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Back To The Basics

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 7:40:18 AM America/Denver

fun·da·men·tal: serving as, or being an essential part of, a foundation or basis; basic; underlying: fundamental principles; the fundamental structure.

This is VERY important when it comes to marksmanship. It doesn’t matter if you are shooting a target 5m away or a target 1,000m away. You MUST remember and apply the basic fundamentals of marksmanship.



1)      BONE SUPPORT – The weight of the weapon should be supported by bone instead of muscle when possible. Muscle fatigues whereas bone does not. This also applies to your cheek-weld. Make sure your cheek bone and the buttstock are making as much contact as possible. This limits the amount of movement when you fire. If you’re doing it correctly it should be slightly uncomfortable. You will get used to it.

2)      MUSCULAR RELAXATION – This will help you hold a steady point of aim and greatly increase your accuracy. If you are not using good bone support you will not have muscular relaxation. When your muscles are tense it will cause excessive movement in your rifle and your aim.

3)      NATURAL POINT OF AIM – This is where the rifle naturally rests in relation to your target. When you are in your shooting position and aimed in on your target, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and relax as much as possible. When you open your eyes, your point of aim should be where it was before you closed your eyes. Since the rifle becomes an extension of your body it might be necessary for you to adjust the position of the rifle until you achieve your natural point of aim. Once you achieve this you must make sure you hold your position in relation to the target in order to maintain your natural point of aim.



The next time you go to the range, try and make a checklist of everything you do as you get into your shooting position. For example,

1.      Drop down on both knees.

2.      Lower the rest of your body to place the buttstock into the pocket of your shoulder.

3.      Pull rifle into shoulder with non-shooting hand and maintain sufficient pressure.

4.      Place firing hand into preferred position.

5.      Find proper cheek-weld and eye relief.

The list above is just an example, create your own.

The best long range shooters did not get to where they are today by skipping the fundamentals of marksmanship. The only way to improve your shooting skills is to get out on the range and push your skills to the limit. Just make sure you don’t push the fundamentals aside.

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Pros and Cons of the Remington 870

Friday, September 14, 2018 6:01:25 PM America/Denver

Remington 870 Shotgun

Pros and Cons of the Remington 870

The Remington 870 is a classic pump action shotgun. It continues to be a home security favorite, and police officers tend to prefer this shotgun as added protection in their vehicles. When considering the Remington 870 pros and cons, the pros tend to jump out because it continues to stand up to the test of time. Let's take another look at the pump action shotgun that has widely been considered the benchmark in this category. 


One of the main advantages of the Remington 870 is that, for a pump action shotgun, it is incredibly well priced. This gun is built to last for years and has continually proven itself to. The cost of investing in a Remington 870 is certainly worthwhile. Experienced and beginner shooters, alike, can’t ignore such a great deal. 

In addition, the versatility of this shotgun is certainly a pro. 308 Ghillies offers 70 options of the Remington 870. There are compact versionsexpresswingmaster, and so many others. There are styles of this gun that can work for just about anyone. In addition to the versatile models of the Remington 870, there are many accessories that pair incredibly well with it and add to the shooting experience. The pistol grip and rear grip additions are great for increasing the stability of this pump action shotgun. 



A common complaint with the Remington 870 is that it doesn’t always quite “fit.” People that purchase the gun aren’t always satisfied with the feel of it because of the placement of the safety or action release. This gun was built to last so it can feel a bit heavy. This can be attributed to the steel reciever. 

Another issue that people have with this gun is the pump action. Although the Remington 870 is a common choice for beginner shooters, some find the pump action to be too aggressive. Even for an experienced gunman, any pump action shotgun will make it more difficult to stay on target when reloading.



When it comes to selecting the perfect shotgun, it is important to consider all the pros and cons. Even leading brands have cons. However, many firearm owners, both beginner and expert, find that the pros of the Remington 870 far outweigh the cons. If you’re interested in this pump action shotgun, or any other firearms or firearm accessories, explore the options available at 308 Ghillies today. 

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018 5:55:00 AM America/Denver

Patriot Day - 308 Ghillies


It's time once again to remember one of the darkest hours in American history. Now, 17 years after the attacks on the World Trade Center towers, Americans still come together every year for the purpose of mourning and honoring those who died on that tragic day. Reflecting this is the fact that the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks has since become its own holiday, widely known as Patriot Day. As such, I thought that this would be the perfect time for a post about the meaning and observance of this somber yet important day.

What Is Patriot Day Really About?

The core purpose of Patriot Day is, of course, to remember the nearly 3,000 innocent Americans who were killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001. From those in the hijacked airplanes to the workers employed in the Twin Towers, thousands of lives were suddenly and tragically cut short. Patriot Day is also a day of national remembrance for the thousands more who were deprived of spouses, parents, children, siblings, and friends by the attacks.
Also honored on Patriot Day are the first responders who worked tirelessly, and in many cases sacrificed their own lives in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. On 9/11 itself, more than 300 firemen, police officers, and medical responders died in selfless efforts to deal with the crisis. In the ensuing 16 years, the emergency personnel who survived have also suffered as a result of their noble actions on that day. Diseases ranging from severe asthma to various forms of cancer have developed at alarmingly high rates among first responders who were exposed to toxins, ash, and smoke at the former site of the World Trade Center. Mental conditions, especially PTSD, have also become common among survivors. Patriot Day offers all Americans a chance to honor the brave men and women who were first on the scene after the 9/11 attacks.
Although it is reflective of one of the darkest moments in recent United States history, Patriot Day is also a day that often brings Americans together in positive ways. The holiday is also known as the National Day of Service and Remembrance, and puts a strong emphasis on charitable service in the community. In order to participate in the range of community activities that may be going on in your area, I strongly recommend visiting, which offers links to volunteering opportunities for Patriot Day.

How Will Patriot Day Be Observed?

In observing Patriot Day, it is customary to lower all displayed flags to half staff in memory of those who were killed during the 9/11 attacks. A national moment of silence will also begin at 8:46 A.M, the time at which the first plane struck the north tower. As described above, a variety of charitable events will also take place in different areas across the country in honor of the anniversary of September 11th.

Ultimately, Patriot Day is a day for remembering the fallen, honoring those who survived, and coming together as a nation to continue to recover from the intense impacts of the worst terrorist attack ever perpetrated on United States soil. It is also a profound reminder that with sacrifice, hard work, and cooperation, America can overcome even the bitterest moments in its history.


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Gun Cleaning Equipment to Preserve Your Firearm

Monday, September 10, 2018 2:34:15 PM America/Denver

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Gun Cleaning Equipment to Preserve Your Firearm

Cleaning your firearm is not only an important step in inspecting its condition after shooting, but it can also extend the life of your firearm. For some people, gun cleaning can be relaxing and meditative. For other people, cleaning a firearm can seem like a burden. No matter how you feel about cleaning your firearm, using the appropriate gun cleaning equipment is guaranteed to improve your experience.

How Does Cleaning Your Firearm Preserve It?

Firearms are complex pieces of equipment that require oil and grease where parts move. They also become dirty on the inside after shooting because they are essentially tiny machines that use gunpowder as a fuel. By cleaning your firearm, you can restore your gun to its original state. When your gun is cleaned, oiled, and greased, it is able to function without any complications. Residue in your gun can cause its moving components to jam or malfunction. If your firearm isn’t oiled or greased, the more vulnerable components of your gun will begin to wear after time due to friction.

Choosing the Right Gun Cleaning Equipment

Just as you wouldn’t use a toilet brush to clean your dishes, the same rule applies to gun cleaning. Your firearm should be cleaned with cleaning equipment that is made specifically for guns. Gun cleaning equipment is designed to clean the hard-to-reach nooks and crannies inside your firearm. Cleaning your firearm can be made quick and easy with the right equipment.

There are cleaning kits made especially for specific ranges of guns. For pistols with a caliber ranging from .22 to .45, the Tipton Compact Pistol Cleaning Kit is ideal. This kit has everything you need to effectively clean your pistols, and it’s is very compact! You can bring it anywhere and always be ready to give your firearm a little bit of TLC. The Otis Elite Cleaning System is specifically designed for .17 to .50 cal. rifles & pistols, .410 to 12/10 ga. shotguns, & all in-line muzzleloaders. You’ll have no problem keeping your firearm clean and working at its best with this great cleaning kit. The choices don’t end there though. There are countless options for you to choose from depending on the type of firearm you own and what’s convenient for you.

Your Supplier for Gun Cleaning Equipment

An important part of owning and using a firearm is committing to cleaning it. Cleaning your firearm is a habit that should be developed right from the start so you can be sure that no harmful residue is lingering in the barrel. If you’re looking for the best equipment to keep your firearms clean and working smoothly, check out the gun cleaning equipment options at 308 Ghillies.

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Guide to Buying Your First Pistol

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 8:28:49 PM America/Denver

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Guide to Buying Your First Pistol

If you’ve never bought a pistol before, or you’re still new to the world of firearms, you might not be sure where to start. If you’ve been thinking about buying your first pistol, it’s not just a matter of paying for your gun and walking out of the store. There are a few steps that you should follow first in order to make it a responsible and worthwhile decision.

Your State’s Gun Laws

Take some time to get to know the gun laws in your state. For example, what is the legal age to purchase a firearm in your state? If you bought a pistol, do you know where you’d be allowed to carry it? South Dakota, for instance, has some fairly specific vehicle carry laws. South Dakota also has fairly straightforward laws about county courthouses, schools, and other places where it doesn’t allow handguns. You may have some understanding of federal laws, but most of the important gun laws happen at the state level. 50 states means 50 different sets of laws, so make sure you’re familiar with the ones that apply to you. Your local law enforcement is a great place to start when looking for up-to-date gun laws.

Training and Responsibility

Buying a handgun is a serious decision, and you shouldn’t go into it without learning some safety procedures. A simple search for “gun training near me” can help you find a course to teach you how to safely and accurately fire your gun. You’ll also learn how to store the gun and your ammo. That said, do look into credentials and reviews before you sign up. A lot of scammers will exchange your money for shoddy training.

Shape and Weight

Now, how will you know which pistol is right for you? There are hundreds of options out there, and it can be very hard to know how to narrow down the field. A lot of the answer to this depends on physicality. For instance, some handguns are better suited to those with smaller hands, while others work better for those with larger hands. Some pistols are heavier than others. Consider both safety and comfort when you purchase your gun. There is no easy answer when it comes to which handgun is right for you. Your best option is to hold several guns in person, rather than to buy a gun without testing its weight first.

Start with Us

Do you have questions about choosing and buying your first pistol? We can provide a great starting place. 308 Ghillies is the premier source for firearms in South Dakota. With a passion for quality and a commitment to our customers, we’re here to answer your questions. Contact us today at 800-308-3290.

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Why You Should Buy Ammunition in Bulk

Friday, August 10, 2018 11:42:19 AM America/Denver

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Why You Should Buy Ammunition in Bulk

 We all know that ammunition can be very expensive. Some people may try to save on their hobby of hunting by sacrificing the quality of their ammo in favor of the potentially lower cost. However, a better way that you can cut down on the cost of ammunition is by purchasing your ammunition in bulk. Most suppliers offer discounts for bulk round purchases, and you can also save on shipping. Additionally, by buying ammunition in bulk, you guarantee that you always have plenty - without sacrificing the quality. Here are some more reasons why you should consider buying your ammunition in bulk.


Cheaper Prices

 Buying ammunition in bulk ensures you’re saving money on your purchase. This is the best way to buy ammo for the lowest cost per round whether you’re buying cases, boxes, or even pallets. You not only save on ammo when buying in bulk, but you also save on shipping. Major shipping companies overcharge small packages so that they continue to make profits. Over time, the shipping on several small ammunition orders will cost more than one bulk purchase, even if the same total amount of ammunition has been purchased. Avoid paying higher shipping prices by buying ammunition in bulk.



 Ammunition availability and prices tend to fluctuate. By purchasing ammo in bulk, you’re guaranteed to have the right kind on hand whenever you need it. Don’t put yourself in a situation where you have to wait weeks or even months for suppliers to replenish their supplies during a shortage. Buying in bulk is a great way to avoid the headache of your favorite rounds suddenly becoming unavailable.

 Additionally, prices for ammunition tend to be unstable. If you’re able to get ammunition for a lower bulk price, why chance it rising? You never know when rounds will be scarce and overpriced, so it’s best to take advantage of bulk prices while you can.


Ammunition Won’t Go Bad

 There are many products you can’t buy in bulk for fear of them expiring or deteriorating in some other way. Luckily, ammo isn’t one of those. As long as it’s stored properly, your bulk order of ammo can last for decades or longer (though shelf life can vary depending on the type of ammo you use). The most important thing to remember is to keep your ammo dry, since moisture can lead to rust. Your ammo should also be stored in a cool, dark space that remains at a consistent temperature. And remember that you should always keep ammo in a fireproof container to avoid accidents.


The prices and availability of ammunition are always changing - don’t let this cost you. Buying ammunition in bulk will cut expenses on shipping and cost per round. Additionally, you’re guaranteed to have rounds on hand when you need them. If you’re looking to purchase ammunition in bulk from a trusted supplier, visit 308 Ghillies. We’re South Dakota’s premier gun and ammo store in Rapid City. Shop today!

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Situational Awareness

Monday, July 2, 2018 2:18:14 PM America/Denver

Add situational awareness to your firearms and ammo

No amount of tactical training or firearms and armmo will do you any good if you don’t have the ability to recognize when to use it. The industry catchphrase for this is “Situational Awareness”. Simply put, paying attention to what’s going on around you. People are generally less aware than they realize. This is why accidents happen. Here are some techniques for learning how to pay more attention than your average citizen does and boost your situational awareness.

Ditch the Multi-Tasking

One important realization is that there is no such thing as multitasking. It is scientifically proven that the human brain cannot actively participate effectively in more than one conscious activity at a time. This, of course, does not include subconcious tasks. For the record, besides autonomous body functions (breathing, digestion, etc.), everything takes conscious practice to get. That’s why babies and children fumble with motor skills. Picking something up is unconscious to you now, but that's because you’ve been doing it a while.

It’s like speed and security. You can’t have both. The more you have of one, the less you have of the other. They are a sliding scale. That’s something to consider when going about your day as well. If you are rushing around in a panicked state of trying o accomplish everything, the little things suffer. They are easy to miss. For every extra thing you are “trying to do at once,” the worse you are doing on all of them.

Think About the What Ifs

While it can be detrimental to an operation to “What if…” incessantly, when properly applied, it can be a useful mental training exercise. At the very least, if you have considered an option, it’s less likely to surprise you in the event it actually happens (Does not apply to zombies or an apocalypse. That never flies around here.) In fact, being in a constant state of “What if” is the same as being situationally aware.

For example: If you are in a restaurant, what do you pay attention to? The other patrons? The staff? Most attacks in places like this walk in or happen from the outside, so sitting further inside is the smarter option. It's the same with public transportation, except airplanes (on a bus or train sit toward the aisle; on planes, sit toward the window). Of course, remember that every single situation is unique for any various reason, so there’s nothing you can decide ahead of time to combat a specific scenario. If you spend all your time training with firearms and ammo for an active shooter scenario, you’ll no doubt encounter a madman running people down with his car instead.

Train Your Mind

So, besides training the physical fundamentals, what can you do? Pay attention. Make people watching your new hobby, and love to do it. There is a trade-off of course. It’s hard to engage in conversation with others when you are actively paying attention to the scenery. It’s a constant balancing act.

Aside from that, you can try to have a plan. Are there avenues of escape? Is there cover? Do you have a weapon? Do you need one? Can you get one? How far can you actually make it given your level of fitness? I can’t give you a specific checklist. Only the question “What if” and the training in the fundamental skills needed to deal with them.

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