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Support for more gun control nationally has declined by 6 percent in 10 months — from 55 percent in January to 49 percent in November — with momentum for stricter firearms regulations cooling significantly in urban areas and the Midwest, according to a poll conducted by CNN/ORC International.
The poll, released on Dec. 4th, was conducted in mid-November as a barometer of public opinion before the anti-gun lobby launches its anticipated media offensive to mark the one-year anniversary of the Newtown shootings.
According to the poll, since January, the percentage of those who say they “strongly favor” stricter gun laws has declined from 37 percent to 31 percent, and the percentage who strongly oppose them has risen from 27 percent to 32 percent. [ Read Full Post ]
Last week I had the chance to hunt moose, wolves and mule deer with Rugged Outfitting in southern Alberta, Canada. Like any other hunt I've ever been on, the conversation eventually turned to guns and loads.
Without any hesitation, Outfitter Todd Bunnage said a moose hunter should be carrying a magnum .30 caliber rifle (or something bigger). The most popular choice is the .300 Win. Mag, Todd said. His reasoning is simple: "moose are big." [ Read Full Post ]
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Photo by Rab Cummings
The AR frenzy has slowed down. Supply has finally started to catch up with demand and, to paraphrase style maven and ex-jailbird Martha Stewart, this is a good thing—especially if you’re in the market for a black gun.
Gun buyers can now take a more critical look when shopping without worrying that inventories will vanish within hours of being stocked. This, in turn, is forcing gunmakers to be smarter about what they produce. To catch the eye of discerning customers, they are offering more value for less money. [ Read Full Post ]
I’ve been moving too fast lately. Bombing from one meeting to the next, missing deadlines, never enough time for all the details of the day.
That’s a flimsy excuse for why I showed up at my rifle range the other day in a dither, with a new rifle, plenty of ammo, fresh targets, but no earmuffs.
Well, that’s not quite right. I had a single foam earplug in my pickup—it was stashed with about 60 cents in old pennies and nickels—plus a 20-amp fuse, some .22 shells, and a few screwdriver bits—in my truck’s ashtray. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo by Rab Cummings
Chamber flags are great tools to indicate the status of a gun. They give a clear visual that a firearm action is not in a position to be discharged. Not only are they handy for the person handling the firearm, but they also send a signal to others in the vicinity that the gun is not charged. Some ranges and competitions even require their use.
The way chamber flags are traditionally used, the stem on the flag is inserted into the chamber. This is fine if your gun is cold, but insert a flag with a thin stem into the chamber of an AR that you just put 100 rounds through quickly, and you could end up with a molten mess of plastic. [ Read Full Post ]
In a typical match, carbine targets are positioned at powder-burn distances out to 100 or so yards. In places with the room, the steel can be 300 yards—or more—away. You need a scope that zooms from 1X to 4X at a minimum for this variety of distances.
Reticle design is important too. Crosshairs that are too faint to see at lower powers just provide you with a good view of your misses, unless the aiming point can be illuminated enough to work well in bright sunlight. The scopes here fit the bill.
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