Dillon Precision Sponsors 2014 California State IDPA Championship

by Editor 15. August 2014 10:00
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Dillon Precision (www.dillonprecision.com), manufacturers of premium reloading presses and components, has generously come aboard as a major contributing sponsor for the 2014 California State IDPA Championship taking place on Saturday, October 4, 2014.

Held at the Sacramento Valley Shooting Center (www.sacvalley.org), this fully sanctioned tier three championship event will consist of 11 stages and is limited to 175 total competitors holding a current IDPA classification of Marksman or higher. Registration for the 2014 California State IDPA Championship is currently open to competitors, as well for those seeking to work the match as staff.

The state’s top shooters will compete for the five IDPA division titles as well as Most Accurate, High Lady, High Junior, High Senior, High Distinguished Senior, High Industry, High Press, High International, High Military and High Law Enforcement honors. In addition to trophies, prizes will be awarded by a random draw open to all competitors.

IDPA members looking to compete in the match should register early as slots are filling up fast for this premier defensive pistol match. For more information on the 2014 California State IDPA Championship, or to register, please visit the match website.

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Dillon Precision Releases 101 Classic Firearms by John Marshall

by Editor 11. August 2014 10:30
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Dillon Precision announces the release of John Marshall’s new book 101 Classic Firearms: A Chronological Foray into the Golden Years of Firearms Development, a compilation of the author’s popular articles appearing in The Blue Press since 2007.

“Fans of John Marshall’s column in The Blue Press won’t want to miss out on their copy of 101 Classic Firearms. Each page is packed with the rich history and effortless story telling that makes John so popular with readers,” said Mark Pixler, editor of The Blue Press.

“As a fan of John’s wonderful writing, putting this book together for Dillon was a labor of love,” added Pixler. “101 Classic Firearms is sure to be a welcome and prized addition to the library of any serious firearms aficionado.”

Published by Dillon Precision, and printed and bound in the USA, 101 Classic Firearms is a high-quality full color 11.5” x 9” hardcover with 224 pages packed full of insights and history on some of the world’s most important firearms.

Included in Marshall’s review of classic firearms are the famed Colt Single Action Army, the Mauser Model 98, the Luger P.08 Pistol, the U.S. Model 1903 Springfield Rifle, the Smith & Wesson Perfected Target Pistol, the Colt 1911 and the U.S. Model of 1917 “Enfield” Rifle, to name a few.

101 Classic Firearms: A Chronological Foray into the Golden Years of Firearms Development is available online from Dillon Precision for $29.95 (stock #40133). Also available is an autographed by the author version for $34.95 (stock #97130).

Dealers interested in carrying 101 Classic Firearms can contact Dillon Precision at 480-948-8009.

101 Classic Firearms: A Chronological Foray into the Golden Years of Firearms Development by John Marshall

Dillon Precision
ISBN: 978-0-692-24636-8
Price: $29.95 (stock #40133), $34.95 Autographed (stock #97130)
Hardcover: 11.5” x 9”
224 Pages

For more information, or to order your copy of 101 Classic Firearms: A Chronological Foray into the Golden Years of Firearms Development, visit www.DillonPrecision.com.

About the Author
John Marshall is an accomplished photographer and freelance writer whose articles have appeared in The Blue Press, The Gun Digest, Guns & Ammo’s Handguns, and American Gunsmith. An expert on firearms, he is also a member of the Remington Society of America, the Smith & Wesson Collectors Association, the Smith & Wesson Historical Foundation and the American Gunsmithing Association. He is also an endowment member of the National Rifle Association.

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53% Handload - 2011 IDPA World Shoot Ammo By The Numbers

by Editor 30. April 2012 12:35
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If "money is the mother's milk of politics" then certainly ammo is the mother's milk of competition. While Jesse Unruh's famous quote isn't an exact fit for the shooting sports, there's no denying that without ammo there wouldn't be much in the way of actual shooting in the sports.

When it comes to ammunition for competition there are two routes shooters can take. One is buy factory loaded ammunition and the other is to reload. It's difficult to say without a broader-based survey how many IDPA members reload, but the survey results from the 2011 IDPA World Shoot (found on pages 26-33 in Vol. 15, Issue 4 of the Tactical Journal) give you a good idea of the possible trend among the sport's most active shooters where 53% handloaded and 47% opted for factory loads.

Though the survey didn't go into the various brands of factory ammunition shooters used at the World Shoot, it does shed light on the reloading habits of the competitors. When it comes to reloading, it's probably no surprise that Dillon Precision leads the pack with an overwhelming 88% of the shooters using one (or more) of their reloading presses. Hornady and RCBS trail with each accounting for 4% followed by Lee Precision with 3%.

Three brands make up 81% of powder used by those reloading at the World Shoot. Hodgdon brand powders led with nearly half of all reloaders (48%) choosing one of their powders. Vihtavuori powders account for 19% followed by Winchester powders with 14%. Accurate and Alliant powders accounted for another 8% each.

Similar to IDPA shooters' preference in powder brands, three brands of primers make up 95% of the primers used by competitors at the 2011 IDPA World Shoot. The top primer brand among the competitors reloading was Federal Premium with 42%. CCI primers were the primer of choice for 28% of competitors, followed by Winchester brand primers with 25%.

The component categories of brass and bullets saw the widest divergence of preference among competitors. No single brand of brass dominated the survey with 53% of all the competitors reloading reporting that they used a mixed variety of brass. Of those dedicated to a single brand of brass, Starline led with 14% followed closely by Winchester with 12%. Fiocchi was the only other brand with a significant percentage (7%) of the shooters. Ten other manufacturers account for the remaining 14% in the survey.

And finally....bullets. Survey respondents noted 44 different brands of bullets used in reloading, the largest selection of any category - even holsters - in the survey. Only two brands could claim a significant share of the reloading market at the World Shoot. One quarter of the shooters reloading (26%) went with Montana Gold Bullet as their bullet of choice. Berry's Manufacturing was the other major player in bullets with 17%. The remaining brands each pulled less than 10% of the shooters. Precision Bullets (8%), Precision Delta (6%), Zero Bullet Co. (5%), Rainier Ballistics (4%), and Bayou Bullets, Black Bullets Intl. and Hornady each with 3%.

 

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