You just bought a modern Sporting rifle!


You just bought a Modern Sporting Rifle; congratulations you now own the most customizable firearm on the planet! When it comes to the MSR there are hundreds of different directions that a person can go, weather it be for shooting varmint with a heavy barrel, long range scope and bipod or if you want a close quarters combat rifle with a quad rail, flash light and a vertical grip.

The MSR is a great tool for dealing with a varmint infestation from coyotes all the way to hogs. The high capacity magazines and low recoil make it ideal to squeeze off multiple shots even on a running coyote. The variety of optics that can be put on the MSR is just as diverse. A person can mount a reflex, like the EoTech, for close quarters action with a heard of hogs or they can put something like the Nikon M223 3-12x42 for long range shooting. The BDC 600 reticle in the M223 was specifically designed for the 223 Remington cartridges and can allow a shooter to have an effective range of over 600 yards, in ideal conditions.

If hunting is not your sport of choice a MSR chambered in 223 is also an inexpensive alternative to shooting high caliber, high price rifles. For those that want to go to a range a shoot off 500 rounds without spending over $500 on ammunition the 223 Remington is a great alternative, and the high capacity of the MSR makes for a long time between reloads. Other great options are things like 22 Long Rifle conversion kits such as the Stainless Steel CMMG kit. This allows you to take the bolt out of your MSR and drop in the adaptor kit, change magazines, and you are able to shoot 22LR out of your full size MSR. This is the ultimate solution for wanting to shoot lots of ammo, because it will only cost you $25 for well over 500 rounds of 22 verses $25 for about 45 round of 223 ammo.

The MSR is also a great choice for those looking for a home defense firearms that can provide ample firepower without over penetration. The short barrel and the collapsible stock of the M4 make it easier to maneuver corners than a full length shotgun and with the versatility of a quad rail it is easy to mount accessories such as vertical grips, lights and laser identifiers. With the pairing of optics like the Vortex Fire Dot the MSR can be a deadly defensive tool within the walls of your home. With the low recoil of the 223 bullet it would be easy for a female to shoot the gun as well. With new technology that is in bullet design the 223 Remington bullet used in the MSR will not penetrate more than a few sheet of sheetrock inside a home. This helps prevent the problem of firing a gun in a house, for protection, but the bullet travels all the way through your home and possible into a neighbor’s home, destroying everything in its path. The MSR is not a gun just for the military any more; in fact with the versatility of the MSR any outdoorsman can find a use for the MSR weather it is for hunting, protection or play.


Family Summer Camp Rocky View

Family Summer Camp

Family Summer Camp


The 2012 Family Summer Camp Event is geared to offer families a way to spend an
enjoyable summer together with free crafts, interactive displays and outdoor skill
workshops, in an atmosphere much like the summer camps many of us attended as
kids ourselves. The Event offers(1:00-5:00):
 Free Shooting Arcade

-FREE Shooting Gallery
-FREE Casting Pond and Targets
-FREE Archery Shooting Range
-FREE Crafts like the ones you used to make in summer camp—custom leather crafting,
painting a bear track mold, painting a wiggle snake, decorating a seedling pot,
creating your own Catch-A-Fish game, painting a birdhouse….a different craft activity
each Saturday and Sunday and Tuesday and Thursday thru the event dates, while
supplies last.
-FREE photos Saturdays and Sundays (1:00pm-4:00pm)—enjoy getting a picture of the kids or the whole
family made in front of an outdoors backdrop
-FREE S’mores activity each Saturday night between, 6:00pm-7:00pm throughout the event

In addition, Free Family Summer Camp Workshops(no registration needed) will be held Tuesdays and
Thursdays, and Saturdays and Sundays featuring:

-Bird Watching: Listen and identify various bird sounds and learn about threatened species.
-Hunting and Shooting Basics: Learn about hunting seasons, clothing, ammunition and safety
-Fishing Basics: Covering different kinds of lures, bait and the fishing seasons.
-Outdoor Discovery and conservation: Learn about the importance of conserving the beauty of the Great Outdoors.
-Backyard Adventure:  Learn about the different trees, insects, animals and pests you should avoid.
-Archery: Learn about Bow Hunting and the different parts of a compound bow and important tips!
-Camping Basics: Learn what to expect when camping and what you need to bring to be comfortable.
-Wildlife Exploration: Learn how to identify more common animals that you can encounter on your outdoor adventure.
-Dogs in the Outdoors: Learn how to keep your best friend comfortable, and discuss different dog breeds and the different activities that’s dogs enjoy.

Kids will earn a collectible pin for every workshop completed and a Bass Pro Lanyard, again, while supplies last.Catch and Realease


Choosing the Right Caliber For You


  When choosing your own personal handgun there are many things you should take in to consideration.  First, determine your purpose for purchasing a handgun.  Is it for target shooting, is it for your home, or is it to carry?  There are many different handguns in many different calibers and many different sizes that can be used for different reasons. 

 Ruger 22 LR Rimfire

  A 22 caliber pistol or revolver will have the least amount of recoil and the least amount of stopping power.  However, if target shooting is your goal, some of the 22 semi-autos such as Ruger, Browning, or Beretta with the 4 to 6 inch barrels are the most accurate and most fun to shoot.  They are also the cheapest to shoot because 22 long rifle ammunition is less expensive to buy than any other ammunition out there. 


  The next step up would be a 380 semi-auto or 38 revolver.  These are typically carry guns and are made in air weight versions and small so they are easy to carry and conceal.  These guns are typically not comfortable shooting guns, which will discourage target shooting.  Ammo is also more expensive.  However, it is imperative that if you are going to carry a handgun that you shoot that handgun often enough to shoot it accurately and be very familiar with its operation.  Remember that under duress you will only be 20% as fast and accurate with your handgun as you are on your best day at the range.  Also, remember that these guns are very good for serving the purpose they were made for and this is to carry, conceal, and use only when absolutely necessary.


S&W M&P .40 Full Size  9mm & 40 caliber handguns come next on the list with a 40 caliber being more powerful than a 9mm.  Companies are now offering these guns in compact and sub-compact lightweight models as well.  Just remember, the lighter the gun the harder the recoil.  There are many 9s & 40s that are quite comfortable to shoot depending on the size of the gun.  The S&W M&P is quite a nice gun to shoot in both calibers and fairly reasonably priced.  Also Springfield Amory makes a very nice gun in these calibers and this company is quite often overlooked in the gun case.  It should not be.  They make an excellent gun with excellent safety features and that are comfortable to shoot.


  357 revolvers are excellent guns with a good amount of power.  These are good multi-purpose guns that can be used for different reasons.  They do however pack a punch.  With a 357 heavier is definitely better.  One benefit of a 357 is that you can shoot a 38 round through it.  This means you can buy less expensive less recoil 38 rounds to target practice with and then only use 357 rounds when carrying for other purposes.  This is a great benefit to owning a 357 revolver


Judge 410 Public Defender

Moving up to a 45 caliber, you have your most powerful caliber carry gun.  Again more power and lighter weight equals more recoil.  Many companies also offer sub-compact, compact, and full size guns in a 45 caliber.  It is also offered in revolvers.  One of the newest and best selling revolvers is the Taurus Judge that will shoot a 45 long colt or .410 shotgun round.  This gun is usually big and heavy enough to absorb a lot of the recoil and is not as unpleasant to shoot as one might think.  The Taurus Judge is an excellent home defense and snake gun.


The above mentioned calibers are the most common caliber smaller handguns that you see in today’s market.  There are other calibers available in semi-autos and revolvers.  The main thing is to determine your primary use for your gun and base your buying decision on that factor.  In some cases, you may need more than one gun.  I can almost guarantee that if you purchase a gun that is not comfortable to shoot, you will want to purchase another one that is.  Owning a gun is making a commitment to the proper care and use of one.  In order to use it properly you will need to practice, practice, practice!  In some cases you can marry up a target gun to a carry gun and use your target gun when you practice.  A good example of this would be a Walther P22 to practice and a Walther PK380 to carry.  They have the same exact body style, function the same way, and are the same size,  The difference is it costs you a lot less money to practice with the 22 than the 380 and there is little to no recoil with the 22.  Another example would be to purchase and air weight 38 for carry and a steel 38 for practice.  You spend the same money on ammo but I promise the steel heavier 38 is much more fun and comfortable to shoot, but maybe not as easy to carry.  You can also, as I mentioned earlier, purchase a 357 and shoot 38 rounds through it for practice and put 357 rounds in it to carry.


When it comes to handguns there are lots of options and there is no one better to help you with those options than your friendly Bass Pro hunting staff.  Stop on by the gun counter, see what’s in the cases, and ask us all the questions you want.  We are more than happy to help you and want to see you make the right choice and purchase for you!  We can help with picking out ammo and accessories as well.  Come see me, Cindy Gose, and all the guys in hunting and let us show you your handgun options!





What Safe Is Safe For What

What Safe Is Safe For What?

SafeMany would like to believe safes are only used for storing guns.  But to the contrary, they are not.  Safes now are used to store documents, electronics, jewelry and much more.  Each safe is different in price, color and size.  The prices range from $550 to $6000 for a customized Browning safe.  Safes can hold from 14 long/shotguns to 51 long/shotguns, depending on what size safe you get.  You can choose to have digital or dial lock.  With a digital keypad you can change your combination but with a dial lock it is a set combination from the factory.  Each safe temperature rating is different ranging from 45 minutes at 1200 degrees to 90 at 1400 degrees.  They also come with a heat expandable door seal.  What keeps the safe fireproof is on the inside they have sheetrock behind the safe walls.  Remember that a safe is a big metal box that will get hot when it is in a fire so do not store your ammunition in the safe because the heat will allow the ammo to discharge.  Also, if you have important documents keep them inside a smaller safe inside the bigger safe so that the papers don’t get parched.  There are also a variety of extras that you can purchase to customize the inside of your safe.  Such as handgun racks, dehumidifiers, lights and mirrors.  So if you’re interested in purchasing a safe for your home, come see us here in the hunting department.

 Patricia Foraker

Hunting Associate

Denham Springs


Concealed-Carry Guns for Women: Ladies there ARE Choices!

It seems that on every shift I work there is at least one lady who comes to the counter looking to buy her first CCW (concealed carry weapon). For most, this will be their first handgun; others will be looking to upgrade a handgun that was found to be not powerful enough when they needed it. So, what to buy? There currently exists a bewildering array of choices, ranging from the miniscule shirt-pocket-sized .380s to the more sizeable, but still big-enough-to-grip semi-autos in .40 S&W and .45 ACP. Let’s look at some of the choices out there and maybe we can help.

 First, let’s look at the old stand-by: the “snub-nose” .38 Spl., commonly called the “38 Special”. This is generally a 5-shot revolver with about  a 2” barrel. Older models are offered in steel frame, but newer, more updated ones, are made in stainless steel, lightweight alloys such as scandium and even titanium.  Steel frames are still offered by Taurus in the Model 85 and by S&W in their Model 60 a lightweight .357 Magnum but is more sized as a slightly large .38. These are heavier than the “ultralight”  ones, which will discuss in a minute. The extra weight allows you to shoot +P (hotter, more powerful & effective .38 loads) with less discomfort than when shooting them in the ultralight models. In a combat situation (and if you have to draw your weapon it IS a combat situation) the harder hitting ammunition is the most effective ammunition, so +P loads are the best in a .38 Spl. Like the .380 and the 9mm, the .38 Spl. is not an especially powerful self-defense cartridge, so very careful ammo selection is a must.

Taurus M852BUL   Smith & Wesson BodyguardRuger LCR


 As far as ultralight revolver choices, several manufacturers offer .38s in scandium, titanium, and even polymer frames.

These are extremely lightweight, and seem to weigh almost nothing when you pick them up. Taurus offers their Model 85UL frames in forged aluminum alloy, lightweight magnesium, and even the Protector series in a polymer frame and in .357 Magnum, in which you can also shoot .38 +P  or .38 Spl loads. Ruger offers lightweight choices in .38 and .357 Mag in their polymer-framed LCR, an extremely lightweight revolver with a larger rubber grip that is easy to hold on to . S&W offers the Bodyguard , in a polymer frame about the same size as the Ruger, but with an integral laser mounted just under the barrel. The laser aids in aiming when you cannot see your sights (yes, you must still aim the gun) and adds no real weight to an intentionally lightweight handgun. You will have to be careful when shopping for a holster for a handgun with a laser. The holster will need to be cut to accommodate the extra bulk of the laser on the frame. The Bodyguard is also offered in a .380 semi-auto format and also has an integral laser; it is even more compact than the revolver.

Revolvers are easy to use, have no external safeties to push off or to deactivate, and are pretty much “point & click” interface. They suffer from two major weaknesses, however: they are bulkier than semi-autos and they are very limited on ammunition. The ones we just mentioned generally hold no more than five rounds of ammo, a specific liability when used against someone heavily clothed (heavy coat, etc.) or of heavy enough weight that the first rounds or rounds might not penetrate deeply enough to reach a vital organ, or if there is more than one attacker. You’ll need to carry speed loaders and practice at using them very quickly and reflexively.  I find that most people are not willing to do this and are better served with a semi-auto, whose extra magazines generally carry more ammo, take up less space in your pocket or on your belt, and are more easily handled when your inevitable adrenaline dump causes you to lose your fine motor skills and leaves you with only your gross motor skills. (We’ll talk more about this in another article.) 

Semi-autos, when compared to revolvers, are flatter, easier to conceal, faster to reload, and are relatively easy to manipulate (I can hear the groans in the background)... Yes, they are! If you don’t believe me, then I dare you to come to the gun counter and I will teach you just how easy it really is. Choices for lightweight semi-autos seem almost endless: everyone seems to build a small-frame lightweight semi-auto these days. Probably the most popular of late has been the diminutive Ruger LCP .380 ACP For those with a sense of humor or are just getting ready for the coming “Zombie Apocalypse”, Ruger offers the LCP in the “Zombie Slayer” model. Both LCPs weigh a scant 9.4 ounces; add a couple more for the version with the integral laser. If you already have an LCP without a laser, then fear not, we have a Crimson Trace laser for the LCP and it is easily installed. Taurus makes the TCP, same size as the Ruger LCP, and the Taurus comes in stainless steel finish as well as black.  Taurus also offers the Model 709 Slim chambered in 9mm, which is a more effective stopper than .380 and the 709 is only slightly larger than the TCP.

 Ruger also offers the LC9 and the BSR9C, both chambered in 9mm and both also only slightly larger than the LCP.


Smith & Wesson Shield   Sig Sauer P238      Ruger LC9

Glock offers subcompact models of their wildly popular polymer frame semi-auto in the Model 26 in 9mm, their Model 27 chambered in .40 S&W, and their Model 30 chambered in .45 ACP. These are accurate, reliable, and easy to hold on to, and I don’t believe that a 5-year-old could tear one up (no, kids should not have guns; Glocks are just that tough).  Along that same line, Springfield Armory offers the excellent XD in subcompact versions in polymer frames in 9mm and .40 S&W. Kahr offers stainless small-frame semi-autos in 9mm, .40, and .45.

 On a slightly larger frame, Beretta offers their excellently accurate PX4 Storm in both compact and subcompact sizes in 9mm and .40 S&W. The PX4s are smooth, accurate, and feel good in the hand. Beretta also offers the very compact Nano in 9mm; it is about the same size as the Ruger LC9.

 On the higher end of the price scale are the H&K SK subcompact and the SIG P238. The H&K comes in 9mm and .40 and the SIG P238 comes only in .380 ACP. If you want to feel what a shrunk-down 1911 feels like, come in and hold the SIG P238. If you liked the old Colt Mustang, then you will love the P238!

These are just some of the choices now available to ladies for a concealed carry weapon. We will help you find one that fits you, not just one that seems like a good idea or that everybody else thinks you should buy. Our staff is knowledgeable and experienced and will be glad to help you choose the one that is best for YOU.


By: Paul Alburl, Hunting Associate


You Don't Need to Be Rich to Reload Ammunition for Cowboy Action Shooting

You Don't Need to Be Rich to Reload Ammunition for Cowboy Action Shooting

Reverend Sayer Prayers
(a.k.a. Ransey Stimson)

Ransey Stimson Reverend Sayer Prayers

Being the Deputy Sheriff in Hill Creek doesn't have many perks and watching the bank on Sunday morning while the Sheriff, the Mayor and the rest of the Town Council are rubbing elbows with the wealthy town folks down at the church certainly ain't one of them.  Sitting at your desk in the window with a full view of the front of the bank, you have your trusty rifle loaded with 10 rounds, hammer down on an empty chamber, staged in the corner next to the door.  Your favorite shotgun is open and empty on top of the desk.  You are wearing both of your revolvers, loaded with 5 rounds each, hammers down on an empty chamber, snuggly in their holsters.

At the sound of the alarm, you stand up and open the window to see 5 bad guys in front of the bank.  You draw your first revolver and put 2 rounds into the first bad guy, 2 rounds into the second bad guy and 1 round into the third bad guy.  You holster your first revolver and draw your second, putting 1 more round into the third bad guy, 2 rounds into the fourth bad guy and your last 2 rounds into the fifth bad guy.  You holster your second revolver and proceed to the door. 

Grabbing your rifle, you open the door and step out onto the porch.  Spying four more gang members in the alley next to the bank, you put 1 round into the first bad guy, 2 rounds into the second bad guy, 3 rounds into the third bad guy and 4 rounds into the 4th bad guy.  But it ain't over yet 'cause they got two more bad guys, one stationed at each end of the street.  Backing into the office, you put your rifle on the desk and pick up your shotgun.  Loading 2 rounds, you lean out the window and put 2 rounds into the bad guy on the left and then reload.  Then you put 2 rounds into the bad guy on the right. 

The Timer shouts, "Is the Shooter ready?"  That's you, adrenalin rush in progress, waiting for the sound of the buzzer.  The first stage of the match is about to start and you have less than one second left to think about it.  Before the day is over, you will send some 120 bullets and 20 or more shotshell loads down range.  If you are really into Cowboy Action Shooting (CAS), you will likely shoot 4 or more matches a month, and that doesn't even consider what you will shoot in practice.  That's a lot of bullets and shotshells.  Most Cowboy Action Shooters use the same caliber ammunition in their revolvers as they do in their rifle.  It makes it simpler at the loading table and for loading during a stage since there is no opportunity to put the wrong ammunition in the wrong firearm.  But, unless you have your own personal bank, chances are you are going to want to reload your own ammunition.

If you have priced cowboy ammunition lately, you already know that it can go for $30 per 50 round box, or more.  The good Shotshells can go for $8 per 25 round box, or more.  I tend to shoot more in practice than I do at a match simply because I am pushing myself through drill after drill without taking much of a break.  Even if you only shoot 2 matches a month and practice twice a month, your cost in ammunition alone can be nearly $400 per month.  Now consider the fact that you can reload your own ammunition for as little as 1/3 the price.  With the basic single stage shotshell press and a simple turret press for your metallic cartridge loads, you can crank out enough ammunition for a match in about 2 1/2 hours. 

So, you have a decision to make.  You can spend a couple of hours of your time each week making your own ammunition, and save yourself a whole bunch of money.  Or, you can go through the hassle of driving around and spending a lot of money and time buying your ammunition, if you can even find what you need.  It's not a tough call.  Buying the equipment and getting it set up is easier and less expensive than you might think.  You can find most of what you need in a single weekend, ammunition components included.  If you have a work bench already, you can be set up and running in a single evening.  You can reload 120 rounds of pistol/rifle ammunition and 25 rounds of shotshell ammunition for $20 to $30, depending on the caliber you shoot.  Your up front expenses are between $500 and $700.  You can get the basics for under $500.  The $700 investment gets you better equipment, which will pay off in the long run.  Depending on how much you shoot, you can recoup your equipment costs in as little as 3 months.

Here are some examples to consider when selecting your equipment:

Single Stage Shotshell Press
Turret Press Kit (Includes Electronic Scale, Powder Drop System, Primer Feed System, Case Preparation Tools and Reloading Manual)
Electronic Calipers
Brass Tumbler
Tumbling Media
Bullet Puller
1 Set of Reloading Dies

There are a number of accessories that you may want to add to your bench later, but the list above is all you really need to get started.  Save your brass and hulls from the ammunition you already shoot, and the boxes too.  They are all reusable and can last you quite a while.  Cowboy loads are generally loaded at the lower pressure levels.  That means the cases and hulls don't split or crack nearly as often.  You will find that you can reload metallic pistol/rifle cases 10 or more times.  Unless you are shooting black powder in your shotshells, you can reload your hulls at least 4 or 5 times.  That said, there is a certain amount of loss experienced on the range.  You lose some and you step on some.  Then there are "Lost Brass" matches where there are so many shooters and so little time that you are not allowed pick up your brass or hulls.  Often times, "Lost Brass" matches have Boy Scout troops in attendance that rake up, clean and sort the brass and hulls, selling it back to interested shooters for a small fee.  This enables the Host Club to get all the shooters through the course, the Scouts to make a little money and shooters to recoup their brass for a small fee.  It really is a Win - Win for everyone.

Interested?  Well, if saving money hasn't grabbed your interest, then here are some other advantages.  There are a lot of different bullet designs and weights available for the most popular CAS calibers.  If you reload your own, you can tailor your ammunition to your firearm and your shooting style.  If you are buying off the shelf ammunition, you are limited to whatever is offered by the manufacturer.  Worse still, you are limited to the availability of that ammunition.  If you can't find it on the shelf, you don't get to shoot.  If you reload your own ammunition, you determine the availability.  For me, there is something therapeutic about reloading.  It is relaxing and enjoyable.  The satisfaction I get from reloading my own ammunition is surprising.  The satisfaction I get from shooting ammunition I load myself is another added bonus. 

Tune in again soon and I'll fill you in on the details of loading your own cowboy ammunition.  Until then, keep the sun at your back and your powder dry my friend.  You never know when you might need to take out some bad guys.


Handgun Shopping

  When one first goes handgun shopping it can be very overwhelming.  Who knew there were so many shapes, sizes, and even colors to choose from?  The first basic question you need to ask yourself is do I want a pistol or do I want a revolver?  What is the difference you ask?  Well, a pistol is semi-automatic and is fired based on loading rounds into a magazine.  You pull back what is called a slide to load the first round from the magazine into the chamber and then theoretically you fire until the magazine is empty.  I say theoretically because there can be different factors that causes your gun to jam while firing.  If this were to happen to you, you would then manually have to clear the jam and then load another bullet into the chamber by pulling the slide before you can fire again.  This is not always a scenario you want to have to deal with if you are firing your weapon under duress. 

  Revolvers on the other hand have been around for a very long time.  The earliest ones were invented in 1597.  Granted these were not the revolvers we know today, but it just gives you an idea of how long these guns have been made and how long gun makers have had to perfect them.  Colt invented a single action revolver in 1836 and these are similar to the revolvers we see today and some revolvers made today are still single action.  However the most popular and modern revolver of today is the double action revolver.  A single action revolver requires the gun to have an external hammer and the hammer must be cocked to fire the gun.  With the invention of the double action revolver in 1851 came the ability to fire a revolver just by pulling the trigger.  This was indeed a significant event in the history of revolvers.  The double action revolver changed everything.

  Revolvers are built much the same way today that they were made in 1836.  They are based on a rotating cylinder system.  You load your ammunition directly into the cylinder and in cases of a single action you cock the hammer then pull the trigger to fire, or in cases of a double action you simply pull the trigger and fire.  While granted the rounds of ammunition you can fire in a revolver (5-6 shots) are significantly less than a pistol (10-12 shot average), the simplicity of the revolver makes it a much more dependable gun.  The instances of ammunition jams in revolvers are significantly lower than ammunition jams in pistols.  When and if there is a jam in a revolver all you have to do to clear it is pull the trigger and the cylinder rotates and fires the next round.  I explained how to clear a pistol ammunition jam earlier. 

  My questions to you as a handgun buyer will always be the same.  How much experience do you have with handguns?  Do you already own any handguns?  If so, what are they?  What are your purposes for purchasing a handgun?  The answers to these questions are all we really need to know to point you in the right direction of helping you decide what handgun is right for you.  If you are new, inexperienced, and for most women, your first handgun purchase should always be a revolver.  They are simplistic, dependable and by far the best choice for the beginning handgun user.  I am not knocking owning a good pistol as well, but if you are only going to have one gun to depend on a good dependable revolver is your best choice.

  Come see me Cindy Gose and the rest of the hunting staff at Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville, TN.  We will be happy to show you what we have to offer.  If you have something specific in mind that is not in our case, just ask.  We will be happy to see if it is something we can order for you.  A typical special order only takes 7-10 days to receive and it is much better to wait a week than go home with something you are not sure you want.  Remember all firearm sales are final.  We are just now starting to receive in a new assortment of holsters.  While you are in gun shopping take a look.  We are going to carry leather concealment holsters, ankle holsters, belly bands, and several other new items that our customers have been asking for.  Stop by the gun counter and ask us some questions.  We are always happy to help and we want you to leave happy and be a customer for life!



What Safe Is Safe For What?

 What Safe Is Safe For What? 

Gun SafeMany would like to believe safes are only used for storing guns.  But to the contrary, they are not.  Safes now are used to store documents, electronics, jewelry and much more.  Each safe is different in price, color and size.  The prices range from $550 to $6000 for a customized Browning safe.  Safes can hold from 14 long/shotguns to 51 long/shotguns, depending on what size safe you get.  You can choose to have digital or dial lock.  With a digital keypad you can change your combination but with a dial lock it is a set combination from the factory.  Each safe temperature rating is different ranging from 45 minutes at 1200 degrees to 90 at 1400 degrees.  They also come with a heat expandable door seal.  What keeps the safe fireproof is on the inside they have sheetrock bdhind the safe walls.  Remember that a safe is a big metal box that will get hot when it is in a fire so do not store your ammunition in the safe because the heat will allow the ammo to discharge.  Also, if you have important documents keep them inside a smaller safe inside the bigger safe so that the papers don’t get parched.  There are also a variety of extras that you can purchase to customize the inside of your safe.  Such as handgun racks, dehumidifiers, lights and mirrors.  So if you’re interested in purchasing a safe for your home, come see us here in the hunting department.

 Patricia Foraker

Hunting Associate

Denham Springs


Preparing for upland bird hunting seasons

Hello All,

If your gearing up and practicing your marksmanship for the upcoming upland bird seasons, then don't forget about Bass Pro Shops for all your hunting and marksmanship needs.


The proper camouflage and hunter's orange is always something to consider before you begin your hunt. Bass Pro Shops carries several different brands when it comes to hunter's orange clothing so you're seen by other hunters. One great product is the Browning Upland Canvas Vest. This vest has 4 large pockets for calls and ammunition on the front as well as one large pocket on the back for holding any birds taken while hunting. The vest also has pockets in the shoulders for Browning Reactar recoil pads. These pads are sold separately but are a great addition when considering shooting all day.

Browning Upland Canvas VestBrowning G2 Reactar Pad

Another great product to consider when going bird hunting is a quality pair of briar pants or snake chaps which can also be found at Bass Pro. Bass Pro carries several different styles of briar pants made by Browning and RedHead. The Redhead pants give several different patterns to choose from such as blue jean with khaki front, a solid brown pant, or a full mossy oak break up pants. Next would be a pair of quality snake chaps, because I have run across a few rattle snakes in the field also. The snake chaps made by WhiteWater are of great quality and are made of a very tough polyester fabric, they really are a lifesaver when your eyes are focused on the air for the birds and not on the ground where the snakes are. Bass Pro carries snake chaps in either a RealTree AP camouflage or just a tan color. The snake chaps as well as everything else mentioned above can be found in the camo department at your local Bass Pro Shops.

 RedHead Briar Pants                                              WhiteWater Snake Chaps

Best Regards and Safe Hunting,
Ethan Aycox,
Bass Pro Shops,
Camo Pro Staff,
Spanish Fort, Al.


Weatherby Turkey Shotguns for the Spring Season

Hey, Turkey season is just around the corner. It's time to get your gear out, scope out your land and set yourself up for a successful season this spring. We have all the gear for you, especially the right guns to get the job done.

Weatherby SA-459 Semi-Auto Turkey Shotgun

Make sure that you come in and check out our new Weatherby shotguns. The SA-459 Semi Auto Turkey shotgun is available in 12 or 20 gauge pistol grip and picatinny rail. It's gas-operated semi-auto action reduces felt recoil and has a trimmer forend for easy handling.  Featuring the Mothwing Spring Mimicry camouflage pattern that uses a special "dipping" process that adheres the camo directly to all stock components.  It has an 21 1/4" barrel with removable extended ported cylinder choke tube (Extra Full). The oversized hourglass bolt handle is easy to locate and operate. The 20 gauge is an ideal model for smaller frame shooters and is priced from $519.97

Weatherby PA-08 Pump Turkey Shotgun

The PA-08 Turkey Pump Shotgun comes in 12 gauge with a 22" barrel with a removable full choke tube. It too features the Mothwing Spring Mimicry camouflage pattern. The PA-08 has a superior fit and finish that compares favorably to competitively priced turkey guns. Priced from $299.97 it is an excellent choice as a less expensive option to get started bagging those big Toms this spring turkey season.

Additionally, don't forget to check out our great deals on turkey ammunition, including Federal, Remington, Winchester and Kent brands that will nicely compliment these great turkey guns.  


Bass Pro Shops is Your One Stop Shopping for the Zombie Epidemic!

It’s inevitable that with the growth rate of the world, a Zombie epidemic is looming. Whether you believe the previous statement or not, for the sake of this blog, let’s say there is an imminent “Zombie” threat, how would you prepare? Zombie Max

First get to your nearest Bass Pro Shops and talk with the experts in the hunting department. They will be sure to tell you for tips on how to prepare for the Zombie epidemic you should trust Hornady.  Hornady has placed on every box of high quality ammo a Zombie 101 tutorial, and posted videos on their Web site. Dealing with an uprising of something that has already been declared dead once, we cannot use just any ammunition. Luckily for us Hornady has designed a CZA (Certified Zombie Ammunition) round just for the flesh eating undead. Hornady’s Zombie Max (11.99-24.99) is available in almost all calibers and provides a quality round you can trust.

Winchester Defender 12 ga.Zombie experts agree that the 12 ga. Shotgun is the best choice for a primary weapon to hold off any zombie revolt. Our weapon of choice for an impending uprising is the Winchester Defender SXP (399.99). With a compact feel and an 18 inch barrel, this 12 ga. pump shotgun is easy to pack or carry for maximum zombie stopping power.

Major manufactures everywhere are helping consumers prepare for the rise of the living Darkotic dead.Birchwood Casey has developed an entire line of high visibility Zombie splattering targets; which could represent everything from your Pizza delivery guy, to your neighbor’s dog. 

Plano has created an ammo box for you to keep all of your supplies together and ready. Bass Pro Shops is your one stop shop for all your outdoor, shooting and Zombie needs. One last thing, if all else fails, AIM FOR THE HEAD!

Plano Zombie



 James Sullivan

Shreveport, LA


Spring Turkey Hunting: Tips for Beginners, Part 2

Shotguns and Ammunition

The best shotgun and ammunition for turkey hunting is the combination that delivers a dense, hard-hitting pattern at 40-45 yards. Most hunters use larger gauges (12 or 10 gauge) with tight chokes (full or extra full). Shells are usually 3 or 3 ½ inch magnums loaded with #4, #5 or #6 size shot. The smaller the shot size (the larger the number), the greater the number of pellets in a shell. However, the smaller pellets weigh less, carry less energy and provide less penetration at longer distances than pellets of a larger shot size.

Before hunting, pattern your shotgun to see which choke, brand of ammunition and shell load produces the most uniform pattern and density. Pattern performance will vary with different gun, choke, load and ammunition manufacturer combinations.

To pattern a shotgun for turkey hunting, use a target that depicts a turkey’s vital head and neck area (make several copies). The head and neck is what you should be shooting for when your turkey comes in range. Set the target up at 40 yards and shoot from a rest. Compare the number and density of pellets striking the vital area with the different choke and ammunition combinations to see which one shoots best in your gun. You should have at least 8 to 10 pellets in the vital area at 40 yards. Once you get satisfactory results at 40 yards, fire additional rounds at 25 and 45 yards. These rounds will show you what patterns you can expect at different distances and help you determine your shooting limits.

Calls and Calling

Good calling and knowing when to call are often critical keys to success in turkey hunting. Hunters typically imitate hens to call a gobbler into gun range. Hens make a variety of calls: yelps, clucks, cuts, purrs and whines. The best way to learn to call is to practice with an experienced turkey hunter or to purchase an instructional video or audio cassette and then practice the calls taught by the instructor. It isn’t necessary to become an expert in each of these calls to have success in turkey hunting. Gaining a good command of yelps and clucks will be of most benefit to new turkey hunters.

As with camo, guns and shells, a number of different types of calls are used in turkey hunting. The most popular styles include box calls, slate-type friction calls, wingbone and trumpet calls, diaphragm calls, push-pin and tube calls. Beginning hunters should normally consider box calls, slate-type friction calls and push-pin calls for their ease of use.

On a given day any of these calls will work. Each style call has its own distinctive sound. A gobbler will sometimes answer one call but not the others. So, carry several calls and take turns trying them. If one call doesn’t get a response, another one might.

When calling turkeys, less is better in most cases. Don’t over call. The more you call, the more likely you’ll hit a sour note or that your movement will be seen by an alert gobbler or hen that has quietly moved in to check you out.

By Ron Eakes, Wildlife Biologist, Black Warrior Wildlife Management Area



This Week at Bass Pro Shops

Easter Fun!







The fun continues with FREE Easter activities for kids!

Free photos with the Easter Bunny

April 7 - 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday, April 8 - 1-3 p.m.
Monday-Friday, April 3-6 - 6-8 p.m.


Free Kids' Crafts!

Sat. and Sun.,  April 7 and April 8 - Noon-3 p.m.
Friday, April 6, 6-8 p.m.


Free Easter Egg Hunt!

Sat. and Sun, April 7 and April 8 - 1 p.m. - one hour - registration starts at 12:30 p.m.!

A representative from HeviShot will be here to answer questions about their line of ammunition

April 7 and 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Youth Archery Workshops

Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8, 2 p.m.

Kids, join us at the archery shooting range! Bows will be furnished and an adult range master will provide guidance and supervision.


Zombie Max!

With the introduction of AMC’s hit show, The Walking Dead, the obsession over zombies has reached an all time high!
Major firearms and ammunition manufacturers have begun marketing towards this epidemic. The ammunition manufacturer, Hornady, has been the pioneer in the ammunition industry. Their new line of Zombie-Max ammunition offers a variety of handgun and rifle calibers along with 12-gauge “Z-Shot”. This new popular line of ammunition has been flying off the shelves!

With this new product out in stores, Ruger has introduced a version of the LCP which is now called LCP-Z “Zombie Slayer”. It is a .380 caliber hand gun going for $379.99 here at Bass Pro Shops and is in high demand. It holds 6 rounds in the magazine and 1 in the chamber.

You may have the weapon and the ammunition, but do you need some practice and there are no zombies to use? Check out our new line of zombie targets featuring the zombie butcher and the zombie pizza delivery boy! Don’t forget to purchase a zombie ammo can as well! You will need the space for plenty of ammo!

If you have any questions regarding any of our zombie products or you would like to take a look at these items, please stop by our hunting department and ask an associate. They will be glad to help you. Please remember these products are not toys!

Hornady’s Disclaimer: Hornady® Zombie Max™ ammunition is NOT a toy (IT IS LIVE AMMUNITION), but is intended only to be used on…ZOMBIES, also known as the living dead, undead, etc. No human being, plant, animal, vegetable or mineral should ever be shot with Hornady® Zombie Max™ ammunition. Again, we repeat, Hornady® Zombie Max™ ammunition is for use on ZOMBIES ONLY, and that's not a nickname, phrase or cute way of referring to anybody, place or thing. When we say Zombies, we mean…ZOMBIES!



Springtime Means Trigger Time

Well it’s Spring once again and that means something extra special to me. Spring not only brings with it warmer weather and longer days but it’s also when I get to pull out all those Christmas presents and head to the range. The new season of the Bass Pro Shops sponsored program Top Shot airing on The History Channel has peaked interest of many of our customers in competitive shooting.

I have been playing games with guns for 12 or 13 years now and have participated in many different types of competition from bowling pin matches to United States Practical Shooters Association (USPSA), and International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) on the local and national level. Today I’d like to talk about IDPA shooting simply because that’s where I began shooting action pistol games. IDPA is geared toward shooting scenarios that one may encounter in a defensive situation using equipment that can be purchased and competed with stock configuration without the need of pricey gunsmith services.

What makes IDPA shooting so much fun? You won’t see any compensated race guns, or fancy optics at IDPA matches as the game is designed to be played with stock, or mostly stock firearms falling into one of six divisions depending on the gun you want to use. A person can literally walk into a Bass Pro Shops in the morning to take possession of their handgun, purchase a holster, magazine carrier, extra magazine or two, eye, and hearing protection, and some ammunition and have everything they need to shoot a match that afternoon. It was the ability to use equipment I already had that first drew me to this game and has kept me there.

Take a look at Mike Elliott, shooting in the Enhanced Service Pistol Division:

The divisions are:  

Stock Service Pistol (SSP)

Double action 9mm or larger pistols only, with modifications limited to internal accuracy work, grip changes, and sight changes. No other externally visible modifications are permitted.  

Enhanced Service Pistol (ESP)

Double, or single action 9mm or larger pistols with the modifications allowed in SSP, plus you may make some externally visible modifications such as the addition of a magazine well or checkering and stippling added to your pistol frame.  

Custom Defensive Pistol (CDP)

Any .45 caliber pistol, and the modifications listed in the SSP and ESP divisions.  

Stock Service Revolver (SSR)

Any .38 or larger revolver with a 4.2 inch or less barrel that uses rimmed ammunition and is not loaded with moon clips. Speed loaders are allowed in SSR.  

Enhanced Service Revolver (ESR)

Any 9mm or larger revolver with a 4.2inch or less barrel that is reloaded by moon clips.  

Back Up Gun (BUG)

Intended for local matches only using a .32 or larger gun with a barrel no longer than 3.8inches for a pistol or 3.0 inches for a revolver. 


For the full rule book please visit the IDPA Rule Book

IDPA allows a person to shoot one match as a non-member before they are asked to join. This way you can try it out and decide if the game is for you before plopping down your $40 for a one year membership to the organization. Once you are an IDPA member you may shoot a classifier match to judge your skill level on a pre-defined scale. From that point on, when you shoot a match, you are shooting against other shooters at the same skill level. IDPA shooting is one of those games where you can get as serious as you want, or just play it for fun. There is something for just about everyone, and getting started is half the fun.


Trap/ Skeet & Sporting Clays

Want to hit more birds in the fall? Then get to the trap and skeet range today! The first trip to a trap & skeet range might be intimidating but in the end it is all worth it. Just the sight of professional shooters breaking clays and getting perfect rounds might set you back, but in fact, they always welcome newcomers to the sport. They’ll offer free advice and tips and a few will even know what they’re talking about. Point is, don’t be held back by first impressions. All gun clubs require eye and ear protection. Most enforce the rule strictly, but even if they don’t, wear ear plugs and shooting glasses at all times. As per ammunition, some clubs prohibit any shot size bigger than 7.5 due to safety reasons.

Last year, Fiocchi introduced their new line of shotgun shells  that are chemical tracer rounds. It was made to help shooters see where they are hitting if they keep missing their target. The tracer shell holds a small cartridge that lights up like a glow stick which is activated once the firearm has been shot. The Chemical Tracer rounds, part of the Canned Heat line, are non-toxic, non-pyrotechnic, biodegradable, and safe for any modern shotgun. This is probably one of, if not, the best training tool there is for sport clay shooting. These shells are not found in our Bass Pro Miami store but it is available for special order. If you have any questions, please stop by the store and speak to one of our associates.

To get started, one doesn't need to buy an expensive shotgun. Some people like to keep it simple like purchasing one of the most popular models such as Remington's 870 and 1187 models. If you're not sure which type of shotgun will work best and fit the best for you, visit local gun clubs and join classes. They can always provide firearms for beginners and tips to improve your shooting.

At Bass Pro Shops, we offer many different types of shotguns to not only to shoot clays but to hunt with as well. Stop by our hunting counter and check out the display of firearms we carry! Who knows, you just might walk out with one!

Click HERE to check out Fiocchi's Chemical Tracer Shell

Happy Hunting!

Krizia Torres
Gun Vault Specialist/ Hunting Associate
Bass Pro Shops Miami


Spring Turkey Season 2012

Yep! Its that time of the year again... before you know it spring turkey season will upon us. So you like to turkey hunt but you feel that its lost that challenge that you yearn for, has it become too easy, has the expense of ammunition got you thinking twice about going? Perhaps its time you try using a more traditional method! It has become an increasingly popular way of extending ones time in the woods, and giving you more opportunities. That method is archery hunting for turkey! It is a real challenge and can provide for lots of fun and the reward is often great.

Hunting turkey with a bow and arrow brings its own set of challenges and obstacles, but fortunately over the last decade or so there have been several advancements or innovations in the industry that are aimed directly at the turkey hunter. Most notably are turkey specific broadheads, the first and most popular of these is the Gobbler Guillotine by Arrowdynamic Solutions, next is the Bullhead turkey broadhead by Magnus, and last but not least is the newest of the three; released for this year is the new Rage-Turkey expandable by Rage Broadheads.

The Guillotine and the Bullhead are both fixed bladed broadheads that provide for an impressive appearance with their 1 1/4- 2" fixed length cutting blades. These are designed so that you can take a shot and not have to be precise and still have a quick and humane kill. The tag line for the guillotine is "close is good enough". Both the Guillotine and the Bullhead come in 100gr and 125gr variations; however the blade length varies and will be shorter in the 100gr variations, hence i would suggest the 125gr variation as it gives you the greatest reach-literally. The down side to this broadhead design while effective, they have very poor aerodynamic properties and can effect arrow flight negatively, severely limiting their effective range. The guillotine requires 'sheaths' so as to not create lift and disrupt trajectory. Magnus claims their design negates the need for such sheaths and that their side mounted blades do not create lift.

The Rage on the other hand is an expandable broadhead. This design gives you target tip flight, minimal trajectory distortion with maximum effective range, all while still providing a 2 1/4 cut. This is achieved by Rage's proprietary SlipCam design that uses either 2 or 3 blades that fold into the ferrule or body and deploy to the rear on contact. This is a a design that has been proven for many years in their other hunting broadheads. This design however requires you to be more precise in you shot placement as you don't have the leeway that the guillotine and bullhead provide you. However that is a minor disadvantage when you ad up all of the other advantages of the Rage design over the fixed blade designs.

No matter which broadhead you choose, be rest assured that it is a quality product and will do what you need it to do. 


Good Luck and Happy Hunting from all of us here at Bass Pro Shops!


Spring Turkey Hunting Event

I had been pretty much been only thinking about the start of open water fishing until I watched a big longbeard walk across my front lawn and then out through my garden the other afternoon. Now I have also started thinking about turkey hunting which is not that far off. I also know that Bass Pro Shops’ Spring Turkey Hunting event is less than a month away. You won’t want to miss this event which takes place on April 14, 15, 21 and 22 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. 

The event will feature seminars and calling demonstrations by some of the best turkey hunting pros in the area. Scheduled to be on hand are Steve Peperis pro hunter from Primos Calls and Jake Bennett plus his staff from Shared Obsession TV. Brian Downs Foxpro pro hunter and noted TV and radio host will be on hand to share his turkey hunting knowledge. Chris Cobbett former host of Northwoods Adventures TV and current pro staffer of Open Seasons TV will also be on hand. Michael Leslie and some of his Mossy Oak staff are expected to be here for the event too. All of the latest turkey decoys, turkey calls, turkey chokes, turkey ammunition and camo clothing will also be on display. Be sure to mark these dates on your calendar as you won’t want to miss this must attend turkey hunting event.

To see a listing of the seminars/demos scheduled for the Spring Turkey Hunting event go to our store website. The seminars and times are subject to change so be sure to keep checking our website for any updates and changes.


Don Nelson

Bass Pro Shops



Federal Premium - Made In America

HOOOOYAH!!! Way to go Federal Cartridge Company.  Your new “Made in America” shotgun ammunition speaks volumes.  The beautiful red, white & blue shells are not only patriotic; they are top gun target loads that you can count on time after time.  With the purchase of each box of this ammo, a portion of the proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project. 

As the mother of a future military man, it makes me proud to see a company step up and help support our injured military personnel.  When you purchase this ammo, not only are you getting a great product, you are helping our injured military personnel and their families.  To learn more about the program go to

Federal Ammo

Patricia Foraker

Hunting Sales

Denham Springs


Hunter's Safety Course

Attention New & Recurring Hunters!!

Have you forgotten what the requirements are to purchase a Florida Hunting License? Are you under the age of 16 and want to go out into the woods? Do you really know what it means to be safe in the woods? These are all questions that can be answered in the Florida Hunter’s Safety Course class.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) offers several opportunities for adults to take youths (under age 16) hunting. Many Wildlife Management Areas allow youths, under adult supervision, to hunt during archery, muzzle loading, general gun, small-game and spring turkey seasons without having quota permits. Youths also may hunt areas that require a quota permit if accompanied by a quota permit holder, who is 18 or older, provided the permit holder and youth share a single bag limit. The traditional hunter safety course covers the knowledge, skills and attitude needed to be a safe hunter. This is a 12-hour classroom setting, test and 3-hour range time.

Follow this link to register for a course near you.

Just click on the date you would like to attend and fill out the online registration form.


Topics of the online & traditional hunter safety course include:

o    Safe hunting practices

o    Firearms and ammunition parts, maintenance, and safety

o    The 10 rules of firearm safety

o    Basic shooting skills

o    Hunting techniques

o    Basics in archery, muzzleloading and trapping

o    Treestand safety

o    Survival and First Aid

o    Hunting Ethics

o    Florida-specific hunting regulations

o    And much more!


Note to Parents:

·         If your child is under 18 years of age, they must present to the instructor at all courses a Parental Release Form signed by the child's parent or guardian. This will allow your child to participate in the live fire exercises. Download the Parental Release Form (PDF)

·         Parents or legal guardians are required to accompany children under the age of 16 to all classes.

·         This course is designed for 12 year-olds and older.

·         Hunters born on or after June 1, 1975 and are 16 years old, must pass a hunter safety course before purchasing a license. The mentoring exemption allows certain hunters to purchase a one-time only hunting license without completing the course.


If you have any questions regarding this course, please visit: or Ask FWC or Search the Knowledge Base