Tag Archive: Shooting


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Published on Jul 3, 2014

” Just a little comparison between two firearms that give us similar capabilities. 80 + years of firearms development gives us a few very desirable improvements. :-)
Thanks to Tennessee Gun Country in Clarksville, Tn, for lending us this Browning BAR: http://tnguncountry.com/ 

  Thanks to Federal Premium for the ammo:http://www.federalpremium.com/
And yes, if do realize that the BAR was kind of a special purpose firearm, and the firearms our military uses for that sort of purpose today are more likely to be belt fed, etc. In terms of producing a 20-rd rifle of serious caliber that a man could carry into battle, we thought a little comparison might be interesting. It is to me, at least. :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Daily Video 7.17.14

How Far Will A 9mm Kill?

 

Published on Jul 13, 2014

” In this video we wanted to test how far a 9mm is in fact capable of producing a potentially lethal wound. We do the standard pine board test that Barry demonstrated in the “How Far Will a .22 Kill” video, as well as a bit of ballistics testing at long range. Do you think the 9mm will penetrate a clear ballistics torso at 440 yards?

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4th Of July Bonanza With Jerry Miculek & FPS Russia

 

 

 

 

A Reminder From The Civilian Marksmanship Program

 

 

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” The National Matches were first held in 1903, moved to Camp Perry, Ohio, in 1907 and continue to take place every summer at Camp Perry. The National Matches have become a huge, national shooting sports festival with well over 6,000 annual participants. School students and competition event shooters range from beginners to many of the world’s best. Please note the changes for the 2014 National Match Schedule posted at http://www.thecmp.org/nm/   2014nmcalendar.pdf.”

Camp Perry Match Schedule

” The National Matches include Small Arms Firing Schools that are mandated by law and a series of CMP National Trophy Rifle and Pistol Matches and CMP Games Events as well as several National Rifle Association national championships that are held in connection with the National Matches. The CMP fulfills its responsibility to conduct the National Matches through a working partnership that includes the Ohio National Guard and the NRA.”

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Big Shots, Little Powder At State Shoot

 

 

 

 

 

” A worldwide shortage of gunpowder won’t silence an estimated 1.5 million shots at this week’s state trapshoot at the Valley Gun Club, according to event media liaison Tom Austin.

“People participating in the state trapshoot may bring their own ammunition or they can buy it onsite from Geiser Guns (of Sunbury),” Austin said. “I’ve been told that Geiser Guns plans to have enough ammo for those who need it at the shoot, but may not have as much for additional purchase.”

  The shortage mainly affects “reloaders,” or trap shooters who prefer to make their own shells as opposed to buying pre-made shells. Competitors typically tend to use store-bought shells instead of custom-made ones. The supply of shells is not as badly affected as that of powder, the shortage of which is becoming more and more of an issue, according to Chuck Fritzges, a manager with the Pennsylvania State Sportsmen’s Association and tournament director.

“Our largest vendors here don’t have any powder,” he said.

  Matt Geisier, of Geiser Guns, said that while shells were not abundant, powder “is in worse shape.” He said he was lucky enough to get a shipment from powder manufacturer Alliant shortly before the shoot started, but his supplies have been going fast. He was sold out of powder in an hour on Saturday and within about two hours on Sunday.

 The shortage is simply due to high demand, he said.”

 

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TrackingPoint Labs – Shotview App & Wearable Technology

 

Published on Jun 4, 2014

Learn more: http://tracking-point.com

” TrackingPoint, the worldwide leader in advanced firearms technology, has released a video from their Labs department that demonstrates the use of wearable technology along with a Precision Guided Firearm (PGF). PGF technology makes use of a bevy of sensors to make highly accurate ballistic calculations, taking into account wind, elevation, pressure, and more in real time. TrackingPoint’s PGFs enable shooters to lock on and accurately hit moving targets at up to 1200 yards. The video showcases the companies R&D testing of their Shotview streaming app for mobile devices, paired with consumer wearable technology.

  When paired with wearable technology, PGFs can provide unprecedented benefits to shooters, such as the ability to shoot around corners, from behind low walls, and from other positions that provide exceptional cover. Without PGF technology, such positions would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to fire from.

  The video demonstrates how wearable technology could enhance a shooter’s ability to engage targets on the battlefield. Similar to a fighter jet’s head’s-up display (HUD), the wearable PGF technology provides the shooter with visual aids to improve the aiming and shooting process. TrackingPoint’s ShotView system can be used to stream video to smartphones or tablets. With wearable technology, the ShotView system could be even more tightly integrated into the shooting experience

  Through the PGF’s ShotView video stream on the HUD, the shooter can easily see such important variables as range to target, shot angle, rifle cant, compass direction, battery life, and zoom setting, all without looking away or diverting their attention. Clearly, the advent of wearable technology has unlocked the potential for firearms to be used in all new ways.”

 

 

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” TrackingPoint is an Austin, Texas based applied technology company specializing in integrating advanced technology into battle-proven firearms. TrackingPoint PGFs use jet fighter lock and launch technology to ensure small arm accuracy at great distances. Available now, TrackingPoint’s AR series and long-range bolt-action rifles enable even novice shooters to hit targets with pinpoint accuracy out to 1200 yards. TrackingPoint has shipped hundreds of PGFs to hunters and sport shooters around the country. 

  For more information or to speak with a sales agent, visit 
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Belgium Police Release Video Of Deadly Jewish Museum Attack

 

 

 

 

 

” Belgium police on Sunday released video footage of the gunman who shot and killed four people a day earlier in what appeared to be a premeditated attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

  In the video, the suspect can be seen entering the museum carrying two heavy black bags from which he then pulls a Kalashnikov automatic rifle and opens fire. The man’s face is not clear in the footage as his head is covered by a gray cap.

  An Israeli couple, a French woman and a Belgian man died in the deadly shooting, which has revived fears of a fresh wave of anti-Semitism in Europe. The Belgian national died of his wounds in hospital on Sunday.

  Speaking at a press conference in Brussels on Sunday, deputy prosecutor Ine Van Wymersch said security officials were looking for a lone suspect in the lethal shooting. The suspect, she added, was “armed and well prepared.”

 

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 Happy Birthday Carlos Hathcock

 

 

 

 

The Story of Legendary Sniper Carlos Hathcock

 

 

” When retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock II died at the age of 57 on Feb. 26, 1999, his legend had long since chiseled its way into the pantheon of Marine Corps history.

  He’d served almost 20 years in the Corps, including two tours as a sniper during the Vietnam War. A killer more deadly and silent than Hathcock finally had him in the cross hairs and pulled the trigger, ending his extraordinary life.

  The medical term for that stealthy, relentless force is multiple sclerosis, a slow, progressive terminal malady that attacks the central nervous system. MS can cause paralysis, spasms and the loss of coordination and muscle control.”

 

 

Then Cpl. Carlos Hathcock (far left) being awarded the 1965 Wimbledon Cup.
This trophy is given to the winner of the 1000 yard shooting match.

 

 

Carlos Hathcock (1942 – 1999)

 

” was a US Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant who served as a sniper in the Vietnam War. With 93 confirmed kills, he was the 4th most effective sniper in American history, trailing behind Adelbert F Waldron (109), Charles Mawhinney (103), and Eric R England (98). His exploits, both as a courageous soldier and a sniper, made him a legend in the Marine Corps. Hathcock became a major developer of the United States Marine Corps Sniper training program. Not only was Carlos extremely lethal as a sniper, but he was also a brave marine; he was awarded the Silver Star for his act in 1969 of saving the lives of seven fellow Marines after the amphibious tractor on which they were riding struck a mine. Hathcock was knocked unconscious, but awoke in time to race back through the flames to save his comrades.


  Carlos Hathcock was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on May 20, 1942. Since his parents had separated, he lived with his grandmother in the country where he grew up. At a young age, Carlos learned to use a rifle, which his father had brought from Europe after World War II. Then, he would hunt wild animals to help feed his poor family.In 1959, at the age of 17, Carlos Hathcock joined the Marine Corps. Before being shipped to Vietnam, he showed his natural skills as a marksman on the rifle range at Camp Pendleton where he was undergoing recruit training, winning the Pacific Division rifle championship while he was deployed in Hawaii as a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines. In 1966, he was sent to Vietnam and became a sniper after Captain Edward J. Land Jr. had pushed the Marines into raising snipers in every platoon.” ” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Further Reading

 

Bob Tuley - Carlos Hathcock Sniper Biography

Carlos Norman “Gunny” Hathcock II (1942–1999) – Encyclopedia …

Carlos Hathcock - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Carlos Hathcock Biography | WordExplorer.com

Carlos Hathcock - Gunsopedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

.22 LR – How It Is Made Courtesy Of Ammo Labs From The Outdoor Channel

 

 

 

Published on Apr 29, 2014

” Tactical Girls thought we should share this. From Ammo Labs to you courtesy of Shooting USA from the Outdoor Channel on how ATK’s CCI plant makes .22LR”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incredible Shot From Nearly 1.5 Miles

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A few days ago I took out the 338 Lapua and attempted the 2500 yard shot. So I placed the target at 2530 yards or 1.43 miles away, at that distance the bullet flight time is almost 4.5 seconds! Made a short video that I think you guys will enjoy.  
  I went out early in the morning to beat the mirage, luckly there was very little wind around 3-4 mph coming from the left, I dialed 2.6 mils Left. I had to dialed the maximum elevation my scope (Nightforce NXS 5.5-22×56 MIL/MIL) had at 27.4 mils then held over 2.5 mils on the reticle to get me to 29.9 mils. I really hope you guys enjoy the video, please comment or ask any questions you may have…….and let me know what you think! Thanks for watching! “

 

 

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Tosh.0 Production Assistant Accidentally Killed By L.A. Sheriff Deputy

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Monday night, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department accidentally shot and killed a production assistant for Tosh.0 after mistaking the 30-year-old for a stabbing suspect.

  According to the Los Angeles Times, John Winkler went to a neighbor’s apartment Monday night to try to help three people who were being held captive at knife point. Responding police shot Winkler when he ran from the apartment with one of the victims. From the Sheriff Department’s statement:

  As deputies continued attempts to contact the people in the apartment, the apartment door suddenly opened and a male victim came rushing out. He was covered in blood and bleeding profusely from the neck. Simultaneously, Victim Winkler ran out of the door, lunging at the back of the fleeing victim. Both ran directly at the deputies. Winkler was similar to the description of the suspect and was wearing a black shirt. Believing Winkler was the assailant and the assault was ongoing and he would attack the entry team; three deputies fired their duty weapons at him.”

      This is yet another example of the thuggish mentality of the current police State . While answering a call about a stabbing , no mention of guns , the Deputies arrive on the scene and shoot the first people they see , no questions asked , no orders given , just gunfire .

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Four Reported Dead In New Fort Hood Shooting Rampage *

 

 

 

” Four people were killed when a gunman went on the rampage at Ford Hood, Texas, the scene of a 2009 massacre that killed 14, a Texas congressman claimed.

  Rep. Michael McCaul told CNN that four people were dead and he named the gunman as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez.

  KWTX television, the CBS affiliate in Waco said it had confirmed that the shooter had been killed. It said up to 15 people had been injured. NBC said at least four people were critically hurt.

  The shooting was a “soldier on soldier” incident without any terrorism link, a senior Department of Homeland Security source told Fox News.

  The source, who stressed the information was preliminary, added that there was “currently no [counter terrorism] nexus” and said it appears the shooter “killed himself and three soldiers were wounded.”

  But there were conflicting reports on how many shooters may have been involved, and what happened in the incident.

  A senior law enforcement official told Fox News it is believed one shooter has been “neutralized,” but authorities believes there may be another shooter in the vicinity.”

 

* Other reports are saying one dead , the shooter , and 14 wounded … stay tuned 

One killed, 14 wounded at Fort Hood shooting in Texas
Fort Hood shooter believed to be dead; 1 dead, 14 injured

Fort Hood locked down after shooting; gunman dead

 

 

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Off-Duty Officer Fires Gun After Altercation With Neighbor

 

 

 

” The altercation began when the off-duty officer was working on his vehicle outside of his home. A 39 year old man was walking past with his dog when the dog defecated on the front lawn of the officers home. The two men exchanged words and the man and his dog left the area. However, the man later returned and got into a physical altercation with the off-duty officer.

  At a point in the altercation, the 39 year old male pulled the officer’s hooded sweatshirt over the officer’s head while he continued to assault the officer. The officer then drew a pistol and shot the man in the thigh. The shooting victim was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center where he was treated and released. The officer was taken to Jeanes Hospital for facial lacerations. He was later released.”

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Deadliest Day In Ukraine Protests Yet, Despite Truce

 

 

Published on Feb 20, 2014

” At least 75 people have been killed in violent riots in Kiev, the Ukrainian Health Department has stated. Doctors working on Kiev’s Independence Square, however, claimed that as many as 70 people were killed on the rioters’ side alone on Thursday. The death toll in the most violent wave of clashes between the rioters and the police in Kiev is likely to increase, as there are conflicting figures coming from the Health Department, city officials and the opposition. As many as 550 people have been injured, according to official estimates. Until this week, snipers shooting people in central Kiev have been little more than unsupported hearsay. But on Thursday, both security forces and rioters were filmed stalking the streets with rifles. RT’s Aleksey Yaroshevsky reports to Meghan Lopez that unidentified snipers were firing from buildings all around Independence Square.

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On the diplomatic side the EU and US are threatening sanctions …

 

 

 

Published on Feb 20, 2014

” The United States, European Union and NATO are criticizing the Ukrainian government for its role in the increasing bloodshed in Kiev. EU leaders have agreed to impose sanctions on the country, joining the US in threatening consequences. Individual sanctions for 20 Ukrainian politicians have already been imposed by Washington. Critics, including The Nation’s contributing editor, Stephen Cohen, say that threats of sanctions and misunderstanding of the situation on the ground are misguided. RT’s Gayane Chichakyan looks at how the US and EU are reacting to the increasing violence in Ukraine.

Find RT America in your area: http://rt.com/where-to-watch/
Or watch us online: http://rt.com/on-air/rt-america-air/ “

 

 

Meanwhile Euromaidan In English provides us with this report on the day’s events in Kiev …

 

 

” This is what happened today (please share to inform all):
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Today, after the morning massacres had calmed down a little, opposition politicians began calling for MP’s to gather in Parliament at 3pm. Deputy Lyashko and others pronounced guarantees to Party of Regions MP’s that no demonstrations would be held near the building during this special session – apparently some government MP’s had expressed concern for their own safety in the wake of that morning’s violence and deaths.

The session did not start until around 5pm, and MPs gathered very gradually. Initially, only 227 registered (minimum quorum: 226), but as the evening wore on, more and more MP’s from the Party of Regions and nominal independents arrived. By 10pm, 238 had registered to vote.The key test came just after 10pm when the speeches ceased and a draft document was put to a vote. In the end 236 voted in favor of the “Postanova” that orders the following:

1. All Interior Ministry troops currently in Kyiv are ordered to cease fire and return to barracks.
2. All live ammunition and lethal weapons that have been issued to government forces are to be returned immediately.
3. Blocking roads and rail lines for the purpose of limiting the movement of people is to cease.
4. All anti terrorist operations currently undertaken by the State Security Service and Interior Ministry are to be stopped immediately.
5. Circumstances that have led to deaths and casualties are to be investigated and the guilty brought to trial forthwith by the Prosecutor General.
6. The Cabinet of Ministers is ordered to provide financial compensation to all victims of the recent violence and their families.
7. Activists arrested for their participation in protests are to be released and all criminal cases against them closed.
8. It is now the exclusive right of parliament to declare a state of emergency.All of the above was passed as a “Postanova” – a one time legislative order that has the force of law, but according to Ukraine’s Constitution, and unlike other laws, need not be signed by the President. Postanova’s are signed by the Chairman/Speaker of the Parliament, or in his absence, by one of his Deputies. Tonight’s session of Parliament was chaired by Svoboda MP Koshulynsky, and he has signed the document making it legal.

 

  Two points of significance:

1) Parliamentary Speaker Rybak and First Deputy Speaker Kaletnyk (Communist Party) were not present at tonight’s session; neither were 167 deputies from the Party of Regions, nor any of the Communist MP’s. Nevertheless, a temporary majority was assembled with all members of the 3 opposition parties and most independents in attendance together with 20+ Party of Regions MPs who have now effectively defected from the government camp. According to rumors many Party of Regions MPs left the country today – including (according to some reports) Speaker Rybak.

  Does this signal a permanent end to the pro-Yanukovych majority in Parliament? If so, it signifies the beginning of the end of his regime.2) Although a Postanova is a legislative order that has the force of law, and cannot be vetoed by the President, it is unclear what happens if Yanukovych issues a Presidential Decree cancelling the Postanova. Furthermore, it is unclear which should take precedent: the Law on Counter-Terrorism which has been the formal document used to authorize the use of lethal force and abrogation of civil rights during the past 2 days, or the one-time Postanova. Finally is highly unclear whether Interior Ministry forces will obey this Postanova at all.

  After passing their document, Ukraine’s 3 opposition leaders immediately left Parliament for the Presidential Administration building where, reportedly, they were joined by 3 visiting EU foreign ministers. Apparently they will attempt to collectively convince Yanukovych to accept the need for constitutional changes – these are to be voted on tomorrow. Whether enough votes can be gathered, and whether Yanukovych will budge are all open questions…

(written by Prof. Mychailo Wynnycky, Kyiv Mohyla Academy)
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#euromaidan “

 

 

 

    In other news from Kiev , protestors , after heated debate , pulled down the statue of Lenin and in short order he was broken up for souvenirs .

 

 

У Житомирі впав Ленін

 

Published on Feb 20, 2014

” Близько першої ночі, після тривалого стояння і нетривалої боротьби за п’єдестал, в Житомирі не стало Леніна. Тиран впав під переконливими аргументами місцевого євромайдану. 

  На вождя накинули троси. Ілліч пручався. Тоді люди вдарили автотранспортом по ідейному лідеру комунізма. Під тиском техніки Ілліч впав і пішов по шматочках на сувеніри. На місті того хто давав наказ армії Муравйова завойовувати Україну замайорів наш прапор. Тепер активісти міркують, хто вартий честі стояти на головній площі міста.”

 

 

Photo: What it takes to get's the world's attention..  #euromaidan

 

 

    To round out this evening’s update on Ukrainian news we present this report regarding an alleged conspiracy of sorts as to the “grassroots” nature of the viral video “I Am A Ukranian” and thus the riots themselves . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” As they seize weapons, take over government buildings and fire on media outlets, the US-backed Ukrainian protesters are being afforded legitimacy with the aid of a Kony 2012-style viral video which triumphs the grass roots nature of the demonstrations yet is linked to shadowy NGOs that have been directly involved in staging phony ‘color revolutions’ in the past.

  The woman encourages viewers to “help us only by telling this story….only by sharing this video,” thereby framing the debate around the naive narrative that the crisis is solely about Ukrainians wanting “freedom,” and in essence blacklisting the real reasons behind the western-instigated revolt, which focus on the geopolitical isolation of Russia.

  The origins of the video are not quite as ‘grass roots’ as is portrayed. The clip was produced by the team behind A Whisper to a Roar, a documentary about the “fight for democracy” all over the world, which was funded by Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco. The “inspiration” behind the documentary was none other than Larry Diamond, a Council on Foreign Relations member. The Council on Foreign Relations is considered to be America’s “most influential foreign-policy think tank” and has deep connections with the U.S. State Department.

  Diamond has also worked closely with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The National Endowment for Democracy is considered to be the CIA’s “civilian arm” and has been deeply embroiled in innumerable instigated uprisings, attempted coups and acts of neo-colonial regime change since its creation in 1983, including the contrived 2004 “Orange Revolution” that brought US puppet Viktor Yushchenko to power in Ukraine.  “

 

Color us unconvinced but read the rest at Red Ice and decide for yourself .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HK-93 Machine Gun

 

 

Published on Feb 16, 2014

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Shooting 300 Meters With A Glock – Instructor Zero

 

 

 

Published on Feb 14, 2014

” Zero engages targets at 300 Meters with a Glock to demonstrate the effect bullets still have if you happen to miss your intended target. Zero also demonstrates that with enough ammo and experience you can provide some suppressing fire with a secondary weapon at long range, if you are forced into that situation. This video is not saying that a hand gun should be used as a primary weapon to engage targets at range, but if you are desperate, this video proves that a pistol is not COMPLETELY useless.

  Less than 40 rounds were fired to achieve 3 hits on a figure 11 target at 300 meters on a windy day. The entire shoot was completed in 1 hour and 30 minutes.

  If you would like to help support Funker Tactical and help us increase our quality and quantity of videos, please visithttp://Patreon.com/FunkerTactical to join our team! “

 

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Watch The Sochi Winter Olympics Turn Violent In One Gif

The olympics in Sochi have taken a turn for the worse

Thanks to The Daily Caller

Collapsible Stocks, Rails, Suppressors … Ergonomics Galore

 

 

 

 

 

” When I learned that I would be accompanying the rag-tag bunch of heroes here at Guns.com to SHOT Show 2014 I was as giddy as a child en route to Disney World. The excitement quickly died down when I learned my first editorial would be the industry trends article you’re now perusing.

  The SIG MPX gets around this by using a simple blowback mechanism, where the recoil assembly resides inside the receiver. LWRC and Troy Industries have a different approach. They utilize the North Eastern Arms Group’s Compact Carbine Stock System. NEAG released their CCS last year in Canada and while it impressed them, the Canadian gun market is a fraction the size of the U.S. one. Thankfully, several large U.S. arms makers have taken it upon themselves to bring this ultra compact stocks to the good ol’ US of A. Helping negate one of the least mentioned shortcomings of the AR platform: its fixed length.

  Shorter stocks, lighter more versatile accessory mounting options and sound suppressors are driving the market in a politically sensitive direction. While guns will be a political issue for the foreseeable future, all of these trends are pointing gun owners towards the end game of the ultimate home defense weapon. One that is lightweight, compact, fully customizable and hearing safe indoors. Rarely in any market has growth been so ergonomic driven. Although, in no other field are ergonomics federally regulated.”

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Sheriff: Son Shoots Burglar ToSave Father’s Life During Stand-Off

 

 

 

 

 

” The homeowner also observed a Dodge pickup and flatbed trailer parked in the dark on the road near his house. The man saw the pickup truck was running with the keys in the ignition. He entered the suspect’s truck, turned the engine off and removed the keys. Suddenly, the suspect appeared and a confrontation ensued. The suspect managed to get the man’s rifle away from him, assaulting the man in the process.

  The homeowner’s son, awakened by the gunshots, saw the young male suspect raise the rifle and, fearing the suspect was about to shoot his father, shot the suspect, killing him instantly.
 
” We are a nation of laws. Our law protects the law-abiding citizens of our nation,” said Van Zandt County Sheriff Lindsey Ray. “It is unfortunate that a young man had to die this morning in our community because of a bad decision he made to violate the rights of a law-abiding citizen.” “

 

Sheriff Ray has his priorities in order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Tactical Rifle: Montana Rifles Company MMR

 

 

Montana Rifle Company MMR

 

 

” The MMR is based on Montana’s greasy-slick, unstoppable rotary-extractor action and is equipped with a 24-inch, fluted, Montana #6 contour barrel with a removable muzzle brake. The stock is target-style and can be adjusted for comb height and length of pull. Instead of the classic Model 70 trigger, which is standard for Montana, they use a Timney which can be set at 2 ½ pounds. Calibers include .308, .260 Remington, 6.5/284, .300 Win Mag (if is isn’t in the lineup, whine at them and they’ll build one) and a special version in .338 Lapua. All the metal is Cerakoted in case you want to shoot in the rain, sleet, and snow. Weight is 12 pounds.”

 

Read more at Outdoor Life

 

 

 

 

 

Breaking In Precision 1911S

 

 

 

 

 

” After deciding to obtain a concealed-carry permit for my self-defense handgun, I began researching handguns styles, calibers and features. I knew I wanted something compact and easy to conceal, but powerful enough to authoritatively stop a perpetrator.

  I looked at both pistols and revolvers, and seriously considered a snubnose .357 Mag., but in the end decided on a semi-auto. Since I already owned a 9 mm, I decided to go with a larger caliber—a .40 S&W or .45 ACP.  An acquaintance had a SIG P226 for sale with both .40 and .357 Sig barrels. The gun was a little bigger than I wanted, but I was interested in the dual calibers and would have bought it if we could have agreed on price.

  Eventually, I wandered into a little hunting/gun shop in Tupelo, Miss. It was running a pretty good sale and I picked up a Kimber Ultra Carry in .45 ACP for $660, plus tax. This was one of the early models featuring a skeletonized trigger and hammer, along with diamond-checkered rubber grips and black, low-profile combat sights. At the same time, I bought some Winchester white box ammunition—because that gun was just begging to be fired—and headed to the hill in my parents’ pasture that served as my home-range backstop.”

 

Story continues at American Rifleman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gun Sales Hit New Record, Ammo Boom To Follow

 

Record Gun Sales

 

 

 

2013 was the best year for firearm sales (commercial, domestic) in history — period! That’s true for NH to Hawaii,” said Richard Feldman, president of the Independent Firearm Owners Association in Rindge, N.H. “Ruger alone sold well over one million guns this year.” 

  Gun sales spiked as Congress and a number of states debated whether to impose more restrictions on firearms purchases after Sandy HookCongress stalemated, but some states moved forward.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Liberal Visits Big Sandy Machine Gun Shoot – Leaves Enlightened & With A Smile :-)

 

Liberal Reporters Discovers Gun Fun

 

 

 

 

” Machine guns, cannons, drones, exploding fish monsters, and a surprising cast of characters at Arizona’s Big Sandy Shoot.

By Terry Greene Sterling

  Kenton Tucker has shot machine guns most of his life. He owns several, including, he says, Errol Flynn’s machine gun. Tucker, a tidy, middle-aged man with a red mustache, is a principal in MG Shooters LLC, which twice a year sponsors a machine gun shoot at its secluded range in the Arizona high desert. The Big Sandy Shoot is billed as the largest in the United States. It has an unusually wide firing range that stretches for a quarter-mile; about 200 machine gunners can fire their weapons simultaneously at exploding targets and drones. During the three-day event, about 3 million rounds of ammunition are expended.

  This vast arsenal of machine guns—and their owners—are tightly regulated. Machine guns have long been among the nation’s most regulated firearms. Non-military or non-law-enforcement civilians, like the guys at the Big Sandy Shoot, are required to undergo strict background checks before the federal government allows them to buy a machine gun.

  Background checks were the cornerstone of gun control legislation that failed to pass in the Senate this year. Gun control advocates had hoped the measure had sufficient momentum to pass in the wake of Adam Lanza’s slaughter of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. But it didn’t, thanks to lobbying by gun industry groups. A recent Pew report says most Americans don’t think gun control legislation will pass this year.

  As gun control debates wax and wane, and despite the fact that machine guns are already subjected to some of the strictest gun control measures advocates could hope for, there’s been little scrutiny of the machine gun community to see just how well gun control works—or doesn’t—in America.

  The Big Sandy Shoot attracts hundreds of people who chafe at gun control yet seem inordinately proud that they have passed background checks that allow them to own machine guns. They’re mostly old white guys, and they’re mostly Republicans, and they hate to admit they’re Exhibit A for the efficacy of gun control.

  Machine guns are true assault weapons; they are fully automatic, meaning that one pull of the trigger fires more than one round. (Semi-automatic guns, like the ones used in many mass shootings in the United States, are not true assault weapons because they require one pull of the trigger for each round.) In the United States, machine guns have been highly regulated since passage the National Firearms Act of 1934, and a series of laws that followed tightened restrictions on machine gun owners. While most Americans can legally buy guns without background checks via private sales and gun shows, machine gun purchasers wait for months as their background checks are being processed by the feds. And while most Americans can buy modern non-assault weapons easily, machine gun owners aren’t allowed to own any machine gun manufactured after 1986. In a nutshell, unlike many gun sales in the United States, machine gun sales are carefully tracked and taxed by federal authorities.

  Tucker is wary of journalists, whom the machine gun world generally views as shills for liberals who want to disarm America. But after meeting with photographer Marie Baronnet and me in Scottsdale, he agrees to let us cover the shoot with no restrictions.

  We almost don’t make the required shooters meeting on the first day of the shoot because we take our time on the road. From Phoenix the highway winds through salmon-pink sand flats studded with cactuses to Wickenburg, famous for its dude ranches and addiction recovery centers. We cruise past curio stores and horse pastures and catch Highway 93, which knifes into the Arizona badlands. The mountains are jagged and parched.

  At Milepost 148, tourists snap pictures of Nothing, Ariz., a cluster of boarded-up, sun-chewed shacks that once housed an All Mart and a gas station. A warning is scrawled in black spray paint: “No Trespassing. Private Property. Keep Out.”

  West of Nothing we pass a biker bar, a barbecue joint, a trailer park and a log furniture store, which pretty much sums up the commercial center of downtown Wikieup, population 133. We’re well into Mohave County now, and it feels like militia country. Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh hung out with his friend and terrorism accomplice Michael Fortier in Mohave County. Jason Bush, the border vigilante condemned to die for slaughtering a 9-year-old girl and her father during a bloody home invasion, was arrested in Mohave County. About 202,000 people live in the county, which sprawls over 13,470 square miles. It’s a good place be a hermit or play war games.

  We veer right onto Trout Creek Road, follow the arrow on the white poster board sign that reads “Big Sandy Shoot.” Five miles of dusty, up-down, windy dirt road later, we descend into a valley where spectators are allowed to camp and have tailgate parties.

  We register at a folding table, then drive a rutted road leading up a steep, rocky bluff to the fabled Big Sandy Range. Camouflage nets separate dozens of shooting stations. Most are equipped with folding tables and chairs, tools, ice chests, metal ammo cans, wooden ammo boxes, and machine guns on tripods.

  The machine guns face the target area, a wide, dry wash. Dozens of white barrels—the targets—line the wash. The target area is “backstopped” first by its own eroded bank, and then a cratered hill, and then a mountain. The layers keep rogue rounds from escaping and killing a cow or coyote. Yellow police tape flaps in the wind, marking the boundary between the target area and shooting stations. The shooters have set up campsites a few feet behind their machine guns. Some will sleep in RVs, others in large trucks and tents.

  The shooters are mostly middle-aged or older white men dressed in camouflage or hunting gear, baseball caps, and dark glasses. They are gathered around Tucker, who gives last-minute safety instructions.

  When he finishes, the shooters hurry to their stations.

  A signal horn blares.

  A red flag shoots up a pole.

  Someone yells: “Fire in the hole!”

  The machine gunners start shooting, and yellow smoke sours the air. I’ve got my black-and-yellow ear protectors on but still hear the cacophony of tat-tat-tat-tat-tat-tic-tic-tic-tch-tch-tch-tch-tch-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop of the smaller machine guns interspersed with a nerve-rattling thunderous kettledrum-on-steroids sequence BAM-BAM-BAM-BAM. It’s the sound of .50-caliber machine guns, designed to flatten armored vehicles and low-flying aircraft.

  I try not to wince as I adjust my loop earrings under the ear protectors and consider the journalistic challenges ahead. I want to know how real gun control works. Who are these shooters who pass the rigorous background checks? Will they open up to me? Are they especially thin-skinned in the wake of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook? It’s late March. Arizona is in the middle of the fray: Recently retired Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot through the head by a gunman near a Tucson-area Safeway store in 2011, and her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, are campaigning for gun control legislation. Even Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake seems to be leaning toward the proposed legislation.

  Machine guns are already tightly regulated, but will these shooters chafe at regulation of their other guns? Looking down the firing line, I see other guns that aren’t as restricted: semi-automatic pistols and rifles. There’s also a cannon.

  A cannon isn’t technically a machine gun, since it fires one round at a time. But shooters can shoot anything at the Big Sandy Shoot, including homemade bowling ball launchers.

  I join several ear-protected onlookers staring at the cannon. Someone says it was built in 1942. We’re careful not to stand directly behind, in case it backfires.

  The cannon guy is oblivious to the attention. He’s a graceful, slender man with a cryptic smile. He looks to be in his 40s and wears a Panama hat, an immaculate sports shirt and tailored slacks, as though he’ll soon be heading off to a golf game at the club. He’s in a cannon-firing Zen trance, mechanically loading and shooting, loading and shooting, loading and shooting. Later, I ask him his name. He won’t give it. He doesn’t want to be photographed. He looks rich.

  But then again, there must be a lot of rich people here. Machine guns sell for tens of thousands of dollars, thanks to Ronald Reagan. In 1986 the Republican president signed the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act, which prohibited the general public from owning, buying, or selling machine guns manufactured after the 1986 law took effect. Broadly, the law says military and law enforcement officials can still own machine guns, but civilians can only own machine guns that were grandfathered in.

  “Machine guns available to the public are a finite resource,” Jose Wall, a special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Phoenix, told me before I left for the shoot. “So what’s in circulation back then [1986] is in circulation now.” And that’s a little less than 100,000 machine guns, Wall told me.

  All of this explains why from the get-go the machine guns at the Big Sandy Shoot seem always to be giving the shooters trouble. Something about the way the shooters use wrenches and rubber hammers to coax the guns to shoot again reminds me of taxistas tinkering with ancient Fords in Havana.

  Kenton Tucker’s business partner in MG Shooters LLC is Ed Hope. He’s a 71-year-old retired high school teacher who owns about 30 machine guns. He’s a Democrat who voted for Barack Obama and a member of the National Rifle Association.

  Hope sits in his quad, smiling, taking a break from driving up and down the range to monitor shooters. This shoot is just so much fun, he says. He asks if I’ve seen “the fish.” I have. It’s a hollow Volkswagen Beetle-size black-and-white shark-type monster. It has nasty eyes, four upper teeth, and a long, red tongue that licks the ground. When the range is “cold” and no one is allowed to shoot, the fish monster will be loaded with explosives and towed to the target area, where the shooters will blow it up.

  Hope and Tucker have been putting on shoots for 25 years, and they know gun guys like to shoot “reactive” targets, meaning targets that explode when you shoot them. Hope and Tucker bought the Big Sandy property, which spans 1 square mile, about 10 years ago, because it is so remote that you can safely shoot and explode as many targets as you want. So far no one has been injured, Hope says. The Big Sandy shoots are a “full-time job” for Tucker and Hope, who won’t disclose earnings derived from the shoot. For Big Sandy shoots, they hire 30 people to help monitor the range, direct traffic, and sell tickets. In three days about 600 spectators will pay $25 to watch about 200 shooters, who pay $250 to shoot.

  “Most of my shooters are upper-income professionals,” Hope says. The monster .50-caliber Browning can cost $25,000, for instance, and all the government regulation is “an incredible pain.” It might take six or seven months to complete a machine gun sale, called a “transfer.” What’s more, Hope says, machine guns are “hungry and you have to feed them ammo.”

  Eric Lutfy is at the Big Sandy Shoot to sell ammunition. He has been in the “gun business” since he was 18. He lives in Laveen, Ariz., and is the president of Thunderbird Cartridge Co. Inc., a purveyor of reloading components and reloaded ammunition. Ammo is stored in neatly labeled boxes beneath a folding table behind the shooter stations. A whiteboard lists his prices: A count of 150 tracer .50-caliber rounds sells for $300, for instance.

  Reloaded ammunition is basically recycled and rebuilt ammunition. After you shoot a gun, the spent casing will fall to the ground near you. If you happen to own a reloading machine, you can prime and resize the used casing, fill it with gunpowder, and cap it with a new projectile. It’s tedious, hard work, but if you shoot a lot, it’s cheaper than buying new ammunition.

  Ammunition costs are skyrocketing, due in part to nationwide hoarding, which inflates the price of ammunition, which causes more ammo hoarding. Michael Bazinet, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Association, an industry group, says ammunition manufacturers now “work round the clock” to fill consumer demand. For 34 straight months, he says, gun sales have gone up, and so have attendant ammunition sales. In 2012 combined retail sales for guns and ammo totaled $6 billion.

  Gun control proponents suggest the gun industry is driving a profitable panic. They say the industry is needlessly frightening gun owners into thinking their guns and ammo will be taken from them via gun control legislation. Bazinet says it’s not true. Consumer demand simply exceeds manufacturing capability, he says. He agrees, though, that if people think “access might be limited,” they will buy more ammo and guns.

  John Watson and his friends have brought 5,000 rounds of ammo to the Big Sandy Shoot. They’ve reloaded some of the ammo at home during “loading bees.” Watson, a 69-year-old retired fire marshal and Vietnam vet who lives in the Phoenix area, also brings along a mannequin named Mary Lou.

  The mannequin is dressed like a French Resistance fighter and stands by the shooting station Watson shares with his friends. He got the mannequin from his wife’s consignment store and has been bringing her to the shoot for several years, dressing her each year in a different military uniform. Mary Lou is a fixture at the shoot, along with Watson’s plastic pink flamingoes and his 1958 Airstream.

  To Watson, the Big Sandy Shoot is “Super Bowl, Nascar, and the World Series all wrapped into one.” He has been attending the shoots since 2006, and he’s recruited friends who share a shooting station, which has a blue-tarp floor covered with spent casings. Their machine guns rest on tripods. Shawn Rhodes, a former paramedic, and Bill Rhodes, a software engineer, both wear beige MG Shooters T-shirts. Another friend, David Stevens, a theater technician (he’s a got tattoo that reads “AITA,” which stands for “Acceptance Is The Answer”), brought along two semi-automatic rifles that resemble AK-47s.”

 

 

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