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Right now, about 49% of American say that gun rights are more important than gun control. Gun control advocates only represent about 45% of the population, while the remaining 6% didn’t weigh in. You probably wanted to see higher numbers, but what’s so important about this statistic is how much it’s changed over the past several years. Back in 1993, a mere 34% of the US population favored gun rights, so we jumped in numbers from one-third to one-half.
For every action, there’s an equal an opposite reaction: the number of Americans favoring gun control has plummeted from 57% (with a brief spike of 66% in 2000) to the current 45%. We’re guessing Kagan was among those who changed their minds.
If you’re wondering how these numbers break down, well, pretty much every demographic is adopting more favorable opinions about guns. Right now, 57% of whites give gun rights a thumbs up, compared to only 37% in 1993. About 35% of African Americans are throwing in with gun rights, but that number is also up from 1993’s 18%.
Guys and gals both are lending their support to the 2nd Amendment. A full 60% of men are on the side of gun rights (up from 44%) and women climbed to 39% (up from 26%).
These shifting demographics are reflected in the US government. Republicans favoring gun rights climbed from 45% to 72%, Independents shot up from 38% to 55%, while Democrats saw a teeny-tiny increase from 25% to 27%.
To sum it all up, all of America has become more gun-friendly since 1993. Who’s up for celebrating?
Details are still thin but we do know this. GearScout of the Military Times reports that the contract is for an Infinite Delivery, Infinite Quantity (IDIQ) of rifles valued up to $180 million. The price tag on the 24,000 M4s is $16.2 million, or $673.47 per rifle. (Think about that the next time you see a price premium on a “mil-spec” AR.) The Army plans on buying as many as 120,000 rifles but is leaving the contract open as long as they stay within their budget.
What isn’t known is if the Army is now dealing exclusively with Remington for their M4s or if there is going to be a more open and competitive market for these rifles. And are things over between the Army and Colt?
This may have been some time in the coming and would shed more light on why Colt has been busy in the last few months marketing their AR-pattern rifles to law enforcement and the open market, like their recent Advanced Piston Carbine and their LESOCOM, both based on designs for the military but in civilian-friendly semi-automatic.
This is also a boon for Remington which has been fighting (some would argue weakly-supported) allegations of faulty designs and a disregard for public safety from the television network NBC.
Official statements from Colt and Remington have not yet been made.
America’s Shooting Team, USA Shooting, got much needed support recently from one of this nation’s premier firearms manufacturers, when Ruger presented a check worth $26,000 to USA Shooting at the National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meeting, April 12-15 in St. Louis, Mo.
The money raised by Ruger was the result of on-going auction items on Ruger Auction (http://ruger.com/links/auction.html ) featuring unique pistols and rifles. Presenting the check on behalf of Ruger was President and CEO Mike Fifer, and accepting on behalf of USA Shooting was Buddy DuVall, USA Shooting Team Foundation Executive Director along with athletes Amanda Furrer (rifle/Spokane, Wash.), Janessa Beaman (shotgun/Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Caitlin Connor (shotgun/Winnfield, La.).
“Ruger is proud to be an American company, and what better way to show our American pride than to support the USA Olympic Shooting Team?” said Ruger Vice President of Sales and Marketing Chris Killoy. “Because of the generous support Ruger enthusiasts have given to the Ruger Auction, we are able to donate $26,000 to the USA Shooting Team to help them compete against the world’s best shooters at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. We are also happy to announce that all proceeds from future Ruger Auctions will be donated to the USA Shooting Team until the 2012 Olympic Games have come to an end. Please continue to bid on these rare, unique, and one-of-a-kind Ruger products to support Team USA!”
“USA Shooting is extremely thankful for the support of Ruger through the success of their Ruger Auction program,” said DuVall. “The generosity from both Ruger and those buying the auction items represents the very best of the American spirit and helps pave the way for our athletes to achieve the very best for years to come.”
Ruger started auctioning the first of 12 items to support USA Shooting Team’s trip to the Olympic Games on October 26, 2011. Ruger’s Auction No. 46 featured an old spurless hammer, Speed-Six double-action revolver which netted $755. The next auction was the sixth and final pair of consecutive serial numbered “U.S.” marked Service-Six revolvers and sold for $2,025.00. The next items were a “U.S.” marked pair of consecutive serial numbered Mark II pistols that were bought for $5,035.
A rare “Deerstalker” .44 Carbine rifle sold for $7,025 and featured an etched stock titled “NRA TEST.” This rifle was one of two rifles sent to the NRA for testing and evaluation at the end of 1961. An article titled, “The Ruger .44 Magnum Carbine” was written by the NRA Technical Staff and appeared in the January 1962 edition of The American Rifleman magazine.
Another interesting auction item was the New Model Single-Six with the serial number 262-00000 which was rumored to be Ruger’s 1 millionth New Model Single-Six produced. However, Ruger’s records later verified that it was not but nevertheless, the Single-Six sold for $1,325. Another unusual item was another old .44 Carbine rifle that had two rear sights – a “built in” receiver sight, and a folding-leaf rear sight. The winning bid on this rifle was $2,225.00.
The most recent item to be placed on Ruger Auction is a Ruger pop-up display that was used at several firearms trade shows some time during the early 1980’s. It measures approximately 10 feet wide by 8 feet high.
About Sturm Ruger
Sturm, Ruger was founded in 1949 and is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of high-quality firearms for the commercial sporting market. Sturm, Ruger is headquartered in Southport, CT, with manufacturing facilities located in Newport, NH and Prescott, AZ.
About USA Shooting
USA Shooting, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, was chartered by the United States Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport of shooting in April 1995. USA Shooting’s mission is to prepare American athletes to win Olympic medals, promote the shooting sports throughout the U.S. and govern the conduct of international shooting in the country. Check us out on the web at www.usashooting.org and on Twitter attwitter.com/USAShooting.
The App Store is currently full to the rafters with zombie games, from the light-hearted Plants vs. Zombies to the gruesome Zombie Highway. A certain type of zombie app not currently provided, however, is one to train you to survive the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Until now, that is!
Developer Mongadillo Studios recently released ZDay Survival Simulator HD ($1.99) for the iPad. According to the App Store description, the title “is a 21st century text-based simulator that puts you the player in tough, real-world situations.”
Designed by DC Comics artist Matt Haley, ZDay is an “intelligent” adventure game. The action starts off in a crowded suburb where a zombie infestation has broken out. It then poses the question: “What would YOU do?”
Much like the Choose Your Own Adventure books of old, you are presented with scenario after scenario and asked to make a decision on which action you will take. Will your choice lead to survival or death at the hands of the zombies? The game engine continuously keeps track of your survival probability, based on the choices you make.
While the game is an iPad only title, there is also a standard editionavailable for the iPhone. The HD version has been specifically enhanced to take full advantage of the new iPad.
ZDay Survival Simulator HD is a fantastic and fun idea. With randomized scenario layouts, the replay factor is high. What are you waiting for? Grab this game and get training.
And if your smartphone app isn’t enough you could always grab one of these.
If you were holding back on picking up a Smith & Wesson Shield because it’s a shiny new product launch and new products lack aftermarket support, then you might want to reconsider not taking the plunge. Accessory manufacturers are already bringing sights and holsters to market for this little pistol.
Smith & Wesson very carefully launched the Shield. Knowing demand would be high they waited until they had enough product to actually stock on the shelves. They knew that people would want to know as much about them as possible and coordinated their launch with the firearms media, included flying us out to Springfield to cover this launch in person.
And by the time the Shield was made public they had already sent out the specification of their single-stack polymerhandgun to a handful of accessory manufacturers, including holster makers Blackhawk, DeSantis Gunhide, Fobus,Galco, Pistol Wear and Uncle Mikes and sight companies Crimson Trace, HiViz, Laserlyte, LaserMax and Williams Gun Sight Company.
HiViz and Galco are among the first to market with Shield-specific fiber optic sights and series of gunleather, an impressive feat not two weeks after the Shield’s launch.
“When the HiViz SW2007 is combined with the dual LitePipe rear sight, you’ve got an amazing light-gathering sight system that creates a three-dot sight picture for optimum accuracy.”
“Galco is pleased to offer its popular Stinger and Yaqui Slide belt holsters, the extremely concealable Stow-n-Go IWB and UnderWraps belly band, along with magazine carriers and a broad line of off-body carry methods. By working closely with S&W, Galco was able to design and test its Shield holsters in order to have them available to order in concert with the release of the pistol.”
Whether or not you were looking for HiViz fiber-optic sights and Galco holsers the speed at which they made it to marked is a stellar indicator of how much aftermarket support this neat little gun is getting. Also, even though it may take a little more time for night sight companies to make their products available, we have to say that we like these overmolded plastic fiber-optic sights for carry guns as they’re quite durable.
The M&P Shield is a super-lightweight deep-concealment pistol chambered in 9mm and .40 S&W. It has a 3.1-inch barrel, is less than an inch thick, and weighs just 19 ounces unloaded. The Shield has a standard 7+1 capacity in 9mm and 6+1 in .40 and comes with one standard-capacity magazine and one extended +1 magazine. The M&P Shield is available now, everywhere, with a price of around $400 or less.
This article was originally posted at guns.com by Max Stowik, to view the original article click here
Anderson Manufacturing’s M4 Carbine (AM15M416 ZE) improves on a familiar and reliable military spec rifle. Similar to Anderson’s Heavy Barrel Carbine, the M4 is chambered in .223/5.56mm and offering a 16-in. M4 barrel, optics-ready Picatinny rail, and front-mounted low profile gas block, also with a Picatinny rail. With its Magpul MOE stock and pistol grip and quad rail fore end, the M4 Carbine is also treated with RF-85, and features a hard-anodized 8625 F finish with a 7075-T6 aluminum receiver. Includes two 30-round PMAG Zombie Green magazines and a hard case.
|Caliber :||.223 / 5.56 NATO|
|Magazine Capacity :||2- 30 round PMAG Zombie Green|
|Overall Length :||32 ½”, 36 1/8” Extended|
|Extended Barrel Length :||16” M4 (Heavy Barrel) 4140|
|Rifling :||1-8 Twist|
|Weight w/o Magazine :||6.3 lbs.|
|Receiver :||Forged 7075-T6 or Billet|
|Front Sight :||Optic Ready|
|Butt Stock :||Magpul MOE 6 Position|
|Grip :||Magpul MOE|
|Forearm :||Free Float Zombie Green 8″|
|Suppressor :||Anderson Phantom 5.56mm|
|Gas Block :||Low Profile, No Rail|
|Case :||Hard Case / Black|
The Remington 1100 also makes an excellent tactical platform. Author’s tactical team has a customized short barrel model as part of its SRT team equipment. This 1100 Tactical features a fixed pistol grip synthetic stock, 6-round extended mag tube, bead sights, an enlarged tactical charging handle and sling swivel mounts.
Any semi-automatic shotgun gives you one big advantage over pumps: the ability for double-tap, rapid fire shots.
While I played around with my 870 pump while shooting clays for a period of time, I later switched to the M2 tactical.
I could run the pump pretty good, but not like I could the auto. For serious clays competitors, there is no question; they use a semi-auto or, even faster, an over/under double barrel.
A two shot limit for the double gun doesn’t matter here, since in sporting clays there are only two birds thrown at any given time.
Combine this capability with an extended magazine tube in a tactical shotgun and you can send a lot of lead (in California, copper) down range in a short amount of time, and in the case of a gas gun, keep reasonable control of the recoil generated by those rounds to boot.
Here’s what may be the biggest advantage of a semi-auto shotgun. For those who have trouble remembering to work the action of a pump each time they want to fire it, there is no such issue with the semi-auto shotgun.
Even if under stress, all that needs to be done is cycle the bolt of the semi-auto to chamber a round and cock the firing system. Then, make sure the safety is off and begin launching rounds downrange. Nothing much else to worry about.
This article is an excerpt from the The Gun Digest Book of the Tactical Shotgun.
What do you think? Do you prefer a pump-action, double-barrel or autoloader for a tactical shotgun and why? Leave your comments below.
Hard rocker and legendary gun rights advocate Ted Nugent is no stranger to controversy — that became all too apparent in just the last few days, during which time his comments at the 2012 NRA Show in St. Louis earned Uncle Ted a visit from the Secret Service. As such, it’s painfully clear The Nuge is one of the most outspoken voices when it comes to hunting, fishing, trapping, shooting and pretty much anything outdoors.
Luckily, our good friends over at Sportsmen Votewere able to get an exclusive interview with the Motor City Madman. When asked for his first decisions should he ever be elected commander in chief, Nugent responded in typical fashion.
SV: What do you think is the single biggest challenge facing sportsmen?
Nuge: The same embarrassing curse of apathy that has opened the door for the vile abuse of power and runaway corruption in our government. It is clearly the job of we the people to stay in tune with current affairs and speak out and communicate with our elected officials to steer America straight. It is diabolical, for example, that PA sportsmen’s groups actually sided with the maniacal HSUS on recent game law changes. This is suicide for conservation.
SV: If you were elected president, what would your first executive order be?
Nuge: I would rescind Obama Care and begin to gut the wasteful, bloated bureaucracies one by one.
SV:Why, in your view, is it so important for sportsmen to vote in this election?
Nuge: The current condition of federal and state government is infested with animal rights and anti-hunting and anti-gun zealots. The power of the licensed-hunter vote is strong enough to steer things back to common sense.
SV: Should there be nationwide reciprocity for state-issued concealed-carry licenses, just as there is for state-issued drivers licenses?
Nuge: As soon as possible, yes. But the real Second Amendment rights, by all honest review, requires no government issued paperwork of authority other than the existence of the Second Amendment itself.
SV: Whoever wins the presidential election may have the opportunity to appoint one or more justices to the Supreme Court. Why is the make-up of the Supreme Court important to sportsmen?
Nuge: We need to only look at the preposterous decision of four Supreme Court Justices that signed a declaration that American citizens have “no fundamental right to self-defense” to know how dangerously out of touch liberal justices can be. Many believe this to be the most critical issue of all.
Bank of America told McMillan Group International –the corporation responsible for McMillan Fiberglass Stocks and McMillan Firearms Manufacturing–late last week that their business was no longer welcome with the nation’s leading financial institution.
Director of Operations Kelly D. McMillan said his company had been doing business with Bank of America for the last 12 years and has never been late on a payment or bounced a check. The debt outstanding on the company’s line of credit was at 61 percent as of Friday.
What could be the reason for Bank of America to make such a move? The answer: McMillan makes guns.
Bank of America, a company that received $20 billion in the federal bailout from the U.S. government in 2009, has been rumored to have anti-gun business policies for years. The National Rifle Association (NRA) launched an investigation in 2010 after “information from a few members surfaced detailing some problems that firearm-related businesses were having with Bank of America.”
It appeared back then that BoA was denying banking services to businesses that were associated with guns, but Senior Vice President Douglas K. Bland told NRA-ILA in a written statement that “Bank of America does not have a corporate-wide policy to deny banking services solely on the applicant’s involvement in the firearms industry.”
In a statement on the company’s Facebook page last Friday, McMillan says otherwise.
During an “account analysis” meeting with a BoA Senior Vice President, Ray Fox, McMillan began to become suspicious that the meeting was more than it appeared.
“[Fox] spent 5 minutes talking about how McMillan has changed in the last 5 years and have become more of a firearms manufacturer than a supplier of accessories,” McMillan wrote. “At this point I interrupted him and asked ‘Can I possible save you some time so that you don’t waste your breath? What you are going to tell me is that because we are in the firearms manufacturing business you no longer want my business.’”
Fox confirmed to McMillan that he was correct and the decision was politically motivated. The enraged firearms executive took to social media to let the world know about what happened, and the story began to spread.
Not only is McMillan’s company cutting all ties to BoA–they are no longer accepting their credit cards from customers–Second Amendment advocates from around the country have stepped up to do the same.
Only five hours ago, Kelly McMillan took to Facebook again to thank everyone for the support and encourage followers to keep the cause alive. He wrote:
Please don’t wake up tomorrow and forget this. Don’t forget to follow through and let this fade into obscurity as so many “causes” do. I haven’t asked anyone to close any accounts or credit cards. If that is how you fight this war, then great. But even if you don’t, find a way to make sure that every time our 2nd Amendment rights are challenged, you become a soldier and do what you can to make sure we defend our rights.
What is your reaction? Tell is in the comments below how you plan to show your support for the Second Amendment.