Team USA Turns out Top Notch Performance at IPSC World Rifle Shoot

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The World Rifle Shoot held in Sweden saw a number of competitors from all over the world. (Photo: IPSC)

Team USA turned out an impressive performance at the IPSC World Rifle Shoot in Örebro, Sweden Aug. 3 to Aug. 10 with the ladies of Team USA coming out on top.

Lena Miculek pulled out a winning performance earning a victory in the Ladies Open Shootoff. Miculek went head to head with teammate Ashley Rheuark in the Individual Open Semi Auto division. After a fierce match between the two shooters, Rheuark ultimately pulled ahead to take the win. Miculek earned silver with Lanny Barnes securing the bronze resulting in an American sweep of the podium.

“Words cannot describe my feelings from last night,” Rheuark said in a post on social media. “The last day was some of the most stressful shooting I have ever done and my nerves were at an all-time high. But I remembered the fundamentals, prayed to God and shot a phenomenal last day.”

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Rheuark took home gold in the Ladies Individual Open Semi Auto Division. (Photo: Ashley Rheuark via Instagram)

The Ladies Open Team, consisting of Miculek, Rheuark, Barnes and Becky Yackley, also defended their Team World Title taking first place in the teamed stages leading ahead of Russia, who took second and Finland who took third.

Lena Miculek wasn’t the only member of the Miculek clan to take a win. Her father, Jerry, secured the Open Semi Auto Super Senior division victory. Junior shooter Riley Kropff took the top youth spot representing the U.S. as the gold medal winner in the Open Semi Auto Junior division.

In the men’s team shoot, Finland took first while the U.S. secured the second place win with Russia placing third. The men’s team consisted of Tim Yackley, Scott Greene, Joe Farewell and Brian Nelson. “At the end of the day, it was a tremendous honor to represent the USA and push our team to a silver medal,” Farewell said. “Each of my teammates performed well, but we won’t be satisfied until we get the gold.”

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Youth shooter Riley Kropff took first in the Junior Division. (Photo: IPSC)

The IPSC World Rifle Shoot consisted of 30 courses of fire over five days of competition with 650 athletes from 37 countries. Stages were run by 60 international range officers in addition to 47 national range officers representing 10 regions, according to the IPSC. The city of Örebro, 142 miles from Stockholm, hosted the event at the Villingsberg shooting range.

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Taylor Organizes the Biggest 3-Gun Event in New England

Taylor Thorne didn’t grow up with guns. She only got her first gun at age of 22. “I’d just moved out into the sticks of New Hampshire with no neighbors and no police department. I decided I wanted a gun to protect myself,” she said.

She asked a friend who worked at a gun shop what kind of gun he recommended. He suggested a Glock 17, or a Beretta 92FS. Thorne tried both, and went with the Glock. “Mainly because it was proven to be reliable, simple and well-rounded,” she said.

Her first gun was an introduction to something bigger. She started to shoot at her local range Pioneer Sportsmen in Dunbarton, New Hampshire. To her surprise, she really enjoyed it.

A few months later, she shot a shotgun for the first time, which she loved. That winter, she participated in a sporing clays competition, which proved to be fun. And finally, she came across 3-gun competition. It blew her mind.

She started binge watching 3-gun videos on Youtube. She desperately wanted to compete, but there were almost no 3-gun matches in New England. “That was something that absolutely bothered me,” she said. So, she decided to do something about it.

Her job gave her a volunteer day to go out into the community and volunteer. She heard about a charity called Aiming for Zero. They put on events to raise money to help prevent veteran suicide, and assist military families.

Thorne contacted the charity and asked what she could offer. They told her she could volunteer at one of their existing shooting competition, or come up with something entirely new. “Within three days, I knew I wanted to run a 3-gun match,” she said. She had never done anything like it before, but she was determined to make it happen.

“We were skeptical at first,” said Kevin Anderson, one of the board members at Pioneer Sportsmen, the club where Thorne planned to do her 3-gun event. But Thorne’s determination and ability to mobilize people changed his mind. “She’s a firecracker. She is a take-charge and full of energy. She organized, got sponsors and planned everything out,” he said.

Thorne’s first Aiming for Zero 3-gun match was a USPSA recognized multi-gun event that took place in 2017. The match filled up within hours of opening registration. Competitors raved about it. Thorne hoped to raise $8,000. After it was over, she recalled counting the money. “My hands were shaking because I counted eight, nine, ten, eleven — twelve thousand dollars. It was the most money the club had ever raised in its history.”

Taylor was given the go-ahead by the club’s board to do as many 3-gun matches as she wanted. Each year they got bigger, and this year’s event is to be the biggest and best.

The event is called Aiming for Zero Great Nor’easter Multigun. It takes place from Sept. 13-15 at Pioneer Sportsmen in Dunbarton, New Hampshire. Registration is open through Practiscore. There is also a Facebook page if you have questions.

Thorne hopes her story inspires other people to get into the shooting sports and organize events in their areas. “It’s one of those things where if you build it, people will come,” she said.

Taylor Thorne and Chris Shanks at the 3-gun match at Pioneer Sportsmen in Dunbarton, New Hampshire

Taylor Thorne and Chris Shanks at the 3-gun match Taylor organized at Pioneer Sportsmen in Dunbarton, New Hampshire on July 28, 2019. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

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Aiming for Zero on the shirt of a competitor. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

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“Remove Before Pew Pew” (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Lee Cabana preps his shotgun.

Lee Cabana preps his shotgun. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

A competitor choosing his line and preparing to shoot a stage.

A competitor choosing his line and preparing to shoot a stage. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Shotgun shell caddy on a competitor.

Shotgun shell caddy on a competitor. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Taylor Thorne chooses her line and preps for a stage.

Taylor Thorne chooses her line and preps for a stage. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Shotgun shell caddy on a competitor.

Shotgun shell caddy on a competitor. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Guns waiting their turn to shred the next stage.

Guns waiting their turn to shred the next stage. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Sean McClure's t-shirt sums it up.

Sean McClure’s t-shirt sums it up. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Shredding a stage.

Shredding a stage. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Ivan Bjornlund shredding a stage.

Ivan Bjornlund shredding a stage. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Guns at the ready.

Guns at the ready. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Shredding the stage.

Bob Blake shredding a stage. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Shredding the stage.

Matt Cotton shredding a shotgun stage. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Guns at the ready.

Guns at the ready. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Chris Shanks gets ready to shoot a stage.

Chris Shanks gets ready to shoot a stage. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Guns at the ready.

Guns at the ready. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

Ivan Bjornlund with his guns at the 3-gun event at Pioneer Sportsmen on July 28, 2019.

Ivan Bjornlund with his guns at the 3-gun event at Pioneer Sportsmen on July 28, 2019. (Photo: Ben Philippi / Guns.com)

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Kicking off National Shooting Sports Month

National Shooting Sports Month, the annual month-long event dedicated to America’s gun-owning public and the sport they love, is now underway.

Originally an initiative of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the month-long event is dedicated to the 50 million people who participate in hunting and sports shooting which, through Pittman-Robertson excise taxes, fuels conservation and safety efforts nationwide. The 31-day celebration encourages visits to shooting ranges, preferably with a friend, spouse or partner, in conjunction with special offers from sporting goods retailers.

From the Oval Office on Wednesday, President Trump encouraged Americans to get out and enjoy responsible shooting sports across the country.

“During National Shooting Sports Month, we celebrate the cherished tradition of recreational and sport shooting activities,” said Trump. “Shooting sports bring people together and instill comradery among a significant portion of its fellow enthusiasts. The vibrant shooting sport culture is made possible, in large part, by our steadfast protection of one of our bedrock and most-cherished liberties, the right to keep and bear arms.”

Trump pointed out that in the past year he signed legislation, H.R. 1222, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, to make it easier to establish and maintain public shooting ranges while at the same time his administration has moved to open an additional 1.4 million acres in national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries to new or expanded hunting, fishing, and recreational opportunities, to include public ranges.

National Shooting Sports Month was officially adopted nationwide in 2017 through a proclamation by U.S. Interior Secretary. That cabinet-level department oversees the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service, covering about 20 percent of the land in the country. The current Interior boss, David Bernhardt, encouraged Americans to get to the range this month and enjoy the sport.

“Increasing recreational access to our public lands is critical to conserving America’s outdoor heritage,” tweeted Bernhardt. “During #NationalShootingSportsMonth I encourage all to reconnect with the outdoors & enjoy the tradition of recreational & sport shooting activities.”

As part of the event, the NSSF encourages those interested in the sport to head to the Let’s Go Shooting website to locate local ranges and retailers near them to participate in local events and invite others to join in the fun. It’s a great way to get newcomers involved and share in a growing love for the rewarding sport of target shooting.

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Beretta Grows APX Pistol Line with Target, RDO, FDE Models

The new APX models include the gray-framed APX Target, center, as well as APX Centurion-length RDO and Combat models (top right), FDE models (bottom right) and the APX Carry slimline (top left.) (All Photos: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The new APX models include the gray-framed APX Target, (center), as well as APX Centurion-length RDO and Combat models (top right), Compact/Centurion FDE models (bottom) and the APX Carry slimline (top left.) (All Photos: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Beretta showed off several new APX series of chassis-based modular handguns this month, all of which are headed to the consumer market. The growing line of striker-fired polymer-framed handguns, available in 9x19mm and .40 S&W, were unveiled at Beretta’s Pistol Summit in Virginia last week and Guns.com was there to get the details.

The all-new APX Target, a long-slide competition-oriented handgun, sports a 4.7-inch pre-tensioned barrel, compared to the standard model’s 4.25-inch barrel. Erik Stern, Product Manager at Beretta’s Pro Shop, told Guns.com that in their in-house testing such a barrel yielded a 20 to 30 percent accuracy improvement. The APX Target also features an improved fire control module with a lighter trigger as well as factory extended magazine release and extended slide stop. The frame is what Beretta calls a “Wolf Gray” and is sans finger grooves with a black backstrap.

New Beretta APX Target

“It’s a lot easier to shoot faster and shoot well,” said Stern of the new APX Target.

Red dot ready, the Target ships with factory fiber optic sights. The accurized APX interfaces with just about every red dot and includes adapters for RMR, Cmore, Deltapoint Pro, and the Burris Fast Fire while Aimpoint Acro plates are coming. With a late-August availability. the Target ships with four 17-round mags while 21-rounders are offered. MSRP is $875.

“It’s the most accurate APX we’ve ever built,” said Stern.

Another APX line extension is the Centurion-length RDO with a 3.7-inch barrel and the same optic-capability as the Target and existing RDO models. When the red dot is not mounted, the sleek APX profile can be maintained with an included blank plate to provide a smooth surface on the slide top. MSRP is $725 and it ships with two 15-round magazines.

The APX Centurion Combat is essentially the Centurion APX RDO with a factory standard 1/2×28 TPI threaded barrel. It is also a new catalog item.

The suppressor-ready APX Centurion Combat at play. Of note, Beretta owns Burris and Steiner.

The suppressor-ready APX Centurion Combat at play. Of note, Beretta owns Burris and Steiner.

Also announced are the APX Centurion (5.19-inches high) and APX Compact (4.5-inches high) in an FDE finish with 15- and 13-round mags, respectively. Beretta introduced a factory FDE option to their Full-Sized APX models earlier this year, which proved to be a hit.

New Beretta APX FDE

Apparently, everyone loves that flat dark earth. Note the grip-length difference in the APX Centurion, top right, with the APX Compact, top left.

Beretta introduced their single-stack APX Carry in April. It ships with two magazines– one extended eight-round and one six-round with a pinky extension — plus one flush baseplate. Due to its size, it lacks an accessory rail, but its overall length is just 5.63-inches. Weight is 20-ounces, unloaded. As far as 9x19mm handguns go, it is one of the smallest on the market.

New Beretta APX carry

The Beretta APX Carry is a single-stack with options

Except for the APX Target, which is still a month or so away from a ship date, the rest of the new APX models are in stock at Beretta and on their way to dealers and distributors.

New Beretta APX models

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Sig Sauer Steps Up P320 Game with XFive Legion Pistol (VIDEOS)

The latest installment in Sig Sauer‘s ever-expanding P320 pistol series is the XFive Legion competition pistol complete with a tungsten-infused grip and match bull barrel.

The new exclusive Legion Series pistol features what Sig bills as the first-of-its-kind TXG tungsten/polymer XGrip module which helps translate to an unloaded weight of 43.5-ounces. The heavier grip module with a removable magwell translates to what the New Hampshire-based company says is a substantially reduced felt recoil and muzzle flip, cutting them in half.

Other upgrades include a Legion Gray PVD slide with lightening cuts, 5-inch match grade bull barrel, and a lightened and skeletonized trigger — the latter of which reduces pull weight by up to 30 percent. To beef up the internals, the P320 XFive Legion has a one-piece stainless-steel guide rod and a 14-pound 1911-style spring. Optic-ready right out of the box, the pistol is compatible with a ROMEO1PRO or a standard DeltaPoint Pro and features Dawson Precision fiber optic front and adjustable rear sights.

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The 9mm Sig Sauer P320 XFive Legion comes with three 17-round magazines with aluminum Henning Group base pads– or 3×10 round mags in states with limits. (Photo: Sig)

“We are really excited about the introduction of the Sig Sauer P320 XFive Legion to the market because it embodies the forward-thinking Sig Sauer mindset when it comes to product development,” said Tom Taylor, the company’s chief marketing officer, going on to describe the newest gun in Sig’s stable as “changing the game for competition pistols.”

Sig Sauer Steps Up P320 Game with XFive Legion Pistol (VIDEOS)

Optics-ready, the pistol is compatible with a ROMEO1PRO Optic or a standard DeltaPoint Pro Optic and features Dawson Precision Fiber Optic front and adjustable rear sights. Note the lightening cuts on the slide. (Photo: Sig)

The pistol, which has an overall length of 8.5-inches with a roomy 6.8-inch sight radius, comes with three 17-round magazines with anodized aluminum Henning Group base pads. Like other Legion series firearms, upon registering their gun with Sig, owners receive a complimentary case, a challenge coin matched to the firearm, exclusive access to Legion gear and merchandise, and receive exclusive communications from both the company and the Legion. MSRP is $899.

For those who would like the full-sized XFive P320 but without the Legion add-ons, those models are also available in both black and coyote finishes with an MSRP of $850– although we beat that significantly in the Guns.com Vault.

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Winchester Ammunition Debuts 10mm Pistol Loads

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Winchester adds 10mm to its standard white box full metal jacket series. (Photo: Winchester)

Winchester Ammunition adds 10mm to its lineup of full metal jacket and Defender loads, bringing more variety to 10mm pistol fans.

The FMJ load ships in the all too familiar white box with 180-grain flat nose full metal jacket 10mm loads nestled inside. Winchester says this load was designed for target practice and competition bringing both “superb performance and a great value” to the table.

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Winchester’s Defender series sees the addition of 10mm. (Photo: Winchester)

Following the FMJ, Winchester also announced the 10mm will also appear on the Defender self-defense and hunting line. The 180-grain bonded ammunition sees the jacket welded to the lead core bringing consistency in penetration as well as increased weight retention. Winchester says the bullet design, originally created for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was developed to introduce both consistency and reliability to pistol shooting.

The FMJ and Defender ammunition are available now, shipping in boxes of 20. The FMJ retails for $24 while the Defender in 10mm is priced at $30.

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Shooting Record: Soldier Nails Perfect Score in High-Power Event with Service Rifle

Sgt. Benjamin Cleland competing in High Power match June 1, winning medal

Army Sgt. Benjamin Cleland pulled off a perfect score in a regional High Power Match this month, using his service rifle (Photos: U.S. Army)

A member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit’s Service Rifle Team landed all 80 rounds in the 10-ring at a High-Power Rifle Course earlier this month.

The competitor, Sgt. Benjamin Cleland of Swanton, Ohio, pulled off the feat at the National Rifle Association’s 2019 Charlie Smart Memorial Regional in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on June 2, with a score of 800-34x. This means Cleland not only notched 80 back-to-back hits in the 10-ring but that 34 of those nailed the even smaller “X” ring at the target’s dead center. For reference, at 600 yards, the 10-ring measures 12 inches while the “X” is 6 inches.

Shooting Record Soldier Nails Perfect Score in High-Power Event with Service Rifle

Cleland’s feat, landing a perfect 80-out-of-80 inside the 10-ring, according to the Army, is something that has never been recorded as on a service rifle in this type of match. (Photo: U.S. Army)

The 80-shot course is fired in four stages. This begins by firing 20 rounds from 200 yards in a standing position, followed by 20 sitting/kneeling, rapid-fire rounds before delivering 20 rounds from a prone position at 300 yards. The final stage, at 600 yards, consists of a further 20 rounds. A perfect score is 800, or 10 points for each round in the 10 ring.

The previous high score with a service rifle was a 798 set by Marine Gunnery Sgt. Julia L. Watson.

Service rifles in the match are limited to M16s, M14s and M1 Garands with a maximum of a 4.5x power scope.

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