From the Editor

A recent story in the Washington Post reported that in the first couple of months following the election of Donald Trump as president, firearm and ammunition sales “dropped precipitously,” but a careful reading of data from the FBI’s National Instant Check System suggests things were not so bad.

The story said, “Gun clubs and shops that cater to black and LGBT clients say there has been an uptick in interest in firearms since November among those who fear that racial and gender-based violence could increase during Trump’s presidency.”

That was significant because it reflected an interesting socio-political turn for groups traditionally taken for granted as being liberal and therefore anti-gun.

A record was set in December 2015 when the FBI conducted 3,314,594 NICS checks. This does not translate to one-on-one sales data, according to a caveat on the FBI’s website. But the number is a strong indicator of firearms sales.

In December 2016, NICS checks fell to 2,771,159, a decline of only about a half-million. But in January, there were only 2,043,184 checks conducted (as opposed to 2.545,802 checks in January 2016) and in February there was a slight uptick to 2,234,817 (down from the 2,613,074 in February 2016).

According to the story, stock value fell at publicly-traded companies in the firearms field, and sales of modern sporting rifles—the so-called “assault weapons” that anti-gunners want banned—had also declined in the election aftermath. But that was predictable because many people were buying firearms in anticipation of a November victory for Hillary Clinton, who had made it clear early in the campaign she would push for  stricter gun control.

But with Trump in the White House, another interesting situation has developed.

The story quoted Philip Smith, president of the National African American Gun Association (NAAGA). He told the newspaper that there is a concern among his members that “divisive politics” could descend into violence.

And other stories from around  the country indicate anecdotal evidence that non-traditional gun owners, such as those identifying as politically liberal or in the LGBT community are buying guns and seeking training.

Of course, so-called non-traditional groups have always had membership in what the late Da-vid Caplan called The Second Amendment Friendship. And, sadly, some segments have not al- ways been as welcoming as they could—or should be to outsiders.

Most women gun owners have experienced the look of bemusement, and sometimes horror, on the face of gun club members or gun shop employees when they first dare set foot in a club or gun shop.

In the case of a gun shop, the transactional nature of the stop  usually means at least a modicum of courtesy. If it doesn’t, the female customer can leave—taking  her credit card with her.

At a gun club, the passage is usually eased by another member perhaps the one that encouraged you to stop by. But it can be an intimidating experience—and as Lyn Bates points out in her  column elsewhere in this issue—sometimes the amenities them-selves can be off-putting.

For every “little lady” comment I have heard at ranges, gun shows, national conventions, trade shows, etc., I have heard just as many “atta  girl,” or “my granddaughter is the best shot in the family.” And the positive comments have grown over the years, as had the diversity  of those attending all these gun-related events.

This is not to beat up entirely on gun owners—even the most hidebound. It has always been part of the group dynamic to be wary, and sometimes hostile, to newcomers.

When I started playing competitive Scrabble a decade ago, it took some courage to present myself at a local club. Not everyone was happy to see a newbie—one who would have to be taught some of the intricacies of competitive play. Others were happy for more “can- non fodder” that they could whip regularly and drive up their aver-ages. And still others—the vast majority—were happy to have a new club member, to see someone else enjoy the game as they did, and to occasionally help with the clean-up.

Friendship, as we all should know at this point, is a two-way street. Welcoming new members is relatively easy, creating friend-ships and sustaining them is the task we must all take up.

Peggy Tartaro, Executive Editor

Peggy Tartaro, Executive Editor

 

A Girl (and Her Horse) on a Competitive Shooting Course

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Kenda Lenseigne engages targets while riding during a cowboy mounted shooting event. Photo by Chad Reinhart, courtesy Safari-land.

By Peggy Tartaro,
Executive Editor

Cowboy mounted shooting (also called western mounted shooting and mounted shooting) is a competitive equestrian sport involving the riding of a horse to negotiate a shooting pattern. Depending on sponsoring organizations, it can be based on the faithful reenactment of historic shooting events held at Wild West Shows in the late 19th century. Modern events use blank ammunition certified to break a target balloon within twenty feet instead of live rounds.

With its origins in the 1990s, growing out of Cowboy Action Shooting (CAS), the sport requires both equestrian and shooting skills. A typical event requires two single-action revolvers loaded with five blank cartridges. Ten targets are arranged in a horseback riding arena, and the rider guides the horse across a timer line and engages the ten targets. When all ten targets have been hit, the rider returns across the timer line and the score is determined and re-corded. The raw time of the rider is computed and penalties are added for missed targets or failure to follow the specified course or procedure. The sport attracts men, women and junior shooter/riders.

Kenda Lenseigne, and her horse Sparky, recently won five overall cowboy mounted shooting com-petitions in the first two months of 2017. Lenseigne not only took titles in the ladies division, but also beat the men in competitions including:

Border Wars, Jan. 20–22, 2017, Queen Creek, AZ: Overall title time, for both men and women, in five combined stages was 73.803

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Cowboy mounted shooter Kenda Lenseigne after a successful event. Photo by John Beckett; hair and makeup by Julie Koeth, courtesy Safariland.

Southwest Regionals, Feb. 10–12, 2017, Queen Creek, AZ: Overall winner with a time of 69.637, placing above 211 competitors, both men and women, with the fastest time in three out of five stages.

CMSA Winter U.S. Champion-ship, Feb. 15–18, Queen Creek, AZ: Overall Champion Cowgirl, placing above 231 competitors, both men and women, with a time of 72.388.

Winter Range Championship, Feb. 26, Phoenix, AZ: Overall title time in all five stages was 45.425, placing above 108 competitors, for both men and women.

February Shooter Jackpot, Feb. 27, St. Cloud, MN: Overall title time in three stages was 48.525, placing above 70 competitors, for both men and women.

Lenseigne is a Bianchi Team pro rider. Bianchi is a holster/leather brand of the Safariland Group.

“My horse is lightning fast,” said Lenseigne. “On every course, I have to change my guns after the first five targets, and am confident in my Bianchi holsters be-cause they are reliable, lightweight and have the perfect fit. With just 7/100 of a second separating first and second place at this year’s Winter Championship, there was no room for error.”

Mounted shooting uses black powder theatrical blanks with no bullet. A number of companies manufacture certified ammunition for competition. These blanks were originally used in movie production and on the theatrical stage so that flame and smoke can be seen from the muzzle of the firearm. This burning powder will break a balloon target out to approximately twenty feet.

With its origins in CAS, competitors originally wore period dress, but now modern cowboy clothing is the norm.

“Kenda continues to set the bar extremely high,” said Scott Carnahan, vice president, equipment, Safariland. “She is a true competitor, and we are extremely proud of her start to the 2017 competitive season. Not only is Kendra an as-set to Team Bianchi, she is an excellent brand ambassador and an inspiration to women looking to pursue their passions.”

Lenseigne competed in all five competitions with her Smoke-chaser™ Bianchi Cowboy holster. Next up for Lensigne and Sparky is the CSMA National Championship in Tunica, MS.

For more information on the sport, the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (cmsaevents.com) or the Mounted Shooters of America (newsmsa.com) list local clubs and upcoming events.

Mild Shooting and Useful .32 Caliber Revolvers

These .32 caliber revolvers are excellent recreational handguns with much merit for sporting use as well.

These .32 caliber revolvers are excellent recreational handguns with much merit for sporting use as well.

By Bob Campbell,
Contributing Editor

Among my favorite revolvers are those chambered for the .32 caliber cartridges. The .32-20 WCF is the largest and most powerful and won’t be covered here; it demands a larger frame revolver.

The Ruger Single Six is loaded and ejected one cartridge at a time.

The Ruger Single Six is loaded and ejected one cartridge at a time.

The light-weight .32 Smith & Wesson Long revolver is a great recreational shooter that is surprisingly useful for taking small game. The .32 H & R Magnum is among the finest field cartridges ever invented for much the same reasons as its shorter sibling—it is mild to use and fire, accurate, and more powerful than the .22 rimfire. The .32s are a bridge between the .22 and the .38 Special and other larger cartridges. I do not con-sider them useful for personal defense but then they are better than tooth and nail. They have served and perhaps will serve again. The .32 H & R Magnum in its better loads is approaching acceptable ballistics for personal defense.

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This Smith & Wesson double-action .32 offers light recoil and surprisingly good accuracy.

The .32 Smith & Wesson Long was developed when Smith & Wesson went from the break top revolver to the modern swing out cylinder .32. The first modern double-action revolver, the Smith & Wesson Hand Ejector, was chambered for this cartridge.

The .32 Smith & Wesson Long fires a 98-grain RNL bullet at about 700 fps from a four-inch barrel revolver. This is no power-house. Yet, it was used extensively by police agencies, including a decade as standard issue for the New York City Police Department. While a very common cartridge for defense use until about the 1970s, I have but a single case of the .32 Smith & Wesson Long being used in a combat situation. A plainclothes officer carrying a Smith & Wesson .32 emptied his revolver into a felon’s face and jaw attempting to stop a hold-up. The felon took four shots in the heavy cheek and jaw bones. He fled the scene and it took little cleaning and bandaging to fix him up after he was apprehended.

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The modern five-shot .38 Special is simply a .38 on a .32 frame as this image illustrates.

The .32s I used as a teenager included a rather nice Colt Detective Special with 2-inch barrel. I experimented with every load and handgun I could find. I had a difficult time wringing useful accuracy from small frame Smith & Wesson Kit Guns in .22 caliber. The Smith & Wesson six-shot Model 30 is built on the same frame as the five-shot .38 Special so popular today; indeed this now discontinued revolver was the original. This handgun and the six-shot Colt .32 are quite accurate, more so than the .38 versions in my experience. They offer light re-coil and excellent accuracy. I took quite a few squirrels and other edible game at longish range. The revolvers were pleasant enough to use and fire and more accurate than the .22 and .38 revolvers my grandfather owned- at least in my young hands.

I have owned quite a few .32 Smith & Wesson revolvers. I will make a few observations concerning the type. First of all they are all accurate. I have never seen a Smith & Wesson .32 that was not very accurate. A combination of quality control at the height of old school production is one rea-son. The excellent balance of the cartridge is another. The two-inch barrel illustrated is good and tight but shows signs of long use. The characteristic flat latch and color case hardened trigger and hammer are classic Smith & Wesson. Other than the power of the cartridge this revolver has no faults. The action is smooth, the sights are good, accuracy is excellent and the overall feeling is one of quality.

You can’t fault the cartridge’s power as you know what you are getting when you deploy the .32 Smith & Wesson Long. I was able to control the revolver easily and made several offhand double-action groups at ten yards that could be covered with the hand. I fired as quickly as I could bring the sights back on target after reoil—and recoil is not a factor with this handgun.

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Fiocchi’s full wadcutter is intended to deliver Olympic grade accu-racy. It does just that.

This revolver is actually more accurate in a mechanical sense then the majority of .22 caliber versions we call the .22/.32 kit gun. The .32 Smith & Wesson Long is a wonderful small game cartridge that takes rabbit and squirrel without any fuss and bother and without destroying excess meat.

As for personal defense the choice of a quality revolver that is easy to use well may instill more confidence that is warranted in such a light caliber. Buffalo Bore offers both a heavy flat point and a full wadcutter in this caliber. They are a considerable improvement and if you have grandmother’s .32 and wish to deploy it then this is the only reasonable choice. I prefer to use my old Smith & Wesson for recreational use.

The .32 H & R Magnum is a lengthened .32 with consider-ably greater energy than the .32 Smith & Wesson Long. This revolver will accept and fire the .32 Smith & Wesson Long cartridge as a sub load. An 85-grain JHP at 1100 fps from a four inch barrel is the standard for this caliber. The result is a superbly accurate and controllable shooter with good accuracy in a quality handgun to 50 yards. While usually associated with compact revolvers the cartridge is sometimes found in the Ruger Single Six single action revolver. It appears out of production at present. Heritage Manufacturing apparently produced a similar model I wished to obtain but never found. Ruger also occasionally offers fixed sight versions of the Single Six in .32 H and R Magnum. Ruger also offers a six shot version of their SP101 double-action revolver chambered for the .32 H & R Magnum.

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The Ruger .32 Magnum is often carried in this first class cowboy rig from Rocking K Saddlery. This is the Diamond Loop Cattlebrand holster. (Rockingksaddlery.com)

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The Smith & Wesson makes a neat package in this Wright Leather Works (wrightleatherworks.com) inside-the-waistband holster.

If you choose the .32 H & R Magnum for personal defense the SP101 offers a stable platform with excellent control and good accuracy. While a Magnum in name, the .32 caliber Magnum offers inoffensive recoil with the heaviest loads. As an example, the full power .32 H & R Magnum recoils less than the .38 Special and offers about 60% of the recoil of the .357 Magnum revolver cartridge.

While I consider the cartridge most useful as a target and small game cartridge, for those that for one reason or the other simply cannot handle the recoil of the .38 Special, the .32 H & R Magnum offers an alternative. In a steel frame four-inch barrel revolver such as the SP101 recoil is mild. The .32 Smith & Wesson Long may be used as a sub loading. The .32 Smith & Wesson Long has no more recoil than the .22 Long Rifle, subjectively, and in my opinion, is even more pleasant to fire due to the .32’s very limited muzzle report.

The .32 caliber revolvers are an interesting diversion. The .32 Smith & Wesson Long has served for many years simply giving the owners confidence in a firearm that offers little recoil and good accuracy. When pressed into use in the field it has taken game. The .32 H & R Magnum is a wonderful outdoors handgun. As a long range plinker or for taking game to perhaps 35 pounds it has much merit. For the recoil shy it may be pressed into service for personal defense. The .32 caliber revolver has been a companion for some forty years and remains one of my favorite recreational handguns.

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.32s have always been popular for light weight and low recoil. This is a Smith & Wesson “bicycle gun” intended to be carried by cyclists.

New Defensive Handgun Loads from Black Hills Ammunition

By Joseph P. Tartaro,
SAF President

When it comes to precision rifle loads, many people turn to Black Hills Ammunition, in part because the South Dakota firm is the first choice for the shooting teams of all four US branches of the military. These elite competitors have come to rely on Black Hills for the ultimate in precision manufacture and quality control.

The 135-grain .45 ACP is one of three new HoneyBadgerTM loads introduced for 2017.

The 135-grain .45 ACP is one of three new HoneyBadgerTM loads introduced for 2017.

Many pistol shooters also rely on Black Hills for the highest quality, most effective handgun ammunition. And for the same reasons: precision loading and superb quality control.

Black Hills doesn’t manufacture their own bullets, powder, primers or brass. Instead they select the best components they can find from among other manufacturers, and combine them for the ultimate in performance in a specific caliber. As a result, they have become the first choice for many gun writers who test and tell their readers about the field trials of new handguns both for accuracy and reliable performance. For similar reasons many law enforcement departments choose Black Hills, as well as thousands of competitors and daily concealed carry Americans who bet their lives on the defensive ammunition they load in their carry guns.

Black Hills is always on the lookout for new technology that will improve the performance of their ammunition, and each year they introduce new purpose-specific loads. They track the performance of these loads as they seek to provide the best defensive ammunition choices in each caliber.

So it was in 2016 that they introduced a new load featuring a non-expanding, all brass bullet with hard cutting edges in .380 ACP and .38 Special. These new bullets have deep flutes that outperform the best defensive hollow point ammunition. Developed in concert with another manufacturer, Lehigh Defense, these new bullets literally and efficiently cut through barriers that plug conventional hollowpoints, while creating larger, deeper wound paths.

While the .380 ACP and .38 Special are considered by some shooters as unpowered for personal defense, these two calibers are still popular with many gun owners. The .380 is a popular chambering in small, light, easily concealed autoloaders available from just about every  handgun manufacturer in US or the world. The maligned .38 Special, once upon a time the standard load for most police agencies, is still offered in 4-inch and 6-inch barreled revolvers for home or open carry, and in snub-nosed revolvers ideal for concealed carry.

The Black Hills loads for these two calibers, while lighter in bullet weight than many other same caliber loads on the market, generate more energy and higher velocity, making them a top choice

lose-up view of one of the sharp cutting edges of the new Black Hills HoneyBadger® defense loads.

lose-up view of one of the sharp cutting edges of the new Black Hills HoneyBadger® defense loads.

for men and women who carry guns in those calibers. The 60-grain Extreme Defense load introduced in 2016 generates 176 foot pounds of energy traveling at 1150 feet per second. The sister 100-grain .38 Special load traveling at 1275 feet per second generates 361 foot pounds. In both cases, these Black Hills defensive loads outperform many conventional heavier competitors.
When first introduced last year only in .380 ACP and .38 Special loads, they got extensive testing and many men and women who choose those calibers for their personal carry guns immediately switched.

So effective did they prove that this year, Black Hills added three more loadings using the same bullet design, which they renamed HoneyBadger™.

This year, Black Hills added three more defensive loads to the all-new HoneyBadger™ family. These include a 9mm 125-grain loading, a .45 ACP 135-grain for the ultimate in self-defense, plus a HoneyBadger™ .44 Magnum 160-grain for hunting or defense against four-legged predators. The new HoneyBadger™ 9mm and .45 ACP loads were designed to provide optimum performance in ballistic gelatin while avoiding over-penetration, as the illustration here indicates.

The folks at Black Hills Ammunition are never satisfied with the status quo. They’re always striving for improvements to get the most out of every pistol or rifle ammunition that they manufacture. Since they don’t make their own bullets, or cases, or powder, or primers, they are able to choose the best components available from legendary industry friends and carefully craft them into improved Black Hills Ammunition. And, above all, they concentrate on quality control with multiple inspections, from raw components, through production and into the boxes.

For example in rifle fodder, when  Hornady recently discovered ways to make already excellent bullets even better, Black Hills wanted to utilize that new technology. Using Hornady’s new ELD-M® (Extreme Low Drag-Match) and ELD-X® (Extreme Low Drag – eXpanding) bullets, Black Hills upgraded their Gold rifle lineup with the highest BC bullets available. The result is flatter and more effective rifle shooting at longer ranges, in almost a dozen new loadings from .260 Remington up to .338 Lapua, offering shooters and hunters  many new choices with increased performance.

The new HoneyBadger™ pistol ammunition from Black Hills should be on dealer shelves  as this issue went to press, or very soon thereafter. To learn more and see videos, visit their website at: black-hills.com, or phone them at 605-348-5150

Organized Medicine Misses Mark on Guns

Organized Medicine Misses Mark on Guns

by Dr. LateBloomer

Much has been written and many hands have been wrung by Organized Medicine about the perceived “evils” of firearms. The minions of Organized Medicine work furiously and insidiously— both publicly and in the privacy of the exam room—to undermine a private citizen’s right to own and use firearms. They warp statistics and leverage emotions in order to paint the exercise of a Constitutional right as evidence of a flawed morality, or even as a “disease” to be eradicated.

Putting the lie to this skewed perception, my own experience within the firearms community for the past eight years has been neither diseased nor immoral. Thus, I would paint an entirely different picture.

I started my firearms learning curve eight years ago with one handgun, just wanting to understand how it all worked. I did indeed learn—and then kept right on learning. Because of the welcoming, supportive and educational atmosphere I found, not only in my local firearms community but all over the country, I now participate in many different firearms disciplines— from competition to hunting to self-defense. I have friends all over the United States whom I would never have met were it not for the shooting sports and the wider firearms community.

Shooting in local club competitions, whether in IDPA USPSA, 3-Gun, Steel Challenge or Sporting Clays, has become for me a bit like other doctors’ Sunday golf games. These are fun, friendly competitions with established rules to argue over, while socializing with friends and giving each other a good-natured hard time. They often lead into dinner discussions afterward. Like golf, these sports involve significant monetary investment in equipment to participate and  in training to improve. Though instead of a golf bag and clubs, we buy firearms and accessories, followed by regular purchases of ammunitioninstead of golf balls.

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Among the benefits of learning to shoot competitively and hunt is a greater appreciation of where food comes from and wildlife habitat. Photo courtesy Howard Communications.

But unlike golf or tennis or other activities in which physicians who are not me engage while socializing, these activities involve skills which apply to the  real world. Marksmanship is a skill which has been prized since the first human flung a rock or chucked a spear. It is an ancient and well-respected discipline, vital not only to putting food on one’s table but also to personal defense. Marksmanship (or markswomanship, if you are hung up about these things) involves eye-hand coordination, breath control, concentration, planning skills, personal discipline and—especially with firearms— personal responsibility. There is also an intellectual component: understanding a bit about physics, ballistics and engineering teaches how your firearm and ammunition operate individually and perform together.

Then there is the oft-abused word “safety.” Organized Medicine groups fling this word around trying to gain legitimacy for their anti-gun agenda. But they aren’t truly interested in supporting safety in the actual firearm use. Ask physicians what the 4 Rules of Gun Safety are and they are likely to stare at you blankly. This is because in Organized Medicine’s estimation, the only “safety” message should be that the proper place for a firearm is behind lock and key, rendered inoperable. That’s if they believe you should be permitted to own one at all. This isn’t “safety”—this is agenda driven lip service and sleight-of hand.

In my experience, competition shooters, especially in action pistol and 3-gun, are among the safest firearms handlers in the world. Muzzle and trigger discipline are followed religiously in training and competition. Failure to practice them diligently not only endangers fellow competitors, but results in being ejected from the match, and quite possibly from club membership. Repeatedly unsafe shooters are shunned. We police our own ranks very seriously.

Unfortunately, Organized Medicine continues to conflate legal, responsible gunowners with gangbangers and other criminals, mixing statistical apples and oranges in order to confuse the public, and advance their agenda. In reality, the shooting sports in general, and hunting in particular, are safer than almost all other competitive sports.

The shooting sports have widened my social circle, and given me life experiences and emotional support that couldn’t be found elsewhere. Thanks to learning shotgun skills and dipping my toe into the hunting world, I have a new appreciation for game birds, their life cycle, and preservation of their habitat. I have a new interest in learning where my food comes from.

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Thanks to shooting events specifically for ladies, I know that I am not at all strange being a woman interested in firearms. I’m not even alone in being a woman physician who enjoys shooting sports—I just may be the most vocal one.

I also have made women friends in shooting who have many other careers, including full-time mothers and homemakers. I have greater appreciation for young mothers who want to defend themselves and their children from intruders.

I have male shooting friends who are like brothers to me. Many of them have military, law enforcement and emergency services backgrounds. They have given me a new appreciation for the challenges and frustrations of their professions. All of these people have mentored and encouraged me at every turn, as I in turn hope to mentor and encourage those coming after me.

Firearms and the shooting sports have brought incredible positives to my life. I have expanded my knowledge, my confidence, and my social supports—all because I joined the ranks of these fine, firearms-owning Americans.

Organized Medicine wants you to believe that firearms are some sort of immoral disease. Does gaining knowledge about safety and conservation, and developing camaraderie, confidence and friendships sound like a disease to you? Nope, me neither.

Dr. LateBloomer is the pen name of a female general pediatrician (MD, MPH, FAAP) who enjoys competitive shooting sports, including IDPA, USPSA and 3-Gun. Evil semi-automatic firearms are her favorites. Doctor for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO), is a project of the Second Amendment Foundation. Their website is drgo.us.

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Charter Arms Announces Four New Undercover Lite Revolvers

By Dave Workman
Contributing Editor

For decades, Charter Arms has turned out rugged, reliable, budget-priced revolvers in popular calibers that offer a no-frills option for people in need of a defensive handgun that works.

They may not win beauty contests day-in and day-out, but when the hammer falls they go “Bang!” with gusto. Charter Arms revolvers are workhorses, and this year, there are some new versions of the Undercover Lite snub nose that might also be considered show horses.

Undercover Lite models feature aircraft-grade aluminum frames, steel barrels, cranes and cylinders to save weight. They are all chambered for the dependable .38 Special cartridge. All have 2-inch barrels and full shrouds to protect cylinder pins, and five-shot capacities. They join a rather large family that already includes 18 different model variations including one DAO model called the Pink Lady for its pink frame color.

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The handsome Blue Diamond has an anodized blue frame with hi-polish stainless steel barrel and cylinder. It’s a real eye-catcher that comes with a molded rubber grip with checkering.

The Rosebud is another variation, featuring a rose gold frame with hi-polish stainless steel barrel and cylinder, and the Gold Chic Lady is likely to appeal to women, thanks to its anodized gold frame that offsets well against the polished cylinder and barrel. It also comes with a faux gold colored alligator case.

Last in line s the Earthborn, a tough-looking little wheel gun that stands apart from the other new arrivals because it sports an earth tone frame and cylinder offset by a matte black barrel.

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Each of these revolvers has an exposed hammer, and they will  appeal to weight-conscious people who don’t care to be lugging around a heavy defensive sidearm. All of these models hit the scales at a remarkable 12 ounces. As a result, certain loads might deliver a fairly robust recoil. MSRP for the line is $414.

That considered, these new Charter Arms models should garner a pretty good following, and they are priced competitively to likely make that happen.

For more information, visit charterfirearms.com

Federal Judge OK’s Remington Rifle Class Action Settlement

Dave Workman
Contributing Editor

A senior US District Court judge in the Western District of Missouri has approved a settlement in a lawsuit against Remington firearms, according to CNBC.
The ruling, by Judge Ortrie D. Smith, has drawn some attention from the National Law Journal. A report in that publication looked at class action lawsuits, using the Remington case as something of a launch pad for discussion.

The case affects some 7.5 mil-lion Remington bolt-action fire-arms and included an outreach effort to gun owners that included social media advertising, a national radio campaign, direct mail and posters in thousands of gun shops. According to the court ruling, the combined effort reached millions of people. As a result, the court found that “the parties engaged in reasonable efforts to identify potential class members, and so doing, met the requirements” set down in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

The settlement involves an estimated 7.5 million Remington rifles including the legendary Model 700, Model Seven, Sports-man 78, 673, 710, 715, 770, 600, 660, 721, 722 and 725 rifles, and the XP-100 pistol, according to a Remington announcement.

Judge Smith, a Bill Clinton appointee, had previously twice ordered parties in the lawsuit to come up with a settlement. According to CNBC, critics of the settlement are not entirely happy and they think plaintiffs’ attorneys should have been more aggressive.

However, Judge Smith acknowledged that it is impossible to determine just how many of these firearms –some manufactured de-cades ago–are still in circulation. Likewise, it would be impossible to determine just how many people might be considered members of the affected class of Remington owners.

By mid-February, 22,000 claims had been filed, but that still rep-resented only 0.29 percent of the presumed 7.5 million affected Remington firearms.

Providing some insight, Judge Smith noted in his ruling, “There are several possible explanations offered by the mediator, parties, and objectors: the class members did not receive notice of the proposed settlement, the class members are satisfied with their firearms and do not want the fire-arms to be retrofitted, the class members have not experienced is-sues with their triggers as alleged by Plaintiffs and see no reason to submit a claim, the class members do not want to send their firearms off for an unknown period of time, the class is unique and does not trust the government or attorneys, and the class members do not want to submit claims because they believe the claims process is equivalent to a firearms registry.”

Later in the ruling, Judge Smith also observed, “While the Court remains disappointed with the claims rate, the claims rate does not dictate whether the notice provided was the best notice practicable under the circumstances. The claims rate does not govern whether the settlement is fair, reasonable, or adequate. The Court finds the methods and mechanisms for disseminating notice in this matter satisfy Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.”

The case involved allegations that Remington had deliberately concealed a problem with its bolt-action rifles that allowed them to discharge without pressing the trigger under “certain conditions.” Remington has consistently denied the allegation, but agreed to retrofit triggers on mil-lions of rifles under the settlement agreement.

Remington’s website advises members of the “Settlement Class Members” who are owners of the identified firearms that they may be entitled to:
(1) have their trigger mechanism retrofitted with a new X-Mark Pro or other connectorless trigger mechanism at no cost to the class members;
(2) receive a voucher code for Remington products redeemable at Remington’s online store; and/or,
(3) be refunded the money they spent to replace their Model 700 or Seven’s original Walker trigger mechanism with an X-Mark Pro trigger mechanism.
Some of these guns are reportedly too old to be retrofitted with the new trigger mechanism, so they will receive product vouchers.

Claims for repair may be sub-mitted electronically at remingtonfirearmsclassactionsettlement. com. The claims period continues for 18 months after the order be-comes final.

Ruger’s Reliable and Useful 10/22 M1 Carbine

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The Ruger 10/22 M1 carbine is a first class fun gun.

 

 

By Bob Campbell,
Contributing Editor

Among the most useful, reliable and practically accurate .22 caliber rifles made is the Ruger 10/22. Introduced in 1964, the Ruger 10/22 has become the most popular .22 rimfire rifle in America. My experience with the rifle goes back some forty years. I have enjoyed excellent results with every Ruger .22 I have owned. I have never seen a malfunction with the rifle when the 10/22 is fed the proper High Velocity .22 Long Rifle ammunition. Varia-tions include rifles designed for long range target work, for hunt-ing, and even tactical versions for personal defense. It is difficult to choose a favorite among the many variations, but a new version of the rifle has my attention.

Ruger has introduced a version of the rifle that is similar in appearance to the M1 Carbine. The M1 .30 Carbine was used in World II, Korea, and Vietnam and is a highly collectable firearm. Light, handy, and firing a mid-range cartridge, the M1 carbine was the first low maintenance military rifle and the first issued with non-corrosive ammunition.

The Ruger 10/22 M1 version isn’t a reproduction as it is chambered in .22 Long Rifle, but it is fittingly called a tribute to the M1. For performance, appearance, and fun factor the Ruger makes the grade. The look is classic but the performance is all 10/22.

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Firing offhand, the Ruger’s aperture sights gave excellent results.

The heart of the rifle is the proven 10/22 action. This is the most proven .22 caliber self-loading rifle ever manufactured. The rifle will use any accessory designed for the Ruger 10/22 including the X series magazines. Previously, Ruger’s 10/22 featured the famously reliable 10-round rotary magazine. This design is among the stand-outs of all Ruger products for engineering success. This magazine is trouble free and very reliable. The X25 series magazines introduced a few years ago give the rifle a 25-round capacity. Unlike the many aftermarket magazines offered for the Ruger 10/22, Ruger magazines are reliable, well made of good material, and rugged. The M1 version is provided with a new version of the X magazine, the X 15, with a 15-round capacity. This mimics the original M1 .30 car-bine’s 15-round box. The action is the same as any other 10/22 with a cocking handle on the right side, push button safety in the trigger guard, and magazine release in front of the trigger guard.

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.22 LR ammunition is inexpensive and has little recoil.

The Ruger 10/22 M1 features a protected front sight in keeping with the military appearance theme. A most interesting modification to the original Ruger 10/22 is the rear sight. The rear sight is an aperture type that while not identical to the M1 carbine is used in the same manner. This rear sight should offer real speed and excel-lent practical accuracy. It is smaller than some apertures which should complement the 10/22’s accuracy. The rifle also incorporates a Pica tinny-type rail on the receiver. This will allow easy mounting of optics. I see the rifle as well suited to an affordable Red Dot sight for fast work at moderate range.

I have seen both original and reproduction .30 carbines fitted with optics and they are formidable rifles. After all the original was used in the Pacific with a night vision scope! The wooden stock is what sets this rifle apart from every other Ruger 10/22. The stock features a forend that closely mimics the design of the M1 carbine. The outlines, dimensions and style of the stock are similar to the M1 carbine, including a slot in the rear of the stock that allows the use of a sling in the original M1 carbine manner. Overall the design and execution of the wooden stock and furniture leave nothing to be desired.

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The rear sight proved very precise in accuracy testing.

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The protected front sight is a good feature.

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The Ruger .22, lower, mimics the look and outline of the US M1 Carbine, above.

 

It may seem redundant to extensively test fire a new variant of the Ruger 10/22; after all, the rifle is proven in many years of hard use. But the handling and practical ac-curacy of the new version invited shooting. The Ruger 10/22 in its many variations is among the fun guns of the last fifty years and this rifle would prove no different. The original M1 carbine was among the fastest handling military rifles every designed. The new Ruger duplicates that speed in handling and makes for a valid choice as a go anywhere-do anything .22 rifle.  Many recommended the .22 caliber rifle as a personal defense survival type rifle.  There is much merit in this recommendation.

This fleece-lined sheath from World War Supply, made for the .30 car-bine, is a perfect fit for the Ruger .22.

This fleece-lined sheath from World War Supply, made for the .30 car-bine, is a perfect fit for the Ruger .22.

 

The 10/22 M1 controls are all Ruger 10/22 with no modification there

The 10/22 M1 controls are all Ruger 10/22 with no modification there

The heart of the rifle is all Ruger 10/22

The heart of the rifle is all Ruger 10/22

The rifle is light, ammunition weight a trifle, and accuracy is excellent. You can get a shooter up to speed on the .22 caliber rifle much faster than a center-fire rifle. But the .22 isn’t a center fire rifle and the power of the cartridge simply isn’t sufficient for personal defense and hunting medium size game. Just the same, the .22 has been used in personal defense and has served well on occasion. Shoot straight and practice firing repeat shots. The accuracy of the rifle and cartridge combination lends itself well to fast hits to the arterial region. But light cover or heavy clothing will defeat the .22. The rifle is a great small game get-ter. Rabbit, squirrel and other animals to perhaps the 25 pound class may be taken cleanly with the .22 Long Rifle and a well-designed load such as the Fiocchi CPHP (Copper plated hollow point). A good shot with a steady hand might find the piece effective against predators such as coyote, varmints and ground hogs. When the overall performance of the rifle and cartridge are considered, the Ruger 10/22 and .22 Long Rifle cartridge combination is among the most attractive, ounce for ounce, of all modern firearms. This Ruger gave excellent results. At 25 yards groups were centered into an inch. The average 10/22 is good for two inches at 50 yards. The 10/22 M1 is a winner.

This sling swivel shows attention to detail.

This sling swivel shows attention to detail.

The Ruger may be used with fac-tory Ruger 10-,15- and 25-round magazines

The Ruger may be used with factory Ruger 10-,15- and 25-round magazines

Missouri Student Wins SCTP Title, Browning Scholarship

Missouri Student Wins SCTP Title, Browning Scholarship

The 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program’s (SCTP) National team Championships at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, OH, July 9-16 attracted nearly 3,000 young shooters from across the nation. When all the coaches, parents and supporters are added in, the number swells to some 10,000 people assembled to support our nation’s next generation of shooters.

“Browning has long been an avid supporter of youth shooting programs,” said Scott Grange, director of Public Relations and Shooting Promotions for Browning Arms. “This year Browning provided three top-grade firearms to help raise funds for a scholarship for the top SCTP shooter who was using a Browning shotgun. Through a combination of online auctions and an onsite raffle we were able to raise $6,200.00, and every cent went toward supporting this scholarship.”

The winner at this year’s SCTP Nationals was Sean Laurent, a 17-year-old from Arnold, MO, who was the recipient of the $6,200 Browning scholarship. He was shooting his Browning 725 Trap model shotgun.

Laurent is a junior at Seckman High School, and one of the 43 members of Team Henges, a youth shooting group affiliated with the Missouri Department of Conservation. When he’s not crushing clays on the range, Sean spends his time on the Student Council and is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honors Program. He also draws a bow as a member of his high school archery team.

“I’m very excited about the Browning scholarship,” Sean reportedly told an outdoor writer in a recent telephone interview. “This hasn’t all sunk in yet. I’m still looking into colleges, but I’m undecided right now. I want to go into engineering and would like to shoot trap in college if they have a team.”

The hot-shooting youngster posted a personal best of 199 of a possible 200 targets in singles from the 16-yard line for his national win. Sean indicated that his long hours of practice behind his Browning 725 Trap paid off, with a typical week on the training range consisting of four rounds of 25 targets, three days a week. Sean also favors his Browning 725 sporting for skeet.

“It’s groups like Browning that help us do what we do,” concluded Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director. “Browning puts its money where its mouth is. We can’t thank Browning enough.”

In addition to the three top-grade guns Browning donated to raise funds for the SCTP scholarship, visitors to the Browning building at the Cardinal Shooting Center were treated to a selection of collectible hats, pins and patches just for stopping by. Browning also was one of the only gunmakers at the event with demo guns that individuals could check out for a round on the trap field and see how they performed.

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Massachusetts Gunowners Protest AG’s ‘Copycat’ Gun Ban

By Joseph P. Tartaro,
SAF President

Hundreds—maybe thousands—of gun rights activists lined Boston’s Beacon Street in front of the State House on the morning of July 30 to denounce Attorney General Maura Healey’s recent restriction on “copycat” assault rifles.

The number of gunowners who turned out to protest the non-legislative change in what they believed was the state’s law varied depending on which media covered the event. “Hundreds” in several reports became “more than 2,000” in a CBS News report. And some sources claimed the crowd was even bigger.

The demonstrators were joined by about two dozen state legislators, including one Democrat, Sen. Anne Gobi, who promised to fight in the closing days of the legislative session against what they called “reinterpretation without representation.”

The Boston Herald reported that State Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) had filed a bill the previous day that would remove Healey’s authority to issue rules and regulations on firearms sales under the state’s consumer protection statute.

But the Associated Press and CBS News reported that the Bay State’s House Speaker Robert DeLeo says he expects the dispute over Attorney General Maura Healey’s crackdown on so-called copycat assault weapons to ultimately be decided in court.

DeLeo earlier he had ruled out any House action on the gun issue as lawmakers held their final formal sessions of the year.

The Democratic speaker also said Rep. John Fernandes, a Milford Democrat who chairs the Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Healey asking her to clarify under what authority she acted when she recently sent an enforcement letter to gun dealers.

(Boston,MA 07/23/16) Attendees hold signs on Saturday,July 23, 2016 at statehouse rally in opposition to the recent actions of attorney general Maura Healy. Staff photo by Patrick Whittemore.

DeLeo also told AP and CBS that he’s not sure if Healey overstepped her authority and expects the courts to decide.

A week earlier, Healey sent the notice to the state’s 350 gun dealers, effective on July 27, requiring them to stop selling copycat, or slightly altered, versions of common semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15 or the AK-47. She argued that gun manufacturers and sellers were exploiting a loophole in the state’s 1998 “assault weapons” ban in order to sell functionally identical firearms, 10,000 of which she claimed were sold last year.

“The gun industry doesn’t get to decide what’s a compliant,” she said at a press conference. “We do.”

Gun advocates have responded that Healey acted unilaterally, bypassing the state legislature while it was not in session, a move they say is an overstep of her powers.

But gun sales surged after Healey ordered the heightened ban, with many people also suspecting that they might be charged for violating her order. According to some reports, Massachusetts gun shops sold more than 2,500 of the guns at the center of the controversy in one day—nearly a quarter of the total sold in all of 2015. Sales dropped the following day, but were still above the same day total a year earlier.

The State House rally was led by the Massachusetts Gun Owners’ Action League (GOAL) but included gunowners from local gun clubs and associations across the state, wielding “Don’t Tread on Me” and American flags and signs depicting Healey with a Hitler mustache.

Legislators and advocates who took the microphone said Healey had transformed legal gun owners into “felons-in-waiting” overnight. They acknowledged that Healey had promised not to prosecute those who purchased the guns legally before her order, but said they did not trust her word.

“She could change her mind tomorrow,” Gun Owners’ Action League executive director Jim Wallace said.

“We don’t believe that anything in the Constitution is optional,” said Senate minority leader Tarr, to roars of approval. “Not the First Amendment that allows you to be here, and not the Second Amendment that allows you to defend yourself.”

The crowd erupted in chants several times, from “Blue Lives Matter” to “Charlie! Charlie!” calling on Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, to join the rally. When he did not appear, the chant changed to “Coward! Coward!”

Billy Pitman, the governor’s press secretary, has said Baker believes Healey has the authority to crack down on guns that skirt the “assault weapons” ban.