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Preseason Bowhunting: Super-Tune Your Arrows for Better Hunting Accuracy

OUTDOOOR LIFE.COM From the Archives – Once the year’s serious bow shooting practice has started, it doesn’t take most bowhunters long to find the “cherry” arrows in their fresh new dozen or half dozen. Many of us take the time to number our arrows for just this reason; to find, after a few carefully shot rounds, the best-shooting, most-accurate “ammo” in our latest bunch. Eventually, these “lucky shafts” are…

The Gun Guru of YouTube

THE ATLANTIC.COM August 14, 2018 – Someday John Correia will meet Jesus. As an ordained pastor, he has thought about how their first conversation will go. That is why he keeps his Heckler & Koch VP9 loaded with a 9-mm magazine in pristine condition. “You’re only going to draw a gun on the worst day of your life,” Correia told me. “You want to make sure the equipment works. I…

CT – Feature – Rifles over 2 centuries: Iconic manufacturers made New Haven home

NEW HAVEN REGISTER August 12, 2018 – What successful maker of high-end shirts started a firearms manufacturing company that in later years employed some 20,000 people as part of the largest industrial enterprise in New Haven? Oliver Winchester, realizing the need for improved armaments after the Civil War and as Americans headed West, formed the Winchester Repeating Arms Co. in New Haven in 1866. 

IA – Feature – How Civil Must America Be?

NEW YORK TIMES August 11, 2018 – GRINNELL, Iowa — All paths seem to cross at Saints Rest, a downtown coffee shop that opened in 1999. In the early morning, retirees amble over for kaffeeklatsch; later, professors from the college here meet students, who hunker down with laptops. Teenagers come by after school. The shop’s name stems from a term of derision for the teetotaling, lecture-friendly Congregationalists who settled…

Pre-Season Deer Scouting

BUCK MANAGER.COM From the Archives – It’s mid-summer, hot as hell and all I can think about is doing some pre-season deer scouting to get ready for hunting season. As the mercury climbs into triple digits I can’t help but think about the cooler weather the latter-half of the year provides, but it’s the deer hunting that the fall and winter offers that really gets me fired up! We…

Jesse James On Guns: ‘More Important than Motorcycles’

NATIONAL REVIEW.COM August 9, 2018 – Jesse James may have an outlaw’s name, but he has long been a friend to law-enforcement officers, including the ones he learned to shoot with when he was a boy growing up in California. “My dad was a big NRA member and gun proponent,” he says. “He had lots of friends who were with the sheriffs, and we’d go out into the desert…

TX – Feature – Guns in the Family: A Complex Legacy

FOLKLIFE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE.EDU July 30, 2018 – Although I grew up in Texas, I didn’t see myself as someone engrained in gun culture. Still, I loved watching shoot-outs in action movies and was happy firing off rounds as James Bond on Nintendo 64. In the backyard, I imagined ordinary tree limbs into guns. Isn’t that just what kids do—or used to do? 

FBI Handguns: Revolvers of the Past

GUN DIGEST.COM From the Archives – While it seems the initial FBI issue of .38 Special revolvers were Colts — primarily Official Police and Police Positives — the Smith & Wesson Military & Police (M&P), later called the Model 10, was soon issued and eventually became the sole issue revolver for new agents. Other Colts had also been obtained and issued, including the Colt Pocket Positive in .32 caliber. A Police…

Memories From the South: Hunting at the Family Camp

TIME.COM July 26, 2018 – In South Carolina, season opens the first week of October. A few diehards at camp come at the start and stay till the end, but most of us filter in and out whenever time allows. We drive down, go home, work jobs and sneak back on weekends. For three months, life is governed by deer hunting. Our camp is located in McCormick County. More…

Nat’l – Feature – The gunfight and the epiphany

SOFREP.COM July 21, 2018 – I shouted for him to exit the vehicle with his hands visible, my arms locked out in an extended position with a death grip on my Glock 17. I had at least half a magazine left in it by my guesstimation. My stance was wide and low, ready for a fight as the adrenaline surged through me. I was thinking hard and fast as various problems…

AL – Feature – 7 Outrageously Priced Guns You Wish You Owned

GUN GOALS.COM July 16, 2018 – If you’re like any gun enthusiast, a brief lull in the conversation or a ridiculously long line in the summer gives you ample time to peruse GunBroker and see all the outrageously priced guns you wish you owned! Some people might prefer niche guns, but we’ve tried to include firearms that gun collectors and gun enthusiasts rave about all over the internet on…

FL – Feature – “Anybody Can Shoot an AR”: Florida Gun Owners Weigh Regulations After Parkland

THE NEW YORKER.COM February 19, 2018 – An unwelcome visitor who attempts to enter Tres Bullard’s home, half an hour south of Parkland, Florida, will encounter at least three obstacles: Bullard’s ninety-pound pit bull, Storm; his electronic alarm system; and his guns. Bullard, a forty-two-year-old business-development manager, who lives with his wife and their four-year-old son, describes himself as a “pretty libertarian-leaning person.” He keeps a loaded pistol beside his…

Nat’l – Feature – Gun reviews and Facebook opinions: How to sift through the mess when buying a new firearm

SOFREP.COM February 9, 2018 – When it comes to purchasing a new firearm, it pays to do your homework. You want to know that you’re getting a reliable platform, that it doesn’t have any glaring safety issues, and that you’re getting a good value for the price you’re paying. The problem is, it can be pretty tough to find that information when most of the internet is dead set…

‘Black Guns Matter’ joins world’s largest gun show

WASHINGTON EXAMINER January 5, 2018 – The urban-focused Second Amendment rights group, Black Guns Matter, has joined up to sponsor the world’s largest gun show set for Jan. 23-26 in Las Vegas. According to the sponsor of the SHOT Show, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Black Guns Matter will provide evidence that the fight for expanded gun rights is happening even in anti-gun but violence-prone cities. 

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Alberta has 2,500 cougars: Biologist says hunting them is ethical and legal

CALGARY HERALD December 22, 2017 – An investigation into the hunt of a large cougar by a television show host in Alberta has determined it was legal, says the province. Steve Ecklund, host of the outdoor show The Edge, bragged about hunting the big cat in early December. He triggered outrage online when he posted several photos of him holding the dead cougar and another of him making a stir-fry from the meat. …

Democrats Pissed Off the NRA in 1994—And They’re Still Haunted by It.

THE DAILY BEAST.COM October 15, 2017 – Stephen Paddock, the man behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, used a cache of semi-automatic weapons equipped with tools to increase their lethality, when killing 58 concertgoers and injuring 500-plus others. But in the aftermath of that tragedy, there has been little discussion about banning assault weapons. Part of the reason is simple math. As an aide to Sen….

AK – Feature – Duck! Duck! Miss!: No luck on the hunt, but decoy retrieval nets dinner

FAIRBANKS DAILY NEWS-MINER September 22, 2017 – The ducks around Fairbanks were more scared than I was hungry. Over 12 hours of hunting in lakes around Fairbanks this month, I didn’t kill any ducks and only got to take a half-dozen shots. But I did get to taste my first mallard — a thank you duck from another hunter after I helped rescue an escaped decoy. Duck hunting doesn’t get as much…

Pro-Gun Researcher Uses Trump Voter Fraud Commission to Troll Democrats on Background Checks

THE TRACE.COM September 12, 2017 – In testimony before President Donald Trump’s election integrity commission on Tuesday, the controversial researcher John Lott cast himself as the unlikely defender of a gun background-check system he has excoriated. His proposal to force voters to be certified through the federal background-check system, or NICS, he said, is “a solution that might please both sides.”    

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