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To support the Scholastic Action Shooting Program( #SASP ), #Ruger has donated a 10/22 Carbine #rifle .
Ruger Firearms has generously donated an early model 10/22 Carbine rifle to benefit the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP). The rifle is being auctioned on Gunbroker.com now through March 28, 12:30 PM eastern time.
Nobody deserves to be bullied for their beliefs. This hotline is for students that feel that they are being harrased or peer pressured into standing for values against the #secondamendment . The SAF toll-free hotline number is 800-426-4302.
The Second Amendment Foundation today announced a project to help students who have been harassed, intimidated or bullied for resisting peer pressure to join the wave of protests against guns and the right to keep and bear arms.
Around 10% of the population is left hand dominant. Not a lot of products are geared towards lefties, so it is great to hear that more and more firearm companies are catering to them!
More and more pistol companies offer ambidextrous controls to grant left-handed shooters the ability to operate magazine releases, safeties and slide locks/releases more efficiently. The AR-15 platform, with its modular style that already gives shooters the customization capabilities, allows shooters to literally build what they need from the ground up. Bolt guns, however, have long given lefties a slight headache forcing them to change shooting position or awkwardly reach around the rifle in order to cycle the bolt. Realizing a need for left-specific firearms, more companies are beginning to answer the call and provide more bolt rifle options to southpaws.
Know any high schoolers looking to get into air rifles or shooting sports? This camp was designed by a two time Olympic gold medalist in marksmanship, so i think its pretty safe to say that this is the best one out there!
Registration for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) 2018 Air Rifle Summer Camps is now officially open. Running from June to August, the vigorous 9-week schedule includes a mix of camps and clinics formatted to train high-school age (9-12 grade) junior shooters on intermediate and advanced air rifle marksmanship skills through various exercises and demonstrations.
In September,2017, 67 year old Judge Patrick O'Shea accidentally discharged his Smith and Wesson handgun. The bullet went through the wall and into the next apartment. The question is, why would he try to lie his way out of this predicament, when this was clearly some kind of a dry-fire accident? Read the article and decide for yourself!
It happened on 15 September, 2017. An Illinois Judge, Patrick O'Shea, 67, accidentally fired a short barreled Smith & Wesson five-shot in his apartment in Wheaton, Illinois. The bullet went through a mirror, the wall, and into the next apartment. No one was hit, and there was little property damage. He checked to see if anyone was in the apartment. There was not. He may have thought “No harm, no foul”, and proceeded to attempt to lie his way out of the problem. Big mistake. It changed his life.
We all could learn something from this young woman! Despite spending most of her life missing a leg, nothing stops 15 year old Jadelynn Kendall from competing in the Marion High School Army JROTC sporter rifle team. The resiliency in her powerful character shows that she has more strength and determination than most of us do with all of our extremities intact! She even participates in other sports such as the swim team and volleyball, just to challenge herself! Even with the challenges of her day to day life, plus bullying, she simply refuses to be cowardly or let anything stop her from living a full life. Take notes!
At first glance, Jadelynn Kendall looks like any other air rifle competitor. She carries her equipment into the range, sets up her gear and takes the firing line, just like all of the other members of her Marion High School Army JROTC sporter rifle team. Only her second year in the sport, she’s still learning the ropes. “I’ve always been nervous to try new things,” she said. Despite her fears, the 15-year-old from Indiana has come a long way. Her high school years were preceded by days of hardships and growth, but her teammates and those around her have helped to give her the confidence to stand strong – both on the leg she was born with and on the prosthetic she conceals beneath her clothing. Because though appearing the same on the outside, Jadelynn is actually unlike anyone else. She is equipped with a powerful character that, despite being constantly given extra challenges through her disability, allows her to take on the world one step at a time.
Sheri Baity is no stranger to predator #hunting . Born and raised in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Sheri grew up in the great outdoors. Whether it was trout #fishing or hunting groundhog, whitetail, turkey or black bear, Sheri’s first love was being outside.
She married a dairy farmer in 1992 and not only found herself on a working dairy farm established in 1848 but facing a devastating problem; coyotes. She set her mind to learn about coyote hunting and learn she did. One year in the month of October, Sheri took 17 coyotes on her property. Word spread in her small community and the next thing she knew, she was helping other farms out with their coyote problems.
Not one to let a good story go to waste, Sheri took up the pen and wrote about her hunting adventures for outdoor magazines. Her book, “Coyote Hunting Farm Style” was released in 2001. While working with a game call company, she traveled to Bass Pro, Cabela’s and Gander Mountain stores giving coyote hunting seminars and demonstrating game calls. She is now the owner and president of her own game call company, Crow’s Nest Calls.
As a predator hunter in Pennsylvania, Sheri was limited in what she could use for night time hunting. In her home state red and green lights and spotlights are standard, but as solo hunter, she wanted to travel light. Using only a 50mm scope and binoculars for light gathering she was able to hunt from the half-moon to full moon or when complete snow cover was available. This severely limited her hunting options.
Sheri first ran across NiteSite at a SHOT Show in Las Vegas. The NiteSite team took time to explain the NiteSite set up to her. “These guys from England just pulled me right into their world of the coolest equipment I have ever seen. They took the time and thoroughly showed me the equipment and explained things,” Sheri recalled. “Then they took me into the blackout room and demonstrated the infrared system. All the possibilities in my mind just opened up to what doors this equipment would open up!”
Within the year, Sheri became a NiteSite system owner. And not just any ordinary owner. As passionate as she is about coyote hunting and teaching the skills to new hunters, she is passionate about her NiteSite system. She explained, “One of the first things I learned before I got my (hunting) license is to 100% identify your target before you pull that trigger! NiteSite is the only equipment that I have found in over 25-years of coyote hunting that can do that and so much more! Without a doubt, you can clearly identify, see the back stop and precisely know what is coming to your call with crisp clear detail.”
#Hunting in #NewMexico is a game of chance. The New Mexico Game and Fish uses a Lottery Draw System so this is basically a true statement. We bring you a new hunt as ARHunters.com continues to film and document hunts with AR Hunting Rifles in New Mexico and Colorado.
This time it was a treat to have Father and Daughter draw tags in the same unit, for the same scheduled hunting dates and be able to go hunt together. Usually one has a tag and the other gets to be the camera jockey or pack mule. Hunting NM Javelina isn’t as easy as you might think it could be. They are small, territorial, group animals and if you are not in the right place at the right time under the right conditions your success odds are greatly reduced. So when ARHunters Staff Hunter Nathan and his Daughter Faith got the results of the draw and realized they could be hunting the same Unit at the same time together it was kinda special.
Plans were made and they decided it would be a hustle on the weekends to get it done since she is a stellar and disciplined student with a heavy and full activities plate. The first trek out was a long drive south and we pulled into the area well after dark the evening before that we wanted to be in on the first morning. We simply put our cots out under the stars right beside the vehicle, using it as a windbreak and I was along as the camera jockey/pack mule this time so that both hunters could go full tilt.
Faith carries her well seasoned custom AR15 chambered in 6.5Grendel that has seen plenty of hunting action the passed few years. Nathan carried an AR15 Rifle chambered in 7.62×39 on this trip as something new to hunt with and try out. The 6.5Grendel is an factory Alexander Arms 24” barreled upper with a 6×24 Alpen Optics Scope on it and a Custom Lower with custom colored Mission First Tactical furniture and a CMC Trigger. The 7.62×39 is a factory Olympic Arms 16” barreled upper with a Leupold Optics 1×6 Hog Plex Scope on it, Custom Lower also with a CMC Trigger and Daniel Defense Furniture. Both rifles are shooting their caliber of ammunition using the Hornady Factory 123gr SST bullets for this hunt.
In the wake of the Parkland, #Florida tragedy, a few federally licensed firearms retailers ( #FFLs ) have adopted a corporate policy to refuse to sell certain products, e.g. long guns, modern sporting rifles, standard sized magazines and ammunition, to otherwise eligible adult customers aged 18 to 20. This corporate policy of refusing to sell certain legal products to law-abiding young adults exercising their Second Amendment rights is not based on any evidence that such a policy will have an impact on the criminal misuse of firearms or on prohibited individuals’ ability to access firearms illegally.
NSSF respects the right of individual businesses to make their own decisions about what is appropriate for their business. However, in making the decision to refuse to sell to consumers based solely on their age, FFLs need to be aware that such a policy may violate state or local laws barring age discrimination and potentially subject them to civil lawsuits or civil enforcement actions. Several states and the District of Columbia have state “public accommodation” statute that bar age-based discrimination. These laws could apply to an FFL’s decision to implement a corporate policy to refuse to sell certain legal products to adult customers age 18 to 20, unless a state or federal law already restricts the purchase of that product. For example, there are currently cases pending in Oregon against two FFLs, Dick’s Sporting Goods and WalMart, for unlawful age discrimination.
In nine states and the District of Columbia, the law includes a private right of action. This means that a business that refuses to sell a product to an adult customer who is otherwise legally permitted under current law to purchase that product, simply because of their age, may be sued by that adult customer for age discrimination under state law. iii In addition, most of these states also require the claimant to exhaust administrative procedures before filing an action (or appealing) to a court. This means the FFL may also be required to defend their age discrimination policy before a state governmental commission, depending on state law. All states permit some form of attorney general (or other commissioner-type) enforcement or involvement in the proceedings. Additionally, there are at least two local governments that ban discrimination based on age: Madison, Wisconsin and the City of New York, New York.
Murderers attacked our #schools . That has been in the #news and on our minds. Who are the #firstresponders and who are the last responders?
We’d like to think that the police will arrive to save us. Unfortunately, that isn’t how crime and public violence works. The criminal is almost always gone when the police arrive minutes after we call. In cases of public violence, the murderer is stopped most of the time by people who are on scene when the attack starts. Or the murderer commits suicide before the police arrive to physically stop him. So who is the first responder that will stop the attack?
What about parents? What about therapists..social workers..doctors..law enforcement..and judges? They are usually involved well before the problem arrives at the classroom door. Parents raise children who can control their own behavior. Sometimes that fails. Then, concerned parents hope that therapy will help their child. We contact social workers when the family breaks down. Criminals and mass murders usually have a violent history. The police are usually the next resort when individuals won’t govern their own behavior. We want the courts to protect us from criminals and the mentally ill who are a danger to others. That only works some of the time.
Sometimes we have advance notice that a person can turn violent. In the case of the murderer in Parkland, Florida, even the Federal Bureau of Investigation was involved..and failed. We saw deputies arrive at the Parkland high school and wait for the murderer to get tired of killing. Do guns belong in our schools? Does a first aid kit? Does a fire extinguisher? The people who want every teacher disarmed say the problem of violence and injury shouldn’t exist at school. Evidence shows us they are wrong. Violence comes to school despite the many layers of things we’ve done to prevent it. That leaves school staff as the last responders, not the first. Everyone else had a chance to keep violence out of our schools and to keep our children safe. That works most of the time. Sometimes it doesn’t. Do we need armed staff in our schools? Not usually, but we’re not talking about a usual event.
Workable Frontline Solutions For #School #Safety Are Ultimately A State And Local Issue And Responsibility.
What are we doing to secure school safety for our communities? Kids are being seriously injured or killed in our schools. Doing something is better than doing nothing and there is, of course no excuse for doing nothing, but we must do the right thing. Innocent lives rest in the balance.
All we hear about in the news, though, is accusation and denunciation, all laid at the feet of the usual convenient scapegoats through whom the public is encouraged to vent its frustration and outrage. We see displays of raw anger and antipathy, emotional outbursts, and sanctimonious posturing. And we are proffered feel-good single solution answers that, on careful examination, do nothing at all to protect the lives and well-being of our children, and scarcely mask their true import: to promote a social and political agenda.
Those of us who have young children or grandchildren should not have to send them to school where they are not safe. If reasonable safeguards are put into effect in our schools, children will be safe. Think about it. Substantial security already exists at airports, in hospitals, in shopping malls, in corporate and governmental office buildings, in courthouses and banks, and in police stations. You get the idea. And yet, there are schools in America that have no security or, at best, minimal and inadequate security for our children.
There was virtually no security at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School; and what minimal security did exist at the School that the public did hear about—namely the assignment of one Broward County Deputy Sheriff to the School—proved useless in preventing or, for that matter, in even attempting to prevent the tragedy that ensued. In an updated article, titled, “As Gunman Rampaged Through Florida School, Armed Deputy ‘Never Went In’”, The New York Times reports:
“The only armed sheriff’s deputy at a Florida high school where 17 people were killed took cover outside rather than charging into the building when the massacre began, the Broward County sheriff said on Thursday. The sheriff also acknowledged that his office received 23 calls related to the suspect going back a decade, including one last year that said he was collecting knives and guns, but may not have adequately followed up. The deputy, Scot Peterson, resigned on Thursday after being suspended without pay after Sheriff Scott Israel reviewed surveillance video.” Matters didn’t improve once other Broward Sheriff’s Deputies arrived, forthey, too, did nothing to confront an active shooter.
The VX-Freedom series from #Leupold & Stevens, Inc. was named “Optic of the Year” at the Big Rock Sports East Show in Raleigh, North Carolina. Big Rock representatives enthusiastically embraced the new-for-2018 VX-Freedom line.
Big Rock Sports is a world-class shooting, fishing and taxidermy distributor that has reach throughout North America. Leupold’s Director of U.S. Commercial Sales, Janos Jeszenszky, was on-hand to accept the award from Big Rock Sports’ President, Andy Melville, and Vice President of Merchandising, Bob Hunter, respectively.
“Distributors and dealers alike have been very excited about the VX-Freedom series – and orders have reflected that, too,” said Jeszenszky. “The entire sales team is confident that the Optic of the Year Award from Big Rock Sports is the first of many to come in 2018.”
The VX-Freedom delivers relentless reliability and elite optical performance at a price point that’s impossible to disagree with – especially given that the line is designed, machined and assembled in the United States. It is currently available in some of the industry’s most popular magnification ranges, such as 1.5-4×20, 2-7×33, 3-9×40, 3-9×50 and 4-12×40. The series supports muzzleloader, rimfire and centerfire rifles. Duplex, Pig-Plex, and the new Rimfire MOA, Tri-MOA and UltimateSlam reticles are available.
Defending our students is a serious issue. It deserves more thought than a sound bite or a tweet. Unfortunately, #politics is driven by emotion rather than reason, by appearances rather than by facts. I’ve heard bad arguments about #armingteachers and about disarming them. Let's look at the issue piece at a time. Let’s separate fact from fiction. Perhaps you’ve heard this.
Should teachers be armed at school? Each of us has something different in mind when we think about “allowing guns in schools.” Even the definition of school is different from state to state. Regulations may extend from daycare facilities to postgraduate research sites and hospitals. These “schools” may be privately owned, operated by a church, or publicly funded. Do the regulations cover the classroom during school hours, or the parents’ van when students are on a field trip after school? Describing what we mean eliminates a lot of soundbite confusion. The issue is complicated. Who is responsible for authorizing armed staff? Is it the school principal, the school board, or the local sheriff? Usually, they are all involved in approving a program and selecting volunteers.
“I’ll quit teaching if they make me carry a gun in class.”
I’ve studied this subject for years and I have not found a single example of school staff being ordered to carry on campus. ‘The programs allow trained and authorized staff to be armed rather than forcing anyone to carry a gun at school. Should selected school staff be allowed to go armed to protect themselves and others? A school board usually makes the decision to arm staff. The board then looks for volunteers who already have a concealed carry permit. If selected, then the volunteers are often screened by the sheriff. Training may be local or at the state level.
Teachers don’t want to carry guns.
The answer you get depends on who you ask. Recent training classes for school staff have been full to overflowing. I know of training programs which trained over a thousand educators yet they had to turn qualified teachers away because they didn’t have enough money to train everyone who wanted to attend. Fortunately, enough teachers want to be trained to protect our students.
Guns don’t belong at school. That isn’t a place for violence.
This statement confuses reality with fantasy. In fact, violence is in our schools every day and has been for awhile. Our children are more likely to be the victims of violence in our schools than when they are at home. Students are more likely to be killed by violence in schools than by accidents like fire or earthquake. We conduct fire and earthquake drills at school, but we ignored the greater threat of deliberate violence..until now.
#GunPro is pleased to announce the latest addition to its growing Delta 1 Sights product line: #SigSauer and #Springfield XD Delta 1 Sights.
Gun Pro’s Delta 1 Sights offer lighting fast target acquisition via its fully patented and intuitive single point alignment system. Their innovative design, further defined by its open sight picture, provides for extremely simple and accurate shot placement.
“We’re excited to offer Delta 1 Sights, with their superb open sight picture and lightning fast sight alignment, to an entirely new group of firearms enthusiasts. We are confident that our sights will revolutionize the sight market,” said Greg Wittner, Director of Sales. For more information about Delta 1 Sights and other Gun Pro products, please visit www.gunpro.us.
Off the beaten path, a rock entrance gives way to a serpentine road, winding seemingly aimlessly through live oaks, tanks, fields teeming with bawling cattle, wily song dogs, whitetail #deer … and a shooting range, the likes of which are seldom seen—not just in #Texas but anywhere! Fortunately for me and many others near DFW, it’s a short ride over.
To paint an even more blissful picture, the Triple C Shooting Range is perfectly nestled deep within a working ranch just outside of Cresson, Texas. (map directions) More than your cookie cutter range ripe with concrete shooting benches, disappointing yardage and range officers with an axe to grind, the Triple C is steeped in friendly lone star hospitality, stunning rural Texas beauty and enough steel to erect a bridge over the Trinity River.
Even better, you won’t find any holier-than-thou, warden-minded range officers at the Triple C, just top-shelf folks aiming to keep people safe in a low stress environment rich with rural Texas sights, sounds… and shooting stations of all kinds, from pistol bays to extreme-range lanes, sprawling across the heart of the ranch. While shooting can get pretty boring at short-distance ranges, especially in a concrete jungle, I can’t imagine anyone ever getting bored at a place like Triple C where matches are always on tap and virtually every trigger-itch, rifle or pistol, gets scratched like a boss.
In a nutshell, an exceptionally large one, the Triple C Shooting Range is comprised of a range office pulling double duty as a pro shop, 13 covered long-range rifle lanes, 15 pistol and shotgun bays, a zeroing range and a small-arms training range. Triple C is open year-round with 3-gun, IDPA, steel and long-range matches scheduled monthly. An array of handgun, carbine, zeroing, long-range and personal defense training classes also are scheduled throughout the year although at virtually any time, on any day, members are assured shooting lane and bay accommodations even when training and matches are in full swing. Of course, these matches and training courses are a great way to stay on you’re A-game.
The Triple C Shooting Range also has no cease-fires on long-range stations since shooters are never permitted to go downrange; steel targets are furnished—believe me, there are plenty—and they are painted at least twice or three times per week. Each of the long-range lanes are roughly 15 yards apart so crowding is never an issue and members actually own the rights to the lane while they are present. Pistol and shotgun bays also are robust. Each target area is roughly 25 yd. x 25 yd. and many bays remain open even during competitions. That said, members own the rights to their bay while they are shooting. Covered areas and tables are positioned between bays and offer shade, gear setup, socializing and a relaxing place to eat some grub with friends.
Three years ago on February 28, 2015 in honor of Black History Month The National #AfricanAmerican #Gun Association was started. Since then we have went from 1 person to over 20,000+ Members Nationwide and 54 Chapters. Let's have 150 Chapters by 2019 !!
It is Time to Protect Our Schools with Good Guys that have Guns! The last few weeks I have received numerous calls from members around the country…..we have been hit again with another school shooting and this time it seems to be causing real discussion and possible changes in laws. The conversations have been emotional because people are scared for our kids. Nobody wants kids to get shot in America or any other place for that matter. Kids are innocent and shouldn't have to be potential targets for any crazed lunatic who is out to cause harm.
You ask ten people on what American schools should do to protect themselves and you get ten different answers depending on who you ask. I personally believe that the best way to protect our kids is to place Security Professionals and/or under cover police with concealed Firearms in the schools. These steps along with “hardening” the school as a target by locking all doors to the outside, security cameras, restricting entry to one or two locations will greatly increase the security of the school. That will work. Some may not like the new look of the Modern School in 2018 but folks this is the reality.
I have 2 children who are in school and I don't have any problem with my kids being protected by trained Security Professionals at the school. To me it makes common sense so why not do it. Criminals, Racists, and Mentally ill people aren't going to change if they want to hurt you. They are going to continue. You can't talk your way to a safer school. We must take action by doing something tangible that will work….. Our kids deserve it so let's give them at least that. Evil people will always get guns so we must always be prepared to stop them by depending on ourselves. We have a choice at this moment in time and our kids are depending on us. If every gun was taken from every Law Abiding Citizen all you would do is make it that much easier for Criminals to kill people because Criminals will always have Guns regardless of what you do.
It is time for America's schools to look at the reality in 2018. Academic Institutions can no longer have open door policies so that anyone off the street can come on any campus and starting killing Until that stops the same will unfortunately continue …. The definition of Insanity is to repeat the same thing and to expect a different result”. Send comments and/or suggestions to President@naaga.com.
Graf & Sons, Inc, The #Reloading Authority is proud to announce that it has been appointed sole distributor for Peterson Cartridge Company. Peterson Cartridge Company is a USA-based company that was established on April 21, 2014. It specializes in the creation of Match-Grade Brass designed around and for the #longrange #shooter.
Peterson Cartridge was founded by Derek Peterson and his two business partners. Their team is full of industry experience. Joe Coury, the director of development, brings over two decades of sales and marketing experience to the public and defense industry. The Ballistician, Stan Hoover, is in charge of ensuring product quality and shooter safety with three decades of experience. He was an engineer with a global manufacturing company and has been shooting and reloading ammunition since 1972. Peterson Cartridge Company specializes in providing the highest quality, most consistent brass rifle casings manufactured today.
Graf & Sons is dedicated to bringing the highest quality products at a great price for the best reloading experience. This USA made, Match Grade brass is very high quality and comparable with several industry leading brands. Partnering makes perfect sense as Graf & Sons – with its 60 years of experience in the shooting and reloading industry and the ability for international sales – is well positioned to provide our customers around the world with the best reloading and shooting experience.
Registration for the Civilian #Marksmanship Program’s ( #CMP ) 2018 National Trophy Pistol and #Rifle Matches opened March 1, 2018. The annual event, held at the Camp Perry National Guard Training Base since 1907, has undergone significant changes for the July 2018 season – presenting new matches never before offered by the CMP and reclaiming traditional matches missing from the Camp Perry soil in recent years.
After months of development, the CMP has proudly brought smallbore back to the ranges of Camp Perry. Making a debut on the CMP’s smallbore schedule is a 3×40 with iron sights and an any sights match, a 3×20 team match and prone events. Scoring will be administered in collaboration with Shooters Technology, using a mobile application that will transmit target images via cell phone to the Orion scoring system and allows scores to be compiled before competitors even return from hanging targets down range.
A six-day CMP National Matches Junior Camp, Smallbore & Air Rifle, will also take place 17-22 July at Camp Perry. Camp is open to junior athletes who shoot both three-position smallbore and standing or international precision air rifle. Participants must be between the ages of 12 to 20 and must currently be shooting in three-position smallbore competition matches and international air rifle. Also new to the CMP schedule is a three-day series of long range events for teams and individuals. Long range matches will be fired at 1,000 yards and are open to match rifles, service rifles or Palma rifles.
Introduced at last year’s Nationals, the CMP will again host its own Cup Matches, which include a 4-man team event and a 2000 Point Aggregate event which will feature a cash prize based on the average 2-day score. The CMP will also continue to offer an assortment of bonus competitions for vintage and modern military rifles, sprinkled into the mix – each named to honor the memories of important figures in marksmanship history, as well as to commemorate the spirit of past and present National Matches. These matches include the Oliver Hazard Perry Match and the Roosevelt Commemorative Match.
A couple of Montana #Shooting Sports Association members have asked me recently about #insurance for firearms and self defense. That divides into two sub-topics: 1) Insurance for firearms stolen or lost in a fire, etc., and 2) Insurance for legal costs if a person must use a firearm in #selfdefense .
Montana Shooting Sports Association estimates that the average gun-owning household in Montana contains 27 firearms (Right. If your gun safe has space it may be shopping time.) Even with modest firearm values, the total value of such a standard collection will probably exceed the limits for firearms on a typical homeowner's or renter's insurance policy. What should a person with such a collection do?
If you're independently wealthy and can afford to replace a lost collection, you might choose to do nothing. The rest of us will probably want some sort of insurance. NRA membership comes with a modicum of firearms insurance – $2,500. The NRA may have expanded coverage available for a price. Your homeowner's policy may cover a minimal amount of firearms too. There are other insurance products for firearms out there. This is not intended to be a review of competing insurance options. However, one affordable option may be to simply add an increase in value for firearms to your existing homeowner's policy. That's what I do. It is not expensive.
If you take this route, some homeowner's insurance companies will insist on a list of the firearms you want protected on the policy, including makes, models, serial numbers, and maybe photos. Because of privacy concerns, I wouldn't provide that. However, if your homeowner's insurance company is willing to insure a certain value amount for firearms, for a disclosed premium, you will certainly want to privately document your firearm collection. If you ever have a loss (e.g., fire), you will need to be able to produce a list of the firearms for which you claim insurance coverage. You should have a list of the makes, models, and serial numbers, and photographs, all stored in some secure place and offsite. This is the alternative I use and that my homeowner's insurance company allows.
TED NUGENT PROVES A SHOTGUN IS DEADLIER THAN AN AR-15
To give credit where it is due, video games got me interested in #firearms . During the early 2000s, World War II first-person #shooter games were all the rage and I soon had a list of #guns I would like to shoot one day.
American guns, however, were not really on the list. Time marched on, and I have gotten plenty of trigger time behind quite a few of those video-game featured firearms. The lone American gun that finally joined their ranks was one ironically never covered in those early games—the M1 Carbine. The M1 Carbine was an admission of reality when it came into adoption in 1942. War was changing, and those in non-combatant roles just might have to fight, be it truck drivers, radio operators, etc. These troops had important things to do besides lug around a heavy battle rifle all the time, but they needed something that could punch harder and reach further than a pistol.
The M1 Carbine is a handy weapon that weighs in at just over five pounds, and it fired an intermediate powered round, the 30 Carbine ammunition. The M1 carbine was produced by the millions and served in some capacity until the Vietnam War in the 1970s. Some praised its light weight, ease of use, and healthy magazine capacity. Others hated it for its perceived lack of stopping power. In any case, the M1 rifle remains an American classic with elderly examples still in circulation. New models are still being produced today by several manufacturers. However, the 30 Carbine’s sedate ballistics remain the subject of debate.
In my mind, I wanted to see the results for myself to satisfy my own curiosity. What better excuse than to drag out some 10% ordinance gel to find out? The M1 Carbine is still quite popular today, and my warrant for such a claim lay not only in the numbers still produced but the increased variety of ammunition available, including defensive hollow-points. I selected Hornady’s Critical Defense 110 grain FTX to test against the most common 30 Carbine round you are apt to find, 110-grain full-metal-jacket—my brand of choice coming from Privi Partizan.
My ballistics gelatin comes from Clear Ballistics with my batch being calibrated to 10 % FBI specs, according to the MFG. This simulates human tissue.
The 30 Carbine is available in a few handguns today, as well as some rifles, but the M1 is by far the most common and the specimen I brought along was the excellent new-manufactured M1 from Fulton Armory.
The number of Form 4 applications received by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives ( #BATFE ) in 2016 and 2017 seems to indicate a clear peak followed by a marked drop-off. Nearly three times as many applications were received in 2016 as in 2017. Another indication of the Trump Slump or pre-Hillary Clinton panic buying? Hardly.
About two years ago, BATFE issued Rule 41F Machine guns, Destructive Devices, and Certain Other Firearms; Background Checks for Responsible Persons of a Trust or Legal Entity with Respect to Making or Transferring a Firearm.
The ATF reports that the goal of this rule is “to ensure that the identification and background check requirements apply equally to individuals, trusts, and legal entities who apply to make or receive NFA firearms.” The rule became effective on July 13, 2016. Approximately two years’ worth of consumer purchases were compressed into the first six months of 2016 – pushing the total number of Form 4 NFA applications to 312,850 for the year. All but about 12% of these applications were submitted before Rule 41F came into effect. Since suppressors account for around 90% of the tax-paid transfer applications, one can reasonably assume that the majority of these applications were for suppressors.
Rule 41F put individual applications and trusts on equal footing. Previously, individual applications required approval from the local chief law enforcement officer – and, predictably, not all applications were given the same consideration. Rule 41F changed the landscape; legal entities and trusts went from 89% of transfer applications to 48%. Individual applications move much faster through the vetting process, if only because there are fewer background checks to conduct in relation to each application.
After the pre-rule rush, 2017 looked like a down year with “only” 110,377 Form 4 Applications received. This is actually in line with previous years before Rule 41F.
By the end of 2017, there were nearly 1.4 million suppressors registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record – the database of all suppressors not owned by the federal government. The number of suppressors manufactured between the announcement of Rule 41F and April 2017 outpaced the number of Form 4 Applications; supply simply outpaced demand. The rest of 2017 saw four times as many Form 4 applications as suppressors manufactured as the market forces rebalance and BATFE catches up on processing the backlog of applications.
#StarlineBrass continues to add to their growing line of high-quality #rifle #brass with the release of the 6.5 Grendel. Staying true to their reputation, Starline’s new 6.5 Grendel rifle brass is produced at a match-grade level, without the match-grade cost.
To purchase Starline’s new 6.5 Grendel cases, ask for them at your favorite retailer or order factory direct online at www.starlinebrass.com. The 6.5 Grendel was designed for use in an AR-15 type rifle to offer ballistics similar to the .308 Winchester, but with less recoil. This flat shooting round utilizes the inherently accurate, high ballistic coefficient 6.5mm diameter bullet.
The 6.5 Grendel’s short case length enables it to use longer, heavier match bullets, making it one of the best choices for long range shooting out of an AR. With proper bullet selection, the 6.5 Grendel is an excellent hunting round as well, suitable for deer-sized game and varmint hunting.
Conversion of an AR to 6.5 Grendel requires a new bolt, barrel and magazine to feed the larger diameter cartridge. Several companies offer completed AR uppers and firearms. Reloading dies are also readily available. In addition, several manufacturers now produce bolt-action rifles in 6.5 Grendel, many of which are built on “mini” actions. This makes for a lightweight rifle with good range.
#Camouflage is the technique used to conceal the presence of a person, piece of equipment, or installation by making it blend into its surroundings. Since the 1850’s, militaries around the world have embraced the concept of camouflage in order to help obscure the visibility and movement of their troops by enemy forces. Prior to this time, militaries generally wore uniforms that were comprised of bold, easily recognizable colors.
It was the British who first abandoned their own bright red coats in favor of khaki uniforms in India, which blended more easily into the landscape in which they operated. Since that time, methods of camouflage have become more advanced and deemed crucial in battlefield situations. While these methods are diverse, today we’ll be discussing a handful of camouflage patterns currently in use by modern military organizations, mainly among Western nations. More specifically, the majority of these patterns are commercially available to the general public.
The United States Armed Forces currently uses multiple patterns amongst their four branches of service. Some patterns have been used by multiple forces, while others were developed specifically for one branch or another. Part of the reason for the variety of patterns in use is that different environments require different types of camouflage.
If you’re deployed in a desert environment, the colors and patterns needed to blend into that environment are obviously different than those needed to blend into a wooded or jungle environment. In some cases, the reasons for certain services using, or having used certain camouflage patterns are less obvious; having more to do with the leviathan processes of management by committee than with providing functional concealment.
Last time, we explained the rationale behind the need to have a #ghilliesuit in one’s arsenal. This segment will explain the construction methods of one of the easiest ghillie suit designs, the decoy bag suit. The title may be a little misleading because the ultimate decision on the total cost for this project will depend on your ability to hunt for a bargain. Between Amazon, Wal-Mart, eBay and other craft or sporting goods retailers, there’s a good chance that you can come in quite a bit under budget.
Materials: 30″ x 38″ Decoy Bag; 3 bags of Raffia Grass; 1 pound of Mixed-Color Synthetic Burlap; 3 bottles of RIT fabric dye (used here are Dark Brown, Apple Green, Taupe); 1 package of Rubber Bands; 2 rolls of Jute Twine; 1 Seam Ripper; DIY Ghillie Suit Supplies
One of the most affordable homemade ghillie suit designs is a ghillie suit constructed from a mesh decoy bag. When used in conjunction with ghillied headgear, this design is well-suited for outdoor sports and hunters who need the maximum amount of concealment, while offering enough mobility throughout the field or stalking prey without worrying about tripping hazards. Essentially, the decoy bag suit provides 360° torso coverage with some distinct advantages.
One of the greatest advantages of this suit is that it’s one of the fastest suit designs to construct. Because this suit isn’t attached to a base uniform, some of the preparation work required by other suit designs isn’t needed. The only major modification for the decoy bag ghillie suit is the removal of the shoulder straps with a seam ripper and cutting the openings for the head and arms. All other steps focus upon preparing the camouflaging material and tying it to the suit.
The suit does have some drawbacks, but most of these are easily overcome. Because of the sleeveless design, the arms may not be adequately camouflaged for certain applications. However, this design does allow bowhunters to enjoy the advantages of a ghillie suit without worrying about the bowstring catching material on the arms. Additional options like pockets are harder to engineer for this particular suit, but because of the options for clothing underneath the decoy bag suit are numerous, this isn’t an issue for most users. You may wish to cut slots into the bag to access the pockets of other clothing without having to remove the ghillie suit. A single, centralized access slot in the chest or abdomen area is sufficient for reaching necessary gear stored in the pockets with either hand. The legs are also more exposed with this suit, but tying longer lengths of camouflaging material at the leg opening will help remedy this drawback. Crouching is a natural action to take while stalking or even hiding from others and the suit will cover more of the legs when this technique is used.
Overall body style and shape doesn’t affect the effectiveness of this suit design for most individuals. Average people who are 5’6” or taller, who normally wear large or extra-large size shirts/jackets and have a waist size of 32” – 42” size pants should have no problem with this design. You’ll also still have room for additional layering in colder climates and environments. The larger 36″ x 50″ size decoy bags will easily accommodate big and tall sizes. This design is also adaptable to the growth spurts of teenagers and can be worn well into adulthood.
Follow a forum or #Facebook group long enough and you’ll eventually see a thread dealing with #EveryDayCarry . In the past few years, these types of posts have become extremely popular as everyone is eager to see what’s in people’s pockets. Posted loadouts range from simple to “pack mule” status and inevitably begs the question, “how do you carry all of that?”
In some posts, you’ll see several knives, multiple spare magazines and even spare handguns. While those posters are quick to point out the phrase, “two is one and one is none,” is that train of thought really necessary for everything? Can you truly say that each item in your EDC is absolutely necessary? To figure out what’s overkill, first look at the requirements of the items you carry on a daily basis. Are you headed out into the wilderness, away from civilization and cell phone reception? Or are you like many us, commuting to work in your personal vehicle where you’ll be +- 50 ft. from it during the whole day? As Bryan mentioned in his leveling up article, it may not be necessary to carry “everything but the kitchen sink” in your pockets and waistband if you have additional supplies somewhat close at hand.
You need to decide what you’re preparing for and what tools you’ll need to accomplish what may come your way. Think realistically about those potential situations as well. Don’t plan your EDC around a multi-day survival scenario, while simultaneously slipping on your flip flops on the way out the door. Those of us that carry handguns do so because we believe that we may face a situation requiring the use of deadly force. However, many of us carrying guns don’t carry equipment necessary for treating a gunshot wound or other medical emergency. Now ask yourself, which situation are you more likely to encounter?
Something I’ve seen sweeping the industry right now is the all in one EDC tool. Usually small enough to fit into a pocket, these tools are designed to offer multiple uses in place of a full size tool. While this is great in theory, many of these tools seem to be oriented more toward the “cool factor” than actual application. For most of us, it would be just as fast to pull out a small tool roll and retrieve a full size tool from our bag or vehicle than attempt to “make it work” with a smaller pocket device. While this may seem like a jab at these smaller tools, it’s really just an observation that an item like that is taking up space in your EDC and could be dedicated to a more useful item. You only have so many pockets and so much space for your EDC, that is unless you want to wear your 5.11 Tuxedo and stand out like a Ripstop Nylon, loop covered, tactical beacon.
Lightweight backpackers have known for years that ounces equal pounds and pounds equal pain. Every item you add into your EDC adds weight, no matter how small. Items you carry should be ones that get used frequently, otherwise they’re just taking up space and adding unnecessary weight. While it’s cool to have the latest and greatest gadgets, if they don’t realistically contribute to the capability of your EDC, are they really worth it?
Many people find themselves mulling over the idea of purchasing #bodyarmor and I’d like to discuss some information that will hopefully help your purchasing decisions. You know, just in case you’re up late at night staring at the computer screen and wondering if you should just bite the #bullet .
I’ll be discussing the trade off in wearing protective armor vs. the mobility you’ll gain without it. In certain settings, a high level of armor definitely makes sense when protection is paramount, but many times the greater mobility offered without it makes more sense. Grab your popcorn, open your mind and let’s get down to ‘bidness.
Some obvious negatives with body armor are first the high cost of owning a quality set, as well as the additional weight you’ll be carrying around. Good armor costs good money, but like most things, more expensive armor offers some benefits over cheaper options. One big advantage of more expensive ceramic plates is the lower risk of spalling (fragmentation of the round impacting the plate) that some users have experienced when using steel plates. The second advantage of ceramic plates comes from their lighter weight. When it comes to weight, certain situations make carrying the armor “worth it” and some don’t. Let’s start by examining a few occasions when it’s good to have armor with you.
Some military situations where it would be advantageous to wear ballistic protection would be things like sentry details, vehicle checkpoints, MOUT (Military Operations in Urban Terrain), Close Quarters Battle and Quick Reaction Force missions. A common theme in most of these situations is that you’re mostly an overt target. It makes a lot of sense to want the most protection available when your squad/fire team/buddy is rushing toward an objective with live rounds whizzing past you from people you met the day before. However, as a civilian, you’re hopefully not faced with these situations during a normal day. I’d estimate 99% of your rifle plate usage would be in training and very little would come in real world situations you encounter. The application for most of us would be a “bump in the night,” or disaster-type scenario.
Let’s first talk about the #shooting platform and the way I choose to attempt culling of #deer with this caliber. I live in a state where you are allowed to hunt with straight walled cartages or #shotguns under the 45th parallel. So given a chance to carry an AR platformed shotgun, that would allow me to attach any fixture or optic I want rather than a bulky shotgun that does not offer me as many options, well, I jumped at it.
The rifle itself was the ATI OMNI HYBRID AR-15 .410GA Shotgun. It comes with an 18.5-inch smooth bore barrel and a 13-inch keypad handguard. It takes 2 1/2 inch .410 shells and rifle comes with a 5 round magazine. Recently I had a chance testing the grouping of .410 ammo to make the final decision whether I would be taking this into the field. I started with ATI’s factory .410 ammo and added Remington’s Slugger then finishing with some Winchester SuperX.
I had considered setting this up on the machine rest, letting some hydraulic energy pull the trigger for me, but I felt that shooting from a stand or prone in the field would not allow me such luxury so I to the range for some shots. Setting up at 50 yards with a bipod from a stationary table and from a kneeling position I lined up my target through a Minox ZP8 1-8×24 more than enough glass for this little project. Using the WLS Aaron Target (best target ever), I started with the Winchester SuperX; the results were surprising, I had expected much better results. The Winchester had the strongest of the felt recoil out of all the ammo tested. The final result of the Winchester SuperX was a 5 3/4 inch group.
The Remington ammo was not much different in grouping size of 5 7/8 inch group, but what I found most surprising from these rounds was the amount of smoke produced after the shot. I was not sure if I had pulled the trigger and entered a chapter of Stephen Kings “The Fog.” I was not sure if I was shooting a shotgun or a muzzleloader. After the fifth round, I was happy to move on to the final round and away from these rounds that might be confused with a group of hipsters hitting their Vapes. The American Tactical Imports rounds found their mark just as many times as the first two however they landed a lot closer to a 4 1/2 inch group.
#Creedmoor Sports, the leader in precision #rifle equipment and gear, is looking to their customer base for the next great Creedmoor Sports product. Creedmoor products are designed and produced several ways; first, by evolving an older product to meet today’s shooters needs; second, as a company by and for shooters, many ideas are born internally; and third, many of Creedmoor’s greatest ideas come from #shooters who are out using products every day and know how to make it better. Creedmoor Sports wants to hear from you.
“We love it when a customer calls or emails us with an idea. If the idea has merit we will immediately try to put it into play. If a soft-good we try to take it from idea to sample within a couple days. The idea is walked back to our designer, it’s cut and sewn on the spot in our Anniston, Alabama facility and we start testing. If a hard-good, we start designing the product on our mill and lathe and see what it would take to bring to market,” said Dennis DeMille, Vice President of Operations, Creedmoor Sports.
Customer-inspired products have included the Scope Kennel, a seemingly “why didn’t I think of that” product. Made with a top strap for easy rifle carry, it serves to protect a rifle scope. The Quad Fold Shooting Mat, another made in Anniston, Alabama and customer suggested, is designed for high power, smallbore, air rifle and casual shooting. The Quad Mat provides an extra comfortable platform and stable base for elbows and knees and when folded, measures just 2.5” X 19” X 29.” The recently released Bench and Field Shooting Mat was another customer-inspired product. Not just a ground or just a bench platform, it’s both! Easy to carry and set up and totally color customizable, including a variety of hunting camos and military camos.
Got an idea? Contact Creedmoor Sports at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, don’t forget to join Creedmoor Cash, a first in the industry. Why not earn points while shopping for equipment and components? Make your purchases work for you! Shop, Earn and Shoot! Now, for a limited time, sign up and Creedmoor Sports will credit your account with 100 FREE points!
Lucas #Pistol Caliber Carbine – It’s a brand new sponsor, for a brand new match, on a brand new range. Lucas Oil is now sponsoring Gun Racing with the Championship of Pistol Caliber Carbine action #shooting . John Scoutten and Tony Pignato both shoot the match and report the action, as the best in the sport compete for $10,000 in prize money.
Plus the last of the British Enfields, the Jungle Carbine, is now one of History’s Guns. And from our 25 years of Television History, we’re bringing back Jerry Miculek’s world records set 15 years ago in 2003.
AIR TIMES BY TIME ZONE: Wednesday 9:00 PM Eastern and Pacific, 8:00 PM Central, Shooting USA is listed as a one-hour show in your cable menu.
Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the 2018 #Iowa regional trap championships May 12-13, 2018 at the Iowa State #Trapshooting Association ( #ISTA ) home-grounds near Cedar Falls, IA. The program will feature 100 16 yard singles, 100 doubles and 100 handicap targets with all events available to teams either day of the competition. Team scoring will be used for this event with trophies and medals awarded to teams and individuals in rookie/intermediate, junior varsity and varsity divisions. College athletes scores will not be used for HOA.
Singles and doubles targets will be registered with the Amateur Trapshooting association and SCTP/ATA rules will apply. All athletes must be fully registered with the Scholastic Clay Target Program prior to the event. Registration will be available through the SHOT system starting April 2nd.
Event fees will be $43 for the singles and doubles events and $39 for the handicap event (ATA/ISTA fees included). All participating athletes will be entered for a random drawing for over $3,000 worth of prizes! Also, be sure to check out our flurry shoot featuring the Promatic Huntsman for even more shotgun fun!
The Arms Trade Treaty ( #ATT ) was signed by then-Secretary of State #JohnKerry on behalf of the United States on September 25, 2013, and was transmitted to the Senate by the #Obama Administration on December 9, 2016.
The ATT is one of several treaties in the field of conventional and nuclear weapons that seek to constrain the ability of the United States to make decisions about how it defends itself and its allies. The ATT has no substantive achievements and is fundamentally unserious, but its effort to promote norms to shape U.S. policymaking poses significant risks to U.S. security.
If U.S. policymakers are to understand the ATT and its risks, they must be aware of these wider contexts. While no U.S. action can eliminate these risks, the U.S. can and should mitigate them. The best way to do this is for the U.S. to make it clear that it regards the ATT as a substantive failure—and to formally notify the Treaty Depository that the U.S. does not intend to ratify the ATT and does not consider itself bound by the treaty.
The ATT, like similar treaties, seeks to work not through verifiable commitments, but through moral suasion and the promotion of constraining norms. These aspirational treaties include The Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction (1999), known as the Ottawa Treaty; the Convention on Cluster Munitions (2008), known as the Oslo Convention; and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (2017). All of these treaties were the result of activist campaigns by civil society, a phenomenon that has taken a significant part of the making of national security treaties away from the nation-state. (1)
Some of these treaties were the result of a breakaway from the United Nations by the nations most interested in the negotiations; others were concluded under U.N. auspices, with the threat of national breakaways in the background. Though the ATT is not an arms control treaty, all of these treaties make the error common to disarmament, which is to focus on the weapon, not on who is using it. None have the backing of most of the world’s leading military powers, and none have meaningful verification provisions. The U.S. opposed all of these treaties at their start, has ratified none of them, and has signed only the ATT. But in spite of the lack of U.S. ratification, the land mine (Ottawa) and cluster munitions (Oslo) treaties, which have been in existence the longest, have clearly shaped U.S. policymaking.
In May 2017, Jim Shields, head of the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office Ammunition, stated that U.S. policy on land mines is driven by the “Ottawa accord[,] even though we have not signed it.” Similarly, U.S. policy on cluster munitions, which was to demilitarize all legacy munitions and so to move closer to compliance with the Oslo Convention, created “capability gaps that we are really concerned about.” (2)
After the murders in a #Florida public high school, President #Trump said we should allow some school staff to be armed. The Socialists were entirely predictable in the way they responded. They projected their personal fantasies onto #armedteachers . That isn’t necessary because we don’t have to fantasize about what will happen when school staff are armed. We already know how armed teachers behave. We have armed teachers in schools today and have collected several thousand man-years of experience. Those facts don’t stop the detractors.
With one breath the progressives said that school attacks were a new epidemic of dangerous proportions. Then they said that school shootings were so unlikely that an armed teacher would probably never be needed. Opponents of armed staff said teaching is an honorable and valuable profession so teachers shouldn’t have to carry guns..but if we did let teachers go armed then they would probably go nuts and shoot someone. It is too easy to make fun of the talking heads, so let’s look at the facts instead.
10 states allow licensed gun owners to carry on college campuses. Some allow school staff to be armed and some prohibit it. As you would expect, nothing happened and you can’t remember which states allow armed staff and which states forbid it. We put more armed teachers in K to 12 schools after the murders at the school in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. We armed teachers for the same reason we put some armed pilots in planes after the 911 attacks.
Before the murders at Sandy Hook, well before the murders at Parkland, some states already allowed armed staff in K to 12 schools. No teacher has ever been ordered to carry a firearm in a school, but some school districts looked for teachers who already knew how to live with a gun. They quietly asked if teachers had their concealed carry licenses and were already carrying outside of school. Some teachers were asked to take additional training and to carry on the job. That training costs money, and most districts haven’t put physical security into their district budgets. Fortunately, a few private organizations raise funds to train teachers. Unfortunately, the training slots fill up in minutes as thousands of teachers compete for hundreds of training slots each year.
The more than five million law-abiding members of the National Rifle Association have enjoyed discounts and cost-saving programs from many American corporations that have partnered with the #NRA to expand member benefits.
Since the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, a number of companies have decided to sever their relationshipwith the NRA, in an effort to punish our members who are doctors, farmers, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, nurses, shop owners and school teachers that live in every American community. We are men and women who represent every American ethnic group, every one of the world’s religions and every form of political commitment. The law-abiding members of the NRA had nothing at all to do with the failure of that school’s security preparedness, the failure of America’s mental health system, the failure of the National Instant Check System or the cruel failures of both federal and local law enforcement.
Despite that, some corporations have decided to punish NRA membership in a shameful display of political and civic cowardice. In time, these brands will be replaced by others who recognize that patriotism and determined commitment to Constitutional freedoms are characteristics of a marketplace they very much want to serve. Let it be absolutely clear. The loss of a discount will neither scare nor distract one single NRA member from our mission to stand and defend the individual freedoms that have always made America the greatest nation in the world.
There has been more national and local news coverage about arming school staff in the past two weeks than we have ever seen. Along with that record amount of coverage comes plenty of statements, from people opposed to the idea of armed school staff, that are either untrue or misleading.
Myth: We shouldn’t require teachers to carry a gun. Fact: No district is requiring any school staffer to carry a concealed firearm. When a school district decides to authorize staff to carry, they ask for volunteers. And most districts get far more volunteers than they thought they would need. There is not currently a requirement for anyone to carry, and no one is talking about making it a requirement. It would be an equally ludicrous suggestion to require all citizens to carry a concealed firearm, where concealed carry is legal.
Myth: Teachers don’t want to carry a gun, they want to teach. Fact: Many teachers already carry a concealed firearm in the rest of their lives. Absent being authorized to carry on campus, they must disarm for work.
Myth: We can’t train teachers to be police officers; they don’t have the right mindset. Fact: No one is suggesting they be made into police officers. Authorized school staffers are extremely well trained in stopping an active killer, and stopping the bleeding for those who have been injured. Both of these skillsets will save lives. When you talk to those school staffers who have been trained and carry on campus today, they are insulted by the suggestion that they don’t have the mindset to stop someone trying to kill their kids.
Myth: Cops won’t know who the bad guy is if teachers also have guns. Fact: A vast majority of these mass casualty events are over before law enforcement arrives. Staffers are trained on how to account for potential confusion in the 911 call, and how to advise law enforcement who the armed defender is. Schools that have armed staff already talk to their local law enforcement to advise them just who on campus is armed.
Myth: Kids will be frightened if they see their teacher with a gun. Fact: Kids don’t see the firearms. Armed school staff carry concealed, and no one is talking about them open carrying. Some school children interviewed actually appreciate armed staff because it makes them feel protected.
Myth: Our school has a School Resource Officer (SRO) or other armed and uniformed security. We are protected and don’t need additional armed staff. Fact: Having armed and uniformed security staff on campus is better than no one being armed. If a campus is large enough for an SRO, it’s a large campus. In the 2013 attack on Arapahoe High School in Centennial, CO, there was an SRO on campus. When he confronted the killer, the coward killed himself. But it was not in time to save Claire Davis. The SRO responded at full speed to the sound of gunfire, but in the 45-seconds it took him to get there, it was too late to save Claire. Had there been an armed staff member closer than 45-seconds away, they just may have been a chance to stop him before he was able to kill her. In Parkland Florida, there was an SRO on campus and that was neither a deterrent nor a guarantee against the loss of innocent life.
Myth: Based on the low “hit rate” of law enforcement when they fire their service weapon, there is no way an armed teacher can hit the killer. Fact: Most of these killers commit suicide when confronted with an armed defender, without a shot being fired. And in a situation where an armed staff member would have to engage the killer, any chance to stop him is better than no chance to stop him. In addition, FASTER trained school staff members pass a qualification test that exceeds the test that law enforcement is required to pass in their respective states.
Myth: Schools can’t afford school supplies, how can we expect them to afford guns and training? Fact: Groups like FASTERSavesLives in Ohio and FASTERColorado in Colorado raise private money to help schools afford the very advanced training. Schools spend a lot of money on SROs, video systems, and other school security measures. Training armed school staff is a very small expense in comparison.
We’ve yet to see where all this is going, at least at the Federal level, but even Donald J #Trump ( DJT ) currently thinks “ #BumpStocks ” need to be banned, and NICS checks need to be “tightened,” particularly with regard to “mental illness,” however that illusive term might be defined.
As always, critical details are never talked about! No legitimate Operator gives a damn about “Bump Stocks!” Their “kiddy-appeal” generated some retail sales, but they are silly, and nothing that has any serious application, nor that would interest me. Yet, arguments in favor of their banning are completely false. Bump-Stock-equipped rifles were found at the scene of the Las Vegas, NV shooting of 1 Oct 17, mixed in with at least a dozen other guns of various descriptions.
Up until this event Bump-Stocks had never been involved in any other crime, just this one event and I guess that alone “justifies” a federal ban, at least in our upside-down world. No one is talking about exactly how Bump-Stocks currently in private hands are going to be rounded-up and apparently confiscated. Ugly details like that are “subject-non-Grata” with our liberal media, and possibly with our President. However, what concerns me much more is the ill-defined term, “mental illness,” being used to arbitrarily strip Americans of our Second-Amendment rights. Who decides who is “mentally ill,” or for that matter, exactly what “mental illness” is?
Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot and a host of other tyrants routinely used accusations of “mental illness” as a convenient pretext to disenfranchised political dissidents, eventually imprisoning and murdering them. Health-care “professionals” of the era were recruited to do the paperwork, and most were only too happy to comply. I only wish I could put that scenario above our current generation of leftists! So, will all with “MDs” behind their name, now be able to declare any fellow citizen “mentally ill,” and thus permanently disenfranchise him of her?
As I’ve said before, will a person’s entire (heretofore private) health-history now become an “open book” just because he wants to buy a gun? Will there be any appeal process? Will it take years? Of course, we know the answer to that. Again, no one in the media, even Fox News, ever asks those inconvenient questions. Most of us will agree that authors of the Magna Carta, and of our Constitution for that matter (particularly our Bill of Rights), would have been solemnly declared “mentally ill” by standards of the day, and by most “health-care professionals” of the period.
This is a slippery slope! “When you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him. Give him only one. Better yet, give him none! When government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it. Give them contests they win by remembering the words to popular songs, or the names of state capitals, or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data. Chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant.’ Then they'll think they're thinking, and they'll get a sense of motion without moving, and they'll be happy!” ~ Ray Bradbury
A recent article in The Guardian dons the foreboding title “Robots will destroy our jobs — and we're not ready for it.” The article claims, “For every job created by robotic automation, several more will be eliminated entirely. … This disruption will have a devastating impact on our workforce.” According to an article in MIT Technology Review, business researchers Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee believe that rapid technological change has been destroying jobs faster than it is creating them, contributing to the stagnation of median income and the growth of inequality in the United States.
If technology is destroying jobs faster than it's creating them, it is the first time in human history that it's done so. Actually, the number of jobs is unlimited, for the simple reason that human wants are unlimited — or they don't frequently reveal their bounds. People always want more of something that will create a job for someone. To suggest that there are a finite number of jobs commits an error known as the “lump of labor fallacy.” That fallacy suggests that when automation or technology eliminates a job, there's nothing that people want that would create employment for the person displaced by the automation. In other words, all human wants have been satisfied.
Let's look at a few examples. In 1790, farmers were 90 percent of the U.S. labor force. By 1900, only about 41 percent of our workers were employed in agriculture. Today less than 3 percent of Americans are employed in agriculture. And it's a good thing. If 90 percent or 41 percent of our labor force were still employed in agriculture, where in the world would we find the workforce to produce all those goods and services that weren't around in 1790 or 1900, such as cars, aircraft, TVs, computers, aircraft carriers, etc.? Indeed, if technology had not destroyed all of those agricultural jobs, we would be a much, much poorer nation.
What about the claim that our manufacturing jobs are going to China — a claim that's fueling the Trump administration to impose trade barriers? It is true that between 2001 and 2013, 3.2 million jobs were outsourced to China. However, in the same time frame, China lost about 4.5 million manufacturing jobs, compared with the loss of 3.1 million in the U.S. Job loss is the trend among the top 10 manufacturing countries, which produce 75 percent of the world's manufacturing output (the U.S., Japan, Germany, China, Britain, France, Italy, South Korea, Canada and Mexico). Only Italy has managed not to lose factory jobs since 2000. Nonetheless, the U.S. remains a major force in global manufacturing.
The indictment of 13 #Russians for interfering in the #American election is the tiny tip of a large iceberg. We are beginning to be forced to confront how dangerous and how determined President #Putin and his machine is to remake the world in an anti-Western manner.
We are faced with a determined opponent whose president apparently authorized an effort to either manipulate the political future of the United States or simply incite division. This pattern is not limited to the United States. President Emmanuel Macron of France has openly complained about Russian intervention in French politics. In Britain, there have been clear cases of Russian dissidents poisoned in a classically Russian style. In Estonia, Georgia, and Ukraine, we have seen even more overt and aggressive intervention by the Russians.
In Estonia, the internet was overwhelmed in 2007 in wide-ranging cyberattacks. In Georgia, there have been a combination of cyberattacks, and militia and military actions. In Ukraine, we have seen direct warfare in the seizing of Crimea and eastern Ukraine (the former through overt Russian forces and the latter through local militias heavily reinforced by Russian forces). There have also been cyber operations, propaganda campaigns, and targeted assassinations in Ukraine – including in Kiev, the nation’s capital city.
In terms of direct actions and provocations, there is no other country in the world that has made as many active efforts to irritate and undermine other countries as Putin’s Russia.
Despite Russia’s long pattern of active, multi-faceted aggression in multiple countries, our foreign policy establishment continues to deal with each provocation on a case-by-case basis. Our elites have managed to avoid reality in dealing with Putin and his Russia for two decades.
In 2001, President George W. Bush said, “I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy… I was able to get a sense of his soul.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched a “reset” on March 6, 2009, albeit with a reset button that was spelled wrong. Instead of saying “reset” in Russian, the button said overcharged. Then she allowed the Russians to acquire a good bit of our uranium.
President Barack Obama, in March 2012, told then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he would be easier to deal with after the election: “This is my last election … After my election I have more flexibility,” Obama said. The two leaders did not realize their microphones were on, as Obama promised to be more flexible on missile defense and other issues after the election. Medvedev promised to tell Putin, who was set to replace him as president a few weeks later.
When anti-gunners point fingers of blame for tragic #schoolshootings , there is plenty of room for media sensationalism in that ugly spotlight, the #SecondAmendment Foundation said today.
“Last week’s heartbreaking attack on students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida is made even more terrible because the suspect is getting more than his share of fame,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “His face has been all over television and newspaper front pages, and there is a concern that this kind of attention might inspire somebody else to seek this same kind of infamy.”
Gottlieb pointed to a project at Texas State University’s ALERRT (for Advance Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) Center called “Don’t Name Them.” It recognizes the responsibility of the press to identify criminal suspects, using their names and likenesses to help in the apprehension, and to report criminal charges. However, beyond that, the “Don’t Name Them” effort encourages the press to instead focus on the victims.
“There are emerging details in this story that strongly suggest Broward County authorities and the FBI may have dropped the ball on the suspect in this shooting,” Gottlieb noted. “But the media will concentrate on stories about gun control, with demands to know how the suspect could legally acquire the gun he used. “The ‘Don’t Name Them’ campaign might help by discouraging attention seekers from launching a copycat attack just to become famous,” he added. “There has been some research that indicates an increase in such events when an initial incident is sensationalized.
“So it appears,” Gottlieb concluded, “that the media may be partly to blame in all of this. That’s certainly not something I would be proud of. We certainly recognize the duty of the media to legitimately report the news, and the press must remain free to do its job. Maybe all we’re suggesting is that the media be as responsible with their First Amendment rights as they demand gun owners should be when exercising their Second Amendment rights.”
#Apex Tactical Specialties is now shipping the new patent pending Forward Set Trigger Bar Kits for #SigSauer P320 model #pistols . The new trigger bar kits are specifically designed for use in the factory upgraded models.
The patent-pending design of the new Apex Forward Set Trigger Bar allows for a significant improvement in the trigger pull of the Sig Sauer P320 model pistols by reducing overall trigger travel, trigger reset and trigger pull weight. Apex offers four options for owners of the Sig Sauer P320, including a trigger bar only kit that customers can pair with the Sig Sauer factory curved or flat trigger, or one of the three updated Apex replacement triggers for the P320.
The new Apex Forward Set Trigger Bar for Sig P320 (part# 112-041) will: Reduce trigger travel approx. 20%, Reduce reset, Reduce trigger pull weight by approx. 10%, MSRP is $79.95
The Apex Forward Set Trigger Bar w/ Flat Advanced Trigger (part# 112-031) will: Reduce trigger travel approx. 30%, Reduce reset approx. 20%, Reduce trigger pull weight by approx. 30%, MSRP is $124.95
The Apex Forward Set Trigger Bar w/ Curved Advanced Trigger (part# 112-032) will: Reduce trigger travel approx. 30%, Reduce reset approx. 20%, Reduce trigger pull weight by approx. 30%, MSRP is $124.95
The Apex Forward Set Trigger Bar w/ Flat-Faced Action Enhancement Trigger (part# 112-030) will: Reduce trigger travel approx. 40%, Reduce reset approx. 20%, Reduce trigger pull weight by approx. 20%, MSRP is $119.95
As with all Apex products, each of the new Apex Forward Set Trigger Bar Kits has undergone extensive testing and will maintain the critical factory drop safety values. The new trigger bar has not been tested with other aftermarket parts from other manufacturers and it is therefore not recommended for use with those parts.
The #10mm Auto, sometimes referred to as the “357 of the Auto Pistol World”, has experienced a resurgence of late. Since its development in the 1980s, the 10mm found sudden popularity only to stagnate and shrink, but now the 10 is back with more #pistols and #ammunition than ever before. With that increased popularity comes truths and myths surrounding the round.
Semi-automatic pistol rounds are generally power-limited. The size and shape of the round must fit into a practical grip. That limits how much lead and powder can be on board. Revolvers don’t have that problem and magnum cartridges have been the mainstay of handgun power since the beginning. But the 10mm promises magnum-like power in a semi-auto platform along with all the benefits of that platform: faster reloads, more ammunition before reloading, ect.
In our head to head contest, I selected the same brand of ammunition with as close to the same weight of bullet as possible. The guns selected are as close as possible in barrel length so as to not unfairly skew the results to one end of the camp to the other. Hornady offer’s their Custom line with a 158 grain XTP bullet for the 357 Magnum and a 155 grain XTP for the 10mm. While the 158 grain weight is fairly standard for a 357, the 155 grain bullet used in the 10mm is slightly light in its typical range.
The test firearms are the Glock 29 Gen 4 in 10mm and the Smith & Wesson Model 27 in 357 Magnum. The Glock sports a 3.77 inch barrel vs the 4 inch barrel on the Smith. This is as close as I could get in factory guns and ¼ of an inch won’t make much difference in velocity. That was proven true when I fired both rounds through the chronograph on two separate occasions during two test runs of each ammunition. Despite having a shorter barrel, the 10mm was slightly faster.
Hornady Custom 10mm 155 grain XTP – 1345 feet per second; Hornady Custom 357 Magnum 158 grain XTP – 1264 feet per second *five shot average of shots. On paper with these comparable loads, the 10mm is slightly faster with an 81 feet per second advantage. That is much when we are talking about handgun velocities. But how would that translate in ballistic gel? I lined up a Clear Ballistics 10% ordinance gel block and got to work. The block was covered with four layers of denim. The optimal performance of a round is 12-18 inches of penetration to consider quartering shots, bone, ect. I started by firing the 357 Magnum round from close distance to assure a square hit. It zipped through the sixteen inch block. I needed to double up.
#Creedmoor Sports, the leader in precision #rifle equipment and gear is excited to announce the release of their first ever catalog dedicated to #Reloading Equipment and Components. Creedmoor has been working for more than a year adding top line reloading equipment and components to satisfy the ever-growing demand by their loyal customers.
“We get calls and emails every day asking us to carry more reloading supplies. We decided it was time to make the investment into adding equipment that our customers demand. We didn’t want to jump into the reloading game without extensive research on what brands and philosophy that would set us apart from larger suppliers. We feel our mix of equipment, components and technical will satisfy everyone from the beginner to the expert.” Says Greg Kantorovich, President, Creedmoor Sports.
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#MossyOak is proud to award Rachel Hollingsworth with the 2017 Dr. James Earl Kennemer Academic #Scholarship in the amount of $10,000.
“Receiving this scholarship is a dream come true for me,” said Hollingsworth. As a life-long outdoorswoman, it is an honor and a blessing to receive this award from Mossy Oak and the NWTF as I will use the funds to further my education and accomplish my academic and professional goals.”
Hollingsworth, originally from Jacksonville, Alabama, is currently a sophomore at Auburn University. She is currently enrolled in the College of Animal Sciences with a focus in pharmaceuticals. Hollingsworth proudly serves as a member of the Auburn NWTF chapter, Alpha Epsilon Delta, a pre-health honors society and Gamma Beta Phi, a national honors and service society. Her long-term plan is to work in a compounding pharmacy where Hollingsworth hopes to analyze various pharmaceutical drugs and their specific traits and qualities.
To become a candidate for Mossy Oak’s NWTF National Scholarship, Hollingsworth submitted an essay that won her local Choccolocco Valley Longbeards Chapter Scholarship in addition to the Alabama state NWTF Chapter Scholarship. Upon winning both of those, her essay proceeded to the national level for review and eventual selection. Hollingsworth was presented the award by Mossy Oak’s Ronnie “Cuz” Strickland and Dustin Whitacre and NWTF’s Dr. James Earl Kennemer.
#Streamlight Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting, launched the Streamlight Jr. F-STOP, an ultra-compact 2AA alkaline penlight that allows users to smoothly transition between spot and flood beams to meet both close-up and area lighting needs.
The Streamlight Jr. F-STOP’s adjustable focus allows users to transition the beam from a piercing spot light to a smooth flood pattern by simply sliding the flashlight’s bezel. “The Streamlight Jr. F-STOP is lightweight, easy to carry and offers versatile spot-to-flood lighting to cover every need, from task lighting such as automotive repairs and equipment checks to area workplace lighting requirements,” said Streamlight Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Michael F. Dineen. “It’s compact, fits into a holster or clips onto your pocket, and uses easily sourced AA batteries.”
The new light features the latest in power LED technology. It provides 220 lumens, 5,600 candela, and a 150-meter beam distance on the spot setting. The flood setting offers 250 lumens, 360 candela, and a 38-meter beam distance. The Streamlight Jr. F-STOP runs on two AA alkaline or lithium (L91) cell batteries. With alkaline batteries, its run time is 6 hours; 10 hours with (L91) lithium cell batteries.
Featuring a machined aluminum case with a non-slip knurled grip, the Streamlight Jr. F-STOP weighs 4.4 ounces with alkaline batteries and measures 6.5 inches in length. It is IPX4-rated for water-resistant operation and is impact-resistant tested to one meter. The light is packaged with a black nylon flapless holster and comes with a removable pocket clip. The Streamlight Jr. F-STOP has an MSRP of $55.08 and comes with Streamlight's Limited Lifetime warranty.
A world-renowned conservationist, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, the world premiere of high-end #hunting #films and four musicians who know their way around the country music charts highlight the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s 2018 Elk Camp. RMEF’s annual national convention takes place March 15-18 2018 in Phoenix, #Arizona .
“This may be the most diverse and knowledgeable lineup we’ve ever had at Elk Camp,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “We are honored to host Secretary Ryan Zinke and excited to welcome back Shane Mahoney who left us with an inspiring message a year ago.” Mahoney will serve as Thursday evening’s keynote speaker for the second year in a row. Heading up research on his Wild Harvest Initiative, Mahoney is also the president and CEO of Conservation Visions, a global wildlife initiative focused on international conservation issues.
Also on Thursday, RMEF will premiere Jason Matzinger’s “Both Sides of the Fence #PrivateOrPublic,” a film documenting what it takes to hunt on both private and public land. Additionally, RMEF will unveil several Elk Network original productions. A lifelong hunter, angler and a fifth-generation Montanan, Ryan Zinke became the 52nd Secretary of the Interior in March of 2017. Since then, he issued orders prioritizing conservation, public access and big game migration corridors, among others. (If Zinke’s schedule makes him unavailable, Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt will address Friday attendees.)
Host Chuck Wicks along with Craig Campbell and Glen Templeton will cap Friday’s festivities with the always popular guitar pull. Wicks has five top 40 hits and serves as co-host of NASH-FM’s “America’s Morning Show.” Campbell has five consecutive charted hits and wrote a song recorded by Garth Brooks. Templeton has three songs that hit the charts and portrayed Conway Twitty in a touring musical. Mark Chesnutt will take the stage on Saturday at the always-popular Volunteer Fun Night. Over a career that spans nearly three decades, he has 14 number-one hits, 23 top ten singles, four platinum albums and five gold records. “Mark, Chuck, Craig and Glen are not only extremely talented performers but they believe in and support our conservation mission,” added Decker. Elk Camp sponsors include BMO Wealth Management, Browning, Sitka and US Bank.
#Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s 2018 National #Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic, presented by Federal Premium #Ammunition , drew 28,868 attendees to the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls over three days, making it one of the largest events in the organization’s history.
For 2019, the Schaumburg Convention Center in the greater Chicagoland area will be the site of National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic on February 22, 23, & 24, marking the first time Illinois hosts the country’s signature upland event. “Upland conservation and the traditions of pheasant hunting have deep roots in South Dakota, and the passion of its residents was evident throughout a spectacular weekend,” stated Howard Vincent, president and CEO of Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever. “The city of Sioux Falls and the state of South Dakota hosted what will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the top National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic conventions since the show’s debut in 2003. Thank you to all of our partners, sponsors, and community leaders, we look forward to a return visit to ‘The Pheasant Capital’ and the continued support of habitat conservation efforts in the state of South Dakota.”
With 1,500 on hand Saturday night for the largest Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever banquet in the conservation organization’s history, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard issued his support for an expansion of the nation’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to 40-million acres to help rebuild upland wildlife habitat in the Midwest, including 1.5 million acres in South Dakota. This followed a video message from Senator John Thune, who reissued his call for the CRP cap to be at least 30 million acres (Thune is also in favor of restructuring CRP so more acres of land are allocated to pheasant country). This show of habitat support from leaders in “The Pheasant Capital” of South Dakota is especially timely as federal lawmakers begin serious construction of the 2018 Farm Bill, of which the CRP is part.
With South Dakota celebrating the kickoff of its “Pheasantennial” – 100 years of pheasant tradition in the state – Governor Daugaard also took part in the Precision Ag Workshop. Along with the Community-Based Habitat & Access Summit, this pair of special events within National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic showcased the unique and evolving ways in which Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever is working to create habitat, conserve wildlife and keep upland hunting traditions alive. Hunting traditions, history, public lands, and conservation advocacy were themes touched on during the keynote address by Steven Rinella to Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever members Saturday night. The MeatEater podcast and television host lived up to his reputation as the preeminent hunting and conservation communicator alive today.
In addition to providing significant economic impact for the host city and attending outdoor industry vendors, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever uses its National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic to recruit members for its habitat conservation mission. A total of 1,680 individuals signed up as Pheasants Forever or Quail Forever members, including 1,139 associate members, 465 youth members and 76 elite level memberships. The event also delivered wildlife habitat benefits specific to Midwest farmers and ranchers. The Landowner Habitat Help Room at the show serviced 185 landowners to provide conservation guidance on 47,157 acres of land. Accompanied by a trained Pheasants Forever or Quail Forever biologist, landowners were educated on ways they can improve their acres for wildlife and even what local, state, and federal conservation programs they qualify for enrollment.
Another mass killing has taken place in the defenseless victim zone of a #Florida high school in the Miami metropolitan area of Broward County. The major media in this country has blood on its hands. They know that mass murderers are incentivized by media coverage that gives a form of immortality to the deranged killers. The pattern is clear. Many of the killers are open about their desire for infamy. The Port Arther murderer asked his lawyer, again and again: “Did I break the record?”.
The media does not care how many innocents die because of their push for ratings and to further their agenda to disarm the population. Once again, a disturbed teenager has become a copy-cat killer, following the narrative and fame the media has been pushing for a couple of decades. These mass shootings come in clusters, as the killers are incentivized by the promise of fame the media provides, in their rush to push for restrictions on firearm ownership. There are numerous ways the media can cover school shootings while providing little incentive for more school shooters. The media has been told, again and again, how it could be done. Clayton Cramer wrote a paper on this in 1993. It was published in the Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 9:1 [Winter 1993-94]. It won First Place, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Ethics Prize, 1993, Undergraduate Division.
These mass killings receive far more media attention than comparable mass killings involving other instruments, such as arson, automobiles, knives, or other items. The mass murders would be substantially reduced if the media followed a few guidelines recommended by Loren Coleman in his book, The Copycat Effect, in 2004. The book details strategies for reducing incentives for mass killings. (1) The media must be more aware of the power of their words. Using language like “successful” sniper attacks, suicides, and bridge jumpers, and “failed” murder-suicides, for example, clearly suggest to viewers and readers that someone should keep trying again until they “succeed.” We may wish to “succeed” in relationships, sports, and jobs, but we do not want rampage or serial killers, architects of murder-suicide, and suicide bombers to make further attempts after “failing.” Words are important. Even the use of “suicide” or “rampage” in headlines, news alerts, and breaking bulletins should be reconsidered.
(2) The media must drop their clichéd stories about the “nice boy next door” or the “lone nut.” The copycat violent individual is neither mysterious nor healthy, or usually an overachiever. They are often a fatal combination of despondency, depression, and mental illness. School shooters are suicidal youth that slipped through the cracks, but it is a complex issue, nevertheless. People are not simple. The formulaic stories are too often too simplistic.
(3) The media must cease its graphic and sensationalized wall-to-wall commentary and coverage of violent acts and the details of the actual methods and places where they occur. Photographs of murder victims, tapes of people jumping off bridges, and live shots of things like car chases ending in deadly crashes, for example, merely glamorize these deaths, and create models for others down to the method, the place, the timing, and the type of individual involved. Even fictional entertainment, such as the screening of The Deer Hunter, provides vivid copycatting stimuli for vulnerable, unstable, angry, and depressed individuals.
#Nikon has announced that it will become the first-ever Title Sponsor of the #NRL (National Rifle League) for the approaching 2018 season. The NRL Presented by Nikon will host 15 national-level precision rifle matches beginning February 23, 2018, and the season will culminate at the NRL Presented by Nikon Championships October 19-21, 2018.
Nikon celebrated its 100th Year Anniversary in 2017 with the introduction of its flagship BLACK precision optics line and has more than doubled the size of the line for 2018. The new BLACK FX1000 match grade FFP riflescope and BLACK RANGEX 4K 4,000 yard rangefinder—combined with the NRL Title Sponsorship—demonstrate Nikon’s commitment to the competitive shooting sports.
According to Nikon’s Sr. Manager; SRO Sales & Operations, Jeremy Bentham, “Nikon is proud to be partnering with the NRL for 2018 and we are looking forward to working to promote the sport together.” The NRL is recognized for its support of competitive rifle shooting and of the athletes who are participants.
“Nikon is a world-renowned optics manufacturer and with the introduction of the new BLACK line we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work together to help grow the precision rifle sports. We could not be more excited to be partnered with Nikon in 2018 and look forward to a very successful season,” stated Travis Ishida, President of the National Rifle League.
After another #massmurder in the defenseless victim zone of a #Florida School, the dominant media and other anti-Second Amendment bullies are demanding that American conservatives and the #GunCulture accept their assumption that guns are evil. To accede to those demands is both easy and cowardly.
All of the power in the leftist media, such as ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, the Washington Post, AP and CBS, are on the side of the anti-Second Amendment bullies. The easy way out, when confronted with such power to demean, denigrate, and destroy, is to surrender and beat a hasty retreat. It is easy to give up your principles and give implicit agreement that guns are evil.
That is what happened in Michigan. From freep.com: A “Wild Game” charity dinner to raise money for a high school football team in western Oakland County has been cancelled after community backlash over a raffle whose prizes included an AR-15 rifle — the same semi-automatic weapon that was used to kill 17 people at a Florida school this past week. “Due to the recent tragic events earlier this week, the South Lyon Football Booster Organization has decided to cancel their second annual Wild Game Dinner. The sensitivity of the issue coupled with the untimely tragedy has led to the decision,” a statement posted on the team's website said.
The statement, written by the South Lyon Football Boosters, explained that the area has “an abundance of hunters and sportsmen,” the event was attempting to take these interests into account. Charity rallies for rifles are common all across the United States. They are used to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for worthy events every year. They are a proud acclamation that the gun culture is mainstream. They announce that the gun culture does not accept the premise that guns are evil. To renounce a charity gun raffle is to announce that guns have no place in American society. AR15 type rifles are the very epitome of guns that are protected by the Second Amendment. They are exactly the type of arms most useful to a free people for defense of self and society. They are an ideal arm for militia use.
Courage and conviction can be found. There are those who refuse to be bullied and silenced. Those who refuse to accept the premise of those who despise them and the entire idea of limited government. So far, in Pensacola Florida, a private school is refusing to bend the knee to the media bullies. From kvue.com: PENSACOLA, Fla. — A private school in Pensacola is featuring two rifles as prizes in a charity golf event. The 15th annual Trinitas Classic and Pro Am Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for Trinitas Christian Academy, will feature a Browning A-BOLT III Stalker, a bolt-action rifle, and a Smith & Wesson M&P15 — a sporting rifle similar in design to the AR-15 — as prizes for a putting contest.
The prizes were announced on the event's Facebook page in January, but a parent has raised concerns about the weapons being involved in a school function after a shooting on Wednesday in a Parkland high school resulted in 17 deaths. Trinitas representatives could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon. The Christian academy is a private K-12 school. Its website says many of the school's families “depend on tuition assistance to be able to provide an excellent classical and Christ-centered education to their children. This tuition assistance is provided by many supporters in the community through our annual fund campaign and fundraising events like the Trinitas Classic.”
Too many talking heads are frothing over the #Florida #schoolshooting . All this rabid attention surely inspires copycat repeats. Of course school shootings and mass murder are terrible. But, let's ask some intelligent questions about what's going on.
Many commentators bring up various suggestions about mental health, from more taxpayer funding, to wider screening, to better record keeping and sharing, to using mental health evaluations to strip people of their civil rights. So, what's the deal with mental health and “gun violence”? (I put “gun violence” in quotes because the issue is really about violence against people, by any method. One of the largest mass murders in U.S. history was done in a New York City nightclub with a quart of gasoline; another used fertilizer.)
I have explored the intersection of mental health and gun violence. I have written about that intersection and posted that online. Please review my study at: www.progunleaders.com/MentalHealth. There are important points in this analysis you need to be able to understand and express to friends, elected officials and in letters to the editor. Especially relevant is that people with mental health challenges are no more likely to be violent than the general population. Why do most of these incidents happen in schools? Well, duh! It's because of “gun free zones.” I put that in quotes because such places are never “gun free.” They are only gun free for the law-abiding victims. But “gun free zones” are low-hanging fruit full of ripe, defenseless victims for a madman planning yet another copycat killing spree.
To cure this defect, the Montana Shooting Sports Association proposed the Montana School Safety Act in the last session of the Montana Legislature, House Bill 385. HB 385 would have allowed trained and qualified school employees to be armed at work, to protect themselves and our precious children and grandchildren. See the bill copy at: http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2017/billpdf/HB0385.pdf. HB 385 didn't pass. Opponents said it's just too dangerous to have guns in schools. Leave defense of our children to the professionals, they said. Oh, but keep the fire extinguishers in the buildings, they said, because the staff of a school with a beginning fire can't afford to wait for professional firefighters. Yeah, right.
“Enough is enough!” “This can't go on!” “This has to stop!” These were among the comments that came through the blizzard of commentary after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County. We have heard these words before. Unfortunately, such atrocities are not going to stop. For the ingredients that produce such slaughters are present and abundant in American society.
And what can stop a man full of hate, who has ceased to care about his life and is willing to end it, from getting a weapon in a country of 300 million guns and killing as many as he can in a public place before the police arrive? An act of “absolute pure evil,” said Gov. Rick Scott, of the atrocity that took 17 lives and left a dozen more wounded. And evil is the right word. While this massacre may be a product of mental illness, it is surely a product of moral depravity. For this was premeditated and plotted, done in copycat style to the mass killings to which this country has become all too accustomed.
Nikolas Cruz thought this through. He knew it was Valentine's Day. He brought his fully loaded AR-15 with extra magazines and smoke grenades to the school that had expelled him. He set off a fire alarm, knowing it would bring students rushing into crowded halls where they would be easy to kill. He then escaped by mixing in with fleeing students. The first ingredient then was an icy indifference toward human life and a willingness to slaughter former fellow students to deliver payback for whatever it was Cruz believed had been done to him at Douglas High.
In his case, the conscience was dead, or was buried beneath hatred, rage or resentment at those succeeding where he had failed. He had been rejected, cast aside, expelled. This would be his revenge, and it would be something for Douglas High and the nation to see — and never forget. Indeed, it seems a common denominator of the atrocities to which we have been witness in recent years is that the perpetrators are nobodies who wish to die as somebodies. If a sense of grievance against those perceived to have injured them is the goad that drives misfits like Cruz to mass murder, the magnet that draws them to it is infamy. Infamy is their shortcut to immortality.
From the killings in Columbine to Dylann Roof's murder of black parishioners at the Charleston Church, from the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando to the slaughter of first-graders in Newtown, to Las Vegas last October where Stephen Paddock, firing from an upper floor of the Mandalay Bay, shot dead 58 people and wounded hundreds at a country music festival — these atrocities enter the social and cultural history of the nation. And those who carry them out achieve a recognition few Americans ever know. Charles Whitman, shooting 47 people from that Texas tower in 1966, is the original model. Evil has its own hierarchy of rewards. Perhaps the most famous man of the 20th century was Hitler, with Stalin and Mao among his leading rivals.
Some of these individuals who seek to “go out” this way take their own lives when the responders arrive, or they commit “suicide by cop” and end their lives in a shootout. Others, Cruz among them, prefer to star in court, so the world can see who they are. And the commentators and TV cameras will again give them what they crave: massive publicity. And we can't change this. As soon as the story broke, the cameras came running, and we watched another staging of the familiar drama — the patrol cars, cops in body armor, ambulances, students running in panic or walking in line, talking TV heads demanding to know why the cowards in Congress won't vote to outlaw AR-15s.
#RETAY ARMS LTD. STI. of Konya Turkey announces that it has partnered with world class manufacturer, customizer and #gunsmith , #Briley Manufacturing in Houston #Texas .
Retay Arms continues to invest in the United States market with a move that offers world class support for its customers. The newly established Retay USA Service Center at Briley Manufacturing will be capable of servicing, maintaining and repairing all aspects of the Retay Masai Mara line of shotguns and will be the US headquarters for all the factory related service needs of Retay customers in the US market. The Retay Warranty Center at Briley Manufacturing will maintain an onsite inventory of over 2000 replacement parts for the Masai Mara shotgun allowing trained Briley technicians to complete service requests quickly and reliably without the lag time that customers may experience when parts must be imported from abroad.
Retay believes that their innovative use of modular major components like the push button Retay Removable Trigger group, two part receiver and Removable Ejector will revolutionize the way warranty and service is handled by giving the customers the option of shipping various assemblies rather than the entire firearm for service in some cases. This innovative approach has the potential to save customers money in shipping as well as headaches in paperwork associated with shipping firearms. Retay USA President, Christian Handy remarks that; “the ability to quickly and reliably service our products has been a focus of ours during product development so it’s only fitting that we have chosen to work with a centrally located industry leader like Briley Manufacturing to ensure our customers needs are meet quickly and reliably now, and in the future.”
All Retay USA customers receive a Limited 5 Year Warranty in material and workmanship on Masai Mara shotguns when purchased through an Authorized Retay Dealer. Customers are advised to register their product at www.RetayUSA.Com and contact Service@RetayUSA.Com to obtain a service authorization. Once authorization has been granted, their item can then be shipped directly to Retay Warranty Service Center ℅ Briley MFG in Houston TX. Briley will then evaluate the nature of the requested service and work directly with the customer to complete the desired service onsite in their facility. Briley will then coordinate with the customer for return of their item. “Retay USA is committed to building a world class reputation of excellence in the United States by standing by our product and offering the highest level of customer service and support. This partnership with Briley Manufacturing is just one more of the ways our company is working to achieve that goal.” – Christian Handy, President Retay USA Questions and Inquiries about US availability of Retay Products should be directed to Retay USA email@example.com.
As the State of #Florida mourns the loss of innocent lives on Wednesday in Broward County, I mourn too, but I am also angry. I am angry that the Florida Legislature has once again enabled an evil individual to take innocent lives because the Legislature refuses to acknowledge the fact that that evil people will not follow the laws it passes. In the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the Legislature acts as if the laws it passes will stop criminals. Laws punish wrongdoing, they do not stop wrongdoers. Yet Florida continues to prohibit licensed law-abiding citizens from possessing the tools to protect themselves and their children from mass murder.
Despite the repeated failure of so called “gun-free zones”, the Florida Legislature has taken no steps over the past seven years to protect our children. While the responsibility for Wednesday's events rests solely with the actions of the evil person who committed this act, it is the Legislature that has enabled such tragedies to occur. It is the Legislature's inaction that has made such tragedies worse. The Legislature has ignored the repeated requests of Florida Carry, other civil rights groups, and the law-abiding citizens of this state to give up the fallacy of “gun-free zones”. This body has left our children and their teachers defenseless. It has kowtowed to anti-freedom groups and has blocked or refused to hear common-sense legislation to protect our children and the professionals to whom we entrust our children's care on a daily basis.
It is a well-established fact from numerous such events that bad people with guns will only stop their carnage when confronted by an armed response. Every second until that response occurs allows the murderer to kill and maim more innocents. From 1987 until now, every time the Legislature has acted to restore the rights of law-abiding citizens to protect those for whom they love and care, those citizens have responsibly exercised the trust placed in them. Every time, those citizens have proven the claims of the anti-gun forces to be lies. Every time, the claims of dire consequences for returning rights to the people have proven false.
This case was not a failure of law-abiding citizens to act responsibly. This was another failure of law enforcement to investigate and stop a deranged individual. People did SEE something, and people did SAY something, but law-enforcement failed to fully investigate and prosecute the shooter for prior crimes. Just as in Sutherland Springs, law-enforcement's failure is being blamed on law-abiding citizens and their legal firearms. Law-abiding citizens cannot rely on law enforcement to protect them and must be given the means to protect themselves. The time for half-measures and incrementalism is over. It is past time to give ‘we the people', our teachers, and the parents volunteering in schools the ability to defend themselves and stop these tragedies.
The time to act is now. For years, many in the Legislature have touted their NRA ratings. They have claimed to be on the side of the law-abiding citizens with licenses who, for over three decades, have proven themselves more law-abiding than even the police officers who heroically responded Wednesday. Why then, should these same citizens be left defenseless while they await law enforcement's response? In every state that has allowed law-abiding citizens to carry in schools, the citizens have proven equal to the challenge. None of these states have suffered what Florida suffered Wednesday. Those state have eliminated a favorite target of the deranged individuals who commit such evil.
#BenShapiro has a saying. His saying is that “facts don't care about your feelings.” Every time a #shooting happens in the US the anti-gun leftist try to goad the #progun side into a debate. The issue is that you cannot have a discussion when one side is arguing facts, and the other side is using an emotional crutch.
We can all agree on what happened in Parkland, Florida was a hideous crime. We can all agree that this is a tragedy that we shouldn't have to accept as “just part of life.” I think we all want to prevent the next mass shooting. It is just that the left, and the right disagree on how to fix the situation. While the pro-gun side wants to fix the actual problem, such as the mental health system, the left would instead attack an inanimate object, as though it is the ring from the “Lord Of The Rings.” The Democrat method is akin to trying to fix the road instead of your car when it breaks down. It just doesn't work.
I am not saying don't debate the people on the left. What I am suggesting is when you do engage them in a war of ideas, for you not to get sucked into a battle of emotions. Ben Shapiro headed off Piers Morgan by removing the emotional argument by insisting that Morgan “not stand on the graves of the children of Sandy Hook.” Shapiro automatically put Morgan on the defensive and took away his ability to use emotion in his argument by using this technique. Morgan spent a minute plus saying, “How dare you?” in his smug British accent. The reason he kept repeating himself is that Shapiro took away the emotional evidence that Morgan was so fond of using and he knew he couldn't beat Shapiro in a war of facts.
When debating gun control with someone on the left, it is always good to know their arguments better than they do. Fortunately for us on the pro-gun side, the gun grabbers will use the same talking points sourced from the same places. In reality, most of the time, they just repeat the twisted statistics they hear on TV. The question I ask is, “If we were to stop the manufacture and sale of all firearms from this moment, then how would you deal with the 350 million plus guns that are already in circulation in the United States?”
The only answer that they have is a forced confiscation of firearms. People always think that there is some list of the location of where every gun resides, but this isn't the case. Make sure they know that fact. It is clear to see that if no one knows where all the guns are, then there is no way for gun confiscation to work.
Even if the government did know where every gun was, confiscating firearms wouldn't work in our country. Unless they are dishonest, they will have to admit a large percentage are not going to volunteer to give up their guns. How would the anti-gunner handle the holdouts? Usually, they will not have an answer. Another argument I have seen today is the “18 school shootings this year” pushed by Everytown. Ask them if they know what Everytown considers a school shooting. When they don't understand what Everytown uses in their study, then bring up the fact that they included BB guns in their stats of school shooting.
“No one is talking about taking away your #guns ,” say those who claim “all” they want is “commonsense #gunsafetylaws .” Someone forgot to tell them that some publications have opinion pieces belying that.
“To Repeat: Repeal the Second Amendment,” columnist at The New York Times Bret Stephens demands. He says “to repeat” because he’s it’s not the first time “the newspaper of record” has shared his sentiments. The “repeal” sentiment gets more media play. A history professor ignorant of history endorses the idea in Rochester’s Democrat & Chronicle (“Part of the USA Today Network,” which considering its owner Gannett Publications, should come as no surprise.
“I've made it clear in the past that I want extreme measures in response to gun violence – such as repealing the Second Amendment to the Constitution,” Law Professor David S. Cohen writes in Rolling Stone. He has made that clear before, and wants others to join his crusade by “voicing these opinions.” Plenty more examples exist to refute the reassurances that no wider disarmament goals exist. We’ve got examples from the past, from then Sen. Thomas Dodd, author of GCA ’68 saying “I would be for abolishing all guns … I hope some day the world will say ‘Destroy them all,’” to Nelson “Pete” Shields, founder of Handgun Control, Inc., admitting his strategy to ban guns is to do so incrementally.
Add present-day Nancy Pelosi admitting she hopes any new concessions on guns help accelerate more edicts down a “slippery slope” and Chris Murphy describing “bipartisan efforts” on “compromise” as “baby steps,” and it should be clear to all that the “concessions” all go one way and play into the hands of those who will not stop until they achieve complete citizen disarmament and an unchallengeable government “monopoly of violence.” Actually, after that they’ll just be getting started. History is pretty clear on that.
Anyone who thinks concessions can be made and that will be the end of it is deluding both themselves (assuming they don’t know better) and anyone naïve enough to believe them. Every beachhead allowed or bit of ground voluntarily ceded allows those who want you disarmed to use it to launch their next incursion. To do so makes as much sense as throwing a scrap of flesh to a circling pack of jackals and expecting that it will satisfy them, and persuade them to leave you alone.
These are unsettling times for gun owners, as troubling as any I’ve ever seen. We need to remember that ultimately, we won’t lose our guns unless we as individuals make a choice to surrender them. I know that’s unsettling to some, but really, isn’t it something we’ve always known? Now, in the midst of all the sound and fury, with all the demands being made and all the temptations for some who posture as our “gun rights leaders” to resort to “pragmatic” concessions, I’d like to introduce (or reintroduce) readers here to an essay written decades ago that I’ve always found inspiring. I urge you to read, take to heart and share my friend and colleague Brian Puckett’s “Memorandum on Arms and Freedom” and recommit to its central tenet: “We will not disarm.”
The nearly week-long #rifle #competition known as the Robert Mitchell Rifle Championships concluded at the Olympic Shooting Center in Colorado Springs with titles awarded in Men’s and Women’s Air and Three-Position Rifle. More than 60 athletes from four countries competed in the annual match which was the first for USA Shooting to utilize the new International #Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) rules in which men and women shoot the same number of competition shots in each event.
Though it may have been a smaller match in attendance numbers, there were big scores put up by the athletes in competition. 2016 Olympian Lucas Kozeniesky (Fairfax, Virginia) and three-time Olympic medalist Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, New Jersey) shot world-class Qualification scores of 1178 and 1177 respectively in Men’s Three-Position Rifle. The duo would also end up with Kozeniesky with gold and Emmons silver. Former Prone Rifle specialist Michael McPhail (U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit/Darlington, Wisconsin) rounded out the Men’s Three-Position Rifle podium by claiming the bronze medal. On the Junior side, Peter Fiori (Lebanon, New Jersey) won gold, Devin Schwindt (Lees Summit, Missouri) won silver and John Peterson (Kellar, Texas) won bronze.
In the women’s competition, 14-year-old Katie Zaun (Buffalo, North Dakota) and Erin McNeil (USAMU/Fort Wayne, Indiana) each shot 1165 in Qualification – a world-class score in the Open (adult) division. Despite these efforts, Rachel Martin (Peralta, New Mexico) was the only athlete to win titles in both disciplines, claiming the Women’s Air and Three-Position Rifle titles. Alison Weisz (Belgrade, Montana) won silver in Women’s Three-Position Rifle and McNeil won bronze. Weisz also shot a world-class Qualification score of 625.7 in the Women’s Air Rifle event. In Women’s Air Rifle, Angeline Henry (Fort Worth, Texas) won the silver medal, as well as the gold in the Women’s Three-Position Rifle event. Winning bronze in Women’s Air Rifle was 16-year-old Macey Way (Colorado Springs, Colorado) who also shot an impressive Day One Qualification score of 624.1.
The most dominating Finals performance came from 14-year-old Emily Brock (Delmont, South Dakota) who won the Junior Women’s Air Rifle event with a Finals score of 250.4 – an impressive score in the Open division in international competition. Morgan Kreb (Colorado Springs, Colorado) won silver in the Junior Women’s Air Rifle event and Zaun won the bronze. Earlier in the week in Men’s Air Rifle, Matt Rawlings (Wharton, Texas) won the gold medal. Dempster Christenson (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) won silver and Kozeniesky won bronze. On the Junior side, Jordan Williams (Colorado Springs, Colorado) won gold, Travis Stockton (Arvada, Colorado) won silver and Ryan Habeck (Fort Pierre, South Dakota) won bronze.
The final event of the Robert Mitchell Rifle Championships was the Junior Women’s Three-Position Rifle event where Henry won gold, Zaun won silver and Mary Tucker (Sarasota, Florida) won bronze. Henry, along with Emmons, won the Mixed Air Rifle Team event as well on the first day of competition. This match is named for Robert Mitchell, who helped build USA Shooting from its infancy as a National Governing Body through his 30-year career with the organization. He spent time as the National Team Coach, Director of Operations and Chief Executive Officer. During his retirement ceremony in August 2016, the USA Shooting staff announced that they were renaming this match from the Rocky Mountain Rifle Championship in his honor. The match originated under Mitchell back in 1986 when he was National Rifle Coach.
#MossyOak and #ALPSOutdoorz continue to support the National Wild Turkey Federation with #turkeyhunting gear featuring America’s No. 1 Turkey Hunting Camouflage, Mossy Oak Obsessionâ, the official camouflage of NWTF.
As a result of the collaborative partnership between ALPS and Mossy Oak, a variety of products are new for 2018 that serve to promote the NWTF and its mission, Save The Habitat. Save The Hunt. New for 2018, in Mossy Oak’s NWTF Obsession and Bottomland camouflage patterns, is the NWTF Impact Vest. The functional design of this new vest gives hunters a versatile, lightweight, sit-anywhere hunting vest — ready at the flip of a seat. The Impact Vest boasts numerous pockets for a variety of calls — a slate call pocket for two slate calls and three strikers, a silent box call pocket, five shotgun shell loops, and three diaphragm call pockets. A removable front pocket features a shoulder strap for run-and-gun style hunts and the seat conveniently folds away or completely detaches when not in use. The Impact Vest also includes a game bag on the back of the vest which features a pocket inside for decoy stakes. The soft, durable Brushed Tricot fabric reduces noise, and the popular camo patterns blend seamlessly into your surroundings. The Impact Vest, MSRP $109.99, provides hunters with all the convenience of a metal-frame vest while remaining lightweight and versatile.
Another new product offered by ALPS is the NWTF Deception Blind. Decorated in Obsession camouflage, the uniquely designed NWTF Deception blind is the only hub-style blind of its kind on the market. Featuring a low profile of only 46 inches, the Deception is a lightweight blind perfectly suited for low profile chairs providing you an exceptional vantage point all while keeping you concealed. The smaller footprint and unique 4-hub design make for easy and quiet set-up. The aluminum hubs are constructed with engineered tips and pins and the frame uses strong, flexible fiberglass poles. Durable polyester fabric with blacked-out backing help keep you concealed. The Deception also features a 270-degree SILENT-Trac window system for limitless window positions and an extra-large door opening for easy access while carrying gear. An oversized number 10 zipper on the door ensures smooth and hassle-free operation. Two interior gear pockets keep you organized and ready for action. The Deception is available at an MSRP of $139.99.
Several other turkey vests, exclusively in Mossy Oak Obsession and Bottomland camouflage, will also be available from ALPS Outdoorz for 2018. The Grand Slam vest has been updated for 2018 and is available in Obsession and Bottomland starting at $179.99. The Super Elite 4.0 vest remains in the 2018 product line and is offered in Obsession and Bottomland starting at $99.99. The highly versatile Long Spur vest is available in Obsession for $99.99.
Carter G. Woodson, noted scholar, historian and educator, created “Negro History Week” in 1926, which became #BlackHistoryMonth in 1976. Woodson chose February because it coincided with the birthdays of black abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. Americans should be proud of the tremendous gains made since emancipation. Black Americans, as a group, have made the greatest gains, over some of the highest hurdles, in a shorter span of time than any other racial group in mankind's history.
What's the evidence? If one totaled black income and thought of us as a separate nation with our own gross domestic product, black Americans would rank among the world's 20 richest nations. It was a black American, Colin Powell, who, as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, headed the world's mightiest military. There are a few black Americans who are among the world's richest and most famous personalities. The significance of these achievements is that in 1865, neither a former slave nor a former slave owner would have believed that such gains would be possible in a little over a century. As such, it speaks well of the intestinal fortitude of a people. Just as importantly, it speaks well of a nation in which such gains were possible. Those gains would have been impossible anywhere other than the U.S.
Putting greater emphasis on black successes in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds is far superior to focusing on grievances and victimhood. Doing so might teach us some things that could help us today. Black education today is a major problem. Let's look at some islands of success from yesteryear, when there was far greater racial discrimination and blacks were much poorer.
From the late 1800s to 1950, some black schools were models of academic achievement. Black students at Washington's racially segregated Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, as early as 1899, outscored white students in the District of Columbia schools on citywide tests. Dr. Thomas Sowell's research in “Education: Assumptions Versus History” documents similar excellence at Baltimore's Frederick Douglass High School, Atlanta's Booker T. Washington High School, Brooklyn's Albany Avenue School, New Orleans' McDonogh 35 High School and others. These excelling students weren't solely members of the black elite; most had parents who were manual laborers, domestic servants, porters and maintenance men. Academic excellence was obtained with skimpy school budgets, run-down buildings, hand-me-down textbooks and often 40 or 50 students in a class.
I’ll cut right to the point. We can stop murderers from killing our kids in school, but it isn’t easy. The politicians, particularly the #Florida politicians, are against it. What can we do to save our students?
We’ve asked the people who train SWAT cops what they can do. They said it takes too long to assemble a SWAT team. It takes too long to put the team in position near the school. It takes too long to clear the building. Time is the enemy and several students and staff will be shot every minute. We asked the local police officers and sheriffs deputies. They don’t even get the 911 call until the shooting has been going on for several minutes. It takes time for law enforcement officers to race to the scene. They then have to enter the school and find the attacker before they can stop him. That is 15 minutes lost right there. Law enforcement will not let medical personnel into the building until they know the crime scene is safe. That means the cops will clear every classroom before the EMTs enter the building and start treating the injured. Those 45 minutes are critical.
Sheriffs said that takes too long. They said they need armed staff in the school. We protect our money with guns, but Florida politicians say we can’t protect children with armed staff. Let me correct that statement. We can’t protect OUR children. The children of celebrities and politicians have armed guards. Our children don’t. Only the children of the elites deserve protection. That isn’t acceptable. Several states have programs in place to arm school staff. They train volunteer school staff to stop the threat and treat the injured until police and EMTs arrive. These teachers desperately want a chance for their kids to go home alive.
These are the same teachers who will stop a bullet with their bodies to save “their kids”. I want them all to go home alive, both teachers and students. I've taken the training. The training program is called FASTER,which stands for Faculty / Administrator Safety Training & Emergency Response. They’ve trained thousands of teachers and have thousands of man-years of experience with armed staff in schools. Why aren’t they in your school? Learn about them at fastersaveslives.org
For those who harken back to the days of jingling spurs, the smell of authentic chuck-wagon cooking, and #cowboys vying to see who’s the quickest on the #trigger, then circle Feb. 19-25 on your calendar.
That’s when Winter Range rides into town, transforming the Ben Avery Shooting Facility into a festive scene from the Old West where more than 1,000 competitors from around the world will take part in the 27th annual Single Action Shooting Society’s national championship of Cowboy Action Shooting. Cowboy Action Shooting is one of the nation’s fastest-growing shooting sports and requires competitors to take their best shots with single-action revolvers, lever-action rifles and period shotguns. Competitors also must adopt a shooting alias suitable to a character or profession of the late 19th century, a Western movie star or an appropriate character from fiction — names like “Babe Ruthless,” “Chihuahua Charlie” and “Laurie L’Amour” — and then dress in costume accordingly.
Winter Range will feature period militaria, exhibitions of Western skills and crafts, a fast-draw competition, and vendors purveying period clothing, hats and wigs, antiques, reproductions and more. There also will be roaming balladeers, trick horses and even a visit from Wyatt Earp, the great grand-nephew of his namesake, at 1:15 p.m. Feb. 24. A two-day mounted shooting event is expected to draw 100-plus competitors mounted on horses participating in their own arena Feb. 24-25. A variety of food services will be available, including chuck-wagon cooking, barbecue and ice cream. Admission to Winter Range is free (parking is $5). BASF is located on Carefree Highway, west of Interstate 17. For more information, visit www.winterrange.com.
Despite its thirty-plus years of existence, only now is the #10mm Auto #Ammunition getting its due. The future is looking to be good for the 10mm auto ammunition, with new pistols being released to the market, turning smoldering coals into a fire. If one person is responsible for the 10mm Auto’s existence, famous writer, and pistolero Col. Jeff Cooper is the guy to blame. Conceived as a magnum cartridge for semi-automatic pistols, the 10mm was suggested by Cooper and in cooperation with Michael Dixon and Thomas Dornaus to produce a pistol rugged enough to handle the round. The Bren Ten pistol that resulted became a cult classic, despite lackluster sales in its 1983-86 production run.
The 10mm had a brief career as the FBI’s cartridge of choice. In the aftermath of the 1986 Miami FBI Shootout, the FBI decided to pick a new cartridge that would be in a platform that reloaded faster than the 38 Special revolvers and with more punch than the 9mm pistols fielded on that fateful day. The 10mm threw a bigger bullet faster than those rounds, and it was built for faster reloading semi-auto pistols. Large framed pistols like the Smith & Wesson 1006 series were adopted. This trend didn’t last long, however.
The 10mm gave birth to the 40 S&W. In short, the adoption of the 10 by the FBI was a knee-jerk reaction. The round’s recoil and blast made it hard to shoot well, and the round was loaded lighter in response. By 1990, Smith & Wesson used this downloaded 10mm and shortened its case to fit into the grip of a conventional 9mm pistol. Hence, the 40 S&W was born. The 40 is still powerful, but it boasted lower recoil and could be chambered in traditional auto pistols. The FBI was quick to adopt this round, and many police agencies followed suit.
The 10mm is based upon a rifle round. The .30 caliber Remington was a medium power cartridge like the 30-30 Winchester round. The main difference is the 30-30 has a distinctive rim for extraction, while the 30 Remington has a recessed rim for easy use in auto-loading rifles. The 30 Remington brass is shaved down into the straight-walled 10mm Auto round. The 10mm is controversial in the self-defense role. The 10mm propels a 40 caliber bullet about 180 grains at between 1200-1400 feet per second, rivaling or surpassing the 357 Magnum revolver cartridge depending on your load. Thus, there is something of a bias against the 10mm as being too powerful for defensive use. The famed trial of the late Harold Fish is a firm example of this. Fish’s story had some inconsistencies, but during the trial, his claim of self-defense was challenged because of his use of a 10mm pistol. The prosecution claimed Fish intended to kill by using such a powerful handgun.
The 10mm excels in field use. Pistols chambered in the round have proven themselves adept at both handgun hunting and protection in the bush. Over a conventional medium framed magnum revolver, 10mm pistols, on the whole, carry more ammunition and be lighter on the hip. Those saved ounces matter on a long rendezvous.
The concealed carry market has a 10mm undercurrent. The vast majority of 10mm pistols are large framed handguns based on the CZ75, 1911, or full-sized 10mm Glocks. However, there has been a trend toward stuffing the 10 into something more compact. The Glock 29 subcompact pistol has been around for a while and is a proven performer. Others like the newer EAA Witness Compact are out there, and the continuous caliber debate will undoubtedly spur the new interest in the round into new and dangerous territory.
#GTDistributors is pleased to announce that effective January 26th, 2018, 55% of the company’s stock has been sold to its employee’s retirement plan, through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The Texas-based public safety equipment and uniform distributor’s 100+ employees will become beneficial owners through the ESOP.
This transaction gives employees a financial interest in the success of the business, making the positive bonds between GT Distributors teammates even stronger than they are today. It also rewards those who have played a critical role in GT’s success since the beginning.
Jim Orr, celebrating 35 years with GT, plans to remain President for the long-term and the executive management team at GT will continue in its current form. “It has always been my desire for GT to continue being privately owned and managed, and the ESOP will help us achieve this goal, “said Orr, “The ESOP will enable the continuity of leadership and transition the company from family owned to employee owned. The management team is confident that the ESOP will make us an even stronger company.”
“Seeing the consolidation over the past few years in the public safety equipment and uniform space through mergers and acquisitions, we looked for other avenues of transitioning GT from a family business to something longer term that kept existing management in place and ensured our employees and their families continued job security. So often customer service suffers after an acquisition and faithful employees lose their jobs as they are duplicated elsewhere in the acquiring entity. We feel our existing management and staff know our customers best and understand the company’s future direction.”
The annual #Ohio #Deer&TurkeyExpo returns to Columbus for three days of all things #deer and #turkey hunting March 16-18 at the Ohio Expo Center.
The state’s premier consumer expo for hunting and outdoor enthusiasts features the latest strategies, trends and techniques in hunting while providing a look at innovative new equipment, accessories, clothing and more. In addition to hundreds of hunting and archery exhibitors and outfitter booths, attendees will gain access to interactive activities, seminars and displays: Local hunters can enter their best deer from any season for display and official scoring by the Buckeye Big Buck Club, plus the chance to win awards.
Entry into the contest costs $20 for scoring and display, while pre-scored trophies can be entered for $10. All entries include a three-day pass to attend the expo. Renowned archer Byron Ferguson returns to the Deer & Turkey Expo with his Archery Trick Shot Show. This performance showcases his incredible shooting abilities with a traditional bow, such as hitting flying targets while blindfolded. At various trial ranges throughout the expo, attendees can test new bows, try their hand with an airgun and challenge their hoverball-shooting skills at a fast-paced shooting game featuring moving targets.
Hunters, both novice and advanced, will benefit from seminars led by field experts on topics like increasing buck movement, training hunting dogs and implementing high-tech tactics. Attendees who crave adventure can brave the Live Game Animals and Predators experience, a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with terrifying North American predators — such as the cougar, bobcat, wolf, and both black and grizzly bears — for a nominal fee. Tickets purchased at the door will be $15 for adult one-day, $20 for adult two-day, and $5 for youth ages 6 to 15. Children five years of age and under gain admission free of charge. A complimentary subscription to either Field & Stream or Outdoor Life is included with adult ticket purchases.
The Ohio Deer & Turkey Expo returns to Columbus March 16-18, hosted at the Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. Daily event hours are: Friday, 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.deerinfo.com/ohio-deer-turkey-expo. Tickets purchased online in advance are available at a discounted rate. The Ohio Deer & Turkey Expo is sponsored by Ozonics, Snyper Hunting Products, WCOL 92.3 and The Sportsman’s Box.
Ok, it’s time to write an article on a #knife for you #cowboys out there, the #StockmanKnives . Of course, just like any group, one knife won’t fit all. I’ve dropped out of the world of rodeoing, cowboying and raising cattle but am still a little active on the sidelines.
I’ve noticed the last decade or two a bunch of cowboys are also carrying folding lock blades just like everyone else. And why wouldn’t they? Of all people, they probably need them the most. How many times when roping a calf, having a branding or whatever else occurs on the ranch does someone almost get tangled up in a rope with a mad cow on the other end?
Over 45 years ago when I started rodeoing an older cowboy that helped me get started told me to carry one of the first big locking folders I had ever seen. I think it was called a G96. He said I’d need it for protection while traveling. I cleaned his horse stalls and he bought me my IRA card (International Rodeo Assn.) and talked me into jumping into the pros. I then jumped into the RCA, which is now the PRCA. I wish I had of skipped the IRA. It was pretty crooked. So yes, cowboys carry fold up lock blades but today we want to talk about a knife that all ranch cowboys use, especially in the spring on brandings and round-ups.
The Stockman knife. A stockman knife will have a traditional slip joint that has double ends. Most have three blades and two springs inside that help the blade stay closed or open.. Here are the purposes of the three different blades.CLIP POINT BLADE-This blade is used on the ranch for everything from cutting hay twine to punching holes in a latigo, to opening a can of beans in a line shack. SHEEPFOOT BLADE-This blade was designed for trimming sheep’s feet. The dull back and point allows you to apply pressure with your thumb or finger without getting cut. SPEY BLADE-This is the perfect design to castrate bull calves. On some of the big ranches out West what we do is gather all the cattle in the spring off the pastures and BLM land and congregate them into one big herd. In the old days they held them in a circle and roped the calves off of the herd. Now we gather them all into some powder River Chutes and open one end and cut the cows off. We’ll set up maybe three branding irons in the opening and have cowboys and cowgirls rope a calf and drag it out to a branding iron.
A group of cowboys will be at each branding iron. One will flip the calve, untie it and two will hold it down. In the round-ups I help with one cowboy/cowgirl will work all three stations cutting the bull calves. The cowboys holding down the calf will holler if they have a bull calf and the cutter will go castrate him. If there’s a really good bull calf that the rancher likes he’ll leave it as a bull to be a future herd bull. Usually one cowgirl will be running back and forth vaccinating the calves.
A cyberattack caused the internet disruptions during the #WinterOlympics ’ opening ceremony on Friday night, Olympic officials and security experts said. Jihye Lee, a spokesman for the #Pyeongchang Organizing Committee, confirmed Sunday that “the technology issues experienced Friday night were caused by a cyberattack.”
Mr. Lee did not elaborate on the cause but said that the attack had been quickly addressed and that systems had been stabilized by Sunday. The cyberattack took out internet access and telecasts, grounded broadcasters’ drones, shut down the Pyeongchang 2018 website, and prevented spectators from printing out reservations and attending the ceremony, which resulted in an unusually high number of empty seats. Security experts said they had uncovered evidence that the attack had been in the works since late last year. It was directed at the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee and incorporated code that was specifically designed to disrupt the Games or perhaps even send a political message.
“This attacker had no intention of leaving the machine usable,” a team of researchers at Cisco’s Talos threat intelligence division wrote in an analysis Monday. “The purpose of this malware is to perform destruction of the host” and “leave the computer system offline.” In an interview, Talos researchers noted that there was a nuance to the attack that they had not seen before: Even though the hackers clearly demonstrated that they had the ability to destroy victims’ computers, they stopped short of doing so. They erased only backup files on Windows machines and left open the possibility that responders could still reboot the computers and fix the damage.
“Why did they pull their punch?” asked Craig Williams, a senior technical leader at Talos. “Presumably, it’s making some political message” that they could have done far worse, he said.Talos’s findings matched those of other internet security companies, like CrowdStrike, which determined on Monday that the attacks had been in the works since at least December. Adam Meyers, vice president of intelligence at CrowdStrike, said his team had discovered time stamps that showed the destructive payload that hit the opening ceremony was constructed on Dec. 27 at 11:39 a.m. Coordinated Universal Time — which converts to 6:39 a.m. Eastern Time, 2:39 p.m. in Moscow and 8:39 p.m. in South Korea.
Attackers clearly had a target in mind: The word Pyeongchang2018.com was hard-coded into their payload, as was a set of stolen credentials belonging to Pyeongchang Olympic officials. Those stolen credentials allowed attackers to spread their malware throughout the computer networks that support the Winter Games on Friday, just as the opening ceremony was timed to begin. Security companies would not say definitively who was behind the attack, but some digital crumbs led to a familiar culprit: Fancy Bear, the Russian hacking group with ties to Russian intelligence services. Fancy Bear was determined to be the more brazen of the two Russian hacking groups behind an attack on the Democratic National Committee ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
Beginning in November, CrowdStrike’s intelligence team witnessed Fancy Bear attacks that stole credentials from an international sports organization, Mr. Meyers said. He declined to identify the victim but suggested that the credential thefts were similar to the ones that hackers would have needed before their opening ceremony attack. On Wednesday, two days before the ceremony, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs made an apparent attempt to pre-empt any accusations of Russian cyberattacks on the Games. In a statement, released in English, German and Russian, the agency accused Western governments, press and information security companies of waging an “information war” accusing Russia of “alleged cyber interference” and “planning to attack the ideals of the Olympic movement.”
Nominally, #Russia is barred from the #WinterOlympics , but that was not obvious at the team #figureskating event on Sunday as a cheering section waved the Russian flag and wore ponchos and hockey jerseys in the red, white and blue of the Russian tricolor and shirts and hats that said “Russia in My Heart.”
If there is any enmity toward the Russians for a state-backed system of doping that operated at the 2014 Winter Olympics, it does not appear evident, at least publicly, in this most visible and closely followed of sports at the Games. The audience clapped politely on Sunday, and there seemed to be no booing. After the final round on Monday, the team of Russians won silver behind Canada, which took the gold medal. The United States claimed the bronze. “We felt like at home,” the Russian ice dancer Dmitri Soloviev said. “We felt that every person sitting in each corner of the stadium was yelling the name of Russia.” Russia had won its first medal of these Games on Saturday as Semen Elistratov took a bronze in short-track speedskating and dedicated his podium finish to “all guys that have been excluded from these Games in such a hard and unfair way.”
Figure skating is a much more established and celebrated sport. No country has won more Olympic skating medals than the former Soviet Union and Russia. And no sport other than hockey ratifies Russia’s history of dominant achievement at the Winter Games. Strictly speaking, the silver medal in the team skating competition was awarded to a neutral contingent of “Olympic Athletes From Russia,” and five-ringed Olympic flag would be raised in the medal ceremony, not Russia’s. But that is widely considered a mere technicality. “Everyone will know they are Russians if they have a flag or not,” said Rafael Arutyunyan, a Georgian who coached in Moscow for nearly two decades and now coaches the American Olympians Nathan Chen and Adam Rippon.
Russia was barred from these Games as punishment for systematic doping while playing host to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the Black Sea resort. But 169 individual Russian athletes have been permitted to compete after passing what were said to be rigorous drug screenings. Figure skating has not been immune to the doping scandal. Two prominent Russian skaters, including Ksenia Stolbova, who won silver and gold medals in pairs at the 2014 Games, have been prohibited from these Olympics for reasons that have not been fully explained. Even those who were permitted to compete here nervously awaited clearance. “We didn’t know until the day before the Olympics whether we would go or not,” said Ekaterina Bobrova, Soloviev’s ice dance partner. “Of course this was difficult for us.”
Yet there is seemingly little or no ostracism of the Russian skaters here. They compete regularly on an international circuit, are well known and highly regarded and lend competitive rigor to any skating event. Their absence would lessen the outcome in the view of many in the sport. “If you’re at the Olympics, you want to be with the best people in the world,” said Denise Myers, the coach of the American women’s champion Bradie Tennell. Stéphane Lambiel, the 2006 Olympic silver medalist from Switzerland who is now a coach, said the Russian skaters were being welcomed. “Yes, for sure they are,” Lambiel said. “They are great athletes, and they are working hard. They’re amazing. I’m the first fan of the Russian school.” The Canadian Olympic Committee apologized several days ago for an incident in which a Russian coach said a Canadian delegate had verbally abused him in the Olympic Village about the participation of Russian athletes. On Sunday, Michael Slipchuk, the leader of the Canadian skating team, said none of his skating personnel had been involved.
From the only triple axel landed by a female American #Olympic skater to the first men’s single medal for USA Luge at the Games, U.S. athletes are making history in the #2018WinterOlympics. Athletes from 92 nations are fiercely competing for a chance to stand on those coveted Olympic podiums in Pyeongchang, #SouthKorea. There are 15 different sporting activities and a total of 102 events.
Team USA’s Jamie Anderson took home the gold in the 2018 Winter Games after she performed in less-than-perfect weather conditions. "I was trying to keep the spirits high, like, 'Let's run it,'" the 27-year-old athlete said, according to the Associated Press. "A handful of the girls were like, 'No, it's not safe,' and things like that. It's not like what we're doing is safe, anyhow."
The conditions for the men’s snowboard slopestyle were less than ideal, but 17-year-old Red Gerard made it through the swirling winds to capture the United States’ first gold medal of the 2018 Olympics. Gerard reportedly overslept before his event because he stayed up too late watching Netflix and had to borrow his roommate’s jacket when he couldn’t find his. Still, Gerard, the underdog, overcame the odds and made it to the top of the podium with a score of 87.16.
At 17, Chloe Kim became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal during the Winter Games. Kim dominated two amazing runs on the women’s snowboard halfpipe, earning her the first place spot on the medal podium. Kim’s Olympic dreams were realized with a special family member cheering her on in person – her South Korean grandmother. Kim’s parents emigrated to the U.S. from South Korea, making her Olympic debut in Pyeongchang all the more special.
Winning his third Olympic gold medal, snowboarder Shaun White made history in the 2018 Games as he scored America’s 100th Winter Games gold medal. “The Flying Tomato” is the first American male to win gold in three different Winter Games as well; he won his previous two medals in Turin in 2006 and Vancouver in 2010. White, 31, had a near perfect score of 97.75 on his final run on the halfpipe. He started off strong on his first run but fell on his second of three attempts.
The United States Concealed Carry Association ( #USCCA ), a Wisconsin-based organization providing education, training and self-defense insurance to responsible American #gunowners, will be featured on 60 Minutes for a segment with #CBSNews this coming Sunday, February 11, 2018.
The House has passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act that would allow Americans licensed to carry concealed firearms in their own states to bring those weapons legally into other states. Steve Kroft takes a look at this common-sense legislation that the U.S. Senate could pass and send to the President for his signature. His report will be broadcast on the next edition of 60 Minutes, Sunday, Feb. 11 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT. The interview, which will air across the nation, will feature expert commentary from Tim Schmidt, the Founder & President of The United States Concealed Carry Association on gun rights and legislation moving through Congress.
BACKGROUND: The United States Concealed Carry Association has been urging lawmakers in Congress to follow through on their promise to pass national concealed carry reciprocity, which would ensure that concealed carry permits issued in one state would be considered valid in the other 49 states. U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act through S.446 last year and Congressman Richard Hudson (R-NC) did the same through the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 in H.R.446. The House bill has passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Both bills would ensure that concealed carry permits issued in one state would be respected in them all.
60 Minutes has won more Emmy Awards than any other primetime broadcast, including a special Lifetime Achievement Emmy. It has also won virtually every other broadcast journalism award, plus 15 Peabody awards for excellence in television broadcasting. 60 Minutes was created in 1968 by Don Hewitt and premiered on CBS September 24th of that year.
The Scholastic Clay Target Program ( #SCTP ) has received official notice of dates for its 2018 International National Championships from #USAShooting . This event will be held in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the International Shooting Park, Ft. Carson.
The dates and course of fire are as follows: July 22-23: Open Training both days, 9am – 4pm; July 24-25: Skeet Championships 125 targets; July 26-27: Bunker Trap Championships 125 targets; All teams must register via the SHOT system which will open on or around June 1st.
Individual medals and team trophies will be awarded to the top three in each category. The 2019 SCTP National Team will be decided by this tournament with the top three women and top three men in both categories of International Skeet and Bunker Trap forming the new team for next year.
SCTP would like to thank USA Shooting for its continued support and dedication as their official youth feeder program to the US National team and Olympic dream! Dates for the SCTP’s 2018 Junior Olympic Development Camp and availability will be published shortly. Teams and coaches with any questions may contact SCTP National Director, Tom Wondrash at firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to seeing everyone in Colorado Springs this summer!
#RyanButler will be “ Fishing for Dreams ” at the 2018 #Bassmaster Classic to help raise funds to support the Catch-A-Dream Foundation. Ryan Butler, a 36-year old angler from Blue Eye, MO, will be fishing with a higher purpose in the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic.
Butler, who won the Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship Classic Fish-Off in December, is sponsored by Wilson Combat, the leading innovator in high-performance, custom 1911 handguns, tactical long guns, and accessories. Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, the Classic will be held March 16th – 18th, on Lake Hartwell at Greenville and Anderson, S.C. “As a young child, out fishing with my dad and grandpa, I dreamed about this opportunity. Thanks to the tremendous support and commitment of family and friends, this dream has become my reality,” Butler shared. A devoted family man, Ryan knows the impact that time spent on the water or in the woods can have on a child and an entire family.
“I have a passion for fishing and for helping others. My new hope is to now take this opportunity I have been blessed with and use it to make other people’s dreams come true.” As Ryan considered how to seize this opportunity in the Bassmaster Classic to truly make a difference, it was important to partner with a credible national charity like Catch-A-Dream that places emphasis on our youth, the outdoors, and upon a message of real hope. Ryan sums his mission up nicely, “I wanted to partner with an organization that shares the same values and resource ethic as all of us in the outdoor sport and industry, and that ALL of us, from anglers to fans to sponsors, can wholeheartedly support. This is it! This is a project on which we all can ‘weigh-in’ together and we can make a strong statement about our dedication to our sport, our professions, our families and to those children and families who desperately need to know that hope does, indeed, exist.”
The Catch-A-Dream Foundation has granted over 620 life-changing hunting and fishing experiences to children with life-threatening and terminal medical conditions since its inception in 2000. “We have 2 goals,” he said; “Raise at least $100,000, which will fully fund 20 child trip experiences, and to provide the opportunity for one child and their family, not necessarily a Catch-A-Dream child, the opportunity to attend the 2019 Bassmaster Classic with backstage access and all expenses paid. This, in itself, would be a once in a lifetime experience for one young fishing fan and their family!” “We are humbled and excited to be partnered with Ryan, Wilson Combat, and the entire fishing industry in this unprecedented project,” said Dr. Marty Brunson, CEO for Catch-A-Dream.
Brunson, who was named 2008 Person of the Year by the Fishing Industry Youth Initiative added, “We have a longstanding relationship with the bass fishing community, and obvious common ground with the shooting community, so we look forward to bringing those two groups together for a common cause!” “We created an easy to use platform for this project,” adds Butler. Simply text the keyword BASS to 71777 or visit catchadream.org/ryanbutler to make your tax-deductible donation. It’s convenient, easy and completely secure. “The support and encouragement from my sponsors, especially Wilson Combat, has been tremendous during this journey. Join my sponsors and me, and together, let’s make a difference!” Bulter challenges.
Last Monday, February 5, 2018, two members of the #firearms community [ The Patriot Picket ] were arrested while performing #protest activities on the public sidewalks in front of Lawyers Mall on the Annapolis Maryland State House grounds, as they have done in the same spot consistently for the past three sessions of the General Assembly.
They were handcuffed, taken to the Annapolis Police Department station, processed, ticketed and released within a couple of hours; they received additional tickets related to the original incident when they met with the Maryland Capitol Police the very next day. As of this notice, the Maryland Capitol Police has made a request to the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney to drop all charges.
This incident has a chilling effect on 1st Amendment-protected activity – peaceful assembly and redress of grievances. Those involved, and other members of the firearms community, are making plans to assemble in protest of this infringement of 1st Amendment-protected civil liberties again this coming Monday evening, February 12, 2018, in the same location as the arrests.
Maryland State Rifle And Pistol Association believes in the defense of the entirety of the Constitution and its attendant amendments; if any of our members plan to attend of their own accord, please be cognizant that there may be additional encounters with law enforcement and, based on last Monday's experience, there exists a possibility of arrest related to activities in the area performed by peaceful protesters – please plan accordingly for the safety of any wishing to participate.
The successful launch of #SpaceX ’s Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday at the Kennedy #Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida was a tremendous step toward reasserting American leadership in space.
The Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket launched in the U.S. since the Apollo missions – and it is the most powerful commercial rocket ever made. It can carry nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lbs.) into orbit. This is more than double the payload of the next-biggest rocket currently in operation. For perspective, SpaceX says this is, “a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage, and fuel.”
SpaceX owner Elon Musk also said the rocket system could launch payloads “direct to Pluto and beyond” without the help of gravity assist. This successful test flight should serve as a serious motivator for the National Space Council to jumpstart the nation’s focus on manned space flight. When President Trump reinstated the Space Council on June 30, 2017, he challenged its members to “think big” in space again. The day before the new Space Council met for its first meeting on October 5, 2017, Vice President Pence wrote in The Wall Street Journal that the Council “will refocus America’s space program toward human exploration and discovery.”
The Council must redouble its efforts to meet these challenges. Specifically, the Space Council should heed Vice President Pence’s charge: “To achieve these goals, the National Space Council will look beyond the halls of government for insight and expertise.” The private sector has shown that the conventional wisdom of the slow-moving, risk-averse space bureaucracy is wrong. As, Dr. Robert Zubrin, president and founder of the Mars Society, wrote after the launch: “Seven years ago, the Augustine commission said that NASA's Moon program had to be cancelled because the development of the necessary heavy lift booster would take 12 years and 36 billion dollars.
“SpaceX has now done that, on its own dime, in half the time and a twentieth of the cost. And not only that, but the launch vehicle is three quarters reusable.” In fact, The Wall Street Journal reported in an article its print edition Wednesday titled “For SpaceX, New Rocket Marks Coup” that, the “Falcon Heavy underscores the demise of what used to be the aerospace industry’s reliance on federal dollars for technological breakthroughs.” The Space Council must see the new reality. It must recognize that companies like SpaceX are out-competing government rocket programs. This trend is likely to continue. Instead of focusing our tax-dollars on duplicative efforts, the federal government’s interaction with the space industry must change. We should help these companies achieve more. The Space Council should aggressively develop systems for public-private partnerships with innovative companies such as SpaceX, Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, Sierra Nevada Corporation, and others, where the government takes on the role of an investor – an investor that would be paid back.
Additionally, The Wall Street Journal article noted that the successful test flight could mean the Falcon Heavy could start making paid missions to space within months. The National Space Council should nurture this possibility and quickly create a system that could help support as many U.S.-led launches into space as possible. Only this will create the environment necessary to establish a thriving U.S.-led business ecosystem. If the U.S. does not do this, our competitors will. A future where China or Russia dominates in space is not a safe, secure, or prosperous future for America. The Space Council must also encourage a culture across all federal space programs that allows for failure and quick recovery.
I recently had a discussion with a #gunowner the other day about the availability and cost of particular #ammunition that was only a couple of years ago not only very scarce but expensive when you could find it. We were talking about if he thought that the availability of conventional ammunition could ever get bad again? He laughed stating that with Donald Trump in office, #guncontrol laws at the federal level were likely to be impossible and that there was plenty of ammo out there. So what was there to worry about and why bother with ammunition hoarding.
So is ammunition hoarding crisis over? Have we nothing to fear, or are we just lulling ourselves into a false sense of security?
With the start of a new year, we have new ammunition laws in parts of the country, and if you live in California, that means new bans on ammunition buying. Starting on the first of the year, residents of that state will now have to get their ammunition from a licensed dealer, no more buying ammunition and having it shipped to your place of residence. You will have to hope your dealer has what you need in stock or you will have to pay him for a fee to get ammunition for you.
This of course is only phase one, phase two of the plan is that starting on January 1st, 2019 there will be a background check to be completed when you buy your ammunition which will include a processing fee, which you can bet will drive up the price of that box of shells for your gun. We here in New York are also not immune to this sort of liberal chicanery as Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo put something similar into his landmark Safe Act. We too cannot order ammunition online and have it delivered to our homes anymore. We must be treated like children and have it sent to a dealer to be picked up. Or hope the local gun shop has what we need, and if you live in a rural area where your gun shop is a long drive away, well that’s just too bad, it’s for the good of the people we have been told.
Governor Cuomo also put in a background check condition with ammunition purchases with the Safe Act, but as of yet that hasn’t been implemented, but not because there was a change of heart, but because so far there has been no successful way to make it work.Up until the last year or so, the availability of ammunition in many places was scarce, especially for popular calibers like .22 Long Rifle and .22 Magnum, and the cost, to put it mildly, skyrocketed for a single box of either. Ammunition purchases were rationed, there were stories, some proven true, of big box store employees hiding some for their friends, while many people tried to hunt down what they could just to have on hand. I remember seeing a single fifty round box of Federal .22 Long Rifle ammunition with a price tag of $22 on it. I recall another shop taking five hundred round bricks of .22 LR and the owner splitting them up and putting a hundred rounds in a ziplock bag and asking $15 for each bag. There was a lot of hoarding going on, and there was a lot of price gouging to go with it.
So now we seem to be in a time of ammunition plenty. Even here in New York, I can get as much .22 LR ammo or anything else I want for very cheap prices. You can find .22 Magnum ammunition again when a little more than a year and a half ago, I didn’t see a box of it on a shelf anywhere for over six months. No one is rushing out to line up at the local big box store waiting to see when the truck delivers the ammunition so they can get their three boxes, but we should be very mindful that those times can very quickly come back again.
A good friend of mine has just announced that he will be hosting a #class at one of my favorite ranges in the US, Triple C in Cresson, #TX . Not only are there beautiful #Texas views on this several thousand acre ranch, but you also get a chance to master your red dot #pistol from a F.A.S.T. coin holder and all around good dude.
Scott “Jedi” Jedlinski has become the defacto red dot pistol expert in some of the professional circles that I travel in and is nothing short of a super nice guy that flat out knows his stuff. The class is a two-day affair that I absolutely plan on attending because while I can hold my own with a red dotted pistol, there is always improvement that can be made. Below is some of the course information, if you have the means to do some learnin' from this guy, I highly recommend it.
Prerequisites: Must have already taken a fundamental class by a vetted instructor. Student should be able to clear Dot Torture drill at 3 yards.
Topics Covered: Zeroing your red dot. 10 yard zero. 25 yard confirmation. Ammo selection, Draw and how to stop fishing for the dot. Why back up irons are necessary? Only use the necessary amount of information required to make an acceptably accurate shot at the speed and distance required, Red dots up close. 5 yards and in, Red dots at distance, Speed: Efficiency of draw and presentation. Concealed and Open setups. Speed is the economy of motion. Speed is not useless frenetic movement. Micro Drill training method, Dot tracking: Grip, stance, dot movement, predictability. Stop over confirming the dot!, Modes of Practice: Speed mode. Accuracy Mode. Match/For Realz Mode, How to get better on your own. Dry fire for skill building. Live fire for confirmation, Target transitions, Shooting on the move, Why you should compete, Mini match to test skills.
Equipment needed: Slide mounted red dot pistol, The ability to carry 3 mags (1 in gun, 2 in pouches), Good holster of student's choice. No Serpas. No old leather holsters, 500 rounds of reliable ammo, Eye pro, Ear pro, Open Mind, Pulling his bio from Primary & Secondary, you can see that Scott (or Jedi if you prefer) is no slouch when it comes to mastering a thing.
Lifelong martial artist (TKD, Muay Thai, BJJ), no LEO or military experience (save being an Air Force brat), NRA pistol instructor (who isn’t?). I have received previous training from George Wehby of BlackBelt Tactical, Matt Jacques of Victory First, John Murphy of FPF Training, Chris Sizelove of 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Aaron Brumley of Solo Defense, Steve Fisher of Sentinel Concepts, Greg Ellifritz of Active Response Training, Pat Goodale and Wayne Fisher of PFT Training, Ernest Langdon for Langdon Tactical and private training with Al DeLeon of the State Dept’s MSD unit. I shoot anywhere from 200 to 400 rounds a week. I try to compete three times a month. I train BJJ 2 to 3 times a week. Strength & Mobility training twice a week. I am the 15th recipient of the F.A.S.T Drill coin.
On February 1 2018, the Board of Directors of Safari Club International changed its headquarters designation from Tucson, #Arizona to Washington, DC. The purpose of the move is to focus and intensify SCI's efforts on all forms of advocacy to protect the freedom to hunt, in coordination with other #hunting organizations.
SCI's CEO Rick Parsons will relocate to the SCI office on Capitol Hill in early April. SCI has advocacy, Litigation and communication units in that building. The SCI Foundation, which owns the building, houses its conservation department there. Parsons has a degree in International Law and has specialized in wildlife conservation issues. While working with the U.S. Government, he helped to draft and implement the global treaty (called CITES) that regulates trade in wildlife so as to prevent extinctions. Parsons has been with SCI since 1985. He has hunted in Virginia, Michigan, Texas and South Africa.
At the same Board meeting, the SCI Board applauded the new Advocacy Communications program of SCI that emphasizes an aggressive approach to outbound communication based on the theme of hunter pride. The goal of the program is to provide information about hunting to the vast majority of people who are neutral on the issue. The information will be designed to change the conversation by giving these neutrals something new to consider about hunting. The decision to designate Washington, DC as SCI's headquarters and to relocate the CEO was made in the midst of SCI's 46th Annual Hunters' Convention. The Convention is an extraordinary global gathering of the SCI family and hunting world. In all, 1,100 exhibitors from the U.S. and all over the world showed their hunting opportunities and hunting gear to more than 20,000 attendees.
There were seminars on hunting technique, ethics, legal issues and a host of other topics. There were side meetings with government delegations from Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, China and Kazakhstan, to name some. There were evening events featuring fundraising auctions to support the work of SCI and its sister organization, the SCI Foundation. Between them, SCI and the Foundation put more than $3.5 Million on the ground annually for wildlife conservation, anti-poaching, education and humanitarian efforts related to hunting. SCI also funds a wide variety of advocacy activities in the U.S. and globally. Next year's Convention will be in Reno, Nevada on January 9-12, 2019.
After seeing another #Virginia Citizens Defense League member’s experience flying #AmericanAirlines in a recent newsletter, I would like to add my own, as it differs from the rosy picture they painted.
I recently flew American Airlines from Reagan National to Phoenix and back, with a firearm in my checked baggage. The experience could have been better. When checking in with American at both airports, I had to wait in the same very slow line as all the people who were rebooking flights or doing other special time-consuming things. Once I finally got to the desk, the practices diverged.
The agent at Reagan was content to have me sign the “unloaded firearm” card, place it in the bag, and walk me over to the TSA baggage inspector. In Phoenix, the American Airlines check-in agent insisted that she had to inspect my locked firearm case, and claimed that if she could pry it open enough with her hands to slip a finger inside and touch the gun, the case was not allowed. Indeed, she started prying away at my case and claimed it “technically” did not meet her unpublished standard, but I was able to convince her that since it had flown from Reagan National to Phoenix without a problem. It would also be acceptable to fly the return trip.
Sure enough, the TSA in Phoenix didn't have a problem with my case. One other thing I saw on this trip is the folly of giving business owners the ability to post “no guns” signs that have the force of law. In Arizona, businesses that serve liquor may post special “no firearms allowed” signs and it's a violation of the law to simply carry a gun inside (as opposed to trespassing if you're asked to leave). This gives anti-gun restaurateurs the opportunity to make a statement, and quite a few restaurants had such signs, which are much more obtrusive than the “no guns” signs you sometimes see in Virginia. I avoided those businesses. One final unfortunate thing was the gun ban in National Park Service buildings, which in one case effectively blocked access to armed citizens wanting to visit beautiful and historic sites. Even the privately-operated lodges and motel rooms at the Grand Canyon ban guns, which may go above and beyond the requirements of federal law.
Doug Ritter, #Knife Rights Chairman, and Todd Rather, Knife Rights' Director of Legislative Affairs, were in Austin, #Texas , this week to celebrate last year's enactment of HB 1935. That bill eliminated from Texas statute the prohibition against carrying “illegal knives,” including throwing knives, daggers, dirks, stilettos, poniards, swords, spears and most notably, Bowie knives, as well as blades over 5.5 inches except in a few locations.
The celebration was originally scheduled to be held last September at The Alamo, but tragically, Hurricane Harvey intervened. Knife Rights were honored to hold a presentation ceremony in the House of Representatives Chamber at the Texas Capitol. It only seemed appropriate to do the presentation under the historic portrait of Jim Bowie, hero of the Alamo, whose eponymous knife was finally made legal to carry in Texas by the enactment of HB 1935. Rep. John Frullo, primary bill sponsor, was presented with a specially engraved Bowie donated by Bear and Son Cutlery. Also presented with engraved Bowies was a group of our Texas friends who helped get HB 1935 passed Todd Rathner, Rick Briscoe (Open Carry Texas), Matt Abel (Rep. Frullo's Chief of Staff), Rep. John Frullo, Doug Ritter and AJ Postell (Lone Star Gun Rights).
To recognize his signing of the bill into law, on Tuesday we had the honor of being invited to the Texas Governor's Mansion to present Governor Greg Abbott with a very special Texas Heritage Bowie forged by Texas Knifemakers' Guild President Jason Fry, a sixth generation Texan, who generously donated his efforts. With an overall length of 15 inches, the 9 5/8-inch blade of W2 steel donated by Aldo Bruno features a distinct hamon. The handle is spalted Sycamore from the grounds of the Texas Capitol, dyed and stabilized by Terry Dunn of LaVernia, Texas.
The guard and spacer are wrought iron from a rail of the first railroad into Dallas in 1872 that was donated by Will Frary of Grapevine, Texas. The coined spacers are 1836 Capped-Bust Silver Half Dollars, signifying the year Texas won its independence from Mexico. The stand is Mesquite from Abilene, Texas, donated by one of Fry's cousins, also a sixth generation Texan. The wrought iron square nails forged to shape for the stand are from the house of 1840s settler Allen Urquhart who founded Jefferson, Texas, donated by Don Millhouse of Fredericksburg, Texas.
Sturm, #Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is pleased to announce that Randy's Hunting Center of Michigan has been named 2017 #Ruger Retailer of the Year. Owner Randy Brown was recognized for his support of Ruger, his industry leadership in firearms retailing and his enthusiasm for the promotion of new products.
Randy received an engraved Ruger Scout Rifle in .450 Bushmaster in recognition of his outstanding performance. The award was presented on January 23rd during the 40th Annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Randy's Hunting Center was the clear choice for our 2017 award recipient,” said Shawn Leska, Vice President of Sales. “Randy insisted that we manufacture the Ruger American Ranch Rifle in .450 Bushmaster, and his prediction of the success of that model was astounding. We thank him for bringing the idea to us, and for his hard work in selling as many of them as possible to his customers,” he concluded.
Randy Brown started Randy's Hunting Center in Bad Axe, Michigan. The family-owned business, run with the support of Randy's six sons, has been a longtime friend of Ruger. They focus on putting their business on the road each weekend, traveling to gun shows. “We are truly honored to receive this award,” said Randy Brown. “Ruger's dedication to product innovation keeps our job exciting. I humbly accept this award on behalf of our hard-working employees and look forward to continued success with the Ruger brand.”
It’s the shootout sport that Hollywood created… the #CowboyFastDraw World Championship from Fallon, #Nevada with the best who can draw and thumb their single actions in a fraction of a second.
Plus, Honored American Veterans Afield celebrates 10 years of helping wounded vets get back to the range. And Savage Arms introduces the AccuFit Kit to match you to your best shooting position.
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On October 6, 2018, the San Juan Defensive #Pistol Association will be hosting the 2018 #NewMexico State #IDPA Championship, here in Farmington New Mexico. This will be a Tier 3 Match with 13 stages. We are anticipating up to a 150 shooter’s for the match.
Interest in this event has already come from Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, California, and all over New Mexico. Past participation has come from as far away as Pennsylvania, and Florida. We are anticipating a great turnout! This will ensure not only the success of our event, but also plenty of opportunity for your name and/or logo to be seen by many people in a short amount of time. We will be advertising this event literally worldwide via the IDPA website, with a link to our own website, where all of our sponsors will be seen.
Planning an event of this size has proven itself to be quite a task. We have come up against a few obstacles with which we are hoping to get some help. These include prizes for various giveaways at the match itself, funds for awards, supplies, and other details that need to be addressed. Your contribution will help ensure the success of our event this year, and in the years to come.
With your support, your company name and logo could be displayed prominently on our match banner, t-shirts, your banner displayed at one or more stages, in the Course of Fire, in our shooters handbook and /or in any online advertising we do in support of our match. The online exposure alone will be seen by thousands of dedicated shooters literally worldwide.
Champion #UTV #racer Sara Price is joining forces with #SuperATV for the upcoming King of the Hammers. Price will be racing a SuperATV backed Polaris RZR XP 1000 at this one-of-a-kind event.
Price, along with co-driver Erica Sacks, will take on the UTV race in the notoriously difficult King of the Hammers on February 7. The event combines desert racing speed with a technical rock crawling challenge and draws competitors from across motorsport disciplines to Johnson Valley, California, each February.
Last year, racing an 800cc UTV, Price and co-driver Sacks pulled off an impressive Top 20. “I couldn't be more excited to be back racing one of the toughest one-day off road events in my SuperATV Polaris RZR,” said Price.
The driver has had a promising start to her race week. She placed 15th out of 118 entrants in qualifying held Saturday. 2018 is the fourth year that SuperATV has partnered with Price's UTV racing program. “SuperATV is like an extended family to me. I had the chance to visit their facility this last December and were so well received,” said Price. “I'm stoked, to be partnering with them again in 2018!”
Price's adds King of the Hammers to a full slate of competition activities this season, with a full schedule announcement coming soon. Her adventures will be extensively documented on her social channels. In 2017, Price's calendar included a diverse array of events, including a select series of off-road truck races and a pair of factory backed hill climbs in a Fiat rally car.
Named the 2016 Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Rising Star, Price started racing dirtbikes at the age of eight, collected 19 titles and medaled in Women's Super X at the 2010 X Games. She rode for Kawasaki as the first factory-supported female racer in motocross and holds the record as the most winning female amateur to date. The versatile competitor has raced winning UTV campaigns in the WORCS series, Lucas Oil Regional series, and the Terracross Championship where she finished undefeated in 2015 to take the women's title. When she isn't racing, Price works as a stunt professional performing on motorcycles and on four wheels and as a precision driver for television and film.
The FN 509 made a huge splash last spring with shooters that were looking for a #pistol that has a full-size grip and a shorter, commander length slide. I was lucky enough to receive not one, but two examples for testing in early 2017. The best part about it? FN was kind enough to fit a pre-production FN 509 Apex flat trigger in one of the guns at the factory. Huge thanks to Tom and Kristina at FN as well as Paul at #Apex for making that happen.
Why upgrade the trigger? Now the first question that you might be asking is why should I upgrade the trigger on my FN 509, it is pretty solid out of the box and I don't think that it needs anything. After shooting the flatty trigger side by side with the factory FN 509 trigger, I have to say, it is absolutely a worthwhile upgrade.
What's in the box!?!? Inside the box, you will get the flat trigger mated to Apex's own trigger bar and a sear. I am told install will be straightforward and easy, sadly I do not have the first-hand experience with that since the trigger was installed by FN when the gun was assembled.
Trigger Weights: First, let's look at the overall trigger pull weight. The factory 509 trigger weighs in at approximately 6 pounds 4 ounces on my Timney Triggers scale. I find that the manual trigger gauges are slightly more accurate than the electronic versions and tend to use the Timney gauge far more often than my Lyman electronic gauge in case you were wondering.
With the Apex flat trigger installed on the FN 509, the trigger pull weight drops to a very palatable 5 pounds on the nose as measured on the same Timney trigger pull gauge. There are a few other redeeming qualities about the Apex trigger that make it a clear choice if you are looking for a better shooting experience from your FN 509.
The overall trigger reach is just about perfect for average size hands and the trigger shoe does a great job of locating your finger in exactly the same place on the shoe thanks to a small kick out at the bottom of the shoe. Take up is minimal and you find a reasonably well-defined wall as soon as the striker is finished with its cocking stroke. Cocking stroke? You might be confused. The Fn 509 is technically a double action pistol so the striker needs to be partially cocked when the trigger is pulled resulting in some nice resistance as you mash your finger onto the nicely finished face of the trigger.
Once the trigger reaches that wall the break is reasonably crisp, but not single action trigger good as you would expect. Asking a pistol that is effectively a double action striker gun to feel like a match 1911 trigger is not even close to reasonable. The trigger overtravel is minimal thanks to the cleverly designed overtravel limiting finger on the back of the trigger.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) announces the addition of #CrowShootingSupply as the 19th independent distributor of #Ruger #firearms in the United States.
“We are excited to add Crow Shooting Supply to our two-step distribution network,” said Shawn Leska, Vice President of Sales at Ruger. “As one of the few firearms manufacturers that remains committed to two-step distribution, Ruger is continually looking for ways to improve its network. We are confident that the addition of Crow will help us achieve our long-term goals and better serve the shooting sports market,” he concluded.
Based in Montezuma, Iowa, Crow Shooting Supply is a family-owned national wholesale distributor of firearms, ammunition, reloading components and shooting accessories. Proudly serving retail gun shops, major sporting goods stores, gun clubs, shooting ranges and government agencies for 35 years, Crow is a full-line supplier of nearly 120 of the world's premier industry manufacturers. Crow Shooting Supply serves customers from warehouses located in Nevada, Iowa and North Carolina. “We are excited to add Ruger's great brand to our product lineup,” said Steve Crow, General Manager of Crow Shooting Supply. “They continue to bring innovative, affordable products that our customers want, and we are proud to offer those great firearms as well.”
#FreedomConceptsLaboratory is proud to offer custom #pistol builders a new option for making their own #firearms, introducing the Liberty line of 80% polymer 1911 frames.
Developed by Foxtrot Mike Products Inc, the 80% frames accept standard 1911 slides, magazines, and internal parts. Bringing modern ergonomics to a 100-year-old design, the frame features different sized backstraps and generous scallop cuts to make operating the controls comfortable for shooters of all hand sizes. The reusable 80% frame jig comes with all the tools required for final manufacturing.
The Liberty MkIX, featuring a full size grip, will be available March 2018 in the following models: • MkIX-G Government Model for a traditional 5” slide • MkIX-Gx Extended Model for a 5” slide with a full length rail • MkIX-O Officer Model for a traditional 4” slide • All three models have a suggested retail price of $139
“FCL was formed to produce innovative, high quality firearm products that are within the reach of all consumers,” said Paul, CEO of FCL. “We use cutting edge materials, combined with trend setting manufacturing techniques, to push the boundaries of performance.”
In the past, custom 1911 builds have had a reputation for requiring a lot of hand fitting. Freedom Concepts Laboratory 80% frames greatly simplify this process, requiring 40% fewer parts than a standard 1911, with a patent-pending modular backstrap that captures the mainspring assembly, making it easy to finish your pistol.
All Liberty frames are set up to be completely ambidextrous. Freedom Concepts Laboratory is introducing an aftermarket 100% ambi kit, for a suggested retail of $75, however all Liberty frames come with a right-hand magazine release, and readily accept standard 1911 thumb safeties and slide stops. All three Freedom Concepts Laboratory 80% MkIX frames will be shipping in March, available exclusively at Brownells and the Glockstore.
All #HonorDefense #pistols meet or exceed industry and U.S.A standards for safety. These include the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/Sporting Arms Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute, Inc. (SAAMI), and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) test protocols.
Abusive handling (drop tests and jar off tests) have been conducted internally and confirmed by an outside laboratory recognized by the State of California. Recent events indicate that handling an Honor Guard pistol beyond U.S.A. safety standards by dropping or striking the firearm with a hammer may cause an unintentional discharge. As a result, Honor Defense has developed an upgrade to the Honor Guard striker assembly (within the slide).
To receive the upgrade, go the Honor Defense website and follow the directions outlined in the Honor Guard Upgrade section. Once received, Honor Defense will upgrade your slide unit and promptly return it to you. This upgrade will provide increased drop performance beyond U.S.A safety standards and is available to all owners of an Honor Guard pistol.
Details of this program will be available on www.honordefense.com on January 21, 2018. Honor Defense is committed to providing the best single stack pistols for personal protection and using only American craftsmanship and parts for our firearms. Honor Defense pistols have been designed utilizing 100 percent USA parts, materials with every firearm assembled by Veterans. Honor Defense is also committed to safety and ensuring we produce the finest possible firearms.
For example, in addition to exceeding industry standards, the Honor Guard is designed for disassembly without pulling the trigger, or the use of tools. This is part of the Honor Defense commitment to safety and overcomes one of the major safety issues consumers have with striker-fired firearms. The added feature of a take-down lever eliminates a disassembly activity that could potentially lead to an accidental discharge.
#Mossberg , an industry leader in #firearms manufacturing and innovation, is pleased to announce recognition for their 590 Shockwave 12-gauge pump-action with a National Rifle Association ( #NRA ®) Publications Golden Bullseye Award. Presented by Shooting Illustrated magazine, Mossberg will be awarded the title of 2017 Shotgun of the Year for the 590 Shockwave during the 2018 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, to be held in Dallas, Texas, on May 4th.
Now in their 16th year, the NRA Publications Golden Bullseye Awards acknowledge the finest products available in the shooting sports. Winners are selected by a seven-member committee consisting of editors, graphic designers and veteran NRA Publications staff, representing more than a century of collective experience in the shooting and hunting industry.
For consideration of a Golden Bullseye Award, the product must be recently-introduced and available to consumers; evaluated by a NRA staff member or regular contributor to the magazine; exceeded the evaluator’s expectations; be innovative in design and function; and styled in a manner befitting the shooting and hunting industry.
“This is a tremendous honor; and on behalf of everyone at Mossberg, I would like to express our appreciation to the NRA Publications staff and specifically, Shooting Illustrated, for this prestigious award,” commented John MacLellan, Mossberg’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The 590 Shockwave represents the innovative culture at Mossberg and the company’s desire to bring game-changing, high-value firearms to the marketplace.”
Mossberg introduced the 590 Shockwave 12-gauge at the 2017 SHOT Show, accompanied by a determination letter from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). With its 14-inch barrel and overall length of 26.37 inches, the 590 Shockwave is defined as a “Non-NFA Firearm” and requires no tax stamp for purchase. This compact 12-gauge has all of the features of Mossberg’s legendary pump-action platform combined with the latest innovation from Shockwave Technologies, their Raptor® pistol grip, and a strapped forend for improved handling. For more information, please visit www.mossberg.com.
#Ruger #Firearms has generously donated a rare and collectible “U.S.” marked Mark II .22 LR caliber pistol to benefit the Scholastic Action Shooting Program. The pistol is being auctioned on Gunbroker.com now through January 31, 12:30 PM eastern time.
We have for auction a “U.S.” marked Mark II .22 LR caliber pistol with a rollmark date of November 3, 1983.
The serial number is 19-79748. It is likely a proto-type of the MK678G training pistols manufactured for the U.S. Army from 1984 – 1986. The pistol has a heavy tapered 6-7/8 inch barrel. The “U.S.” stamp is larger than the contracted models, and the front sight is a higher Patridge-type fixed front sight.
Additionally, the U.S. Army pistols’ serial numbers began with prefix 210-. In 1983, Ruger was awarded a contract from the U.S. Army, Rock Island Arsenal for a .22 caliber target and training pistol for the U.S. armed forces. A new model was established to meet the U.S. Army’s requirements (catalog no. MK678G), and this was the first time Ruger Mark II pistols were equipped with 6 7/8″ bull barrels. The MK678G pistols were rollmarked “U.S.” on the right side of the barrel/receiver assembly, had finer sights, a roller-burnished chamber, and enhanced accuracy.
Special targeting methods were developed using a (then) new laser sighting system, which was later granted a U.S. patent. The laser targeting system worked very well during production, and each pistol was packed with a target attesting to its compliance with the U.S. Government accuracy standards for such pistols. The duration of the contract lasted until 1986, and the Company ultimately shipped over 17,000 pistols to the U.S. Army. No “U.S.” marked pistols were shipped commercially during the period of the government contract.
The pistol is being sold “as is,” and the purchaser assumes all liability for its safe and proper ownership, storage, use, and resale. The pistol is a part of the Ruger factory collection in Southport, Connecticut, and a Certificate of Authenticity will be mailed to the winner of the auction. Note: the winner of this auction will be responsible for paying the Federal Excise Tax. The auction ends on January 31, 2018 and 100% of the auction proceeds will be donated to the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation’s Scholastic Action Shooting Program.
Sturm, #Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to announce that the Mark IV and Ruger American #Pistol each received a “Golden Bullseye Award” from the National Rifle Association's American Rifleman magazine. These pistols were named 2018 American Rifleman “Handgun of the Year” and “Women's Innovation Product of the Year,” respectively.
The Golden Bullseye Awards recognize recently introduced products that are available to consumers prior to the selection. Products considered for recognition are tested by American Rifleman staff or regular contributors. The selection criteria explain that winning products should be “reliable in the field, meeting or exceeding the evaluator's expectations; innovative in design and function; readily perceived as a value to the purchaser; and styled in a manner befitting the shooting and hunting industry and, perhaps more importantly, its enthusiasts.”
“We are humbled to receive not one, but two awards from American Rifleman magazine,” said Ruger President & CEO, Chris Killoy. “A significant amount of engineering and design innovation went into the development of these two pistols, and we are pleased to know that the American Rifleman staff members are as fond of these revolutionary handguns as we are,” he concluded.
The Mark IV is Ruger's latest development in the Mark Series line of pistols. Beginning with the Standard Pistol that launched the Company in 1949, this line of pistols has undergone a series of enhancements with the development of the Mark I, Mark II™ and then the Mark III. The Mark IV maintains the same classic outward appearance of its predecessors, but incorporates a significant improvement customers love – a simple, one-button takedown for quick and easy field-stripping. A recessed button in the back of the frame allows the barrel-receiver assembly to tilt up and off of the grip frame without the use of tools. The bolt simply slides out of the receiver and the barrel can be properly cleaned from chamber-to-muzzle. Since the release of the Mark IV, the line has expanded to include 15 unique configurations.
Originally introduced in December 2015, the feature-rich Ruger American Pistol was designed with the latest U.S. Military standards in mind and was tested in the harshest environments to ensure the rugged reliability consumers have come to expect from Ruger. The Compact model made its debut one year later in 2016 with a 3.55″ barrel, overall dimensions of 6.65″ long, 4.48″ high and a weight of 28.7 ounces with an empty magazine. The Ruger American Pistol Compact model shares all of the features and rugged reliability of the duty-size gun in a smaller, lighter, more concealable package.
Sturm, #Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) proudly announces it has signed three new members to its professional #shooting team: Randi Rogers, Dave Olhasso and James McGinty. The addition of these talented shooters, led by Team Captain Doug Koenig, provides Team Ruger with an unstoppable foundation to compete at the highest levels within the shooting sports arena.
“We are thrilled to be signing Randi, Dave and James to Team Ruger,” said Chris Killoy, Ruger’s President and CEO. “Who better to show the world just how rugged and reliable our product lineup truly is than these proven competitors,” he concluded. Team Ruger will make its national debut at the start of the 2018 shooting season, with shooters competing in various shooting events from IDPA, SASS, ICORE, NRA Bianchi Cup, Steel Challenge, USPSA and a number of other state and national competitions. “I am excited to build the base of Team Ruger with a highly talented, diverse group of shooters like Randi, Dave and James,” said Doug Koenig, Team Ruger’s Captain. “These three will not only be successful, but will also demonstrate the quality and accuracy of Ruger firearms.”
Randi Rogers: The shooting sports are a part of all aspects of Randi’s life. She works as the Sales and Marketing Manager for holster manufacturer Comp-Tac Victory Gear. In her spare time, she can be found practicing at the range, writing for different outdoor publications and finding new ways to help men and women of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels enjoy the recreation and entertainment of target shooting. In the last 20 years, Randi has won over 63 World and National titles in action shooting competitions such as SASS, IDPA, IPSC, USPSA and 3-Gun. As an outdoor enthusiast, Randi also dabbles in hunting, fishing and spending time in the great outdoors.“ I have a deep family heritage in competitive shooting, and Ruger firearms have been a part of that from the start,” said Rogers. “I am proud and excited to be part of a brand that provides such a quality diverse product mix while competing in a variety of disciplines including SASS, IDPA, USPSA, 3-Gun and even PRS shooting.”
Dave Olhasso: 2018 marks Dave’s 20th year as a competitive shooter. During the past two decades, he has racked up many titles in multiple shooting sports divisions including USPSA, IDPA, Steel Challenge, ICORE and 3-Gun. Dave has proven himself as a capable winner across many disciplines using a wide variety of firearms platforms. “I am very pleased to be part of a brand that is known for its reliability and extensive catalog of rugged firearms,” said Olhasso.
James McGinty: James began shooting local competitions with his father when he was just eight years old. At the age of 12 he started competing in IDPA matches and by age 15, he had become a master in the Enhanced Service Pistol (ESP) division. In 2008, James qualified for the IPSC World Shoot Junior Open Team where Team USA won gold. In 2009, he captured the IDPA World Championship title in the ESP division. Most recently, James has been competing in Steel Challenge, ICORE, 3-Gun, IDPA and USPSA, finishing in the top tier of his divisions. “I am thrilled to represent such a great company that makes some of the most reliable firearms in the industry,” said McGinty.
Bob Milligan was born in Port Alberni, #BritishColumbia. From an early age, Milligan was not like other children; instead of playing with friends and going out for sports, he spent his time #hunting and #fishing Vancouver Island. His love for the outdoors lit up like wildfire when his father, Bob Milligan, Senior, purchased a hunting territory in 1984, located in northern B.C. From age 14, Milligan spent his summers there guiding fishermen where he fell in love with the guiding lifestyle. Despite appeals from his parents to become a doctor or engineer, it was clear to Milligan that he only wanted to be one thing – a Guide-Outfitter.
Milligan continued to help guide in the territory until he was nineteen when his life was turned upside down. In the spring of 1989, his parents were killed in a floatplane crash. They left the hunting territory to Milligan and his minor siblings, making him the youngest outfitter in British Columbian history. The tragedy left Milligan with the unhappy decision of whether to sell the outfit or run it. Ultimately, his love for the territory prevailed and he determined to keep his parents alive through the company.
Bob Milligan and his magnificent territory are well-known throughout the hunting community and it isn’t hard to realize why! Milligan has owned and operated the largest guide territory in British Columbia for 27 years and with the largest territory comes the largest game. Hunters from around the world continuously contact Milligan in hopes that he can assist them in harvesting some of the world’s biggest mountain goat and grizzly bear. He has personally guided well over 1,000 hunters with an incredible success rate. It is safe to say that Bob Milligan is one of the world’s best guide-outfitters. Among his greatest trophies are the number one Pope &Young mountain goat and the number one muzzleloader grizzly bear. Milligan is the grandfather of winter goat hunting and is responsible for the 100 percent success rate that SCI hunters have enjoyed for years. He claims that this is his biggest hunting highlight. All of these accomplishments have earned Milligan one of SCI’s highest honors, The North American Professional Hunter of the Year Award.
I was looking online for an old Aaron Tippin song I heard back in 1991 during Operation Desert Storm. The song was “You've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything” ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHIw6vs4z0w ). What Mr. Tippin was trying to tell the world through his song was sometimes things were just too important to be on the sideline and not engaged. Sometimes you have to pick a side and stand up for your side–perhaps going against the flow that is supposed to be considered normal.
In the words of the song Tippin tells how his father had to make hard decisions in life based on his beliefs and while he may have been right, there is always an opposing side that rejects your opinion and may even attack your ideas. You must however, continue to stand on your principles. In researching this issue of standing for what you believe I came across someone else who espoused the concept of standing up for what you believe in.
“If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything,” Malcolm X. In the US military you are taught to stand and render the proper customs and courtesies (in most cases a hand salute) to a person senior to you or to the flag of our nation. But, what if you do not like that SOB of an officer coming toward you as you move down the sidewalk on base? Do you walk across the street to avoid being forced to render a salute to someone you dislike or maybe even detest? Do you duck into the nearest building to make a point that “no way are you going to give into mandatory respect”?
WWII Army combat veteran Major Dick Winters, made famous by the Band of Brothers HBO series, is quoted saying “You salute the rank not the man.” This after an officer who had once out ranked Major Winters failed to render the proper salute to the now senior Major Winters. I can think of a number of very senior officers I worked for on active duty that I have absolutely little to no respect for because of their public and their private actions. This does not mean, should I encounter them while in uniform, I would not render the proper courtesies. Salute the rank not the person, no matter how distasteful they are to you. Don't disrespect the military uniform they wear, because of your personal dislike for them.
Don't disrespect the flag of your nation because you dislike some of the officials duly elected to run the country. Politicians and controlling political parties come and go in the power struggle to lead our nation. What does not come and go is our Constitution and our flag. They are both a constant in the life of our country and in the safety of our nation.
#Beretta showcased their new 9mm submachine gun at this years #SHOTShow. Developed for law enforcement and military customers, the Beretta PMX is a blowback system with a closed-bolt firing mode. It features a 6.9-inch barrel. A sound suppressor can be “employed when the tactical need requires it, both with subsonic and supersonic ammunition,” the press release says.
Both the barrel and bolt are machined from high-strength steel to withstand harsh environments. The gun includes a three-position fire selector—for safe, single and full-auto fire—on both sides of the polymer lower receiver for right and left-handed users.
According to the presser, the selector safety blocks the sear and an automatic firing pin block stops forward movement of the firing pin unless the trigger is fully pulled, or in the event the PMX is dropped by accident. The bolt is held open and rearward by a bolt-open lever after the last round is fired. This lets you know immediately that the PMX doesn’t have a round in the chamber or mag.
Special surface finishes and treatments are applied to the metal parts of the firing mechanisms and on areas of friction between components. This, the company says, reduces maintenance wear and maintenance operations.
Beretta PMX Specs
- Caliber: 9 x 19 mm
- Magazine Capacity: 30 rounds
- Barrel Length: 6.9 in. (175 mm)
- Overall Length: Extended stock – 25.2 in. (640 mm), Folded stock – 16.5 in. (418 mm)
- Overall Height (With Magazine): Without sights – 9.8 in. (250 mm), With folded sights – 10.6 in. (270 mm)
- Overall Width: With extended stock – 2.9 in. (74 mm), With folded stock cocking handle right – 3.4 in. (86 mm), With folded stock cocking handle left – 3.9 in. (100 mm)
- Line of sight: 9.8 in. (250 mm)
- Weight (Unloaded): 5.3 lbs (2.4 kg)
- Locking System: Blowback
- Operating System: Semi-auto and full-auto
- Safety: Manual safety on selector which locks the trigger and automatic firing pin safety with bolt open lever
- Sights: Rear sight adjusts in windage. Front sight adjusts in elevation. Both are removable.
- Stock: Polymer and light alloy metals
- Special Features: Picatinny rails MIL-STD-1913 positioned top, bottom and on sides of receiver; vertical front hand guards
#SIGSAUER , Inc., The Complete Systems Provider and leader in military, #lawenforcement and personal defense markets, was honored this weekend with the New Hampshire Chapter for the #Military Officers Association of America (MOAA-NH) Granite State Warrior Award. The award, along with letters from United States Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), were presented during a reception at the Portsmouth (NH) Country Club to Gabe Bailey of SIG SAUER’s Defense Strategies Group.
The annual award was established in 2011 to recognize outstanding contributions of a New Hampshire-based organization that meets one of the following criteria: Enhances the war fighting capabilities of US military forces through the development and introduction of weapon systems and/or subsystems that have led to the strengthening of our national security, or: Improves the health, morale, welfare, and recognition of US military personnel and their direct families through the creation and delivery of unique services either in the US or where are military forces are deployed. Such services are specifically designed to improve the quality of life of our military forces and their families.
The award follows a banner year for SIG SAUER, which earned the U.S. Military’s coveted Modular Handgun System (MHS) contract for the XM17 and XM18 pistols, variants of the innovative P320 pistol, which is available in the commercial market and in service with law enforcement, government and military agencies all over the world.
“The annual presentation of our Granite State Warriors Award gives our membership a rare opportunity to recognize and thank the New Hampshire based organization and/or New Hampshire resident that has made the greatest contributions to our war fighting capabilities or who has improved the lives of those serving, their families and those who have served this great country,” said Bruce F. Avery, CDR, USN (Ret), Director, Past President, and Chairman of the MOAA-NH Granite State Warriors Award Committee.
“We are honored to receive such a prestigious award,” said SIG SAUER Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President Tom Taylor. “SIG SAUER is proud to have its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in the Granite State, where we are relentless in support of our nation’s military, law enforcement officers and law-abiding citizens." The New Hampshire Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America has approximately 800 members who meet six times each year. The MOAA is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization located in Alexandria, VA.
#RIOAmmunition continues to expand its product portfolio to meet the different needs of a wide range of demanding US #shooters. The company, headquartered in the US in Dallas (Texas), will introduce four new product lines during #SHOTShow 2018 featuring important innovations that will improve the performance of both target and game shooters.
The new Royal Pheasant range has copper-plated lead pellets and will be available in a wide range of gauges (12, 20 and 28 as well as magnum gauges 12 and 20). The copper plated shot increase pattern performance and improves results in the field.
The Spreader line boosts a cutting-edge wad specifically designed by RIO which improves dispersion by 25% compared to other spreader wads. This combined with a high velocity of 1,350 fps makes these shotshells ideally suited for rabbit targets and close distance clays.
Anticipating the coming spring turkey season, the company is also launching a new line of turkey loads starting with a magnum 12 gauge 3” 1-3/4 oz and 3 ½” containing a full 2 oz of shot. This product features a special buffer defined by the company for its mechanical and granularity properties which considerably improves performance compared to non-buffered shotshells. During tests performed by RIO, the shots on target at 40 yards increased up to 10%. In addition, the pellets are copper-plated providing greater structural integrity of the shot, increasing energy downrange and stopping power.
The fourth product introduced by RIO Ammunition at SHOT Show is the Vintage 1896 Paper line, named after the year in which the company started producing its first cartridges. The hulls of this shotshell are made of paper instead of plastic, ensuring the same experience felt by shooters 120 years ago when the cartridges were handmade, while at the same time being more environmentally friendly. The initial product range is ideal for clays and flyers.
“The new lines are a continued effort to provide better products at a great value. With over 120 years of experience and world-wide exposure we’ve leveraged what we’ve learned in other markets to make new and interesting shells for the US shooter”, explained Ken Pfau, RIO Ammunition General Manager.
You’re never too hold to harvest your first #deer, as Ron Goza proved late last year. Goza is 77, and the button #buck he took recently allowed him to receive the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s certificate for “My First Deer.”
“I’ve hunted with my son-in-law the past few years and tried to get one and just never did, year after year, just never did. But I always say, maybe next year, maybe next year,” he said. “Next year” finally arrived for Goza on a cold morning a few weeks back. “I was out there again with my son-in-law and I told him when we saw a deer, ‘Son, this is it, or not at all.’ About two seconds later, I took the shot.”
Goza says he fired a shot from his .30-30 rifle that appeared to pass through one shoulder of the buck and out the other. The deer began to run. Goza’s first thoughts: “Oh, no.” But then after a few yards, the deer dropped near a creek. “I was happy, really happy, honestly happy,” he exclaimed with such excitement apparent in his voice even a few weeks after the event.
Goza said he grew up getting to hunt some with his grandfather, but mostly for squirrels around his native Cleburne County. His granddad let him hunt with a .22 rifle. He remembered later taking three squirrels on one trip with a single-shot 12-guage.
But he said he never had a chance for a deer when he was younger. He says it wasn’t until he was in his early 60s that the chance for a deer arrived. He now lives with his youngest daughter and son-in-law in Louann in southern Arkansas, where this deer was taken.
“I’ve just enjoyed it, I love hunting, just love it very much,” Goza said. “This looks like it was a young deer, really. It was a good, nice-sized deer. The meat was real tender. Our pastor and my son-in-law dressed it and I’ve got it in my freezer, though we ate some already. “I’ll be looking for the big buck next year. But this was a dream come true. I couldn’t hardly believe it, that I actually got one, I really got one.”
I often hear stories about this or that #instructor. They range from awesome to keep it positive to not awesome. This column started with the idea that I regale you with a few of these stories concerning my fellow man (and, in some cases, woman). Then it occurred to me, why not discuss what to look for when it’s time to spend hard-earned money on #firearm #training?
The Résumé I will jump right on this hand grenade: Having a good résumé does matter. What matters less is what is on that résumé when it comes to life experiences. If you want a shooting instructor, find an individual that has what it takes to teach you to shoot. Having many notches cut into their pistol grips does not make them better shooting instructors. And if you haven’t got it yet, it is as simple as this: One doesn’t have to have shot terrorists in the face to be a worthwhile instructor. I have met several effective shooting instructors who have no experience in combat. (Some of these folks tell the best war stories, which is a credibility problem. These types of individuals have the belief that colorful war stories make them a better man. This is simply not true.) Does combat experience count for something? Sure. But it isn’t a prerequisite in the shooting instructor world.
However, I do recommend researching a prospective instructor’s résumé well enough to know if what they say about their career is true or an embellishment. If an instructor has an issue with telling the truth, you should question their overall character — or lack thereof.
Good instructors don’t have to shoot, right? Many times I’ve heard, “You don’t have to be a good shooter to teach shooting.” This might be true in beginner and basic course circles. It is not true when it concerns advanced shooting. If you want an instructor who can tell you how to do it but can’t demonstrate, you’ll get nothing out of that class. Stepping onto the range with a person who can’t (or won’t) step up and demonstrate what they’re asking students to do should lose all credibility. There’s no problem letting students shoot awhile without a demo, but at some point, you must be able to step up and show exactly what you are trying to teach. The instructor doesn’t need to be the best in the class, but they should be competent enough to actually show you what their intentions are, safely.
Carry a gun. “I took a class and the instructor didn’t even carry a gun.” Holy moly! How could this be? If you are a shooting instructor, or if you are a student researching for a shooting instructor, it would be a good idea to find one that actually carries a gun. I never thought that I would have to say this since it should be implied. For some, the train fell off the tracks along the way. I am not saying one can’t reach out to a student and borrow a firearm to demonstrate, but an instructor should have their own.
Students should be taught to use the tools at hand. Long ago in a land far, far away (East Tennessee, that is), I took a shooting class from a well-known instructor. I couldn’t wait to hear the volumes of knowledge that would be bestowed upon my class of mere mortals. This class was to teach the finer points of the use of the combat carbine. Right out of the gate, this instructor belittled every person in the crowd carrying an AR. “The only reliable battle rifle on the planet is the FN-FAL!” he said. “Nothing else will do.”
Handloading or reloading accomplishes a few things. It teaches #shooters about #ammunition and also greatly decreases the cost to shoot. Always follow manufacturers’ #reloading guidelines before attempting to reload. Kent Sakamoto, senior product line manager for RCBS, has been handloading since 2002. “There are those that like to handload and those that have to handload,” Sakamoto said. “There are two reasons to handload — to save money and to improve performance.” Did you know that nearly two-thirds of the cost of one round of ammunition is in that little brass case that gets left on the ground? Handloading means you can send more ammunition downrange for less money.
1. Inspect: Take the time to carefully inspect each case. Spent cases are the foundation for handloading quality ammo, so be sure to inspect them closely. Look for dents, dings, cracks or corrosion. Anything that compromises the case could cause pressure problems within the firearm’s chamber.
2. Clean: After inspecting them, it’s time to clean. Place the cases in a cleaning medium, which can be in dry or liquid form. For my reloading, I used RCBS Formula 1 Walnut shell; it’s composed of finely crushed walnut shells that are mixed with a polish. Then place the medium in a vibratory cleaner and let the cleaner do the work. You can also clean your cases with the RCBS Ultrasonic Case Cleaner. This electronic device uses a liquid cleaning medium to get the cases spotless. Just pour the Ultrasonic Case Cleaning Solution into the tub, drop the cases into the basket and place the basket in the tub. Once you’re done, drain the media using the supplied drain tube.
3. Resize: After cleaning the cases, you’ll need to resize them. Each time a round is fired, the brass case expands and slightly contracts, thus altering its shape. Cases need to be as close to their original dimensions as possible. To accomplish this, a sizing die must be used in conjunction with a reloading press. One of the oldest and most popular reloading presses is the RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme. Made of cast iron and insured with a lifetime warranty, it’s robust and features a handle that utilizes compound leverage. The resizing die is secured in the press and, once properly set, will resize cases to the specified dimensions by constricting the case walls and resizing the case neck. The RCBS Rock Chucker Supreme also forces out the old primer in the process of resizing.
4. Trim: Once you’ve resized the case, measure it with calipers to check the length. If it’s not correct, you’ll need to trim it down to proper length. Use a manual or powered case trimmer.
If you’re new to the sports of #shooting and #hunting, you’ve probably found yourself staring dumbfounded at the vast array of #guns lining the walls of your local gun shop—wood-stocked long guns, carbon-fiber ARs and lever-action rifles that look straight out of a Western movie. Theoptions are endless. So, what’s the difference between these guns? It’s quite simple and, depending on your intended use, you may find one option better suited to your uses than the other. Here are the most important differences between the two most popular rifle styles: AR and bolt action.
An AR rifle, or “modern sporting rifle,” is not just for the military or law enforcement. In fact, over the past decade, ARs have become a very popular firearm choice for hunting and target shooting. A lot of false information has created confusion on just what an AR rifle actually is and does, so it’s important to understand the platform “AR” does not stand for “assault rifle” or “automatic rifle.” In fact, the “AR”, as in AR-15, stands for “ArmaLite rifle,” with the name being adopted from the company that first developed this style of rifle in the 1950s. In reality, “assault rifles” are fully automatic (imagine a machine gun), and automatic firearms have been heavily restricted to civilians since 1934. ARs use what is called a “semiauto action,” meaning that every time the trigger is pulled, a bullet is launched from the barrel, the case is automatically ejected, and another cartridge is immediately fed from the magazine into the firing chamber. Before another bullet can be fired, however, the trigger must be pulled again, and so the process is repeated.
Unlike the AR, which uses gases and a lot of moving parts to operate, a bolt gun has a much simpler design. The traditional bolt gun uses a bolt-action system to fire. Unlike semiauto actions, where the cartridge automatically ejects when fired and then a new round is fed into the chamber, bolt guns require you to manually open the bolt, which ejects the cartridge. You then push the bolt forward, which drives the new round from the magazine into the firing chamber. This process must be repeated each time before firing a new round. Because bolt guns have fewer moving mechanical parts and don’t require the use of gases to make the gun work, bolt guns are commonly believed to be more reliable than ARs.Unlike ARs, not as many components of a bolt gun can be swapped or added to the rifle. Commonly made with wood, laminate, and composite stocks, bolt-action rifles do allow some customization, including replaceable stocks, triggers, and scope mounts.
Between the modularity of the AR, which allows you to customize it to your preferences, and the reliability of a bolt-action rifle, you really can’t go wrong with either. I’ve hunted bears in the backcountry while carrying the Lightweight Hunter chambered in .270 and walked away with a beautiful black bear shot at 230 yards. My friend and fellow bear hunter, David Faubion, carried an AR on the same hunt, and he walked away with an old sow. Both guns performed as promised, and I came to one conclusion: You can’t go wrong by buying one of each.
Whether you’re looking to gain an upper hand on your pistol grip or maximize control while maneuvering through a 3-gun course, the #Patriot #Defense Palm Swell #Grips are an ideal solution. These grips are 3D printed from a polymer blend, an affordable option in comparison to aluminum fittings. #Pistols accuracy relies on a controlled grip and proper hand positioning to maintain consistent grouping.
The aggressive gripping pattern on the polymer grips reduce slippage during magazine changes as demonstrated be Jarrad. GunRodeo staff performed some extensive shooting variations during this video shoot and put a few hundred rounds down range with the Patriot Defense palm swell grips. If you want to add a little color to your Tangolio pistol they’ve included color options of black, blue, red, silver, purple, and orange. These grips are currently only standardized for the Tangolio pistol currently, but they are looking to expand their line soon for various makes and model.
Patriot Defense has made a very economical and functional product, but because these are made from polymer, the once gripping texture will show signs of wear. This obviously depends on how much you use the firearm and the cleaning chemicals the grips will encounter. Now down the road when you’re ready to replace these bad-boys we recommend buying the Patriot Defense aluminum palm swell grips, these will run at a higher price point, but will ensure years of gripping control.
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A survey of #gunowners conducted by the NSSF found that 53% of gun owners bought #ammo #online and that 86% of those cited lower prices and quantity discounts. I’ve only bought ammo a couple times at gun stores or the range because I forgot to bring my online bought ammo. But every time I go, it’s not surprising to see prices 50% higher than what you’ll find online…even after factoring in shipping! I’d like to also add in variety and tax savings. Without the restraint of a physical location, online sellers can have tons selection. Some guns just like different ammo better than others. I like to order a couple types to see what shoots best in a new gun, and then later put in a bulk order. Plus, our suggestions will likely be out of state for you…so no sales tax!
My go-to place to buy ammo online is Lucky Gunner for their selection, real-time inventory, and fast shipping, and shipping estimator. I’ve been a customer of theirs for over 6 years. I find a lot of other retailers skimp in website tech or their shipping departments. LuckyGunner is great since they take care of the three problems above. You get to see their live inventory next to each product, they have a 110% guarantee that your stuff will be shipped the next business day, and you can easily calculate shipping without creating a login.
Brownells is where I get most of my specialty tools and gun parts. They also have unparalleled customer service, reasonable shipping, and some good ammo deals. They are caught up in all the website technology which I love, so you can add all the ammo to your cart, input your zip code, and see the shipping. Makes it much easier to compare across websites. They stand behind their products and I’ve found it really easy to return stuff. However, I’m pretty sure you can’t return ammo for safety reasons. But for parts and tools, they are the best!
Natchez really stepped up in the end of 2017 by having the best prices for Federal ammunition which had a big rebate. I had several orders and recommended to all my email readers. And I have only heard good things.
GunRodeo staff member Morgan (AKA Sniper Sally), kicks her workout into high gear by strapping a full .50 cal ammo can to her back, while testing her marksmanship with a Patriot Defense Tanfoglio Competition Pistol.
What’s a great way to stay busy inside while the weather is cold? We know you might not want to hear it, but cleaning. Not #cleaning up after the kids or your husband, but cleaning #guns. Grab a cup of coffee and a few tools, and enjoy a few minutes cleaning your favorite #pistol . I’m going to show you how I tear down, wipe clean and reassemble my STI DVC 3Gun model 9mm pistol. This isn’t a full-blown cleaning, just a quick cleaning, the sort I do every night at a match.
You start cleaning a 2011 style pistol by removing the slide. I hold mine with my right hand, drawing the slide back to the rear enough that I can see the slots for the slide stop, and my left hand can push the slide stop from the ejection port side to start it moving, then I can grab it from the left side and remove it. One of the neat features of a DVC 3Gun pistol is that the tool-less guide rod allows easy capture and removal of the spring. Once it is compressed, you push the articulating portion of the guide rod to lock the spring in place. Then remove the guide rod and captured spring.
With the guide rod and spring out, twist your barrel pushing a quarter turn counterclockwise, so the tab lines up with the slot, and flip the barrel link down so you can remove the barrel from the muzzle end of the slide. I wipe down the slide and frame, clean off any carbon, pay special attention to the area around the extractor, my mag release, and remove all of the carbon I can with a rag or paper towel and then something like a felt pipe cleaner or Q-tip in the places a rag won’t reach. I always clean the extractor hook with a felt pipe cleaner to make sure there is not any carbon build up underneath the hook.
Once everything is wiped off, I oil my gun back up. A light coat on the barrel, locking lugs, the barrel link, the slide/rails … I add a little to the recoil spring, and will often lightly coat my barrel feed ramp to help make cleaning carbon off easier the next time I wipe the gun down. If in doubt, check the gun’s manual for advice on where to place oil. Reverse the order of what you did to tear down the gun when you put your gun back together. Insert your barrel into the slide with the barrel bushing over the end. Rotate the bushing to line up the slot like you did when you removed it, then once the barrel is inserted into the slide, align the bushing straight up and down.
Many people have given up on watching the #news because of the violence and crime that has become so prevalent in society today. Even those of us who choose to carry #protection and guard our homes with security systems and neighborhood watch programs have become worried about the rising number of break-ins and crimes that occur in the home.
When I am at home I almost always have some form of protection within reach. I also have a concealed weapons permit, so when I am running errands I still feel safe. But what do you do with your personal belongings after you settle in for the evening? Do you leave your firearm lying around on a counter or sitting on a table? If you have children, this is not a safe practice. As responsible gun owners, it’s our duty to properly secure and store our firearms when they are not under our direct control.
I used to remove my sidearm, a small .380 pistol, and lay it on my kitchen table or counter. If I didn’t put it there, I wouldn’t remember where I put it or I would forget to grab it on my way out the door. There are ways to be a responsible gun owner while also keeping fast access to our firearms in the home. One of my favorite ways to store my gun these days is inside of a Covert Cabinet. I chose a shelf from the company, and it looks like a normal shelf on the wall that you would sit decorative things on. With a swipe of a magnetic key, the bottom portion of the cabinet opens to reveal a hidden compartment. In all, opening the cabinet takes a couple seconds.
When I am at home, I put my sidearm, my wallet and my valuables inside of my cabinet. I have one next to the bed, and I have one in the hallway that leads to the front door. One night a while back I was at home alone and my dogs began alerting me that someone or something was outside. In my pajamas and in a dark house, I made my way into the hallway and opened my Covert Cabinet. There is a motion sensor light inside, so as the bottom of the cabinet drops down, I can easily see my firearm sitting inside. I grabbed it, and then I stood where I could see my front door.
Everything was fine that night. My dogs heard something, but it turned out to be nothing. My sense of safety was only disrupted for the few seconds it took for me to access the closest firearm. I know that I could hide a gun under my mattress, in the couch cushions, or even up on a shelf out of reach. But there is something nice about knowing that if someone comes into my house, he won’t find a firearm around.
Russ and I left the cabin early on a Monday morning after a fresh #snow. Right away we started seeing animal tracks, including wolf, mountain lion and #bear. We had been hoping that the bears would already be hibernating by the time our early December trek started, but the tracks were a good reminder that there was at least one bear still out there, looking to fill his belly before a long winter slumber. Fortunately, we also spotted #elk tracks—and from the torn-up ground, it looked to be a sizeable herd. As we continued up a mountain pass, we spotted a group of a dozen or more cows crossing the trail and heading up the side of a hill. It wasn’t quite legal shooting light yet, so we turned the truck off and decided to wait and see what they would do. The herd kept moving until they were nearly 400 yards up, near the timber line. I set up the rifle and watched through my scope, knowing that my firearm wasn’t set up for any shots past 300 yards—and even that would have to be in nearly perfect conditions. We waited for over an hour and watched the last cow go into the trees before deciding to head back to the cabin for lunch.
Over the next several days we continued to see elk, but they were either bedded on a small patch of private ground or well out of range of my rifle. We covered a lot of ground in the truck, and spent hours glassing for animals. Each day brought a new experience. I was getting impatient, but I also understood that while I was doing everything I could to be successful, hunting is often a matter of being lucky enough to be at the right place at exactly the right time. And I wasn’t getting lucky.
We followed a routine for nearly two weeks: Get up early and try to be one of the first trucks up the mountain, or head out in the early afternoon for an evening hunt. Our 7-year-old daughter, Addison, went with us most mornings and loved seeing all the wildlife. We saw elk nearly every day, but it was always the same story: They were safe on private land or too far out of range. The end of my season was fast approaching, and with an empty freezer looming in my mind, I decided it was time to pull out the big guns. Literally.
For 99 percent of my life, I am perfectly content to adventure from my wheelchair. After more than 18 years of learning to adapt, I honestly love my life and wouldn’t change my physical condition. But every once in a while, the truth of my limitations smacks me in the face in a way that I can’t ignore. This was one of those times. I wanted so badly to shoulder my pack and hike up into the mountains to pursue these amazing animals. I wanted to feel my calves cramp and my lungs burn as I climbed through the cold, high-altitude air. But then reality shook me hard, and I looked at my options. Knowing that I needed to work with what I had, I reached out to a family member who had previously offered me the use of his custom-built 6mm rifle, complete with a Nightforce long-distance scope. This rifle weighs 14 pounds, which is perfect for me, because I wouldn’t be walking around holding it, and its heft would provide an incredibly sturdy base and would reduce any felt recoil. I didn’t know if I would need to take a shot at a longer distance, but I wanted to have it just in case.
Though a local museum was happy to get their historic #rifle back this week, the collector who safeguarded it and for half his life was heartbroken to find out it was stolen.
Back in 1982, New Orleans area collector Robert Melancon got a tip from a fellow enthusiast that an esteemed local antique shop had a beautiful gun up for grabs. The early 19th Century Kentucky long rifle, engraved with information about the former owner, became his after trading the shop $18,000 worth of other antique guns and Melancon and his wife Linda spent decades on the trail of discovering the rifle’s backstory. Then, last November, the FBI came calling and raided the couple’s home, recovering the gun for the rightful owner and returning it in a very public ceremony this week.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Melancon, now 77, told the New Orleans Advocate. “It really is. We got that gun in good faith. And that rifle gained prominence because of what we did.” The collector had obtained the piece from the famous James H. Cohen and Sons shop in the Crescent City’s French Quarter. A New Orleans institution since 1898, the shop is often referred to by gun guys as more a museum than a retailer and is even listed as an attraction on TripAdvisor.
Going past the reputation of the shop, Melancon dug through the National Archives, spoke with distant descendants of William Ross–the gun’s original owner– and publicized the historic piece, putting it on frequent public display. It was only last year that the museum, which had acquired the weapon from Ross’ grandson in the 1880s, sought to have it returned after reading an article featuring Melancon and the rifle, now valued at $650,000. Though it’s gone now, leaving him with only a memory, the collector reportedly isn’t pining for its return. “Don’t get me wrong. I’m upset, and my wife is appalled this is happening, too,” Melancon said. “But if it’s stolen, I don’t want anything to do with it.”
Kitfox Design Group is back at it with a second iteration of its popular coloring book series, ushering in the Service Weapon Edition.
The Service Weapon Edition follows Kitfox Design Group’s original coloring book the appropriately named, Firearm Coloring Book. At the helm of Kitfox is Sara Westman, a graphic designer with serious chops, dedicated to adding some firearm flair to the coloring world. Westman’s first firearm coloring book took the designer on a whirl-wind ride, gracing the screens of NRATV as well as the online pages of Forbes. The coloring book was such a success, Westman fielded multiple requests from companies looking to see some action in a second production.
“With the second book I actually had a lot of companies reach out to me who wanted to be involved more so than me having to reach out to them,” Westman told Guns.com during a phone interview. “Barrett was one of the first companies who said whatever you do next we want to be involved. I knew about that back in February or March (of 2017) which is kind of what inspired doing a service weapons book.”
Westman landed some big names in the military and tactical world for the Service Weapon Edition. Nestled within it’s covers names like Barrett, B.E. Meyers and Gemtech lend serious authority to the military themed book. “It’s just mostly your general service weapons. We have like the nice M110 … the B.E. Meyers MAWL is in the book along with the Gemtech Aurora suppressor,” Westman said. Though some notable brands are prominently featured, Westman said the book generally keeps advertising to a minimum, opting to focus more on the rifles than the powerhouse companies behind them. “It’s not as heavily sponsored this year because I didn’t need sponsorship to get it off the ground; but I wanted to involve those who wanted to be involved,” she commented.
Kitfox Design Group announced the second book in the fall with pre-orders starting September 2017. Despite a rocky production phase, Kitfox’s loyal customers remained by the company’s side as Westman and her team worked tirelessly to bring the second coloring book to fruition. “It took us forever to get from permission to actually printing. There were just a speed bumps along the way. So we’ve been dealing with that just you know fighting forward on getting that stuff done,” Westman said. “Everyone who pre-ordered back in September and October has been super patient and we’re just really excited to get it in their hands.”
YEVO Labs introduced a pair of #bluetooth #headphones recycled from #guns at the electronics industry’s biggest trade show last week. The Swedish company partnered with Humanium Metal to redesign its flagship headphones — the YEVO 1 — with accents of the former guns, including fashioning a charging case from the recycled metal.
“In a way, this is the most valuable material in the world,” Andreas Vural, YEVO’s founder and president, told CNET. “It’s a firearm that may have taken someone’s life.” Vural premiered the headphones at CES, former the International Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas last week. Half of the product’s proceeds will support “victims and projects aiming to rebuild conflict-torn societies affected by illegal weapon violence.”
“Creating YEVO x Humanium Metal, a product that elicits change in such a positive way is the greatest reward,” Vural said. “This collaboration is bigger than headphones. It’s part of a global movement that removes illegal firearms from the streets and recycles them into a material that helps move us towards a more peaceful future, all while giving back to those affected by violent crime.”
Humanium, a partner of IM, Swedish Development Partner, harvests metal from gun destruction programs, including its first in El Salvador in 2016 that produced 1 ton of Humanium Metal for recycled use. IM operates in a dozen countries across Central America, southern Africa, the Middle East, eastern Europe and southern Asia.
“For us, it’s of great meaning to be able to work with brands who want to invest in and contribute to a brighter future,” said Josefina Rovan, head of IM’s marketing and communications department. “By using Humanium Metal in products, together we can bring awareness and sustainable values to consumers, and at the same time, generate financial support and empower the people living in countries affected by gun-violence.” The YEVO x Humanium Metal headphones will be available online later this year for $499.
#Ruger starts the year off in a giving mood, donating a 25th Anniversary .44 Carbine #Rifle to benefit the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation’s Scholastic Action #Shooting Program.
Currently up for grabs on GunBroker.com, the .44 Ruger rifle features a compact style with sleek, classic lines — all of which contributed to the model’s original success. The Limited Edition 25th Anniversary house a special rollmark harking back to the early days of the design. Marked “1961 – 1985 ~ 25th ANNIVERSARY” on the barrel, the rifle also flaunts a specially designed nickel silver medallion set into the American walnut stock.
“In 1985 Ruger announced that, after 25 years of continuous production, it would stop manufacturing the famous Model 44 autoloading carbine,” Ruger explained of the 25th Anniversary Rifle. “Ruger offered a Special Edition of 1,800, 25th Anniversary .44 Carbine rifles to celebrate the close of an era. The anniversary rifle was listed in the 1985 catalog and the suggested retail price was $495.00.”
The 25th Anniversary Rifle is outfitted with a folding-leaf rear sight with reversible U/square notch plate. The sight can be adjusted to accommodate elevation. The rifle tops off its sighting system with a gold bead front sight. Drilled and tapped for scope mounts, the rifle also touts a curved metal butt plate in addition to a tubular magazine which holds four cartridges.
The Anniversary Rifle will ship in a special box along with the original manual, purchaser record car and a “Firearms Safety Depends on You” booklet. In addition, the auction also throws in a .44 Carbine 25th Anniversary medallion, alongside a “blank” box end label and 25th Anniversary decal. All proceeds from the auction will go to benefit SASP, which offers youth resources and opportunities to encourage and support kids and teens in the shooting sports. The auction is set to end on Jan 24. The current bid, at the time of this writing, was $1,250.
We tested the entire spectrum of the #SigSauer Elite Performance #pistol #ammunition in 2016 and found it to be very accurate and effective. The consistency of all loads was impressive in that we never experienced a “flyer”. That is not to say that it is not possible, but we didn't have a single flyer or misfire.
In the early part of 2017, Sig began to introduce their Elite Performance rifle ammunition. We reload our ammunition for both hunting and competition shooting; however, as good as the Sig pistol ammo was, we could not resist contacting Shannon Jackson (Sig PR contact) and asking her to send us some of their new rounds.
For readers that are not aware, Sig Sauer loads all of their ammunition. They do not outsource or license their ammunition, as many other companies do. The new SIG Sauer facility in Jacksonville, Arkansas is state-of-the-art. With 70,000 square-feet, there is more than enough room for expansion, as the market demands. Part of this plant is an expanded ballistics testing laboratory with Sig R&D personnel on site.
SIG SAUER Elite Performance Rifle Ammunition – 223 Remington, 60Gr
The first ammunition to arrive was their .223 Remington. That included the 40-grain predator-tip ammo with polished brass cases and the 60 grain HT loads for hunting with nickel plated cases. Before we go further, it is perhaps useful to discuss the pros and cons of brass cases vs. nickel plated cases.
Brass is an alloy of zinc and copper and has several benefits as a cartridge case. First and foremost, it is inexpensive. It is soft enough to facilitate complete expansion in the firearm's chamber without splitting. It will not scratch the metal components of your gun or spark with other metals… AND, it is capable of being reloaded multiple times (4 – 8 depending on the caliber). Nickel plated cases load easier into a magazine and the rifle's chamber due to their lower coefficient of friction. They are very corrosion resistant when compared to conventional brass cases.
However, there is a downside to nickel cases for the reloader. The cases are more brittle, and the necks are prone to split after one or more reloads. Nickel cases are harder to resize and after several reloads the plating will begin to flake and scratch the interior of your reloading dies. If that wasn't bad enough, when a nickel case becomes stuck in your reloading die, you might as well throw the die away.
The “Back Curve” “The Earth is round, so that we never see too far down the road.” ~ Karen Blixen Conversations with “precision #riflemen ” often get into tedious, esoteric mathematical realms, and usually very quickly!
Many factors influence the bullet during the brief fraction of a second (sometimes longer) while it is in free-flight between when it departs the muzzle and the point of ultimate impact (exterior ballistics), but the two main ingredients are: (1) air friction (2) gravity. Density of air varies, of course, with elevation above sea-level, humidity, temperature, and dust/smoke content, but gravity relentlessly pulls the bullet toward the center of the Earth. Wind blowing against the flying bullet, from any direction, will push it (to some degree) off its still-air trajectory.
And, there are other things to consider, from the rotation of the Earth, to “ballistic drift”, to the “Coriolis effect,” even the gravitational pull of Jupiter, but all these are of concern mainly to the artillery officer, generally irrelevant for the practical rifleman! Shape, diameter, and density of the missile itself also significantly affects the way in which it passes through the air. And of course, intermediate impact with grass and brush will greatly influence missile’s trajectory, thus the location of the ultimate impact point.
With modern, autoloading, military rifles, the bore-line/sight-line span is six centimeters (2.5 inches), and we consider any bullet that impacts within a circle with a six-centimeter radius to be sufficiently accurate for most serious purposes. So, the instant our bullet departs the muzzle, it is already six centimeter low. With sights adjusted correctly, the bullet will then climb until it crosses the sight-line. With 5.56×45 (223) caliber, I recommend this intersection take place at 40m. This is the “initial intersection.”
The bullet then continues to rise until, under the influence of gravity, it starts to fall back toward the sight-line. This highest point in the bullet’s flight, the “maximum ordinate,” is reached at 140m. At this range, the bullet is six centimeters above the sight line, but no more. As it continues downrange, the bullet then falls back toward the sight-line, crossing it once more (this time on the way down) at 240m. This is the “second intersection.” The bullet then continues to fall until it is, once again, six centimeters below the sight-line. This takes place at 260m. So, between point-blank and 260m, the bullet is never more than six centimeters away from the sight-line, “all other things being equal.”
Sturm, #Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to announce the launch of its professional #shooting team. This move marks Ruger’s formal debut in the #competitiveshooting sports arena. Leading this team is newly signed world champion shooter Doug Koenig and more shooters will be announced in the coming weeks.
“We are very excited to introduce Team Ruger, and particularly with a shooter of Doug Koenig’s caliber at the helm,” said Chris Killoy, Ruger’s President and CEO. “Doug is an outstanding addition to the Ruger team, bringing both a winning attitude and a true passion for growing the shooting and outdoor sports to the team.”
In addition to serving as Team Ruger’s Captain, Doug will also represent the Company as an official Brand Ambassador. Highly regarded for his talents, Doug is an athlete, lifelong hunter and world champion professional shooter. Doug began shooting competitively at the age of 17, winning both regional and national competitions. Since turning Pro in 1990, he has shot a perfect score of 1920 an unprecedented 17 times at the NRA Bianchi Cup. As he approaches his 31st year competing, this 18-time Bianchi Cup Champion’s wins include more than 70 National and 10 World titles.
“I am thrilled to join Team Ruger and partner with such an iconic brand in our industry,” said Koenig. “Ruger’s depth and breadth of products is a perfect fit for both my competitive shooting and hunting endeavors,” he concluded. Doug also hosts his own TV show, “Doug Koenig’s Championship Season,” where Ruger is now the Presenting Sponsor. Each week, the show features a gritty combination of fast-paced shooting competition and wild hunting adventure – all with rugged, reliable Ruger® firearms.
Want to make some awesome badass weapons? When SHTF, you’ll need a way to protect yourself. And no arsenal is complete without these #DIY homemade #survival #weapons. Although these weapons are homemade, they are reliable when emergency circumstances arise. We can never be sure that we are safe or complacent about our security so it’s better to be protected than sorry. We all know that purchasing a weapon can cost a lot of hard-earned money. Fortunately, you can make your own brutal weapons without breaking the bank. Check out the updated list of 14 badass weapons you can make at home.
PVC Pipe Compound Bow
Homemade Pepper Spray
Multifunction Pocket Tool
Pump Action Rocket Gun
Homemade Taser Gun
Primitive Club Tool
Homemade Bolt Action 12 Gauge
Saw Blade Tomahawk
Author Julie Golob is a prominent voice for sharing safe, responsible #gun ownership throughout the #firearms industry and beyond. Golob is a decorated multi-time world and national champion, an Army #veteran, and a mother of two, and her newest book, Toys, Tools, Guns & Rules: A Children’s Book About Gun Safety, encourages families to begin having conversations about firearms with children at a young age.
Toys, Tools, Guns & Rules: A Children’s Book About Gun Safety
There are millions of guns in the United States alone. Despite how polarizing the media and politics make the topic of firearms, Golob emphasizes that we must talk with our children about guns and firearm safety to protect them and help prevent deaths and injuries. Her book Toys, Tools, Guns & Rules helps parents break the ice with kids on this taboo topic. Golob’s career as a competitive shooter (she holds more than 50 world and national titles), military service, and expertise as a firearms instructor helped prepare her to write her first children’s book.
“I’ve been around firearms and the shooting sports all my life. As a mother of two young children, I wrote Toys, Tools, Guns & Rules to continue to teach my daughters about guns and firearm safety at a young age. My goal is to provide parents this educational resource to help encourage an open conversation with kids, because gun safety is for everyone.” Throughout the 40-page book, Golob uses colorful and realistic imagery, illustrated by Nancy Batra, to inspire vital conversations about guns—starting by comparing firearms to other potentially dangerous adult tools. Parents and children can view some of the many different types of firearms and what they can look like. Toys, Tools, Guns & Rules provides parents with the opportunity to educate curious minds about how firearms work, call out the most dangerous parts of a gun, and identify adults children might know and encounter who safely and responsibly use firearms.
In addition, Golob provides a useful guide for parents on how to make the most out of the book, so that they can answer questions and establish family and home rules regarding firearms. Coloring printouts and additional free resources are also available at kidsgunsafetybook.com. Toys, Tools, Guns & Rules: A Children’s Book About Gun Safety is available through Amazon.com. Visit kidsgunsafetybook.com for more information.
Two 1932 #Smith&Wesson matching .38/.44 fixed-sight #revolvers, personal property of movie icon #JohnWayne, JW initials on grips, hand-tooled leather double holster with gold-overlaid, ruby-adorned silver buckles; stirrups, spurs. Est. $10,000-$20,000.
John Wayne’s revolvers and Adolf Hitler’s “million dollar desk” will headline an historic military and firearms auction later this month in suburban Cleveland. Milestone Auctions said the extensive collection of nearly 700 war time rarities will be its most successful yet when it premiers in Willoughby, Ohio on Jan. 27.
“We’ve recently displayed some of our key auction items at major gun and militaria shows, and the reaction has been phenomenal,” said co-owner Chris Sammet. “These types of personally owned items simply do not appear at auction, certainly not altogether in one auction. Collectors of military memorabilia want provenance they can trust, and the provenance that backs this auction’s headliners is ironclad.”
John Wayne’s silver Smith & Wesson revolvers, holsters and spurs join a collection of 150 19th century firearms, including Confederate General John Creed Moore’s 1851 Colt Revolver and two Smith & Wesson handguns owned by whaling captain Albert Sherman. The firearms lot also features a Colt boxed King Cobra, an 1862 Gatling gun, 1911 Colt pistols and rifles from Winchester, Brownings, and Remington, among others.
Hitler’s custom made oak and leather desk and matching chair could fetch $1 million, Milestone said. A gift from a Romanian monarch in 1929, the U.S. Army seized the pieces from Hitler’s Munich residence, which still feature the stamp “US Property and United States Forces European Theater Headquarters.”
Also for sale a 1936 Mercedes Benz 170V coupe estimated at a value between $40,000 and $80,000. The vehicle — only one of two registered in the United States — comes with the original bill of sale to Nazi Dr. Rudolph Beuring.
The personal belongings of Luftwaffe pilot Feldwebel Hans Hassemer, Civil War era military artifacts and an extensive collection of World War I uniforms will also sell to the highest bidder. The auction begins 10 a.m. Jan. 27. More information, including all lots, can be viewed at Live Auctioneers.
The names Henry and Henry Repeating Arms have echoed through the annals of the American #firearms industry since 1860 and the Henry name has again taken center stage as the 1,000,000th Henry H001 .22 Lever Action has been selected as the #2018SHOTShow Auction #rifle. Few rifles have reached the iconic serial number of 1,000,000. When they do, the rifle typically is presented to a museum or added to the collection of a company executive That will not be the case with this special rifle. Serial Number 1,000,000 of Henry’s H001.22 lever action will be featured in the special month-long SHOT Show auction on www.GunBroker.com, providing thousands of Henry enthusiasts and firearms collectors with an opportunity to view and perhaps own this historic rifle.
“We at Henry Repeating Arms could not be more pleased with the selection of Serial Number 1,000,000 of the H001 as the 2018 SHOT Show auction rifle where it can be viewed and bid on by Henry enthusiasts nationwide,” commented Anthony Imperato, Henry President. “And, not only will the auction on GunBroker.com provide Henry supporters with an opportunity to view and bid on this special firearm, the fact that proceeds will support our hunting and shooting sports heritage for future generations makes the program all the more special for Henry Repeating Arms and our employees.” The 1,000,000th H001 .22 lever action was hand engraved by the artisans at Baron Engraving of Trumbull, CT. No engravers have embellished more SHOT Show Auction guns than the professionals at Baron Engraving.
The first 999,999 Henry .22 lever actions featured blued receivers. This Serial Number 1,000,000 features a silver-finished receiver with exquisite full-coverage hand engraving by the artisans at Baron Engraving of Trumbull, Connecticut. The right side of the receiver features the Henry logo in 24-carat gold. “Short on funds during our first months in business, I traded an early production H001 to a young college-kid graphic designer to create our logo –cowboy in chaps with lever action and revolver in circle. Little did we know that the logo would be used millions of times over and become so widely recognized,” Imperato said. “It is highly fitting that the logo is prominently featured on the 1,000,000th Henry Lever Action”.
The serial number “1,000,000” and small game and plinking target drawings are also featured in 24-carat gold inlay, representing the broad appeal of the .22 lever action. Left side of the receiver features a prominent “Henry” and the popular Henry slogan “Made in America or Not Made at All” in 24-carat gold. Scroll engraving also highlights the silver-finished barrel band, rear of the barrel and top of the receiver. Traditional gold bands highlight the muzzle and rear of the barrel.
We, like many of our members, watched the #NICS numbers all year. We read – and fact-checked – all of the claims about the “ #Trump Slump” and the imminent collapse of the entire #firearms industry (see here, here, here, here, and here).
Month after month, the narrative around the NICS data framed gun sales as waning because a new record wasn’t set. Bloomberg headlined its latest entry, “Gun Sales in America Drop.” The Chicago Tribune reported that “Holiday gun sales dip after record Black Friday.” The FBI released the final NICS numbers for 2017.
There were 25,235,215 total NICS checks in 2017 – making last year the second busiest year ever for the NICS office Across all states, territories, and the District of Columbia, there were 7.2 million NICS checks related to handguns (not including private sales, rentals, returned, pre-pawn, or pawn redemption checks); 5.2 million for long guns; just under 400,000 for “other” firearms; and 236,167 checks for multiple purchases. More than 9.9 million Americans initiated a NICS check for a permit last year.
In terms of individual categories of NICS checks, 2017 ranks third for handgun-related NICS checks and second for “other” checks. In terms of total sales-related checks (handgun, long gun, other, and multiple), 2017 was the fourth-busiest year ever. It was also the second busiest year for permit checks.
Interest in defense and the shooting sports clearly remains strong; sure, NICS doesn’t provide a 1:1 proxy for gun sales but the FBI saw more than 13 million sales-related checks and almost 10 million permit checks. That equates to more than twenty-seven thousand permit checks and nearly thirty-six thousand sales-related checks every single day of the year.
Hopefully, we can put the claims of “Trump Slump” and of the demise of the firearms industry to rest along with the year 2017. The continued strong NICS numbers all year indicate that Americans’ interest in defending themselves and their families, and their interest in the shooting sports, is not dependent on the occupant of the White House. We fully expect the firearms industry to continue to support the passions shared by millions of law-abiding Americans throughout 2018.
Buy the Best You Can Afford
Most people start their search for anything with a price tag in mind. And, looking at the $2,000 price of top-of-the-line guns can give you severe sticker shock. Don’t fret. There are some very good values around in the $550-$650 range, and if you can live without a 3-1/2 inch chamber (more on this in a bit), you can buy all the semiautos you’ll ever need for $800-$900. However, a semiauto that hangs up and fails at all the wrong times is no upgrade from a cheap, but reliable, pump gun. Buy the best gun you can afford. There’s no guarantee that a more expensive gun won’t have problems, but you’re taking your chances when you scrimp on a semiauto.
Feed it Right
Your old pump gun was like a goat. You could feed it anything and it worked just fine. Semiautos can be slightly finicky eaters (not cat-level finicky, as they used to be, but still particular). Very light loads – 7/8 ounce trainers, subsonic rounds like Winchester Feathers, and Aguila MiniShells won’t cycle in many semiautos.
Break it in
Some shooters, and some gun manuals, recommend running 100 or so heavy field loads through a gun to break it in. I find most modern semiautos work function right out of the box, although a few do seem to work better and cycle a wider range of loads after they have been shot for a bit.
Hold it Right
It takes a certain amount of resistance from your shoulder to make a gas gun work properly, and smaller shooters, especially, can have trouble. If you turn sideways and hold a gas semiauto like a rifle, it may not cycle. I saw that happen with my kids when they were young and weighed 100 pounds, when a gun would cycle for me but not for them. Making sure they held the gun properly solved the problem.
In support of the Scholastic #Shooting Sports Foundation, Sturm, #Ruger & Company on Thursday put up for #auction a rare and collectible Ruger KP90 pistol straight from the company’s Connecticut factory’s collection.
Ruger produced KP90 pistols from 1992 to 2004, according to the listing. Besides the initial test firing at the factory in 1995, the particular model up for auction has never been used. This .45 ACP pistol features a stainless manual safety, an oversized trigger guard, full-time ambidextrous magazine latch, and high-visibility white-dot inserts on both the front sight and the windage-adjustable, rear sight.
The handgun was constructed from hard-coated A356T6 aircraft quality aluminum alloy, 400-series stainless steel, Terhune Anticorro stainless steel, and 6123 Xenoy resin grip panels. The KP90 pistol will be shipped in its gray plastic pistol case along with a seven-shot magazine, magazine loader, and an original instruction manual. The pistol also comes with a 1995 Ruger Firearms Catalog and a certificate of authenticity.
The initial listing was $200, but the prices has been driven up to $700. The auction is listed on GunBroker.com and all proceeds go to the Scholastic Action Shooting Program. The auction ends Jan. 17.
AMMO, Inc., a technology leader and premier #American #ammunitions developer and manufacturer, most recently released the new #STREAK line of visual ammunition.
STREAK's combination of HyperClean Technology and an illuminated, non-incendiary projectile have proven a winner with consumers and indoor ranges around the country. STREAK's patented formulation incorporates a non-flammable phosphor material that utilizes the light emitted during discharging of the round to make STREAK glow. STREAK is not on fire and does not generate heat therefor making STREAK is safe for indoor range use where the illumination is best seen.
Early reports from the field mention STREAK visual ammunition is also a great way to wrap up a day of outdoor shooting, waiting until the waning moments of daylight too, “go STREAKING”. STREAK ammunition is intended for use in areas free of natural sunlight when the human eye's pupil is most open. Dusk-till-dawn and indoor lighting permit the pupil to open enough to see STREAK ammunition.
Contrast is what permits you to see a glowing object moving at the speed of a bullet. The darker the backdrop and target the better you'll see STREAK. Streak ball ammunition is currently available in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. The STREAK line will expand to include hollow points in the same calibers and will be available in January 2018. AMMO, Inc. will be releasing Streak Visual Ammunition in both red and yellow/green illumination colors and in multiple pistol and rifle calibers.
When selecting a #handgun for #concealedcarry, the most common choices that spring to mind are either a compact single-stack .45 ACP, a subcompact polymer .380 ACP, a striker-fired 9mm, or a snub-nosed #revolver. Wait a minute — a snub-nosed revolver? Do we mean a wheel gun? A six-shooter, like they used during the Gold Rush of 1849 or in Tombstone at the O.K. Corral?
Not exactly, but if you’re a shooter who was raised on Glocks and SIGs, you may need to acquaint yourself with this other concealed-carry option that never seems to go away despite advancements in firearms technology. The appeal of revolvers lies in their lightweight construction, ease of use, reliability, and ease of concealment. Each of these factors plays a crucial role in any plan for carrying a handgun covertly, and perhaps explains why the “six-shooter” is enjoying something of a renaissance. Or perhaps it never really went away.
The three biggest revolver manufacturers (Ruger, Smith & Wesson, and Taurus) have been backordered for six months or longer on all of their products, with Taurus citing a revolver as their hottest seller for four years in a row (Taurus was so backordered that it couldn’t directly supply us with a test revolver to meet our deadline for this article). These aren’t firearms made for competition, police/military contacts, or collectors, but working guns used for concealed carry by thousands of gun owners daily. We sampled some of the more popular offerings. The S&W 642 and Charter Bulldog were personally owned pieces by the author and photographer, the Taurus was a loaner from a local range, and the others were directly provided by the manufacturers. Read on to find out how they fared, and if one of these might fit in your personal wheelhouse.
Although most revolvers will chamber and tolerate almost any load that they were designed for, the snubbies deserve special attention. These lighter-weight examples may have what feels like a sharp recoil impulse, but this can be tamed down by building a resistance. Start with light target loads and work your way up. Most of our examples rely on fixed sights for simplicity’s sake, and as a result a shooter may have to experiment with different loads to find the one that hits the sweet spot; in this case that means hitting the 10-ring on your target consistently. Don’t make the mistake of firing only light loads at the range and relying on Megalithic Exploding Star Crusher +P+ Man Killers as your defensive load. When you work up to your ideal load, incorporate it into your defensive shooting exercises.
We #shoot our #bows often and our #targets stay outside in the weather all year long. It does not take long before the vitals need replaced or the target is all but destroyed. We thought a nice Christmas gift for our dad would be a new 3D archery target, but then realized the cost to buy one – YIKES! With the cost of today’s targets, it is much cheaper to repair your archery target several times before you even think about replacing it. Besides, we think our dad will appreciate the fact that we are saving money and doing something for him with our own effort. Today we will break down this simple method to repair any 3D archery target for less than $15.
1 can dense foam sealant
1 can spray paint (optional)
1 roll duct/painters tape
A sharp knife
Wrap the body and necessary vitals with your tape, ensuring you have a tight seal with lots of coverage to shape in a secure mold. Use your pocket knife to poke small holes in the tape at locations where you feel your target needs repair.
Fill the holes with the sealant by inserting the nozzle inside the holes in the tape and slowly letting it build up. Remember that the foam will expand and there’s no need to overdo it. It’s important to fill in all the little gaps and holes if you want a perfectly smooth target upon completion. The best insulation foam sealant to use for target repair is the kind made for filling small gaps and cracks. The type designed for large gaps is not dense enough to adequately stop arrows.
Once the foam has expanded and dried, it is time to cut off the tape and trim the excess foam to the shape of the target. Sand down the rough edges and use spray paint to maintain realism of your 3D animal. Allow 24 hours to completely dry before shooting the target.
As I stepped over a rope en route to a garbage can, part of my boot got caught, and I fell. I felt searing pain in my right leg. After inspecting of my injury, I knew I had broken my leg. There was no one on the #range to help me. The nearest road was 75 yards away. And, on that dreary day, it was unlikely there would be much traffic on that gravel road, so there was no point in yelling for help. Spending the night on the wet ground and waiting for help to arrive the next day wasn’t appealing, especially because I did not know the severity of my injury and what further damage I could cause by not getting immediate medical attention. My last resort was my cell phone, which was locked in my SUV, twenty-five yards away. I am a goal-oriented person. Goals keep me motivated and help my mind and my commitment to not waver from a task. I set #goals regularly throughout my #shooting career and for personal projects, as well.
I have found, though, that it is much easier to achieve your overall goal if you set smaller and more easily attainable goals along the way. Call them checkpoints to your final destination. Lying on the ground, that April day almost 4 years ago, I took stock of my situation and came up with my goal: I needed to travel the 25 yards to my vehicle so I could call for help. It seemed like a daunting task, given my state, with my broken leg hanging worthlessly at my side. Any amount of movement sent a fresh wave of pain through my leg. So, I broke the task into smaller goals. I noticed 3 rocks between where I was and my vehicle. Those would be my checkpoints.
It was time for a new goal. I was 43 at the time. I vowed to see how far I could make it in the sport-shooting world before my 50th birthday. That kept me moving along the journey to where I am today. Splitting a goal into checkpoints proved helpful while rehabbing my broken leg, too. My overall goal was to compete at the Bianchi Cup the following spring, just more than a year after my injury. It took total dedication to my rehab to make that happen.
I set a fun checkpoint to keep myself motivated. Six months after my injury, there was an NRA Women’s Leadership Forum in Asheville, N.C. Normally, I cannot attend the event, because it happens amid my shooting season. But since I was injured anyway, I thought it would be a good year to attend. And I upped the ante. I told myself that not only would I attend the event, I would do so walking under my own power and wearing high heels. Recovering from that injury took a lot of commitment to my physical therapy, diet and rest. But I never wavered. I had goals I wanted to achieve. Read about Vera’s return to competition here. I wore high heels to that forum, and, in May 2014, I was back at the scene of my injury, competing at the Bianchi Cup.
Your Twenty-Five Yards Goal:All of us have goals we want to achieve in our careers or personal lives. Some of them might be well within reach, and that is good. But don’t give up on those harder-to-reach, long-term goals that might seem daunting when you consider them in their entirety. Instead, try breaking up your goal into smaller checkpoints. Those checkpoints will help keep you motivated along your journey, and, before you know it, you will have traveled all the twenty-five yards required to reach your desired destination.
You should know how to #shoot already, so stay inside, keep warm and dry practice. Dress yourself in clothing you might wear on an average day. Double- and triple-check that your #pistol is unloaded, then put it into its #holster. Now practice your draw and presentation. It’s not quite the same as it is with summer clothing, is it? Clearing clothing with a few more layers takes some extra effort and practice. When you clear your cover garments, you need to make sure not to miss a layer. I’ve grabbed a handful of shirt before, and it really slows you down. What’s the solution? Time on task: Practice, practice, and then practice some more.
Extra magazines are pretty much standard and necessary these days, and they can serve more purpose than the ammo they provide. You do carry an extra mag, don’t you? Sweeping a jacket back is easier with the weight of a magazine in the pocket. Winter pants and pockets are different too. Think about where your spare mag will be kept. Practice your reloads until they become familiar. They may never become smooth, but eventually your speed will increase.
Now take it a step further. Try dry practice with a heavy coat on, and zip it up. Consider how you’re going to clear your garment now. You might need to consider changing the way you carry, or which firearm you carry. You might find that this is the time to carry two guns. I’ve done it: One on my body, and a revolver in the pocket of my outer layer coat. You can shoot though your pocket if necessary. Thinking about all of this in the comfort of your home can breed confidence on the streets.
One last thing before you head to the range: gloves. If you wear gloves when you carry, you should practice with gloves on. You lose a degree of touch sensation while wearing gloves. Try drawing from the holster, manipulating the safety and even reloading in gloves. If you can’t do these things with your gloves on, you might need a different style of glove. Look into wearing something thinner, or even a glove with a rubberized grip that keeps it from slipping. As your clothing changes to match the weather, take time out to think it through and dry practice. Then, when your movements and manipulations are mapped out, it’s time to head to the range.
If you have the opportunity to shoot at an outdoor range in cold weather, do it. Shooting in adverse weather conditions will show you how your skills are affected. Cold hands lose dexterity, and gloves can make it worse. I found out that although my accuracy doesn’t suffer, my speed does. Be sure you’re using the safety (if your gun has one), and perform magazine changes/reloads and work the slide. Your entire practice doesn’t have to be done with gloves, so split it up. If at any time you begin losing confidence in your ability to safely shoot, it’s time to slow down or stop. Don’t take the chance of having an accident on the range.
I was informed that anyone who has more than two #guns is gearing up to commit mass murder. Now I’m willing to allow for some measure of exaggeration, given the nature of the medium, but as I look around at my personal armory and contemplate my plans for the #newyear, I have to say that one of us does not understand the other. For purposes of this article, I am going to focus only on #handguns. That’s to give my opponent’s argument the best chance, but also because the weather where I live—and in most of America—has turned cold. More on that in a bit.
First, consider the variation in power among the cartridges used in handguns. The weapon that you choose for going after squirrels would be a poor choice for dealing with the bears in Alaska, for example. That’s obvious to my readers here, but gun control advocates rarely trouble themselves to learn the subject they wish to regulate. In the case of handgun hunting, a person would be able to name a requirement for at least two and more likely three firearms—a small-bore rimfire, a medium piece, say .357 Magnum, for much of the U.S. wilderness, and something .44 Magnum on up if you’re going among the bigger Ursidae. Hunting in Africa may add a new need, depending on your big bore choice here.
Yes, I left out the typical semiautomatic pistols in the preceding. And that gets us into the magazine capacity debate. Do I have to explain that hunting and self-defense are different actions? To some people, I do, it seems. A hunter has a duty to make clean shots that minimize the suffering of the prey and also has the luxury of choosing to shoot or to refrain. In self-defense, good people have to react to violence that someone else has brought to them, needing to stop that violence as quickly as possible. Criminals can come in plurals, and sometimes—especially if they’re chemically enhanced—stopping them takes several shots. In this as in many other areas, Hollywood—with so many scenes of bad guys spraying to no effect, while good guys score one-shot stops—has done us a disservice.
But what about the weather? Read gun discussion boards for a while, and you’ll come across comments about carrying different guns when it’s hot or cold, since lots of clothing will conceal more than shorts and a tee shirt. A snubby revolver will fit into pockets that an M1911 will flop out of. It’s cold outside right now, though, so would one full-size handgun be enough?
I mention the temperature because when I go outside at present, I’m wearing gloves. I ask my fellow Glock owners to consider the trigger safety and trigger guard of our pistols. When my index finger is wrapped in a layer of leather, I want more resistance on the part of the bang switch—even understanding that my finger doesn’t go on the trigger until I’m ready to shoot. That’s because there should be enough room for getting my finger in place and because circumstances might change enough to tell me not to shoot. For days like this, a gun with a generous guard and a trigger that takes more time and intention to let go makes sense. All of this isn’t to say what you should have or what best fits your requirements. It is to say that arbitrary limits on what everyone may own make no sense. Having the right tool for the job is what freedom allows us. These things, again, will be obvious to the usual readers here, but we have to be ready to explain to others the logic of what we do if we are going to preserve our rights.
#AlpsOutdoorZ is bringing a new Delta Waterfowl Alpha #Dog Blind to mans’ best friend in #2018.
The company announced the new Alpha Dog Blind designed to offer comfort and concealment to hunters’ four-legged companions. Utilizing Realtree Max-5 600D polyester fabric with black-out backing, the dog blind is constructed with a triangle shape that offers concealment from prey. In addition, the tapered roof peak is constructed to offer an unobstructed vantage point.
The padded polyester floor adds a layer of comfort to the blind while the magnetic dual-swing front door and rear door with buckle closure allow dogs to easily enter and exit on retrieves. Featuring an aluminum hub design, the dog blind is quick and easy to set up, says Alps OutdoorZ. The blind comes with a paracord handle and shoulder carry bag for efficient transport on the go.
“We are really excited about the new Alpha Dog Blind. With its unique and quick-access design, we feel this is the most versatile and effective dog blind on the market,” Alps OutdoorZ Product Manager Zach Scheidegger said in a statement. “It’s a perfect extension to the Delta Waterfowl gear offerings.” No word yet on what price point the Delta Waterfowl Alpha Dog Bling will slip into or when hunters can expect to see it out in the wild.
While there are several other new candidates and incumbents who I really like on the #ballot this year, including a couple that I consider friends, I will be marking my ballot with a single vote for Adam Kraut, and I encourage you to do the same. If the others run again, I will consider giving them a #vote, but this year, I am putting everything behind Adam because I believe his agenda is right for the #NRA.
Here's a brief summary of Adam Kraut's bylaw proposals to help Fix NRA:
Term Limits (of sorts): Limit nomination by the Nominating Committee to no more than two consecutive terms. An incumbent director could run for a third and successive terms, but only by gathering enough voting member signatures to qualify for the ballot. A former director could be renominated by the Nominating Committee after a hiatus of three years off the board.
Mandatory Meeting Attendance: Directors would be limited in the number of meetings they could miss. Too many absences would result in them being forced to resign from the Board of Directors. Reasonable provisions are included for medical emergencies, natural disasters, and other matters beyond a person's control, but directors are elected to do a job, and much of that job involves attendance and participation at board of directors meetings. There are currently several directors who have not attended a board meeting in years.
Creation of an Honorary Board: Often celebrities, politicians, competitors, and business executives have inflexible schedules that do not permit committing to regular attendance at board meetings, but they still have a lot to offer to the NRA. An Honorary Board provides a way for these people to contribute to the organization without demanding that they commit to the level of participation required of directors. The Honorary Board would have no policy-making authority, but would create a “bully pulpit” for high-profile members to support the NRA.
These changes won't Fix NRA, but they will have a positive impact and help bring back some of the accountability that has gradually slipped away over the years since the Cincinnati Reforms of 1977. Your help is needed to get these bylaw proposals to the next step in the process. Go to www.AdamKraut.com and click on the menu option for NRA Bylaw Amendments, then download and print a petition. Fill it out, sign it, and ask your NRA friends to sign it, then mail it back to Adam.
#Virginia #sportsman Clyde Roberts has reportedly chalked up not one but two does this season and could be among the most active centenarian #hunters in the country.
As reported by The Roanoke Times, Roberts, who sped past his 104th in October, has harvested two deer this season and is now back in the woods looking for bear. Best of all, he only started hunting at age 65 and at the time picked up a $5 lifetime hunting permit from state conservation officials. “I suppose the state fish and game folks figured anyone retiring would not be around long enough for them to lose money,” said Roberts, who has been around longer than the agency that issued his permit.
He has successfully taken at least one deer every season since then with the exception of one year where an altercation with a bull that left him with three broken ribs and a dislocated shoulder forced him to sit out. Since breaking the 100-year threshold, he has harvested no less than 10 deer.
First, the #NationalRifleAssociation worked to let #gun owners carry #firearms in public. Then it fought to pass laws that say gun carriers can open fire to stop a perceived threat, even when retreat is possible. Now that the NRA has expanded the legal right to armed self defense, it’s muscling into the niche industry that’s arisen to help Americans deal with the costly consequences of actually exercising it. This week, the group unveiled insurance plans that it says will help defray the legal costs that can arise from shooting another person.
As the NRA prepares to convene its annual meeting this weekend in Atlanta, the group is aggressively marketing the new product, which it calls Carry Guard. Offering three tiers of coverage, the service gives customers access to a financial and logistical backstop should they use their gun while claiming self defense. There’s liability insurance, ranging up to $150,000 in criminal-defense reimbursement and $1 million in a civil-liability protection for those opting for the top-shelf Gold package, which runs $31.95 per month. Members also get a 24-hour advice hotline and immediate access to money for bail and clean-up costs. Carry Guard appears to replace an earlier, less comprehensive self-defense insurance policy offered by the NRA. The new package is built to meet or exceed the coverage plans that a number of quickly growing startups have brought to the gun world — even as comparable insurance products remain rare outside it.
“Covering potential criminal liability is certainly unusual,” Peter Kochernburger, the deputy director of the Insurance Law Center at the University of Connecticut, told The Trace. “But if people are concerned about their liability with respect to self-defense, they’re not wrong to get the coverage.” Carry Guard also includes an instructional component, promising that members will have access to the “gold standard” of concealed-carry training programs. The three-day intensive course will launch in June. “While the courses are open to anyone who legally owns a handgun, this training may not be for everyone,” the Carry Guard website reads. “It is designed for those who take carrying seriously.” Through its political messaging and various media platforms, the NRA portrays for its members a world that is overrun with terrorists and violent criminals — a threat always around the next corner, and a gun on the hip the only guarantee of survival. Carry Guard allows the organization to profit from a mindset it actively engineered.
This is America and it is certainly not sin to have a favorite manufacturer or model of gun. Americans love their trucks, motorcycles, and #guns and they are not shy when it comes to expressing their choices. If you want to shoot a hot pink CZ-75, I would certainly not attempt change your mind.
Firearms Trainers as “Glock Guys”
The natural progression for gun people is to take the next step and get themselves some form of firearms trainer certificate. They go from being the “gun guy” at work to the “gun trainer” at work. We fully endorse the concept of being a student for life and teaching others is one of the many paths to personal enlightenment.
The previous being said, during my thirty years of being a professional gun carrier, I have encountered innumerable gun guys who became firearms trainers and carried over their “Glock guy” or “1911 guy” bias.
Now every person who trains with them is treated to their dissertation about how “X” gun is the perfect solution to all of their shooting needs. Arriving for training with any other tool immediately puts a student in the peasant class in the instructor’s eyes.
Also, many of the aforementioned “guys” will never “waste their time” with other makes, models, and designs therefore being unfamiliar with their particulars and how to teach a student to master them.
Your Gun versus Their Gun
What the previously mentioned gun folks seem to misunderstand is that it is not about their favorite gun, it is about what the student has in their possession. Yes, I have had students show up for concealed carry classes with guns that were legitimately pieces of shit. In such a case, it is necessary for the coach to help the student make a better choice.
Nonetheless, implying that a student is a fool for showing up with a perfectly functional SIG P226 because you are a “1911 guy” is not the hallmark of a professional firearms trainer. The student doesn’t need a lecture on the merits of the M1911, he/she needs you to help him/her to master the gun they own.
Words of Wisdom from Paul G. Markel from Student of the Gun
If you are fortunate enough to have someone else looking up to you as a firearms trainer or instructor, you owe it to that student to give them more than your tales of the “best gun”. It is your responsibility to be a well-rounded trainer.
Graham County 4-H #Shooting Sports has grown by leaps and bounds in the last five years. With the support of #NRA Foundation grants, enrollment has risen from just a handful of participants to 36 kids enrolled in the current year.
The program allows local youth to compete in a variety of events, including air rifle, air pistol, .22LR pistol, muzzleloader, trap, sporter and match divisions of .22LR rifle, compound bow and recurve bow. In 2016, 17 of the then 32 members competed at the district competition. Fifteen went on to compete at the 4-H State competition, where four members—Grady Garland, Justin Lynn, Garrett Holder and Drey Keener—received individual awards.
Since 2014, The NRA Foundation has awarded Graham County 4-H more than $9,500 in grants, including nearly $3,700 this year. The grants have empowered the team to grow rapidly by providing funds for safety equipment, sporting clays, targets, guns and ammo.
Robbinsville Shooting Sports is also bringing firearms education and training to the area’s youth. The program is run by the local middle and high schools in conjunction with the North Carolina Wildlife Hunter Education Program. All students must complete the North Carolina Hunter Safety class to join the team, which has been led by head Coach Andy Lynn—an certified NRA Pistol Instructor, Range Safety Officer, and instructor for Personal Protection Inside the Home and Outside the Home—for the past three years. Students in sixth through twelfth grade can participate in trap, .22LR rifle, compound bow, and hunter skills, which entails land navigation with a compass and a written test on the Today’s Hunter book.
Robbinsville Middle School is small in comparison to others in the state, and the shooting sports team roster of 20-30 students often makes up more than 10% of the school enrollment. Nonetheless, the team is holding its own. In 2015 it made its first ever trip to the State Hunter Education competition, an accomplishment in itself for the rural school to face off against schools of all sizes. In 2016 the Robbinsville Middle School team once again participated in the State Hunter Education competition, this time bringing home a team Third Overall for its cumulative score in the four events.
Programs like Graham County 4-H and Robbinsville Shooting Sports provide youth with a positive environment to develop an understanding of firearms safety while gaining self-confidence and engaging with a community of their peers. By making these programs accessible and affordable for these young shooters, Friends of NRA and The NRA Foundation invest in the next generation of Second Amendment supporters and protectors of America’s firearms freedoms and traditions.
Looking down a barrel, should show a smooth, shiny bore. Polished lands and grooves are a beautiful thing. If I see machine marks or pitting, I cringe. They can’t be good for accuracy. Can they? I had a chance to find out.
The pistol was fired from a Ransom Rest at 25 yards. The Ransom Rest holds the gun in the same position for every shot. This eliminates any human error that can be attributed to sight alignment and trigger pull. Velocity was measured with a #Shooting Chrony chronograph at about 10 feet.
Six different loads of 30 rounds each (180 rounds total) were loaded in Starline brass with CCI 500 or Federal GM100M primers. All 30 rounds were fired into a single group. A single group with a large number of rounds tells you how consistently the gun/ammunition shoots, and is a more accurate reflection of accuracy performance than traditional 5-shot groups.
The bore (barrel “A” in the figure) has two apparent features. The first is what appears to be pits in the steel. The second is “dark” surface areas. That said, the edges of the rifling are sharp. However, it is certainly not as nicely finished as other barrels I have, such as barrel “B” in the figure.
The accuracy results show that even a rough bore can shoot extremely well. There’s nothing wrong with this barrel when it comes to accuracy. Most of these 30-shot groups are smaller than many guns can produce with 5-shot groups. Three of the loads kept all 30 shots under 2.50 inches. That’s very impressive performance for any handgun, let alone a cobbled-together “Frankengun.”
Good accuracy always depends on the ammunition, and that was true here as some loads produced larger groups, but a bad barrel won’t shoot anything well. Clearly, this barrel is capable of excellent performance in spite of its cringe-worthy bore.
This week the National #Museum of the #MarineCorps put a trio of amazingly complex 3-D #sculptures by artist Kris Kuksi on display, each telling its own set of stories.
Located in Triangle, Virginia just outside the gates of Quantico, the museum says the works of art tell different chapters in the Corps’ saga. “Each features a core sculpture that is surrounded by many small figures, which together form iconic representations of the Marines’ core values, traditions, and victories throughout history,” says the museum, which displays Kulski’s work on the 2nd deck. Part of the Marine Corps Recruiting Command’s “Battles Won” series, the sculptures represent in detail the World War I battle of Belleau Wood, the famous Montford Point Marines, the grueling five-week battle for Iwo Jima and even the service’s response to Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
#AmmoIncorporated, makers of Jesse James brand ammo, debuted details of a new brand of #ammo the company calls #StreakVisualAmmunition.
While most conventional tracers utilize incendiaries to provide a visual element to shooting, the Streak ammo forgoes the typical construction, instead utilizing a non-flammable phosphor material to light up pew-pew practice. Ammo, Inc. says the light emitted during the discharge of the round produces a glow shooters can visually track. The phosphor material is only applied to the rear of the projectile allowing just the shooter and those within a 30-degree viewing area to see the red or green ammo’s illuminated path.
According to the company, Streak does not generate heat, therefore making the ammunition safer to use in situations where traditional tracers aren’t practical. “We are beyond excited to bring Streak Visual Ammunition to the market,” said AMMO, Inc.’s CEO, Fred Wagenhals in a statement. “Once you shoot with Streak and you can actually see your projectile travel throughout its path, you will be bored by shooting normal ammunition.” Streak Visual Ammunition is available in 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP; though the company says expanded calibers and even hollow point options will be available in the future. Pricing starts at $11.99.
#Vortex #riflescopes are designed with an emphasis on end user experience , which enables them to provide the very best value you can find in the market. The solid single eyepiece construction and multi coated functionality of these products integrate a remarkably high level of quality that completely belies their affordable price tags. Most vortex rifle scopes can work in any kind of weather as their argon purging offers enhanced reliability and lesser clouding from fog or water. Their windage and elevation adjustments feature metal on metal construction that improves overall precision and performance. Let us now take a look at some of the top 3 types of vortex riflescopes, and what each has to offer.
1. Vortex Viper 6.5-20×50 PA Riflescope, Mil Dot Reticle, Matte Black (VPR-M-06MD)
This vortex riflescope offers fully coated multi optics that features 95% light transmission to provide an unmatched clarity of vision. It also comes with heavy duty force springs systems as well as a glass glide erector system. Both of which makes sure that it delivers much more than it current price tag is required to do. The viper has a mid dot reticle that is invaluable in range determination, windage and bullet holdover adjustments. This rifle scope is great for long range shooting and game hunting that rely on optimal ranging capacity. The viper comes with a solid knob parallax adjustment function that facilitates for effortless and rapid parallax adjustments. With range numbers plainly conspicuous even when you are in the shooting stance. Its 30 mm tube offers enhanced windage and elevation adjustments, that like earlier mentioned make it suitable for tactical, predator and target and long range shooting. This rugged and extremely durable tube is crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum, and is totally waterproof , shockproof and fogproof. Thanks to the argon purging corrosion is eliminated, while also doing away with internal fogging. This riflescope offers accuracy at high magnification, providing quick power adjustments without having to take your eyes off the target.
. 2. Vortex Diamondback 4-12×40 Riflescope
The diamondback features a highly customized reticle design that completely does away with the guesswork that is associated with windage and holdover adjustments. In essence this 4 – 12 X 40 riflescope offers top optical clarity and brightness you would not ordinarily find in products within it amazing price range. Other pluses for this vortex rifle scope is its large field of vision and lightweight attributes. The latter permits it to be fitted on virtually any kind of rifle without weighing it down. The vortex diamondback comes with a solid single piece tube that is of an aircraft quality aluminum construction that makes strong and resistant to recoil. Along with fully multi coated opticals that provide for enhanced image clarity. Not to mention its fast focus eyepiece that makes it much easier to focus on both crosshair and targets even at a distance of one hundred yards. This vortex rifle scope offers 2 reticle options. The V-Plex reticle that is specifically designed for all purpose hunting and the DeadHold BDC, which simplifies windage and holdover adjustments in long range shooting applications. Its precision glide system provides smooth magnification adjustments while viewing the target.
3. Vortex Crossfire II 6, 18X44mm AO riflescope
This vortex riflescope is a result of remodeling of the original Crossfire. Which has enabled the creation of a sleek, streamline and extremely accurate riflescope that is specifically meant for hunting purposes. The Crossfire II comes with fully multi coated optics that offer nearly perfect light transmission rates for any kind of low light shooting. It also features a one inch single piece adjustable aircraft grade aluminum tube. It comes with capped elevation and windage turrets that can effortlessly resist impact and any other type of damage. This riflescope features a low glare anodized matte finish that enable hunters to keep their incognito while out in the wild. The Crossfire II also has an adjustable objective lens, which facilitates for elimination of parallax errors. While its fast focus eyepiece minimizes glare, giving hunters a clear and enhanced view of their targets. Finally, this vortex rifle scope has a variable magnification of from 6X to 18X. This ensures that you can never be out of target despite the range between you and your prey.
The #holidays. A time for sharing, a time for joy, and a time to stress out on what to get everyone on your #gift list. But you can stop worrying. We’ve got you covered, especially when it comes to gifting something to that knife enthusiast you can never seem to figure out. Because how dare they not like the same recycled set of kitchen #knives you saw advertised? Here’s a list of five stocking stuffer blades that are sure to stir up some holiday cheer. Each one comes standard with unique features including blade metals, handle grip materials, and even special quillons. Don’t worry, we had to Google that one too. Oh and did we mention these are all knives under $50? Tactical Santa would be proud.
Buck Knives Trigger Knife: Lightweight, easy to use, and perfect for everyday carrying.
Cold Steel Counter TAC 2: Nostalgic boot knife, slick and unexpected.
CRKT Bear Claw E.R.: Handy with an excellent grip and handle.
Gerber Obsidian Serrated Folding Knife: A Multi tool that includes a knife,cross and flat head driver, a file, and a bottle opener.
Steel Will Druid 281: Features special grips to wield this clip point blade.
One size does not fit all. There are plenty of people who can carry full-size guns, but when the shirt you've chosen for the day no longer fits loosely, but more or less hugs tighter than the day before that's when you wish for a smaller compact carry firearm, and a new shirt. Here is the second round of new #concealed carry #firearms that will be showcased at this years SHOT Show.
#Springfield Armory EMP P19208L
The EMP is a 1911 platform with a difference. Instead of building it full .45 ACP-sized front-to-back, Springfield shortened the frame, magwell, magazine and associated parts down to 9mm length. This makes the EMP well-suited for those with smaller hands. The new model comes with a fiber optic front sight, ambidextrous safety, nine-plus-one-round capacity in 9mm and a forged aluminum frame. The matte-black anodized frame is complemented by the slide with its gloss-black Armory Kote finish. For reliable feeding and long case life, the barrel is fully ramped and the chamber supported, $1,150.
Kimber Micro 9 Desert Tan
The controls are classic 1911, and the frame has a beavertail tang but no grip safety. On top of the slide are low-profile combat sights, three-dot style. Inside the slide, the stainless-steel barrel is ramped and the chamber supported for reliable feeding and case support even with hot, defensive 9mm ammunition. And finally, the Micro 9 Desert Tan comes with two flush-fit six-round magazines and an extended plus-one magazine, $800.
Ruger LC9s Pro
The LC9s is the Ruger compact, single-stack, striker-fired pistol that they first introduced in 2014. The Pro model offers options that quite a few shooters say they want: no thumb safety and no magazine safety. The Pro model has a trigger-mounted safety, and it essentially operates as a magazine-fed revolver. Ruger has long offered choices, and the LC9s Pro is another in that long line, $480.
SIG Sauer P938 SAS Micro-compact
SIG Sauer chambered in 9mm, the P938 can be a handful; but if you want compact, light weight and ballistic oomph, that’s the price you have to pay. Last but not least, the SAS gets an ambidextrous thumb safety, so you can readily use it right or left handed. While the P938 is not exactly a scaled-down 1911, the controls are all the same, so any practice you’ve done with a 1911 will easily translate to the P938, $815.
Colt Defender 9mm
The low-profile combat sights include a tritium front for aiming in low-light conditions. As a final bonus, while the Defender is a compact pistol, it will work just fine with full-sized magazines. So, while you are carrying the Defender with a compact magazine and holding nine rounds, your reload magazines can be 10 rounds each. A standard daily ensemble means you’ve got 29 rounds of 9mm ammunition, a comforting payload, $950.
#Concealed carry is unique to each person with varying comfort level, body shape, skill set, and hand size. Carrying concealed for women changes when comparing men's style carry, mostly impart to women's fashion. Below features the top compact carry pistols that will bee seen at the 2017 SHOT Show.
1911-380 Black Label Medallion Pro Compact
The .380 is minimal consideration for concealed carry and often times you'll find comfort to be a main selling point. The #Browning 1911 .380 features a blackened stainless steel finish with silver brushed polished flats on the slide. The 1911 .380 is an 85 percent scale of the original, ideal for those with small hands or a need for absolute concealment. The sights are steel, your choice of three-dot combat sights or night sights. These come with a composite frame and century-proven 1911 ergonomic controls. Price starts at $800
S&W Shield, .45 ACP Ported
The new Smith & Wesson M&P45 Shield is the other extreme of calibers. While compact is good, some do not want to give up the big hammer that the .45 ACP provides. A compact pistol in .45 quickly becomes real work to shoot. Aware of this, S&W made life a little easier by porting the Shield. The two small ports on the barrel vent through matching slide slots to help reduce muzzle flip. You get the thump of the .45 without the recoil and muzzle flip associated with a big bore and a short slide. As a bonus, you get six-plus-one rounds in a flush-fitting magazine or seven-plus-one if you use the compact magazine with an included extension, $610.
Taurus 700 Slim Stainless
The Taurus 700 Slim stainless provides you with seven-plus-one rounds of 9mm, and it comes with a stainless slide and polymer frame. The Slim has a DA/SA trigger system with an external thumb safety, so you have options for your carry mode. The Slim is compact, has soft recoil, is chambered in a useful cartridge, features a rust-resistant construction and has fixed but large-enough and useful sights. All that comes in a small, elegant and easy-to-use package. The only thing that could be done to make it even more appealing is to offer it at an affordable price, and Taurus has had that covered for a long time now. The Slim Stainless has a list price of $317.
STI Hex Tactical 3.0
With a shortened barrel and slide for easier concealment and carry comfort, the STI Hex Tactical is carry with class. The “3.0” is the version number, while the barrel is 3.7-inches long, and the Hex comes with two choices for capacity. You can opt for the aluminum-framed single stack Hex for seven-plus-one rounds in 9mm, or the DS, the double-stack mag model, with a polymer grip frame and 15-plus-one rounds. The choice is yours. You can get the smallest and lightest, or pay a bit more in bulk and double the on-board ammunition capacity. Price $2,400
Beretta BU9 Nano
As compact as the Nano is, if you can’t conceal it, you probably should put on more clothing. Beretta has been making firearms for almost five centuries now, and the Nano combines that history with looks and performance that are as modern as tomorrow. Price $430.
Ready to follow your every move, the #Barrett MRAD adapts to a variety of user needs without sacrificing performance. With unfailing accuracy, this #boltaction system continues to define a whole new class of long-range precision #rifles.
The MRAD rifle's user-changeable barrel system is just one example of this hardworking gun's modularity. Available in .338 Lapua Magnum, .338 Norma Magnum, .300 Norma Magnum, .300 Winchester Magnum, .308 Winchester, 7mm Remington Magnum, .260 Remington and 6.5 Creedmoor, the precision grade barrel can be removed by simply loosening two bolts using a standard Torx wrench. Besides reducing maintenance and logistical burdens, this unique design allows for user level caliber interchangeability and serviceability with the MRAD rifle's barrel kits.
The MRAD also boasts Barrett's fully adjustable match-grade trigger module, which is user accessible. The thumb-operated safety can be configured for left or right hand operation. The ambidextrous magazine release can be used intuitively while retaining a firing grip and cheek weld. Integrated into the MRAD rifle's 7000 series aluminum upper receiver is a 21.75 inch M1913 rail with 20 MOA taper. The forward receiver is drilled and tapped for accessory rails to be mounted at the 3, 6 and 9 o'clock positions.
The MRAD stock is foldable for enhanced portability yet locks in as solid as a fixed-stock rifle, creating a rigid platform for consistent firing. During transport the stock folds and locks onto the bolt handle maintaining the same rifle width whether folded or extended. Made of a temperature-resistant polymer, the adjustable cheek piece also offers a consistent rifle-to-user contact point. The rifle's length of pull can be set to five different positions with the push of a single button.
From its quick-detach sling mounts to colors that blend into any environment - every detail of the MRAD has been carefully designed to create one thing: a high-performance rifle you can truly make your own.
Thirty years ago, if you wanted a reliable pocket #gun, a small .38 Special #revolver was the end all and be all unless you wanted to take a gamble on an older, yet well-made .25 ACP. Anything less seemed unreliable. But, times have changed. The .25 is mostly dead and .38 #revolvers have taken a backseat to new, more reliable automatics. Guns like the #Ruger LCP, the Seecamp and Smith & Wesson Bodyguard epitomize the balance of compactness, power and reliability. And then Taurus upped its game by trying to advance the concept of a pocket gun with the #Taurus Curve.
Fully loaded at 13.6 ounces and measuring in at only five inches long, the Taurus Curve qualifies as a pocket gun. The pistol is chambered for .380 ACP, a round that nearly equals the power of standard .38 Special loads. With its six-shot detachable magazines, the reloading aspect is somewhat faster than breaking open a revolver to initiate the reload.
Like others of its class, the Curve has a polymer frame and steel slide. Right away, the complete lack of snag hazards grabbed me by the lapels. The pistol wears no sights and the only obvious high point is the loaded chamber indicator just behind the breech. What Taurus does to make up for sights is a painted crosshair on the back of the receiver where the shrouded hammer rides.
The Curve may appear featureless, but it has a bit more going on. The pistol is equipped with an integral Laserlyte combination laser and light housed forward of the triggerguard. The system is powered by 357 batteries and is activated by a knurled button on the right side of the pistol.
The barrel is cut awkwardly and rounded off to conform to the rounded slide. The grip of the pistol, like so many other pocket guns, is only good for a two-finger grip below the triggerguard, but the stippling on the backstrap and front strap of grip is a smart move.
#SigSauer intends to make a small quantity of the Army’s Modular #Handgun System contract winning design available to the public.
Each of the M17 pistols sold to the public will be — almost — identical to the one the #Army is currently fielding, lacking the anti-tamper mechanism for the striker action and some special coatings on internal parts,#Military.com reported. They will, however, come with a letter of authenticity and a serialized matching challenge coin.
“We are planning to do a limited release of about 5,000 of the Army variant of the M17 for the commercial market,” Tom Taylor, Sig Sauer’s chief marketing officer, told Military.com. “The timing is not finalized yet, but it looks to be late spring.”
Taylor said a price has not been set but that they wanted to make the small batch commercial run “really special.”
Though based on the P320 series of modular handguns, both Sig and the military have stressed that the full-sized M17 and its little brother, the compact M18, are not the same animal as their civilian predecessor. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley went on record earlier this year, saying, “[T]he guts and the internals of the military version of that weapon are different than what you’re going to buy in the gun store or what police are going to be fielded.”
The first batches of the M17/18 were issued to troops of the Fort Campbell-based 101st Airborne Division late last month as part of a 190,000-pistol initial buy. The handgun platform will then be fielded to a new installation each month until September 2018, except for next March and April. In all, the contract is expected to be worth as much as $580 million to Sig, a figure that could grow as additional branches flesh out plans to adopt the handgun to replace legacy stocks of M9 pistols, a military version of Beretta’s Model 92 adopted in the 1980s.
The M17 is not Sig’s first tie-in with a military issue sidearm, as they have since 2011 marketed the MK25, a variant of the P226 9mm adopted by the Navy SEALS, complete with government-style UID label on the frame and a Navy anchor engraving on the slide. Similarly, following the adoption of a modified Colt 1911 as the M45A1 Close Quarters Battle Pistol by the Marines in 2012, that Connecticut-based firearms company began marketing a commercial variant to the public.
Nikon is proud to announce its MONARCH HG has been awarded Field & Stream's Best of the Best #Outdoor #Gear 2017.
“This is not just the good stuff, folks. It's the best of the best.” according to Field & Stream's editors.
Field & Stream's editors went through countless hours putting different brands and products through rigorous testing and here are their results.
“With Field-Flattener lenses that minimize distortion at the edges, the #MONARCH HG binocular produces an image that rivals that of the best German-made glass.”
In August of 2017, the MONARCH HG was awarded Field & Stream's Best of the Test and is now being awarded with Best of the Best. Awards were also presented to manufacturers of firearms, bows, knives, reels and rods.
Nikon has always made top of the line glass at an affordable price and the Monarch HG backs that up.
“The MONARCH HG combines outstanding glass, prisms, coatings, optical design and materials as well as a throwback retro look,” said Jeremy Bentham, Sr. Manager; SRO Sales & Operations Nikon Inc. “We were determined to bring the best optical quality for the price point in modern optics, and we feel the MONARCH HG's achieved this and more.”
For further information regarding Nikon Sport Optics, visit their website, and for a full review of Field & Stream's Best of the Best Outdoor Gear 2017, click here.
We asked our staff to select the best holiday #gifts for #guys who shoot, based on their extensive experience and practicality. There are gifts for less than $25, gifts priced between $25 and $50, and special gifts priced above $150. They range from apparel to gun accessories to fun and creative ideas — and even one really impressive gift! Let's get started...
1. Otis Technology Ripcord | $14.99
Unrivaled one-pass cleaning. For times in the field when you just can't reach your #Otis cleaning system and need a quick and effective clean, reach for the Ripcord®. This convenient tool cleans from Breech-to-Muzzle® in one quick and easy pass. The molded rubberized core and Nomex® fibers together create a more effective way to trap and remove fouling.
2. Bunker Buster Shirts | $19.99 + FREE SHIPPING
Bunker Buster is a new clothing and accessory line for men and women who are proud supporters of the Second Amendment. Bunker Buster features our iconic ponytail skull for women and stylish Mohawk for men, which represents the soldier within, the fighter who takes a stand, and empowers the well-armed citizen. We’ve made it our mission to redefine the gun industry by creating a new line of fashion wear and gun accessories.
3. Whiskey Bullets | $24.99
These stainless steel bullets can be used to cool your whiskey, scotch, vodka, white wine, etc. Unlike ice, Whiskey Bullet™ chill your liquor without diluting the flavors. Each drink is unique and you only get one shot, make it count.
4. Man Crates | $39.99 - $150
Let's face it, guys are tough to shop for, and that's exactly the problem we set out to solve. Man Crates make gifts for guys designed to maximize the joy of gifting and the memories created. We fill our crates (and ammo cans!) with snacks, gadgets, and gear that will keep him satisfied long after he cracks open the lid. So sit back, relax, and enjoy looking like the gifting guru, because you got a Man Crate!
5. Freedom Cabinet | $195
Freedom Cabinet is topped with a burnt accent Polished US Flag / Metal Art. The cabinet comes stuffed with foam that can be configured to store guns, booze or any of your dirty little secrets. Flag is cut from 16 gauge, cold rolled, mild steel (very strong) Ground and polished, then covered in 3 layers of glossy clear coat. Flag is set in grooves and is flush with surface of wood for an amazing 3 dimensional look
Who can go wrong with a Model 870 pump #shotgun? If you mention the brand #Remington the first word that comes to mind is 'reliable'. The new #870DM takes a different approach to the traditional tube style mag. Instead they introduced a detachable magazine, which is the first of it's kind in a pump action shotgun.
The magazine system and fire controls designed from the ground up available with 3- and 6-round mags. It’s the fastest response time of any pump shotgun in history, and the ultimate choice for a home defense shotgun. The Model 870 DM features 6-round 12-gauge magazine, bead sight, black synthetic stock, corn cobb fore-end, Supercell recoil.
As an excuse to display that their Saker ASR #suppressor lines are #fullauto rated and compatible with a wide variety of calibers, #SilencerCo hit the range with both an FN M249 and a MK 48 MOD 1 for some trigger time.
Sure, the soundtrack sounds like they borrowed it from the DJ at an Iraqi wedding, but the machine guns are on point and they run a 300-round string through each. Sharing a 1.5-inch diameter, both the Saker ASR 556 and 762 are made with Stellite and stainless steel, featuring a Hoplon baffle that is billed as increasing the suppressor’s lifespan in SBR and full-auto applications as it helps deflect debris. MSPR varies by model from $864-972 but sound moderation (although stepped on in the video by the music) hits the 129-137 dB mark for loads ranging from 5.56mm NATO to .300WM.
If this clip doesn’t make you want to pass the Hearing Protection Act and/or repeal the Hughes Amendment and NFA, then we just don’t know what else could melt your butter.
Alternatively, the soundtrack could just give you a hankering for Muwashshah music. Maybe should have rolled with some Skynard.
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#Brownells and Smith & Wesson join forces to donate a Dream Gun, a custom M&P M2.0 Compact, to be raffled off through the #LoneSurvivor Foundation.
The Dream Gun, valued at $850, features Smith & Wesson’s latest 9mm pistol, the M2.0 Compact. Released in Septemeber 2017, the striker fired design is a trimmed down version of the company’s full-size M2.0. The Dream Gun ditches the standard black color in favor of a red, white and blue design with Cerakote by Battle Arms Development.
The raffle, conducted by Lone Survivor Foundation, runs through Dec. 11 and aims to help military veterans impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Raffle tickets start at $20 each, with different packages available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased through Lone Survivor’s raffle site.
Texas-based Lone Survivor Foundation supports and empowers wounded service members and their families through health, wellness and therapeutic support. LSF offers therapeutic retreats for service members with post traumatic stress, mild traumatic brain injury, chronic pain and military sexual trauma.
“We are grateful for this chance to partner with Smith & Wesson to help support our veterans,” said Brownells CEO Pete Brownell in a statement. “Somebody is going to win a very sharp-looking, custom M&P M2.0 Compact.”
At the time of publication, the raffle had raised $1080 of its $10,000 goal.
When your workout routine gets boring try shooting a #50Cal while running backwards on a treadmill. That's right your host Morgan from #GunRodeo got her inspiration from watching #LannyOakley #workout videos and thought she'd tryout a new style of training!
The #Mossberg 464 SPX .30-30 is photogenic. It makes a distinct statement. And opinion seems to be split. Some seem inexplicably drawn to the odd aesthetic of the rifle. Others think it is an abomination.
The Mossberg #leveraction 464 is, most basically, a lever action #rifle without the wooden furniture. Rather than go to great lengths to make the polymer look exactly like the wood it is replacing, Mossberg adopted the tools of the tactical trade. The forend is covered up in rail. And the stock, which is made by ATI (who makes all kinds of stocks) is actually adjustable.
The 464 holds five in the tube. Beneath the flash suppressor, the barrel is threaded. The rail covers the fore-end, but doesn’t extend to the top. A rail section could be added up top, or there are options for a traditional scope mount.
But I don’t think Mossberg is taking the tactical angle very seriously, honestly. This is a hunting gun. The .30-30 is hell on whitetail. It is perfect for the piggies. I’ve used one for hunting elk. If you can close the range to within 100 yards, the .30-30 delivers flat shooting, hard hitting, dependable accuracy.
“ #JohnWick ” star #KeanuReeves showed off his real-life #shooting skills on a #3Gun training course in a new video released by a California gun range.
Taran Tactical Innovations published the video, titled “Keanu shredding with Taran Butler,” showing the 51-year-old actor racing through the course and “shredding” several targets while transitioning between three weapons.
Pro shooter Taran Butler has trained actors and actresses on his 20-acre range for movies such as “Charlie’s Angels,” “Transformers” and “Avatar,” Entertainment Weekly reported.
The video comes after Mr. Reeves finished filming for “John Wick: Chapter 2,” which is set to release in February 2017.
“For us it was just what is the next chapter? What is the continuation of this story?,” Mr. Reeves teased of the sequel to IGN. “Opening up the world — the underground world. The world behind the world in terms of the assassins. Kind of evolving the action — if the first one was a black belt, then this one is third degree black belt. It’s such a fun project