TSRA Weekly NewsBrief
Mar. 28, 2013

Sens. Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Ted Cruz will filibuster gun control bill
Three republicans sent a letter to Senate House Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., telling him that they "will oppose the motion to proceed" any bill that subverts the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Mike Lee, R-Utah, drafted the letter that didn't explicitly use the word "filibuster" but was, nevertheless, clearly threatening one.More

Rifle sight-in process, with 2 tips most shooters will never do
Gun Reports
VideoBrief Ryan Cleckner shares his process for sighting in a scoped rifle. There are some basics here, including bore-sighting, starting with a short 25-yard shot to get on the paper and shooting groups before making adjustments at 100 yards. Two items at the end are also worth considering: slipping the scales and finding mechanical zero.More

The ultimate hog gun
American Rifleman
Roving sounders of swine are a growing problem for landowners across the country, but have proven to be one heck of a hunting opportunity for sportsmen. Along with year-round seasons, day or night hunting and no bag limits in many parts of the country, hog hunting also provides some of the tastiest meat to go onto a grill or into an oven. As popularity in the sport expands, so does the number of specialized products designed for hog hunting.More

Where have the quail gone?
San Angelo Standard-Times
Biologists, hunters, landowners and naturalist have been asking the same question for the past several years, where have the quail gone? Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists along with Dr. Dale Rollins, professor of Wildlife Management at Texas A & M University are both leaders in the quest to determine why Texas quail are on a decline. But, they have yet to say the mystery is solved.More

Reloads or factory?
Gun Digest
Corey Graff, a columnist for Gun Digest, writes: "Writing this basic primer on reloading recently forced me to think critically about my own exploits into handloading. I don't reload as much as I used to, thanks to limited free time, but equally at fault is the fact that factory ammo has become so good. This is especially true when it comes to match-grade ammo. One benefit of reloading precision rifle ammunition is the ability to customize loads for your rifle. Benchrest shooters are renown for this level of exactness. They'll weigh out cases and bullets and discard any component that doesn't fall within their self-imposed tolerances."More

Exotic animal hunts are here
Amarillo Globe-News
Amarilloan Tim Mooring stalked quietly through the sandy terrain and said, "Man, it is perfect out here this morning." Mooring was joined by Erik Kirkpatrick, Coty Jewell, Toby Risko and Toby Tucker on a Corsican ram hunt near Childress, Texas. With the major hunting seasons such as deer, waterfowl and quail all ending, the opportunity to harvest a nice ram was intriguing. The availability of exotics animals has reached the Texas Panhandle.More

Reid to bring gun bill to floor with expanded background checks
The Hill
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will bring gun control legislation to the floor that includes a controversial expansion of background checks for private firearm sales. Reid said he would begin the process of bringing legislation to the floor for consideration in April. "Later tonight, I will start the process of bringing a bill to reduce gun violence to the Senate floor. This bill will include the provisions on background checks, school safety and gun trafficking reported by the Judiciary Committee," Reid said.More

Best states for gun owners in 2013
Guns & Ammo
These days, it's becoming more difficult for gun owners across the country to find safe haven, as the powers that be on both federal and state levels begin introducing a quagmire of anti-gun legislation hindering the rights of law-abiding citizens. States like Illinois are notorious for their anti-gun agendas, while states like Texas are viewed as a sort of shooters' paradise.More

Reid to bring gun bill to floor with expanded background checks
The Hill
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will bring gun control legislation to the floor that includes a controversial expansion of background checks for private firearm sales. Reid said he would begin the process of bringing legislation to the floor for consideration in April.More

Colorado governor expected to sign mag ban, Magpul packing their bags
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to sign several hotly-debated gun control bills into state law, including a magazine ban. If he does, as promised, Magpul will leave the state.More

Feinstein's assault weapons ban dropped from Senate gun bill: Is it dead?
A fatal blow may have been delivered to Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s, D-Calif., federal ban on ‘assault’ weapons after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said that it will not be included as part of a comprehensive gun control package that the Senate will consider in April.More

Best dog breeds for every game animal
Outdoor Life
Discussing the best breed of hunting dog for various game is kind of like arguing whether a Chevy or Ford is better. But, we're going to take a crack at putting some definition to the hunting dogs discussion. While many breeds can be hunted on several species of quarry, we're going to only use a breed of hunting dog once — forcing us to choose wisely which breed we'd want if pursuing that animal. Hopefully this allows us to cover a wide range of breeds and gives you a better idea of the strengths of each dog. So, use our hunting dog guide for picking out your next pup and let the debate begin.More

The 1911: Not just a .45
American Rifleman
There were an even dozen calibers chambered in the M1911 pistol by Colt's Mfg. in Hartford, Conn. At the outset, understand that we will deal exclusively with the products of the original developer/manufacture — Colt. There are also several wildcat cartridges (.38-45, .460 Rowland, .45 Super, .38 Casull) that can be made to work in the original M1911 platform. Since they were not legitimized as original Colt factory chamberings, they won't be included in this discussion. Also understand that only M1911 pistols and their immediate derivative — Commanders, Officer's Models, Defenders, CCOs and the like are included.More

Wisconsin marine stops assault with concealed firearm
Guns & Ammo
Typically, liberals rant about how allowing people to carry guns will turn the streets into the wild west — or at least they used to; in the 1980s they were screaming that hysterically and ABC even did a made-for-TV movie dramatizing their unrealistic anti-gun fantasies. The liberals have nearly abandoned that argument, because there are now so many states which allow CCWs — and the violent crime rate has gone down. More

Polymer casings: The future of ammo?
Field & Stream
VideoBrief These rounds might mark the end of the metal casing. The polymer casing significantly reduces ammunition weight while retaining its accuracy--meaning you can carry more ammo during your next hunt. More