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Whitetails: Scrapes vs. Rubs

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 22:31
There has never been a hotter topic about deer hunting than whether it is better to hunt scrapes or hunt rub lines. Anyone who has killed a respectable buck near a fresh rub or rub line is likely to prefer and choose hunting rubs. Likewise, anyone who has killed a big buck near or on a scrape is likely to choose hunting scrapes.

Video: How to Mount a Rifle Scope

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 20:41
There is a difference between properly mounting a rifle scope to your long gun and properly mounting a scope for the shooter. While one ensures the optic is secure, the other adds the additional factor of ensuring the shooter may obtain a comfortable, repeatable mount for increased accuracy. Few of us shoot to miss, so let's look at how to do it right the first time without the frustration and wasted ammunition when we sight it in.

Range Report: Rock Island M206 .38 Special

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 17:14
I feel, among the best all-around defensive handguns for home use is the .38 Special revolver with a short barrel. The short-barreled .38 offers a host of advantages over the auto loader and a time-tested track record second to none. The double-action revolver is simple enough for the occasional user. The .38 Special isn’t our […]

Reader Comments of the Week — September 9, 2017

Sat, 09/09/2017 - 08:55
A recap or sampling of the most active, interesting, or on occasion, randomly selected reader comments from the previous week.

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist: Katrina—Years Later

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 07:40
Nine years ago today, the third worst hurricane in Untied States history displaced hundreds of thousands, killed 2,000 and did billions in dollars worth of damage. That hurricane was Hurricane Katrina and it changed the city of New Orleans and its people forever. We are smack dab in the middle of hurricane season and on the even of National Preparedness Month. On this ninth anniversary of the devastating Hurricane Katrina, as we take a moment to reflect, I hope that you vow to yourself to prepare your family and your neighbors for any disaster. This hurricane preparedness guide provides a preparedness checklist of everything you need to add to your disaster kit.

M1 Carbine: The Classic Warhorse (Part III)

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 21:19
Collecting is a journey through the colorful history fraught with fakes and poor quality examples of an otherwise highly desireable firearm. In this final installment of our M1 Carbine overview series, the author covers the good, the bad and the ugly of collecting M1 Carbines, as well as stories of the M1 Carbine for hunting and comparisons to other self-defense guns and calibers.

21 State AGs Argue 4th Circuit Ban on Modern Sporting Rifles Unconstitutional

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 08:06
Twenty-one state Attorneys General have filed a joint amici curiae, or “friends of the court,” brief supporting the petitioning of the U.S. Supreme Court by plaintiffs, including the National Shooting Sports Foundation, to take up Kolbe v. Hogan, the case in which the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decided Maryland could ban semi-automatic modern sporting rifles on grounds they are “like” firearms in use by the military.

ScentLok: Seven Steps to Scent Control

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 08:04
Since the dawn of time, hunters have battled the noses of the game they pursued. Several products have come to the hunter's aid, but few with the results enjoyed by ScentLok. ScentLok brought the first activated carbon hunting apparel to market 25 years ago. In the years since, helping big game hunters get closer to their quarry by dramatically reducing their odor signature—the ScentLok Advantage—has become the driving force behind the ScentLok brand.

September 1 is Here! This is How the Texas Gun Laws Have Changed

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 09:39
Texas has always bred some of the most patriotic citizens and some of the most rebellious—all in the same package. The new round of laws passed by the legislature shows the same patriotic rebellious spirit by putting the power in the hands of the people. New laws include reduced fees, enhanced rights to carry certain firearms and knives and enhancements to make acquiring the Licence to Carry (LTC) more convenient to obtain. Read this release from TSRA to learn about the September 1 changes to Texas gun law.

Reader Comments of the Week — September 2, 2017

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 08:32
A recap or sampling of the most active, interesting, or on occasion, randomly selected reader comments from the previous week.

Glock Announces the New G17 Gen5 and G19 Gen5 Pistols

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 15:38
Glock's design has proven its worth—regardless of whether you are a Glock fanboy or a hater. The changes to the design through the various generations are not overtly obvious to eye, which leads some to believe all Glocks are all the same; a one trick pony. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sure, the basic design has been proven, some would go so far as to say perfected.

M1 Carbine: The Classic Warhorse (Part II)

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 08:00
Part two of this three part series focuses on the reputation of the M1 Carbine from returning GIs, the wave of popularity generated by the $24 rifles offered through the NRA and DCM in the early '60s, and Hollywood's contribution—plus a whole lot more!

Range Report: Ruger SR1911 10mm

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 04:51
Ruger’s latest SR1911 is a bold step. The 10mm auto cartridge is a powerful number that gives handgunners a viable cartridge for long-range use and hunting of medium-sized game. It is suitable for defense against animals and a viable service and personal defense cartridge. The SR1911 differs considerably from previous pistols and may arguably be one of the best 10mm 1911 handguns ever built.

Video: How to Safely Hang a Ladder Stand — Hunter Safety Systems

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 08:48
Hanging a ladder stand sounds pretty simple. But doing it properly by keeping safety first and foremost isn’t always the way it is done. That’s why Hunter Safety System, the company dedicated to saving hunters’ lives, has launched a new instructional video specifically on this topic.

Arex Offers Free Holsters to All Customers — Past and Present

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 16:22
"We are not trying to buy the next customer with a rebate or freebie. We wanted to take care of all of our customers, by offering them the incentive—even after the sale. After all, they are all part of the Rex family," said Walker English, director of sales for FIME Group.

3 Tips for Low-Impact Deer Scouting

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 22:44
Many successful deer hunters spend more time scouting than hunting. And for the whitetail elite, scouting is a year-‘round proposition. But late summer seems to be the time when most everyday deer hunters get serious. Bow season is right around the corner, and they’re anxious to pattern deer for fast success once the opener arrives. Consequently, they ramp up their scouting activities in the field. However, human encroachment in the whitetail’s world is a complex thing.

10 Ways to Celebrate National Shooting Sports Month

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 21:23
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has brought manufacturers and retailers together to a month-long celebration of the shooting sports. There are a ton of rebates, discounts, and sales to help you save some cash or allow you to stretch each dollar further. Here is the full release from the NSSF.

D.C. Appeals Court Strikes Down ‘Good Reason’ Licensing Scheme

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 10:57
“Unconstitutional” is what a federal appeals court has ruled on the D.C. gun law that says people must show “good reason” to have concealed handgun permits. The Second Amendment is sufficient reason itself to issue permits, according to the 2-1 ruling released Tuesday July 25, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Reader Comments of the Week — August 12, 2017

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 09:45
A recap or sampling of the most active, interesting, or on occasion, randomly selected reader comments from the previous week.

Into the Mind: Lone Wolf Attacks

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 16:56
In this article, Bob Campbell looks at successes and difficulties of identifying the lone wolf, the dangers and responsibilities of the individual to be their own last line of defense. The danger of the lone wolf is grave and not likely to be solved soon or easily, but it is a threat the individual armed citizen is likely to face, address, and defeat.

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