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Sig Sauer let loose that its new MCX Rattler Canebrake is officially shipping and headed towards retailers nationwide. The 300 Blackout chambered MCX Rattler Canebrake features a suppressor ready style offering an inert training device mimicking the SIGSRD762 suppressor.
The rifle measures 29.5-inches in length with weight resting around 6 pounds. The 5.5-inch barrel is protected by an SD Handguard. The system utilizes a design that allows shooters to safely grip the handguard without worrying about muzzle flash.
Sig Sauer said the MCX Rattler Canebrake is an easy system for those looking to swap in a suppressor. “With the MCX Rattler Canebrake there’s no need for the purchase of a shorter barrel kit and SD Handguard to have a suppressed MCX system, simply unthread the inert training device, install your suppressor, and select the appropriate gas setting for your ammunition,” Sig Sauer said in a news release.
The rifle finishes its construction with a 2-stage flat-blade match trigger, folding coyote-tan PCB and Cerakote E190 finished upper and lower. The system ships with a 300 BLK Magpul magazine. MSRP sits just south of $3,000.
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John Clark, the editor of the Cowboy Chronicle Quarterly and cowboy action shooter for 25 years, shares the techniques used in the sport of Wild Bunch Action Shooting — a subset of Cowboy Action Shooting.
Originating from the Sam Peckenpah film The Wild Bunch, the sport, like the movie, focuses on wild west firearms. In specific, the 1911 Colt takes center stage. Broken up into two categories — modern and traditional — Wild Bunch Action shooters tackle a course of fire with a 1911 pistol.
“In the traditional category, you use a standard mil-spec 1911 pistol, exactly as they used by the army in the early 1900s. No modifications to the sight, hammer or any of the safeties. You must shoot that one-handed,” Clark said. “You can also shoot in the modern category for those who have more modern firearms. In the modern category, you can have enhancements. You can have extended safeties, skeletonized hammers and better sights. You can also shoot two-handed.”
In addition to 1911 pistols, Wild Bunch Action Shooting also permits the use of any legal Single Action Shooting Society cowboy action shooting rifle, 40 caliber or above, and a pump-action shotgun in “trench gun” configuration.
“Courses of fire are very similar to Cowboy Action Shooting,” Clark said, noting the main difference between Cowboy Action and Wild Bunch comes down to the tools. Wild Bunch Shooting opts for at least three 1911 magazines as well as five to ten rifle shots and four to six shotgun shells all focused at reactionary targets. Cowboy Action Shooting, on the other hand, concentrates on revolvers. “It’s a lot of fun,” Clark added.
Those interested in learning more should visit the SASS website.
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The nation’s oldest advocacy group for traditional hunting ethics is firing back at animal rights organizations who are seeking to protect nuisance predators.
The Missoula-based Boone & Crockett Club this week made clear its stance on the intersection of coyote management and fair chase hunting. In short, there is no intersection.
“Fair chase applies to the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild, big game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper or unfair advantage over the game animals,” said Mark Streissguth, chair of the Club’s Hunter and Conservation Ethics Committee. “Coyotes are not game animals.”
Founded in 1887 by Theodore Roosevelt, the club named for legendary frontier hunters Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett largely developed the American fair chase tradition. An honor code of sportsmen taught in every hunter’s education class in the country, the concept stresses self-restraint and selective game harvesting rather than wanton waste and negligent hunting practices.
The clarification on fair chase and coyotes from B&C comes this week as anti-hunting groups have stepped up efforts to ban coyote contests. The Humane Society of the United States, who has vowed to “wipe these contests off the face of the earth” is currently backing legislation in Oregon and Wisconsin to make such events illegal. The group was instrumental in establishing similar bans in California and Vermont in recent years, often citing that such tournaments do not follow fair chase practices.
“Allowing coyotes to negatively impact other wildlife and people because of a moral judgment that killing them is wrong is irresponsible,” Streissguth said. “Coyotes, which are prolific breeders, are expanding their range into more states where conflicts with people and other wildlife are increasing. Their numbers will have to be managed, with or without contests.”
An adaptive predator, coyotes have consistently expanded their reach across the continent since 1950 and, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, cause the majority of cattle and calf losses, costing ranchers millions. Most states have flexible hunting regulations when it comes to the animal, with no bag limits or calendar restrictions.
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A voluminous measure of land and outdoor recreation reforms met final approval on Capitol Hill on Tuesday and is headed to President Trump’s desk.
The 600-page Natural Resources Management Act, S.47, contains over 100 provisions, many of which have been floating around Congress for the better part of a decade. The bipartisan proposal passed the Senate 92-8 earlier in February before getting a 363-62 nod in the House this week.
The bill includes directives to open many tracts of public land across the nation — potentially 10 million acres — that are currently off-limits due to access reasons, a move that will increase opportunities for hunting, fishing, public shooting ranges, and other activities. According to the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, a dearth of access to hunting lands is one of the main reasons hunters stop participating in the sport.
Other tenets of the package would expand invasive species control efforts, protect and conserve millions of acres of watershed and wilderness, and assist private landowners who want to voluntarily restore natural habitat on their lands. It also helps address a growing backlog of maintenance and enhancements on public lands.
The money to fund S.47’s initiatives comes largely through permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is paid for through fees from offshore oil and gas leases, not taxpayer dollars. Since 1965, the LWCF has funded 40,000 projects from coast to coast, preserving nearly 3 million acres of land. It was left unauthorized by the last Congress.
“This vote marks a turning point for public lands in America, as our elected officials have shown their support for LWCF’s enduring legacy,” said Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. “We no longer need to worry about kicking the can down the road as our best tool for unlocking inaccessible public lands remains in limbo.”
S.47 has the support of over 40 conservation and pro-hunting groups, ranging from Ducks Unlimited and the American Sportfishing Association to industry groups such as the Archery Trade Association and National Shooting Sports Foundation.
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This year at Shot Show a new .22 LR target pistol was introduced: the Volquartsen Black Mamba. First and foremost, this pistol has an MSRP of nearly fifteen hundred dollars. Yes, you read that right. So why on earth would you want to spend that much money on a .22 pistol when there are numerous […]