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— AMMUNITION
Browning Ammunition introduces the BXR Rapid Expansion Matrix Tip line of ammunition. The BXR Rapid Expansion Matrix Tip is designed specifically for use on whitetail, blacktail, mule deer and antelope. | For More...

— COMPETITION
Not only will several different CTS Targets be featured at the 2016 Delta Shoot for shooters to practice on, but the CTS team will also be on the ground floor of the event to interact with their friends, fans, and followers. | For More...

— CONSERVATION
At the June 23 meeting near Apalachicola, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved measures to conserve bay scallops in the St. Joseph Bay area. | For More...

— CONTESTS
Fin-Finder has announced the winner of the 2016 Kiss Yer Fish Contest. Followers on Fin-Finder's Facebook and Instagram pages were invited to share photos of themselves kissing a fish and tagging them #KissYerFish16. | For More...

— ENFORCEMENT
Thursday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recognized Officer Jarrod Molnar as its 2016 Boating Officer of the Year during the Commission meeting in Eastpoint. | For More...

— EVENTS
One of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources' state fish hatcheries – Wolf Lake, at 34270 County Road 652 in Mattawan – is in the midst of its summer programming efforts, which means visiting families are in store for a variety of fun and educational opportunities. | For More...

Rick Springfield will perform live at the Calvert Marine Museum's PNC Waterside Pavilion on Saturday, July 30. Opening up for Springfield are two other iconic 80's bands, Night Ranger and The Romantics. | For More...

Grand Haven Pier and Lighthouse on the water. Families and friends of all ages are invited to join the Friends of Grand Haven State Park and the Tri-Cities Historical Museum for "Home Light: Exploring the Piers and Lighthouses of Grand Haven" Thursday, July 14, at the Grand Haven State Park pavilion. | For More...

Wingshooting USA TV's 5th annual "Cabela's Awesome Upland Road Trip … destination Kansas" kicks off Monday, June 27. In addition to a chance to win an array of prizes including Cabela's dog and upland hunting gear, this year's Road Trip Kansas destination is a chance for fans of the show to say thanks to active-duty and retired military. | For More...

— FISHING TOURNAMENTS
Bass could be in all stages of the spawn during the first Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open of the season, June 30-July 2 at Oneida Lake, offering professional anglers a variety of bass-catching options. | For More...

So far, the Michigan DNR has been surprised by just how popular bass tournaments are. Through early June, more than 1,850 events have been registered with the department by a little over 200 different groups.
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— HUNTING
If you'd like to hunt tundra swans in Utah this fall, you need to be aware of a major change: starting this year, applications will be accepted in July. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
NSSF Compliance and Security team members Bill Napier, John Clark and John Bocker will be the headlining speakers for the 2016 Firearms Retailer Security Conference, set for August 15-17 at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. | For More...

Newell Brands CEO, Mike Polk, has hailed Pure Fishing as one of the most promising sporting brands within the group. | For More...

Brad Hawkins of Mossy Oak Properties Dixie Land & Wildlife in Selmer, Tennessee received its "Agent of the Year" award, and Mossy Oak Properties Mozark Realty in Poplar Bluff, Missouri won the "Office of Year" award at the company's recent Land Summit, held June 8-9, 2016 in Starkville, Mississippi. | For More...

The Recreational Fishing Alliance adds Cobia Boats to a growing list of companies who have become corporate sponsors in recent months. | For More...

— MEDIA
This week on The Revolution with Jim and Trav they're celebrating and implementing exceptional stewardship practices that will largely benefit wildlife and the lands they inhabit for generations to come. | For More...

Kevin Michalowski, Executive Editor of Concealed Carry Magazine, revisits support hand shooting in this latest installment of the USCCA video series "Into the Fray." | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
Abu Garcia® designs and creates premium reels that push the limit of today's low profile reel market. Abu Garcia now offers the lightest Revo baitcasting reel ever produced with the new 4.5-ounce Revo® MGXtreme® being introduced in the 2016 ICAST show's New Product Showcase in July. | For More...

— NOTICES
In an effort to enhance customer service and to cut costs, the Arizona Game and Fish Department will no longer mail letters informing off-highway vehicle (OHV) owners their yearly OHV decal is expiring. | For More...

— OPTICS
Firefield proudly introduces the Prismatic 3x30 Combat Sight. This rugged, reliable sight gets you in the action fast. The Firefield Prismatic 3x30 Combat Sight is also available with a 1.5x extender to take your magnifying capability up to 4.5x. | For More...

— PRODUCT NEWS
Comp-Tac Victory Gear has once again expanded their holster fits to include holsters for a variety of revolver sizes. Comp-Tac's popular International Holster now has fits for the S&W K, L and N frame revolvers. | For More...

Daniel Defense has released a new .308 rifle designed specifically for North American hunters. The Daniel Defense Ambush .308 in Kryptek Highlander is an accurate, hard-hitting platform engineered from the ground up to take down any North American big-game animal. | For More...

Pulsar introduces the DN55 Forward Digital Night Vision Monocular and Riflescope Attachment. This digital forward attachment night vision optic pulls double duty as a 10x monocular and front riflescope attachment employing your own reticle and magnification via an adapter (sold separately). | For More...

Sightmark is proud to present its line of Wolfhound Prismatic Sights. Sightmark's Wolfhound line of prism sights are rugged and ready to handle extreme situations between -40° to 160° F. | For More...

— PUBLISHING
Several fishing stories and more are in the June 24 issue of Lone Star Outdoor News, available today at LSONews.com. | For More...

— RADIO
Join host Rob Keck this week on Bass Pro Shops Outdoor WorldRadio for an exclusive interview at the home of Bad Boy in Augusta, Georgia with Philip Jhant, Director of Channel Development at Textron Specialized Vehicles. | For More...

We're talking two big competitions in the word of amateur shooting sports with the USA Shooting Team, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports. | For More...

— REGULATION
Florida's Lake County Commission passed an ordinance that requires residents to remove food attractants such as unsecured garbage, and encourages the use of bear-resistant trash cans. | For More...

— SHOOTING GEAR
With the increase in gun ownership and participation in shooting activities, a more active way to enjoy target shooting – especially for those who are easily bored – is reactive targets. Steel targets have to be engaged from a safe distance but Reactive Target Systems by FAB Defense are made from a self-sealing polymer. This solves the distance problem and they are fun like steel. | For More...

Gun Boss Pro – Precision Cleaning Tools are packaged in a polycarbonate case with a kickstand feature, so all the tools and implements are displayed in front of you in a well-organized manner. The ergonomic handle and extension rods keep tools steady when working on intricate working parts that traditional kits can't reach. | For More...

— SPONSORSHIPS
Crosman Corporation is excited to announce extensions of its endorsement agreements with the powerhouse team of Jim Shockey and Eva Shockey. The duo have been instrumental in delivering the message of airguns as tools for shooter education and the effectiveness, and fun, of airguns for serious hunting adventures. | For More...

— STATES
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission reminds anglers and would-be anglers of all ages that July 4 is "free fishing day" in North Carolina. | For More...

Yesterday, the seven-member Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted to postpone bear hunting in the state for 2016. | For More...

— TELEVISION
A one-hour special broadcast of the Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) championship bass fishing tournamentwill air on NBC Sports Network this Sunday, June 26 from 9 – 10 a.m. EST. | For More...

R. Lee Ermey – a.k.a. The Gunny – is leading the charge in the second season of GunnyTime with R. Lee Ermey on Outdoor Channel. The show will make its return to the network on Wednesday, June 29. | For More...

With original premieres and new episodes from returning series across all three Outdoor Sportsman Group networks, viewers also can expect the most original outdoor programming focused on their passions beginning on Monday, June 27. | For More...

This week on MojoTV, it's off to one of Terry's favorite places to hunt, The Brite Ranch where he guides Annette as she tries to fill her Mule Deer tag. | For More...

The series premiere of GunVenture, a new television show from Gun Talk Media, airs on Monday, June 27th, on Sportsman Channel. On this week's episode, host Tom Gresham flies to Arizona to visit RECOIL Magazine's Iain Harrison. They'll test products at the range (including a flame thrower!); tour some of Iain's favorites spots (Robar Guns, McMillan Stocks, and POF); and even work in some bull-riding. | For More...

Guns & Gear is back again for season 8, premiering on Monday, June 27th, on Sportsman Channel. The Guns & Gear crew checks out Sig Sauer air guns, the newest XD Mod.2 from Springfield Armory, upgrades for the Smith & Wesson M&P Sport rifle, the Ruger 5.56 Takedown, and more. | For More...

Catch USA Shooting Team members providing practical, every day shooting tips for Gallery of Guns Television, which begins its seventh season Monday, June 27 on The Sportsman Channel. The unique opportunity came about with Davidsons and GalleryofGuns.com show of support to USA Shooting with Rio in Sight. | For More...

Davidson's GalleryofGuns.com starts its seventh season of Gallery of Guns Television with an all new format. The first of the 13 episodes will air June 27 on The Sportsman Channel. | For More...

— WASHINGTON
The National Wild Turkey Federation's Chief Conservation Officer Becky Humphries testified yesterday at the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on the discussion draft titled Wildfire Budgeting, Operations and Forest Management Act of 2016. | For More...

— WILDLIFE
The Indiana DNR is asking volunteers to use a web-based survey to record wild turkey sightings during July and August to help provide information about annual turkey reproduction. | For More...

— WORKSHOPS
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering two free fishing workshops and two free Cub Scout fishing adventures in July at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, in Fayetteville. | For More...

FEATURE
"Why Do You Need an AR15?"
Editor's Note: Today's feature first appeared in our companion service, The Shooting Wire (www.shootingwire.com).


I hope this doesn't require a "trigger alert," but it's a Smith & Wesson M&P15. It's not a weapon of war, just a sample for an article. Parts, including magazines, are common for the ca-50 year old design making it a sensible firearm for defense and use around the farm -- and hunting too.
The refrain being heard in response to the outrage in Orlando is "why do you need 'assault weapons?'" Our response is too quickly a technical one. Part of that is due to the fact that there are around 100 million gun owners in the United States according to Big Media – no friends to the Bill of Rights – and a good many of us expect people know the deal.

There was push-back early in the "Gun Salesman of the Decade's" regime renaming the piece as a "modern sporting rifle." While more accurate that the silly term coined by "Violence Policy Center's" gun prohibitionist Josh Sugarmann, some in the community felt it was as much marketing by our side as theirs.

According to NSSF, the VPC considers the "assault weapon" term to be more than ambiguous. I just figured it was a way to continue widening the gun ban tent by making any gun they considered "dangerous" illegal. Sugarmann's own statement tells the tale – "The public's confusion over fully-automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons -- anything that looks like a machine gun is presumed to be a machine gun -- can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons."

Nope, still not a "weapon of war." The short, duty style "M4-gery" is shown here on a varmint hunt for prairie rats.
Like ATF's Fast & Furious, it's an attempt to change public opinion by use of propaganda, something used with chilling effectiveness in early-mid 20th Century Europe. Now they've specifically targeted the generic AR15.

There are people who only know what they know from entertainment – TV and movie dramas or the political speech that is clearly more for entertainment than serious public policy. When the presumptive Democrat nominee refers to firearms owned by literally millions of US citizens as "weapons of war" that "have no business on our streets" – raising the issue of the police patrol rifle or US Secret Service firearms that have protected her and her family for decades – that's not a public policy pronouncement. That's propaganda.

NRA News released a video of Dom Raso, a former U.S. Navy Seal, entitled "The AR-15: Americans' Best Defense Against Terror and Crime." In it, he explains why he thinks that the gun control crowd is all wet – and it's an effective use of video.

Meanwhile, I saw a snippet of video from the Senate Theater from Monday evening. I don't know who the Senator was, but he was pontificating with the language of a "seminar caller."

If you've listened to any talk radio, you know the "seminar caller." This worthy, likely paid less than the Seattle minimum wage, calls radio shows and starts off with "I agree with you almost always until . . ." The rest is canned, right off a script.

Not all "weapons of war" are created equal. This is the Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P15, a tight shooting hunter's gun.
The Senator in question started out with the standard line – and this is paraphrased simply because I won't watch it again to transcribe it: "I grew up with guns, around guns all my life. I hunted with guns, I have a number of guns."

He points to a display of the SIG MCX and an AR-15, "But they're not like these. These are for killing," he says ominously.

Uh, what? You're a hunter and your guns . . . don't kill? What, did you get a "catch and release" deer tag from DNR?

That's how stupid it's gotten. So, when a more-or-less innocent bystander asks why you "need an AR15," your response, already formed by the insanity of politicians out for an election win and Big Media that's dying on the vine from the loss of influence they've had up until the age of social media, is a sharp one. And that's not helpful.

First, you're not going to change anyone's mind. They know the subliminal messages they saw on movies like the "Lethal Weapon" series. They get the prohibitionist message from TV dramas like "Law and Order." They only know what they know – and they don't know what they don't.

Next, the AR-15, in one form or another, has been on public sale since the late 1950s/early 1960s. A Colt "Sporter" ad from the mid-1960s, one I saw for real in a gun magazine when I was in junior high school, recently resurfaced on the internet. Call it fifty years – and now it's a problem? What's changed?

The rise of "weaponized" extremists perhaps? The death of custodial mental health care – that began in around 1979? The sad fact that when they could target our military on their home grounds, they didn't bother us here? It's certainly not the rifle. Aside from cosmetics, modularity and rifling rate of twist, nothing's changed.

As a practical matter, AR15s are used for hunting, but that's not the point. I went on a number of enjoyable varmint hunts using that very class of firearm. They are also good defensive tools. Unlike the shotgun, nearly anyone at home can use them effectively for defense.

That's due to the relative lack of recoil and stocks that can quickly and easily be adjusted for length of pull to fit everyone from Uncle Joe to Cousin Tammy. We currently have more people in the society who've used the "machine gun" version in military service than we ever had before – thanks to tensions in SW Asia.

Me? I like lever action revolver-caliber carbines – but I've used the AR-15 quite a bit. I know a gent who bought a Colt Sporter AR15 in 1970 – they've been around that long.

The AR-15 type rifle is America's Rifle. It's been in service in one or another form longer than any other military rifle – like the 1873 Springfield 45-70, the M1903/03A3, 1917 Enfield, the M1 Rifle, M1 Carbine – or the M14, still made as the M1A. It's no more – or less – a weapon of war than the Brown Bess.

There's your answer.

-- Rich Grassi
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