NOVEMBER 12, 2020

New 16- and 28-gauge Federal Premium Prairie Storm FLITESTOPPER Lead loads use the updated FLITECONTROL FLEX wad and a mixed payload of standard pellets with FS lead to produce full, consistent patterns from these smaller payloads.
Hornady A-Tip bullets were used to take first, second, third and fourth place at the 2020 Armageddon Gear Cup match, in Blakely, Georgia. Hornady congratulates Austin Orgain, Robert Brantley, Tate Streater and Dave Preston on their outstanding performance.
Winchester Ammunition is proud to be a main event sponsor of the World FITASC event at the beautiful Providence Hill Farm in Jackson, Mississippi.

J. P. Sauer & Sohn introduces the ultralight S101 Highland XTC carbon-fiber rifle. Weighing just 5.4 lbs. in the .308 Win version, this highly accurate bolt-action rifle is ideal for strenuous hunts when every ounce counts.
Savage Arms announces the creation of the Backcountry Xtreme Series. These rifles are purpose-built and are the top tier of the 110 hunting line.
Galco’s versatile WheelGunner and Ironhide belt holsters offer ambidextrous design as well as quick on-off capability. Suitable for casual concealment and outdoor sportsman’s carry, they both carry a large handgun high and close to the body.

Action Target Inc. launches the 11-11-11 Fund to support Semper Fi & America’s Fund -- which provides urgently needed resources and lifetime support for combat wounded, critically ill, and catastrophically injured service members.
Citing "a significant accuracy enhancement for the tactical shooter," the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) has approved for duty use the highly accurate Apex Grade Barrel in the Department’s 9mm Smith & Wesson M&P pistols carried by the LASD Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB).
Millennium Outdoors, LLC, manufacturer of Millennium Treestands, Ol'MAN Treestands, and Millennium Marine, has an immediate opening for a National Sales Manager.

AOB seeks applicants for Recruiter II. This position is responsible for the full life-cycle of recruiting, including sourcing, screening and attracting talent for all American Outdoor Brand locations.
American Outdoor Brands is seeking a Marketing Coordinator. This position has a pivotal role to help coordinate the efforts of the Brand Managers and support the broader marketing team.
American Outdoor Brands is seeking candidates for the Product Engineer position. The job involves all aspects of design and development for products for the company.

The Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms filed a federal lawsuit against the State of California in a challenge of its recently-expanded ban via its so-called “Roster” laws.
The Second Amendment Foundation and Defense Distributed, the Texas firm made famous for publishing digital firearms information, have sued the U.S. Department of State and New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal in federal court, alleging violations of the First Amendment and administrative law., the outdoor lifestyle-focused, multi-merchant marketplace announced that the company will offer Caliber memberships at 50% off to all members of the military and first responder communities.

On Veterans Day, Brownells launched a set of limited-edition T-shirts with all profits generated by those shirts to be donated to Special Operations Wounded Warriors. For sale only until the end of November, the shirts are emblazoned with pro-veteran and patriotic images and slogans.
Celerant Technology announced a partnership with Weapon Depot, an online marketplace and auction site that connects FFL dealers with outdoor hunting enthusiasts. Through Celerant’s point of sale, dealers can upload products and manage orders on
The Pennsylvania Game Commission recognizes a somber, but important, anniversary the agency will never forget. Ten years ago, Wildlife Conservation Officer David L. Grove was shot and killed by a deer poacher during a vehicle stop along Schriver Road in Freedom Township, Adams County.

The last couple of columns we’ve been talking about dry fire practice, which is affordable and provides excellent returns on your time. Ammo is still hard to get, and expensive. An affordable alternative for live fire is .22 long rifle – especially while we’re seeing ammo in larger calibers going for near one dollar per round.

Dry practice is great for improving existing skills. However, live fire practice is still necessary for an introduction to the basics of marksmanship – Aim, Hold, Press and Follow-through. One has to “see” some results, where the bullet strikes, in order to understand the need for these fundamentals. You can practice manipulations dry – loading, unloading, reloading and clearing stoppages. But in order to get the full effect and sequence, it’s a good idea to perform these actions with live fire. Fire, reload or clear the stoppage, then shift gears to fire another accurate shot.

There are two options for .22 training. You can get conversion kits to transition your normal shooter into a .22 trainer. Or, there are dedicated .22 platforms you can purchase. .22 conversion kits for the AR platform have been around for many years. They come with a new bolt group, magazines and sometimes a different charging handle to use with the kit. Since the AR isn’t really designed to shoot .22lr you may see some accuracy loss. It’s also necessary to keep the rifle and parts clean. It’s mandatory to make sure the gas tube doesn’t get clogged up with lead. (I’ve seen this occur several times.)

Since there’s not any high-pressure gas blasting through the tube, which normally keeps the tube clean, you’ll need to inspect the port in the barrel and gas tube to make sure there’s no blockage before switching back to the center fire components. There are also kits for converting your pistol over to .22 rimfire. These come with a new slide and barrel assembly, and of course magazines to use with the kit. The value of using conversion kits is that you’re using the same frame or platform as usual.

Today there are plenty of dedicated .22lr firearms to use. These are well made, and often exact replicas of your center fire weapon. The S&W 15-22 AR is a favorite of mine. It operates basically the same as my center fire AR, and is fairly easy to set up with any accessories to match your standard configuration. A lot of companies are offering their standard weapons in .22lr now. Even Glock recognized the market for this and brought the Glock 44 to market, which is a .22lr about the same size as their popular G19.

Keep in mind that .22s are sometimes finicky. You may have to do a little testing to discover what brand/type ammo your .22 likes to eat. This is critical for function, and accuracy. Once you start shooting, you’ll discover a big difference in accuracy. They’re also dirty, so make sure to clean after every session.

Practice is necessary for learning any skill. Dry practice is great. It’s an affordable way to get in the repetitions to improve. But I’ll admit, it ain’t as fun as live fire practice. Due to ammo supplies and cost, the .22lr might be just the ticket to maintain and confirm your skills, introduce a new shooter to firearms or, every so often you just need to hit the range for some fun plinkin’.

P.S. Thanks to all you veterans!

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy. He is the author of The Book of Two Guns, AR-15 Skills and Drills, has a regular column in American Handgunner and makes some cool knives and custom revolvers. Visit Shootrite’s Facebook page for other details.

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