Shooting Browning’s New Ammo at Range Day

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Coming this year to a dealer near you: Browning Ammunition. What? No. The ammo stays a nice, constant, shiny color. Browning is just the familiar name on the box. Well, not familiar at all for making ammunition. Winchester, on the other hand, is far from new to gun food, which is why Browning chose to partner with them in this endeavor. Over the course of 2016, Browning Ammunition will release proprietary loads for pistols, rifles, and shotguns . . .

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Feds Target NH Constitutionalist for Ordering $60k of Ammo

The WMUR report doesn’t tells us what “federal weapons charge” New Hampshire resident Daniel Muso faces. We know the self-avowed Constitutionalist was the subject of an FBI sting (a.k.a., entrapment) after he asked a gun dealer to supply him with “an extensive amount of weapons” and $60k worth of ammunition, including gas masks (!) and grenades (!!). Let this be a warning to anyone trying to stock up on large amounts of ammo. If you’re contacted by a helpful stranger, leave him be, no matter how persistent he is. Because he will be persistent.

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New From Winchester: M-22 Subsonic .22LR Ammunition

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This year’s SHOT Show, as always, featured virtually everything the most ardent gun guy or gal could want where things that go bang are concerned. And maybe it’s just us, but it certainly seemed that suppressors were more prominently featured at this year’s show. Just check out Tyler’s silencer-centric coverage and see for yourself. One in-the-know friend of ours figures that the ATF dropping the CLEO sign-off requirement will probably result in 250,000 more suppressors being sold. Never ones to let grass grow under their feet, Winchester’s now out with a subsonic .22LR round specifically marketed to take advantage of the trend . . .

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Bullets: Mass vs. Speed

Demolition Ranch continues to produce excellent videos: firearms-related destruction that’s as entertaining as it is informative. As someone who owns both a .44-caliber revolver or two and a Smith & Wesson .500-firing Big Horn Armory lever gun and spends time in bear country, this video is of special interest. I’ve always been a fan of overkill. This is it.

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CCI, Federal to Increase .22 Production by 20%

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For the last three years, store shelves have been empty of .22 ammo more often than not. The lack of rimfire ammo and the high price of the ammo that’s available has negatively impacted recreational shooting. Looking for an update on the Great .22 Ammo Shortage, I spoke to Dan Compton [above] at SHOT. Dan’s Senior Product Line Specialist for Vista Outdoors, which includes CCI and Federal ammunition brands. Here’s what I learned . . .

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Aguila Increasing .22 Production by 30% per Year

Courtesy Dean Weingarten, Shot Show 2016

The .22 rimfire market has been in a bubble for the last three years. Total production has maxed out, and still demand hasn’t been met. Part of the problem is that increasing production is expensive, and manufacturers don’t want to overshoot the market and be left with a lot of manufacturing capacity that can’t pay for itself. Aguila Ammuntion has been producing innovative .22 ammo for years. They made quite a splash with their 60 grain .22 SSS Sniper Subsonic and primer powered Colibri rounds . . .

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New From Gorilla Ammunition: “Silverback” Line of Self-Defense Ammo

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Gorilla Ammunition continues to establish itself as a top-tier brand, loading highly consistent, great looking ammo. Aww, and I remember when they were just a newborn…well…whatever a baby gorilla is called. With their growth they’re expanding the product line, and it looks like the next step is self-defense loads that will also work well for hunting. Another photo from SHOT Show follows, plus Gorilla’s official press release . . .

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New from Liberty Ammunition: “One and Done” .308 Win Round For Hunting

Press release:
Bradenton, Fla. – Liberty Ammunition is unveiling the first hunting round, the .308 Winchester, in their new Animal Instinct ammunition line at the 2016 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 19 – 22, 2016. The Liberty Ammunition .308 Win is the fastest at 3,500 FPS, and exits a rifle with a muzzle energy of 2,700 FPE. This lead-free copper monolithic, fragmenting hollow-point Liberty Ammunition round is the next generation of one of the most popular hunting and long range rounds in existence.

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Team Never Quit Frangible Ammo: Safe At Any Distance

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I love shooting steel. There’s nothing better in the world when it comes to practicing with firearms. Instant feedback, no need to tape or replace the face between strings of fire, and the durability means it’s a one-time expense. The problem is that when you’re using lead-based projectiles pieces of those rounds have a tendency to come back at you. And especially when you’re in an enclosed space the idea of breathing particularized lead isn’t really appealing. That’s where Team Never Quit comes in with their new frangible ammunition, and they gave quite the demonstration the other day . . .

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Quote of the Day: Ammunition Control?

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“It’s time to propose a step that won’t trigger a constitutional debate and to move forward on an idea that Americans favor in addition to ones they oppose. It’s time to start exploring sensible ways to stop gun violence and save lives by regulating ammunition.” – Ann Brown in America should regulate bullets [via washingtonpost.com]

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FPC on California Ballot Initiative: “The Most Radical and Dangerous Anti-Gun Laws in over 30 years”

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California is proceeding with a ballot initiative that the Firearms Policy Coalition calls “the most radical and dangerous anti-gun ballot initiative in over 30 years.” It needs some 300k signatures to appear at the voting booth. It will get them. The ballot’s stated purpose and intent: “To implement reasonable and common-sense reforms to make California’s gun safety laws the toughest in the nation while still safeguarding the Second Amendment rights of all law- abiding, responsible Californians. [Click here to read the text.] The FPC summarizes its provisions thusly . . .

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BREAKING: CA AG Issues Title and Summary for Gun Control Ballot Initiative

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Firearms Policy Coalition press release:

Minutes ago, the rabidly anti-gun California Attorney General Kamala Harris — and longtime San Francisco liberal buddy of Gavin Newsom — issued the title and summary for the most radical and dangerous anti-gun ballot initiative in over 30 years. A title and summary is supposed to be a clear, unbiased analysis of what the initiative does so that voters can understand what they’re choosing when they cast their ballots. But that’s not what the voters are getting here . . .

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