Due to the increase in courier costs, we have found it necessary to raise the threshold for our Free Delivery. From today free shipping is for orders over $249 -which pretty much covers all products bought by the box. Additionally, for those customers in regions not covered by our Free Delivery offer, we have recently added more shipping options that are at budget rates. These rates are available now and you can be select the best rate at check-out.
Check out this group submitted by Phil Wright and shot by Darren Scott with a CZ SP01 Orange. 10 shots from 15M one hole! Phil and Darren are part of the Cobram Pistol Club team heading to the VAPA state championships and all of them are using Tigershark's (no wonder with accuracy like this!). Thanks for sharing the image Phil.
So before that knockers have their say, ultra clean shiny cases don't help you shoot better but handling fired cases can be hazardous as lead and other contaminants are easily transferred to the skin when reloading. Also, I'm not going to go into talking in detail about the pro's and con's of wet vs. dry (vibratory) cleaning except to say I have been wet tumbling for at least 3 years now and am very happy with how it works over dry, particularly how it cleans the inside of cases. Not to mention the health benefits that go along with avoiding airborne lead that can be present when dry tumbling.
Moving along, my recipe for cleaning used Lyman Turbo Sonic and Lemishine with 4KG of cases and 2L of water tumbled for 90 minutes which gave me pretty good results. But in recent times I had started to notice that the brass wasn't coming out quite so well as it used to with cases not so shiny and kind of pale looking. I thought I'd try something else and bought some MP103 burnishing compound from Aussie Sapphire substituting it for the Lemishine/Turbo Sonic. Although the results improved they were still not 100%
With not much else to do over breakfast, I researched (Googled) why this might be happening and, of course, with the internet full of opinions about recipes and what to use and not to use blah, blah I saw someone say that cleaning the media occasionally is a good idea. Really? - aren't the pins cleaned in the process? Anyway, no harm giving it a go so I threw in a couple of liters of water and a dishwashing tablet and in a few minutes that water had gone black!
See photo below.
I then proceeded to rinse and ran it through a wash cycle again this time I threw in some car wash (it was at hand) and ran it through again. The water was now looking much clearer and with a final good rinse, I ran 4KG of dirty cases through using MP103 burnishing compound. I set the tumbler for my usual 90 minutes. 10 minutes later I checked on progress and to my surprise, the cases looked clean already. Grabbing one out of the soupy mix (using a spoon) its appearance was stunning! I can't believe the difference.
A good rinse and separation of media and you can see how they turned out - pretty well like new.
Following up from our earlier post about APS450 I have completed testing and have put together a report on my findings.
AP70N has long been my favourite for reloading 9MM, it has always performed well for me while others insist AP50 is better and some even preferring AP100.
With the demise of AP70 the good news is that ADI has released the alternative to AP50 called APS450 and I thought it worthwhile to test it against 70 to see if it could bridge the gap till APS650 becomes available. Other powders were tested as part of the process as well. For the full report click here
In comparison to AP70 in 9MM, preliminary testing is indicating that a decreased powder charge of around 0.1 to 0.2 grains is a good starting point for working up a load for APS450. For example, 3.8 of AP70 with a TGRSRK 135GN HP will run at a PF of 131.2 whereas a charge of 3.6 of APS450 will give a PF of 129.8. There are no guarantees that the results for each bullet weight will correlate exactly to a decrease from AP70 of 0.1 or 0.2 and further testing is required. Initial results are as per the picture below.
A full report with additional data and accuracy observations will follow.
The NSW IPSC Handgun Championships was held in Albury at the Hume Pistol Club on April 5 -7 this year.
The match was an IPSC International sanctioned Level 3 match consisting of 12 stages over 2 days. Hume Pistol club always puts on a good challenging match as this year lived up to past State Titles.
Brodie was successful in securing Open Overall Champion, Gold Medal Grand Master, and Presidents Medal. Brodie now has a short break before he then starts preparations for the 2019 Australasians in The Philippines later this year.
(Brodie uses Tigershark 123GN RN)
Our next shipment arriving next week will be packed in our new boxes. These boxes will present better in retail shops and will start shipping next week. The first stock in this packaging will be 123HP's and over time we will gradually change over from the original plastic bags.
Of all the thousands of products at the recent SHOT Show one product really impressed me. Something that might help to understand what happens during and after trigger press and something that would likely sharpen skills or diagnose problems. And as Rod Leatham says "Aiming is meaningless" (if you move the gun during the shot). Called MANTISX it's a laser training aid that records your aim, trigger press, shot break and displays the movement during each 3. Additionally it shows you (on the free App connected by Bluetooth) where the shot hit and and gives you a score out of 100 for each shot in a string. It also provides suggestions to improve your score.
MANTISX can be used in live fire and dry fire with the tiny unit mounted on your pistol's integrated rail, or mounted on your magazine base with an adapter.
MantisX will be available form our website soon at $295. Magazine adapters $15
For more info have a look at this review