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Second graders went on a field trip — to a gun range, where they posed with firearms

A school in Woodstock, Georgia, is facing fierce criticism online after photos emerged of young students handling guns at a firing range during a school-sanctioned trip.

Holdheide Academy bills itself as an accredited preschool and Montessori academy for children from kindergarten to second grade. On Wednesday, several of the school’s students went on a field trip to Hi-Caliber Firearms, a gun store and range in Woodstock, roughly 30 miles northwest of Atlanta. Images of the children in the store, some where the students are holding guns, surfaced on Facebook shortly after.

Almost immediately, debate erupted on social media, with some saying the school’s decision was “unacceptable, irresponsible and dangerous.” On Facebook, the school has received 43 1-star reviews out of 68 total, many coming in the past two days.

However, the school’s owner, Tammy Dorsten, has defended the decision, telling the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the trip was “a wonderful educational experience.”

Dorsten told WSB-TV that she got the idea for the trip because her first- and second-graders were studying sharpshooter Annie Oakley and frontiersman Daniel Boone in school.

According to Dorsten, several students said they thought sharpshooting sounded easy, per the Journal-Constitution.

“I wanted to show them it wasn’t easy,” she told the newspaper.

Per WSB-TV, Dorsten said Hi-Caliber had a 1894 rifle and vintage revolver similar to what Oakley would have used, so she decided to take students to see them. Parents were given permission slips to sign before the trip, Dorsten said.

“(They) were very supportive and knew what was going on,” she told the Journal-Constitution.

While Holdheide takes care of infants as young as six weeks old, only six- and seven-year-olds went on the trip, Dorsten said.

Dorsten also said the children went through a gun safety course before they handled the firearms, which she says were not loaded.

The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning issued a statement about the trip Friday, saying it is “currently investigating to determine what children were involved in the field trip and whether it is within DECAL’s jurisdiction to take appropriate actions.”

The National Rifle Association has backed legislation teaching gun control to first-graders in Missouri in the past, per CNN, and a writer for NRA Family recommends that children as young as six who are interested in guns should be allowed to shoot them in controlled environments, though the writer also says children should be taught to keep their fingers off the trigger until ready to shoot. In the images from Woodstock, the children appear to have their fingers on the trigger, though it is not clear if the guns they handled were capable of firing.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has argued in a policy statement that the “most effective measure to prevent suicide, homicide and unintentional firearm-related injuries to children and adolescents is the absence of guns from homes and communities.”

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“THE M4 RIFLE IS A TERRIBLY FLAWED WEAPON”

It looks like the U.S. military might finally be moving away from the M4 platform as the go-to infantry rifle, possibly in favor of something chambered for a larger round, marking a move away from the 5.56 as well.

In a statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Maj. Gen. Robert H. Scales leveled some serious concerns about the M4 family of rifles, and to the lengthy, expensive, and some say unnecessary process of updating military firearms in general, according to the text posted by outdoorhub.com.

An M4A1 carbine with an ACOG sight.

He laments that, since World War II, a military that has prided itself on being the most technologically advanced in the world has essentially ignored the most basic, on-the-ground weapons that infantry use the most for decades—which is a significant problem since infantry incur about 80 percent of battlefield casualties. Scales alleges that insufficient or malfunctioning guns have led to too many of those deaths.

“They died because the Army’s weapon buying bureaucracy has consistently denied that a Soldier’s individual weapon is important enough to gain their serious attention,” Scales said in his statement, before noting that the “Ma Deuce” 50-caliber machine gun is about to hit its 100th anniversary and it still in service.

Most of the issues outlined in Scales’ statement hit on major problems with the acquisition process by which the U.S. Army chooses its guns, most recently highlighted by the the X17 trials, a new handgun for soldiers that will replace the M9, in service since 1985.

We followed the long and expensive trials, which resulted in the Army choosing the Sig Sauer P320 as its new sidearm. The duration of the trial puzzled many, who said the Army could have simply chosen a gun that has been combat proven, like the Glock.

Just Buy Glocks, Recommends Army Chief of Staff

Just Buy Glocks, Recommends Army Chief of Staff

“I’ll call Cabela’s tonight, and I’ll outfit every soldier, sailor, airman, and Marine with a pistol for $17 million,” General Mark Milley said.

 “The Army’s Acquisition Community wasn’t able to select something as simple as a pistol. After eight years and millions of dollars the only product they produced was a 400-page written “Request for Proposal” for an off the shelf commercial pistol,” Scales said.

He then moved on to rifles, saying, “The most horrific story has to be the one about the rifle. During my 35 years in the Army, it became clear to me that from Hamburger Hill to the streets of Baghdad that the American penchant for arming troops with lousy rifles has been responsible for a staggering number of unnecessary deaths.”

The M16 was introduced in the late 1960s at the start of the Vietnam War, nearly 50 years ago. It replaced the M14, a box-magazine fed update of the venerable M1 Garand, chambered in .308 Win. The rifle was intended to be small and handy, utilizing composite materials and chambered for the small and fast 5.56 round. The idea was that the round’s speed and the fact that its size would allow troops to carry more ammo would make up for its lack of mass—a plan that Scales says hasn’t panned out.

A Brief History of U.S. Military Rifles
A Brief History of U.S. Military Rifles

Take a quick tour through the various rifles fielded by U.S. servicemembers, from the American Revolution to today.

 The original issued M16, designed by Eugene Stoner, was hated on the battlefield. The gun had furniture not ready for jungle climates, it lacked the chrome lining on the bore and chamber, which allowed jams to become frequent, a problem exacerbated by ammo using propellant that burned extremely dirty. Soldiers were told their new rifle didn’t need to be cleaned (and it was famously first issued without a cleaning kit), when the reality was the rifle’s small parts needed cleaning more than other rifles.

Though those problems were mostly attributed to changes made from Stoner’s original design and had been patched with the M16A1, A2, and subsequent models, the rifle remains largely unchanged and it is still limited by the performance capabilities of the 5.56 round.

“The M4 rifle is a terribly flawed weapon,” Scales said in his testimony, according to this story from stripes.com, as he recalled carrying the M16 in Vietnam.

“Not all the problems with the M16 can be blamed on the Army. Buried in the M16’s, and now the M4’s, operating system is a flaw that no amount of militarizing and tinkering has ever erased,” Scales said. “Stoner’s gun cycles cartridges from the magazine into the chamber using gas pressure vented off as the bullet passes through the barrel. Gases traveling down a very narrow aluminum tube produce an intense “puff” that throws the bolt assembly to the rear, making the bolt assembly a freely moving object in the body of the rifle. Any dust or dirt or residue from the cartridge might cause the bolt assembly, and thus the rifle, to jam.”

Of course, there are many AR-platform rifles on the market that use piston systems that don’t blast barrel gases into the rifle’s chamber instead of Stoner’s direct impingement system, but they certainly aren’t general issue. Since they are exempt from the acquisition process of the Army, Special Operations groups like the Navy SEALs can select or requisition pretty much any gun they want, so various updated versions of the M16 platform have been fielded and tested in combat, further highlighting the M4’s shortcomings.

The Rifle That Killed Bin Laden

The Rifle That Killed Bin Laden

Six years ago today, a team of elite Navy SEALs raided a compound that held the man who orchestrated the 9/11 terror attacks. This is the gun that got him.

 “…Front line Army and Marine riflemen still fire weapons much more likely to jam than the AK-47,” Scales said. “In the open terrain of Afghanistan, the M4 is badly out ranged by Taliban weapons manufactured before the First World War.”

So what should the Army be looking for?

Scales went on to say a new infantry weapon should be modular, with multiple configurations assembled off a single chassis, allowing it to perform as a rifle, a carbine, a light machine gun or a infantry automatic rifle—which sounds a lot like the Stoner 63 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoner_63#Deployment, a weapon platform created by Eugene Stoner in the early 1960s that saw limited combat use by U.S. forces in Vietnam. It became a favorite of Navy SEALs and Marines who got their hands on them, though the gun was seen as difficult to maintain and overly complex.

He also said the 5.56 is “too small for modern combat. Its lack of mass limits its range to less than 400 meters. The civilian version of the 5.56mm bullet was designed as a varmint killer and six states prohibit its use for deer hunting because it is not lethal enough to ensure a quick kill.”

The best caliber for the next generation rifle lies between 6.5 and 7mm, according to Scales, who likes the Remington 270.

Whenever anyone talks about upping the caliber for the military, the first consideration is weight, since bigger rounds mean heavier cartridges, and that means fewer rounds per ounce carried by a given infantryman, the very problem the 5.56 was supposed to solve.

Scales says new, larger cartridges could be made almost as light as the brass-cased 5.56 by “using a plastic shell casing, which is now in final development by the Marine Corps.”

Army Considers New Rifle that Fires "Telescoped" Polymer-Cased Ammo

Army Considers New Rifle that Fires “Telescoped” Polymer-Cased Ammo

The polymer-cased rounds are wider than standard loads, but pack much more of a punch for its weight.

 Later in his statement, Scales said suppressors should be attached to every infantry rifle to reduce noise and muzzle flash and that electronic targeting systems, like Tracking Point, should be implemented.

We reported that units from the U.S. Marine Corps’ 2nd Marine Division has already been issued suppressors and is currently evaluating them in combat zones.

But wouldn’t fielding a new rifle for the entire U.S. Army be extremely expensive? The Army says it will cost about $2 billion to outfit every soldier with a new rifle.

Scales says, if the Army follows the Special Forces model, it would cost much less.

He said if the Army and Marine Corps bought new rifles only for the 100,000 infantry who use them in combat at $1,000 each, the cost would be about $100 million—the price of a new fighter jet— with the current stockpile of M4s and M16s held in reserve for use by non-infantry personnel.

Scales ultimately asked the committee to authorize $100 million to support an open competition to develop a new family of small arms that would last a year and to be overseen by ground combat arms officers and non-commissioned officers and run by the Ground Service Chiefs and the Commander, Special Operations Command with no acquisition agencies involved.

If they follow his recommendation, we may see the U.S. Army adopt a new infantry service rifle in the next couple years.

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Why Are Truck Guns A Thing?

Ever since the old days of gun racks in trucks, truck guns have been a thing. It could be a shotgun, a bolt-action rifle, or any other longer gun that, when needed at a moment’s notice, is right there in the hands of the operator.

But truck guns have changed. It’s not just a family pump shotgun or an old Winchester hunting rifle — it’s now evolved into a whole series of short barrel rifles, pistols, and optics.

A person who makes the willful decision to arm up before he steps foot out the door likely has an understanding that concealed carry is just an immediate life line. It’s the tool you can easily conceal so you can get to safety in a life or death situation.

However, for a real fight against a determined foe, a truck gun is that next step. Often times a semi-automatic rifle chambered in .300 BLK, 5.56 NATO, or even 9mm, these semi-automatics are designed to conceal well, take up as little space as possible, and ensure that a person can “reach out and touch” the bad guy if he has to.

Don’t worry if you don’t own a truck or an especially large car in general. In this article, we’ll go over some ways to choose a truck gun. And don’t worry, we won’t go overboard.

 

Yeah, that one will turn some heads…

So, what are some considerations when picking out a truck gun?

Truck Gun Application

Application refers to the likely situations you may be forced to deal with. If you’re living out on the prairie, you may need to reach out and knock down some predators hunting your flock. A long range bolt-action rifle or something with an advanced optic may be a great choice.

However, if most of your days are spent jumping from the city to a rural environment, you may need a gun that works well in short to medium range situations. A 16 inch barreled rifle may fit in your vehicle of choice but you may also need something you can stow away into an even tighter area.

That’s where short barreled rifles and pistols earn their keep.

Not necessarily anyone’s first choice for sniping prairie dogs, these short barreled firearms can have barrels as short as nine inches.

Short barreled rifles require additional steps through the ATF . That can include long wait times and delays. If you feel you can afford to wait, short barreled rifles offer a great degree of versatility, mobility, and stability.

Short barreled pistols, however, are not under those restrictions. They can be equipped with the same style of magazines as their rifle counterparts and still run great. Many come with a stabilizing brace that can be secured to your arm for a better degree of stability.

And some people honestly will keep a full-sized 16 or 18 inch AR or AK platform in their vehicles. For many that I’ve spoken with, it’s the instantaneous gratification of being able to respond to near any situation. Decisiveness and security — it’s a big thing.

Storage Considerations For Truck Guns

If you’re going to keep a truck gun, it’s a good idea to keep it locked and out of view. Some people put their truck guns in their trunk — I guess this would technically make it a trunkgun but let’s not get into it. A trunk compartment can be a great way to secure firearms, magazines, and additional equipment that a person may feel he needs at the ready.

Depending upon the size of the gun, you can even get a locked compartment placed under your seat or under the rear seats if they pull forward.

The basic premise is this: if you have a truck (or trunk) gun, you need to be able to secure it so it cannot be easily seen and taken by a bad guy.

The worst feeling in the world is the thought of walking back to your vehicle to see a bad guy arming himself with your gun.

Lock’em up. Keep’em out of sight. This could be your last ticket out of the station in a rough scenario — treat it like such.

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Discreet rimfire rifle has a built-in suppressor

While the YHM-8900 looks like any other clone of the classic 10/22, it’s actually a master of discretion unlike most others.

The over-sized barrel hides a baffle stack suppressor that vests from the blast chamber. This integrally suppressed barrel offers a hearing-safe shooting experience with both sub and super-sonic ammunition.

Unlike some other integrally suppressed weapons, the baffle can be easily removed for cleaning, which is recommended after every 500 rounds.

See what this quietly accurate rimfire can do in the video below.

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Check Out this Survival Shotgun that can Fire 12 Different Calibers and Fits in Your Bug Out Bag

Do you have plans of taking a shotgun with you when it comes time to grab the bug out bag and get out of dodge? I know that shotguns are not normally part of bug out plans due to their size and weight. Most of us are already packing our handgun and a rifle, no one has room for a shotgun.

Well with the introduction of the Chiappa M6 X-Caliber 12 gauge survival shotgun you can elect to leave your standard rifle and shotgun at home you choose to. It shoots 12 calibers of ammunition.

The rifle was originally designed to fire a 12 gauge shell and a .22lr, but with the X-Caliber adapter set the M6 can fire up to 12 different calibers including .380 , 9 mm , .357Mag/.38SP , .40 S & W, .44 Mag, .45 ACP , .410/.45colt, and 20 gauge. The entire system is made of steel except for a foam insert in the butt stock to reduce weight. By pressing a single lever, the M6 can be folded at a hinge point to a compact 18″ that can easily fit in most backpacks.

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How an AR-15 Rifle Works – Great 3D Animation

This is a really basic and educational animation that demonstrates every one of the small gadgets of how an AR-15 semi auto rifle works. Becoming more acquainted with your rifle on an individual level is vital, and numerous AR clients know their rifle all around like the back of their hands.

We should take a more close look and investigate every one of the small processes that occur inside the weapon to make it shoot when you pull the trigger.

This 3D animation video is particularly valuable since it demonstrates how the gas framework functions inside the gun, which in case you’re new to shooting, is critical to understand it.

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20mm rifle has the perfect amount of recoil to get things shaking

Shooting a 20 Mil Anti Material Gun at The Tactile Ranch in El Paso Texas (RECOIL).  The 20mm anti-material rifle offers superior recoil that you won’t see in the average “girl shooting AR-15 prone” video.

This bikini topped beauty feels the full force of one of the biggest rifles at the Tactile Ranch in El Paso, Texas.

This video from GirlsWithGuns  – “Shooting a 20 Mil Anti Material Gun at The Tactile Ranch in El Paso Texas”. Watch & Share the Latest Trending Videos!

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5 REASONS THE BROWNING A-5 STILL BEATS THE COMPETITION

Let’s face it, we all love a good semi-auto shotgun. Shots cracking off as fast as you can pull trigger. They revolutionized the way we hunt and bring ear to ear smiles to bird and waterfowl hunters faces. The Browning A-5 was the first mass produced semi-auto shotgun and production stopped in 1998, but that didn’t stop it from being one of the best options out there.

Here are five reasons why the A-5 still beats the competition.

1. History

Sometimes a gun is just a gun. Manufactured by a company, thrown on a shelf, and sold to a hunter or enthusiast. That is not the case with the Browning A-5. A rich history dates back to 1898 when it became the first mass produced semi-auto shotgun.

Therefore, the first successful semi-auto design makes it the king of kings in the book of shotgun creators. The A-5 saw military service from World War I to the Vietnam War, helping build our country on values and freedom.

You would be hard pressed to find another shotgun with 70 years of service under its belt. A rich history of tradition and success makes it a must have.

2. Distinct Classic Design

That ol’ humpback look… No other shotgun is more noticeable or visible from a long distance than the distinct A-5. It features a distinctive high rear end, earning it the nickname “Humpback.”

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Simply described, the top of the action goes straight back on a level plane with the barrel before dropping down sharply towards the buttstock making it a box shape. The hump is not just for looks though. It provides an instant, broad sighting plane. This takes away the need for a barrel rib. All you see then is the bead.

If you are going to pull out a gun from a case, it might as well be one people are going to recognize and notice. The A-5 is that gun.

3. Reputation of Reliability

A shotgun does not simply gain the popularity and obtain a 100 years of production under its belt without being a reliable firearm.

Talk to any A-5 owner, and they will rave about their A-5 or A-5’s. Often referred to as their favorite shotgun and stories of how it is the most reliable gun that has touched their hands. Constant years of use and play, but all without ever jamming up or not cycling correctly.

That is something to be proud of, just ask any waterfowler who has had an auto lock up after the first shot into a huge group of green heads. Enough to make a man go mad.

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The Belgium Browning’s are unparalleled in their quality and design. Made with great materials, the gun just simply doesn’t fail.

4. Smart Investment

Life isn’t cheap these days. Things are expensive and they often lose value fast. With production halting in 1998, the A-5 has become more of a hot commodity to gun enthusiast and hunters around the world. Speaking with a friend, one of the last points he made to me about his A-5 was “unlike any other shotgun, the A-5 (even their barrels) seem to increase in value…making them a great investment.”

If you are looking to get a semi-auto, might as well grab an A-5  that you can hand down to your son or grandsons and gift them with an investment that can continue to grow throughout their life.

Shooting a quality gun is a blast, and losing money is not. Sounds like a win-win to me.

5. Grandpa’s Gun

Foolproof reliability made the Auto-5 successful as we mentioned earlier. And that is why our great grandfathers and grandfathers all loved them. I am a sentimental kind of guy. If my grandfather hunted with it, that in my book is already better than any other new inertia driven design or new technology to come.

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Get a shotgun with a tradition and connection to those who hunted before us.

We all know the guy who can grab any gun, and knock down birds like it’s his job. Most aren’t blessed like that and have a hard time finding a gun that fits. The A-5 changes that and does what other guns don’t. It points for you.

I could go on and on on each of these points and bring many more points to light, but then I would be writing a book. Make sure to do more research to find out the nuts and bolts of what makes this gun so sought after.

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Rich history, distinct design, foolproof reliability, and a great investment for years to come is what puts the Browning A-5 above the competition.

And that is why it’s Grandpa’s gun.

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