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Hunting With a Rifle or a Bow: What’s Best For New Hunters?

Gun News Daily - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 09:04

For many folks, hunting is not just a sport or hobby but a way to get back to something more valued. That may be conservation or simply the basics of interacting with nature and testing one’s skills of survival. While many who hunt do not “need” to do so for survival, they still use the […]

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Rhode Island: Senate Judiciary Committee Will Consider Two Gun Control Bills Next Week

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 14:13
A pair of gun bills which were introduced and heard earlier in the session are back.
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Kamala Harris and the News Media Don’t Know What They Don’t Know

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 14:12
By now gun owners have become accustomed to a certain measure of ignorance from anti-gun politicians and their lapdogs in the mainstream press on matters of firearms policy. It’s the flamboyant stridency of that ignorance that remains shocking.
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Illinois: Your Action Needed – Contact Your State Representative in Opposition to FOID Fee Increase

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 13:12
Your NRA-ILA has learned that anti-gun Illinois legislators are attempting to introduce a new amendment to gun control legislation, Senate Bill 1966.
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Bloomberg Course Continues Bloomberging Rights Away

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 12:56
Week two of the Bloomberg school massive open online course on “Reducing Gun Violence” ran the same week that one of the lecturers was in the news for exclusionary comments that apply more readily to his course than to the intended target.  
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New Federal Law Will Promote Target Range Development on Public Lands

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 12:54
On May 10, President Trump signed the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act  into law. This NRA-backed law will help promote firearm safety and training and enjoyment of the shooting sports by freeing up more federal funds for use in public shooting range development and construction.
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Democrats Now Opposed to Safe Neighborhoods?

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 12:53
Ever since taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats have been waging an unprecedented assault on the Second Amendment. Led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali.), the caucus has been an entity in virtual lock-step promoting a laundry list of today’s most popular anti-gun proposals. Whether it is banning semi-automatic firearms and placing limitations on magazine capacities, pushing “universal” background checks, imposing potentially endless waiting periods, or trying to use financial institutions to drive their political agenda, anti-gun Democrats are looking to exploit every opportunity they can to promote their attacks on our freedoms.
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Maryland: Governor Hogan Vetoes Legislation to Repeal Handgun Permit Review Board

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 11:57
Today, Governor Larry Hogan vetoed House Bill 1343 /Senate Bill 1000, legislation to repeal the Handgun Permit Review Board.
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Louisiana: House Passes Pro-Gun Preemption Legislation

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 11:44
Earlier this week, the Louisiana House passed pro-gun legislation, House Bill 281 by a 68 to 30 vote
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Mexican Security Specialist to Joe Rogan: Eric Holder Should Be In Jail for Fast & Furious

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 08:56

Eric Holders should be in jail, says Ed Calderon, a security specialist and combatives instructor with over 10 years experience in public safety working the northern border area of Mexico.

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Inter Ordnance Announces IO XB 12 ga Bullpup Shotgun (VIDEO)

General Gun News - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 08:00

Florida-based Inter Ordnance this week announced they now are shipping the Kral-manufactured IO XB bullpup shotgun under their banner.

I.O. is typically known for their AK and AR offerings and the XB is imported from Turkey, where Kral markets the magazine-fed 12 gauge internationally as the Tristar Compact series. Using an AK-style action inside a polymer bullpup stock, the XB features a 3-inch chamber and an 18.5-inch barrel length while coming in at just 30.5-inches overall.

Weight is 8.5-pounds and the gun comes with a top Picatinny rail and smaller accessory rails. (Photo: I.O.)

While the above video says the shotgun is available in FDE and black, a release from I.O. also says it is available in an olive green color as well. The shotgun ships with three interchangeable chokes, flip up sights, a carrying handle with integrated sights, and two five-round polymer body magazines. MSRP is $759.

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NEW TRUGLO BOWFISHING EZ•REST™

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 07:19

Now, a bowfishing-specific version of the popular EZ•REST is available for archers who enjoy the summer thrill of bowfishing.

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Texas: Urge Texas Senate to Adopt Conference Report on HB 1177, NRA-Backed Evacuation Carry Bill

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 07:13
The Texas Legislature will wrap up over Memorial Day weekend, but there's one more piece of pro-gun legislation they need to pass.
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Full Auto Friday: Colt Monitor Edition (VIDEOS)

General Gun News - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 06:30

Capable emptying a 20-round magazine of .30-06 rounds in under three seconds when cyclic, the Colt Monitor could bring it when needed. (Photo: Springfield Armory National Historic Site, courtesy of Alex MacKenzie, curator)

With the 85th anniversary this week of the last time Bonnie and Clyde went for a quiet country drive, we give you the elusive yet famous Colt Monitor.

Essentially a commercial variant of the World War I-era M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle made with a few tweaks by Colt, the R80 Monitor Automatic Machine Rifle was pitched for use by police, security and prison guards. However, as it was introduced in 1931, prior to the National Firearms Act, it initially could be sold over the counter and via mail order.

In The Highwaymen, a recent Netflix film starring Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson as the real-life former Texas Rangers Frank Hamer and Maney Gault on their quest to stop the notorious criminals Bonnie and Clyde, Costner/Hamer is shown early in the movie picking up a Colt Monitor at a local gun shop, no stamps required. He also grabs a Smith & Wesson M1917, Remington Model 11, 1903 Springfield, Thompson SMG, and other assorted goodies.

While past Bonnie & Clyde films have focused on and in many cases even romanticized the career outlaw and his (Tommy) gun moll paramour, The Highwaymen focuses on Hamer and Gault and the fateful day on a Louisiana road on May 23, 1934, where the two duos intersected.

The Monitor is upgraded from the standard M1918 BAR, with a redesigned stock to include a pistol grip, a shorter fore-end, different sights, and an 18-inch barrel outfitted with a giant Cutts Compensator. It also ditched the bipod legs of the military version. The result was a LMG that was a good bit handier than its Great War-era forerunner.

The 16-pound Monitor, like the BAR, was chambered in .30-06 Springfield and used a 20-round detachable box magazine. It had a 500-round-per-minute rate of fire. (Photo: Springfield Armory National Historic Site, courtesy of Alex MacKenzie, curator)

Note the massive compensator. It should be noted that earlier in the 1920s, Colt made the early Auto Ordnance Thompson submachine guns which also included a Cutts. (Photo: Springfield Armory National Historic Site, courtesy of Alex MacKenzie, curator)

The Monitor and the BAR are noticeably different when compared side-by-side.

Colt only made about 125 Monitors, with the majority of those going on to be used by the FBI. Pitched in 1933 to Director J. Edgar Hoover personally, the guns cost $300 “with spare parts and accessories.” This translates to over $5,000 in today’s dollars, which points at why more weren’t sold.

As noted by Historical G-Men, a site that has a great section on the Monitor, FBI training documents of the era had agents qualify at 50, 100, and 200 yards with the Monitor, firing 20 rounds at each stage in a combination of single, burst and automatic fire. A 1934 distribution list shows plans to divvy 86 of the guns up across the country at nearly three dozen FBI offices from Boston to San Francisco.

Hamer’s Monitor, reportedly SN C-103168, was acquired directly from Colt and not bought at a local gun shop. It was used on that day in 1934 by a sheriff’s deputy in Hamer’s group and is now in the Texas Rangers Museum.

While Colt made few of the guns themselves, both the 8mm Mauser-chambered Polish Browning (Fabryka Karabinów) wz. 1928 and the Belgian FN Model 1930 light machine guns owed at least some licensing to Colt’s previous BAR versions, and both of those types saw service in Europe during WWII. Colt had better results with their earlier R75 military model gun, which they sold extensively in Latin America.

Today, Colt Monitors are extremely rare, with a transferable model selling last year at Rock Island Auction for $115,000. The Springfield Armory National Historic Site has one in their collection, which they have graciously photographed for this article.

(Photo: Springfield Armory National Historic Site, courtesy of Alex MacKenzie, curator)

Guns.com also spotted what looks to be one at the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis earlier this year.

That Cutts Compensator, tho. The gun is labeled by the IWM as an M1918 BAR. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Until you can get out to one of these great museums, find yourself in a forgotten FBI armory, or save $100K for your own Monitor, you can always catch the gun on the silver screen. A Colt R80 appears not only in The Highwayman in several cameos but also in the 2013 film Bonnie and Clyde, in the hands of John Hurt who portrays Frank Hamer.

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Memorial Day Salute: The Venerable Springfield 1903

General Gun News - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 06:00

If you are looking for your own piece of history, this circa 1918 Springfield Model 1903 is in our vault currently and is looking for a forever home.

In honoring those who have sacrificed while serving in the United States Armed Forces, we look at perhaps the longest-serving firearm in the U.S. military, the M1903 rifle.

First prototyped in 1900, the Mauser-style bolt-action Springfield service rifle was intended to replace the only recently adopted .30-40 caliber Krag-Jørgensen series of rifles which were found to have been less than stellar in service when fighting the Spanish in Cuba in 1898.

Type classified and adopted in 1903, the guns initially had a series of teething problems in their early life — including the personal intervention by President Theodore Roosevelt into the design of the rifle’s bayonet — but were soon equipping both the Army and Navy.

Noted for its accuracy, the M1903 was soon the standard rifle at the National Matches and is still seen at Camp Perry today. Here, Ohio National Guard Col. Charles B. Winder, a well-known marksman who in the 1908 Olympics won a gold medal in the team military rifle event, fires a Springfield. (Photo: Library of Congress)

There had been over 800,000 M1903s produced by the time the U.S. entered World War I in 1917.

The “ought-three” saw some of its first combat service with the Navy and Marines ashore in Haiti, Central America, and Mexico as early as 1914. These armed sailors, from the battleship New Jersey in 1915, have the newly issued rifle. (U.S. Navy Photo)

Serving “Over There” in France during the Great War in 1917-18, the M1903 was augmented in service by the Remington, Winchester, and Eddystone Arsenal-produced M1917 Enfield, also chambered in .30-06. However, the Springfield was still considered the primary rifle of the U.S. Army until the semi-automatic M1 Garand was adopted in 1937.

When the U.S. entered World War II in 1941, although the M1 was officially “king” in the Army, the Marines still used the M1903 throughout the early campaigns in the Pacific including the defense of Wake Island and Guadalcanal.

This M1903, currently in the collection of the U.S. Marine Corps Museum, was used by Marines defending the outnumbered outpost at Wake Island. The Japanese captured it when they took the island in December 1941 and reissued it. The Marine unit accepting the Japanese surrender at the end of the war recovered the weapon. (Photo: USMC Museum)

Further, a modified version of the rifle, the M1903A3, was produced by Remington Arms and Smith-Corona during WWII for issue to support units and as military aid to allies. In all, more than 3 million 1903s came off the assembly lines by 1945, ending the rifle’s 42-year production run. Specially equipped M1903A4 versions, complete with Weaver optics, were issued to snipers and remained in limited service until as late as the 1960s.

The M1903 was at D-Day, as witnessed by the gear carried by these U.S. Army troops in the Signal Corps photo from June 6, 1944. An M1903 is to the far left and stands out in the landing craft full of M1 Carbines. (Photo: U.S. National Archives)

Although the M14 had replaced the M1 Garand and was itself phased out in favor of the M16 in the 1960s, thousands of M1903 Springfields continued to serve in the armories of Navy and Coast Guard ships as well as for drill purposes throughout the military during the Vietnam and Cold War-eras.

Today, the M1903, out of production for more than 70 years, still pops up in the hands of those on color guard details, in base historical display museums to allow those serving today to better understand what past Soldiers and Marines carried into battle, and on Coast Guard vessels converted for use as line throwing guns.

The M1903 continues to soldier on with the military in a variety of uses (Photos: U.S. Department of Defense)

On a recent tour of the Civilian Marksmanship Program warehouse in Anniston, Alabama, the non-profit had just received several M1903 drill rifles from the Army, seen here sandwiched between M1s in their shop racks. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Odds are, the last American serviceman to hold an M1903 hasn’t been born yet.

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Savage MSR-15 224 Valkyrie

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 15:43

Savage has been teasing us with an entry into the 224 Valkyrie arena since January, and today it is finally a reality. Fittingly, and maybe surprisingly, the first Savage in caliber is an MSR or Modern Sporting Rifle.

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Springfield’s New 10mm XD-M OSP is Optics & Suppressor Ready

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 15:20

10mm ammo is getting popular, again, and Springfield Armory has added a 10mm to their XD-M OSP lineup. This gun is both optics and suppressor-ready, plus all the things you love about the XD-M.

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Which gun is best for home defense? Handgun, shotgun, & AR-15 all work, but the AR-15 might be your best choice

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 14:21

Let's take a closer look at the most common home defense guns – handguns, shotguns and the AR-15 – and compare them. At least this should help make the choice a little easier and may give you solid reasons for choosing a particular gun, other than that's the gun someone told you is the best.

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Factory to Table Part – 2: The Trash Panda Silencer by Q

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 13:51

Wanting to take advantage of the 300 Blackout cartridge, in Part 2 I wind up back at Q in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to build a silencer, this time helped by Mitch Lessard…

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Illinois FOID Card Reform Legislation Will Increase Costs, Red Tape & Confiscation

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 13:29

Illinois lawmakers are currently considering legislation to overhaul the state’s FOID (Firearm Owner Identification) card process.

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