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TPWD employees' firearms serial numbers kept by state agency
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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has collected and retained serial numbers from the private firearms of employees, according to records released by the agency. Documents provided in response to a public records request show firearms qualifications for two retired agents, including an officer who carried a Smith and Wesson Sigma .40 caliber handgun. The serial number was redacted. Also provided was an email exchange from July 2011 in which Doug Huggins, a parks supervisor, asked a ranger for the serial number to his private weapon.
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Middle finger and unintentional discharges
Defensive weapons and tactic instructor, John Farnam, runs many hot-range Courses every year, including Urban Rifle. Negligent Discharges (ND) are extremely rare. Even at that, most ND expend themselves harmlessly downrange, or strike the deck several meters in front of the blushing student. Farnam believes students need the experience of personally carrying loaded guns (pistols and rifles), all day. NDs happen, even on "cold" ranges too! Risk can be "managed," but never eliminated completely.
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Pros and cons of the wadcutter bullet
By John McAdams
This article discusses a relatively uncommon bullet type: the wadcutter. A wadcutter has a flat front and is typically cylindrical in shape. Additionally, the bullet is usually all lead and has no jacket. Though the wadcutter is not extremely rare, it is still a relatively specialized bullet type that is only utilized in a few different cartridges. Like most highly specialized bullets, the wadcutter is great at the job it was designed for: competitive shooting. However, it struggles in applications outside of its primary use.
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The story of guns in America
The Wall Street Journal
Not only the 100th anniversary of World War I but the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812's Battle of Baltimore — which produced the "Star Spangled Banner" — and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battles to capture Richmond and Atlanta are being remembered this year. But one anniversary has (not surprisingly) gone mostly unnoticed by the mainstream media: the 200th birthday, in July, of gunmaker Samuel Colt.
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Citizen militia undeterred by shooting incident
San Antonio Express-News
A leader of the self-described "Patriots," a group of armed citizen volunteers patrolling the Rio Grande Valley border for illegal activity, said they were surprised that a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot in the direction of one of their volunteers, because moments before agents had sought their assistance. The agent fired five shots in the direction of one of the volunteers but didn't hit him. The FBI is investigating the incident.
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57,000 businesses fight back, post 'guns welcome' signs on front door
Despite Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America's ongoing push to shame businesses into banning guns in their stores, 57,000 businesses have posted "guns welcome" or similar signs on their front doors. Moms Demand has persuaded just five businesses — Target, Chipotle, Jack in the Box, Chili's, and Sonic — to ask customers to leave their guns at home. They were also able to pressure a sixth business, Starbucks, into asking open carry practitioners not to be so flamboyant about visibly carrying guns in their stores (None agreed to ban Guns). That's a total of six businesses, which is 56,994 less than the current total of those who are embracing guns in their bars, restaurants and other businesses.
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Lawmaker pushes for ban on youth shooting machine guns
After the recent incident in which a 9-year old girl visiting a shooting range in Arizona accidentally shot her firearms instructor with an Uzi, a state representative is proposing to ban the practice. Citing the mishap, which led to the death of Charles Vacca, 39, in the White Hills area near the Nevada line, the lawmaker is proposing a ban on children under 16 from shooting automatic weapons.
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Anatomy of a move: An in-depth look at Beretta's decision to leave Maryland for Tennessee
American Rifleman
Founded in Gardone, Italy, in 1526, Beretta is not only the world's oldest firearms manufacturer, but the family-held company is the oldest continuous maker of anything. Period. Cavaliere Ugo Gussalli Beretta has written about his concerns about the future of firearm manufacturing in Maryland, but the move surprised both the firearm industry as well as Maryland media outlets. At stake were good manufacturing jobs that have been a boon to Prince George's County, Maryland. Maryland's loss is Tennessee's gain.
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