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The Colt Woodsman: A most pined after plinking pistol


Today there are dozens of .22LR target pistols out there on the market. You can walk into any shop in any state and find any number of Ruger, Browning, Beretta, or Walther pistols among others who all promise to scratch that rimfire itch. But nearly a hundred years ago, Colt got this concept out and perfect and before anyone else did and it came in the form of a work of art we know today as the Woodsman—quite possibly the handgun shooters most want to see made again…

At the dawn of the 20th Century, Colt Firearms had a master artisan and visionary on their payroll. His name: John Moses Browning. In the first two decades of the century, Browning designed for the company their Model 1900, 1902, M1903/1908 Pocket Hammerless, Vest Pocket pistol, and that most famous of Colt handguns—the M1911 longslide. Odds are, if you wanted a semi-automatic pistol in the US in the 1900s, you had a Colt.

These guns, ranging from .25 to .45ACP were all made for the purpose of self-defense/military and law enforcement use. What the company needed in 1915 to complete the handgun hat trick was a nice rimfire target pistol. And that is just what Browning came up with.

The new .22 self-loader was an exercise in simplicity. Browning started with a fixed-barrel attached to a strait blowback action. This meant that the barrel was threaded solid to the forged steel frame, which ensured that as long as it was aligned properly in production, it couldn’t be knocked loose in the future. Atop the back of the frame was a removable cover that held the mainspring housing, striker-style firing pin, and a spring-loaded extractor.

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Always wanted a Woodsman, haven't gotten around to it for some reason.

Mass. teen faces murder charges after robbery accomplice is fatally shot by would-be victim


The tables were turned on two teens who attempted to rob a man early Wednesday morning in Lynn, Massachusetts, about 10 miles outside of Boston. One teen was fatally shot and the other now faces felony murder charges, but not because he fired the fatal shots.

At about 12:30 a.m. the would-be victim was approached by 17-year-old Jahleel Sanders Williams and 18-year-old Amoy Blake in the first floor hallway of a residential housing unit, local media reported. Blake apparently held a gun to the victim’s head, but unbeknown to the teens, their victim had a license to carry a concealed weapon and was legally armed. The victim then pulled out his own pistol and shot Blake.

At that point, Williams fled the scene, but he far from escaped the incident altogether. The victim called an ambulance for Blake, who was transported to a local hospital and later pronounced dead. Williams was arrested and during his arraignment the following day pleaded not guilty to charges which included attempt to commit a crime, armed robbery and felony murder.

Although Williams did not actually fire the fatal shots which claimed the life of Blake, according to a spokesperson from Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office, felony murder charges can be filed when a person is killed while committing a felon. Because Williams was participating in the act, he is legally liable for Blake’s death.

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Glad to see the victim came through ok. Now it's time to throw the book at the criminal.

Mission 01: Finding a $200 defense shotgun


Your mission, should you choose to accept it, involves the procurement of a budget home defense shotgun. You may select any shotgun that cost under $200. It must be tough, reliable and 12 or 20 gauge. This message will self-destruct in five seconds.

The voicemail did not self destruct, thankfully, as I am a budget conscious college student. I did, however, accept the mission laid out before me.

Nowadays, when discussing an appropriate home defense weapon, most people will bring up the AR15. While some of this is caused by talks of bans and people wishing to stick it to the Man, there are several good reasons why the AR is an excellent home defense choice. Rifles are easier to aim and fire accurately than a pistol when under duress and the felt recoil from an AR is like a .22 Magnum. Several companies offer good choices in specialized hunting and self-defense ammo and some tests of said ammunition have shown that frangible rounds over-penetrate less than a 9mm. Even the standard 55 grain FMJ round tends to become unruly when it hits drywall and loses velocity quickly. The issue with using an AR15 for home defense is cost. A well made new-in-box AR15 will run around $1,000. If you wanted to go the used route it should still be a reputable brand, which can run upwards of $700.

A person on a budget should still be able to defend themselves and that is where the good ole shotgun comes into play.

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It's hard to come up with a better choice for someone with a limited budget.

Is Everytown For Gun Safety really this ignorant?

They don't even know how bullets work.

London Police Seize Antique “Arsenal” from Gang Hideout


The remarkable haul marks one of the biggest-ever firearm seizures in the force's history, and was taken in by Waltham Forest Gangs Task Force.A deadly arsenal of weapons described as one of Britain’s biggest ever gun hauls has been seized from a suspected gang hideout.

Assault rifles, sawn off shotguns, an Uzi and a Thompson machine gun were discovered on a raid by Scotland Yard’s anti-gang squad. Thirty firearms and ammunition were found this morning by the Waltham Forest Gangs Task Force in east London following in what cops describes as “an intelligence led operation”.

It emerged today that criminals are using a legal loophole to import guns into Britain for use in street shootings and robberies. A legal loophole allows some weapons to be considered as “antiques” under the law. All handguns were banned in the UK in 1996 after the Dunblane school massacre.

However, the anomaly revolves around section 58 of the 1968 Firearms Act, which gives an exemption to “antique” weapons if they are considered as “curiosities or ornaments.” Campaigners say the Act fails to define “antique” but leaves the matter to the police and courts to decide.

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Bear in mind that many of the weapons shown are air guns. The only firearms of note are a tommygun and an Uzi (the AR is missing a buffer tube) and I wouldn't be surprised if they were deactivated.

Hell, I have more firepower in just one of my gun safes...!

Inexpensive, available 9mm ammunition from WarTak

Inexpensive, available 9mm ammunition from WarTak


The ammo drought isn’t quite over and prices are falling, but it’s still hard to find quality 9mm. Oftentimes, people buy out the cheapest 9mm so quickly that shooters only have defensive rounds to choose from, which is too costly for most people to regularly practice with.

The price of ammo didn’t change how often I hit the range, but it did affect what I shot. My Tokarev TT-33 and my P-83 WANAD replaced my 1911 and Glock 17, not because these guns are any better or worse. Simply put, 9×18 and 7.62×25 were so cheap before the panic, I already had a decent stockpile. During this time I neglected practicing with my go-to competition pistol, the Glock 17, and it showed in 3-Gun performances.. This changed when I discovered WarTak, an inexpensive 9mm manufacturer relatively unheard of, and widely available.

Center Mass Firearms in Las Vegas imported a huge amount of WarTak 9mm from the Ukraine, hoping to restock their shooting range. The ammunition runs great, even in their short submachine guns. However, since no one has heard of it, nobody is buying it. When the owner of Center Mass asked me to check out the ammo to generate awareness, I was happy to help (and shoot free ammo).

The primary function of most cheap ammunition is plinking. To make sure the 9mm WarTak worked in several common guns I ran it through a Glock 17, Stingray-C (CZ-75 clone), Hi Point carbine and a SIG 239. I experienced no failures. The recoil was a little stout in the pistols, but not any more so than standard NATO spec 9mm ammo.

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The article is a month old, so I checked out Ammoseek.com:


and found out that Wartak 9mm is in fact the least expensive 9mm available right now for as little as $0.24 per round! Forget waiting for a shipment to show up your Local Gun Store, just order it on the internet!

Old enough for guns? Iowa family fumes over handgun law for youths under 14


Images of kindergartners firing handguns might startle some Iowans, but for Nathan Gibson, it's family tradition and a sport his daughters love. Gibson, an information security engineer from Johnston, has been taking his two daughters to shooting ranges since they were 5 and gradually teaching them how to tag along on hunting trips.

On weekends at the gun range, the girls put on their safety eyewear and electronic hearing protection ear muffs and take turns with a .22 pistol, as their dad stands behind them, focused on every movement, he told the Register. But this past Saturday, Gibson and his 8-year-old daughter, Natalie, were politely told to leave the Polk City shooting range because the girl isn't old enough to practice with the Walther P22 handgun she's been using all along.

The range's gunsmith told them a state law "no one knew about" has surfaced: Anyone 20 or younger must be under the direct supervision of a parent or instructor to practice with a pistol or revolver. Youths younger than 14 can't use a handgun at all, even with supervision, Iowa Code states. Gibson has contacted local and state officials about his belief that his daughters should be able to use handguns under his supervision. Natalie and her sister, Meredith, 10, have posted videos on YouTube advocating the same thing. Today, the Iowa Gun Owners organization plans to publicize the videos as part of its effort to build support for eliminating age restrictions altogether for youths using handguns under a parent's supervision.

The Iowa law barring any handgun use by youths under 14 gained attention earlier this year when a Democratic legislator tried to lower the legal age from 14 to 12. State law provides no minimum age for long guns. The rationale has been that long guns are used for hunting, and any child should be able to hunt with supervision from a parent.

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I was shooting my father's .22 revolver...while supervised...from age 7. What an idiotic law.

The best ways to invest $5,000


You've padded your emergency fund, paid off your debt and saved up a few thousand dollars -- $5,000 to be exact -- that you're ready to invest. But is it best to put it in a mutual fund, certificate of deposit, index fund or exchange-traded fund?

"If you're asking what's the best way to invest $5,000, it's kind of like asking what should I have for dinner tonight? Well, it depends," says Greg McBride, chief financial analyst of Bankrate. "What do you like? What don't you like? Do you have any allergies? What are you in the mood for? The same thing [applies] here."

Before you get to specifics, such as how much risk you can stomach or what to choose off the menu of investments, start with the basics. "The first question you need to ask yourself is, 'When do I need to spend that money?'" says Manisha Thakor, founder and CEO of MoneyZen Wealth Management. "My rule of thumb is investing is something you do for the long run, which I would define as a minimum of five years and ideally 10-plus years. Once you are sure it's long-term money, now you're ready to really get into the nuts and bolts."

To help you delve into those nuts and bolts, we asked financial experts for advice on the best way to invest your $5,000. They suggested options for both the short and long term, if you're hoping to grow that money for retirement decades down the road.

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SIG SAUER introduces Elite Performance Ammunition


EXETER, NH --(Ammoland.com)- SIG SAUER Inc., designer and manufacturer of the world’s most reliable firearms, introduces its Elite Performance Ammunition line – the company’s first-ever line of premium centerfire pistol ammunition.

Designed specifically for personal defense, SIG SAUER Elite Performance Ammunition features a proprietary stacked hollow point bullet – the SIG V-Crown Jacketed Hollow Point – for reliable expansion, round after round. The five introductory calibers and bullet weights are: 90gr .380Auto, 124gr 9mm Luger, 125gr .357SIG, 165gr .40S&W, and 200gr .45Auto.

“Every product SIG SAUER produces will have the same attributes for which our firearms are known around the world – reliability, accuracy, and unparalleled performance,” said Jeff Creamer, SIG SAUER director of product management.
“This new Elite Performance Ammunition consistently delivers controlled, uniform expansion and terminal performance, round after round. We are excited to enter the ammunition market and will be adding additional bullet weights for pistols as well as rifle ammunition in the months ahead.”

SIG SAUER Elite Performance Ammunition
The proprietary SIG V-Crown stacked hollow point bullet features an additional smaller hollow point cavity behind the main cavity. This design, along with the V-shaped jacket skives, guarantees controlled, uniform expansion at all effective distances and velocities.
Another distinct advantage of the SIG SAUER Elite Performance V-Crown design is a toothed cannelure located halfway up the shank of the bullet. Its location more effectively locks the jacket and the lead/alloy core, providing maximum structural integrity in a jacketed bullet.
This is key to achieving maximum weight retention and energy through impact by preventing fragmentation as the bullet mushrooms, ensuring optimal terminal performance.

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There's already a wealth of excellent self-defense ammo, but it never hurts to have more options!

Revolver or Semi-Auto: What’s Right For You?


I feel sorry for new shooters.

Back when I was a new shooter, movable type had just been invented and the Internet wasn’t even part of Nostradamus’ wildest dreams. Learning about guns and self-defense was hard, but easy. It was hard because I couldn’t sit at my computer and browse the opinions of thousands of self-proclaimed experts. It was easy because I had to get my information from face-to-face conversations, and it was clear when someone was full of baloney.

Now, with the advent of online advice, it’s up to the new shooter to filter out the good information from the chaff. Ask a simple question like “should I get a semi-automatic or a revolver” and you’ll get 4,357 opinions and a few offers for diet plans of the stars.

For this inaugural issue of NSSF’s First Shots News, I wanted to address one of the most persistent, and challenging, decisions for new shooters: revolver or semi-auto? Granted, to you, I’m also one of those 4,357 opinions on the Internet. But on the plus side, I do this for a living and I’m a student just like you. I’ve been shooting and studying shooting issues for decades, yet I still learn something new every day. I love that. More importantly, I love sharing what I learn. So what do you say let’s get started?

The first order of business is to resolve some of the perpetual myths that surround the revolver versus semi-automatic decision.

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