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Old 01-15-2008, 07:26 PM
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Rifle for someone training for a biathlon - Recommendation: Ammunition & Rifle

I use a left hand 7-4 and it shoots great.

In the cold temps, <20, it seems to group tighter.
I'm heading to a race this weekend in Saratoga, NY
and the predicted high is 10F and shooting in real cold temps. is tough on the shooter.

The 7-4 performs better then I do.

At cold temps the biggest variable is the ammo.
Using ammo made for cold temps is well worth the cash.

I use Fiocchi 22sm340 biathlon ammo and its fantastic
when temps drop below 30 F and gets better (compared to non-cold temp ammo) as it gets colder.
The primer is a bit hotter and the powder formulation and packing are set up for cold.
The lube is also very light so it doesn't turn almost tar-like when its cold.

I've used an Anschutz too.
There are pros and cons with both rifle
but for the money its difficult to beat the 7-4.

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Biathlon FAQ: How many a's are there in "biathlon"? - Colorado Biathlon Club

Forum Title - What's in a Name: Bialthlon, Biathalon, Biathalan, Biathlon

Guys,
I've had alot of problems spelling Biathlon.
When I've done internet searches,
I've had to try several variations of the word to find more results:
biathalon
biatholon
biathtalon.
Here's the definitive answer ... tongue-in-cheek.

Bye the way, I've been meaning to post this information for a long time.
But, I was concerned it might offend someone - I'm not trying to.

However, I think it is interesting (and funny) that a biathlon organization
thought it was important enough to publish the fact.



How many a's are there in "biathlon"?

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Many have tried to add an extra syllable by sneaking an extra "a" between the the "h" and the "l."
There is, in fact, only one "a," and a total of three syllables
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BIATHLON: For those that live in Cold Country - reason to own a BI 7-4 & Rifle Video




Rifle for someone training for a biathlon - Recommendation: Ammunition & Rifle
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At cold temps the biggest variable is the ammo.
Using ammo made for cold temps is well worth the cash.

I use Fiocchi 22sm340 biathlon ammo and its fantastic
when temps drop below 30 F and gets better (compared to non-cold temp ammo) as it gets colder.
The primer is a bit hotter and the powder formulation and packing are set up for cold.
The lube is also very light so it doesn't turn almost tar-like when its cold.

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Interesting read: Russian Athletes to Dump 'Inferior' German Rifles

Russian Athletes to Dump 'Inferior' German Rifles
http://www.spiegel.de/international/...536787,00.html
That will teach them.

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Russian Athletes to Dump 'Inferior' German Rifles
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The Russian team saw their chances
in the women's relay at the Biathlon World Championships
melt into the snow when one athlete's rifle refused to fire.

Now the disappointed Russians are dumping their German-made rifles
in favor of trusty Russian weapons.


The Russian team had had high hopes for the women's relay
at this year's Biathlon World Championships,
which took place Feb. 8-17 in Östersund, Sweden.

But on Sunday, in the second leg of the women's relay,
Russia's Albina Akhatova spent several minutes fumbling
with the broken bolt of her rifle.
While doing so, she dropped to 16th place.
As a result, her team finished fourth.

It was a great disappointment for the Russians.
For some, it was more than a disappointment --

especially when it turned out that the rifle was German-made
and it was the German team that took home the gold.

Akhatova, who has been a competitive biathlete since 1993
and has won five Olympic medals in the course of her career, was devastated.
Andrea Henkel of the victorious German team told the International Biathlon Union:
"She looked really sad when I saw her in the changing room."
And even German coach Uwe Müssiggang regretted the Russian's bad luck.
"It's a pity that this had to happen in such an important competition," he said.

But the Russians aren't looking for sympathy.
Instead, they're taking action:
It seems the time has come to wean the Russian team off German weapons.

Dmitry Medvedev, who is widely expected to succeed Vladimir Putin
as Russia's leader after the March 2 presidential election,
was quick to take up the cause.
"I hope that we'll be shooting our own weapons at the Olympic Games in Sochi,"
he told Russian news agency Ria Novosti.
The Black Sea resort of Sochi is to host the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Russian-made biathlon rifles are produced
by the Izhevsk-based weapons manufacturer Izhmash,
which was founded by Czar Alexander I at the beginning of the 19th century
and is most famous for making the iconic Kalashnikov rifle.

The facility's august history, however,
appears to not be entirely reflected in the product's quality:
At the moment, only one junior Russian biathlete uses an Izhmash.
Russian men's trainer Vladimir Alikin has indicated
that a change in the brand of weapon should not be expected to yield
immediate results -- at least not positive ones.

But the prospect of Russian athletes shooting their way to victory
with Russian rifles on Russian soil is a tantalising one.
On Tuesday, Alexander Zavarzin, director of the export division of Izhmash,
announced that his company would be making
its rifles available to the Russian team.

He claimed that the rifles are constantly being improved
and are popular among German and Norwegian biathletes.
"The Germans called us after the World Championships to thank us
for our excellent rifles," he told Ria Novosti.

(Kati Wilhem: Larsen-Izhmash Rifle)
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Interesting read: Russian Athletes to Dump 'Inferior' German Rifles

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midwest swiss:

Great find, loved the article.

But, I have to ask, do you subcribe to DER SPIEGEL (The Mirror)?

What brought your attention to the article?
Here read this thread.
https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums...d.php?t=222671
I went on the E-net looking for some list or something showing that
allot of Russian shooters have won plenty of medals in the Olympics
using there own rifles. Then I found this article on the Biathlon
match last winter. I was going to post it in the CZ forum, but thought I should
just drop that Idea & posted it here. We just don't get no respect. LOL

Swiss

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Interesting read: Russian Athletes to Dump 'Inferior' German Rifles

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I was going to post it in the CZ forum, but thought I should
just drop that Idea & posted it here. We just don't get no respect. LOL
Well Swiss,

Being as we both are CZ and Russian rifle owners, and we both know how well both brands shoot, all I can say is SCREW 'EM if they get offended. Post away dude....I have your back. Well, I'll be a few blocks away but....

Maybe we should draw a picture of a CZ with a bomb strapped to it's receiver? That'll show 'em!


Anyhoo....I know that the Biathlon is a challenging sport but apparently it gets pretty rough according to this video.
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=AEXql8Qawak&NR=1


I wonder if Marc Shepard over at Altius can make me a new stock for my RPG?

Scott


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Articles by Kevin Brooker

BIATHLON: For those that live in Cold Country - reason to own a BI 7-4 & Rifle Video




Getting onto the Snow
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Mar 23, 2008 - By Kevin Brooker.
“Sorry. I thought you had checked out,” said the cleaning lady
before she caught sight of the rifle, ammo and me
bare-chested wearing green tights staring at her almost dumbfounded.
Living the Dream
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Jan 11, 2008 - By Kevin Brooker.
After making the decision and commitment to become a biathlete,
it was time to get started.....Kevin Brooker brings us his second installment
on the road back to racing while learning the sport of biathlon
An Unexpected Reason to Train
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Dec 15, 2007 - By Kevin Brooker.
Kevin Brooker is back at it after a six-year hiatus
and will be keeping us posted as he learns a new sport
and struggles with balancing family, work and training
Mid-Atlantic Region Announces 2007 Junior Olympic Team
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Feb 27, 2007 - The 2007 Mid-Atlantic Region Junior National Ski Team roster.
The North American Cup Series
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Apr 23, 2008 - By Kevin Brooker.
The best way to place the level of competition
for the NorAm Cup races is to think of it a double A baseball.
The athletes in the elite divisions are vying for a spot
on national teams competing in the Europa Cup and on the World Cup level
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Anschutz Biathlon Rifle: 1827 Fortner - The Other Biathlon Rifle

Just thought I would share a couple photos of my Biathlon rifle.
It is not a Russian Ishmash but instead
a Anschutz Fortner with a custom stock
which I am currently carving down to make it better fitting.

As you can see the Anschutz logos on the sights
and action have been covered up with felt marker
because they are not a sponosor of mine,
right now there are no sponsorship stickers on the rifle
because the stock is only a couple weeks old.


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Biathlon Rifle Video by Kevin Brooker

BIATHLON: For those that live in Cold Country - reason to own a BI 7-4 & Rifle Video

Here is a Biathlon rifle video produced by Kevin Brooker

Izhmash Left-Handed 7-4 Biathlon Rifle



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Or, More Purpose Specific

The 7-4 vs. the Purpose Built - Or, Purpose Specific

Kevin6q,

Your BI 7-4 could easily be made more purpose built by changing-out the factory stock with a custom Larsen stock.

Altius Handcrafted Firearms

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Also attached is a photo of the various stocks I have available from Larsen.
I am now importing the barreled actions and the stocks as individual units
so that I can allow more customer choice with regard to size
(available in 2 sizes in addition to their adjustability) and color.

Once the customer selects, then I bed the action to their choice.
Note that both RH and LH rifles/stocks are available.

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SUMMER TEAM
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Marc Sheppard
Age: 38
Hometown: West Yellowstone, Montana
Biathlon since 1992

Marc has finished in the top 10 at nationals every year since 1993
(except 2000 when he suffered a broken leg).

He has been nominated to National Team every year since 1995,
but declined a position on the team for several years
while he was serving as the Summer Biathlon Program Director.

In 1994 he represented the United States in the European Championship.

He has represented the United States
in six IBU Summer Biathlon World Championships,
making the team every year from 1997 through 2002.

He competed in the US Men's relay team that took fourth in the relay
at worlds in 2000 (still struggling with the broken leg).

Last year he had a career highlight
as he placed 6th in the individual sprint at the World Championship,
shooting clean for the only time in his career, so far.

He followed that up by claiming the National Championship
in the pursuit race in Minnesota last year.

Marc is a gunsmith and operates his own business,
Altius Endeavours, in West Yellowstone.
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Eberlestock USA LLC.

Understanding Eberlestock
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To get a full understanding of Eberlestock we invite you to meet its founder, Glen Eberle.
While working his way through Dartmouth, competing in biathlon at the Olympic level,
and going fly fishing once in a while, he founded the original Eberle Stock Company back in 1985.
Never satisfied with mediocrity, Glen invented a rifle system that set the standard
for modern biathlon competitions by removing four pounds from the rifle weight.
To top it off, he and the rest of the U.S. team then demonstrated to the world
that you could shoot a properly constructed lightweight rifle better
than the heavy and fragile rifles that were in prior use.

An early Eberle rifle.
It set the International Biathlon Union's baseline weight rule of 7.5 lbs


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Glen Eberle was a member of the US National Biathlon Team for eight years,
and a member of the 1984 US Olympic Team.
Biathlon is a grueling sport which combines the opposing disciplines
of cross country skiing and rifle marksmanship.
In the old days, traditional biathlon rifles were heavy, weighing over 11 pounds,
and they had a fatal weakness in the pistol grip area
which caused them to break easily if the athlete fell on them —
a not uncommon occurrence for those rocketing around on “skinny skis.”
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Following the 1985 World Championships, Glen decided that it was time to make some changes to the slab of a rifle he’d been packing around.
He embarked on a project to build a better gunstock.
The initial idea was to simply make it stronger,
but as he began studying the concept, he realized that there were opportunities for weight savings as well.
Contrary to the rest of the shooting world, Glen believed that if you built the rifle right, you could still shoot a lighter gun as accurately as a heavy one.
His work led him to win a research grant from the United States Olympic Committee.
With this in hand, he began a consultation with engineers, biomechanical experts, and NASA scientists.
He developed a design which combines the best qualities of wood with the outstanding qualities of modern composite materials.
It was considerably lighter than a standard wood stock, and virtually unbreakable.

Josh Thompson, the first American to win a medal at the World Biathlon Championships

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The new stock looked different from anything that had come before.
In place of the heavy single chunk of wood in prior use, the Eberle stock was made of laminates of Sitka spruce and carbon fiber.
And everywhere that wood didn’t need to be, it wasn’t.
The result was a stock that was over three and a half pounds lighter than its predecessor, and a great deal stronger.
Not only were athletes using the Eberle stock going to be able to ski considerably faster,
they also lost their old fears of falling and breaking their rifles.

One of the important reasons why biathletes had previously packed around heavy rifles
was the universally held belief that you needed the weight in order to shoot accurately,
particularly after the kind of exertion you're doing in a biathlon race.
The Eberle rifles demonstrated that an athlete with an ergonomically correct lightweight rifle
would actually shoot better than with the conventional heavy guns that were in use.

The US Team’s new rifles were initially challenged by the European-dominated biathlon governing body, but were eventually accepted.
They became the standard for the design of Olympic Biathlon rifles,
and established the floor weight of 7.5 lbs that is currently mandated by the International Biathlon Union.

Soon, Glen was making dozens of his new stocks, the Eberle Stock Company was born.
And everyone in the biathlon world was either using an Eberle, or using something that was made to look like one.

Original Eberle Stock

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For fun, and to demonstrate the fact that we are continuously a source of original thought, we've re-engineered new biathlon gunstocks, and are shaking up the biathlon world all over again.
For the first time in Olympic history, in the 2006 Games the athletes had rifles that looked their part in the same way that Formula One race cars look their part.
A glance at their lines says these are for racing, and we're doing all that we can to help our U.S. Olympic Team to be winners.
But the story gets better.
These new modular stocks are something special. They are the first gunstocks that allow you to bolt virtually any kind of rifle into the same stock, and still have an accurate and customizable shooting platform.
What this means is that our stocks have unprecedented versatility,
and are destined to bring the concept of High Performance Gear to an entirely new group of users.
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Evolution of the Biathlon Rifle

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A visual history of the impact of the Eberle stock on the Olympic sport of biathlon:


Above is the 11.5 lb Anschutz in use before 1986


An early Eberle rifle. It set the International Biathlon Union's baseline weight rule of 7.5 lbs.


The 2006 US Olympic rifle. It displays new standards of ergonomics -- and style!
The following article is from the US Biathlon Association's website leading into the 2006 Olympic Games:
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Glen Eberle was one of those biathletes who bridged the transition era
from the big bore/classic skiing era of biathlon
to the small bore /skating era, competing in the 1980's.

Today, no longer competing, 1984 Olympian Eberle is in the forefront
of a second revolution in biathlon, as a rifle stock designer.
Back in his competitive days, Eberle yearned for a better rifle stock;
stronger, lighter and more durable than the monstrous slabs of wood
weighing up to 11 pounds that he carried prior to 1986.
Initially, the thought was just to make a stronger stock.
The stocks of the era had a "bad habit" of breaking at the pistol grip
when the biathlete took a simple hard fall.

But as the Dartmouth graduate got deeper into the problem,
via a grant from the USOC, he found the issue more complex.
Thus, after consultation with engineers, and even NASA scientists,
he built the first Eberle Stock, which was lighter,
and more durable than wood, through its use of composite materials.
This was simply a revolution in the rifle stock business.
His composite Sitka Spruce/carbon fiber stock was over 3.5 pounds lighter
than anything on the market at the time.
Imagine losing 3.5 pounds in one day
and that sudden feeling of lightness when you skied a 20K!
That is what happened to the US biathletes.
And now the fear of breaking a stock was also gone.

These tough stocks could survive being run over or hit by a car.
Eberle documents both incidents.
He was actually hit by a car while crossing a road during a competition in Italy.
Dusting himself off, he checked the rifle and it had no damage.
Unfortunately, the car was a bit worse off
as several pieces of chrome littered the road.
Eberle finished the race and the car was probably towed.

After Eberle had fitted most of his US teammates with his Eberle Stock,
it suddenly became the standard for rifle stocks in the small-bore era.
Virtually every biathlon rifle stock since that time is either an Eberle
or a variation on the theme.
His lightweight rifle stock even transformed international rules,
as it became the standard for the IBU's 3.5 Kg minimum rifle weight.

Now it has been almost 20 years since those big changes
in the sport and Eberle is back at it.
He has created his 2006 series of stocks.
Is it hard to imagine which team is this new revolution in rifle stocks?
Of course, it is the US Biathlon Team once again.
Last season, three of our top athletes, Jay Hakkinen, Rachel Steer, and Jeremy Teela
became the "guinea pigs" for this "Formula One" look in rifles,
which as Eberle says," is made for racing."

In describing what his hopes are for the US Biathlon team
and the athletes using his new stock, Eberle commented,
"I remember what a boost it was when we put together
our first stocks for the US team back in the 80's,
we had a rifle that was three and half pounds lighter
and it was just as accurate as heavier ones.
With our new product, I hope we can impart some of that extra confidence
and give a little bit of extra edge to our athletes as they approach 2006."

His new "masterpiece" is a combination of rarefied aluminum and carbon fiber
and to say it turned some heads on the World Cup circuit last season is an understatement.
At virtually stop on the circuit, the television cameras sooner or later focused
on this very different rifle stock used by the US trio.
Besides causing a buzz in the media, the stock proved itself with results.
Rachel Steer had simply the best season of her career with several clean shooting days.
Her shooting accuracy was noticed by other competitors
as German star Uschi Disl commented to Rachel, "You are shooting so well.
I think you are shooting clean every day."
That recognition alone sums up the success of the athletes using the new Eberle Stock.
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Izhmash Recruit Rifle



International Trade Fair for Hunting and Sporting Arms, Outdoor articles and Accessories IWA-2002
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Norwegian company Kjel Larssen has drafted a plan to introduce the rifle for junior and teenagers biathlon.

During the meeting with representatives of Arms Design Centre of Concern Izhmash
the company marked main specifications of that rifle and made a request to design one.

Olympic champion Kati Wilhelm has been appearing at all competitions
with Russian rifle "Biathlon" she bought it in Norway from Kjel Larssen.

Besides Kati Wilhelm, another German Frank Luck has won the gold in Salt Lake City.
He also competes with Izhevsk "Biathlon".

As a whole German biathlon team has four Izhevsk "Biathlon" rifles,
it evidences not only of domestic rifles quality
but of Izhevsk rifles competitive ability increasing as well.













Biathlon Rifles Available
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There are only 2 commercial manufacturers of Biathlon Rifles.

Izhmash (RUS) and Anschutz (GER).

While it is possible to modify various .22lr rifles for Biathlon use,
the limited cost savings achieved, typical lack of cold
weather performance, non-adjustable triggers,
and lack of stock adjustability makes this a poor option and is not recommended.


Izhmash Rifles

The Izhmash rifle is a very solid, straight pull action rifle
which offers excellent performance and value.

The action is a ‘pinch lock’ system.

Although not as refined in design or finish as an Anschutz product,
it is totally reliable and is on par with Anschutz for accuracy.

The Izhmash is designated as the Biathlon 7-3 or 7-4.

The Standard 7-3 stock is smaller than the 7-4 stock.
In addition, the trigger on the 7-3 is situated closer to the pistol
grip for easier access by shooters with smaller hands.

Otherwise, the rifles are identical.

The Izhmash is available in a left handed version.

This rifle utilizes a modified right-handed action with a true left handed stock.


The Izhmash rifle is available in 2 different barreled actions: Standard and Larsen.

The standard Izhmash, imported previously into the USA through Kalashnikov USA
and European American Armory, is now imported by Russian American Armory.

The Izhmash-Larsen is imported in North America exclusively by Altius.

Although the 2 versions appear identical, only the Izhmash-Larsen
guarantees cold weather (-20C) performance.

The standard Izhmash will not reliably group below -10/-15C.

All Larsen versions utilize the 7-3 barreled action.


The Standard Izhmash comes with the factory stock (adjustable for length of pull
and cheekpiece height and cast) and the factory accessories.

These accessories are functional, although quite dated in design and materials.

Also, the rifle cover does not include the now-required ‘bolt view’ window.

This rifle can be seen at link
http://www.raacfirearms.com/Biathlon_7-3_7-4.htm


The Larsen version comes with a Larsen laminated stock (adjustable for length of pull
and cheekpiece height and cast) and Altius modern accessories.

This rifle can be seen at link
http://www.larsenbiathlon.com/index....&ProduktID=568.

It is also available in a Recruit version for younger competitors who do not carry the rifle.

This version comes with sling, handstop, cuff, and rifle cover but no carrying harness.

It can be viewed at link
http://www.larsenbiathlon.com/index....&ProduktID=569.

This is a great choice for juniors just starting out as it can be upgraded
by simply changing the stock when the athlete reaches that age class.


Please note that several web sites list other versions of the Izhmash rifle,
including one with an Anschutz barrel.

The versions described in this information sheet are the ONLY versions available at this time.
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you must know what-to-do, and ... then ... do-your-best.
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