New York State's controversial microstamping requirement for all firearms manufactured or sold in the state will not be imposed this year after it was eliminated from the state's proposed budget in committee on March 26.
The proposed ballistics-imaging (COBIS) requirement, pushed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and adopted by New York's Democrat-dominated Assembly, was not expected to be endorsed by the state's GOP-controlled Senate but spurred Remington Arms Co. and Kimber Manufacturing, both New York-based manufacturers, to warn that they would leave the state if microstamping was imposed.
ArmaLite Inc. introduces a “California compliant” rifle: the SPR Mod 1 Carbine in .223/5.56 NATO. As an ArmaLite press release notes, “Golden State hunters and competitive shooters can now enjoy what the rest of Americans can: a true and complete ArmaLite!”
The SPR Mod 1 is not a “complete" ArmaLite in the sense that it needed minor alterations, thanks to California’s “Assault Weapons” law. Among other things, that law banned semi-automatic centerfire rifles with detachable magazines. So to make the rifle legal in California, the SPR Mod 1 comes with a built-in “bullet button” magazine release.
Oklahoma could become the 14th state to allow residents to openly carry handguns in public if a bill adopted on March 14 by the State Senate is approved later this month by the State House of Representatives.
If adopted and signed by Republican Governor Mary Fallin, Oklahoma would be the first state since 2005 to allow permit holders to openly display handguns.
The bill was approved in a 34-9 vote and would allow those who have a concealed-carry permit to openly or concealed carry a handgun. It will require those who get a license to take educational courses, including weapons safety, weapons familiarization and how to operate the weapon. Applicants would also be required to pass a background check.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. recently announced it had received orders for more than one million units in the first quarter of 2012, and therefore was unable to accept any new orders until the end of May. Ruger’s Retailer Programs were offered from January 1 through February 29 of this year, and that added tens of thousands of new orders to the already-growing demand Ruger was seeing.
Says Ruger CEO Michael O. Fifer, “Despite the Company's continuing successful efforts to increase production rates, the incoming order rate exceeds our capacity to rapidly fulfill these orders. Consequently, the Company has temporarily suspended the acceptance of new orders.”
Was George Zimmerman acting in self-defense when he shot and killed unarmed, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin during their Feb. 26 encounter in a Sanford, Fla., residential subdivision?
That is the question. The question is not if Florida's seven-year-old 'Stand Your Ground' law contributed or, somehow, is directly responsible for Martin's death.
But you wouldn't know that by the mainstream media's coverage of the incident, which has been hijacked by gun control zealots determined to spin the unfolding firestorm into an example of what happens when people are "given" the right not to retreat, and "given" the right to use deadly force if threatened with death or serious harm.
As AR-style rifles become ever more popular with hunters, the need for mounting optics on these rifles keeps growing. But a mounting system for your bolt-action rifle simply isn’t going to work for an AR.
The stocks, comb heights and eye reliefs are different. Plus, with an AR, access to the rifle’s charging handle is required. Which is why Nikon Hunting offers a full range of AR-specific optic mounting systems, including three recently introduced scope mounts: the P-Series; the M-223; and, the M-223 XR.
A group of junior high and high school students left their youth night at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Texas on Sunday to to find a SWAT team surrouding them at gun point, reports mywesttexas.com.
Luckily, it was all one big misunderstanding.
One of the youth group members brought his paintball gun to the meeting in the hopes of getting his friends into the activity. A bystander saw one person with a "gun" and other kids without firearms, assumed that there was a hostage situation and called the authorities.
Editor’s Note: Tim Trefren is a hunting guide from Wyoming and a competitor on Top Shot, the History Channel’s reality tv show about marksmanship. Each week Tim will blog about the most recent episode offering insight and shooting tips.
Experts are not always experts…
The Top Shot teams were shooting a Kentucky flintlock pistol this week. The experts remained unnamed for reasons I am about to explain. When the teams got to the practice session unnamed expert number one greeted us. The red team started off practice shooting very well. Then the specialist got his hands on us… “Move this -- adjust that -- put your thumb here,” was all the “expert” had to share. I figured this guy knows more about the weapon than I do so I should listen, and maybe he could help me with my accuracy. By the time practice was over, I couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn.
For 2012, Traditions Performance Firearms now offers its new Reaper Buck camouflage pattern on many of its muzzleloaders. Created by Proveil Camo, Reaper Buck is an effective forest camouflage pattern that incorporates floating eight- and 10-point buck skulls in the background.