Fullbore Rifle mini Fun Match
We will shoot on the Historic Camp White Military Rifle Range
Wednesday at 5 PM at 600 yds,
Prone or Benchrest positions
7 rounds for practice and 5 rounds for the smallest squirrel.
Call Frank 5496872 for details
10 Right Things To Do For CCW
By Ralph Mroz
When it comes to prepping for CCW, it can be overwhelming trying to wrap your head around all the things you
need to understand, if not master. Where do you start? What is most important, and how should I focus my energies
on mastering them? So you have a shiny new CCW pistol, but how do you prepare for everyday carry? How do you
master the skills you’ll need?
I am not going to lie to you — some of these will cost you money, and all of them will cost you time. But, isn’t the
investment worth it when we are talking about saving your life or the lives of those you love? Treat this list as a good
starting point to get you motivated and working on developing and refining your self-defense skills. When the time
comes where you may need them, you will be glad you did this!
First and foremost, you must have enough ammo to be able to practice with and get familiar with your gun’s operation.
This is non-negotiable. Yes, you have to practice enough with your gun to be familiar with its operation. You can’t argue
that. Just as you should do the same with your car or chainsaw.
Accepting that, here is a list of 10 of the most important practices you can do to ensure you are ready for CCW.
Here’s how to do all 10 of them — on a budget — and on restrictive ranges:
1. Zero your gun. This is done with slow, deliberate fire, which is something every practice session should include to
reinforce the fundamentals. It consumes few rounds, and all ranges allow it. And once you get it zeroed, make sure you understand proper sight picture. To learn more about this, take a look at the video below:
2. Work from a holster and from concealment. You can practice concealment/holster work with dry-fire at home as much as you like for free. When you get to the range, simply lay your loaded gun down on the platform in front of you, and fire your string by quickly (but safely) snatching it up, maybe with your hand starting from where your holster would be.
3. Carry proper defensive ammo. A box of good street ammo costs about $30. You only need a couple rounds to confirm zero with it and you want to choose carry ammo shooting to the same POA/POI as your cheap practice ammo.
4. Learn the law. What I said before: Andrew Branca’s The Law of Self-Defense is in print with tables for all 50 states. This is the best resource on the market. You are, to be blunt, a fool if you don’t know this material. Hey, it’s a book which might keep you out of prison — figure out how to afford it. It is worth every penny. http://lawofselfdefense.com/shop/
5. Don’t confuse plinking with practice. You’re shooting anyway; it costs nothing to make each round count. There’s plenty of good advice and drills online that can be adapted to almost any range’s rules.
6. Train with a well-regarded tactical instructor. Okay, this is the hardest to do on a budget, but there’s two options. Set aside $10 a week for two years (that’s $1,000, which is what travel, lodging, meals, ammo and tuition will probably cost at many schools). This gives you two years to research what course you most want to go to. If you go to a great course every two years, you’re way, way ahead of most. You could also host a local course from a well-known instructor. Most instructors give one or two free slots to the organizer of the course. This takes initiative, effort and promotional skill, but all of these cost nothing and many local ranges would love to participate.
7. Do judgment training/scenarios. Use blue guns or water pistols and run them in your home. Cost — zip. Don’t use real guns, regardless of how much you’ve “unloaded” them!
8. Use a timer. A smartphone timer app is only a couple bucks. Do a little digging and you will likely find something that will work well. You will find that working against the clock will encourage you increase your speed and be all the better for it — but make sure you do not lose the ability to hit while doing this. Fast misses don’t do anyone any good.
9. Practice at distance. This is free to do on any range. If you increase your skills at distance, you will be well-prepared for most any scenario.
10. Carry! The only gun that will save your life is the one you have on you. This is free, too. But, honestly, if you aren’t willing to do at least some of the above, then you’re right — you shouldn’t carry!
Loading Data….. Only New Manuals Need Apply
By John Taffin
Where should we get reloading information? First, let’s look where we should not obtain data. The number one negative source is anonymous information on the Internet. The world is full of crazies and some of them actually are on the net. Be very careful to avoid anything without credentials. One truly invaluable source though is the website maintained by Hodgdon’s, the powder company. There are several excellent reloading manuals published too.
Hodgdon’s updates theirs every year in a magazine format making it very affordable. Other manuals I keep current are from Lyman, Hornady, Nosler, Sierra and Speer. I refer to these often and cross reference one with the other. When I’m starting a project for a cartridge for which I’m not familiar I want to look at a minimum of three reliable manuals. I want the manual on my desk with my notebook and pen in-hand.
What about that older bargain priced manual found at a garage sale or gun show? I’ll admit I have several shelves of old manuals and books dating back prior to WWII. However, these are for historical reference only, not for loads to be used currently. There are many variables when it comes to reloading and over the years, things change. Components change, pressure testing instrument changes and firearms change. It’s in our best and safe interest to stay current.
One of the major changes occurred around the middle of the 20th century during the change from balloon head brass to solid head brass, especially in .44 Special and .45 Colt cartridge cases. The older ones have more capacity and loads approaching maximum in those old cases will be well over maximum in the new brass.
Before the arrival of the .44 Magnum the .44 Special was the Big Bore Cartridge. Elmer Keith led the way with heavy loads in the .44 Special beginning in the late 1920s. His load with balloon head brass was widely published as 18.5 grains of #2400 using his 250 grain hard cast #429421 Lyman/Keith bullet. Lyman/Ideal Manual #38 lists this load and gives it a muzzle velocity of 1,200 fps. By 1964 with Manual #43 this load was reduced to 18.0 grains and 1,100 fps; down to 17.7 grains with Manual #45 from 1970 and a muzzle velocity of 1,155 fps. By 1982 this was down to 13.2 grains and 800 fps.
During this time capacity of cases changed, primers changed, powder certainly changed somewhat, and measuring instruments changed. By the time we got to the 1980s the .44 Special was not just available in large frame sixguns but also 5-shot revolvers, some as small as the Charter Arms Bulldog. I can’t imagine using a load from the 1930s in the Bulldog, which arrived in the 1960
Looking at older Speer Manuals we find in #5 from 1962 very heavy loads for the .44 Special using the 250 grain Keith bullet. They go all the way up to 9.0 grains of Unique for 1,040 fps and 18.0 grains of #2400 for 1,075 fps. These loads stayed the same until 1970 and Manual #8 when they dropped the Unique recommendation to 8.0 grains and 1,020 fps. In #8 they also still listed 18.0 grains of #2400, however now the muzzle velocity is up to 1,200+ fps. This marks the last time they give loads with the Keith Bullet. Fun to read, but don’t use these loads!
The .44 Magnum arrived in the late 1950s and in the Lyman #42 Manual in 1960 the recommended maximum was 23.0 grains of #2400 for 1,350 fps with the 250 grain Lyman/Keith #429421 bullet. In the #46 Manual this was raised to 23.4 grains of #2400, however the muzzle velocity dropped to 1,232 fps. By Manual #48 in 2002 the powder charge was cut quite drastically down to 20.6 grains of #2400 and 1,250 fps where it still remains.
One of the reasons for the change in muzzle velocities, in addition to changes in brass, powder and primers, is at times they used an actual sixgun while other times a pressure test barrel for measuring velocities.
I find all this information in Old Reloading Books quite fascinating, however I repeat — this is for historical information only.
Reloading information to be reliable must be up to date, and the best place to find it is the latest published trusted sources.
Concealed Carry Weapons Courses
Oregon CCW Permit Class
(A typical savings of $50 over the regular $75 price at other places)
This class offers far more than the minimum training offered at other places
It is held at the MRPC Indoor Range
Live-Fire Range Time included in the Class
On the Second Saturday of each Month.
Remember that using a firearm for self-defense can have serious consequences.
Making a wrong decision can thrust you into the criminal court system and/or result in a civil lawsuit.
This is why you want to take a comprehensive class that offers you the best training available.
Arizona CCW Permit class.
The Arizona Non-Resident CCW Permit is currently recognized in 31 States,
including the States of Nevada and Utah. (33 when coupled with the Oregon CHL)
The Arizona CCW class will be held twice a month in the MRPC Classroom.
The second Saturday of the month @ 1:30 – 4 p.m. and
Class sizes are limited to 16. Pre-registration is required.
The Cost is only $30.00, which includes the required 2 sets of fingerprint cards.
More information available under the “Training” tab of the club’s website www.mrpc.info
TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE IN A CCW CLASSES:
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