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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 11, 2014

    Personal Defense: Carry in Comfort With These 3 Holster Options-0

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    Photo by Mitch Kezar/Windigo Images

    The decision to carry a firearm for personal protection raises the critical question of how you plan to carry. Having a firearm on your person requires that you find a solution that fits your lifestyle and local ordinances, and meets basic criteria for comfort and ease of access.

    Keeping a weapon or two on my body became a daily reality in 2000, when I entered into law enforcement as a profession. Shortly after this, I began to experiment with different methods of carry, both on and off duty. I now carry pistols (plural) on me just about daily, and I have arranged my lifestyle and clothing to accommodate this choice.

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  • April 7, 2014

    Using Laser Sights for Handguns-0

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    Photo courtesy of Crimson Trace

    Twenty years ago, laser sighting systems on handguns were expensive and unreliable novelty items. Today, thanks to technological advances, 
they are in common use among law enforcement and military personnel, as well as civilians who carry a handgun for personal protection.

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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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  • April 3, 2014

    Illinois School Rewrites 2nd Amendment in Workbook-6

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    When Rich Kinison's son showed him his U.S. Constitution workbook, Kinison couldn't believe the nonsense he was reading was actually being taught at Grant Middle School in Springfield, Ill., and, presumably, at other junior high schools across the state and the nation.

    In explaining the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights, the workbook states in clear black-and-white: “This amendment states that people have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison. The founding fathers included this amendment to prevent the United States from acting like the British who had tried to take weapons away from the colonists.”

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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 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 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 21, 2014

    Shooting Tip: Save Money by Rolling Ammo-5

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    Photo by Rab Cummings

    Trying new loads in your rifle is always a good idea—you might discover that your groups shrink to a satisfying ragged hole by experimenting this way. But the cost of a box of premium ammo is significant. Here's one way to vet whether a box is potentially worth investing in.

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