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  • January 3, 2014

    Bad Ammo: Flowershell Load Blasts Seeds into the Ground

    By The Editors

    Here's your dumb idea of the day: the Flowershell, a shotgun shell that disperses seeds.

    According to the creators, it's a standard 12-gauge shell with a reduced amount of gunpowder and a shot cup full of seeds (12 different varieties from sunflower to carnation) instead of lead. The idea is that you go around blasting these things into the ground to grow flowers.

  • November 26, 2013

    Wild Bill's and Jesse James' Guns Don't Sell at Auction, but Oakley's Gun Goes for $293K

    By Ben Romans

    While guns reportedly belonging to the famous outlaw Jesse James and legendary gun fighter Wild Bill Hickok recently failed to sell at auction, Annie Oakley's shotgun sold Sunday for $293,000.

  • October 22, 2013

    NRA Sporting Arms Museum Displaying Unique Serial No. 1 Guns

    By Ben Romans

    The NRA recently unveiled a new exhibit showcasing 29 firearms sporting the unique serial number of “1” at its Sporting Arms Museum in Springfield, Mo.
     
    A short description posted on the NRA’s blog says the pieces on display include a Smith & Wesson Schofield, Colt .40 caliber Model 1851 Navy, and a Springfield Sharps Model 1870. While the significance of a No. 1 serial number often indicates a piece is the first of a particular model, it can also represent a “batch number” for firearms produced before unique serial numbers were mandated by the Gun Control Act of 1968.

  • July 12, 2013

    New Android App Pinpoints Homes and Businesses of Gun Owners

    By Ben Romans

    A new Android app released on Google Play’s online store allows users to add detailed locations of possible gun owners or gun-owning businesses to a map database, and is already drawing a lot of fire.

    Once sites are geolocated, they can be shared with the world. Why? To supposedly let users of the app locate “risks” in their neighborhood—risks the app’s creator says could include homes and businesses of suspected unsafe gun owners, unsafe public lands, or where rights to own or use a particular firearm don’t exist.
     
    The Gun Geo Marker App made its debut on July 7. As of this morning, the app has been downloaded more than 2,000 times, though most users are rating it one out of five stars. A headline across the app’s download page says “Geolocate Dangerous Guns and Owners with the Gun Geo Marker,” with the following description:

  • June 17, 2013

    Gov. Rick Perry Invites Gun Makers to Relocate to Texas

    By Ben Romans

    Texas Governor Rick Perry is on a mission to woo Northeastern gun makers like Colt and Beretta to relocate to the Lone Star state in response to recent gun legislation passed in New York, Connecticut, and Maryland.
     
    According to CBS news, Perry planned a four-day tour where he plans to talk with gun manufacturers, as well as representatives in the pharmaceutical and financial industry, to highlight the potential advantages of operating in Texas—points he already eluded to in a Feb. 7 letter he sent to gun and ammunition makers in the northeast.

  • June 11, 2013

    Texas Program Gives Shotguns, Training to Single Women to Deter Violence

    By Ben Romans

    Despite the growing popularity of gun buyback programs throughout the country as a way to cut down on violent crime and get illegal guns off the street, a new grassroots program in Texas is trying a different approach—giving single women in small, high-crime areas a shotgun and showing them how to use it.
     
    The Armed Citizen Project, a Houston-based nonprofit, was founded on the principle that providing guns to responsible owners is a better way to deter crime.
     
    USA Today recently interviewed Kyle Coplen, the project founder, at a shooting range where he and other volunteers were helping train north Houston residents on how to use a shotgun. Coplen says he plans to expand the program in at least 15 other cities, including Chicago and New York, by the end of the year.
     
    "When we have a crime wave, we don't just say let's just increase police and that's all we do. We do multiple things. I see this as one aspect of what we can do," said Coplen.
     

  • June 6, 2013

    Groups Join NSSF Opposition to California's Proposed State-Wide Lead Ammo Ban

    By Ben Romans

    A coalition of 24 organizations like the Ducks Unlimited, the NRA, Safari Club International and the U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance have joined the NSSF in opposition to a California bill that would ban the use of traditional lead ammunition in the state.
     
    In April, Field & Stream reported on Assembly Bill (AB) 711, a proposal initiated by Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) that would extend a lead-free zone currently enforced in areas frequented by the California condors, to the entire state by 2016—a move many sportsmen and gun advocates are considering a back-door approach to gun-control legislation.

  • October 11, 2012

    The 2012 Gun Nut Target Photo Contest Winner Announced!

    By Editors

  • July 29, 2012

    Kim Rhode Wins Gold at Women's Skeet, Makes US Olympic History in London

    When Kim Rhode, then 17, stood on the podium at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta with her first gold medal hanging from her neck, she never dreamed 16 years later she would make history in London at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, but that's exactly what happened Sunday morning.

    Rhode, 33, set a new Olympic record in qualifying for Women's Skeet with 74 hits out of 75. She went on to match her own world record with a perfect 25 in the final for a total of 99 out of 100, winning the gold.

    She is the first U.S. athlete in history to medal in an individual sport at five consecutive Olympic Games.

  • July 11, 2012

    Google Bans Shopping Search Results for Guns, Ammo, Knives With New "Family Safe" Policy

    By Chad Love

    Is Google unfairly discriminating against businesses that sell firearms, ammo and knives? A recent change to Google Shopping's policies for businesses that prohibits advertising guns, ammunition, knives and other products has many wondering what the omnipresent company is up to.

    From this story on Forbes.com:
    "...Specifically, they’ve banned results related to firearms and other products that they don’t deem to be “family safe.” Until recently, gun-related products appeared with other products in search results on the shopping section. Many of America’s 80 million gun owners have used Google as a powerful price-comparison tool. Not anymore. 


    Google’s new, anti-gun policy, assigns a "family status" to all products. Products that are “non-family safe” are blocked from Google Shopping. This includes guns, ammunition and knives, as well as vehicles, tobacco and radar scramblers.

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