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October, taking advantage of primetime conditions during the early months of fall can lead to some of the best coyote-calling action of the season! Throughout this article, I’ll discuss the coyote life-cycle and how it relates to early season calling, the relationship between coyote populations and hunting pressure throughout the year, and how these coyote characteristics affect the early season approach to calling coyotes.
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SIG Sauer is going after a new market segment with their Gadsden Flag-themed Tread rifle and Tread family of accessories.
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Crazy can happen anywhere, but one HVAC repairman in North Carolina was ready. The Charlotte Observer reported last week that a pet Japanese macaque had escaped its enclosure and attacked a neighbor woman in the coastal town of Shallotte, NC. The primate “just went bananas,” Shallotte Detective Sgt. John Holman told the Observer.
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Sig Sauer unleashed a new rifle, announcing the M400 TREAD platform created as an entry level platform with a premium feel.
The M400 TREAD offers an optics-ready aluminum frame paired with a 16-inch stainless steel barrel and free-floating M-LOK handguard. The rifle features a single-stage polished/hard-coat trigger and ambidextrous controls. The 5.56 chambered M400 TREAD uses a M-LOK style handguard and Magpul SL-K 6-position telescoping stock alongside a mid-length gas system.
“Sig Sauer has created a premium rifle, at a moderate price point, that is packed with innovation and flexibility, and does not sacrifice the quality that our consumers demand from Sig,” Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President Sig Sauer, said in a news release. “The base model of the TREAD is loaded with features that would be considered costly upgrades from our competitors base model.”
Sig Sauer also announced the launch of TREAD branded accessories allowing consumers to fully customize their M400 TREAD set-up. The accessories are interchangeable and require no special tools or gunsmithing to install. The new accessories include: a 13-inch and 15-inch M-LOK handguard, ROMEO 5 Optic, Adjustable flip-up sights, single-stage trigger, ambidextrous charging handle, three chamber compensator, M-LOK front sight adapter, M-LOK hand-stop kit and M-LOK vertical grip kit.
“It was important to us that TREAD owners had the freedom to easily, and affordably, tailor their rifle for their preferences. With this launch, we have created a full line of TREAD branded accessories that gives our consumers the freedom to grow, and customize their TREAD rifle,” commented Taylor. “This rifle, combined with the accessories, both premium Sig Sauer products offered at a budget-friendly price, will set a new standard for the industry, and our entire TREAD brand can best be defined as the new face of freedom.”
The TREAD and its branded accessories are available now with the M400 TREAD retailing for $951.
With over 200 national records in his competition shooting career, “the human benchrest,” U.S. Army Maj. Ernie Vande Zande has passed away.
Vande Zande, who was the Team Leader for the United States Olympic Shooting Team in 1996, died on Sept. 29 at age 70, as reported the American Smallbore Shooting Association.
Born in 1948 in McCook, Nebraska, Vande Zande started shooting after a challenge from schoolmate at age 11 and by 1967 was a member of the team that won the National Junior Indoor Rifle Team Championship. He then attended Murray State University in Kentucky on a rifle scholarship where he rose to team captain in 1970.
Joining the U.S. Army as an ordnance officer, he was on the Army’s Marksmanship Unit off and on until 1981 when he left active service, although he continued to compete on the Army Reserve’s shooting team until he retired from the military in 1994, achieving a reputation as “the human benchrest.”
As noted by USA Shooting, Vande Zande counted at least “36 team and individual championships and set more than 200 national records in shooting,” that included a gold medal in rifle in the 1975 Pan American Games followed by a gold and two silvers in the 1979 Pan American Games. In 1984, he reportedly missed qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team by just four-tenths of a point.
In later years, he continued as a coach and author on precision shooting and remained active in U.S. shooting teams, named as Chair of the Lones Wigger legacy project by USA Shooting last year.
Olympian Lanny Bassham, who won a gold medal small-bore rifle in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, and a silver in the 1972 Munich Olympics, memorialized Vande Zande on social media as did 10.9.com and Eley USA with the latter saying, “The shooting community lost a great member this morning.”
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On the Ox Ranch in Texas, they have a wide range of hardware to include mortars, flamethrowers, and machine guns. Oh yeah, and tanks.
To find out just how much collateral damage a 76mm shell from an M4 Sherman tank will produce at the muzzle, Matt from Demolition Ranch visited Ox’s Drive Tanks facility to do a little destructive testing that involves a safe and pre-owned kitchen appliances.
“Easy Eva,” Ox’s WWII-era Sherman, fires a 15-pound armor-piercing projectile, so the test is very…perforating.
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Currently based in Martin Grier’s Colorado Springs garage, Forward Defense Munitions may have what the Army has long been looking for.
FDM’s 6.5-pound experimental “ribbon gun” has four 6mm bores in one barrel and is loaded with four-shot caseless ammo blocks that can be snapped together to eliminate a traditional detachable magazine.
The electrically-fired gun, which he filed a patent for in 2016, has been showing up at trade shows in the past year and promises flexible fire control ranging from semi-auto the four-shot at a time full-auto with overlapping target impact.
Grier recently told the Colorado Springs Gazette that he has poured over $500,000 of his savings and investments by others into the working prototype and the Army has asked him to create a prototype for testing and the weapon could be a game changer. “Our guys have the same junk weapons as our adversaries,” he said.
But it’s not just the military that could see the gun. According to the company’s website, they expect production on the civilian L4 model to begin in the middle of 2019, noting that, “Pricing is TBD.”
Caseless ammo, salvo fire and the military’s interest in both from one soldier-portable weapon is not new for the Pentagon. In the 1990’s, German gun giant Heckler & Koch proposed their G11 platform as part of the U.S. Army’s Advanced Combat Rifle program in 1986. That prototype used a salvo system to fire 4.7mm caseless ammunition.
The ACR program and its follow-on but equally ill-fated Objective Infantry Combat Weapon descendant burned through $300 million without producing a replacement for the military’s standard 5.56mm-chambered M16/M4 series rifles. A wider scope on the ACR project, which also saw contenders from Steyr and Colt submitted, is below for those so curious.
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“So we’re knocking out bump stocks,” Trump continued. “I’ve told the NRA, I’ve told everyone. Bump stocks are gone. But to do it you have to go to public hearings — which we’ve had.
Crimson Trace announced a new series of red dot sights designed for both pistols and long guns. The series includes five total products created for 3-gun competitors, home defenders and hunters as well as recreational shooters.
The new models include: the CTS-1000, CTS-1100, CTS-1200, CTS-1300 and CTS-1400. The lineup boasts several field of view and reticle options as well as an easy installation that pairs with a variety of firearms and mounting solutions.
The CTS series is night vision compatible in addition to offering a waterproof, aluminum construction. All red dot sights come equipped with adjustable brightness levels and clear-coated optics for a “vivid edge-to-edge view.”
Leading the packs is the CTS-1000, a closed red dot sight with 2 MOA aiming reticle. Designed for rifle use, the CTS-1000 offers easy to adjust windage and elevation adjustments as well as a quick-release mount. Following the CTS-1000 is the CTS-1100 — a 3.5X battlesight featuring a fully-illuminated Crimson Trace advanced hybrid BDC reticle. Installed with a M1913 mount, the CTS-1100 offers a wide field of view for long guns.
The CTS-1200 is a red dot reflex sight with a 3.25 MOA aiming reticle designed for pistol use. The CTS-1200 utilizes a side-opening access slot for quick battery changes while also employing easy-to-reach controls to allow shooters to adjust intensity and light settings. The CTS-1300 also features a compact design but with a 3.5 MOA reticle. The CTS-1300 was created for long guns using a Picatinny mounting system, though the Picatinny mount can be adapted to coincide with other mounting systems.
Rounding out the series is the CTS-1400 which offers an open red dot sight with 3.25 MOA reticle paired with a large field of view. The CTS-1400 uses an advanced motion detection system in order to deliver an auto-shut-off construction to preserve battery life on long guns.
“This new line of red dot sights offers consumers high-quality optics products from a name they trust,” Lane Tobiassen, President of Crimson Trace and American Outdoor Brands Corporation’s Electro-Optics Division, said in a press release. “We are very excited to introduce this new product line which has been carefully engineered and designed to meet the needs of consumers seeking quality and performance.”
The CTS series will officially begin shipping in November 2018 with prices starting at $199.
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Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday scuttled a bill that would have pre-empted federal conservation efforts by going after African species trophies.
Brown, a Democrat, vetoed SB 1487, which would have prohibited the possession of various parts or products of a wide range of animals including the African elephant and black rhinoceros by any individual or association in California. The bill passed the state Senate 27-11 and the Assembly 55-20 with a thin measure of bipartisan support in August.
Writing in his veto message to lawmakers, Brown said that, “Even though I share the sentiments of the author, this bill, if enacted, would be unenforceable.”
Sponsored by state Sen. Henry Stern, D-Canoga Park, the Iconic African Species Protection Act aimed to make California the first state to outlaw the mere possession of the body parts of a variety of species– including lions, elephants, rhinoceroses, and giraffes — under threat of civil penalties of as much as $40,000. “The choice is pretty simple. Where do you think these animals belong? Is it out in the wild, or is it above your mantel?” said Stern about his legislation.
The bill was sponsored by the animal rights group Social Compassion in Legislation, who said it was intended to create a legal obstacle to the importation of African trophy species into California. It had the support of scientist Jane Goodall, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Humane Society of the U.S., who campaigned on behalf of the proposal.
The legislation was strongly opposed by the Sportsmen’s Alliance, National Rifle Association, Safari Club International and other pro-hunting groups based on arguments that it was pre-empted by the federal Endangered Species Act, which already has broad protections in place for protected animals. The groups also countered that big game hunting supports cash-strapped anti-poaching efforts in Africa and that the comparatively high permit fees charged to visiting hunters help African communities.
Further, a fiscal analysis found that the state would likely spend an estimated $3 million a year moving forward in an effort to enforce the law.
In a statement following Brown’s veto, SCI President Paul Babaz called SB 1487 “misguided” and said it would have “discouraged Californians from legally hunting outside the U.S. and participating in the community-based conservation efforts that are succeeding in Africa.”
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Federal authorities want the public’s help tracking down hundreds of firearms stolen from a United Parcel Service facility in Memphis over the weekend.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives offered a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of two suspects caught on surveillance camera Sunday loading at least 400 firearms into a U-Haul before taking off.
Michael Knight, an ATF spokesman, told the Associated Press its one of the single largest gun thefts the agency ever investigated. He warned the process of tracking down stolen guns through shipping manifests will be “a very tedious process” — more complicated than tracing firearms stolen from licensed dealers.
“We are concerned that the firearms will end up on the streets not only potentially in the Memphis area, but also across the country,” he said. “The criminal element knows no geographical boundary.”
ATF Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson said in a press release Monday, “ATF’s Crime Gun Intelligence will leverage investigative resources combined with the community partnerships to solve this violent criminal act.”
This year, the Department of Justice named Memphis as one of the cities participating in the Public Safety Partnership — a collaborative effort between state, local and federal law enforcement agencies to reduce escalating crime rates.
Anyone with information should contact ATF at (800) ATF-Guns (1-800-283-4867) or the Memphis Police Department at (901) 528-2274. Information can also be sent to ATFTips@atf.gov, through ATF’s website at www.atf.gov/contact/atftips. Tips can be submitted anonymously using the Reportit® app, available from both Google Play and the Apple App store, or by visiting www.reportit.com.
Crime Stoppers of Memphis and Shelby Counties, likewise, will provide a $1,000 reward for any tips in the case.
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Triple crown USPSA three-gun champion Taran Butler, of Taran Tactical Innovations, recently shared with Guns.com a few of his shooting tips to help improve your game.
According to Butler, the grip has improved drastically over the years. He recalled how in the eighties, people were locking their arms and using a weaver stance when they shot, as well as a few other now now defunct techniques.
Most shooters now use the combat grip, currently regarded as the correct grip for semi-automatic handguns. This grip features both thumbs riding the slide.
What Butler suggests is that shooters move their thumbs even higher on the slide and extend them forwards. “That really does make the double taps get even closer together,” he said.
Do you think the grip is too high? How does it compare to your grip? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.
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Catalyst Arms announces the new Hardpoint Accessory Mounting System for Ruger’s PC Carbine. The Hardpoint Accessory Mounting System utilizes a fore-end rail extension with front and rear push button QD sling mounts. The system allows Ruger PC Carbine owners to attach multiple accessories in addition to using push button QD slings.
The Hardpoint Accessory Mounting System attaches to the Ruger’s forend Picatinny rail and offers three total M-LOK slots at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions. The system also features an ambidextrous push button QD sling mounting point.
“The slots are located for greater accessory clearance than the factory rail. This gives Ruger PC Carbine owners more options for the size and type of light that will fit, as well as the option of mounting more than one accessory at a time without interfering with the sling,” Catalyst Arms said in a news release.
The Hardpoint Accessory Mounting System includes a buttstock length-of-pull spacer with an integral push button QD sling mount as well. Constructed of 6061-T6 aluminum and finished with hard coat anodized black. The lightweight system is easy to install, according to Catalyst who says the system Hardpoint system installs without any modification to the Ruger PC Carbine.
The Hardpoint Accessory Mounting System is available from Catalyst Arms with an MSRP of $89.95.
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