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Friday Surprise: Clark Terry, 1920-2015.


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An influential jazz master has died.
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Criminals don't obey gun laws. Not here, not in Europe. Surprised?


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We keep saying this, but the prohibitionists don’t get it — no matter where they’re from!
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Friday Surprise: "If it ain't a Boeing, I ain't going!"


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What airplane is still in front-line operational use 60 years after it first went into service? The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, of course! There's a reason for that, not the least of which is that we have a lot of spare parts...
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Here's a quiz: what guns do the police seize most often?


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Police evidence lockers are full of guns that have been seized; either they’ve been used in a crime or they were recovered as part of a related crime investigation. What are the most common guns found in these lockers?

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Flying with guns: some tips to make it a little less stressful


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Yes, you can fly with guns — but it can be an intimidating experience. Here’s how to make it a little smoother.
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Friday The 13th Surprise: Most people don't know what algorithms are, let alone what they do.


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al·go·rithm \ˈal-gə-ˌri-thəm\ (N) : a set of steps that are followed in order to solve a mathematical problem or to complete a computer process.

Sounds simple, right? You might be surprised what lurks behind that definition.
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Friday Surprise: The father of the laser beam shines no more.


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Believe it or not, the laser isn’t all that old - in fact, its co-inventor just recently passed away.
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While some states are losing, others are winning the RKBA battle!


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Washington State lost in the last Second Amendment skirmish — but in places like Virginia, thinks are going along quite nicely, thank you!
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Friday Surprise: Recent history is surprisingly hard to find.


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Believe it or not, this is what a web search looked like in 1994.

You’d think, in the modern world, that our history is covered from every angle and therefore hard to lose. You might be surprised where you have to look to unearth some of it.
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SHOT Show 2015: What about the revolvers?


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As you may have heard, I just got back from the 2015 SHOT Show. Pickings for revolver enthusiasts were slim, but there are a couple of things to talk about!
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Not going to SHOT Show? Don't worry!


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Every January the entire shooting industry gets together for the biggest trade show (and party) of the year: the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show, for short.) How can you keep up with the all the great news?
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Friday Surprise: People have been using cameras to annoy other people for a very long time.


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It’s easy to think that what is has always been, and depending on when you were born that might be true. Luckily there are places you can go to learn it’s not always been this way!
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The rifles used by French police look a little familiar, don't they?


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The recent terror attacks in France have brought the French police and counter-terrorism troops into the public eye. Some of them are armed with a decidedly un-French rifle.
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Friday Surprise: What's Wrong with a Wright house?


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The most famous American architect had his share of failures. Some of them are still around, like this one in my neighborhood.
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What happened to the M16 in Vietnam? How about asking the guy who designed it?


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You can find all manner of misinformation on the internet, but you can also find the truth. The problem is that the latter isn’t always as interesting as the former, but not in this case!
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New Years news from Ruger, Glock, and more!


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I hope everyone had a good holiday season (and don’t have too much weight to work off!) Let's start the year off right and dive into some of the news in the shooting world!
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Can a WWII-era rifle be modernized?


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There are a lot of interesting arms designs from the early part of the 20
th century that might be serviceable even today — with some modernizations. I’m not talking about taking an old Mauser and sporterizing it, but actually redesigning something to have modern relevance!
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Thoughts on the .30-30 Winchester - is it all it's cracked up to be?


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The .30-30 Winchester, more properly known as the .30 Winchester Center Fire (WCF), is one of the most popular cartridges in the world. Why?
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Friday Surprise: Ralph Morse, 1917-2014


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One of the premier photojournalists of the 20th century died this week, and I admit to being a little depressed.
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Ed Harris says: "A Hillbilly Assault Rifle? You bet!"


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Ed Harris, ballistic experimenter extraordinaire, is back — this time with some details on his “lever action utility rifle”. As usual, he's got some good ideas!
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Friday Surprise: Eddie Want BIG Boom.


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So, what could you do with an atomic bomb of your very own? Back in the '50s, one scientist had a bunch of ideas — and actually got to try some of them out!
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How did the 1911 come to be? Watch and learn!


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Contrary to popular belief, the 1911 pistol did not spring forth fully formed from the mind of John Moses Browning. It was the result of more than a decade worth of work on his part, not to mention the input of Colt and the U.S. government. Here's a look at how we got to where we are today!
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Gun makers plus consolidation equals history!


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How many U.S. gun makers can you name? I'll bet there are quite a few that you've either forgotten about, or never even knew existed — but their legacy lives on, even today!
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The Exploding Rifle Bullets Of World War II


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A new episode of In Range TV went up the other day (now it's FREE!), and it's a great episode that taught me something new: exploding small arms ammunition was used by both Russia and Germany against enemy combatants during World War II. You thought those weren't allowed? Well, sometimes things happen...
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Rifles of the "cheese-eating surrender monkeys".



French firearms are a popular source of amusement for enthusiasts in the United States. That's sad, because there are some real gems to be had from the land of Napoleon.
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