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Best Shotguns Ever

How do you define the best shotgun or even a great shotgun? We round up the 10 best shotguns ever made in America.

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Best Bargain Pumps

A good old pump shotgun might not impress your skeet shooting buddies, but it will always go bang when you need it to. We rounded up this list of the best pump shotguns for less than $500.

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  • August 15, 2013

    New Remington Versa Max Competition Tactical Shotgun - 3

    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 ]

  • August 13, 2013

    Security Expert Argues for Guns in Church - 1

    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,
    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 ]

  • July 25, 2013

    Judge Wants to Ban the Sales of Toy Guns in Maryland - 9

    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 ]

  • July 25, 2013

    New Shotgun Review: Weatherby SA-08 Deluxe 28 - 0

    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 ]

  • July 22, 2013

    9 Dumbest Gun-Control Quotes from Politicians and Celebrities - 16

    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 ]

  • July 18, 2013

    California Gun Owners, Firearms Retailers Join Lawsuit Against NSA Phone Surveillance - 0

    California's largest gun owners' advocacy group and the state's association of firearms retailers have joined 17 other organizations, including the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's phone record collection program.
    The Calguns Foundation and the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees, the statewide industry association of firearms manufacturers, dealers, collectors, training professionals and shooting ranges, are plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in federal court on July 16 in San Francisco. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 15, 2013

    Anti-Gun Groups Target 'Stand Your Ground' Laws in Wake of Zimmerman Acquittal - 1

    George Zimmerman's July 13 acquittal by a Florida jury on second-degree murder charges in the February 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin has spurred renewed calls to repeal 'Stand Your Ground' laws across the country -- even though Zimmerman's attorneys never used the Castle Doctrine extension as a defense during the trial.
    The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns have vowed to use the verdict as grounds to repeal 'Stand Your Ground' in Florida and elsewhere nationwide.
    Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' law was passed in 2005 in a 39-0 vote in the state Senate and 94-20 tally in the state House. It was the first self-defense law in the country that allowed people to defend themselves with force if they felt threatened in their home, business, car, or a place where they “have a legal right to be.” [ Read Full Post ]