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10 Thoughtful Gifts for Gun Nuts

The hardest part of buying a gift for a gun nut is finding something they do not already have, and something they will use. This year, we have done the work for you and selected gifts every gun nut will be happy to receive this holiday season.

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#FixNICS: Advocating State Participation

Every federally licensed firearms retailer (FFL) is required by law to run a background check through NICS before transferring a firearm to an individual, whether the transaction is happening in a store, at a gun show, or online. While the merits of of background checks can be debated, so long as the system is in place, most believe it should include the records that disqualify individuals from buying a firearm—criminal and mental health records that prohibit an individual from owning a firearm. The National Shooting Sports Foundation is spearheading an initiative known as FixNICS.

Henry lever action rifle over an American flag

Range Report: Taylors and Company 1860 Henry Rifle

I recently took the Taylors and Company Henry rifle to the range. When the Uberti 1860 Henry rifle came out of the case, I was the center of attention. The rifle is historically accurate, beautifully made, and a superior conversation piece. It is all somewhat secondary to the shooting but satisfying just the same. The kindred soul that understands what the rifle is admires the purchase while others listen attentively to the tale of the Henry rifle.

Bob Campbell demonstrating weapon retention

Instructors: The Good, Bad, and Downright Dangerous

Over the past few months, threads and discussion have often become a lively debate on choosing instructors and the merits of training in anti-terror tactics. This article addresses many of these discussions. Not surprisingly, an honest appraisal of the current situation finds the author coming up short in certain areas, and willing to admit it.

Bob Campbell shooting a pump shotgun

Reader Comments of the Week — November 25, 2017

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.

Taylors Cattlebrand revolver and Randall Trailblazer Bowie knife

Handguns and the Backcountry

America is far from tame, as we have seen recently. Despite the advance of civilization, there are places that are wild and free and not occasionally, but daily dangerous as a matter of course. Intense aridity, sweeping blizzards, terrible heat, dangerous wildlife and natural disasters come often. There are many challenging landscapes. Those who live in Alaska, Arizona, and Wyoming on a permanent basis are prepared but sometimes make a misstep. God help the occasional visitor such as myself. Resident or visitor, you need the right caliber handgun for the backcountry.

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Video: Should You Be the Good Samaritan?

The reason most start carrying a concealed weapon is self-protection, with the protection of those around you as a close second. When those around you are your loved ones, and the people whose lives or health is being threatened, it is a fairly easy decision of when to get involved. However, when the threat is merely in your vicinity, or the threat is too strangers, the decision becomes much more blurry. This is true in the individual’s mind and the mind of the courts or legal letter of the law.

Primos Scarface Whitetail deer decoy

6 Tips for Decoying Deer

Decoying deer can be a risky strategy at times, but when it pays off, the action is a sight to behold and the reward the mature buck you have been hunting. Just as there is no one strategy to hunt deer, the rules of when, and how, to best use a decoy is not straightforward. Your particular hunting situation, phase of the rut or second rut, hunting pressure, food sources, deer density etc. will all play into your strategy. Here are six tips to increase your odds with a deer decoy.

Chrome revolver top and SIG Sauer Emperor Scorpion bottom

Review: SIG Sauer Emperor Scorpion 10mm

The 10mm cartridge seems to be enjoying a revival. This powerful and accurate cartridge has enjoyed a small but loyal following since its introduction, and there are many reasons this handgun and cartridge combination are enjoying a new appreciation. As the late Jeff Cooper remarked, the 10mm will do things at 50 yards the .45 ACP cannot.

9mm Syntech ammunition in front of shooting glasses and earmuffs

Reader Comments of the Week — November 18, 2017

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.

Bob Campbell shooting a pump shotgun

Thoughts on Home Defense Preparation

The most dangerous places are outside the home. Inside the home, we have barriers including outer doors, glass, and hard interior doors. Hopefully, the family has your back, and you have a plan. If not, you have more problems than I can address. Illegal narcotics, and the pharmaceutical industry’s greed-fed opioid epidemic, turn many against their fellows, and the family is the first victim—just so you will not be surprised. My home is modest, and I have genuine affection for my neighbors. I am lucky. My first line of defense is

Federal Ammunition's 224 Valkyrie video

Redefining the 1,000-Yard Cartridge: Federal .224 Valkyrie

Transform your MSR 15. Loaded with the 90-grain Gold Medal Sierra MatchKing, the all-new .224 Valkyrie provides less wind drift and drop than all other loads in its class and stays supersonic past 1,300 yards. The cartridge is the new choice for both long-range target shooters and hunters. Here is the full release and promo video from Federal Ammunition.

Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun

Daisy Red Ryder: A Boy’s Memory

I am sure many of the readers of The Shooter’s Log started out with a Daisy Red Ryder. Most will remember little Ralphie opening his Red Ryder on Christmas morning in A Christmas Story—or at least his mother’s warning about shooting his eye out with it. Others, such as myself, started with something owning a little more pep such as a Winchester Model 69A .22 Long Rifle—a bolt-action .22 LR that quickly taught me to make every shot count small game such as rabbits and squirrel. Fortunately, a few years after that, I got the Daisy and while Black Bart never crossed my path, I thoroughly enjoyed torturing my little green plastic army men in mock wars for months afterward.

Gavel with American flag

Tough on Crime, Not Guns — Not in California

Politicians often give speeches promising stiffer penalties for criminals in an effort to make the people feel safer. Whether or not they are actually safer is often debatable, however. Enhanced penalties for criminals committing their offense with a firearm is a good example.  These laws keep some of the worst offenders off the streets longer and is generally supported by all citizens—or so I thought. That is why it was such a head scratcher when California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill into law removing mandatory minimum sentences for criminals who use guns in their crimes.

Patriotic Veterans Day poster

Remember our Veterans

Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day, was a federal holiday meant to be as a remembrance of the soldiers who fought and died in the First World War. Americans celebrated the day on November 11th, this was meant to coincide with the surrender of the Germans which occurred on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month on 1918. In 1953, an Emporia, Kansas man named Alvin King, the owner of a shoe repair shop, had the idea to change Armistice Day to “All” Veteran’s Day.