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March 20th, 2008

Definitive Cartridge Guidebook on Sale

Cartridges of the World, 11th Edition by Frank Barnes, is considered by many to be the definitive print resource on firearm cartridges. The most recent 552-page edition describes over 1500 cartridges, including the latest wildcat and military cartridges. It also describes many historical or obsolete cartridges, making it useful for antique firearms collectors. This important reference features detailed photos, dimensional drawings and loading data.

Now through the end of March, 2008, MidwayUSA has Cartridges of the World (item 743700) on sale for $16.99, marked down from $19.99.

About the Author, Frank Barnes
Frank Barnes (1918-1992) began collecting information on handgun cartridges at the early age of 12, thanks to his father who was a police officer. Most people don’t know that Frank had a Masters degree in Justice and served as college professor, a pilot, and a racecar driver. He was an innovator, and came up with the original 308 x 1.5″ Barnes, predecessor of the 30BR case. Decades ago Barnes started working with different cartridges and decided to publish a manual for all of them. Cartridges of the World was first published in 1965, and is now in its 11th Edition.

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March 20th, 2008

Heller's Lawyer Speaks Out on the Second Amendment

In a commentary appearing in the Boston Globe and Washington Times, Robert A. Levy, one of the lawyers for Dick Heller, explains the key issues in the landmark D.C. v. Heller Case. We recommend you read Levy’s essay, offered on the CATO Institute website.

CLICK HERE to read Levy Commentary.

Levy explains how, if the Supreme Court finds that the Second Amendment accords an individual right to ALL citizens, then restrictions on that right should be subject to “strict scrutiny” under established principles of Constitutional law. Levy notes that, if the High Court accepts the District Columbia’s view of the Second Amendment, then this would effectively render the Second Amendment a “dead letter”. Based the comments of the Justices during the oral arguments on March 18, we believe at least a majority of the Supreme Court is not willing to go that far. However, Levy warns:

“If D.C.’s outright ban on all handguns, in all homes, at all times, for all purposes, is determined by the court to pass muster, it will mean the Supreme Court intends to rubberstamp just about any regulation a legislature can dream up — no matter whether the government has offered any justification at all, much less a justification that would survive strict scrutiny. That would, in effect, excise the Second Amendment from the Constitution. A right that cannot be enforced is no right at all.

At root, the Heller case is simple. It’s about self-defense: individuals living in a dangerous community who want to protect themselves in their own homes when necessary. The Second Amendment to the Constitution was intended to safeguard that right. Banning handguns outright is unconstitutional.”

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March 20th, 2008

EVENT CALENDAR — Send Us Your Listings

Please send in your events for the Calendar. We have about 40 event listings and we’d like to triple that number. While we don’t have the resources/space to put in all clubs’ regular monthly events, we want to include:

A. Major National and Regional Championships
B. Popular Special Competitions and fun shoots, such as Hickory Groundhog Shoot
C. Interesting Special Events, such as Industry Trade shows, BR school, or multi-discipline shoot.

Please provide a 100-word summary of event with dates, cost, list of classes (gun types), and a phone # and web link for further information.

Send Photos and Range Maps
Our Calendar software allows us to display photos, club logos, or range maps, so you can attach those to your submissions. Please send your calendar items to: . Please put “EVENT” in the email subject line. Thanks!

We reserve the right to edit any entries.

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