Recreational shooters are being blamed for starting forest fires across the West, including the stubborn blazes now sweeping across large swaths of Colorado, prompting gun control proponents to call for rescinding a 2010 federal law that lifted restrictions on firearms in national parks.
And in some instances, where there's smoke, there's gunfire: Irresponsible target-shooters have given gun-grabbers a golden opportunity to use these calamities to attack all gun owners.
Most hunters I’ve talked with in the last year have never heard of the centerfire rifle ammo made by Dynamic Research Technologies (DRT), in Grant City, Missouri. That’s too bad because DRT rifle ammo packs an awesome punch, leaving game animals “Dead Right There.”
DRT rifle rounds are lead-free and frangible, made from a highly compressed core of metal powder inserted into a copper jacket. They’re engineered to punch through bones and heavy muscle, and then explode into the soft tissue. The frangible projectile erupts into multiple wound channels, and every bit of the bullet’s forward energy is transferred into the animal. Photos of DRT .223 and .308 fired into ballistic gel show the awesome stopping power of these rounds.
A riflescope without a fancy ballistic reticle and multi-colored illumination seems almost quaint these days. But both award winners in the category this year are delightfully retro. They do one thing very well: They place bullets with repeatable precision without a lot of extraneous distractions. In the case of the remarkably bright Bushnell Legend, that job is aided by a class of glass that has never before been featured in the company's rifle-scopes.
When I was a kid learning about firearms and hunting, the basic gun cleaning kit consisted of a set of rickety, aluminum screw-together sections, with an attachment for patches and a metal bristle or two. I don’t know how many times I knocked over the solvent, pushing that patch and attachment into the bottle. Or the number of scratches I made across the rifling, the rods bending and twisting while in the bore!
Wish I had one of the new generation of pull-through, patch-less gun cleaners like Remington's new Rem Squeeg-E Universal Gun Cleaning System.
In a nation that forbids children from attending trap and shooting events, because functionaries and fiddlers insist such competitions promote gun violence, it is not surprising that a globally respected track and field official has been banned from his neighborhood elementary school because he uses a pistol to start races.
As a utilitarian shotgun at a rock-bottom price, it’s hard to argue against the Weatherby PA-08 Slug Gun Combo. The combo comes with two barrels, one a standard smoothbore and the other a rifled slug barrel with a cantilever mount for attaching a scope or other optic. At $499, it is an excellent value. We found it difficult to load and cycle at times, and the accuracy with the slugs we shot was just so-so, with 3-inch groups at 50 yards.
The innovative Mossberg Flex is a shotgun that easily swaps out barrels, forends, stocks, and butt pads to quickly convert from one configuration to another. In particular, sportsmen with families will appreciate the ability to quickly change it from an adult-size gun to one sized for youths. This shotgun isn’t the most elegant gun on the market, but it ran very well, impressing the team with its durability and pointing.
Over the course of the last year, I’ve used different Vero Vellini slings while duck hunting in Canada, tactical hog hunting in East Texas, and spring turkey hunting in my home state of Wisconsin. In that time, and on those hunts, I’ve reached a conclusion: Vero Vellini makes some really fine and very useful slings for the hunter.
Just in time for summer shooting, Winchester has added a 20-gauge Featherlite load to its AA shotshell lineup.
Winchester AA shotshells are designed for a variety of sporting needs, from competitive shooting to just practicing at a range with friends and family. For reloaders, AA’s are made with the Winchester High-Strength Hull, which can be reloaded a number of times. AA loads use Winchester proprietary one-piece plastic wads, clean burning powder and hard shot for consistent pattern performance.
First introduced in 1965, Winchester AA shotshells have gone through a number of updates. In 2005, for example, Winchester AA began offering a special line of shells for sporting clays. And, it’s been nearly a decade now since Winchester introduced the High Strength Hull.
This compact .223 bolt rifle is a solid predator gun that has the benefit of being able to use AR-style magazines to feed the action. Mossberg engineered a tab in the design of the bolt head that drops down to pick up rounds off the top of the magazine. The overall look and feel of the rifle didn’t wow the test team. The accuracy was adequate (1.081-inch average group size), but it was outclassed by the other .223s in the test.