The August issue of Shooting Illustrated, on newsstands now, is packed with guns, gear and techniques that go the distance. If you’re looking for the latest information on long-range rifles, loads and shooting skills, this issue is for you.

Coverage begins with the Kimber Model 8400 Patrol, a tactical bolt gun designed to offer decisive accuracy at distance while being more maneuverable than heavy long-range rigs. “I found the rifle to be easy to shoot rapidly at close and medium ranges, as well as being capable of making precision shots at longer distances,” writes author Keith Wood. “The Patrol effectively bridges the gap between the M4-style carbine and the dedicated precision rifle.”

Of course, the most accurate rifle in the world is useless if you can’t connect with targets. Former SOF sniper and current Rifle Editor Steve Adelmann and Ammo Editor Richard Mann each offer tips on reading the wind—perhaps the most critical skill in long-range marksmanship. Learn how to make the most of every shot by using environmental clues to estimate wind speed, applying wind value and quickly making corrections.

The cost of high-performance rifles and ammunition needed to reach out beyond 1,000 yards can cause you to flinch, especially if you’re feeding a gun in .338 Lapua Mag. Field Editor Bryce M. Towsley details a solution by exploring how handloading the .338 Lapua Mag. can not only save you money, but also make your rifle more accurate. With recipes for more than 20 handloads and results from testing them in three rifles, Towsley’s feature is a comprehensive look at loading for long range.

In addition, there’s plenty of info about concealed carry and home defense, including a look at two 1911 pistols optimized for personal protection, the best way to pattern your home-defense shotgun, and a pair of carbine drills that will improve your skills but only require 10 rounds to shoot. Look for these articles and more in the August issue of Shooting Illustrated, The Definitive Source for the Modern Shooter, at a newsstand near you. You can also subscribe by calling (877) 223-3840.

For more information, visit www.ShootingIllustrated.com, call Editor-in-Chief Adam Heggenstaller at (703) 267-1392, or e-mail aheggenstaller@nrahq.org.

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