Faux Automatic: Rapid Fire Without a Machine Gun

Before heading to SHOT Show this year, I consulted with a few other female shooters that I know to ask what they were hoping to see new this year.  In general, I was surprised to find that they were actually in the same KISS school of thought that I am: something that works well, works consistently, and is not difficult to understand how it works.  One thing that did surprise me was more interest in fully automatic firearms than I had expected.  I have been fortunate in that I have had the opportunity, on more than one occasion, to shoot automatic weapons.  If you have not experienced full-auto mag dumps yourself, to be completely honest, it is even more fun than it looks.

Fully-automatic weapons, or machine guns, are regulated  under the National Firearms Act (NFA).  The law basically says that the only legal machine guns for civilians are the ones that were lawfully possessed prior to May 19, 1986 and those require payment of a $200 transfer tax, lengthy approval process, and federal registration in the NFRTR.  This makes for a very limited supply of weapons that are in circulation, which – as we learned about supply and demand in Economics 101 – drives the price sky high – often into the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Unless you either join the military or have some pretty cool friends, you may not get the opportunity to shoot a machine gun.

However, a shooter and their ammo (ergo, their money) are easily parted and the firearms industry has come up with some innovative ways to turn a pocket full of money into a hot, smoking pile of spent brass.  Thanks to that innovation, there are some legal ways to simulate full-auto firing power.   Continue reading

SHOT Show 2017 Range Day Photos

The 2017 National Shooting Sport Foundation’s (NSSF) Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) officially kicks off tomorrow and, as it has for years, today yielded the opportunity for members of the media and industry buyers to get hands-on trigger time with some of the newest and most innovative firearms and accessories that are hitting the shelves.  The GunLink team was on hand from the opening shots through the last call so we could get first hand information and experience to pass along to those who were unable to make it out.

Check out the SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range photos below and keep an eye right here on the GunLink Blog and on the GunLink Forums for more details on our live-fire excursion into the new firearms market, from the new Hudson H9 pistol through the Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P 10 modern sporting rifle chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor.    Continue reading

The Wild West of Shooting Sports – Cowboy Action Shooting

cowboymountedshootingSure, sporting clays might be in the Olympics, 3-Gun matches may have made their way into televised sports via 3GN, and all levels of shooters may compete on the weekends in IDPA, USPSA, and IPSC matches, but those aren’t the only names in the game.  The shooting sports game, that is.

Practical shooting competitions generally have real-world applications that can be carried into our concealed carry, home defense, and general self defense routines.  Skeet, Trap, and Sporting Clays help sharpen skills that will carry over into the field for the scattergun hunter.  Three-gun matches certainly showcase some amazing shooting abilities with a variety of defensive tools.  Do you think that you could perform similar feats of shooting prowess?  While riding a galloping horse at full speed?  With a single-action firearm?

That is exactly what participants in the sports of Cowboy Action Shooting (CAS) do as they carry on the traditions of the Old West.   Continue reading

Shot-Force Pro Brings Innovation to AR500 Targets

ShotForceTargets_8402Several members of the GunLink team have spent at least some portion of their lives in southern Ohio, so the area has a place in our hearts.  Although most of us have since spread throughout the country, we were happy to discover Nelsonville-based Shot-Force Pro while wandering the SHOT Show dungeon this past January.  It is always nice to run in to someone from “back home” when travelling.

In addition to catching up on Ohio news and being introduced to company founder Steve Davis and his team while visiting their booth in Las Vegas, we were also introduced to some of their innovative targets.  On a recent trip back to our old AO, we had the opportunity to stop by and visit the Shot Force facility and see where the magic happens.  While there, we also got to put rounds on just about every kind of target that they currently produce as well as getting a behind the scenes look at some of the new target systems that are still in the R&D phase.

After a lively discussion on guns and politics, we got to take a look at the Shot Force production area, including stacks upon stacks of hardened steel plates, the plasma cutting table that transforms them from generic plates into their various shapes, and finished products – clad in brightly colored powder coating – waiting to be shipped out.   Continue reading

Meet Yuri Sivitski – The Soviet-Born Shooting Enthusiast with Muscular Dystrophy

How One Disabled USSR-Born Shooting Enthusiast is Chasing the American Dream

YuriSivitski_ARIf you are surfing GunLink, then chances are good that you are a shooting enthusiast or, at least, have some interest in self defense, hunting, plinking, or other shooting sports.  For many of us, picking up a firearm and hitting the range is a perfect way to spend a weekend.  For others, however, as enjoyable as it sounds, that is not a possibility.  Such is the case for Yuri Sivitski.

We recently made the online acquaintance of Yuri through Twitter.  Yuri was born and grew up in the Soviet Union – in the Belorussian Soviet Socialistic Republic, now known as the Republic of Belarus.  There, he was diagnosed at a very young age with muscular dystrophy – a disease without specific treatment or cure that weakens the musculoskeletal system and hampers movement.  You can see how this would be problematic for someone interested in the shooting sports.  Yuri has shared more of his story here on the GunLink Forums, where he has opened himself for an Ask Me Anything (within reason) Q&A session.

Yuri notes the irony of being a 46 year old man who is still working with “the rest of the same muscles I was born with” – which continue to deteriorate.  Although he has never been able to walk, and could never lift objects weighing much more than one pound, he has a great interest in firearms and the shooting sports.

I cannot remember, how it started, but everything about firearms has always been one of top interest in my life.  As you can imagine, in the Soviet Union access to guns for citizens was, let’s put it softly, restricted.

Given the nature of the Soviets’ harsh restrictions on firearm ownership by the general public and Mr. Sivitski’s condition, he did not have much opportunity to enjoy the shooting sports that he dreamed of, or even to go to a library to learn more about the subject that he loved.  For years, a meager selection of a few books and magazines were his only source of information on the topic, so he read and re-read them over and over.  And then… the internet came.  With this nearly limitless supply of information and knowledge now available to him via the internet through the use of assistive technologies, Yuri described himself as a “dimensionless sponge” to soak up information.  He was finally able to pursue knowledge about his passion, even if he was not able to put it into practice on the firing line.   Continue reading

Just What the Heck is MOA and Why Should I Care?

Zen and the Art of Better Shooting Through Understanding Minutes of Arc (a.k.a. Minutes of Angle)

Look straight out, toward the horizon.  Now look straight up.  You don’t have to be a rocket surgeon or remember every word your geometry teacher said to know that the two spots you just looked at are about 90° apart.  There’s a pretty big swath of the universe between those two points – roughly half of everything that the Earth isn’t blocking your view of.

100yMOANow let’s pretend that you are looking down range at your blue target stand 100 yards away and it occupies, say, 1º of your field of view.  There is an aerial view of this at right.  Using the math that we all, of course, remember from trigonometry class, we can figure out that if the red line (distance to target stand) is 3600 inches (100y) and the brown angle (half of the portion of your field of view occupied by the target stand) is 0.5º, then the pink line (half the width of the target stand) is 31.41 inches wide (3600*tan 0.5º).  Therefore, the blue target stand that occupies 1º of your field of view at 100 yards is 62.83 inches wide.  Don’t worry, there won’t be a quiz on this part.

So, why do we care about this and what does trig class have to do with shooting?  Because most shooters have heard of MOA (minutes of arc, or minutes of angle) and some of them even have a basic idea of what it means or, at least, pretend to when clicking around the adjustment knobs on their scopes.  One minute of arc is 1/60th of one degree.  If your blue target stand at 100 yards in the diagram takes up 1º of your view, then it is 60 MOA wide.  If you can keep all of your shots in a 63″ circle at 100 yards, you and your firearm are capable of 60 MOA shooting.  Congratulations, dead-eye!   Continue reading





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