CMP Online M1 Garand Maintenance Clinic

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is offering an online M1 Garand Maintenance Clinic.

Registration is now open for the CMP’s online M1 Maintenance Clinic, for those wishing to learn more about assembly, disassembly, cleaning and other techniques used to ensure your rifle’s peak performance. The clinic will be the first live online class ever offered by CMP.

Check out the details.


Swamp Shooters in the News

Our youth shooting team, the Airfield Swamp Shooters, mades the news. We congratulate them and encourage their success.

Events like this are the main reason our club exists so try to support them every chance you get.


IDPA Style Match Saturday August 31st

Where: 50 yard range

Setup: 8 am

: 8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Match begins: 10 am

Course of Fire Attached

Shooters may show up at any time between 8:30 am and 1:30 pm. Shooting will end at 4 pm. New shooter orientation 10 am – 11 am and 12 pm – 1 pm.

Cost: $10 for ASC members and $15 for non-members.

Shooting Sports One of 25 Core Sports for 2020 Olympics

Shooting is among the 25 core sports listed by the IOC Executive Board for the 2020 Olympic Games.

“Shooting remains a core sport world wide, as well as one of the most universal disciplines. The ISSF represents 161 National Federations, and athletes from 108 countries qualified to compete in shooting at the 2012 Games; shooting ranked fourth among all Olympic sports in this principal measure of universality.” Secretary General Schreiber reminded.

International Shooting Sports Federation article

ASC Pistol Class on Dec. 8

 On December 8, 2012, the Airfield Shooting Club (ASC) is hosting an NRA First Steps (Pistol) Class with additional sections on the Law of Concealed Carry and Self Defense and Methods of Concealed Carry.

The First Steps (Pistol) Class is intended to provide hands-on orientation to one specific pistol model and includes both classroom and live-fire training. Our instructors teach both revolver and semi-auto sections in this class. In addition to the NRA First Steps (Pistol) Class, over an hour long session is scheduled with Timothy W. Drewry, a Virginia practicing attorney, who will discuss some of the legal aspects of carrying concealed firearms and self defense in Virginia. There will be a question and answer period, and the attorney will remain with the class until the very end so that he may answer questions which may arise. An additional segment of the course will include a brief discussion of some of the firearms appropriate for concealed carry and the holsters or other devices which might be suited for carrying a firearm concealed. The legal instruction and the concealed carry portions of the course are non-NRA approved, but added by the ASC to better inform pistol shooters who may wish to carry concealed.

Those who successfully complete the NRA First Steps portion of the course will receive a certificate which will serve as proof of training for the purpose of obtaining a Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit.

The course is scheduled to commence at 9:00 a.m. in the Sussex Lodge at the Airfield 4-H Conference Center (near Wakefield). We expect the formal portion of the course will be completed by about 4:00 p.m., however several of the NRA Certified Instructors usually remain at the range to help those who want to get some additional practice with their handguns. It is not necessary that you own a firearm in order to attend these courses. The instructors will bring some of their personal firearms, which you may borrow. If you have your own firearm, you may bring it to the range for live fire practice, but please do not bring a loaded firearm to the classroom portion in the morning. We will do our first work with loaded firearms in the early afternoon.

Cost of the class is $65.00 (nonrefundable unless directed by ASC Board). Payment should be made to the “Airfield Shooting Club” and sent to ASC Vice President, Timothy W. Drewry at P.O. Box 247, Courtland, Virginia 23837. The course fee includes all NRA class materials, some .22 caliber ammunition and the attorney’s fees, but does not include the cost of any centerfire ammunition. You may bring your own centerfire ammunition to use in your own firearm or an instructor’s firearm.

Note: This course has limited space; the course is filled as payments are received.

If you have any questions, please contact Tim Drewry at 757-653-9999 or by email at  . If you already have a concealed carry permit, this is a great refresher course, especially if the first course you took to acquire your permit did not have a lecture on the laws in Virginia. If you have family, friends and neighbors who wish to acquire a concealed carry permit, then this course will fully prepare them!!! We hope you will register for this class and join us on December 8!!!


Bushnell Scout 1000 ARC Laser Range Finder Review

The Bushnell Scout 1000 Arc laser range finder is designed for hunters. The Scout has Bushnell’s Angle Range Compensation (ARC) technology that allows the user to quickly and accurately find the range even from angled terrain. The Bow mode gives short-range horizontal distance, while the rifle mode gives long-range distance. The rangefinder is accurate within a yard and can range up to 1000 yards against the correct type of target. The Scout 1000 is compact and lightweight, easily fitting into your shirt pocket. The Scout 1000 is weather-proof, but not waterproof, that could be an important distinction.

 The rangefinder comes in box along with a case, manual, and a CD with electronic versions of the manual. The case is rather nice and uses a magnetic fastener instead of velcro to help keep it quiet in the woods.

The rangefinder fits neatly in one hand and is comfortable to hold.  Attempting to use the mode button will usually require a second hand and it helps to use both hands to keep everything steady.

One of the secrets to laser rangefinders is that the range is highly dependent upon the type of target. A lightly colored target that is highly reflective will have a longer accurate range than a dark target with a rough surface. In your typical forest whitetail hunt we will usually encounter shadows and dark targets so I do not expect to get the maximum range from this or any laser range finder. Reported maximum range for this model is 1000yds against a reflective target, 600yds against a tree and 300yds against deer in a hunting situation. The magnification is fixed at 5x magnification with +/- 2 diopters on the focus ring. The visual quality was rather good and did not have much distortion near the edges of the visible area. The device can be configured to use yards or meters.

The device has multiple modes of operation for detecting range and angle for a shot. There are two main modes, bow and rifle. The bow mode is go out to 99 yds and will calculate the actual aiming distance when shooting at an angle from a treestand or up hill to a maximum angle of +/-60 degrees. The rifle mode is also good at +/- 60 degrees but will provide yardage out to 800 yds. There are multiple ballistic groups to provide bullet/drop holdover for many different calibers and muzzleloaders. The full ballistic chart can be found here. I will be testing on mode D for .308 with a 165gr bullet.

This picture shows the front of the rangefinder with the objective lens and the laser emitter.

Looking through the monocular and trying to keep it centered on a target through the woods can be difficult. There are two settings to help with this. One setting gives you the furthest range and the other the closest range. For example, if the deer is on the other side of a tree and I am having a hard time keeping the dot from shaking betwen the tree and the deer, having the setting on the brush indicator will display only the furthest target and I can move back and forth a little bit. In the bullseye mode the device return the shortest range and I would use this if the deer was in front of the tree. In practice it was kind of difficult to keep the dot centered on a target 150yds away while only using one hand to hold the rangefinder and press the button at the same time. So I found these features to be very worthwhile.

The LCD indicators are black and superimposed on the display with no backlight. During daylight hours everything works fine but during dawn and dusk it can be a little difficult to see the indicators. While this may be a bit of a let down, having any sort of a backlight would probably ruin your nightvision so it is kind of a wash.

 I tried to use my camera to take a picture through the rangefinder to show you what you see. Like usual though it did not come out very well and the picture does not do justice to what you see in real life. In the picture you can just barely make out some of the LCD indicators but they are much clearer and visible when using the naked eye.

Overall I am impressed with this device. I have only used it on a scouting trip and a few walks so far but we are going hunting later this month and I will give it a work out then and report back. Right now this rangefinder is available on Amazon for $245 and there is a $50 dollar rebate from Bushnell. This rangefinder is a good deal at the $200 price point. The promotion is good until the end of this year and this would make a great Christmas present for the hunter in your life.

Link to Rebate Form

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