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By Larry Keane If you thought Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke’s public pledge to confiscate AR-15’s was bold and shocking, buckle up for billionaire Michael Bloomberg. He’s again toying with a run at the White House and if he does, he’s already poured millions into turning elections into anti-gun referendums. This would be his all-out blitzkrieg […]
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SIG SAUER, Inc. is now shipping the semi-automatic SIG AIR ProForce M17 airsoft pistol.
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Futuristic new guns competing in the U.S. Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapons program were shown to the public this week.
Intended to replace the current standard M4 Carbine and M249 SAW light machine gun, the new NGSW contenders — which use 6.8mm (.277-caliber) hybrid ammunition with an EPR bullet– were on hand at the largest land warfare conference and tradeshow in North America: the Association of United States Army annual meeting (AUSA 2019) taking place this week in Washington DC.
While AUSA has lots of interesting new guns, such as Northrop Grumman’s new XM913 50mm Bushmaster Chain Gun and Rheinmetall’s new 130mm/L51 smoothbore tank gun, it was the NGSW candidates that drew crowds.
Military Times’ Gear Scout got up close to the MCX Spear entry from Sig Sauer, which notably features a free-floating reinforced M-LOK handguard, side-charging handle, fully ambidextrous controls, folding buttstock, and suppressor. When it comes to their ultra-light NGSW-AR, proposed to be the successor to the M249, the machine gun has AR-style ergonomics, quick detach magazines, a side-opening feed tray, increased 1913 rail space for night vision and enablers, a folding buttstock, and suppressor.
General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems, which is working with True Velocity and Beretta, showed off their new RM277 NGSW platform, a bullpup with lots of modularity. Notably, the gun uses True Velocity’s 6.8mm composite-cased cartridge, which has a “drastic reduction in cartridge weight and enhanced accuracy.”
Textron, which has subcontracted with ammo maker Winchester-Olin and firearms maker Heckler & Koch, was in attendance at AUSA with their new NSGW platforms as well. As noted by Soldier Systems, their program’s 6.8mm cartridge “performs similar to 270 WSM.”
Shephard Media’s Scott Gourley ran across the Textron design.
— Scott Gourley (@ScottGourley1) October 14, 2019
The three competitors are currently undergoing 27 months of testing. The Army plans to purchase 85,986 NGSW systems with an eye towards replacing guns in combat units first. Ultimately, the winner could stand to deliver 250,000 NGSWs and 150 million rounds of ammo plus options for further contracts.
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Featuring an adjustable Trinity Force Breach Brace, Springfield Armory’s latest SAINT pistol installment has hit the market.
Billed as being “Maximum Performance, Minimal Price,” the 5.56 NATO chambered pistol from the Illinois-based gun maker uses a 9.6-inch chrome moly vanadium while the adjustable brace “provides enhanced stability and meets ATF requirements for pistol classification,” as noted by SA.
Other features include a forged 7075 T6 upper and lower receiver, as well as a shot-peened and magnetic particle inspected M16 bolt carrier group machined from Carpenter 158 steel. The gun sports a BCM Gunfighter PMCR two-piece handguard with M-LOK-attachment points and a BCM Mod. 3 pistol grip. The upper is optics ready while the steel gas block is topped with a Pic rail.
Weight is 5.5-pounds unloaded while the pistol runs measures 25.75 to 28.25 inches long due to the adjustable nature of the brace.
MSRP is set at $849 and the pistol comes standard with a single 30-round Magpul Gen M3.
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In the year 2000, Mark Muller, president of Max Motors, purchased a run-down ranch near Amoret, Missouri.
“The point of it was to get my kids out of the city,” said Muller. “And let them go pee in a stream and take a .22 down in the woods and go squirrel hunting and ride a dirt bike and have some freedom.”
That same year, Muller invited the men of his family to the ranch for the 10-day Missouri whitetail deer hunting season. It happens every November, and it has come to be known simply as Deer Camp, and it is now a tradition amongst the crew.
“Deer Camp is about men getting together, celebrating our manhood, eating, drinking and doing what we want to do. It’s all about God, country, family and celebrating the rights we have and taking the harvest off the land,” said Muller.
“A lot of people don’t get it,” said Marko. “You go to the supermarket and you can buy a steak. You can buy chicken, but they don’t understand what it’s like to actually go out into nature and hunt and harvest your own meat.”
Less than 24-hours after shooting his deer, he had it butchered and a hindquarter cooked on the smoker — ready for dinner. The family gathered around, bowed their heads and gave thanks.
“It makes you feel a lot more proud and accomplished… that we’re eating something that I literally just killed a day ago,” said Marko.
One thing that has concerned Muller is passing the hunting tradition, and his deer camp, to the younger generation. At last year’s event, he officially invited his sons to carry the torch. To his delight, they agreed.
“We will carry on this tradition. For sure. We like it too much.” said Marko.
“My dad started something that’s really beautiful here. It would be a shame if we didn’t continue that,” said Mark’s youngest son, Matthew.
So it looks like Muller’s Deer Camp is here to stay. God Bless America.
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There’s plenty of shotgun ammo floating around the market, but it’s not all created equal. Before grabbing some off the shelf it’s helpful to know which is best suited for your planned shotgun outing. With multiple sized gauges to choose from, which one should you nab? The Guns.com staff has the details on the best gauge for each purpose.Deer Hunting
For deer hunters opting for a shotgun over a rifle chamberings in 12-gauge and 16-gauge offer the most effectiveness with some hunters beefing up to 10-gauge. If you are looking to take advantage of the range envelope provided by jacketed sabot slugs and you don’t mind a stout recoil, then a bolt action slug gun like the Savage 212 or Browning A-Bolt would suit you well. Winchester and Hornady both make excellent slug ammo to accompany deer hunters.
If slugs are off-limits in your locale, look to 00 buck or 000 buck as your next go-to ammo to humanely harvest a whitetail. Anything down to a 20-gauge will work for deer, especially if you want less recoil. Depending on state conservation regulations, some recoil-timid hunters have had good luck with .410 slugs, especially in the Southeast at close range and with the right load. A word of caution though – make sure to put in some practice ahead of the season to perfect those ethical shots so you’re ready when that big buck comes strolling by.Bird Hunting
When it comes to bagging birds, there are multiple factors at play when deciding on ammo. Bird hunters must take into consideration shotgun choke and barrel length as well as the type of game being hunted and distances. Further, here is where niche bores like 28-gauge really shine. That being said, big-name manufacturers like Federal, Winchester, and Fiocchi have made it easy for consumers offering a variety of loads specific to the bird hunt. As each bird species requires its own load, it’s easiest to nab a box of ammo from one of the aforementioned manufacturers. A simple rule of thumb is to make sure to match the picture on the box to the bird you’re hunting and you’re good to go.
In the end, it’s best to match ammo to your shotgun keeping in mind the amount of recoil you can handle. Again, take some time to practice with your chosen platform spend some time before hitting the field.Home Defense
Word of warning before we dive in – always check with your local and state laws regarding home defense regulation so you know what is and isn’t permissible in your area.
For home defense ammo, the best gauge is always the one you’re going to train with and can accurately manage under stress. A common misconception is that little aiming is required with shotguns, but that is a myth that we’re here to bust. While a 12-gauge will, yes, likely not need quite as much precision as a 9mm bullet, those stocking a shotgun for home defense still need to be able to accurately hit a target.
While some say a slug or 00 buck is best for home defense, other experts argue those loads are too much and risk penetrating walls. Ultimately, it comes down to pairing your load to your overall defense plan. The ammo you choose is a personal choice depending on how your home is constructed and who lies within those walls.Conclusion
At the end of the day, the best way to find the right gauge for you is to take a few out for a test run. After you narrow down what the purpose is, rent some shotguns at the range or grab a buddy’s and run some ammo through it to see what works best for you.
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a raft of new gun control measures that will increase concealed carry fees, expand red flag laws and more.
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Anchors and producers for several ABC News programs found themselves in hot water this week when they mistook (or intentionally misrepresented) footage from a gun range in Kentucky for battlefield video from the conflict between Turkish and Kurdish forces in Syria.
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So you’ve purchased a handgun for daily carry and taken that first step toward getting some training, be it a state-mandated carry course or perhaps an NRA basic class. Where do you go from there?
The new Bushnell Nitro spotter deserves a long, hard look for those hunters and shooters in the market. Here’s why.The Specs
Our model is the 20-60x65mm with an angled eyepiece, though straight is also available. Our 20-60 power magnification scope with its 65-millimeter objective lens provides a 110-foot/50-foot field of view. Eye relief is a generous 16-millimeters, with an exit pupil measurement of 3.4mm. The overall length is 15.7-inches, putting the Nitro right in line with comparable units. The weight is 55.7-ounces or just over three pounds. The sturdy magnesium build and rubberized coating make it both easily packable and durable. We have no concerns tucking it into the side pouch of our hunting packs in the field nor toting it through rugged terrain and brush.
In a thoughtful move, the company also includes a small, self-contained lens cloth that can attach to the scope in multiple locations. The Nitro spotter ships in a semi-rigid black zipper case with a molded interior, keeping it well-protected for travel to and from hunting locations or range sessions.
The Nitro is neither top of the line, nor the bottom of the heap for optics. In fact, it’s nicely positioned about 2/3 up the pike, with quality to match higher-priced competitors. Only the Forge line from Bushnell sits above the Nitro. While the 15-45×65 Nitro Compact retails for $599.99, our 20-60x65mm lists at $749.99.
We went more in-depth on the new Bushnell lines of riflescopes when they debuted in 2018. The Nitro specifically has a mid-price point that appeals to the everyday hunter who expects performance but doesn’t want to break the piggy bank. There are always questions surrounding the lower end of any company’s lines, the mid and upper echelon Nitro and Forge models are among our favorite riflescopes. It’s no surprise that the Nitro Spotting Scope impresses equally well.
We made extensive use of it during recent range sessions that involved both zeroing rifles and shooting out to 400-yards. The Nitro is no slouch saved only for range use, though it did excel alongside a shooting bench. The angled eyepiece is ideal for viewing from both seated and more mobile positions, as in action hunting terrain where rocks, ridges, and swales prevail.
This Nitro spotter is in line for some heavy use during big game seasons in the western US, where its clarity and features will be welcome and easy on the eyes as we glass for game such as pronghorn, mule deer, bison, and elk. The glass is quality, fully coated, nitrogen-purged, fog-proof and of IPX7 waterproof construction. Its magnesium chassis with a rubberized coating is both durable and practical. A rotating tripod ring makes the scope even more comfortable and user-friendly in awkward field positions. That ring is quick to adjust with the twist dial near the base. At the bottom of the rotating ring is the spotter’s integral tripod mounting plate, which makes quick attachments to any standard base.The Ironclad Warranty
It’s difficult to recommend an optic these days if it doesn’t come with a solid lifetime warranty, especially for hunters who are not notoriously gentle on their gear. The new Bushnell is no exception. That Ironclad Warranty on the Nitro covers the lifetime of any product made on or after April 2017. Per the company’s website, “If this product isn’t working properly due to a covered defect, we will, at our option, either repair or replace the product and ship it back to you at no charge. This warranty is fully transferable and does not require a receipt, warranty card, or product registration.”Conclusion
Whether in the market glassing long-range big game or setting it up for some serious range sessions–or even attaching a cell phone for some fantastic magnified wild game camerawork–Bushnell’s new Nitro Spotting Scope marks an ideal, mid-range price-point with top-end quality.
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A bolt action that shoots sub-MOA right out of the box is becoming a must among new rifles these days. But this is no rifle. It’s the new Nosler M48 Independence bolt-action HANDGUN. Here’s why hunters need to take note.Meet the M48 Independence
The new Nosler M48 Independence is a single shot, bolt action handgun built to be the best-of-the-best in terms of accuracy in a hunting handgun. The 15-inch stainless, heavy contour barrel has a threaded muzzle for either a suppressor or brake.
An exceptional two-stage trigger rivals that of target rifles, and a CNC-machined aircraft-grade aluminum single-piece chassis-style stock rounds out the package. The action is bedded and the barrel free-floated. Both the barreled action and stock are coated in Cerakote, in Matte Black and Gun Metal Gray, respectively. While the M48 ships with a Hogue Overmolded pistol grip, it’s designed to accept most AR-15 grips. The handgun weighs in at six-and-a-half pounds sans scope or accouterments.
The Independence comes quickly on the heels of the M48 NCH (that’s Nosler Custom Handgun). The M48 fills a big void left almost 20-years ago when Remington pulled their XP100 bolt-handguns. Each M48 Independence is machined and built from U.S.-made parts by the gunsmiths in Bend, Oregon.
Calibers include 22 Nosler, 24 Nosler, 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm-08 Rem, and .308 Win.
The MSRP may sound steep at $2,495, but this beauty fills a rather small but very demanding niche.Range Time
The mid-grip stock is somewhat foreign to those of us accustomed predominately to rifle and traditional pistol or revolver hunting. The mid-grip positioning is ideal for creating balance on the handgun which would be front-heavy with that 15-inch barrel and a more standard rear grip. At over seven pounds with an optic, the M48 is as heavy as many bolt-action rifles, but that weight is welcome in such a precision handgun. That heavy build helps make recoil manageable, especially when firing traditional rifle chamberings.
The cross-bolt safety is nicely positioned, and its inset design allows easy tactile reinforcement as to its position. When controlled from either side, the safety can be moved quietly, which is a consideration for stealthy hunters. Though some will wish for larger calibers, the range of short action chamberings is more than adequate to take down medium to larger game animals.Accuracy Testing
The M48 Independence is not cheap, but it exudes all-American quality and easily achieves sub-MOA performance. In the hands of a capable handgunner, the M48 will outshoot many rifles. My hunting partner, Stan Pate, and I headed to the range with a healthy mix of premium factory 6mm Creedmoor ammunition from Nosler, Hornady, and Federal.
The 1:7.5-inch twist rate of our 6mm Creedmoor’s barrel stabilized the range of bullets from 70 to 105-grains with ease. Pate fired a best three-shot group of just 0.575-inch with Hornady Varmint Express. Every one of his groups, regardless of ammo, was easily sub-MOA. In addition to the bedded action, quality barrel and aluminum stock the trigger aides greatly in accuracy. Nosler’s two-stage, fully adjustable trigger broke crisply at 3.25 pounds on our Lyman digital Pull Gauge.
Though the M48 Independence does not come from the factory as a combo, our T&E gun was initially wearing a Leupold 2.5-8x Vari-X III handgun scope. That’s a fine piece of glass and held up its end of the accuracy bargain. The problem, however, is that we couldn’t get that handgun optic mounted far enough forward on the mid-grip Nosler to make it comfortable to shoot from a natural position. The quick answer here is a simple one, mount a riflescope instead.
In keeping with the American-made theme, we swapped in an older Leupold 4-12X40 duplex rifle scope. That optic change allowed us both to get comfortable behind the Independence. Whatever you do, give this baby some good glass, because it can reach out.
While this is not a budget gun accessible to the masses, it’s no one-trick pony either. The Nosler M48 Independence does it all, from varmint hunting to bigger game hunting. Nosler’s brand of Independence means an American-made, custom-quality, bolt action, dead-accurate hunting handgun. Let freedom—and steel–ring.
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For those looking for a GI M1911 with classic Great War styling without the classic Great War price, Colt could have just the ticket.
Teased by the Colt Collector’s Association as coming soon, the new Colt Black 1911 Black Army is listed on the company’s website as a “vintage limited run.”
The so-called “Black Army” .45s is a term often used by collectors to describe the late World War I finish techniques applied to Colt’s 1911s from about mid-1918 through early 1919. Although given the standard brushed Carbonia Blue finish, like the pistols that preceded them, it was applied to more roughly finished frames and slides, which resulted in a noticeably darker hue that looked almost black in certain light. As few of these wartime guns escaped later arsenal parkerization and modification to the follow-on M1911A1 standard, correct “Black Army” models are highly sought after, commanding prices in the $7K range.
Colt’s new take on the Black Army of yesteryear carries a dark matte blued finish complete with the vintage longslide’s replicated rollmarks and inspector’s marks. While externally it looks ready to crawl across No Man’s Land in the hands of a Doughboy to hunt for the Kaiser– with a smooth straight mainspring housing, WWI style manual thumb safety, and lanyard loop– on the inside, it is a 70 Series Colt.
MSRP is $999, a price that puts it on par with the current production Colt 1991 Government. Sorry, due to state restrictions in California, Massachusetts, and Maryland, it is not compliant in those states– even though its ancestor was a hundred years ago.
A team organized by CZ-USA this month managed to obliterate Guinness world record for clays shooting that has stood since 2005.
An official Guinness World Records attempt, the group aimed to break a previous Guinness record for the most sporting clays shot by a five-person team in 12 hours. That standing record, for 4,602 targets, was set by a team at UK’s Kent Gun Club in March 2005.
The new record– a staggering 14,176 clays– was set at the Powder Creek Shooting Park in Lenexa, Kansas, over the weekend.
This month’s five-member team– spearheaded by David Miller, CZ-USA’s shotgun manager, and pro-shooter– was composed of avid youth shotgunners who had previously participated in an A.I.M. or SCTP competitive shotgun shooting event. The members, chosen by CZ through an essay contest, were Levi Henrichs, Makayla Scott, Jessica Strasser, and Weston Zolck.View this post on Instagram
14,167 clays in 12 hours! Congrats to our team of five on a new World Record using their CZ 1012s! #Repost @jamespinsky • • • • • • @czusafieldsports @czusafirearms David Miller(center), and his team of four youth shooters, (left to right) Weston Zolck, Makayla Scott, Jessica Strasser, and Levi Henricks, set a new world record for the number of sporting clays broken in a 12-hour period by a five-person team with 14,167. #cz1012 #czshotguns #semiautoshotgun #semiauto #worldrecord #clayshooting #claytargetshooting #czusafieldsports #youthshootingsports #sctp #aim #rkba #pro2a #shallnotbeinfringed #repealthenfa #nationalcarryreciprocity
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“This new world record took a great deal of practice, commitment and concentration,” said Miller in a statement. “And these young shooters never faltered! I’m very proud of these young people and their stellar work ethic. This new world record could not have been set without their dedication to excellence.”View this post on Instagram
Jessica Strasser, one of four youth shooters on the @czusafieldsports @czusafirearms 5-person sporting clays world record setting team, preps her hands for a few more hours of shooting. The team set a world record for the number of broken clays by a 5-person team in a 12-hour period braking more than 9000 clays so far.
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The team fired Aguila shells and used CZ’s new 1012 series shotguns, and the attempt was held on Oct. 12 as a reference to the design. Using a gas-less spring bolt operating system, CZ says the 1012s run cleaner and more reliably than contemporary semi-auto shotguns on the consumer market.
CZ has five initial models of the 12 gauge 1012 headed to the market, all with 28-inch vent ribbed barrels with a 3-inch chamber and a 4+1 magazine tube. The overall length is 49 inches while the average weight is a handy 6.5-pounds, which should have a broad appeal to a diverse range of sportsmen.
All have a cross-bolt safety and 14.5-inch length-of-pull. Each shotgun ships with five extended chokes with an MSRP ranging from $659 to $749 depending on the model.
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ATN ups the ante for tech-savvy hunters hoping to catch every moment in the field with the X-Sight 4K Buckhunter 3-14X smart Ultra HD daytime hunting scope.
Packed with features to make any tech-head’s mouth water, the X-Sight 4K Buckhunter goes beyond the standard riflescope, offering HD quality video recording and streaming. Using an Ultra High Definition 4K sensor, the X-Sight provides clear, full-color images. The digital scope allows hunters to catch their hunt in 1080p resolution to share with friends, family and, who knows, make you an Insta-Famous.
The scope offers a magnification of 3-14X with a 460-foot field of view and 90mm of eye relief. In addition to recording capabilities, the scope also features a nifty dual-stream option allowing shooters to simultaneously record video to the microSD card while also streaming in HD.
Sachal Baig with ATN told Guns.com that the dual-stream option goes beyond hunters with an online presence, reaching educators and even veterans.
“It can be used in various settings, for example, if you are teaching a new shooter how to shoot, by streaming a live feed to your phone or tablet, you can see exactly what the shooter is looking at with his/her scope and you can advise them on where to shoot. You can see what they are doing before and after they pull the trigger,” Baig explained. “We have seen customers using this feature with wounded veterans as a guide was able to see exactly where the shooter was pointing and could tell them when to pull the trigger.”
In addition to the dual-stream feature, the X-Sight 4K Buckhunter also provides a smart rangefinder, integrated ballistic calculator, electronic compass, recoil activated video and one-shot zero where shooters can sight in the scope with, you guessed it, one shot.
The X-Sight 4K Buckhunter brings a weather-resistant design to the table with battery life around 18+ hours, thanks to that lithium-ion design. Measuring 13.8-inches by 3-inches by 3-inches, the riflescope tips scales at around 2-pounds. Built from hardened aluminum alloy, the scope offers impact-resistant properties that coincide with high caliber shooting.
The X-Sight 4K Buckhunter 3-14X ships with eyecup, scope cover, USB-C cable, sunshade, and lens tissue. Retailing for $599, Guns.com is currently giving one of these bad boys away along with $100 worth of ammunition — winner’s choosing.
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Guns.com, the country’s go-to site for gun industry news and great deals on firearms, proudly announces today the expansion of their website to include a wide range of ammo, magazine, and optics.
The new Guns.com website features a clean, modern design that allows visitors to easily seek out and find the best deals on not only the guns they want but also those much-needed firearm accessories– all without the hassle. Although Guns.com remains proud of its legacy and reputation in the industry, the company has listened to customer feedback and is bringing more options to the savvy consumer.
“User-friendly and easy to navigate, we designed the new website and accompanying product line expansion with the customer’s needs foremost in mind,” said Chris Callahan, Guns.com’s President. “We already carry more than 10,000 firearms at any given time between our Vault of Certified Used Guns and new models available.”
Callahan continued, “Now to that, we have added thousands of new ammunition and magazine choices from household names that people love such as Federal, Hornady, and Remington. Coupled with optics lines from the likes of Trijicon, Sig Sauer, and Nikon — as well as both factory and reliable aftermarket magazine choices– and we have a winning one-stop combination for those who just flat out love guns.”
To check out Guns.com’s expanded new lines, as well as their new and used guns, simply visit the site.About Guns.com
Guns.com started in 2011 with one person and a laptop. With the goal of creating a website where gun enthusiasts could come for news, product reviews, and the latest information on the issues that impact gun owners, Guns.com rapidly grew into the most trusted source of information about guns online. In those years, we have published thousands of articles and reviews, keeping gun owners in the know about the issues they care about. Now, in addition to being your dependable source for news, we have evolved into an online marketplace that celebrates gun ownership.
Over the years, the Guns.com team talked to thousands of firearm enthusiasts, store owners, manufacturers, and industry organizations. It became apparent that the process of buying a gun online was too cumbersome, slow, and confusing. We set about to change that. And so, we began the process of building a better way to buy guns online – one that brought ease and savings to customers, while protecting and growing local gun store owner revenue. Today, this has evolved to include thousands of offerings covering ammunition, optics, magazines and other shooting accessories.
We want our customers to be completely satisfied with their purchases and will do our best to make sure that happens.
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What happens when a virulent anti-gun activist gets ahold of a journal’s entire October issue?
The SIG MPX Copperhead is a sub-gun with in-field adaptability, unmatched performance, and familiar AR handling.
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Preparation is key to a successful hunt and while it’s easy to remember the most obvious items like camo, arrows and your deer tag; there’s more to deer hunting than just shooting the animal you’re after. With that in mind let’s go over a few things you can do to ensure a successful hunt.DO Prepare Your Equipment
Besides a standard checklist of the necessities – zeroed rifle, ammo, knife, hunter orange, etc – it’s a great idea to also have an equipment readiness checklist. Check scope rings and action screws as well as any mechanics that could cause issues in the field before heading out to make sure it all works properly.
I prefer to test fire my hunting rifles just before the hunt. This not only serves as a function test but also works to foul the bore. Leaving my barrels fouled before a hunt, I find they shoot more predictably in the field. Make sure you also have the tools on hand necessary to service your equipment should it be needed.
In addition to primary equipment, it’s always helpful to have backups available in the event there is an issue or problem. I always bring at least two guns and enough ammo for both. A broken firing pin could end a once in a lifetime hunt, bringing a second rifle could prove to be a lifesaver.DON’T Forget to Bring Comforts
So many deer hunts can be miserable due to a lack of simple preparation. Hunts are hard enough on their own, but they’re made worse when you are tired, hungry and cold. Spend adequate time preparing little things to make your trip into the wild more comfortable. Even in you aren’t successful in your hunt, at least you’ll be comfortable.
A foam pad to sit on in the snow or a mosquito net to keep biting bugs at bay or even a good trekking pole is a must for a more comfortable time in the field. Also, invest in a couple of pairs of shoes – boots for the trails and a comfy pair of sneakers to change back into at camp. Extra clothes, back-pack, cold-weather, and rain gear can all be the last thread keeping you from folding.
Again, make sure you have two of everything vital to the hunt and your survival.DO Prepare for the Harvest
Sometimes we hunters focus solely on the hunt and neglect to prep for the harvest. It may seem like counting chickens before they hatch, but good preparation for this shows diligence towards our goal. Being committed to the goal will help keep hunters in the right state of mind.
A cooler full of ice, several knives, rope, and other tools to properly handle a downed animal will ensure the meat doesn’t spoil and nothing is wasted. Depending on the terrain you hunt, you may want to have alternative strategies to extract your quarry such as handcarts or sleds.DON’T Neglect Your Body
The exhaustive labor involved in hunting can tax the human body like few other things. Do yourself a favor and get your body in shape before the season starts. Good nutrition and sleep are always helpful before and during hunting season. Everyone’s body is different and needs its own care regimen prior to exerting the load of a big hunt. Find out what works best for you — whether it’s diet or exercise — to be in your best shape. It not only will make your hunt better but will also keep you safer in the wilderness.Final Thoughts
I’ve been on a few deer hunts over the years and nothing teaches you a lesson better than being unprepared. With that in mind, save yourself some heartaches by prepping prior to heading into the field.
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