Affordable Defense Shotguns: Benelli, Stevens, CZ Compete
Unlike the conflicts with bad guys depicted on television and in the movies, a home owner in a self-defense situation will rarely fire more than one or two shots. In most cases, the owner of a firearm specifically designed to stop the threat of an intruder will never fire even one shot in their home because they will never be put in such a position.
Affordable Defense Shotguns: Benelli, Stevens, CZ Compete
What Do We Know About US Gun Violence?
Garen Wintemute, a professor of emergency room medicine and director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California–Davis, is one of a handful of U.S. researchers brave enough to tackle the problem of gun violence. He tells Tiffany O’Callaghan why it is so hard to make inroads. Tiffany O’Callaghan: How bad is gun violence in the U.S.? Garen Wintemute: It takes upwards of 30,000 lives a year and injures another 75,000. We spend $100… [Slate (USA) / New Scientist, via GunPolicy.org]
Black Children in America Top Targets for Gun Violence
In the weeks since the Washington Navy Yard shooting, the city of New Orleans reached a tragic milestone. All told, 108 people have been murdered in the Crescent City so far this year. In September two black girls, one 11 years old and the other age 2, were shot and killed. And earlier this year a national organization advocating for stricter gun control told the story of a black 10-year-old New Orleans boy who has been shot and seriously injured twice in his short… [Miami Herald, via GunPolicy.org]
Chinese Police Destroy Thousands of Illegal Guns in National Campaign
BEIJING – Chinese police in 164 cities have destroyed hundreds of thousands of confiscated guns, knives and detonators, a statement from the Ministry of Public Security said on Tuesday. About 130,000 illegal shotguns and air guns, 670,000 replica guns, 460,000 forbidden knives and many illegally stored detonators have been destroyed as part of an annual nationwide campaign, the statement said. Crimes related to guns and explosives continued to fall by 41.4 percent and… [Xinhua, via GunPolicy.org]
The number of hunting fatalities in Minnesota has dropped substantially in the past few decades, a trend that state officials attribute to effective firearm-safety programs.
A smiling Gabrielle Giffords toured rows of tables loaded with rifles and handguns Sunday in her first visit to a gun show since surviving a 2011 shooting, and pleaded afterward for people to come together to stop gun violence.
Bullet Points – March 5
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The tyrants and dictators at the United Nations will stop at nothing to register, ban and, eventually, confiscate firearms owned by law-abiding Americans like you and me.
Following the recall of two Democratic state senators in Colorado last month over their support for gun control laws, a third faces possible ouster, an outcome that would shift control of the state Senate to Republicans.
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Those M-14 rifles that were synonymous with American soldiers during Vietnam War got reincarnated as M1A rifles. These rifles are deadly accurate and even with iron sights; an expert shooter can accurately hit a target one thousand yards away. The gun is superbly engineered machine that can be used for some heavy duty long range firing with devastating effect. However, it must be mentioned, owning a M1A responsibly is absolutely essential for any right thinking individual and such a weapon should never find its way to lunatic killers that perch themselves at a height and keep firing randomly, or, enter a primary school and keep spraying bullets anywhere and everywhere they feel like.
These magnificent guns also boast of a formidable array of accessories. M1A accessories include a beautifully crafted bipod that fits in the gas chamber and perfectly complements the rugged and tough demeanor of a M1A rifle. This bipod can be used to get a steadier aim while lying down and is often considered a must for those that venture out in rural areas for game hunting.
Another equally stunning M1A accessory is sling made either of leather or canvas that add that extra machismo to this otherwise excellent and tough machine but whether it would be a leather or a canvas sling depends upon individual tastes and preferences of buyers. Though not quite essential, another M1A accessory is the user manual issued by the Army. Such a manual sure has some glamour quotient but actual usability is sure a matter of debate.
A M1A accessory that no user should overlook is the manual cleaning kit that should always be used to keep the gun sleek and shining. Also, another essential M1A accessory is the disassembly wrench that has to be frequently used to disassemble and clean the gun if the owner wants it to function without any trouble.
Other M1A accessories include flash suppressors that have been engineered in accordance with Canadian law and adjustable iron sight that are often necessary for game hunting. Any rifle that is as accurate as M1A at long distances should boast riflescopes and there are several such mount scopes available to choose from according to requirement and taste.
For those that really love their M1A, another M1A accessory is cheek piece leather that adds that much comfort while shooting while adding extra flamboyance to the stock. These gun lovers would most certainly buy plastic muzzle protector to ensure their gun is always safe and protected from any external damage.
M1A along with accessories make a formidable sight and instill enough confidence in the owner as he feels secured against any form of external threat, be it from animals or criminal elements. This gun can not only be used most effectively to stave of preying animals while on a rural safari but also can be used to prevent criminals from escaping by placing a few shots at crucial areas of their vehicles so as to immobilize those permanently. But guns are very dangerous and should be handled with extreme responsibility.
Marylanders have been rushing to buy guns at a rate of 1,000 a day over the past two weeks, hastening the pace of an unprecedented surge in gun sales.
“Have your way with it,” said Officer Avery. This local police officer had just stopped by my shop and dropped off his new-in-the-box Springfield Armory M1A with no budget restrictions.
President Barack Obama memorialized the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting as patriots but also individuals – one with a talent for fixing cars, another who coached softball and yet another who loved hockey and her cats.
You would always find shooters that are simply not ready to accept the utility of a rifle scope for the type of hunting they specialize in. But this sort of blinkered notion only exposes their lack of knowledge of advances made by cutting edge optics and the enormous help they provide to hunters in ensuring a correct hit.
However, this does not mean that conventional iron sights or peep sights have become completely useless; rather, they are very useful in certain specific situations and no shooter worth their salt would ever deny this. But such an aversion to optics might arise from using either low quality lenses or improperly mounted rifle scopes sometime in the past and does not actually gel with the practical benefit of using a scope. If a shooter uses a rifle scope that has adequate magnification and is properly mounted and zeroed and suits their requirement in the type of hunting they specialize in, there should not be any reason for this allergy towards riflescopes.
Now let us shift from generalizations to the very specific topic of hunting wild boars. Generally wild boar hunting is done at ranges that vary between 100-150 yards and might be termed as short to medium. This is so because wild boars are generally found in terrains that have thick cover of undergrowth and bushes and a shot can rarely be aimed at a distance of more than 100 yards. This gives an additional benefit to the hunter. They can use the same rifle and the same hunting scope for shooting deer too.
The most common error in choosing a hunting scope for shooting wild boar is to pick up a rifle scope that has more magnification than required. Shooters usually make the common mistake of assuming that the larger the magnification the better would be the aim, but this is not always the case. Rather, a magnification of higher level ends up in only making the hunter poorer by a few dollars instead of adding any real value to the accuracy of the shot. A hunting scope with smaller magnification would also be lighter and easier to manipulate and handle than a bulkier one. So, it would be sound decision to first decide the degree of magnification actually required in short to medium range hunting and choose a hunting scope that has just adequate magnification. There is one other practical reason for choosing a hunting scope with just adequate magnification and that is a wild boar at 100-150 yards range is a sufficiently large target if viewed through a 4X hunting scope, any larger magnification may actually lead to a miss as the target would become so intricately magnified that the hunter may lose notion of the perspective and end up hitting at a wrong place on the target.
So, a hunter should choose a hunting scope that suits their style of hunting best instead of getting carried away by fancy magnifications and outlandish gadgetry.