TSRA Weekly NewsBrief
Aug. 16, 2012

Column: Ryan is first on Second Amendment
The Washington Times
Gun owners now have one of their own on a presidential ticket. Rep. Paul Ryan recalled "deer camp over in Fairchild in Eau Claire County" in his remarks after being chosen as Mitt Romney's vice-presidential running mate. The Wisconsin Republican is an avid hunter who has been a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights.More

Pair of Texans win college scholarships
Texas A&M's Abby Leeder and Trinity University's Jenni Clark have been named recipients of the NSSF/NSSA and NSSF/NSCA Collegiate Scholarships for 2012. Leeder is the NSSA recipient, and Clark has won the NSCA scholarship. More

NSSF awards grants to shooting facilities
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, has awarded $399,456 in grants to 16 shooting ranges to develop programs that will put more people on the firing line. The NSSF Range Grant Program assists qualifying shooting ranges in their efforts to introduce newcomers, re-activate lapsed shooters and encourage active shooters to try new shooting sports. More

House panel sues Holder over 'Fast and Furious' subpoenas
Bloomberg Businessweek
A U.S. House committee sued Attorney General Eric Holder to enforce subpoenas in its probe of the Justice Department's "Operation Fast and Furious," a bid to track the flow of illegal weapons to Mexican drug cartels. The lawsuit by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee stems from an investigation initiated by the committee in February into so-called "gun walking."More

7 must-have items for 3-gun competitions
Guns & Ammo
If you haven't at least heard about 3-gun shooting matches by now, you must be hiding under a rock. But for the uninformed, 3-gun competitions are one of the most exciting shooting sports to hit the stage in a long time. Essentially melding gun handling skills, accuracy and speed into one package, 3-gun utilizes a wide variety of skills with three firearms: rifle, pistol and shotgun. More

Media bias, inaccuracy and worse
NSSF (blog)
Recently, we noted Time magazine managing editor Richard Stengel's misrepresentation of America's most popular sporting rifle when he wrote that the "AR-15 has little or no sporting purpose." Though millions of Americans use these rifles for target shooting, Stengel apparently thinks he knows best. Last week, Time magazine editor and columnist and CNN television host Fareed Zakaria was caught plagiarizing in his article, "The Case for Gun Control."More

Texas deer hunting season forecast bright as range conditions improve
Texas is big deer country; all of it. There are a number of other states that feature excellent habitat and genetics, but none measure up to the sheer size of the Lone Star State's population. The same can be said when it comes to headgear and simply put, almost any hunter toting archery gear in October or a tested rifle during the dead of winter has the opportunity to find the buck of a lifetime not far away. More

Few changes to mule deer hunts due to CWD finding
Lone Star Outdoor News
Now that CWD has been found in far West Texas, what does it mean for mule deer hunters? Mandatory check stations will be set up in the Containment Zone, likely in Cornulas and Van Horn, although the rules will be finalized after the August meeting of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. In the adjacent High Risk Zone, other check stations are planned, although taking the deer for testing would be voluntary. More

The evolution of marksmanship
Gun Digest (blog)
From Wayne van Zwoll: One shot does not a marksman make. Neither does it demonstrate accuracy. A single hole, in an animal or a paper target, shows only that you fired the rifle. It takes more to achieve true marksmanship. During the iron-sight stage of a smallbore match years ago, I settled into prone and accidentally brushed the trigger. Dismayed, I hardly dared peek into the spotting scope. More

DU applauds Interior plan's protection of critical waterfowl areas
Ducks Unlimited
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced a new strategic plan to manage the 22.8-million-acre National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. Known as Alternative B-2, the new guidelines protect 11.8 million acres — roughly half of the reserve — as critical habitat area, while allowing oil and gas development on the remaining half. More