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Best New Guns Of 2023

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It’s 2023 and there are some hot new weapons out there for firearms enthusiasts. For anyone wondering what firearm they should be buying next, we made this convenient shopping list of a few of our favorite new weapons. 

Taurus 917C

It’s a comeback story sure to delight firearms enthusiasts: the classic Taurus PT-92 series 9mm is back and more compact than ever in the form of the 917C. This pistol has long been out of circulation but to the delight of compact semi-automatic enthusiasts, it’s being re-released to a waiting audience of buyers.

As early as 1982, these pistols began appearing in American gun magazines, which means the United States has known about these guns for over four decades.

Interestingly, in the early 1980s, the PT-99 was touted as superior to the Beretta 92S. At that time, the Brazilian version featured a more squared-off “combat” trigger guard and adjustable rear sights, in contrast to the Italian 9mm’s oval guard and fixed sights.

But now, the spotlight is back on the Taurus 917C, with some notable improvements to the legacy design. This updated model boasts an 18+1 round flush-fit capacity, enhanced grips, and a full-length M1913 Picatinny accessory rail on the dust cover, making it a perfect choice for concealed carry enthusiasts who prefer a double-action/single-action hammer-fired semi-auto pistol.

Crafted with an aluminum frame and alloy steel slide, the new Taurus 917C weighs in at 33.5 ounces and measures 7.9 inches in overall length. It comes with surface controls that include a manual safety and de-cocker. What’s interesting is that, compared to the PT-92 AF-D, Taurus’s current full-sized production model, the 917C is slightly shorter and lighter. Notably, the magazines are interchangeable between the two, thanks to their identical grip length and height.

Caleb Giddings, General Manager of Marketing for Taurus USA, expressed his excitement about the 917C’s return, reminiscing about owning one of the original 917C pistols and regretting selling it. “I’m a huge fan of traditional double-action semi-autos like the Taurus 92, so bringing back the 917C makes a ton of sense to me. I can’t wait to put some serious rounds downrange out of this,” he said.

The new Taurus 917C is already shipping and comes with an MSRP set at $599. This revival of a classic promises to be a hit among gun enthusiasts who appreciate the timeless appeal of the Taurus PT-92 series.

Staccato 2011 CS

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In a market saturated with a plethora of formidable defensive pistols, some of which come at remarkably affordable prices, it’s only natural to raise an eyebrow at the $2,499 price tag attached to the Staccato 2011 CS. Skepticism looms large when you consider the cost.

Before we embarked on our evaluation at this year’s gun test, such skepticism loomed in our minds as well. But as soon as we started sending rounds downrange, the CS began to set itself apart in the competitive realm of compact 9mm carry guns.

The Staccato 2011 CS impresses in every aspect. The magazines, capable of holding 16 rounds, exhibit intelligent design. All the controls, from the magazine release to the slide lock and ambidextrous safety, are not only positive but also instinctive to use. The stippled grip texture, described by one judge as “perfect,” offers a confident hold.

The trigger, characterized by minimal take-up (a feature you’d never even notice in a defensive scenario), delivers a crisp break and a short reset. The Staccato 2011 CS boasts an innovative dual-spring recoil system that sets it apart from the crowd. This unique feature stands in stark contrast to the conventional 1911, 2011, or striker-fired pistols. (If you want an in-depth dive into the CS, check out our comprehensive review.)

The CS shines with impressive accuracy and the ability to rapidly fire shots. Bottom line, in terms of size, you’d be hard-pressed to find another pistol that marries speed and accuracy quite like the Staccato CS. Its remarkable 1.439-inch accuracy average puts it squarely in the league of the best full-sized pistols we’ve tested this year. With a reflex sight mounted (our test model sported a Holosun EPS Carry 2), it handled like a sport bike on an open highway.

However, it’s not all roses and sunshine. The faint line on the polymer frame, a remnant of the injection molding process, stands as a minor cosmetic imperfection. Additionally, the 2011-style controls add bulk and complexity to the pistol. Striker-fired pistols, with their slim dimensions and straightforward “point and shoot” operation, account for a significant portion of the market’s favor.

A shooter opting for a carry gun like the CS must dedicate the time to master the platform, ensuring that operating the firearm becomes second nature under stress. For those willing to make that commitment, the rewards are substantial. It’s easy to see why the Staccato 2011 CS earned an Editor’s Choice award as the best compact pistol of 2023.

Stoeger STR-9MC

Following its debut at the SHOT Show earlier this year, Stoeger provided NRA members with another opportunity to get up close and personal with the micro-compact STR-9MC at NRAAM 2023.

The STR-9MC comes with some practical features as standard, including a loaded chamber indicator and the choice between flush and extended magazines. The base model, priced at $399, includes adjustable iron sights. For those seeking more, the $479 option provides tritium night sights and a Shield RMS/SMS footprint, allowing you to mount a red dot sight of your preference.

While the STR-9MC may not boast an array of high-end features, it certainly offers solid value for your money. Its affordable entry price, coupled with the flexibility to customize and select additional features, is sure to catch the attention of new gun owners, a demographic that continues to grow, as well as those mindful of their budget.

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Manage your Hunting Property

It’s terrifying to some, a destructive force that ravages the countryside. However, fire is the best
tool for managing your hunting property when adequately managed.

Using fire to manage land is a technique dating back to when Native Americans freely roamed
our lands. It’s believed that they noticed how the bison and other wildlife grazed heavily on the
fresh sprouts after a burn had occurred due to lightning strikes or it being intentionally set by the
people.

The Benefits of Fire

For thousands of years, fire was the primary way to promote new growth, return nutrients to the
soil, and ensure only the most desirable plants were growing. However, in the last century,
we’ve become scared of fire and rarely use controlled burns to manage our properties.

So we have turned to things like clearing thickets for food plots, spraying, putting out mineral
blocks, and installing corn feeders in the states that allow it. Costing us thousands of dollars a
year, not to mention all the blood, sweat, and tears we pour into hours of working the land.

I’m proposing you save a lot of that money to spend on new camo, 30-30 ammo, or a new deer
stand and use prescribed burning to help keep the wildlife on your land fat and happy.

Below, I’ve gathered some pros of using fire to manage your land.

● Burning is FREE (unless you hire someone to do it)
● Deer, turkey, and many other wild animals thrive after a controlled burn
● Fire allows natural food sources to sprout up, even in places they haven’t been for
decades
● Fire helps some native species sprout and survive
● Fire hurts or kills undesirable species
● Fire is great for pastures and forests
● Prescribed burns reduce the risk of wildfires
● Fire helps restore nutrients to the soil
● Fire improves water quality by allowing more water to gather in the creeks for fish and
other animals to drink instead of being absorbed by shrubs and other non-desirable
species
● Fire helps control the spread of insects such as ticks and some tree diseases

As you can tell, burning has many positives; however, I must also share some of the downsides
of prescribed burning
with you.

The Drawbacks of Fire

While the benefits of using prescribed burns to manage a property far outweigh the drawbacks,
you should still be aware of the cons.

One of the most significant downsides you’ll have to deal with is complaints from your neighbors
about air quality on the day you burn and a few days after. I recommend informing them that
you plan to burn before you begin so some neighbors will understand, but others will complain
no matter what you do.

The most significant danger is that the fire gets out of control because you haven’t burned the
debris before, turning it into a raging inferno. That’s why you should always let your local fire
department know you plan to burn, and you should create fire breaks throughout your property
to burn in smaller chunks and keep things contained.

Though fire can save you a lot of money, planning and executing a burn will take a lot of time.
You’ll likely need some help from friends and family on the day of the burn.

Unlike spraying and planting food plots, seeing the results from burning could take a year or
two. So you’re playing the long game when using prescribed burns to manage your property,
but in the end, it’s well worth it.

● Complaints from neighbors about air quality and danger
● Prescribed burns can get out of control and cause a wildfire when done incorrectly or
carelessly
● Creating a prescribed burning plan and implementing the plan is time-consuming
● Sometimes, it takes a few years to see the positive impact of fire
● Fire needs to be used year after year on pastures and every few years in forests
● The time of year you burn will affect the quality of the burn

Now that you know the drawbacks and benefits of prescribed burns, let’s move on to how to use
fire to improve your land for wildlife.

How to Manage Your Land With Fire

So you’re convinced that using fire is the best way to manage your hunting property but have no
idea where to begin?

Don’t worry; I’ve got you covered! I’ve been burning our property since middle school, and I took
several classes on it in college.

While fire must be respected, it doesn’t have to be a terrifying monster. Let’s break burning your
land down into several simple steps.

  1. Determine Your Goals – The first thing you should do is determine what you wish to accomplish by burning. Do you want to thin out an area to make it easier to hunt, manage some invasive species, or help the native plants produce more food for the animals to eat?
    • Your goals will determine what time of year you should burn, how often you should burn, and how much of your property you should burn. Your entire property doesn’t need to be burned every year. It’s best to have a mix of clearings and thickets.
  2. Create a Prescribed Burning Plan – Once you have set your goals, it’s time to devise a prescribed burning plan. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, “Burn plans identify – or prescribe – the best conditions under which trees and other plants will burn to get the best results safely. Burn plans consider temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke.”
  3. Make the Fire Breaks Now that you have a plan, it’s time to create the fire lines around the area you plan to burn. I always make a fire break along the edge of our property, 10-20 wide, depending on how much fuel (dead leaves, grass, and trees) is on the ground. I’ll follow that up by creating smaller breaks throughout the property to slow down the fire or stop it from reaching the parts of the land I don’t want to be burned. Though it’s not my favorite method, you can create a fire break by discing the ground. However, I usually cut the grass very short and blow all the clippings toward the area that’s getting burned.
  4. Check the Weather – As the time to burn nears, watch the weather closely. It’s impossible to burn in wet conditions, but you also don’t want to burn during the dry season; otherwise, you risk a greater chance of the fire getting out of control. Wind direction and speed are also essential to pay attention to the days before, during, and after the burn.
  5. Burn – Now, the fun part, at least for me. Let the fire department know you’ll be burning that day, and start by lighting the downwind side of your property first. I prefer using a drip torch to light the fire, but I’ve drug old rags soaked in diesel in a pinch. Always have help, water, or a way to put out the fire on hand.
  6. Watch the New Life Flourish – A few days after you burn, you will see new sprouts of grass, trees, and other plants that deer, turkeys, and countless other animals will consume. Many of these plants are very nutritious for animals, and you’ll notice that they’ll quickly find and graze on these new plants.
  7. Hunt – It’s now time to reap the benefits of your labors. By burning your property, you’ll not only see more deer and turkeys, which means you’ll get to be more picky with the ones you harvest, but you’ll also create a habitat in which they can thrive because they’re getting the nutrients, shelter, and water they need.

Parting Shots

Growing up, I was always mesmerized by fire. I loved helping with the burning season on our
small farm and the surrounding farms. However, it wasn’t until college, while obtaining my
wildlife management degree, that I learned how beneficial fire was to wildlife.

Now that you know the incredible benefits of using fire to manage your property, it’s time to
draw up a prescribed burning plan and get to burning!

About the Author
Chris Dwulet is an avid competitive shooter and handloader. He’s also a principle writer for
Ammo.com and runs their Ammunition Guides Podcast on YouTube

Source link: https://americanshootingjournal.com/manage-your-hunting-property/ by AmSJ Staff at americanshootingjournal.com

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Challenging Judicial Overreach: Conservatives Sound Alarm Over Ruling Granting Gun Rights to Illegal Immigrants

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A recent federal court ruling in the Northern District of Illinois, granting Second Amendment rights to illegal immigrants, has sparked outrage among conservatives and raised serious concerns about the safety of law enforcement officers. U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman’s decision in U.S. v. Carbajal-Flores has far-reaching implications that could undermine federal firearms regulations and jeopardize public safety.

Unpacking the Ruling: Conservative Critique

The ruling, which found that a federal prohibition on illegal immigrants owning firearms is unconstitutional as applied to defendant Heriberto Carbajal-Flores, has drawn sharp criticism from conservatives. Scott Sweetow, a former senior official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), described the decision as “hugely problematic” for law enforcement and highlighted its potential to create chaos in the enforcement of federal firearms laws.

Dividing Opinions: Controversy Surrounding Second Amendment Rights

The case has divided gun rights activists and ignited debate over the boundaries of firearms regulations in light of the landmark 2022 Supreme Court decision in Bruen. While Judge Coleman acknowledged the federal ban on illegal immigrants as “facially constitutional,” she argued that there is no historical tradition of firearm regulation justifying the government’s deprivation of Second Amendment rights from noncitizens with no history of violent crime.

Conservative Concerns: Upholding the Rule of Law

Conservatives view Coleman’s ruling as deeply flawed and illogical, particularly in its potential to prioritize the rights of illegal immigrants over law-abiding citizens. Sweetow highlighted the absurdity of a legal immigrant being denied the right to carry a firearm while an illegal immigrant involved in reckless gun use is granted that privilege. This decision undermines the rule of law and poses a significant challenge to law enforcement agencies tasked with enforcing firearms regulations.

Undermining Federal Regulations: Practical Implications

The practical implications of Coleman’s decision are dire, according to Sweetow. By granting Second Amendment rights to illegal immigrants, the ruling effectively undermines decades of federal firearms regulations, including the 1968 Gun Control Act and subsequent amendments. Law enforcement agencies now face uncertainty in enforcing laws that may be deemed invalid, leading to potential chaos and compromising public safety.

Call for Action: Appealing the Decision

Conservatives argue that Coleman’s ruling must be appealed to prevent further erosion of federal firearms regulations and ensure the safety of communities. Without a successful appeal, prosecuting criminals for firearm possession will become increasingly challenging, casting doubt on the validity of existing laws and creating confusion among law enforcement officials.

Conservatives stand firm in their commitment to upholding the rule of law and protecting the safety of American citizens and law enforcement officers. The decision in U.S. v. Carbajal-Flores represents a dangerous overreach by the judiciary and threatens to undermine the integrity of federal firearms regulations. It is imperative that this ruling be challenged and overturned to prevent further chaos and uphold the principles of justice and public safety.

What do you think of the federal court’s ruling? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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