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  • June 30, 2008

    A Win At Orvis-1



    The Gunshots were invited to attend the second annual Orvis Media Day about 10 days back and we did so. It doesn’t take much to get us to come out for free food, free shooting, free cigars and free scotch. (Which were provided to us in that order.) We are professional journalists after all.

    The event, held at Orvis’s Sandanona Shooting Grounds, included a sporting clays competition and we managed to defend our shooting title for the second year running. In honor of our victory the folks at Orvis very generously offered to donate $1,000 to the conservation organization of our choice and we picked a local hunting club with a long history of conservation efforts to receive the prize. That after learning that the Gunshots Custom Gun Fund didn’t meet the award criteria.

    Sandanona is a jewel of a gun club. I shoot there every chance I get. It is a public course (the oldest in the U.S., in fact) that meanders through some very lovely woods and has 17 different stations, each with multiple traps so that shooters of every skill level can be challenged with different presentations. On top of that the people who manage the course change up the presentations on most stations every couple of weeks. It is a top-notch operation.

    We also got a sneak preview of some of the goodies that Orvis is rolling out in the coming year, which includes some particularly lovely fly rods including a new 6-foot, 2-weight that tips the scales at less than an ounce (0.9 ounces in fact) that would be ideal for some of the brushy brook trout streams I like to fish. Sadly, I couldn’t get them to agree to part with the rod as it is the only one they’ve made so far.


    There were also some good-looking shooting and fishing accessories on display. One bag that caught my eye was a lightweight rolling duffle that has a bottom compartment designed to fit a single-gun breakdown case. With the increasingly restrictive baggage policies the airlines have decided to beat us up with I’m always on the lookout for items that make it easier for the traveling sportsman to get around. This bag looks like a winner.

    —John Snow

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  • June 27, 2008

    Worth Reading-0


    These two posts deserve a read:

    Megan McArdle on why guns don’t cause crime.

    And, Radley Balko refuses to get too excited about the Heller decision.

    —John Snow

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  • June 27, 2008

    Ultimate NRA Recruiting Tool-2


    The lead editorial in today's New York Times is almost too good to be true. For any doubters out there who thought "Can't we all just get along?" the essay puts into sharp focus the divide between those who value our individual rights and those who don't.

    Consider this:

    This is a decision that will cost innocent lives, cause immeasurable
    pain and suffering and turn America into a more dangerous country. It
    will also diminish our standing in the world, sending yet another
    message that the United States values gun rights over human life.

    The title of this op-ed should have been "We Support Your Right To Be A Victim." If there were ever a more persuasive argument for joining the NRA I can't think of what it might be.

    —John Snow

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  • June 26, 2008

    Next Up: Chicago-2


    How long will Chicago's ban stand? The lawsuit has already been filed.

    —John Snow

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  • June 26, 2008

    Yes, There is a Second Amendment-3


    Scalia The decision is in. The Supreme Court has ruled that American citizens do have a right to own firearms.

    In the majority opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia, said the Constitution does not permit "the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home."

    The specific issue was the legality of the District of Columbia's ban on handguns and whether it was compatible with the wording of the Second Amendment. The court's 5-4 has struck down that ban.

    According to the AP, the ruling won't lead to an unraveling of the nation's existing gun laws:

    Scalia said nothing in Thursday's ruling should "cast doubt on long-standing prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons or the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings."

    There are a series of interesting quotes from the decision here.

    This is a great day for all of us.

    —John Snow

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  • June 24, 2008

    Two-gun Battery for Africa-2


    Just got back from a hunting trip to Africa where my hunting buddies and I went for Cape buffalo and a variety of plains game. We were up in the Limpopo region of South Africa right on the border with Zimbabwe, which continues its transformation into hell on earth thanks to its president-turned-insane-crackpot Robert Mugabe.

    I spent the days chasing critters through the mapone trees with two different rifles. My primary gun was my Ruger Magnum chambered in .416 Rigby. My affection for that rifle and cartridge is nearly boundless and I would be very content lugging all 12 pounds of it (scoped) all day, every day while hunting Africa. I love it because everything I point it at falls over dead after I pull the trigger.

    But I also took along a Remington 798 chambered in .30-06 and was pleased with it too. I recently tweaked the 798, which is a Mauser-action rifle produced in Czechoslovakia and imported into the U.S. by Remington, giving it a new trigger, turning it into a sweet, accurate shooter.

    Initially I had planed to bring a .375 H&H for my light gun, but these two classics, the .416 and the .30-06, made for an excellent two-gun battery.

    —John Snow

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