In shotgunning, knowing when to shoot is just as important as knowing where to shoot. And, deciding when to shoot all comes down to vision. Former Olympic medalist and pro shooting instructor Dan Carlisle explains that you'll see the target in three stages.
When Kim Rhode, then 17, stood on the podium at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta with her first gold medal hanging from her neck, she never dreamed 16 years later she would make history in London at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, but that's exactly what happened this morning.
Rhode, 33, set a new Olympic record in qualifying for Women's Skeet with 74 hits out of 75. She went on to match her own world record with a perfect 25 in the final for a total of 99 out of 100, winning the gold.
She is the first U.S. athlete in history to medal in an individual sport at five consecutive Olympic Games.
Every year sees the introduction of new loads from ammunition makers. Some are intended to close caliber gaps in an existing product line. Others stand on their own as very useful loads that either promise increased performance from existing firearms or fill a need that other loads do not address.
The Advanced Armament Corporation 300 AAC Blackout 7.62x35mm cartridge (300 BLK) was designed to put .30-caliber power into a standard mil-spec AR15/M16 5.56mm/.223 platform. And it was to do so while allowing the use of standard AR 5.56mm high-capacity magazines without modification to the magazines or the lower unit, and using the standard bolt-carrier group and buffer system.
Maryland will become the 37th state where law-abiding citizens don't need to show a "good and substantial reason" to exercise their Second Amendment rights as of Aug. 7 under a court order filed by a federal district judge.
The order signed on July 23 by Judge Benson E. Legg gives state officials two weeks to implement his March ruling that struck down a requirement that concealed carry applicants show a "good and substantial reason" to transport a firearm.
The requirement prevented many from applying for permits, according to Second Amendment advocates who expect tens of thousands of state residents to seek -- and be granted -- such licenses. There are about 12,000 active carry permits in Maryland.
President Barack Obama wants tougher background checks and to lead "a national discussion" about gun control after the July 20 mass shootings in Colorado, but has not advocated reinstating the Clinton-era automatic weapons ban.
However, in a July 25 speech to the National Urban League in New Orleans, it sounded as if he was laying the foundation for doing just that.
"A lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals -- that they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities," he said.
I had a chance to shoot Mossberg’s new entry into the AR market recently, the MMR Tactical semi-automatic rifle, during a three-day varmint hunt in Eastern, Oregon. All told, I put more than 700 rounds through the MMR, and I found it to be fairly accurate, dependable, and a lot of fun.
With a price tag of $800 (on the Internet), it is a rifle I’d have to seriously consider if I was looking for a new tactical hunter.
Crossers are one of the most common shots you'll see on the sporting clays range, and they're also one of the hardest to make. Pro shooting instructor and Olympic medalist Dan Carlisle preaches the pull-away method to master this shot.
There's not much you can accomplish with a shotgun that Dan Carlisle hasn't already accomplished. Carlisle is an olympic medalist, a world champion and has been a world-class shooting instructor for more than 40 years.
I had the opportunity to shoot with Dan two weeks ago and gain some insight on the basics of good shotgunning.
Gun buyback programs are championed by gun-grabbers and media dumb-downers as a way to reduce gun violence by encouraging criminals to sell their firearms for no-questions-asked cash.
Despite many studies that prove these programs are a waste of time and money -- National Research Council (2004) and U.S. Department of Justice (2008) -- gun buybacks remain in vogue because they provide grandstanding politicians an opportunity to delude constituents into believing they are doing something worthwhile.
Such is the case in Chicago, which has staged an annual gun buyback program since 1994, and where gun violence has steadily increased in the last decade, including a 38-percent spike in homicides this year over 2011.
It’s funny how so much “covert” gear isn’t that stealthy at all. Many of the clothes, bags and accessories hawked by companies catering to the personal protection crowd scream “gun,” which is a bit of a problem when you actually want to carry in a discreet fashion.
One answer to staying below the radar when carrying concealed is to look to companies outside the gun industry. There are plenty of times when I prefer not to carry a gun in a holster on my hip, and in those instances I’ll most likely have it in a bag.