Anything Can Happen in the Wilderness (With Video)

September 26, 2009 by  
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We went out to film a segment as we always do. It was going to be simple, we were doing a spot with John’s wife Gail, on how anyone can learn to shoot.  Sometime you need to just go home. Read more

Hydraulic Hands could make people super human

September 26, 2009 by  
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Injured soldiers and people with disabilities might one day benefit from a hydraulic hand that doubles finger strength.

Scientists at the Department of Energy had found a way to apply pea-sized hydraulics to applications that require a lot of power in a small space. A set of these hydraulic gloves with 25 moving parts would deliver 20 pounds of pinch force, twice what the normal hand can deliver. Pull some on and you become spider man, or you can just scale tall building or mountains for fun.

Florida woman injured in gator attack

September 26, 2009 by  
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GatorA Clearwater, Fla. woman was walking her dogs along the shore of a lake this week when an alligator launched itself from the water, sinking its teeth into her calf. Diane Blackwood, 48, was able to free herself by poking the gator in the eye with her thumb. “It was slightly less painful than the blade of a lawn mower hitting your foot,” she said. The St. Petersburg Times.

20,000 crossbow stamps issued for Michigan archery season

September 25, 2009 by  
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Images-1With Michigan’s approaching hunting season marking the first time in which crossbows will be allowed for archery-only hunts, the DNR reports that 20,000 free crossbow stamps have already been issued. In the Jackson Citizen Patriot.

Mountain lion e-mail hoax

September 25, 2009 by  
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Buck-deer-killed-by-mountain-lionA photograph showing a mountain lion dragging a deer that’s currently making the e-mail rounds among residents of western North Carolina originated in Texas, reports the NC Wildlife Resources Division. This marks the third time in as many years that the agency has seen such e-mail hoaxes, prompting it to again assure citizens that no wild cougars reside in the state. The Asheville Citizen-Times.

A Controversial New Hampshire Law That Charges Those Who Get Lost

September 25, 2009 by  
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Personally I do not believe a state or municipality should charge for rescue: unless they can prove the person purposely acted irresponsibly. IE Ice fisherman who stay on the ice knowing it is dangerous and will break free, and who have been rescued on more than one occasion for the same thing.  Politicians waste our tax dollars continually. One of the only honorable things left that Government participates in is the saving of human life. Should the Coast Guard start charging for each rescue? If a politician or any persons aircraft goes down to include commercial flights should we start charging them and their families for the search, rescue and recovery?  It was there choice to get on that aircraft and to trust that airline or particular pilot?  To me it is the same thing.

Back in April, a 17-year-old Eagle Scout named Scott Mason went hiking on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington. After straying from a path, Mason failed to return to his campsite at sunset, so Mason’s parents alerted authorities, USA Today reports. A massive search ensued, in which state officials utilized helicopters, and sent out search teams to canvass the mountain for three straight days, the paper said. Mason survived his time in the frigid terrain by building a rock shelter and using hand sanitizer to help start a fire. By the time rescuers spotted him, the state said it had run up quite a tab. Read more

Senators question proposed NPS lead ammo ban

September 25, 2009 by  
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A letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signed by 13 U.S. Senators questions the recent actions of the National Park Service toward a prohibition of traditional lead ammo in parks that allow hunting. “In these difficult economic times, this action will discourage people from hunting and fishing and decrease revenue into the Pittman-Robertson fund that funds state conservation efforts,” read the letter. NSSF press release.

Geese make Tenn. school playing field unusable

September 25, 2009 by  
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ImagesDozens of resident Canada geese—and the droppings they leave behind—have made the athletic field at Knoxville’s S. Doyle Middle School unsuitable for PE activities. Students have been advised not to chase the geese and “Don’t look up with your mouth open.” The Knoxville News.

M45 Close Quarters Combat Pistol

September 24, 2009 by  
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The legendary Daniel Watters has unearthed compelling evidence that the Marine MEU(SOC) M1911 pistol has now been given the official designation “M45 Close Quarters Combat Pistol”.

A Marine fired the MEU(SOC)

Two documents 1, recently posted on Navy.mil, provide information about the procurement of slide assemblies for the M45. Unlike previous documents these do not refer to the MEU(SOC) designation and refer only to the “M45 Close Quarters Combat Pistol”.

Note the reliability requirements.

Make Your Own Firearm Bore Cleaner

September 24, 2009 by  
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Since I mixed my first “Ed’s Red” (ER) bore cleaner five years ago, hundreds of users have told me that they find it as effective as commercial products. This cleaner has an action similar to military rifle bore cleaner, such as Mil-C-372B. It is highly effective for removing plastic fouling from shotgun bores, caked carbon in semi-automatic rifles or pistols, or leading in revolvers. “ER” is not a “de-coppering” solution for fast removal of heavy jacket fouling, but because is more effective in removal of caked carbon and primer residues than most other cleaners, so metal fouling is reduced when “ER” is used. Read more

Win the “10 Millionth Model 870 Shotgun” sweepstakes

September 24, 2009 by  
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Madison, NC –Remington Arms Company, Inc. is acknowledging a milestone of an American classic, the Model 870 pump-action, in the September 24, 2009, edition of USA Today® with a full-page ad thanking America and the millions of Model 870 owners for making it possible to reach the 10,000,000th production mark. In honor of this historic achievement, Remington is also sponsoring the “10 Millionth Model 870 Shotgun” Sweepstakes. Read more

Colorado ranchers free tangled bull elk

September 24, 2009 by  
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20090924__twoelk~p1_200In a sure indication that the elk rut is well underway in Colorado, ranchers used a combination of ropes and bolt cutters to free two bull elk that became entangled in wire as they sparred near Arvada yesterday. 9News reports.

S. Korea to offer M1 Garands to US collectors

September 24, 2009 by  
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ImagesThe S. Korea Ministry of National Defense has announced its plans to sell an estimated 86,000 M1 Garands and 22,000 M1 carbines to interested buyers in the U.S. in a effort to boost the country’s defense budget. According to the Korea Times, the rifles were originally given to South Korea as part of a U.S. aid program in the 1950s.

America armed, but guns not necessarily loaded

September 24, 2009 by  
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NEW ORLEANS – Bullet-makers are working around the clock, seven days a week, and still can’t keep up with the nation’s demand for ammunition.

Shooting ranges, gun dealers and bullet manufacturers say they have never seen such shortages. Bullets, especially for handguns, have been scarce for months because gun enthusiasts are stocking up on ammo, in part because they fear President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress will pass antigun legislation — even though nothing specific has been proposed and the president last month signed a law allowing people to carry loaded guns in national parks.

Gun sales spiked when it became clear Obama would be elected a year ago and purchases continued to rise in his first few months of office. The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System reported that 6.1 million background checks for gun sales were issued from January to May, an increase of 25.6 percent from the same period the year before.

“That is going to cause an upswing in ammunition sales,” said Larry Keane, senior vice president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association representing about 5,000 members. “Without bullets a gun is just a paper weight.”

The shortage for sportsmen is different than the scarcity of ammo for some police forces earlier this year, a dearth fueled by an increase in ammo use by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We are working overtime and still can’t keep up with the demand,” said Al Russo, spokesman for North Carolina-based Remington Arms Company, which makes bullets for rifles, handguns and shotguns. “We’ve had to add a fourth shift and go 24-7. It’s a phenomenon that I have not seen before in my 30 years in the business.”

Americans usually buy about 7 billion rounds of ammunition a year, according to the National Rifle Association. In the past year, that figure has jumped to about 9 billion rounds, said NRA spokeswoman Vickie Cieplak.

Jason Gregory, who manages Gretna Gun Works just outside of New Orleans, has been building his personal supply of ammunition for months. His goal is to have at least 1,000 rounds for each of his 25 weapons.

“I call it the Obama effect,” said Gregory, 37, of Terrytown, La. “It always happens when the Democrats get in office. It happened with Clinton and Obama is even stronger for gun control. Ammunition will be the first step, so I’m stocking up while I can.”

So far, the new administration nor Congress has not been markedly antigun. Obama has said he respects Second Amendment rights, but favors “common sense” on gun laws. Still, worries about what could happen persist.

Demand has been so heavy at some Walmarts, a limit was imposed on the amount of ammo customers can buy. The cutoff varies according to caliber and store location, but sometimes as little as one box — or 50 bullets — is allowed.

At Barnwood Arms in Ripon, Calif., sales manager Dallas Jett said some of the shortages have leveled off, but 45-caliber rounds are still hard to find.

“We’ve been in business for 32 years and I’ve been here for 10 and we’ve never seen anything like it,” Jett said. “Coming out of Christmas everything started to dry up and it was that way all through the spring and summer.

Nationwide, distributors are scrambling to fill orders from retailers. “We used to be able to order 50 or 60 cases and get them in three or four days easy, it was never an issue,” said Vic Grechniw of Florida Ammo Traders, a distributor in Tampa, Fla. “Now you are really lucky if you can get one case a month. It just isn’t there because the demand is way up.”

A case contains 500 or 1,000 bullets. At Jefferson Gun Outlet and Range in Metairie just west of New Orleans, owner Mike Mayer is worried individuals are going to start buying by the case.

“If someone wants to shoot on the weekend you have to worry about having the ammunition for them. And I know some people aren’t buying to use it at the range, they’re taking it home and hoarding it.”

With demand, prices have also risen. “Used to be gold, but now lead is the most expensive metal,” said Donald Richards, 37, who was stocking up at the Jefferson store. “And worth every penny.”

EPA Sues North Face Over Anti-Bacterial Claims

September 24, 2009 by  
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Are you aware when you go to the US EPA site that the top of the page is in Chinese? It has noting to do with the story but I thought that was strange.   Maybe we have a Chinese EPA Czar,  The Environmental Protection Agency has sued The North Face over anti-bacterial claims made on some of the company’s shoe tags. The EPA claims that The North Face violated federal pesticide laws. The shoe tags claimed that the footbed would prevent disease-causing bacteria and fungus, and the EPA argues that this is an unverified public health claim and could lead people to believe they are protected from disease when they may not be.

North Face responded with. We immediately, without being asked, went to work to get those tags off the shoes,” he said. “We agree that we used four words on a hang tag that we should not have used.”

This reminds me of the scene in Ghostbusters where Peck goes and shuts down the ghost containment unit. Not because the two cases are similar but because that’s my only experience with the EPA. Don’t stop washing your feet because you bought special North Face foot beds. And if you bought them so you do not have to wash your feet you are NASTY and deserve to get foot fungus.

Two Plant Poaching Stories in a week

September 24, 2009 by  
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Images-1I am sorry but I can not believe that this is and epidemic or a big deal. This is the second story this week, the first guy was taking seeds off the forest floor and was prosecuted, waste of tax payer money again, next we will be hearing about those criminally insane elementary school students stealing leafs for their private collections.    Investigators with the Ohio DNR believe rising unemployment and a tough economy is driving some ginseng diggers in the state to illegally harvest the root on private land and out of season. Last year, 3,626 pounds of ginseng were legally harvested in Ohio and sold to dealers at around $400 a pound. The Columbus Dispatch.

You Crafty Germans

September 23, 2009 by  
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Germany of all places will be getting an 11-mile nude hiking trail. The same country that started two world wars within 30 years is promoting itself as a destination for people who likeFunny Pictures - Fat Woman Splits to hike naked

“I think it’s a great way to promote tourism here,” Ludwig told Reuters on Tuesday,

Ludwig? You realize that nude hikers don’t have any place to keep their wallets. Or maybe you plan on making some extra cash renting paintball guns to tourists who want to take a shot at the nude scramblers? You crafty Germans. Unbelievable. I am sure if you saw the people who intend to use it, you will be scared for life.


National Adopt a Wild Horse Day

September 23, 2009 by  
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It’s one our links to the more primitive days of the West that wild horses are still roaming the plains. The way that herds can double their population in a year, seeing as how they have no natural predators, is a good reminder of how far we haven’t come. The Bureau of Land Management protects and manages the herds, and each year they gather up thousands of the animals and offer them up for free to anyone with enough land to support them.  My landlord won’t let me have a dog, but I’m going to looking into getting a horse for my place. National Adopt a Wild Horse Day is this Saturday.

Is the .32 ACP Pistol still “Mission Feasible”?

September 23, 2009 by  
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I was first introduced to the M1903 Colt Pocket Hammer-less in 1974 by the late Harry Archer of the CIA. In the  1970s Harry Archer and I tested almost  every .32 ACP pistol made, to isolate which pocket guns were the most reliable, accurate, and natural instinctive pointers in the Applegate style. We fired lab specimens borrowed from the NRA museum, FBI and BATF labs as well as some unusual guns borrowed from various military collections. There were no hollow-point factory loads available back then, so we shot “hot” European hardball and hand loads assembled with various cast bullets and Winchester factory “gumball soft” lead, 100-grain flat-nosed .32-20 slugs similar to Ideal #3118 which became Harry’s choice for carry ammo in his overseas go-bag. Read more

Bull elk takes dip in Colorado backyard pool

September 23, 2009 by  
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20090923__elkswim~p1Agents with the Colorado Division of Wildlife were called to a Genesee, Colo. home over the weekend to help remove a bull elk from a family’s backyard swimming pool. The elk, which had fallen through the pool cover, escaped unharmed, according to a report by KUSA-TV.

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