August 31st, 2011

Todd Jones Named New Acting BATFE Director

BATFEThe Department of Justice today announced the appointment of U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota B. Todd Jones to serve as Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Jones will begin serving as ATF Acting Director on August 31, 2011.

A veteran of the Justice Department, Jones has served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota under two presidential administrations. He first served from 1998 to 2001. He was nominated again in 2009 by President Obama and has been in that role since being confirmed that year. During his several years as a federal prosecutor, has been the lead trial lawyer in many federal prosecutions involving drug trafficking, firearms, financial fraud and violent crime.

“As a seasoned prosecutor and former military judge advocate, U.S. Attorney Jones is a demonstrated leader who brings a wealth of experience to this position,” said Attorney General Eric Holder.

Jones Served as Lawyer in U.S. Marine Corps
Following admission to the Minnesota bar, Jones went on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as both a trial defense counsel and prosecutor in a number of courts martial proceedings. Jones holds a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

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August 31st, 2011

Brianna Rachinski: Top Teenage Long Range High Power Shooter

by Lars Dalseide
Brianna RachinskiI first heard the name Brianna Rachinski on the night of the Long Range High Power Championship awards ceremony this year in Camp Perry, Ohio. Brianna’s name was called four separate times that night — evidence that this newcomer is a rising star. And thanks to long range legend Nancy Tompkins-Gallagher, I had the opportunity to interview Brianna once the Palma Team matches were complete.

Brianna, a 14-year-old from Ferndale, Washington, already has a storied shooting career. Not only did she take the top Junior awards for the “Doc” Aiken, Sierra Bullet and Canadian Cup matches, she was also the top overall junior in this year’s competition. “I entered an F-Class tournament for the first time earlier this year,” said Rachinksi with a devilish grin. “I won that too.”

Briana has been shooting since a very early age. Her father, a hunter, gave her a .22 at the age of six. He encouraged his daughter to keep shooting, practicing and winning. I asked Briana, “If your dad gave you your first .22 when you were six, does that mean he gave you your first BB gun when you were 4?” Then, with a perfectly innocent straight face she replied: “No. I was 3.” That’s all I needed to hear.

We congratulate Briana on her performance at Camp Perry, and wish her continued success. All you old guys in F-Class better watch out as well.

Story by Lars Dalseide, courtesy The NRA Blog.
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August 31st, 2011

Browning Pays Sales Tax on Guns (Offer Ends September 5)

Here’s a sweet offer from Browning. Purchase a Browning firearm at retail price from August 5, 2011 and September 5, 2011 and Browning will reimburse you up to 8% in U.S. funds for the sales tax. We like Browning’s reasoning for this promotion: “Uncle Sam has picked your pocket all year long. Now is the time for some [tax relief]”. To get your sales tax refund, fill out the Browning Tax Relief coupon and mail it in, along with a copy of your sales receipt. CLICK HERE for tax relief coupon. Participating Browning dealers should also have flyers and coupons available at their stores. NOTE: This offer is available only in the USA, and Buckmark and 1911-22 pistols are excluded.

Browning Tax Relief

What should you buy? Here are some suggestions:

X-Bolt Composite Stalker: Browning’s X-Bolt series is an affordable line of hunting rifles with adjustable triggers, 60°-lift bolts, and detachable rotary magazines. These guns have glass-bedded receivers and free-floating, hand-chambered barrels. Sixteen (16) different chamberings are offered, from .223 Rem all the way up to .338 Win Mag. Street price on the Composite Stalker is about $750.00.

Browning Tax Relief

T-Bolt Target Varmint: Browning makes a sweet, nice-handling rimfire varmint rifle with Browning’s unique, straight-pull T-Bolt action. This is offered in .22 LR, .22 Magnum, and 17 HMR. T-Bolts come in both right-hand or left-hand versions, with wood or synthetic stocks. Street prices on T-Bolt rifles range from about $500.00 to $650.00, depending on configuration.

Browning Tax Relief

Restrictions: Offer valid only on the consumer retail purchase of a new Browning firearm (offer excludes Buck Mark and 1911-22 pistols) purchased between August 5, 2011 and September 5, 2011. Documents must be postmarked no later than midnight, September 20, 2011. Browning employees and dealers etc., and members of their immediate families, are not eligible for this promotion. Limited to one offer per person. All purchasers must be U.S. citizens or legal residents.

Story tip by Edlongrange. We welcome reader submissions.
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