Nikon Introduces New BLACK Riflescope Line

With the incredible boom in the AR market in recent years, lots of optics and accessory manufacturers have been developing products specific to black rifles. Nikon is one of the latest companies to bring out an optic line built for America’s favorite rifle, as well as other tactical-type rifles.

Nikon’s new BLACK riflescope line will consiNikon-BLACK-X1000-6-24x50-IIlluminatedst of five models and is designed to meet the needs of both precision long-range shooters and action-shooting AR enthusiasts. The line is expected to be available to shooters sometime in the Spring of this year.

BLACK 1000

The first offering in the new Nikon BLACK riflescope lineup is the BLACK 1000. Tailored more toward precision shooters, the BLACK 1000 will be available in 4-16×50 and 6-24×50 models featuring either X-MOA or X-MRAD tactical-style reticles synchronized to elevated windage and elevation turrets. These new reticle designs offer clean views, while also providing added functionality to the shooter, and the elevated turrets should make precise dialing for windage and elevation quite easy.

There are three 4-16×50 models available. Two are available with illumination and either the X-MOA or X-MRAD reticle, while the other model features a non-illuminated X-MOA reticle. Meanwhile, the fourth model is the 6-24×50, which comes with an illuminated X-MRAD reticle.

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For shooters looking for a riflescope for closer, more rapid engagements or action shooting, Nikon will also be offering its BLACK FORCE 1000 a 1-4×24 riflescope that utilizes Nikon’s unique SpeedForce reticle. The reticle features an interesting, illuminated, double horseshoe pattern in the center, which serves as a speedy reference point in rapid target acquisition and engagement. However, the SpeedForce MOA reticle also incorporates BDC circles and hash marks for accurate and precise intermediate-range holdovers.

All of these models in the new BLACK riflescope line feature a 30mm main body tube constructed from aircraft-grade aluminum alloy with Type 3 hard anodizing, meaning the scopes are rugged and ready for hard use. Other great features across the board include Nikon’s lead- and arsenic-free Eco-Glass lenses, which also sport a multi-layer surface coating; spring-loaded instant zero-reset turrets; and a waterproof, fog proof and shock proof design. Also, each scope is backed by Nikon’s No-Fault policy.

Pricing on the new BLACK riflescopes varies from $399.95 to $699.95, offering shooters several great options for the money. For more on the new BLACK riflescope line, visit the Nikon website.

(Source: By Drew Warden.


Best New Rifles of 2017

More new guns debuted at the 2017 SHOT Show than any other in recent memory. If anything was made clear, it is that the panic buying of ARs is done and that the crossover appeal of the tactical and hunting markets continues to grow. Here are the top rifles from the show.

Anschutz 1781

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Even though you probably didn’t realize it, you’ve been waiting for years for this rifle to appear. Anschutz is notoriously picky about quality and delayed the release of this rifle because they were unable to procure barrels that meet the company’s Olympic Gold standards. Well, they purchased the machinery to make their own and now are ready for hunters to take them afield. The slick action, outstanding trigger and solid walnut stock make a terrific first impression.

Barrett Lightweight Rifle

This elegant bolt-action is a departure from the standard line of Barrett’s tactical and military products. It is available in two action lengths (long and short) in a variety of calibers from .243 Win. to .30-06. It comes with a carbon-fiber stock and stainless barrel and weighs between 5 and 6 pounds unscoped and empty, depending on the chambering.

Bergara B-14 HMR

The HMR stands for “Hunting Match Rifle” in case you missed the hybrid origins of this intriguing new bolt gun. The stock has a full-length aluminum chassis contained within to enhance the stiffness argentina wingshooting doveand accuracy of the system. The B-14 action has dual lugs and a Sako style extractor and is Bergara’s own design. The HMR is fed via a detachable box magazine and is available in 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Win.

Christensen Arms Mesa

To date, the rifles made by Christensen Arms have been notable for two things: their carbon-fiber barrels and eye-bulging price tags. The company has worked hard to make their rifles more affordable in recent years but has achieved a new level of attainability with the Mesa, a steel-barreled bolt gun with a sub-$1,300 price tag. This is an attractive and functional bolt gun with a hinged floorplate magazine, carbon-fiber stock and threaded muzzle. It comes in short and long action sizes in several calibers, including 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win., 7mm-08, 7mm Rem. Mag., and .300 Win.

Marlin 1895 Modern Hunterargentina pigeon hunting

The past few years have been dark ones for fans of Marlin lever actions as the brand struggle under new ownership after being purchased by the parent company of Remington. But to borrow a phrase from the Gipper, it is morning in Marlintown again. The 1895 Modern Hunter is being built by the Remington Custom Shop, which is now located in Sturgis, S.D. This aggressive .45-70 has been enhanced with a number of upgrades that make it ready for bear country or any other adventure requiring a fast-handling, big-bore thumper.

Montana Rifle Company MSR

This rifle is new both for its design and its chambering. This is one of the first production rifles offered in the newly standardized 6mm Creedmoor, a cartridge that has been dominant in long-range tactical competition and has gained a good reputation for predators and deer-sized game. It is built on the company’s excellent M1999 controlled-round feed action, has a detachable box magazine and comes with flush mounted QD sling cups mounted fore and aft on the stock. Cloaked in an eye-catching Kryptek camo pattern, it will also be available in .223 Wylde, .204 Ruger, 300 Blk, .243 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 and .300 Win. Mag.

Tikka T3x TAC A1

beretta rifle duck hunting argentinaThis is the Finn’s answer to the Ruger Precision Rifle. It is a modular bolt-action rifle with AR-15 compatible elements designed for long-range shooting. The handguard on the forend is a 13.5-inch M-Lok compatible design with a Pic rail on top. The receiver also has a Pic rail, giving the shooter maximum flexibility for mounting accessories. The pull weight on the two-stage trigger is user adjustable and the butt stock can be adjusted to alter cheek-piece height and length of pull as well. Initial chamberings include .308 Win., .260 Rem. and 6.5 Creedmoor.

Weatherby VAC

Weatherby’s Vanguard line is taking a hard tactical turn this year with the VAC—or Vanguard Adaptive Composite rifle. The stock is the news here. Weatherby has affixed a target stock to the Vanguard action that can be used for hunting or tactical style competition. The stock has a vertical pistol-grip with deep finger grooves for the shooter’s hand, a wide forend for bracing off barricades and other surfaces, and push-button adjustments for length of pull and comb height on the butt. Like other Vanguards, it ships with a sub-MOA guarantee and will be available in .223 Rem., 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Win.

Winchester XPCwingshooting argentina

Winchester is throwing its hat into the precision rifle game as well with the new XPC. The rifle is configured with a full checklist of features that have come to define the modern precision rifle market: chassis frame, detachable box magazine, threaded muzzle, full length Picatinny rail, 20 MOA declination on the receiver, M-Lok compatible forend—and all of this wrapped in your favorite shade of
matte black. The rifle is going to be first chambered in .308 with a 20-inch barrel with a 1-in-10 twist rate.

Colt Competition 22 Nosler

Colt Competition Rifles is the first mainstream gun maker to roll out rifles in 22 Nosler, a new cartridge from Nosler that seeks to improve on .223 Rem. performance and yet will run reliably in an AR-15 sized platform. In terms of ballistics, the 22 Nosler has about 25 percent more case capacity than the .223, giving it a boost of 200-300 fps at the muzzle. This is a meaningful increase in velocity that will find traction with some hunters and competitors looking for a ballistic edge in the field or in a match.

(Source: By John B. Snow.


Giancarlo Pedretti, master engraver and a pioneer in the Italian gun trade, died unexpectedly September 28. He was 69.

His son Stefano, creative collaborator since the early 1grav2-b990s, will carry on the work of Studio Pedretti with its small staff.

Born in 1947 into a family of gunmakers and hunters in Gardone, Giancarlo was witness to the post-war rebirth of the sporting-arms industry in his hometown. His father and uncles worked at Beretta,
where they were chosen for the special small-shop production of SO series shotguns and other fine firearms. There, Giancarlo’s father approached master engraver Tononcelli to express his son’s interest in becoming an engraver, and at the age of 13 Giancarlo began a three-year apprenticeship, after which he immediately was hired.

Giancarlo proceeded to push the boundaries of his art and trade for more than 50 years and was still hard at work at the bench at Studio Pedretti. “He was the first to open the shop every morning and the last to close it every night,” said Elena Micheli-Lamboy, co-author with her husband, Stephen Lamboy, of the lavish book Giancarlo & Stefano Pedretti—Master Engravers. Giancarlo suffered a heart attack at home in the evening, she said, though he was physically fit from his enthusiasm for hiking and hunting in the surrounding mountains.

Early in his career, Giancarlo developed a reputation as a multi-talented engraver in an array of styles, from scroll to bulino game scenes. When Stefano finished art school and tudove hunting in Argentinarned to engraving, he took bulino engraving to new heights of artistic super-realism, and the father-son team became especially popular for Giancarlo’s background and scroll framing Stefano’s bulino work.
In 1990 the Pedrettis became the first Italians commissioned to engrave a gun by Purdey. According to Micheli-Lamboy, this was indicative of one of Giancarlo’s greatest skills: to see beyond the traditional boundaries of the Val Trompia gun trade. “Pedretti Studio does probably more work for the British gunmakers than any of the Italian engravers,” she said. “[Giancarlo] was able to really break through that barrier, as Stefano is today.”

Understandably, according to Micheli-Lamboy, “hundreds and hundreds” of people attended Giancarlo’s funeral, “with probably 80 percent of them from the gun trade.”

Giancarlo Pedretti was certainly a man of his place and time, and he created his art by virtue of untold hours of discipline and devotion. His collaborative work with his son leaves a legacy that may never be matched.



Argentine Stuffed Flank Steak: Matambre

1 (2 1/2 pound) flank steak, trimmed
Extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepperargentina pigeon hunting
1/4 pound fresh spinach, washed and drained, stems trimmed
4 small thin carrots
4 large hard boiled eggs, peeled and quartered lengthwise
1 cup large pitted green Spanish olives, halved lengthwise
1 large onion, sliced into rings
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 (750 ml) bottle dry red wine (recommended: Argentine Malbec)
1 head garlic, halved
1 large onion, halved
1 handful fresh thyme sprigs
1 handful fresh oregano sprigs
2 bay leaves


Butterfly the steak by slicing lengthwise and opening it up like a book. Pound the meat gently with a mallet to flatten and even out the thickness; rub all sides with olive oil and generously season with salt and pepper.
With the steak lying lengthwise, scatter the spinach leaves evenly over the surface of the meat, leaving a 1-inch border all around. Arrange the carrots in long rows across the steak, about 2 inches apart. Put the egg strips and olives argentina duck huntingbetween the carrot rows. Scatter the onion rings and cheese over the filling, sprinkle with salt and red pepper flakes. Carefully roll the meat up over the filling, from bottom to top, into a long thick cylinder (jellyroll-style.) Tie with butcher’s twine to hold it together, as you would a roast.
Coat a large Dutch oven or pan with olive oil and put over moderate heat. Lay the stuffed steak in the hot oil and sear until browned on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Pour in the wine and enough water to come up almost to the top of the meat. Toss in the head of garlic, onion, and herbs to flavor the broth. Cover, and slowly simmer on medium-low heat until the meat is fork-tender, about 1 1/2 hours, turning the meat over once halfway through cooking. Taste the broth before serving and adjust spices, if necessary.
Transfer the matambre to a cutting board and let rest for 15 minutes. Remove the kitchen strings and cut crosswise into 1-inch slices – the colors of the filling will look absolutely gorgeous spiraled in the steak. Spoon some of the sauce over the meat and serve. Matambre is good hot, room temperature, or cold.


(SOURCE: Tyler Florence.

20 Dumb Things You Can Do on a Hunt

When you get tired of competence, good sense, and good manners, liven up your time afield with these tactics.

cycout04651. Give your friend’s dog some in-the-field coaching.

If the mutt’s so dull his fur aches, it’s your duty to coach him. And besides, you can always make new friends.

2. Before the hunt starts, tell your outfitter what a hell of a shot you are.

He may believe it. He’ll also believe you’re a moron.

3. You never exercise, but you know you’re in shape, so you don’t work out before your elk hunt.

No problem; the elk don’t work out either.

4. Leave the duck blind to make a call during prime shooting hours.

Guess what’s going to be overhead the minute you do?

5. Put your long-john bottoms on backward.

Do I have to paint you a picture?

6. Give the airline ticket agent a hard time about your guns.

Everyone will be impressed, including the security agent who takes you away for questioning.

7. Put off signing your license until you get something on the ground.

That should be just about the time the game warden steps out of the bushes.

8. Go on a true wilderness hunt without a spare scope.0312

After yours breaks, it shouldn’t take you more than two or three days’ travel to get a new one.

9. Treat the outfitter, the wranglers, the guides, and the cook like servants.

And to be thorough, smack your horse hard across the nose before you mount up.

10. If something goes wrong on a hunt, complain loudly and often.

Why not? It’s not your fault.

11. You get a deer, but your friend Albatross gets a much bigger deer, so you sulk.

As well you should. Life has been unfair to you.

12. You are the only one in the party who doesn’t get anything, so you really sulk.

See No. 11.

13. On a bird hunt, you pick up someone’s shotgun without asking permission.

And after you do it, point out that yours is better.

14. The lodge at which you’re staying has very strict rules about gun safety. You take personal offense at them because you’ve been hunting for years.

Experienced hunters never have accidents.0304

15. Fail to harness yourself into your tree stand.

The ground isn’t all that hard.

16. Neglect to deal with the leak in your bottle of “Wood Pussy Enchantment” odor masker.

You can sleep outside for the rest of the hunt.

17. Believe the label that says your poly underwear fights odor.

See No. 16.

18. Attempt to walk back to camp in heavy fog in mountain country at night.

Someone will eventually find what’s left of you.

19. Wear your lucky red bandanna and blue cap when you’re turkey hunting.

It’s okay; gobbler heads are avocado and puce.

20. Your compass says camp is this way, but you trust your sense of direction instead.

Your friends won’t mind forming a search party; the poker game was played out anyway.


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