Know what to pack, how to pack and what to leave behind on the road and in the air
Jeff Johnston is intimately familiar with the potential pitfalls lying in wait when traveling with firearms. Here are a few of his tips before you hit the open road ...
The Road Safely Traveled
Planning on heading out this Memorial Day weekend? Here's what you need to know if you plan to bring a gun.
While on the road it’s your right to protect yourself and your family, but America’s patchwork of self-defense laws—and the road itself—isn’t often inviting. Here’s a primer on how you can travel as safely as possible.
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Hunting gear and accessories for Mom, Dad, and the little ones
Jeff Johnston covers you from head to toe in the perfect turkey hunting camo
Comfortable Turkey Camo for Your Whole Family
Unlike the regular fall hunting season, hunting turkeys in the spring calls for head-to-toe camouflage and clothing that allows the family to stay cool.
Spring turkey season is likely the best season of all to take the family hunting. Unlike deer hunting where you generally sit and freeze in a stand, a turkey hunt is an active hunt in delightful weather where the skills of woodsmanship, stealth, calling and maneuvering are utilized each time out. The downside? It’s tough to be successful if your youngster is fidgety, because wild turkeys have the keenest eyes in all of the woods. Anyone who’s hunted these birds knows they can see in color, and can spot the slightest movement from 100 yards away. Camouflage clothing is essential for concealing small movements. Additionally, springtime weather is generally cool in the early morning but warms up quickly. Therefore, lightweight, layered clothing is preferred. Here are some turkey-specific camouflaged clothing choices for the entire family so you can hunt comfortably now and eat wild turkey later.
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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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