[su_dropcap style=”light” size=”5″]I[/su_dropcap]f you haven’t figured out by now that the American Shooting Journal is very supportive of and respects our boys and girls in blue, then where have you been? Each month we dedicate a special section of the magazine to tell their stories, trials and tribulations, and remind readers what funny and tragic events these protectors deal with every day.
Among this issue’s stories, the International Association of Chiefs of Police has come out with their much-anticipated report on body cameras and how they should be used. This is something the public should find very interesting. You can also ride along to help sack a poacher, deal with bad guys’ crazy attack pets, meet a living legend of search and rescue and his bloodhound and solve a bank robbery.
Spring hunting is here, or almost here for some. Can you hear the gobbling of the big toms as they woo their hens? Or maybe that’s just a fellow hunter hidden in the brush!
In any case, things are fluffing up, and turkey hunters are in the thick of it. The season has come, and we encourage you to read about the latest high-tech ammo designed for that perfect shot or learn the value of calling for your prize to bring him even closer. Everything you need to get ready for this spring’s hunt is here.
We also have a very special storythat focuses (pun intended) on the latest gun-trust legislation, called Rule 41F. Second Amendment guru and attorney Alex Kincaid walks us through the changes, minor as they are, to help ensure we stay within our legal limits. The best part? She does it plain language, not legalese, so that it’s easy for those of us who aren’t lawyers to understand. Thanks, Alex!
If you know someone who is unique in the gun industry, email me at Dani@AmericanShootingJournal.com. I would love to hear their story.
[su_dropcap style=”light” size=”5″]R[/su_dropcap]ecap of the SHOT Show? My feet are still soaking, and our writers are diligently scribbling new and epic stories. Pain, so much good pain.
We’ve settled into 2016 and have a variety of great content planned. This month focuses on historical guns and the people behind them. Next month will feature law enforcement and spring hunting, just in time for turkeys. The women’s annual in April is always highly anticipated, and July’s features dogs with jobs. No matter your shooting passion, we try to cover it in detail at some point during the year.
This month, take a trip down memory lane and meet Tom Threepersons, one of the most famous lawmen of the previous century; learn the deep history of the famous German Karabiner 98 kurz, or K98k, rifle; and look back at the guns of the bygone era of market hunting, which decimated wildlife. Also in this issue, we have packed interview after interview from precision rifle industry leaders who share their tips, tactics and – shhh! – trade secrets.
Now get ready to participate, because it’s time to start looking at targets, holsters and blades. Each year, we reach out to you readers and ask for your best of the best in each of these categories. Our May issue will announce who you have chosen for the Top 10 targets of the year. We are looking for fun, diverse, challenging and original concepts. If you have a brand that you feel deserves this recognition, let us know who they are, which target deserves attention and why. You determine who makes the Top 10, so get to work!
If you are new to the American Shooting Journal, thank you for joining our readership and family. Our family is important to us: We scour the nation for people who are amazing, make a difference in our industry, drive it, inspire others and who are excellent role models and stewards. Are you one of those people? Do you know one? Send me an email and tell me all about this mover and shaker so we can share them with the nation. Email me at: Dani@AmericanShootingJournal.com.
[su_heading size=”30″ margin=”0″]This Is How Vegas Does Shooting Range[/su_heading]
Review by Danielle Breteau • Photographs courtesy of Dawn Zlotek
Almost everyone has been to Las Vegas, and if you have not, there is an excellent chance you will some day. Las Vegas attracts millions of people each year, some willingly, some not and some subject to business conferences that they must attend. Wherever you sit on this continuum, if you are shooter or even if you’re not, everyone – including visiting aliens – should stop by The Range 702. “Why?” You ask. What makes this range different from the one down the street? Read on.
THE RANGE702 is the largest indoor shooting range in Las Vegas, and we all know that everything in Vegas is big … or is that Texas? It doesn’t matter. Everything in this town is epic, and this range is no exception. The owners have created a place that truly delivers the ultimate shooting experience.
When I first walked in, I stepped into a vast, clean open pro shop, complete with a concierge who quickly addressed my needs. Everyone who worked there said “Hello” as they walked by and made sure I was taken care of – although my request for a martini was not fulfilled. This level of attention is not commonly found in many places, and gun ranges are no exception. Walking among the displays, guns and gear, they offered anything and everything I might have needed for shooting if I had, by chance, left my gear behind, which I would never admit to here. Anyway, one of the standard services they offer is a private chauffeur to and from the range for no fee at all. How is that for dedicated customer service?
This range prides itself on operating a clean, open, organized and friendly range.
This over-the-top range offers 16 lanes and four specific VIP lanes, an on-site gunsmith, and many other amenities, but the thing many people flock here for is the heart-pumping action this team puts together. These packages are what The Range 702 calls shooting experiences, and they boast titles such as Area 51, Femme Fatale – not sure what is involved here – Adrenaline Rush and Judgment Day, to name a few.
The lanes and space are state-of-the-art, with reverse airflow in brightly lit, clean and open shooting ranges that ensure shooters breathe in comfort, and don’t walk out smelling like they have just been to war – come to think of it, maybe that is not a good thing.
For the discerning shooter, their VIP lounge definitely caters to the non-masses by offering a private hostess, bar, restaurant, LCD TVs and pool table.These high rollers even have their own private restroom facilities. The VIP route is literally the ticket to an unforgettable pampered shooting experience.
This area includes:
• Four private 25-yard lanes;
• Leather couches;
• Kitchenette with complimentary soft drinks;
• Viewing window from their suite into the range;
• Did we mention the private bathroom?
All in all, not a bad setup.
The VIP lounge offers its own private entrance, a hostess, personal range security officer, big-screen TVs, bar, pool table and private bathrooms.
No range would be worth its weight in gunpowder if it didn’t offer a standard regime of courses for new and expert shooters alike. Courses such as concealed weapons permit classes, intro to handguns, women-only courses, even personal one-on-one instruction is available. These are just a few of the options this range offers.
There are many options for memberships, although you do not need to be a member to shoot there, and they even offer special law-enforcement and military rates. We at the American Shooting Journal appreciate anyone who supports our brothers in blue and military ranks. Other memberships include rates for individuals, family, family plus, corporate rates and as we mentioned earlier, the VIP membership for those who need their own special place to pee.
Memberships include: unlimited use of shooting range; priority placement on range; The Range 702 T-shirt; free use of eye and ear protection; discounts on select merchandise; free machine-gun rental on your birthday; five guest passes per year; discounts on training courses; one free FFL transfer; shooting league discounts; two free handgun rentals; and one free gun breakdown and cleaning, among a few other benefits.
These services alone make the low monthly fee worthwhile. Speaking of fees, they vary, so I would suggest you check out their website at TheRange702.com. ASJ
The Range 702 is Las Vegas’ biggest and most advanced shooting range. Not only are they over-the-top, they are a customer-service machine that includes personal chauffeur service to and from the range.
[su_heading size=”30″ margin=”0″]REVIEW: LUTH AR MBA3 Buttstock For Carbine[/su_heading]
Review and photographs by Danielle Breteau
The LUTH-AR MBA-3 buttstock is designed for the .223 and .308 AR-platform rifles, and it only weighs 18 ounces.
[su_dropcap style=”light” size=”5″]I[/su_dropcap] am easily entertained, so when I received the new LUTH AR MBA-3, the latest AR-platform buttstock on the market, I spent the first 10 minutes just admiring the interior of the box. Odd, I know, but they did a very good job of decorating it and printed the installation instructions right there. This way anyone can put this new stock on their rifle without ever appearing as though they are actually reading the instructions. You can just peek over at the box, and no one would be the wiser.
I was pretty stokedabout the latest creation from Randy E. Luth, original founder of DPMS (Defense Procurement Manufacturing Services), known for creating modern sporting rifles, among other gun gadgets. Luth sold the business in 2007, but much to everyone’s relief he did not leave the industry. He simply hid away, developing new products like a mad scientist, and the MBA, MBA-2, -3 and -4 are among them. MBA stand for modular buttstock assembly, in case you were twisting your mind around yet another acronym.
(Above) The MBA-3 fully closed. (Below) The MBA-3 with a fully expanded cheek weld and buttplate.
For some background, if you are not familiar with the MBA and the MBA-2, then you should know that the original MBA weighs in at just 1.26 pounds, but is super strong. That’s a huge benefit to any AR-platform, particularly if you are wielding it as a bat when you are out of ammunition. All of their buttstocks are designed for the .223 and .308 AR rifles, and the MBA-3 and -4 offer expanded options to the line.
Some of the updates for the MBA-3 include:
♦ A triple-axis buttplate adjustment capability: horizontal for linear adjustment (length of pull); vertical for a perfect buttplate fit; and lateral for a ½-inch left or right cast.
♦ A bottom-facing Picatinny rail, which allows the shooter to add any number of gadgets – the mind reels with options.
♦ An extra inch of height adjustment to the cheek rest for folks with high scopes or long jaws, whichever seems to be your issue.
♦ An additional 1 1/16-inch length of pull.
♦ It weighs just about 18 ounces. I know you are going to weigh it, which is why I was vague.
♦ It is made of a ridiculously strong glass-filled nylon polymer.
♦ Hold your breath because this is a big one: It has a nylon-tipped set screw. I know, I know, no more rattling buttstocks for you, plus you can lock in your favorite position and never have to worry about it creeping off mark.
The MBA-3 offers a floor-facing Picatinny rail.
This buttstock really is an excellent solution to all sorts of needs, and may help solve any number of shooting issues you may have that are directly related to your gear, not you as a shooter, because everyone knows that couldn’t possibly be the problem.
Though designed for slightly more powerful firearms, the Luth MBA-3 buttstock compliments my nerf gun quite well.
I have to mention one thing. There seems to be a few charging handle problems associated with the MBA. The charging handle comes back and actually makes contact with the MBA buttstock. Disclaimer: This is only with certain charging handles and certain receivers. After careful research I can say that all of the MBA buttstocks meets the M16 rifle and A2 buttstock specifications. If you have an aftermarket lower or charging handle, you may want to double check your specs. For example, it is not uncommon for an aftermarket rifle to have high-sitting buffer tube. Something to think about, but Luth-AR has solutions for you if you have this issue. But of course they do.
The MBA-3 retails for $159.94 and comes in black, flat dark earth and pink. The MBA-4 is a skeletonized version of all of the MBA stocks, and weighs only 10 ounces. Perfect for the minimalist, but that is a review for another time. ASJ
[su_dropcap style=”light” size=”4″]W[/su_dropcap]elcome to 2016! [lots of confetti and fireworks here]
If you are reading this then you have made it safely to the other side, but what do we have to look forward to in 2016? Well, just in case you couldn’t think of anything, the US National Park Service will turn 100 years old this year, the Olympic Games will be held in Rio, the American Shooting Journal will officially celebrate one full year in publication and Star Trek will have first aired 50 years ago. Also, let’s not forget that we will elect a new commander in chief.
One of the first things on every shooter’s mind at the beginning of each year is finding out what will be unveiled at the annual NSSF SHOT Show, the largest gun-industry show in the world. Well, [brushing my fingers across my shirt with an air of all-knowing insight] I can tell you that this issue will give you the downright, all-out breakdown of all that is new this year. Some items are so new that photos have not yet been unveiled, but we were still able to scope out the specs.
If you are attending, you must come by the American Shooting Journal booth #408. We are featuring an enormous raffle wheel that simply won’t stop spinning from day one. Crazy prizes such as .308 ARs (two), one from RTD Mfg./Arms and one from Layke Tactical, a 1911 Government-model pistol from Inland Mfg., an MXB Sniper Lite Crossbow, Hogue hatchets, Spyderco/Coast/Cold Steel knives, a chronograph from Shooting Chrony, KICK-EEZ recoil pads, N82 Tactical holsters, cleaning tools, patches – the list is ridiculous, and every spin wins! All you have to do is bring your Golden Ticket.
“How do I get a Golden Ticket?” you must be thinking to yourself. Well, there are a few ways. The best way is to go to your computer right now and download your very own Golden Ticket from our website at AmericanShootingJournal.com. Just click the link and VOILA! Bring that ticket to the booth and spin. The spin is not for a chance to win; it decides what you win. Remember, every spin wins! I think I said that already.
Another way to get your Golden Ticket is to visit any of the following booths during the show and say, “I want my Golden Ticket.” They may measure you up for worthiness though. Just strong-arm them into compliance. The prizes are worth it! Happy New Year – It’s going to be epic!
[su_heading size=”24″ margin=”0″]JUMPING THE GUN GAP[/su_heading]
World Record Dirt-bike Champion, Cam Zink Is A Brother In Arms
Interview by Danielle Breteau
One of Cam’s favorite ﬁrearms is his Tikka T3 Tactical .308. (ADRIAN MARCOUX PHOTOGRAPHY)
[su_dropcap style=”light” size=”4″]S[/su_dropcap]o, why would a shooting magazine reach out for an interview with a world-record-holding mountain bike rider/jumper/guru? Well, because he also totes a gun and hunts. In fact he comes from a family of hunters and totes many guns.
That’s why! Another reason we reached out to this young man was to demonstrate that gun owners, CCW carriers and hunters come from some of the most unlikely places. Think of the new generation of youth shooters who are paving the way for an ever-growing ﬁrearms-friendly community. Cam Zink represents that new generation, and while his livelihood is not in the industry, he is a brother in arms. I would like to introduce the shooting community to Cam Zink who made the Guinness Book of World Records – the ﬁrst time – by completing a 100-foot, dirt-to-dirt backﬂip jump on a mountain bike. However, that wasn’t enough, so he followed that up by completing an astounding 120-foot straight-air jump, at the same location, earning him a second world record title for the longest dirt-to-dirt jump. Stand by for a second – just announcing that feat left me out of breath. Enjoy getting to know Cam Zink.
American Shooting Journal Hello, Cam, thanks for talking to us.
Cam ZinkMy pleasure.
ASJ Can you tell us a little bit about how you got started with guns, or where the inﬂuence came from?
CZWell, it was a family thing. My father was an avid shooter and started taking us out hunting when I was pretty young. The ﬁrst gun I ever shot was a .22, but the very ﬁrst deerhunting riﬂe I ever owned was a .243 Winchester.
When he is not shooting, Cam and his brother Howie run YT USA, a mountain bike manufacturing company based in Reno. (IAN COLLINS PHOTOGRAPHY)
ASJ What did you think about hunting when you ﬁrst started?
CZLike I said, it was a family thing. It’s just what we did together. My brother Howie and I were just happy to be out with our dad.
ASJ What does your father do?
CZHe used to run a T-shirt, embroidery and screen-printing business, but is now semiretired. He is currently remodeling the house they live in to ﬂip it. He has done everything in his life, including being an electrician, which helps with his new semivocation.
ASJ And your mother?
CZMy mom was a real estate agent, so she couldn’t take oﬀ work to take us to races like my dad could, but she came when she could, and we loved it!
ASJ How did you get started with mountain bikes?
CZI started out like any other kid, riding bikes around the neighborhood. We had some school yard jumps, and I guess I realized around then that I had a bit more of a natural talent for riding. Later, one of my dad’s friends, Stan Fail, started a bike-component company called Kooka. He brought some high-end bikes into my dad’s shop, and my dad was super intrigued. That’s when my dad bought us our own mountain bikes, and Stan brought us to some races. The rest is history.
ASJ Does your brother hunt and ride as well?
CZHe does, and is currently the chief operating oﬃcer for YT USA, the North American franchise for YT Industries, which is the bike company that also sponsors me. Howie was always my hero growing up because he was so naturally gifted in all types of riding. When he got older and bought his ﬁrst car, he started hanging out with girls. Bike riding took a back seat for him then.
With a father who was an avid hunt, Cam (left) and Howie were raised to love the outdoors and be shooters. This and mountain biking was always a part of family outings. (IAN COLLINS PHOTOGRAPHY)
CZYT is a German-engineered mountain bike manufacturer that was solely in Europe until recently. They have now expanded to North America, Australia and New Zealand. What sets them apart is their bikes are sold directly to the public via the internet. No middleman, which keeps costs low. My brother and I run the North American franchise for them out of Reno, Nev.
ASJ So, when you say low prices, what are we talking about?
CZPrices range from around $900 to $5,400.
ASJ Wow, it sounds like there is a full range of bikes for all levels. Tell us about your favorite guns, or better yet, the guns you own.
CZI have several diﬀerent models, all for diﬀerent reasons. My daily carry is a Ruger LC9, but the trigger is a bit annoying. Other than that, I have a S&W .40-caliber handgun and .22 revolver, a Remington 20-gauge shotgun and .243 riﬂe, a Tikka T3 Tactical .308, an H&K .45 and, of course, an AR-15.
Cam and Howie on one of their family’s camping and outdoor trips. (CAM ZINK)
ASJ What type of guns are you looking to add to the family?
CZI really want a Kimber Solo. My dad has one, and it is the best subcompact I’ve ever seen. I also want to get a .300 AAC Blackout as well, especially now that I am sponsored by SilencerCo., an industry leader in silencers for ﬁrearms.
ASJ You mentioned that you have hunted. Tell us about that. What have you hunted so far?
CZI have only successfully shot one deer with my dad under a junior tag, and have been on several antelope and deer hunts with friends. I love duck hunting too, and in the next few years I’m going to make it up to Montana to hunt deer again.
Among activities such as extreme mountain biking, film making, shooting and his new family. Cam works hard running his and his brother Howie’s business. (IAN COLLINS PHOTOGRAPHY)
ASJ I know you are involved with the creation of a charity that means a lot to you. Can you tell us why you started it and what it oﬀers?
CZIt’s called Sensus RAD Trails, and I simply started it to build better bike trails. There are many organizations out there that build questionable trails, and take an
ASJ You have a huge following of fans who look up to you. Who inspires you?
CZI look up to many diﬀerent people, all for diﬀerent reasons. I have a lot of diverse goals with my business, riding, life, family, writing, ﬁlm making, shooting, etc. The people I look up to most are: Shaun Palmer, a professional snowboarder, skier, mountain biker and motocross rider who USA Today once put on the cover titled The World’s Greatest Athlete; Hunter S. Thompson, the late journalist, author and founder of the gonzo-journalism movement;Corey Bohan, an Australian BMX X-Games superstar; Rob Dyrdek, a professional skateboarder who founded Street League Skateboarding and holds 21 separate Guinness Book Of World Records for skateboarding; Travis Pastrana, X-Games gold-medal champion in several events, including supercross, motocross, freestyle motocross and rally racing, but mostly known for being an outrageous daredevil; and Johnny Knoxville, who is an actor, comedian, ﬁlm producer, screenwriter and stunt performer.
Cam’s daughter, Ayla Zink, is on her way to a world championship dirt-bike title. We might have to wait a couple more years, though. (CAM ZINK)
ASJ Do you have any regrets in life so far?
CZI try not to have regrets, but if I did, it would be some of the stupid things we did as teenagers. It’s impossible to change the past, so it’s hard to harbor regrets if you plan on changing the future [grin].
ASJ Do you have any new projects up and coming or anything we should be watching for?
CZI completed a movie that just came out called Cam Zink: Reach For The Sky, and you can see it on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Video and a few other places.
ASJ We will deﬁnitely check that out, Cam. Thanks for talking to us.
Here we are, the end of 2015. Many would say that it is time to reflect on the past year, and to savor the memories of each passing month, the achievements, the failures, the learning curves – some more drastic than others – but I say pththththhtpt! I say, seize today and anticipate an epic 2016!
Our year-end issue is stocked with tributes to heroes along with the organizations that support them, crazy squirrel hunting competitions, precision shooting advice from the best of the best, an introduction to fellow shooters who come from the most unlikely of places, dynamic gun reviews, an exclusive interview with one of today’s coolest cops, and insight into the ATF. This issue will have you bouncing from one gun-industry topic to the another – we certainly had fun putting it together.
Looking ahead, all I can see are four letters: S.H.O.T. This annual trade show has proven to be the ultimate in our industry as the best place to release the newest, latest, coolest – some weird but all fun – gadgets, guns and gear. People across the nation anticipate this show for just those things. This will be our fifth year at SHOT, but the first time under the new American Shooting Journal name. We are very excited!
Get ready for big prizes! We will be issuing “Golden Tickets” to SHOT Show attendees via mail, email and on our website before the show. With this ticket, attendees will be able to come by booth #408 anytime during the show and spin our great prize wheel. Among the multitude of prizes: two .308 rifles – yes, two! – one by RTD Mfg. and the other by Layke Tactical; a 1911 from Inland Mfg.; an MXB Sniper Lite crossbow from Mission by Mathews; Hogue hatchets; SpyderCo, Cold Steel, OKC, TOPS, SOG and Coast knives; a chronograph by The Shooting Chrony; gift certificates to The Strip Club Gun Club in Vegas – the list is endless and every spin wins! We intend to make SHOT 2016 a blast, and we hope you will stop by to meet the team. We would love to hear your story.