Professional shooter Maggie Reese is a USPSA champion and 3-gun competitor who appeared in season two on History Channel’s marksmen competition “Top Shot.” Maggie is passionate about recruiting more women to her sport and educating the public about the types of firearms with which she competes.The mission of Cheaper Than Dirt!’s blog, “The Shooter’s Log,” is to provide information—not opinions—to our customers and the shooting community. We want you, our readers, to be able to make informed decisions. The information provided here does not represent the views of Cheaper Than Dirt!
May 17, 2013
May 11, 2013
Tracy Scarpulla is a mother of three from Albany, New York. Her husband, Joe, is a U.S. Marine who has always believed in the right to bear arms. Tracy believed, however, that guns were dangerous so their compromise was one gun locked in a safe. It wasn’t until her husband phoned her one night to tell her there was an escaped convict on the loose in their area that she realized, “I have a tool here to defend my family, but I have no idea how to use it.” So she quickly set out to change that and now Tracy is a huge proponent of gun rights.
May 10, 2013
The Wiki-Weapons project by Defense Distributed, which has been striving toward creating a fully functional 3-D-printed gun, has succeeded in the first tests of a firearm created using only a 3-D printer, TheBlaze reports
Although much of the project up until now has been showing off plastic printed components for rifles and magazines, the gun tested last week was a .380 handgun, which Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson told TheBlaze in a phone interview Monday was always the goal to develop.
The Texas-based group’s project is to make 3-D printable designs for firearms available to anyone with a 3-D printer.
The group’s purpose, according to its website is
“To defend the civil liberty of popular access to arms as guaranteed by the United States Constitution and affirmed by the United States Supreme Court, through facilitating global access to, and the collaborative production of, information and knowledge related to the 3-D printing of arms; and to publish and distribute, at no cost to the public, such information and knowledge in promotion of the public interest.”
Wilson said that while they were waiting for their federal firearms license request to go through, something which was granted to them in March, they worked on printing the gun parts they legally could in the mean time. For weeks, the parts of the handgun were tested individually, but on May 1 it all came together for its first shot.
As a safety precaution, it was test fired remotely at first.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) immediately called the 3-D gun concept “stomach churning.” The Liberator may look like a toy, but “this gun can fire regular bullets,” Schumer said, calling for legislation outlawing the technology’s weapons potential.
What do you think? Tell us in the comment section.The mission of Cheaper Than Dirt!’s blog, “The Shooter’s Log,” is to provide information—not opinions—to our customers and the shooting community. We want you, our readers, to be able to make informed decisions. The information provided here does not represent the views of Cheaper Than Dirt!
HiViz Shooting Systems announced it will move to Wyoming as the company fulfills its promise to leave Colorado due to recent changes in Colorado state gun-control legislation. Also, magazine maker Magpul has begun making its products outside Colorado in an as-yet-to-be-named state, and some companies associated with Magpul have also said they plan to leave the state immediately.
HiViz Shooting Systems manufactures light-gathering sights, recoil pads and accessories for the shooting industry. HiViz President and CEO, Phillip Howe, said the company will move to Laramie, Wyoming.
Howe said, “I make this announcement with mixed emotions. Colorado is a beautiful state with great people, but we cannot in clear conscience support with our taxes a state that has proven through recent legislation a willingness to infringe upon the constitutional rights of our customer base.”
Howe said that prior to the changes in law in Colorado, he made several attempts to persuade state officials through e-mail and telephone calls to proceed slowly with gun control legislation that would impact individual shooters and the shooting industry as a whole.
Also, Magpul’s new home already seems to be in operation. The company wrote on its Facebook page this week that gun sights and standard 30-round magazines (called PMAGs) are now being manufactured outside Colorado for the first time. However, the company hasn’t announced the new location yet.
Denver-based Lawrence Tool & Molding announced in February that it would take jobs and machinery out of the state if Magpul relocates. The company supplies parts to Magpul. “Considering it is 60 percent of our work, we will do and go along with whatever it takes to keep that business,” said owner Lloyd Lawrence in the Denver Post.
North Denver’s Alfred Manufacturing Co. has grown from 40 employees in 2008 to 150 largely because of the work provided by Magpul, said the company’s third-generation chief executive, Greg Alfred. Alfred said his company was actively scouting locations in other states, including Wyoming and Montana.The mission of Cheaper Than Dirt!’s blog, “The Shooter’s Log,” is to provide information—not opinions—to our customers and the shooting community. We want you, our readers, to be able to make informed decisions. The information provided here does not represent the views of Cheaper Than Dirt!
Our reporters heard many of the speakers at the recently concluded NRA Annual Meetings, and some were outstanding, in our opinion. The NRA has thoughtfully posted videos of many (if not all) of the speakers from the event, which you can find on the NRA News website.
Radio host Glenn Beck speaks at the NRA Stand and Fight Rally, an event of the 2013 NRA Annual Meetings in Houston, Texas. In his highly-anticipated keynote speech, Beck conveys his message through stories often ignored by the mainstream media of law-abiding citizens defending themselves with firearms, and the cold, hard facts about gun control that have been rejected by the political elites. “So what is this gun, good or evil? It is nothing! A gun is only a reflection of the people that use it,” he declares. Originally aired on 5/4/13.