army or Marine Corps is familiar with a battlesight zero or improved battlesight zero (BZ0 or IBZ0). The concept for an MPBR or battlesight zero is pretty much the same: zero the rifle so that you get a point of aim that is effective over the longest range.

Steyr Mannlicher History

Steyr was founded on April 16th 1864 by Josef Werndl as the Josef und Franz Werndl & Company Waffenfabrik und Sägemühle in Oberletten. It was from these humble beginnings that gave birth to the Österreichische Waffenfabriksgesellschaft and later more well known companies such as Steyr Werke, Steyr-Daimler (yes, that Daimler, the car company), and the well known modern firearms company Steyr Mannlicher.