March 9th, 2007

Court Strikes Down DC Gun Ban

In a major legal opinion based on the Second Amendment, a three-judge panel of U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia declared the DC ban on handguns to be unconstitutional. The decision, which could be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, held the DC law void on the grounds that the U.S. Constitution guarantees individual citizens (not just “militia”) the right to keep and bear arms.

Senior Judge Silverman’s majority opinion declared:

“To summarize, we conclude that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. That right existed prior to the formation of the new government under the Constitution and was premised on the private use of arms for activities such as hunting and self-defense, the latter being understood as resistance to either private lawlessness or the depredations of a tyrannical government (or a threat from abroad). In addition, the right to keep and bear arms had the important and salutary civic purpose of helping to preserve the citizen militia….Despite the importance of the Second Amendment’s civic purpose, however, the activities it protects are not limited to militia service, nor is an individual’s enjoyment of the right contingent upon his or her continued or intermittent enrollment in the militia.”

Download and Read Majority Opinion.

Link (with Video): MSNBC Report

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March 9th, 2007

Great Deals Now on 6-20X Scopes

Right now, there are some great deals on 6-20X scopes with 1″ main tube. These are a good choice for varminting and target shooting. Here are some of the best bargains we’ve found currently:

Clearidge 6-20×40 Ultra XP: $349.99 plus $30 off with code “ACCUR”, from The Optic Zone.

Nikon 6.5-20×44 Monarch (Gloss #6550): $329.95 from SWFA.com. (Matte version is $346.95.)

Weaver Grand Slam 6-20×40, Fine CH: $299.99 from Natchez Shooters Supply.

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March 9th, 2007

ADI Powder Info for Hodgdon Reloaders

Many of the powders sold under the Hodgdon brand in the USA are made by ADI Ltd. in Australia. If you can’t find a recommended load for a particular Hodgdon powder in your caliber, download the latest ADI Smokeless Powders Handloaders Guide, a 2.8 megabyte Acrobat file.

Here’s a list of ADI to Hodgdon Powder equivalents:

AS30N=Clays
AP50N = (No Hodgdon)
AS50N = International
AP70N = Universal
AP100 = (No Hodgdon)
AR2205 = H4227
AR2207 = H4198
Bench Mark1 = (No Hodgdon)
AR2219 = H322
Bench Mark2 = BenchMark
AR2206 = (No Hodgdon)
AR2206H = H4895
AR2208 = Varget
AR2209 = H4350
AR2213 = (Discontinued)
AR2213SC = H4831
AR2217 = H1000
AR2225 = Retumbo
AR2218 = H50BMG

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