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December 8th, 2022

Oregon Court Issues TRO Against Oregon Measure 114

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Good news for Oregon gun owners — on December 6, 2022, Oregon Judge Robert S. Raschio signed a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) barring Oregon State officials from enforcing anti-gun Measure 114 until a hearing is held on a preliminary injunction next Tuesday. The Order stated that Measure 114 threatens Oregonians’ constitutional rights: “Absent Entry of this Temporary Restraining Order, Plaintiffs will be deprived of their right to bear arms pursuant to Or. Const. Art. 1, Sec. 27 by being made unable to lawfully purchase a firearm [or have 10+ round magazines.] Deprivation of fundamental constitutional rights for any period constitutes irreparable harm.”

Counsel for Gun Owners of America (GOA) and Gun Owners Foundation (GOF) secured the TRO in state court, preventing the entire new Oregon gun control law from being enforced. Signed by Judge Raschio, the order bars the state from implementing any portion of the law until a hearing is held on a request for a preliminary injunction next Tuesday.

GOA and GOF have also signed onto an amicus brief in a similar lawsuit against this new law in federal court in OFF v. Brown, which also saw some progress today when a Federal judge stayed the permit-for-purchase system requirement for 30 days.

The new law, which passed as a ballot measure by a very thin margin, was scheduled to take effect December 8th. The measure failed in over 90% of Oregon counties, but passed due to concentrated Democratic party voters in Portland and a couple other urban areas.

Oregon Measure 114 would:

Ban magazines over 10 rounds.

Require a permit to purchase any firearm.

Require a training course, application fee, fingerprinting, and a duplicative background check to obtain the permit-to-purchase.

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Erich Pratt, GOA’s Senior Vice President, issued the following statement:

“This is an exciting victory for our members in Oregon as the clock was winding down on securing relief from the onerous and unconstitutional requirements this law would have placed on current and future gun owners. We look forward to continuing the fight.”

Sam Paredes, on behalf of the Board of Directors for the Gun Owners Foundation, added:

“We are grateful to Judge Raschio for his swift response to our request for a TRO on this draconian law, and we are fully prepared to continue the process as we request a preliminary injunction at our hearing next week.”

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December 8th, 2022

Jessie Harrison Wins Medals at IPSC World Shoot

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American shooter Jessie Harrison was part of a victorious USA Team and took second in the Ladies Open Division at the IPSC Handgun World Shoot held in November, 2022 in Pattaya, Thailand.* The IPSC World Shoot is considered by many to be the most prestigious action pistol competition in the world. “The IPSC Handgun World Championships are our equivalent to the Olympics, the pinnacle of matches,” said Harrison.

Jessie won a Silver Medal in individual competition and shared a Gold medal in team competition. “It’s an honor to represent the USA and to be able to bring home a gold and silver medal in the teams and individual divisions!” Harrison added. Jessie took second place overall in the Ladies Open Division shooting a .38 Super Comp cartridge with Hornady 125gr HAP bullets.

IPSC World Jessie Harrison Pattaya Thailand World Shoot

The International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) was established to promote, maintain, improve, and advance the sport of practical shooting, safeguard its principles, and regulate its conduct worldwide for the safe, recreational use of firearms by persons of good character.

IPSC World Jessie Harrison Pattaya Thailand World Shoot

This MS IPSC video shows the action in Pattaya, Thailand at the very green tropical range.

This was filmed in 2022 though the logo says 2020 (match was postponed two years).

* The logo says “2020” but this is from November 2022 — the original logo was made for the event in 2020 but that was rescheduled to 2022 due to COVID restrictions.

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December 8th, 2022

Cartridge Headspace 101 — Understanding the Basics

Brownells Headspace Gauge cutaway chamber drawing SAAMI ANSI

Do you know what the inside of a rifle chamber (and throat zone) really looks like? Do you understand the concept of headspace and why it’s important? If not, you should read the Brownells GunTech article Gauging Success – Minimum Headspace and Maximum COL. This article explains the basics of headspace and shows how to measure headspace (and length to lands) in your barrels with precision. The article also explains how to adjust your full-length sizing dies to “bump the shoulder” as needed.

Why is headspace important? The article explains: “Controlling headspace and setting proper C.O.L. also represent improved safety and reduced cost of handloading. Excessive headspace can cause case head separation and gases in excess of 60,000 PSI escaping from a rifle’s chamber. Too little headspace can result in a chamber forced bullet crimp and a bullet that becomes an obstruction more than a properly secured projectile. Excessive C.O.L. can result in a rifling-bound bullet, a condition that could result in spikes of excessive pressure.” [Editor’s NOTE: It is common for competitive benchrest shooters to seat bullets into the rifling. This can be done safely if you reduce your loads accordingly. With some bullets we often see best accuracy .010″ (or more) into the lands. However, this can generate more pressure than the same bullet seated .010″ away from initial lands contact. As with all reloading, start low and work up gradually.]

Brownells Headspace Gauge cutaway chamber drawing SAAMI ANSI

How is headspace specified? Most cartridges used within the United States are defined within ANSI/SAAMI Z299.3-4. Brownells explains: “In the case of the .243 Winchester, as an example, there are pressure specifications, cartridge drawings and, as pictured above, chamber drawings. Armed with a chamber drawing, each manufacturer producing a firearm for the .243 Winchester knows the proper standard dimension to cut chambers and set headspace. Notice there are two headspace reference dimensions for the chamber. The upper is a place in the chamber where the shoulder is .400″ in diameter; the “datum” or “basic” line. The lower is the 1.630″~1.640″ minimum – maximum dimension from the breech face (bolt face) to that point in the chamber that measures .400″.”

The actual headspace of any firearm is the distance from the breech face to the point in the chamber that is intended to prevent forward motion of a cartridge.

Finding Cartridge Length to Lands with OAL Gauge
Using a comparator on a set of calipers, you can quickly determine cartridge base-to-ogive length. This is the measurement from the base of the case to the forward-most full diameter section of the bullet, typically called the ogive. Shown here, that ogive is 0.243″ diameter.

The next step is using a modified (threaded) case with a Hornady OAL tool to determine Length-to-Lands (LTL) in your rifle’s chamber. During this measurement process, the modified case, with a bullet in its neck, is inserted in the chamber. Go slow, take your time. Here are 5 tips that will help you get repeatable and reliable LTL measurements:

1. Start with a clean chamber and clean barrel throat.
2. Make sure the modified case is fully screwed down and seated on the OAL Gauge. It can sometimes unscrew a bit during repeated measurements.
3. Insert the modified case slowly and gently, but ensure the shoulder of the modified case is fully seated on the end of the chamber.
4. Push the gray plastic rod GENTLY. It is common for the bullet to be tilted a bit. You want to allow the bullet to self-center in the throat BEFORE you apply much pressure. Then tap a couple times and push until you feel resistance. Do NOT push too hard — that will jam the bullet in the lands.
5. Repeat the measurement at least 3 more times. If you follow our instructions, you should, typically, get a repeatable measurement, within 0.0015″ or so, 3 out of 4 times.

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December 8th, 2022

Big Discount Today on Barrels and More at E. Arthur Brown

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E. Arthur Brown Company, EABCO for short, is running a big discount good through today — $25 Off $250.00 or more orders. In addition, many items are on sale now through Christmas. We wanted to pass this on to our readers. If you have a Ruger 10/22, there are some great deals. In addition, EABCO offers pre-fit barrels for Remingtons, along with a handy REMAGE Pre-Fit Barrel Nut. Act soon, as the $25 Off $250 deal runs out today at 11:59 PM CT.

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