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  1. No, not everything, but they have more than they had maybe a month ago. If you've been waiting for something, you might take a look. www.starlinebrass.com/pistol-
  2. I know some like to use #1 Buck or #4 Buck or even smaller for defensive use. I never liked the idea of anything smaller than 00 Buck. Here is but one example why. https://civiliandefender.com/2023/04/21/12-gauge-4-buckshot-to-the-face/
  3. I posted it in the 2023 NRA Annual Meetings thread, but the lightweight K6 is definitely coming. Kimber rep said July delivery. MSRP $679
  4. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 17, 2023 NRA Reelects Charles Cotton as President, Wayne LaPierre as CEO/EVP at Indianapolis Board of Directors Meeting 77,246 people gather for NRA Annual Convention Indianapolis, IN – The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) announces the election results from its Board of Directors Meeting held in Indianapolis, IN. Charles Cotton was reelected NRA President, former Congressman Bob Barr was elected as First Vice President, and David Coy reelected Second Vice President. Wayne LaPierre was again elected CEO and Executive Vice President. In recognition of his extraordinary leadership these past two years, the NRA Board of Directors voted unanimously to amend its bylaws to allow Cotton to succeed himself for a third term. In addition to his responsibilities as NRA President, Cotton is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a transformational leader. LaPierre was re-elected by the NRA Board of Directors, who annually elect the CEO/EVP. The Board of Directors are elected by NRA members. This followed a vote at the NRA Members Meeting on April 15, 2023, where members expressed confidence in Mr. LaPierre. The weekend festivities were proceeded by the NRA-Institute for Legislative Action on April 14, 2023 – a gathering of thousands of pro-Second Amendment elected officials, presidential candidates, and grassroots supporters.
  5. Next year’s Annual Meetings will be in Dallas. Winchester has had a… let’s say entry level…semiauto .22 called the Wildcat for a few years now. It’s not bad looking, and retail starts at $289.95. It comes with useful peep sights and a pic rail, which might save you a few bucks. Made in Turkey. It may not be new, but new to me, is a bolt action counterpart called the Xpert. The trigger is actually pretty decent as it comes, and is adjustable. Also made in Turkey Both the Winchester .22s can use 10/22 magazines.
  6. The fun stuff, what I’ve seen the first two days. The alleged new Army rifle, the SigSauer XM7, has been criticized for being heavy. I can attest that thing is every ounce as heavy as it looks. The Sig booth was close to the Ohio Ordnance booth. I handled their semiauto 1918A3 after the XM7, and while the BAR is a fair amount heavier, its better balance made the difference feel slight. That describes the XM7’s feel better than anything I can think of. Granted, the XM7 on display had the optic and suppressor mounted, adding to the bulk. But since that is how it is to be used, that is how it should be judged. Plus, the suppressor is almost a necessity because of the short barrel and high pressure cartridge. The new revolver from Henry is not quite as ugly as it appears in pictures, but it’s no beauty. The cylinder latch thumpiece is small. The sights are standard fixed revolver sights (rear trough), not bad but not good. The DA trigger pull is not terrible but not S&W or Colt Cobra level by any means. SA trigger pull is excellent, like most revolvers. I can’t see that it does anything different or better than what is currently out there. To be fair, the Henry rep said their intention was to create a companion gun to the Big Boy rifles rather than create a defense or hunting gun, and I will admit it would seem to do that very well. Henry’s Homesteader 9mm semiauto carbine reminds me of the old Marlin Camp 9 when viewed up close. The receiver top is a similar profile, and the bolt appears very similar, which must be what does it. I got to handle four new-to-me Springfield Armory guns. The Prodigy is their 2011/Staccato competitor, and they seem pretty nice. I would like try one. The SA Hellion bullpup rifle did not overwhelm me. The quality and finish appear very nice, but I did not like the ergonomics. The thumb safety is a flip lever that rotates approximately 45 degrees. I want to say it is located under the thumb, but that isn’t quite right. It sits a little high up on the frame, so the thumb doesn’t really rest on it when in the fire position. It seems best to rotate it, then roll the thumb off and below it. The ambi cocking handle is a bit odd and maybe a little cramped within its grooved area. The trigger is truly awful. I tried three, and none were any better than the others. The SA-35 HiPower reintroduction looks pretty nice. Attendees complained of the trigger feel, but I found it very true to originals. I probably tried a half dozen of them, and all were about the same. I always found Browning triggers to vary from gun to gun. Based on them feeling much like originals, I’m guessing the same smiths can tune them up nicely. Their 2020 bolt action seemed nice. Smooth action. Good triggers. Approx 60 degree bolt lift, like most are going to now. Kimber had what was the highlight of the show for me. For at least a couple of years, they have teased a lightweight version of the K6s revolver in .38 Spl +P instead of .357 Mag. Everyone who has handled or shot my K6s loved it but disliked the weight. The new lightweight was there, called the K6XS, for what the rep called their “soft release”. Availability is expected in July. MSRP is $679. Marlin (Maruger?) recently added the 336 to the returning rifles list The pistol caliber model 1894 is scheduled for this summer Ruger had the Super Wrangler, a .22 Magnum version of the Wrangler. The standard Wrangler is now made in a variety of barrel lengths. Barrett’s MRAD won the last army sniper rifle competition. They now have a new MRAD SMR that swaps bolt heads and magazines to adapt to magnum or .338 Lapua calibers. The Tippmann Arms booth is a fascinating place. Do I want the 9mm Gatling gun that uses Glock magazines, or the .22 Gatling gun that feeds from a belt? Lots of dry fire attachments; both laser muzzle tracing devices and mechanical ones to reset the trigger so you don’t have to run the slide for each “shot”. If I get through tomorrow without buying a Mantis, I will have done well. (P.S. I made it.)
  7. This is going to be a heavy post. 2023 NRA Member’s Meeting, April 15, 2023, Indianapolis There were three resolutions presented to the membership for voting I don’t remember the first one, but the other two were both proposals to dismiss Wayne LaPierre. I’ll cut to the chase: They both failed. As many know, that was not due to love of ol’ Wayne by the general membership or gun owners in general, but rather because so many NRA members have quit in disgust there was nobody present to vote for his ouster. Jeff Knox, Rob Pincus, and several others tried, backed by people like myself cheering them on, but we were greatly outnumbered. His supporters claim he is the only person who can carry the fight. I doubt that. I think any number of people can do it without the distraction and effect on membership and revenue. They deny there is any distraction, yet we spent two thirds of our own meeting talking about him. They claim the loss in membership and donations comes from Covid, which had the same effect on every business. They can’t explain why Gun Owners of America and the Second Amendment Foundation are doing better than ever. Every single person I’ve talked to about joining or returning to the NRA has asked the same question first: “Is Wayne still in charge?” That’s all they need to know to decide. But he stayed. The current decline in membership and revenue has been approved. I talked to Jeff Knox after the meeting. The gist of it: He thinks the NRA will be bankrupt within two months. There is a LOT going on behind the scenes. I can’t even begin to remember all of it. There are still people suing Ollie North (for exposing them). Monday, the board will re-elect Wayne LaPierre as Exec VP, Charles Cotton as president, and appoint the temp head of the ILA as permanent (the head of it resigned a couple of months ago, and long-time ILA head Chris Cox was ousted after being accused of joining a coup against Wayne). The office of president of the NRA is limited to a single one year term. This was only belayed by a special vote once, during the Charlton Heston era. It happened last year, and look for it to happen Monday so Charles Cotton can serve a third term and continue his sterling leadership. What? You’ve never heard the name before? Yeah, that’s what I thought. He and Wayne protect each other. He “must” stay. Money is tight, and the NRA is hemorrhaging it. The NRA is trying to surreptitiously sell the Headquarters building in Fairfax VA right now to generate funds. They deny this, but they have been washing the exterior, repairing the elevators, fixing the roof that has been leaking for over two years, etc. all the while they complain about lack of revenue. They are selling it to generate some cash to hang on a little while longer. The NY lawsuit judge will possibly, if not likely force Wayne out this year, but the heavy damage will be done. Defending Wayne personally (not just defending the NRA) is costing a fortune. Knox thinks if the NRA goes bankrupt, it will of course reconstitute and continue to exist. I hope so. The ILA should survive OK. The Friends of the NRA should be OK. Both organizations have been trying to separate themselves from the mother ship for the last couple of years. Perhaps restarting from the ground up would be best. Other than that, things are fine; just fine! Oh yes… More scoop from Jeff Knox. Attendance this weekend is way down, and it’s causing a panic. The recent Great American Outdoor Show did really well, and that only makes it look worse. And the missing exhibitors DOES appear due to them being tired of the general BS that makes up the NRA “leadership”.
  8. I am sitting in the Annual Members Meeting right now… …staring down Wayne La P, but I digress. Notable absentees in the Exhibit Hall this year include: Kahles Optics Leica Optics Swaworvski Optics Steyr Arms Pyramyd Air Berger Bullets RCBS and a little company known as- Smith and Wesson All had been exhibitors at the last three NRAAMs I have attended. I find that curious. Why aren’t they here? Economics? If people making knives in their garage can afford a spot, I think S&W can swing it. Nothing new to show? I know that isn’t the case for some of these listed. Protest? Don’t like ol’ Wayne? Could be.
  9. One again, your intrepid reporter from Practically Shooting will be in attendance, browsing around, asking questions, and touching lots of guns. For a change, I plan to attend the actual annual meeting. This will be at least my fifth NRAAM and I’ve never come close to going. If there is any mud (or worse) slung at Wayne, I intend to see it. The other Wayne. Not you, Wayne W.
  10. I heard he passed away yesterday evening. He was known for his custom handguns and the cartridges bearing his name, the .475 Linebaugh and .500 Linebaugh. I can’t say I have a need for a .475 or .500 Linebaugh, but his website has some interesting info on revolvers. https://www.johnlinebaughcustomsixguns.com
  11. Or… “I only carry when I go to _________ (big city, bad places, etc).” Or… ”I carry _______ (little gun) unless I’m expecting trouble.” I might as well add in “I am not out late”, “I avoid those kind of people”, and “I avoid those kinds of places”. The following are my very strong opinions on this. I feel the decision to carry a gun is a major decision that effects your entire life from that day forward. If you choose to carry a gun, then carry a gun. Switching on and off from carrying a gun usually causes problems. I realize there are times when you simply can’t carry one due to nonpermissive environments. I’m not talking about these times. I’m talking about when one choose when to carry and when not to carry based on perceived “need”. How do you know? You can’t know. A common attitude is that bad things happen in other places. If you don’t think serious crime happens in your area, talk to a local law enforcement officer right after they come off shift. Or better yet, listen in on a conversation between two or more after their shift. Eating breakfast where they do is a good way. The stories from an average night in even a small town would be a surprise to a lot of people. There are several other reasons to stay in the habit of carrying. For one thing, if it’s a regular habit, the gun won’t feel odd or uncomfortable (assuming there isn’t an effort made to be uncomfortable like carrying an AR pistol). This is only a guess, but I truly think many or most cases of guns being left places like public toilets are done by those who don’t carry regularly. It should feel odd when it’s NOT there. When you carry a gun sometimes and not others, you can get complacent about it, carrying less and less. If you choose to carry a gun, then carry a gun. If you do carry a gun, carry the same gun(s). I suppose carrying a different type of gun based on perceived need is better than using that criteria for choosing whether to carry anything, but it is still a big guessing game. I think a lot of people who carry a small gun just to have “something” when they feel there is low risk are using it as a good luck charm. Not to mention the possible trouble coming from using guns that are different in feel or even operating systems. I’ll close with one more comment on the “I live in a good neighborhood” thing: It was a “good neighborhood”, plus it was the middle of the afternoon, the first time i needed a gun that way. I walked in on a break-in, and they weren’t happy about that. Nobody can possibly know when they might need one. If you choose to carry a gun, then carry a gun.
  12. I ordered this barrel just over seven years ago, and received it just under six years ago. The project is the same place it was then. Getting an Accuracy International in 6.5 Creedmoor last year did not help my interest in this project.
  13. It folds to the side, so you can mount a red dot or scope and leave it there. Uses M&P 9mm magazines. https://www.smith-wesson.com/product/fpc?trk_msg=JDIUNE19P52KPFFSVGLEK5NUPK&trk_contact=8P3BEMOELMQJLCP4AGTEONTIEO&trk_sid=CV3PTB53DG13RDVJDKLSQBSNLO&trk_link=DT6B8PFCOIR4D022EH0TUC3GEC&utm_source=listrak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=CHECK+IT+OUT&utm_campaign=NEW%3a+M%26P+FPC+Folding+Carbine This was announced yesterday. Maybe it’s a coincidence, but today I got an email from KelTec offering $100 rebates on their Sub 2000.
  14. At the very least, I hope to handle one at the NRA convention in April.
  15. Today I got an In-stock Notice for SA-35s from Osage County Guns. Yes, today, 51 weeks after the first post in this thread. They have two left. $849.99 No, I did not order one. Not yet. https://osagecountyguns.com/springfield-armory-hp9201.html
  16. New at Dillon Precision https://www.dillonprecision.com/88887
  17. Ten years now with the AUG. I still like it. It stays ready in the house, and it goes with me on most trips, riding in an Eberlestock backpack. https://eberlestock.com/collections/packs/products/cherry-bomb-pack Its been carried in and out of hotels and relative’s homes in that pack without notice, or at least without comment. I’ve used it in numerous classes and some matches. I’ve shot mostly handloaded ammunition, with bullets ranging from 40 to 77 grains. Most have been 55 FMJBT, as one would expect. Favorite bullets include the Nosler 64 grain bonded SP (Which I think is now discontinued), Sierra 65 Game King BTSP, and the Sierra 69 MK. The only changes or modifications have been a sight, a light, and a sling. I’m still using the Trijicon 1-4X Accupoint scope in Larue mount, a Magpul sling mounting loop, VTAC sling, and a Surefire light in an offset mount. I have a buis sight for a SCAR I’m going to mount, in order to have the same sights as my SCAR. That’s it. No trigger mods like I keep reading about. I simply don’t see the need on this rifle. Compared to an AR-15? Accuracy is not quite as good as a good AR, but it’s close and I’ve definitely seen worse shooting ARs. More importantly, it weighs more than an equivalent barreled AR. On the plus side, I like the bullpup configuration for a number of reasons. One of those is that although heavier than it probably needs to be, it puts the weight closer to my body so it feels easier to hold at the ready than an AR or other conventional rifle in similar or even less weight. Reliability is excellent. I love the magazines. I wish a .22 conversion was made, or even better- a lightweight .22 model like the various .22 ARs. I also wish the Steyr 9mm conversion was readily available, but the government has chosen to protect us from imported gun barrels. More caliber options in general might be nice. Word is that Steyr sells them in .300 BLK elsewhere, but won’t sell it here for some reason. I have spare pieces-parts for about anything I can imagine. Mostly, I want to protect against foolishly losing something like a spring. Everything was easy to get and reasonably priced. The SCAR is still my first choice as my do-all rifle, but the AUG misses out due only to the cartridge that won’t cover as much. The AUG is my do-almost-all rifle, or perhaps better put: My realistic do-all rifle.
  18. Ten years have passed since I got the SCAR. Not much to add; it keeps plugging along. It’s had a strong challenge from my newest precision rifle, but the SCAR remains my favorite rifle. It’s still my choice as a do-all rifle. My pick if I can only take one.
  19. I’ve been using an SWFA 20X for F-Class this summer, at 300-1,000 yards. I am an optics snob but have no complaints. The repeatability of the clicks seems to be spot on. I bought this scope from SWFA’s “Sample List” as a demo model for $239. Yes, $239.
  20. BTT simply because this is good info. It has been a handy resource for me.
  21. https://ruger.com/products/sfar/models.html It must be New Ruger Season. This one handles .308-class cartridges but is .223/5.56 size.
  22. https://ruger.com/products/lcCarbine/models.html My first observation: I’m sure it’s great fun and all, but the point I see of the 5.7x28 is it fits in itty bitty guns. This new Ruger: -Holds 20 rounds of 5.7x28 -Has a 16” barrel -Weighs 5.9 lbs The Ruger SR556 (AR): -Holds 20, 30, 40 or more .223/5.56 rounds -Has a 16” barrel -Weighs 6.4 lbs MSRP? The 5.7 is $979 The SR556 is $989 The SR556 has been discounted pretty well in recent months, but I doubt the 5.7 will be much, if any, below retail if and when you find one. With some of the goofy stuff I’ve bought, I’m not in much place to question the justification of any gun, but what I just posted is what jumped out at me. And it really jumped.
  23. The results have been posted. They don’t show my score at 1,000 yards, which I assume was to spare me from embarrassment. I was still the top F-Class shooter. (I was also the only F-Class shooter since everyone else there this time shot a standard NRA match rifle. That makes me also the last place F-Class shooter. But we’ll just ignore all of that.)
  24. I’m back from the Palma match. It went smooth and quick. We were done shooting in 90 minutes. The course of fire was 15 shots each at 800, 900, and 1000 yards, so I now have holdovers to 1,000. At 800 and 900, it took a little less elevation than the tables show, so by the time I got to 1,000 it was adding up. The tables were showing from 9.0 Mils to 9.4 at 1,000 yards but it only took 8.8 Mils. They have electronic target scoring there, so no more time spent in the pits pulling and marking targets. A neat side benefit to this is it gives you velocity figures at the target. I don’t always remember to write this info down, but having the info would only be one more thing to keep me up nights thinking about. FWIW, at 900 yards, my load was making 1574 fps and had a Standard Deviation of 10 fps. (6.5 Creedmoor with Hornady 140 ELD-M bullet.)
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