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  • Don’t be an April ‘Earth Month’ Fool

    03/31/2015 7:26:22 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/31/15 | Alan Caruba
    The Earth is not in peril, only the truth and common sense are. The annual calendar is filled with days and months designated for the purpose of calling attention to some event, personality, or cause. The U.S. celebrates the birthdays of Lincoln and Washington that fall close together. There’s Mother’s and Father’s Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day, Valentine’s, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas. But who decided that April was “Earth Month” or that April 22 is “Earth Day”? Why are we expected to worship the planet that was here billions of years before we showed up and will...
  • Kids Around Guns: Bristol Palin’s Fiancé, Baby Daddy Levi Johnston Slammed For ‘Recklessness’

    03/30/2015 1:28:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Radar Online ^ | March 30, 2015
    Sarah Palin is an outspoken proponent of gun owners’ rights, but are her gun-friendly grandchildren at risk? After Bristol Palin’s fiancé, Dakota Meyer, and her baby daddy, Levi Johnston, both came under fire for posting photos of children with guns, RadarOnline.com spoke with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. A spokesperson warned the families that this is a “teachable moment” and they have a responsibility not to promote an “attitude of recklessness.”(Five-photo-slide-show)
  • Access to Garden Canyon on fort closed. Monday starts renovation project

    03/29/2015 9:58:17 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/HERALD REVIEW
    FORT HUACHUCA — Beginning Monday, the lower Garden Canyon Picnic Area will be closed to the public so it can be used as a staging area for heavy construction equipment needed to repair Garden Canyon Road, according to a press release from the Post Public Affairs Office. The road in Garden Canyon is in extremely poor shape after last year’s flood. It is hazardous in its current condition and the danger level will increase as heavy construction equipment moves in Monday to begin repairs, the release stated. For safety reasons, public access to Garden Canyon Road will now be further...
  • Gov’t could swallow your backyard for new national monuments

    03/25/2015 11:49:12 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/25/15 | A. Dru Kristenev
    Should university-bred legislators, government bureaucrats and environmentalists have their way, America, and much of the world by default, will go hungry Apparatus to attack public land use and private ownership is fully operational as the effort to create new national monuments rolls forward. Among recently proposed plans in California, U.S. representatives and environmentalists have carved out 360,000 acres of beautiful countryside, much of it productive, to stash away as natural “landscape.” Reviewing the map of the projected Berryessa Snow Mountain area to be cordoned off for limited, if not prohibited public use in sections, it’s easy to locate private tracts...
  • Local officials say NRA meeting puts city on new level for big events (Sarah Palin to speak)

    03/21/2015 2:20:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    WSMV-TV ^ | March 20, 2015 | Forrest Sanders
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - It's just a few short weeks until an expected 70,000 visitors hit the streets of Nashville. Local officials say the National Rifle Association's Annual Meeting is putting Nashville on a whole new level, and it could mean big things for future big events. "This one brings a lot of cachet on a national level," said Charles Starks, president and CEO of the Music City Center. "It puts our name out there and perhaps has groups think about Nashville that may not have thought about us in the past." The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation is calling...
  • Check Out This Zombie-Killing, Dual-Magazine Shotgun Seen on ‘Walking Dead’

    03/19/2015 5:10:33 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 56 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 17 2015 | Mike Opelka
    One of the many weapons seen on AMC’s smash hit TV series “Walking Dead” is a unique pump-action shotgun called the “Ultimate Tactical Shotgun” or UTS-15. The weapon has also been spotted in video games like “Battlefield 4” and “Call of Duty: Ghosts.” The UTS-15 is built by the Turkish firearms manufacturer, UTAS-Makine. The distinctive weapon is the subject of a field test review from sharpshooter Kirsten Joy Weiss. In a 4:30 video, Weiss puts the UTS-15 through some rigorous paces while explaining the many features of the shotgun. The UTS-15 loads like many pump-action shotguns: The difference in this...
  • The Sky Darkens with White Geese

    03/14/2015 2:25:05 PM PDT · by w1n1 · 10 replies
    wshootingjournal ^ | 3/14/2015 | Larry Case
    In one area of waterfowl hunting however, we are completely off the charts and that is with snow geese. Known as “light geese” in the waterfowl identification world, this group includes the greater and lesser snow goose, Ross’s goose and some variations including hybrids of these. Snow geese, especially the greater snow goose, can cause great damage to the habitat they feed in. Geese are grazers and pull different grasses and plants out of the ground while feeding; they will also dig into the soil with their powerful beaks to extract more of the roots. This may not sound like...
  • Wild Speculation on Gun in Ferguson Police Shooting

    03/14/2015 12:22:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Ammoland ^ | March 13, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    There are at least four model 60 Marlins or variants in this photo from a gun “turn in” in Phoenix two years ago. The people turning in the rifles might well have paid less for the rifle new, than it brought at the politically correct turn-in. I just listened to a recording of the Ferguson police shooting. It was not clear what direction the shots came from, or how far they were from the person doing the recording. But the cadence of the shots, and the information about what happened to the police give plenty to speculate on. I do...
  • Video: 3D-printed Lower Receiver for a Škorpion vz. 61

    03/11/2015 5:17:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    OutdoorHub ^ | March 11, 2015 | Daniel Xu
    The Škorpion vz. 61 is a very recognizable submachine gun that garnered a following due to its representation in video games and movies. First designed in 1959, this Czechoslovak firearm is also available in semiautomatic versions. However, the semiautomatic variants can be a bit hard to find, and unless you are capable of milling your own lower receiver for one, many fans will have a difficult time getting their hands on a working Škorpion. That is, unless you know how to work a 3D printer. The enthusiasts in this video used a demilled receiver to design their blueprint for this...
  • FedEx Refuses to Ship Personal “Ghost Gunner” CNC Mill

    03/11/2015 5:10:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    OutdoorHub ^ | February 25, 2015 | Daniel Xu
    3D-printing pioneer Cody Wilson wowed DIY enthusiasts and home gunsmiths alike last October when he unveiled a personal CNC mill that could complete 80 percent AR-15 lower receivers. Marketed for the comparatively low price of $1,200, the portable toaster-sized mill was named the “Ghost Gunner,” a jab at the term that some lawmakers use for firearms that are homemade or otherwise self-assembled. Though interest in the mill has been high, Wilson and his company Defense Distributed may find some difficulty in shipping the devices. FedEx recently announced that it will not be shipping the mills, and that Wilson will have...
  • The EPA Thinks You’re Stupid

    03/11/2015 11:23:49 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/11/15 | Alan Caruba
    The Clean Power Plan is really about no power or far more costly power in those states where the EPA has been shutting down coal-fired plants that not long ago provided fifty percent of all the electricity in the nation. The folks at the Environmental Protection Agency, starting with a long line of its administrators that now includes Gina McCarthy, think you and the Congress of the United States are stupid. They have been telling lies for so long they can’t imagine that their chokehold on the American economy will ever end. It is, however, coming to an end and...
  • Sighting my Shotgun in, What?

    03/08/2015 11:12:38 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 14 replies
    wshootingjournal ^ | 3/8/2015 | Larry Case
    As we are speeding into the month of March, many of us “shot-gunners” are thinking about (or should be) preparing for the spring turkey season. I want to caution you about merely grabbing the shotgun off the wall, and heading off to the woods. Success comes from having confidence in your weapon, and we achieve this by doing some shooting and knowing what the gun will do. First, remember that this turkey shooting deal, in the spring, has evolved into something more like rifle shooting than “shot-gunning.” Ideally we are aiming, not pointing the gun, at a small, stationary target...
  • Ice Fishing on Lake Superior {video}

    03/07/2015 11:36:27 AM PST · by shove_it · 21 replies
    Don't know when this vid was shot. Just received it from a buddy in northern Michigan. Check out the clarity of the ice and water below. Turn down the volume to dampen the excited whooping of the young yoopers in the tent with a good sized lake trout on the line.
  • New Survival Reality Show is Casting Families to Live Off The Grid – Nationwide (Deadline 3/7/15!!)

    03/06/2015 4:49:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    AuditionsFree ^ | February 26, 2015
    SURVIVE MY WILDERNESS : Nationwide Type: Reality TV NOW CASTING: The Producers of Naked and Afraid are seeking Families who want to live OFF THE GRID in ALASKA! A Major Network with the Producers of Naked and Afraid are looking for families with 2+ kids (ideally ages 2-18) who want a more authentic lifestyle where there’s actual value in your work and family time is more than just 15 minutes in the car on the way to school. Should you be chosen for the show, you and your family will move to Alaska for 3 months (as of now, August-November)...
  • Tampa veterans to be featured on Sarah Palin’s show

    03/04/2015 6:35:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Tampa Tribune's Military News ^ | March 4, 2015 | Howard Altman
    If you want to see a blind Iraq war veteran from Tampa go hunting, tune into the Sportsman Channel Thursday night at 9 p.m. Joel Tavera, who was severely burned, suffered traumatic brain injury, lost part of his right leg, the sight in both his eyes and the fingers on his left hand on March 12, 2008 when a rocket exploded near his armored Chevrolet Suburban inside Talil Air Base in Iraq, will be one of three area veterans appearing on Amazing America with Sarah Palin. “It was awesome,” said Tavera of being on the show. Tavera shoots with the...
  • The Most Common Defensive Shootings That go Unreported

    03/03/2015 4:07:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    An enormous number of defensive shootings are not included in the data about defensive gun use.  These are the shootings of animals, not in defense of people; those are often reported.  No, they are defensive shootings of animals in defense of other animals, and often crops or other property.  In defense of animals, the species most often shot are dogs. There are occasional cries of outrage when someone has to shoot a dog in order to save another animal.  They usually come from people who have no conception of reality outside their apartment or suburban home.  These people seem...
  • Dog Owner's Lack of Care Results in Violent Death for two Dogs

    02/27/2015 9:40:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 44 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Animal owners are responsible for their animals and the actions of their animals. Dogs are not people. It is much harder for them to understand property lines and property rights. They have to be taught, and often, restrained. When dogs run free of their owners control, their instincts tend to take over, especially if there are more than one of them. Their instinct pushes them to bark at other animals, chase them, bite them, kill them, and eat them. If there is more than one dog, pack instinct kicks in and they bounce off of one another's behavior like...
  • Sneak peek at Lance Mackey documentary

    02/26/2015 6:34:12 PM PST · by skeptoid · 1 replies
    Alaska Dispatch ^ | Feb 25, 2015 | Suzanna Caldwell
    THE GREAT ALONE - official trailer Suzanna Caldwell February 25, 2015 Greg Kohs’ independently produced documentary follows four-time Iditarod champion Lance Mackey along the 2013 trail, where he went on to place 19th. It also traces back to his early life, with family interviews, including dad and 1978 Iditarod champion Dick Mackey, along with his hard-scrabble rise over the years to becoming a legendary dog musher.
  • White House Announces ‘Goal of Ensuring Climate Smart Citizenry’

    02/18/2015 12:15:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | February 17, 2015 | Eric Scheiner
    The White House Science and Technology Advisor, says an initiative is underway “with the goal of ensuring a climate smart citizenry in the United States.” “In December of last year the White House Climate Education and Literacy Initiative was launched--with the goal of ensuring a climate smart citizenry in the United States,” Dr. John Holdren says in a White House video released last week. “Whenever I can I use opportunities like this ‘Ask Dr. H’ initiative to communicate about climate change and the strong scientific underpinnings of our actions to combat it.” “Based on our scientific understanding of climate change...
  • Girls Guns & Dangerous Games

    02/18/2015 10:33:02 AM PST · by w1n1 · 9 replies
    wsj ^ | 2/18/2015 | C Cocoles
    California Clothing Mavens Hit The Road For New Hunting Series They’ve come a long ways, metaphorically at least, from designing outdoor fashion clothes for women out of a home garage in northern California. Jen Adams and Norissa Harman had a vision that spawned a successful company, Girls With Guns Clothing. But while the gals remain small-town at heart, choosing to continue their work out of Red Bluff, a quiet hamlet of 14,000 off Interstate 5, 130 miles north of Sacramento, even for these ambitious entrepreneurs, traveling across a continent, an ocean and hunting the wild lands of Africa in...
  • Women & Guns: More Info from NSSF

    02/16/2015 6:48:51 AM PST · by w1n1 · 8 replies
    wsj ^ | 2/16/2015 | wsj
    The National Shooting Games Establishment (NSSF) as of late discharged a thorough report details regarding women and guns. The report, “Women Gun Owners: Purchasing, Perceptions and Participation,” speaks to a study of more than 1,000 women, which investigates almost every part of weapon proprietorship. In spite of the fact that we hear an incredible arrangement about the quantity of women who have as of late procured their first gun, the majority of those reviewed, 42.1 percent, have claimed a weapon for no less than 10 years. About 33% of the women reviewed, however, are a piece of the female gun...
  • Hunting with Firearms is Safer than Fishing?

    02/11/2015 9:40:18 AM PST · by w1n1 · 29 replies
    wsj ^ | 2/11/2015 | D Breteau
    What is safer than fishing? A) Hunting with a firearm? B) Exercising in the gym? C) Bicycle riding? Hint: Not B or C See the information graph here.
  • Our American Ecosystems Need Gardeners to Weed Them (Responsibly, of Course)!

    02/03/2015 5:06:08 PM PST · by Ulmius · 37 replies
    February 3, 2015 | Ulmius
    I'm writing on a story I heard about the spread of the Burmese python in Florida. This is also my first post on this site. Despite all our objections against the dangers of blind and excessive "green" regulations by the federal government, conservationism SHOULD NOT be seen as a strictly progressive movement. In the context of invasive species, these types of pests infest an area the size of Delaware every year in this country (according to the Audubon Society). Pythons roam the Everglades. Chinese privet chokes out vital understory species in the Southern uplands. Zebra mussels crust the surface of...
  • The Snow Beat the Snow-Deniers

    02/03/2015 9:45:09 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 10 replies
    Sultan Knish Blogspot ^ | February 3, 2015 | Dan Greenfield
    Last year, the New York Times predicted the end of snow. This week, its employees had trouble getting to work because of a travel ban caused by the blizzard. And those New Yorkers still subscribing to the print edition of the Old Gray Lady of Eight Avenue were even more out of luck. Snow wasn’t over, but the New York Times was. A few days after the New York Times forecast a snowless future in 2014, a major snowstorm (which didn’t read the paper and wasn’t aware of the 97% scientific consensus) hit shutting down airports, causing major accidents and...
  • Radical Brownies: Not your average girl scout

    02/02/2015 3:33:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | February 2, 2015 | Kemberlee Kaye
    Imagine a social-justice version of the Girl Scouts.In Oakland, California, one alternative scout troop is far more socially active than their counterparts across the globe—and they’re not affiliated with the Girl Scouts. They call themselves, “Radical Brownies.” Their mission? “The Radical Brownies empower young girls of color so that they step into their collective power, brilliance and leadership in order to make the world a more radical place.” There are no badges for stitching, taking care of pets or being a good neighbor. Radical Brownies “badges earned are custom-made,” and “reflect our social justice and culturally-inclusive values.” Badges include Radical...
  • Restoration of Second Amendment on Corps Land Proposed by Senator from Idaho

    01/31/2015 5:18:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has introduced legislation to remove federal infringments on second amendment rights from lands controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). From the press release: The bill seeks to make firearm regulations consistent across federal lands by allowing law-abiding citizens to carry firearms on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) property. Under current law, a person may carry a concealed weapon in a National Park or Refuge as long as individuals comply with the firearm laws of the park’s home state. However, the same rights are not extended to Americans who hunt, camp or...
  • The Temperature at Which Global Warming Freezes

    01/28/2015 8:55:28 AM PST · by arthurus · 13 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | 27 January 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    There is a madness to walking through a blizzard and discussing Global Warming. A theory according to which we should be sliding toward the tropics, awash in fleeing polar bears and Florida style temperatures, instead of frantically shoveling our driveways. To believe in Global Warming while stamping the snow off your boots is not a matter of science. It is a matter of faith. The scientist sees what is, while the believer has faith in what he cannot see. The scientist does not see Global Warming in a blizzard. The Warmist does. To see Global Warming while walking through a...
  • Latest Obama executive order: 12 million acres of ANWR now off limits

    01/27/2015 9:51:41 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/27/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Screw you, Alaska. Obama has simply engaged in yet another assault on this nation's economic vitality About a third of all the jobs in Alaska are connected to oil exploration and development. And the ability to keep the oil industry vibrant in Alaska is very much dependent on the Trans-Alaska pipeline. So you’d think an administration that claims to be about keeping good jobs viable would have an interest in seeing to it that oil continues to flow freely through the pipeline - not only for the sake of Alaska’s economic viability but also for the sake of the nation’s...
  • Private Property Rights Endangered by Nativism

    01/23/2015 11:21:07 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/23/15 | Moro Buddy Bohn
    Invasion biology theorists, Government land grabs and Agenda 21, the UN-sponsored Wildlands Project, Reserve and Corridor System Homeowners along the coast, beware! Anti-exotic advocates (invasion biology theorists), aka nativists, are in control at State Parks and the California Coastal Commission. They also control the National Park Service. They’re implementing Agenda 21’s land- grab goals by tearing out sand dune-stabilizing non-native grass proven by a 1960s USDA study to be the only sand stabilizer capable of withstanding heavy tourist abuse that destroyed most of Northern California’s native grass and foliage beginning in the mid-20th century. This grass removal in Point Reyes,...
  • 132 Year Old Winchester Found in National Park

    01/22/2015 8:03:56 AM PST · by w1n1 · 16 replies
    wsj ^ | 1/22/2015 | E Izadi
    Archaeologists conducting surveys in Nevada’s Great Basin National Park came upon a gun frozen in time: a .44-40 Winchester rifle manufactured in 1882. It was propped up against a juniper tree. “They just happened to notice the rifle under the tree,” said Nichole Andler, Basin National Park’s chief of interpretation. The public will get a chance to view the rifle over the weekend. Read the rest of this amazing Winchester story here.
  • On the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade…..

    01/21/2015 4:48:13 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/21/15 | William Kevin Stoos
    Unborn Baby Eagles “Don’t fail to rescue those who are doomed to die. Don’t say, “I didn’t know it!” God can read your mind. He watches each of us and knows our thoughts. And God will pay us back for what we do.” (Proverbs 24:11-12—Contemporary English Version) Since 1973 when two women, prompted (some might say, used) by their activist radical women’s rights attorneys, challenged laws prohibiting abortions and won[1], nearly 50 million unborn and nearly born babies have been killed. That is nearly 16% of the current population of the United States. Fifty million babies who had no choice...
  • Friends of the Earth are the Enemies of Mankind

    01/14/2015 9:27:33 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/14/15 | Alan Caruba
    Back to the past with Friends of the Earth: With its anti-energy, anti-capitalism agenda, Friends of the Earth are in fact enemies of mankind It’s such a benign sounding name, Friends of the Earth. This multi-million dollar international organization is a network of environmental organizations in 74 countries. If its agenda was adopted and enacted much of mankind would lose access to the energy sources that define and enhance modernity or the beneficial chemicals that protect food crops from insect predators and weeds. I am on FOE’s mailing list and the most recent email informed me and the thousands of...
  • Caribbean adventures of the Namastes, Part II -- Norfolk to Virgin Islands

    01/08/2015 2:22:41 PM PST · by DanMiller · 12 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 8,2014 | Dan Miller
    This is part II of a multipart series about our adventures aboard S.V. Namaste, our 46 foot (length on deck) cutter rigged sloop. Couples aboard a boat are often referred to by their boat's name. Hence, we became "the Namastes." Soon after our arrival in Norfolk, Virginia, Jeanie and I, plus Fiester and Fritz who joined us there, departed soon after a large collection of other cruisers for Road Town on the island of Tortola in the British Virgins. This is an account of our trip. Caribbean 1500 members inspected their own and each others' boats to find any probable glitches. The principal Namaste glitch was that our single side...
  • DC Mayor Says City "Exploring" Suing Congress Over Marijuana Legalization

    01/05/2015 12:56:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2015 | Christine Rousselle
    This morning on Meet the Press, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said that the city will "explore every option" in regards to getting Initiative 71 enforced in the city. Initiative 71, which would have permitted the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes, was passed with overwhelming support on Election Day, yet was blocked by Congress. Bowser had previously been against legalized marijuana, but has since changed her position to align with the will of the voters of the District of Columbia. Bowser also said that she intends on "forging a path" for increased autonomy in the District of Columbia. Mayor...
  • Caribbean adventures aboard Sailing Vessel Namaste -- Part I, preparations

    01/01/2015 11:12:02 AM PST · by DanMiller · 23 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 1, 2014 | Dan Miller
    This is part I of a multipart series about our adventures aboard S.V. Namaste, our 46 foot (length on deck) cutter rigged sloop. My wife Jeanie, her brother Fiester, our friend Fitz and I left Annapolis, Maryland in October of 1996 aboard Namaste bound for the Caribbean. The others returned home soon after we arrived. Jeanie's and my adventures in the Caribbean continued until mid 2001, when we arrived in the Republic of Panamá. We now live there in a very rural area up in the mountains.PreparationsIn 1995, Jeanie and I agreed that in June of 1996 I would retire from the practice of law on my fifty-fifth birthday....
  • Combining Google Glassess and Guns

    12/29/2014 8:18:05 AM PST · by w1n1 · 13 replies
    wsj ^ | 12/29/2014 | Ashley
    Ever see people shooting their AK's or AR's around the corner without looking? The folks from Tracking Point is making it a reality with their upcoming app that allows you to do this with a pair of Google Glass and Tracking Point Site System attach to your favorite AR, the app binds the two together. I'm not going to go into the nuts and bolts of this, but just know that where you point your gun you would be able to see on the hud of your glasses. If you're technically savvy you can have this on your own...
  • 8 Unbelievable Ideas 3D Printing is Already Being Used For

    12/28/2014 4:04:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Tech Cocktail ^ | December 28, 2014 | Hilary Smith
    If 3D printers don’t already fall somewhere on your list of the top ten coolest things ever, then you really need to take some time to rethink your priorities. The following list of eight unbelievably awesome things that 3D printing is already being used for should help to convince you (if you need convincing) that 3D printers are science fiction come true. 1) Prosthetic Legs for Dogs With a prosthetic leg created by designers at 3D printing company 3D systems, Derby the disabled rescue dog (warning: if you’re pregnant, menstruating, or a passionate animal lover the aforementioned link will probably...
  • Beaver Attacks are Serious

    12/18/2014 8:48:53 PM PST · by marktwain · 75 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I had missed this article when it came out in June of 2014.   It was particularly startling because there is no mention of the beaver having rabies.  The animal literally jumped out of the water, grabbed the kayaker by the arm, and pulled him from the boat.  From wtvr.com: “It’s just a freak thing. This beaver was upset about something and went after him,” kayaking trainer Nate Reynolds said. “I heard him yell my name, so I come running out. As soon as I came out, I see the boat flip over, so the beaver had actually jumped...
  • Small Child Shoots Father at Wedding in Egypt (video)

    12/16/2014 5:52:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In the video, we see the man, stated as the father, shoot a celebratory shot into the air.  He briefly examines the pistol, which appears to be a Browning type single action of some kind.  He may have put on the safety, but it is not clear.  He then places the pistol down, probably on a chair.   We can see the young child moving toward the pistol as it is put down.   Link to video: In the video, the young boy picks up the pistol and seems to be trying to emulate his father.  The boys hands are placed...
  • NM: Girl Shoots Mountain Lion in Self Defense (details)

    12/06/2014 11:01:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 39 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Photographs supplied by Valerie Caldwell. Alyssa Caldwell and her father had been hunting all day.   The weather had been nasty; cloudy skies with snow and rain alternating.   They had seen a few elk, much too far away to take a shot.   They left their makeshift blind to see if they could spot another elk before the end of the day.   It was the middle of the afternoon. At 12, Alyssa was already an experienced huntress.   She had started shooting at 5, and had a new rifle, a stainless Howa 1500, as her elk gun.  They...
  • How to Buy Child First Shotgun

    12/05/2014 8:35:01 AM PST · by w1n1 · 35 replies
    Western Shooting Journal ^ | 12/5/2014 | Larry Case
    I hope that you have not forgotten what it was like to be a 10-year-old kid on Christmas morning. Now add to that you are a kid in a hunting and shooting family. You have been wishing, hoping, and praying that you will see that new gun under the tree. Can you remember this? Think of Ralphie in A Christmas Story. A lot of our hunting traditions are going by the wayside; I hope that this one has not. I think it does a kid good to hope for the present he or she desires with all their little...
  • NY: Recording Makes Crucial Difference in NY Defense Case

    12/04/2014 12:54:36 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Last year, David Carlson of Sparrow Bush, New York, was a principal actor in a tragic situation involving a fugitive who was facing statutory rape charges.   Norris Acosta-Sanchez had fled the police and was living in a cabin not far from the Carlson's home.  Carlson got to know him; well enough to invite him to dinner in his house several times.   Acosta-Sanchez eventually confided in Carlson that he was a wanted man, though he did not disclose the charges against him. Carlson tried to cooperate with police to have Acosta-Sanchez taken into custody.   In a sequence of events worthy...
  • AZ: Open Carry on the Mountain

    11/30/2014 12:58:55 PM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Earlier this week, I climbed a mountain.  It is a locally popular way for people  to get some exercise and a nice view.  As usual, I was openly carrying a Glock 17.  I carry primarily for political purposes, so I wore a "Gun Guy" hat given to me by Dan Baum at the Shot Show a couple of years ago.  Another reason is that it can get windy on the mountain, and I have had broader brimmed hats blown off. As I arrived at the top, a pair of young ladies asked me to take their picture, to commemorate...
  • Poll: Does the 2nd Amendment Cover Stun Guns?

    11/29/2014 7:25:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 59 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There is an interesting court case proceeding in Massachusetts.  A homeless woman was given a stun gun for defensive purposes.  She used it to defend herself against domestic abuse.  She was arrested for shoplifting, and the police found the stun gun, which is banned in Massachusetts, one of only five states to do so.   In her defense, her public defender is claiming her second amendment rights cover the stun gun. In Michigan,the state supreme court ruled that stun guns are protected by the second amendment.   One of the arguments of the prosecutor in Massachusetts seems to be that there...
  • Another Bear Spray, Gun and Grizzly National Park Incident

    11/27/2014 12:18:40 PM PST · by marktwain · 42 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I actively look for and monitor defensive uses of firarms.   While some defensive uses of firarms are common, such as driving off intruders from a home, others such as defense against a grizzly bear, are rare.  They tend to stand out when they happen.   I missed this one, even though it did get some coverage in 2013.  The actual defense occurred two years ago in November of 2012. It is especially interesting because both bear spray and bullets were used.  The only other one that I recall happened this year. The bear was killed by the gunfire, dropping, literally...
  • Does Second Amendment apply to the Corps? 11th Circuit to Decide

    11/27/2014 5:24:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Army Corps of Engineers Administered Land In the Ninth Circuit federal court of appeals, District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled that the second amendment does not stop at the boundary of land administered by  the Army Corps of Engineers.   There are millions of acres of wild land and waters involved, as the Corps of Engineers administers enormous projects across America on the waterways. In the 11th Circuit, Judge Harold Murphy in Georgia has ruled that the second amendment does not apply on land administered by the Corps, because the land is all considered "sensitive", like a courtroom, or...
  • FL: Gun Mufflers now Legal for Hunting Game

    11/23/2014 8:55:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted yesterday to remove an antiquated regulation that prevented hunters from protecting their hearing.   The regulation banned the use of gun mufflers for the taking of game.  From the nraila: Following the suppressor vote, the Commission also voted to authorize an Executive Order to lift the ban immediately and allow hunting with suppressors to begin at once.  Following that vote, Executive Order # EO 14-32 was signed. Using suppressor-equipped rifles, pistols and shotguns is now legal for all hunting in Florida. Map from American Suppressor Association. Using gun mufflers, sometimes referred to as...
  • NH: Dog Fights off Coyote that Attacks Mistress

    11/23/2014 4:43:55 AM PST · by marktwain · 58 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
     Mac, Coyote Fighter The first coyote was recorded in New Hampshire in 1972.  By 1980, they were found across the state.  Eastern coyotes have wolf genes, and are larger than the western variety, reaching as much as 60 lbs. The first coyote attack on a human in New Hampshire occurred in 2012.  Ironically, the boy's dog ran off, leaving him to fight the coyote.  From inquisiter.com: The boy’s dog ran away when the coyote approached which left the boy to fend off the coyote’s attack on his own. After repeatedly punching the coyote in the nose, the coyote eventually...
  • The New Trending Target Shooters

    11/20/2014 7:24:37 AM PST · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    nssf ^ | 11/20/2014 | NSSF
    According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation in their recent data observation. There are more younger females getting into target shooting than the traditional established shooters. You can see the rest of this infograph here.
  • Elk Hunting Tips from Scott Haugen of Host The Hunt tv show on the Sportsman Channel

    11/17/2014 9:20:39 AM PST · by w1n1 · 7 replies
    wsj ^ | 11/17/2014 | Scott Haugen
    Many states offer great elk hunts, but some are tough to draw tags in. I have more than 15 preference points in two states, and am not too optimistic about drawing tags in either, any time soon. But if looking to put meat in the freezer and find bulls in the 280-to-320-inch class or even bigger, here some solid options. Here's the list of states that Scott offers: WyomingCentral MontanaCentral IdahoOchoco Mountains, ORSW Colorado Read the rest of Scott Haugen Tips on Elk Hunting here.