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  • May 31, 2011

    NRA, SAF Challenge Illinois Self-Defense Firearm Law-0

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    The National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation have both joined three Illinois residents and the Illinois State Rifle Association in challenging the state's prohibition of carrying firearms for self-defense.                

    The suits were filed in two different U.S. District Courts in Illinois last month, after the Illinois State Legislature failed to pass legislation to restore the right to keep and bear arms to law-abiding citizens.                

    Illinois and Wisconsin are the only states that ban citizens from carrying concealed firearms for self-defense although Wisconsin allows its citizens to carry non-concealed weapons.                

    “Only Illinois makes it statutorily impossible for average private citizens to carry firearms for self-defense,” SAF Vice President Alan Gottlieb said. “Whether Illinois lawmakers like it or not, the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms is the law of the land.”  

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  • May 26, 2011

    New Woolrich Tactical Jacket Allows for Easier Concealed Carry-0

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    Woolrich is taking one of the more popular items in its clothing line and adapting it for concealed carry use. The Elite Discreet Carry Twill Jacket is an updated version of the Dorrington that has a number of new features for concealing firearms and other accessories.

    Here’s what Woolrich has to say about it:

    Large, reinforced inner pockets feature integrated holster loops to accommodate concealed carry handguns with up to a 6″ barrel. A unique double angle on the inner pocket provides ready access to gear, but prevents the pocket from flaring open and exposing the contents.

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  • May 26, 2011

    Sniper Shootout: Test Your Shooting Skills at a Vintage Sniper Rifle Match-0

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    I’ve been friends with Dave Emary for many years now. Not only is he the most talented cartridge designer on the planet he is a passionate shooter who has a soft spot in his heart for vintage military rifles.

    He has pushed for several years to create a sniper competition for these old rifles and his hard work has finally paid off. Starting this year the Civilian Marksmanship Program will include an official vintage sniper match at the Eastern and Western games and at Camp Perry.

    Here are some details about the match format:

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  • May 23, 2011

    NSSF Exposes the New York Times Anti-gun, Anti-hunting Rhetoric-2

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    The National Shooting Sports Foundation has responded to a May 16 New York Times editorial calling for Congress to gun down the proposed Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act, and, instead, to support the Environmental Protection Agency's on-again, off-again 35-year effort to ban lead in hunting and fishing gear.                

    Representatives Jeff Miller (R-Florida) and Mike Ross (D-Arkansas), co-chairmen of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, recently introduced bipartisan legislation (H.R. 1558) to clarify the long-standing exemption of ammunition and ammunition components under the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act.

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  • May 20, 2011

    Guns for the Rapture-13

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    So tomorrow is the big day—rapture is coming and a lucky few of us are heaven bound while the rest are doomed to stay here and suffer. At least I know I’ll be in good company (down here and not in paradise, I mean).

    Here’s the question: What guns do you keep on hand for the big event? I suppose this needs to be answered in two parts. What gun will you take with you to heaven and what gun will you keep on hand for coping with the coming of hell?

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  • May 20, 2011

    OL 2011 Rifle Test: The Results Are In!-0

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    The results of our 2011 Gun Test are hot off the press. We ranked the best seven new rifles of 2011 after spending a week testing them in Montana. We pride ourselves on running one of the toughest and fairest tests in the industry to give you the best advice we can about buying your next gun.

    this Gun Test was conducted in ultimate real-world conditions (a Montana blizzard) but as you can see in the video below, the tough weather didn't slow us down. 

     

    To Read More about the 2011 Guns and Optics Tests click the links below:
    Photos: The Best New Rifles of 2011
    Photos: The Best New Shotguns of 2011
    Photos: The Best New Binoculars of 2011
    Photos: The Best New Rifle Scopes of 2011
    Photos: The Best New Spotting Scopes of 2011

    Video: Outdoor Life’s 2011 Optics Test Overview
    Video: OL 2011 Shotgun Test: The Results Are In!
    Video: How to Test the Quality of Optics with a Flashlight
    Video: How to Measure an Optic's True Objective

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  • May 19, 2011

    How to Test the Quality of Optics With A Flashlight-2

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    The next time you go to buy a binocular or a riflescope, take a little penlight along. That simple tool will give you a good indication of whether an optic is worth the money, or whether it amounts to an overpriced tube of glass.

    With a flashlight and a little know-how, you can learn a lot about lens coatings, how much stray light will distract you, even about how well you might be able to see through the optic in low light, which is exactly when most hunters rely on their binos and scopes.

    Here’s what you do:

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  • May 18, 2011

    Video: How to Measure an Optic's True Objective-0

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    Are you getting all the optic you’re paying for?

    In other words, does a 10x42 binocular really magnify 10 times? And is the objective lens really 42mm?

    It turns out to be tricky to measure apparent magnification of an optic, for reasons too mathematical and abstract to mention here. But it’s actually quite easy to verify the objective lens dimension.

    First, though, you have to understand the numerology of sporting optics. Most optics describe both their magnification and their objective lens size, so a 3-9x40 riflescope has a variable magnification range from 3-power to 9-power, and its objective lens is 40mm in diameter. Simple, right?

    The objective measurement is important, because all things being equal, the larger the objective, the brighter and crisper the image should appear. Optics with larger objective lenses tend to cost more, too.

    But in the world of optics, all things are rarely equal, and here’s how to perform a quick and easy test to determine if your optic has an objective lens that’s as advertised:

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  • May 17, 2011

    OL 2011 Shotgun Test: The Results Are In!-0

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    We just published our list of the best new shotguns of 2011, which we picked after spending a week in Montana conducting tests on eight shotguns. Our gun tests are the biggest project we take on each year, and while they’re lots of work, they’re also a blast. This year’s tests were hosted by the Boone and Crockett Club ranch, and while the scenery was killer, the temperatures were freezing. Check out this quick overview clip of our shotgun testers in action.

     

    For more great video and photos from Outdoor Life’s 2011 Guns and Optics Tests, click on the links below.
    Photos: The Best New Rifles of 2011
    Photos: The Best New Shotguns of 2011
    Photos: The Best New Binoculars of 2011
    Photos: The Best New Rifle Scopes of 2011
    Photos: The Best New Spotting Scopes of 2011

    Video: Outdoor Life’s 2011 Optics Test Overview

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  • May 17, 2011

    OL's 2011 Optics Test: The Results Are In!-0

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    Our Optics Test is the toughest in the industry. This year we headed to Montana's Boone and Crockett Club ranch where we pushed each piece of glass to the limit evaluating optical quality, mechanical precision and low light performance. Check out our testing techniques in this video and go to the links below to find out which rifles scopes, binoculars and spotting scopes took home top honors.

     

    For more great video and photos from Outdoor Life’s 2011 Guns and Optics Tests...

    Photos: The Best New Rifles of 2011
    Photos: The Best New Shotguns of 2011
    Photos: The Best New Binoculars of 2011
    Photos: The Best New Rifle Scopes of 2011
    Photos: The Best New Spotting Scopes of 2011

    Video: Outdoor Life’s 2011 Optics Test Overview

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