To most people, the Dog Days of Summer are the hottest time of the year. To us, it’s the time for the hottest sales. The H&H Shooting Sports Dog Days of Summer Sales Event kicks off on Sunday July 31st. Visit us in store for great deals on all your favorite brands! Take and additional 10% OFF all Red Tag Firearms – All Propper tactical clothing and gear is now Buy 1 Get 1 Half Off the Red Tag Clearance Price – The Ka-Bar Zombie War Sword with interchangeable black and green handles is now Buy 2 for ONLY $79.99 . There is something for everyone at H&H during the Dog Days of Summer Sales Event. See our newspaper ad in the Sunday Edition of The Oklahoman!
Firearm travel and transportation is a tricky task, as there are many rules and regulations. There are federal laws that one must follow, as well as specific state laws. If you participate in the transportation of a firearm in an illegal manner, there are serious repercussions. Make sure you are well informed about all the laws, so you aren’t at risk. Here are some of the fundamental methods of transportation, their basic rules, and resources where you can find more information:
There are special procedures for the shipment of firearms. Title 18, Chapter 44, Title 26 and Chapter 53 of the United States Code mandate these rules. Essentially, you can ship packages that contain firearms between licensed importers, manufacturers, dealers and individuals. Handguns must be shipped through Next Day Air Service. Firearms must be shipped in their disassembled form, in order to meet compliance with federal, state and local law. UPS does not accept automatic weapons, like machine guns, for shipment. Firearms must meet packing and labeling requirements. They must be shipped in new corrugated packaging, which meets the guidelines for single wall box strength.
Ammunition must be packed and shipped separately. The shipper must use Delivery Confirmation Adult Signature Required service. For hunting, a person may ship a firearm to themselves, in care of another person, where they intend to hunt. The package should be addressed to the owner “in the care of” the out-of-state resident who receives it. No one, but the owner, can lawfully open the package or take possession of the firearm upon its arrival.
Federal law doesn’t have available permits for the interstate transportation of firearms. There isn’t a federal, coverall permit because the laws vary state by state in the transportation of firearms. As a traveller, you must be aware of these laws, as they aren’t uniform and have some very specific nuances. If you are unaware of state laws, it is best that you carry your firearm unloaded, locked in its case and stored in the trunk or your flat bed tool box. They shouldn’t be visible from outside of the vehicle. There are some specific federal laws on the transportation of firearms that may align with the state laws and should be followed. The Firearms Owner’s Protection Act states that a person can transport a legally possessed firearm between states where the legal possession is obtained. According to Title 18 Part 1 Chapter 44 s926A, ammunition should be stored in a separate locked container. This means you cannot carry your gun in its holster while you drive. The NRA-ILA website provides the rules for interstate transportation of firearms and has state-law resources for firearm owners.
When you fly on a commercial airline, you can transport unloaded firearms in a hard-sided container. The container must be checked in and can’t, under any circumstances, accompany you onto the plane as a carry-on. The container must also be locked and completely secure—if the case provides any sort of easy access it will be prohibited from the plane. Firearm parts, like magazines, clips, bolts and firing pins, must also be concealed in checked baggage. The only carry-on firearm accessory is a rifle scope. Reference the TSA website for an extensive list of rules for flying with firearms or ammunition. Make sure you look up the laws of the state or country that is your destination. Gun laws can be found on a state’s government website. Don’t rely on any websites that lack the suffix “.gov” as their reprint of the laws may not be updated.
You’re invited to attend our Firearms Law Seminar on March 8th, sponsored by our friends at U.S. Law Shield. Come and hear experienced attorneys and law enforcement professionals speak on topics every law-abiding gun owner needs to know, such as use of force law and what to do after you use your firearm.
Arm yourself with knowledge and separate legal fact from fiction. Education is a key step in upholding and preserving all of our firearms rights!
Introducing the BRAND NEW Ruger RPR – Ruger Precision Rifle. This is a Bolt Action AR Platform w/ Folding Stock Available in .308, 6.5 Creedmoor, & .243. Take a first look at this new and exciting long gun from Ruger. Without exception those who looked at and have shot this were very excited and pleased at its performance and precision. H&H Shooting Sports was given special permission from Ruger to sell these new rifles during our Summer Expo, before their official launch on Monday. You can also test fire it for yourself on our range during the expo!
WireShots recently asked a couple of gun owners what their favorite pistol was. We had many people give us different and interesting answers from custom pistols to the ones that in their hands at the time. Every gun owner has hers or his favorite. You have the occasional fan boys who are nothing and won’t shoot any other pistol. There’s the revolver owners that say there gun will never stop working. And then you have your 1911 owners who love the fact that they have a firearm that actually feels like a gun. Some gun owners just love guns and don’t care what it is as long as it goes bang.
The usual types of brand fanatics are Glock and Smith & Wesson. These two manufacturers have been battling out against each other on many occasions. Glock are Austrian made and Smith & Wessons are made in the U.S. Glock have that unique trigger that has a crisp trigger pull with an exceptional break. Smith & Wessons have the half-moon trigger with a huge amount of take up in the trigger pull with a short reset, but finding the reset is the tricky part. The Smith & Wesson has a higher capacity magazine then the Glock. No matter which one you decide to get they both are excellent firearms. WireShots suggest giving them both a try to seeing which one you like. You could end up liking both and having two of the best firearms.
The revolver owners will always tell you that every time they pull the trigger that cylinder will work and rotate. Sometimes this isn’t true, Taurus revolvers are notorious for having a non consistent trigger pull as well as not having a good fitted cylinder. Ruger revolvers are a unique group of revolvers having a smooth consistent trigger pull and a push button cylinder release. Ruger LCR are the most popular out of this manufacturing company to be concealed carried. Smith&Wessons J Frame has been around for quite sometime now and more than likely never be replaced. Theres not much to complain about with the J Frames, they’re to simple and have been through trial and error. Revolvers have 5 to 6 rounds in the cylinder and in a gun fight, its best to have more than 6 when more rounds could be needed.
1911’s are the steel framed breed that has their place in competitions as well as being concealed carried. 1911’s have a crisp trigger pull and short reset. 1911’s have tight tolerances and are very picky on what ammo they love to shoot. Parts can be swapped out with other parts, but it comes with a price. In order to have the best 1911, you’re talking about paying some serious cash. Wilson Combat makes the best 1911’s because They are designed to last for decades. They are made to perfection, so much that it takes them quite a while to get one custom-made, but they are worth the wait. If you’re not wanting to pay for a higher end 1911, you can always get a Rock Island. Though they’ve had a bad reputation in the past it seems like they have stepped up their game in producing some descent quality pistols.
No matter what type of category you fall into or you don’t have a category, in the end they are firearms. The best way of finding out what firearm you like is to send lots of led down range with different pistols and figuring out what pistol you like. Firearms are used for protection, as a hobby for competing, or just collecting firearms are a thing of beauty. Firearms are for those great Americans who appreciate the 2nd Amendment. Go out to your nearest range and enjoy the freedom you have to shoot these amazing machines.
WireShots.com recently had a chance to speak to Zeke Ernst, the reloading manager at H&H Shooting Sports, about his recent trip to the USPSA Single Stack Nationals. Ernst is married with 2 kids and shoots competitively as a hobby. He placed 138 out of 407 shooters. In this conversation with Zeke we talked about the hows and whys of what got him started in competitive shooting.
WS: First of, what is USPSA?
Zeke Ernst: USPSA is the U.S. Region of the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) introduced in 1984. It is a test of the shooters technique and skills. There are multiple divisions in USPSA. Production, Limited, Limited 10, Single Stack, Open, and Revolver. The classifications are D,C,B,A, Master, and Grandmaster. In each division there are 14 stages plus chronograph. competitors are organized during events by both the division in which they are competing and the classification they currently hold, helping to level out the playing field. This helps to prevent the average motorist from competing with Dale Earnhardt jr.
WS: What made you decide to shoot in competitions?
Zeke Ernst: I wanted to do it as a way to spend time with my two sons. My youngest Sean started shooting at the age of 8 and my oldest son Conner started shooting at the age of 11. We have all shot competitively in Single Stack, Production, and Limited divisions.
WS: Who have been you biggest influences in learning to shoot pistols competitively?
Zeke Ernst: There are a lot of great shooters out there. The three individuals that have probably influenced me the most would be Robert Rigsby, Will Andrews and Todd Jarrett (although I haven’t ever met him, his youtube videos filled in a lot of questions I had along the way). Robert, who is a USPSA Grand Master in Open division and Will who runs Oklahoma Pistol Skills, have both been a constant sounding board for all of the ideas I come up with and suggestions for ways to do it better.
WS: What division do you shoot in and class are you in?
Zeke Ernst: I shoot currently both Limited and in the Single Stack division and I’m in B class in both.
WS: What type of gear and firearm do you run in the competitions?
Zeke Ernst: Much to my wife’s dismay, I have a wide variety of pistol I have accumulated over the years. Currently I run a custom Caspian 1911 that we built at H&H for the single stack division, with Chip McCormack Magazines. In limited I have a pretty stock Glock 35 and a custom STI, both in .40S&W. I use a Bladetech belt with Safariland magazine carriers.
WS: What type of ammo are you allowed to have during the matches?
Zeke Ernst: You’re allowed to use any type of ammo, including hand loaded. I like to use hand loaded ammo because it’s cheaper to use. It’s mate the ammo to your specific shooting style and ability while still meeting the required power factor. Power Factor is another way of leveling the playing field. The weight of your bullet time the velocity must meet certain numbers. Minor power factor must be at 125 thousand or higher and Major has to meet the power factor of 165 thousand or higher. The courses of fire have round counts that can range from 8 rounds to 22 rounds in a match depending on how the course of fire is setup.
WS: Do you ever get nervous during a match?
Zeke Ernst: Of course, there’s a wide mixture of skilled shooters competing against each other. You meet different groups of people and ages running from 8 to 70 years of age. You have shooters like Rob Leatham who have been doing this sort of thing for over 20 years for a living as well as first time shooters.
WS: How is scoring made during a match?
Zeke Ernst: Scoring is a combination of the value of the hits on your targets combined with the speed at which you complete the course of fire.
WS: Where is the USPSA Single Stack Nationals held and for how long?
Zeke Ernst: It’s held in Barry, Illinois at PASA Park. It’s shot over 3 days, with each days competitors shooting all 14 stages in one day.
WS: What does it take to be able to shoot at Nationals?
Zeke Ernst: You have to be a member of USPSA and submit an entry. There’s only 390 slots open, so you have to sign up early. Anyone can shoot at local club matches. H&H has an open to the public match on the first Sunday of every month. Sign up starts at 5:30 p.m. There’s also a forum on boomer shooter.com where you can find a USPSA match just about every weekend.
WS: Zeke, thank you for sitting down with us today, if our readers have any questions about getting started in USPSA, is there a way they can contact you?
Zeke Ernst: USPSA is a nation wide sport where shooters of all skills have a chance to show off their skills and constantly improve as well as meet other shooters who enjoy the same hobby. If you have any questions you can contact Zeke who is the match director for H&H at (405) 947-3888 ext. 154.
The State Games of Oklahoma is truly Oklahoma’s only Amateur Sports Festival. Based on the Olympic format and officially endorsed by the United States Olympic Committee, the State Games of Oklahoma is open to every amateur athlete in our state, regardless of age, sex or ability.
The purpose of the State Games of Oklahoma is to enhance Oklahoma’s effort to unite all communities across the state through sport, health and wellness. There are currently over 11,000 Oklahomans participating in the Sooner State Games as well as the winter version of the games.
The Shooting portion of the Games will be held at H&H Shooting Sports.
May 23-24, 2015
H&H Shooting Sports
400 S Vermont Ave, #110
Oklahoma City, OK
$26 first event
$7 per additional event
Mail-in: postmarked by May 12
Online: May 19
On-site registration available
Guns don’t have to be loud. An inventor by the name of Hiram Percy Maxim understood this fact over a century ago when he was awarded his first patent for a firearm silencer in 1909. Sold over the counter at sporting goods retailers, hardware stores, and in mail order catalogs, these “Maxim Silencers” cost as little as $3.00, and promised a more pleasant experience for the shooter and everyone around them. Sportsmen and hunters freely enjoyed the benefits of silenced shooting until 1934 when this right was violated by an ill-conceived piece of legislation called the “National Firearms Act” (NFA). This law created a number of unreasonable barriers to silencer ownership that are still in place today, including a $200 per-item tax; a sum equivalent to over $3,500 in today’s dollars.
Despite these antiquated laws and draconian restrictions, silencer ownership is spreading like wildfire across every facet of the hunting and shooting community. In 2015 we aren’t slowing down. With grass roots education initiatives and strong support for advocacy groups such as the American Suppressor Association and National Rifle Association, SilencerCo is fighting every day to win back your rights that were stolen in 1934.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to announce the new Ruger® GP100® Match Champion™ with adjustable rear sight. This new model shares all of the same great features of the original fixed sight model, but now includes a white outline, windage and elevation adjustable rear sight which, when combined with the fiber-optic front sight, creates a great sight picture that can adjusted based on the type of ammunition being shot.
The GP100 Match Champion is a six-shot revolver chambered in .357 Magnum that is designed for the competitive shooter, with a 4.2-inch slab-sided, half-lug barrel with an 11-degree target crown for competition accuracy. The polished springs and hammer strut, combined with the trigger and hammer shims, provide an exceptional match-tuned action that produces a smooth, double-action pull with a crisp and consistent let-off. A chamfered cylinder and custom Hogue® stippled hardwood grip with dual speed loader cuts enable quick reloads, making the Match Champion ideal for personal protection, competition, and IDPA matches in particular.
“Since the introduction of the original fixed sight Match Champion, customers have been asking for a revolver with all the same great features and fully adjustable sights”, said Chris Killoy, Ruger President and COO. “Our goal in building this revolver was to allow the use of a wide variety of ammunition for the competitive shooter while maintaining all of the great custom features in a factory produced firearm,” Killoy continued.
For more information on the GP100 Match Champion revolver, or to learn more about the extensive line of award-winning Ruger firearms, visit Ruger.com or Facebook.com/Ruger. To find accessories for the GP100 Match Champion or other Ruger firearms, visitShopRuger.com.
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I am not a big fan of ballet but thoroughly enjoyed 5.11 Tactical’s festive video Christmas card. This is possibly one of the best remixes of the Nutcracker Suite. Great work on the ad 5.11! Merry Christmas