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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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With restrictions relaxed, thousands apply to carry concealed firearms in Orange County (CA)


Thousands of people in Orange County have applied for concealed weapon permits following a federal court decision in February. The ruling struck down California's "good cause" standard for issuing concealed carry permits. The February 2014 court ruling by three U.S. Ninth Circuit Court judges means people who want the permits don't have to state a 'good cause' to get one. Those "causes" have included people carrying large sums of money or private investigators.

In California, county sheriff's and police chiefs issue the permits — called CCWs — after an interview, a background check and proof of firearms training -- including safety, proficiency and liability. The "good cause" was part of the screening process. California Attorney General Kamala Harris has appealed the decision. “Local law enforcement must be able to use their discretion to determine who can carry a concealed weapon," Harris said in a news release February 27. "I will do everything possible to restore law enforcement's authority to protect public safety, and so today am calling on the court to review and reverse its decision."

The ruling in the San Diego (Peruta v. San Diego) case has many county sheriff's departments, including Los Angeles and San Diego, awaiting an appeal or final instructions before issuing new permits. On its website, the L.A. Sheriff's Department said it would "not make any final decisions with regard to good cause until either: (1) the Peruta decision is withdrawn by a decision to rehear the case in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; (2) a stay is issued by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals or the United States Supreme Court; or (3) the decision becomes final."

But Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens isn't waiting. She's dropped the "good cause" standard for CCW's after the court tossed it out. And people are applying — a lot of people. "About 3,500 have applied," said Hutchens. "We typically get about 500 applications a year. We average, at any given time, about 940 CCW holders in Orange County."

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Battle of the mag-fed shotguns: Vepr vs Catamount Fury II


Anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock in the last 15 years has heard of the Saiga 12 magazine-fed shotgun. Based on the AKM rifles design, the Saiga 12 is basically a scaled-up 12-gauge AK, which is just as awesome as it sounds. Some Saiga shotguns can be picky with ammunition when first purchased, but this was acceptable given their low price. Now that their retail price has more than doubled, more and more competitors have joined the fray. Two up and coming stars are the Vepr 12 and the Catamount Fury. For the sake of fairness, I’ll be comparing the Vepr to the Catamount Fury II, the higher end Fury that includes a magazine well and has a similar MSRP to the Vepr.

Both the Fury and the Vepr utilize the same method of operation as the Saiga 12, but differ in additional features and the ease of modification. Taking all these elements into consideration, Guns.com will reignite the tensions of the Sino-Soviet split, pitting Russia against China in a battle for the best Saiga 12 alternative.

Ergonomics – Advantage: Vepr 12

Both the Fury II and the Vepr 12 feature the distinctly oversized safety lever, betraying their AK lineage, but they differ in how the lever is manipulated. The Vepr’s safety has an extended trigger finger accessible lever and an ambidextrous safety on the left side of the rifle. The Fury II ships with a Dragunov style stock that looks cool, but impedes the shooter’s ability to comfortably reach the trigger.

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I've already gone with the Vepr, myself. Either one would make an excellent home defense weapon.

Brewer signs 1 of 4 pro-gun bills passed Wednesday (AZ)


PHOENIX - Republican Gov. Jan Brewer wasted no time signing into law one of a series of gun bills approved by the Arizona Senate on Wednesday, one that bars local government agencies from restricting shooting on private property. Brewer signed House Bill 2483 Wednesday evening, shortly after it was transmitted to her office. Two other bills remain unsigned and a third has not yet reached her desk.

HB 2483 bans cities, counties and towns from restricting the shooting of guns on private property as long as the nearest occupied structure is more than a quarter-mile away. The bill by Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, passed the Senate on a 16-13 vote Wednesday and had earlier passed the House. Kavanagh says the bill was prompted by Yavapai County's effort to restrict shooting on a property owned by a rural Prescott man. It was opposed by Rep. Karen Fann, R-Prescott, who says the state should not be stepping in to a local zoning issue.

The Republican-controlled Senate also approved House bills 2338, 2339 and 2517 on Wednesday, part of a continuing effort to relax gun law by GOP lawmakers who say their Second Amendment rights are under attack. Two of the other bills allow concealed carry permit holders to take guns into government buildings that don't have strict security measures and punish cities and towns that enact gun ordinances stricter than the state's own laws. The fourth allows law enforcement to charge someone who wrests a gun from another person's hands with aggravated assault, even though it is already a felony offense to take someone's gun.

Most of the bills have had general Republican support but Democratic opposition as they made their way through both chambers. However, one Democrat voted in favor of one of the gun bills. Sen. Barbara McGuire, D-Kearney, voted for House Bill 2339, which would allow guns in government buildings. Her vote was crucial as two Republicans voted against the bill. Senators John McComish, R-Phoenix, and Steve Pierce, R-Prescott, voted against the bill.

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For those in favor of conscription for US citizens:

I presume that you are pro-choice, as am I. After all, you shouldn't be able to tell a woman to what to do with her body.

That being the case, why do you want to tell the same woman what to do with her body by putting it in harm's way when we're at war?

Buffalo gun owners protest NY SAFE Act deadline, shred registration forms


Gun owners gathered in downtown Buffalo on Tuesday to protest the ‘assault weapon’ register deadline of the New York SAFE Act, local media reported. To be in accordance with the sweeping gun-control law, all of those citizens in possession of a so-called ‘assault weapon’ were to have it registered with the state by April 15 — this past Tuesday.

Yet, in an act of civil disobedience, a group of gun owners opted to take a stand against the mandate by shredding the requisite forms and paperwork in front of the Walter J. Mahoney State Office Building. “We will not register our firearms, any firearms whatsoever,” one protestor told WIVB-TV. “It’s been done before, historically. And historically, registration has always led to confiscation.”

According to another protester, the shredding of the documents was symbolic of the figurative shredding of the Constitution state lawmakers participated in when the voted in favor the SAFE Act following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. BUnder the SAFE Act, the definition of ‘assault weapon’ was expanded to include any semi-automatic rifle with a detachable magazine that has one or more of 10 cosmetic traits, including a pistol grip, folding stock, threaded barrel or bayonet mount, among others.

Failure to register an ‘assault weapon’ by the deadline is punishable as a misdemeanor “and forfeiture of the weapon,” according to state police. If it is “deemed to be unintentional,” a 30-day amnesty period will be extended so that the gun owner has an opportunity to register it, render it permanently inoperable, turn it over to police or sell it out of state.

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Pro-Gun Group Reserves Bloomberg’s Gun Safety Group’s Name On Facebook


Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on Tuesday the creation of Everytown for Gun Safety, a major gun-control campaign that will combine some of his previous efforts.

But a pro-gun group has already reserved that page on Facebook. The first post the group made proudly stated that it stole the name of Bloomberg’s group.

The administrator of the Facebook page, who refused to give their name, provided BuzzFeed with the following statement about the motivation behind the page: "I took the Bloomberg name because I wanted this page to remain open to debate, unlike his group at Moms Demand Action that block anyone with alternative views. Gun owners are getting a bad rep nation wide from their anti gun propaganda. As to who I am, I am your average citizen that believes the second amendment 'shall not be infringed.'"

When alerted to the presence of the page, a representative at Everytown for Gun Safety said that it wouldn't be long before it disappeared from Facebook.

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Field & Stream features woman on cover for first time in 30 years


I'm confused. I don't know if it is clever marketing or if it is a true reflection of what's happening in the outdoors marketplace, but everywhere you turn outdoors these days, you find women. No, I'm not talking about the scantily clad women we've always seen selling beer or boats. I'm talking about camouflage-wearing, gun-toting, fishing rod-flinging women seriously partaking in consumptive outdoor pursuits.

In the past two days, the news making the rounds includes Miss Kansas Theresa Vail hosting her own hunting show. And for only the second time in history, Field & Stream is featuring a woman solo on its cover. Before Eva Shockey's May appearance, the only other woman to ever appear on the Field & Stream cover solo was in January 1976—when Queen Elizabeth was featured with her hunting dogs. If you're wondering, Field & Stream has been around 119 years. That equals about 1,428 covers ... and all but two of them have been monopolized by men.

In the May issue, Shockey, co-star of "Jim Shockey's Hunting Adventures" on Outdoor Channel, offers her predictions on what the future holds for hunting and for women. Shockey, who was recently in Chattanooga at the annual Safari Club fundraiser, predicts the numbers of women outdoors will continue to rise. She cites growth in sales to women at major retailers and the number of media outlets highlighting women in the outdoors as positive indicators. Shockey thinks the increase will lead to another first in the near future: the first-ever hunting show hosted exclusively by a woman. I have a feeling that is a hint, by the way.

"The steady and growing number of women who are becoming hunters is really transformative for the outdoor sports," said Anthony Licata, editorial director of Field & Stream. "As a spokeswoman for that change, Eva was a clear choice for the cover of our 'What's Next' issue." Statistics vary somewhat based on source, but according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the total number of women hunters surged by 25 percent between 2006 and 2011. At last count, 11 percent of all U.S. hunters, about 1.5 million, were women. The number of fisherwomen is significantly larger. At least 8.9 million women went fishing in 2011, or 27 percent of all anglers.

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About time...!

CT man arrested for unregistered AR, hi-cap magazines


MILFORD >> A 65-year-old man faces an array of charges after shooting a squirrel in his yard Monday morning, police said in a press release. James Toigo, 258 Housatonic Dr., was charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, cruelty to an animal, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree breach of peace, failure to register an assault rifle and three counts of possessing large-capacity magazines, according to a police press release from Officer Jeffrey Nielsen.

Police officers were directing traffic in the area of Housatonic Drive when they heard a gunshot nearby, according to the release. Upon investigation, Toigo was taken into custody after police said he shot the squirrel. Police said they also found an unregistered assault rifle, as well as three large-capacity magazines, in Toigo’s home. Both the firearms and the magazines were taken, the release said.

Nielsen said the assault riffle was not the gun Toigo shot the squirrel with. “As the investigation progressed the officers seized several firearms from the home for safe keeping,” Nielsen said. “That included the assault riffle and the three high capacity magazine he did not have registered.”

Nielson said he believes the majority of the seized firearms were registered. Those weapons will remain in police custody until Toigo’s case is heard, Nielson said. Depending on the outcome, Toigo will need to petition the police department to have his guns returned.

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This may be the first instance of an arrest in Connecticut for failure to comply with the state’s new registration law, so I would expect the state to throw the book at him. As for the tens of thousands of CT residents who are now newly-minted felons due to this law, they haven't made themselves quite so...obvious, due to their lack of conspicuous antipathy towards small furry creatures. Their fate remains to be determined.

5 worst home defense shotshells


So you’ve decided to use a shotgun for home defense, but you’re unsure what load to use in your scattergun. Double ought buck, one ounce slug, 2 ¾ inch or 3 inch, there are so many options. While this article won’t tell you which ones to use, it will show you the ones you should avoid. Here are the top 5 worst shotgun shells for home defense.

Dragons Breath: Dragon’s Breath shotgun shells are filled with Zirconium alloy powder pressed into pellets or flakes. When the primer is struck, the Zirconium ignites and is propelled from of the barrel, turning your shotgun into a short range flamethrower. Which is awesome, if you live in a concrete bunker. For inhabitants in more flammable domiciles, Dragon’s Breath is a liability nightmare. Plus, can you imagine trying to explain to a jury that you had no option but to light your attacker on fire?

Dog Poppers: Dog Poppers are blank 12 gauge rounds used to acclimate hunting animals to the loud noise of a shotgun blast, without endangering anyone. Using one of these in your home may work if your goal is to scare an intruder. You might be able to call their bluff, but that’s an awfully big gamble. Especially if the attacker is armed; he may reply to your loud bang with a few of his own. Odds are, his aren’t blanks. If you’re going to own a gun for self defense, my advice is to load it with bullets, not noisemakers.

Rubber Buckshot: The legal justification for use of deadly force is that the victim felt their life was in such great danger that it was a matter of life and death between the victim and the attacker. If a non-lethal round is used in self defense, the prosecutor may argue that the victim shot the suspect, because they wanted revenge. Additionally, people utilizing this ammo and believing it is non-lethal, might want to ditch the shotgun; even rubber projectiles can kill at short range.

Flechette Rounds: Flechette ammo is a group of tiny steel darts, backed by a wad and encased in the hull of the shotgun shell. These were originally designed to penetrate jungle foliage and negate light cover that enemies may be hiding behind. In other words, the ammo is effective at penetrating intruders and any perceived cover. Making your shotgun equally as dangerous as firing a volley of .308 at the attacker. While certainly effective at stopping the intended target, you might want to consider your proximity to neighbors and how much you are willing to spend on house repairs.

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#5 is confetti rounds, which I didn't even know were a thing...!
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