.22 Magnum Ammunition for Survival and Personal Defense

David reminds us of older, slower, rounds like the venerable .22 Magnum still have a place on our gun rack.

Winchester .22 Magnum Ammunition

USA -( In this day and age of high-velocity small bore rifle cartridges that have speeds advertised as almost capable of breaking the space-time continuum, older and slower rounds that while dependable are often shoved aside as being obsolete, and one of those is the venerable .22 Magnum .

.22 Magnum

Developed by in 1959 by Winchester, for their Model 61 pump rifle, the .22 Winchester Magnum, also called .22 WMR or Winchester Magnum Rimfire was a rimfire round that was designed for small game. Especially varmints like fox, raccoon, and even coyotes out to 100 yards, without doing a lot of damage to the hides.

The .22 WMR was very important thirty and forty years ago when fur prices were much higher, but now hunters don’t worry about the pelt damage as much, and in the last sixty years dozens of new rounds have been introduced that are much faster, but also much more destructive than the .22 Magnum. So what does the little rimfire round offer in this day and age?

While the .22 WMR Magnum might not be the fastest and most glamorous round out there it does make a very decent all-around survival and personal round in a rifle.

So why would someone want a .22 Magnum when you could instead choose something like a .223 or a round reasonably similar? One of the reasons to have a survival round is that you want to be able to shoot game with it and that includes small-game, and while you might get some bloodshot meat on a squirrel or a rabbit with the .22 Magnum, that cannot compare to the damage of a higher velocity .223.

The .22 Magnum round (center) for Survival and Personal Defense

I was once given a whitetail deer that had been struck by a car only enough to break its leg and had to be dispatched by a sheriff’s deputy with his .223 carbine. The deer had been shot in the head from about 15 yards away. Most of the skull on the left side past the eye and to the ear and nearly halfway across the top of its head was just gone.

That swore me off ever wanting to shoot a .223 at any small game animal that I intended to eat. I once shot a squirrel back when I was about nineteen years old with a .25-20 rifle. It was a clean shot right behind the shoulder, and afterward, there was no shoulder or much of anything else.

This is important because the .25-20 has less than half the muzzle energy of a .223 round. If you were to shoot a small animal you wanted to eat with a .223 or something like a .17 WSM, .204 Ruger or .22-250 you can bet there wouldn't be enough left of what that critter to make even a small pot of stew.

.22 WMR Ammunition for Personal Defense?

When it comes to personal defense, granted the .223 is hard to beat with its proven track record, the .22 Magnum is not as anemic as one would think. A 40-grain bullet from the little rimfire with a muzzle velocity of 1,900 fps has 325 ft. Lbs of muzzle energy.

While that doesn’t sound like a lot, it’s more than the .380, the .38 Special and is knocking on the door of the 9mm. The .22 Magnum is simply not the weakling you might think. There are a variety of rounds out there, everything from a 30 grain V-Max with a muzzle velocity of 2,200 fps to a slew of 40-grain bullets like the soft-jacketed point, jacketed hollow point, and full metal jacket, all averaging around 1,900 fps.

The .22 Magnum Rifle for Survival and Personal Defense.22 Magnum Ammo Wins on Price

Another reason to pick a .22 Magnum is the cost of the ammunition. It might not be as cheap as it once was but I can still find a box of fifty rounds for about $15 or so. Ammo for the .22 Magnum takes up a heck of a lot less room than fifty rounds of even the smallest of centerfire rifle rounds, something convenient if you want to keep the gun in a truck or if you want to take it on a long hike.

Just about every gun maker offers a .22 Magnum, from semi-autos like the Savage A22, the Remington 597 Rifle and the CZ-512 Semi Auto Rifle to a number of bolt actions from Mossberg, Marlin, Ruger, and others. Then there are the lever action rifles like those from Henry and they also make a pump action .22 Magnum, something that brings back the good old days like when Winchester made their Model 61 pump.

I decided to take a pair of .22 Magnum rifles to the range, and they couldn’t be more different from one another. One was a Henry lever action with a 20 ½ “ octagon barrel that holds twelve rounds and has an MSRP of $550. The other is a Keystone Arms Crickett rifle (no laughing please) that is a single shot bolt action with a 16” barrel and has an MSRP of $179, quite the difference.

Results shooting the Henry Repeating Arms Lever Action Rifle in 22 WMR. Shooting the Keystone Arms Crickett rifle in .22 Magnum .

One persistent and long-standing rumor about the .22 Magnum is that it is not very accurate compared to other rimfire rounds like the .22 Long Rifle and the .17 HMR and that has some truth to it. The rifles in .22 Magnum seem to be most sensitive when it comes to which ammunition and which it will shoot accurately.

I found that neither the Henry nor the Crickett liked the Hornady 30 grain V-Max bullets; in fact, the Henry seemed almost allergic to them. At 25 yards the groups were terrible, and the rounds were not only landing left, but they were also keyholing. The Crickett was slightly better, but just with a pretty broad group opening up.

On the other hand, both guns did well with CCI 40 grain JHP loads. At 25 yards the Henry put out a three shot group of only ¾” with the factory open sights, and the Crickett with the same ammo shot a one-inch group. Most of the .22 Magnum rifles I have shot over the years all seemed to shoot better with 40-grain bullets versus the lighter loads, but you need to test out which work best in your gun.

The .22 magnum round started life almost sixty years ago as a small game and varmint round for those who wanted to use it on furbearers when the prices for pelts brought you more than just the cost of a Happy Meal. That time might be passed but .22 Magnum ammunition can find a new life as a survival rifle and if need be for personal defense, something that few other rounds can do and do well.

About David LaPell:

David LaPell has been a Corrections Officer with the local Sheriff's Department for thirteen years. A collector of antique and vintage firearms for over twenty years and an avid hunter. David has been writing articles about firearms, hunting and western history for ten years. In addition to having a passion for vintage guns, he is also a fan of old trucks and has written articles on those as well.

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May Old Acquaintance Be Forgotten

Branco May Old Acquaintance Be Forgotten

USA -( May Old Acquaintance Be Forgotten

Donald Trump brings in New Years 2018 and ends his first year as President with a long list of accomplishments. Political Cartoon by A.F. Branco 2017.

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Coloradans Rewarded For Reporting Off-Road Travel On Public Lands

Illegal Off-Road Travel On Public Lands

USA -( Recently two concerned Coloradans documented violations by off-road vehicle users that helped law enforcement officers uphold laws intended to promote solitude, conserve public lands and waters, and sustain fish and game. For their efforts, BHA presented these citizens with $500 rewards.

Driving a vehicle off-road or on a non-motorized route on national forest lands is a violation of federal law. The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison national forests, collectively “GMUG,” have engaged the public in designating specific routes for motorized and non-motorized travel through the travel management rule.

Violations do occur, more often during hunting seasons when hunters are looking for access or retrieving game. Travelling off route while hunting or fishing on public lands in Colorado comes with a 10-point hunting license penalty assessment and a $280 fine with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Molly Cannon of Gunnison County reported two vehicles on a non-motorized trail in the Farris Creek drainage during muzzleloader season in the Gunnison NF.

Both hunters were issued a violation notice for traveling off route while hunting. Information on the incident was forwarded to CPW for the penalty assessment to the hunters. Cannon will be rewarded for assisting law enforcement with information, photographs and location of the violations.

In a separate incident, Jeffery Pike, of Crested Butte, notified law enforcement of an all-wheel motorcycle traveling a half-mile off trail to retrieve an elk. When officers pursued the report and investigated the area, the hunter realized he was off trail, admitted his violation and paid the fine.

Mike Fuller, Forest Service law enforcement officer for the Gunnison NF, explains: “It is difficult for law enforcement officers to cover all the areas of this 3 million-acre forest. We rely on the public to assist us by reporting illegal activity and other resource impacts to our public lands.”

According to Tim Brass, BHA’s state policy director, “Our organization has an OHV reward fund program to help educate hunters and OHV users of the need to stay on designated routes.”

The public is encouraged to notify authorities of off-road abuse. BHA will reward these individuals for reporting observations of illegal activity or abuse to law enforcement. “After successful prosecution or payment of fines, BHA will offer up to $500 per incident/report,” Brass added.

To learn more about BHA’s OHV reward fund, click here.

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is the sportsmen’s voice for our wild public lands, waters and wildlife.

About Backcountry Hunters & Anglers:

Our freedom to hunt and fish depends on habitat. While many of us enjoy hunting and fishing on a range of landscapes, including farm fields and reservoirs, there is something special – even magical – about hunting deep in the backcountry or fishing on a remote river.

Wilderness hunting and fishing deliver a sense of freedom, challenge and solitude that is increasingly trampled by the twin pressures of growing population and increasing technology. Many treasured fish and wildlife species – such as cutthroat trout, grizzly bear and bighorn sheep – thrive in wilderness. Others, like elk and mule deer, benefit from wilderness. From the Steens Mountain Wilderness in Oregon to the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho and the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, BHA members treasure America's wilderness system and strive to add to it.

We take the advice of Theodore Roosevelt: “Preserve large tracts of wilderness … for the exercise of the skill of the hunter, whether or not he is a man of means.”

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New Hampshire Firearms Coalition Outing the Lies, Calls To Stop SB 500

New Hampshire Firearms Coalition Outing the Lies, Calls To Stop SB 500

USA -( It has come to my attention that there is some confusion regarding the points raised in our last alert.about SB 500.

This email is intended to further explain why SB 500 is bad for gun owners. Quite frankly, I am surprised that I even need to write this because our first alert was pretty clear.

First, it is never a good idea to tie state law to federal law. Federal law can change, we here in New Hampshire might not like that change. However, once the federal definitions change, New Hampshire gun owners would be bound by that change in definitions. Right now, today, federal law defines firearms to include frames, receivers, silencers and even STARTER GUNS! None of these items can fire live ammunition, but yet federal law includes these items in the definition of a firearm.

Now, to be clear, we must follow federal law but that means New Hampshire based dealers cannot sell firearms to prohibited persons and private citizens cannot modify firearms in a manner that would violate any law, New Hampshire or federal. However, following the law does not mean linking New Hampshire law to federal law.

SB 500 also changes some of the words in the misdemeanor domestic violence gun ban. We have been pretty clear in our opposition to this arguably unconstitutional gun ban. For many years, we have said that we would like to see the only gun ban that is triggered by a misdemeanor and not a felony repealed. Thus, it makes no sense to modify the words and make it easier to prosecute people when our true goal is a full repeal.

The possessory gun ban found in R.S.A. 207:7 should also be repealed. We have said as much for several years. Yet the sponsors of SB 500 are attempting to modify the language in a possessory only gun offense. We can see no reason to fix drafting errors or correct inconsistent language in a law that we have advocated repealing.

When we surveyed candidates for State Senate and State Representative, we have asked candidates about these two anti-gun laws.

Senator Avard completed a candidate survey and said that he would support repealing both the misdemeanor gun ban and the possessory gun ban. However, when it came time to introduce a bill; instead of a full and complete repeal of these repulsive laws, he decided to modify these two, really bad, anti-gun laws.

Several people have called and emailed asking why I didn't speak with Senator Avard. I tried, he has refused to return my phone calls. He told at least one person that he won't speak with me. That left NHFC with no choice, we went directly to you, the grassroots gun owner, to help us defeat SB 500.

Therefore, I am repeating my call to action, please, do not wait, contact Senator Kevin Avard and demand that he withdraw SB 500 at once.

There is still time before the 2018 Senate session begins for him to withdraw the bill. Click here to email Senator Avard or call him at (603) 318-4031 or (603) 271-4151. Then, please contact Senator Jeb Bradley and deliver the same message,

Click here to email Senator Bradley or call him at (603) 387-2365 or (603) 271-2609.

Please feel free to reply to this email with any questions or concerns. I answer all emails; I have been fighting for Second Amendment civil rights for close to 30 years including 14 years as an NHFC Board Member, close to 20 years working with Gun Owners of America and 6 years as a founding Board Member of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. I do what I do, because if a right is worth having than it is also worth some sacrifices to protect.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas.

Finally, if you hear from Senator Avard or Senator Bradley please forward their comments to me.

Thanks for your support!

In liberty,
Alan M. Rice

President – NHFC, Inc.

P.S. The New Hampshire Firearms Coalition is working tirelessly to keep gun owners like you up-to-date on as many gun issues as possible — please consider contributing to the effort by chipping in $15 or $20.

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Henry Steel Frame Single Shot H015-223 Rifle Review

Henry Steel Frame Single Shot H015-223 Rifle

USA -( Over the past ten years, firearms companies around the world have flooded the market with plastic and polymer-based guns.

If that wasn't bad enough, they have expanded the ugly AR15 platform to just about every possible combination… all in the name of “modern sporting firearms”. It is as though they have forgotten that firearms are supposed to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

No matter what you do to it, the “black stick” will never be pleasing to the eye.

We understand some of the reasons for the trend (lower manufacturing costs & faster assembly lines) but we fail to understand why so many companies have just given up on producing firearms the “old fashioned way”. It is as though they are in a “race to the bottom”.

We will leave the answers to those questions for other writers/readers at a later date. In this article we want to discuss the new Single Shot Rifle produced by Henry Repeating Arms Co.

A company founded and lead by Anthony Imperato which only produces high quality firearms at reasonable prices. Mr. Imperato refuses to join the “race to the bottom”. If he can't make it in the United States, he won't make it. We might also add: If he can't make a quality firearm, he won't make it.

Henry arms have a reputation as being the most reliable and smooth operating lever actions on the market. That reputation is well earned and absolutely correct. However, not everyone wants a lever action rifle and with the bolt-action rifle market flooded with products, the logical niche for Henry to fill was with a single-shot firearm.

The single shot rifle niche has only one serious competitor, the Ruger Nr.1s, and they are now outsourced to a specialty shop. They are still superb rifles (we have two), but the price has steadily increased over the years to over $1,500. As such, the market and demand for a quality and reasonably priced single shot rifle was “wide open”.

After considerable design planning and in-house testing, Henry Repeating Arms launched their single shot centerfire rifle line in September 2017. We were fortunate to get one of the first models in our requested .223 Remington caliber.

This rifle is absolutely one of the most beautiful rifles that we have seen in years. The satin matte finish on the frame is flawless. The wood to metal fit of the American walnut stock and fore end are the best we have ever seen. We are not sure how they do it, but by whatever means they are using…. keep it up.

While we are on the subject of the stock: The laser cut checkering does exactly what checkering is supposed to do… provide a more positive grip for the shooter. That is such an improvement over the stamped faux checkering on so many firearms on the market today.

There are no plastic parts in this gun. This little break action rifle harkens back to the days when single shot rifles were made with great care and owning one was a source of pride. However, do not get the idea that this is just an “old” design that is being remanufactured in the 21st century. Henry updated and improved the original designs.

They installed a rebounding hammer that cannot touch the firing pin unless the trigger’s deliberately pulled. The internal interlock system that doesn’t allow the barrel to open if the hammer’s cocked, or the barrel to close if the hammer’s cocked while it’s open.

And, for us lefties, the break-open lever can be pivoted to the left or right to break the barrel open. From all of us left-handed people….”Thank You Mr. Imperato”

And, unlike a lot of break-open guns that have ejectors that throw the spent casing back, the Henry H015-223 rifle is equipped with a positive extractor which allows the shooter to easily remove the case without damage for reloading. If you are a reloader, that is a real plus, especially if you have ever used a .223 black rifle.

By this time, some of you are wondering, why would I want a single shot rifle? Think about it, how many times in your hunting adventures have you ever required more than one shot? Oh, we know… you want the other rounds as a backup…. but, if you never need them, why have them?

Personally, Jim likes the challenge of using a single shot rifle, whether it be a muzzleloader or a centerfire. Having only one shot ensures that you take proper care in placing your shot and then only firing when you are assured of a clean kill.

The Henry H015-223 comes with an adjustable folding rear leaf sight and a brass front sight. The polished 22″ barrel is drilled and tapped for a Weaver 48082 mount. We recommend buying the Grovtec hammer extension (GHM 283) from Henry if you plan on using a scope on the rifle. We mounted a Sightron SII 3-9 x 42 on our test rifle using Weaver High Quad Lock rings to ensure that the hammer cleared the scope.

All that remained for us to determine was how well the rifle shoots. As well made as the Henry H015-223 is, if it doesn't shoot tight groups, why buy it? We went to the range with some new Sig Sauer .223 ammo, both 40 grain predator tip rounds and 60 grain HT hunting rounds, as well as Jim's “standard” 55 grain Hornady V-Max loads.

We fired multiple three and four shot groups off our Caldwell Tack Driver bag at 100 yards. We did not adjust the sights between the rounds, hence the drop expected with increasing weights. The following targets answer the question of accuracy.

This rifle produced consistent groups of under 3/4″ (center-to-center), with our best being 1/2″, using the new SIG SAUER 40 grain .223 predator loads. That is incredible accuracy from a “standard” factory rifle.

And, before we forget, the trigger has no creep…. it has a consistent and positive release at 5.5 lbs.

Range Targets at 100 yards

The specifications of the H015 are:

  • Action: Single Shot
  • Caliber: .223 Rem / 5.56 NATO
  • Also Available in: .243 Winchester & .308 Winchester
  • Capacity: 1 Round
  • Barrel Length: 22″
  • Twist: 1 in 9
  • Overall Length: 37.5″
  • Weight: 7.18 pounds
  • Receiver: Blued Steel – matt finish
  • Rear Sight: Fully adjustable folding leaf
  • Front Sight: Brass Bead
  • Scope Ready: Drilled and Tapped for Weaver 48082 Base Mount
  • Stock: American Walnut w steel swivel studs
  • Butt Plate: Black, Solid Rubber Recoil Pad
  • Length of Pull: 14″
  • Trigger Weight: 5.5 lbs
  • Safety: Rebounding Hammer
  • MSRP: $448.00

The H015-223 is a quality rifle at a very reasonable price. This rifle is built to the same high standards as all of the other Henry centerfire rifles. It is NOT a budget model in any sense of the word.

It is ideal for those who would like to introduce their children to shooting, but not forcing them to use some cheap entry level firearm.

It is also ideal for those of us who want the challenge of hunting with only one round on board and those of us who prefer the uncomplicated durability of a single shot rifle.

Whether you are a bolt-gun or lever-gun shooter, you owe it to yourself to pick up one of these…. either as a backup or as your primary rifle. They are that good! Jim has plans to buy another one in .308 caliber for deer hunting.

About Jim and Mary Clary:

Jim and Mary Clary have co-authored over six hundred published articles (and counting) on shooting and hunting. You can read many of them on AmmoLand News.

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Drake Guardian Release Their Elite Jacket in Realtree MAX-5

Drake Guardian Elite Jacket in Realtree MAX-5

COLUMBUS, Ga. -(​ The Drake Guardian Elite Jacket – Fleece Lined in Realtree MAX-5 provides the additional warmth hunters need that is not found in shell-weight jackets.

This jacket is built with Drake's most technologically advanced three-layer fabric. Not only is Drake's most durable fabric, it's also Drake's most breathable.

This jacket is engineered specifically with Drake's Elite team in mind. Hard working, demanding guides, industry pro's and professional dog trainers, that never quit working during the hunt and never turn back due to bad weather, while averaging 100 plus days a year in the field.

This extremely durable, fleece-lined, three-layer jacket is perfect for the hunter that understands effective layering making this an ideal go-to jacket from early to late season.

  • 100 percent waterproof/windproof/breathable Guardian Elite 3-layer fabric treated with DWR (Durable Water Repellant)
  • Taped seams
  • Fowl-Proof YKK zippers
  • Magnattach pocket
  • Adjustable neoprene cuffs
  • Adjustable roll-up hood
  • Waist adjustment cinch cord
  • Front cargo pockets
  • Zippered chest pocket
  • Zippered slash pockets

About Realtree:

Realtree is the world's leading camouflage designer, marketer, and licensor with over 2,000 licensees utilizing the Realtree camouflage brand. Thousands of outdoor and lifestyle products are available in Realtree camouflage patterns. In addition, Realtree is committed to supporting individuals and groups that work to ensure our outdoor heritage, the conservation of natural places, and the wildlife that resides there. Realtree promotes its products and relationships widely on television, as well as through their website and many other outlets.

For more information, visit their website.

About Drake Waterfowl Systems:

As I stare down at my father's weathered lanyard and as my eyes lock onto one specific band, I find myself wondering if this might be the first band I ever saw him take. As I look to another, I wonder if this might be the one he took on a hunt after we broke ice for two hours fighting our way to “The Big Hole”, our favorite duck hole. I see another and wonder if this might be the one from the last day of the season one year when we were about to pick up the decoys and he said, “Let's give it 10 more minutes.” And sure enough, his last duck that year was banded. With each band, there is a special memory, but these bands only represent a small number of memories that were made. They go on and on.

Now, as I read the definition of band, I am suddenly overwhelmed by what this is really all about for me. It's not just about the love of duck hunting and making a living at something I truly enjoy. It's much, much deeper than that. It's about the memory of my father and the times he shared hunting with my grandfather and his friends. It's about the treasured memories of the many hunts my father and I shared together. It's about the many hunts I have shared with friends and the many hunts I so look forward to enjoying with my son. Only a very small portion of these hunts are commemorated by a small piece of metal wrapped around a weathered lanyard, but the band formed during these hunts is much stronger and lasts much longer.

Too many people get caught up in the idea that a good hunt is measured by a limit of birds, and I'd be lying if I said there wasn't a time when I was guilty of this logic myself. But nowadays, when I think back over the 30 some odd years I've enjoyed this pursuit, I sometimes find myself asking what it is I enjoy most about it. You see, the fondest memories of my father are the times spent talking when the birds weren't flying. The countless hours spent before shooting time just sitting and waiting in the dark. The hours spent looking up at the stars, then hearing a beaver slap its tail right next to our boat just to let us know he knows we're there. Sounds, like the familiar crackle of a bag of Oreo cookies being rustled through. The sights, smells, and sounds continue to be a real treat and a constant reminder of him. You could take these few written words, multiply them by 1000, and it doesn't even come close to properly describing these memories that put a nice pleasant smile on my face. And best of all, these are the kind of bands I hunt for today.

Whatever dreams and aspirations you may have while duck hunting, may they bring you many bands.

For more information, visit their website.

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Breakthrough Clean Announces Big Rock Sports As New Partner

Big Rock Sports

USA -( Breakthrough Clean Technologies, makers of the finest gun cleaning solvent, lubricant and gun maintenance products is proud to announce that it has appointed Big Rock Sports as a new distributor.

“We are excited to partner up with Big Rock Sports and look forward to cultivating a relationship with them that will help increase our brand presence in the industry. Big Rock Sports is a respected and established company whose many core values align with ours,” said Erick Navarro, Owner of Breakthrough Clean Technologies.

Breakthrough’s BT-101 Cleaning Kit

Learn more about Breakthrough visit their website.

About Breakthrough Clean Technologies:

In 2013, Breakthrough Clean released their flagship product Breakthrough Military-Grade Solvent in response to an ever-growing need for a more effective, odorless, user-safe, and eco-friendly cleaning solvent that worked efficiently and safely to remove carbon fouling from firearms fast. Through Breakthrough Clean’s continual commitment to excellence, state of the art research, and processes, they now provide a complete gun care maintenance system geared to make cleaning and maintaining your firearm easier, safer, and faster than ever. Breakthrough Clean’s solvent eliminates more contaminants than most leading gun cleaners, and its lubricants easily withstand extreme temperatures (won’t gum up) and minimize the frequency of needed applications all while extending your firearms life. Breakthrough Clean is the choice for gun owners who settle for nothing less than the best when it comes to the care of their firearms, bows, knives and fishing reels.

For more information, visit their website.

About Big Rock Sports:

The history of Big Rock Sports goes back more than 60 years to the founding of All-Sports Supply in Portland, Oregon. At that time, sporting goods was a much more personal business, and distributors knew the names of their retailers as well as their families.

Over the years, distribution companies—sporting goods and otherwise—became less concerned with relationships and more focused on the bottom line. However, Big Rock Sports still embraces the ideals of everyone who laid the groundwork for our company. We take pride in the relationships we build with our customers. And we don’t just know their names; we know their specific needs and concerns and the best ways to help them thrive.

For more information, visit their website.

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Idaho Second Amendment Alliance Prepares for 2018

Idaho Second Amendment Alliance Prepares for 2018

USA -( I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family, but we’re just days away from the start of the 2018 legislative session.

Eleven days, in fact.

And the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance is hard at work getting ready for an all-out battle over Stand-Your-Ground!

Just like we saw with the Constitutional Carry fight, legislation this important doesn’t become law on its own.

Instead, it takes as much grassroots pressure as we can muster, to force the politicians in Boise to stand up and fight for the Second Amendment.

It’s easy to pass a gun bill. What’s hard is to pass a strong bill that is not chock full of compromises and sell outs.

For example, the “Constitutional Carry” bill which passed in North Dakota is so watered down, that it’s now illegal to carry a loaded handgun in your vehicle — a step backward in their gun laws!

And in Alaska, Constitutional Carry was undermined at the last minute to include a requirement to notify law enforcement if you are carrying a firearm.

That’s why it’s vital that you and I make sure we get a ‘clean’ Stand-Your-Ground bill, free of watered-down amendments.

As part of that process, the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance has been busy collecting signed petitions from gun owners, demanding passage of Stand-Your-Ground legislation.

We will be delivering these petitions to the legislature early in the 2018 legislative session, to make sure they know exactly how important this is to their constituents.

We already have thousands of signed petitions printed off and ready to go!

But there is still time to add your name to this massive pile of gun owners — if you act fast.

So make sure you are a part of this fight and that your voice is being heard, by signing your petition in support of Stand-Your-Ground today!

Stand-Your-Ground is no mystery.

It simply states that if your life is being threatened, you have no duty to retreat. You can “Stand-Your-Ground” and protect yourself and your family.

And despite what you may read in the FAKE NEWS, Stand-Your-Ground will not protect people who murder another human being.

It simply protects gun owners who are forced to defend their lives and want both criminal and civil protections in the event they are forced to use their firearm in self-defense.

Research has shown that all citizens can benefit from Stand-Your-Ground.

But that doesn’t mean that the Idaho Statesman, the Post Register, and the Idaho State Journal won’t do all they can to distort the truth –- just like they did when they tried to stop Constitutional Carry.

The best way for us to combat these lies and FAKE NEWS, is with your grassroots pressure.

So again, before we deliver these petitions to the legislature, do your part and add your name now!

And make sure that you forward this email to your friends and family so that they can sign their petition as well.

We’ve made tremendous progress here in Idaho in the past year with the passage of Constitutional Carry, but it’s time we finish the fight and pass Stand-Your-Ground law too.

We aren’t guaranteed these massive pro-gun majorities forever. It’s possible that an anti-gun Democrat could end up as our next Governor! So this year is crucial.

We have to act now, while we can. That starts with your signed petition.

Once you’ve signed your petition, please also consider a contribution to help the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance lead this fight in Boise!

We need help in mobilizing gun owners. We need help to be able to run radio ads at a moment’s notice.

We need help to run our direct mail programs, to mobilize as many gun owners as possible.

So if you haven’t already done so, please renew your membership in the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance immediately!

Get ready!

In Freedom,

Seth Rosquist
Chairman of the Board
Idaho Second Amendment Alliance

P.S. With the start of the 2018 legislative session just eleven days away, the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance is getting ready for a major battle over Stand-Your-Ground!

To ramp us the grassroots pressure and combat the FAKE NEWS here in Idaho who are trying to defeat this bill, please sign your grassroots petition now!

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A Girl & A Gun Partners with Tony Pignato for 2018

A Girl & A Gun Partners with Tony Pignato for 2018

AUSTIN, Texas -( A Girl & A Gun is excited to announce that it has partnered with Tony Pignato for 2018. Tony will drive our strategic marketing plan to give each of our sponsors and affiliate partners the best possible return on marketing investment for the 2018 AG & AG National Conference and the AG & AG Brownells Ladies’ Multigun Fall Festival.

The strategy includes optimizing the social media reach of AG & AG, establishing strategic media partnerships with influencers, creating engaging and exciting content for our event and our partners, and increasing awareness of our organization, events, and sponsors through proven marketing techniques.

“Over 400 members and guests travel to be a part of the AG & AG Annual Training Conference and over 150 women and staff who participate in the Brownells Fall Festival,” says Julianna Crowder, Founder of AG & AG. “The female voice in the firearms industry is powerful, confident and growing and AG & AG is proud to be a part of that voice.”

AG & AG has an organic reach of over 700k per month through our media partners and social media outlets. AG & AG has launched dedicated event social media pages to share specific content and information about each event, as well as sponsor media and event coverage.

This foundation of content will be shared across numerous media outlets in the industry providing each sponsor and strategic partner incredible reach and exposure.

Tony Pignato has a reputation of proven success of expanding market reach for hundreds of manufacturers, retailers, and companies — from the local mom-and-pop shops to some of the biggest names in the industry.

As a host on Shooting USA and well-known event promotion consultant in the industry, he has established a reputation of growing event participation and exposure for sponsors, events, and companies by creating engaging content and professional on-camera representation and promotion.

“AG & AG’s 5,500 active members are walking, talking brand ambassadors throughout the United States, says Tony Pignato. “When you add in collaboration with major media players in my network and a strategically designed marketing campaign, A Girl & A Gun events are set to be some of the most influential and effective market platforms for any sponsor or business.”

About A Girl & A Gun:

A Girl & A Gun (AG & AG) is a membership organization whose events have been successful stepping stones for thousands of women into the shooting community and fostered their love of shooting with caring and qualified instructors to coach them. AG & AG breaks barriers for women and girls in the area of self-defense and in pistol, rifle, and shotgun shooting sports by welcoming beginners to learn the basics of safe and accurate shooting and providing experienced shooters with advanced-level opportunities. The club has more than 5,000 members in 48 states, with chapters that host recurring Girl’s Night Outs at more than 150 ranges.

For more information, visit their website.

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KDWPT Offering 365-day Licenses at No Additional Cost

KDWPT Offering 365-day Licenses at No Additional Cost

PRATT, Kan. -( In an effort to better serve license buyers, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has upgraded more than 30 types of annual licenses beginning in 2018, making them valid for 365 days at no additional cost.

In years past, most Kansas outdoor licenses and permits expired Dec. 31 of each calendar year, regardless of purchase date, leaving many late-season hunters and anglers with a short amount of time to use their licenses before expiration.

Now, Kansas license buyers can enjoy many of their favorite annual licenses for 365 days from the date of purchase, regardless of when they choose to buy. Even better? Many of those 365-day licenses can be automatically renewed each year, ensuring hunters and anglers never forget to buy a license and miss a day in the field or on the water.

Examples of licenses and permits that are valid for 365 days include Resident Annual Combo (Hunt/Fish) licenses, Disabled Veterans licenses, National Guard licenses, Apprentice licenses, Furharvester licenses, select fishing permits and more. To see the complete list,

It’s not often you get more for less, but every now and then you do; This is one of those “now and then” times for Kansas outdoor enthusiasts.

For more information on auto-renew, visit their website.

About KDWPT:

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is a cabinet-level agency with a Secretary appointed by the Governor. A seven-member, bipartisan commission, also appointed by the Governor, advises the Secretary and approves regulations governing outdoor recreation and fish and wildlife resources in Kansas. The commission conducts business during regular public sessions.

KDWPT employs approximately 460 full-time employees in five divisions: Executive Services, Administrative Services, Fisheries and Wildlife, Law Enforcement, Parks and Tourism.

Department History:

  • 1905 – Fish and game laws were organized under the Kansas Fish and Game Department and implementation of a state law requiring a license to hunt.
  • 1911 – The State Fish and Game Department was placed under the supervision of the University of Kansas Board of Regents
  • 1925 – The Fish and Game Department was reorganized as the Kansas Forestry, Fish and Game Commission with three board members appointed by the Governor.
  • 1927 – Commission was reorganized and was given approval to organize a warden service. Fishing licenses required of men 18-70.
  • 1939 – Commission's three-member board was abolished by the legislature and replaced by a six-member bipartisan commission appointed by the Governor
  • 1943 – Legislature gives the commission full authority to set seasons and dates
  • 1955 – The legislature and Gov. Fred Hall create the State Park and Resources Authority.
  • 1960 – First Kansas boating laws enacted
  • 1987 – Gov. Mike Hayden signs executive order merging the State Park and Resources Authority and Fish and Game Commission to create the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
  • 2011 – Gov. Sam Brownback signs executive order moving the Division of Tourism from the Department of Commerce to the newly renamed Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

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“Thank You” Letter To The Members – John Sigler For NRA Board of Directors

by Capt. John C. Sigler (Ret.)
NRA Past President
Dover, Delaware

“NRA’s competitive shooting programs are a shamble and must be renewed, strengthened, revitalized, and expanded to include new and exciting programs that will attract new members and younger generations of competitive shooters.” ~ John Sigler

USA – -(  It is time for me to say, “thank you” to all of my friends and supporters within the NRA Family for your many kindnesses, and for your continued trust, friendship and support.

First, I would like to thank all of the NRA members who were instrumental in circulating and signing my most recent NRA Members’ Petition for re-election to the NRA Board of Directors. Because of your efforts, I was able to submit a total of 181 petition pages to the NRA Secretary containing 1,371 signatures of NRA members from 45 separate states, and to be successfully nominated by NRA Members’ Petition. Thank You!

Because of your efforts, I am only one of three candidates, all incumbent Directors, to be nominated by both the NRA Nominating Committee and by the Members through the petition process – Thank You!

Next, I would like to thank the Board of Directors of the Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association, Delaware’s official NRA state affiliate, for their continued support and their endorsement for re-election to the NRA Board of Directors. As a Past President of DSSA and a long-time member of the DSSA Board of Directors, the DSSA Board’s vote of confidence in my ability to successfully represent Delaware and our nation’s Second Amendment Community, as a whole, on the NRA Board of Directors means a lot to me. Thank You!

With DSSA’s endorsement, I have now been endorsed by a total of eight (8) major clubs and NRA State Associations from throughout the country, including the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association; the Firearms Coalition of Colorado; the Ohio Rifle & Pistol Association; the Ohio Gun Collectors Association; the Fifty Caliber Shooters Association; the Florida Sport Shooting Association; the North Carolina Rifle & Pistol Association; and of course, the Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association. Thank You!

Finally, I want to thank all of the members of the NRA for all that you have done for me over the years to help me fight for our God-given right to keep and bear arms, at the polls, in Congress and the various legislatures, and in the courts. Without your continued help and support I could never have enjoyed the successes I have enjoyed during my 21+ years on the NRA Board, serving the NRA and all of the people of our great nation. Thank You!

I am proud of my 100% NRA Board Member Meeting Attendance record.

Because of you, the members of NRA, in 1996 I became the first person from Delaware to ever be elected to the NRA Board. Because of you and your efforts, I was given the opportunity to work with and under NRA’s two greatest presidents, Marion Hammer and Charlton Heston, both of whom believed in me, trusted me, and gave me the opportunity to serve as the Chairman of NRA’s Finance Committee for 10 years and as the Chairman of NRA’s Law Enforcement Assistance Committee for the same 10 years.

Because of you, the valued members of NRA, I was also granted the opportunity to serve on the NRA’s High Power Rifle Committee as both Chairman and Vice-Chairman; the Competitions Rules & Programs Committee; as Vice-Chairman of the Clubs & Associations Committee, the Bylaws & Resolutions Committee, the Committee on Hearings, the Gun Collectors Committee, the Site Selection Committee, the Legislative Policy Committee and as Chairman of the Sub-Committee on State & Local Affairs, and on NRA’s Executive Committee. Additionally, because of you and your continued support, I have also had the privilege and pleasure of serving as a member of the NRA’s Executive Council and on the Board of the NRA Foundation and as a Whittington Center Trustee. Thank You!

And finally, because of you, I was privileged to serve NRA and our great nation for two terms as NRA’s Second Vice President, two terms as NRA’s First Vice President, and two terms as NRA’s 59th national President. Thanks to you, I was given the opportunity to create two new committees specifically designed to help and serve our veterans, the Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs and the Disabled Shooting Sports Committee. Thank You!

I want to thank you, the members of NRA for your trust, your confidence, your continued support, and your friendship – Thank You!

In closing, I come to you, the voting members of NRA and ask for your support and your vote, once more. Much has been accomplished over the past 21 years, but much remains to be done. Our fight to protect, preserve and defend our precious Second Amendment is far from over.

Our right to keep and bear arms must continue to be vigorously defended in the courts, in Congress and in our state legislatures every day of every month of every year – especially this year.


John Sigler : I was privileged to serve NRA and our great nation for two terms as NRA’s Second Vice President, two terms as NRA’s First Vice President, and two terms as NRA’s 59th national President. Thanks to you,

We must expand our fight to keep our ranges open and to open new ranges where we will be free to exercise our rights. NRA’s system of clubs and associations must be revitalized, expanded, and strengthened because they are at the heart of our grassroots efforts to protect and defend our rights, and it is they who deliver NRA’s important programs and who provide appropriate venues and opportunities for us to exercise our rights.

NRA’s competitive shooting programs are a shamble and must be renewed, strengthened, revitalized, and expanded to include new and exciting programs that will attract new members and younger generations of competitive shooters. As Chairman and Vice Chairman of the High-Power Rifle Committee I have advocated for more competitive shooting opportunities for AR Platform enthusiasts and for the “Big 50’s”, and I will continue to do so for as long as I am able.

And it is time for NRA to do more for the personal protection enthusiast and the tactical shooter looking for competitive opportunities by which they can hone their skills and become more proficient.

NRA must redouble its efforts on behalf of hunting and conservation and continue to work to ensure that future generations of Americans will be able to hunt and enjoy nature’s bounty as we have – its part of who we are as Americans.

For as long as I have been on the Board and throughout my time as an officer of our great Association, I have advocated for increased member participation and an increased voice for the individual member, and I will continue to do so. This is OUR NRA – it belongs to each and every one of us, all 5 million of us.

I am honored to run as a candidate for whom 1,371 NRA members signed a petition – there is only one greater honor – that of being re-elected to the NRA Board by the members at large.

I sincerely and respectfully ask for your vote – in doing so, I ask that you allow me the honor of continuing to represent you and the opportunity to continue the work I have been privileged to perform on your behalf since 1996.

And, of course, one final “thank you” – I also want to say “thanks” to AmmoLand Shooting Sports New's readers for granting me the opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to the members of NRA and for allowing me to seek your vote for re-election once again to the NRA Board. – Thank You One and All!

For more information about me, please see the biographical information set forth below – Thank you!

Capt. John C. Sigler (Ret.) John Sigler Turkey Hunting Success!
  • Nominated by Both NRA Members’ Petition and NRA’s Nominating Committee Nominee
  • NRA’s 59th President – NRA Benefactor, Heritage Society;Whittington Trustee; former NRA Foundation Trustee; current NRA Director & Executive Council member.
  • 2nd Amendment Activist – Founder, Delaware Association of Second Amenment Lawyers; Co-Founder, pro-gun Delaware Foundation for Legislative Action; Volunteer Pro-Gun Lobbyist; avid “Right-to-Carry” & “National Reciprocity” advocate; author of many pro-gun bills in Delaware legislature. Past President of the Fifty Caliber Insititute.
  • Competitive Shooter – Member 2017 U.S. F-Open Rifle Team; Former NRA PPC State Champion & Governor’s 20 Champion; Former Conventional Pistol, International Pistol and Air Pistol competitor; 5-time member, NSCA Delaware State Sporting Clays Team. Co-founder Delaware’s Governor’s 20 Program.
  • NRA Referee – Line Referee, Camp Perry Pistol, & Chief Referee NRA Police Nationals
  • Avid Hunter – Member Safari Club International . John has hunted throughout the USA and in Argentina, Scotland, South Africa and Zambia.
  • Gun Collector – Casual collector – served on NRA’s Gun Collectors Committee and as an NRA Annual Meeting Display Judge. Life Member, Dallas
  • Arms Collectors, Missouri Valley Arms Collectors & Ohio Gun Collectors.
  • NRA Volunteer – Former NRA Filed Support Team Volunteer, Friends of NRA Committee Chairman & NRA Election Volunteer Coordinator. Past President of Delaware’s NRA State Association (DSSA).
  • NRA Committee Experience – Former Chair, now Vice-Chair High Power; former Chair of Finance, Law Enforcement, Meeting Site, Hearings; Vice-Chair -Clubs & Associations; has served on Competitions Rules & Programs, Bylaws & Resolutions, Gun Collectors, Legislative Policy
  • Memberships Include: TSRA, FCSA, IDPA, NSCA, NMLRA, NYSRPA
  • U.S. Navy Veteran – 1967-1971 – U.S. Naval Submarine Service – USS George Bancroft (SSBN 643) & USS Hardhead (SS 365). Member, Chapter 850 of Vietnam Vetarans of America; United States Submarine Veterans; and American Legion Fox Post #2.
  • Employment – Retired Police Captain, now practicing law in Delaware and Maryland.
  • Endorsements- include New York State Rifle & Pistol Association; Firearms Coalition of Colorado; Ohio Rifle & Pistol Association; Ohio Gun Collectors Association; Fifty Caliber Shooters Association; Florida Sport Shooting Association; North Carolina Rifle & Pistol Association; Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association.

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Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation Set to Exhibit at 2018 SHOT Show

Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation Set to Exhibit at 2018 SHOT Show

USA -( The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) announced today that it will be joining the list of more than 1,600 exhibitors at the 2018 SHOT Show, January 23–26, at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.

Representatives from Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF), Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) will be on hand to meet with attendees and industry professionals during the show.

SSSF will be exhibiting in BOOTH #2521.

To schedule a meeting with Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director, during the show, e-mail

To schedule a meeting with Rick Leach, SASP National Director, during the show, e-mail

The SHOT Show is the world’s most comprehensive trade show for professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries. It attracts an impressive 64,000 industry professionals from all 50 U.S. states and more than 100 countries.

The SHOT Show is owned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and is restricted to the shooting, hunting and outdoor trade professionals and commercial buyers and sellers of military, law enforcement and tactical products and services ONLY.

The SHOT Show is not open to the general consuming public (e.g., private visitors, hunters, sports shooters, members of hunting and sports shooting clubs, etc.). Proof of professional affiliation is required.

About Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation:

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is 501(c)(3) public charity responsible for all aspects of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) across the United States. SCTP and SASP are youth development programs in which adult coaches and other volunteers use shooting sports to teach and to demonstrate sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, ethics, integrity, teamwork, and other positive life skills. SCTP was developed as a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) until the SSSF was created in 2007 to operate the SCTP. In 2012, SSSF created the SASP and became the managing foundation of both programs.

For more information about SSSF, visit their website.

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Jan. 30: Paper Applications Due for 2018 Elk, Pronghorn Draw

Jan. 30: Paper Applications Due for 2018 Elk, Pronghorn Draw

PHOENIX, Ariz. -( The Arizona Game and Fish Department has posted the 2018 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information online.

The department now is accepting paper applications for hunt permit-tags.

Paper applications can be mailed to: Arizona Game and Fish Department, Attn.: Drawing Section, P.O. Box 74020, Phoenix, AZ 85087-1052, or dropped off at any department office statewide.

The printed “2018 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information” booklets are expected to be available the first week of January at department offices and license dealers statewide.

In an effort to provide better customer service by announcing draw results sooner, all paper applications must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time) Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Postmarks do not count.

The online application service for the random draw is expected to be available in early to mid-January. Online applications must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. (Arizona time) Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

The department encourages all applicants to sign up for a free AZGFD portal account and apply online. The portal allows customers to create a secure account where they can manage and view their draw applications, license history, bonus points, gain access to their “I Support Wildlife” membership and more in the “My AZGFD Dashboard” section.

A portal account also provides convenient access to the online license purchase and draw application systems. Draw results will be posted only to portal accounts.

It’s easy to create an account. Just click on “My Account” in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage and then select the “Register” option, filling in the requested information. A portal account is mobile-friendly, so customers can view their information on their smartphones.

AZGFD is dedicated to assisting applicants with the online process. All department offices are equipped with customer computers that can be accessed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Customer service representatives can be reached by calling (602) 942-3000. As a reminder, customer service representatives will be available to provide assistance only until 8 p.m. Feb. 13. (deadline day).

A valid hunting license (or combination hunting and fishing license) is required to hunt wildlife in Arizona. No one under 14 may hunt big game without having completed a Hunter Education course.

While it is not necessary for anyone 10 to 13 to complete a Hunter Education course before applying for a hunt permit-tag, these courses fill quickly. Consider registering now by visiting their website or calling 623-236-7239.

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If a Sacrifice Must Be Made, Gun Banners Always Choose You

This feature appears in the January ‘18 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.

Sacrificial Goat

Fairfax, VA – -( A fanatic said Winston Churchill, “is one who won’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” To this maxim we might add another characteristic: A fanatic is one for whom even evidence to the contrary is treated as ballast beneath his outlook.

There are many fanatics in America.

Take Nick Kristof, an opinion columnist at The New York Times for whom any bad news serves as an excuse to talk about gun control. In the wake of October’s truck attack in downtown New York City, Kristof tweeted, “Good thing that in NYC he couldn’t buy assault rifles, or the toll would be higher.

That the attacker had just demonstrated how to turn almost anything into a weapon seemed not to have occurred to him. Nor, for that matter, had the fact that a recent truck attack in France had killed more people than has any mass shooting in the history of the United States, or that the perpetrator wasn’t in fact from New York City. Like the divorcé at a dinner party who turns all talk to his ex-wife, all conversation leads inexorably to the same place.

What, one has to wonder, would fail to prompt such a response? If a gun being used in a terror attack helps the argument for gun control, and a gun not being used in a terrorist attack helps the argument for gun control, what chance is there for debate? It has long been observed that irrespective of the specifics of the case, the gun control movement always trots out the same supposed “fixes.” In so doing, advocates of more restrictions have ensured that their rhetoric now sounds more totemic than practical; as if, deep down, they believe that a sacrifice must be made to the gods. A standard magazine was used? Time to ban the “high-capacity” models. A background check was passed? Time for “universal” background checks. A terrorist used a shotgun? The AR-15s have to go. Something, anything, must be done. Pick your panacea and run with it.

Rarely has this unmoored dogmatism been more obvious and more pathetic than after November’s church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The scale of the government screw-up that presaged the abomination can barely be comprehended. And yet still came the preordained pleas to the federal government. The perpetrator in that case was the recipient of a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force; he was a former mental patient who had at one point escaped the facility in which he was being treated; and he was a convict who had been jailed for violent assault. As a result, he should have been legally prohibited from owning a gun, and, one would think, should have been languishing in prison reflecting on what he had done.

Disgracefully, neither punishment was obtained.

For that, the blame lies not with the Republican party, nor with “flyover country,” nor with the NRA, but with Uncle Sam.

Under the clearly established terms of federal firearm law, the shooter’s name should have been available to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). It wasn’t. Why not? Because the Air Force failed to do what was required.

Nor, incomprehensibly, was he incarcerated. The acts of “domestic violence” for which the killer was discharged were serious in the extreme. Per the retired Air Force prosecutor who was in charge of the court-martial, the perpetrator was not only guilty of having choked and beaten his wife and then assaulting his stepson “severely enough that he fractured his skull,” but he “pled to intentionally doing it.” For this heinous transgression he was given a year in prison, a paltry sentence that raises the question of what our prisons are there for, if not to keep such people away from the rest of us. There is not, I must assume, a single philosophy of criminal justice in which the violent assault of a woman and an infant child are held to be so negligible. Nor are there many people out there who, in the worthwhile name of criminal justice reform, would seek less consequential sentences for such abusers. What does it say about our priorities that a man who admitted to smashing in the head of a baby was given the same sentence we reserve for teenagers who operate boats without a license?

In a free society, it is difficult enough to determine who might be capable of such atrocious acts; too often, alas, the ostensibly quiet man turns out to be a villain. But if we are to ignore or to abandon those who are thrusting red flags into our eyes, that task becomes all but impossible. I cannot grasp the depravity that is required of one who would murder a child in a church. As is the case for most people, the idea of pointing a weapon at another person in anything but self-defense is an appalling one to me. Nevertheless, I cannot help but intuit that the sort of person who is capable of doing such a thing is also the sort of person who is capable of choking a woman and smashing her baby’s skull. As we were all reminded on the day of his atrocity, the shooter in Sutherland Springs was exactly that sort of person, and he had warned us of as much on a number of different occasions. In addition to assaulting his family, he was on the record as having escaped a mental health facility, and as having tried to sneak firearms onto a military base in order to carry out death threats leveled against his superiors. November’s attack did not come out of nowhere.

Such warnings are, of course, why we have a system of background checks in the first place. The Brady Act of 1993, which instituted the NICS system, was sold and passed atop one elementary presumption—that, as a society, we are able to determine a man’s future conduct from his past. Some agree with this; others do not. Yet more people debate how appropriate it is to place prior restraint upon an enumerated constitutional right. Either way, we can surely all acknowledge that there is no purpose whatsoever to such an impediment if it is to be ignored or desultorily maintained. If, as happened before Texas, the authorities refuse to play their part, we will be left with nothing more than a mechanism for harassing the law-abiding. After Sutherland Springs, the most appropriate response from the champions of ever-larger government would be modesty.

Hero and NRA member, Stephen Wileford, stopped the Sutherland Church shooting with America's most common weapon, the AR15 Rifle.

Alas, we saw no such thing. Instead, we saw Pavlov’s principle in all its unlovely fruition. We saw the monomaniacs emerge, unthinking, from their shells. We saw, in some of the nation’s most august pages, the call for further federal action—up to, and including, the confiscation of every firearm in the country. We heard talk of prohibiting “high-capacity” magazines, despite the fact that the shooter had 15 magazines and had been trained to reload at speed, and the fact that Stephen Willeford (see his emotional interview) could have needed a full magazine to fight back against the killer. We heard talk of expanding background checks, despite the fact that the shooter had passed such obstacles repeatedly. We heard, from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and others, the usual nonsense about the burning need to identify a handful of cosmetic devices and impose a federal ban on them. And from Kristof, at the Times, the usual restrictionist platitudes.

In normal circumstances, these would be peculiar responses. But given that the destruction in this case was brought to a halt by a private individual—a “good guy with a gun,” in the parlance of the smirkers—they are nothing short of extraordinary. The government failed, civil society stepped into the vacuum, and still the call was for Washington, D.C., to save us. In this case, civil society came in the form of Willeford, an NRA member and instructor who heard the abomination unfolding and, barefoot, ran out with his own AR-15 to confront the perpetrator. Having noticed that the shooter was wearing an armored vest, Willeford took aim at the Velcro-covered gaps in his protection and injured him, effectively ending the spree.

In the understandable absence of police—Sutherland Springs is a rural town—Willeford was, in that moment, all that stood between the killer and the continuation of his rampage.

In processing this, we have a number of options before us.

In the name of prevention, we could give more power to a federal government that has proven incapable of properly or effectively using what it already has—and we could do so on the questionable grounds that this time, at least, it’ll be different. If we hoped for a more draconian endeavor, we could take the view that the root problem here is firearms, and we could propose that the same government that was unable to add flags into a database would be able to confiscate millions of guns without issue. Or, grasping well that snatches and dreams do not make sound policy, we could be thankful that there are men such as Willeford in America, and we could insist that the law make it as easy as possible for such people to protect us from the monsters.

It is at this point a cliché to observe that a huge number of Americans live a long way away from immediate government help, and thus they depend heavily upon their right to keep and bear arms. But that it is repeated so often does not make it untrue or inapposite. Go to rural Texas, to Appalachia or to Big Sky country and tell the locals that they are to be deprived the opportunity to defend themselves and must instead rely upon faraway flashing lights. You’ll hear the laughter as far away as Europe.

At least, you’ll hear laughter at first, and then you’ll see clear flickers of irritation, for the monomania of The New York Times’ editorial page is, in fact, not amusing at all. Of the many reasons that gun control pushes tend to fail badly in America, perhaps the most potent is the perception among voters that they, rather than the perpetrators of violence, are the ones being targeted. So it is here. A violent, disturbed and dishonorable young man did something that almost no human being can even begin to countenance, and he did so as the direct result of a string of failures for which the government was squarely to blame. That, in the immediate aftermath, the usual suspects moved to limit the options available to the man who took down the threat is, quite rightly, beyond the common understanding of even the most tolerant of ears.

Now, as ever, this attempt must be resisted. Americans are not talismans to be pushed around the board in a vain attempt to placate the devil, and their rights are not squares on some bureaucrat’s Rubik’s Cube. That the opponents of the Second Amendment lack imagination and discipline is regrettable. That they would translate their shortcomings into law is jeopardous. If everything is a case for gun control, then nothing is. No case for constraints was made in Texas.

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:

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Can I Legally Carry a Mossberg Shockwave Weapon Concealed in Virginia?

Mossberg 590 Shockwave

Virginia – -( One of Virginia Citizens Defense League's attorneys shared his thoughts on the diminutive hand-held Mossberg Shockwave shotgun like weapon:

Mossberg 590 Shockwave 12ga 14″ Barrel

1) Neither the Code of Virginia nor the Virginia Administrative Code offer a definition of Shotgun that applies throughout. There IS a definition in § 29.1-100 which might be considered persuasive, but it specifically says that it only applies to that Title (Game, Inland Fisheries, and Boating). That code section states that:

“Shotgun” means a weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder, and designed or redesigned and made or remade to use the energy of the explosive in a fixed shotgun shell to fire through a smooth bore or rifled shotgun barrel either a number of ball shot or a single projectile for each single pull of the trigger.

And even under that definition the Shockwave would not be a “shotgun” since it is not “intended to be fired from the shoulder“.

Absent state-specific guidance, I believe that the courts would accept the ATF designation.

2) It is NOT a handgun and therefore cannot be concealed, even if you have a CHP.

3) As far as having a loaded Shockwave in your vehicle, § 15.2-1209.1 only governs firearms used for hunting. However, game wardens have historically used the presence of long guns in a vehicle as circumstantial evidence of intent to hunt. You should just be aware that this argument might be made.


About Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL):

Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right.

For more information, visit:

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New Year’s Resolutions with Illinois State Rifle Association

New Year's Resolutions with Illinois State Rifle Association

USA -( As 2017 slides into the history books it is time to consider 2018. I believe 2018 will be a very intense year for gun owners. With 2018 being an election year, everything will be on the line.

First, all of the Illinois State Representatives and one third of the Illinois State Senators will be up for election. As you are well aware, it is a continuous battle to keep our Second Amendment Rights in Illinois. The makeup of the Illinois General Assembly is key.

Second, all of the Illinois Constitutional Officers are up for election in 2018. The Illinois Constitutional Officers are Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller and Treasurer. While all offices are important, the Governor and Attorney General are critical offices.

Third, 2018 is the National “off year” Elections. That means all 435 Congressmen and 34 Senators will be up for election. With the election of President Trump, too many gun owners thought everything would be fine forever, which is the most dangerous thing that could happen.

The 2018 elections may make the gains we have made vanish in the twinkling of an eye. While the President was able to appoint one Supreme Court Justice, others could be on the verge of retiring. The President will have an impossible task if the United States Senate is lost.

There are many Justices that need to be appointed to the lower courts. Many of those appointments are still pending and this process goes on constantly as people retire.

The question of National Reciprocity is in the Senate, but I do not think it is going anywhere with the Senate's present makeup. There needs to be more pro-gun Senators elected.

There is a question that we, as gun owners, need to think about: how can we help ensure the Second Amendment locally, as well as at the state level and nationally?

You may not know that answer right now, but you need to think about. Many people may think they have to do something spectacular to make a difference. That is not true. While it would be nice if you could donate $5000, but can only afford $5, it all adds up and makes a difference.

Making a phone call, sending an email, attending a meeting, talking to a friend or a neighbor is important, and all of these count. The first and most important task is to make the decision to do something. Opportunities will present themselves. Some people promise more than they can deliver. Don't do that; do what you can do. The key is for everyone to do something.

In the upcoming elections we will be presented with many candidates. Gun owners tend to be purists much to their own detriment. There are no perfect candidates. If you go on a quest to find the perfect candidate you will meet folks looking for the Holy Grail, the lost Dutchman gold mine, and Diogenes searching for truth; it may be interesting, but not productive. Our job is to pick the best candidates who can get elected.

Don't waste your time voting for the perfect candidates who cannot get elected because the usual result is the worst candidates getting elected. In other words, it is better to vote for a B candidate who can get elected rather than an A candidate who can't get elected.

A defeated perfect candidate is about as useful as a used candy wrapper. Meanwhile, the F candidate got elected and you helped them. Pouting and just not voting is not the answer either.

Reminder: Our annual High Power rifle romp in the snow (Winter Wars XVI) at the ISRA Range is just around the corner!

Here are a few New Year's resolutions for you in case you haven't made any!

  • I resolve I will attend IGOLD.
  • I resolve I will recruit one new ISRA member.
  • I resolve I will upgrade my ISRA membership.
  • I resolve I will sign up for legislative alerts.
  • I resolve I will take a firearms class.

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The ISIS Caliphate

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USA -( The ISIS Caliphate

While the Obama administration struggled with dismantling ISIS, the Trump administration has done a fantastic job of destroying their influence.

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ATF Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Bump Stock Rule

New infringements won't be about safety, they'll be about optics and politics.

USA – -( The Department of Justice anticipates issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would interpret the statutory definition of “machinegun” in the National Firearms Act of 1934 and Gun Control Act of 1968 to clarify whether certain devices, commonly known as “bump fire” stocks, fall within that definition,” a Tuesday Federal Register notice advises. “Before doing so, the Department and ATF need to gather information and comments from the public and industry regarding the nature and scope of the market for these devices.”

The document comment period ends on January 25, the notice continues, providing ways to send them in either by mail or via a submission form. The notice also provides background information, including a summary of claimed statutory authority as well as the ”justification” for the proposed rule, which unsurprisingly relies heavily on last October’s Las Vegas music festival murders to make the case that such controls are needed. Seeing as how investigators have been tight-lipped, that an inconsistent narrative has resulted in plenty of distrust and no small amount of “conspiracy theories” and an FBI estimate that a final report could not be ready until the anniversary of the killings, apportioning blame to bump stocks that are owned by plenty of Americans who don’t abuse them seems more than a bit of a rush to judgment.

Why wouldn't string be included in the rule?

Even more problematic would be that they would be proving new restrictions would make a bit of difference outside of infringing on the rights of those inclined to obey such edicts.  After all, “bump firing” can not only be accomplished with a shoestring, another item ATF once claimed regulatory jurisdiction over, but also with a finger.

As long as the subject is the federal government adding items under National Firearms Act authority (something nowhere delegated to it in the Constitution), it’s relevant to note another ludicrous overreach, such as the time a few years back when ATF’s Firearms Technology Branch deemed “Chore Boy copper cleaning pads, along with fiberglass insulation,” a firearm, subject to registration and a $200 transfer tax (read the letter here).

It’s also fair to look at the records and the environment that will apply to owners of bump stocks should the rule pass. Felony prosecutions occur even though the records are “seriously flawed.” Indeed, when it comes to the National Firearms Registration and Transfer record, an Office of Inspector General survey of ATF’s Industry Operations Inspectors noted:

“OIG asked how often there was a discrepancy between the inventory and what the NFRTR said the inventory should be: 46% of inspectors said either ‘always’ or ‘most of the time.’ (Only 5% reported ‘never’). How often was the discrepancy found in the NFRTR? 44% said always or most of the time, only 6% said ‘never.’”

And from a few years before that:

“In a major victory for those of us arguing that the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record (NFRTR) is insufficient for criminal proceedings, Dr. Fritz Scheuren, “the” statistician in the United States (possibly the world), today informed the 10th District Court that the NFRTR is insufficient for criminal proceedings.”

Add to that an issue with conflicting ATF rulings making compliance problematic – indeed, ATF’s previous ruling on bump stocks was that they were outside the Bureau’s purview. And the lack of consistent and comprehensive rules has resulted in a legal complaint, because they’ve known about the problem for years:

In 2005, the Congressional Research Service published a memorandum regarding ATF firearms testing procedures. Among other things, it revealed that the ATF has “over 300 cubic feet of classification letters stored in file cabinets.” The Bureau hasn’t scanned any of these documents into a searchable database to assure consistency of interpretation, to identify and resolve regulatory conflicts. The extent to which this inconsistency has grown and compounded in intervening years is unknown and unknowable without a major organization and review effort.

How adding bump stocks into the mix will do anything beyond muddling the mix even further is not explained, but then again, this isn’t about “common sense gun safety laws” or “stopping the violence” or “getting guns off the street” – this is about politics, and representative are grateful to get a pass on accountability if the bureaucrats can take the heat instead of having to vote on a “bipartisan” bill, which is also in the works. And giving the green light to the regulatory vs. legislative approach is NRA:

“The National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law. The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”

One additional wrinkle – by not being a “qualified product,” bump stocks may not be covered by the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, so having ATF reclassify them may absolve manufacturers from legal liability – although adding a transfer tax could conceivably kill the market.

Here’s the thing: Hard core gun owner advocates are having real problems with establishment types crafting compromises on mental health, on “Fix NICS” and on bump stocks. Republican majorities are in the House and in the Senate, and a Republican president is in the White House. They wouldn't be there were it not for gun owners. Why are we talking more “gun control”? And in spite of those majorities, it’s beginning to look like the much-trumpeted “national reciprocity” trade-off may be “going nowhere”.

 “[T]he Senate version … remains in the Senate Judiciary Committee and may never be presented for a vote as Democrats, and some Republicans, challenge supporters’ claims that national reciprocity would clarify confusion in negotiating the state-by-state matrix of concealed carry laws.”

Note no one who owes his position of power to gun owners is talking about challenging the Hughes Amendment. And far be it from anyone to propose overturning NFA ’34 altogether. Talk about something that clearly infringes on the very arms that have “some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia [or] that [are] part of the ordinary military equipment, or that … could contribute to the common defense.”

Instead, we’re being asked to help provide cover to rationalize yet another Intolerable Act, and this one with the sanction of our “gun rights leaders.”

If that doesn’t sit well with you, submit a comment on the proposed rule.

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Feel free to use any of the arguments presented here, or post insights of your own and share them with the rest of us in comments.

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Nikon LaserForce – Field Test and Performance Evaluation

Nikon LaserForce

U.S.A.-( Today, the development and combination of binocular and range finding system has become very popular among both hunters and target shooters alike. These systems eliminate the need to haul along both a set of binoculars, and a ranging system. This issue can be history with the swipe of a credit card.

That last part of the previous sentence is what can cause a good deal of pain in the wallet. However, with the release of the Nikon LaserForce offering in a binocular based ranging system the hunter or shooter can now have a very dependable ranging system to a distance of over one mile, and also retain a quality 10X42 binocular optic as well. For an MSRP figure of about $1200.00, I am willing to bet the Nikon system will end up as a unit that sells for a couple of hundred less than suggested retail.

Nikon LaserForce was taken afield during several big game hunts in western South Dakota this fall. In effect the unit was tasked to range big game targets, was applied to scouting expeditions, used for exact range marking in hot gunning areas, as well as being a working set of binoculars. I guess you could call it a one unit do it all system.

Designed as a 1,900-yard ranging system / binocular the LaserForce was first applied to some basic tests that involved up to one-mile targets. In heavy fog, the system returned the longest reading of 1,300 yards against a white rock that was just visible by eye, but well engulfed by ground fog. I was working from a position above the weather on a mountainside.

Training the unit on a target through window glass did not produce any digital image recording what so ever. A clean path between the unit and target must exist to gain a recording in the digital viewing area through the binoculars. When very flat surfaces were ranged the unit at times did not tend to function. In those weak target surface situations, I simply moved to a strong target image with good return features near the area I had first ranged my target, and the LaserForce produced digital readouts in clear bright red figures. After ranging, an image will be saved for up to eight seconds before a new laser strike is required.

In the field

When taken in the field, the Nikon binoculars system was not lightweight. However, that transfers to a well-built unit and it is just about the same weight as other advanced ranging systems that are built around binoculars. During testing in the field under real-time situations the unit was unintentionally dropped, coated in fine corn field dust most of the time, and subjected to air temperatures ranging from 75 F through 14 F. With quality soft rubber lens covers that stayed in place I was able to keep the glass clear regardless of the conditions encountered.

On the first day afield I was scouting mule deer for a friend on some local government land. We located deer near water and figured their pattern would not change as the season opened the next morning. Using the Nikon LaserForce system we ranged to the last yard several possible approach routes so as to get into rifle range. In effect, the ranging system allowed my buddy to detail a quick hand-drawn map so as to be able to move on the waterhole in the pre-dawn. As it all turned out, with exact measurements and a ground fog the next day he located a nice mule deer in the area he expected to find one and fill out his tag.

Designed as a 1,900-yard ranging system / binocular the LaserForce was first applied to some basic tests that involved up to one-mile targets.

The major testing of the ranging system came about when the South Dakota Missouri river area opened for deer. This was cornfield hunting and ranging quarter sections of both cut and standing corn became the task of the day for the Nikon rangefinder. On day three of the season, I located a good buck in a smaller corn field and established two range markers using wind conditions and movement by active farm machinery nearby. You could say best guess static location hunting was the system being employed. In this case, I was able to adjust my m.o.a. scope settings based on the real-time lasers findings and close to the end of shooting day put down a trophy whitetail at 451 laser ranged yards.

In terms of optical quality, this unit is first class and I would put it up against the best of the rest.

In terms of optical quality, this unit is first class and I would put it up against the best of the rest. At 10X fixed power, there is a sharp image that is brought into view by way of the center-mounted focus control.

Hit the send button and the laser sends back a very sharp and easy to read digital range figure. This readout is easy to read in all types of light condition. If you want to adjust the light settings which number four, the unit has a control to do so. I liked the bright #4 setting in that during most of my hunting light conditions were always changing,

Rangefinder accuracy was established against two other ranging system with testing out to 1000 yards.

In this case, all three units produced feedback ranging data within one yard of each other. The longest ranged target I tested against was a black cow, and the LaserForce recorded a range of 1,371 yards. Against reflective target, the unit will return data to 1,900 yards. My longest reflective target returned a readout of 1,600 yards. Being I do a great deal of long-range shooting to distances of up to one mile, I believe this system will fit long distance rifle shooters to a tee.

Mountain hunting sheep, elk, or deer, using the LaserForce returned data will allow the shooter to adjust his or her sights for correct bullet impact. In the case of the deer I harvested while working with the LaserForce unit I had ranged hay bails previously, and when my animal presented itself I know exactly where to place my m.o.a. dots on the warm target.

In terms of this review, I tend to base my findings on the fact that I have used other brands of ranging binoculars for time periods of up to a year in testing. In my opinion, the Nikon returns a level of quality data that can stand with the competition any day of the week and at a far more affordable price.

Ranging equipment has come a very long way in a short period of time. I remember almost like it was last week a time when the best we could do in sport hunting ranging was gaining usable data to about 400 yards.

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With more than 50 years experience in the field and the testing lab, author L.P. Brezny is one of today's most recognized shotgun experts and authors. He is a contributor to dozens of firearms publications, such as Wildfowl, Shotgun Sports, and Varmint Hunters, and he is a regular columnist in the Gun Digest annual. Be sure and check out his newest book: Long Range Shooting, Second Edition

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The Coal Hard Truth

Branco The Coal Hard Truth

USA -( The Coal Hard Truth

What does Robert Mueller deserve for Christmas? How about a lump of coal for avoiding the truth of no Russia-Trump collusion. Political Cartoon by A.F. Branco 2017.

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