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Texas gun fans get rare chance to try out automatic weapons in Frisco
The Dallas Morning News
They came for the thrill of it, for the chance to hold power in their hands, for a unique — but costly — few minutes of fun.
More than 100 people attended Machine Gun Mania this weekend at the Frisco Gun Club, where they bit the $75 bullet for a rare chance to shoot fully loaded automatic rifles. The weapons, which shoot rapid fire while the trigger is pressed, are generally reserved for military use and cannot be bought by civilians.
Feds seize hundreds of assault rifle parts from gun-maker
The Associated Press via ABC News
Federal authorities are investigating a Connecticut gun-maker after agents found nearly 3,000 assault rifle parts missing serial numbers, according to recently filed court documents. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents seized nearly 300 of the AR-15 parts from Stag Arms in September following routine inspections, prosecutors said. At the time, the father of Stag Arms owner Mark Malkowski told authorities that the employee who places serial numbers on parts was on vacation.
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.
See if the Octane is right for you.
Shooter self-care: Providing lifesaving care
Learning these skills can be the thing that keeps you or a shooting buddy alive until professional help arrives, especially since many shooting ranges are well off the beaten path.
Reloading your own ammunition: Depriming
By Ken Jolly
Primers are small inserts in the base of center-fire cartridges that spark the ignition of the gunpowder. Thus, when working with primers, safety is a primary concern. There is always the possibility of a small bang, and safety glasses should be worn when working with these. Depriming — or removing the expended primer — is accomplished with a die in your set that punches the spent primer out of the cartridge and at the same time resizes the cartridge to bring it back into spec.
First look: Ruger American Rifle Predator in 6.5 Creedmoor
Wide Open Spaces
The American Rifle series is Ruger's budget-minded answer to the a market that demands performance at a rock-bottom price. The new Predator edition aims to add some "nice to haves" to the bargain priced rifles that Nick Leghorn reviewed, and liked a great deal.
The Armalite M-15 3-Gun Rifle proves to be the choice of champions
In less than 48 hours the Armalite M-15 3-Gun Rifle gained two new titles, and in the hands of some of the most well-known pro shooters in the industry.
From the short range competition and fast-handling requirements of 3-Gun Nation to the unknown and unforgiving challenges of the USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals, the Armalite M-15 3-Gun rifle is definitely making a name for itself.
SilencerCo challenges the assumption that firearms must be loud. By investing in innovation, customer service, organic manufacturing, advocacy and education, we are now the market leader in sound suppressors, muzzle devices and related products. SilencerCo aims to make firearms hearing safe for all hunting and shooting applications, pledging to disrupt nothing but the status quo.
The pure fury of the GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon
While it might sound cool, the GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon might not ring a bell with firearms enthusiasts right off the bat — even those with a military bent. But it is fair to say it might be one of the most recognizable Gatling Gun-style weapon systems of modern times when it's mounted and ready for action.
That is because the cannon is the primary weapon system of one of the most iconic military aircraft of the 20th and 21st centuries — the A-10 Thunderbolt II.
CMMG now offering rifles in two-tone FDE
CMMG is now offering two of its most popular rifles with flat dark earth free-floating handguards and receivers. The barrel, magazine and furniture and other small parts are black for a nice two-tone look.
"Flat dark earth finish gives our rifles a new look and allows customers to further customize the rifle to their liking. For us, it's a great opportunity to provide something different and further enhance our rifle line-up," said CMMG co-owner Jeff Overstreet.
The USMC M40 sniper rifle: At the end of a useful life?
Next year, the Marine Corp will celebrate the 50th birthday of an old friend: the 7.62x51mm M40 sniper rifle. Like most 49-year-olds, this old war horse has been through a lot.
6 pocket guns to avoid like the plague
The Truth About Guns
Of all the firearm purchases you may make in your lifetime, a pocket gun is probably the one you can least afford to screw up. We buy a pocket gun for last-ditch self defense, which literally makes it a do-or-die gun. It therefore must perform when called upon. We can't dislike shooting it so much that we'll never practice with it. And we have to like it enough to carry it. Given all that, wouldn't it be nice to know which pocket guns you can rule out right off the bat? Well, you're in luck, because your fellow Americans have voted, and for some pocket guns, the results aren't pretty.
Handloading the 6.5x54 mm Mannlicher-Schoenauer
It's hard for most 21st-century hunters to imagine, but during the early 20th century the 6.5x54 mm Mannlicher-Schoenauer carbine was among the most highly regarded hunting rifles on the planet. Among its famous fans were American scientist and explorer Roy Chapman Andrews, the supposed model for Indiana Jones; Arctic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson, whose expeditions often lasted years; Charles Sheldon, the American naturalist and writer who hunted from Mexico to Alaska; and professional elephant hunter W.D.M. "Karamojo" Bell, who preferred his light ".256" carbine to any other rifle until he found the ammunition unreliable.
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Doug DuBois, Jr.
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