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January Newsletter

January 2014

Message from Charles Ricci - Co-founder/Owner of Altus Brands

I just returned from the SHOT Show in Vegas. What a show! This year we showed off some of our new products, such as the Sniper Seat 360 and the Benchmaster Weapon RAC and we received a tremendous response! We are very excited to be bringing these innovative new products to market and can't wait for you to try them out!

More exciting news from Altus Brands

One of bowhunting's iconic brands, Kwikee Kwiver was recently acquired by Altus Brands, and also introduced some new products, including this 5-arrow quiver that can be adjusted up or down to ensure better balance and arrow protection. - See more here.

As always, this newsletter is being sent from my personal email, so feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you may have. Have a great tip or technique? Send them my way and we may incorporate them into one of our upcoming newletters. I look forward to hearing from you.

Good hunting!

Charles Ricci

This month's featured articles

Top 10 Tips to Get Ready for Spring Turkey Season!

by Jay Decker www.gunhook.com

Time to get ready for Turkey Season

Now that deer season is coming to a close in most places, it's time to start thinking about spring turkey season. So is my TOP 10 list to get ready for turkey season.

Location: Get out to your lease and scout before the season starts. Try to get an idea where the turkeys are roosting at night, and where they are headed to feed during the day. Knowing where they roost gives you advantage when the time comes to hunt, as you position yourself to cut the birds off on the way to their feeding areas.

Practice your shot: If you are bow hunting for turkeys this spring, then keep practicing with your bow. Turkeys are surprisingly hard to kill with a bow and recover. They leave very little blood trail and when shot, love to play hide and seek. Find a good broadhead with a large cutting diameter for turkeys.

Invest in a pop-up blind: For some reason, pop-up blinds do not disturb turkeys at all. It takes deer several weeks to get used to a pop-up blind most of the time, but you can set one up for turkey hunting the morning of, and they just don't see it.

Coverage: If you can't get a pop up blind, then get some good camouflage, a good camo headnet, and a comfy turkey seat to get hidden at the base of a tree or in some brush. It's a good idea to paint your face as well. The key is to move as little as possible. Be in a position where you can shoot your shotgun, rifle, or bow with little to no movement when the birds come in. Turkeys can't smell worth a darn, but they have very good vision and very good hearing. If you are lucky to have just a little wind, you don't have to worry about the birds hearing your movement. However, they will pick up even the slightest movement. Practice your call. Get your calls out and practice. Don't wait until the morning you are going out to find your slate or glass calls need to be tuned,or that your mouth call is torn from dropping it in the briars at the end of last season.

Check your decoys: It only takes a couple of decoys placed strategically to fool even a mature gobbler. I like to hunt with just a jake and a hen usually. That is enough to really fire up a gobbler most of the time.

Once it is time to go out and hunt, here are a few last tips and tricks!

Show up early: Use a locator call to see if the birds will talk from their roost. I have used a crow call before and they work great. If you're in a pinch, a simple shut of a truck door can get the birds to talk. Then you know where they are! Under cover of darkness, try to slip in and get set up undetected. Get your decoys set up and your blind positioned for a shot. Once the birds start to come out of their roost, listen for them.

Be mobile: If the turkeys decide to head another direction from their roost, then make a move and try to flank them. Sometimes the toms will gobble all the way in, but sometimes they don't make a sound and then they are 10 yards in front of you.

Be ready for all these scenarios: We have several turkey hunts ready to go on our site and we are getting some great products in for turkey season as well. Gobble Gobble!


Four Fundamentals of Marksmanship

Army Study Guide

The soldier must understand and apply the four key fundamentals before he approaches the firing line. He must establish a steady position allowing observation of the target. He must aim the rifle at the target by aligning the sight system, and fire the rifle without disturbing this alignment by improper breathing or during trigger squeeze. These skills are known collectively as the four fundamentals. Applying these four fundamentals rapidly and consistently is the integrated act of firing.

Steady Position: When the soldier approaches the firing line, he should assume a comfortable, steady firing position. The time and supervision each soldier has on the firing line are limited. He must learn how to establish a steady position during integrated act of dry-fire training. The firer is the best judge of the quality of his position. If he can hold the front sight post steady through the fall of the hammer, he has a good position. The steady position elements are as follows.

Non-firing Hand Grip: The rifle hand guard rests on the heel of the hand in the V formed by the thumb and fingers. The grip of the non-firing hand is light. Rifle Butt Position. The butt of the rifle is placed in the pocket of the firing shoulder. This reduces the effect of recoil and helps ensure a steady position.

Firing Hand Grip: The firing hand grasps the pistol grip so it fits the V formed by the thumb and forefinger. The forefinger is placed on the trigger so the lay of the rifle is not disturbed when the trigger is squeezed. A slight rearward pressure is exerted by the remaining three fingers to ensure that the butt of the stock remains in the pocket of the shoulder, minimizing the effect of recoil.

Firing Elbow Placement: The firing elbow is important in providing balance. Its exact location depends on the firing/fighting position used. Placement should allow shoulders to remain level.

Non-firing Elbow Placement: The non-firing elbow is positioned firmly under the rifle to allow a comfortable and stable position. When the soldier engages a wide sector of fire, moving targets, and targets at various elevations, his non-firing elbow should remain free from support.

Cheek-to-Stock Weld: The stock weld should provide a natural line of sight through the center of the rear sight aperture to the front sight post and on to the target. The firer's neck should be relaxed, allowing his cheek to fall naturally onto the stock. Through dry-fire training, the soldier practices this position until he assumes the same cheek-to-stock weld each time he assumes a given position, which provides consistency in aiming. Proper eye relief is obtained when a soldier establishes a good cheek-to-stock weld. A small change in eye relief normally occurs each time that the firer assumes a different firing position. The soldier should begin by trying to touch the charging handle with his nose when assuming a firing position. This will aid the soldier in maintaining the same cheek-to-stock weld hold each time the weapon is aimed. The soldier should be mindful of how the nose touches the charging handle and should be consistent when doing so. This should be critiqued and reinforced during dry-fire training.

Steady Position

Steady Position

Support: When artificial support (sandbags, logs, stumps) is available, it should be used to steady the position and support the rifle. If it is not available, then the bones, not the muscles, in the firer's upper body must support the rifle.

Muscle Relaxation: If support is used properly, the soldier should be able to relax most of his muscles. Using artificial support or bones in the upper body as support allows him to relax and settle into position. Using muscles to support the rifle can cause it to move due to muscle fatigue.

Natural Point of Aim: When the soldier first assumes his firing position, he orients his rifle in the general direction of his target. Then he adjusts his body to bring the rifle and sights exactly in line with the desired aiming point. When using proper support and consistent cheek to stock weld the soldier should have his rifle and sights aligned naturally on the target. When correct body-rifle-target alignment is achieved, the front sight post must be held on target, using muscular support and effort. As the rifle fires, muscles tend to relax, causing the front sight to move away from the target toward the natural point of aim. Adjusting this point to the desired point of aim eliminates this movement. When multiple target exposures are expected (or a sector of fire must be covered), the soldier adjusts his natural point of aim to the center of the expected target exposure area (or center of sector).

Aiming: Having mastered the task of holding the rifle steady, the soldier must align the rifle with the target in exactly the same way for each firing. The firer is the final judge as to where his eye is focused. The instructor or trainer emphasizes this point by having the firer focus on the target and then focus back on the front sight post. He checks the position of the firing eye to ensure it is in line with the rear sight aperture.

Rifle Sight Alignment: Alignment of the rifle with the target is critical. It involves placing the tip of the front sight post in the center of the rear sight aperture. Any alignment error between the front and rear sights repeats itself for every 1/2 meter the bullet travels. For example, at the 25-meter line, any error in rifle alignment is multiplied 50 times. If the bullet is misaligned by 1/10 inch, it causes a target at 300 meters to be missed by 5 feet.

Read the complete article at Army Study Guide


Harmon Humpin Hen Turkey Box Call by Cass Creek


Benchmaster Sniper Seat 360 by Benchmaster USA