TSRA Weekly NewsBrief
Oct. 2, 2014

Texas deer season underway — big bucks falling
Lone Star Outdoor News
The Texas bow season has begun, along with rifle season for ranches with MLDP level 3 permits, and some good bucks hit the ground judging by message boards and what we are hearing here in the LSON office. The Hill Country and parts of north and central Texas seemed the best bets for opening-weekend success, and scouting played a big part in downing a buck.More

How to build the ultimate shooting range bench
A recent move put Keith Wood a short drive from the family farm and the subsequent ability to create something he has always wanted: His own shooting range. Wood would have unlimited access 24 hours per day and 365 days per year. Better yet, he wouldn’t have anyone banging away one bench over with an SKS while he's trying to squeeze every ¼ MOA out of a precision custom rifle. Having the place all to himself was the goal, but building a range also meant building his facilities, and that included a shooting bench. More

Sharpshooters raise $1.2M for military charities
Fox News
Patriotic Americans from around the country headed to Texas recently for the Remington Great American Shoot, raising nearly $1.2 million for military charities. The largest charity fundraising shoot ever held in America, the inaugural event was held Sept. 20 at the Cypress Valley Shooting Preserve just north of Austin. The event surpassed its goal of $1 million, raising $1.17 million. More

How to clean a bolt-action rifle
By John McAdams
A good rifle is one of the most important and expensive pieces of equipment for many hunters all over the world. Hunting, especially in extremely rainy or snowy weather, can really put a rifle to the test. The last thing a hunter wants is for his or her rifle to fail at a critical moment on the hunt of a lifetime. Luckily, a rifle that is properly cleaned and maintained will function reliably for many years. This article describes how to clean a bolt-action rifle. More

Texas quail habitat gets a boost with $4 million in grants
Lone Star Outdoor News
Rising quail numbers this season isn’t the only good news for the little bird and the people who love to hunt them. As bird hunters look to quail season opening on Oct. 25 across Texas, there is new hope for bobwhite quail, and for dozens of other birds and animals that share the same native grassland habitat. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has awarded grants to put $4 million worth of quail habitat conservation on the ground, using a special appropriation by the Texas Legislature to help bring back the quail.More

Olympic double trap: It's a lot tougher than it looks
Guns Magazine
In 1964, Italian shotgunner Ennio Mattarelli won the gold medal in trap shooting at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. With that medal and a then relatively unknown type of shotgun, Mattarelli and gunmaker Danielle Perazzi changed the face of international trap shooting forever. Shooting a custom designed 12-gauge shotgun, Mattarelli’s record in Olympic Trap has never been broken — 198×200.More

First look: Ruger AR-556
Guns & Ammo
Ruger’s new AR-556 marks the company’s first M4-style rifle with a direct impingement gas system. The best part of all: The AR-556 is manufactured by Ruger in the USA and you won’t have to refinance your house to own one. At an expected retail price of $599, Ruger is making it easier than ever for people to get into the AR-15 platform without breaking the bank. More

The false promise of background checks
There are more than 15 million NICS background checks processed every year, totaling over 180 million checks since the program’s inception in 1998. Between 98 percent and 99 percent of those checks were on regular, unrestricted people — most of whom already own at least one firearm. Of the few prohibited persons caught trying to purchase a firearm, the vast majority didn’t realize they were prohibited, and who had no criminal intent. In 2010, which is typical of recent years, only about 60 individuals — out of 15 million — were considered worthy of prosecution, and only 13 people — out of 15 million — were actually convicted of illegally trying to purchase a firearm.More

Special forces impersonator admits felonious past
Houston Chronicle via San Antonio Express-News
A Conroe man who authorities said passed himself off as an Army Ranger to get closer to the inner circle of ex-Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell — the storied war hero portrayed in the book and movie “Lone Survivor” — pleaded guilty Monday to being a felon in possession of a firearm. When sheriff's deputies and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched Daniel Lee Marshall Jr.'s Conroe trailer in April, they found several guns, an Army dress uniform with ribbons that he did not earn and a pickup with a Purple Heart license plate that he did not deserve. More

Making a homemade metal semi-automatic rifle just got crazy easy
Ars Technica
Eighteen months after demonstrating that he could make a 3-D printed gun, Cody Wilson announced that his nonprofit group, Defense Distributed, has now moved on to simplifying the process of manufacturing traditional metal guns. Defense Distributed is now selling a $1,200 computer-numerically-controlled (CNC) mill — dubbed the "Ghost Gunner" — that can complete an unfinished lower receiver for an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle as part of a limited pre-order. While designed to mill an AR-15 lower, the CNC could theoretically mill anything of a similar size.More

Retired Texas game warden receives Outstanding Leadership award
Lone Start Outdoor News
Retired Texas game warden Kris Bishop was awarded the Outstanding Leadership award by the State Agency Council to the Governor’s Commission for Women at their awards luncheon at Renaissance Austin on Sept. 24. “Through her service with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Kris has become a trailblazer and role model, not just for female game wardens, but for every game warden,” said Col. Craig Hunter, TPWD Director of Law Enforcement. “She is an exceptional leader whose contributions to our agency will not soon be forgotten.”More

How to sight-in your rifle for the perfect long-range shot
If this is your first time sighting in a new scope, there are a few things that will make this super quick and extra easy. A rifle rest like a Caldwell Lead Sled would be the first. A bore sight will also greatly help with getting things started off quickly. It is a laser that slips in to the barrel of your rifle and helps you line the scope up to where the barrel is pointing. It is best to do this at a short distance of about 25 yards to get the scope pointed in generally the right direction. More

Texas deer season underway — big bucks falling
Lone Star Outdoor News
The Texas bow season has begun, along with rifle season for ranches with MLDP level 3 permits, and some good bucks hit the ground judging by message boards and what we are hearing here in the LSON office. More

Texas requests to buy guns plummet
The number of Texans seeking federal permission to purchase firearms has dropped 18 percent this year as fears of tougher regulations subside. The Houston Chronicle reports that experts attribute the slowdown to waning fears of stricter federal regulations.More

Best states for concealed carry 2014
Guns & Ammo
It has been nearly 30 years since Florida started the CCW ball rolling across the nation and the modern concealed carry revolution began. Since that time, the national pendulum has swung to the point of shall-issue carry laws being the rule rather than the exception. More