Monthly Archives: May 2015

Jeff Cooper’s Scout Rifle Explained

Colonel Jeff Cooper, founder of Gunsite Academy developed the idea of a general purpose bolt action rifle with a barrel around 20 inches in length, chambered for the 308WIN or similar cartridge and with a forward mounted scope with a 2X or 3X magnification. The rifle was intended for hunting big game up to around 400 pounds and at distances limited to the rifleman’s ability to accurately hit and bring down large game. Colonel Cooper dubbed it The Scout Rifle and the name has stuck to this day.

Here is a short video where my friend and fellow instructor Rob Pincus explains the features of the Scout Rifle.


Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the day when Americans remember those members of our armed forces who have died while serving our country. The holiday began as Decoration Day in 1868, after the Civil War. After World One, the American Legion adopted the Poppy as its official symbol of remembrance and since then, volunteers have distributed paper poppies to the public to be worn on Memorial Day in honor of those who died serving America.

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day, which is the day we celebrate the service of all veterans, alive and dead. It is customary to fly the flag at half mast until noon and also to observe a minute of silence at 3 p.m. local time.

From all the staff at Shoot Indoors, we thank all our military veterans for their service and we wish our customers a happy Memorial Day

Russia Can’t Afford its New Assault Rifle!

Mikhail Kalashnikov’s original soviet assault rifle, the AK47 entered service in 1947 and since then has been fielded in dozens of countries around the world by national armies as well as criminals, terrorists and “freedom fighters.” Unlike the semi-auto version available to civilians in America, the original military AK47 fires in both semi and full auto. Original chambering was the 762×39 MM cartridge.

There have been upgrades and spinoffs from the original design over the years, including the introduction of the AK47’s successor in 1974, the AK74, which fires a 5.45 x 39 MM cartridge similar to that fired by the American M16. There have been some upgrades to the AK74 since its introduction, but mostly it’s the ability to attach electronic sights such as red dot reflex, lights and infra red to the rifle.

In 2012, Russia introduced a new, more sophisticated replacement for the AK47 and AK74, the AK12. It features an adjustable length stock and can be chambered for any one of four different cartridges: the original 7.62x39mm of the AK47, the 5.56x45mm of the M16, the 5.45x39mm of the AK74/94 or the 7.62x51mm NATO rifle round.  Accuracy is far better than its predecessors. It looks like a very promising 21st century infantry weapon. Unfortunately for the Russians, they don’t have the money to outfit the entire Russian army with the AK12 and with more than one million older AK models in their inventory, for now the AK12 will be limited to Russian Spetznaz and other special forces teams.