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I have a new rifle in my safe, a sleek left-handed bolt action made by Montana Rifle Company. It’s chambered in .280 Ackley Improved, and because of that designation, and the fact that it flat-out knocks the stuffing out of anything I point it at, I started calling it the “Ack Attack.”
I have a couple other guns that wear nicknames: a Remington 700 Alaska Wilderness Rifle chambered in .30/06 that, because it’s built on Bell & Carlson’s green synthetic stock, is called “Olive,” and a Ruger No. 1 in .243 that I somehow started calling “Roger.” [ Read Full Post ]
I just spent a couple days down in Southern California training with two of the top 3-gunners in the nation: Barry Dueck and Mike Voigt, both of whom happen to work for Surefire.
These guys are scary fast on the trigger. Part of what makes them so is that they know how to move fast the right way.
Voigt puts it like this. “My eyes are very fast, my hands are okay, my body sucks and my feet are terrible.” [ Read Full Post ]
The year of 2013 saw more political battles over gun control than any time since the Clinton era. Some good bills were passed, some detrimental bills were passed, but most of the legislation never survived Congress. To help put the year in perspective, we’ve summarized the 9 biggest 2nd Amendment stories of 2013.
In a dramatic victory of logic over knee-jerk emotion, the U.S. Senate on April 17 derailed the gun control lobby’s campaign to capitalize on the Newtown shootings when it rejected all seven proposed amendments to the first gun control bill debated on its floor since 1994. [ Read Full Post ]
The story of Mikhail Kalashnikov is of a life shrouded in mystery, myth and potent symbolism, all of which applies as well to his signature achievement: the AK-47.
That rifle which bears his name, the “Avtomat Kalashnikov,” will be forever linked to the man credited with designing it in the years following World War II. The official story from the Soviet Union was that Kalashnikov designed the weapon on his own while recovering from injuries sustained as a tanker while fighting the Nazis.
As such, he was held up as a hero of the people, and represented the Soviet ideal of a simple man who worked for the benefit of all, giving the Soviets a powerful tool to fight off the capitalists and other would-be suppressors that were angling to diminish or destroy the Soviet Union.
The truth was more nuanced than that. In all likelihood, Kalashnikov, who died earlier this week at the age of 94 in a hospital in Izhevsk, the capital of the Udmurtia republic where he lived, was part of a team of designers who created the AK-47. The full tale of what he did (or didn’t) do has resisted a complete telling, in part because of the secrecy that still permeates the Russian state and in part because of the inconsistent accounts Kalashnikov himself gave over the years. [ Read Full Post ]
In the early 1900s, the German military put out a call for a lubricant that a soldier could use to clean and maintain his rifle, including the metal, the wood stock, and leather accessories like the sling. The request mandated that it even be useful to treat minor wounds, sores, and scratches. [ Read Full Post ]
Pick any type of hunting or shooting sport that requires a double-barreled shotgun and there will be at least one, and more likely two or three Browning Citoris that fit the bill.
This prolific line of over/unders has added yet another member to the family in the past year: the Citori 725 Feather.
The “feather” designation carries more than one meaning. It refers both to the shotgun’s reduced weight compared to other 725s, thanks to an aluminum alloy receiver, and to other design features meant to maximize its suitability for pursuing game birds. [ Read Full Post ]
Florida's 1st District Court of Appeal sided with a 24-year-old college student and Florida Carry Inc. in a Dec. 10 decision that blocks state universities from regulating guns on campus.
In a rare ruling issued by the entire appeals court, justices determined that the University of North Florida violated state law when it prohibited Alexandria Lainez from storing a gun in her vehicle while she attended class.
The decision could be a significant precedent in Florida and nationwide, according to Lainez's attorneys. “This is a growing movement in a number of cases,” Jacksonville attorney Eric Friday told the Associated Press. "It’s one of many nationwide where anti-gun activists are trying to do at the local level what they can’t do in the statehouse -- restrict Second Amendment rights." [ Read Full Post ]