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How to prepare for the upcoming rifle season
Rifle Shooter
Winter — late December through early March — is probably the worst time for a rifleman. Just how bad depends a whole lot on where you live, but days are short and most hunting seasons are closed. Ranges are usually open, but the weather can make serious rifle shooting downright miserable if not impossible. But, hey, the days still last 24 hours, and there's still some time that can be put to good use. Spring will come in its own time, but, for now, here are some ideas for making the winter pass more quickly.
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Legislation would strengthen background checks
The Mercury
Legislation meant to strengthen background checks on commercial gun sales is garnering bipartisan support from several U.S. lawmakers, including U.S. Congressman Pat Meehan. Meehan, of Upper Darby, co-sponsored House Resolution 1217, which was proposed recently. It would create a universal regulation by mandating all gun sales, including firearms sold by private gun dealers at gun shows and online, become subject to background checks.
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8 long guns for small-framed shooters
American Rifleman
Not everyone who enjoys the shooting sports is graced with a Herculean physique. Those enthusiasts who have a more compact structure are usually looking for quality rifles and shotguns that feature a shorter length-of-pull, aren't too heavy to swing, and produce a moderate or low level of felt recoil. Fortunately, there are several options that can be a great fit for smaller gun wranglers, some of which may surprise you. Here is a countdown of models to keep in mind.
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Should you clean suppressors?
Shotgun News
OK, we all like to clean guns, right? Right? Well, some of us do. Mostly we just wipe the biggest chunks of mud off, spray a bit of cleaner here and there, and keep our firearms lubed. But when it comes to suppressors, some people just get OCD. The levels of "OhmygodIhavetoclean" just go off the chart. So, the question becomes, just how much do you have to clean a suppressor? In fact, do you have to clean a suppressor?
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Don't let your shooting skills get rusty
By Ken Jolly
We all know people who buy a gun for home defense, load it and lock it away with the sure certainty that it will fire when needed most. These firearms should have been cleaned, broken in and tested with their choice of self-defense ammunition. Locked up, they collect dust and the lubrication dries up. Just like your gun, your shooting skills can get rusty if you leave them on the shelf for too long. I try to stress to my CHL students the need for continuing practice.
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Handloads: Will your gun blow up?
Gun Digest
Firearms come apart when gas pressures from burning powder can't leave soon enough. Time matters. Pressures can't build to dangerous levels if you don't give them time.
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Assembling and firing a Glock 19 with 1 hand
VideoBrief How is your dexterity? Instructor Zero demonstrates his by running through this one-handed assembly drill #8212; with a gas mask, no less — as part of a stress-training exercise. He proves to be surprisingly adept at manipulating the Glock 19 and was able to shoot six rounds on three targets in less than 35 seconds.
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Aging and the defensive shooter
American Rifleman
As we get older, we must keep in mind that we can still be a target for criminal attack. In fact, we may become even more of a target as the years catch up with us. The crooks see the gray hair, the wrinkles, and figure that we will be less likely to resist and less likely to be armed. Age may cause us to have physical problems to deal with, but many of them can be overcome. And we owe it to ourselves and our families to be as tough a target as is humanly possible. Here are a few ideas to help older defensive shooters deal with their issues.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Court denies petition for rehearing in suit asking EPA to ban traditional ammo (Ammoland)
Girls with guns: 7 tips for women on buying your 1st handgun (Newsmax)
The P-17 Enfield (Field & Stream)
Proposed ban on popular bullet triggers run on ammo sales (CBS News)
Remington 700 Mountain Rifle (Outdoor Life Magazine)

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