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Essential Concealed Carry Tips for Women…& Men

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Sat, 02/29/2020 - 08:40

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.

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West Virginia: Important Preemption Bill On 2nd Reading

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 02/28/2020 - 19:18
On February 29th, the West Virginia House of Delegates will be holding second reading on Senate Bill 96 to strengthen West Virginia’s preemption law.
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NRA Challenges Oregon’s Latest Gun, Magazine Ban

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 02/28/2020 - 17:10
The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today filed a legal challenge to Initiative Petition 60 (IP60), a proposed ballot measure that would heavily regulate commonly owned semi-automatic firearms, ban the possession of these firearms by law-abiding young adults, and ban standard capacity magazines.
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An 80% 1911 Frame You Can Build in Your Garage

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Fri, 02/28/2020 - 16:48

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.

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Oregon: Legislators Take a Stand Against Gun Control

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 02/28/2020 - 16:44
A group of pro-Second Amendment lawmakers have taken the step of refusing to attend floor sessions. Their action prevents a chamber of the Oregon Legislature from reaching a quorum and stops House Bill 4005A and other bills from advancing.
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Alabama: We Need Your Help to Pass Lifetime Permits in Senate Judiciary!

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 02/28/2020 - 11:35
On March 4th, the Senate Committee on Judiciary will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 47 to create a new lifetime carry permit.  A number of sheriffs are attempting to derail this much needed upgrade, so Second Amendment supporters need to make their voices heard. 
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Minnesota: House Passes Pair of Anti-Gun Bills to the Senate

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 02/28/2020 - 11:26
Yesterday, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed anti-gun carryover legislation from 2019, House File 8 and House File 9.
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Virginia: Senate Passes Anti-Gun House Bills

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 02/28/2020 - 07:08
On February 26th and 27th, the Virginia Senate voted to pass a number of the anti-gun bills that crossed over from the House.
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The Joys of Waterfowl Hunting: Why You Should Start

General Gun News - Fri, 02/28/2020 - 04:30

Waterfowl hunting can be a great way to spend time with family and friends. (Photo: N. Turner)

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.

The Remington 870 was the author’s first bird hunting gun. (Photo:

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.

A youth hunter proudly shows off his duck. (Photo: N. Turner)

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.

The Beretta A300. (Photo:

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.

Waterfowl hunting can be a family event, allowing members to spend time together. (Photo: N. Turner)

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Monument Planned To Honor The Late Richard Overton

General Gun News - Fri, 02/28/2020 - 04:00

The planned monument for Richard Overton will honor the late veteran.

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. 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.

Richard Overton’s Colt Police Positive revolver in .38.

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.

Richard Overton’s first generation Colt Single Action in .32-20.

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.”

The invitation to the fundraiser to honor Richard Overton.

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Tennessee Governor Launches Push for Constitutional Carry

General Gun News - Fri, 02/28/2020 - 01:49

“The Second Amendment is clear and concise and secures the freedoms of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms,” said Gov. Bill Lee, announcing legislation for constitutional carry in the state. (Photo: Chris Eger/

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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Large International Gun Trade Show on Hold Due to Coronavirus

General Gun News - Thu, 02/27/2020 - 23:15

IWA 2020 expected 40,000 visitors next month but is now on hold for an unannounced future date later this year. (Photos: NürnbergMesse)

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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West Virginia: Carry Permit Fee Reduction Moves to Senate Floor

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 02/27/2020 - 15:40
Today, the Senate Finance Committee voted to approve House Bill 4955, sending it to the Senate floor. HB 4955 reduces the application fee for a License to Carry Deadly Weapons (LCDW).
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New Honor Defense Pro9 with Gold Accents and Two-Piece Trigger

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 02/27/2020 - 15:07

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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Iowa: House Passes Range Protection & Preemption Bill

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 02/27/2020 - 14:28
On February 27th, the Iowa House of Representatives voted 52-44 to pass House File 2502 to protect shooting ranges from being shut down by unreasonable local ordinances and ensure that Second Amendment rights remain protected across the state. It’s now on to the Senate for further consideration.
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Alabama: Sheriffs Attempting to Kill Lifetime Permit Option

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 02/27/2020 - 13:36
Your NRA has learned that a number of Alabama sheriffs are attempting to derail House Bill 39 and Senate Bill 47, NRA-supported bills to provide a lifetime option to Alabama’s concealed carry permit holders.  We’ve heard that the Alabama Sheriffs Association (ASA) and individual sheriffs from across the state have been in Montgomery hammering your legislators to kill these important bills.  The choice of which option is best for your self-defense needs should be YOURS, not theirs.
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Gun-Control Leader Says Increasing Gun Ownership Among Women, Minorities Is ‘Dangerous’

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 02/27/2020 - 12:59

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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Colion Noir on Dems: They Want to Restrict 2A into Oblivion

Gun Reports - Special Reports - Thu, 02/27/2020 - 10:35

"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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NRA Leads Constitutional Carry Fight in TN

NRA-ILA News - Thu, 02/27/2020 - 10:23
The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) is leading the fight for Constitutional Carry in Tennessee, a measure that would expand self-defense options for law-abiding citizens.
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Texas Range Day Brings Content Creators, Sponsors Together

General Gun News - Thu, 02/27/2020 - 04:30

Jamie Villamor shoots on the long-range bay. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

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, 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.

Influencers and content creators gather for instruction. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

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

The competition bay challenged participants with their handgun skills on STI products. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

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.

The long-range bay allowed shooters to pair Nemo Arms rifles with Vortex scopes. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Maxim Defense had their popular PDX series on hand in an open shooting bay. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Organizer Jack Callahan, otherwise known as whiskey.savage on Instagram, told 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.”

Guns celebs like Jade Struck, pictured above, were on hand. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

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.”

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