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In the hunt to be the 2016 GOP pick, top contenders agree on 1 thing: Guns
The Washington Post
There are 15 noteworthy contenders for the Republican Party's presidential nomination. Together, they own at least 40 guns. Some of them have been building their collections since childhood. Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) is up to 12 now, including an AR-15 assault weapon that he has talked about using if law and order ever breaks down in his neighborhood. Former Texas governor Rick Perry is so well-armed, he has a gun for jogging.
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Texas bill would prohibit doctors from asking about guns
Over the objections of the medical community, state Rep. Stuart Spitzer, R-Kaufman, has filed a bill that would prohibit doctors from asking patients whether they own a firearm and makes the Texas Medical Board, which licenses physicians, responsible for doling out punishment.
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Heckler & Koch bonds tumble as German military reviews G36 rifle
Heckler & Koch GmbH's bonds dropped to the lowest level in almost three years after the German Defense Ministry said it's reviewing the army's use of the company's G36 rifle. The G36 rifle has a "precision problem, particularly at high temperatures" and the military stopped its delivery "as a precaution," German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement.
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The new Umarex Octane pellet rifle shoots .22 caliber pellets at rimfire speeds with the ReAxis gas piston. These air rifles use the SilencAir system to reduce muzzle noise. Rimfire costs 4x as much as pellets and rimfire availability is still problematic.

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Powerful 3-D-printed rifle fires NATO rounds
Fox News
A group of gunsmiths just 3-D printed a bigger, better caliber rifle. , a website devoted to 3-D printing of guns, announced that one of its members successfully developed a lower receiver for a Colt CM901 rifle. The receiver for the CM901 — which is considered to be a much stronger brother of the popular AR-15 assault rifle &mdsah; was crafted on a XYZ Da Vinci printer, which normally costs around $500 — considered cheap in the 3D printer world. While they were not the first to 3D print a lower receiver, it seems as if Printed Firearm has taken an evolutionary step.
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Range safety: 4 important rules to follow
By Ken Jolly
As an NRA-certified range safety officer, I take range safety seriously. Guns are dangerous, and people can be dumb or careless. Whenever I shoot, I am always refreshing and practicing safety rules in addition to my drills. As I explain to my students, the quickest way to fail my course is to shoot the instructor. Here are four simple, but important shooting rules to follow.
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First look: Kinetic Development SAS — SCAR Adaptable Stock System
Guns & Ammo
Kinetic Development Group has created a number of tactical solutions for the FN SCAR rifle platform, and the company is continuing that trend with the introduction of its new SAS — SCAR Adaptable Stock System.
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Shot distance and patterning your turkey gun
All Outdoor
You’ve selected your turkey gun, so now comes the most important part of getting your gun ready to hunt: test patterning. Many people never do this, assuming a new gun always shoots straight — and for the most part they do. However, if your shotgun consistently shoots off your point of aim, you need to do something about it. A gunsmith can adjust your shotgun by bending the barrel or by changing the fit of your stock. A less expensive fix is to fit your gun with adjustable sights or a scope and then adjusting them until your shotgun hits where you point it.
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Top 5 best AR-15 triggers
Shooters get touchy about triggers. And for good reason. The trigger is the key interface between the shooter and the gun. The trigger "tells" the gun when to fire the shot. The more control and confidence a shooter has in a trigger, the more likely the shooter is to get hits. And as one old saying goes, "only hits count." Gunsmiths have probably been doing trigger jobs for about as long as guns have had triggers. And for most types of firearms, it's probably best to leave trigger jobs to the professionals for all sorts of reasons. But the modularity of the AR-15 means that just about anyone can easily install a brand new, specialized trigger by simply pushing out a couple of pins, removing the original trigger group, dropping in the new trigger group, and pushing the pins back in.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Are Texans ready for the passage of open carry? (By Ken Jolly)
3 great takedown survival guns (Rifle Shooter (Opinion))
The right way to swing a shotgun (By Irwin Greenstein)
5 game-changing Glocks (Gun Digest)
Shooting tips: Clues to help you read the wind (Outdoor Life)

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