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  • July 27, 2011

    Bad Taste Alert: New Company Turns Dead People Into Ammo-11


    Just how many shotshells can you load from the ashes of a cremated corpse? Like you, that’ a question I never thought to pose. But here’s the answer anyway: 1 pound of gramps’ remains is enough for a case (250 rounds) of 12-gauge shotgun shells.

    The good people at Holy Smoke LLC will take those ashes, load them into live ammo—either shotshells or centerfire rifle or pistol—and ship them back to you for one last hunt with your dearly departed.

    The cost for your 250 rounds is a tidy $1,250. This is certainly the most expensive ammo you’ll ever buy but, as the company points out: “The services provided by Holy Smoke are a fraction of the cost of what most funeral burial services cost - oftentimes saving families as much as 75 percent of traditional costs.” So pony up, cheapskate.

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  • July 26, 2011

    Champion Releases New Zombie Target-1


    Zombies are nothing to mess with. When the next outbreak hits you’ll either be ready with some appropriate weaponry or you’ll be lunch.

    Do you take your training as seriously as these guys do? Any dedicated pistolero knows you need to train the way you fight, so I applaud the management at Champion (a subsidiary of defense giant ATK) for bringing these photo-realistic zombie targets to market.

    Our survival as a species depends on being prepared and these targets could very well make the difference.

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  • July 26, 2011

    Bullet Flowers or Death Spiral: What Happens to a .308 Jacket Downrange -3


    This is an interesting bit of eye candy I picked up during a long-range shooting class the other day.

    It’s the jacket from a 168-gr. or 175-gr. Sierra Match King bullet from a .308 Win.

    I found it on the ground near a berm I had been shooting into. I’m not sure what the bullet hit to make it come apart but the spiral pattern is the result of the jacket splitting as the bullet twisted through the air at however many thousands of RPMs it was spinning.

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  • July 22, 2011

    Best New Ammunition for 2011-2


    We’ve just announced our selections for ammo of the year and Winchester’s Blindside shotshell came away with top honors. Blindside’s polygon shaped shot stacks tightly in the hull, allowing for heavier payloads than equivalent sized round shot. These pellets are also more lethal. Unlike round shot that smoothly pushes through feathers and tissue, the edges on Blindside cut as they penetrate.

    We’ve gathered evidence from numerous field testers who’ve remarked on the increase in the amount of blood they see in the meat of the birds they’ve killed. This is the direct result of the edges cutting blood vessels rather than pushing tissue aside the way round shot does.

    The shot also patterns very well, which sealed the deal in our judges’ opinions.

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  • July 22, 2011

    Scope Review: The Weaver Tactical 1-5x24-1


    I just got this scope in from Weaver the other day. It is part of our grand prize giveaway for the Outdoor Life Shooting Slam, where one lucky reader will walk away with four guns, a pile of optics, ammo, accessories and a week of custom training with all these goodies at Gunsite Academy in December.

    If you haven’t thrown your hat into the ring yet, you can sign up here.

    I’m looking forward to putting this scope through the ringer. It is a first-focal plane 1-5x24 built on a burly 30mm tube. It’s an ideal optic for an AR carbine. Set at 1-power it allows for quick target acquisition at close range and fast two-eyes-open shooting.

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  • July 19, 2011

    Idiots With Guns: Three Videos Demonstrating What Not to Do With a Firearm-9


    This video is either a reenactment of the Battle of Britain set to mandolins or a bunch of drunken idiots who have no business handling guns. Or maybe it is both.

    The love that foreigners seem to have for expending ordinance skyward is a frequent Youtube theme but the rapid-fire technique in this video where the shooter rattles the index finger of his off-hand back and forth in the trigger guard was new to me. It reminded me of a cowboy cook flailing at a metal triangle to call the hands to dinner. Chalk one up to Eastern European ingenuity.

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  • July 15, 2011

    Scout Rifle Showdown: Steyr vs. Ruger-13


    Ruger’s new Gunsite Scout rifle has had rifle geeks of all stripes in a twitter since it was introduced earlier this year and for good reason: It is a well-built, accurate and affordable take on the scout rifle concept as originally pioneered by Col. Jeff Cooper, the founder of Gunsite Academy. Plus, it was built in conjunction with Gunsite instructors—the keepers of Col. Cooper’s flame.

    It’s such a nice rifle, in fact, that we gave it our prestigious “Great Buy” award during Outdoor Life’s annual gun test this year. I considered that rifle such a good value that I bought it for my personal collection.

    All this adoration heaped on Ruger’s newest hasn’t gone unnoticed by Steyr, the makers of the original scout rifle, and now the company has decided to fire back, claiming primogenitor and talking smack about both the Ruger rifle and ARs in general. This is from a press release put out a couple days ago:

    “With the rage over modern sporting rifles—or “mouse-guns” in Col. Cooper vernacular—and their increasingly burdensome array of accessories waning, common sense has seemingly returned to the American rifleman, as the Colonel’s lightweight, .308-caliber bolt-action, rabbits-to-elk, bug-out Steyr Scout rifle has eclipsed its initial sales figures. It’s become so popular within the last 13 months that yet another company has made an attempt to emulate Col. Cooper’s intent.”

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  • July 14, 2011

    Montana Shooting Sports Association Appeals Firearms Freedom Act-2


    Earlier this week Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock filed an amicus brief with the 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco, arguing that the 9th and 10th Amendments give states authority over matters not "explicitly federal," as the MSSA v Holder appeal moves forward in federal court.
    Bullock is among 10 state attorneys general (not to mention dozens of elected officials) who are backing the suit, filed by Montana Shooting Sports Association and MSSA President Gary Marbut, who claim the 10th Amendment limits the federal government’s authority to regulate gun sales.

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  • July 12, 2011

    Shooting Tips: A Shotgun Loading Drill for 3-Gun-2


    If you want to be successful at 3-Gun competition you have to be fast with your pistol, accurate with your rifle and be able to load your shotgun in the blink of an eye.

    As far as my shotgunning goes, I’m not that fast. The time I take to stuff 8 shells into my magazine qualifies more as a prolonged stare than a blink but I’m determined to get quicker.

    Pro shooter Sterling White told me about a drill he uses to improve his loading speed and given that he just posted a top-20 finish in the Tactical Scope division at the MGM Ironman in June, I’m inclined to take his advice. (For the record, I finished 98th in that same division, the equivalent of a collegiate gentleman’s C.)

    Before getting into the drill, you need to get a handle on the basic method for loading shotshells into your gun. Every serious shooter uses shell carriers that hold multiple shells. Most of them hold four, which is the amount you can grab in your hand at once, though some styles hold more.

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  • July 6, 2011

    Pennsylvania Becomes 27th State to Pass 'Castle Doctrine' Legislation-6


    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed the state's Castle Doctrine legislation into law on last week, making PA the 27th state to permit law-abiding citizens to use force, including deadly force, against an attacker in their home and any place they have a legal right to be. It also protects individuals from civil lawsuits by an attacker or attacker’s family when force is used.
    The bill passed in the state House in a 164-37 vote and in the state Senate, 43-4.
    The NRA has spearheaded the nationwide movement to pass Castle Doctrine legislation, beginning with Florida in 2005.

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