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September 29th, 2023

Four Articles on Shooting Sports USA Worth Reading

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NRA publication Shooting Sports USA (SSUSA) has thousands of articles online, all free for the reading. Many of these stories have been written by top competitors, including National and Olympic Champions. You will find SSUSA articles spotlighted every week on the NRA Competitive Shooting Facebook page. We recommend you bookmark that page as a valuable resource. Here are four notable SSUSA articles that have been featured on Facebook this month. Go to to see even more current articles, with new content every day.

Shooting Sports USA Mirage Read optics scope

Here is an insightful, fairly lengthy 1850-word article about the phenomenon we call mirage. The article explains how and why mirage appears, how it can best be monitored, and how mirage can indicate both wind velocity and direction. Top competitors follow the adage “Mirage is your friend”, because mirage can often be the most important indicator of wind variables — sometimes even more important than wind flags. “The mirage is more sensitive than the flags since it has less inertia and momentum”, wrote Desmond T. Burke, in his book, Canadian Bisley Shooting, an Art and a Science.

Well worth reading, this SSUSA article talks about the properties of mirage. Here is a sample:

“Mirage — can make all the difference between a shot landing squarely in the X-ring or being victimized by an undetected downrange breeze. The true power of mirage is found in its ability to betray the subtlest of breezes downrange. Its fluid movement… can not only provide wind direction, but speed as well.

Typically, the ability to detect mirage is maximized on warm, sunny and sultry days. Expect mirage to be most pronounced in mid-morning or early afternoon, although it ignores these rules with regularity[.]

Mirage is extremely powerful at identifying winds of less than 12 mph, particularly those gentle breezes subtle enough to not even bother moving the flags.

When there is no wind, or a gentle head or tail wind, mirage will appear to be ‘bubbling’ directly up from the ground. Many call this ‘boiling’, and it is probably the easiest of all to detect.

As a general rule of thumb, when wind speed increases, overall height of the waves produced by the mirage is reduced. Large peaks and valleys in the waves mean that particular mirage is being driven by a very slight breeze. Conversely, crest size is reduced with wind speed, making it harder and harder to detect, until the mirage disappears entirely at somewhere around 12 miles per hour. In other words, the taller mirage’s waves appear, the slower the breeze.”

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Shooting Sports USA barrel maintenance break-in procedures Glen Zediker

Authored by the late Glen Zediker, this article covers barrel break-in procedures. It is particularly useful for dealing with factory barrels. We CAUTION readers — with outstanding, hand-lapped custom barrels from top barrel-makers, you may want to do very little break-in — clean sparingly and keep barrel heat low. Do NOT use abrasives aggressively. On our Krieger and Brux barrels, we simply wet-patched every 2-3 rounds for 20 rounds and the barrels shot superbly from the start with minimal fouling. But for factory barrels, a moderate break-in process may prove beneficial.

Zediker explains: “Lesser, lower-cost barrels are going to have more pronounced … imperfections within the bore[.] These imperfections are largely tool marks resulting from the drilling and rifling processes. And if it’s a semi-automatic, like an AR-15, there might be a burr where the gas port was drilled. The goal of break-in is to knock down these imperfections, thereby smoothing the interior surface.”

Shooting Sports USA pistol cartridge kaboom safety blowout

As one who has experienced a cartridge case-head blow-out with a 9mm pistol, this Editor is very conscious of the risks involved and the damage a blow-out can do to the pistol, to the magazine, and (worst of all) to the shooter. Even with new brass, the possibility of a case failure is always present. And even if the case remains intact, we’ve seen primer failures that create a dangerous jet back towards the pistol shooter. That’s why shooters should always employ protective eyewear whenever they shoot.

Shooting Sports USA revolver forcing cone repair damage

We love our wheelguns, but there’s no doubt that forcing cone damage can occur, particularly with hot loads and if your cylinder-to-barrel gap is excessive. This article explains how to inspect your revolvers, and how to mitigate the likelihood of forcing cone damage. The article also explains how to clean your revolvers properly. This is very important to avoid build-up of lead and powder residues.

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September 29th, 2023

GLOCK Donates $50,000 to Civilian Marksmanship Program

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Glock Pistol logo talladega donationEarlier this month, gunmaker GLOCK Inc. presented a $50,000 check to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama during the GLOCK Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF) Annual Match. GLOCK has been a generous sponsor and supporter of the CMP and Talladega Marksmanship Park throughout its existence, dedicating thousands to the organization each year to be used toward programs and initiatives.

GLOCK Inc. V.P. Josh Dorsey and Nat’l Sales Manager Bob Radecki presented the $50,000 check to the CMP’s acting park manager Bret Lankford and Business Development Exec. Stefanie Teaford.

“We’re always so grateful to GSSF and GLOCK, Inc. for supporting the CMP,” said Teaford. “We’ve been able to use their substantial contributions to enhance our impact in the marksmanship community through organized opportunities and through the distribution of fundamental and safety instruction to countless individuals across the country.”

About the CMP’s Talladega Marksmanship Park

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Since 2015, Talladega Marksmanship Park, “The Home of Marksmanship,” has been a worthy destination for firearm supporters and guests looking for practice, competition and mindful learning opportunities. Featuring CMP electronic targets and scoring monitors that can only be found at the 500-acre facility, the park regularly hosts rifle, pistol, shotgun and archery events all year long. The CMP’s Unknown Distance Range at Talladega also allows guests to practice their skills in the field of over 100 steel targets, out to 625 yards, and provides even more marksmanship fun at the Park.

The public is welcome, all year long, to test out their firearms or to simply take a tour of the grounds. Off the firing line, the Club House holds a fully stocked Pro Shop that includes an exclusive collection of rifles, ammunition, marksmanship accessories and CMP memorabilia that is always open during park hours. Learn more at the CMP Talladega Park webpage.

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The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition. For more information, visit

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September 28th, 2023

Guntry Clubs — Shooting Centers with Upscale Amenities

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Shooting ranges have gone upscale with the development of the “Guntry Club”. This new kind of recreational/social facility combines a shooting range with Country Club style amenities. Imagine a high-tech indoor range with “Pro Shop”, restaurant, and maybe outdoor shooting facilities as well. In the past five years, more and more of these deluxe “Guntry Clubs” have opened nationwide.

An episode of GunVenture TV featured some of the country’s finest gun clubs. Tom Gresham and RECOIL Magazine’s Iain Harrison checked out of the original “Guntry Clubs” — the Scottsdale Gun Club. Then, Tom visited a high-end facility in Centennial, Colorado. The upscale Centennial Gun Club features a retail store, range, training center, and lounge.

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Here’s a CBS News report on upscale “Guntry Clubs”, luxurious facilities that target younger, more affluent patrons. Chip Reid reports on a high-end gun club in Manassas, Virginia: “This is not your Grandfather’s shooting range. Elite Shooting Sports is 65,000 Square feet of bright lights, polished wood, flat-screen TVs, and state of the art equipment”.

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September 28th, 2023

Smart Tips for Handgun Training at Indoor Ranges

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Photo courtesy Silver Eagle Group Shooting Range, Northern Virginia.

Over 22 million carry permits have been issued in the United States according to a recent study. Overall 8.5% of American adults now have carry permits. Along with CCW permit holders, millions of other gun owners may carry defensive pistols in “open carry” states. Carrying a defensive pistol is a big responsibility. That’s why all those who carry handguns for self-protection should definitely practice regularly. For many, pistol practice is an indoor experience. Indoor ranges are most convenient for those who live near urban centers, where the biggest threats to public safety currently exist. This article covers indoor firearms training and the proper procedures you should follow at indoor ranges.

This Video Covers Basic Gun Range Safety Rules and Etiquette


1. Follow the Three Fundamental Rules for Safe Gun Handling
ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

2. Follow ALL Range Officer Instructions
ROs are the first and final authority on any range and their decisions are generally final. Arguing with a Range Officer may just get you thrown out.

3. Don’t Bother Others or Touch Their Guns
Respect other shooters’ privacy unless a safety issue arises. Do NOT engage other shooters to correct a perceived safety violation unless absolutely necessary – inform the RO instead. NEVER handle or touch another shooter’s firearm without their permission!

4. Know Your Range’s Rules
Review and understand any and all range rules and requirements/expectations. For example, what is the range’s maximum rate of fire? Are you allowed to collect your brass?

5. Know What To Do During a Cease Fire
IMMEDIATELY set down your firearm, pointed downrange, and STEP AWAY from the shooting booth (or bench). Range Officers do not want shooters trying to “secure/unload” their firearms in a cease fire situation — they want the shooters separated from their guns instantly.

NSSF indoor range survey pistol shooters Southwick Associates range report

Double-Up on Hearing Protection When Shooting Indoors

Howard Leight Impact Pro Electronic Muffs NRR 30
Howard Leight states that Impact Pro muffs are “designed for handgun and pistol shooters looking for high NRR … for indoor ranges, covered ranges or other extremely loud shooting environments.”

When shooting indoors we recommend quality muffs with earplugs underneath, offering double protection. When inside an enclosed range, with other shooters blasting away right next to you, you really need effective hearing protection. But you also need to hear range commands and be able to communicate. That’s why we recommend electronic muffs with quality plugs underneath. We recommend the NRR 33 Howard Leight Max-1 Plugs. These tapered plugs are comfortable, easy to insert, and have a flared end for better sound seal.

On top of those plugs, run high-quality muffs. For indoor ranges where sound levels can be extremely high, we recommend Howard Leight Impact Pro Muffs. These offer an impressive 30 dB Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) and the effective noise reduction can be improved by 4 decibels or more by running plugs as well.* These muffs are pretty comfortable and offer Headphone Functionality so you can connect to your smartphone, MP3 player, or other audio device. These muffs are a good value, an Amazon’s Choice for $64.97.

* Four decibels may not sound like much, but remember the decibel measurement system is logarithmic, so four decibels is VERY significant. We have discussed the merits of “doubling up” hearing protection with Ph.D. sound engineers. They told us that a combination of muffs and plugs could reduce effective noise levels by up to five decibels compared to plugs alone. In addition, good muffs will block bone conduction sound energy better than plugs alone.

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September 26th, 2023

Pistol Cartridge Reloading — Smart Techniques from Starline

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Starline Brass offers a series of videos with helpful reloading tips. Focused primarily on pistol cartridges, these short videos can help anyone get started with metallic cartridge reloading. If you load pistol rounds on a progressive, this video series is particularly helpful. The on-camera host is Hunter Pilant, son of Carroll Pilant of Sierra Bullets.

Preventing Double Charges
Tip: Use a bulky powder that fills your case more than half way with a correct charge. This will overfill the case if it is double-charged, making it very difficult to seat a bullet.

Tumble New Brass Before Loading the First Time
Tip: Tumble new pistol cartridge brass in used media for 30 minutes before loading for the first time. This will add enough graphite (carbon residue) to smooth case entry into dies. You can also lube the case mouths with graphite, or use spray lube.

Powder Through Expander — How to Eliminate Hang-ups
Tip: When loading pistol brass with a progressive press, sometime the powder-through expander is hard to remove, especially with short cases. There are two fixes — first, try deburring the inside of the case mouth on your cases. Second, the radius of the powder through expander plug can be modified to smooth entry and exit (see photo). Starline will do this modification for free.

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September 25th, 2023

BargainFinder 418: AccurateShooter’s Deals of the Week

AccurateShooter Deals of the Week Weekly Bargain Finder Sale Discount Savings

At the request of our readers, we provide select “Deals of the Week”. Every Sunday afternoon or Monday morning we offer our Best Bargain selections. Here are some of the best deals on firearms, hardware, reloading components, optics, and shooting accessories. Be aware that sale prices are subject to change, and once clearance inventory is sold, it’s gone for good. You snooze you lose.

NOTE: All listed products are for sale to persons 18 years of age or older. No products are intended for use by minors.

1. Graf & Sons — Leupold Optics Rebates

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Get big $100 or $50 Rebate on quality Leupold optics

Need a riflescope, spotting scope, or binocs for your fall hunt or shooting match? If so check out the Leupold Optics Rebates over at Graf’s. You can save $50 on BX-2 Alpine HD Binoculars and $100 on SX-2 Alpine HD Spotting Scopes and VX-5HD scopes. The SX-2 spotting scope has earned very positive reviews and the VX-5HD is great for long range hunting. Here are links for qualifying products: BX-2 Binoculars; SX-2 Alpine HD Spotters; VX-5HD Scopes.

2. Powder Valley — Popular Hodgdon, VV, Alliant Powders on Sale

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Most popular accuracy powders in stock now at good prices has a large selection of highly desirable powders IN STOCK and discounted now through Wednesday, 9/27/2023. Powder Valley has Varget, H4350, Reloder 16, N133, N320, N550, AR Comp and many more top-tier propellants in stock now. If you need premium powders at very competitive prices, head over to Powder Valley immediately.

3. Midsouth — Lock-N-Load AP Auto Progressive Press, $549.99

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Save $40 with sale and get 500 FREE Bullets

Progressive presses let you load ammo much more efficiently. The Lock-N-Load AP Loader Auto Progressive Press is on sale now for $549.99 ($40 off). This 5-station progressive features automatic indexing, priming, and ejection. The L-N-L AP Loader has a 5-station quick change bushing system that allows quick/easy cartridge type change-overs in less than 5 minutes. And right now, with this press purchase, Hornady provides 500 bullets for free.

4. Palmetto State Armory — 5.7×28 Rock Pistol Sale, $299.99

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Impressive new cartridge in good pistol priced under $300.00

The 5.7×28 cartridge is a high energy defense round with reduced recoil compared to cartridges with big, heavy bullets. The PSA 5.7 Rock Pistol is a full-size polymer frame pistol with excellent ergonomics and great accuracy. Right now it is on sale for just $299.99 — a great price. Made from quality 416 stainless steel and advanced polymers, this 5.7 Rock pistol is a good choice for defense and gun games. Chambered in 5.7x28mm, the PSA 5.7 Rock is fed from a 23-round magazine and has a smooth Glock-style trigger. This pistol will accept Glock-compatible sights.

5. Creedmoor Sports — Crosman Challenger Air Rifle, $649.95

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Accurate, match-proven, excellent starter competition air rifle

Airguns are more popular than ever for good reason. They’re inexpensive to shoot, can be used indoors, and you don’t need an FFL to acquire an air rifle. If you want an affordable, competition-grade air rifle, consider the Crosman Challenger 2021. This Sporter Class air rifle boasts an adjustable stock, swappable sidelever cocking handle, and competition sights. With good components and ergonomics, this Challenge rifle can compete with much more expensive rigs. This is a good choice for 3-position rifle training.

6. Amazon — Frankford Arsenal Case Prep Center, $120.30

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Very capable case prep center with handy design

Case prep is critical for proper reloading but it can be a long and arduous process. Speed up your case prep with the Frankford Arsenal Case Prep System. The machine’s HSS cutters stay sharp for thousands of rounds to make trimming quick and easy and the heavy-duty motor and drivetrain are optimized for durability and performance. This prep center includes inside chamfer tool, deburr tool, large and small primer pocket cleaning tools, plus a trimmer with 3 collets and 6 shoulder bushings.

7. Midsouth — Frankford Arsenal Perfect Primer Seater, $61.48

Excellent Primer Seating Tool with very positive user reviews

Amazon has the Frankford Perfect Primer Seater Tool for $61.48 (14% Off). This is a GREAT primer seating tool. It has good feel, plenty of leverage, and the primer tray works well. Importantly, it has a click-adjust wheel for precise primer seating depth control. Read our Frankford Primer Seating Tool Product Review. The tool comes complete with 12 precision shell holders. A quick thumb release system allows you to switch from small to large primers easily. Plus there is a hard stop so you won’t over-crush a primer.

8. Midsouth — Aguila Rimfire Ammo Sale, from $3.19/50 rds

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Incredibly low prices on Aguila .22 LR rimfire ammo

Shooting rimfire rifles and pistols is fun and affordable. Right now Midsouth is running an Aguila Rimfire Ammo Sale with great deals. Get reliable Aguila .22 LR ammo for as little as six cents per round (with $3.19 50rd box). There are many Aguila .22 LR rimfire ammo types on sale. Choose subsonic and supersonic, with a wide choice of bullet types.

9. Amazon — Digital Micrometer, $39.99

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Good deal on precision inch + metric digital micrometer

A good micrometer is a key tool for accurately measuring cartridge components and gun parts. We found a good Digital Display Micrometer for just $39.99 on Amazon. This tool boasts a 0.0-1.0″ (0 to 25mm) range with with 0.00005″/0.001mm resolution and +/- 0.0001″ accuracy. This micrometer offers two measuring modes and is easy to operate.

10. Amazon — Wheeler P-Handle Tool Set, $48.71

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Big discount on very complete set of drivers

If there’s one thing everyone needs in the workroom it’s a good set of hex and torq drivers. You can grab the Wheeler 30 Piece SAE/Metric Hex and Torx P-Handle Set for only $48.71 and have everything you need to work on guns and gear. This kit has SAE and Metric hex-type driver, plus Torx drivers, offering the full range of drivers your might need.

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September 23rd, 2023

Holster Guide — 30 Every Day Carry Holster Comparison Review

Holster CCW review EDC Every day carry pistol handgun is more about rifles than pistols. But we know that the majority of our regular readers own handguns, and many also have concealed carry (CCW) permits. And with the prospect of social unrest following the election, we expect more reader than ever will be “packing” a sidearm. Accordingly, we’ve found a great resource for CCW holders that can help you select a holster. On the Shooting Illustrated website you’ll find a detailed review of 30 different holster types. Each holster is illustrated, with pros and cons explained. These are all EDC holsters, meaning those designed for “Every Day Carry”.

SEE Full HolsterPallooza Story with 30 Holster Reviews »

Shooting Illustrated calls this article “HolsterPallooza” and it really does provide a ton of helpful information. Most other holster reviews on the web may feature a half-dozen holsters at the most. In this Holsterpallooza article you can see 30 holsters, with a wide variety of materials, designs, and applications. There are small molded IWB holsters for CCW, conventional on the belt holsters, leather shoulder holster rigs, and even ankle holsters. This is a great place to start if you are in the market for a holster.

Holster CCW review EDC Every day carry pistol handgun
Here’s sample of the many holster options reviewed, an innovative hybrid IWB holster constructed with leather over Kydex. That gives you the “best of both worlds” — the secure fit/retention of a molded Kydex shell, with an attractive leather exterior.

Shooting Illustrated explains: “As the interface between your gun and your body, the holster is a vital component of your carry rig. In many cases, the circumstances of your daily life will determine the method of carry you choose. This, in turn, will determine what type of holster you need, which may end up determining the handgun you carry. Therefore, choosing the method and type of holster may be as, or even more important than, choosing a firearm.”

MORE Reviews — Hickok 45 Reviews 15 CCW Holsters:

If you want to see even MORE holsters for “Every Day Carry” (EDC), check out this video from Hickok 45. This popular YouTube host looks at 15 different IWB holsters from a number of manufacturers. Hickok 45 examines many hybrid holsters that combine Kydex or plastic with leather for increased comfort. He has his favorites… and they might not be what you’d expect. NOTE: As this video has been watched over 900,000 times, you may also want to read the viewer comments. There are many helpful suggestions from CCW holders who carry daily.

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September 18th, 2023

BargainFinder 417: AccurateShooter’s Deals of the Week

AccurateShooter Deals of the Week Weekly Bargain Finder Sale Discount Savings

At the request of our readers, we provide select “Deals of the Week”. Every Sunday afternoon or Monday morning we offer our Best Bargain selections. Here are some of the best deals on firearms, hardware, reloading components, optics, and shooting accessories. Be aware that sale prices are subject to change, and once clearance inventory is sold, it’s gone for good. You snooze you lose.

NOTE: All listed products are for sale to persons 18 years of age or older. No products are intended for use by minors.

1. KYGUNCO — SAUER Mauser 12ga Tactical Shotgun, $667.82

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Superb German tactical 12 gauge — save $532 with this deal

How’d you like to get a super high-quality, $1200 shotgun for under $670? That’s the killer deal offered right now at KYGUNC0. The SL5 3-Gun semi-automatic shotgun by J.P. Sauer & Sohn is a top-tier European shotgun featuring an inertia-driven system, pistol grip stock, and 18.5″ stepped rib, chrome-lined barrel. The SL5 includes sling attachments, Picatinny optics rail, ghost sights, and a 3+1 capacity. Regularly priced at $1199.99 (with a $1249.99 MSRP), this Sauer SLR is now just $667.82 at KYGUNCO. With this deal you save $532.17. That’s a 44% savings.

2. Midsouth — 10% Off all Lyman Products, Sitewide

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Full Line-up SALE — save 10% or more on ALL Lyman products

Midsouth is running a big 10% Off Sale on all Lyman products. This is a great way to save on hundreds of gear items and supplies. Excellent Lyman products we recommend include: All-American 8-Station Turret Press, Case Prep Xpress (5-head prep center), Case Trim Xpress (powered), Electronic Trigger Pull Gauge, and Match Shooting Bag.

3. Midsouth — Hornady Press Kit, $319.99 w/ 500 FREE Bullets

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Great Deal — Save $80 on complete reloading kit

Here’s an excellent reloading package with everything you need to start handloading cartridges. And right now you can save 21%. With this Hornady Lock N Load Deluxe Classic Reloading kit you get the Classic single-stage press, powder measure with stand, digital scale, hand priming tool, OAL gauge tool, calipers, loading block, bullet release “hammer”, powder trickler, funnel, chamfer/debur tool, shellholder pack, die bushings, lock rings, Hornady Reloading Manual and much more. Folks, this is a great bargain at $319.99! The same Hornady L-N-L Classic Press Kit is $399.99 at MidwayUSA, eighty bucks more! Plus Hornady offers 500 Free bullets with the purchase of this kit. SEE Hornady GET LOADED Promo Page.

4. Amazon — Frankford Arsenal Intellidropper, $149.90

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Save 22% or more on excellent powder scale/dispenser

A good electronic powder scale/dispenser lets you more precisely with greater charge-weight consistency. The Frankford Arsenal Intellidropper delivers 0.10 (one-tenth) of a grain accuracy. This modern, easy-to-use machine also connects via Bluetooth to a very handy App on your phone that stores your loads for various cartridge and bullet types. Priced at just $149.90 on Amazon, this is an awesome deal. This same Intellidropper Platinum sells for $229.99 elsewhere — $80 more than the Amazon price.

5. Creedmoor Sports — Lapua, Peterson, ADG Brass on Sale

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High-quality brass from major makers now available

Right now Creedmoor Sports is running a major Sale on Cartridge brass from Lapua, Peterson, and ADG. If you need a modern cartridge such as the 28 PRC, or need a large magnum for your F-Open or ELR rifle, now is a good time to buy. For example, Lapua-made .300 PRC brass is available now at $159.95 per hundred. Along with these big Magnums, Creedmoor Sports also has Peterson 6mm Dasher brass on sale at $53.50 for 50 cases.

6. Natchez — Frankford Quick-N-Easy Case Tumbler Kit, $79.99

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We’ve used this Combo Kit for many seasons — very good value right now

Keeping your brass clean is important (and essential if you anneal). If you’re looking for a new, affordable setup to clean cartridge brass, consider the Frankford Arsenal Quick-N-EZ Case Tumbler Master Kit. You get everything needed to dry-tumble your brass and remove the media. This is all available now for a very low $79.99. You could pay that much for a good vibratory tumbler alone, yet this combo kit includes tumbler, media separator, bucket, brass polish, and media.

7. CDNN Sports — Field Sport Reflex Dot Sights, $29.99

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Four handy 1X Reflex Dot sights, each just $29.99 — a real bargain

Red/Green Dot sights work well for pistols, rifles, and shotguns. These Reflex-type Dot sights permit fast target acquisition, and work great in low light situations, making them well-suited for home defense use. Right now Field Sport Red/Green Dot (Reflex) sights are on sale for just $29.99. For gun games, we like the model with four reticle types and 5 accessory rail positions. For hunting use, consider the 1×50 model with wide field of view.

8. Amazon — Frankford Arsenal Funnel Kit, $26.34

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This static-free funnel kit works great — perfect fit to necks

Handloaders need a good funnel to transfer powder into their brass. Ideally the funnel should closely fit the cartridge necks to minimize spillage. A great choice is the Frankford Arsenal Powder Funnel Kit on sale now for $26.34 (25% OFF). This quality funnel kit offers EIGHT (8) funnel nozzles with diameters that precisely fit nearly all popular cartridge types. Manufactured from static-free aluminum with a black chrome finish, this powder funnel easily slides onto case necks without hang-ups or static.

9. Target Sports USA — One Day Super AMMO+ Sale, 9/19/2023

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Get 16% off ammunition with membership, plus big F150 give-away

Target Sports USA is running its inaugural AMMO+ Day this week. On Tuesday, September 19, 2023, all AMMO+ members will DOUBLE their savings — getting 16% off select in-demand ammunition. That 16% discount is double the regular 8% savings (and FREE shipping) offered to AMMO+ members. In addition, all AMMO+ members will be entered to win a brand-new Ford F-150 truck! NOTE: to get the Double Savings, you must be an AMMO+ member, which costs $95.00, however, no purchase or membership is necessary to enter the contest. CLICK HERE for more information.

10. Locked&Loaded — CCI Blazer 9mm Ammo, $109.99 500 rds

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Quality 9mm brass-cased ammo at lowest price we’ve seen in years

CCI makes very reliable pistol ammo with reloadable brass cases. Right now you can get 500 rounds of CCI Blazer 9mm FMJ ammo for just $109.99 at That price works out to just $11.00 per 50-round box — a fantastic price. This very affordable 115gr Blazer 9mm ammo is excellent for practice/training, and it is more reliable than commercial reloads.

11. MidwayUSA — Wipe-Out Foam Bore Cleaner, $11.99

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Great product we use — cleans well with way less brushing

At major F-Class matches, one cleaning product was mentioned over and over again and for good reason. Sharp Shoot R Wipe-Out foaming bore cleaner is a no-nonsense, easy-to-use bore cleaner that does a great job. We get best results with two applications of Wipe-Out after some wet patches. If you’re tired of long brushing sessions, give Wipe-Out a try — it really reduces brushing required. This is a very good deal. The same 5 oz. can sells for up to $20 elsewhere.

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September 18th, 2023

ATF Issues Updated Form 4473 — Firearms Transaction Record

2023 ATF Form 4473 update revised firearms transaction record

Due to statutory requirements set forth in both the NICS Denial Notification Act and the Bipartisan Safer Community Act (BSCA), the ATF Form 4473 was revised in December of 2022. Incorporating industry member suggestions made during the recent 60 and 30-day Notice and Comment periods, ATF has further revised the form and now that newest version (August 2023) has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget for implementation. The new form becomes mandatory on 2/1/2024, but the ATF recommends using the updated Forum 4473 now.

The ATF encourages all federal firearms licensees (FFLs) to begin using the Revised Form immediately. The Revised Form is available on the ATF website, and can be downloaded and printed for immediate use. Note that the entire Form, including instructions, must be printed, and stored together. Hard copies of the Revised Form will be available through the ATF Distribution Center beginning November 1, 2023. The ATF eForm 4473 application is also being revised and notification will be sent when it is ready for use.

A detailed breakdown of all form changes is provided on the ATF’s website. SEE: ATF Form 4473 & Firearms Transaction Record Revision.

The Revised Form will become mandatory for use on February 1, 2024. Please contact your local ATF Industry Operations office should you have any questions regarding the changes to the form.

» Review the Changes to ATF Form 4473

» Download the Revised Form 4473

2023 ATF Form 4473 update revised firearms transaction record

CLICK above photo to download full 7-page Form 4473 as PDF file.

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September 15th, 2023

Gun Rights Policy Conference Next Week in Phoenix, Arizona

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The 38th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC), co-hosted by the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, will be held Friday-Sunday, September 22-24, 2023, in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference is FREE to attend, if you pre-register. CLICK HERE to register online.

The theme of this year’s event, which will be held at the Marriott Phoenix Airport Hotel, is “Road to Liberty!”. GRPC Registration is available online at the SAF website. If you are near Phoenix that weekend, you may definitely want to attend. For those unable to attend, the conference will be featured on multiple platforms including YouTube and Facebook.

As in the past, this year’s conference and all materials are FREE!

This year’s conference will be attended by more than 600 gun rights advocates and activists and will feature a veritable “Who’s Who” of leaders in the Second Amendment movement. More than 80 speakers will offer presentations on a variety of subjects, including legislation, the upcoming 2024 elections, firearms litigation, ATF policy changes, and more.

Notable scheduled speakers this year include Alan Gottlieb, Adam Kraut, Stephen Hallbrook, John Lott, Massad Ayoob, Mark Smith, AWR Hawkins, John Correia, Ryan and Tom Gresham, Mark Walters, Stephen Gutowski and representatives and staff from SAF, CCRKBA, FPC and GOA as well as leaders of state organizations. Learn more about the speakers on the GRPC Speaker Bio Page.

Gun Rights Policy Conference Schedule

Friday, September 22: The conference begins with registration and an evening reception, 7-9 pm.

Saturday, September 23: The conference gets fully underway with panel discussions, individual presentations, and the annual awards luncheon. It’s an all-day event running from 8 am to 6 pm.

Sunday, September 24: The conference has more panel discussions and reports from 9 am to 1 pm.

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SAF founder and Executive V.P. Alan Gottlieb said this year’s GRPC event occurs at a critical time for the Second Amendment movement: “Our rights have been under continuing and unrelenting attacks from the Biden administration. While we have seen several Second Amendment victories in the courts and the various state legislatures. We are witnessing continued growth in the number of legally-armed citizens, with more than half of the states now enjoying Constitutional/permitless carry.”

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September 13th, 2023

Gun Groups Sue NM Governor over Unconstitutional Firearms Ban

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The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit against New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and four other officials on the grounds that the governor’s “emergency order’ prohibiting open and concealed carry in Albuquerque and surrounding Bernalillo violates the Second and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

Joining SAF are the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association, Firearms Policy Coalition and a private citizen, Zachary Fort, who resides in Bernalillo County. They are represented by Jordon George of Aragon Moss George Jenkins, LLP who has also filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. The lawsuit and motion were filed in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico.

Along with Gov. Lujan Grisham, defendants include: Patrick Allen, Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Health; Jason Bowie, Cabinet Secretary for New Mexico Department of Public Safety, and W. Troy Weisler, chief of the New Mexico State Police. They are sued individually AND in their official capacities.

“Despite her claims to the contrary,” said SAF founder and Exec. V.P. Alan M. Gottlieb, “Gov. Grisham does not have the authority to ‘suspend’ the Second Amendment for an alleged public health emergency or any other reason. Neither do any of the other defendants, nor can they legally enforce such a suspension.”

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“Evidently”, added SAF Executive Director Adam Kraut, “Gov. Lujan Grisham believes she can disregard the constitution to further her own political views. We’re taking action to stop this unconstitutional exercise of power in its tracks, because it is a flagrant violation of the right of individual citizens to carry firearms in public for personal defense.”

“Our motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction will prevent the state from further causing injury to the plaintiffs and other citizens under this unlawful order,” Kraut added.

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September 13th, 2023

Concealed Carry Insurance Options for Gun Owners — 7 Programs

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Over 22 million Americans are currently licensed/permitted to carry concealed weapons.* And with the important U.S. Supreme Court decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen, we can expect that number to increase significantly. That landmark case stated that the Second Amendment guarantees citizens the right to bear arms outside their homes.

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There are now seven (7) major business entities which provide insurance coverage and legal services for CCW holders. These providers are listed below. We suggest, BEFORE you commit to any particular policy/membership, you comparison shop at least three different options. We also recommend you read the full 3400-word GunDigest Article that examines, in detail, the coverage offered by these seven companies:

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U.S. Concealed Carry Assoc. (USCCA) concealed carry ccw insurance u.s. law shield
CCW Safe concealed carry ccw insurance u.s. law shield
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Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network (ACLDN) concealed carry ccw insurance u.s. law shield
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Factors to Consider When Choosing a Gun Insurance Program:

Attorney Fees and Expert Fees
The key benefit of any CCW insurance plan is coverage for attorneys fees. If you need a lawyer for a civil case or criminal defense, the fees pile up very fast. Good lawyers can charge $400-$500 per hour, and a trial can go on for many days. GunDigest explains: “If your case goes to trial you might find a bill that runs up to six figures.” You should check to see if a policy covers lawyer retainer, hourly fees, expert fees, AND potential damages.

Bail Bond Coverage
If you are involved in an incident, and an arrest is made, you want to avoid spending time in a jail cell. That’s why it’s important to have a CCW insurance plan that will quickly provide funding for bail bonds. As GunDigest notes: “bail-bond coverage is typically part of a sound concealed carry insurance policy”.

Multi-State Coverage
Gun laws vary among states, and state insurance laws vary as well. This affects the coverage an insurance program can and will provide. When choosing a policy, ask questions to determine how coverage may vary from state to state. With some programs you can purchase additional coverage for trips outside your home state. These can be time-limited for cost savings.

Policy Limits (Dollar Amounts)
When considering a CCW insurance program you need to look at the policy limits — the amount the program might pay to provide legal assistance and potentially settle a claim. You need to read the fine print here, just as you would with an automobile or home policy.

The detailed GunDigest article on CCW Insurance Coverage, notes that there are some additional factors to consider when choosing CCW Insurance:

“You’ll find there are other areas covered by some concealed carry insurance plans worth contemplating. Many of them fall within the policies themselves, however, some cost extra. In many cases, CCW policies go well beyond legal expenses and cover some other aspects you might not have considered:”

Crime Scene Clean Up
Negligent Discharge
Spouse And Family Self-Defense
Property Damage
Firearms Replacement
Work Loss Coverage
Personal Use Of Firearm (non-defensive)

* According to a 2022 report by attorney John Lott, of the Crime Prevention Research Center, the number of concealed handgun permits now stands at 22.01 million – a 2.3% increase since 2021.

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September 11th, 2023

BargainFinder 416: AccurateShooter’s Deals of the Week

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At the request of our readers, we provide select “Deals of the Week”. Every Sunday afternoon or Monday morning we offer our Best Bargain selections. Here are some of the best deals on firearms, hardware, reloading components, optics, and shooting accessories. Be aware that sale prices are subject to change, and once clearance inventory is sold, it’s gone for good. You snooze you lose.

NOTE: All listed products are for sale to persons 18 years of age or older. No products are intended for use by minors.

1. MidwayUSA — Savage Axis XP with Weaver Scope, $429.99

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Hunting season is here — great hunting rifle value

Here’s a great deal on a rugged, camo-stocked Savage XP rifle complete with 3-9x40mm Weaver optic. Right now the Axis XP in 6.5 Creedmoor is just $429.99 on SALE with camo stock. Four other popular chamberings — .223 Rem, .22-250 Rem, .308 Win, .30-06 Springfield — are $449.99. This is a heck of a hunting rifle for under $450.00. Other chamberings, priced a bit higher, include .243 Win, .25-06, .270 Win, and 7mm-08. The Savage Axis XP is also available with a plain black stock, usually for significantly less money. For example the black .308 Win Axis XP is just $389.99, while the camo version is $449.99.

2. EuroOptic — Leica Laser Rangefinder Sale

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Major savings on top-quality laser rangefinders

With their outstanding range and precision, Leica laser rangefinders are some of the best you can buy. Leica LRFs are prized by hunters and competitors everywhere. We found the Leica CRF series of rangefinders on sale at EuroOptic. With this September sale, this is a great opportunity to save $100-$200 on a top-tier LRF. Some of these Leica units also have software connectivity. At $699.99 ($100 off), the Leica Rangemaster CRF is a great deal right now.

3. Midsouth — Labradar Finally Back in Stock, $624.99

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Superior advanced radar chronograph used by champions, now in stock

Labradar chronographs are used by top benchrest, F-Class, and ELR competitors. Labradars provide precise bullet speed measurements, with no need to go downrange, or attach a large barrel fixture that could affect POI or accuracy. For many months Labradars have been hard to get. Thankfully, Midsouth has just received some of the latest-generation Labradars. Get one now at $624.99 at Midsouth before they sell out.

4. Frankford Arsenal — Universal Seating Die, $59.15

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Great user reviews for this versatile die with 9 caliber sleeves

Are you tired of buying multiple seating dies for all your cartridges? Then check out the Frankford Arsenal Universal Seating die. It works with .224 to .338 caliber bullets. This kit includes 9 bullet alignment sleeves, 3 VLD bullet seating stems, and a molded storage case.

5. Amazon — RCBS Brass Boss, $199.99

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This reliable unit does multiple tasks very well — $174.99 with Rebate

Speed up your case prep with the RCBS Brass Boss. This versatile device features six variable-speed, rotating stations that can fully prepare brass for reloading (after the brass is trimmed to length). The Brass Boss includes tools for all six stations: an inside VLD chamfering tool, outside deburring tool, primer pocket cleaner (small/large), military crimp remover (small/large), primer pocket uniformer (small/large), case neck brushes (four diameters) and a tub of dry case neck lubricant. NOTE: The Brass Boss qualifies for a $25.00 RCBS Rebate through 9/20/2023, so your net cost is $174.99.

6. Bullet Central — SK Rimfire Ammunition In Stock

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Major savings on very good rimfire ammo by Lapua sister company

SK rimfire ammunition offers great performance for the price. SK .22 LR ammo shot very accurately in our test rifles. Now at Bullet Central you’ll find ample SK rimfire ammo in stock including Rifle, Pistol, Standard and more. NOTE: Bullet Central has no quantity limits, so you can buy as much as you want. This is a good choice for NRL22 competition.

7. Creedmoor Sports — Know Your Limits Target Plate, $89.95

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Clever training plate — great for rimfire NRL22 and PRS

This Creedmoor Sports Inverted Know Your Limits (KYL) Target offers a unique shooting experience. The goal is to put your shots INSIDE each hole in the steel plate. Made from laser-cut 3/8″ AR500 steel plate, this target handles both rimfire and centerfire cartridges. The target, which can be set up horizontally or vertically, has 7 circles which range from 2.0″ to 0.5″ in diameter. Start with the biggest hole and then work your way down. It’s fun and challenging. Failure to go through the circle or an edge shot can be easily identified visually and by the “ping” this target makes.

8. Amazon — Caldwell Stinger Rest, $86.10

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Good, stable rest for sighting-in hunting rifles

Hunting season is here. The Caldwell Stinger Shooting Rest is an affordable one-piece rest that’s great for sighting-in hunting rifles. The heavy-duty metal frame provides good, solid support. Elevation is easily adjustable, and twin handy, cam-locks allow the Stinger’s front support to slide forward or backwards to match your rifle’s fore-arm dimensions.

9. Midsouth — Lyman 45-Piece Gunsmith Tool Kit, $39.59

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Excellent, versatile tool kit for multiple gun maintenance tasks

Having the right tools to work on your firearms is critical to prevent damage and ensure they’re safe to operate. A great kit to get started with is the Lyman 45-piece Lyman tool kit. This the key tools needed to perform a host of gunsmithing tasks. With this Lyman tool kit, you get a nice fitted cases which contains ALL the following: standard type screwdriver handle, ratcheting handle, 34 individual cross tip, flat tip, and Allen bits, an extension, a #1 and #2 cross tip long bit, three pin punches, a Glock front sight bit, and a Weaver scope ring bit.

10. Palmetto SA — Walker’s Muffs + Safety Glasses, $15.99

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Killer deal on hearing and eye protection combo

Is it time to replace your hearing and eye protection? Or perhaps you could use an extra set for friends? Check out this Walker’s Ultra Slim Muff & Glasses Combo. You get good quality 27dB NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) muffs AND a set of ANSI Z87.1-rated shooting glasses — all for just $15.99. That’s a great price for essential safety items. Shooters should always have both eye and ear protection whenever at the range.

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September 5th, 2023

Choosing a Handgun — Smart Tips for Pistol Purchasers

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Are you in the market for your first handgun, for target use or for self-defense? The Winchester Blog has a good article for handgun buyers. This story, “Things You Should Know When Purchasing Your First Pistol”, provides many smart tips that can help you choose the right handgun, and save money in the process. In addition, the article explains how to train with your new pistol and handle it safely. READ Full Article.

If possible, you should test a variety of different pistols, to determine which works best for you. Check the feel, the ergonomics, the sight picture, and the controls. And, if possible, test the pistols with live-fire at a range which rents samples.

How do you know if your choice is right for you?
Once you’ve narrowed down choices, try to get time shooting the pistol(s) you are considering. You can usually rent guns at commercial ranges. This is an excellent way to “try before you buy.” NSSF has a list of places to shoot[.] When looking for a range that rents firearms, an online search and then a phone call to confirm what options are available is a solid plan. If you have friends and family who own a model you are interested in, ask if they will go to the range with you so that you can try it.

Take pistols for a test drive
First, dry-fire and manipulate the pistol. Can you easily lock the slide open? Are the sights suited to your vision? Then, fire a magazine or two of ammo [in a supervised range facility]. — Winchester Blog

The Winchester Blog article lists techniques that can help you get the “feel” for a particular firearm:

1. Practice the 4 Rules of Firearm Safety and make sure the gun is empty.

2. [After confirming the gun is empty] manipulate the slide, safety, magazine release, and dry-fire.

3. Perform a dry or empty magazine change — make sure you can hit the release and also reload a new magazine easily.

4. Perform a draw, or if you’re at a range where that is not allowed, simply pick the pistol up off the table and bring it up to your eye level and align the sights. Do this a few times. Can you acquire the sights quickly?

5. How does the backstrap fit your hand? Can you get both hands on the gun with enough “purchase” that you can really grip it well?

READ Full Winchester Blog Pistol Purchase Article »

This Winchester Blog article is by Becky Yackley. Becky has competed in 3-Gun, Bianchi pistol, Service Rifle, NCAA air rifle, smallbore and air pistol events around the world since 1989.

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September 1st, 2023

ATF Releases Updated Guide to State Laws and Ordinances

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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has released the 35th Edition of State Laws and Published Ordinances — Firearms (ATF P 5300.5). This information will help FFLs and gun owners comply with federal and state firearm laws and, specifically, remain in compliance with the Gun Control Act of 1968. The information is found on the ATF website here:

The ATF website has links to the particular laws for all 50 U.S. States as well as the American territories such as the U.S. Virgin Islands. This makes it quick and easy to check for updates in your region. We encourage readers to review the pertinent state or territory link provided on the ATF website that is relevant to your location. Click here for more information.

NOTE: The ATF Guide to State Laws has this caveat: This material is not intended to provide legal advice and should be used only for informational purposes. It is possible that a state may have passed a more recent law(s) or issued interpretations or regulations that have yet to be published and are not included in this publication. If you have any questions regarding state, county or local laws, please contact your state’s Attorney General.

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