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Why is Firearm cleaning important?

Why does a firearm need cleaning? Over time, firearms can be damaged by buildup, corrosion and rust, and even just regular friction as parts rub together. Regular cleaning can help maintain all the moving parts inside your firearm, stop it from jamming, and keep it functioning for years to come. Buildup Every time a firearm is discharged, minute particles of carbon, lead, copper, steel, or plastic are deposited inside the bore and chamber of a gun. Over time, these particles build up inside the bore. This buildup, also called fouling, causes reduced accuracy and increases the chance of misfiring. How much it affects the gun depends on the type of ammunition used and the quality of the firearm. Too much buildup can cause interruptions in shotgun shot patterns or reduce accuracy in precision rifles. The [...]

2019-10-11T22:24:33+00:00October 11th, 2019|

Hunt Reports

Changes to Reporting Laws   For the first time this year, every hunter who receives a tag must complete a hunt report even if they did not fill their tag. This is mandatory and there are serious penalties for forgetting to report or reporting false information. Every hunter needs to educate themselves to make sure they’re not penalized.   What are the new Rules? Starting this year, every hunter issued a tag for moose, elk, deer, bear, wild turkey, and wolf/coyote must complete a hunter’s report unless you live in an area where a tag is not required (like coyote in parts of southern Ontario). Even if your hunt isn’t successful, you still have to report it. If you never make it out to hunt, you still need to report it. The new online licensing [...]

2019-10-09T19:02:34+00:00October 4th, 2019|

Bush Kit: Must Haves for the Fall Hunter

Hunting season is here. While we are all eager to get into the bush, it is important to be prepared. Accidents happen even to the most seasoned hunter.  A good survival kit could make all the difference in an emergency situation. Even if the hunt goes off without a hitch, there are still certain supplies that need to be brought along. We’ve split the “Must-Have Bush Kit” suggestions into a couple of categories: First Aid, Survival gear, and Hunter’s Kit.   First Aid Kit: This element of the survival kit is a must. To be properly prepared for the type of accidents that can occur in the bush, it’s important to have more than a few band aids in your pack. First Aid Kits vary in size and contents. Here are a few suggestions for [...]

2019-09-26T15:59:04+00:00September 20th, 2019|

Stoeger Range Day- Firing Benelli, Beretta, Sako, and Tikka

Stoeger Range Day Monday, I used a shotgun for the first time. I had a blast. My boss, Dave, took me along to the Stoeger Range day at the Galt Sportsman Club and he showed me the ropes as we tried out all the fantastic firearms from companies like Benelli, Beretta, Sako, and Tikka. As an office worker upstairs here at Triggers and Bows I definitely have less experience shooting than many of the knowledgable staff down on the floor. I was very excited by the opportunity to join in on the Stoeger Range Day. I learned so much! Skeet We started the day with Skeet shooting. It looked hopeless for me in the beginning. I couldn’t get a sense for where I needed to place my shot, I was having trouble with the ‘swing’ [...]

2019-08-16T17:35:16+00:00August 16th, 2019|

Camo Patterns: Which one to wear and when?

Where to start There are so many camo patterns available now, how is a person supposed to tell which one is right for them? We looked into one of the biggest producers of camouflage patterns, Mossy Oak, to determine where to wear each pattern. The first consideration for hunters is their hunting choice. Different camo patterns are designed to be most effective in hunting specific game. The colours and patterns are built around the environments where those creatures are most likely to be found. The second question is their hunting plan. Working out of a tree stand, blind, or using ground cover can change the effectiveness of each type of camo. Some types of camo have been created to blend better in the shadows while others take advantage of the leaves and branches of trees. Time [...]

2019-08-07T20:54:02+00:00August 2nd, 2019|

Proper Etiquette for Firearms Range

No matter where you go in life, proper etiquette is important. The same applies to your firing range. At Triggers and Bows, new members must pass a range safety course. This is because members have 24/7 access and there is not always a range officer present to oversee the shooting. Here is some common range etiquette to keep in mind: The Basics Turn on the live range button before you begin firing. This lets anyone entering know that they need to be wearing their eye and ear protection. Also remember to start up the air filtration system which helps protect members from lead exposure. Don’t cross the yellow firing line until the range light is red. These safety precautions help keep you and other members safe, so please keep them in mind! Always point your [...]

2019-08-02T17:59:15+00:00July 19th, 2019|

Assembling an AR-15 Lower Receiver

This week we put together a Radical Arms AR-15 Rifle. We started with an incomplete lower and, piece by piece, turned it into a fully functioning rifle. By ‘we’ I mean Kyle, because I had no idea where to start. Parts List: UTG PRO AR-15 Position Mil Spec Buffer Tube Blue Hiperfire AR-15 Sharp Shooter Trigger Assembly Anderson Manufacturing Buffer Tube Assembly Kit with Stock Anderson Manufacturing Lower Parts Kit Radical Firearms 10.5” 5.56 Nato Upper with Bolt and Charge Handle Mission First Tactical 30-Round AR-15 Magazine (pinned to 5) Ergo AR-Wedge (Don't see the part you're looking for? Contact us and we can order it!) One of the first tips Kyle gave me for assembling any sort of firearm is to be very careful because once a spring or pin falls on the floor, [...]

2019-08-02T17:58:46+00:00July 12th, 2019|

3D Archery – what it is, and how to participate

What is it? 3D archery builds on the skills every archer develops initially by adding dynamic shooting into the sport. Archers walk a pre-determined course in small groups. Each archer gets a single shot at a three-dimensional target shaped like an animal. The targets on the animals cover the vital areas where a hunter would normally aim. These courses challenge archers to adapt their shooting to account for variable conditions, distances, and angles. These large outdoor courses take full advantage of the natural terrain to increase the difficulty of the competition. The archers may be asked to shoot a target that has partial cover or is at a different elevation. The archers must battle variable wind and weather conditions to hit their target. Shooting positions are determined by the category for which each shooter has [...]

2019-08-02T17:57:39+00:00July 5th, 2019|

Deer Food Plots: What You Need to Know

Deer Food Plot Basics Food plots are normally divided into two categories: kill plots and feeding plots. We’re here to help you decide what options are best for you and your land. How big should my food plot be? The size of your plots will be determined by several factors: The amount of land available, the type of terrain outside the boundaries of your property, the number of deer likely to be drawn to the food plot, and the purpose of your plot. Kill plots are normally smaller than feeding plots as they will be expected to sustain the deer for shorter periods of time. In a kill plot, all areas must be visible from a single point. Feeding plots are liable to see heavier use and therefore should be larger. Kill plots are normally [...]

2019-08-02T18:04:03+00:00June 28th, 2019|

Preparing for Bass Opening- Location, Time, Tackle

Bass Season is finally here! We’ve left some tips, tricks and important information below to help you bring home the bass. Locations When deciding where to set up for the day, keep some of the following in mind: Bass love shallow, warm water with lots of plant life in it. They prefer still or slow-moving water which is why you’ll find them in lakes more often than in streams or rivers, and bass is one of the most cover seeking fish species around. They’re always looking for a good place to hole up - under submerged logs or brush. This means habitats like Lake Erie are ideal for bass. You also find lots of fish on Lake Simcoe or up north on Eagle Lake. Fishing Times The best time for bass fishing is early morning [...]

2019-08-02T18:06:20+00:00June 21st, 2019|