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When seconds count, you can count on Vortex

by Chris Blatherwick

In today’s fast-paced sports-shooting environment, everyone is looking for that competitive edge to perform consistently at the highest level possible. Vortex has refined the tried-and-tested design of the SPAR (Speed Point Aiming for Rapid Combat) to fit the AR-style platform like a glove. Join us as we put the SPARC AR, supplied byWhylo Distributors, through its paces to see how it performs on an AR rifle platform.

2017 CZ RoadShow South Africa

by Chris Blatherwick

The Mother City played host to the official launch of the CZ Roadshow hosted byFormalito (PTY) Ltd, the South African agents for the dynamic brand CZ. The Cape Town leg of the Roadshow was hosted at Kraaifontein Shooting Club and coincided with the 1st Round of the South African Practical Shooting Association (SAPSA) Handgun Championships facilitated by the Boland Practical Shooting Association.

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Perfecting the art of cleaning shell casings

by Chris Blatherwick

Project Howa Part 3:

The trigger job

Gun Africa’s Project Howa is the proverbial David versus Goliath scenario, with everyone rooting for the underdog to outperform the big guns. When we started the transformation process of a stock standard Howa M-1500 into a precision tool, plenty of naysayers stated we are trying to achieve the impossible. My favourite comment: “Of all the firearms, why did you select a Howa?”

STI Edge 40 S&W

by Chris Blatherwick

When you ask any sport shooter what platform has performed consistently at the top end of the handgun divisions for the last 20 years, time and again the answer is “the 1911, of course”. STI International has taken the iconic 1911 platform and made it even better with the 2011 design. The STI Edge has been the tip of the sword, so to speak, in its competitive handgun range for the past 15 years, and it is abundantly clear why. We received the magnificent STI Edge chambered in the ever popular .40 S&W from Frontier Guns & Ammo for testing and review.

Assembling the Beast

by Chris Blatherwick

This is the second in our six-part series about Project Howa, the systematic transformation of a stock standard Howa M-1500 Varminter into a precision rifle, without breaking the bank



The multi-tool of the firearm community: MOSSBERG MVP SCOUT RIFLE

By Chris Blatherwick

As a firearm enthusiast, I thrive on new concepts and designs that throw caution to the wind. I love timeless iconic firearms born out of necessity. Enter Mossberg’s MVP Scout rifle, the epitome of the ‘never say die’ design.

AMAZING OPTIC from the Land of the Rising Sun  

by Chris Blatherwick

The Vixen Artes 5-30x56 is targeted squarely at the longrange precision shooting community, be it long-range hunters or sport shooters. We received the Artes from Camdix Firearms for long-term testing and review. This optic is of course being showcased on our 2017 Project Howa systematic rifle build, and we look forward to seeing how it performs throughout the year.

Project Howa

by Chris Blatherwick


Readers ask me as to what bolt-action rifle to buy if on a limited budget, and what modifications I would affect, and why? This is always a difficult question, and my initial response is to ask: What is your intended use for the rifle, and what calibre do you have in mind?