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Season: 2017

Episode 3601 - World Speed Shooting Championship

This time, it’s gun racing on historic targets at the World Speed Shooting Championships. It’s been 35 years since Mike and Mike drew up the first Steel Challenge on a napkin. Since then it’s become a tradition and a challenge to the best in the handgun sports. Plus, the preview story of new guns coming from Colt for 2017. And, an old Colt, the Woodsman, is now highly collectible and is one of History’s Guns. 

Episode 3602 - Texas Varmint Benchrest

Jim Scoutten, America’s most watched firearms reporter, brings the stories of the shooting sports and the firearms industry. No other media reaches more firearms fans and consumers than Shooting USA.

Episode 3603 - The 2017 SHOT Show

We’re inside the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas with a record number of dealers and buyers discovering the hot new items that will make news this year. Plus, a profile of the man named SHOT Business Person of the Year, who created an entire new category of sighting 25 years ago. And we’re taking you inside S&W to see the production of the new M&P 2.0. It’s the process you’ve never seen before.

Episode 3604 - Vintage Sniper Competition

This time, Historic Rifles are on the firing line. It’s the Vintage Sniper Match in Talladega for collectors competing with classic rifles and historically accurate scopes from the two World Wars. Plus, John welcomes a new rifle shooter as his Amateur for to the Bushnell GAP Grind Precision Rifle Challenge. And, the Remington Rolling Block is now one of History’s Guns.

Episode 3605 - International Revolver Championship 2016

It’s the action shooting competition for wheel guns only at the International Revolver Championship. The annual match brings out the best of the revolver enthusiasts to compete on challenging stages of fire at the Universal Shooting Academy in Florida. Plus, the Remington New Army, the other cavalry arm for the Union, is one of History’s Guns. And thousands of hunters flock to Nashville for the NWTF annual convention. 

Season: 2016

Episode 3501 - USPSA Handgun Nationals

It’s the fastest of the run-and-gun handgun sports when the top shooters in the country compete with “race guns” that bring every possible enhancement to help win. Plus, there’s a Zombie invasion in Nebraska that can only be handled by the competitors at Pandemic in the Heartland, hosted by Hornady. And wounded veterans honoring wounded veterans at HAVA family range day near Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

Episode 3502 - Bushnell GAP Grind Pro-Am

The GAP Grind Pro-Am opens one of the most intimidating competitions to new shooters. It’s a long range Precision Rifle competition in Tennessee, with John now considered an experienced Pro, and helping a new shooter compete. Plus, Japan’s historic, yet unreliable revolver is one of History’s Guns. And juniors are breaking a lot of clays at the SCTP Nationals.

Episode 3503 - 2016 SHOT Show Hour Special

Jim, John and Tony are running the 12 miles of aisles in the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, with 60,000 gun dealers and buyers. It’s your first look at the new guns and gear that will be making news this year. Set your DVR. The guys have a lot to show you in non-stop new product presentations.

Episode 3504 - Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

It’s the match limited to the guns people actually carry, 5-shot revolvers and small autoloaders. The defensive scenarios are creative and challenging on the S&W Indoor Ranges in Massachusetts. And it’s the best possible practice for a real-life emergency. Plus, the 1873 Single Action Army is one of History’s Guns. And Colt relaunches the company and the new guns now focused on serving civilian customers.

Episode 3505 - Steel Challenge World Championship

It’s drag-racing on steel! The top action shooters in the world compete at the Steel Challenge. Draw and shoot five steel plates for time measured in hundredths of a second. And a world record may be broken. Plus, the historic Luger that introduced the nine-millimeter round is one of History’s Guns. And, another edition of Gun Matchmaker – testing and choosing a first home-defense gun for a young couple.

Episode 3506 - Fort Benning 3-Gun Match

It’s the only pistol, rifle, and shotgun challenge held on an active duty Army Base. If running and gunning stage challenges is simulated combat, it doesn’t get any more real than when the Army Marksmanship Unit sets up the challenges and adds in full-auto fire and Abrams Tanks! Plus the enhanced Garand, the M-14 is now one of History’s Guns. And Blackhawk! Pro, Todd Jarrett shows you real world rifle training, while shooting with his rental car.

Episode 3507 - Precision Rifle at the Bushnell Brawl

It is considered the elite challenge in precision rifle competition, the Bushnell Brawl in South Texas. It’s not just a long range rifle challenge, it’s also a punishing physical challenge for the competitors. Plus, the revolver that led the way to the modern double-action, 50 years early. The Dean; Adams and Dean is one of History’s Guns. And turkey hunters flock to Nashville for the largest NWTF convention ever.

Episode 3508 - Smith & Wesson Defensive Pistol Nationals

This time, it’s a carnival of fun at Smith & Wesson as the stages of fire get even more creative. It’s IDPA competition at the Indoor Nationals. Plus, the transition from muzzle loading to metallic cartridge for the US Army. The Trapdoor is one of History’s Guns. Then, we’re inside the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s depot discovering Army history and building up M1 Garands that could be for you.

Episode 3509 - The NRA in Louisville

80,000 NRA Members gather in Louisville for the 145th Annual Meeting. It’s a huge celebration of the Second Amendment and this time there’s major political news. And, a surprising number of new guns being announced. Plus, the story of the “Dick Special”, the Colt Detective Special, that’s now one of History’s Guns. And hundreds of college students spend their spring break in Alabama competing in the College Pistol Nationals.

Episode 3510 - The Single Stack Nationals

It’s a classic pistol competition as Col. Jeff Cooper first created the combat sport. 400 USPSA members compete in Barry, Illinois with single-stack 1911’s, in the biggest championship competition of the year. Plus the history of John Browning’s 1911 that is clearly of History’s most famous Guns. And the little known museum in Alabama with the 8,000 weapons collected by one man who had been an American spy in World War Two.

Episode 3511 - The 2016 Bianchi Cup

This is the year the world’s most prestigious handgun championship becomes twice as difficult. To take the cup the top competitors have to shoot the four stages of fire twice, combining their qualifying score with their second round of shooting the plates, the barricades, the practical, and the mover. Julie Golob joins John Scoutten to present the action from Columbia, Missouri. Plus, the High Standard from World War Two, and the movie guns Clint Eastwood ordered for his film, American Sniper.

Episode 3512 - The US Steel Nationals

It’s drag racing with guns! Draw and shoot five steel targets for time. And it gets very fast when the top Pro Shooters step into the shooting box. But Steel Shooting has also expanded to include rimfire pistols and rifles and that’s made the sport a family-friendly experience. John and Tony have the highlights, with shot-string timing, to the championship. Plus the first double action Colt, that is now one of History’s Guns. And, Max Michel organizes a party in Las Vegas to teach shooting competition.

Episode 3513 - The 2016 Revolver Nationals

It’s classic wheel gun competition at the Smith & Wesson Revolver Nationals. Pasa Park, in Barry, Illinois, hosts competitors of all ages and skill levels to be challenged on 14 action-shooting stages of fire. Plus, the long-serving British Sniper Rifle that is now one of History’s Guns. And a profile of one IDPA club in Delaware that’s having remarkable success growing the sport by shooting a lot, on the cheap.

Episode 3514 - Hornady's Pandemic in the Heartland

It’s happening again! Zombies are invading Nebraska! It’s Hornady’s Pandemic in the Heartland that has become a tradition in five years of competition and weekend fun. Plus, the Model One, the first successful firearm from Smith & Wesson, is now one of History’s Guns. And the Les Baer Custom Ladies Pistol Team celebrates 20 years of shooting competition at Camp Perry.

Episode 3515 - Tactical Police Competition

Law enforcement officers compete in a multi-gun match that’s really street-smart training for today’s threats of mass shooting attacks. Plus, the double-action Colt Model of 1877, never as famous as the Peacemaker, but now one of History’s Guns. And Handgun Silhouette competition reaches out 500 meters, to rifle distances, at the World Championships.

Episode 3516 - The USPSA Production Gun Nationals

The Factory Sponsored Professionals compete with the handguns anyone can buy. It’s the old NASCAR rule, “Win on Sunday, sell Guns on Monday.”  For the pros, the Production Nationals is the most important competition of the year. Plus, the Savage auto-loading pistol that nearly beat the 1911. The Savage model of 1907 is now one of History’s Guns. And Colt celebrates 40 years at Gunsite with a look back to the history of Col. Jeff Cooper and his guns.

Season: 2015

Episode 3401 - IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals 2014

It’s the match for real carry guns. The pros, new shooters, and Smith & Wesson executives, take on real life, self-defense scenarios at the IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals. Plus, the 1874 Sharps is one of History’s Guns. And we return to an earlier time for a National Championship that’s preserving our history, the National Muzzleloading Rifle Association’s Fall Shoot in Friendship.

Episode 3402 - Ridgway Varmint Silhouette

We’re at the largest silhouette range east of the Mississippi River for a new silhouette match that’s changing the game. The targets in Varmint Bench Rest Silhouette are out as far as 1,000 yards! Plus the Smith & Wesson Performance Center debuts new equipment to make new products. We’ve got the ready-to-race M&P Ported CORE, with testing by the S&W pro shooters. And The 1876 Winchester is one of History’s Guns.

Episode 3403 - 2015 SHOT Show Hour Special

Jim, John, and Mike are running 12 miles of aisles in the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, with 60,000 Gun Dealers and Buyers. It’s your insider look at the new guns and gear that will be making news this year. Set your DVR. The guys have a lot to show you in non-stop new product presentations.

Episode 3404 - Army Small Arms Championship

It’s the annual match with rack grade M-16s and M-4s and the M-9 Beretta. The challenging stages of fire are open to all units of the Army, the Guard, and Reserves. They shoot in combat gear for bragging rights to be the best of the Army. Plus the armies of 150 years ago and the reenactment of the Battle of Franklin on the original ground in Tennessee. We cover the firearms of Blue and Gray and the men and women who now reenact climactic battles to honor and preserve our history.

Episode 3405 - IDPA Indoor Championship 2015

We’re inside the Smith & Wesson Shooting Center covering the IDPA Indoor Nationals. Interactive and realistic scenarios challenge the best in the sport. John has the highlights, with Tony Pignato making his debut as competition analyst. Plus, the breakthrough John Browning pistol design that’s now one of History’s Guns. And a young shooter defies the odds and shares his inspiring story.

Episode 3406 - Bushnell Brawl 2015

This time, it’s precision rifle in the Texas winds, battling the elements at Rifles Only for the Bushnell Brawl, the most challenging of the Precision Rifle Match series. Plus the Remington Rolling Block, selected by armies around the world, but never by the US Army. And HAVA honors our bravest at Rock Castle Shooting Center for a day of family-fun and shooting.

Episode 3407 - The US Steel Nationals 2015

How fast can you draw and shoot 5 steel targets? The answer is very fast indeed when the Pros compete in the Smith & Wesson Steel Nationals in Florida. Plus, the enemy pistol of World War Two, The Japanese Nambu Type 94, that’s now one of History’s Guns. And 500 bowhunters compete in 3D Archery in the IBO National Championship.

Episode 3408 - Cadet Combat Championship

It’s a competition that simulates combat for Army, Navy, and Coast Guard cadets, building their skills for the future. Plus, the NRA Annual Meeting comes to town with 78-thousand members showing up in Nashville. And Julie Golob has a Pro Tip that takes just one box of ammo to keep your concealed carry skills sharp.

Episode 3409 - IDPA Pan American Championship

This time, it’s world-class competition in paradise. We’re at the Smith & Wesson Pan American IDPA Championships in Puerto Rico. John covers the action on the range and on the beach. Plus the French Revolver that’s now one of History’s Guns, after 75 years on the beat. And new IDPA lady shooters train with a champ to get started in the sport.

Episode 3410 - The USPSA Revolver Nationals

The fastest wheel gunners in the nation compete for championship titles in the USPSA Revolver Nationals. Plus, the event for women only. The Girl and a Gun convention and shoot in Texas. And the British Service rifle that made the transition to breech-loading. The Snyder is now one of History’s Guns.

Episode 3411 - USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals 2015

This time, the fastest practical shooters race for the USPSA Multi-gun National titles using pistol, rifle and shotgun. We’ve got the action from Las Vegas, and the rare breechloader prized by the Confederacy, the Terry Carbine. Juniors compete with dreams of Olympic Gold as the Army hosts the Junior National Air Rifle.

Episode 3412 - World Championship of NRA Action Pistol – The Bianchi Cup

This week, it’s the NRA Action Pistol Championship. The world’s best compete for the Bianchi Cup. Plus, the rifle for the early frontier, the Hawken is one of History’s Guns. And we’re Talking Tech on .38 caliber bullets and how the cartridges got their names.

Episode 3413 - Cowboy Action Shooting World Championship

Shooting USA goes West for the World Championship at End of Trail. It’s the cowboy shooting best competing for titles in New Mexico. Plus, the rifle that won the West. The Winchester 73 is one of history’s guns.

Episode 3414 - The Pistol Pro-Am

It’s the pistol match created for TV. Falling steel, par times, and cash skins for the Pro Shooters in the Pistol Pro-Am from Florida. Plus, the Spencer Carbine, one of the first repeaters and now one of History’s Guns. And the CMP opens the most advanced shooting sports park in the world to advance the mission assigned by congress, promoting marksmanship for civilians.

Episode 3415 - The PALMA Long Range World Championship

Your first chance ever to see the world’s oldest continuing rifle match. The PALMA World Championship is in the USA for the first time in 23 years and won’t return for another 28 years. It’s team competition at 800, 900 and 1,000 yards in the most unusual match you’ve likely ever seen. Plus, the British Sea Service pistol is one of History’s Guns. And, Hornady’s discovery brings a breakthrough in accuracy.

Episode 3416 - IPSC Tactical Shotgun

This time it’s fast-action shot-gunning at the IPSC Tactical Shotgun Championship in Kentucky. Plus, the rifle German paratroopers took to the battlefields during World War Two. The rare FG-42 is now one of History’s Guns. And, it’s back to school with the Master of the Longbow, to learn to shoot targets out of the air.

Episode 3417 - Generation Three Gun Match

It’s a multi-gun match for the juniors that is also a fund-raiser to help pave the way for new shooters to enter the sport. Generation Three Gun is the organization working to expand participation for the next generation. Plus, the English Eight Bore, the black powder solution in the 1800s for Professional Hunters and Gentlemen on Safari. And, the appeal of traditional archery, when you begin by making your own bow.

Episode 3418 - Fast Draw World Championship

Thanks to Hollywood, Fast Draw competition is thriving, now in the 60th year. The Cowboy Fast Draw Association hosts the annual shoot out to find the Fastest Gun Alive. Plus, Youngsters shooting steel. It’s organized plinking for speed as the Scholastic Pistol Program expands to more and more teams participating. And the Mannlicher 95 is now one of History’s Guns.

Season: 2014

Episode 3304 - Steel Challenge 2013

The Steel Challenge is a world championship competition, and the popularity continues to grow. The question is simple, how fast can you draw and shoot five steel targets? The answer to the challenge gets more amazing every year.

Episode 3305 - USPSA Production Nationals 2013

This time on Shooting USA, it’s the USPSA Production Division Nationals from Tulsa. Then, the Liberator from WWII is one of history's guns.

Episode 3306 - IDPA Indoor Nationals 2014

The shooting sport based on concealed carry, and the championship that starts the season. It's the 2014 IDPA Indoor Nationals.

Episode 3307 - The Bushnell Brawl 2014

In the sport of precision rifle competition you’d expect the emphasis would be on the shooters ability to make long shots accurately in varying conditions, but that is only one part of the challenge competitors face when they step onto the ranges at Rifles Only in Texas to compete in the Bushnell Brawl. John Scoutten reports  the story that’s one part long-range shooting and one part physical challenge, testing more than the shooter’s ability to make a shot.

Episode 3308 - SASS Winter Range National Championships 2014

We’re in the Arizona desert for the largest cowboy action shooting match anywhere in America. More than 1,000 competitors, with single-action six-guns and lever action rifles, shoot-it-out in the National Championships of the Single Action Shooting Society. Plus, a 700 year-old firearm that was once the war-changing new technology. The Matchlock Musket is now one of History’s Guns.

Episode 3309 - IDPA Puerto Rico Nationals

It's an IDPA National Championship that feels like vacation. We're headed to Puerto Rico for competition in the Caribbean. Plus, the NRA Annual Meetings from Indianapolis, 75,000 strong supporting the NRA.

Episode 3310 - U.S. Steel Nationals 2014

The fastest handgun shooters in the country are in Florida for the U.S. Steel Nationals. New divisions in the match are drawing new competitors to the range.

Episode 3311 - Bianchi Cup 35th Anniversary

The Bianchi Cup celebrates its 35th anniversary. The competition has never been tougher at shootings most prestigious match. Plus a profile of an old British service rifle, the Mark III Enfield, and a look at new gear for 3-Gun competitors.

Episode 3312 - The USPSA Multigun Nationals 2014

The best in the country with rifle, pistol, and shotgun, are running all out for the title of National Champion. It’s 3-Gun competition from Las Vegas. Then the story of the Martini Henry rifle that’s now one of history’s guns. Plus, comparison testing of Hornady Critical Defense and Critical Duty, the most effective handgun ammo on the market.

Episode 3313 - International Revolver Championship 2014

We’re covering the annual championships for wheel guns and their fans, with the top revolver shooters at the Hogue Range in California. Plus, a profile of the only man to win two gold medals in his Olympic sport. Vincent Hancock is now teaching and training for another gold in International Skeet.

Episode 3314 - The National Matches at Camp Perry

It was Teddy Roosevelt’s vision to encourage civilian marksmanship. More than 100 years after, the Camp Perry National Matches are still fulfilling the mission. Plus, the multi-gun match that’s all head-shots, Hornady’s Pandemic in the Heartland. And The venerable ’03 Springfield is one of History’s Guns.

Episode 3315 - Bushnell Precision Rifle

Pros are paired with new shooters to take on long distance shooting challenges at the Bushnell Tactical GAP Grind in the Florida panhandle. Then, it’s one of the most popular competitions at the National Matches, when shooters compete with the legendary M1 Garand. Plus, how the fictitious Buntline Special is now one of History’s Guns, even without real history. And John Paul shows us some unusual shooting positions that will lead you to a win.

Episode 3316 - The USPSA Handgun Nationals - 2014

The top pistol shooters run and gun in unpredictable Utah weather at the USPSA Handgun Nationals. Plus, the Civil War sniper rifle, the Confederate Whitworth, is one of History’s Guns. And then it’s action at the Whittington Center in the Rocky Mountain 3-Gun challenge.

Episode 3317 - The IDPA Nationals - 2014

It’s the best competing in the sport that could save your life. The top pistol shooters take on threats in real-life scenarios at the IDPA Nationals in Tulsa. Plus, Hornady sets a new standard to out-perform with Superformance ammunition. And, the first S&W Military & Police, the Victory Model, is one of History’s Guns. 

Episode 3318 - The IPSC World Shoot - 2014

It’s the handgun world championship that begins with the parade of nations, as the IPSC World Shoot returns to the U.S. after more than 25 years. The best in the world are competing in the sport, with the modern technique Jeff Cooper created more than 40 years ago. Plus, the breechloader that would change gun-making forever. The Hall Carbine is one of History’s Guns.

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