Ruger American Bolt-Action Line Announced

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to present the Ruger American Rifle™, an all new, 100% American made bolt-action rifle that sets a new standard of excellence among value-priced, bolt-action rifles. Offered in short- and long-action calibers, the Ruger American Rifle combines the rugged reliability of Ruger’s past with the
award-winning ingenuity featured in so many of Ruger’s new products. Read more

2012 to See Ammunition Growth

This from the people at Brownells:

Since this is our final WebBench for the year, we wanted to take a little time to review just how the year has gone… and what we expect to see happen in the upcoming year, 2012.

Well, we would have to say 2011 was the year for home defense and personal protection firearms with their related accessories and equipment.

With the of expansion of concealed carry through all the states – except for Illinois, which we understand is working on the issue [and New Jersey which will have to be sued into submission] – this interest in self-protection has fueled much of the firearms sales, training, and accessorizing. When you layer over that the really tough economic times that have been thrust upon us, you get a tsunami of new and re-engaged firearm owners in America. Read more

D.C. Ordered to Pay $1M in Historic Gun Case

The District of Columbia has been ordered to pay  more than $1 million in attorneys’ fees as a result of the historic gun case of Heller vs D.C.

Dick Heller sued the city in 2003 over its ban on  handguns and the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the ban in June 2008,  saying it violated the Second Amendment.

A federal judge on Thursday issued an opinion  awarding Heller’s attorneys $1,137,072.27 in fees and expenses.   More here…

All I Want for Christmas is a New Gun

By Glen Wunderlich

It’s always fun trying out a new gun and working with energetic beginners makes it that much more rewarding. So it was yesterday, when a friend brought his two teenage daughters over to the range for a plinking session. (Plinking is a technical term for punching paper, “recycling” plastic bottles filled with water, and bowling with bullets in an informal setting; at least that’s what I’m calling it.)

L-R: Mike, Abbey, and Allie Load Up

The two young ladies, Allie and Abbey, had already been introduced to plinking this past summer, but now they were able to partake in a live practice session with their own pistol: a Smith & Wesson model 22A in .22 caliber long rifle. (Dad’s keeping it under his control until they are older.) With an ATN reflex sight, the young ladies took to it like a fast-action video shooting game with which they were quite familiar.

We started with some sub-sonic fodder for introduction purposes. The target pistol functioned flawlessly with the lower-power ammo and we soon graduated to some Winchester rimfire rounds advertised at 1300 feet per second. We experienced several misfires in 200 rounds but found that the pistol’s firing pin was doing its job on the rim of the cartridges; they just didn’t ignite for some reason.

Of course, punching paper gets a bit boring after a while, so we moved on to bowling pins at 20 feet.

Abbey lines 'em up

Both youngsters are quite competitive, so the challenge became to knock down 10 pins with 10 shots. It was a bit problematic, because my stock of bowling pins are quite shot up and have been outdoors for 15 years and some of the wood inside them has “gone away.” Because of that, we found that some good hits passed clean through without much more than a wobble, but we could tell a good hit anyway.  Below is a short clip of the action.

Guess it’s time to visit a local bowling alley for some fresh targets.

In any case, all of us gained a bit of experience and look forward to another session when the weather is more cooperative.

Obama Expected to Sign NRA-Backed Bill Provisions

H.R. 2055—the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012—has been passed by the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and has been sent to the President for his expected signature.  This bill contains three NRA-backed provisions that will strengthen our Second Amendment rights and prohibit your federal tax dollarsfrom being used to advance an anti-gun agenda. Read more

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