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  • 6.5 creedmoor vs 243 Comparison

    08/20/2018 5:05:53 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 19 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/20/2018 | J Hines
    Cartridge manufacturer, Hornady introduced the mission-specific 6.5mm, Creedmoor center-fire rifle cartridge in 2008. Since that time, the cartridge has become a hot commodity in the shooting range and the hunting arena. The cartridge was originally designed for competitive shooting, before hunters took notice. The hunters were drawn to the cartridge because hunting specific loads did not exist and also due to its superbly accurate performance in shooting competitions. The other factor is the affordable rates of rifles in the market. There are some talks in the long range community of how the 6.5 Creedmoor perform against the .243. From a...
  • Spetnaz's Underwater Guns

    08/16/2018 5:17:09 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 4 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/16/2018 | A Young
    International warfare has created some of the most profound advances in technology and concepts, and the underwater arena is no exception. APS Underwater Rifle The APS or Avtomat Podvodnyj Spetsialnyj Underwater Rifle was developed during the early 1970s by the Soviet Central Institute for Precision Machine Building (TsNIITochMash plant). The inspiration for this was that Russian combat divers only had knives and the SPP-1 underwater pistol as their sole means of weaponry. The APS was meant to provide considerably more firepower to their combat divers. The APS, initially only used by the Russian armed forces, has been available on the...
  • Best Bear Defense Guns

    08/15/2018 5:14:45 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 38 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/15/2018 | C Cocoles
    It’s best to be mindful when you’re out in the wilderness, especially when in bear country. Which means you should be armed. When you head into bear country, you must accept that you are no longer at the top of the food chain. Luckily, most bears usually do not want any trouble and will leave the area as soon as they detect you. However, this is not always the case and you should be prepared to defend yourself if you get in a life-threatening situation. Firearms should only be used as a last resort to defend yourself from a bear....
  • The Nambu Pistol

    08/14/2018 4:44:34 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 30 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/14/2018 | E Sarkist
    The most dangerous pistol ever made. Back in World War Two Japananese forces used the Nambu Type 94 Pistol as their service pistol. The Nambu Type 94 Pistol was chambered for the weak 8mm Nambu cartridge. The magazine capacity was 6 rounds, a bottle-necked cartridge that only delivers about as much energy as 380. The pistols are locked by means of a short falling-block that is mechanically interesting. Sights are comically bad, but to be honest there isn't a whole bunch about this gun that isn't. Putting some lead downrange isn't bad, but the problem is you don't have to...
  • More Ugly Guns

    08/13/2018 5:13:37 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/13/2018 | J Hines
    Most guns were made to be a functional piece of firearms as a duty weapon or as part of the everyday carry. However, there are some handguns in the past that never really worked out. Yes, it goes bang but the cosmetic and its purpose was just horrible. Anyways, there’s probably over hundreds of firearms out there from various countries from the past that we haven’t seen yet, but here’s another of our ugly list of guns. The Deer Gun Another war time liberator pistol, this one may be the only 20th century handgun even more ridiculous-looking than the FP-45....
  • California Wildfires Caused By Radical Environmentalists, Not Climate Change

    08/11/2018 4:59:12 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/11/18 | Katy Grimes
    The Catastrophic Canard of Climate Change Our forests are now catastrophically overgrown, often carrying four times the number of trees the land can support. In this stressed and weakened condition, our forests are easy prey for drought, disease, pestilence and fire.—Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) The United States Forest Service was originally founded to protect forests from the ravages of fire to preserve it for future generations. That thinking was abandoned in favor of the flawed “no-use movement,” or the “rewilding” theory, which blames humans for the “degradation of our planet.” “Rewilding the land can repair damage we’ve caused and reconnect...
  • Gunfights that Changed LE Tactics

    08/10/2018 4:52:21 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 28 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/10/2018 | C Hodkins
    In the past 32 years, U.S. law enforcement tactics, procedures, and policies have evolved because of these tragic incidents. Not all of us are LEO’s but their training in gunfight tactics have trickled down to private citizen training as well. The gear and training employed by officers is much different today, partly as a result of the infamous FBI Miami shootout in 86. There have been other game-changing gunfights in the last quarter century. The following segment examines each of them and how they changed LE tactics, procedures, and policies. The following are compilation of Police Mag interviews with LEO...
  • Grizzly Bear Attacks Canadian Park Ranger

    08/09/2018 8:40:09 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 28 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/9/2018 | J Carbery
    A crazed grizzly tore off part of a park ranger's scalp, half of an ear and several puncture wounds. Miraculously, he survives and managed to drive himself to the hospital. “Suddenly I was just run over,” Jordan Carbery said. “It felt like two football players tackling me. The next thing I realize is that the bear had my head in its mouth and was picking me up.” Park Ranger Carberry had gone outside of his home in Bella Coola, British Columbia, to investigate a noise. He spotted a couple of bear cubs in one of his cherry trees. Then he...
  • Ugly Guns of the Past

    08/09/2018 4:57:09 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 20 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/9/2018 | M Rothschild
    Not sure if these were the result of poor design, lack of materials, or sheer necessity, some firearms and guns are just ugly. Many early automatic weapons and pistols were designed without a complete understanding of what works, leading to strange and ugly guns that barely worked. Desperate times during World War II led to a need for cheap, easily made firearms, and there wasn’t time to make them with clean lines and beauty. The result? Some of the ugliest guns and weapons ever made. Modern designs have also been accused of lacking beauty, especially "bullpup" rifles, where the magazine...
  • CA Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoed Bipartisan Wildfire Management Bill in 2016

    08/08/2018 9:16:11 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/08/18 | Katy Grimes
    Brown has managed to divert the fawning, slobbering California media away from his actual responsibilities as California Governor, and instead has them focused on hysteria, doom, gloom, and intangibles like "climate change." Last year, as all Hell was breaking loose in California as residents were burned out of their homes, neighborhoods and businesses, Gov. Jerry Brown was jetting around the world spouting climate change propaganda, and calling this California’s ‘new normal.’ “With climate change, some scientists are saying Southern California is literally burning up, and burning up as maybe a metaphor or a description not just to the fires right...
  • Lost World War II Pistol – FP45 Liberator

    08/08/2018 4:58:29 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 31 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/8/2018 | F Jardim
    Clandestine weapons like the World War II FP-45 pistol, later dubbed the Liberator by the Office of Strategic Services in 1944, have always intrigued me. It remains the rarest of American martial handguns from the conflict, with original examples usually starting in the $1,500 range for rusty, damaged pieces and the best examples, with their impossibly rare waxed shipping boxes, bringing over $7,000. Myths and misinformation hide the pistol’s real story; they weren’t wildly inaccurate junk guns that exploded after a few shots, and they were never tossed out of airplanes over occupied Europe en masse. THE FP-45 PISTOL was...
  • Shotgun vs AR-15 for Personal Defense

    08/07/2018 5:10:04 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 76 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/7/2018 | W Clapp
    At one time back in the day, inside most police cars were equipped with an M-870 shotgun. Then theres an odd ball patrolman with his AR-15 with .223 caliber. Which patrolman has the advantage? The logic behind the usage of an AR stems from situations where a firearm needed for greater range than a shotgun. So the debate begins, shotgun folks talk about having the knock down power to stop the fight with its 00 buck. AR’s with its high velocity and more firepower in terms of 20 rounds – 30 rounds magazine capacity. Using either firearm we can make...
  • California burns: The “new normal” thanks to Obama Era Environmental Regulations

    08/06/2018 7:08:01 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/06/18 | Katy Grimes & Megan Barth
    Environmentalists believe that people cause climate change, so maybe this is just punishment (environmental justice) in their never-ending and destructive quest for sustainability. “Hotter, drier, longer forest fires we are witnessing today have nothing to do with ‘dangerous manmade climate change. They have a lot to do with idiotic forest mismanagement policies and practices.”—Paul Driessen, Senior Policy Advisor, CFACT This past week, the New York Times reported on California’s wildfires stating that “Since 2012, according to state emergency management officials, there has not been a month without a wildfire burning—a stark contrast to previous decades, when fire officials saw the...
  • Drilling Rifles & other Combination Guns

    08/06/2018 5:17:14 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 27 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/6/2018 | J Hines
    Have you ever wished or thought of having a rifle and a shotgun combination?, all in one. Yes, these combination drilling guns do exist. Though they are not popular, it may be something to consider for a survival gun. These combination guns will give you a glimpse of options to consider. Springfield Armory M6 Scout Combination Gun The Springfield Armory M6 Scout is a multipurpose firearm, combining rifle and shotgun. This discontinued weapon was once made with a .22 LR or a .22 Hornet barrel over a 3-inch magnum .410-bore shotgun barrel. Savage Arms Model 24C-DL Combination Gun The Savage...
  • Mercury Marine unveils new line of diesel engines that improve performance in the mid-range

    08/05/2018 7:08:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Powerboat World ^ | August 2, 2018 | Lee Gordon
    Mercury Marine, the world leader in marine propulsion and technology, today introduced at the Sydney Boat Show, a new line of 3.0-liter diesel engines for sterndrive, inboard and water-jet applications, available in 150hp, 230hp and 270hp. Engineered, developed and tested over the past three years, these new engines will lead their class in several key attributes: acceleration; reliability; ease of installation and maintenance; and mitigation of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). (In Europe, the 150hp engine node and ratings were specifically designed for Venice taxis and will be available at a later date.) "We are excited to offer our customers...
  • Breaking News! Ferguson Fire in Yosemite has jumped Hwy 41.

    08/03/2018 5:53:52 PM PDT · by notpoliticallycorewrecked · 31 replies
    Myself | 8/3/18 | myself
    The Ferguson Fire in Yosemite National Park has jumped Hwy 41 in the Park. The fire is now headed toward Badger Pass Ski area, which is a fire base camp. There is only one road in and out of that area. The fire crews are now trapped and have to shelter in place. PLEASE pray for the safety of the fire crews at that location. They are in immediate danger. We have already lost two firefighters with this fire.
  • Hunting Rifle for Young Hunters

    08/03/2018 10:41:16 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 23 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/3/2018 | J Hines
    If you were fortunate to have played with a variety of rifles and cartridges good for you. A question that comes up is whats a good rifle for a youth hunter? Lets take a look at three similar rifle calibers that most youth hunter would enjoy shooting. .223 Remington Many have hunters have started with this. The single-shot, low-recoil, .223-caliber, breakaway rifle hunting have been very successful for many youth hunters. The low recoil makes it great for a new or young hunter who worries about bruising their shoulder or securing the gun. .243 Winchester This caliber may be the...
  • CMMG MK57 – New Light SBR

    08/03/2018 5:33:59 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 20 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/3/2018 | J Hines
    CMMG has just announced more new line of AR pistols and short-barreled rifles chambered in FN 5.7x28mm and people are going ape s^&t over this. CMMG utilized their patent-pending "Radial Delayed Blowback" operating system, the brand new Mk57 Guard line is fed by 5.7x28mm pistol magazines. These models are available in the 5-inch-barreled, as well as 8-inch-barreled PSB configurations. The Mk57 Guard Series is a ultra-compact and lightweight platform is extremely portable, making it an awesome package for close protection, home defense, plinking and competition shooting. A very agile AR platform. It features a relatively lightweight bullet design and some...
  • Big Bear Guns

    08/02/2018 4:59:55 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 21 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/2/2018 | L Case
    The group of Alaskans that I spent time with this summer landed decidedly on the side of firearms over bear spray. Some carry both, but they definitely want a gun available. As usually occurs in the gun world, if we decide we need a gun for some task, the question always arises. Which gun is best? "THE 12-GAUGE PUMP shotgun has been the choice of most people for bear defense in Alaska for some time,” said Steve Nelson of Anchorage. Nelson has been teaching bear defense classes since 1978, when a USGS coworker was severely mauled by a black bear....
  • M3 Grease Gun

    08/01/2018 4:42:18 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 27 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/1/2018 | R Reed
    The M3 "grease gun" was one of the simplest, ugliest, and cheapest personal weapons ever fielded by the U.S. military. But, as one U.S. Marine combat veteran recalled, what this crude submachine gun lacked in looks, it more than made up for that with brutal effectiveness. THE GREASE GUN is a compact weapon with an overall length of 29.8 inches with the stock extended and 22.8 inches with the stock collapsed. The barrel is 8 inches long. The 8.15-pound empty weight of the gun is brought up to 10.25 pounds once a loaded magazine of 30 .45 ACP rounds is...