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Reader Comments of the Week — August 27, 2016

Even regular readers of The Shooter’s Log can’t read or respond to all of the comments, so we have started a new weekly feature that will recap a sampling of the most active, interesting, or on occasion, randomly selected comments from the previous weeks. Feel free to respond with your two cents at the bottom of this article or by clicking the story link and adding it directly to the discussion.

Firearms and suicide infographic

Firearms and Suicide Prevention

With suicide accounting for nearly two-thirds of all firearm fatalities annually, the topic of suicide prevention deserves our attention. In recent years, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has worked with the Veterans Administration, the State of Utah, and mental health agencies to help educate gun owners and the public on how to keep firearms safely out of reach of those who, during a period of despair, might decide to do themselves harm.

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I Trust My Life to Taurus

December 6, 2012, I left the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin after a productive meeting with clients. The hour was late—about 11:30 p.m. Walking to my Jeep Patriot, I noticed an odd sound as I walked to the driver-side door. My feet were crunching on the pavement, yet there was no snow or ice to be found. It looked like there was a great deal of glass on the ground, and there was—from my front windows!

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Review: Streamlight TLR-1 HL Weaponlight

When asked, I emphasize that one of the most essential items in your duty load out, or everyday carry gear, is a strong, bright light. However, not just any light will do. When selecting a weaponlight, you’ll want a durable, high-lumen, weapon-mounted light to illuminate your path, make threat evaluation easier, and aid in target discrimination.

Rapid fire group on terrorist target

Reader Comments of the Week — August 20, 2016

Even regular readers of The Shooter’s Log can’t read or respond to all of the comments, so we have started a new weekly feature that will recap a sampling of the most active, interesting, or on occasion, randomly selected comments from the previous weeks. Feel free to respond with your two cents at the bottom of this article or by clicking the story link and adding it directly to the discussion.

NRA: 5 Things Hillary Says She Will Do To Your Rights If She Wins

In June 2000, Hillary Clinton endorsed a bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., that would have required anyone who owns a handgun to be licensed and to have their name placed in a national database. Clinton said, “I stand in support of this common-sense legislation to license everyone who wishes to purchase a gun. I also believe that every new handgun sale or transfer should be registered in a national registry, such as Chuck is proposing.”

Hornady Ammunition logo

Free From Hornady Ammunition

As much as you would like to think that meant free ammunition from Hornady, I am sorry to say that is not the case, but it is almost as good. While the ammo may not be free, Hornady’s new ballistic calculator is free. And, with more shots on target you’ll be hitting more targets with less ammunition, so it’s as close to free ammunition as you’re likely to get.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson talking at press conference

150+ Shootings in 15 Days — Gun Control or Gun Offender Control?

With a headline like this, it would normally be followed by some off-balanced politician’s claim that we need more gun control. On occasion, the politician would trot out the Chief of Police or Sheriff to back up the point. The numbers could point to a handful of cities, but of course we are talking about the king of gun crime, Chicago. However, this time the message is not the anti-gun rhetoric we have become accustomed to.

Ruger SR1911 9mm pistol right profile

Range Report: Ruger SR1911 9mm

Ruger is an old line maker that has offered quality products at a fair price for more than 68 years. Although Ruger was late getting into the 1911 market, it introduced a short slide 1911 handgun, the SR1911 that has earned an excellent reputation for reliability, accuracy, and value.

Tactical officer leaning against vehicle and shooting Burris Burris XTR II 1-8x24mm scope

Burris XTR II 1-8x24mm: Ultimate Versatility

Smart shooters know that less is often more when it comes to dialing magnification on a riflescope. The new XTR II 1-8x24mm gives shooters the benefit of a true 1x optic—excellent situational awareness with a wide field of view and both-eyes-open shooting, quick target acquisition for fast initial and follow-up shots, and improved marksmanship from improvised shooting positions thanks to less perceived reticle wobble.

HK45 pistol in desert tan with boxes of ammunition

Range Report: HK45 Tactical

A few years ago, Heckler and Koch introduced a new handgun design in hopes of achieving a military contract. The HK45 is a viable pistol for use by the Special Operation Command (SOCOM) or any military entity. The HK45 builds upon HK’s slide-to-frame design that features more contact between the frame and slide than most polymer frame pistols resulting in greater rigidity and greater accuracy potential.