Competitor Corner: August 2022 | An NRA Shooting Sports Journal


This month Shooting Sports United States The cover of the digital magazine features Tactical Games, a unique blend of intense physical activity and marksmanship that has gained a large following among law enforcement, military and civilian competitors over the past several years. To find out more, I spoke to Tactical Games champion Kirk Holmer, a former Green Beret and Distinguished Pistol and Rifle badge holder. Holmer, who now works for Tactical Games sponsor Black Rifle Coffee Company, discovered the sport via YouTube and soon after attending his first competition, he was hooked. Read my article (page 22) to learn more about this intense new sport.

In August’s Product Focus (page 12), author Frank Melloni reviews the Vudoo GunWorks V-22 Three 60, the company’s latest rimfire repeater. Sporting a three-lug bolt for shorter bolt travel, he says the Three 60 is a production gun with “enough options available, it can easily be considered custom.” Also in Product Focus, you won’t want to miss my article on the Renair ClayBot Universal Trap Carrier (page 16), a mobile trap carrier with a built-in gasoline engine and alternator that can provide electrical power and hydraulic hookups for attaching external components.

With over a century of history behind it, the Savage Model 19 NRA Match Rifle is a testament to the Association’s mission to foster competitive shooting. Field Editor Art Merrill is a fan, and in his article this month (page 28) he explores the glorious past of the Model 19, also giving a look at a historic example with his discerning eye. This article is a must read for fans of classic small bore rifles.

Field Editor Chris Christian says Florida is a paradise for retired competitive shooters. As the third most populous state, seniors are “a common sight” at games at many Florida clubs, and with no state income taxes and low property taxes, Sunshine State retirees earn the luxury extra money to spend during their golden years. Be sure to read Christian’s article (page 32), which includes a list of his favorite shooting clubs in Florida and more.

The process of ejecting a spent cartridge from a semi-automatic pistol is an engineering marvel, but it’s not always perfect. In this month’s article on gun ejector adjustment (page 36), author Brad Miller shares tips to help you avoid using your face as an arm catch.

As I write this, the 2022 NRA Nationals matches at Camp Atterbury are in full swing. For the first time, the High Power Nationals were shot at electronic targets, supplied by Silver Mountain Targets. After a few hiccups on the first day of Across-the-Course and a quick software fix, I’m happy to report that the e-targets worked perfectly. I will be at the Pershing International Trophy Match during the Smallbore Rifle Prone Nationals at Camp Atterbury on August 3, come say hi if you see me at the range. Good shooting everyone!

John Parker
Chief Editor, Shooting Sports United States

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