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Featured Guests: Derrick Ratliff, Eric Rice, Craig Boddington, Michael Bane

(Photo courtesy of "The Revolution with Jim & Trav") (Photo courtesy of "The Revolution with Jim & Trav")

By: The Revolution with Jim & Trav

Hunting, sport shooting, everyday carry and more – tune in to The Revolution this week where we’ll be talking all things firearms. Find out what makes a good everyday carry gun and get the dish on hunting handguns. Get a closer look at creating custom rifles as well as an up-and-coming caliber that should be on your radar and more. Joining us will be Derrick Ratliff, President and Founder of Horizon Firearms, Eric Rice of Sticky Holsters, Michael Bane from Shooting Gallery and The Best Defense, as well as Craig Boddington of Guns & Ammo. All this and more as we talk wall-to-wall firearms this week on The Revolution with Jim and Trav, presented by Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, World Fishing Network and MyOutdoorTV.

Let’s talk custom rifles! Back by popular demand, it’s Derrick Ratliff, President and Founder of Horizon Firearms. If you aren’t familiar with Horizon Firearms, they create custom long-range rifles that are tailor-made to reflect not only your shooting needs but also your own personal style with custom finishes. This week, Derrick will talk about the 22 Creedmoor and address some listener comments and questions surrounding this caliber. Much like the 6.5 Creedmoor, Derrick tells Jim and Trav that he expects the 22 Creedmoor to take off and become a mainstream cartridge in the near future. Next, he’ll address the loaded term, “long-range”. Derrick tells Jim and Trav “long-range” is a subjective word that means different things to different people. Today’s long-range shooting aficionados like to push it out to the 1,000+ yard mark and to him, “long-range” means 500+ yards. From a hunting perspective, Derrick tells Jim and Trav that he wants to be confident in 500-700 yard shots, maybe more. He’ll lay out a hunting scenario that illustrates the strong suits of custom rifles in long-range hunting pursuits and how Horizon Firearms’ guaranteed .5 MOA can give you a little larger margin of error at greater distances. In Part Two, Derrick rejoins us to talk about the custom build process. There is a lot of information online that can muddy the water for people trying to choose the right caliber for their custom build. Derrick says they work with the customer to really pinpoint their personal needs. They ask questions to help them determine the appropriate caliber based on the types of environments they hunt, the game animals they pursue, what kind of ammunition budget they have, their sensitivity to recoil, and much more. From there they help the customer decide what they want it to look like and how to put their own signature on it. Derrick will also touch on the use of suppressors, how a smaller caliber with a longer barrel can get the same energy and velocity of a larger caliber, and conversely how a large caliber with a shorter barrel can retain its energy and velocity. Plus, he’ll highlight making a special custom-built rifle for commemorative purposes, how your feedback is helping them look to the future, and lots more. If you missed our first interview with Derrick you’ll want to check it out, digest all the info and get even more insight by reviewing all the comments and replies – you can find that here.

Eric Rice with Sticky Holsters joins us this week to talk about all of their firearm concealment solutions. Not only does Sticky Holsters make an incredible holster for your firearm that works off of friction and compression, but they also make products to accommodate your everyday carry essentials. Eric tells Jim and Trav that carrying extra magazines is a smart choice and there are a number of reasons to do so. To begin with, smaller handguns have become increasingly popular, but with a more compact size also comes a decreased magazine capacity. In order to counter that, carrying extra magazines is a must. In addition, to safeguard yourself in the event of a malfunction, having an extra magazine to swap out with a potentially faulty one is smart. Sticky Holsters offers a variety of Mag Carriers and Eric will discuss their Mag Sleeves that use the same “Sticky” technology to carry them IWB or in the pocket, or their Mag Pouches that work off an A-frame design and Velcro to attach to your belt. If you like to carry more than one firearm, Eric explains how important it is to be proficient and practice drawing from your preferred carry position. He’ll also highlight how Sticky Holsters is a great solution for carrying multiple firearms as you can carry more than one IWB or utilize their AnkleBiter system to keep your backup on your ankle. Finally, they haven’t forgotten about all of your other everyday carry items. Sticky Holsters also offers holders for cellphones, wallets, knives and more. Eric will talk about their Sticky Briefcase and Taco Holders that are effective solutions for securely protecting your phone and other necessities while keeping them on your person and easily accessible.

Before you hit the woods and fields in the fall, it’s safe to assume most hunters spend a little time sighting in their rifles. Because of differing game and landscapes across the country, everyone takes a different approach to sighting in, which begs the question – is your zero too high, low, or just right? Craig Boddington, co-host of Guns & Ammo on Sportsman Channel, joins The Revolution this week to talk about proper sight-in. You can check out his in-depth analysis of this topic in an article on Guns & Ammo online called Tips to Finding the Right Zero. Tune in as he talks about sighting in and holdovers and references Jack O’Conner’s rule of zeroing “a couple inches high at 100 yards” to be dead on at 200 yards. He’ll also highlight the caveats in zeroing too high, as most shooters have a tendency to aim high anyway, the combination can lead to shooting over your game or intended target. When it comes to long distance shooting, Craig will emphasize the importance of knowing your trajectory. Finally, Guns & Ammo magazine is celebrating their 60th anniversary this year and Craig tells Jim and Trav that they have special things prepared for the occasion. Guns & Ammo on Sportsman Channel, returning this July, will take a look back and will also be doing some segments with modern shooting greats.

Handgun hunting seems to be gaining a stronger foothold all the time as hunters are constantly seeking a new challenge. The 10mm is among one of the favorite calibers of handgun hunters today, and Michael Bane, host of Shooting Gallery and co-host of The Best Defense on Outdoor Channel, joins The Revolution to talk about this versatile cartridge. He’ll discuss the ballistics of this round and its effectiveness for hunting. He’ll also talk Red Dot sights and explain why he prefers them over a long eye relief pistol scope. In addition to solid semi-auto 10mm offerings, Michael will also highlight the new Ruger Super Redhawk 10mm revolver. He tells Jim and Trav that many handgun hunters seem to gravitate toward revolvers, rather than semi-autos, because of their simplicity. He’ll talk about the ease of reloading the 10mm with moon clips and how the Super Redhawk is powerful and efficient but has minimal recoil.

The Revolution with Jim & Trav - 5/10/2018

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