Small Arms Firing School

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Shooting is an activity directed by Federal law. The primary purpose of military marksmanship programs is to train small arms skills. Watch this introduction to the Small Arms Firing School at Camp Perry for an example.

What Is the Best Caliber for Hunting Small Game?

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Aside from a test-fire at the range, it’s not unusual for many AR15 enthusiasts to want to use a hunting experience to try out their newly purchased or DIY budget-built semi-automatic rifle. Thoroughly testing the rifle’s upper receiver action and specialized trigger system is undoubtedly the end goal even on a hunting trip with a new gun. 

However, hunting any small game under forty pounds with low-grain high-velocity bullets such as .223 or 5.56 caliber may devastate many smaller animals. When hunting rabbits, squirrels, and even the top of the small game range, turkeys, most hunters turn to lower calibers such as .22LR.

One thing to note is that the world of lower caliber ammunition has evolved beyond generic .22LR ammo. These days hunters can find several low-caliber options that will effectively and ethically bring down small game without the possibility of overpenetration or shredding the target. 

Winchester .17HMR

While this caliber may require a different choice of rifles, such as a lever-action Ruger Model 96, the feedback from most hunters is that the Winchester .17HMR round is arguably the best small game caliber ammo on the market. The .17HMR Winchester round produces extremely low recoil and features an incredible velocity of over two thousand feet per second.

Not only is the Winchester .17HMR a perfect caliber for small game, but using it turns your .22 or .22LR caliber rifle into a legitimate two hundred yard plus long gun when paired with a nice optic. Compared to the .22 or .22LR caliber that promotes proper shot placement at around fifty to seventy-five yards, the Winchester .17HMR takes hunting small game to a completely different level.

Winchester .22 Magnum

Another low-caliber addition to the Winchester ammunition family is the .22 Magnum. For hunters and rifle enthusiasts who have a love affair with their Ruger 10/22 rifles, this .22 Magnum ammunition flies fast and hits hard, making it a master in the world of .22 caliber rounds. Sporting an incredible one thousand and fifty feet per second velocity, the Winchester .22 Magnum round will provide terminal stopping power for any small game, from coyotes down to rabbits and squirrels.

Although the Winchester .22 Magnum won’t offer the same long-distance precision shot as the .17MHR, this .22 caliber round from Winchester will make an excellent addition to your small-caliber arsenal. There have been a few reports from hunters and semi-automatic rifle owners that this caliber from Winchester may hang up from time to time in semi-automatic rifles. Still, as technology advances and with Winchester’s record for producing quality ammunition, refinements will ensure that the .22 Magnum round remains a viable hunter’s choice for years to come. 

Winchester Super Magnum

Another .17 caliber from the folks at Winchester is the .17WSM or Super Magnum. Unlike its cousin, the .17MHR, the Super Magnum features an incredible velocity of three thousand feet per second. With a velocity that exceeds the .17MHR round, shooting a Super Magnum round may be far too powerful for tiny targets such as squirrels. Still, the Super Magnum from Winchester is utterly devasting on many fur-bearing non-game creatures such as bobcats and coyote-sized games.  

For small-caliber ammunition that exceeds the performance of the .17MHR or .22 Magnum, the .17WSM from the ammo vaults of Winchester is a perfect choice for small game hunters.

Federal Champion .22LR

Although the Campion .22LR ammunition velocity from Federal doesn’t match some of the Winchester ammunition previously mentioned, it provides more than ample terminal velocity of over fourteen hundred feet per second and over one hundred and thirty foot-pounds of muzzle energy.

With high velocity stopping power and at the cost of fewer than five dollars for a box for fifty rounds, this Federal Champion .22LR is an economically rational choice for range shooting, small game, and most varmints and predators.

CCI Stinger .22LR

Another low caliber round that will far exceed your expectations is the Stinger .22LR from Cascade Cartridges, Inc. or CCI. Featuring a copper-plated hollow point bullet, the Stinger offers an astonishing muzzle velocity of over sixteen hundred feet per second and an even more stunning one hundred and ninety foot-pounds of muzzle energy.  

Suppose you’re in the market for that perfect caliber for small game and you need it to maintain excellent trajectory at longer distances but need it to anchor your intended target where it stands. In that case, this .22LR ammunition from CCI will make a perfect load in your pistol or rifle.

As small caliber high velocity ammunition goes, the .22LR Stinger is a high-velocity leader on the market, even when loaded at industry-standard pressures. With a CCI .22LR round, you can expect consistent and reliable performance with the help of specialized CCI primers and brass.

Although CCI Stinger ammo is a little pricier than most traditional .22LR caliber ammunition at just over ten dollars per box of fifty, you’ll discover that the performance you’ll ultimately realize with each shot is more than worth the few dollars extra you’ll spend.

Remington Lead Game 410 Shells

While most of these recommendations feature lower caliber rifle or pistol ammunition, a shotgun firing a 410 Remington Lead Game shell is a wise choice when hunting small game or bird on the wing. As 410 caliber shotgun cartridges go, the Lead Game shell represents the broadest selections of game-specific loads on the market. Remington Lead Game .410 shotgun ammo offers a muzzle velocity of over one thousand feet per second while the centerfire primers ignite clean and consistently.  

One great feature of these Lead Game shells from Remington is that you’re not limited to the size of a specific pellet. Remington manufactures the Lead Game 410 shotgun shells, packing them with shots from #BB to size #9. Whether you’re hunting anything from small predators to game such as rabbits, squirrels, quail, or dove, this Remington Lead Game shotgun shell is all you’ll need for your 410 shotguns.

Small Caliber Ammunition Accomplishing Big Things

Although you may have guessed that hunting small game may mean losing the effectiveness and stopping power of larger caliber ammunition, by now, you probably realize with these types of ammo; it’s not the case. Today’s ammunition manufacturers have turned their attention to manufacturing small caliber rounds that efficiently and effectively dispatch small game without the damaging effects of higher caliber ammo.

So, whether you’re hunting squirrels, rabbits, turkeys, or even upland birds on the wing, with your favorite pistol, rifle or a shotgun any of these smaller caliber rounds will offer a pleasant and practical experience.

Combat Readiness, Part 8

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Soldiers of the US Army Reserve Competitive Marksmanship Program discuss their combat experiences and how competition shooting helps with readiness.

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SHOT Show 2022

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Interesting New Products at Shot Show 2022

SHOT Show, the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show always delivers on informing you about stuff you didn’t know you needed and if you’re lucky you may be able to find some discounts on the cool new stuff that you must have.

If you want to see what products are new and the best of the best, look no further. Only the best is shown here, at the yearly event put on by NSSF, the Firearm Industry Trade Association. Let us see what is of the best have to offer in 2022.

1.     Mantis Blackbeard

If you are looking for the ultimate AR trigger reset, you must look no further. For $250 you can take 10 dry shots per second. What a fast rate! Installation is a breeze where all you must do is remove the bolt carrier group and put Blackbeard in.

It will work with your existing trigger, so no need for extra fuss!

This will save you money with each trigger break and reset. You can even add in a laser for free in green, red, or infrared. The United States military uses the great tool to be able to have realistic dry fire practice but save money by not using as much ammunition during practice.

Save thousands of dollars by purchasing this neat little add on and practice as much as your heart desires.

2.     The Pro-Shooter Series 2 Smart Electronic Target System

This target system has been in development for a long time.

Two years, to be exact! It has been put together with both American and Australian patents and trademarks. Using Wi-Fi, you can connect a total of 15 targets at one time. Feedback from the targets is instantly downloaded to the Pro-Shooter app, giving you an on-the-spot update of your practice.

To make it even more “real,” you can set up your round capacity and your phone will prompt you each time you need to reload.

The system will be updated regularly with new shooting modes, features, and support for newer technologies.

 Additionally, you can use the Pro-Shooter Series 2 Smart Electronic Target System with the Pro-Shooter Series 1/2 Pro-Shooter Dry-Fire Trainers, the Pro-Shooter Vibration activated laser, and with Laser bullets in regular firearms.

What a convenient, flexible tool to have in your arsenal.

3.     Caliber Colors – Caliber Identification System

Are you a dealer in need of a better way of helping customers find the caliber that meets their wants and needs?

This Caliber Colors, Caliber Identification System is for you. For $0.15 a pop, you can put a self-adhesive rubber band around anything you need including rifles, shotguns, pistols, and black powder.

Each set comes with a color-coded chart that you can hang in your store for easy access for your customers. You can wrap the bands around stocks, barrels, trigger guards, or price tags, whichever option will work best for your situation.

These will save much time, guesswork, and stress in searching for the right gun for you and for your customers.

4.     .44 Auto Mag Model D

The original .44 Auto Mag has been around for four decades, making itself an icon in literature, cinematic features, and in general firearm history.

This is the first updated version in a long time, but it has kept the iconic and original look and feel. The company says that they have made about 20 improvements to the weapon, bringing it up to snuff, if you will.

This long-awaited update is now available, but not for a small price. If you want to pick up one of these bad boys, you will be dropping about $4,000. Clint Eastwood would be proud, but even he may have sticker shock!

5.     Fifth Ops 12 Gauge Perimeter Trip Alarm

Are you in need of something to deter bears and other predators from your campsite or your homestead?

Fith Ops has created a 12 Gauge Perimeter Trip Alarm that will deter anything from the area you want to be secured. Did I mention it does this non-lethally?

For $30 you can get a spring-loaded firing mechanism with a trip trigger. When the trigger is disturbed while the product is loaded with a 12-gauge blank round, the unit will discharge. $30 is a cheap bargain for such a small device that can deter predators.

The blanks used should be powerful so that they are loud enough to warn anyone or anything that may be thinking of entrenching on your property.

6.     Aim Perfect simulator

This product was created by a SWAT operator for law enforcement and hunters, the Aim Perfect software makes your computer a shooting simulation.

All you must do is load the software and connect your computer to a projector, and boom. You have your own simulator in your home. The best part?

You can either use real guns or simulation guns, and you can record your own scenarios using a cell phone or other device with a camera. Create your own scenarios and test your employees, family, or yourself.

You will be able to review your accuracy and you will hone in your skills in no time.

7.     FoldAR

Finally, one of the best new products of 2022 is the “fits-in-a-purse ar-15.” This ar-15 collapses like a trifold wallet would, easily hidden, easily carried.

Making it go into full shooting mode takes less than five seconds with the specially made leaver. The folding design has made it to where there is no detectable gas leakage, and the one-to-zero after unfolding is one-sixteenth inch at 100 yards.

This is an impressive addition to the AR-15 world, one that many will inevitably jump on.


Shot Show 2022 was not one to miss.

These are the best 7 new products released during this show. If you can get your hands on one or if you are lucky, all of them, you will not regret it. The producers of these products did their research and created products that you as the consumer will love. There are many other great products that came out of the Shot Show, and hopefully many more will come in 2023.

Combat Readiness, Part 7

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Soldiers of the US Army Reserve Competitive Marksmanship Program discuss their combat experiences and how competition shooting helps with readiness.

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What Are Some Important Upgrades to Make to Your Glock?

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The Glock is a timeless handgun that has been the choice of weapon for many generations before us and will continue to be for many generations to come. With a weapon as ageless as the Glock, how can you keep it up to date?

Each year, there are important upgrades you can make to your Glock to keep it working smoothly and ready for modern challenges. Let us see what options you must make the best upgrades and mods that match your needs.


Combat Readiness, Part 6

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Soldiers of the US Army Reserve Competitive Marksmanship Program discuss their combat experiences and how competition shooting helps with readiness.

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Mammoth Sniper Challenge

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The 2022 Mammoth Sniper Challenge, hosted at Fort Gordon, GA has earned a reputation as “the toughest civilian sniper competition in the country.” This year, 104 teams signed up to compete, but only 51 finished. Over the course of three days, teams rucked over 30 miles while carrying everything they needed for the competition. Rucks weighed between 55-60 lbs and each stage had a minimum time standard. At each of the 11 stages, competitors engaged targets of varying sizes, at known and unknown distances.

Major Grant Urick and teammate Brent Wood placed 1st out of a very strong field of competitors. They earned the coveted Mammoth Champion Belt and 1st place “Tough Man” trophy. This is the second time a USAR Soldier has won the Mammoth Sniper Challenge!

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Why Suppressors Are Growing In Popularity

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Suppressors, which are also called silencers both in the relevant laws as well as common discussions on them, are devices that attach to the muzzle of a firearm and allow it to fire much more quietly. In the most extreme cases, for instance, a suppressed 9mm firing subsonic ammunition, this can be quiet enough that the shooter will no longer need to wear hearing protection to fire the gun safely.


Combat Readiness, Part 5

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Soldiers of the US Army Reserve Competitive Marksmanship Program discuss their combat experiences and how competition shooting helps with readiness.

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