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Texas State Rifle Association receives AgriLife Extension Partnership Award
Texas A&M AgriLife
The Texas State Rifle Association has been honored with an Extension Partnership Award presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The award was presented Jan. 6 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Conference held on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station.
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How recoil spring rate affects timing
Shooting Times
Recoil spring rate must be balanced with the ammunition in order to keep the gun running reliably and to prevent excess wear from battering. Spring rate affects timing during the recoil and feeding cycle. If the recoil spring is too strong, the gun won't cycle reliably and can cause failures in extraction and ejection, and feeding malfunctions by not going far enough to the rear or by cycling so fast that the round in the magazine hasn't been pushed up far enough for proper engagement.
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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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FN awarded $84.6 million machine gun contract
The U.S. Army awarded FN America a contract to build M240 machine guns and parts for four 1-year ordering periods with a total value not to exceed $84.6 million. The M240 is a medium machine gun chambered for 7.62mm NATO and serves in numerous platforms and variants for the U.S. military. The contract — approved Dec. 9 but announced Jan. 5 — covers models B, C, D and H.
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Bill would require most government buildings to allow concealed handguns
They are a familiar sight when entering government owned buildings like City Hall, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the AT&T Center ... signs advising that concealed handguns are not allowed, and occasionally warning of massive penalties for anybody who dares to carry a gun onto the premises. But State Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, says those signs are illegal, and she has filed a measure in the upcoming session demanding that they be removed from all but a handful of federal, state and local government buildings.
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10 things you didn't know about Federal Premium Ammunition
American Hunter
When you've got nearly a century under your belt, some interesting factoids tend to slip between the cracks and get forgotten. After a little detective work — and assistance from the folks in Anoka — we were able to assemble 10 facts that you might not know about Federal Premium Ammunition.
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Remington 887 shotgun recall
Gun Tests
Remington is voluntarily recalling Remington Model 887 shotguns manufactured from Dec. 1, 2013 to Nov. 24, 2014. The company has determined that some Remington Model 887 shotguns manufactured between those dates may have a defect causing the firing pin to bind in the forward position within the bolt, which can result in an unintentional discharge when chambering a live round.
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Bersa releases concealed-carry ready .380
Gun Digest
If you're a .380 ACP fan, then 2014 was your year. The market was flooded with handguns chambered for the John M. Browning-designed cartridge, fueled by the growing interest in concealed carry. And the field got a bit more crowded before the New Year, with a manufacturer familiar with the .380 introducing a new pistol in the caliber. Bersa added another .380 to its roster, expanding its Concealed Carry line with the BP380.
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Cabot debuts new S-Class custom left- and right-handed 1911s at lower price point
Cabot Guns, a high-end 1911 builder known for extreme precision, is launching new S-Class 1911 pistols at a new price point. They're made to the same standards synonymous with Cabot, but at a price that a lot more people can reach. The S-Class pistols are hardly budget guns, with prices starting in the mid-$3,000s, but considering that's about half the price of the standard models, the S-Class is essentially a new beginning for the first-rate custom builder.
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TSRA membership and Legislative Alerts
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Keep the information flowing! Go to or call 512-615-4200 and join, renew or upgrade your TSRA membership. TSRA is the NRA state affiliate, since 1919. Keep the faith and share this email!

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Texas State Rifle Association

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