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  • April 18, 2014

    Shooting Tips: How to Handle Rifle Recoil-1

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    Photo: Mitch Kezar/Windigo Images

    Accelerating a bullet from dead still to a couple thousand feet per second (or more) in the blink of an eye equals recoil. It’s Newton’s “equal and opposite reaction” to the bullet’s launch. Rifle weight and shape play into felt recoil, but they don’t change recoil’s kinetic energy, which is a function of the rifle’s mass and rearward velocity. And although bullet speed figures into energy calculation, its contribution to rifle “slap” does not. A bullet that exits fast dumps its energy fast. An 8-pound rifle hurling a 405-grain .45/70 bullet at 1,800 fps delivers about the same recoil as a .338 Magnum rifle of the same weight firing a 225-grain spitzer at 2,800 fps. But the .338 may feel friskier. 

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  • April 4, 2014

    Bob Costas' Losing Bet on Guns-5

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    Bob Costas once again waded into the gun control debate, this time voicing a curious and ill-informed opinion on late-night television. According to Politico, Costas wants to make a wager on whether athletes owning guns causes more harm than good.

    In a discussion with “Late Night” host Seth Meyers, Costas said:
    “Let's make a bet, you and me. Let's say over the next five years we'll do a Google search. We'll have an independent party monitor it. You keep track of how many good and constructive things are associated with athletes having a gun, and I'll keep track of all the tragedies and criminality and folly. And let's see who comes out ahead or behind as the case may be.“

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  • March 27, 2014

    New Rifle Review: Nesika Sporter-4

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    Nesika is one of the quirkier companies in the gun world. It was founded in the early 1990s by Glenn Harrison in Poulsbo, Washington, nestled among the evergreens and mists of the Pacific Northwest. His actions quickly made a mark in precision rifle competitions for their accuracy and quality.

    The company was purchased by Dakota Arms in 2003 and moved to Sturgis, South Dakota, where it remains to this day. Nesika has always been a boutique operation, though the company is now poised for bigger things. The Freedom Group—which owns, among others, Remington, Bushmaster, DPMS, and Marlin—purchased Dakota and Nesika in 2009, and is looking to give the company a higher profile.

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  • March 27, 2014

    Video: How To Purchase a Silencer-0

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    First off, a confession. I’m not really prone to man crushes, but when it comes to the whacky crew of dudes at Silencerco, I have to admit that I just love those guys.

    For one, they are blessed with a great sense of humor, which isn’t a given in the gun industry in light of how seriously some folks like to take themselves.

    Beyond that, they also make great products that work as advertised and are loaded with interesting innovations. In the world of silencers, they are one of the true industry leaders.

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  • March 24, 2014

    How to Shoot a Rifle Off-Hand-2

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    The standing shot was once the measure of true marksmanship. Phoebe Ann Moses, as Annie Oakley, shattered golf balls tossed into the air by aiming using a mirror. She pinged pennies from the air and sent 25 shots into one ragged hole in a playing card at the rate of one per second. Off-hand, Ad Topperwein hit 987 thrown 2 ¼-inch disks with 1,000 .22 bullets.

    Okay, so you’re a genetic furlong and a few hundred thousand rounds from such wizardry. But the standing shot is worth cultivating. First, however, you must accept that off-hand shooting is manifestly unsteady. Your center of gravity is high; you’ve got just two points of contact with Mother Earth. But these six pointers will get your rounds on target.

    Solid Base: Your feet are your foundation. Place them shoulder-width apart, at an angle that brings the rifle naturally on target. A line across my toes forms a 15- to 20-degree angle to the sight line.

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  • March 19, 2014

    Anti-Gun Stance Hurts Surgeon General Nominee's Chances-1

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    While the Surgeon General of the United States does not craft policy, impose regulations or pass laws, as "The Nation's Doctor," he or she certainly has a pulpit in the spotlight.

    Which is why Second Amendment advocates are concerned with President Obama's nomination of Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy -- a 38-year-old British native and ardent gun-control zealot -- to become the 19th Surgeon General of the U.S.

    Obama made the nomination last November. Since then, Murthy's appointment had been delayed in Senate confirmation hearings. In February, however, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 13-9 to send Murthy’s nomination to the Senate. But, as many as 10 Democrats are ready to join Republicans in opposing it on the floor.

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  • March 13, 2014

    Ammo Shortage "Is Not a Conspiracy"-13

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    Where has all the ammunition in America gone? While we are starting to see an increasing number of boxes of loaded ammo on gun-store shelves, a lot of those shelves are still painfully bare, just as they have been for the last three years.

    Ask a dozen people in those stores about the cause of the ammo shortage, and you’ll get plenty of speculation. Ammo-shortage theories are just like elbows—everybody has as least one.

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  • March 5, 2014

    Florida Again Offers 'Legislative Laboratory' for Gun-Friendly Bills-0

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    Florida became the first state to require concealed-weapon permits be issued unless there is a compelling reason not to do so in 1987 when the State Legislature adopted the law reversing the "may issue" standard that still stands in nine states.
     
    In 2005, the state enacted the nation's first "Stand Your Ground" law. In 2008, the Florida State Legislature passed a law over employers' objections to let workers store guns in their parked cars at work and, in 2011, it passed a law known as "Docs vs. Glocks" prohibiting physicians from asking patients if they own firearms.
     
    Florida, where former NRA national president Marion Hammer is among the state's most influential lobbyists, has served as the introductory platform for innovative advances in gun-friendly legislation for decades, leaving gun control advocates in the dust.

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  • March 4, 2014

    Shooting ARs on a Budget-1

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    We are blessed to live in an era with such a profusion of AR-style rifles. Among the most fun to shoot are those chambered in .22 LR. They are also very useful tools to improve your AR handling and marksmanship skills at a fraction of the cost. (Yes, I know that rimfire ammo is still scarce, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is cheaper than centerfire .223 ammo and the shortage won’t last forever. At some point the shooters who are hoarding the stuff will find their stockpiles adequate and stores will once again be able to keep .22s on the shelf.)

    Shooters have two options with respect to AR .22 trainers. One is to get a dedicated .22 LR rifle and the other is to purchase a rimfire upper for an existing AR lower.

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  • March 3, 2014

    Rifle Test: Cooper M51 .223-2

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    The Cooper Model 51 is a breath of fresh air. It is not cutting-edge. It doesn’t feature an innovative (read: unproved) action. The stock doesn’t have knobs, shims, rails, or any moving parts. Incredibly, for a new rifle, the stock is made of wood—and lovely wood at that. No petroleum products here. The action is even secured into the stock with old-school (and stylish)slot-head guard screws, the slots of which are indexed to run perpendicular to the axis of the barrel. Who knew rifle makers still did that? Go ahead and inspect it from muzzle to butt pad—you won’t find a single gimmick. The rifle balances well, is easy to carry, and can shoot the eye out of a coyote at 200 yards. It’s a keeper.

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