Firearms manufacturer, Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc., is pleased to announce that Team Ruger's Captain Doug Koenig, who formerly resided in Alburtis and now lives in Hamburg, Pa, claimed the production division win at the Accuracy International (AI) Long Range Classic hosted at Altus Shooting Solutions in Baker, FL on March 2.
The AI Long Range Classic is a Precision Rifle Series (PRS) competition that incorporates a challenging, 16-stage course of fire designed to test the precision rifle competitor on accuracy, time and gear management, all while engaging an assortment of reactive and moving steel targets at distances ranging from 300 to 850 yards.
"I started shooting PRS a little over a year ago and I really love it," said Koenig. "The movement and diverse shooting positions that you encounter in this sport always keep it fresh. There is a steep learning curve whenever you start another shooting discipline, but I'm having a great time shooting my Ruger Precision Rifle."
According to PRS standards, "production division rifles are not permitted to be altered or improved in any way from the original factory configuration." The rifle is also not permitted to exceed $2,000 USD in retail price. Koenig claimed top honors in this division shooting the Ruger Precision® Rifle chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, finishing with a final score of 133.00.
The Ruger Precision Rifle boasts high-end features like a cold hammer-forged, chrome-moly steel barrel with 5R Rifling manufactured with minimum bore and groove dimensions. This barrel coupled with an aluminum free-float handguard with Magpul® M-LOK® attachment slots provides enhanced long-range accuracy. The Ruger Marksman Adjustable™ trigger and 20 MOA Picatinny rail allow for increased long-range capabilities and make the Ruger Precision Rifle the ideal competition-ready rifle for the most discerning PRS shooters.
Koenig is an 18-time Bianchi Cup shooting champ and 19-time Masters International Shooting Champ. He’s also a member of Topton Fish & Game Association where he does much of his shooting practice.
If you’re a gun buff or into the shooting sports, you’ll have an opportunity to experience an event you’ve probably never been involved in, or even seen before.
The Shooter’s Gauntlet is hosting their second annual Stone Mountain Machine Gun Shoot, June 3-4, 2017. It’s a one-of-a-kind, 1,000-acre facility located in the endless mountains of Northern Pennsylvania. It combines the adventure of the outdoors with the ultimate shooting experience boasting an 1,100-yard range, suppressed fire range and a machine gun range. And you can play war games. Get captured and escape, from their hostage house; shoot upside-down on their inversion rack; engage targets while flying down their zip line with a handgun; shoot under stress against their attack targets, assault hikes and more.
In addition to these shooting events that will feature over 40 machine guns, the Gauntlet will have a covered gun show area, plus food and refreshments will be available on site according to Beth Meiklejohn, media relations for the show.
Here is a partial list of the guns that will be at the event and on the line:
* 20mm Oerlikon
* Browning 1919 &1919A4
* M16 .223, full auto
* M16 9mm, full auto
* Lewis Gun
* Thompson M1A
* HK Model 51
* SCAR16, full auto
* Barrett 50 BMG
* Glock 18
* Kriss Vector 45
* Mac 11
According to Bob Raimo, Shooter’s Gauntlet owner, “The types of machine guns on the line and the experience of seeing these weapons in action all in one weekend is unheard of anywhere else in the Northeast.” Raimo also noted that compared to last year’s event, all the ranges were enlarged, expanded and upgraded.
Raimo added that attendees will have a chance to shoot a Barrett 50 BMG, full auto FN SCAR 16 and take advantage of the only 1,100 yard ranges in the Northeast. “Our trained staff works to create an incredible experience, whether it’s a thrill-seeking adventure weekend, group event, serving law enforcement and military training days, or hosting our own machine gun shoots. We’re the place for your next adventure.”
The 2nd Annual Stone Mountain Machine Gun Shoot is located at 3902 Millstone Road, Monroeton, PA 18832. Event hours are Sat., June 3, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., June 4, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
A weekend pass is $25 or $40 for a day pass (cash at the gate). Kids 13 and under are free and teens 14 and older may shoot but not machine guns or canons. There are several motels available near the site if staying for the weekend and all are listed at the events website www.shootersgauntlet.com., plus special restrictions and extra shooting fees. There will be items for sale as well at the event.
SIG SAUER - MCX Mandatory Carriage Assembly Replacement Program
SIG SAUER is conducting a mandatory replacement of the carriage assembly in SIG MCX rifles. SIG has found through extensive factory testing that in extremely rare instances, not reported in the field and extremely difficult to replicate, a condition may exist causing an unintended discharge. Failure to follow the loading procedures and basic rules of safe firearms handling outlined in the user’s manual has the potential to cause serious bodily harm or death. Although this has only been witnessed in 300 blackout, SIG has decided to upgrade all MCX models since the MCX is a modular platform and we want to ensure the quality and reliability of all products we manufacture.
Stop use of firearm immediately, and visit the SIG SAUER website listed below as soon as possible to register your firearm, initiate the process and view a video explaining how to change out your carriage assembly. SIG will send you a prepaid box to return your complete carriage assembly to the factory. A new assembly, designed with the firing pin locking mechanism, will be shipped out to you within 5-7 working days of the receipt of your parts at no cost to you. Please note total in transit times will vary based on geographic locations. SIG will also send you a $50 gift voucher for any inconvenience this may have caused.
This upgraded carriage assembly addresses this potential issue while enhancing the performance and longevity of your rifle. You may also contact SIG SAUER customer service at the number below with any questions if needed.
SIG SAUER is committed to addressing this issue in an expedited manner, and appreciates your support.
Firearm Registration - https://www.sigsauer.com/support/warranty/warranty-registration/
For Customer Service - 603-610-3000: OPTION 1
For Instructional Video - https://www.sigsauer.com/press-releases/mcx-mandatory-carriage-assembly-replacement-program
If you’re like me and thousands of other kids in their youth who learned to shoot with a Daisy BB rifle, then you could make an effort to perpetuate the sport by checking out SAR, the Student Air Rifle Program.
SAR was developed by the Missouri Youth Sport Shooting Alliance in 2013 as a non-profit organization, and is ready to launch the program nationally according to Jake Hindman, SAR founder. It was patterned after the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) of which there are a few Lehigh Valley area participating schools and to date has over 2.2 million students involved in the school-based program each year. Since its inception in 2002, it has had over 10 million participants nationwide, and in 14,000 schools in 47 states and four countries.
Used properly, air rifles are safe, offer universal fun and is a method to introduce youths in grades 4-12 to target shooting.
According to their curriculum, SAR uses aligned units of study, teacher training, universal whistle commands, positive language and standardized equipment in the program. And let’s face it. Not every youngster may want to play in the ball sports or wrestling, so SAR offers an alternative.
“It’s the philosophy of SAR, says Hindman, that more kids can be introduced to target shooting and the shooting sports by incorporating the program in the school setting. Though this presents some unique challenges, the outcome will be a higher number of youth participating in the shooting sports.” He goes on to say, “Traditionally, shooting sports programs have been pursued outside the school setting and are often attended by participants who are already interested in the sport. But by incorporating the program with school curriculum, a greater number can be exposed as well as greater non-traditional involvement.
While a few local high schools have a center-fire rifle team, that medium requires a traditional range. Air rifles are less powerful and a safe range could be set up within a gym or other large room.
“Air rifle and small-bore target shooting is a sanctioned activity with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and is also recognized as an Olympic sport. As such, SAR can provide the foundation to feed other shooting sports programs taught outside of school as well as collegiate and Olympic level participation,” opines Hindman
SAR use standardized equipment so there’s a level playing field and it erodes the potential for financial background or social status that would have an impact on the participation of any student. The equipment list ranges from 10 Embark air rifles, 12 Solt air rifle cases, 2 collapsible rifle racks, 25 SAR pellets per student, 1 lockable pellet storage container, 30 pairs of universal fit safety glasses and 10 pairs of small frame safety glasses, 3 reactive targets per student, 5 target holders and several more kit pieces that are all obtained from SAR as they receive special pricing that would have a cost outlay of $3,000 per school. Aside from Cabela’s, Hindman indicates that this cost if often picked up through grants from local volunteer organizations such as Pheasants/Quail Forever, Quality Deer Management, Whitetails Unlimited, NRA Foundation and others.
So how would a volunteer get a program like this started? SAR says to first contact a SAR coordinator or SAR directly. From there (the most difficult in this day and age) would be to gain permission from your school district or principal and a determination made where the unit would be conducted. For further information on the program, check email@example.com. Or, visit, www.studentairrifleprogram.org.