THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018


So, is it OK to Yell “AIR!” in a Crowded Firehouse?

Well, maybe. That depends a lot on your local fire department, their current workload, and the Chief’s disposition towards lawyers. 

A couple of weeks ago we wrote about some of the things you need to know when getting your PCP airgun cylinders filled at local dive shops. Depending on your equipment and pressure requirements, your local dive shop can be a great option. That’s because they offer tank filling for underwater swimmers on a fee-for-service basis. While they make their living selling fins, snorkels, and classes to aspiring Jacques Cousteau’s, most shops offer SCUBA tank filling for those customers to keep them happy and breathing. In theory, the shop shouldn’t care whether they’re filling a tank for underwater breathing air or a cylinder for squirrel and can busting. In reality, some shops may not be crazy about filling carbon fiber tanks as it’s a little outside of their steel and aluminum tank day-to-day business. There’s also the issue of different connection types for their fill hoses. Most of the diving world still runs on the yoke valve system while air gunners have moved to DIN and other connection types. Then there’s the issue of pressure. Most dive tanks top out around 3,000 psi. We air gunners want more, often half again more. You can read the details here, but know that dive shops are indeed an option, although you may run into some limitations or inconveniences. 

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Another tank fill possibility is your local fire department. Since they don’t get the free buoyancy benefit of working underwater, the weight of their breathing tanks matters. When climbing stairs and busting through burning walls, a light air supply makes a big difference. That’s why most of them have moved to carbon fiber tanks just like the ones air gunners use. 

While similar in appearance, made of carbon fiber, and built to handle 4,500 psi, fire and rescue SCBA tanks use a different valve that has a male SCBA connector.

Well, almost just like the ones we use. One distinct difference you’ll usually see is that there’s a male/female reversal in play. Fire department SCBA tanks have a male connection on the tank end. The fill whip on that large compressor at the station is a female SCBA connection. So, you’ll need to accomplish two things to connect your tank to their compressor. Assuming you use a DIN tank like the Omega Air Cylinders model shown here, you’ll first need to account for the female to female connection challenge. Then you’ll need to deal with the firehouse SCBA to DIN 300 difference. Fortunately, you can solve both of these issues with a single part, available for $70 give or take depending on where you get it. 


So close.

The U.S. Mixed Teams for Air Pistol and Air Rifle just missed the podium today, finishing in fourth place to close the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Fort Benning, Georgia.

The USA 1 Team of Alexis Lagan (Boulder City, Nevada) and 2012 Olympian Nick Mowrer (Butte, Montana) finished in third place in Qualification in Air Pistol Mixed Team a combined score of 768. Mowrer shot the highest individual Qualification score in the match of 392 (of a possible 400).

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The ISSF World Cup Stage 3 kicked off in Fort Benning (USA) on May 7th and it will officially conclude on May 15th. A total of 352 shooters participated in the competition, representing 53 National Olympic Committees and piling up a total of 621 starts.

The ISSF World Cup Stage 3 in Fort Benning (USA) closed today with its final event: the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team. Once again, the People’s Republic of China claimed two of the medals up for grabs, as 22-year-old Yao Yuncong and 21-year-old Wu Mingyang climbed atop the podium and secured their country’s fourth gold of the competition.

The two Pistol shooters prevailed over Serbian duo Zorana Arunovic and Damir Mikec after the two teams traded places multiple times at the top of the table. The bronze was awarded to brother and sister Anna Korakaki and Dionysis Korakakis.

The final competition day in at the ISSF World Cup Stage 3 in Fort Benning (USA) opened with the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team event, where Spain’s Pablo Carrera (31) and Sonia Franquet (37) secured the brightest medal at the end of a tight duel with Serbia’s Zorana Arunovic (31) and Damir Mikec (34)

The 2016 Olympic bronze medalist climbed on the highest step of the World Cup podium for the third time in her career, winning the women’s 10m Air Pistol event and finishing 3.6 points ahead of Serbia’s Zorana Arunovic, who then secured the silver medal. Thailand’s Pim-On Klaisuban completed the podium in 3rd place.

A couple of days after winning the bronze medal in the 25m Pistol Women event, Anna Korakaki stepped once again on the ISSF World Cup podium in Fort Benning (USA), this time claiming the brightest medal in the women’s 10m Air Pistol final.

Eight slots were awarded in Fort Benning in a separate competition day reserved to NOCs of North, Central and South America.

The quota allocation process for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games continued in Fort Benning (USA), where four specific matches — reserved to NOCs of North, Central and South America — were conducted at the end of the ISSF World Cup Stage 3.

The 30-year-old shooter from Homberg prevailed in a head-to-head duel against Finland’s Juho Kurki, shooting with great consistency in the second half of the final and overtaking his 26-year-old rival when there were only four shots left to fire in the match.

In the one and only event scheduled for today in Fort Benning (USA), Germany’s Julian Justus pocketed the men’s 10m Air Rifle gold medal, climbing atop the ISSF World Cup podium for the second time in his career.

June 4 - August 3
3-P Summer Camp 2018

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH


June 4 - August 4
2018 SD Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship

Humboldt Sharpshooters Junior Club
Pierre, SD


Stranahan New Shooter Match 2018

Stranahan High School
Ft Lauderdale, FL


2018 May Airgun Monthly Bench League

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH


2018 CMP May Monthly Match - Anniston

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Anniston, AL


2018 CA Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship (2 of 2)

Selma High School MJROTC
Selma, CA


2018 PA Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship

DuBois Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc.
DuBois, PA


3-P Summer Clinics 2018

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH


American Legion, Dept of Virginia, North Region Championship

Warrenton Rifles
Centreville, VA


2018 CMP May Monthly Match Camp Perry

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH


Oxford High School Shoulder-to-Shoulder Rifle Match

Oxford High School Marine Corps JROTC
Oxford, MS


2018 Net Competitor Spring Kick-Off League - Postal Match

2018 NC Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship 2 of 3

Dalton L McMichael HS AFJROTC
Mayodan, NC


Standing Camps Summer 2018

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH


American Legion Virginia Eastern Regional Championship

King George High School NJROTC
King George, VA


2018 FL State 3PAR JO (2 of 2) / General Frank Laudano Memorial

Sarasota Military Academy
Sarasota, FL


2018 June Airgun Monthly Bench League

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH


June 10-17
Rifle & Pistol National Championship

Ft. Benning, GA
USA Shooting

June 21-23
National Three Position Air Rifle Championships � Sporter Class

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Camp Perry, Port Clinton, OH

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June 23-24
Texas Airgun Show and Field Target Match 2018

Arlington Sportsman's Club
11500 CR 525, Mansfield, TX 76063


June 30
Midwest Airgun Show

June 30 - July 3
2018 Daisy National BB Gun Championships

Rogers, AR

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July 20-22
2018 Crosman All-American Field Target Championship

Rochester Brooks Gun Club
962 Honeoye Falls 6 Road
Rush, NY 14543


August 8-14
Rifle/Pistol Fall Selection

Ft. Benning, GA
USA Shooting

Air Gun Wire - 2271 N Upton St., Arlington, VA 22207
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