The pistol and the people that put World War I in motion
Firearm historian Anthony Vanderlinden recounts the tale of Mlada Bosna and Archduke Ferdinand ...
The FN Browning 1910 Pistol and the Great War
On June 28, 1914, seven students in Sarajevo set out to assassinate Austria’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Armed with bombs and four FN Model 1910 pistols, they set in motion one of the world’s greatest conflicts.
Since the publication of the book The Guns of August more than 50 years ago, the beginning of the “Great War” is often associated with August 1914. The real date that propelled the world conflict is actually June 28, 1914, a date that has mostly faded from memory.
On that day, seven students, part of a political group called Mlada Bosna (Young Bosnia), put their plan in motion to assassinate the heir to the Austrian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The plot was formed months earlier after the announcement of the Archduke’s visit to Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital.
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Open up professional shooter Matt Emmons' range bag and see what's helped him reach three Olympic Games
Fairfax, Virginia - In this month's Shooting Sports USA, Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sits down with famed shooter Matt Emmons to find out what the professional rifle shooter, and Olympian, carries around with him to the range.
Emmons has competed on the U.S. National
Team since 1997, medaling in three Olympic
games: Gold in 2004 in Men’s 50m Rie Prone
(center); Silver in 2008 in Men’s 50m Rie Prone;
and Bronze in 2012 in Men’s 50m 3X40.
Although born and raised in New Jersey, he traveled west for a bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and an MBA from the University of Colorado. He now lives with his wife, Katy, and two children in in Plzen,
Czech Republic. Katy is a three-time Olympian rifle shooter from the Czech Republic.
Although his specialty
is Men’s 3-Position rifle,
Emmons’ World Championship
and Olympic Gold are in Men’s
50m Prone. He shoots a Bleiker
Challenger .22 rifle, with Eley
What's inside Matt Emmon's range bag ...
Why this rifle is still one of the most high prized American military rifles
Gun writer and historian Bruce Canfield delves into the World War II's prized M1C Garand Sniper Rifle ...
The M1C Garand Sniper Rifle
When the U.S. Army sought a sniping rifle based on the M1 Garand at the end of World War II, the M1C, with its offset scope, was delivered in small numbers. Never the best solution, the M1C performed adequately in post-war service and remains one of the most highly prized American military rifles.
At the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, the U.S. Army did not have a standardized sniper rifle. Early in the war, the Army Ground Forces requested that a sniper version of the M1 Garand rifle equipped with a telescopic sight be developed. However, it was immediately apparent that the M1 rifle’s action would require an entirely different approach than most bolt-action sniper rifles—which mounted a telescope directly over the receiver. Since the M1 had to be loaded from the top, a telescope mounted in such a location would not be feasible. The U.S. Army Ordnance Dept. tested several possible solutions—including a prismatic telescope with the eyepiece centered over the M1’s rear sight but with the body of the scope offset to provide the necessary clearance for the action. While it and other M1 rifle-based sniper designs were evaluated, a slightly modified Remington Model 1903A3 bolt-action rifle was adopted in early 1943 as the “U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1903A4, Snipers” as more or less an interim measure. Sizeable numbers of ’03A4 sniper rifles were produced and widely issued during the war until a satisfactory Garand sniper rifle could be developed.
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How far away you can score a hit with a defensive handgun shot?
Gun writer Richard Mann takes you through the steps of long range pistol shooting ...
Handguns at Rifle Distances
With a bit of technique and lots of practice, you can use your pistol to get hits out to 300 yards and beyond.
There’s a difference between trick shooting and long-range shooting. There’s also a difference between hitting something and hitting it hard enough to matter. Handguns are generally considered short-range firearms, because it’s difficult to achieve hits with them at extended distances. In addition, they don’t hit very hard at long range. So, at what range is the divide between trick shooting and serious shooting with a handgun?
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Tips on the who and what to listen to when it comes to defensive shooting
B. Gil Horman has a few thoughts with it comes to listening to thoughts out there on the range ...
5 Defensive Shooting Tips to Avoid
Lifelong gun owners are usually well-meaning, but often they dole out some “sage” defensive shooting advice that is in desperate need of salt.
It was way, way back in the pre-Internet dark ages when I decided to start learning about defensive shooting. At the time, I really didn't have anyone to turn to for advice beyond the guys at the gun shop and the gun writers. Today, those who are investigating firearms for personal protection have a veritable ocean of information to dive into. Websites, books, videos, periodicals and online forums abound.
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Peek inside the range bag of the most accomplished female shooter in Olympic history
Fairfax, Virginia - This month's issue of Shooting Sports USA sees Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sit down with famed shooter Kim Rhode. The five-time Olympic medalist is the most accomplished woman shooter on the world stage and one of the best shotgun shooters out there. As always, Barb only had one question: What's in your range bag?
Get a look inside Kim Rhode's range bag ...
NRA Magazine provides shooting news, expert forums, product reviews, and an annual calendar of 15,000 matches
American Rifleman, American Hunter, and America's 1st Freedom are the magazines most NRA members are familiar with. But for the competitive shooters out there, there's no better resource than Shooting Sports USA - now in it's 100th year of publication ...
Fairfax, Virginia – Shooting Sports USA, the National Rifle Association’s monthly journal for target shooting enthusiasts, is celebrating more than 100 years of reporting on competition shooting. The number one resource for target shooters, the magazine features shooting news, expert forums, product reviews, and an annual calendar of 15,000 matches.
Sign up for a free subscription and begin receiving a digital copy each month at www.shootingsportsusa.com.
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Latest steps by HSUS to ban hunting goes through the Department of the Interior
Outdoor writer Adam Heggenstaller digs deep into what the Humane Society is trying to do to public lands ...
HSUS Attempts to Drive Hunters, Shooters from Public Lands
NRA and other conservation organizations call for Interior Department to reject lead-ammo ban petition; Hornady urges hunters and shooters to take action.
In a July 23 letter submitted to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, NRA and 32 other conservation organizations call the recent lead-ammo ban petition filed with the Department of the Interior (DOI) by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other anti-hunting groups “quite simply an attempt to drive hunters, and subsequently recreational target shooters, off of Federal public lands. It is unnecessary, has no basis in sound science and should be rejected by the Department.”
The HSUS petition, filed in early June, demands DOI implement rules that ban hunting ... more on the Humane Society's attempt to shut down public lands ...
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