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  • June 3, 2014

    Operation Choke Point: Is The Federal Government Working to Stymie the Gun Industry?-2

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    Is the Federal government trying to pressure banks to put people in the gun industry out of business? Based on revelations around “Operation Choke Point,” it seems the answer might be yes.

    The allegations are serious enough that the NSSF just announced that it is working “with members of the House Financial Services Committee and members of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee concerning several documents that have surfaced from the FDIC labeling companies in the firearms and ammunition industry as ‘high risk.’”

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  • May 29, 2014

    Good Budget Shotgun: TriStar Viper G2 SR Sport-0

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    Turkish made shotguns are some of the best values out there. Weatherby’s excellent smoothbores are produced in Turkey as are some shotguns for CZ-USA. The gunmaker Akkar isn’t very well known in the U.S., but it is a Turkish company that makes outstanding shotguns for the money. TriStar is another company that falls into this category.

    I’ve shot a few TriStar shotguns over the last couple years and have really taken a shine to them. The shotguns aren’t very fancy and lack some of the bells and whistles that you’ll see on the Berettas and Brownings out there, but for the money they are hard to beat.

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  • May 16, 2014

    2014 Gun Test: OL Reviews and Ranks the Best New Shotguns-2

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    If you’re in the market for a shotgun this year, you’re in luck. The new guns of the Class of ’14 cover a lot of ground, both in terms of price and application for different types of shooting. There’s something for everyone here.

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  • May 13, 2014

    Handguns: How to Shoot One-Handed -0

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    Illustration by Pete Sucheski

    Achieving a good score on the fast-paced Action Pistol stage is tough enough with a two-handed firing grip. Unfortunately, shooters don’t always have that option. The major Action Pistol groups—USPSA, ICORE, IDPA—often require shooters to fire with only one hand during matches. Sometimes it will be with the dominant (strong) hand and sometimes with the non-dominant (weak) hand. Those who fail to master these skills will see their scores suffer. But becoming proficient in one-handed shooting out to 15 yards is simply a matter of proper technique and practice.

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  • May 2, 2014

    Shotguns: How to Shoot like an Olympic Champion-0

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    Photo by Cathal McNaughton/Reuters/Corbis

    Two-time gold-medalist Vincent Hancock answers questions about how he became one  of the best shotgun shooters in the world.

    Outdoor Life: What is the key to becoming a successful competitive clay target shooter?

    Vincent Hancock: The biggest thing to me is the desire to win. This comes with a price, though, as you aren’t going to win if you aren’t willing to put in the time and effort to become an elite-level athlete.

    OL: What’s the proper way to mount a shotgun?

    VH: Simply put, the proper mount is “move, mount, and shoot.” With the hold point set appropriately, you will move with the target and match the speed with the correct lead already set.

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  • April 28, 2014

    Georgia New Law Eliminates Some Gun-Free Zones, Opponents Call it 'Extremism'-0

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    It's easy to distinguish the supporters from the opponents when it comes to Georgia's new law expanding concealed carry. Proponents call HB 60 by its legislative name, The Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014, while opponents derisively refer to it as the “Guns Everywhere Act."

    Gov. Nathan Deal signed the bill into law on April 23. It goes into effect on July 1. It will allow 500,000 Georgia concealed carry permit holders who have already passed background checks -- roughly 5 percent of the state's population -- to carry in restaurants that serve alcohol, places of worship, and government buildings without entrance security.

    Predictably, the bill was hailed as a "sweeping restoration of gun rights" that "decriminalizes" concealed carry by Second Amendment advocates, and blasted by opponents as "a plump turducken of pure stupid" and an "unprecedented" example of "extremism in action."

    None of which is true, according to economist and author John R. Lott, Jr., who says the bill's significance is being misinterpreted by proponents and opponents.

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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

    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 26, 2014

    Three Best Bargain Sporting Clays Guns-2

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    Sporting clays doesn't have to be a rich man's sport. These three shotguns that will get you into the game without breaking the bank.

    Mossberg’s 930 All-Purpose (top) is driven by a gas system that combines gentle recoil with flawless cycling. The ported barrel further reduces recoil and prevents barrel rise for a more accurate second shot. The 28-inch vent-rib barrel comes with Accu-Set chokes for dealing with targets at any range. The stock is adjustable for drop and cast with the supplied shim kit. ($652; mossberg.com)

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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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