Every winter I get a couple pallets’ worth of centerfire ammunition to run through the new rifles in Outdoor Life’s annual gun test. The ammo comes from every major manufacturer and includes broad samplings from within each maker’s product line. I order everything from best-in-class match ammo to cheapo loads. I also make sure to get a mix of products that are tried-and-true as well as the newest stuff to roll off the production line.
This is done in an effort to ensure that our head-to-head gun test produces valid results. Run all that ammo through the guns and the data tells you a lot about the rifles.
But this road runs both ways. Using the same batches of ammo in all those rifles tells you a lot about the ammunition as well.
’Tis the season for spending time on your rear end … hunting out of a layout blind, that is. Layout blinds offer the ultimate in comfort and concealment for hunting open crop fields devoid of cover, where more traditional blinds can’t be used. Across the grain belt in particular, where field hunting is most popular, layout blinds are tremendously popular.
Shooting well from a layout blind can be tricky. Range of motion is somewhat limited by the near-horizontal shooting position, and safety must be taken seriously as hunters rise from their hides.
Long-time Pacific Northwest waterfowl guide, goose-calling expert and accomplished layout hunter Bill Saunders offers five tips for better shooting from a layout blind.
A University of Texas student has assembled a team of engineers and programmers to craft a blueprint for a gun anyone with a 3D printer can download and "print."
The "Wiki Weapon" project presents yet another example of how technological innovations are outpacing gun regulations.
Cody Wilson, a second-year UT law student, is leading the effort to develop the printable plastic firearm as part of a collective called Defense Distributed. The group announced in mid-September that it had raised the $20,000 needed to finance the project.
A dangerous-game rifle has two missions, the first of which is pretty simple: never fail. Plenty of rifles seem to live up to this standard. You might even have one or two tucked away in your gun safe right now, like that favorite bolt-gun that’s never let you down, either in the field or at the range. Every time you load it and pull the trigger, it goes bang. Come to think of it, pretty much all your rifles do this, no?
I’ll guess they’ve operated this way under comparatively posh conditions. Further, I’ll wager you’ve never actually tried to make your rifles seize up and quit. Why would you? It’s not like we have reason to expect a hippo charge on the morning walk to the deer stand.
Gun sales increased sharply following President Barack Obama's 2008 election. From Nov. 3-9 -- the week Obama was elected -- the FBI reported a 48-percent increase in requests for background checks for gun purchases than it received during the same period in 2007.
The pattern has persisted through Obama's four years as President with firearms sales increasing steadily over previous comparable time frames.
Business has been so good for Smith & Wesson, that the firearms manufacturer reports its net income for fiscal first quarter 2012 approached $19 million, up from $2.3 million a year ago, with sales soaring to a record $136 million, up 48 percent from 2011.
Smith & Wesson reported on Sept. 17 that it had a backlog of orders valued at $392 million, up 164 percent from over a year ago.
A huge trophy buck steps out at the end of a soybean field, 314 yards away according to your rangefinder. He’s a monster—but the shot’s a real far poke. Are you up to the job? You don’t have to be a Navy SEAL sniper to make a 300-yard shot on a deer-sized target, says Tiger McKee.
McKee’s a tactical rifle trainer, owner of the Shootrite Firearms Academy, and author of The Book of Two Guns, a training manual for the AR-15 rifle and the 1911 handgun. But, he adds, you need to prepare for that shot, well before your chance at the Boone & Crockett record book appears. Here’s how to do it.
Like many metropolitan police forces, the Detroit Police Department orchestrates gun-buyback programs in a feel-good but ineffective effort to curb criminal violence.
On August 30th, Detroit police, in cooperation with the Archdiocese of Detroit and the nonprofit group Crime Stoppers, staged a gun buyback at St. Cecilia's Church on the city's west side, offering to purchase guns no questions asked. Prices ranged from $10 for pellet guns to $100 for so-called "assault weapons."
Last year, the St. Cecilia buyback netted 737 guns. This year, they expected a similar tally.
However, they didn't count on competition from Michigan Open Carry, Inc. and followers of the “Legally Armed In Detroit” blog, who just happened to be conducting a "gun rescue” rally across the street from the church at very same time the buyback was under way.
A week after Republicans adopted the "strongest pro-gun rights platform" in GOP history, Democrats endorsed a 2012 party platform that calls for enacting "commonsense improvements" such as reinstating the assault weapons ban, closing the gun show "loophole" and strengthening the background check system.
Delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., approved the 70-page 2012 party platform on Sept. 4. It addresses the Second Amendment and gun ownership on page 53, stating the party's focus is "on effective enforcement of existing laws" with an emphasis on enacting "commonsense improvements -- like reinstating the assault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole."