How one writer created a blaster that would pass the muster at Tatooine's Mos Eisley Cantina
Bob Boyd built what every eight-year-old boy wanted back in 1977 — Han Solo's blaster
Building a Live-Ammo-Firing Han Solo Blaster
Harrison Ford carried a paperweight in the Star Wars films. Here's how a sci-fi fan created a working blaster if his own.
The 2013 holiday season was quite joyous for sci-fi film fans when one of the most-iconic prop guns—the blaster Harrison Ford wielded as the galactic smuggler turned hero, Han Solo, in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”—went to auction a mere four days before Christmas. Fetching $200,000, the nonfiring replica undoubtedly made a heck of a stocking stuffer for one lucky earthling, who wished to remain anonymous. While I can understand wanting to own something used by a particular movie star or in a particular film, I have a hard time wrapping my brain around paying six-figures for a paperweight, particularly when it doesn’t even emit colorful bolts of matter-disintegrating light—or have the ability to fire live ammunition, like the one I built for a fraction of the price.
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Aftermarket accessories create a lightweight, straight-shooting AR for Yankee Hill
In his latest piece for American Rifleman, Dave Campbell goes over the 120 year history of the Winchester 1894
A Look Back at the Winchester 1894
With more than 7 million produced, the Winchester ’94 is the most popular sporting rifle ever made.
Let’s go back 120 years to 1894, when John Moses Browning was at the pinnacle of his fertile developmental mind. He had improved the lever-action rifle to be easier to manufacture, while at the same time capable of handling some of the most powerful cartridges of the time with the Model 1886. Then he turned around and scaled the rifle down in 1892 to handle popular pistol cartridges. A year later he introduced a pump-action shotgun. Winchester recognized that if Browning invented a firearm it would sell—and sell well.
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Kentucky senior opens her range bag for Shooting Sports USA before NCAA Championships
Fairfax, Virginia - Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sat down with Kentucky Wildcat Emily Holsopple, one of two seniors on the University of Kentucky rifle team (the other being her brother), to ask the same question she asks every accomplished shooter: What's in your range bag? Watch Emily and the rest of the Wildcats shoot for Kentucky's second national championship in NCAA Rifle next month at the National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Rifle Championships on the Murray State University campus.
She’s a “wildcat,” this college co-ed named
Emily Holsopple, and she’s poised to help
bring her shooting team, aka the Kentucky
Wildcats, to an NCAA Championship in
March when she competes in 50m, 3-Position
Shooting since the she was 11, this quick
study won the Women’s 50m Rifle 3-Position
Junior Olympic National Championship at the
age of 14 and never looked back. Recruited by
the University of Kentucky for its prestigious
college shooting team, she also has earned
All-SEC Academic Honors. Last year, she
won the silver medal in 3-Position at the
2013 National Championships.
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NRA's premier hunting magazine highlights the latest in gear and goodies for 2014
Las Vegas, Nevada - SHOT Show, the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting accessories industry, wrapped up last week in Vegas. If you were there then you had the opportunity to walk through almost eleven football fields worth of guns, gear and accessories. If you weren't, then you've been relying on NRAblog and other websites to see what's hitting the market for 2014.
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Find out what one of the shooting world's best brings to matches
The December issue of Shooting Sports USA sees Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sit down with Nancy Tompkins, one of the most accomplished shooters out there. As always, Barb only had one question: What's in your range bag?
World and National Champion Nancy Tompkins likes to reach out and touch targets at 1,000 yards with an iron-sighted rifle. She’s been competing in Palma (.308 caliber at 800 yards, 900 yards and 1000 yards), Long Range (1000 yards) and Smallbore prone for 41 years. Thanks to her father, she began competing in the 7th grade and now shares the love of shoot- ing with her daughters Michelle and Sherri Gallagher; husband, “Mid;” and her goddaughter, Danielle Makucevich. She has competed on numerous international Palma teams, traveling from her home base in Prescott, AZ.
“There is nothing better than traveling, making new friends and competing with the best shooters in the world,” said Nancy. And she only shoots with the best equipment. Her Palma rifle is built on a McGee stock, Stolle Panda action, Krieger barrel, Anschütz trigger, Warner rear sight and a Right Sight (front sight). Her .22 Smallbore rifle is an Anschütz action and trigger with a Hart barrel, McGee stock, Right Sight (front sight) and Warner rear sight.
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NRA's hunting magazine highlights twelve gifts for the outdoor and hunting enthusiast
Fairfax, Virginia - The staff over at NRA's American Hunter Magazine put their heads together for an annual Christmas special — the 2013 gift list for hunters. Here's more from American Hunter ...
The holiday shopping season has once again arrived, and there's no shortage of gifts out there for a hunter or huntress. That said, finding the right one amidst a flooded marketplace—particularly on short notice—can be a challenge. Fortunately for you, the hardworking elves we have here at AmericanHunter.org have put together this handy 2013 Holiday Gift Guide.
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Plus the definitive list of this year's best outdoors gift ideas for the holidays season
Fairfax, Virginia - We here at NRAblog hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and spent time with the people they care about most. Now that Thanksgiving has passed, attentions are turned towards the holiday season and the accompanying sales on everything with a price tag.
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Shooting Sports USA speaks with 3-Gun champion from Team Benelli in this month's issue
In the November issue of Shooting Sports USA, Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sits down with Taran Butler, a top 3-Gun shooter, instructor for Hollywood actors, and member of Team Benelli. As always, Barb only had one question for Taran: What's in your range bag?
Trainer of the stars and
dubbed one of the most
versatile competitive shooters
in the world, Hollywood’s
Taran Butler is a no-nonsense,
get-it-done-now guy. You
might know him as one of
Benelli’s 3-Gun pros, and he
has collected multiple championships,
including the Rocky
Mountain World 3-Gun tactical
champion (three times) and
SMM 3-Gun Tactical Champion,
11 times consecutively.
During the height of his current
competitive season, Butler
took time to reveal what he
carries in his trusty range bag,
made by Green Mountain.
“I have been using the Green
Mountain bag since 1996, and
it’s awesome—not overly big
or too small, and it can handle
brutal baggage handlers. It’s
by far the ultimate bag,” said
Butler. For 3-Gun matches,
Butler shoots a custom TR-1
ULTIMATE AR-15, TTI Glock 34,
TTI ulti-mate Benelli M2 and a
custom Infinity 1911.
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Aftermarket accessories create a lightweight, straight-shooting AR for Yankee Hill
In his latest article for American Rifleman, Jorge Amselle explains why Yankee Hill's latest rifle is one for your collection
Yankee Hill Machine Desert Enforcer
Yankee Hill's latest rifle makes use of some of the best aftermarket accessories from YHM and Magpul, combined with solid, well engineered upper and lower receivers to create a lightweight, straight-shooting AR.
My wife asks me “why do you need more than one AR?” and I ask her why she needs more than one pair of shoes. An AR is an AR is an AR may be true in the military, but it is certainly not the case in the consumer market where we have choices—lots of choices. When it comes to offering interesting AR choices and accessories, there are few manufacturers better suited or more creative than Yankee Hill Machine (YHM).
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