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Start Hunting with a Handgun Today!

We’ve received many questions over the past year about handgun hunting. How do I get started? Which handgun is right for me? What hunting situations am I going to find myself in? So we thought we would dedicate this blog entry to sharing our knowledge of handgun hunting and helping you get started in this exciting style of hunting. We routinely get a lot of questions when we’re and about, about taking up new means and methods to go hunt with hunting in different locations, different species, and one of the most popular questions we tend to get recently is handgun hunting.  People come out and say,  “Man I saw you hunting with that .460,” or, “You were rattling this big deer and the guy shot it with a handgun.” And they’re like, “I wanna learn how to do that, I’m interested in that.”

The first thing I always tell them is, “Don’t be afraid to take up handgun hunting. Yes, it’s totally different than hunting with a rifle or muzzleloader or any other  means and method that you’ve never hunted with before, but it’s so much fun, it opens up an entirely new way for you to go hunting.” – Wade Middleton

A key piece of advice is to make sure and spend some time studying the locations that you’re going to be hunting and understanding what calibers are probably going to be the best for that situation. You might not necessarily need to go grab the .460 or the .500’s to be able to go out for some big game, you might only be hunting whitetail in tight quarters and there may be another caliber, another frame that’ll be perfect for you.

Taking up handgun hunting and shooting big handguns like this for the very first time could be a little intimidating. When you see this and grab it, you’re like,” Oh my god! That thing is huge,  its gonna kick!” In our opinion, these big hunting handguns from the Performance Center, they’re designed to be able to work for you, designed to be able to perform in such a great manner.  From your cylinders to the barrels, to the weight of it, to the grips. Everything is designed to be able to have lower and less recoil in comparison to what you think you would be dealing with when you shoot these big handguns. That’s not saying by any means there is not some kick to it and you don’t have to control of this handgun, but the reality is these are about as fun a firearm as we’ve ever taken up shooting.  We really from the first that we saw them,  yes we were intimidated, but then from the moment we began shooting them, it became an addiction the learn all the different calibers that are really designed for hunting.

 

You know, handgun hunting is becoming more and more popular, and we’ve got a lot of different products from the Performance Center that could help you out on what you’re looking for and what you’re gonna hunt with. – Tony Miele: Performance Center General Manager

 

How-To Perfect Your Trigger Pull


Trigger pull and the follow-through in a hunting situation with a handgun to us are two really important things. They vastly differ probably from your competitive shooters and how they would focus on it and what they would be thinking about, but in a hunting situation, it is one shot, one kill in a perfect world. That trigger pull is something on a handgun that’s really different than a rifle or your shotgun. It’s a lot longer, it’s a lot more drawn out, and staying through it, for lack of a better word, is something really key in a hunting situation.

We look at a lot of our misses on the range and even bad shots when we’ve been hunting. It’s been a forced fast pull of the trigger, a jerk, in our mind with that small barrel, you’re pulling everything left or down in a lot of those situations. We think that’s what you want to avoid and obviously the way to avoid that is practice and kind of concentrating going through it. That motion and that practice will pay off and help you begin to focus on that after the boom and staying down and through on that target and not try to peek link in golf. When you peek, you top the golf ball.  If you peek right at that moment of truth, when you’re expecting that gun to go off, your aiming point is gonna differ.

So trigger pull, good slow follow through in your mind, make it all good one motion staying down on the target.  We think it’d be a big key thing for guys that are picking up handgun hunting to help raise their success.

 

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How To Change Out Your HiViz Sights in No Time

 

HIVIZ Sights is the industry leader in fiber optic sights and they come in a variety of colors. In this video Trevor Young from HIVIZ sights shows how easy it is to switch out different color fiber optics to match your hunting situation. For the handgun hunter, HIVIZ has calibers and models that are really tailored to the handgun hunter.

The sights used in the video above are the LIVEWAVE H3™ Handgun sights fromHIVIZ, that we mounted to a Performance Center 460XVR. LiteWave H3™ sight combines Tritium with the HIVIZ Litepipe technology for 24 illumination. Now you can have the advantage of day and night performance all in one sight system. All steel construction sight sets are rugged and durable, designed for the roughest use, whether it is personal defense and protection, Law Enforcement or Military. The new LiteWave H3™ ensures fast sight acquisition and a bright sight picture day or night.

Learn more shooting tips fromHIVIZ click the link here.

 

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The First Handgun Hunt for Jeff Reynolds

It’s been really cool to spend time down on the range, showing others what we’ve learned about handgun hunting, talking about the strategies of hunting with a handgun, talking about the trigger pull, talking about practicing, and then watching them, grab a handgun and going out for the very first time. And we’ve had some success and we’ve had some misses out there, but it’s been really fun to watch and share that passion. That’s the cool thing about handgun hunting when we talk about it, it’s infectious. It’s addictive and once you start shooting it, you’re going to want to shoot more, you’re going to want to do it more, and you’re going to have another means and methods to be able to go hunting. In this video, Wade’s good friend, Jeff Reynolds, is going out hunting with a handgun for the first time.

Man, I’m pretty excited about this, this is my first time ever trying to hunt with a handgun.  I’ve watched Wade, Tony do it, Michael has done it. And I’ve got to see it done a lot,   but I’ve never really,  I haven’t got into shooting handguns,  but I got to come out to the range with Wade the other day and shoot three or four times just to kind of see what it was like. This gun I’m hunting with is a powerful weapon. It is a Smith and Wesson 460 Performance Center pistol. Wade has given me a chance to go hunt with it and I’m fixing to shoot a couple more times on the range with it. Just to be sure I’m confident, you know,  I can make a good shot if the opportunity comes up.

 

BOG™ Introduces New Deathgrip™ Shooting Tripod

BOG™ DeathGrip™ Clamping Tripod

 

Introducing the all-new DeathGrip™ from BOG™. The DeathGrip™ has been engineered to be the most stable shooting tripod on the market. Keeping true to its name this tripod is designed for unmatched durability and stability giving the hunter an accurate shot every time. Its patented clamp secures any weapon providing a 360-degree swivel and tilt for maximum adjustability. The DeathGrip™ lets the hunter be hands-free to glass or call on the hunt with ease. The ergonomic design was built to feature strength and durability to ensure it will be ready for many hunts to come.

 

Patented DeathGrip™ Lock quickly clamps weapons into a secure position. The non-marring over-molded rubber prevents damage to weapons.
Available in carbon fiber and aluminum tripod
Leg angle adjustment for three preset angles
20° – Standing Position
45° – Sitting Position
85° – Prone Position
Feet are adjusted for use on hard or soft terrain. Ability to expose spiked feet for soft terrain for ultimate stability.
A level is included to give the most stable shooting position

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Performance Center® Expands Rimfire Offering with New Performance Center T/CR22® Rifles

Performance Center T/CR22 rimfire rifle line to include specialty stocks and heavy barrels.

Performance Center announced today that it has expanded its rifle line with the addition of two new .22LR rimfire rifles.  The new Performance Center T/CR22 rifles feature ergonomic Hogue® Overmolded® and Laminated thumbhole stocks as well as precision rifled heavy contour barrels.  Co-developed by Performance Center and Thompson/Center Arms, the Performance Center T/CR22 rimfire rifles will operate using the reliable T/CR22 semi-automatic rifle action and ten round rotary magazine, while maintaining compatibility with most aftermarket 10/22® parts and accessories.
Tony Miele, General Manager of the Performance Center, said, “For the second time in 2018, the Performance Center has partnered with Thompson/Center to develop the Performance Center T/CR22, a new, cutting-edge rimfire offering.  Building upon the success of the Thompson/Center T/CR22 rifle, we have designed and developed this specialized rifle for competitive shooting and small-game hunting, engineered to deliver the supreme accuracy and ergonomics that Performance Center is known for.”
The Performance Center T/CR22 is offered in two configurations: a Hogue® Overmolded® Thumbhole synthetic stock and an Altamont® Laminated Thumbhole stock. The rifles feature a light, crisp trigger pull, button-rifled heavy contour barrel, and a threaded muzzle that allows for the use of a suppressor or other muzzle device.
Additional Performance Center T/CR22 Features include:
  • Available with Hogue® Overmolded® Thumbhole stock or Altamont® Laminated Thumbhole stock
  • Last shot bolt hold open when using factory magazine
  • Easy-to-use push button safety
  • Oversized bolt handle for easy manipulation
  • Fully machined 6061 aluminum receiver
  • Fully machined stainless steel bolt
  • Heavy contour stainless steel 20” fluted barrel, 1:15” twist rate
  • Optics-ready with built-in picatinny rail
Chambered in .22LR, the new Performance Center T/CR22 rifle ships with one 10-round detachable rotary magazine and includes Thompson/Center’s limited lifetime warranty.  The new Performance Center T/CR22 rifle with Hogue®Overmolded® stock will carry an MSRP of $497, while the Altamont® Laminated Thumbhole version will carry an MSRP of $616.
To learn more about the new Performance Center T/CR22 rifle, please click here.  To stay up to date on all of the latest news and events, follow Performance Center on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About Smith & Wesson®
Smith & Wesson Corp. is a provider of quality firearms for personal protection, target shooting and hunting in the global consumer and professional markets. Smith & Wesson is world famous for its handguns and long guns sold under the Smith & Wesson®, Performance Center®, M&P®, Thompson/Center Arms™, and Gemtech® brands.  Through its Manufacturing Services Division, Smith & Wesson Corp. also provides forging, machining, and precision plastic injection molding services to a wide variety of consumer goods companies. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.
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Performance Center® Introduces T/C® Long Range Rifle in Multiple Calibers, Configurations

 

Performance Center enters long range category with new bolt-action, precision rifle.

Performance Center and Thompson/Center Arms™ today announced the launch of a new bolt-action, chassis-style rifle – the Performance Center T/C Long Range Rifle (LRR).  Co-developed by Performance Center and Thompson/Center Arms for extreme long range shooting, the Performance Center T/C Long Range Rifle is built on an aluminum chassis stock and is available in popular long range shooting calibers: .243 Winchester, .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor.  The new Performance Center T/C Long Range Rifle will be on display at Thompson/Center and Performance Center Booths (Booth #8555) during the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits on May 4-6 in Dallas, Texas.

Tony Miele, General Manager of Performance Center, said, “With the growing popularity of long range, precision shooting, we wanted to ensure our customers had an option available from the Performance Center.  We’ve teamed up with Thompson/Center to design the new Long Range Rifle, and are excited to combine Thompson/Center’s bolt-action expertise with innovation that has become the hallmark of the Performance Center brand. ”

Chambered in .243 Win., .308 Win., and 6.5 Creedmoor, the new Performance Center T/C Long Range Rifle also includes a 20 MOA picatinny-style rail and 5R rifled, fluted barrel for enhanced accuracy. The new Performance Center T/C Long Range Rifle is built for the precision shooter, featuring an adjustable cheek piece and butt plate for a custom fit and built-in Magpul® M-LOK® slots for quick, easy mounting of accessories.  The rifle features a threaded barrel with muzzle brake, and a Performance Center trigger that’s adjustable from 2.5 to 3.5 pounds for precise tuning.

 Available in both a Black and Flat Dark Earth (FDE) finish, the new Performance Center T/C Long Range Rifle includes a one year limited warranty and lifetime service plan, ships with one 10-round detachable magazine, a Caldwell® Pic Rail XLA Fixed Bipod®, and soft case.  The Performance Center T/C Long Range Rifle is priced at an MSRP of $1,211 in all calibers and configurations.

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To learn more about the Performance Center T/C Long Range Rifle, please click here.