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June 9th, 2015

U.S. State Department Seeks to Restrict Firearms “Technical Data”

Department of State Obama Technical Data Rules censorship

The U.S. Department of State has proposed new Federal Rules which could severely restrict the exchange of information about firearms, gunsmithing, and reloading on websites and in internet forums. Draconian penalties could be imposed on websites such as Restrictions on dissemination of “technical data” could impact reloading forums, and perhaps even block the publishing of gunsmithing information in print and on the internet.

Read Summary of Proposed Rule and/or SUBMIT COMMENT HERE.

Steve Johnson, Editor of The Firearm Blog (TFB), writes: “The State Department is considering expanding rules to prevent U.S. manufacturers, or U.S. citizens, from publishing unclassified technical information relating to the manufacture of any weapons, including firearms and ammunition. If the information is distributed in any way that a non-citizen could access it (which essentially means any transmission of the information to the general public even if the information never leaves the USA) it would need to be first cleared first by the State Department. Publishing includes, but [is] not limited to, blog posts, posting comments on blogs, gun forums, in books, on DVDs and on Youtube. This could spell the end of TFB, other non-political guns blogs, reduce the type of content gun magazines would publish, [and] prevent the publication of books on gunsmithing[.]” Read TFB Article.


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June 9th, 2015

CZ Model 455 .17 HMR and .22 LR American Combo Rifle

CZ USA 455 American combo 17 hmr 22LR .22 Long rifle

Any experienced varmint hunter knows the value of a good .17 HMR rifle, particular when used inside 150 yards on small critters such as ground squirrels. The .17 HMR is a great round, but for general plinking and target practice, we prefer shooting the venerable .22 Long Rifle. The .22 LR has less recoil and less noise. Importantly, .22 LR ammo (even with today’s shortages) remains much less expensive than .17 HMR ammunition.

Wouldn’t it be great if a single, affordable varmint rifle could shoot both .22 LR and .17 HMR? Well, CZ offers just such a rig — the CZ Model 455 American Combo, a versatile switch-caliber rifle priced at about $485.00 (MSRP is $531.00). The American Combo comes complete with both .22 LR and .17 HMR barrels, easily interchanged with a simple Allen wrench. As CZ explains: “The CZ 455 eliminates the need to spend the extra expense on a second rifle when you want to add another quality shooter to your rimfire battery”. For a bit more money, you can even purchase a .22 WMR barrel, making your CZ a triple-threat varmint-slayer.


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