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Myths Gun Control Advocates Perpetuate
Revolver There are a few myths advocates of fun control would like the general population to believe. They are lobbying against a legitimate means of protection Americans have relied for nearly three hundred years. When something is as ingrained in our culture and society as are firearms, those trying to dislodge them from our very fabric will fight tooth and nail to get what they want.    
Criminals & Gun Shows Lobbyists would have you believe gun shows are ground zero for criminal and terrorist firearm purchases. This is simply not true, given a Bureau of Justice Statistics study showed barely 1% of criminals obtained their firearms at gun shows. Where criminals actually get their firearms are from either an illegal arms dealer or from theft. An estimated 230,000 guns per year are stolen in home burglaries and property crimes, nearly 25,000 of which are lost or stolen from gun dealers.     Children & Firearms Again, the liberals vying for gun law ‘evolution,’ would lead you to believe mistruths on gun safety statistics. They would like you to believe children raised in gun-friendly households grow up as violent criminals. The fact is, however, children taught about firearms by family members are much less likely to be delinquents than their gun-less counterparts. They are more likely learn the practical purpose for guns, including recreation and self-defense, the reason they are used up to 2.5 million times annually in the United States for armed self-defense.     Crime & Gun Control The misconception guns cause violence and drive up crime is the most important myth that must be discredited. Outlawing and trying to initiate control gun laws, especially in designated municipalities, simply does not work. Criminal-minded people will commit crimes, and if they want to do so with a gun, they will. Take Washington, D.C.’s ban on handguns. The district saw the murder rate triple in the 15 years after the ban was initiated in 1977. Similar statistics in Chicago show similar results, whereby the murder rate doubled 10 years following the law being enacted.
Aftermarket Trigger Installation Tips

Triggers can be purchased aftermarket and installed to your rifle. However, this is a very detailed process which may require a little trial and error. During the installation process you will be able to adjust the safety, trigger pull weight, overtravel and sear engagement.

 

Setting the safety first is always a good step as it protects the gun from misfiring and is crucial to gun safety. Adjusting the corresponding bolt by loosening and tightening it is the key to finding exactly the right setting for your safety. Then, depending on how you shoot your rifle, you might need to adjust the trigger pull weight. Set at the factory, most trigger pull weights will work for most shooters. However, shooters with varying experience might want a lighter or heavier weight depending on how much force they want required to fire the gun. This change helps to better control the firearm and shoot accurately.

 

Going along with how much force in necessary to pull the trigger, sear engagement covers how much is needed to keep the trigger pulled back. Like all the other elements of the trigger, this can be adjusted depending on the shooter.After the shot breaks, the trigger can still travel backwards. The less overtravel there is however, the less chance there is that the gun will move after the shot and sight will be negatively impacted. This element of the trigger can also be adjusted so there is less overtravel affecting the shooter. This is specifically important for hunters that don’t want to lose sight of their target mid and after shot.

 

Changing the safety, pull weight, overtravel and sear engagement help customize a firearm and make it easier to shoot for the owner. Gun owners with years of experience can be very particular about how their rifle functions. Purchasing a trigger, installing it and adjusting it as needed it a way for you to get exactly what you want out of your firearm.

Why it’s important to Maintain your Firearm

Cleaning your firearm as frequently as possible is imperative on so many levels. Cleaning your gun helps you not only learn about the weapon and how it works, but it also lets you maintain accuracy, longevity and even your own safety.

Accuracy

After every use, gunpowder builds up on your firearm, especially in the chamber and the barrel. No matter if it’s a revolver, pistol or rifle, layers of gunpowder collect in layers as ash on every moving part. This burnt powder residue not only gums up every moving part of the gun, but also along the trajectory of the bullet. This must be removed regularly to maintain intended bullet trajectory.

This build up along the barrel of the gun from the lead or copper jackets only welcomes more bullet particles and gun powder. This builds increasingly quickly as more shots are fired from the weapon. This greatly compromises space in the barrel needed for the bullet to pass. Given the barrel is ultimately what aims the bullet at a target, this aspect poses serious risk to accuracy and efficiency.  

Longevity

Guns stowed away after firing without proper storage are a magnet to rust. This is because the metal guns are made of attract condensation droplets in the air like bees to honey. For this reason, it is especially imperative to clean your gun if you live in a humid climate. With proper cleaning and lubrication, the specialty hardened steel guns are composed of will last exponentially longer than dirty counterparts.

To a lesser extent, unkempt guns could even compromise the shooter’s safety. Dirty guns will eventually lead to backfire and potential injury to the shooter. So maintaining your gun will ensure it stays not only safe to you, but will remain functional and accurate for years to come. After all, no one wants to open their lockbox to a pile of rust.  

Flak Jackets Ins and Outs

Flak JacketOriginally designed to protect soldiers from shrapnel in WWII, flak jackets were first made from nylon with steel plate lining. Initially mean to protect soldiers from shrapnel, they weren’t bulletproof and too heavy to be worn by troops on the ground long-term. Now made of specialty ballistic nylon, flak jackets are worn by everyone in law enforcement, military and target shooters.

 

Flak jackets and body armor offer protection of the torso, chest and stomach. They act as an extra layer of protection from bullets or projectiles. But since they only cover the torso, bullets and shrapnel can still hit and penetrate other parts of the body. And though flak jackets protect from any bullet penetration, it’s not uncommon for the shooter to experience cracked ribs and severe bruising in the even of a shooting. Wearers are also not protected against very close range threats. 

 

body armor and jackets also only have a full service of five years. After that amount of time, the devices start to become warn and torn. Creases, tears and burns in the vest compromise its integrity and put the wearer at increased risk. Naturally, the more a vest is worn, the quicker it will wear out. But the quality of the jacket should be evaluated after five years and checked for any damages.

 

Flak jackets and body armor can be advantageous in keeping wearers safe. However, their disadvantages are important to know as well. Taking both the pros and cons into account is the best way for wearers to use them appropriately and most importantly stay safe. And no matter where you are shooting, if there are people around you shooting firearms, extra protection is never a bad idea.

What to Look for When Picking Range Ammo
wadcutterSaving your good ammunition for when you need it and getting the cheap stuff for the firing range is a good way to save your money. At the range, all you’re shooting is paper or foam so why blow through a box of $50 rounds when you can get away with spending a fraction of that. But how do you pick the right target ammo without sacrificing quality. First off, you have to decide which gun you’re going to shoot for target practice. This will weight heavy on the kind of ammo you’re limited to buying. You could buy the cheapest box of ammunition for your .50 cal hand cannon, but it’s still going to cost much more that some of the more expensive options for your common .25 caliber handgun. But smaller caliber ammunition doesn’t necessarily translate to more affordable. For hand guns, typically the cheapest rounds fit in a .38 caliber revolver. Specifically, wadcutter and semi-wadcutter bullets are the most economical for long days spent at the shooting range. There are a number of factors making wadcutters less expensive, and subsequently even better for target shooting performance. For starters, wadcutters- unless they are specially designed- cannot be fed from a pistol magazine to a gun chamber. Most wadcutter bullets have a flat or nearly flat front and can therefore primarily only be used in a revolver. Round point total or full metal bullets are designed for complete penetration and experience very little expansion on impact, unlike, say, hollowpoint rounds. Because they expand very little, they tend to fully exit the target body. A complex design to prevent expansion, traditional bullets is composed of a brass capsule- or jacket- and a lead fire rim. But because the wadcutter bullet type is entirely exposed lead, it is a lot less costly to manufacture and produce. The solitary material and simple design keep production costs extremely low. For target shooting, a wadcutter cuts a very clean hole through the paper target, reducing point errors.
Duck Hunting Hot Spots
Every season,  over 2 million hunters suit up and arm themselves to duck hunt. One of the most popular bird hunting sports in the country, duck hunting reigns from coast to coast. But where are the best places to duck hunt?   Seattle, Washington. The Puget Sound provides a sprawling mountain range that is home to thousands, if not millions, of duck and waterfowl. Light and dark geese, sea ducks as well as puddle ducks all exist near Seattle. For hunters that like to travel and are looking for a trophy, the harlequin duck and Pacific brant are rare but can be found in Padilla Bay, Seattle. This bay is also home to the largest winter population of these ducks anywhere north of Mexico.   From tundra swans to blue-winged teal, hunters should consider Salt Lake City, Utah in their season travels. 30 duck clubs exist on the lake and offer more than 22,000 acres of land. For hunters that want to utilize public land, there is more than 100,000 acres available. The most popular hunting areas include the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge and the Ogden Bay Waterfowl Management Area.   Heading south, Charleston, South Carolina offers a rich wetland that is undeveloped and full of pintails, gadwalls and green-winged teals. Right along the coast is public areas where hunting is permitted. Bear Island and the Santee coastal reserve are the two most popular sites for duck hunters that venture to South Carolina.   Another suggestion for traveling duck hungers is Detroit, Michigan. This might not seem like an obvious choice, but Detroit is actually right in the middle of a major migration path taken by waterfowl. This gives hunters the opportunity to see and shoot both ducks and geese that are diverse. The St. Clair Flats State Wildlife Area and the Pointe Mouille State Game Area are both public and can be taken advantage of by visitors.   There are hot spots all over the United States. But no matter where you decide to track your duck, make sure you follow your safety hunting safety tips you learned in your course and always wear the right kind of ear protection. There are advanced hearing protection features that now allow you to even hear distant fowl while protecting your hearing from close gunfire.
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