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  • Darpa's Self-Aiming "One Shot" Sniper Rifle Scheduled for Next Year

    10/10/2010 9:34:05 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 10/01/2010 | Rebecca Boyle
    A sniper crouches near an open window and zooms in on his target, who sits a half-mile away. He peers through a scope and holds his breath, preparing to squeeze the trigger. But it’s windy outside, and he can't afford a miss. What to do? A new DARPA-funded electro-optical system will calculate the ballistics for him, telling him where to aim and ensuring a perfect shot, no matter the weather conditions. Lockheed Martin won a $6.9 million contract this week for the second phase of DARPA’s One-Shot system, which will provide direct observations of a target, measure every variable that...
  • U.S. Army Upgrades To .300 Winchester Magnum

    10/08/2010 10:07:43 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 50 replies · 2+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 10/7/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Army has ordered 3,600 upgrade kits for its M24 bolt-action sniper rifles, which will convert them to the M24E1. This will turn the existing 7.62mm M24 rifles into ones capable of firing the .300 Winchester magnum (7.62x67) round. This is a more powerful round than the NATO 7.62x51 round currently used in the M24. The conversion kit includes a new receiver and barrel, a new scope, a new flash suppressor and a folding buttstock. The conversion will take five years and will cost about $7,800 per rifle. Last year, the army ordered 38.4 million rounds of .300 Winchester...
  • The American Rifleman in the Revolutionary War

    09/04/2010 5:07:20 PM PDT · by Palter · 40 replies · 1+ views
    The New American ^ | 03 Sep 2010 | Roger D. McGrath
    “When the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually.” — George Mason of Virginia, 1788 Our Founding Fathers were absolutely adamant about the right of the people to keep and bear arms. They were students of history and understood that from classical antiquity forward, an armed citizenry was essential to the preservation...
  • Appleseed Project will be on Fox and Friends this Monday

    08/27/2010 10:44:07 AM PDT · by ebshumidors · 8 replies
    Appleseed Project ^ | 8/27/10 | Appleseed
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE REVOLUTIONARY WAR VETERANS ASSOCIATION TO DISCUSS PROJECT APPLESEED ON FOX & FRIENDS Ramseur, NC - 27 August 2010 – Tune in to Fox & Friends on the Fox News Channel this August 30th, 2010 during the 8:00 a.m. ET hour to hear an engaging success story about how the Revolutionary War Veterans Association (RWVA) is teaching early American history and rifle marksmanship through a nationwide, all-volunteer program called Project Appleseed. Times may vary. Please check your local listings. Since its inception in 2006, the RWVA has doubled the number of Appleseed clinics and attendees served each year....
  • Edgefield teenager stares down burglar using rifle (SC)

    08/07/2010 4:59:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 53 replies ^ | 5 August, 2010 | Melissa Tune
    A burglar targeted a home in Edgefield County. He got in, but he didn't stay long, thanks to a quick-thinking 13-year-old boy determined to protect himself and his brother.
  • Iraqis prefer AK-47 over M-16 for performance in desert heat

    07/11/2010 1:30:09 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 39 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 7/9/2010 | World Tribune
    The U.S. military has supplied about 10,000 M-16s to the Iraq Army. But officials acknowledged that the Iraqis have decided to maintain the AK-47 as the lead assault rifle.The Iraq Army has determined that the M-16 was more accurate than the Kalashnikov. But officials said the Army concluded that the AK-47 was more reliable in the searing Iraqi summers. U.S. Army advisers have completed a course on the M-16 assault rifle for Iraqi soldiers at Camp Taji. The two-week course, which took place in mid-June, was meant to help the Iraq Army introduce the M-16 and, in some units, replace...
  • Corps Set to Field SAW Replacement

    07/01/2010 10:04:14 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 45 replies ^ | 7/01/2010 | Matthew Cox
    The Marine Corps will field its new, lightweight auto rifle this fall to five combat battalions preparing for war-zone deployments. Commandant Gen. James T. Conway gave Corps officials the green light in April to issue approximately 450 M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles, enough to replace every M249 squad automatic weapon in four infantry battalions and one light armored reconnaissance battalion. The limited fielding is a final test to find out if the Heckler & Koch-made weapon performs as well in an operational environment as it has in testing, said Charles Clark III, who oversees infantry weapons requirements at the Corps' Combat...
  • Spec Ops Command Cancels New Rifle

    06/25/2010 4:39:42 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 86 replies ^ | 6/25/2010 | Christian Lowe
    In a surprising reversal that follows years of effort to design a one-of-a-kind commando rifle, the U.S. military's Special Operations Command has abruptly decided to abandon the new SOCOM Combat Assault rifle – the "SCAR," as the rifle is commonly known – in favor of previously-fielded carbines. Details provided exclusively to reveal that SOCOM, the Tampa-based command that oversees the training and equipping of SEALs, Green Berets, Air Force Special Tactics Teams and Marine SOC groups, will stop purchasing the 5.56 mm Mk-16 Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle and might require all units who now have them to...
  • Iraqi Troops Train on M-16 Rifle, Continue Transition from AK-47

    06/22/2010 11:31:06 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 6/23/2010 | Army News/Defense Talk
    Soldiers serving on Camp Taji, Iraq, trained Iraqi troops on the fundamentals of marksmanship with the M-16 rifle, June 15. The training was part of a continued effort by the U.S. to phase out the Iraqi Army's use of the Soviet-era AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifle. The swap between the two weapons has gun-enthusiasts across the military and social-media sites up-in-arms, as fans of both weapons debate the practicality of the initiative. The AK-47, which has become symbolic of Middle Eastern militaries, has been used by the Iraqi Army since the 1960s. The weapon is less accurate than the western M-16...
  • USA Fielding M110 7.62mm Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle

    06/09/2010 9:10:58 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 99 replies · 491+ views
    Defense Industry Daily ^ | 6/9/2010 | Defense Industry Daily
    In this war, snipers matter in close-quarters urban fights. So does penetrating power. Accurate ranged lethality is equally important for squads in open areas, where engagement distances can easily make 5.56mm rounds ineffective. Bolt-action sniper rifles solve these problems, but can get your best people killed in close-up automatic firefights. Semi-automatic weapons have traditionally been less reliable and accurate, but offer the only reasonable approach that covers both extremes. The result has been the emergence of a hybrid approach, on both a people level and a technical level. On the human end, militaries like the Americans and British are adopting...
  • California Assembly approves bill to expand rifle record-keeping

    06/04/2010 5:19:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies · 608+ views ^ | 4 June, 2010 | Jim Sanders
    California would keep a permanent record of anyone buying a shotgun or rifle under legislation passed Thursday by the Assembly. The measure would expand state law by adding long-gun buyers to a state Justice Department database that currently can identify only handgun purchasers. Opponents contend the bill is the latest in a long line of bureaucratic hurdles designed to discourage gun ownership. "It's none of government's flippin' business what guns I own, or why I own them," said Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California. But supporters of Assembly Bill 1810 claim it will help police officers track...
  • Tourist nets 300-year-old rifle while on lobster hunt

    06/01/2010 12:35:35 PM PDT · by Palter · 27 replies · 1,646+ views
    This is Staffordshire ^ | 01 June 2010 | This is Staffordshire
    Holidaymaker John Anderson has uncovered what is believed to be a 300-year-old rifle – while hunting for lobsters. The 55-year-old, below, was snorkelling off the south coast of St Lucia in the Caribbean when he spotted a large rock with a hole beneath it at a depth of about two metres. Thinking it looked like the ideal hiding place for some juicy lobsters, John dived down and grabbed on to what looked like "a piece of rock" on the seabed to hold him underwater. But to his astonishment, the object began to move and John, who has an interest in...
  • A Video Gun Sight That Keeps Soldiers Out of Danger

    05/27/2010 10:09:37 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 682+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 5/24/2010 | Nicole Dyer
    The Rolling Green hills of Sonora, California, no longer lure prospectors with the promise of gold, but for Matthew Hagerty the draw is just as powerful: They’re a secluded hideaway ideal for perfecting his military invention, called SmartSight. Ten years in the making, SmartSight is a gun-cam system that allows a soldier to see around corners and shoot targets without putting himself in the line of fire. It consists of a wireless video camera mounted to the rail of an M4 or .308 SOCOM carbine, a small computer worn on a military vest, and a thumbnail-size color head-up display affixed...
  • Dueling Rifle Rounds: It’s All About the Wound Channel

    05/26/2010 11:41:33 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 46 replies · 1,780+ views
    Defense Tech ^ | 5/26/2010 | Greg Grant
    The Times (the British one) has a story about the continuing debate over the 7.62mm round versus the 5.56mm as employed in the long range firefights in Afghanistan. The story asserts that the 5.56mm round used in the M4 rifle “lacks sufficient velocity and killing power in long-range firefights.” As Defense Tech readers know, we’ve covered this issue before. As for the stopping power of the 5.56mm round, that very topic came up at a roundtable discussion I attended with the Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier last month at Aberdeen Test Center, Md. It led to an interesting discussion about...
  • DARPA Awards Lockheed Martin $3.9M Contract to Develop Advanced Rifle Scope for Soldiers

    05/26/2010 8:17:49 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 657+ views
    Lockheed Martin ^ | 5/26/2010 | Lockheed Martin
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Lockheed Martin a $3.93 million contract to develop a rifle-scope attachment to enhance soldiers’ marksmanship capabilities. The Dynamic Image Gunsight Optic or DInGO system will enable soldiers to accurately view targets at varying distances without changing scopes or suffering a decrease in optical resolution. The system will enhance soldiers’ ability to accurately hit targets at a range of between three and 600 meters. DInGO automatically calculates the range with a low power laser rangefinder, digitally zooms in on it and accounts for environmental conditions such as wind using sensors built into the...
  • Army issues instructions for painting M16s, M4s

    05/23/2010 9:47:14 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 25 replies · 1,278+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 5/25/2010 | Defense Talk
    Soldiers already have uniforms that blend them into their surroundings. Now there's instructions on how to have a weapon that blends in too. In April, the Army released instructions on how Soldiers can apply spray paint to their M4 or M16 rifle, without decreasing the effectiveness of either the weapon or the installed optics. "The Army has always had techniques to camouflage the Soldier ... we have techniques for the Soldier and the equipment," said Col. Douglas A. Tamilio, project manager for Soldier Weapons, Program Executive Office Soldier. "We found in Iraq and Afghanistan that Soldiers were starting to paint...
  • Smaller Bullet Gets The Longer Shot

    05/23/2010 6:29:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 30 replies · 1,847+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 5/17/2010 | James Dinnigan
    It was recently revealed that, last November, a British sniper (corporal Craig Harrison) set a new distance record when he killed two Taliban in Afghanistan, at a range of 2,620 meters (8,596 feet). He did this with a L115A3 rifle firing the 8.6mm Lapua Magnum round. The previous record was held by a Canadian soldier, corporal Rob Furlong, who dropped an al Qaeda gunman at 2,573 meters (7,972 feet) in 2002, also in Afghanistan. Furlong, however, was using a 12.7mm (.50 caliber) rifle. These weapons are good at 2,000 meters or more, but weigh twice as much as the 6.8...
  • Top 10 Snipers in History

    05/18/2010 9:41:57 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 32 replies · 1,383+ views
    joetravolta ^ | 11/13/2009 | joetravolta
    It was night and low visibility, but I saw a guy with an AK-47 lit up by the porch light in a doorway about 400 meters away. I watched him through the sights. He looked like just another Iraqi. I hit him low in the stomach and dropped him.’ – Specialist James Wilks, 25, from Fort Worth, Texas. Concealment is key to becoming a great sniper. Highly trained marksmen who can shoot accurately from incredible distances with specialized training in high-precision rifles. In addition, they are trained in camouflage, field craft, infiltration, reconnaissance and observation, making them perhaps the most...
  • The U.S. Sniper's More Accurate, Quieter Rifle

    05/02/2010 2:03:44 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 40 replies · 4,499+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 4/30/2010 | By Roxana Tiron
    Recognizing the differences between conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army is now selecting a contractor to upgrade the 22-year-old Remington bolt-action rifle to become a more effective killing machine. The Army will pour about $5.6 million into upgrades to the M24, with the new gear expected to be delivered to troops by this fall. The M24's barrel is being modified to shoot heavier .300 Winchester Magnum rounds, instead of the 7.62mm NATO ammunition, which should extend the rifle's maximum effective range by hundreds of yards to a maximum of about 1400 yards. The suppressor will reduce the noise and...
  • Hayward men get six months for BB gun hate-crime shooting (Muslims go on Rampage with BB gun)

    04/26/2010 12:51:35 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 53 replies · 1,595+ views ^ | 04/22/2010 | By Eric Kurhi
    SAN FRANCISCO — Three Hayward cousins have pleaded guilty to shooting a man in the face with a BB gun because they thought he was gay, and were sentenced to six months in jail. Mohammad Habibzada, 24, Shafiq Hashemi, 21, and Sayed Bassam, 21, also will be on probation for three years and must complete as much as 400 hours of community service, including 40 hours of hate-crime sensitivity training, according to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. Police said the men went to San Francisco on Feb. 26 armed with an air rifle and video camera, targeting people who...
  • An M-16 In Your Pocket

    04/19/2010 6:44:07 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 68 replies · 2,346+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 419/2010 | Strategy Page
    One area of weapons development that has seen a lot of new, but generally unnoticed, developments in the past decade is the PDW (Personal Defense Weapon, or pistol replacement). One recent example is the Rock River Arms PPS (Performance Piston System) Pistol. This is a 5.56mm weapon that uses a new internal design. It has a short gas piston, with the recoil spring and guide rod over the 21cm (8 inch) barrel. The entire weapon (which does not have a stock) is 44.5cm (17.5 inches) long and weighs 2.2 kg (5 pounds). There are single shot and full automatic versions,...
  • Inventors Design Less-Lethal ‘Taser Me Elmo’ Rifle

    03/24/2010 9:10:29 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 4 replies · 536+ views ^ | 03/22/10 | Jesus Diaz
    This is the Lund Variable Velocity Weapons System, a combustion-powered rifle that can both kill or stun an enemy. It was developed by the creators of Honey My Baby Pony and Tickle Me Elmo dolls for the Pentagon. No kidding. Lund—a company specialized in creating toys—started to work with the Pentagon under the Small Business Innovation Research funds, following the military's objective to develop a non-lethal weapons arsenal. To achieve its double-function, the LVVWS works at two different speeds. By clicking a switch, the weapon goes from one mode to the other. To make is safer, it also has...
  • Rossi .357 Magnum Lever Action Rifle

    03/06/2010 2:59:10 PM PST · by chrisinoc · 33 replies · 2,495+ views
    I found a Rossi .357 magnum lever action rifle for $550 today at a local gun store Good deal if you are looking for a rifle of this type? It is stainless steel and with a 20" barrel. I have been unable to find a .357 magnum level action rifle anywhere in southern California, regardless of manufacturer.
  • Building an AR-15...Advice?

    03/01/2010 5:19:20 PM PST · by Chasaway · 77 replies · 1,958+ views
    Today | Me
    I want to build an AR-15 from scratch.... I [obviously] want to make it mine...and as least expensively as possible. The web is full of info on this, but I've always gotten great advice from this forum..
  • Sarah Sets Her Sights

    02/18/2010 7:50:45 AM PST · by bigbob · 15 replies · 1,122+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | 2-17-10 | Henry Repeating Arms
    The Republican Party of Arkansas presented keynote Speaker Sarah Palin with an engraved Henry Repeating Arms Big Boy 44 Magnum rifle last night at their fundraising event at the Verizon Arena in Little Rock. The rifle was personalized with serial number PALIN-001, the brass receiver was inscribed with ‘Presented to Sarah Palin - February 16, 2010 -Republican Party of Arkansas’ and the Republican Party of Arkansas’ logo was carved into the buttstock. Palin began her keynote speech in front of a cheering crowd of 5,000 by thanking the Republican Party of Arkansas for the beautiful rifle, noting that she even...
  • Experts Needed: What Type of Rifle Should I get? (Vanity)

    01/28/2010 11:39:40 AM PST · by GauchoUSA · 109 replies · 2,391+ views
    Me | 1/28/10 | GauchoUSA
    Next week, I am going on a short expedition into the Russian Northwest forest. My wife's cousins along with a couple more friends will go hunting, drinking and know man stuff. I have been informed that we will be using the obvious AK 47 and they will even have a couple of Dragunovs. I am sure to come out with a great story out of it. My question is, since I am sure to come back a weapons afficionado and I will have virtually no experience with an AR 15, for US purposes what should I set my eye...
  • US firm backs off Jesus Sharpshooter Rifle scopes

    01/22/2010 12:29:24 AM PST · by DTAD · 8 replies · 656+ views
    WASHINGTON: A US firm sought to quiet a controversy over coded Biblical references inscribed on gunsights used by US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, announcing it was providing kits to remove them. Muslim and religious freedom groups reacted angrily after it emerged this week that Trijicon has multi-million-dollar contracts to supply hundreds of thousands of the gunsights to the US military. Critics charged that the company was putting US troops in danger in Muslim-majority nations where US military presence is already bitterly resented.
  • US firm backs off on 'Bible' scopes

    01/21/2010 9:16:10 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 32 replies · 1,225+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/21/2010 | AFP via Space War
    US firm sought to quiet a controversy over coded Biblical references inscribed on gunsights used by US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan Thursday, announcing it was providing the military with kits to remove them. Muslim and religious freedom groups have reacted angrily after it emerged that Trijicon has contracts to supply over 800,000 of the gunsights to the US military. Critics charged that the company was putting US troops in danger in Muslim-majority nations where the US military presence is already bitterly resented. The Wixom, Michigan company said it has inscribed references to the New Testament on the metal casings...
  • M16 now seen as 'the weapon of choice' for Iraq's army

    01/14/2010 11:27:55 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 26 replies · 1,049+ views
    GeoStrategy Direct ^ | 1/14/2010 | GeoStrategy Direct
    The Iraq Army has expanded its use of a U.S.-origin assault rifle. Officials said the Iraq Army has absorbed more than 5,000 M-16 assault rifles from the United States. They said the delivery of additional rifles as well as training would be intensified by the U.S. Army in 2010. "The M16 is now the weapon of choice for the Iraqi army," an Iraqi Army officer identified only as Capt. Anwar, said. Over the last year, the Iraq army has been training its soldiers on the M-16A4 rifle. The seven-day training course has taken place at the Shaiba training center and...
  • UPDATED: Deadly home invasion suspect still at large(LA)

    12/31/2009 5:24:40 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies · 588+ views ^ | 30 December, 2009 | NA
    UPDATE: Shreveport Police are still searching for a man who they believe is responsible for a deadly home invasion shooting in Cedar Grove Tuesday morning. 23-year-old Jerome Hughes is still on the run Wednesday and police need your help in capturing him. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jerome Hughes to call Shreveport Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373. SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – Shreveport police have impounded a car believed to belong to the surviving suspect in Tuesday's deadly home invasion in Cedar Grove. Acting on a tip, police found the an '80s model blue Chevy Caprice in the 100...
  • Video: Rifle Range Mishap - Somebody is Watching Out for this Guy

    12/23/2009 9:11:30 AM PST · by Notoriously Conservative · 66 replies · 3,079+ views
    Notoriously Coservative ^ | 12 23 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    This guy is shooting a 50 CAL. Watch the dust when he fires. The target is a steel plate, 1000 yards away. You can hear the ping of the hit, and then the bullet comes back and hits the ground just in front of his position, then tumbles up hitting his earmuffs, knocking them off of his head. The footage is amazing. You can hear the bullet as it tumbles through the air on its course back toward the shooter. He's lucky it hit the dirt first. He is okay, and obviously very lucky. The bullet grazed his temple. What...
  • Seattle murder weapon not ‘military-style assault rifle(WA)

    11/11/2009 5:19:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies · 1,248+ views
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 10 November, 2009 | Dave Workman
    The rifle allegedly used in the cowardly slaying of Seattle Police Officer Timothy Q. Brenton on Halloween night is not a “military-style assault rifle” as asserted in a Seattle Times report, which was subsequently used by Seattle Weekly reporter Nina Shapiro in an attempt to blister a local gun rights advocate, Alan Gottlieb. Shapiro should have done some homework before rushing to smear Gottlieb. Reader reaction to her comments is essentially very negative. Indeed, when initially contacted about the gun – after the Seattle Times had published an image of the rifle on its website – one SPD information officer...
  • How Reliable Is the M-16 Rifle? Part I

    11/03/2009 4:58:22 AM PST · by Saije · 96 replies · 2,671+ views
    Ny Times ^ | 11/2/2009 | C.J. Chivers
    Few issues are more personal to soldiers than the question of whether they can trust their rifles. And few rifles in history have generated more controversy over their reliability than the American M-16 assault rifle and its carbine version, the M-4. In recent weeks, a fresh round of complaints about weapon malfunctions in Afghanistan, mentioned in an Army historian’s report that documented small-arms jamming during the fierce battle in Wanat last year, has rekindled the discussion. Are the M-16 and M-4 the best rifles available for American troops? Or are they fussy and punchless and less than ideal for war?...
  • A Clean Barrel

    10/30/2009 8:24:14 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 56 replies · 2,246+ views
    The National Rifleman ^ | October 2009 | John Barsness
    Many obsessive riflemen “know” a lot of things about the insides of their barrels. They know they must break-in barrels and that any bore only slightly smudged by the passage of bullets will shoot less accurately compared with a barrel as clean as Aunt Josie’s kitchen floor. First, let’s examine “proper” barrel break-in. According to just about everybody, this is accomplished by firing one shot, cleaning the barrel of all powder and copper fouling, firing another shot, cleaning, etc. Advice on how long to continue this tedious routine varies from 10 to 30 rounds. The procedure supposedly smooths the bore,...
  • The Curse Of The AK-47

    10/03/2009 4:42:03 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 49 replies · 3,573+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 10/03/2009 | unkown
    The Russian firm Izhmash (Izhevsk Mechanical Works) holds the patents for the AK-47, and it is going broke because of all the illegal copies of its weapons being produced worldwide. Izhmash is having little success in trying to force companies in Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Israel, China and the United States to pay licensing fees for the AK-47s they produce. The typical defense is that it is a much improved rifle, with only a superficial similarity to the Izhmash AK-47. Some claim that Russia abandoned the AK-47 design in the 1970s, when they switched to the 5.45mm AK-74. Actually, the original...
  • Russian maker of AK-47 faces bankruptcy

    09/23/2009 12:02:21 AM PDT · by kingattax · 38 replies · 2,497+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 23 September 2009 | Matthew Day
    THE Russian producer of the Kalashnikov assault rifle, the world's most ubiquitous firearm, is facing bankruptcy owing to falling orders. A court in the Russian region of Udmurtiya has accepted a bankruptcy petition filed against Izhmash, the country's biggest arms manufacturer and the maker of the rifle. The iconic weapon has been produced in the millions and adopted by 106 armed forces across the globe, but production in its home land is now in doubt. Another Russian company, Gremikha, claims that the AK's maker owes them £8 million, and has now gone to court to get its money. Arms sales...
  • Saint Augustine, FL October 10th and 11th, Appleseed Shoot: Liberty, Heritage, Marksmanship

    08/30/2009 9:13:51 PM PDT · by caseyblane · 13 replies · 1,007+ views
    I would like to invite everyone to St. Augustine October 10th and 11th. Below is some information about the program. Link to flyer: and more info at I hope you can make it, and bring a non-shooting friend, Casey What is Project Appleseed? Appleseed is a program that instructs Americans on the traditional rifle marksmanship skills that have been passed down from generation to generation, along with reconnecting today's Americans with the people and events of the Founding era. Participants are taught fundamental rifle marksmanship skills that are required to allow a Rifleman to be accurate out to...
  • Up in arms over gun: Replica rifle has Brooklyn man at odds with cops

    07/29/2009 9:48:47 AM PDT · by BGHater · 58 replies · 1,951+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 29 July 2009 | Joseph Goldstein
    Like America's first soldiers at the Battle of Brooklyn, Michael Littlejohn is fighting for his right to bear arms. The Revolutionary War buff charges the Bloomberg administration with tyranny for trying to seize his handmade flintlock rifle - a dead ringer for the weapon once used against the redcoats. "This is the last legal gun that you can have without registration in New York," Littlejohn said. "And yet Mayor Bloomberg is driven crazy by my flintlock gun - the one that won the American Revolution." Littlejohn fired the first shot when he hired a Tennessee blacksmith to recreate the vintage...
  • US Car Dealer Offers Free Kalashnikov With Every Purchase

    07/19/2009 2:46:48 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 135 replies · 2,295+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | July 19th 2009
    US car dealer offers free Kalashnikov with every purchase A Missouri car dealer has taken a novel approach to combating the fall in US vehicle sales by offering a free Kalashnikov assault rifle with every truck, whether new or used. Alex Spillius 19 Jul 2009 Mark Muller, whose business slogan is "God, Guns, Guts, and American Pick-Up Trucks", said he had been overwhelmed by the response. "It's extremely successful. There is a lot of worry about crime, we have a methamphetamine problem around here and people just want to protect themselves," said the boss of Max Motors near Kansas City....
  • Hunter pleads guilty to firing rifle, killing baby in nearby home

    06/20/2009 3:37:33 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 49 replies · 1,793+ views
    MONTICELLO – A Howard Beach man who was hunting in Swan Lake last November when he fired his high powered rifle and killed a baby inside a home, Friday pled guilty to second-degree manslaughter. Edward Taibi, 45, had been hunting on property off Horseshoe Lake Road when he fired two shots from his rifle within 400 feet of a mobile home where 16-month-old Charley Skala of Woodbourne, and her grandmother were located. When sentenced in October, he will receive two to eight years in state prison. The guilty plea came in Sullivan County Court as District Attorney Stephen Lungen was...
  • New Ruger in Hand(Massad Ayoob)

    06/19/2009 4:30:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 49 replies · 1,933+ views
    backwoodshome ^ | 11 June, 2009 | Massad Ayoob
    A few entries ago, you were promised that as soon as we got our hands on the latest new Ruger rifle, you’d hear back. Well, we muckled onto three or so of ‘em this past week, so here we go. As noted here earlier, the rifle is designated SR556, for Sturm, Ruger 5.56 millimeter. It takes standard AR15/M16 magazines, and comes with three of them, produced by Magpul, one of the best makers. It’s the most “vendor-outsourced” firearm this company has ever assembled – really, pretty much everything but the barrel and barrel extension come from outside the factory –...
  • Rifle used in museum shooting too old to trace, official says

    06/12/2009 7:50:09 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 47 replies · 2,162+ views
    cnn. ^ | Carol Cratty
    It is not possible for authorities to trace the rifle used in this week's shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum to the original purchaser, a law enforcement source said Friday. Shooting suspect James von Brunn is hospitalized in critical condition after being shot by security officers. The source, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation, said the weapon is a Winchester Model 6, .22 caliber rifle -- a type of gun manufactured between 1908 and 1928 -- long before records were kept on gun purchases. Authorities also were checking to see if the weapon had been used...
  • New Rifle Can Fire Bullets Through Walls, Explode Them Once Inside

    06/09/2009 8:18:13 PM PDT · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 39 replies · 1,666+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | Tue Jun 9 2009 | Gizmodo
    Here's something you don't want fired in your direction: a "smart" gun that fires bullets that can travel through walls, exploding once they're inside. It's the accuracy of a rifle with the explosiveness of a grenade launcher.The XM25 rifle is about to begin testing in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it sounds pretty nuts.   As the 25-millimetre round is fired, the gunsight sends a radio signal to a chip inside the bullet, telling it the precise distance to the target. A spiral groove inside the barrel makes the bullet rotate as it travels, and as it also contains a...
  • Shotgun Reducers

    05/12/2009 11:27:05 AM PDT · by Ron H. · 70 replies · 3,114+ views
    Little Skeeters ^ | May 12, 2009 | Ron H.
    Anyone have any direct experience with Shotgun reducers. I've never seen them used and am interested to know if they are worth the time and money.
  • Man Shoots Dog to Protect Daughter

    03/17/2009 6:14:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 151 replies · 4,277+ views ^ | 10 March, 2009 | NA
    Kenneth Hale Jr. says his neighbor's Bull Mastiff ventured into his yard several times. Last week, Hale's three year old daughter was playing in the yard and the dog charged toward her, so he got his gun and shot the dog. Kenneth Hale says "I feel bad about it I didn't want to shoot the dog, I really didn't and I was hoping he would keep him over there, it was a beautiful dog, it's a bull Mastiff and that dog stands every bit of four feet tall on his back". Thomas County investigators say Hale contacted them on more...
  • Evansville Resident Shoots Armed Burglar

    03/17/2009 6:09:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies · 725+ views
    WEHT tv ^ | 17 March, 2009 | NA
    EVANSVILLE - An Evansville resident shot an armed burglar early Sunday morning when the suspect tried to rob the man in his home. Derrick Murray told police that he was asleep in his house on the 400 block of east Riverside when his back door was kicked in and some one told him to get down on the ground. Police say Murray got his rifle and shot 26-year-old Derek Clark in the leg after Clark confronted him with a handgun. Police say Clark then ran out the door and attempted to get into an accomplice vehicle with multiple suspects. The...
  • Sales of guns, ammo still high

    03/13/2009 9:51:15 AM PDT · by AreaMan · 23 replies · 2,219+ views
    Tulsa World ^ | 13 March 2009 | KELLY BOSTIAN
       Sales of guns, ammo still high by: KELLY BOSTIAN World Outdoors WriterFriday, March 13, 2009 3/13/2009 11:16:57 AM Correction: This story originally reported the wrong years when comparing the number of permit applications. The cutline incorrectly identified the .40 and .45 caliber bullets. The story and cutline have been corrected. Related Story: Liberals told to leave: An instructor for a hunter safety course orders Obama voters to get out of his class. Four months after the election of President Barack Obama, firearms and ammunition sales in Tulsa remain at a fever pitch. Popular self-protection ammunition is often sold...
  • Obama to seek New Assult Weapons Ban

    02/26/2009 4:24:21 PM PST · by Renegade · 40 replies · 1,162+ views
    ABC News ^ | 2/25/09 | Jason Ryan
    The Obama administration will seek to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 during the Bush administration, Attorney General Eric Holder said today.
  • PTR-91 rifle question

    02/23/2009 10:21:02 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 71 replies · 3,860+ views
    me ^ | 2-23-09 | wobbly bob
    a few questions on the PTR-91 for those who own one
  • University Opens Off-Campus Range For Student Use

    02/21/2009 9:07:38 PM PST · by greatdefender · 5 replies · 310+ views
    Kudos to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where it was recently announced that students will be allowed to use the university's off-campus firearm ranges to shoot.