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Monday, November 30, 2015

NRA:ILA President Obama Signs NRA-Backed Measures into Law

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Friday, November 27, 2015
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President Obama Signs NRA-Backed Measures into Law
Congress includes NRA-backed provisions in National Defense Authorization Act
Fairfax, Va. – President Barack Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It includes several NRA-backed provisions -- expanding gun rights on stateside military bases; prohibiting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from banning traditional ammunition; and saving taxpayer dollars by allowing gun collectors to buy vintage military surplus pistols.
The NDAA includes an NRA-backed provision requiring the Secretary of Defense to establish a process for commanders at military bases, reserve centers, and recruiting centers to allow service members assigned to that base or facility to carry a firearm.  After the July murder of four Marines and a police officer at two Tennessee recruiting centers, the NRA called for a policy change to allow military personnel to carry weapons while on station. This NDAA provision is a good first step in the effort to fully restore the Second Amendment rights of military personnel.
"The brave men and women in our Armed Forces should not be left defenseless against terrorists on American soil. Local commanders now have the authority to allow service men and women to be armed while on base. Members of the military should have the same ability to defend themselves as every other law-abiding citizen," said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action.
Another NRA-backed provision in the NDAA prohibits the EPA from banning traditional ammunition under the Toxic Substances Control Act. This provision is necessary because extreme anti-hunting groups have filed multiple petitions with the EPA to ban the use of lead ammunition. Those petitions have been rejected, but those groups use the administrative rejections as an excuse to sue the agency in pursuit of the same restrictions.
"Prohibiting the EPA from banning traditional ammunition is a huge victory for hunters, recreational sportsmen and our military," said Cox. "This ensures that our military, hunters and sportsmen will have access to traditional ammunition at a reasonable cost."
The NDAA also includes a cost-saving provision that allows the U.S. Army to transfer its surplus vintage firearms to the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) for public sale. Currently, the Army stores excess M1911A1 pistols in a warehouse costing taxpayers approximately $200,000 a year. Transferring these vintage pistols to the CMP will allow them to inspect, grade, and ultimately sell these pistols through federally licensed firearms dealers.
"The NDAA puts an end to the wasteful government practice of warehousing firearms.  It's a common sense measure that saves taxpayers money and allows gun collectors to add a sought after vintage sidearm to their collection," added Cox.
"The enactment of these common sense, NRA-backed provisions into law is a result  of the American people electing a pro-Second Amendment majority to the United States Congress. On behalf of our  members, I want to thank all those lawmakers who stood firmly on the side of freedom, " concluded Cox.

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America's oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group. More than five million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation's leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services. Be sure to follow the NRA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalRifleAssociation and on Twitter @NRA.

Contact information: Catherine Mortensen, NRA-ILA (National Rifle Association of America. Institute for Legislative Action), 11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030

.22 Rimfire update

Courtesy of Brownell's newsletter-

The .22 Ammo Situation - We've received questions lately on something we've all been wondering about: Why is .22 rimfire ammo still "scarcer'n hen's teeth"? The shortage of centerfire stuff ended a while ago, so what's up?

Here's the scoop from some of our industry friends who are really plugged into the ammunition business. It's not as bad as it was. Rimfire ammo IS making its way onto store shelves, but demand is still sky high, so it zooms off those shelves almost instantly, usually with a limit on the number of boxes you can have.

Premium brands of .22 LR are sticking around longer in stores because customers who were willing to pay high prices just to get any .22 ammo have slowed down their buying. But the less-expensive ammo - the "buy a brick and plink all Saturday afternoon" stuff - still gets gobbled up as soon as it hits a shelf.

The biggest issue is, unlike centerfire ammo, rimfire is produced on dedicated machinery that can only load rimfire. Centerfire machines can load many different cartridges, so if there's a big shortage of .308 Winchester, the ammo factory can switch a bunch of machines over to it and ramp up supply much faster. That's why calibers that were in short supply in 2013 and 2014, like 9mm or .223 or .45 ACP, came back a lot faster.

Rimfire is a whole other ball of wax because of the way the cases are primed. It's really, really expensive and takes a long time to set up new rimfire production machinery - so costly that manufacturers can't spend the time and money to do it unless they're absolutely sure higher demand is here to stay, so the .22 LR production capacity in the U.S. isn't going to expand much any time soon. As long as demand for less-expensive rimfire ammo remains so strong, it will continue to be hard to get. Our guys tell me supply will probably stay very tight right through 2016. Wish I had better news - as soon as I do, you'll be the first to know!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

To all of our Readers and Bloggers who we list

From the GBBL we wish you all a safe, happy and enjoyable Thanksgiving.

Remember, if you have been drinking, please don't drive any vehicles or shoot firearms.

We want you to be safe.  And please don't forget your seatbelt, or if you ride, a helmet.  Too many out there on the roads won't think about anyone but themselves.  And we don't want you or your friends and family's to become their accidents.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Attention all Gun Bloggers Edited to add: at bottom

I'm am trying to figure out a way to increase the usefulness of the GBBL to our readers.

As such, I am asking, not requiring but asking, if you can send me an e-mail with your blog's name, URL and your location. The location can be as simple as the state/territory you reside in, or your City and State, or the general area of your State.  My General Area is The Gulf Coastal Bend Texas, which encompasses from Brownsville up to Galveston, north of Corpus Christi but South of Houston.

I am going to try to put together a state by state/country by country listing of the blogs, which would be available on a separate page.

Up at the top, you see the that there are already several "Pages" one for the main GBBL, one for Range Bags and another for us Mods/Editors.

I would like to make another page which would be a state by state listing of all the Gun, Firearm, and Second Amendment related blogs on a state by state basis.

I would also like the names and URL's for any State 2nd Amendment organizations which would be listed there as well.

This is NOT a requirement. It is simply something I would like to do to help new/old shooters find blogs that are located close to them and may be of more interest.

So even if your blog is not based in the U.S. you can send me your info. Please have an English or American (j/k) version available as Google Translate has become the bane of my existence lately when I'm trying to read some Turkish and Jordanian News Sites as of late. Even if you do NOT have an English version please still send me your info. I will post your blog in your native URL and a Google Translated link as well.

In addition, if you are having a Blog Shoot or Blog Meet Up in your area and would like to invite other readers of the GBBL, you can also send me that info as well.  Please give me at least 2 weeks notice.

Also, in many states Hunting Season has arrived or is soon to arrive. So if you went hunting and got your animal, be it Mammal, Fowl, Porcine or Whatever, send me some photos with the information on it and I will post them up once a week here on the GBBL. If you do not want your face shown, please let me know and I will crop it out before posting.

Please send your Blog, Blog Shoot, Blog Meetup info, or your hunting photos to greylocke (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thank you all, and if you don't hear from me before Thanksgiving, may you all have a Safe, Joyous and filling Thanksgiving this year.

ETA:  As soon as I receive 40 listings, the new page will go active and I will put up a post with the new page and a direct link to it.

Saturday, November 7, 2015


In our continual product testing, we have learned of an issue that is important to the safety of all XPR owners. It has come to our attention that a manipulation of the safety switch may cause movement in the trigger system that could result in unintended firing of certain XPR rifles.
WARNING: Do not load or shoot any XPR rifle until it has been returned to our service center and received a retrofit. Failure to follow this warning may result in a risk of harm, including serious personal injury or death to you and others.
In order to exercise an abundance of caution on behalf of all XPR owners, we have decided to replace certain trigger group parts at no charge. This will require that all XPR rifles are sent to our service facility for a retrofit. We respectfully require all owners to return their rifles for the retrofit.
All of us at Winchester Repeating Arms understand how inconvenient this is. We are aware that hunting seasons are open all across the country. But, in our commitment to safety, we request that you follow the details provided in coming days on how to return your rifle for retrofit. In no way does the retrofit of your XPR affect its inherent accuracy, durability, handling ease or overall performance.
  • In the interest of safety, do not load or shoot any XPR rifle until it has been returned to our service center and received the retrofit.
  • Never attempt to repetitively manipulate the safety lever or button of any firearm.
  • Unfortunately, failing to return any XPR rifle(s) for retrofit may create a risk of harm, including serious personal injury or death to you and others.
  • It goes without saying; never point any firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot.
Thank you again for your understanding,


For more details on how to return your rifle for retrofitting, or if you are unsure if your rifle is included in the recall,  or if you have any questions about this recall notice, call or e-mail us right now.

Email:  XPR@winchesterguns.com

 Toll Free: 1-800-727-4312