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Shooting Times June 2019

Every issue of Shooting Times brings you exciting, authoritative coverage of guns, ammunition, reloading, and the shooting sports. Written for the experienced and novice gun enthusiast by focusing on new product developments and activities in the shooting industry.

United States
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
shooting times

PUBLISHER Mike Schoby EDITORIAL EDITOR IN CHIEF Joel J. Hutchcroft COPY EDITOR Michael Brecklin CONTRIBUTORS Jake Edmondson Steve Gash Allan Jones Lane Pearce Layne Simpson Bart Skelton Joseph von Benedikt Terry Wieland ART ART DIRECTOR Stephan D. Ledeboer GROUP ART DIRECTOR David A. Kleckner STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Michael Anschuetz PRODUCTION PRODUCTION MANAGER Terry Boyer PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jenny Kaeb ENDEMIC AD SALES NATIONAL ENDEMIC SALES Jim McConville (440) 791-7017 ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER Mark Thiffault (800) 200-7885 WESTERN REGION Hutch Looney — hutch@hlooney.com EAST REGION Pat Bentzel (717) 695-8095 NATIONAL AD SALES ACCOUNT DIRECTOR—DETROIT OFFICE Kevin Donley (248) 798-4458 NATIONAL ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE—CHICAGO OFFICE Carl Benson (312) 955-0496 DIRECT RESPONSE ADVERTISING/NON-ENDEMIC Anthony Smyth (914) 693-8700…

5 min.
one for the files

THANK YOU FOR A FINE February issue. As an old retired federal lawman and longtime reader of Shooting Times, I will save this issue in my files. In 1962 my parents complied with my begging and bought me a Webley .455-caliber revolver for $14.88 plus $4 Railway Express shipping in lieu of a class ring. My Webley is in Very Good condition with New Zealand marks—and it cost less than a class ring in 1962. I like old Colt semiautomatic pistols and old S&W revolvers. I attended S&W’s armorer’s school in the early 1980s, built five Model 65 3.0-inch-barreled revolvers, and bought one that was my duty gun for a time as an agent. I won two state pistol championships in the 1970s with an S&W Model 19 and liked the article…

2 min.
walther: love it or get your money back!

WALTHER HAS INTRODUCED AN innovative program for PPQ handguns called “Shoot It. Love It. Buy It.” For a limited time, when you buy a new Walther PPQ, if you don’t love it, you can get your money back. Whether you buy your new PPQ online or in-store, it is covered with a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you don’t love it within 30 days, go to ShootItLoveItBuyIt. com and follow the “return your gun” process. Walther will provide the shipping label, and once it is received and inspected, the company will issue a check for a full reimbursement of what the buyer paid for the PPQ, including tax. As part of the special program, at select dealers across the United States (listed on the website), you can take home a PPQ for 30…

3 min.
details of gash’s shooting setup?

Q: I’VE BEEN READING STEVE GASH’S ARTICLES IN SHOOTING TIMES FOR quite a while now, and he has often mentioned—and frequently has shown in photos—his shooting setup. It sounds and looks interesting. Can he tell me more about the arrangement? Joseph P. Stafford Via email A: I do a lot of the shooting for my articles from my air-conditioned shooting building, using a Caldwell Lead Sled and an Oehler M35P chronograph. I use a power converter that plugs into the battery terminals in the chronograph to change 120 VAC to 9V DC so I can run the unit off of line power. My converter is from Radio Shack, but such items are available from other vendors. I use Oehler Skyscreen IIIs with incandescent lights over the diffusers. The lights and the transformer…

4 min.
gibbs m1903a4 springfield

RIGHT UP FRONT, THE RIFLE PICTURED HERE IS a replica of the legendary M1903A4. However, it is built on an original M1903A3 action, giving it at least some legitimacy as a vintage rifle. Its action markings and serialization differ from the originals. World War II was the first conflict that saw widespread use of dedicated sniper rifles. Early versions were M1903 National Match rifles that were pressed into service. Later, large quantities of M1903A3s were built specifically for precision work and given the A4 designation. Iron sights were left off, although the muzzle was milled for the standard front sight base. One-piece Redfield optic bases attached to the rear peep sight mount and were screwed to the front receiver ring. Original M1903A4 sniper actions were—confusingly—still stamped M1903A3 but differed from the standard…

5 min.
the grand old .30-30

WHEN I WAS A KID, WE ALL WANTED A .30-30 rifle, but we also knew it was the one we’d replace when we had money. It was clearly “entry level.” Pundits have predicted the demise of the .30-30 as a hunting cartridge for years, but I bluntly ask them, “So how’s that turned out?” The .30-30 Winchester cartridge dates to 1895. Although “.30-30” sounds like it was once a black-powder cartridge, it was a smokeless cartridge from Day One. The second “30” in its name denoted 30 grains of smokeless propellant. Original specs listed a 160-grain bullet at a muzzle velocity of 1,970 fps, but by 1902 the velocity spec was reduced to 1,885 fps. Eventually, availability of more evolved and stable smokeless propellants permitted better velocities. The original 160-grain load was replaced…