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Hunters seek to boycott Colorado over gun laws
The Associated Press via WVIR-TV
Hunters across the country say they are boycotting Colorado because of recent legislation meant to curtail gun violence. Colorado became the first Western state to ratchet back gun rights in response to mass shootings at a suburban Denver movie theater and an elementary school in Connecticut. Opponents warned that the gun controls would hurt hunters, especially an expansion of background-check requirements to apply to personal and online gun sales.
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The 1911: Not Just a .45
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/manufacturer — 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 derivatives — Commanders, Officer's Models, Defenders, CCOs and the like are included.
The fat lady sings on gun control, 2013 edition
Whether you are a staunch supporter of the National Rifle Association or an enthusiastic backer of the effort by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein for stronger gun control laws, it now should be clear who is winning — indeed, who has won — the latest skirmish in the gun control wars.
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Reloads or factory?
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."
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.
After taking hit in the polls, Obama pivots back to immigration reform
The White House hopes to bolster President Obama's political standing by shifting attention from the bruising budget battles of the last month to immigration reform and gun control. Democrats welcome the pivot after watching Obama's standing in polls fall amid fights with Congress over the budget and the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester.
Bloomberg, NRA prepare for Senate showdown
A gun control group backed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans a new television advertising campaign this week in a $12 million effort to sway senators' votes on legislation headed to the floor next month. But National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre said the wealthy Bloomberg "can't spend enough of his $27 billion to try to impose his will on the American public."
McCain emerges as key senator in expanding background checks
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has emerged as a key player if Senate Democrats are to have any chance of passing legislation to expand background checks for private sales of firearms. McCain and Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Dean Heller, R-Nev. are at the top of a list of Republicans considered most likely to sign on to legislation expanding background checks after talks with Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., stalled earlier in March.
DC-area governments shun Obama's gun control
In a stunning rebuke to President Obama, four Washington-area governments, one just 19 miles from the White House, have rejected his sweeping anti-gun agenda and are threatening to quit a regional government group pushing for Democratic-style gun control. Loudoun County, Va., Frederick County, Md., Manassas City, Va., and Fairfax City, Va., have all signaled that they oppose a gun control measure adopted by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, with Loudoun, Frederick and Manassas City threatening to stop funding the influential group.
Rifle sight-in process, with 2 tips most shooters will never do
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.
NRA-driven gun provisions pass along with spending bill
The House voted overwhelmingly to approve a temporary measure to keep the government funded through the end of September. Government shutdown averted. But it turns out the continuing resolution didn't just address spending. It contains six measures that limit how federal agencies deal with guns.
Gun control advocates struggle to win some Senate Democrats on expanding background checks
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Gun control supporters are struggling to win over moderate Democrats in their drive to push expanded background checks for firearms purchasers through the Senate in April. Backed by a $12 million TV advertising campaign financed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, gun control groups scheduled rallies around the country aimed at pressuring senators to back the effort.
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