Metal Art Giveaway 2019

Freedom Cabinet Raffle

Metal Art of Wisconsin (, 920/717-0635) is a family-owned business in Wisconsin offering metal forming, shaping, and plasma cutting. Their custom designed art pieces hang on the walls of numerous studios, banks, museums, churches, hospitals, cemeteries, and memorials all around the world. Metal Art also makes a number of practical designs with their artistic flair.

Their 2nd Amendment collection includes metal and carbon fiber Freedom Cabinets. Both decorative and functional, these American flag-shaped cabinets are available in matte or glossy black with stripes cut from 16 gauge, cold-rolled mild steel, and finished with three layers of clear coat. A number of locking systems secure each strongbox, including invisible RFID lock, key cards, and biometric scanners. Each Freedom Cabinet comes complete with a tough, high-density foam insert that can easily be configured to store guns, valuables, booze, dirty secrets, or anything you want to conceal. Encased in a steel, lockable frame, whatever you decide to store in it will be safely hidden behind Old Glory. Available in 2, 3 and 4 foot sizes.

Freedom Cabinet Giveaway

Metal Art is giving away one of their newest models in the 2nd Amendment collection, a Biometric Fingerprint Freedom Cabinet Slider. With outside dimensions of 23 x 15.5 x 3.5 and inside dimensions of 21 x 12.5, the flag is cut from 16 gauge, cold rolled, ground and polished mild steel, then covered in three layers of glossy clear coat. The steel is inlaid and flush with the surface of wood for a three dimensional look and is all secured with a high-tech biometric (finger print) locking system.

To enter this giveaway, host a small, local shooting event. An easy, quick, scored course of fire held during a local hunter sight-in is ideal but anywhere and any type of shooting event you choose works. Submit a picture of your event along with a short description to the Editor about your shoot and we’ll put you in for the drawing. Winner will be announced in December.

Event Ideas

Hunter Bullseye: This is an ideal event to be held at your next hunter sight-in day. One cheap paper target (sample for printing at home is included) on any 100-yard range.
Hunter Bullseye download

USAR Postal Match: Conducted by the U.S. Army Reserve Marksmanship Program, these events can be held on any 25-meter range.
U.S. Army Reserve Competitive Marksmanship Program Postal Match download

Any type of event is acceptable, these are just ideas. Have fun!

.223 Versus 5.56

While these cartridges seem to be the same, there is a difference and it matters.

by Patrick Sweeney

Gunsmith’s should have the SAAMI-published list of unsafe caliber combinations detailing cartridge and chamber combinations that can be force-fit into a rifle and the combos that ought not be there. One surprising (to some) inclusion is the .223 Remington and the 5.56×45. While they are not the same and should not be used interchangeably, .223 is generally safe in the 5.56 but the reverse is not.
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Remington 1100 Repair

This 1960s-vintage 28 gauge shotgun had been partially disassembled, the action was locked up, and the feed latch needed to be re-staked. Here is how it was repaired.

by Glen Calvert
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Savage 340 Smoothed

Features that made the Savage 340 inexpensive and popular also made the bolts sticky. Here’s a simple fix that markedly improved the bolt manipulation of one Model 340 chambered in .30-30.

by Brian R Smith
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Taurus G2 Pistol Improvement

These inexpensive handguns can be a good choice, especially with the modifications and attention outlined here.

by RK Campbell
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Boyds Gunstocks

Boyds expanded their stock offerings by adding new bottom metal for AI-style magazine Ruger American Rifles. Ruger released the AI-Style magazines for Ruger Precision Rifle and Gunsite models in 2017 and these precision-style magazines quickly made its way into a few of the popular American Rifles, including the Predator and Go Wild models chambered in .308, 6.5 Creedmoor, and other popular short-action calibers. These components are black anodized, CNC-machined aluminum (bottom metal and trigger guard) with the magazine catch polished, CNC-machined aluminum to allow for a tight grasp on the magazine. Designed to to fit Boyds stocks without any fitting or alterations, the bottom metal kit also allows other Ruger American rifles to be converted to use Ruger’s AI-Style magazines.

Boyds also added stocks for the T/CR22 is Thompson/Center’s semi-automatic .22 rimfire rifle. The T/CR22 has an integrated Picatinny rail section and fiber optic front sight that adds modern features to a recognizable design. Boyds offers nine different stock shapes for the T/CR22, from the modular At-One stock with push-button adjustability to a more traditional Monte Carlo-style Rimfire Hunter stock. These stock models can be customized from 14 different colors and several styles of laser engraving. There are also stock options for T/CR22 rifles with 0.920 bull barrels.

Gunstock Configurator
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Hogue OverMolded Stock

A hard look at Hogue’s rifle stocks molded from durable synthetic rubber. Are they a viable improvement?

by RK Campbell
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Keeping Garands Running

How to keep America’s classic battle rifle running well.

by RK Campbell
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