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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














One Shot Dead At Fort Meade After Trying To Enter NSA Gate







” One person is dead, and two more were hospitalized after an unauthorized vehicle tried to gain access to the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Maryland, according to the NSA, which is investigating the incident.

” Shortly before 9:00 AM today, a vehicle containing two individuals attempted an unauthorized entry at a National Security Agency gate,” Jonathan Freed, NSA director of strategic communications, said in a statement. “The driver failed to obey an NSA Police officer’s routine instructions for safely exiting the secure campus. The vehicle failed to stop and barriers were deployed.”

  NSA police on the scene fired on the vehicle when it accelerated toward a police car, blocking its way, according to the NSA. One of the unauthorized vehicle’s two occupants died on the scene. The other was hospitalized, as was an NSA police officer.

  The two men who officials say tried to ram the main gate at NSA headquarters were dressed as women, according to a federal law enforcement official.”


Finally, A Gif To Teach You How A Gun Silencer Works






” The repetitive power of the gif makes it a perfect way to learn how simple machines work. We saw that with these awesome gifs that break down the mechanics of engines and handguns, and we see it again here with the silencer.

  SilencerCo posted this big infographic on its site, explaining not only how the piece suppresses the noise of gunfire but also just how many silencers there are around the country and the world.”


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Sniper: Inside The Crosshairs – Full Documentary





Published on Nov 6, 2014

” The deadliest weapon on the battlefield is neither bullet nor gun; it’s the lone sniper. Journey inside the science and psychology behind the greatest shots in military history, through the scope of the world’s most extreme marksmen. Deconstruct the missions, ranging from Vietnam to Iraq to Afghanistan, presented by the men who were there and pulled the trigger. For the first time on American television Canadian sniper Robert Furlong, tells the story of his history-making shot in Afghanistan–striking a Taliban fighter from 1.5 miles away. Ballistics… Tactics… Weaponry… Stalking… This two-hour special examines these critical components in vivid detail, combining interviews with cinematic reenactments, CGI and present day shooting demonstrations to put the viewer squarely inside the crosshairs.”













700 WTF Rifle, Hand Cannon




Uploaded on Aug 8, 2011

” First time shoulder firing my monster creation. this is with .700 cal slugs that weigh 1132gr which means you only get 6 bullets out of a pound of lead. this slug was loaded with what i would consider a mid level load at about 1600fps starting and up around 1800fps towards the end. This can and will be loaded up to 2300fps in the future. the recoil energy of this rifle without the break is around 150 ft/lbs.”












Oh-Oh: Students At Elite Universities Now Taking Up Arms






” The Washington Post is on the case:

  In between completing problem sets, writing code, organizing hackathons, worrying about internships and building solar cars, a group of MIT students make their way to the athletic center, where they stand side-by-side, load their guns and fire away.They are majoring in biological engineering, brain and cognitive sciences, aeronautics, mechanical engineering, computer science and nuclear science. Before arriving at MIT, nearly all of them had never touched a gun or even seen one that wasn’t on TV.


“ Which is strange because I’m from Texas,” said Nick McCoy, wearing a ­T-shirt advertising his dorm and getting ready to shoot.

  How weird is that? A guy from Texas, new to shooting! Truly, the flyover heartland is a strange and wonderful place. I wonder who — or what — has corrupted this poor lad? Let’s check the headline:


 Gun industry’s helping hand triggers a surge in college shooting teams

Aha! Big Firearms!

  McCoy is one of the brainiacs on MIT’s pistol and rifle teams, which, like other college shooting teams, have benefited from the largesse of gun industry money and become so popular that they often turn students away. Teams are thriving at a diverse range of schools: Yale, Harvard, the University of Maryland, George ­Mason University, and even smaller schools such as Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and Connors State College in Oklahoma.

“ We literally have way more students interested than we can handle,” said Steve Goldstein, one of MIT’s pistol coaches.

  The horror, the horror. I hate to break the news to Michael S. Rosenwald, but when I was in high school in Hawaii, we had a rifle team and mandatory Junior ROTC, as did many high schools across America back when it was a country of men instead of women and metrosexuals. But perhaps real men are making a comeback:

  Although some collegiate teams date to the late 1800s, coaches and team captains say there is a surge of new interest from students, both male and female, ­finally away from their parents and curious to handle one of the country’s most divisive symbols. Once they fire a gun, students say they find shooting relaxing — at MIT, students call it “very Zen” — and that it teaches focusing skills that help in class.

  Some also find their perceptions about guns changing. “I had a poor view, a more negative view of people who like guns than I do now,” said Hope Lutwak, a freshman on MIT’s pistol team. “I didn’t understand why people enjoyed it. I just thought it was very violent.”

  Anyone who’s ever shot knows that Zen is precisely the word we shooters use. Everything is focused on the target; in my experience, nothing clears the mind like successfully putting a few hundred rounds exactly where you want them to go. Nothing “violent” about it. But that darn gun industry…

  And that’s precisely what the gun industry hoped it would hear after spending the past few years pouring millions of dollars into collegiate shooting, targeting young adults just as they try out new activities and personal identities.

  Okay, Rosenwald, you got us. What Big Firearms is doing is akin to what Big Tobacco did, “targeting young adults just as they try out new activities and personal identities.” It wouldn’t be a Washington Post story without some pseudo-Freudian, au courant references to “personal identities,” now, would it?

  The rest of the story goes on in this vein, full of wonderment that otherwise sensible top-tier college students have been seduced by the Cult of the Gun. If there was ever a story that spoke to the division of the cultural weaklings in the media and the rest of us, this is it.

  Some students plan to continue shooting after they graduate, but others say it will depend on family situations and how tough regulations are wherever they wind up. And they acknowledge that many in society don’t think about firearms the way they now do — that it’s less about the gun, as one student put it, and more about who is using it.

  Amazing what a little actual experience will do for you.

  Be sure to read the comments at the link. There really are Two Americas, only one of which can shoot.”


Thanks to Michael Walsh and The Tatler














From Demolition Ranch




Published on Mar 8, 2015

” These projectiles, in .45ACP and 12 gauge, fire a center slug as well as 3 outer fragments that are tethered together for a controlled spread. So is this a gimmick, or is it an improvement to self defense ammunition? Let’s find out! “













3600 Yard Shot HCR 375 CheyTac




Published on Jan 19, 2015

Hill Country Rifles

” On September 28th, 2014 a team from Hill Country Rifles joined with expert instructors from FTW Ranch to attempt a 3600 yard shot onto a 36” steel target. At more than 2 miles, it will take the bullet a full 7.2 seconds to reach the target.

  New Jersey native Jim Spinella is not a stranger to long distance shooting, but this shot would be a new personal record. One that few would ever consider attempting.

Rifle: Hill Country Rifles Custom 375 CheyTac (http://www.hillcountryrifles.com/cata…)
Optics: Schmidt & Bender 5-25X56mm PM-2 scope
Distance: 3606.41 Yards (2.049 Miles)
Target: 36” circular steel plate
Altitude: 2000 ft.
Temp: 70 degrees
Elevation: 60.2 mil (26.8 in rail, 22.6 in turret, 10.8 hold over)
Windage: 3.5 mil left

Wind calls by FTW instructor Doug Prichard.”


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” In February, NAGR is giving away a custom-built Iron Ridge Arms .308 Patrol rifle, loaded with accessories, including a PVS14 Night Vision Monocular from Ultimate Night vision and night vision compatible EOTech EXPS3-2 holographic sight. Entire package valued at $7,000.”

” But remember you can’t win if you don’t sign up.

  All entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on Saturday, February 28th, 2015. The winner will be announced via email the next day. “

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NAGR Is Giving Away An IR Defense Hunter Thermal Imaging Scope




” The IR Defense Hunter Thermal imaging scope equipped with a 320×240 Thermal Weapon sight (50mm 5-20x), 800×600 KOPIN Display, FlIR TAU2 336×256 Sensor, 60Hz Frame Rate, High Quality Construction, MOA Reticle System, Image Capture!”

” Entire package valued at $5,500. But you can’t win this IR Defense Thermal Imager unless you sign up below!

  All entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on Saturday, February 28th, 2015. The winner will be announced via email the next day.”

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Shooting Guns? It’s Rather Fun, Actually





Shooting a handgun at a target is a thrill; don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You load bullets into a clip, push it up into the gun, turn off the safety catch, take careful hold of the gun with two hands, aim and shoot. The thing jumps in your hand and you see the bullet knock a hole in the target and spark off the floor at the back of the range. There is an extraordinary rush and then you do it again. Another spark; perhaps this time the hole in the target is a little closer to the centre. Soon you have fired the whole clip and you’re loading the deadly weapon in your hand again.

  That is just to preface a more obvious point. To a liberal European reporter, from afar, American gun culture appears utterly insane. Americans are far more likely to murder someone or to kill themselves than people in almost all Western European countries, largely because guns make it easier. That almost 33,000 people are killed with firearms each year in America (including three Muslims in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, earlier this week) is a colossal and largely unnecessary waste of life. That people celebrate these deadly devices and carry them around while shopping, picking up their children from school or working, seems monstrous.

  Yet shooting is fun. And what Europeans—and liberal Americans—often don’t realise is that these deadly weapons are also an accessible, affordable and interesting hobby for millions of people. My experience of firing a pistol took place at a shooting range in the Maryland suburbs, about half an hour’s drive outside of Washington, DC. I had until then never visited a shooting range and I had no idea of what to expect. But the experience was actually oddly familiar. This place was not a temple to violence. Rather, it mostly closely resembled the golf driving range that my father would occasionally take me to as a child.”



Then there is this:



” In the range people fired guns gleefully at targets. Some were white, male, middle-aged and somewhat scary-looking. But not all. Across from where I fired my pistol, two black women, one with a small son, were taking turns (the child heavily supervised). Shooting targets was a fine family day out. At a practice target outside of the range, plenty of people were learning how to hold a weapon for the first time, without pointing it at anyone, dropping it or injuring themselves as it recoiled. Again, it resembled a driving range: people hitting targets for fun.

  And the truth is that in the range, the violence that guns inflict on America felt extremely remote. A few stickers here and there made political points (“My right to own a gun is what protects your right to tell me I can’t”, said one). But mostly, the idea of guns as a means to kill somebody was absent. And so it is for most people who fire guns. The most dangerous neighborhoods for gun violence in America are in poor cities, not in the suburban areas where most gun owners live. Most of the 21,000 or so suicides in which guns are used take place behind closed doors. And the numbers, while devastatingly high, are not so high that most Americans will know someone who was killed with a gun.

  For the majority of gun owners, being told that their harmless hobby is somehow responsible for the deaths of other people must be deeply unpleasant. Worse still is when they are told it by metropolitan types with more money than them. Michael Bloomberg, for example, New York’s billionaire ex-mayor. Or possibly me. And it makes me wonder whether one of the problems—certainly not the main problem, but one of them—with attempts to control guns is precisely that the people making the loudest case for reform are people like Mr Bloomberg and me.”



 There is some confusion sown by the writer with the two separate fatality statistics wherein the ill-informed reader could easily be lead to believe ( intentionally?) that the linked 21,000 suicide deaths are in addition to and not a part of the total firearms related deaths but the typical gun owner knows better . 

  And while the writer does take the obligatory shots at demonizing that leftist bogeyman , the NRA , overall the article from a self-declared liberal with no firearms experience and plenty of pre-conceived anti-gun bias is fairly evenhanded .



” But keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill is not incompatible with widespread gun ownership. And bringing about the changes that will make America safer means convincing people who routinely use guns safely that they are not the enemy. Perhaps what gun control needs is a few advocates who are a little more visibly familiar with the sheer fun of holding a pistol and pulling the trigger.”



   Perhaps unsurprisingly the author chooses to remain anonymous , writing under the byline DK . Still , the article is worth your time . Read it all at The Economist .















World’s Deadliest Sniper: Royal Marine Has 173 Confirmed Kills






” The world’s deadliest military sniper is a Royal Marine with 173 confirmed kills, including 90 members of the Taliban in just one day, it has been reported.

  The Briton, who has not been named, had served in the Royal Navy’s elite unit for more than a decade and recorded most of his kills during a six-month tour of Afghanistan in 2006/7, having also served in Iraq.

  The figure puts the corporal, reportedly married with two children and from southern England, ahead of US Navy SEAL commando Chris Kyle, who had 160 confirmed kills to make him the most lethal US sniper.

  Kyle’s exploits are the subject of a new film called American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper. 

  According to The Sun, the British sniper is said to have hit 90 Taliban fighters in a stronghold in just one day. It is thought his total number of ‘kills’ could be even higher than 173 if unconfirmed strikes were taken into account. 

  A source told The Sun: ‘He is not interested in scores or kill counts. He took no satisfaction in the job he had to do.

‘ Because he saw the enemy as humans he has not struggled emotionally or psychologically with what has happened.

‘ He had a unique job at a unique time. He must be the most lethal sniper in the world. But that is not a title he would seek out or revel in.’ “

    While both Kyle and the unnamed Royal Marine are/were extremely good at their jobs , no one can surpass the king of all snipers , “The White Death” , Finnish soldier Simo Hayha , who logged over 500 kills during the “Winter War” against the Soviet Union in WW II .

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Sig And ATF Submit Final Arguments In Silencer Lawsuit




” Is Sig Sauer trying to wiggle around regulation or are regulators ruling on arbitrary and capricious logic? Those are the questions Sig and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives answer in their final motions in a lawsuit over classifying a Sig muzzle device.

  On paper, the New Hampshire-based company claimed the item was a muzzle brake, but the ATF classified it as a silencer, which would subject ownership and manufacturing of the item to strict regulations.

  Sig filed suit in a New Hampshire federal court April 2014 after contesting the ruling for a year. Although legal arguments quickly plateaued, public interest in the case grew as some gun rights advocates began to see the case as corporate advocacy — an effort to undermine laws regulating silencers.

  However, Sig’s attorney, Stephen Halbrook, said the company aims to simply challenge a regulator that “overreaches” how it interprets legal definitions.”

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Enter To Win An IR Defense Thermal Imaging Scope From NAGR




” NAGR is giving away an IR Defense Hunter thermal imaging scope!

  The IR Defense Hunter Thermal imaging scope equipped with a 320×240 Thermal Weapon sight (50mm 5-20x), 800×600 KOPIN Display, FlIR TAU2 336×256 Sensor, 60Hz Frame Rate, High Quality Construction, MOA Reticle System, Image Capture!

  Entire package valued at $5,500. But you can’t win this IR Defense Thermal Imager unless you sign up below!

  All entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on Saturday, February 28th, 2015. The winner will be announced via email the next day.”

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Ultimate AR-15 Meltdown




Published on Jan 14, 2015

” In this video we attempt to burn out an AR-15 upper on an M16 lower. We are testing the durability of not only the upper receiver assemby but few specific products as well including the SRC Relia-Bolt BCG, Geissele Super Gas Block, and one of the most affordable AR barrels on the market from Faxon Firearms.

The results may surprise you.


Special thanks to Jake over at Quiet Riot Firearms for his help in making this video possible.


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World Record 1000 Yard Shot With A 9mm Hand Gun  S&W 929 By Jerry Miculek




Published on Aug 4, 2014

” Jerry Miculek proves yet again that he is the master of shooting and makes an incredible, seemingly impossible shot using a 9mm revolver off-hand at 1000 yards!
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Enter Today For A Chance To Win A Thermal Imaging Scope From NAGR





” NAGR is giving away an IR Defense Hunter thermal imaging scope!

  The IR Defense Hunter Thermal imaging scope equipped with a 320×240 Thermal Weapon sight (50mm 5-20x), 800×600 KOPIN Display, FlIR TAU2 336×256 Sensor, 60Hz Frame Rate, High Quality Construction, MOA Reticle System, Image Capture!”

”  Entire package valued at $5,500. But you can’t win this IR Defense Thermal Imager unless you sign up below!

  All entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014. The winner will be announced via email the next day. “

  Below are the specs from the manufacturer’s webpage

IR HUNTER™ 320×240 35mm Thermal Weapon Sight

Price: $4,995.00
Part Number: IR32035
Manufacturer: IR Defense
• 320×240 3-12X35mm
• Standard MOA Reticle Clicks
• FLIR 328×248 VOX Tau2
• Turret Knob Controls
• Full 800×600 Display
• Small and Lightweight
• Polarity & Color Modes
• Electronic Zoom
• Digital Brightness Control
• Video Output

  Made entirely in USA, the IR HUNTER™ has been designed and manufactured by a team of industry professionals that has been building thermal sights across the industry for many years. But even more we are a group of Shooters that understands how and why you use a sight. That drive and commitment lead us to make the best possible weapon system and we did it in the US and we did it without compromising quality. That would typically be enough but we went a step further and brought the IR HUNTER™ to market at a low price without compromising quality.

  IR HUNTER™is a collection of all the features and ergonomics you have wanted put together into a sleek system that is made to fit your weapon like any standard optic. One of our main features is the Turret Knob controls that you will find similar to your day optics. Buttons are nice but in the dark your natural instincts will appreciate the commonalty to your day sight. We have also incorporated an advanced lens and calibration system to reduce operator error and increase performance.

  One of the key attributes of the IR HUNTER™ is our processing power which gives you a larger clearer image than any thermal scope on the market with super sharp detailed symbols and reticles. This combined with our MOA accurate turret knob adjustments allows you to simply sight in and do all your ballistic corrections as you normally would.

Thermal Imaging Performance

Sensor Type 328×256 VOx microbolometer
Field of View 13°
Thermal Sensitivity <50mk
Automatic Features Contrast, Brightness

System Features

Magnification 3x Optical / 12x Digital
Display Type AMLCD 800×600
Start Up Time >4 Seconds
Frame Rate >60/30hz
Base MOA >.5 MOA


Video Analog RS-170


Power 2 ea. 3V CR123
Battery Life Approximately 4 hours continuous use


Operating Temp -40°C to +50°C (-40°F to +120°F)
Storage Temp -40°C to +71°C (-40°F to +160°F)

Dimensions, Weight & Mounting

Dimensions 7.4” L x 2.9” W x 3.1” H
Weight 840 Grams
Mounting Mil-Std-1913 Rail Mount


Command and Control Turret Knobs Brightness/Contrast Windage/Elevation Zoom/Polarity and Menu Functions

Warranty: Purchasing this product entitles you to a 1 Year Warranty from the original date of purchase. At our discretion your equipment can be repaired or replaced with new or refurbished product or parts, if any product or parts are determined to be defective due to materials or workmanship. Shipping & handling is not included in this warranty.

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Beretta Presents: Human Technology




Published on Nov 13, 2014

” Human Technology is an artistic short movie celebrating the uniqueness and the distinction of every Beretta premium gun. This movie by Ancarani Studio, under the creative direction of Paola Manfrin, reveals through the minutia of the manufacturing process, the genesis of a luxury Beretta shotgun. A poetic journey through sterile robotic rooms is blended with five centuries of Beretta’s history, culminating in the final assembly by the gunsmith, ever the wise guardian of the art of manufacturing.

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So, What’s Up With 7.62X39 MM In AR Rifles?





” There’s a modern trend going on with a retro cartridge these days. Evidence of it can be found in the SIG Sauer 556R (rumored to have been developed at the behest of a specific high-speed military customer) and then there is the brand new CMMG MK47 Mutant. Essentially these are Western SIG or AR-based rifles or carbines chambered for the 7.62×39 mm cartridge that do not come with the limitations of the AK-47 platform—but do employ the AK magazine. And, for military operators, there is less of training curve (which is somewhat important for guys who train all the time). I was once told regarding such guns, “There are times and places you just don’t want to leave Lake City 5.56 on the deck.” That is but one explanation as to why we are seeing more and more contemporary AR-style rifles chambered for the Soviet M43 cartridge.”




” Originally developed for use on the Germans during World War II (December 1943), the cartridge we know as the 7.62×39 mm cartridge was first used by the Red Army in the Simonov SKS carbine in 1945 and then became almost synonymous with the world’s most produced firearm, the Avtomat Kalashnikova or AK-47. If being 71 years old does not qualify a cartridge for “retro” I’m not sure what would.

  But it turns out the 7.62×39 mm has many advantages for civilians as well. First of all, with a bullet designed for expansion, it is a pretty good short- to medium-range hunting cartridge. You doubt me? Ballistically, it delivers similar performance to the venerable .30-30 Win. No one doubts the hunting credentials of that cartridge. And the 7.62×39 mm offers intermediate .30-cal. power out of the basic AR platform, on the cheap.”





” Bill Ruger recognized the cartridge’s potential when he introduced his Mini-30 carbine back in 1987. And, of course, Colt started chambering its Sporter in 7.62×39 mm in 1992 (although neither of those used an AK magazine), and other makers have followed suit since. ArmaLite, Bushmaster, Del Ton, Doublestar, DPMS, MGI Olympic and Rock River have offered complete rifles and/or uppers for the AR platform in 7.62×39 mm. No doubt there are others; likely with more on the way. “


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Police Shooting Of Pre-Teen In Cleveland Caught On Surveillance Video That Contradicts Cops Claims

” Last week police in Cleveland shot and killed12-year-old Tamir Rice, claiming the boy tried to pull a (fake) gun out of his pants when ordered to put his hands up. The interaction was instigated by a 911 caller who said he saw someone with what was a “probably fake” gun.

  Now surveillance video appears to contradict police claims, as it shows the police officer shooting Rice immediately after getting out of a moving patrol car.

  There could be more than 300 million (real) guns in America, and an infinitesimally small proportion are used to commit crimes. Politically expedient fearmongering over guns, however, can lead to frivolous 911 calls that, in combination with trigger-happy yet largely immune cops, can be fatal. “


From Off The Grid News





” If you could only buy five long guns, which specific long guns should you buy – and why?

  Here, we’ll answer that question in detail:

1. Ruger 10/22 .22 LR

  This is simply the most successful .22 semi-automatic rifle in production. First introduced in 1964, the Ruger 10/22 has gained a stout reputation for being durable, reliable, accurate and easily customizable. In fact, the Ruger 10/22 is the second-most easily customizable long gun on the market, second only to the AR series of rifles.

  The 10/22 comes equipped with a 10-round magazine, but after-market 25-round banana magazines and even drum magazines are highly available for greater capacity.

  If you can only have five long guns, you need a .22 rifle — without question. Semi-automatic .22s are always a good choice due to their high capacity, and they’re enjoyable to shoot. Another popular and reputable .22 rifle is the Marlin 60; however, the Marlin 60 is tube-fed, resulting in slower reloading times and less capacity, and is also nowhere near as customizable as the 10/22.

2. Mossberg 500 Field Combo 12 gauge

  The Mossberg 500 field combo shotgun is one of the most versatile shotguns available. A field combo kit comes with two barrels: an 18.5-inch barrel for self-defense and a 28-inch vented rib barrel for hunting and target shooting. The two barrels are very easy to interchange, essentially giving you a two-in-one package. The 12 gauge is also the most popular shotgun round on the market, so if you’re going to stock up on shotgun shells, the 12 gauge is without question the one to buy first.

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  The Mossberg 500 is one of the most popular and reputable pump action shotguns ever produced, and is intended for use in harsh conditions. It is second in popularity only by a razor thin margin to the Remington 870 in America. The 870 also comes in field combo kits, so why the Mossberg and not the Remington?

  Though personal preference is always the deciding factor, there are a few factors that arguably push the 500 just over the 870 in my view. The Mossberg 500/590 series is known for being the only pump action shotguns to pass the US Army’s Mil-Spec 3443E, which is a brutal torture test of putting more than 3,000 buckshot rounds through each shotgun in harsh conditions. The safety on the 500 is also naturally ambidextrous as it is placed on the top-rear portion of the receiver rather than the rear of the trigger guard of the 870. Lastly, there have been some reports that the Remington 870 series has seen a dip in quality in recent years. While these reports are all people’s opinions and millions of Americans still swear by their 870s and will for the decades to come, the Mossberg 500 remains a solid pump shotgun in today’s market.

3. Colt AR-15 5.56x45mm.

  The most popular rifle sold off the shelves today is the AR-15, and for a variety of reasons: inexpensive ammo, ergonomics, high-capacity magazines, availability of parts, low recoil, and accuracy. The AR-15 is also perhaps the most versatile rifle on this list. It can be used for hunting (an AR-10 .308 would be better for larger game such as elk), is an excellent combat weapon, and in all regards, is a modern-day musket. All of the roles that were fulfilled by the musket in the Colonial-era have been fulfilled by the AR-15 in today’s modern age.

  There are dozens upon dozens of different manufacturers of high quality AR-15s, but Colt has been making AR-15s for decades and they are held in high regard today. Colt makes a variety of different AR-15 models and variants, with some having different features than others.

4. Winchester 1894 .30-30

  The most popular sporting rifle in American history is the Winchester 1894 in .30-30, one of John Browning’s greatest rifle designs and a top seller for Winchester. The .30-30 lever action is a very handy rifle to have and has become an American icon. The .30-30 is a popular American round allowing for availability of ammo and is also known for being an excellent deer hunting round. The 1894 itself is a very slim but robust rifle. This makes it an excellent truck gun, as well as for a light rifle to pack while scouting or hiking out in the woods.

  Lever-action rifles can be easily customizable to give them a more tactical appearance and function in stark contrast to the more classic appearances from the Western days. While the Winchester 1894 should not take the place of your AR-15 as a primary combat weapon in today’s era, it’s still a neat and handy little rifle that is often overlooked.

5. Winchester Model 70 .30-06

  Just like the 1894, the Model 70 is a legend and has always been a top seller for Winchester.  Winchester Model 70s, especially the pre-64 editions, are widely regarded as some of the highest quality production rifles ever made. The Model 70 has rightly earned the now well-known nickname “Rifleman’s Rifle.”

  The .30-06 is one of the most prolific and enduring rifle cartridges ever sold in America. It’s an excellent hunting round that can be used on both medium and large game. You couldn’t ask for a more high quality hunting rifle than a scoped Winchester Model 70 in .30-06.

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No. 1 Rifle Wins Third GARC Contest







” The No. 1-ranked West Virginia University rifle team defeated Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) foe No. 16 Ole Miss, 4699-4568, today, at the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center, in West Point, N.Y.
  WVU (5-0, 3-0 GARC) won both disciplines, outshooting the Rebels (0-3, 0-2 GARC) in smallbore, 2328-2238, and air rifle, 2371-2330.
“ There were definitely some who struggled today,” said coach Jon Hammond. “We ended with a solid team score. The range conditions with different lighting made it challenging, but they all fought hard throughout.”
  Freshman Elizabeth Gratz placed first in smallbore with a career-high 584 (194 kneeling, 200 prone, 190 standing) mark. Her 200 prone score matched a school record, last shot by Jean-Pierre Lucas on Nov. 8 against Memphis.
“ Elizabeth has worked really hard in practice and is learning a lot about herself and how to perform,” Hammond explained. “Her matches have been great, and to make progress each one is really impressive.”
  Senior Thomas Kyanko placed second with 583, while junior Michael Bamsey placed third in the discipline with 581. Senior Ziva Dvorsak followed in fourth shooting 580.
  Gratz, Kyanko, Bamsey, Dvorsak and junior Garrett Spurgeon (576) completed the Mountaineer counting squad.
  Placing first in air rifle, Dvorsak scored 596 (99-100-99-100-99-99). Gratz and Rebel shooter Ali Weisz tied for second with 593 scores, while senior Maren Prediger placed fourth with 592.
  Kyanko and sophomore Jean-Pierre Lucas finished fifth with 590 scores.
  Dvorsak, Gratz, Kyanko, Prediger and Bamsey (589) contributed to the air rifle victory.
  Today’s victory pushes WVU to 10-3 all-time against the Rebels.
  The Mountaineers continue their season with another conference match against GARC foe No. 12 Army, tomorrow, Nov. 16, at the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center.
“ They will have to work hard and focus on their performance tomorrow,” Hammond said. “There are adjustments they can make and they may be more ready, but it will still require good focus and hard work.” “

10 Best Bolt-Action Rifles Of All Time



10 Best Bolt-Actions




” Hundreds of different bolt-action rifles originated in Europe and the United States, and today hunters have a wide selection of turnbolt rifles to meet every hunting situation and budget. The modern bolt-action rifle is lighter and more accurate than at any time in history. Over the past several years there have been numerous upgrades to bolt-action design in the form of synthetic stocks, improved finishes and better machining, but today’s rifles remain very much true to original designs.

  A few bolt-action designs stand out as the best in history. Some have a reputation for rock-solid dependability, some have become hunting field favorites, and others have revolutionized bolt gun design. Certain guns, such as the Winchester Model 70, have been the basis for a number of other, later designs that have also been successful. Others, such as the Remington Model 700, have become so widely accepted by shooters and hunters that you’ll find one in virtually every hunting camp in the country. However, all of these guns, have earned a place in history as the best bolt guns ever created.

  Here’s a look at the 10 best bolt guns of all time. Be sure to vote for your favorite and enter the debate! “


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Aimpoint Launches Affordable New ‘Carbine Optic’ Red Dot




” Aimpoint is getting into the entry-level market — entry level for Aimpoint, anyway — with its new ACO red dot sight. The ACO, or Aimpoint Carbine Optic, is tailored for the “black rifle” crowd, AR-15s in particular.

  The design draws on some of Aimpoints existing products, chiefly the Aimpoint PRO, the company’s previous entry-level optic, and delivers on the ruggedness and reliability the market has come to respect from Aimpoint, just at a more approachable price.

  With an MSRP of $393, the ACO is sure to be a hit with rifle owners of all stripes looking for a non-magnified optic. Realistically the sight will have a significantly lower retail price when it hits shelves later this October.

“ By choosing this optic, shooters get a premium Aimpoint sight at an extremely friendly price point. If you own an AR-15 rifle, the ACO is exactly what you need to complete the package,” Brian Lisankie, Aimpoint’s president, said in a press release. “


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