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In a 3-gun match it is normal for things to go wrong. Magazines don’t feed. Shotgun shells get dropped during reloads. Guns seize up. Do a 3-gun match in the dark though, and things can grind to a jarring halt.
Case in point: On the first night of the Crimson Trace Midnight 3-gun Invitational match I had one stage that required shots on a fiendishly designed plate rack from MGM Targets that was three rows deep—18 targets total.
My plan was solid. The targets could be taken with either shotgun or pistol. I had my shotgun in hand as I approached this final element of the stage and had stuffed a couple extra shells into the magazine as I ran up to the plate rack. I was going to run my shotgun dry and then transition to my pistol. Good enough. [ Read Full Post ]
Gun control proponents are pushing the Senate to re-introduce the failed universal background check bill as soon as this fall, but that's not likely, says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
In an Aug. 1 meeting in Washington, D.C., with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Reid said that Congress has so many pressing, complex issues on its agenda, another vote on background checks won't happen any "sooner than 2014," but could occur before midterm elections.
“I think sometime next year we’ll revisit that issue,” Reid said. “I’m almost certain of it.” [ Read Full Post ]
I just got my hands on the not-yet-announced Remington Versa Max Competition Tactical shotgun, just in time for the Crimson Trace Nighttime 3-gun match that starts tonight.
The Versa Max has an outstanding action that is as tough as they come. Before this design was introduced, I shot a Versa Max during a trial-by-fire trip to Argentina for high-volume doves and waterfowl. The gun did a great job bringing down birds during a grueling four-day endurance test. I knew the 3 ½-inch shotgun would be a winner when mine literally caught fire—courtesy of the nasty locally-made ammo I was shooting—yet kept on running. [ Read Full Post ]
According to a church violence researcher and ministry security consultant, when it comes to the longstanding debate about weapons in houses of worship, the numbers speak for themselves.
In 2012, there were 135 "deadly force incidents" resulting in 75 deaths in faith-based gathering places -- a 36-percent increase over 2011 -- says Carl Chinn, who has tracked deadly force incidents at churches since 1999 on his website, carlchinn.com.
Chinn, a frequent seminar speaker for the National Organization of Church Security & Safety Management, says churches and religious organizations should consider hiring armed security guards or arming designated church-goers during services. [ Read Full Post ]
A Maryland judge wants to ban the state's toy retailers from selling toy guns. Judge Zakia Mahasa said toy guns, even those clearly marked as toys in accordance with existing federal and state laws, present a danger to children because, to her, they still look like real guns. Federal laws require toy guns to be transparent, brightly colored and have bright orange tips at the ends of their barrels. [ Read Full Post ]
Turkey has a long history of firearms production, but its guns have a mixed reputation in America. The perception is that arms made there are cheap, only somewhat reliable, and typically blessed with the visual appeal of a dump truck.
Now, this reputation isn’t entirely fair. The shotguns made by Akus, for instance, are lovely pieces of work, but so few are produced that the name is unfamiliar to most. Sadly, at the other end of the spectrum, plenty of firearms have come to our shores through the Dardanelles that reinforce these low expectations. [ Read Full Post ]
People often say dumb things in the heated passion of political debate. And in the new era of gun control regulations, inflaming emotions rather than engaging in a rational discussion has become all too common.
What follows is a list of 9 dumb quotes from gun-control proponents about the Second Amendment, gun violence, and guns that confirms, once again, that thinking before emoting is easier said than done.
1) "The Second Amendment only protects the people who want all the guns they can have. The rest of us, we've got no Second Amendment. What are we supposed to do?"
This comment was made by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-New York) in a March 12 interview with John Fugelsang on CurrentTV's "Viewpoint." Slaughter blamed the Second Amendment for violent crime, saying "Americans aren't safe anywhere" and gun control "has to be done" to protect citizens from themselves and their constitutionally guaranteed individual right to own a firearm. [ Read Full Post ]