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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the fears engendered by 2013's failed federal background check proposal was that it would create a de facto gun registry that, eventually, could lead to confiscation. Gun control zealots dismissively mocked that fear as paranoid, a depiction parroted by their lackeys in the mainstream media.
But events in Connecticut are proving that fear to be all too real.
The Connecticut State Police Special Licensing & Firearms Unit has begun mailing out notices to several thousand -- exact figures are unavailable -- gun owners who attempted to register their newly outlawed semi-automatic firearms and magazines holding more than 10 rounds with the state but did not do so before the Jan. 1. The deadline was imposed by Connecticut’s April 2013 "assault weapons" ban.
The fact that the Supreme Court has declined to review three lower court rulings that rejected challenges to federal and state gun laws shouldn't be a surprise, considering it has steadfastly ducked controversial gun owners' rights cases since issuing its 2010 McDonald v. City of Chicago decision (which merely confirmed that a local jurisdiction cannot, by fiat, turn a Constitutional right into a crime).
Monday's decision not to hear the three cases only further delays an eventual legal showdown in the national "debate" over gun owners' rights -- mainly, whether the right to keep a gun at home for self-defense extends to public places.
That's the bad news. The good news is a recent California ruling and a New Jersey challenge may provide the cases the High Court has been waiting for to set the stage for this anticipated showdown.
A bill repealing K-12 school "gun-free zones" and allowing local school boards to decide if they want to allow trained and properly permitted staff to carry firearms on campus has passed the Wyoming House Education Committee. It is expected to be adopted by the Wyoming Legislature in late February.
The state's House Education Committee approved House Bill 111 in a 6-3 vote on Feb. 14. It now moves to the House floor where it will need to clear three votes there before it can proceed to the Senate.
The legislation would allow each district to develop its own regulations but would require anyone who wants to possess a gun in a school to complete 40 hours of firearm training and limit those eligible to employees who hold concealed carry permits. The Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police and the Wyoming School Boards Association have endorsed the proposal.
Winchester is expanding its line of Traaker loads (ain’t the AA in the middle of the name clever?) to include 12 and 20 gauge shells for sporting clays.
If you haven’t tried them before you owe it yourself to get a box. For one, they aren’t much more expensive than regular shells – the technology adds about one buck to the price – and, two, they are excellent training tools.
The wad in these shells is designed to fly true with the pattern of shot and because it is visible it provides excellent visual feedback when you miss.