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  • October 27, 2010

    The Socialist Republics of Massachusetts and California-7

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    The Soviet Union disbanded nearly 20 years ago but, make no mistake, some soviet-socialist republics live on.

    Example: Massachusetts and California. Apparently, at least one magistrate judge in the Soviet Republic of Massachusetts does not agree with the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, nor the Supreme Court's rulings in the Heller and McDonald cases.

    On Oct. 14th, Judge Marrianne B. Bowler ruled that the Second Amendment does not preclude laws or actions that restrict a "... plaintiff's right to possess firearms in his home."

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  • October 26, 2010

    Back in the Game-3

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    When I first got my bird dog, Lola, I was living in Seattle. She’s from Mike Gould’s kennel out in Kamiah, Idaho. Mike’s dogs look nothing like the otter-tailed Lab nobility you’ll see trotting around the ring in Madison Square Garden during the Westminster dog show.

    No, his labs are bred for mountain hunting. They are birdy beyond measure and physically look more like German Shorthair Pointers than they do your traditional blocky lab. They aren’t very big, but they have deep chests, narrow waists, lean legs, great noses and the endurance of an ultra-marathoner. Until Lola was nine years old everyone thought she was a puppy and a few even doubted she was an actual Lab.

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  • October 22, 2010

    Final Primers on the Mid-term Elections-4

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    There's really only one topic burning the blogs now and that's mid-term elections.

    As Second Amendment advocates, there are numerous sources of guidance on how you should vote and on what key races you should pay attention to. Surprisingly, or perhaps not so surprisingly, not all pro-gun groups agree on what candidates to support. For instance, the Second Amendment Foundation and many conservative groups are lambasting the NRA for endorsing 58 incumbent "Blue Dog" Democrats in congressional races across the nation.

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  • October 21, 2010

    CNBC Report Brings Remington Controversy-15

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    A story from Jim Shepherd at the Outdoor Wire highlights the controversy surrounding Remington's 700 series. Last night, CNBC ran a documentary claiming that the Remington 700 has been unsafe since it's introduction, in some instances firing when the trigger had not been pulled.

    CNBC uses multiple lawsuits against Remington as leverage in its report and also claims that Remington knew about the alleged problems but took no actions to fix them.

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  • October 20, 2010

    Wyoming Backcountry Elk-6

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    I’ve been on the road the past couple days, racking up miles between Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming. This morning I started the pull from Sturgis, South Dakota, where I was touring the Dakota gun factory, to Jackson Hole to meet up with my outfitter for what should be one heck of an elk hunt.

    Early Thursday we’ll be on horses, riding into the backcountry. Just writing those words gets my blood pumping. When it comes to time spent in the outdoors, there’s nothing I look forward to more than a wilderness hunt in the mountains.

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  • October 19, 2010

    Tactical Shotgun: Is a 20 ga. Enough?-8

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    A couple weeks back I flew down to Colorado to get a look at Weatherby’s lineup of new products for 2011. Included in the mix is the SA-459 in 20 ga. This shotgun is in Weatherby’s “Threat Response” family of guns — apparently if they use the word “tactical” in California Nancy Pelosi will emerge from her crypt and eat the soul of a child — and is geared toward the personal defense crowd.

    I’m a big fan of personal defense shotguns. I have an 870 that I’ve modified with an extended mag tube, collapsible buttstock, 18-inch barrel and a Surefire weapon light forend for my home.

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  • October 15, 2010

    Ithaca M37 28-ga.: A Shotgun With Soul-6

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    I find it impossible not to root for Ithaca’s success. The quirky gun company has been through so many rough spots over the years that only a stonehearted gargoyle would wish it ill. Plus the new owner, Mike Farrell, is such a personable guy that you’d cheer for him no matter what he was doing.

    In case you haven’t been following the Ithaca’s recent history, Mike and his family have brought the gun company back from bankruptcy and are building some lovely shotguns (and now pistols) at their factory in Ohio.

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  • October 13, 2010

    Keeping a Shooting Log-0

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    You can spend a bundle of money on a rifle to get it to shoot better with new barrels, new trigger, bedding the action and so on. Any of these might work. Or not.

    A cheaper way to get more from a gun is to keep a shooting log. John Plaster, a retired Army major and sniper, gives the details here and we’ve included a downloadable .pdf of his shooting log here.

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  • October 12, 2010

    Moving to Montana-5

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    At the beginning of the year I walked into my boss’s office and asked whether I could take my job with Outdoor Life out west. To my everlasting surprise and delight, Todd Smith said yes. For the previous nine years I had been based in and around our corporate offices in midtown Manhattan—Park and 33rd. St. to be exact—but since taking over as Shooting Editor for Jim Carmichel two years ago, I found it increasingly tough to navigate the traffic to and from my gun club, as well as the Northeast’s restrictive gun laws, to get my job done. Something had to give.

    Before sending me on my way, Todd asked for a detailed plan as to where I would land. I had done a pile of research to figure that out for myself so it didn’t take me long to tell him that the place would be Bozeman, Montana.

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  • October 6, 2010

    In WI, open-carry means openly harried-6

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    In April 2009, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued an opinion affirming the right of law-abiding gun owners to carry their weapons openly in most public places.

    Word of that ruling by the state's leading legal authority apparently never arrived in the state capitol, Madison -- a university town renown as a haven for fascist liberals.

    On Sept. 18, five open-carry advocates wearing holstered pistols, entered a Culver's restaurant, sat down and ordered a meal. A woman patron called 911. Responding officers asked the men for identification or face arrest.

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