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These are the tips and tricks you, as a woman, can use to make your way through the world of concealed carry gun ownership. The great thing about them is they really do work across the board.
The Phantom Jig really makes it possible for the “garage builder” or “kitchen table gunsmith” to build a 1911. You need a drill press, a sturdy vise, and some elbow grease.
Bird hunting may seem intimidating on the onset, especially if you don’t come from a family of hunters, but a great way to get your feet wet is with a little waterfowl action. If you’ve always wanted to head to the marshes for ducks or geese but missed the ponds last season, here are some reasons you should make it a point to go waterfowling later this year.
Waterfowl were my first hunting foray and it didn’t take long to get hooked on wing-shooting these high-speed birds. If you like shooting shotguns at all, then going after ducks is an incredible and fun challenge. They come in from any direction, at speeds varying from almost a hover to so fast you hear them zip by as the wind whistles through their feathers. Their speed and agility make them a very challenging, yet fun game.
Waterfowl hunting can be done almost nationwide and you probably are a lot closer to a marsh than you think. Though you might assume it requires chest-waders and expensive equipment, you can have a great time just hiding in the tall grass in earth-toned clothes. In short, don’t fret if your gear doesn’t match the guys on the Duck’s Unlimited calendar.
While some of the best duck hunting spots are all on the water, you can still have a great time hunting from walkable banks and shores. Decoys can help bring the birds in, but if you play your cards right you can benefit from being in the right place at the right time. A good bird dog with an affinity for water is also an invaluable hunting partner in this case.
My adventures started as a kid with a classic Remington 870 12-gauge by my side. Hard to go wrong with something simple and tested. Due to the typical wet and muddy conditions encountered when waterfowl hunting, it would be a good idea to use a gun with synthetic furniture like the Benelli Nova.
When it comes to shells, most shotguns are capable of shooting non-traditional loads such as steel or bismuth shot, which are specifically marketed to duck and goose hunters. Most waterfowl management areas, through a mix of state and federal laws, require the use of non-toxic shot due to contamination in filter feeders, and woe be it the sportsman who is caught by a conservation officer duck hunting with lead shot.
If goose hunting is to be a part of your waterfowl adventure, then you should also consider a shotgun with a 3 or 3 1/2-inch chamber due to the fact these big honkers often need some extra ounces to bring them down, especially from altitude. Whether you choose a pump shotgun or a semi-auto, like the Beretta A300, make sure you practice before heading out on the hunt. Many an old school goose hunter can still be found with bolt-action shotguns as well.
As with most types of bird hunting, you can get into it as much or as little as you want. A good start is simply scoping out the local area and wading into the sport slowly. See what works for you. If possible, find a local group or club to show you the tricks and nuances of your local marsh. Keep in mind that waterfowl don’t mind the weather, and some of the absolute best days wing-shooting might be in completely miserable conditions. Wind, snow, and cold often produce some of the best hunting days.
Perhaps one of the best parts of waterfowl hunting is the camaraderie between friends and family. There is always plenty of time to talk, take friendly jabs at each other’s shooting, or tell old hunting stories.
You might start with a $200 hand-me-down shotgun and an old musty duck coat; but before you know it you’ll end up knee-deep in muddy water with your very best friends — freezing together while discussing shot patterns, retriever breeds, and Pintail whistles. If that sounds like fun to you, then you might need to try bird hunting.
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Fundraising is underway for a monument to honor the late Richard Overton. Overton, who passed away on Dec. 18, 2018, at the age of 112, was not only America’s oldest living Veteran but also the oldest man in America.
The planned monument was designed and will be built by Gilbert Beall. The monument will be unveiled on Overton’s birthday, May 11, 2020, at his final resting place in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas. A fundraising event is also set to take place on March. 5, 2020 at Bob’s Steak & Chop House in Austin.
Overton joined the army on Sept. 3, 1940, and served in the South Pacific until 1945. After the war, he settled in Austin, Texas where he worked at a furniture store. Later in life, he gained somewhat of a celebrity status not only because of his age but also how he claimed to maintain his health. He credited his longevity to smoking cigars and drinking whiskey. He hung out with the likes of Texas Governor Rick Perry and President Barack Obama.
Guns.com had the honor of visiting Overton at his home in Austin, Texas in the spring of 2015, giving us a tour of his firearms kept around the house for protection and enjoyment. His go-to gun was a Browning Auto-5 12-gauge shotgun, almost as old as him. The Auto-5 was the first successful semi-automatic shotgun and was produced from 1905 until 1998.
Overton’s favorite guns were his revolvers, of which he kept two by his bed.
The first was a Colt Police Positive chambered in .38. It’s an old one, probably around 1920s production, judging from the period Bakelite grip.
The second was a first-generation Colt Single Action with a 7.5-inch barrel in a very long cartridge, probably .32-20, judging from the cylinder flutes. However, the overall patina, ‘aged ivory’ orange grips and large base pin screw make it look like an Italian clone, possibly a Uberti Rooster. Safe to say, it is a Colt SAA or clone.
Both were loaded, but neither had a round under the hammer. When asked if he liked revolvers, Overton answered, “Oh yeah. I don’t have one if it ‘ain’t loaded. I leave one of them things right there by my bed when I go to sleep.”
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Republican Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday went public with his plans to bring a constitutional carry law to the Volunteer State.
The proposal would recognize the right for those 21 or older in Tennessee to carry a handgun without a permit except for currently restricted areas. The move has the backing of Lt. Governor Randy McNally, state Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson, and state House Majority Leader William Lamberth, support which would appear to guarantee clear sailing.
“The Second Amendment is clear and concise and secures the freedoms of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms,” said Lee in a press conference.
While the text of the proposal was not made available on Thursday, Lee said the move would put Tennessee in the same club as enjoyed by 16 other states who generally recognize the right to carry a concealed handgun without first having to get a permit.
The announcement was welcomed by the National Rifle Association, who said it would “ensure that no honest, hard-working Tennessean is ever left defenseless while waiting for government permission or wading through red-tape.” The member association is set to have its annual meeting in Nashville in April.
Meanwhile, local pro-gun groups such as the Tennessee Firearms Association said they were “optimistic but extremely guarded as to whether it could support all of the bill,” as its contents were not public.
Of note, Lee came to office last year on an endorsement from the NRA, beating the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, former Nashville mayor Karl Dean, and replacing term-limited Republican Gov. Bill Haslam. While in office, Haslam signed several pro-gun bills including one to allow guns in parks and another for lifetime carry permits, but his administration erected roadblocks to open carry and permitless carry bills, despite campaign pledges to support it.
In addition to the carry provisions, Lee’s office noted that the bill is coupled with greater punishments for firearm-related crime including increasing the penalty for theft of a firearm to a felony and bumping up the minimum sentence for theft of a firearm from 30 days to 180 days.
“This constitutional carry package is historic because not only does it uphold the freedoms granted to us by our nation’s founding fathers, it also imposes mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines on bad guys who illegally obtain or use handguns,” said Rep. Lamberth.
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The upcoming Internationale Waffen Ausstellung (International Weapons Exhibition) OutdoorClassics show, held in Nürnberg, Germany, has been postponed due to caution over the spread of coronavirus.
The annual event, organized by NürnbergMesse, was set to take place March 6-9 but has been kicked down the road to a date sometime later this year which has yet to be determined.
“We hope you will understand the decision taken,” said NürnbergMesse in a statement this week. “The aim of every trade fair must be to create a special experience for exhibitors and visitors alike and to facilitate the diverse establishment and expansion of business relationships. Unfortunately, this goal cannot be achieved under the current circumstances.”
With 1,600 exhibitors from across the outdoor, shooting sports, hunting, and security industry, IWA expected more than 46,000 visitors from over 130 countries next month. The show was founded in 1974 and is the largest of its type in Europe.
IWA often sees new firearms from European gunmakers such as Beretta, Walther, and others debuted several months or even years before they are seen in the U.S., providing a sneak peek of sorts for what will show up on gun store shelves in America. With the German show on hold, those releases may be pushed back, or reformatted for release at other events.
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Honor Defense is working on an enhanced version of their concealed-carry pistol, the new Honor Guard Pro9 with gold accents and a new trigger.
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The executive director of a gun control group said on Twitter this week that the outreach programs aimed at increasing gun ownership among women and minorities is “incredibly dangerous.”
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"They get their talking points, get in front of the camera and spew misinformation to millions of people and the people believe it,” said Noir.
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Texas Range Day brought together influencers, content creators and sponsors together for a fun day at Extreme Tactics and Training Solutions in Waxahachie, Texas.
Sponsored by FN America, Vortex Optics, Maxim Defense, STI, Nemo Arms, and Guns.com, to name a few, the event saw 25 content creators from all over the country testing guns, gear, and their own skills alongside one another.
From a competition bay that challenged handgun skills to a long-range shooting set-up courtesy of Nemo Arms and Vortex, Texas Range Day let shooters try their hands at something new.
“I came out today to basically test out some of the baddest products on the market right now,” Austin of TampaEliteGuns told Guns.com.
In addition to putting shooters through their paces, Texas Range Day also gave participants the ability to network face-to-face with other creators as well as 14 total sponsors.
“The main advantage to coming out here is the fact that you get to shoot some guns that you may not have locally. You have the representatives of these companies out here with you,” Chris of Realdirtyharry fame said.
Organizer Jack Callahan, otherwise known as whiskey.savage on Instagram, told Guns.com that the event was meant as a way for influencers and content creators to produce organic content with firearms and shooting resources they may not have available otherwise. The event took many hours to prep, but Callahan said the time is well worth the investment to provide a content-rich environment.
“I’ve probably put in about 300 hours on this event. Everything from buses, food to the range. The range is the easy part, honestly. It’s everything else, logistically, that goes into it. It’s been a labor of love for about the last six months,” he commented. “I started Texas Range Day to bring an opportunity for the community to come together and have a good time with great sponsors.”
Though Texas Range Day took tremendous planning, Callahan said the industry can expect to see it back next year as the shooting event will be an annual occurrence.
“We will have a Texas Range Day website (in the future). We will be doing events like this, smaller regional ones, in Arizona, Utah, and Florida and then we’ll do a big one in Texas every year,” Callahan said. “The big thing for next year is Texas Range Day will be a customer-facing event so we will be able to sell passes for folks to come out and watch the social media shoot but also train with the best trainers in the world.”
Check out Guns.com’s video coverage of Texas Range Day below.
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