Zero Bullet Company

P.O. Box 1188
Cullman, AL 35056-1188
(800) 545-9376

Reliability, accuracy and affordability… three reasons that Zero is one of America’s fastest growing bullet and ammunition manufacturers. The Zero philosophy of growth is one of patient testing, constant design research and rigid quality control. For over 50 years, Zero has maintained a level of quality unsurpassed in the industry and, as new products are introduced, our customers can be assured that each new entry will be as reliable, accurate, and affordable as our other proven designs.

Zero bullets are available in a wide variety of handgun calibers and designs, from roundnose to wads, jacketed and unjacketed. Watch for Zero new ammunition, packaged in our new bright-red box, while reloads come in the familiar gold box, our longstanding symbol of the quality and affordability you have come to know over the years. Get Zero… and get a whole lot more!

Camo Face Paint, Inc.

PO Box 530128
Miami, FL 33153
(305) 893-5650

The U.S. Dept. of Defense recognizes Bobbie Weiner as their #1 supplier of Camo Face Paint for all branches of the military since 1997. Bobbie also supplies the same quality Camo Face Paint to the hunting industry. 3, 4 and 5 color compacts including unbreakable mirrors and camo tubes in a variety of colors. Bobbie will also custom make whatever color you need. All face paint is made with the finest ingredients. Odorless, non-toxic, hypoallergenic, non-glare, non-staining, washes off with soap and water, and has a 4 year shelf life. Private label available. MADE IN THE USA!

How Often Should I Clean my Gun?

This is one of the most asked questions we receive. How often an owner should clean their firearms is dependent upon many moving factors. Frequency of shooting, of gun, type of ammunition shot (some ammo is REALLY dirty), and weather conditions can all be determining factors on how often you should clean your gun.

In general, your gun needs to be clean to function safely and efficiently. Think of it like this – a gun is a mechanical wonder. All of the moving parts inside any mechanical operating machine need a clean and lubricated surface to operate so that nothing can interfere with any of the mechanisms that require the gun to fire. The cleaner your gun and the more consistently you lubricate the parts, the more reliable your gun will be to operate.

Some people like to clean their gun after each use. A clean and well-lubricated barrel – especially for rifles and pistols — prevents rust and corrosion and maintains accuracy. That being said, most guns do not absolutely need to be cleaned after each use. More frequently, it depends on how many rounds you’re putting through your gun, whether the ammunition is lead or copper, and again, your climate. If you live in a moist environment where rust can easily penetrate your firearm, we recommend cleaning after every use.
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If you’ve been hunting, you’ll also most likely want to clean the gun. You’ll likely have exposed it to some extreme temperatures along with moisture, dirt, and debris. If you took it to the range to pop off a few shots, your gun might just need a good wipe down or a quick clean with our Fast Blast Spray Cleaner.

Shotguns require less frequent cleaning — especially if they are not semi-automatic. We know Olympic athletes that cringe when they think about cleaning their shotguns because they are afraid they’ll mess up their mojo. One of the reasons that shotguns can require less cleaning is the lack of rifling inside the barrel. Maintenance isn’t quite as critical because of that, however, semi-automatic shotguns absolutely need regular cleaning to the action to prevent gumming and sticking in the field.

Storage counts, too. Depending on the atmosphere the rifle is stored in (i.e. Arizona – dry, Texas – humidity, ocean – salty air), a diversified cleaning schedule would apply. If you live in extremely dry conditions, wipe down the rifle with a light coating of XFR lubricant inside and out as needed.

In humid or salty storage conditions, cleaning the bore using a bore brush followed by a medium coat of XFR lubricant in the bore is recommended along with a light oil coating on the exterior of the gun. In humid or salty conditions, a cleaning maintenance at least once a quarter is recommended.

Also remember—metal dries out no matter what the conditions. A good oil wipe down once a month can never hurt — and, will make your gun happy and shiny.

Check out Blue Wonder Gun Cleaner. It micropenetrates the pores of the bore for deep cleaning action, completely removing copper and lead deposits, powder residues, and build-up. It also removes black powder corrosion, leaving a chemically clean, bare metal surface – in minutes! Our gun cleaner is of the highest quality, non-toxic, biodegradable and will keep your gun running like new. Be sure to lubricate well with XFR after cleaning.

Happy Shooting!
Original post is from Blue Wonder Gun Care.

First Steps To Prepping

First Steps To Prepping

Story and photographs by John Wood

Do you recall how you became interested in prepping? Was it a personal experience from a localized disaster that you were not prepared for, or perhaps watching a catastrophic event on television? Maybe you fear the economic crisis in Greece or exodus of thousands of people from troubled countries who might reach the shores of America? Maybe it was triggered by a stock market shutdown due to a computer glitch?

Whatever the reason or motivation that started you into prepping, the good news is these are all issues you are thinking about. You might be eager to carry this concern forward to the next logical phase. Here are some initial planning steps to get you pointed in the right direction.

Establish a Knowledge Base

PHOTO 2 John Cockrell water well-minIf you wanted to learn how to change the oil in your car, shoot a gun or know how to do yoga, what would you do first? You might buy a book on the subject, look up information on the Internet, watch a YouTube video or possibly sign up for a class to learn how-to, firsthand.

These are all reasonable approaches, but the core element here is to learn. This is the first step with prepping, too. It can be accomplished in a host of ways, including tasks as simple as visiting the local library or bookstore. Maybe it would help to seek out a few survivalist Internet sites like or These sources can open many doors to education and planning.

Knowing what to do first, then second and so forth is crucial, because with prepping you really cannot afford to make too many mistakes. Also know that prepping is a lifelong learning process..

Develop an OnGoing Plan

PHOTO 3 John Cockrell woodcutting-minGet a big notebook! In this prepping journal you will want to start jotting down copious thoughts,
ideas, concepts, basic planning lists, evaluation of gear or prepping assets, to-buy gear lists, and a rudimentary budget to carry it all out over time. While prepping is an expedient activity, hopefully the disaster won’t happen tomorrow. Unfortunately, it might be next week.

Start by asking yourself basic questions that relate to your situation: What kinds of problems are you likely to encounter? Will you bug in or out, meaning will you stay put in your fortress or take off? If you leave home, where will you go, and what will you need to take with you?

These kinds of thoughts help to get the mental juices flowing and face the realities of prepping.
In your journal start with topic or headline pages. These might include:

1. bug-in and/or bug-out plans
2. supplies
3. transportation routes
4. water and food resources
5. medical issues and first-aid supplies
6. self-defense
7. family security
8. weapons, ammo and supplies
9. clothing
10. hardware and tools
11. vehicle readiness
12. skill attainment and execution.

As you can imagine, these lists can become endless the more you consider the possibilities. Keep learning and keep planning.

Learn and Earn Skills

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Area security is critical for preppers who have escaped to a hideout location.

You may be an experienced outdoors person or have completed Delta Force training in the Army, which certainly would have provided some background skills, but more than likely you’re an accountant, an elementary school teacher or mechanic at the local garage. You need to assess the skills you possess and those of your team, which can include family, friends or like-minded individuals. Everyone has a role. This will help you determine what other skills you need to acquire.

Can you shoot firearms and reload them without blinking? Can you put up a tent in a windstormor light a campfire in a downpour? Can you pry open a can of beans without a can opener? Do you know how to set a broken bone or sew up a deep laceration? Can you find your campsite in the pitch dark? What happens when the power and water goes off at home? Just think of the scenarios you might face during a severe event like a tornado, forest fire or widespread economic collapse.

Begin to seek out local sources for skills training. Look at potential courses taught at local community colleges, or outdoors groups. Look on bulletin boards at supplier stores to see if related events are scheduled. You will likely be surprised at all of the prepper activities going on right in your own hometown. Avail yourself to as many of these training opportunities as you can. Send one person, then execute train-the-trainer.

Gear Up

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This is a typical bug-out bag that is well-stocked with supplies for the first 48 hours of an emergency. Every prepper should build one.

Now comes the fun part. What stuff do you need to prep? First, look at what you already have. Undoubtedly you will find a ton of stuff suitable for a bug-out or stay-home plan. This could include kitchen utensils, sleeping bags or blankets, camping gear (tents, stoves, lanterns, etc.), a hunting shotgun or rifle, backpacks or tote bags, extra sets of suitable clothing, shoes and boots.

Don’t discard or discount anything. An extra bicycle could be used to pedal around your bug-out camp. Those plastic storage boxes can be used to collect emergency gear for a grab and go. Pack up some extra personal hygiene products, first-aid supplies, hardware, garden tools, make up a mechanics tool box, save that old battery-powered radio, those sports binoculars and fold-out chairs. Any of these kinds of things can be used to set up a bug-out camp elsewhere.

Prepping is a process, and not something you can accomplish overnight. You have to take small bites, but chew thoroughly. Practice with your gear ahead of time. Forever add to your journal pages, revise them and replan accordingly. Study, plan, learn, train and execute are all the means to becoming a proficient prepper. It all starts with that first step. AmSJ

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Many preppers are building “bug-out” cabins as a secondary safety shelter.

Daisy BB Guns – Origin of a Holiday Tradition

Here’s how BB guns came to be a favorite Christmas present for youngsters, and a whole lot more.

Story by Jim Dickson

For well over 100 years, the BB gun has been a rite of passage for many youngsters. It was a training tool for the next rite of passage, the first real gun. Sadly, many missed out due to a widespread misuse of the BB gun that prompted many parents to skip that first step and go straight to the .22 a few years later. The infamous BB gun wars, where kids shot each other with BB guns, caused many to lose an eye and as time went on, the public no longer tolerated this and it faded from memory. Good riddance.
As a training tool, the BB gun is a fine one and tailor-made for the
younger would-be shooters. The problems arose when it was used without adult supervision. Young children need parental supervision and guidance, and they particularly need it in the formative years. The BB
gun is the middle ground between a toy gun and a real gun and if it is to serve its purpose as a training gun, it must be treated as a real gun.
The muzzle should never be pointed at anything you do not intend to shoot. Lexan plastic wrap around safety glasses from the local hardware store will protect against BBs ricocheting off flat objects. Other children, pets and small game too small to be killed with a BB gun should be strictly off limits. Properly used, the BB gun can be a very valuable training aid.
It takes a lot of practice to make a good shot and BBs are a lot cheaper
than bullets. Training hand-eye coordination while teaching the muscles to hold steady is learned through repetitive motion. The BB gun is a great training aid here.

THE HISTORY OF air rifles goes back to the 1500s, but these were powerful arms meant for the battlefield. Napoleon threatened to execute foreign soldiers caught with one since the expensive weapons had no smoke and little noise. The Lewis and Clark expedition carried one, which still survives today.
These early air guns had a compressed air cylinder or sphere that was pumped up by many strokes of a hand pump.
The first spring-loaded compressed air rifle made for children was
produced by the Markham Manufacturing Company in 1886. In 1887, the company was renamed the Markham Air Rifle Company.
This company was later bought out by Daisy. The future Daisy company
was started in 1882 as the Plymouth Iron Windmill Company. Lack of
an efficient sales and distribution system was killing the company.
In 1888, Clarence Hamilton, the inventor of their windmill, showed
the prototype of his new air rifle to the board of directors. The firm’s
president, Cass Hough, fired it and delightedly exclaimed, “Boy, that’s
a daisy!”, a popular expression of the day. The name stuck.

Originally given as a premium to farmers who bought a windmill, the BB gun took off with a life of its own. By 1895 the decision was made to drop the windmills to concentrate on air gun production and the firm was renamed Daisy Manufacturing Company.
Extremely efficient advertising and marketing soon made the name Daisy
synonymous with air rifle. The guns were called BB guns because the first ones were made to use size BB lead shotgun pellets. Today’s BB guns shoot smaller plated steel shot, but the name remains unchanged.
After all, smaller plated steel shotguns just doesn’t cut it as a name.
In 1914, Daisy introduced the famous Model 25 pump BB gun. This would be one of the most popular sellers for decades. The lever-action BB guns gave less trouble, though, and this led to the company concentrating on them.

CONTINUALLY INTRODUCING NEW models was an effective marketing strategy for Daisy. In the 1930s they began making signature guns endorsed by famous comic book and Hollywood stars like Buck Rogers and Buck Jones.
In 1940, they brought out the famous Red Ryder model. Red Ryder was one of the most popular comic strip characters of all time.

Beginning in 1938, it captured the imagination of kids across the country and when Daisy introduced its Red Ryder BB gun, every youngster felt like they just had to have one. This is the gun immortalized by little Ralphie in the 1983 movie A Christmas Story, about a young boy’s fervent desire for a BB gun for Christmas.
Today Daisy still sells the Red Ryder BB gun and the 80th anniversary edition is on the store shelves now. The most important use of the BB
gun came about when the late Lucky McDaniel developed a way to rapidly
teach instinct shooting through the use of the BB gun. Since sights just
get in the way when you are instinct shooting, Lucky would rip the sights off his BB guns with a pair of pliers before shooting them. With a rifle you cannot see the bullet in the air so you do not know where the student is missing.
You can see a BB in the air, though, and then tell the student what
corrections to make. If you see him or her shooting under the target, you tell them to look over the target. If they are shooting over the target, you tell them to look under the target. This was the first time anyone had found a way to quickly teach this vital skill.
Once his students were trained with the BB gun, Lucky would switch them to real guns. He would soon have them shooting coins out of the air with a pistol or hitting a five-gallon can at 500 yards offhand with every shot, all without using the sights on the gun. All this in one lesson.
I knew Lucky very well and I truly believe he was the world’s best hand-eye coordination instructor. No one could impart their skill to a student as fast as he could.
I think some of that was through telepathy, as no one else could do it as fast and efficiently as he could despite copying his every word and gesture. During the Vietnam War, Lucky spent a lot of time at Fort Benning giving free lessons to the troops. That ended when he would not kowtow to a high ranking officer, who then had him banned. That did not stop the army from adopting his training methods as the Quick Kill instinct shooting system though.

This training saved countless lives during the war. Daisy was soon selling BB guns without sights to the army and they then came out with a lever-action BB gun without sights as part of their “Quick Skill”
instinct shooting kits, which they sold to the public. I bought one of these and promptly altered and lengthened the stock to fit me according to the gun fitting Robin Nathan at Purdey’s in London had given me. While the workmanship of my stock alteration is certainly not up to Purdey’s standards, it fits me now and that is always a great help to
accurate shooting. It’s probably the only Daisy BB gun out there with a
159/16-inch length of pull. I use this gun to keep up my instinct shooting skills.

The use of the BB gun to teach instinct shooting has made the gun a vital part of the adult’s training routine. Hand-eye coordination has
to be maintained and you have to practice this to maintain your skill
level. The BB gun was no longer just for kids. Now it not only had a place in the adult world, but skill with it was now a life and death matter to many.
Today Daisy is still going strong. Economic reasons forced a move from Plymouth, Michigan, to Rogers, Arkansas, in 1958. They opened a Daisy Museum there in 1966, which was moved to a larger facility twice.
It remains a top tourist destination in Rogers today. It looks like Daisy is going to be part of America from now on, and every American can be thankful for that.
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‘Stackin’ ’Em Deep and Sellin’ ’Em Cheap!’

Kentucky’s Centerfire Systems serves up bargains on guns, gear, surplus, ammo and so much more.

With the slogan “Stackin’ ’em deep and sellin’ ’em cheap!”, Centerfire
Systems, Inc. in central Kentucky is known as a leading value retailer among enthusiasts of all shooting sports and vintage military firearms. In fact, the company is the go to source for nearly all things AK-47 for
the home-build hobbyist.
Company founder Mike Davis was a bargain hunter extraordinaire and got into selling firearms as a side job after seeing one change hands twice
at a local flea market, netting the middleman a quick $20. In the mid-
1980s, Davis’s buying savvy and hard work put him in a unique position to take advantage of a rapid succession of great opportunities, beginning with the influx of astonishingly inexpensive, and high-quality, Chinese SKS rifles.
He knew from experience that gun show buyers characteristically spent upwards of $500 on a firearm, but rarely bought more than one new gun
a year. It wasn’t that they didn’t want to buy more guns; they just didn’t have enough disposable income.

Davis determined that the imported SKS rifles could be packaged with 100 rounds of ammunition and a few accessories and still sell for around $100 – an offer just about everyone could afford and hardly anyone could
pass up. Customers couldn’t get enough of them and he made $20 on each sale. In 1985, Davis established Centerfire Systems Inc., and soon afterward, a second company, Advanced Technology Inc. (ATI), to make molded plastic sporting and tactical stocks for the SKS rifle.
In those early years, there were a lot of deals to be found on imported
military surplus and firearms:
Norinco AKs, MAK 90s, Russian Makarov and Chinese Tokarev pistols, Mosin Nagants, Egyptian Hakim and Swedish Ljungman rifles, magazines, parts, and what amounted to a mountain of surplus ammunition and accoutrements. By keeping his prices low and margins small, Davis moved volumes of product and the business grew. Davis’s son-in-law, Shane Coe, took over Centerfire Systems’ operations as owner in 2004 and Davis sold his plastics molding company in 2008.

WHEN IT COMES to rooting out bargains and identifying value, Shane Coe was cut from the same cloth as his father-in-law and the business continued to grow. Coe readily admits that he’s actually not much of a shooter or hunter. His thrill comes from the hunt for the deals that let Centerfire Systems deliver real value to their customers. Coe still finds caches of surplus dating back before World War I, stashed away decades ago. His quests have taken him to some surreal places.
Back in the late ’80s, he would make mid-January visits to a towering
brick 19th century locomotive repair shop that Vermont-based Century Arms used as their warehouse. Coe found that he could have the run of
the place at that time of year because no one else wanted to be there in the bitter cold of a Vermont winter.
The largely unlit and completely unheated ancient structure was packed with tons of military surplus just waiting to be rediscovered, but it was so cold that condensation that dripped from the ceiling turned to snowflakes before hitting the floor! For Coe, it doesn’t matter where the deal is or if it’s big or small; if it represents value he can pass
on to the customer, he’ll explore it.

When I visited Centerfire Systems in August, staffers were cleaning,
checking headspace, and grading hundreds of pre-1898 Turkish Army Mauser rifles they had procured when the “Golden Age” importer Springfield Sporters closed their doors for good last year. Reworked in the 1930s to chamber 7.92x57mm at Ankara arsenal, the rifles had been warehoused since the 1960s and are rich with the history of the Ottoman Empire. These Model 1893 Johnny Turks have seen their hundredth birthday and they show their age.
Their once blued or polished bright steel now wears a mellow grey patina. Since these Mausers were originally built before 1898, they can be shipped direct to the customer for $180 with no Federal Firearms License transfer needed. Additionally, for an extra $20, Centerfire will “hand-select” a betterthan-average rifle for you. Older gun collectors will automatically look upon any “hand-select” charge as a scam to get a little extra money out of the customer for shipping just-the-next-one-on-the-pile. Coe understands this, which is why he ensures that the whole lot is inspected and sorted before any are sold. “If you
pay extra,” Coe says, “you’re going to get that extra value knowing that your rifle is headspaced within specified tolerances and was among the prettier belles at the ball.”
Another one of Coe’s amazing recent finds are thousands of Brazilian M1908 Mauser bayonets. Pulled from service in the 1950s, they were
packed in grease and crated up, brass mounted leather scabbards and all. A large wooden surplus crate of them sits on the retail store’s floor, along with a roll of paper towels, so buyers can clean, inspect and select their own for just $50 each. I picked one at random and wiped it off to find a near perfect, untarnished blade. A century old Mauser bayonet in very good shape with its scabbard for only $50 is an outstanding and totally unexpected value in 2019.

ONE OF THE largest product groups where Coe still sees tremendous value for the consumer is the AK-47 parts and accessories market. The earlier importations of hundreds of thousands of AK variant parts kits from Eastern European demilled guns has spawned a rise in domestic AK component manufacturing. Home-build hobbyists can now use these American made parts and accessories to turn those foreign parts kits into USC 922r-compliant semiautomatic sporting arms. Despite the ready availability of American-made compliance parts and build tools, the majority of AK parts kits sold are likely to go unbuilt because the purchaser is intimidated by certain facets of the project.
Populating the barrel (installing rear sight base, gas block and front sight base) and installing and correctly headspacing the barrel in the front trunnion can be particularly alarming to the neophyte home-builder. To address this all-too-common obstacle, Coe offers some AK parts kits where these moderately difficult yet safety-critical processes have already been done.

For example, Centerfire Systems has brand-new-production, semiauto, Romanian PM-63 AK-47 parts kits, with a factory-new Romanian chrome-lined barrel already populated and correctly headspaced for $599.99.With plans to offer their other AK-variant parts kits the same way, there’s no excuse for not building your own semiauto AK rifle or pistol.
Along with a large assortment of AK parts, magazines and accessories, Centerfire also offers a wide range of stamped AK receivers from Kalashnikov USA, DDI, IO, High Standard-Interarms, and Ohio Ordnance Works. All are priced from $29.99 to $69.99. Some even have the trigger guard and magazine release already installed. There are gunsmith special bargains too, starting at only $9.99 (if you can tolerate the fairly easy tasks of cleaning up some rust, hardening the pin holes and installing the center support rivet yourself).
These are the kinds of great buys that make the Centerfire Systems website so much fun to explore. You never know what bargain you’ll find.
Customers who provide an e-mail find out about the newest deals first:
an unissued Russian M40 steel helmet for $39.99, new shotguns for $120
each, Sightmark red-dot sights going for less than cost at $100, Persian
Army Mauser rifles from the 1930s for $399.99, a 2,500-round brick of
Armscor .22 LR ammo for $100, etc.

ORIGINALLY A MAIL-ORDER company, Centerfire Systems went online in 2007 and then opened their retail gun store for the surrounding Lexington, Kentucky, market in 2015.
Five customer service representatives are available six days a week to assist with customers’ orders. You won’t get lost in a frustrating labyrinth of automated phone prompts here. A real person picks up the phone every time to get you the help or answers you need. The retail store is adjacent to the phone bank for additional technical assistance as well. Qualified Glock and AR armorers staff the gun shop. Their
off-site warehouses are stacked floor to ceiling with thousands of different inventory items.

If you find something on their website that you want to check out in person, you’ll want to call 48 hours in advance before you visit the store so they have time to bring samples to the showroom.
“These are great times for the customer,” Coe says. “Gun sales have
slowed dramatically since the election and prices have dropped accordingly, which lets us make great deals on firearms, ammunition, magazines, military surplus and tactical gear.
Centerfire Systems can pass those values and savings on to our customers at prices lower than many of them have ever seen.”
Check out, sign up for their e-mail sale alerts, or call (800) 950-1231.

Zeroing Group Therapy

Miss a Shot at a Big Buck Last Fall? Now’s the time to get that Rifle Dialed in – Here’s One Expert’s Game Plan

Complaining or simply beating up on yourself about a shot you missed last fall is not going to solve your problem. July is here, and with it are those long, lazy, mild late spring and early summer evenings that you can spend at the range, and if you’re lucky, you’ll bump into old pals and enjoy some therapeutic conversation and trigger time.

Making excuses for not being able to take this time seems to be a favorite pastime of people determined to become vegetarians and just go camping with guns in the fall. For the rest of us, however, putting meat in the freezer and notches in that tag requires more than just sitting around thinking about it until the night before the fall opener.

First item of business: Clean your rifle. Now. Inside and out. There’s nothing like a bath of Hoppe’s No. 9 or Outer’s Nitro Powder Solvent to get the gunk out of your gun. Pull the stock and clean the action and trigger group. You don’t have to be a gunsmith for this; just get some aerosols and go to work, preferably outside.

Item No. 2: Check your scope mounts and bases. If you missed an easy shot, it just might be that one of your bases has come loose. That happened to me once, about five years ago. Couldn’t get my rifle to zero all of a sudden, and this was with fresh ammunition I had only just loaded up at the bench. Sure as hell, one of my bases was just a teensy bit loose. I got out the gunsmith gear, tightened the screw down and dropped on a dab of clear nail polish.

Item No. 3: I just mentioned it. Get fresh ammunition. If you don’t reload, get down to the store and stock up. There’s work to be done. Be sure to stick with one load. If you plan to hunt with, say, a .30-06 with 165-grain bullets, then sight your rifle in with the same ammo. Putting your gun into zero with one type of ammunition and then hunting with something different is going to mess you up, maybe just enough to miss.

Item No. 4: Also from the “This happened to me” file comes this bit of advice: If your rifle barrel is supposed to “float” free of the wood stock and doesn’t when you run a dollar bill down the underside, between the bottom of the barrel and the stock, and the bill doesn’t slide all the way up to the receiver, you need to lightly sand the barrel channel out, coat it with linseed and/or tung oil, allow it to dry and make sure the barrel does not contact the wood.

One more thing is critical. Make sure your scope is mounted properly, and that means making sure the crosshairs are straight up and down, and flat one side to the other. A few years ago, I helped someone zero a rifle with which she was having trouble. Piece of cake, because she’d gotten the gun as a package and the scope was tilted off-center. You can’t really zero a gun that way.

We rotated the scope until the crosshairs were where they belonged and, voilà, five rounds later the rifle was zeroed. If you’re careful with a rifle, the zero shouldn’t change from year to year. Use a good sandbag rest under the stock and under the butt. This steadies the rifle for a precise shot. Set a target at 25 yards and 100 yards. Fire one round at the close target, let the barrel cool for a minute and fire again, and if it is off right, left, up or down, adjust accordingly.

Remember, a rifle that adjusts a ¼ inch at 100 yards for each click will need to adjust four clicks at 25 yards. If you have adjusted correctly, the third shot at 25 yards should be in the X-ring. Now, shift out to the 100-yard target and expect the bullet impact to be slightly off, probably on the low side, but that’s not always guaranteed. Fire a second shot and if the bullets impact close to one another, take note of the impact point and adjust the scope as needed while the barrel cools.

It is important to let the barrel cool, for a number of reasons. The most important of these is that out in the field, your first shot at game will be from a cold barrel. Also, you can damage a rifle by making the barrel so hot you can’t touch it. Save your rifle barrel and do this process slowly.

If your first two shots landed low an inch or so but windage is fine, run your elevation up eight clicks and fire again. This should solve your problem. Now set the rifle aside with the action open and the muzzle upwards on a rack while you trot downrange and change targets. Save your first target to study back at the bench as you get ready to fire again.

If you plan to be hunting an area where shots at game may be at 250 to 350 yards, prepare to do the following. Fire one or two more rounds to make sure the rifle is in the X-ring with the new target. It should be. Now, click up eight to a dozen clicks, which should put the bullet impact 2 to 3 inches high at 100 yards, but – depending upon the caliber and velocity – it should then strike pretty close to dead on at about 250 to 300 yards. Where I hunt over on the Snake River, I’ve shot deer out to about 400 yards. My -06 was zeroed to shoot 3½ inches high at 100 yards using a 180-grain Nosler AccuBond ahead of a max charge of Hodgdon Hybrid 100 V ahead of a standard large rifle primer. Bingo!

Don’t think this gets you ready for fall. Go home, clean the rifle, put it away and then in July, head back to the range. The rifle should put shots right where you were putting them at the initial sight-in session. Set aside a date in August and again in September for the same purpose.

Even if you fire only a couple of shots at each sitting, you will know that the rifle is retaining zero and you will be all set when the season arrives. Remember, this is a “group effort.” A rifle with a good barrel and scope combination should be able to produce 1- to 2-inch groups consistently at 100 yards. Not everyone is capable of shooting three-shot strings into a hole that can be covered by a quarter, but take my word on this: If your bullet strikes an animal within an inch or two of where you want it to strike its vitals, that animal is headed for the meat locker. What is a good group? As I said, 1 to 2 inches is nothing to complain about. A three-shot cluster that looks like a cloverleaf?
Save that target and frame it. AmSJ

Story by Dave Workman

Don’t Poke the Bear

This isn’t about picking on the boss or someone you know. But literally don’t go out and poke a wild bear.
In a video shared on Facebook by The Hunting News, here’s another guy that just wants to be friends with a wild bear. Yep, a wild bear. Yeh, it looks like a cute Yogi bear looking for food. Gee I wonder whats going to happen.
Its obvious this person was curious to see whats going to happen when you poke a bear.
A word to the wise don’t go looking for trouble. Doesn’t matter if you’ve seen this bear a million times when you were out on your nature walk. Bears are wild. Give them plenty of room and never corner one for fun, especially a bear. This isn’t Shakespeare “to poke or not to poke”.

Safe(R) Way to Show Off Guns

Secure Display’s new InvictaSafe is a great option for exhibiting and storing Handguns; Product Line for Long Guns on the way too.

Launching at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits is the new InvictaSafe from Secure Display. Conceived by Sam Galler, the new safe is an industry game-changer, allowing gun owners to not only protect their firearm but also put it on display. We spoke with Galler to learn more.
American Shooting Journal Tell us about the new InvictaSafe. How did you come up with the idea?
Sam Galler I own some beautiful firearms that I keep in a traditional firearm safe to keep them from unauthorized access and my teen children. I believe in safety to prevent tragedies and also believe in the Second Amendment and the right to protect my family and country.
The only time I take my firearms out is to go to the range, clean or show them to a friend every now and then. I was thinking, why hide these beautiful firearms that have so much historical significance and meaning to me?
I think they look cool. Why not display these firearms like a work of art, safely? I did not see anything like it in the marketplace and thought I would build one, and I actually liked it better than the artwork on my walls. It is really beautiful, cool and safe.
Rather than hiding your handguns in a vault, you can securely display them with the InvictaSafe, which features a “box within a box” to safely store your exhibited firearm.
ASJ What sets it apart from other safes on the market?
SG Traditional firearm safes have been in existence for over a hundred years in one form or another. They do provide functional advantages; keeping your firearm secured and protected against unauthorized access and theft. The manufacturers of traditional firearm Secure Display’s new InvictaSafe is a great option for exhibiting and storing handguns; product line for long guns on the way too.
safes have tried to make them look better with painting on the front, sleek designs, gizmos, etc., but at the end of the day, they still are just metal black boxes that hide your firearms.
InvictaSafe is almost entirely different. It showcases your firearm like a work of art with see-through ballistic glass and an art frame, LED lights, beautiful background and rare earth magnets that make it look like your firearm is floating. Most importantly, it provides the benefit of a traditional firearm safe, while unlike any other safe on the market, displaying your firearm proudly with quick access in case you need it.
Personally, my firearm safe is in the basement, so not really convenient for quick access.
ASJ What materials is the safe made of?
SG We use 12-gauge steel in the front, 14-gauge steel on the back, and 16-gauge steel for the box within the box, which provides for added structural integrity and places to store ammunition, electronics, alarm modules, etc. This is combined with ballistic glass, LED lighting, and attractive background material to provide a safe that is built to last a lifetime and beautifully protect.
ASJ What do you think shooters will like best about the InvictaSafe?
SG If you own a beautiful firearm, why hide it? Securely display it!
Some people own firearms they are emotionally attached to because it was given to them by someone special, or they think it looks really cool, or it has historical significance. Regardless, shooters will desire InvictaSafe because instead of their firearms being hidden away in a dark traditional firearms safe, they can view it constantly in their bedrooms, offices, dens, man-caves, etc., and they have relatively quick access in case of emergency. Most importantly, it will be safe to have around children, family, coworkers, etc.

ASJ The safe is designed for a pistol. Are there plans for other types of firearms? SG Yes, we are launching our long weapons safes designed for rifles, shotguns, etc., within the next three to four months. Keep tuned in on this! We are excited!
ASJ The InvictaSafe will launch at the NRA Show. What else should readers know about your company and products?
SG All of our patent-pending products are made in the USA. We are a family-run business that seeks to protect children and families with high- and low-tech solutions. We believe many Americans will enjoy looking at their prized firearms “safely.”
Editor’s note: Visit Sam Galler and the new InvictaSafe at booth #4824 at the NRA Show.

Ruger American Ranch Rifle

Designed as a Lightweight, Inexpensive, Ease of Handling and Less Recoil Bolt Action Rifle

When Ruger American rifle hit the market back in 2012, it was an instant hit amongst hunters that were looking for high performance but affordable.
As expected, Ruger has since produced several other versions of the rifle specifically for particular niches in the hunting and shooting communities.
Ruger American Predator comes to mind for hunting varmints and predators.
Theres Ruger American Compact which is a lighweight rifle chambered in a less recoiling cartridge.

So what is this Ruger American Ranch? This rifle is considered a handy bolt action rifle and can be used as a truck gun.

Cool Features
  • Ruger Marksman Adjustable trigger
  • Power bedding
  • Tang safety
  • Synthetic stock
  • Recoil pad
  • Cold hammer forged barrel
  • Short 16.12″ barrel – makes it lightweight
  • Rugged
  • Inexpensive
  • Detachable magazines – can be used on other Rugers such as Mini-14, Mini-30 and Ruger Tactical
  • Aluminum scope rail
  • Threaded barrel to accommodate a suppressor
As you can see these attributes help make it a good choice for a truck gun for any farmer/rancher to carry around.
Here’s Hickok45 take on the Ruger American Ranch
Another similarity between the Ruger American Ranch rifle and the Mini-14/Mini-30 is the calibers. While the Mini-14 and Mini-30 are produced in 5.56x45mm NATO and 7.62x39mm respectively, Ruger also currently manufactures the Ruger American Ranch rifle in 5.56x45mm and 7.62x39mm as well as .300 Blackout and .450 Bushmaster. Thats really fun!

Here’s some more information on the magazine capacity for different calibers.
-5.56 NATO and .300 Blackout versions come with either a 5- or a 10-round magazine
-.450 Bushmaster model comes with a 3-round magazine.
-7.62x39mm version comes with a 5-round magazine.
However, the 7.62x39mm rifles will accept 10- and 20-round Mini Thirty box magazines as well.
Is it Accurate? Ruger’s rifles are known for its accuracy especially when used with good hunting ammo.

If you’re looking for a precision hunting or long range competition rifle, consider having a look at any of Ruger’s line of rifles. But if you want something in your truck or Hummer to carry around, then the Ruger American Ranch might be a good fit.