Wednesday, September 03, 2014


Every so often I hit a week where I'm in 2 places at once (which, as the Firesign theater once noted, means you're really nowhere at all). Listen to the podcast this week for my wrap-up on whe Boise NSSF Rimfire Challenge event, one of the largest Rimfire Challenges. It was amazingly fun, which is EXACTLY what we designed the Rimfire Challenge to be! 

I know it's driving you guys crazy, but I remain fascinated with manually operated rifles like the Browning BLR and the Ruger American. We'll be filming fornSG later this year at FTW Ranch in Texas on long-range shooting. I'm going to use the Ruger Guide Gun in .300 Win Mag that I used on out HUGELY successful Africa special last year. I've added a Burris XTR 4-20X, the baby brother of the scope I used at FTW in March.

Working on THE BEST DEFENSE scenarios now...a child abduction, as I mentioned, and a violent stalker.


Vince Warde said...

It was great seeing you at the Boise Rimfire Challenge - however you got away before I had a chance to tell you how much I appreciate what you do. I'm the guy who was using canes most of the time.

I want to thank you for the hours of distraction from pain you have provided to me, for keeping me in touch with my lifelong past time when I could not actually get out and take part myself and for those Wednesday podcasts that I listen to during workouts that can be difficult to complete.

I was not at all surprised to find that you are the same humble man in person that you are in your broadcasts. Finally, as a minister and former police chaplain, I appreciate your integrity that shows up in little things like disclosing your relationship with advertisers.

Thanks again and keep up the good work!

Vince Warde said...

"I know it's driving you guys crazy, but I remain fascinated with manually operated rifles"

You are clearly not alone - witness the popularity of the Ruger Scout rifle and the Mossberg MVP series.

There is something different and satisfying about running a bolt or operating a lever. Coupled with a removable magazine, such rifles can come a lot closer to an AR or AK than many people think - especially when the person running them knows what they are doing.

Anonymous said...

I live in CT and manually operated rifles are very practical. The current issue of Backwoods Home magazine has a great article by Ayoob on how to efficiently operate a bolt gun.

Anonymous said...

I was considering buying a Ruger American rifle, but I noticed on their website that they currently do not sell them in a left-handed version.

Sheepdog1968 said...

I think Michael there are many of us out there who actually prefer bolt and lever guns to ARs. My 30-30 lever scout has been to quite a few rifle classes and it tends to hold its own. I enjoy the feel of it in my hands during the fall hunting season. It carries well and puts a smile on my face that I just don't get with semi autos. Don't get me wrong, I own semi auto rifles as well. But, if I want to have a fun day shooting, hunting, or whatever, I take my lever gun. As far as I am concerned there is too much AR talk.

By the way, your comments about competition are apot on. Over the past year I have been going to 200 yard bench rest matches. It was an opportunity to shoot at longer distances than my normal range and learn to read the wind. They also do 50 yard rimfire bench rest matches as well. Lately I have found myself looking at Ely tenx ammo for the rim fires (shrsnk my brothers groups in half over the wolf match ammo) and a better scope than the 3-9 for my center fire. Then, I take a deep breath and try and remind myself why I am doing this in the first place. It's really easy to almost unknowingly make that transition that you aptly pointed out in your podcast today.

PlzenPlinker said...

Also in CT. In the rifle category, I have a Winchester 94 in 30-30, and an old Remington 788 in 308. Looking hard at the options, liking the MVP as I did buy those dastardly hi-cap magazines while I could but remain AR-less. The BLR is intriguing as well, can't wait to see the finished project.