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Photos by Jeff Wilson
Things were not going well. I was prone on a mound of dirt, baking under the South Texas sun. It was hot, as only South Texas in the summer can be hot. The breeze offered no relief—with the mercury hovering at 103 degrees, a 10 mph wind is like a hair dryer blowing across your face. Plus, this wind was humid. Not pleasant at all. [ Read Full Post ]
The unintended consequences of bad law can foster some amusing ironies, especially when they ensnare one of its most vocal advocates. Such is the case in Buffalo where a prominent gun control crusader who publicly lobbied for New York's draconian SAFE Act was arrested Feb. 6 on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, including having a loaded weapon on school grounds.
When an anonymous call to the school office reported a man with a gun on school grounds, police -- including 20 officers, a SWAT team, K-9 patrols and helicopters -- locked down Harvey Austin Elementary School for several hours to conduct an exhaustive, expensive search that resulted in the arrest of Dwayne Ferguson, 52, who mentored students in an after-school program on campus.
Buffalo Police Department Spokesman Mike DeGeorge said Ferguson was in possession of a handgun inside the school. Although Ferguson has a permit to carry, New York's SAFE Act makes it a felony -- elevated from a misdemeanor -- for anyone under any circumstances to carry a firearm onto school grounds other than a law enforcement officer on duty. [ Read Full Post ]
A vintage shot of Glen Eberle competing in the biathlon.
If you have limited time to watch the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, do yourself a favor and skip the ski jumping and figure skating, and hold out for the biathlon, which starts on Feb. 8 and runs until the 22nd (see the full schedule here). There are a total of 11 biathlon events — five for men, five for women, and a mixed team relay. The cross country skiing aspect of the event is impressive, but tune in for the shooting — it will be some of the best you'll see for the next four years.
We sat down with Glen Eberle (pictured above), founder of Eberlestock and former biathlete, to gain an inside perspective on the sport. Eberle competed for the U.S. national team for eight years in the 80s and also competed in the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid. Eberle worked to make guns lighter and was one of the competitors who ushered in a new era of biathlon that was faster paced and a lot more fun to watch. [ Read Full Post ]
If you want to critique your shooting form or just post cool footage onto your YouTube page, Replay has two cameras that can help. The 1080 Mini and the Prime X have features have a handful of features that will make them well fit for the shooting world.
The cameras are super portable, they vibrate when turned on (so you won't have to stop and check to make sure its recording), and they come with a picatinny mount. The Mini version is a 5-megapixel camera and will retail for $199. The larger version is a 16-megapixel camera and has a 3.5-hour batter life. [ Read Full Post ]
Mauser. Is there any other word in the gun world as iconic? I don’t think so. Mauser is the wellspring from which all our bolt-action rifles are derived. Mausers—in their various iterations, along with the eponymous 7x57mm Mauser cartridge—ushered in the modern era of rifles. The name Mauser, like no other, also conveys a specific idea—many would argue it’s the ideal—of what a sporting rifle should be. [ Read Full Post ]
Theresa Vail, better known as Miss Kansas, shocked the Miss America pageant last year when she unabashedly proclaimed her love for hunting. We got a chance to sit down with Vail at the 2014 SHOT Show and ask her questions from you, our loyal readers. Here's what she had to about why she wants to hunt with Ted Nugent.
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What with long range being all the rage, there is no shortage of tactical rifles, but this is one of the less weird, more versatile ones. The MMR can serve as a beanfield gun, terminate the careers of coyotes, compete in F-Class matches … or even shoot tactically. [ Read Full Post ]