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HOW TO SIGHT-IN YOUR RIFLE FOR THE PERFECT LONG-RANGE SHOT

Your rifle is only as accurate as you make it. Here’s how to sight it in for tight clusters and long-distance shooting. Last weekend Wes and I ventured to the closest public long distance shooting range to L.A. with the goal of sighting in my new Weatherby Mark V Ultra Lightweight, and blasting away those pesky steel sheep and pigs. I’ll walk you through what accuracy means for your rifle and what you need to know to get it prepped for that perfect shot.

2The Weatherby Mark V Ultra Lightweight is under 6 pounds bare and under 7 pounds with a scope!

If shooting at a range is not for you, public land is often easily accessible. Your local Bureau of Land Management should have plenty of info available to you about where you can and cannot shoot. In Arizona, we would often drive out to the middle of the desert and shoot as we pleased. With the closest wide open area to us being out near Barstow, I was ok with staying in the fringes of the mountains. The benefits of a range can outweigh going to the boonies when you consider the range was set up with steel targets from 100 yards, all the way out to 600. You also have the convenience of supplies. Wes was a little trigger happy, but was able to buy more ammo and keep shooting throughout the day.

3Minute of Angle, or MOA, is the standard unit of measure for the accuracy of a rifle. What is a “1 MOA grouping”? To understand that, we first need to understand what a minute of angle is.

Think hard back to elementary school when you were learning angles. You probably remember SOH-CAH-TOA, the ancient chief of the land of Hypotenuse. As a young lad, I remember measuring angles out to a few decimal points, when in fact, those smaller fractions of 1 degree are called minutes and seconds. There are 60 minutes in 1 degree, 60 seconds in 1 minute. Degrees and minutes might also sound familiar if you are used to reading maps with latitude and longitude, these are all measurements of angles.

What does this mean for a rifle?! 1 MOA, or 1/60 of 1 degree, is the angular spread measured at 100 yards. This just so happens to be 1″ (1.047″ to be exact) at 100 yards. Because this is an angular measurement, it is changing at different distances. The image below should help visualize this.

41 MOA, or 1/60 degree, at different distances (exaggerated for clarity).

Just about every manufacturer will claim that their rifle can shoot “Sub MOA”. This is great and all, but what does that mean in the field? At 100 yards, you should expect to shoot a 3 shot group all with in a 1″ diameter circle or less. Out at 200 yards, this grouping should be within 2 inches, 3″ at 300 yards…you get the idea. I will personally tell you that shooting that grouping is hard, no matter what gun you have. If you are professional marksman, mount your high horse and feel proud. In the field, while on a hunt, this sort of accuracy is like saying that you’ve dialed in your sling shot to hit the side of your annoying brother’s Camaro. You don’t need to be that accurate to bust out his window.

Most North American big game fall into a category called “medium size big game,” or “medium game.” These includes deer, goats, bear, antelope, and sheep ranging from the elusive, ghost-like white tail deer of Southern Arizona, that are smaller than Wes’ dog Wiley, all the way up to the 300 pound range. With a heart-lung kill area ranging from 8″ up to 10″, you can see where the necessity of having a perfectly sighted in rifle will be more about the bragging rights than it is of being practical.

5An 8″ kill zone on your average North American Deer includes the lungs and heart

For my hunt next month, I know that terrain will limit me to shots of no more than about 300 yards. To keep an effective kill range, I need to have my rifle sighted in to 2 MOA and still have room for a little error. This means that at 100 yards, I need to be able to shoot a 2″ group, at 200 yards, a 4″ group, and at 300 yards, a 6″ group. None of this sounds overwhelmingly impressive, and that’s because our world of over-hyping media has made you believe that ever person who has ever picked up any rifle can shoot Sub MOA on their first time out. Sub MOA accuracy is pretty irrelevant and unimportant when there are many other more important things for taking the perfect shot, like the consistency of the cartridge and the reliability of the rifle.

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 Sledwould 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. We didn’t have either one of these conveniences, and were able to sight the rifle in just fine. An ice chest and a Mexican blanket can work great too. Anything you can to do steady the rifle and remove the human error will be extremely helpful in dialing in the rifle.

6A Caldwell Lead Sled takes the human jitters out of the equation.

First things first, wear eye and ear protection! It would be foolish not to and no range will let you on site without either. Ear plugs work fine for me, but ear muffs tend to be more comfortable for most. Also, when the guy next to you is breaking in his new rifle and its awesome muzzle brake that is designed to save his hearing, you can bet that all of those pressure waves are going out to the side where you are sitting. Wear the protection!

Most if not all modern rifle scopes are outfitted with a couple of turrets used for adjusting the reticle (cross hairs). On myLeupold VX-6, and most scopes, the elevation turret (up and down) is on the top of the scope and the windage turret (left to right) is on the side. Your scope should tell you what the adjustments mean. Typically they are in 1/4 MOA, or 1/4″ per 100 yards per click as shown below.

7I have found that shooting a 3 shot group, then making adjustments is the best way to dial the scope in. With the scope trained on the center of the target, take 3 shots. Hopefully all 3 shots line up in close proximity to each other and give you an idea of where the scope is pointing relative to where you want it to point. When I started at 100 yards, my grouping was about 1.5″ low and 3″ to the right. This meant that I need to click the elevation turret 6 clicks up and the windage turret 12 clicks to the left.

Letting the barrel cool between shooting a grouping is a really good idea. Your barrel will act differently when it is smoking hot vs. when it is cold. And when you are out on your hunt after hiking 18 miles in to the bush and up and over the high mountains, your barrel will be cold.

Patience is needed here to take out each potential error. After a few more groupings, I was dead on at elevation, but still about 3/4″ to the left. 3 more clicks back to the right and my .257 magnum is plenty accurate for me.

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Once dialed in, we wanted to see just what this high velocity Weatherby boasting was all about! A friend at the range let us pop a few rounds through his chronograph to measure the muzzle velocity of the 100 grain solid copper Barnes TSX .257 bullet and, as Weatherby claims, their factory rounds are fast — 3623 feet per second fast! The friend who had shot before me was 1000 feet per second slower with his 7mm Mag and a 120 grain bullet. This velocity goes a long way in keeping that long range trajectory super flat.

9With steel targets out each 100 yards, we were able to see just how far and flat this rifle could shoot. An 8″ disk at 200 yards, hit every time with the scope pinned on the center. A small 12″ tall pig at 300 yards, again hit every time with the cross hairs near the top of the target. Out at 400 yards, I needed to start accounting for the drop of the bullet, but even with only a few inches held over the top of a 10″ disc, I was on target each time. We skipped 500 and wanted to see if we could nail a small sheep target out at 600 yards! In my scope, at 12x magnification, the target was still only about 1/2″ tall for what my eye was seeing. Remember, the scope is still sighted in at 100 yards, and according to Weatherby’s info the bullet should be dropping more than 3 feet at this distance. I held over about 1.5x the size of the target, and after 4 shots I was not able to connect. We could see the dust cloud of the round landing nearby, but not on target. A small breeze has the very high potential to throw these light rounds around at that long of a distance.

The fact that I could hit the steel out at 400 yards with minimal hold over really impressed me. I am confident that any shot I take next month under 300 yards will be dead on.

Wes spent most of the day shooting my 40 year old .243 Winchester Model 70, while I had my fun with the Weatherby. We each went through 60 rounds of ammo and neither of us felt too sore after the day was over, I don’t think you could say the same if you were shooting any rifle over the .300 caliber size.

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THE INCREDIBLY HANDY SAVAGE 24B-DL COMBINATION GUN [VIDEO]

The Savage 24B-DL 20 gauge/.22 Magnum combination gun is one trusty gem. Whether the wild game has four legs or wings this unique gun has the right gun for you. Pick a rifle or a shotgun barrel and that game animal is yours.The Savage 24B-DL 20 gauge/.22 Magnum shotgun/rifle is a rifle and a shotgun at a moments notice.

This weapon is a deluxe model “DL” and shoots both the .22 Magnum and the 20-gauge shotshell. This unique double barrel shotgun and rifle has a lot to offer the hunter. If your game is on the wing, switch to the shotgun barrel. Long shots get the rifle barrel.

Many versions and caliber/gauge combinations were also made by Savage Arms. There was even a 30/30 rifle over a 12 gauge barrel. Now there is power.

Sadly the Savage 24 combination gun series has not been manufactured in years. Watch gun shows and pawn shops for your chance to own this very handy weapon.

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BREAKING NEWS: OBAMA ATF ANNOUNCES BACKDOOR AMMO BAN!

This is not a drill. The Obama administration just implemented a new regulatory change that has sent the entire firearms industry into a tailspin overnight. A key ingredient necessary for making gunpowder has been re-classified as a high explosive, making it illegal for any company within the industry to transport or store it as they have for decades.

It all stems from how the ATF regulates a chemical compound known as nitrocellulose. For decades, the firearm industry has been allowed to store and transport wetted nitrocellulose without having to treat it as a high explosive. Manufacturers deliberately mix the chemical compound with water to make it less volatile.

Overnight, the ATF just completely changed its regulations, turning everyone in the ammunition industry into felons if they do business the way they have for decades.

The entire industry is now at a standstill. Without nitrocellulose, you can’t make smokeless gunpowder. Without smokeless powder, there’s no ammunition.

This is the real deal. If this regulation stays in place, it will take months for the industry to recover and send ammunition prices through the roof!

Don’t let Obama’s ammunition ban go through. Stand and fight! Click to force Congress to STOP Obama’s ATF from implementing this new crippling regulation!

There’s nothing “sexy” about ATF regulations pertaining to wetted nitrocellulose. This isn’t going to get any coverage in the media. Start talking to the average American about nitrocellulose and other chemical compounds and their eyes will start to glaze over.

The chemistry isn’t really all that important. This new regulation has ground the entire domestic ammunition manufacturing industry to a halt.

The ATF gave the industry no notice. No grace period. This came down overnight. The entire supply chain for this crucial gunpowder component is now non-compliant.

This isn’t the first time that Obama has gone after ammunition components. Two years ago, the administration shut down the last remaining lead smelter in the United States.

Just a few weeks ago, the administration redefined the term “firearm manufacturer” to include gunsmiths, forcing thousands of small businesses to pay thousands of dollars a year in new fees to the State Department just to be allowed to stay in business.

Obama knows that any grandiose attempt at disarmament will fail. They tried to push gun control through Congress in 2013 and failed miserably. So, they are doing everything they can behind the scenes to attack the firearms industry and gun owners alike.

They just made it impossible to commercially produce gunpowder in the United States. Left unchecked, this regulation will leave gun shop shelves bare. If the industry is able to recover and become compliant, say goodbye to affordable ammunition.

You are receiving this email because you have stood with us against the anti-gun Obama administration in the past.

I am calling on your support one more time. Rise up and STOP this backdoor ammunition ban before it cripples the entire gun industry!

Obama just launched a backdoor ban on ammunition. Don’t let him get away with this! Stand and DEMAND that Congress put a stop to this lawlessness!

This is the real deal. If Obama isn’t stopped, it’s game over.

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Erathr3 Grunt 5.56mm: UltraLight 4.7-Pound Sub-MOA Carbine—Full Review

Custom built firearms have always been popular. Many of the most useful features found now on production firearms came from small shops, builders and manufacturers. Were it not for their willingness to push past the norm, we would probably still be using flintlocks. They remain a driving force behind innovation. It’s largely responsible for increased popularity amongst what many consider the “atypical” buyer. Just as innovation drives things forward, so does catering to the current or future market, not the last one. Firearms companies languished in obscurity for decades building for the previous century’s market because “that’s how it’s done.” When they started making firearms, accessories and gear for this and the next generation, things took off and continues to rise.

A NEW WORLD

Retention pins, the magazine release and the trigger pins are titanium to save weight.

Retention pins, the magazine release and the trigger pins are titanium to save weight.

Spending most of my life carrying a firearm for a living, my world has always revolved around practicality, usefulness, and the budgetary constraints of police departments. Collecting firearms or purchases based on intrinsic value has always been a secondary concern for me. I enjoy shooting firearms but they remain tools, something much of my generation still believes. Fortunately, my ability to spend time with new and young shooters lets me appreciate the new world and its perspective. Many new buyers are neither preparing for war or the zombie apocalypse. Home defense or personal protection may be secondary if even a consideration. It’s all about enjoying themselves. Much of this current generation enjoys a standard of living us “old timers” just never had. It means they can buy firearms because they like them, not because they need them. Camouflage is replaced with stylish design, radical lines and bright colors. To be honest, it’s refreshing and a few companies are targeting this market well. Erathr3 is one of them.

Erathr3 is not some large corporate manufacturer building firearms in the  thousands. Sheri Johnson and Sterling Becklin started Erathr3 in 2013, and it remains a lean operation. Having worked for Noveske since 2004, Sheri no newcomer to the firearms community.  Teaming with former Noveske president, Sterling Becklin, they are looking to reach a market less interested in a tactical edge yet still in need of high-quality products. These are not cheap (with prices starting in the upper $2,000 range), but they are high-quality firearms. Spending three days with EraThr3’s Sheri, Sterling and Ken Hutchinson, it was my pleasure to get a real feel for their products, ideas, and company.

The Grunt utilizes titanium parts as well as extensive lightening cuts to achieve its feathery weight. Note the open-cut mag well.

The Grunt utilizes titanium parts as well as extensive lightening cuts to achieve its feathery weight. Note the open-cut mag well.

Along with Proof Research and Leupold Optics, Erathr3 put together a media event held at Buck Doyle’s Follow Through Consulting range in Teasdale Utah. Buck’s Scoped Carbine Class is focused on engaging steel targets out to 1,000 meters, most of them small. His experience as a combat-proven Force Recon Marine keeps him focused on simplicity, accuracy and getting hits on target without complicated math or knob turning. His long relationship with Todd Hodnett from Applied Ballistics means he relies on either the Horus Vision T2 or T3 reticle. In order to meet the demands of this class, Erathr3 built rifles specifically for this task. It provides insight into their mindset. These rifles were designed a month or so prior to the class, machined the week before, and completed the night before they left. While based on an earlier rifle, the “Grunt” included features never used prior. It was all about being different, and they accomplished that task very well.

Arriving prior to class to help with setup, I rolled up on Buck zeroing rifles that were Cerakoted in bright orange, green, blue and pink. Each was housed in a custom made wood ammo crate with each writer’s name engraved on it. A custom bag included a dog tag with your name, assorted clothing and even some goodies. Meeting Sheri and Sterling it was a beginning to some of the most fun I have had on the range in a long time. Both are engaging, friendly, enthusiastic and great to be around. When asked why the colors, Sheri simply told me it’s fun, and she wanted to do something different.  And that may sum up the whole event.

THE GRUNT

The .223 Wylde (a hybrid .223/5.56 chamber dimension) rifle started with the company’s EL3L lower receiver, designed to be minimalist yet strong. CNC machined in house, it removes as much metal as possible without compromising strength. There are cutaways in the magazine well. An integral trigger guard housed an American Trigger AR Gold trigger. An AXTS Titanium ambidextrous safety was used along with their Raptor Charging handle. Neatly fitting the bolt release keeps lines clean and the release tight to the receiver. Retention pins, magazine release and trigger pins are titanium to save weight. Primary Weapons Systems provided Gen 2 enhanced buffer tubes while Magpul added a pistol grip and CTR stock.

The controls of the Grunt are standard configuration, despite the radical appearance of the rifle.

The controls of the Grunt are standard configuration, despite the radical appearance of the rifle.

SPECS

  • Chambering: .223 Wylde
  • Barrel:           16.1 inches
  • OA Length: 32 inches (collapsed)
  • Weight: 4.7 pounds (bare rifle)
  • Sights: Optics rail
  • Stock: Magpul CTR stock
  • Action: Semi-auto
  • Finish: Cerakote (Lime Green in this case)
  • Capacity: 30+1
  • MSRP: N/A

Sterling explained how he designed the upper receiver to match both the front and back of the lower receiver perfectly, all with the same dimensions of the hand guard. It presents a clean line from front to back. Each was fit by hand. Recessing the dust cover rod provides a clean and smooth look. He tapered the back of the receiver rail to match the height of the charging handle. It houses a titanium bolt carrier using a JP Enterprisesenhanced bolt. Using M-Lok on the hand guard provides strong and trouble-free accessory mounts. Proof Research provided a Carbon Fiber Wrapped 16-inch barrel using a mid-length gas system and 1:7 twist rate. Barry Dueck added his RTS (Rapid Transition Sight) along with a Surefire Warcomp flash hider.

The Grunt rifles were also equipped with AXTS Raptor charging handles.

The Grunt rifles were equipped with AXTS Raptor charging handles.

 An AXTS titanium ambidextrous safety was used on the Grunt rifle.

An AXTS titanium ambidextrous safety was used on the Grunt rifle.

Leupold provided Mark 6 3-18 power scopes with lighted T3 reticles mounted in Leupold Mark 6 single IMS 34mm mounts. Each was provided in a nylon case along with three 20 round Magpul Gen 3 magazines. These rifles are going to be sold by Erathr3 at a reduced price for a few Veterans charities, another reason for the bright colors. Each will be equipped as tested.

AT THE EVENT

The Scoped Carbine Class starts from prone getting used to the Horus reticle using the “12-inch” rule. It is a simple ranging rule effective on targets as small as 12 inches out to 600 meters. With a sweet spot of 200-500 meters, it is perfect for most situations. Using the patented scale in the scope you measure a 12-inch circle giving you a hold in mils. Hold that at the top or bottom of the plate, read the wind and press. Wind dots allow you to estimate the wind and just add dots. Day one you work out to 1,100 meters, focusing mostly on 600 meters and closer. Hornady provided their Superperformance 75 Grain BTHP match and it proved very accurate. Marked 5.56mm, it has a higher velocity than most of their .223 ammunition. Rated at 2,910 fps from a 20-inch barrel, it was flat shooting at closer to 2,800 fps through the Proof Research 16-inch barrels. Day one saw hits on steel in two shots or less out to 600 meters. Winds ranging from 10-20 mph made it tougher at 800 and 1,000 meters, but I hit at both. It was almost too easy; so long as the wind was held correctly it was a hit. Timed for right-handed shooters, the Warcomp held the muzzle in place with no rise. The Grunt was soft to shoot, staying in place even during rapid fire sessions.

The lime green Cerakote finish on the Grunt rifle was a custom option for the writer's event.

The lime green Cerakote finish on the Grunt rifle was a custom option for the writer’s event.

Once the scope and reticle are familiar, you move to barricades and hay bales engaging targets from 50-500 meters. The idea is to get your heart rate up so you run/jog to various positions and engage ISPC-sized steel plates or Larue knockdown targets. My first run through went without a single miss on steel, knocking them all down in turn; even the steel at 508 meters. One thing’s for sure, the “Grunt” is light, a true pleasure to run with. It is easy to maneuver, carries well, stays in place for follow up shots, and made it pretty easy to get on target quickly.

There is no knob turning in this class, nor do you spend countless monotonous hours studying math or zeroing your rifle. Each rifle was zeroed to hit close to the middle on a 6-inch steel target. This rifle held dead on to my Kestrelreadings and provided for consistent hits at extended ranges. It did so with the Hornady, along with Black Hills Ammunition 69 grain TMK and Barnes 70 grain TSX on the same zero with no perceivable shift in holds. Having run near a dozen different rifles and calibers through this course, that is exceptional. It did so without cleaning the bore and only wiping down the bolt carrier group once in a while, adding oil occasionally.

BACK AT THE HOME RANGE

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 5.10.56 PMI decided to try a few different accessories when returning home.Bushnell’s Elite Tactical HDMRreplaced the Leupold this time using a TReMoR 2 reticle. It is mounted in an Alamo Four Star Mount. All of the testing was done using the Surefire  RC-2 suppressor, and I added some of Barnes new Precision Match 85 Grain OTM to the mix. Normally 85-grain bullets in this caliber requires single-feed guns, but the Barnes was engineered from the start to fit in a standard AR magazines. Rather than shoot primarily from the ground, much of the testing was accomplished shooting from and around my FJ Cruiser.

Barnes new Precision Match 85-grain OTM shot quite well out of the Grunt, with a tightest group of .55 inches at 100 yards.

Barnes new Precision Match 85-grain OTM shot quite well out of the Grunt, with a tightest group of .55 inches at 100 yards.

When it came to accuracy nothing changed, the Grunt was accurate, producing groups with everything previously tested under .65 inches. Hornady’s 75-grain SuperPerformance provided the smallest group, measuring right at .50 inches. Barnes 85-grain OTM was very close behind with a similar group at .55 inches, with four of the five rounds touching.

During the class I used Barnes 70-grain TSX, Black Hills 69-grain TMK, Hornady 75-grain 5.56 NATO and a couple different 55-grain loads. They all functioned without issue. Brass timing was different, common with a super light bolt carrier, but it never failed to eject. Adding the 85-grain Barnes back home, it also functioned without issue. Brass ejection was nearly always at 3:00 or so; unsuppressed closer to 1:00 with the RC-2 Socom attached. Gas ingestion was about the norm with a suppressed AR; not excessive by any means.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Lightweight AR’s are quite popular these days and the Grunt fits that definition for sure. Set up with just the TrijiconSRS Red Dot Sight and Warcomp, it was very handy indeed. Long classes with lots of square range would be a pleasure to run with this 5.56mm. Using a Proof Research barrel only keeps it lighter. Impact shifts did not occur with this rifle when heated up after some serious strings of fire – suppressed or not. Make no mistake, dump a couple magazines suppressed and it gets hot, but there was just no appreciable impact shift out to 500 yards on 12-inch round steel.

Primary Weapons Systems Gen 2 enhanced buffer tubes were fitted on the rifles.

Primary Weapons Systems Gen 2 enhanced buffer tubes were fitted on the rifles.

EraThr3 designed the upper receiver to match both the front and back of the lower receiver perfectly, all with the same dimensions as the hand guard.

The hand guard of the Grunt is a free-float unit that has a long strip of Picatinny rail along the top.

All of the author's testing was done using a Surefire RC-2 suppressor.

All of the author’s testing was done using a Surefire RC-2 suppressor.

All of the testing where possible at home was with BCM GI magazines usingCTT Solutions magazine pads. Feeding was flawless. These are quickly becoming my favorites. With the CTT pads, they hold up really well after being dropped repeatedly. Every one of them dropped free and held up to quite a bit of dust and dirt. Getting them out of tight Kydex carriers is noticeable easier and they insert more easily.

American Triggers AR Gold trigger worked flawlessly; not something often experienced with drop-in triggers. It was crisp with some take up that was tactile and not loose. There were no soft primer strikes and the trigger pins never walked. These were set up in the 3-pound range and were quite predictable.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I came away with a great appreciation for both Sheri and Sterling’s enthusiasm, focus and understanding of today’s buyer. Both take what they do seriously; each rifle is a personal creation not a slab of aluminum and other parts slapped together.

Erathr3 rifles are custom built with a custom rifle price tag using personal  touches that are both useful and cosmetic. While they may not be most “tactical experts’” idea of a self-defense rifle, they would certainly do the job. If you want a really light rifle that is accurate, runs well take  look, maybe even in screaming bright lime green!

The EraThr3 Grunt represents the unique approach of this company and its firearms. Its performance is almost as eye-catching as its appearance.

The EraThr3 Grunt represents the unique approach of this company and its firearms. Its performance is almost as eye-catching as its appearance.

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Government Stock of WWII M1911’s to Be Sold Off to The Public

The 2015 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) that passed committee includes a plan to transfer the U.S. Army’s remaining stock of .45 ACP 1911AI pistols to the CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program)  Added as an amendment by [mc_name name=”Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL)” chamber=”house” mcid=”R000575″ ] while the NDAA was still being debated by the House Armed Service Committee, it has potential to be the largest stock of military surplus World War II-era handguns sold to the public.

Rogers, in a Statement, said:

“As a gun owner and strong believer in the Second Amendment, my proposal is a common-sense approach to eliminating an unnecessary cost to the Federal government while allowing the very capable CMP to handle the sale of these vintage firearms that otherwise would just sit in storage”

 

He disclosed that the military currently spends about $2 per year just to store 100,000 1911’s that are surplus to the current needs of the ARmy.  While 8,300 have been sold or disposed of in recent years, the guns still on hand have, in many cases, been stored since the 1980’s when they were withdrawn from service and replaced with the M9 from Beretta.

This would also authorize the CMP, currently just limited to selling .30-caliber and .22-caliber rifles, to receive and sell any surplus military firearm.  It would not cover any surplus 1911’s held by other branches (such as the Air Force or Navy, or those from a federal law enforcement service)  The Army guns are stored at the Anniston Army Depot, in a district Roger’s represents and is additionally co-located tot he CMP’s regional warehouse…a fact that would drastically minimize the logistics of a transfer.

“This amendment is a win – win for the taxpayer. I was pleased the amendment passed the committee and appreciate the support my colleagues on this proposal,” Rogers said.

By law, the CMP can sell surplus military firearms, ammunition, parts and other items only to members of CMP affiliated clubs who are also U.S. citizens, over 18 years of age and who are legally eligible to purchase a firearm.  If you’re interested in buying from the Civilian Marksmanship Program, you can click here to view the requirements.  I, for one, can’t wait to get my hands on another one.  1911’s are the Lay’s potato chip of the gun world – bet ya can’t own just one.

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VIDEO: Experiment Shows Kids From Homes With Guns Tend Toward Gun Safety

An experiment conducted by a police officers and parents found that kids with guns in the home tended toward a greater respect for firearms and gun safety. According to Fox 17, the experiment was conducted in Texas and it involved eight children, “all of them [were] either preschool or kindergarten age.”

 

 

 

The eight children were left together in a room with a fake gun that looks authentic, but could not be fired. One of the children picked up the gun within “15 seconds” and began passing it around to others. Others then pointed the gun at the rest of the children in the room and pretended to be shooting.

Six of the eight children handled the gun, and all six of these children come from homes that have no guns. The two children who refused to touch the gun came from homes where their parents own guns.

Fox 17 observed, “While the result might not be surprising to most, the children who didn’t touch the weapon were children whose families have guns inside the home and have explained the dangers and responsibilities of guns.”

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