Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend No Tax Holiday!

National RedHead Pro-Hunting Team

 

Attention Hunters! The 2012 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday* takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 7th, 8th, and 9th. Let me tell you, we are excited here at Bass Pro Shops in Bossier City, whether you need a Nikon Laser Rangefinder to set up your stand in just the right location, or the Bushnell GPS to find your stand on your hunting property. We are ready to help you get all of your hunting wants and needs to make 2012 your best hunting year ever?



Some of the things the Holiday apply to:

  • Firearms: meaning a shotgun, rifle, pistol, revolver, or other handgun that can be legally sold or purchased in Louisiana.
  • Ammunition: means a projectile with a fuse, propelling charges, or primers fired from a firearm or gun that can be legally sold or purchased in Louisiana.
  • Archery items used for hunting, such as bows, crossbows, arrows, quivers, and shafts.
  • Off-road vehicles, such as all terrain vehicles, designed and intended primarily for hunting. (Note: this doesn't mean all ATV's qualify, the customer has to declare that they are primarily using the ATV for hunting purposes).
  • Accessories designed to be used for hunting.
  • Animal feed for consumption primarily by game that can be legally hunted.
  • Hunting apparel.
  • Hunting shoes and boots designed and used for hunting.
  • Bags to carry game or hunting gear.
  • Binoculars, only if purchased to be used for hunting.
  • Firearms or archery cases.
  • Range finders.
  • Knives that are primarily used for hunting.
  • Decoys.
  • Tree stands.
  • Blinds.
  • Optics, such as rifle scopes and impact resistant glasses for shooting.
  • Holsters.

Some things the Holiday does not apply to:

  • The holiday only applies to sales made for personal (non-business use). If merchandise being sold is going to a customer who is using it for business, trade, or professional use, then the sale is not eligible for exemption.
  • Food for animals kept as pets.
  • Knives used for recreational purposes.
  • Toy guns or other items used as children's toys.


*Act 453 of the 2009 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature enacted the "Annual Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Holiday Act" that provides an exemption from the state and local sales and use taxes on individuals' purchases of firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies on the first Friday through Sunday of each September.

Denise B.
Special Events Coordinator

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Deer Hunting Firearms

 

Deer Hunting Rifles

The deer is the most sought after game animal in North America, and its popularity is ever increasing. The reason for this popularity is because of the vast populations and the somewhat easiness of the hunt. It is practiced by all sorts of hunters, starting with youngsters and ending with the expert experienced hunters that have been around for ages and know all the tips and tricks of this activity.Deer hunting is a sport that requires all the basic necessities as any other hunting kind: patience, preparation and strategy, but at the same time, a higher determination level because the results often appear long after you would expect.

 

Deer Hunting Guns

The first issue that must come in our minds when choosing a gun for deer hunting is what the gun will look like. Bolt action is considered by many as the best solution, while others use on a regular basis pumps, semi-auto loaders and levers.

Deer hunting with gun is done usually less than 100 yards but there are areas where shots are taken from 200 yards and beyond. When browsing the selection of deer hunting guns, the barrel length is something to be taken seriously into consideration.

 

Deer Hunting Rifles

A shorter barrel for deer rifles will be more maneuverable and will result in a quicker shot in heavy brush at running game. These barrels are also lighter, very good for steep country. The disadvantages are loss in stability and velocity. Our users have come to the conclusion that the best all-around model of a deer hunting rifle would have to be the following: Winchester M94, Marlin 336, Savage Model 110, Winchester Model 70 and the Browning A-Bolt.

 

Deer Hunting Shotguns

For those of you interested in deer hunting with shotgun, the choice of barrel is very important. The accuracy of rifled barrels and saboted ammunition is incredible, but many smoothbores still prove very efficient in many various circumstances. Many experienced hunters have killed more deer with a 12 gauge smoothbore than most guys take with rifles. As always, it is where you put the slug that counts. A deer hunting shotgun must be light weight and offer enough power to take down the animal. Our  trusted users recommend the following deer shotguns: Mossberg’s 930 Slugster, Lightfield’s Hybred, Beretta 391, Mossberg 935 and Winchester Super X2.

 

Deer Hunting Scopes

Regarding the deer hunting scopes used, there is a lot to consider. Magnification should be 3x-9x, more than enough for deer. Brands to take into consideration would have to be Sightron (the most affordable) and Leupolds (the most expensive). It is recommend to acquire models that have a matte finish so that they will not shine when going into the woods. When it comes to choosing a crosshair or reticle (that is what you will actually see - usually a cross - when you look through the scope), it is quite hard to beat the tried-and-true cross with lines that are thicker towards the outer ends of the "hairs" and thinner in the center, where they cross. Different manufacturers call them by different names, but usually they will be named "plex" or some variation thereof. From the long list of available scopes suitable for deer rifle, visitors of the site recommended the following 5: Leupold 2.5-8x Vari-X III, 7mm-08 Leupold VX III 1.75-6, 270 WSM Nikon 3-9, Nightforce NXS and the BSA Huntsman RGB.

 

The topic of best rifle for deer hunting has been discussed for a thousand times and hunters have come up with a thousand answers. There is no such thing as the best deer hunting gun, but of course some are them are more recommended in comparison with others. However, from all of the options available today, it is worth mentioning that the Marlin Model 336C is without any doubt, the most reliable and popular deer rifle of all times. With its 20” barrel and full length magazine, it is capable of targeting fast and swing quite smoothly. This astonishing famous lever action carbine offers a rock solid top receiver for strength and easy scope mounting, forged steel parts, and a checkered, pistol grip stock made from genuine American black walnut. When you heft a Model 336 and cycle the action you can feel the quality. For these reasons many avid hunters consider it to be one of the best, if not the best deer hunting rifle available today.

 

As a conclusion, the development of deer hunting guns has come a long way and the variations today are quite impressive. Here are other reliable examples of efficient deer guns: Browning A-Bolt II Medallion, Remington Model 798 and the Remington Model Seven CDL/LS. Guns are now very accurate, lightweight and efficient, exactly what an avid deer hunter needs.

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Dove Hunting Seminar - Presented by Jim Matthews

Comprehensive Dove Seminar to Cover Top Public Hunting Spots in Southern California


 Bass Pro Rancho Cucamonga will be hosting a comprehensive dove hunting seminar with local outdoor writer Jim Matthews. He is also the editor and publisher of Western Birds, a comprehensive scouting report for Southern California bird hunters, and the two seminars he’ll be conducting at Bass Pro will discuss public land dove hunting locations across the southern half of the state.


 “The single most-asked question I receive from hunters is ‘Where can I go?’ And my seminars give new hunters and veterans alike the resources they need to find public hunting areas throughout Southern California,” said Matthews, a Southern California native who has hunted the region for over 40 years, almost exclusively on public lands.


 Matthews said the seminars will provide a package of maps and detailed instructions on how to hunt all of the popular dove hunting areas in Southern California, along with information on map resources and how to use them to scout out your own, less-crowded hotspots.
 

 He will also cover shotguns and ammunition, decoy use, and hunting tactics when setting up on fields, in desert washes and saddles, and near water sources and roost areas. There will also be a section on dove hunting etiquette.
 

 The first seminar will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, August 23. This will be followed by a 10 a.m. to noon seminar Saturday, Aug. 25.
 

 Cost is $50 per person, with family members in the same household included free for that price. The cost includes a special two-issue trial subscription to the Western Birds newsletter.
 

 For more information or to register, you can call Matthews at 909-887-3444. Flyers/registration forms are also available at Bass Pro.

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Hunting Essentials - From One Customer to Another

We recently asked our Facebook fans - What are your essential hunting items?  What would you NOT leave home without when hitting the hunting trail?  Some we can help you out with, some not.  Here are the responses...from one customer to another. 

 Sara H. said  - "Handgun, license, extra ammunition, gear bag, hunting knife,
binoculars, & bug spray."
Sounds like Sara has all the bases covered...and good thinking on the license.  You definitely want to ALWAYS have that with you!  You can get them at the Customer Service counter at BPS!

 Mason says - "AR-15, warm dry clothes, warm dry boots, hunting knife, scent block, calls, whatever it takes to be comfortable...because if you're not comfortable you can't concentrate on hunting!" Toasti-Toes
Mason is planning on some cool, wet weather finally arriving sometime!  Eventually, it will get cool enough you may want to have some Toasti-Toes in your boots, too!

 Mike C. says - "Beyond the standard things, pliers are a vital part of hunting!" 
A Leatherman or Gerber multi-tool, perhaps?

 James O. - "Beef jerky!" 
Absolutely!  Need to keep the energy levels up with some protein!

 Jeff N. - "All the items sold at BPS!!! But I think the most important thing to take with you is a buddy...a wife, husband, son, daughter, your best friend or man's best friend like my black lab Belle...just seeing the look on a pal's face during a day in the field and/or watching my dog work for and making a solid retrieve keeps me going back out for more..."
Yes - Share the thrill of the hunt, introduce a friend or youngster to enjoying the great outdoors...or just spend the day with your four-legged friend! 

 Todd T. - A good dog!!!
Teach your dog to hunt sheds, too, and you've got an extra "hunting" season!


Joey F. - "Good friends and family make any hunt memorable."
Amen!

              Kenny R. - I need ammo!! And a new Bennelli would be nice!!! 
We've got 'em both

Mandy R. - The right clothing, for me, either my Matthews bow or black powder rifle, knife/saw, flashlight, extra ammo, call and rattles, have your treestands in place. Rope is a must to drag that big buck out. My number one thing this year will be my son going with me for the first time.   
That's wonderful to hear - introduce the Next Generation!  We hope you'll share pictures!

 Uriah H. - "I think the most important thing to bring with is a cell phone. You never know when you'reiPhone - Pink going to get in a sticky situation where you may need to call for help. Whether it be an accident that you need medical help or to call a buddy to help drag a deer out of the woods. It also helps a ton when you're sitting in the treestand to help time pass :)"
Make sure the battery is charged, too. Plus, you can buy a cool foneGEAR iPhone 4 camo hardshell case...we even have them in pink!

 Gina G. - "Camo and comfortable boots"
Ah-h-h - Once again, comfort!  Lots of camo on clearance right now! 

ParacordAaron K. -  "Knife and a 4 ft length of 550 cord"
Have you checked out the Chums paracord keychains and bracelets yet?  550-lb paracord unravels to lengths from 3 ft to 21 ft.  Easy to pack/wear and perfect for emergency situations.

Rick G. - "Camo and Scent-a-Way"Scent-a-Way
Yep...you don't want them to see your OR smell you!  My husband had a deer peering in his blind last fall...about two feet from his face...and coyotes hanging out, too.  But his Scent-a-Way detergent, shampoo, etc., kept him undetectable.


James S. - Knife, gun, compass (no one thinks they will get lost until they do), bottle of water, coffee, and a nice cigar to smoke after you've finished the hunt and have the game in the truck.
James, you're so right about the compass....trail markers of some sort, too,
especially if you're in an unfamiliar hunting area.

No matter the season...remember, safety first!  Good luck out there and share your photos at www.facebook.com/bpsaltoona!

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New Update for the Fall Hunting Classic

Fall Hunting Classic Update

The Fall Hunting Classic seminars will not be the only opportunity to ask questions and get tips from the pros. There will be members of the Mossy Oak pro staff available to answer your questions and share their knowledge and experience during the Fall Hunting Classic. They are scheduled to be there on the following dates from 10:00am until 4:00pm: August 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 18 and 19. In addition there will be members of the pro staff of Savage Arms there for you to talk with on August 10, 11, and 12. There will also be vendor booths from 10:00am – 4:00pm on August 10 – August 12 for you to visit. The following companies are scheduled to have booths: ATK- Federal Ammunition, Browning/Winchester Arms, Winchester Ammunition, Foxpro Game Calls and Big Game Treestands. So be sure to come by and take advantage of this opportunity to meet with these knowledgeable representatives.

 

I hope to see you there,

Don Nelson

Bass Pro Shops

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Gun Safety

 Come on down to the Bass Pro Shops in Katy Texas to let us show you the latest techniques and tips for gun safety.

 

  

The fundamental NRA rules for safe gun handling are:
 

    1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.
    2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
When holding a gun, rest your finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.
    3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.

When using or storing a gun, always follow these NRA rules:

 

  • Know your target and what is beyond.
    Be absolutely sure you have identified your target beyond any doubt. Equally important, be aware of the area beyond your target. This means observing your prospective area of fire before you shoot. Never fire in a direction in which there are people or any other potential for mishap. Think first. Shoot second.

     

  • Know how to use the gun safely.
    Before handling a gun, learn how it operates. Know its basic parts, how to safely open and close the action and remove any ammunition from the gun or magazine. Remember, a gun's mechanical safety device is never foolproof. Nothing can ever replace safe gun handling.

     

  • Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
    Just like other tools, guns need regular maintenance to remain operable. Regular cleaning and proper storage are a part of the gun's general upkeep. If there is any question concerning a gun's ability to function, a knowledgeable gunsmith should look at it.

     

  • Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
    Only BBs, pellets, cartridges or shells designed for a particular gun can be fired safely in that gun. Most guns have the ammunition type stamped on the barrel. Ammunition can be identified by information printed on the box and sometimes stamped on the cartridge. Do not shoot the gun unless you know you have the proper ammunition.

     

  • Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.
    Guns are loud and the noise can cause hearing damage. They can also emit debris and hot gas that could cause eye injury. For these reasons, shooting glasses and hearing protectors should be worn by shooters and spectators.

     

  • Never use alcohol or over-the-counter, prescription or other drugs before or while shooting.
    Alcohol, as well as any other substance likely to impair normal mental or physical bodily functions, must not be used before or while handling or shooting guns.

     

  • Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
    Many factors must be considered when deciding where and how to store guns. A person's particular situation will be a major part of the consideration. Dozens of gun storage devices, as well as locking devices that attach directly to the gun, are available. However, mechanical locking devices, like the mechanical safeties built into guns, can fail and should not be used as a substitute for safe gun handling and the observance of all gun safety rules.

     

  • Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities require additional safety precautions.

     

  • Cleaning
    Regular cleaning is important in order for your gun to operate correctly and safely. Taking proper care of it will also maintain its value and extend its life. Your gun should be cleaned every time that it is used.

    A gun brought out of prolonged storage should also be cleaned before shooting. Accumulated moisture and dirt, or solidified grease and oil, can prevent the gun from operating properly.

    Before cleaning your gun, make absolutely sure that it is unloaded. The gun's action should be open during the cleaning process. Also, be sure that no ammunition is present in the cleaning area.

 

 

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Hunters Education Classes At Bass Pro Shops in Pearl, MS

Hunter Education works.

Since 1950, when formal hunter safety programs were introduced, the number of hunting and firearms-related accidents has declined dramatically nationwide. In Mississippi, we know that our hunter education efforts have reduced firearms accidents and saved lives. All persons born after January 1, 1972 are required to complete a hunter education course before purchasing a Mississippi hunting license. Also Effective July 1, 2000, anyone twelve (12) years of age and under sixteen (16) years of age must have a certificate of satisfactory completion of a hunter education course approved by the Department before hunting alone in this state. A child at least twelve (12) years of age and under (16) years of age may hunt without having the certificate of hunter education if the child is in the presence and under the direct supervision of a licensed or exempt hunter at least twenty-one (21) years of age when hunting. The commission may offer a resident apprentice hunting license for a resident over the age of 15 who does not have the required certificate of hunter education and may set the fee for the apprentice hunting license. An apprentice license may be purchased only one (1) time by a resident and the apprentice hunting licensee must be accompanied by a licensed or exempt resident hunter at least twenty-one (21) years of age when hunting. The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks offers the course free of charge at locations across the state. The hunter education course includes 10 hours of instruction, including range firing. Students must be at least 10 years of age to participate and must pass a written exam and complete a firing exercise to be certified as having completed the course.

 

The Hunter Education program is designed to:

  • reduce hunting accidents
  • teach hunter ethics and responsibility
  • promote wildlife conservation
  • teach firearm safety

Specifically, the course contents include:

  • hunter ethics and responsibility
  • history of firearms
  • rifles
  • shotguns
  • ammunition
  • gun handling
  • marksmanship
  • blackpowder and muzzleloading
  • bowhunting
  • wildlife identification
  • principles of wildlife management
  • survival
  • water safety
  • hypothermia
  • first aid
  • tree stand safety

Hunters Eduacation Classes will be offered at Bass Pro Shops in Pearl, Mississippi on Saturday, August 25, 2012 and again on Saturday, October 20, 2012.  

Pre Registration is Required by calling 601.859.3421.  Tell them you were referred by the Bass Pro Shops Facebook page!

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Be Ready for a Zombie Outbreak with the right gear today!!!

 

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Be Ready for a Zombie Outbreak with the right gear today!!!

Come in to Bass Pro Shops to get your latest in Zombie products!  Here are some featured products that we carry.

Zombie Plano Ammo can

• Top access storage
• Over molded handle
• Holds up to six boxes of 12 gauge ammo
The Plano Zombie Max Ammo Can features top access storage and over molded handle. Holds up to six boxes of 12 gauge ammo. Color: Black. Exterior dimensions: 15" x 8" x 10"; interior dimensions: 12.5" x 6" x 8.5"

Zombie Max Ammo
 
zom2Shot Shells:
• Lightweight, high velocity, high performance shotshells
• Loaded with hard-hitting OO buckshot
• Certified Zombie Ammunition
   Hand Gun/ Centerfire:
• Lightweight, high velocity, high performance centerfire rounds
• Loaded with super-accurate, polymer-tipped Z-Max™ bullets
• Dramatic accuracy, ultra-flat trajectories, and devastating expansion - even in low velocity situations 

Targets:
• Novelty splattering gun targets add a bit of fun to shooting practice
• White halo forms around each bullet hole - plainly see each hit in between shots
• Full color 12'' x 18'' zombie image adds fun to practice

Pepper Spray:
• Compact and fast-deploy Spitfire® pepper spray
• Quick release key chain design
• Fire with less effort and greater accuracy from any direction
• Approximately 8 bursts that fire 6-8 feet in a cone spray pattern

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Zombie Supplies

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Zombie Supplies


Bass Pro Shops has a new line of Zombie products!  Here are some featured products that we have in stock.


Zombie Pepper Spray
 

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The fastest deploying and most compact key chain pepper spray, Saber Red Zombie Pepper Spray delivers great accuracy from its ergonomic Spitfire design. It sprays in any direction; straight on, from the hip, or over the shoulder. Quick Release design with detachable key chain allows immediate access to your defense spray. Lightweight at 0.16 ounces, one Zombie Pepper Spray canister holds approximately 8 bursts and reaches 6-8 feet in a cone spray pattern.


 Zombie Plano Ammo can
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• Top access storage
• Over molded handle
• Holds up to six boxes of 12 gauge ammo
The Plano Zombie Max Ammo Can features top access storage and over molded handle. Holds up to six boxes of 12 gauge ammo. Color: Black. Exterior dimensions: 15" x 8" x 10"; interior dimensions: 12.5" x 6" x 8.5"


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Shot Shells:
• Lightweight, high velocity, high performance shotshells
• Loaded with hard-hitting OO buckshot
• Certified Zombie Ammunition
   Hand Gun/ Centerfire:
• Lightweight, high velocity, high performance centerfire rounds
• Loaded with super-accurate, polymer-tipped Z-Max™ bullets
• Dramatic accuracy, ultra-flat trajectories, and devastating expansion - even in low velocity situations

Targets:
• Novelty splattering gun targets add a bit of fun to shooting practice
• White halo forms around each bullet hole - plainly see each hit in between shots
• Full color 12'' x 18'' zombie image adds fun to practice

 

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Welcome to a world of Zombies

First there was a vampire and werewolf craze, thanks to the Twilight series of books. Vampire books and TV shows started exploding all over the world. Now, we have moved on to bigger and better things, Zombies. Yes, I said Zombies! Hornady Ammunition has started a huge trend in the outdoors industry, and that is Zombie Max ammunition. Hornady makes a huge line of Z-Max ammunition that completely intrigued, confused, and enticed the public. Just the other day, a customer held up a box of Z-Max ammo in front of my face and said, "This has got to be the dumbest thing I have ever seen." He then proceeded to put four boxes in his cart as he chuckled and waved goodbye. Their products were selling so well that is has expanded to other things.

Birchwood Casey now makes Darkotic Zombie Splattering targets. You can't help wanting to unload your gone on these gruesome targets. Kids are especially obsessed with these targets. They are incapable of seeing them without begging mom and dad to get them one, even if they don't have a gun. However it doesn't matter, because now there are Zombie edition air soft guns, with Zombie airsoft targets. Zombies are everywhere!

If that isn't enough for you, Ruger is now making a Zombie Slayer edition LCP .380. So now, you can get the gun, the ammo, the targets, and even ammo cans! Don't like guns? Don't worry, because there is a Zombie Pepper Spray made by  Sabre Red.

We all know Zombies are not real, but I'm stocking up. Just in case!

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Zombie Apocalypse Supplies

Everyone knows the apocalypse is coming and it would seem logical to be on high alert for the day when the zombies will begin to take over.

What better way to prepare yourself than to prepare supplies to help you survive! A couple of supplies are listed below that will not only help you survive, but will help you in case of an emergency as well.

 

Zombie Pepper Spray

 

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The fastest deploying and most compact key chain pepper spray, Sabre Red Zombie Pepper Spray delivers great accuracy from its ergonomic Spitfire design. Sprays in any direction; straight on, from the hip, or over the shoulder. Quick Release design with detachable key chain allows immediate access to your defense spray when unlocking a door, driving an automobile, or defending an isolated farmhouse. Lightweight at 0.16 ounces, one Zombie Pepper Spray canister holds approximately 8 bursts and reaches 6-8 feet in a cone spray pattern.

 

Zombie Plano Ammo can

  • Top access storage
  • Over molded handle
  • Holds up to six boxes of 12 gauge ammo

It’s a fact—well-organized zombie hunters have a higher kill rate. The Plano Zombie Max Ammo Can features top access storage and over molded handle. Holds up to six boxes of 12 gauge ammo. Color: Black. Exterior dimensions: 15" x 8" x 10"; interior dimensions: 12.5" x 6" x 8.5"

Zombie Max Ammo

  • Shot Shells:
    Lightweight, high velocity, high performance shotshells specially designed for zombies
  • Loaded with hard-hitting OO buckshot
  • Certified Zombie Ammunition

   Hand Gun/ Centerfire: 

Lightweight, high velocity, high performance centerfire rounds specially designed for zombies
Loaded with super-accurate, polymer-tipped Z-Max™ bullets
Dramatic accuracy, ultra-flat trajectories, and devastating expansion - even in low velocity situations

 

Targets:

What better way to practice shooting zombies than to have your own zombie target? Come pick up some targets here at Bass Pro Shops and be prepared!

  • Novelty splattering gun targets add a bit of fun to shooting practice
  • White halo forms around each bullet hole - plainly see each hit in between shots
  • Full color 12'' x 18'' zombie image adds fun to practice

Come see our designs to help you be prepared! There's a lot more supplies and firearms where these came from!

 

 

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HELP...we're being taken over by zombies!!!!

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When did the craze all start? That’s a good question. Well at Bass Pro Rancho it seems to have started about 6 months ago.

I can remember years ago not being able to watch all kinds of zombie movies. Like 1968’s Night of the Living Dead.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_of_the_Living_Dead This movie seems to be the one that started it all.  I was two then, but when I was 12 and being watched by my grandmother, she let me watch my first zombie movie. It was 1978’s Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things.  I’ve never really been a big fan of the Zombie -type movies. But, I can’t deny there is a craze. During the 2000’s movies came out that would reach a more diverse crowd like the remake of Dawn of the Dead, Resident Evil and Shaun of the Dead. 

You’re probably asking yourself...what do Zombie movies have to do with Bass Pro Shops?   Well, let me try and explain.

Several months ago we got a request for some Zombie Max™ ammunition.  This question seemed to be the start of a string of customers asking for zombie related products.

Be PREPARED – supply yourself for the Zombie Apocalypse with Zombie Max ammunition from Hornady! Loaded with PROVEN Z-Max bullets. Make sure your "bug out bag" is ready with nothing but the best! 

So, we were now in the Zombie Craze. Next thing you know we have Zombie ammo cans, Zombie Targets and just recently received Zombie Pepper Spray.

http://www.basspro.com/Birchwood-Casey-Darkotic-Zombie-Splattering-Gun-Targets/product/12010911052855/388619.

How to best ward off those zombies??  Everyone had to have a Short barrel Home Defense Shotgun. Kind of like the Remington 870 Marine Magnum.

How about a shotgun that has Skulls on it by Weatherby...yea...we got ya' covered.

Now don’t forget the most popular firearm to keep you safe from Zombies... The Modern Sporting Rifle, or M.S.R. The Colt AR 15 is one. The Bushmaster AR 15 is another.

So, let me try to wrap it all up. This Zombie Craze that everyone is talking about seems to have all started with a crazy black in white movie. Made before a lot of you were even born. With technology being what it is today, you can go back in time and watch things that were made when your parents were your age. So, if you’re so inclined to protect yourself from the Vicious Zombies out there, make sure you stop by Bass Pro in Rancho Cucamonga and we'll help you with all your zombie defense needs!!

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FREE Family Summer Camp

Summer 2

 

Family Summer Camp
 

JUNE 9TH TO JULY 15TH

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.

ShootingThe Event offers:
 

  • -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.

Yup

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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.

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Family Summer Camp Rocky View

Family Summer Camp

Family Summer Camp
 

JUNE 9TH TO JULY 15TH

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

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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!

 

 

 

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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

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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 http://www.basspro.com/Taurus-85--38-SpecialP-Small-Frame-Stainless-Steel-Revolver/product/10218678/80487 and by S&W in their Model 60 http://www.basspro.com/Smith-&-Wesson-Model-60--357-Mag-Revolver-21/8-Barrel/product/10218526/130530 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 http://www.basspro.com/Ruger-LCR--38-Special-Revolver/product/10218583/37413 . S&W offers the Bodyguard http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product4_750001_750051_766382_-1_757893_757767_757751_ProductDisplayErrorView_Y , 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 http://www.basspro.com/Ruger-LCP--380-ACP-Compact-Pistol/product/10218498/40958. 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 http://www.basspro.com/Taurus-738-TCP--380-ACP-Compact-Pistol-w/Stainless-Steel-Slide/product/10218666/73028, 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 http://www.basspro.com/Taurus-709-Slim-9mm-Compact-Pistol-w/Stainless-Steel-Slide/product/10218712/387097 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 http://www.basspro.com/GLOCK-G26-9mm-Subcompact-Pistol/product/10217980/116208chambered 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 http://www.basspro.com/Beretta-PX4-Storm-9mm-Full-Size-High-Capacity-Pistol/product/10218250/93582 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

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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

By
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.

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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!

 

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