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  • January 31, 2013

    Massachusetts, Connecticut Bills Would Require Gun Liability Insurance-8

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    Massachusetts and Connecticut lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require state gun owners to purchase firearms liability insurance.
               
    According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the bills are the first to propose imposing a mandatory liability insurance requirement on gun owners since a similar measure failed in Illinois in 2009.
               
    The Massachusetts bill was introduced by Democrat Rep. David Linsky on Jan. 18. An analysis by Best's Insurance News says it would provide those injured, or the survivors of those killed through negligence, legal recourse and "perhaps, allow insurers selling policies to charge rates using a risk-based system as a means of improving firearm safety."

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  • January 29, 2013

    After 'Assault-Style Weapons' Ban in Burlington VT, Police No Longer Allowed to Train at Local Gun Range-5

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    Rash action often fosters unintended consequences, such as in Burlington, Vt., where the city council has banned "assault-style firearms" and large-capacity magazines within city limits, prompting a local club to spitefully comply by prohibiting the local police department from training at its gun range.
                   
    The Stowe Reporter reports that the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club's executive board has voted to bar Burlington Police Department officers from training with the newly forbidden weapons in protest of the council's ban on "assault-style firearms."

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  • January 29, 2013

    New Competition Shotgun: Franchi Affinity Sporting-0

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    Last year Franchi made a lot a wingshooters happy with the Affinity, an affordable semi-automatic 3-inch shotgun. This year, Franchi is introducing the competition iteration of the gun, aptly named the Affinity Sporting.

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  • January 29, 2013

    New Long-Range Rifle: FNH Ballista-0

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    This long-range precision rifle from FNH is packed with features from butt to barrel. The stock is collapsible and fully adjustable for comb, height, and cast. The rifle features both a grip safety and a safety on the striker. The trigger is adjustable from three to five pounds and can be set to double-stage or single-stage.

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  • January 29, 2013

    Shooting Hogs from a Helicopter: The Million-Dollar Pig-12

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    If you find yourself in a fair fight, then your tactics suck—so states one of the pillars of gunfighter wisdom. By that standard, my tactics on this pig hunt were pretty solid. In addition to the usual compliment of guns and ammo, I had some impressive tools at my disposal—a Robinson R22 helicopter and a modified military surplus Land Rover Defender bristling with thermal imagers, suppressed ARs, and assorted night-vision equipment. According to my calculations it was about $1,000,000 worth of equipment to tip the odds in my favor while I attempted to eradicate feral hogs from the Texas countryside.

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  • January 29, 2013

    California, Michigan Public School Districts Arm Campus Cops With AR-15s-3

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    School districts in urban Southern California and suburban Michigan are among a growing number of public school systems arming campus police with AR-15s and other high-powered weapons to protect students.
                   
    The 40,000-student Fontana Unified School District in California's San Bernardino County recently announced that it has paid $14,000 for 14 Colt 6940 rifles and distributed them to district police officers after they each received 40 hours of training. The purchase was approved in October, before the Dec. 14 Newtown shootings.

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  • January 28, 2013

    Senator Feinstein's Semi-Auto Gun Ban Bill Unlikely to Pass -3

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    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) formally introduced her revived semi-automatic firearms ban "on steroids" Thursday (Jan. 24), which proposes to ban the “sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing" of more than 100 specifically named firearms, including semiautomatic rifles, handguns and shotguns that accept detachable and fixed magazines of more than 10 rounds and have one or more "military characteristics."
                   
    According to an analysis by WND.com on Jan. 23, while Feinstein claims her "Assault Weapons Ban of 2013" will protect the rights of existing gun owners by exempting, or "grandfathering," already legally owned firearms and “disabled” weapons, her bill "would demand that the owners be investigated, photographed and fingerprinted; the type and serial number of the weapon be registered and local law enforcement certify that it is legal."

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  • January 28, 2013

    Shooting Range Drill: Sniper's Up and Down-0

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    Frank Galli
    Former USMC sniper, precision rifle instructor, and founder of Sniper’s Hide (snipershide.com)
    Setup: Five 1-inch, evenly spaced circles; rifle on a bipod or other rest on the ground, pointed toward the target.
    Range: 100 yards.

    Shoot: Begin this drill standing behind the gun. On the start command, drop prone behind the gun, locate the correct target, fire one shot, and stand. Repeat until all five targets have been engaged. The goal is to shoot the first circle within 15 seconds, the second circle in 12 seconds, the third in 10 seconds, the fourth in eight seconds, and the fifth and final circle in just six seconds. The concept is to get away from shooting groups and into the mindset of firing one shot at one target. This helps identify problems, because they are not masked in a collection of bullet holes in a group.

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  • January 28, 2013

    Shooting Range Drill: How to Make the First Shot Count-0

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    Trip McIngvale
    Precision rifle and 3-Gun competitor
    Setup: Any target small enough to be a challenge to hit, about 3 MOA.
    Range: 300 yards or more.

    Shoot: Start in a standing position with the rifle in your hands. At the start signal, move into position and fire one shot at the target. The target can be at any distance and any size but should present a challenge with respect to hold for elevation and wind. A 3-MOA target (9 inches) at 300 yards is a good place to start.

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  • January 28, 2013

    Shooting Range Drill: How to Shoot a Keyhole-0

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    Scott Ballard
    Instructor at the SIG Saure Academy
    Setup: Place several targets a few yards behind cardboard barriers with small, randomly shaped holes to shoot through.
    Range: 100 yards.

    Shoot: You can shoot from any position, but prone is most common.

    At the buzzer, place one shot on each target without hitting the barrier. If the bullet strikes the barrier instead of going cleanly through the hole, it counts as a miss. One shooter can drill with a par time, or two shooters can go head-to-head for the fastest time.

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