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A West Virginia county earned nationwide ridicule in April when local school officials demanded police arrest a 14-year-old boy for refusing to remove a t-shirt supporting the Second Amendment.
Logan County is back in the news, but now ridicule has turned to rage with revelations that the county prosecuting attorney, instead of dismissing the "case," has formally charged the middle-schooler with "obstructing an officer."
According to CBS affiliate WTRF, Jared Marcum faces a $500 fine and a maximum of one year in prison if convicted of his "crimes." [ Read Full Post ]
It was a pretty stark choice. Either I would lose my sanity or I would have to get used to the new world order that includes a mind-numbing array of things “tactical.” Tactical guns. Fine. Tactical flashlights. I suppose. Tactical socks. Um, okay. Tactical pens. Really?
But none of that prepared me for tactical Billy Joel:
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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval on June 13 vetoed a bill requiring background checks for gun sales between private parties, telling the Las Vegas Sun that it “imposes unreasonable burdens and harsh penalties upon law-abiding Nevadans, while doing little to prevent criminals from unlawfully obtaining firearms.”
Sandoval said the bill had a number of worthy elements, including prohibiting the possession of guns by anyone judged mentally ill. He also applauded a section that required courts to speed up reporting of mental health adjudications. [ Read Full Post ]
If you’re a big fan of ultralight rifles you have my sympathy.
They are such a good idea on paper and the ones produced by the top gun makers are wondrous items indeed. I’m thinking here of craftsmen like Melvin Forbes who builds some of the sexiest and most accurate lightweight rifles on the planet (Model 24B pictured above). Making light rifles shoot well is no small feat. When you start shaving away lots of material from the barrel, receiver, bolt, and stock it is easy for the bullets to spray around like water from a lawn sprinkler. [ Read Full Post ]
Former OL Shooting Editor Jim Carmichel shot the world-record group in Light Varmint Benchrest. Current Shooting Editor John B. Snow sits down with Carmichel to get his take on rifle cleaning, pet loads, breaking in barrels, and more.
Q: What is your pet load?
A: I’m often asked this but the fact is that I’ve never had a “pet” load. Like most bench shooters I’m likely to change my powder charge or even the powder itself during the course of a tournament, depending on such variables as temperature and other atmospheric conditions. I experiment with different powders and may switch between two or three while prepping for a tournament. A shooter who thinks he has discovered his ultimate “pet” load is only fooling himself because there isn’t any such thing. But in case you really want to know, it’s no secrete that the day I set the new record I was using about 29.5 grains of Vihtavouri 133 powder behind a 68 grain Hottenstein bullet, Federal 205 Gold Medal primers and cases I had modified from Lapua .220 Russian brass. [ Read Full Post ]
For long-range precision rifle work I’ve come to favor optics with some type of milling reticle in the first-focal plane (FFP) that have .1 mil corrections on the windage and elevation turrets. The ability to estimate range with these reticles and the ease with which the shooter can make adjustments for follow-up shots give FFP/mil-mil scopes a huge advantage over other systems.
That said, even companies that specialize in these expensive “tactical” optics, such as Nightforce, sell way more scopes that are MOA based.
There are a number of reasons for this, but the biggest factor is tradition. Most shooters in America were taught on MOA scopes that have ¼-inch click adjustments at 100 yards and anything that deviates from that seems odd. Likewise, most of those scopes have reticles in the second focal plane, so the first time a person looks through a scope where the reticle seems to grow and shrink as the power setting is changed, it doesn’t feel right. Plus, there’s also the very practical issue of cost. Second-focal plane scopes are less expensive to make and simple duplex reticles are also cheaper than fancy... [ Read Full Post ]
The Louisiana State Legislature has approved a bill that would make it a misdemeanor to publicly identify concealed handgun permit holders and permit applicants, even though those documents were already regarded as private information in the state.
The Louisiana House approved the measure 91-2 on June 5, while the Senate voted 34-2 in favor of the bill on June 6. A spokesman for Gov. Bobby Jindal said Jindal intends to sign it into law.
Violations will carry a $10,000 fine and up to six months in jail. [ Read Full Post ]