Note to Bear Hunters and Campers: This Cooler is the Coolest

We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to shoot a big one. Uh-oh! Trail time! We can’t hump our cooler back to the truck. We can’t leave it at camp. Not to coin a phrase, yes we can! Buy a Coleman Esky Series Cooler and you’ve got yourself a bear-proof cooler. “Packed with a tantalizing mix of fish, honey and other bear attractants, the Esky 55 quart and 85 quart coolers proved to be an unbeatable match against the live grizzly bears at the IGBC Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Montana. By withstanding a minimum of 60 minutes of tearing, biting, bending, pulling and clawing, the coolers passed the test.  The lid did not open more than ¼ an inch, leaving the Grizzly’s taunted.” I know it’s not strictly gun but how cool is that? Press release after the jump . . .

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Court Awards $5.5m to Seattle Man Shot By Cops 16 Times; Officers Not Charged

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Dustin Theoharis was napping at an apartment he was renting in his friend Cole Harrison’s home in Washington,” blacklistednews.com reports. “Police weren’t looking for Theoharis or even his friend Harrison, but instead for Harrison’s son. Harrison’s son hadn’t done anything particularly catastrophic. Instead, he had failed to check in with his state Department of Corrections probation officer.They didn’t find Harrison or his son. The King County sheriff’s deputy Aaron Thompson and corrections officer Kristopher Rongen found Theoharis sleeping. They woke him up and asked him for ID. When he reached for it . . .

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Approves Rhino Hunting Permit

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Dallas, TX -(Ammoland.com)- A Texas hunter has received from the U.S. government a permit to bring home the taxidermy from a planned hunt for a black rhino in Namibia.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – which administers the Endangered Species Act and regulates Americans’ associated activities – approved the import permit based on the scientific and financial validity of the rhino hunt. Read the agency’s announcementDallas Safari Club, the conservation organization that auctioned the hunt in early 2014, says . . .

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On Flinging Poo and the Right to Self-Defense

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Reader Arthur Milton writes:

This was originally intended as a response to Bruce Krafft’s ‘Schooling a Young Scholar‘ posted last week, but then realized I had quite a bit more to say. I once read a bumper sticker that said, “Our political discussion has been reduced to reading each other’s bumper stickers.” At the time, I chuckled and thought that it was fairly original for a bumper sticker and moved on. For the record, I generally despise bumper stickers, so this was novel for me. However, as time has worn on, our political and cultural environment has consistently brought that bumper sticker to mind. I now believe the statement can be expanded to say, “Our political discussion has been reduced to reading each other’s asynchronous communication.” I say this because I don’t believe there is any actual discussion taking place, or rather there is no actual discourse. We are living at a point where . . .

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Question of the Day: Do You Know How to Do Press Checks?

Probably the first question is whether you’re someone who thinks you need to do press checks at all. It’s not quite as contentious a subject as .45 vs. 9mm, but there are plenty of firm opinions on both sides of that question. But if you are a press checker, do you know how to do it without dropping a round or causing an out-of battery situation? Not to get too personal, but are you an over-the-top front, over-the-top rear or a pinch kinda person? Inquiring minds want to know. How do you press check your guns?

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Gun That Fired First Shot of WWI for Brits Goes On Display

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By Sara Tipton

The gun that fired the first round for the British Army in WWI has arrived in Melbourne, Australia as the newest part of an exhibit intended to commemorate the century old war. The gun was fired by the British Army on the Western Front effectively engaging the British in the Great War. The Imperial War Museums in Britain is loaning the ‘one-tonne’ Royal Horse Artillery Gun to Melbourne Museum as a centerpiece for a WWI Centenary exhibition, which opens on April 18. The exhibition will also include photographs, artwork, and documentation from the war, as well as 350 other unique pieces . . .

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Gunfree Geo Marker: Is Turnabout Fair Play?

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“On Thursday morning, a handful of anti-gun-violence activists realized there is an app in the Google Play Store with their names on it—literally,” fastcompany.com reports. “The app, Gunfree Geo Marker, features a map pinpointing the home and work addresses of politicians, gun control organization employees, and ‘random anti-gun trolls’ who ‘push the anti-gun agenda in any way, shape or form.’ Clicking on a person’s name in the menu reveals their address on a Google map, along with the app creator’s reasons for including that person in the app.” The practice – known as “doxing” – sounds an awful lot like harassment. But then . . .

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Former US Soldier Hunts Poachers in Africa

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By Mateja Lane at wideopenspaces.com

Kinessa Johnson is a former US Army soldier who fought in Afghanistan. She then joined Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife (VETPAW) to help African animals with anti-poaching efforts. VETPAW employs former Army veterans to help train park rangers and surrounding communities to protect local wildlife from poachers. They also provide poacher rehabilitation that enables poachers to make a life through alternate employment such as conservation education and agricultural classes. VETPAW not only helps by employing veterans, but also ensures they are making a difference . . .

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Three Black Men Beat a White Man Over Mike Brown Shooting

“When one man sat down next to a second man in a St. Louis light rail car and asked him his opinion on the shooting of Michael Brown, it was not the beginning of a discussion,” cnn.com reports deploying UK-caliber understatement. “It was the start of an assault, police said. The second man, who was white, didn’t want to answer the question. Then the first man, who was black, boxed him in the face. Two more African-American men joined in the beating, according to a police report about Monday’s incident.” The video has gone viral. The Justice Department is investigating the incident as a hate crime. Oh wait. No word on that yet. Maybe even ever. If so, that ain’t right. Anyway, here’s CNN’s blow-by-blow account of the crime . . .

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FOSSCAD 3D-printed Rifle Fires Larger “Deadlier” Round (7.62mm)

The era of the 3D printed gun is here. Cody Wilson’s Defense Distributed kicked it off by creating the world’s first 3D-printed handgun: the Liberator. “The following year, they unveiled an AR-15 receiver capable of firing hundreds of 5.56mm rounds without fail,” engadget.com reports. “This year, designers from FOSSCAD has (sic) raised the bar yet again. They’ve successfully crafted and test fired the receiver for a Colt CM109 modular battle rifle — the AR-15’s badass big brother.” Badass? I don’t think they’re using that word in a complimentary fashion . . .

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First Genuine Death-by-TASER?

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TASERs are painful. Incapacitating even (duh). But safe. Unless the TASEE’s hopped-up on some serious stimulants. Or the TASEE has previous health complaints. Or, usually, both. We know this because TASER aggressively defends each and every TASER-related lawsuit in court. And there have been a LOT of ambulance-chasers trying to milk that particular cash cow. None of which hit pay dirt. But here’s one where there’s no question that a police-deployed conducted electrical weapon (CEW) caused the demise of a perp . . .

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