TFB Review: Caldwell Precision Turret Shooting Rest

Caldwell produces a wide range of shooting gear. From targets to rests to chronographs, they are a brand found in most sporting goods stores. One of their key product areas is shooting rests and sandbags. They also make the Precision Turret Rest, which is a hybrid between a machine gun tripod and a clamp-type rest typically used on tall tripods. I bought one to see how it works and thought that would be worth sharing with you all.

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NEW Caldwell Flash Bang – Light Up Hit Indicator

Caldwell Shooting Supplies recently introduced their new Caldwell Flash Bang hit indicator that combines with steel targets to provide a visual aid when the target is struck. The Caldwell Flash Bang attaches via hook and loop fasteners to the back of steel targets larger than five inches. The Flash Bang is attached with the LED light strip hanging off the edge of the target, and once the target is hit by a bullet, the LEDs light up to provide the shooter instant visual feedback as to the hit.

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Creedmoor Sports Introduces Shoulder Datum Tool

Creedmoor Sports continues to expand their lineup of reloading tools with the new Shoulder Datum Tool. When used with calipers, it can provide a comparative measurement of shoulder setback after sizing. This tool has six separate openings that allow measurements of 79 SAAMI calibers.

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The USGI Web Sling – More Than Just A Carrying Strap

The classic USGI web sling has been fielded on rifles since World War 2. It has seen action on the M-1 Garand, M-14, and M-16 rifles, and it provides both a method to carry a rifle and a loop sling for precision marksmanship use. Let’s take a closer look at this sling and its hidden talents.

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Vortex Optics Releases Line Of Tripods For Shooting And Spotting

Vortex Optics just announced their new line of tripods for shooting, spotting, bird watching or scouting for game. The new line of tripods has several different price points to meet varied budgets and purposes. There are five tripods for the new line, of which the three lower cost options all share the same maximum load weight of 22 pounds, but vary in their own weights from 2.5 to 4 pounds. The two higher cost tripods weigh slightly more but allow for a 44 and 55 pound maximum load respectively.  The specs and descriptions for each new offering can be seen below.

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The Tactical Relevance to B8 Targets

The B8 target sizing is important to understand in order to draw a good correlation. The B8 target gets its name from being 8″ in diameter. The 9 ring is 5.54″, 10 ring is 3.36″ and the X ring is 1.695″ in diameter.

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Improve Precision With Sling Assisted Shooting

First, we must start with fitting the sling to the shooter. There are multiple videos and good sources of information on doing so online if you are new to sling setup. It is important we have a proper fit as this will enable us to have the correct amount of tension at the correct times. Next, we need to understand the impact of where the front sling point is attached. The chosen attachment point will impact how we choose to get into a sling assisted shooting position. The front attachment point is often near the end of the rail or near the magwell. Sling assisted shooting is about getting to the correct level of tension on the sling. Again, remember to fit your sling before attempting these techniques.

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Wheelgun Wednesday: One-Handed Revolver Drills

For this week’s TFB Wheelgun Wednesday, we’ll explore some revolver drills that focus on using only one hand to shoot and reload your defensive revolver.  The whole premise of one-handed revolver drills is that one of your arms or hands have been injured, or that it’s being used in another capacity.  Statistically speaking, armed encounters last only seconds, with an average number of rounds fired being roughly two. The law enforcement community has had noted cases of officers having to reload their revolvers with only one hand.  However, it does take time that is rarely afforded in the close, one-on-one (or several-against-one) encounters that concealed carriers may face.  Regardless, if you regularly carry a revolver, or keep one on your nightstand, these one-handed revolver drills can make you better prepared for the worst.

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POTD: Using a Horse as a Shooting Rest

I ran across this photo some time ago in a book, the title of which I cannot recall. The caption notes that the image is of a cavalry trooper armed with a Martini-Henry, taken in 1895, using his horse as a shooting rest. What’s remarkable to me is that the horse is so calm and so willing to lie on the ground and allow his rider to fire off of him. Truly, a well-trained horse!

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POTD: Harvard Revolver Club, 1899

Harvard and Yale have long been rivals in many ways. At the end of the 19th centuries, one of their rivalries took place at the shooting range. This photo from 1899 shows the members of Harvard’s Revolver Club, likely taken to commemorate their victory over Yale’s club. Harvard won, 1362 to 1029.

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[SHOT 2018]: D3LLC's domestic MP5SD

Desert Design and Development has a line of integrally suppressed ARs and a domestic HKMP5SD clone. Like the MP5SD, both the AR pattern rifles and D3LLC’s HK clone have ported barrels that slow supersonic ammunition below the speed of sound to prevent supersonic crack.

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[SHOT 2018] Velocity Systems

In today’s episode, we follow Miles to Shot Show 2018 and check out the Velocity Systems booth.

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[SHOT 2018] Barrett Rifles in .224 Valkyrie and the 240 Lightweight Machine Gun

Barrett has three new products that we discussed in this video, the largest being the .224 Valkyrie is being chambered in an AR platform in coordination with the launch by Federal Ammunition. In addition, the same round is being chambered in their Fieldcraft line of lightweight hunting rifles that the company first debuted last year.

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[SHOT 2018] Surefire

In today’s episode, we follow Miles to Shot Show 2018 at the Surefire booth.

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[SHOT 2018] High Threat Concealment

In today’s episode, we follow Miles to Shot Show 2018 to the High Threat Concealment booth.

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