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Police find bodies of five hunters

Police have launched a murder investigation after discovering the bodies of five hunters in a rural area of central Greece. All the men, aged between 17 and 33, had shotgun wounds, police said. The bodies were found late on Saturday in the region of Kalyvia, close to the central Greek city of Agrinio, about 175 miles north-west of Athens. Police said one of the victims made a desperate call from his mobile phone to his father but could only utter the word “father” before the connection was cut off.

Submitted: 11/26/2006 Source: Ireland On-Line

Rifle demonstration loaded with history

Firearms expert shares story of revolutionary British breechloader
The experimental rapid-fire rifle could have won the America Revolution for the British. Ricky Roberts is reminded of that every time he fires a replica of the Ferguson rifle, designed in 1776 by British Maj. Patrick Ferguson. It was the most advanced weapon of its time. But the flintlock rifle was expensive to make, and its inventor and pitchman died on an S.C. battlefield.

Submitted: 7/3/2006 Source: The Charlotte Observer

Moose Lodge plans events for disabled marksmen

NITRO — On Thursday, July 6, West Virginia’s many sportsmen with physical disabilities will be given an opportunity to improve upon their hunting and shooting sport skills. Beginning at 9 a.m. at the Nitro Moose Lodge (101 First Avenue), two of the nation’s top shooting sport coaches will be on hand to advise sportsmen on how to solve their disability-related challenges.

Submitted: 7/3/2006 Source: Montgomery Herald

California City Swaps Guns for Gift Cards

Authorities in the western U.S. state of California have collected hundreds of guns from citizens in an unusual exchange program. Dozens of residents in Compton, near Los Angeles, participated Saturday in the so-called "Gifts for Guns" event just ahead of Christmas. They were lured by the prospect of receiving voucher-like cards worth $100 from a variety of merchants. Authorities came up with the idea as a way of reducing violence in the crime-ridden city. At least 65 homicides have been reported this year, nearly doubling the killings of last year.

Submitted: 12/25/2005 Source: Voice of America

New year, new ideas at big show

Although still more than two months away, the Ottawa Boat, Sportsmen's & Cottage Show is set to return early in the new year. The popular event is now confirmed for Feb. 23-26 at Lansdowne Park and will boast three shows in one: The Boat Show & Sale, the Sportsmen's Show, the Adventure Show and the Cottage Show. For the 25,000 outdoor fans expected to stroll through the turnstiles, it is always a great opportunity to browse the latest and greatest gadgets available from more than 200 exhibitors. February's show will feature the usual rods, reels and tackle from the biggest names in the business, as well as all the major tackle shops and equipment supply stores. Demonstrations, prizes and local personalities like the Young Bison; Big Jim McLaughlin, will always ensure a successful show.

Submitted: 12/22/2005 Source: Ottawa Sun

Dirty bores can make shots foul

he old belief that a dirty bore (fouled) shot is more accurate than a clean bore (free of fouling) still exists today. It still may be around, but it's not true. Benchrest shooters spend hours cleaning the bores or their competition rifles. If a dirty bore shot is better, they would be the first to know it. To make matters worse, there's an old belief that brushing a bore vigorously with a brass brush is hard on the bore. That too, is not true. The brass bristles on a bore cleaning brush are softer than the bore metal itself. Pushing tight-fitting brass brush through a bore a dozen or so times will not damage the bore if the brush is new or still has a full set of bristles. Stop and think. A copperclad bullet sizzles through a bore at thousands of feet per second but really doesn't do much damage to the bore. Basically, it leaves a smear of jacket fouling (copper) on the sidewalls of the bore.

Submitted: 12/16/2005 Source: Pittsburgh Live

GCNO shooters win 3titles in Thailand event

Gun Club of Negros Occidental shooters showed world-class precision and brought home three crowns in the Thailand International Practical Shooting Confederation National Championship 2005 in Navamin, Chonburi in Thailand. Spearheading GCNO's campaign was its president Jannette Yulo-Gonzaga who ruled the standard ladies' division. Andy Gonzaga also gave honor to the Negros-based shooting club after he grabbed the championship in the production division, while Tootsie Anglo snared the standard shoot-off title.

Submitted: 12/16/2005 Source: The Visayan Daily Star

Is the SA80 Rifle Worthless?

Is the British SA80 rifle (officially designated the L85) a piece of junk? This is a question of no small importance to the grunts in the British Army. The rifle has been plagued with numerous complaints, much as the M16 was in Vietnam 40 years ago. Part of the problem is the fact that the SA80s predecessor, the L1A1 SLR (a variant of the FN FAL) had performed well in combat in numerous climates (including the Falklands War in 1982).

Submitted: 12/16/2005 Source: Strategy Page

Get yourself, your gun ready

Guns aren't unlike the people in our lives. Who would you trust more: someone you see two or three times a year, or someone proven to be reliable day in and day out? You can see that relationship illustrated at this time of year at any public shooting range. The people whose guns are a routine part of their lives shoot a lot better than people who let most of a year pass and pick up their guns only a couple of days before they decide to go hunting. If you're one of the latter, you have time to rectify things. A box of 20 shells for most rifles costs about the same or less than the food you'll eat on the first day of deer camp, and shotgun slugs don't cost much more. So there's no excuse for not running a box through your deer rifle or shotgun before you head to the woods.

Submitted: 12/4/2005 Source: The Sheveport Times

Christmas bells and shotgun shells

After foraging and fetching three 16-gauge shells — shot size didn’t matter, anything from No. 2 to 7½ sufficed — I’d slap my quarter on the counter, hie off and leg it to Brewer via the old Bangor-Brewer bridge. From there it didn’t take long to hitch-hike a ride to Grove Street in South Brewer, where I lived with my grandparents. If you know that, back then, Grove Street ended at the railroad tracks, you may also know that the fields, hedgerows and woodlands beyond produced bountiful crops of pheasants, partridges and rabbits. Until, of course, those game-productive covers were plowed under by Parkway South and the attendant domestic and industrial development. In any case, now you know that because I owned a birdy springer spaniel named, Snooky, and a single-shot Harrington & Richardson 16-gauge, it didn’t take me long to burn three shells.

Submitted: 12/4/2005 Source: Bangor News

'Moose, roe deer must be culled'

Stockholm - Sweden's moose and roe deer populations should be halved to reduce costs linked to road accidents and damage to growing forest due to the animals, the Swedish Forest Administration said on Thursday. Annual costs were estimated at 2 billion kronor (about R1.59m), of which deaths and injuries sustained in road accidents accounted for two thirds of the cost, the Forest Administration said in a new report.

Submitted: 12/4/2005 Source: News24

Gun owners to take their case to court

Thousands of South Africans will become criminals by default because police can't process licences in time

A constitutional court case is looming over the state's inability to process all firearm licence renewals ahead of the month-end deadline, which will criminalise up to 400 000 gun owners. The pending case follows remarks by Phuti Setati, the South African Police Service spokesperson, that those who failed to renew their licences by December 31 would be prosecuted, which could spell jail sentences of up to 12 months for thousands of law-abiding citizens.

Submitted: 12/4/2005 Source: The Sunday Independent

Hunting ban in eastern Romania after bird flu found

Authorities today banned hunting in an eastern Romanian county after birds in three villages tested positive for the H5 subtype of bird flu. Authorities in the Braila county will also continue to monitor wild birds, the agriculture ministry said in a statement. Meat, sugar and oil was sent to local residents after authorities killed 15,000 domestic birds. Further tests in a laboratory in Britain will determine whether the virus is the deadly H5N1 strain, which is being monitored for fear it could mutate into a form that is easily transferable to humans, the statement said.

Submitted: 12/3/2005 Source: Ireland On-line

Watch out deer! Hunting season opens

For the next several days, hunters with shotguns will replace speedy motorists as the top fear of area deer. There are approximately 475,000 licensed deer hunters in the state, of which 400,000 use a shotgun, said Jim Marshall, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division District 4 manager. And from Monday through Sunday it's the season they've all been waiting for.

Submitted: 11/29/2005 Source:

Teen fatally shot by 10-year-old during hunting trip

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - A 13-year-old boy died after he was shot by a 10-year-old boy while deer hunting Sunday in rural Washington County. Austin Richardson was shot in the left shoulder with a .22-caliber rifle. The boys were with 14 who were hunting in the Econfina Creek Wildlife Management Area, said Stan Kirkland, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The commission is investigating the shooting.

Submitted: 11/29/2005 Source: St. Petersburg Times

First day of hunting: Dad shoots boy, 13

EAST STROUDSBURG - A man accidentally shot his 13-year-old son in the leg while hunting in Monroe County yesterday, the first day of Pennsylvania's deer season. Rodney Gilbert, 45, of East Stroudsburg, was hunting with his son in the Delaware State Forest in Middle Smithfield Township when a deer walked between the two.

Submitted: 11/29/2005 Source: Philadelphia Daily NEws

Civilian Sales of Military Rifle Raise Concerns About Terrorism

MURFREESBORO, Tenn., Nov. 27 (AP) - When American soldiers need to penetrate a tank's armor from a mile away, they count on a weapon that evolved from the garage tinkering of a former wedding photographer. The weapon, a .50-caliber rifle created by the photographer, Ronnie Barrett, and sold by his company, Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, is also the most powerful firearm civilians can buy. It weighs about 30 pounds and can hit targets up to 2,000 yards away with armor-piercing bullets.

Submitted: 11/28/2005 Source: The New York Times

NZ teams win sitting down

Why is it that New Zealand teams are so sucessful at sports where you compete sitting down? Following the success of rowers, equestrians, yachties, cyclists and kayakers, New Zealand now has a gold medal winning shooting team that succeeded while seated. The Oceania regional shooting competition held recently in Noumea, Caledonia was the scene of the sedentary success. The benchrest shooting team defeated teams from the old rival Australia and two from the host country. Benchrest shooting consists of firing 20 groups of 5 shots at 100 and 200 meters and trying to get these shots to land as close as possible to each other. The ideal is to get all shots of one group through a hole the size of a single bullet.

Submitted: 11/28/2005 Source: Scoop

Essential gifts for outdoorsmen

Twas the night before Christmas and all the through the house, not a creature was stirring except for... the nervous outdoorsman who couldn't sleep for worrying about all of the lousy gifts he might be opening at daylight. It's an unfortunate scenario -- but sadly, it's all too common in the homes of outdoorsmen around the holidays. It doesn't have to be that way. If you know anything at all about that special outdoorsman in your life, you should be able to browse this list and find something he or she can put to good use. If you ignore the list, don't blame us when your gift is gathering dust in the closet this time next year.

Submitted: 11/28/2005 Source: Ledger-Enquirer

Bison hunt Quick & Clean

With a small group of people watching and filming, the hunt did not transpire exactly the way Rick Jaqueth wanted. But he came away satisfied after downing a large bull bison in the Eagle Creek area north of Yellowstone National Park Friday. “I don’t think he’s a real old bull. I think he’s going to be a good eater,” the Libby hunter said shortly after shooting the bison at 1:50 p.m. He estimated the bull weighed close to 2,000 pounds, and judging from its teeth, he figured it was a 5- or 6-year-old. The kill was clean and quick by the account of all witnesses, including Mike Mease, who heads the Buffalo Field Campaign, an activist group seeking changes in Montana’s policies regarding Yellowstone bison.

Submitted: 11/28/2005 Source: The Daily Inter Lake

Deer hunter is on target despite having no hands

CATO, Wis. (AP) - Deer hunter Ernie Englund didn't have a steady hand as he spotted the buck walking slowly through the woods last Saturday afternoon. But Englund stayed calm, patiently tracking the animal on the first day of gun deer season. Finally, at about 70 yards, he pulled the trigger on his Remington 1100 rifle - with the hook at the end of his prosthetic left arm. "It was a heart shot," said Englund, 30, showing off the eight-point buck that will turn into venison steaks, chops and sausage.

Submitted: 11/28/2005 Source: The Capital Times

The Great U.N Gun Ban?

As I conservative I have to stop and think about our rights as free Americans are sometimes. Our forefathers wrote a constitution for us to go by. In it was the Second Amendment that guaranteed us the right to bear arms. It seems like the liberals of the world are doing everything in their power to try to ban law abiding citizens from owning firearms. They have done everything from sue gun manufacturers to lobby congress for these actions. First of all, suing a gun manufacturer in rather silly. If someone runs over you in a Ford, do you sue Ford? If someone hits you on the head with a crowbar, do you sue the crowbar manufacturer? Why not? What’s the difference? The plain and simple fact is that a gun has never killed anyone. People kill people, not guns.

Submitted: 11/28/2005 Source: The American Daily

The NRA and Gun Owner versus the Brady Campaign and Gun Opponents: Who Serves America Better

Which group has contributed more to America and our way of life? Who has contributed more to our overall well-being? Is it the National Rifle Association and the gun owners throughout America or the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and those who believe that gun ownership is dangerous for Americans?

Submitted: 11/28/2005 Source: mensNEWSdaily

Taking grizzlies off list would be very good thing

One of the best things that can happen for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region is for a successful follow-through on the recent U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service proposal to take them off the federal endangered species list. If that plan comes to fruition, grizzlies there would be managed by state wildlife agencies in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho and limited hunting eventually could be permitted. That's a good thing, too. No doubt such a view will draw gasps of disbelief from some environmentalists, but such a view recognizes some facts of life that often are glossed over when debate becomes sharply polarized. For regulated hunting would be a useful management tool, not a new threat to delisted grizzlies, as some contend.

Submitted: 11/28/2005 Source:

Deer hunting largely successful except for a few spots

TOMAHAWK — Hunters in northern counties who prayed for opening-day snow frequently found themselves with too much of a good thing. "People up here did not see a lot of deer opening weekend," said Emmy Grigg of Chuck's Sport Shop in Tomahawk. "A group of about 25 hunters came in here and they had seen just five deer. A number of hunters were in the woods for two or three days and hadn't seen anything. The snow was so heavy on the trees you couldn't see five feet ahead of you." A bit further south, however, the snow provided hunters with better visibility, and they took advantage.

Submitted: 11/28/2005 Source: Appleton Post-Crecent

Hunt brings families together

The 21st annual Junior Pheasant Hunt sponsored by the Southern Tulare County Sportsman's Association took place this weekend on the back side of Lake Success. The STCSA and the local chapter of the Friends of the NRA put on the tournament every year as a chance to teach kids about gun safety, proper hunting techniques, and to help build stronger family bonds. At the event, free trigger locks were made available to all participants. Organizers also encouraged all present to get involved with the Eddie the Eagle Gunsafe Program that teaches gun safety to school children.

Submitted: 11/22/2005 Source: Porterville Recorder

Sniper finds monster buck in cross hairs

As a police SWAT sniper and life-long hunter, John Russo knows the importance of making a good shot, but none was more important than the one he took during a Colorado deer hunt to tag the buck of a lifetime. "I've hunted all of my life and bagged more than 50 deer, and this was by far the biggest deer I have ever seen," Russo said. He was hunting near Gunnison with three current or former Escondido Police Department SWAT snipers and spotted the seven-by-eight monster muley buck while scouting for elk the day before the opener. "We had both elk and deer tags, and while I was focused on elk, I had that buck in my mind on opening day," Russo said.

Submitted: 11/22/2005 Source: North County Times

Students speak out for 2nd amendment

Ten members of the College Republicans celebrated self-labeled "Second Amendment Day" Saturday at the Easton Fish and Game Association (EFGA). Range members taught students to shoot various types of weapons and about gun safety and legislation. First-time shooter Sara Walter '09 said "learning to shoot was very exhilarating because it was a physically exercise one of my rights as an American." Matthew Weiss '07, College Republicans vice president, who had never shot a gun before either, said that, for him, "physically, shooting a gun was a great challenge in stamina and marksmanship."

Submitted: 11/20/2005 Source: the Lafayette

One Killed As Wis. Hunting Season Opens

BLACK EARTH, Wis. (AP) - A hunter was fatally shot by a colleague, and a juvenile accidentally shot himself Saturday as Wisconsin's deer hunting season opened amid racial tensions stemming from last year's deadly attack on a group of hunters. On the second day of the 2004 season, a Hmong immigrant killed six white hunters after he was caught trespassing in privately owned woods. He was sentenced earlier this month to life in prison. Law enforcement officials worried tensions between Hmong immigrants and whites could lead to more conflicts during this year's nine-day gun deer hunting season.

Submitted: 11/20/2005 Source: Guardian Unlimited

Nosler Unfired Brass

The new Nosler brass is now available. I recently received a box of 50 of the .223 Remington brass. The brass is very good looking and packaged with foam-rubber inserts to protect it. The cases I received had round mouths, unlike most factory new unprimed cases. On the box it states "weight sorted and prepped." According to the folks at Nosler, "prepped" involves chamfering the case mouths inside and out, which also trims the cases to a uniform length during the operation. The cases also have flash holes deburred inside the case.

Submitted: 11/16/2005 Source: Shooting Times

Gunmaker readies new pistol

SPRINGFIELD - Smith & Wesson began production yesterday on a new pistol it hopes will crack the military and police markets. The M&P pistol should be shipping by the end of the week, said spokesman Paul Pluff. The new part-plastic gun has been designed specifically to appeal to law enforcement customers. It will simultaneously ship to retail and police customers, with a suggested list price of $695, Pluff said.

Submitted: 11/16/2005 Source:

Cash for Guns Campaign a success

TORONTO -- A Toronto Crime Stoppers campaign to get guns out of the hands of criminals is having nothing but success. So far, tips to the program have led to the seizure of seven guns and the arrests of nine individuals on a variety of serious charges. The Cash for Guns campaign, which was launched in October and has been extended through November, pays up to $500 to anyone providing information about illegal handguns and criminals who possess them.

Submitted: 11/16/2005 Source: National Post

Reader Review: Sniper Elite for Xbox: real-world ballistics make this WWII game special

I haven't been in the military, but my years growing up in the hills of Tennessee allowed me to hunt a few times. Most of the time when I play a "military simulation" on a console I find myself thoroughly agitated.

The reason for this is the power of the real world short range weapons (i.e. pistols, shotguns, and submachine guns) having the same level of damage/accuracy as the long range rifles. Games like Halo (Bungie really addressed this w/the sequel Halo2) for instance are sci-fi, but absolutely glorify this concept. Enter into the arena Rebellion and their title Sniper Elite.

Submitted: 11/16/2005 Source: The Mercury News

Uniting passion and patience

When Nate Heineke was 16, he found a book that changed his life. Working at the library in Gillette, where he’d grown up, he had the chance to pick through a pile of books the library had gathered for an annual sale. That’s when he discovered “Modern Gunsmith,” by James Howe. The two-volume tome on custom gunmaking, published in 1937, was a revelation. “I read the silly thing like it was a novel. And it’s a big, thick book,” Heineke recalls. As a kid, Heineke loved to draw. He also loved working with his hands, disassembling machinery and piecing it back together. The idea of making a firearm appealed to him both for its artistic and its mechanical challenges. Using the book, he took on the daunting project of building a stock for an old surplus rifle, a Swedish Mauser, from a block of American black walnut.

Submitted: 11/16/2005 Source: Laramie Boomerang Online

Is the fox hunting ban working?

The first fox hunting season has begun since a ban on using dogs in England and Wales was introduced, but campaigners claim the laws are being flouted. Thousands of people are expected to participate in around 200 hunts across the country to hunt within the law. Anti-hunt campaigners will also be out. The League Against Cruel Sports says 40% of hunts have broken the law, although the Countryside Alliance dismissed its report and said public support for the ban is falling. Is the fox hunting ban working? Have you been out to hunt or to protest? Send us your comments and experiences.

Submitted: 11/5/2005 Source: BBC News

Gun Control: No Illusion Without Collusion

In psychiatry the term illusion refers to a specific form of sensory distortion. Unlike an hallucination, which is a sensory experience in the absence of a stimulus, an illusion describes a distortion of a perception so it is understood and interpreted differently. For example, hearing voices regardless of the environment would be an hallucination, whereas hearing voices which arise only from the sound of running water (or other auditory source) would be an illusion.[1] Following Florida’s passage of Senate Bill 436, CNN ran an article entitled Florida tourists warned of new gun law. The subtitle read: ‘Shoot first’ law expands use of deadly force. Featuring the Brady Campaign, the article printed sound bites from visitors to Miami International Airport to make it appear Florida had become a darkened country on the verge of war: It seems like everybody ought to be packing a piece… It’s a little scary. It’s “shoot first, ask about it later.”

Submitted: 11/12/2005 Source: ChronWatch

Firearm discharges inside store

WAUPUN — The apparent accidental discharge of a firearm inside a Waupun store caused a brief commotion Thursday morning. The Waupun Police Department responded to Farm & Home Ace Hardware, 1100 W. Main St., for a call of shots fired in the store and two men in full camouflage acting suspiciously. At about 10:45 a.m., officers stormed the store with firearms drawn while considering the incident a tactical situation, Police Chief Dale Heeringa said.

Submitted: 10/28/2005 Source: Fund du Lac Reporter

Group fears development could threaten rifle range

WAYNESBORO, PA.- For nearly 70 years, members of the Rouzerville Fish & Game Association have tried to be good neighbors to those living around their 37-acre site off Mentzer Gap Road. Now, they're worried that their neighbors might not be good to them. Last week, four of the association's members - Woody Stoner, Sidney Fitz, Reno Eyler and Joe Hess - met at the clubhouse to talk about their fears that new people moving into housing developments being built around the fish and game association property won't want to live near a place where there's a bunch of guys shooting guns.

Submitted: 11/13/2005 Source: The Herald Mail Online

Bushmaster Introduces Prototype 5.56mm Subcarbine/SBR and 9mm Subgun at IACP

Alright, get a load of these two little honeys. I found them at IACP 2005 Miami at the Bushmaster Firearms booth. They're Bushmaster Carbon 15 prototype shorties, and both are select-fire (full-auto). One's a 5.56mm (5.56x45mm) subcarbine/SBR (Short-Barreled Rifle) that's basically the select-fire version of the Bushmaster Carbon 15 Type 97S/21S Type series. The other's a 9mm (9x19mm) subgun (submachine gun).

Submitted: 10/8/2005 Source: Defense Review

State's first bison hunt in 15 years in world spotlight

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - Winter can seem cruel for the lumbering, snorting bison that call this place home. Snow piles heavy and deep, bitterly cold temperatures test thick coats, and food becomes scarce. But those bison that cross Yellowstone's invisible north and west boundaries this year face another challenge.Starting Tuesday, Yellowstone bison that wander into Montana can be hunted. The season, which lasts until Feb. 15, allows 50 of the park's estimated 4,900 bison to be killed. The hunt - the first in 15 years - is designed as “fair chase.” Hunters will have to find their own bison, shoot it and remove it from the field.

Submitted: 11/13/2005 Source: Missoulian News Online

USAMU hosts post’s first USPSA women’s shooting clinic

FORT BENNING, Ga. - Members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Action Shooting Team coordinated with the U.S. Practical Shooting Association for the USPSA to conduct Fort Benning’s first women’s USPSA pistol clinic at USAMU’s Brinson Range Oct. 20 to 22. “The U.S. Practical Shooting Association Ladies’ Clinic was a great success,” said USAMU Commander Lt. Col. David J. Liwanag. “They were very happy with the location of the venue and support provided.”

Submitted: 11/4/2005 Source: Sport Features Communications

Ready, aim, fire

The name of game is Pistol IPSC. The goal - to shoot your targets in your current stage as fast as possible without making any errors. IPSC stands for International Practical Shooters Confederation. This is the first time the Prairie Rose State Games is having the shooting sport of IPSC. "An IPSC match usually has anywhere from four to 12 stages," Mark Carey, the PRSG IPSC event commissioner said. "Each stage is a different shooting event. Each stage is a scenario where you start in a certain position and then you have to do certain things to complete the scenario. Sometimes you stand in a box and you shoot down targets or paper targets. Sometimes you have to go through doorways, shoot through windows, move thngs, do things and step on things to actuate other targets that pop up and spin."

Submitted: 7/13/2005 Source: Minot Daily News

Shooting Competition Offers Chance To Play Cowboy for A Day

At the end of a round of cowboy-action shooting, Manuel Austin stood in dusty boots next to his mustang. His brown leather chaps were accented by a stocked cartridge belt and the twin white handles of his nickel-plated Colt .45-caliber revolvers. Austin had a problem real cowboys never had. He lost the keys to his mustang_ his Ford Mustang. Austin came a long way to join other Old West enthusiasts for a weekend of cowboy-action shooting competitions in Edgewood.

Submitted: 7/13/2005 Source: ABQjournal

'A gun is always loaded'

VAIL - Love 'em or hate 'em, when it comes to guns, a little knowledge goes a long way toward being safe in their presence. That's the message local firearms and martial arts instructor Matt Bayley has for Vail Valley residents who'd like to either own a gun or simply become more familiar with them. A self-proclaimed "gun nut," Bayley is a certified National Rifle Association and S.W.A.T. instructor who also understands not everyone shares his enthusiasm for shooting pistols and rifles.

Submitted: 7/7/2005 Source: Vail Daily

Seeking the perfect shot

Gary Rasmussen is among the world’s most precise competitive high-powered rifle shooters From his beginnings as a .22 rifle shooter at the Plantation Rifle Range, he now competes at world class level with the U.S. Palma Team, a squad made up of the best open sight shooters in the country. If distance alone was the measure of difficulty in world-class rifle shooting, the easiest of his targets are 800 yards away. 2,400 feet. About a half mile, less 240 feet. At the far end of the challenge spectrum for Rasmussen and his .308 caliber, bolt-action championship grade rifle are 44-inch targets set at 1,000 yards. That’s 10 football fields. Or, on Bellingham’s North State Street, from a firing position at Ohio Street, the 10-inch target centers would be at point between Magnolia and Holly streets.

Submitted: 7/5/2005 Source:

Pearson brothers shoot their way to nationals

Zach and Jacob Pearson admit their sibling rivalry gets in the way sometimes, but rarely when they are competing in air pistol. That's because Jacob, the older of the two, knows that his younger brother is the better shooter. "If I beat him, I feel bad because I know he had a bad round," 17-year-old Jacob said. "But when he's shooting right I don't have a chance." Zach was shooting right at the 4-H National Shooting Sports Invitational in Columbia, Mo. last Thursday though Saturday. He was the first-place finisher in both the precision air pistol and air pistol silhouette competitions in the Senior Air Pistol division for 14-18-year-old competitors.

Submitted: 7/5/2005 Source: Craig Daily Press

Montrose couple convicted in hunting license fraud

husband and wife in Montrose County recently pleaded guilty to defrauding the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) and will be required to pay more than $11,000 in fines. They also could lose hunting and fishing privileges in Colorado and 18 other states. Robert M. Sunn, 30, and Amy Sunn, 29, both of Olathe, were found to have obtained elk-hunting licenses using false information. The convictions both resulted from an investigation that started after the DOW received an anonymous tip that Robert Sunn held two licenses for the 2003 deer-hunting season.

Submitted: 7/5/2005 Source: Summit Daily

Groups bid to overturn hunting ban

Hunt supporters from across Europe will link up with UK campaigners for a fresh legal bid to overturn the ban on hunting with hounds in England and Wales. The two groups, including the Countryside Alliance, aim to catch the Government in a crossfire of EU law and domestic human rights challenges at the High Court in London.

Submitted: 7/5/2005 Source: This Is London

Pennsylvania taking steps to find new hunters

America is not doing a very good job of replacing its old hunters with new ones. Pennsylvania, in particular, is doing even worse. Those facts were revealed in a report commissioned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and National Wild Turkey Federation. Just released, it determined that America, on average, is recruiting only 69 new hunters for every 100 lost to age. Pennsylvania — listed as one of the 20 most restrictive states in terms of how difficult it is for would-be hunters to try the sport — isn’t even meeting that mark. It’s recruiting just 62 new hunters for every 100 lost.

Submitted: 6/28/2005 Source:

Web site lets moose hunters swap zones via the Internet

The Sportsman's Alliance of Maine has created an on-line informational database for those wishing to swap their moose-hunting permits for a different zone. The on-line swapping system lists hunters who want to swap their hunting zones, so other hunters can contact them to arrange the swap. Hunters can sign up on SAM's Web site,, and for $5 can list their name, phone number and e-mail address, the type of permit they have (bull or antler-less), the zone they have and the zone they want.

Submitted: 6/27/2005 Source: Bangor Daily News

Grizzly bear kills couple camping in Alaska wildlife refuge

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Two people camping along the Hulahula River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge were killed by a grizzly bear, officials said Sunday. Officials found the bodies and an unused firearm in a tent Saturday at a campsite near the river. They shot and killed the animal.

Submitted: 6/27/2005 Source: Chicago Sun-Times

Michael Moore disarms America

In late summer 2000, as the presidential campaign headed into the homestretch, Alfred A. Knopf released respected Emory University historian Michael Bellesiles' "Arming America," and the response from the cultural establishment was pure gush. Garry Wills' 2000-word review in the New York Times nicely captures the establishment embrace of Bellesiles' thesis. Although guns are a "holy object" in American mythology, writes the happily re-educated Wills, "they were barely in existence" before the Civil War. Those few guns that did exist – here he quotes Bellesiles – "were state-controlled." The joy in Wills' review is unmistakable.

Submitted: 6/24/2005 Source: WorldNetDaily

New marksmanship training takes place at Fort Jackson

COLUMBIA - In World War II, infantrymen dug in and defended turf from a foxhole. But in Iraq, U.S. troops are engaged in a run-and-shoot war with insurgents where battles are fought house to house or along highways. The change in battle means the Army no longer is requiring all of its soldiers to learn how to shoot from a foxhole as part of their basic rifle marksmanship training. At Columbia's Fort Jackson, the site of the Army's new pilot marksmanship program, trainers have substituted learning to shoot from a kneeling position for the foxhole. As Fort Jackson Drill Sgt. Leon Cosey put it, "You don't have foxholes in Iraq."

Submitted: 6/22/2005 Source: Myrtle Beach Online

New Milkor MGL-140/MEI Hyper-Lethal 40mm Combo/Weapon System for Infantry

Back in July 2004, DefenseReview wrote about the Milkor MGL Mk-1S 40mm multiple grenade launcher, which is an improved version of their original and ubiquitous MGL Mk-1. The article was titled "New and Improved Milkor MGL Mk-1S Multiple 40mm Grenade Launcher for SPECOPS". The original six-shot MGL Mk-1, which began production in 1983, quickly established itself as one of the premiere force multipliers available to mobile infantry forces and private military companies (PMCs) around the world. Today, it's currently in use by over 35 countries worldwide (over 5 of them NATO countries) who appreciate the weapon's unique and rather impressive capabilities.

Submitted: 6/22/2005 Source:

Sharpshooter Brasier is gunning for glory

A SHARPSHOOTER is aiming to fire Great Britain to victory Down Under in one of shooting's titanic clashes. Nick Brasier, who works in WGC for Avaya, is competing for Great Britain in the eagerly-anticipated Australia Match in Brisbane. The GB team flew out to Australia last weekend for the match on June 29 and fingers crossed will return heroes on July 1.

Submitted: 6/22/2005 Source: Herts24

Namibia Africa's Second Biggest Hunting Destination

Namibia has the second biggest hunting industry in Africa, second only to Tanzania and is regarded as one of the best hunting grounds. Jofie Lamprecht, who is a committee member of the Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA), said this week that there are currently 505 registered hunting professionals in Namibia. In 2004, the country was visited by 5363 international hunters who took 22500 trophies home.

Submitted: 6/22/2005 Source:

While bears roam New Jersey, annual hunting debate heats up

TRENTON — The state Fish and Game Council Tuesday night heard both public enthusiasm and sharp dislike for the prospects of another bear hunt at its annual public hearing on the plan proposing which species hunters may kill and their bag limits. The meeting in the auditorium of the New Jersey State Museum attracted two of the state's more diverse groups — hunters and advocates opposed to hunting.

Submitted: 6/22/2005 Source: Asbury Park Press

Hunting still rampant in India

New Delhi: The hunters' guns ring out loud and clear in the many lush animal sanctuaries and forests across the country, despite legal ban that remains on paper, reports from across the PTI-bureaux say. Hunting is common in Jhajjar, where Tiger Pataudi allegedly went for killing black bucks, as also in Gurgaon, Rewari, Bhiwani, Hisar and Sirsa in Haryana; in neighbouring Punjab, nearly 100 cases of hunting have been registered, while in Bihar, deer, rabbits and migratory birds are regularly hunted.

Submitted: 6/22/2005 Source: Sify News

Hunting inside a fence

Sport same as tracking deer in the wild
Much is being said these days about deer hunting preserves in Indiana. There has been negative, misleading and outright false information it’s time to correct the blatant misconceptions. Deer hunting preserves are no different from pay fishing ponds or quail and pheasant preserves. The preserves are large, contain sufficient area, cover, food and water for the captive deer herd to survive on a year-round basis, just like the wild herd roaming free.

Submitted: 6/22/2005 Source: Journal Gazette

Closing arguments in hunting rights trial

LOVINGSTON, Va. A Nelson County judge says he will rule next week on whether the county board of supervisors violated a group's constitutional right to hunt by refusing to allow them to open a target shooting range near Lovingston. Judge Michael Gamble heard closing arguments from lawyers on both sides today, and said he will rule on June 30th.

Submitted: 6/22/2005 Source: WAVY.COM

Study targets high lead levels

CHILDREN: Shooting .22-caliber rifles indoors may elevate toxic element in blood.

Alaska children who fire .22-caliber rifles in indoor shooting ranges may be at risk for high levels of lead in their blood if the ranges aren't properly maintained, a new study reported Thursday. Elevated lead levels in children threaten their intellectual development and can lead to physical ailments, such as stomach pains, said Alaska epidemiologist Marc Chimonas.

Submitted: 6/17/2005 Source: Anchorage Daily News

Important recall for handloaders

I just received a product recall bulletin from Hodgdon Powder Company, 6231 Robinson, Shawnee Mission, KS 66202. It says, "Hodgdon Powder Company announces a product recall of H4227 one-pound container LOT 10328054230. Hodgdon warns that it has determined that a small number of one-pound bottles of a small lot number of H4227 smokeless powder packaged on March 31, 2005 contain Hodgdom H4198 instead of H4227 powder.

Submitted: 6/17/2005 Source: Pittsburg Live

Annual shooting competition draws interstate contestants

The 28th Opal Open, hosted by the Lightning Ridge Pistol Club, has once again come to a close after a packed three days of competition. The tournament drew 95 entries from throughout the State including Nowra, Bathurst, Orange and Goulburn and also entrants from Queensland. Rain over the weekend could not put a dampener on the great competition and friendship the tournament generates. Some of the tournament participants have been coming to the Ridge to compete for decades. "One competitor, Bob Condie, owns a newsagent in Dorrigo and is a member of the Bellingen Pistol Club, and uses this as his yearly holiday, he just comes here to shoot - he shot 10 matches," Lightning Ridge Pistol Club secretary Bob Smith said.

Submitted: 6/17/2005 Source: The Ridge News

Fish & Wildlife Board approved ban on spikehorn hunting

MONTPELIER, Vt. Vermont hunters will be prohibited during the upcoming deer season from taking any spikehorn bucks. That was the decision last night of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board. The board voted nine-to-four to make it illegal for hunters to take bucks that have a single spike antler growing from its head during the 16-day rifle season this fall.

Submitted: 6/16/2005 Source:

Sunday hunting: pro & con

Locally, opinions sharply divided

Opinions in the area appear to be split down the middle whether the state Legislature should drop the ban on Sunday hunting. Some view it as an inappropriate infringement of the Christian sabbath, while others are anxious to double their opportunities for weekend hunting in Penn’s Woods. “I’m for it,” said Alan Wolfe, a turkey hunter who was having coffee Wednesday at Tripoli’s Triggers, a gun shop at 531 Washington Blvd. “Why not?” the Montoursville man continued. “People who work can only hunt half their weekend. Why not let them hunt the whole weekend?” Not so fast, said Karen Mericle of Muncy. “Six days a week is enough,” she said, while waiting in her car in the Gander Mountain parking lot for her husband, William. “You should have one day to stay at home or go to church or spend with family.”

Submitted: 6/16/2005 Source: Williamsport Sun-Gazette

Fine for illegally killing grizzlies hiked to $8,000

Illegally killing a grizzly bear in Montana will cost poachers a lot more than it used to, but still not as much as a trophy bighorn sheep. House Bill 514 increased the fine for illegally killing a bear from $2,000 to $8,000. The bill went into effect immediately upon passage earlier this spring, so it would cover grizzly bear poachings this year.

Submitted: 6/16/2005 Source: The Hungry Horse News

Foreign Buyers Eye Own Strip of Africa

GAME farms are big business in SA, and are attracting an increasing number of corporate buyers. Serious interest is being shown from overseas countries such as the US. There is a growing trend for smaller game farms to amalgamate to create more viable entities privately and at provincial government level, such as the Dinokeng Tourism project.

Submitted: 6/10/2005 Source:

Local marksmen on target

THE Barbados Rifle Association (BRA) continued its year of activities in celebration of its 100th year, with a full bore rifle event at the Paragon range. Local shooters were joined by their counterparts from Antigua, Northern Ireland and Holland in a full week of shooting between Monday, May 23, and last Sunday at distances ranging from 300 yards to 1000 yards. Competitors were divided into two classes based upon their experience and competence levels. Monday, May 23, was set aside as a practice day, to allow the overseas competitions an opportunity to acclimatise to local conditions. Individual competition was shot over the next three days, with prizes being awarded for the best cumulative score on each day within each class.

Submitted: 6/7/2005 Source: The Barbados Advocate

Replacement Due For Police Rifles

Police are replacing their Remington rifles with a new firearm – the Bushmaster XM15 M4A3. "The new rifle will be more operationally compatible with the other police standard issue firearm, the semi-automatic Glock," says Assistant Commissioner Peter Marshall. The Remington 7 was introduced in 1993 and is a bolt action styled rifle, so each time a shot is fired, the operator has to take one hand off the rifle to action the bolt. Once the bolt is actioned, the operator has to reposition their hand as well as re-sight the weapon and this could be dangerous in certain situations. This is not the case with the new Bushmaster," says Assistant Commissioner Marshall.

Submitted: 6/7/2005 Source: Scoop

Kerala widow seeks help to buy firearm

Thiruvananthapuram: A widow who had to face more-than-a-decade-long labour ban on her homestead farm has petitioned the government and Opposition, seeking a licensed revolver for self-protection. Vineeta R Kottayi, who arrived here this morning from her home district of Kozhikode, armed with the memorandum, and accompanied by volunteers of the NGO, Janapaksham, staged a sit-in in front of the Government Secretariat for a few hours.

Submitted: 6/7/2005 Source: The Peninsula

Replica guns to be banned

The government is to announce this week that it will press ahead with a ban on the manufacture, import and sale of "realistic" replica and imitation guns a year after the Home Office said a blanket ban was unworkable and impractical. The ban will not be as wide-ranging as gun control campaigners had been pressing for but it will be accompanied by a measure making it illegal for anybody under the age of 18 to buy any kind of imitation or replica firearm.

Submitted: 6/7/2005 Source: The Guardian

Hunting waterfowl is illegal

KUALA TERENGGANU, Mon. State Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) director Rosidan Md Yasin said special permits were needed to hunt these migratory birds, which transit here from May to September every year. "However, we do not issue permits as these birds come out only at night in wetland areas," he said today. In Malaysia, hunting is not allowed after 7pm. Permits must be obtained to rear the birds. However, he said, hunters, mainly locals, continued to hunt for waterfowl as they were lucrative. "We believe that their catches are sold to restaurants," he said.

Submitted: 6/7/2005 Source: New Straits Times Online

Opinions mixed on gun law

Are you the type of person who naturally feels nervous around those who tower over you? Or maybe you get jumpy as you walk along a dark street at night, dangerous possibilities running through your mind with every person who crosses your path. With Florida's new deadly force law recently validated by the signature of Gov. Jeb Bush, local legal and law enforcement minds are considering these subjective emotions before the law takes effect Oct. 1.

Submitted: 6/6/2005 8:39:00 PM Source: Bradenton Herald

Sigarms to host police shooting competition

EPPING — Scores of police officers and state SWAT team members will converge on Sigarms Academy this week for a competition that law enforcement professionals say is more than your everyday "target shooting." As part of this year's annual New Hampshire Police Association convention, officers will take part in tactical and shooting accuracy training which runs the gamut from building proficiency with service pistols to rescuing an officer who has been taken hostage.

Submitted: 6/6/2005 8:35:00 PM Source: The Union Leader

Zambia to reintroduce elephant hunting

LUSAKA, Zambia -- Zambia is expected to re-introduce elephant sport hunting soon in two of its top national parks, after it was suspended over twenty years ago due to steep decline in the population, wildlife experts have revealed. "The country now has the capacity to harvest a maximum quota of 40 tusks (20 elephants) from sport hunting and problem animal measures for the Zambian African elephant populations in [the] lower Zambezi Area Management Unit (LZAMU) and South Luangwa Area Management Unit (SLAMU)," an official said.

Submitted: 6/6/2005 8:18:00 PM Source: World Peace Herald

Group vows to get permits, firearms for journalists

IN the wake of a series of deadly attacks on Philippine journalists, a group of reporters and broadcasters said Thursday it will help journalists get firearms and learn how to use them. The newly formed Association of Responsible Media for Truth (Armed) will help journalists get shooting licenses, gun permits and training from sports-shooting clubs and the military, said Raul Esperas, Armed spokesman.

Submitted: 5/28/2005 3:59:00 PM Source: The Manila Times

Phone police, get rid of guns

Justice Minister Gord Mackintosh wants to disarm Manitobans. Mackintosh yesterday said police agencies across the province will hold a firearms amnesty for the month of June. Cops will not lay charges against anyone who turns in a gun during the month unless the weapon is found to be stolen or has been used in a crime, said the province's justice boss. This is the first time there's been such an amnesty in Manitoba since 1994.

Submitted: 5/28/2005 3:57:00 PM Source: Winnipeg Sun

Not just a yolk and a prayer

Picture a Grade A chicken egg. Picture that egg hanging on string suspended by a wooden frame. Now picture that egg 500 yards away. Then again, don't bother with that last step. You can't see an egg at 500 yards with the naked eye. Heck, Dwight Springthorpe could barely see it and he was looking through a 36-power rifle scope. Springthorpe was among the 21 shooters competing in the Roanoke Rifle and Revolver Club's annual Egg Shoot match Saturday. The shooters came from as far away as Ohio to gun for cash, prizes and, mostly, bragging rights.

Submitted: 5/28/2005 3:53:00 PM Source:

A Father's Pride: A Son And Great Hunting Partner

In our family, the one thing we really look forward to every year is the upcoming buck season in West Virginia. This year would be my first since my heart operation back in March. During the 2003 buck season, I started having chest pains while walking up the mountain to my son, Jerod's, favorite ridge. Regardless, we each managed to score 4-point bucks one day after the other.

Submitted: 5/28/2005 3:51:00 PM Source: Buckmasters Online Magazine

Bullet links man to moose

An initial lack of suspects didn’t stop conservation officers from investigating an illegal kill of a bull moose north of White River. A 43-year-old Port Dover, Ont., man was fined $2,000 last week after investigators proved a bullet removed from the moose had been fired from his gun.

Submitted: 5/14/2005 10:39:00 AM Source: Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal

They Can Run, But They Can’t Hide

CITES loosens selected restrictions on hunting black rhinos
LAST MONTH, BANGKOK, Thailand, hosted a meeting of CITES, the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species, an international body of which Egypt is a signatory. For the uninitiated, CITES controls the trade in rare animal and plant species and is one of the most important global conservation agreements. To my utter disgust, CITES re-opened the trade in the black rhinoceros.

Submitted: 5/13/2005 11:39:00 AM Source: Egypt Today

Wild Cat Hunting Plan Dies

MANITOWOC, Wis. -- A proposal to let hunters shoot wild cats is dead. The group that raised the issue decided Friday to let the issue fade away, about a month after Gov. Jim Doyle said the plan was making the state a laughingstock. The proposed law change would classify wild, free-roaming cats as an unprotected species.

Submitted: 5/13/2005 4:39:00 PM Source:

Bush signs law affirming state authority over hunting

RENO, Nev. — A bill affirming the authority of states to regulate hunting and fishing has been signed into law by President Bush. The legislation frees states to set their own regulations and in some — including Nevada — upholds rules that favor residents over out-of-state applicants. The measure, sponsored by several Western lawmakers, was in response to a 2002 federal appeals court ruling that said states restricting nonresident hunting tags must do so in the “least discriminatory” way.

Submitted: 5/13/2005 12:00:00 PM Source: Summit Daily News

Five hunters killed in Wisconsin

BIRCHWOOD, Wisconsin (AP) -- A deer hunter, who apparently intruded on private property, killed five other hunters and wounded three more during the opening weekend of deer season, authorities in Wisconsin said.

Submitted: 11/22/2004 12:00:00 PM Source: CNN

Farmer mistakens man for monkey, shoots him

A 70-year-old farmer opened fire at a man, mistaking him for a monkey stealing duku fruits at his orchard in Kampung Kuala Wau, Maran, yesterday.

Submitted: 9/22/2004 12:59:00 PM Source: New Straits Times

Women's Firearms Group Changes Hands

PRWEB) September 12, 2004 -- Women To Arms! (, a longstanding women’s firearms advocacy website has changed hands effective September 1st of this year. On August 18th, 2004 the founder of Women to Arms notified the Women to Arms discussion group that the closing of the site and discussion forum was imminent. Samantha M. Stewart, a member of the group and founder of stepped forward and offered to take over the discussion group and the website to keep it going. “This group is one of the longest standing women’s firearms forums on the net, and has the most active discussion group; I didn’t want to see that go away” said Stewart. Stewart plans on revamping the website, and updating many of its section, and also plans on introducing new weekly topics to the group’s discussion forum to get more members actively participating in the dialogue.

Submitted: 9/11/2004 12:00:00 PM Source: PRweb

Assault weapons ban ends quietly

WASHINGTON -- With a 10-year ban on assault weapons due to expire Monday, Congress is about to allow a remarkable reversal: once demonized semiautomatic weapons will again be sold to the public.

Submitted: 9/10/2004 12:00:00 PM Source: NYnewsday

Canadian Army Snipers Gain From Afghanistan Experience

Drawing from their combat experience in Afghanistan, Canadian Army snipers are taking steps to improve their organization and equipment. Canada has approximately 2,000 soldiers in Afghanistan, as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization stabilization force. In support of the U.S.-led ground war, Canada deployed a 750-member infantry battalion from January to July 2002.

Canadian snipers unofficially were credited with killing 20 Al-Qaeda members during Operation Anaconda in the Shahi Kot Valley. Two sniper teams also were recommended for the U.S. Bronze Star.

Submitted: 5/31/2004 2:59:00 PM Source: National Defense Magazine

Intolerance of gun owners nation-wide problem

The New York Times carried an article recently about the Women’s Shooting Sports League, a small, enthusiastic female-only rifle- and pistol-shooting club in the heart of New York City, a place with some of the nation’s toughest gun laws.
The reporter, Alan Feuer, makes this point about the oddity and irony of it all: “There is much to learn from the league about the failure of assumptions. While one might assume, for instance, that the city’s reputation for tolerance extends to all manner of behavior, it apparently does not extend to a love of guns.”

Submitted: 5/19/2004 7:58:00 PM Source: Oshkosh Northwestern

Man accused of killing two hunting guides pleads no contest

FAIRBANKS (March 12, 8:50 am AST) - A 52-year-old man has pleaded no contest to killing two fellow hunting guides in October.

Michael DeNeut broke into tears Thursday after changing his plea to charges of first- and second-degree murder in the deaths of Ron Long and Mark Chambers.

DeNeut is accused of backing his blue Chevrolet truck up to the door of Long's Fairbanks cabin Oct. 18. He broke the lock, forced open the door and shot Long, 67, a former business partner, and Chambers, 42, according to authorities. DeNeut also is accused of shooting the Long family's bulldog, Nala.

Submitted: 3/14/2004 8:15:00 PM Source: Anchorage Daily News

Environmentalists take aim at charitable status for pro-hunting organizations

Politically active sport-hunting groups are being recognized as charities while some animal-welfare and anti-gun organizations are being denied charitable status, a new national network says.

In a campaign to be launched Monday, the Charity Action Team is releasing a report submitted to the federal government that questions the situation. "Hunting and fishing clubs should not be charities," Nancy Zylstra of the Ottawa-based ProNature Network says.

"Should a bowling club be given charity status and go after the right to bowl?"

Submitted: 3/7/2004 3:16:00 PM Source:

Gun-shy Democrats still can't shoot straight

No duel between a cowboy and a soldier would be complete without a gun battle and, thanks to Congress, it looks like we'll get one. Yeehaw.

Submitted: 3/7/2004 3:10:00 PM Source: The Seattle Times

Big-game hunting

Alaska has nearly a dozen species of big game that can be hunted. Which animal is the most popular target? Answer: In the 2000-01 season, hunters reported taking 32,294 caribou. That far outdistanced deer (14,816), moose (7,050) and black bears (2,558).

Submitted: 10/8/2003 9:41:00 PM Source:

Australia: 600 weapons collected by Victoria Police in 'Buyback' program

MORE than 600 weapons were collected by Victoria Police in Ballarat at the weekend under the Federal Government's hand gun buyback scheme. The semi-automatic and revolver guns were collected at the Wendouree Sports Complex in Norman St on Friday, Saturday and yesterday.

Submitted: 10/8/2003 9:35:00 PM Source: The Courier Is Anti-Gun....

You are getting this straight from the horses mouth. is anti gun! I enrolled in their advertising program recently.

Submitted: 9/30/2003 11:52:00 PM Source:

Hunters are given handgun option

CANTON - Illinois Deer hunters will have the option of using handguns during the firearm season under a new law supported by State Rep. Mike Smith (D-Canton) and signed by the governor on Wednesday.
"Under the new law, hunters will be able to choose which firearm they use during deer season," Smith said. "Hunters will no longer face the restrictions on handgun use that they did under the previous law."

Submitted: 8/28/2003 2:49:00 PM Source: Canton Daily Ledger

Schwarzenegger Fuzzy on Gun Control Stance

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - He is famous for bearing arms on film and has killed hundreds on screen. But where does Arnold Schwarzenegger stand on gun control in real life?
Some gun control advocates say the actor may be unfriendly toward gun control but some gun rights groups say the Republican candidate for California governor has not helped their cause with his violent films.

Submitted: 8/28/2003 2:45:00 PM Source: Reuters

Pilots to feds: Arm us faster!

Aviators plan to demonstrate at airports across America
Several pilot groups demanding the federal government step up Federal Flight Deck Officer training so more crews can fly armed are planning demonstrations at airports around the nation to make their point.

Submitted: 8/26/2003 9:48:00 AM Source:

Quick. Handgun or BB gun?

LOWELL It's a life-and-death decision, made in the tenth of a second the time it takes for one flutter of a butterfly's wing.
A police officer stares down the barrel of a gun. Is it real? Or is it one of the many perfect replica BB guns that Lowell police officers have been seizing from juvenile gang members with increasing frequency?

Submitted: 8/18/2003 2:31:00 PM Source: Lowell Sun Online

The truth about Alaska's monster bear

Forest Service marvels at how giant bruin grows as hunting story is repeated
Tina in Louisiana wanted to know if the photographs were real. So did Martin, a pastor from Michigan, who wrote, "Are you able to verify for us that they are indeed genuine and true?"

Submitted: 8/18/2003 2:26:00 PM Source:

Huntsman cleared of assaulting woman protester

A huntsman caught on film allegedly attacking a woman hunt saboteur has been cleared. Jonathan Broise, 46, spoke of his relief after a jury acquitted him of assaulting protester Jaine Wild.

There were cries of "this is not justice" in court from a group of anti-hunt campaigners as Mr Broise, hunt leader with the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt, was cleared unanimously of causing actual bodily harm to Mrs Wild, 48.

Submitted: 8/18/2003 2:19:00 PM Source: Ananova

Calif. Construction Projects Use Recycled Guns

The metal from 10,000 seized guns in Southern California will soon become part of the retrofitting of San Francisco's Bay Bridge, the new baseball stadium Petco Park in San Diego, and various freeway improvements, the Los Angeles Times reported July 8.

Submitted: 7/15/2003 11:45:00 AM Source: JOIN TOGETHER Online

Who's Packing?

Will Utah's new gun law make schools -- and the rest of us -- safer?
Jim Bunger made a mistake. Late on the night of April 24, 2002, Bunger put on a jacket and walked his chocolate lab to nearby Mill Creek Elementary School, an old tennis ball in hand ready for a session of midnight go-fetch. Bunger, 58, a concealed weapons permit holder for the last eight years, put a loaded Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver in his jacket pocket before leaving home. Unknown to him, sometime during the 20 minutes he was at the school, the gun slipped from his pocket.

Submitted: 7/15/2003 11:40:00 AM Source: Salt Lake City Weekly

High-tech hunting: It might be time to upgrade

In his classic work, "A Sand County Almanac," Aldo Leo-pold called the sportsman of his day a "gadgeteer." He said that hunters were more concerned with technology than woodcraft. And while that may apply to some degree today, taking along the right equipment on an Alaska big-game hunt -- and especially a backpack-type hunt -- will not only help you find success but also help keep you safe.

Submitted: 7/10/2003 5:38:00 PM Source: Anchorage Daily News

Aussies among most heavily-armed

Australians rank among the world's most heavily armed citizens despite the federal government's efforts to tighten gun laws.

There are an estimated 2.1 million private firearms in Australia, according to the Small Arms Survey 2003 by the Graduate Institute for International Studies in Geneva.

Submitted: 7/10/2003 5:34:00 PM Source: The Age

NRA Sets Sights on 2003 National Rifle and Pistol Matches

In July and August, the National Rifle Association will conduct its annual National Rifle and Pistol Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio, located next to Lake Erie near Port Clinton.

The matches are conducted in several broad phases, determined by the type of firearm used and/or the distance fired. Muzzleloading matches are held first, followed by Pistol, Smallbore Rifle, and High Power Rifle. Another high power phase, called Long Range Rifle, is held last.

Submitted: 7/5/2003 10:56:00 AM Source: National Rifle Assocoation

Homemade Guns Seized In Highlandtown Rowhouse

BALTIMORE -- A late Wednesday afternoon raid in a south Baltimore neighborhood turned up dozens of guns and enough equipment to manufacture more weapons.

Lovell Arthur Wheeler, 60, was arrested and charged on numerous firearms charges Wednesday. Baltimore City police detective Donny Moses said Wheeler was charged with reckless endangerment and numerous firearms and explosives violations. He said additional charges are pending after further analysis of items seized from the house

Submitted: 7/5/2003 10:42:00 AM Source:

New gun laws baffle businesses

Downtown business owners are frustrated and confused about Colorado's new gun laws. They don't want guns in their establishments, yet few are willing to post a sign banning them. And some bar, restaurant and shop owners are queasy about telling a customer with a gun to leave.

Submitted: 7/2/2003 1:56:00 PM Source:

Suit Against Gun Maker Allowed on 'Hypothetical Facts'

Capitol Hill ( - A lawsuit filed against the maker of the gun allegedly used by the Washington, D.C., sniper suspects is being allowed to go forward based on "hypothetical facts" presented by lawyers for the anti-gun Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a Pierce County, Wash., court ruled Friday. A statement by the weapon's manufacturer said: "The Brady Center's attorneys are very loose with the facts."

Submitted: 7/2/2003 1:52:00 PM Source: Town Hall

Governor OKs wolf hunting in planes

HOWL: Such predator control could be used soon, state says. Gov. Frank Murkowski signed a bill Wednesday that could let private hunters shoot wolves from airplanes. Senate Bill 155 allows private citizens to participate in aerial and so-called land-and-shoot hunting in approved state predator-control programs. It also makes it easier for the Alaska Board of Game to implement such efforts.

Submitted: 6/28/2003 10:36:00 PM Source: Anchorage Daily News

Hunters Argue Shooting Foxes Would Be A Hazard To Tourists…

THE government has unveiled plans to restrict the length of fox hunts ahead of next week's crucial vote on the controversial Hunting Bill. Rural affairs minister Alun Michael announced a series of amendments to strengthen the legislation in an attempt to head-off a clash with backbench Labour MPs. Anti-hunt MPs have secured 130- signatures for their own amendment to turn the Bill into an outright ban.

Submitted: 6/27/2003 5:07:00 PM Source: The NorthWest Evening Mail

We Want Our Rifles Back!

The United States government is denying the request of law-abiding citizens to buy back military surplus M14s citing international agreements that would make such a program, "problematic."

Submitted: 6/28/2003 6:51:00 AM Source: The Sierra Times

Legislators to keep working on concealed-gun bill

Columbus- Members of the House and Senate will try to work out their differences on a bill that would let Ohioans carry concealed guns. The fast-moving legislation cleared the Senate on Wednesday, but the House - viewing the measure as too restrictive - announced it would reject the Senate-passed bill and ask for a conference committee to search for a compromise. A meeting of the committee was scheduled for noon today, even before its members were known.

Submitted: 6/20/2003 12:00:00 PM Source:

Newspapers shoot down gun classifieds

Thanks to pressure from a group claiming it is concerned about the safety and well-being of citizens, a number of newspapers have opted to stop carrying classified advertising involving guns, much to the dismay of gun-rights advocates. The latest newspaper to cave to pressure from the National Campaign to Close the Newspaper Classified Ad Loophole, according to Editor & Publisher magazine, a newspaper industry publication, is the Houston Chronicle.

Submitted: 6/19/2003 1:00:00 AM Source: WorldNetDaily

Has the gun control issue really disappeared?

Some think that Democrats, chastised by the loss of the presidency of 2000 and the loss of the Senate in 2002, have learned the risk of supporting gun control the hard way. Some even argue that there is a more fundamental change in Democratic beliefs on gun control.

Submitted: 6/21/2003 12:01:00 PM Source:

Assembly votes to add rifle to dangerous weapons list

SACRAMENTO - The Assembly approved a bill Wednesday that would add a high-powered rifle to the state's list of dangerous weapons. The .50-caliber BMG rifle is currently classified as a long gun, just as a hunting rifle, but is far more powerful, said Assemblyman Paul Koretz.

Submitted: 6/8/2003 11:51:00 AM Source: The Mercury News

Moose Hunting: Preparation and Procedures

The near-sonic boom of the fire-breathing .454 Casul blasted the entire forest as the bull spun away from the hunter in the tree stand. In an instant, the huge bull was gone, as if it never existed. Thick scrub made stalking impossible, each step produced an amplified crack, notifying every living creature within ear shoot to scram. To be successful, moose hunters must become invisible and have vision of an eagle. A moose hunter also requires ears that hear the slightest of sounds in howling winds.

Submitted: 6/8/2003 11:25:00 AM Source:

McGrath Experimental Field Work Finished

Department of Fish and Game biologists wrapped up efforts to move bears out of an Experimental Micro-Management Area (EMMA) surrounding McGrath on Saturday. Efforts now will concentrate on learning how many moose calves survive and on whether any of the displaced bears return to the EMMA this summer. These efforts are being done to help restore moose harvest opportunities near McGrath.

Submitted: 6/8/2003 11:35:00 AM Source:

MPs warn of more wounded foxes if hunting banned

MPs have published a new scientific report which shows shooting foxes leaves many animals only wounded.

Submitted: 6/8/2003 11:28:00 AM Source: Ananova


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