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Killer Shots: Tips for Improved Accuracy That Can Save Your Life

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Learning how to shoot is easy. Learning how to shoot and actually hit your target with a reliable rate of accuracy? That’s where the difficulty comes in.

Lots of novice gun owners pick up a gun for the first time, go to the range, and just start shooting. And they’re miserable with the results. There’s no grouping, their shots are all over the place and they have no idea why it is that way, let alone how to fix it. 

So these same gun owners don’t give up – they just stop going to the range. Or worse, they go to the range, but just accept that they “don’t know how to shoot.” This is a very poor choice because a gun that you don’t know how to use properly is effectively a glorified paperweight. 

You need to know how to hit your target with some degree of accuracy. That doesn’t mean you have to be a marksman. But it does mean that you have to be able to trust that, at the very least, whatever you’re trying to shoot is going to get shot. This is important not just for stopping an attacker, but also for protecting your family and any innocent bystanders that might be around. 

Fix Your Grip

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It’s a simple fact: If you’re not gripping the firearm properly, you have zero chance of firing accurately. All of that recoil is going to hit your hands, jerk it to wherever, and leave you shooting somewhere far away from where you meant.

There’s a simple math when it comes to accuracy. Being just a few degrees off from your target might not be a big deal if your target is standing six inches in front of you… but what about six feet, or six yards, or even 60 feet? You might not think that you’ll have to shoot that far, but if you ever find yourself in a situation with a rampage shooter, you’re going to wish that you had learned how to shoot further than point-blank range. 

You’ll hear a lot of talk about “the best” grip on a gun, but the main thing to remember is that you really can’t grip a gun too hard. In a self-defense scenario, your nerves are going to be fried, your palms are going to be sweaty and you’re going to be absolutely death gripping that gun. So don’t be afraid to do that when you’re training. 

Remember: Train for the situation you’re going to be in, not the one that you wish you were in. 

Stance Stability:

Next, you need to think about your stance. Your stance is like a bipod for your pistol. You need to be stable when you shoot, or else those tiny degrees that you’re off when you shoot are going to become feet and yards over a long enough distance, leaving your attacker to keep attacking you and potentially hitting some other poor soul in the process. 

There are three main types of pistol stances. We urge you to experiment with each and see which feels most comfortable and which provides the most accuracy: 

  • Isosceles Stance: This mimics the triangle of the same name, where your arms are the equilateral sides of the triangle and your chest is the base. Slightly bending your knees and leaning forward a little is common with this stance.
  • Weaver Stance: This is possibly the most common stance taught to new shooters, where your non-dominant leg is slightly in front of your dominant leg. Your shooting arm is extended straight and your non-shooting arm is slightly bent. 
  • Tactical Shooting Stance: This is also known as the modern isosceles or the modified isosceles. It attempts to combine features of each of the above for something that gets the best of both worlds.

Which of these is “the best?” There’s no right answer. You need to try them all several times against each other to see which works best for you. But the common denominator is that you need to have a proper stance or else you’re never going to shoot accurately. 

Dry Firing For Better Accuracy

All of the world’s most successful competitive shooters have one thing in common: They all practice with an unloaded gun (known as “dry firing”) way more than they actually shoot live rounds.

For the shooter who wants to defend himself and his family against attackers, dry firing offers a lot of attractive benefits. It allows you to do things with your gun that you couldn’t do at a range and wouldn’t be safe to do with a live-loaded pistol, such as force-on-force training, shooting while in motion, and shooting from less-than-ideal positions.

But the bottom line is that plain old vanilla dry firing at a target with no ammunition in your firearm is going to provide a lot of benefits for your accuracy overall. This is especially true of people who tend to “jerk” the trigger when they shoot. Though, anyone can benefit from this kind of training

Finally, don’t be afraid to seek out a professional shooting coach. Even a few hours spent with someone who knows what they’re doing, what you’re doing wrong, and what you need to do differently can pay serious dividends over the years. 

Improving accuracy in target shooting is an ongoing journey that requires dedication and practice. With just a little focus and attention to detail, you can really start improving your accuracy for those times when you really need it. 

Do you have any tips for your fellow shooters to increase accuracy? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Biden’s Newest Attempt to Take Your Guns

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The Biden administration finalized a new rule last week, touted by Attorney General Merrick Garland as a “historic step” in combating gun violence. This rule aims to increase background checks on gun sales by broadening the pool of people required to obtain a federal firearms license (FFL). The administration claims this will address the so-called “gun show loophole” and reduce illegal gun sales.

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), there’s a “large and growing black market of guns being sold by people without a license.” They argue that this black market is fueling violence because these sellers are not conducting background checks. However, many see this new rule as yet another attempt to infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

Understanding the New Rule

To grasp the impact of this new rule, it’s crucial to understand the existing laws governing gun sales. Federal law mandates that all gun dealers conduct background checks via the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) before selling a firearm. However, private sales between individuals who are not in the business of selling guns do not require background checks.

Currently, 20 states have implemented their own laws to require background checks for all gun sales, including private transactions. In the remaining 30 states, private sales can occur without a background check as long as the seller is not engaged in the business of selling firearms.

The new rule seeks to limit the number of legal private sales by expanding the definition of who is considered a “gun dealer.” Previously, a person needed an FFL if they were involved in the “repetitive” buying and selling of firearms with the primary objective of “livelihood and profit.” The new rule changes this to require a license if the goal is to “predominantly earn a profit,” regardless of whether the seller relies on this activity for their livelihood.

Debunking Myths and Clarifying Facts

Myth #1: The New Rule Closes the “Gun Show Loophole”

Despite claims from the White House and mainstream media, there has never been a “gun show loophole.” Gun shows operate under the same legal framework as other venues: dealers must conduct background checks, while private sellers are not required to do so. The new rule does not close any loophole; it simply creates more confusion and potentially drives private sellers away from gun shows, where they are easier for law enforcement to monitor.

Myth #2: The New Rule Provides Clarity

The rule is marketed as providing clarity, yet it is anything but clear. The ATF’s 19-page FAQ document only adds to the confusion. It states that to “predominantly earn a profit” means the primary intent of the sale is financial gain, as opposed to personal reasons like upgrading a collection. However, there is no clear threshold for what constitutes “repetitive” sales or what amount of profit triggers the need for an FFL.

The lack of concrete standards means law-abiding citizens are left in a legal gray area. The rule could easily be interpreted in a way that criminalizes ordinary gun owners who occasionally sell firearms.

Myth #3: The New Rule Is a Major Change

Both proponents and critics of the rule suggest it will have significant impacts, but this may be overstated. The ATF has long maintained that even a single transaction can require a license under certain conditions. The real effect of the new rule is to sow uncertainty among private sellers, potentially discouraging lawful sales and undermining the Second Amendment.

The Real Impact on Gun Owners

The Biden administration’s new rule will likely deter lawful gun owners from selling firearms due to fear of legal repercussions. This does little to address the criminal misuse of firearms and instead burdens responsible citizens. The rule could particularly impact hunters and sports shooters who want to sell old guns to upgrade their equipment.

By creating more obstacles for law-abiding gun owners, the administration risks driving gun sales further underground, making it harder for law enforcement to track illegal activities. The people most affected will not be the high-volume sellers the ATF claims to target but ordinary Americans who cherish their Second Amendment rights.

The new rule from the Biden administration is another step towards greater government control over private gun ownership. It doesn’t close any loopholes or provide meaningful clarity. Instead, it creates a chilling effect on lawful gun sales, turning responsible citizens into potential criminals.

As with many gun control measures, this rule places undue burdens on the law-abiding while doing little to address actual crime. It’s a reminder that vigilance is necessary to protect our constitutional rights from overreach by those who seek to undermine the Second Amendment. Now more than ever, it’s crucial to stand firm against any attempts to erode our fundamental freedoms.

What do you think of the Biden Regime’s latest attempt to take your guns? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Did the ATF Just Turn You Into an Unlicensed Gun Dealer?

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Amidst the world of firearms and gun ownership, scenarios arise where individuals find themselves downsizing their collections or navigating the complexities of buying and selling firearms. For some, it may involve parting ways with budget guns to fund the acquisition of their dream firearm, while for others, it could entail managing the estate of a deceased family member who left behind a substantial gun collection.

However, recent regulatory changes by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) have introduced new considerations and challenges. With the implementation of ATF Rule 2022R-17, the definition of who qualifies as a firearm dealer has been broadened, potentially impacting individuals engaged in occasional sales or private transactions.

Under the revised regulations, the criteria for determining whether someone is “engaged in the business” as a dealer in firearms have been expanded. This includes factors such as the intention to “predominantly earn a profit” from firearm sales, regardless of the medium or method used for transactions. Additionally, the definition of “dealer” now encompasses individuals conducting firearm transactions through various channels, including online platforms and gun shows.

Despite these changes, the regulations provide clarity on exemptions for individuals selling firearms as part of a personal collection or hobby, as long as sales remain occasional and not primarily for profit. However, navigating these distinctions requires careful attention to detail and adherence to legal requirements to avoid unintentionally falling afoul of the law.

The implications of ATF Rule 2022R-17 extend beyond mere technicalities, potentially impacting the everyday activities of gun owners and enthusiasts. From selling off surplus firearms to acquiring new additions to their collections, individuals must now navigate a regulatory landscape that demands heightened awareness and compliance.

Moreover, the rule underscores broader concerns about government overreach and the erosion of Second Amendment rights. By redefining existing regulations without legislative scrutiny, the ATF’s actions raise questions about transparency and accountability in firearms policy-making.

In light of these developments, individuals involved in firearm transactions must stay informed and adapt to evolving regulatory frameworks. Whether buying, selling, or transferring firearms, adherence to legal requirements and diligent record-keeping is paramount to avoid unintended legal consequences.

Ultimately, as gun owners and enthusiasts navigate the changing landscape of firearms regulation, vigilance and advocacy for Second Amendment rights remain crucial. By staying informed, engaging in responsible firearm ownership practices, and advocating for sensible policy reforms, individuals can uphold their rights while ensuring compliance with legal requirements.

Are you concerned about being on the wrong side of the ATF? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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What’s the Difference Between 5.56 NATO and .223 Remington

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For novice gun owners and seasoned enthusiasts alike, understanding the nuances between various ammunition types is crucial for ensuring optimal performance and safety of firearms. One common area of confusion arises when comparing the 5.56 NATO and .223 Remington cartridges, as their differences, though seemingly small, can have a significant impact on weapon function and safety.

The primary difference between the two cartridges lies in their pressure levels. The 5.56 NATO cartridge operates at approximately 58,000 pounds per square inch (psi), whereas the .223 Remington is loaded to around 55,000 psi. While this disparity may appear minor, it plays a critical role in the overall performance of the ammunition.

However, the most important distinction between the two cartridges lies in the chamber dimensions. A 5.56 NATO chamber features a .125-inch longer throat compared to a .223 Remington chamber. This additional space allows for the loading of approximately one more grain of powder in the 5.56 NATO cartridge, resulting in higher performance levels compared to its .223 Remington counterpart.

The potential danger arises when firing a 5.56 NATO cartridge in a rifle chambered for .223 Remington. Due to the longer throat of the NATO chamber, this combination can lead to significantly increased pressure levels, reaching upwards of 65,000 psi or more. Such high pressures pose a severe risk to both the operator and the firearm, potentially causing primers to back out or even resulting in catastrophic failure.

Conversely, firing a .223 Remington cartridge in a 5.56 NATO chambered rifle may lead to suboptimal performance. The lower pressure generated by the .223 Remington cartridge, coupled with the dimensions of the NATO chamber, can result in improper cycling of the firearm, particularly in rifles with barrels shorter than 14.5 inches. While rifles with longer barrels may mitigate some of these issues, it is essential for gun owners to exercise caution when selecting ammunition for their firearms.

In conclusion, while the differences between the 5.56 NATO and .223 Remington cartridges may seem subtle, they can have profound implications for weapon function, safety, and performance. Gun owners must educate themselves on these distinctions to make informed decisions when selecting ammunition and avoid potentially dangerous situations.

Do you want to weigh in on this debate? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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