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Via NRA-ILA:
NRA-ILA has received a number of questions on the status of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in the case of a government shutdown.

Law enforcement activities are designated as essential services and do not shut down even if the Congress and President fail to agree on funding legislation.  The NICS system will continue to operate.
NRA-ILA will keep watch on NICS operations if there is a shutdown to alert our members if there is any impact, such as a slowdown in response times.

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The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, today praised the bipartisan House leadership of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) for introducing the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2013.

CSC Co-Chairs, U.S. Reps. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), joined by Vice-Chairs, U.S. Reps. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and Tim Walz (D-Minn.), introduced the SHARE Act as a package of pro-sportsmen’s legislation designed to safeguard and promote America’s hunting and fishing traditions and that is expected to garner wide support from both sides of the political aisle.

“America’s hunters were instrumental in the founding and have remained at the forefront of conservation movement in our great country for well over a century,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “The SHARE Act features several pro-sportsmen’s bills that will help ensure our outdoor traditions are preserved, protected and promoted. The legislation addresses some of the most pressing concerns of American hunters and recreational shooters. Passage of the SHARE Act would be a significant accomplishment for the sportsmen’s community and for America. We salute Congressmen Latta, Thompson, Wittman and Walz for their bipartisan leadership and commitment to America’s sportsmen.”

Priorities addressed in the SHARE Act include: protecting the traditional use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle by American hunters and anglers, the potential increase of more Pittman-Robertson funds for shooting ranges, the permanent authorization of the electronic duck stamp, and helping facilitate the use of and access to Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service lands and waters for hunting, recreational fishing and shooting. It also prohibits the enforcement of individual firearm regulations at water resources development projects administered by the Corps of Engineers, and prohibits additional fees for commercial filming on federal lands and waterways.

In addition, this legislation will also permanently establish the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee to advise the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on wildlife and habitat conservation, hunting and recreational shooting.

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Crimson Trace presents Lasergrips, Lightguards and Master Series Lasergrips for 1911-centered products.Crimson Trace presents Lasergrips, Lightguards and Master Series Lasergrips for 1911-centered products.

There’s no denying that John M. Browning’s masterpiece—the 1911 semi-automatic pistol—is the most popular handgun in America. The concept of a short recoil handgun originated in the 1890s, and after adoption by the military and seeing years of service, the popular pistol has found favor with shooters and collectors across America.
If you have, or are consider buying a 1911 pistol, Crimson Trace makes many products that can help you customize your handgun. Those 1911-centered products include: Lasergrips®, Lightguards™ and Master Series® Lasergrips. The Lasergrips are designed to replace the current grips of standard full-sized and compact versions of the 1911.
So why would you upgrade? The products projecting lasers, like Lasergrips, can help you aim and be more confident with your shooting capabilities. In low light conditions, lasers excel as an aiming aid. The Lightguard, when installed on a 1911, permits better control with both hands on the firearm when shooting while the powerful bright light shines ahead. This eliminates holding a flashlight in one hand and off to the side, a feat that many shooters find impossible to manage while controlling the recoil of a 1911 chambered in .45 ACP. These Crimson Trace products for the 1911 are easy to install in minutes—no gunsmithing required.
When it comes to eye and in-the-hand appeal, the popular Master Series wood and G10 grips add colors and rich wood to the1911 replacement grip options with a projected laser. Interested in Cocobolo or Rosewood grips? Crimson Trace has them. You could also consider installing Lasergrips and a Lightguard on the same handgun—a duo upgrade project.
These products are engineered to provide hours of dependable use thanks to powerful Lithium batteries. Lasergrips will continuously operate for four hours on a set of batteries, and Lightguard will provide two hours of constant output on a set of batteries. After hours of use, and as battery power diminishes, the user will notice the laser begins to fade in intensity. The Lightguard will begin to blink as the batteries decrease in power. There is no sudden cut off that results with being dropped into instant darkness. The batteries for Lasergrips, Master Series and Lightguard are readily available in most stores and are used in common cameras and dog collars.
If you have a 1911, Crimson Trace offers more than a dozen products to help you “upgrade.” Discover the details at www.crimsontrace.com. Crimson Trace’s mission is to enhance people’s ability to protect family, home and country.
 

In the wake of the school shooting at Newtown, Conn., the Justice Department announced Friday that it will pay to hire hundreds more police officers to patrol schools around the country, an idea the National Rifle Association has been promoting.
“In the wake of past tragedies, it’s clear that we need to be willing to take all possible steps to ensure that our kids are safe when they go to school,’’ Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. “Especially in a time of increased challenges and limited budgets, our top priority must always be the safety and well-being of our children.’’
The Newtown shooting sparked a renewed public and political debate over gun laws, one that led to a legislative showdown between gun-rights supporters like the National Rifle Association and the Obama administration.
In Friday’s announcement, however, the administration is embracing, to some degree, an idea argued most forcefully by the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre to have more “good guys with guns.’’
The grants are being awarded through the Justice Department’s long-running COPS program. In past years, such grants have eventually resulted in hiring officers to patrol schools, but Friday’s announcement marks a shift in that grant award decisions were explicitly weighted to give money to jurisdictions that said they would use the money to protect schools, officials said.
Justice Department officials said approximately a third of the national grants would be awarded to pay for 356 new school resource officer positions. Within that program, Newtown will receive money to pay for two new cops to be deployed at local schools, officials said.

Shooting Grip and Stance

Once you have chosen a handgun, you will need to consider grip and stance. Your grip on your firearm and stance while shooting are going to play a big role in how accurately you are able to hit your target. It also affects how well you absorb the recoil and how quickly you are able to get back on target for a follow up shot. This article is meant to help increase your understanding of how all of these elements work together and how you can become a better shooter.
Grip
Regular Combat Grip
Before practicing your grip, make sure your firearm is unloaded. Keep it pointed in a safe direction at all times and keep your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard. Your trigger finger should point straight ahead and rest along the side of the slide until you are ready to fire your weapon; this is known as keeping your finger in register. That being said, let’s begin.
Begin by coiling your right hand around the grip of the gun, making sure that the back side of the grip, which is called a backstrap, is positioned in the middle of your palm. You will know the position is right when you can extend your arm out and the barrel of the gun forms a straight line with your forearm. This will help recoil to be more evenly distributed, so that your hand does not absorb all of it. The webbing between your thumb and index finger should come all the way up to the top of the grip. Semi-automatic handguns should have a beaver tail or some kind of recess at the top of the grip to protect your hand from the slide as it cycles. You want the webbing of your hand to look as if it is glued to the beaver tail. Remember to keep your trigger finger in register.
Now, wrap your middle, ring, and pinkie finger around the grip. However, do not squeeze with your fingertips to stabilize your grip or all your shots will hit down and to the left of where you aim. Instead use about the middle knuckle of these fingers to pull the grip straight back into your hand. Place your thumb straight up and gently rested against the slide (when applicable) or just point your thumb forward.
Extra Stable Combat Grip
Now bring your left hand up to mirror your right hand. Your left palm will rest against the right fingers on the grip. Your left fingers (all of them) will wrap around your right hand. Place your left thumb straight up and rested against the slide or pointed forward (it will be in front of your right thumb). If this grip does not give you enough stability while shooting, try positioning your left hand a little higher so that your index finger meets the frame and rests against the outside of the trigger guard. Tilt your palm up slightly and point your thumb forward; it will feel a little bit like you are cradling your right hand and the bottom most part of the trigger guard.
Finger placement is also important. With your firearm unloaded and pointed in a safe direction, place the tip of your trigger finger on the trigger and pull back. Do not place your knuckle over the trigger or your shots will hit to the right of where you aim. If you are unable to pull the trigger this way, I suggest dry fire practicing. This is done by unloading your firearm, gripping it in the way we have just discussed, and pulling the trigger repeatedly. This will help you build muscle strength, develop better muscle control, and form muscle memory. These things are important because the more you struggle to pull the trigger, the more your firearm will tremble and that will affect your shot placement.
Remember these are the basics but the key is to practice. You can establish quite a lot of groundwork at home without ammo. This is all muscle memory so get familiar with your firearm and above all be safe.
Stance
Isosceles Stance
In addition to grip, your stance while shooting  plays a big role in how accurately you are able to hit your target. It also helps you absorb the recoil, and helps you get back on target, quickly for your follow up shot.
Before practicing your stance, as with grip, make sure that your firearm is unloaded, keep it pointed in a safe direction at all times, and keep your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard.
As you fire your gun, the recoil will push you back, so you must counteract. There are many schools of thought on how you should do this. It all boils down to getting a sturdy footing and leaning forward enough to counter the recoil. One example of footing is to stand with your legs hip width apart or slightly wider, unlock your knees, and shift your weight to the balls of your feet as if you are preparing to pounce.
Another example of footing is to stagger your stance. If you are a right-handed shooter, stand with your right foot behind you (so as not to muzzle sweep yourself). Now with your right leg straight, put your left foot in front of your body with your left leg slightly bent. Bend your knee enough to engage your quads for stability, but not enough that you begin to tremble or fatigue as this will also affect your shot placement. Experiment with these methods until you find what works for you.
Once you have chosen your footing, grip your unloaded handgun firmly as we discussed in part one, point the barrel forward, and extend your arms out in front of you, elbows unlocked, until you are able to look down the barrel and use the sights. Next, lean forward bending at the waist engaging your abdominal muscles, to help stabilize yourself and prevent unnecessary strain on your back. I suggest doing this in front of a mirror so that you can really see your form.
Staggered Stance
In order to determine how far forward you must lean, I suggest that you get into your stance without your gun. Have your palms facing forward and have a friend gently push against them. Now, adjust your lean until you are effectively braced against the palm push.
Regardless of the type of handgun you prefer, a semi-automatic or a revolver, the steps are the same to find the best grip and stance. Also remember these are the basics but the key is practice. You can establish quite a lot of groundwork at home, in front of the mirror, without ammo. Once you build the muscle memory, your range sessions will be a breeze. And your aim will be better. Happy shooting.

NSSF Urges Americans to Hunt S.A.F.E.

 

NEWTOWN, Conn.-As the nation observes National Hunting and Fishing Day on September 28, and as multiple hunting seasons have started or are about to begin across the country, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is launching a new campaign to remind Americans that “The Hunt Isn’t Over Until You Are S.A.F.E.”
“Americans have a strong hunting tradition and safety is a central part of that,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “As gun owners it is our shared responsibility to treat firearms with the respect they deserve in the field, on the range, at home and everywhere in between.”
The new campaign is part of NSSF’s ongoing Project ChildSafe initiative, which emphasizes the role safe storage plays in helping to prevent firearm accidents, and encourages voluntary action on the part of gun owners to safely secure their firearms when not in use. S.A.F.E. is an acronym for Secure your firearms when not in use; Be Aware of those around you who should not have unauthorized access to firearms; Focus on your responsibility as a firearm owner and Educate yourself and others about safe firearm handling and storage.
While a focus of Project ChildSafe is preventing firearm accidents among children, the comprehensive program provides educational materials and online resources to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety, especially in the home, where proper storage is the number way to prevent accidents.
For the hunting season, NSSF is working with some of the nation’s largest hunting and sporting media outlets, along with celebrities in the hunting world, state fish and game departments and thousands of NSSF members and supporter organizations to help deliver messages and information on hunting and firearm safety through public service announcements, social media activity, banner ads and direct outreach to the hunting community.
Key to the effort is a suite of new and existing online resources available on www.projectchildsafe.org, including:
• Tips and guidelines on safe firearm handling
• NSSF’s Ethical Hunter brochure.
• An infographic with guidelines on a variety of firearm storage options
• Information on where to get a free firearm safety kit
And coming soon:
• A new interactive list of safe hunting tips and Hunter’s Safety Quiz
• A Hunting Checklist for Families
“The hunting and shooting community is the largest audience and the best source of ambassadors for these materials and resources, which are available 24/7 online to help everyone hunt responsibly, return home safe and securely store their unloaded firearms,” Sanetti said. “The more we can get this information in the hands of hunters and others in the shooting sports community, and the more that gun owners can do to share these messages with others, the more we can help prevent firearm accidents.”
NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1998 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. The program has provided more than 36 million free firearm safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and five U.S. territories. That’s in addition to the more than 60 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.
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NSSF is a leading organization promoting firearms safety and responsibility in the U.S. More information about Project ChildSafe is available atwww.projectchildsafe.org .
Media Contact: Bill Brassard Jr. (203) 426-1320 or bbrassard@nssf.org

 
 

Overland Park, Kan. – Bushnell, an industry-leader in high performance sports optics for more than 60 years, has introduced two new popular riflescope configurations to the AR Optics line. The new 3-9x 40mm and 3-12x 40mm riflescopes offer versatile power ranges, high-quality optics and a new bullet-drop compensation (BDC) reticle.
The new AR Optics riflescopes have fully multi-coated optics, resulting in exceptional light transmission and image clarity. Both scopes feature the new Drop Zone 223 Reticle, a simple BDC reticle with a 100-yard zero and aiming points out to 500 yards, for quick and accurate target acquisition. The reticle is calibrated for .223/5.56mm ammunition with a bullet weight range of 55-62 grain.
Constructed with a one-piece, one-inch diameter tube, the overall length of the scope is just 12.1 inches. Each scope has target turrets for quick windage and elevation adjustments, while the fast focus eyepiece and side parallax focus allow shooters to retain a crisp sight picture at all ranges.
The new AR Optics 3-9x 40mm riflescope has a suggested retail price of $179.99 and the 3-12x 40mm model is available for $199.99. For more information about AR Optics, visit the product section online.
Bushnell Outdoor Products is a global manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer products. Headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, the company sells its products worldwide under the Bushnell®, Bee Stinger, Butler Creek®, Final Approach®, Gold Tip, Hoppe’s®, Millett®, Night Optics, Primos®, Simmons®, Stoney Point®, Tasco®,Uncle Mike’s®, Uncle Mike’s Law Enforcement®,and the following eyewear brands: Bollé®, Cébé® and Serengeti®. For information about any of these brands or products, please contact Bushnell Public Relations at (913) 752-6105.

 

The Guns of ‘Breaking Bad’

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The final episode of AMC’s Breaking Bad airs this Sunday and we have been eagerly anticipating a just and Scarface-esque finale to this epic piece of moral madness.  We know it’s not your classic Western (yet), but this grand homage to nerd rage won our hearts and minds back in 2008 with a bag full of mercury fulminate and we’ve been hooked on the blue stuff ever since… and as you already know, we always keep an eye out for drool worthy hardware. So, let’s cook:
SPOILER ALERT:  If you’re currently watching the series, perhaps planning riding out the marathon currently going on AMC with all 64 episodes in order, realize this article is basically one big spoiler.  So, please bookmark it and read it afterwards.

1.  Smith & Wesson 4506

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Just in case you were questing on model Smith & Wesson…
In the beginning of the series, gun violence is the reality “Mr. White” (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) are trying to avoid as they dip their big toes into the meth business.  But their naivety gets shattered in the pilot episode when a drug dealing vato calling himself Krazy-8 uses aSmith & Wesson 4506 to put some new air vents in their mobile drug lab a.k.a. the Crystal ship.  Walt “inherits” this piece and not long after Jesse gets rid of it, marking the first time the duo disposes of an illegal gun.  It would not be the last.
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Walt gets all weepy in season one over a Smith & Wesson 4506.

2.  Glock 22

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Hank showing off his Glock 22.
When we first met ASAC Hank Schrader (Dean Norris), it was easy to write him off as just a stereotypical cop—a little brash, a little self-righteous, a touch arrogant and definitely tenacious—but over the series this nuanced character turned into one of our favorites precisely because he underlines the fact that the job of catching monsters may well demand all the above mentioned traits.
In the pilot episode Hank introduces Walt Jr. (and us) to his DEA issue Glock 22, which can be seen throughout seasons two, three and five. With an audience around him, it’s almost as if Hank can’t help himself from getting into the power of the .40-caliber round over the 9x19mm (claiming he has seen the round ricochet off a car windshield)—and leading us to believe ABQ’s finest are also Guns.com readers.  He uses this gun to kill Tuco after the Cartel mad dog reaches for a…
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Hank levels his Glock at Tuco Salamanca.

3.  M4A1 Carbine

It’s fitting our series introduction to select fire weapons comes to us in the hands of Tuco Salamanca, himself a chemical fueled machine caught somewhere between wild and brutally efficient.
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Tuco puts a bead on the demons in his head through an ACOG scope.
Tuco uses a M4A1 Carbine (sometimes with an ACOG scope) in the second episode of the second season, when he takes Walt and Jesse hostage. He later uses a couple three round bursts to ward off the speed demons in his head, all while making a complete, albeit uncomfortable lunch for his uncle and captives.  Walt gets his hands on the rifle after Jesse introduces Tuco’s head to a rock (the first time we see Jesse isn’t just good for taking punches).  Jesse also gets his hands on Tuco’s two-toned Jericho 941 Rduring this scuffle, which is just too good looking for us to call it a ‘pimp gun‘.
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Hey! Where’d the scope go?
M4s pop up occasionally throughout the series, usually in the hands of good guys (i.e. law enforcement) though not always.

4.  Remington 700 Bolt-action Rifle

When running his model, clandestine drug empire, Gustavo “Gus” Fring  (Giancarlo Esposito) tended to avoid all out gun battles in favor of box cutters and a god-like tactical advantage, but in the drug trade that’s like saying you prefer not to get into traffic accidents. Stay on the road long enough, and eventually you’re going to get hit with metal.
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A barely recognizable Remington 700 bolt action rifle against a New Mexico sunset.
One of the most memorable of these moments was when the Juárez Cartel sent ‘Chickenman’ a message in the form of sniper Gaff, who takes out one of Gus’s henchmen before littering the ground with lead love letters, using a Remington 700 bolt-action rifle hiding under a Badger ordnance BDM bottom metal and Barrett BORS scope.
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Jesse hands Mike a Taurus Model 85.

5.  Beretta 84F

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Jesse breaks bad with a Beretta.
If honor among thieves exists, Jesse and Mike Ehrmantraut’s (Jonathan Banks) relationship proves it can never survive.  Though their father son dynamic was far more morally grounded than the one between Jesse and Walt, these two also tended to bond over bloody things… and shared a seeming fondness for Beretta handguns.
After Jesse’s order of burgers with a side of Ricin gets intercepted by Fring’s crew, he buys a Beretta 84F to exact revenge on the two drug dealers who killed his friend, Combo (and used a kid to do it). Later, Jesse uses this gun to murder Gale.  Mike takes out his former crewmember with a suppressed Beretta Cheetah and then threatens the paranoid Madrigal executive Lydia with it (who I think I dated in college).  When escaping Don Eladio’s compound (appropriately played by Steven Bauer), they both pick up some Beretta 92FS Inox pistols and Jesse empties a magazine into a cartel member, marking the second time Jesse kills somebody with a firearm.
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Jesse throws down on Gus’s crew with a Beretta 84F.
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Mike holds a suppressed Beretta Cheetah to Lydia’s temple.

6.  Heckler & Koch Mark 23

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Mike and a HK Mark 23, suppressed (well, kind of).
As head of ‘Los Pollos Hermanos’ security, Mike liked to keep things quiet, though the same cannot be said for Breaking Bad’s prop department.  Throughout the third season Mike can be seen packing a Heckler & Koch Mark 23, often suppressed but the suppressor appears to be a fake “Hollywood ” silencer.  How can we tell? Because it screws into the barrel of the pistol via the threading for the blank adapter, rather than onto the exterior threading like a proper “can” should.   Perhaps they were looking to save on “postage”?
Mike uses the Mark 23 again in the fourth season to take out a pair of Ciudad Juárez cartel gunmen armed with Heckler & Koch MP5s who ambush a refrigerated truck transporting methamphetamine.
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We don’t think you can have an action dramedy without a few MP5s.

7.  Colt Woodsman

With the police still looking for the rest of Gus Fring’s face and Walt learning the hard way that shooting Jesse James, doesn’t make you Jesse James, in the fifth season Agent Schrader turns his attention to Mike, who is trying desperately to tend to his granddaughter’s future while cleaning up the smoldering embers of a volatile business enterprise.  And one of the first orders of business is to dump a whole bunch of guns down a well.
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A Colt Woodsman makes a brief cameo in ‘Breaking Bad’.
A whole lot of weapons come out of Mike’s black duffle bag, but the one that stood out to us, partially because it’s seems so anachronistic in the world of hardcore drug dealing, partially because it’s one of our favorite guns of all time that they don’t make anymore, was a Colt Woodsman.  We only catch a glimpse of the front portion of the pistol, but the high ramped front sight and the shape of the trigger guard suggest it is likely a 2nd series “Sport” model.

8.  Ruger LCR

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Walt and his favorite sidearm.
Compelling television is about emotion but stories that endure in people’s minds are about details because it’s in these little noticings that we can see characters like Walter White transcend the screen and come to life with tastes and motivations beyond the plot the audience is privy to.
In the aptly named episode “Thirty-Eight Snub”, Walt goes to an illegal arms dealer (played by Jim Beaver who we recognize fromDeadwood) to invest in some personal protection.  And Beaver definitely knows how to speak Heisenberg’s language.  Part salesmen, part gun guy and part Constitutionalist, the dealer steers the novice gun owner away from a full-framed semi-automatic handgun and towards a smooth profiled Ruger LCR, praising the gun’s concealability, draw-ability and reliability and suggesting he load 158 grain hollow points for good stopping power.  He also sells him on an IWB holster and corrects Walt’s natural inclination to cross draw, explaining that this rig is usually reserved for sitting.

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Walter White makes a purchase he does not seem to regret.
But what we like about this scene is that the dealer’s pitch (and Ruger’s design) must have made quite the impression on Walt as he seems to favor LCRs as his go to pocket rockets from there on out. Though it’s never overtly acknowledged, several different versions of the revolver can be seen throughout season four, used in several capacities.  We even see Walt fishing out a frozen LCR from the soda machine at his carwash in season five, so it stands to reason that Mr. White liked the design so much, he stuck with it.  How’s that for an endorsement?

9.  AA-12


The barrage of bullets at the end of the episode ‘To’Hajiilee’, cut mid bang, may have been a bit unexpectedly “A-team” flavored, but the guns were most definitely straight out of the 2000s.  The one that caught our eyes (and we’re guessing the eyes of every self-respecting gun nut) was an AA-12 with a drum mag loaded with slugs.  How this ended up in Neo-nazi hands we’ll never know, but here’s hoping they’re on the other end of Walt’s new…

10.  M60

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So many things in this life begin and end with an M60 in the trunk of a new/used car.
Vince Gilligan likes to give us pieces of the destruction to come at the beginning of each season to spur our imaginations and the signature clue that started season five was perhaps the most loaded: an M60 machine gun, a box of ammunition and an instruction manual.  How this will play in to the season finale Sunday is anybody’s guess but, really, what story can’t be ended with a general purpose machine gun?

As a rule, we identifie with Paladins, not villains, but, as one the freshest television sagas in recent memory comes to a close, we’re reminded of a quote by another controversial genius, satirist H. L. Mencken who wrote that when the chips are really down, “every normal man must be tempted to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats”.  So here’s hoping America is not just saying goodbye to Breaking Bad but also temptation.

remington 2020 scope
Right out of left field, with no fanfare, no press releases, nothing, Remington has launched a website dedicated to their as yet unannounced Remington 2020 scope that has been developed in collaboration with Tracking Point.
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The Remington 2020 is similar, both in software and hardware, to the Tracking Point system, but one major different is that the Remington 2020 is not connected to the trigger. Instead of releasing/unlocking the trigger at the exact moment the shot should be taken, the Remington 2020 simply gives the shooter a visual alert to pull the trigger. While the Tracking Point system has a range of 1,200 yards, the Remington 2020 can only provide targeting assistance out to 500 yards (although it should be noted that the laser range finding functionality will work out to 750 yards). The scope has a 3-21x magnification.
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Along with environmental factors (Temperature, Barometric Pressure, Incline/Decline, Cant, Air Density, Magnus Effect Drift, Target Movement, Coriolis Effect Drift), the Remington 2020 factors in the specific rifle characteristics (Barrel Twist and Direction, Lock Time, Ignition Time and Barrel Time) and ammunition characteristics (Drop, Wind Drift, Spin Drift., Muzzle Velocity). While this should give accurate results, it does means that the scope is coupled to the specific rifle and ammunition combinations that Remington has developed 3D flight models for. At launch there will be three scope/rifle combinations available for purchase. There is one Bushmaster AR-15 chambered in .223, a short action Model 700 chambered in .308 Win. and a long action Model 700 chambered in .30-06. Each of these rifles is matched to two Remington loads and one Barnes load.
 
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Bushmaster Varminter .223 Remington
 
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Model 700™ SPS™ Tactical Short Action 308 Win.
 
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Model 700™ Long Range (LR) Long Action 30-06 Sprg
The Remington 2020 app has been in the Apple App store since 20 September. It connects to the sope over wifi and allows an iPad or iPhone to modify the scope settings, such the size of an acceptable kill zone, and to allow other people to see what the shooter is seeing.
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Remington 2020 App
 
The scope also features video recording (including sound), so hunters can record and share their kill shots. Expect animal rights activists to go ballistic when these videos start hitting YouTube.
Remington has always been willing to try something a cutting edge. Hunters laughed at Remington when they introduced the Remington Model 700 Etronx. Who, they asked, would want a rifle that required batteries to operated? If Remington had not abandoned the concept I believe every large hunting rifle manufacturer would be making at least one electronic firing rifle. I know Tracking Point is in the digital scope game for the long term, I just wonder if Remington is as well.

CCRKBA Says "Let the ATT Gather Dust"

 

BELLEVUE, WA – Secretary of State John Kerry may have signed the controversial United Nations Arms Trade Treaty today, but tomorrow it begins gathering dust in the U.S. Senate, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms predicted.
CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb noted that Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) has already warned Kerry that the treaty “will collect dust alongside the Law of the Sea Treaty, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Kyoto Protocol, to name a few, which have all been rejected by the U.S. Senate and the American people.”
“If Secretary Kerry and President Barack Obama pursue this farce,” Gottlieb warned, “the full fury of American firearms owners could come back to haunt them. Second Amendment sovereignty is not up for grabs, and we will encourage our members and supporters to contact their senators about this treaty.”
For the ATT to be ratified requires two-thirds confirmation by the Senate. But Gottlieb noted, as did Sen. Inhofe in his letter to Secretary Kerry, that 53 senators have already indicated they will reject any treaty that threatens the Second Amendment.
“If this was all theatrics by the Obama administration,” Gottlieb observed, “the president and Secretary Kerry need better script writers. And we will remind the administration of the warning it received Wednesday morning from Sen. Bob Corker, ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The Senate has not given its advice or consent on this treaty, so ‘the Executive branch is not authorized to take any steps to implement the treaty.’ How does that look to the world when an administration can’t get one of its pet projects approved on Capitol Hill?
“We know that anti-gunners have this ‘thing’ about symbolic victories,” he concluded, “but just how much of a symbol is it if the treaty is filed in the dust bin? After Fast and Furious, Benghazi and Syria, that’s just what the Obama administration needs, another symbol of international ineptitude.”
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