Due to high demand, we are ordering another production run of our popular competition shirts. You can have your name - or business name - printed front and back. Order here. by June 23!
Make sure you stipulate printing required for front and back (in the special notes section on check out) and confirm your correct size as per the size chart (US size).
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
As many will be aware for some time that Pistol Australia (PA) only permitted lead ammunition to be used in matches and all forms of jacketed and copper coated ammunition were banned (August 2017 NRC Newsletter). This was reinforced in PA's written advice (June 2018) where the National Referee's council reiterated that “All projectiles used must be made only of lead or similar soft material. Jacketed projectiles are not permitted.” (specifically referring to Centre Fire and Service Matches). Further, they said that they provide a "simple" scrape test to assist clubs to determine the style of bullet used. This test was not so simple and some club officials often felt it was easier to ban anything on appearance rather than on fact.
In the meantime, many competitors were moving away from lead ammunition in favour of copper coated bullets and putting pressure on the association to update their position. At PA's late 2018 AGM evidence was presented and the decision was made to relax the rules.
PA's position now lifts the blanket restriction banning copper and FMJ ammunition and allow individual ranges/clubs to decide what ammunition is permitted according to their local rules and approvals. Specifically: "All projectiles must comply with local range approved conditions and club regulations"
OK, so this doesn't always help those who are members of clubs that ban FMJ's or anything that "looks like" an FMJ (to the untrained eye) but it's a strong argument supporting your push to have your club rules updated in line with PA's rules. If you need any help convincing your club to update or understand the difference between FMJ's and copper please let me know.
Another shipment of Tigershark's are on their way and expected to land first week of March. This shipment will include some new lines such as 158HP in .356 for those crazy SIG shooters, more stock of .358 180's, 124GN 9MM FMJ (just a few to try) and re-stock of all lines including the ever popular .356 123HP's.