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The 4 Best . 223 Scopes for the Money – Reviews 2020 Photo by Mike Riela / CC BY The . 223 is one of the most popular rounds in the world.

The 4 Best .223 Scopes for the Money – Reviews 2020 Photo by Mike Riela / CC BY The .223 is one of the most popular rounds in the world. Typically, the round is a cheaper alternative to the 5.56mm and is often offered in sporting configurations like expanding rounds for hunting. If you are looking to outfit a .223 with an optic you need to find one that can take advantage of the round’s range. The 233 is typically an excellent round within 500 to 600 yards. The .223 round is also a low recoiling, easy shooting round that can work up close as well. Any optic you use should have the option of a lower magnification for close range shooting. What makes any good optic is its durability, the optical clarity, and its light transmission. Here are, in our humble opinion, the 4 best .223 scopes for the money : Nikon P-Tactical Nikon P-Tactical .223 3-9x40 Matte BDC600 Price: $179.01 Price as of 08/14/2020 16:06 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. If you are looking for an affordable, well-built optic specifically for the .223 round, you are in luck. Legendary optics manufacturer Nikon has produced the P series that are perfect for certain calibers. The P-Tactical is, of course, for the .223 round. The P-Tactical is affordable and truly packs a lot of value into that price tag. The Nikon P-Tactical ( see full specs ) uses a bullet drop compensators specifically designated for the .223 round. The optic uses simple hash marks to designate bullet drop from 100 to 600 yards. This really stretches the potential of the .223 round. The BDC is remarkably easy to use. The optic is surprisingly tough, made from aircraft grade aluminum and sealed to protect the internals from dust, debris, and water. The Nikon P-Tactical is also shock and fog proof, an important feature not commonly found on budget scopes. The optic’s lenses are fully multi-coated and with great light transmission. The 3-9 power is perfect for close and extended range shooting and the 40 mm objective lens is perfect when working in coordination with the lenses. The Nikon P-Tactical is an excellent budget option for those looking to outfit their .223 rifles. NEW FOR 2018 Nikon P Tactical Watch this video on YouTube

The 4 Best Hunting Rifle Slings – Reviews 2020 Photo by Hoplophobia treatmentcenter / CC BY Hunting and man go hand in hand since our first organized tribes and today it is considered a growing sport among Americans. When hunting with a long gun, the use of a sling is extremely handy. A good sling can support the weapon’s weight, and make carrying the weapon over rough and uneven terrain easier and safer. A strong sling can help the shooter retain the weapon in case of a slip, or fall. A sling can also be used as an aiming aid to tighten the weapon down, and ensure greater accuracy and precision. We’ve scoured the market for the 4 best hunting rifle slings and these are our recommendations below: The Allen Cobra Padded Leather Sling Allen Company 8145 Cobra Padded Sling with Deer Head Embossed with Swivels, Burgundy-Brown Price: $27.82 Price as of 08/14/2020 11:49 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. Allen slings are some of the most popular in the world among hunters. These aren’t tactical slings or made from fancy materials, but they are well designed, well thought out, and perfect for hunting. "The Allen Cobra" sling is named because of how the sling thickens near the end. This resembles a Cobra’s head. This Cobra head is designed to be the closest part of the gun to the barrel. So when carrying the gun this part rests on your shoulder. The design of a wider sling at this point is designed to be more comfortable when carrying a heavy rifle. If the entire sling was thick it would be heavy and awkward. That Cobra head is the best of both worlds. The Allen Cobra sling is made from a combination of leather and suede. This material is both durable and very strong. Its classic appearance is also attractive and comfortable against the body. The sling is equipped with very high quality and well-tested sling swivels. The swivels are capable of holding up to 300 pounds. So your heaviest rifle isn’t going to test this rifle. The sling can also be adjusted with one hand while being worn and while it’s on a rifle. The Allen Cobra sling is a modern construction, a modern design, made from classic materials. Without a doubt, this is one of the best hunting rifle slings for the money. Blue Force Gear Vickers Sling "Blue Force Gear" Vickers 2-Point Combat Sling, Black Price: $58.25 Price as of 08/14/2020 05:14 PDT (more info) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. Okay, hear me out about this one. I get your apprehension about the Vickers sling for hunting. Traditionally this sling is used for tactical shooters. The designer is a former Delta Force guy and most of what he does is related to tactical shooting. With all that said, I think the Blue Force Gear Vickers sling is an outstanding sling for hunting. It’s a two-point sling so it functions like a traditional sling. It will carry a wide variety of weapons and is compatible with a wide variety of different types of sling attachments. Shotguns, bolt action rifles, lever guns, carbines and more will all work with the Vickers sling. The Vicker’s sling offers shooters the ability to instantly shrink or grow the sling with nothing more than a pull at the sling adjustment device. This pull tab instantly changes the size of the sling. It can run tight to the body or loose and ready. This is why it’s an outstanding sling. When you pull it tight the rifle is positioned perfectly for crossing rough terrain or climbing tree stands. The rifle isn’t dangling around and knocking and banging on everything. It holds itself tight to the body when climbing, but let’s say a deer comes out of nowhere. All you have to do is slide the pull tab down and loosen the sling. Bam, now you’re ready to shoot that deer. The Vickers sling is well made, adaptable and versatile. It’s great for both hunting and combat, and therefore should be on anyone’s list of the best hunting rifle sling. Blue Force Gear – Vickers Combat Application Sling Watch this video on YouTube

Nikon Forestry Pro Laser Rangefinder Review

Nikon Forestry Pro Laser Rangefinder Review

What You Will Get Here Specifications Pros Our Remarks Specifications Product Dimensions 2.9 x 1.5 x 3.6 inches ; 4.5 ounces Weight 4.5 Ounces Color Black/Yellow Item model number Laser Forestry Pro 550 Editor Rating : 4.4 out of 5 star Check Latest Price & Reviews On Amazon Nikon forestry pro laser rangefinder will provide you with measurements in feet, yards, or meters around 550 yards. You might need or hope a greater range from this tool, but one of our friends found the accuracy less than average at plus or minus one yard up to 300 yards, or you may get 0.6 percent if you go beyond 300 yards. You have to bear in mind that when you are trying to focus on something smaller or less reflective you will not get the usual view using this rangefinder. You might get a better view of a deer from up to 200 yards. This Nikon rangefinder is simple and easy to use. Nikon says it’s a one-button rangefinder, but it is actually a 2 button rangefinder. One button to power on and fire the laser and another one is to change modes.  Here on Nikon forestry pro laser rangefinder, no fully multicoated optics are used. Nikon used only multicoated optics that might reduce the unit’s light transmission capabilities. Nikon forestry pro includes a 21mm objective lens. It has a shorter field of view compared to other models, a mere 315 feet from 1,000 yards. The eye relief of this tool is also a bit short, 18.2mm, but the Forestry Pro does offer a bit of diopter adjustment to make the viewing effective. Most of the rangefinders use a lithium CR2 battery and also a spare is included in the box. You might not get this type of batteries in the rural areas easily. So you need to keep some backup when you are going for hunting in rural areas. This tool needs an extra bit of power since the external display is always active and the device stays powered on for 30 seconds after inactivity. Even so, I’ve found that a single battery will last me at least six to eight months. You will need the great support of power to run this tool. Its external display is always active, and it has got the feature to be powered off after 30 seconds of inactivity. Even after this heavy consumption of battery charge a single run about six to eight months on an average which is really great. In this Nikon pro, you will get two different modes to operate with; it makes the tool a bit complex. You get the first target priority mode and the distant target priority mode to get the perfect image of your targeted object. The dual display with this small rangefinder makes it something really different from many other tools. The internal display gives you the exact distance in half yards or feet at not more than 100 yards, and in yards or feet beyond that. You’ll also get horizontal distance with a height of 0.5 feet below 100 yards, or every inch beyond that. At last, the internal display shows you angle information of 0.1 degrees below 10, and individual increments from 10 to 89 degrees. The external display with the device will give you a range of every yard or foot, horizontal distance and height of every 0.2 yards or 0.5 foot, and angle information of each 0.1 degrees of angle. Another awesome thing is, The Nikon forestry pro is waterproof it might not be an issue to use it in a rainy condition or over the water. Pros Nikon forestry pro is special for forestry Powerful, multiuse rangefinder Monocular rangefinder Rugged construction A 1 meter deep dive into the water is not a problem for this tool Three-Point Measurement (Height Between Two Points) Internal And External LCD Display Panels 2-Measurement Modes: Target Priority Mode & Distant "Target Priority Mode" Target Priority Switch System Our Remarks You might be thinking of its multicoated lens it would have been great to have a fully multicoated lens with this efficient tool. It is an efficient tool to use in less natural light, but you might not be able to get the reading on the displays properly. Nikon forestry pro is a unique rangefinder that gives the correct information about the target. It measures an object using the three-point measurement system. Three points calculate the height and other two points of the object and give the viewer the exact image of the target. "Check Latest Price" & Reviews On Amazon share share share share share

10 Things New Gun Owners Need to Know

10 Things New Gun Owners Need to Know

Trending: Best Places to Buy Ammo Online and [Buyer's Guide] 7 Best AR-15s The world of guns can be overwhelming at first. It’s okay, we’ve all been there before. 3-Gun: Benelli M2, CZ75, AR-15 There are the acronyms – EDC, CC, AIWB – the foreign-sounding drills ( El Presidente is one of our favorites), the endless terminology, and the random numbers and letter combos that apparently translate into firearm names?! Whether you’re a brand-new gun owner or just in need of a tune-up there are some basics you should be keeping in mind. This might be the most accurate part of a Call of Duty game… It’s always best to follow the KISS (Keep It Super Simple) rule and with that in mind we’ve put together our list… Table of Contents Loading... 1. The Four Golden Rules of Gun Safety This one might seem obvious to many of you but it always bears repeating: know the rules of gun safety. Don’t only know them but practice them. Follow them religiously. The vast majority of incidents billed as “tragic accidents” can be avoided by adhering to the rules! 4 Rules of Gun Safety Quick rules breakdown. Some people in the gun world feel it is excessive to state you should treat all guns as though they’re always loaded. They’re wrong . The moment you get flip about gun safety and just assume a gun isn’t loaded is the moment you’re inviting trouble. Never assume a gun is not loaded. Always double-check the condition of a firearm yourself, even when the person who handed it to you checked while you watched. Do it again, it never hurts to double-check. “Condition 4” means an unloaded weapon with the chamber cleared and the striker/hammer down. This is the safest condition a firearm can be in. Following the rules means that when something out of your control happens – which is incredibly rare – the bullet doesn’t hit anything living. It means when mistakes are made you’ve hopefully stuck to the rules enough to stop it from being a fatal mistake. 2. Guns are Tools It’s true. Guns are tools. Just like any rational person wants to have a fire extinguisher in their home before a fire starts, guns are tools you want to have available before The Bad Thing happens. After all, you never know what might happen. Tools do you no good if they are not immediately available to you when you need them most. That also means you must know how to use them. Just having a fire extinguisher isn’t enough if you don’t use it when there is a fire; just sticking a gun in a safe and ignoring it isn’t going to be enough if you’re suddenly in need of it to defend your life or the lives of your loved ones. You need to both have a gun in advance of a life-threatening attack and know how to use it! 3. Know Your Local Laws Ignorance of the law is never an excuse. It is your responsibility to be familiar with the firearms laws where you live and in any area you’re traveling through or to, no matter what. Carry Reciprocity (VA), USCCA Tool That also means you must pay attention to changes in the laws (and they change a lot). Never assume the words of wisdom spouted by some guy on Facebook or on a firearms forum online are trustworthy. Generally speaking, good sources include NRA-ILA , Pew Pew Tactical’s Gun Laws By State , and in an odd twist the Giffords Law Center . Keep in mind though that these sources are not always kept perfectly up to date, so make sure you do more research than just checking one source. 4. Beware Of Self-Proclaimed Experts We’ve all seen it play out: someone posts an innocuous photo of a gun or of themselves at the range and every self-proclaimed expert shows up to dump on the post. Ear pro, eye pro, empty gun? Check, check, and check. Maybe they’re there to lecture you on your grip or perhaps they say your bipod is backward, the eye relief on your scope is all wrong, or the manufacturer of the gun is dumb for one reason or another. Then there’s my personal favorite: the call for eye and/or ear protection. People like that are the reason we typically wear eye and ear pro in staged photos with empty guns. Be sure to check out the Best Hearing Protection ! Try not to let negativity get to you and understand some of it is well-intentioned advice. The thing is, a large number of gun owners suffer from a severe case of the Dunning-Kruger effect (meaning they fail to realize their own significant lack of knowledge, experience, or ability and assess their own expertise as way higher than it is in reality). The Dunning-Kruger Effect, Intelligent Speculation Always be careful whose advice you take to heart. The best sources are the SMEs – Subject Matter Experts – with solid reputations and a following of other SMEs, or at least avid, skilled shooters. They should be capable of answering questions and having intelligent conversations on the topic. Being surrounded by fanboys while doing nothing but basking in their own awesomeness tends to be a bad sign. If you’re looking at instructors they should be able to shoot well, demonstrating those skills they talk about. Travis running the El Presidente drill using a Springfield Hellcat As for writers, it tends to be wisest to follow specific writers, not specific publications. It’s true some magazines or websites will have a good collection of knowledgeable writers but when it comes right down to it there are quite a few out there who manage to get their words in print when they’re woefully underqualified. Vet your sources, take everything with a grain of salt, and read enough to be well-rounded. Avoid blind acceptance. 5. The Movies are Wrong Hollywood… really doesn’t care about accuracy in firearms. The cold facts of a gunfight just aren’t very visually entertaining. Just a few of the most common issues are the bottomless-capacity magazines, Glocks that apparently make sounds like a hammer cocking, the magical one-shot stopping of most threats, or a shotgun blast sending someone flying. Any movie with Robert Duvall and Kevin Costner is one to watch in my book, but Open Range fell victim to firearm tropes. The list of bad information you can get about firearms from movies doesn’t end there, really the list could go on for days. But the point is — don’t trust what you see on TV. There are exceptions, of course, every once in a while there comes a movie with at least a few really good scenes that do a great job of portraying firearms well. Two of my favorites, Val Kilmer in Heat and Tom Cruise in Collateral. Val Kilmer in Heat demonstrating how to quickly reload an AR-15 platform rifle during a gunfight. Tom Cruise in Collateral with an excellent Mozambique Drill from concealment against two attackers. Want more? Here’s some of our favorite Most Realistic Gun Scenes . 6. There is No One Right Handgun Grip or Stance for Everyone There are a number of grips and stances out there, all created at different stages of the gun world’s evolution and each with different pros and cons. Some are flat-out wrong, such as the teacup grip or gripping your wrist with your off-hand. Teacup Grip, bad Jack! Bad! And some, like leaning back, are the result of bad habits. Leaning Back Shooting Stance There are two major handgun grips, “thumbs-forward” and “thumbs-down” (sometimes called “thumb-over-thumb”). Handgun Grip, Thumb Down “Thumbs-up” is a grip stance that you’ll see every now and then, but it’s outdated. While it was taught for a long time and is still popular with shooters that learned it way back when — it is just not as good as modern grips. Handgun Grip, Thumb Up Primary stances include Weaver, Isosceles, and Chapman (also sometimes called Modified Weaver). Isosceles is the stance you see most on social media with the shooter’s arms both fully extended. Isosceles Shooting Stance, Front It doesn’t work best for everyone, though. Women especially tend to benefit from Weaver or Chapman, which can be identified in photos by the bent support arm in both and the additional slight flex in the strong-side arm for Weaver. Weaver Shooting Stance, Side I’ve also found certain grips and stances work better for me with different guns. Don’t simply go with Isosceles and thumbs forward because all the cool kids are doing it. There is one more and it needs to be mentioned due to how popular it is in media, Center Axis Relock. John Wick, huge fan of the "Center Axis Relock" stance. While CAR (Center Axis Relock) has benefits and merits, it’s a very specialized stance that has limited real application. But it looks wicked cool, so movies love it. Try out the various methods and figure out what works best for you. We all have different bodies, varying hand sizes, and a broad range of skillsets. To get you started, take a look at these articles: How to Shoot a Pistol Accurately [Ultimate Guide] Shooting Stances & Grip: Isosceles vs Weaver vs Chapman Center Axis Relock: Is John Wick Right or Wrong? 7. Shotguns Aren’t Necessarily Best for Home Defense Ballistics have changed enormously over the years as have the availability and quality of various platforms. It used to be that shotguns were seen as the end-all, be-all of home defense – an idea that lingers for many – but it isn’t accurate anymore. Today’s AR-platform rifles are stellar home defense tools. We’ve tested shotguns, pistols, and AR-15 rifles for HD overpenetration , the AR won hands down. Does that mean shotguns are bad? No, but you need to know what you’re getting into. Shotguns used at close ranges don’t behave like shotguns fired from a greater distance. In order for the pellets in your shotshell to pattern – spread out – you need some space between yourself and the target. If a shotgun is your thing, take a look at the Best Home-Defense Shotguns ! Otherwise, those pellets fly out in a tight clump. The wad might even still be in place when it impacts the target if you’re close enough. Different shotgun loads perform to varying degrees of fantastic or horrible for self-defense as do different gauges and bores. Know the distance at which you are most likely to be taking a shot in case of a home invasion. Federal Premium 2 3/4" #4 Buck 6 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing View Details 6 at Lucky Gunner Prices accurate at time of writing Spend time patterning your shotgun so you know how your chosen ammo performs at a variety of ranges, and be willing to try more than one kind of ammunition. Regardless of which gun you choose for home defense, it is imperative you be familiar with what it can and cannot do. Check out our Best Gun for Home Defense: Shotguns vs Handguns vs Rifles for more. 8. AR-15s are Not Assault Rifles While it seems like the “AR” in “AR-15” should mean “Assault Rifle”, that isn’t accurate. The “AR” in the platform’s name stands for “Armalite Rifle.” Prototype AR-15 by Armalite, circa late 1950s Armalite is the manufacturer that first began making the rifle almost three-quarters of a century ago. Fun fact, Armalite was a division of Fairchild Aircraft who designed and built the A-10 Warthog! At its simplest definition, an assault rifle is one with select-fire capability including either burst fire (multiple shots per trigger pull) or full-auto (repeated shots as long as the trigger is depressed). Restrictions on full-auto firearms have been in place since the National Firearms Act of 1934. While getting a full-auto firearm is possible in most states, you cannot just walk into a store and wander back out with a full-auto firearm of any kind. They are also very expensive and require a rigorous background check that normally takes about a year to complete — per firearm. A normal, civilian AR-15 is semi-auto only, meaning 1 shot per pull of the trigger. This is the AR-15 that is the most popular firearm in America. 9. No One-Size-Fits-All Handgun People come in all sizes, finding one handgun to fit us all is impossible. What fits great in my hand, might not fit at all for yours. That’s totally normal! Best Beginner Handguns The thickness of a grip is one of the most defining characteristics that will determine if it fits your hands. For example, Glocks are fantastic handguns but the classic double-stacks are unwieldy and awkward for a lot of shooters. The Glock 17 is the original double-stack 9mm from the Austrian manufacturer. Now that Glock has their Slimline pistols there are some options for those who find the double-stacks too large, but there’s no guarantee those will work, either. Glock G43 with a single stack magazine and some Tyrant Designs upgrades Whenever possible, test out a handgun before you buy it. It might look awesome in the store, feel good in your hand, but when you take that first shot… you’ll know if it actually fits. Training is a huge factor also. The more training you get and the more practice you put in, the better you’ll shoot and with a wider range of firearms. Don’t be afraid to try out guns a second time also. When you’re a new shooter, some guns might feel weird. But once you get more experience, those guns you ruled out might feel a lot differently. Here’s a couple of our favorite Beginner Handguns . 10. Gear Matters It doesn’t matter how expensive or budget-friendly your gun was, you need good gear to go with it. That’s something that is often not accounted for when people are looking at their budgets for a new gun, but it’s critical to think about. If you’re not in on the joke, Hi-Points are a very cheap gun that shoots… but is looked down on by… almost everyone. They do shoot though! You won’t carry successfully without proper gear, and I mean every component must be quality… Even the best CCW gun in the world still needs a well-made holster and a firm belt to go with it! Best CCW Gun Belts If you’re getting a rifle, don’t forget to budget for a good optic also. For something like an AR used for home defense, a reliable red dot is great . For a hunting rifle, quality glass will never disappoint you . Just a handful of the scopes we’ve tested And you can’t forget the ammo! Budget ammo, like steel cased , has its place. But even with that, you should make sure you’re buying reliable and safe ammo. And if you’re looking for the best accuracy you can get, you’ll have to pay for the good ammo too! Not all ammo is best for all applications. Good training ammo is normally bad for self-defense or hunting. Match ammo for long range plinking is too expensive for most regular training sessions. Once you know what your goal is, you can find the right ammo for the situation. Some popular rifle calibers Saying “you get what you pay for” is an over-generalization, but there is a lot of truth in it also. While you won’t become a better shooting by throwing money at the problem, you are going to need to invest some cash and time into being proficient. As for ammo, these will get you started. Best Place to "Buy Ammo Online" Best 9mm Ammo Best AR-15 Ammo Best .45 ACP Ammo Parting Shots There’s a lot to learn and enjoy in the world of firearms. Start slowly with the basics and foundation skills before you worry about diving into anything more in-depth or advanced. You’ve already made the first steps by seeking out an article like this, but don’t stop here! If you plan on carrying your firearms for self-defense, I strongly recommend carry insurance from a reputable company like USCCA Finally, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Answering them is what we’re here to do, so ask away! Now that you have some basics, what are your questions? Think there is anything we missed? Let us know in the comments! For a LOT more information, take a look at the Beginner’s Guide To Guns and also our hands-on video course… Gun Noob to Gun Slinger . Gun Noob Course Screencap

Its Not The Guns, Stupid!

Guns, Politicians and Laws All it seems we hear about in the news as of late is our pandering politicians ranting and raving about the need for more “Common Sense Gun Laws”. The media flocks to them like roadies to a rock star. I see it more like moths drawn to a flame, they can’t help themselves, they are “bitches” to the rating machine. The politicians on the other hand are “Bitches” to the money and power that their office affords them. Pandering endlessly to decades old cries for gun control and the “Utopia” they promise it will bring. They have bamboozled their constituency that they and only they hold the key to a “Safe Society” through the passage of laws eradicating the ownership of guns. These are the same chameleons that raised their right hands and swore to uphold the constitution of The United States of America…So help me God, I believe the end of it goes. Funny how many of them immediately begin to try and enact their own agendas Constitution be damned. Supported financially by Billionaires with their own vision of utopia and believing that they “Know better” than the rest of the county’s citizens the politicians have become nothing more than puppets of the social elite. What happened to representing the people of this country? Hogwash! There are few politicians that I can think of that truly represent their constituency. Enter in the political shenanigans of “Districting” and you will find yourself in the position that I am in, being represented by a fine gentleman that hails from the southwest side of Chicago who’s district encompasses not only that section of the city, which is one of the more blighted areas of Chicago, but also my part of the world that is 50 miles to the south of Chicago. What the hell does this man know of my needs? We’ve never seen or heard a word out of him in the 6 years he has been our representative. Why you may ask is he my representative? Well it was gerrymandering by the Democratic Party when they had control of the state. The ‘Re Districted” the whole state in an effort, quite successfully I might add, to over power areas of their opposing parties territory. I’m sure the Republicans would have done the same given the chance. It all serves to prove it is about power and money. It has nothing to do with representing the people of their district or the constitution. It has more to do with pushing the agenda of either the party or the money that got them elected. I find it all repulsive quite frankly, and consider anything that comes out of a politician’s mouth to be bought and paid for by some wealthy man with a vision….. So Bloomberg and his ilk want to ban guns? Just go to the politician you put in office! When he was Mayor of New York, he decided that everything was going so darn well that he had time to make the decision for all of his constituents that, since they couldn’t make the right decisions themselves, he would make it for them and outright BAN 44oz. soft drinks. Part of the “I know better” mentality I suppose. So just push the agenda with your puppets you put in office! Chicago’s Most Restrictive Gun Ban Laws Well they have had it in the City of Chicago and several other big cities for going on 5 decades, Chicago being the most restrictive with an outright ban on guns. What they didn’t count on was the fact that decades of data don’t lie. (Well unless you manipulate them) Enter Chicago, better than four decades of gun ban laws, unarguably the city with THE most restrictive gun laws in the country, yet it leads the country or is in the top three every year. Hmmmm…. What to do, What to do…. AH! A little magic is in order! Taking a lesson for some of the great magicians of our time, they learned to create a diversion. Look at the deck of cards in my right hand, so you don’t notice the palmed card in my left. Culture Warfare In the last decade we have seen our top political leaders work solely on culture warfare. Dividing and angering our society by not only race, but by income, gender, lack of gender, sexual preference and any other difference they can latch onto. Hillary Clinton is probably the most prodigious at doing this and has raised it almost to an art form. The WAR on women, the WAR on gay people, the WAR on poverty, the WAR on kids! Yes, I heard her use that one several days ago when addressing a question asked by a college student. But it wasn’t until they stumbled upon the police shooting of an African American named Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri that they really found a platform for division. Our President, Barak Hussein Obama and his former Attorney General Eric Holder seized the moment and began what has now become the most divisive issue of our time. White cop shoots African American, more importantly White Cop is guilty of shooting African American, BEFORE any of the facts are known. Our own PRESIDENT and ATTORNEY GENERAL did this in the Ferguson case. This trickled down to the Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who on national television exclaimed “that for the people who want to destroy, we are going to give them room to destroy”. Enter the usual cast of opportunistic Reverends and self proclaimed preachers emboldened by these top officials and one of them actually proclaims “don’t be surprised when Black men start shooting White cops in retaliation”. WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 08: "Attorney General Eric" Holder gestures while answering questions during a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Capitol Hill on November 8, 2011 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony from the Attorney General on the controversial “Fast and Furious” gun-running program. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Well it didn’t take long for the first one to happen; Harris County Sheriff Deputy Darren H. Goforth was executed while pumping gas into his squad car. Somewhere in this melee a group evolves under the name Black Lives Matter. They begin showing up at political rallies and any place they can get media exposure. Their goal is to promote the idea that White police indiscriminately shoot African American men. While there have been indiscriminate shootings I’m sure, this group takes the stance that ALL shootings by WHITE cops are racially motivated and unwarranted. Black Lives vs. White Police? The politicians have found their magic potion! Nothing divides people more than the police shooting innocent Black people. Rallies held in Chicago by "Black Lives Matter" have more white people attending than black people. Turns out we’re all against cops shooting innocent people! From the President of the United States, down through the Mayors of our cities, the politicians have sent the message that white cops, ALL cops for that matter are bad and it is O.K. to riot, Loot, pillage and even murder to act out your rage. Black Lives Matter states that ONE Black man shot is too many. I think I can safely say we ALL agree. What troubles me is that they clamor to gain national attention over the shooting of a Black man by police…. Never when a Black man shoots another Black man… Enter the decades of statistics form Chicago, one of the most restrictive cities in our country to own a handgun. As I researched statistics on gun violence in Chicago I became astounded at what I found. Chicago Shooting Statistics The 2015 Shooting statistics for Chicago are as follows: 2995 total people shot. 443 died of their gunshot wound. 59 died from a cause other than a gun. Every 2 hours and 55 minutes someone is shot in the City Of Chicago. Someone is murdered every 17 hours and 29 minutes in the City of Chicago. Of all the murders In Chicago, 88.7% were by gunshot. 5.6% were by stabbing 5.7% were by some other form. Of those murdered 80.2% were black. 16.1 % were Hispanic 3.7% were white or another race. In 2015 there were a total of 9 fatal shootings by the Chicago PD. Of the 443 Homicides in Chicago, less than 2% were committed by the Chicago Police Department. That leaves the remaining 80% of homicides in the city perpetrated upon black people, by black people. I understand the outrage of the Black community over an unjustified shooting of anyone in the black community. I think it’s safe to say that all of us, black or white are outraged over an unjustified shooting by a police officer of anyone, regardless of race, but Black Lives Matter has made this point their rallying cry. ONE BLACK LIFE IS TOO MUCH! My question is where are they? Where are they every 2 hours and 55 minutes in Chicago? If every black life really matters, where are they the 443 times a year when a black person gets shot and dies? For that matter, where is Jessie, where is Al, where is Obama and Holder? If they are all so outraged, where are they the 443 time a year that a black life is taken? Why are there no press conferences called, where is the screaming in the streets over the innocent people being shot EVERY DAY in their communities by their own people? The numbers listed above are only from Chicago, this scenario is being played out in every major city in our Country on a daily basis. THOUSANDS of black men and women are killed every year in their own communities by black men and women. WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE!? It all goes terribly wrong when these people look to a POLITICIAN to resolve a community and family issue. And here’s where it starts to go wrong….. All a politician can do is thump the pulpit and exclaim that they can pass a new law on guns. As a fact, that is all politicians do….pass laws. When it comes to gun laws it’s always as a knee jerk reaction to a mass shooting by a mentally or medicinally deranged person. Think about it…. The first thing we see after one of these tragedies is a politician on the news espousing the latest tragedy as the reason we need more laws on guns. Well I’m here to tell you, no law has ever stopped a shooting. No law has ever stopped illegal guns from being obtained, if they did, there would be no drunk drivers, there would be no speeders, there would be no shootings, and the world would be utopia. The politicians tout more laws on guns because it follows their agenda of confiscation and ultimately banning guns, plain and simple. Oh, that oath of office they took, ya, they “know better”. The black community looked to the politicians for a solution to these problems. Turns out it was the worst place to look for a solution proven by the last 5 decades of welfare and social programs that has only inflicted a different kind of slavery upon them. Until the black community looks to itself to correct the cause of the horrendous situation it finds itself in, there will never be a better life. Only 23% of the homicides in Chicago were brought to the point of an arrest. 23%! Is it because the Chicago homicide department is really that bad or is it that people in the black community will not cooperate with police to arrest those responsible. Take the case of 9 year old Tyshawn Lee. His father, whose gang ties, police suspect, led to the execution style murder of this innocent child, refused to cooperate with the police. Who the HELL doesn’t want to cooperate with the police to find the murderer of your 9 year old child?! His mother and father did not live together, and the insanity of the following weeks with his mothers Go Fund Me page and then his fathers Go Fund Me Page a week after his mothers was shut down speaks volumes as to what has happened to the black community. In the last 35 years, 324,000 black people have been killed by black people in this country. Until the black community stands up and tells these thugs and murderers that your behavior is unacceptable in our community it will never stop. Statistics in this article were gained from the following: Chicago Tribune Chicago Sun-times Homicide watch Chicago DNA info Chicago NBC5 Chicago Shooting tracker Homicide tracker City of Chicago Data Portal.

5 Best Turkey Decoy Setups: Reviews & Recommendations

If you’re hunting for that prized Thanksgiving gobbler, or you want to do a little springtime tom hunting, a good turkey decoy might be just what you need. They are a great way to attract a prized gobbler, and can make your hunting trip much more enjoyable. If you are interested in purchasing the best turkey decoy, this post can help you make the right decision. Here are 5 great choices to begin with: Avian-X Breeder Hen Turkey Decoy, Lifelike Collapsible Decoy With Carbon Stake and Carry Bag, Multi, One Size (AVX8008) Easy transport and storage Primos 69064 Gobstopper Jake &; Hen Decoy Combo Premium, realistic detail and posture at an affordable price Flambeau Outdoors SF00856 Feather Flex Decoys Three Position Hen Decoy Unique and patented grommet system allows one decoy to take the place of three regular decoys by offering multiple positions LAO XUE Nightlight Basketball Net Luminous Outdoor Portable Sun Powered Sports Nylon 【QUALITY】-Made from the high-quality and thick Polyamide fiber,3X stronger than a standard basketball net.Our basketball nets contains fluorescent component, needs to absorb enough sunlight before it shines. Mojo Decoys HW2308 Mojo Shake N Jake GET CLOSE TO THAT BIG TOM: Remote controlled up to 150 ft When looking for a turkey decoy, you should look at two primary qualities: realism and durability. Your goal is to get a decoy that looks like the real deal and can also last multiple hunting trips without falling apart. Before you go out and buy a decoy set, take the time and research so that you choose a turkey decoy that is right for you. You’re going to want something that is as lifelike as possible, but lightweight enough to transport easily between hunting sites. Fortunately, since technology and craftsmanship are constantly improving, and many of the newer decoys out are so detailed they are actually difficult for the human eye. You can rest assured that a turkey that fools you will certainly trick a nearby tom bird. Decoys Don’t Fix Bad Hunting Strategy While adding decoys to your hunting gear can greatly improve your odds of catching a nice gobbler, they can’t guarantee that you won’t go home empty-handed. Even with the best turkey decoy on the market hands down, you will still be expected to implement some strategy and proper hunting skill on your hunt. Here are some common mistakes that you should avoid when using a turkey decoy: 1. Don’t overdo it with your decoy setup. Start with a dominant, strutting tom decoy at the beginning of the season when sexually mature turkeys are fighting for their hierarchical standings . If you frequent the same hunting grounds, don’t overdo it with this decoy or you will scare away the more submissive birds. That means that after all of the alpha males have been killed, you will be left with no birds hanging around the area. Mix it up by adding some jakes and hens to your setup, which will attract nearby tom turkeys. 2. Get out of the way. Turkeys are easily startled and have impeccable eyesight. Don’t place your turkey decoy directly in front of you. This is a guaranteed way to get spotted and spook your gobbler. 3. This isn’t hide-and-seek. You will not have the best turkey decoy setup if your gobbler can’t see it. Place your decoys in open areas where nearby turkeys can see it, and don’t even bother sticking a decoy in heavy cover. If a turkey hitting in thick brush happens upon your decoy, it is more than likely going to get startled and run away. Rather hunt without decoys if you’re trying to get a hidden bird. 4. Watch out for the wind. A good turkey decoy will react to the wind and move in a realistic manner, which can greatly enhance its realism. However, a decoy that has been blown over due to heavy wind will not do a good job deceiving nearby gobblers. For this reason, always bring a couple of extra stakes or arrows to help prop up your decoy during near-gale force winds. How to Use That Decoy to Your Advantage So you have been looking at turkey decoy reviews and have decided to make a purchase, now what? As mentioned above, improper usage of decoys can startle gobblers and seriously inhibit your hunting experience. However, with a little bit of strategy, combined with good hunting and proper turkey calling, a decoy can help you tag out faster. Here are some surefire ways to properly use your turkey decoy: Try attracting gobblers back by placing a decoy hen in a feeding posture around a high-traffic zone with a flock that has dispersed Try to position yourself between your target and the decoy Don’t set your decoy up outside your shooting range Place your decoy in a spot that is easy to be seen from all directions, like the high spot of a field The Best Turkey Decoy Reviews Finding the best turkey decoy for the money doesn’t have to be a difficult and time-consuming process. You simply need to build a decoy setup that has a diverse range of turkeys and poses, and is durable enough to maintain its realistic features throughout the hunting season. If you are in the market for some turkey decoys, but you find yourself struggling to make a decision, then have a look at a few of the best turkey decoys on the market. Avian-X Breeder Turkey Decoy – Very realistic and durable Avian-X Breeder "Hen Turkey Decoy" , "Lifelike Collapsible Decoy" ... Easy transport and storage 15% smaller than a real turkey Breeder hen in receptive posture Lifelike Collapsible Decoy (LCD) Check Price The Avian-X Breeder is one of the best decoys that you can buy for the money. Although it’s a bit pricey, the decoy is very realistic in both its color scheme and posture. This hen comes standing in a mating stance that will attract nearby tom turkeys, and is painted with lifelike, durable paint that can withstand years of use without wear and tear. Weighing slightly over three pounds, this decoy is lightweight and simple to transport. It sits on top of a folding stake that lets the decoy move realistically, without spinning around. This allows for movements that simulate actual hens. The biggest advantage of the Avian-X Breeder Turkey decoy is the realism. Avian-X has spent a lot of time paying attention to the finer details, including the shading and color patterns on every feather. Furthermore, each decoy comes with its own personal carry bag, so that you can safely pack and transport the decoy without damaging its appearance. Primos "Gobstopper Jake &" ; "Hen Decoy Combo" ​ – Best value for money Primos 69064 Gobstopper Jake &; Hen Decoy Combo Premium, realistic detail and posture at an affordable price Lightweight collapsible body for easy carry Jake's submissive strut posture pulls gobblers in Hen can be used in three positions Mesh carry bag, 2 decoy stakes Check Price The Primos Gobstopper Jake &; Hen decoy comes with one hen and one young, male turkey that are mounted on stakes. Weighing a total of five pounds, these decoys are lightweight and easy to carry and set up around the hunting site. The Gobstopper Jake &; Hen combo is half the price of other decoys on the market, but comes with the same lifelike attention to detail. The biggest selling point of the Primos Gobstopper is that it comes with two, realistic decoys that look just like actual turkeys. While the metal poles that the decoys are attached to can generate unwanted noise from time-to-time, the detailed appearance is enough to bring tom turkeys to you. The decoys also come with a carrying bag, or you can fold the up and put them in your hunting vest as you move around. If you are looking to get the most out of your money, this decoy set is perfect for you. While it doesn’t have the fancy features that some of the other decoys come with, it has everything that is necessary to enhance your hunting experience. Furthermore, since you are working with two decoys, you are more likely to attract that tom bird that you have been eyeing. For this reason, it could very well be the best turkey decoy for spring or fall. "Feather Flex Decoys" SF00856 Three Position Hen Decoy​ – Lightweight and extremely inexpensive Feather Flex Decoys SF00847 Aggressive Jake Decoy Provides the ultimate set-up for attracting mature, dominant Toms Realistic feather patterns and true-to-life color Irresistible wind activated movement Soft, lightweight polyethylene foam Check Price The Feather Flex SF00856 is one of the lightest decoys on the market. It is made of lightweight polyethylene foam and is less than one pound. While it can’t be deflated and folded like some of the other decoys, the SF00856 is quiet and easy to setup. What sets the Feather Flex SF00856 apart from its competitors is the special stake that the decoy is mounted to. This patented grommet system gives you the opportunity to place your decoy in one of the following positions: standing, breeding, or feeding. The benefit of a three position system is that it gives you the opportunity to set up a decoy that matches the environment, as well as the mood of turkeys in the immediate area. Also, like most decoys, the SF00856’s grommet is collapsible, thus making it easier to pack and transport. Don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s one of the most inexpensive decoys on the market. "The Feather Flex" SF00856 is realistic and durable, and is an effective decoy to have. It is the perfect decoy for any hunter who is looking for a bargain or someone who wants to be able to customize their decoy setup. Avian-X LCD Laydown Hen Turkey Decoy​ – Very realistic and durable LAO XUE Nightlight Basketball "Net Luminous Outdoor" Portable... 【QUALITY】-Made from the high-quality and thick Polyamide fiber,3X... 【STANDARD SIZE】-Official NBA & NCAA Basketball Size (12Loops,20... 【GIFTS FOR BASKETBALL FANS】-Perfect choice for indoor and outdoor... 【EASY TO INSTALL】-The 12 loops make it easy to install and replace... 【DURABLE】-Our basketball net can withstand any kind of weather... Check Price The Avian-X LCD Laydown Hen Turkey Decoy is another hyper-realistic decoy made popular by Avian-X. There has been so much attention to detail with this hen that it’s nearly impossible to distinguish it from an actual bird without touching it. Every feather has even been painted with lines, so that it truly looks like a real turkey. The LCD Laydown Hen Decoy is made with Dura-Rubber, which means that it should be able to last years’ worth of hunting trips without scratching, fading, or tearing. Its enhanced durability also means that you shouldn’t have to worry about any air leaks from regular wear-and-tear. Additionally, the decoy also comes with a carry bag, so you can pack it away after using it and store it in a safe location. MOJO Outdoors Shake N Jake Decoy​ – Realistic and authentic movements Mojo Decoys HW2308 Mojo Shake N Jake GET CLOSE TO THAT BIG TOM: Remote controlled up to 150 ft INCREDIBLY REALISTIC: Raises and fans its tail while simultaneously... FLAWLESS DESIGN: Mounts on a 2 ft. steel stake which stores inside the... STAY SAFE, EASY TO TRANSPORT: Comes with blaze orange safety carry bag... WILL RUN FOR HOURS: Operates on 4 AA batteries (batteries not... Check Price If you are looking for one of the most realistic jake turkey decoys on the market, the MOJO Outdoors Shake N Jake Decoy is right for you. The designers at MOJO have made a considerable amount of effort designing the Shake N Jake decoy to look like the real thing. Along with its detailed paint job, the Shake N Jake also has lifelike, fanning feathers that move. Shake N Jake also makes authentic movements that will fool any nearby bird. Watch as your decoy shakes, moves, and fans its tails in a realistic manner. However, in order to use these features, the decoy must be fitted with 4 AA batteries. The downside to the Shake N Jake decoy is that it’s expensive, and it’s not made from the same durable material as other expensive decoys. This means that the Shake N Jake may not be the best choice for the casual hunter or for someone who is looking to go turkey hunting on a budget. Additionally, because it’s equipped with a motor and movable parts, the Shake N Jake is much heavier than other decoys. The decoy weighs approximately nine pounds, making it much heavier to transport than its counterparts. Take Care of Your Decoys When shopping around for turkey decoys, you should also think about how you can protect them on your hunting trip. While some decoys come with individual bags, fumbling with three or more carrying cases during your hunt can be time-consuming and distracting. The best turkey decoy bag will be large enough to carry more than one decoy at a time, while sturdy enough to keep all of your decoys protected from damage. For this reason, you should consider spending a little extra money on a good bag to carry with you on your hunt, especially if you think you will be moving around a lot. Even if you’re hunting with the best turkey decoy available, you won’t be able to get much out of it without proper maintenance and protection. Decoys that have minor scratches here and there can be touched up with a little bit of paint, but it is important that you replace the ones with a significant amount of damage to them. If the decoy looks unnatural for you, it will probably look just as strange to the turkey. Conclusion In order to get the most out of your decoy setup, it is important that you think about which decoys you want to use and how you will place them in a strategic manner. You need to consider what will and won’t work with your surroundings. By learning when to properly use specific genders and postures, you can attract local birds at a much better rate. One of the biggest challenges to a turkey hunt is trying to outmaneuver their unforgiving eyesight, while outsmarting their instincts. Consider decoys a tool that can help you do both, by distracting the tom turkey and capitalizing on its instinct and hormones to elicit a response. Because of this, learning how to effectively use turkey decoys can not only increase the number of turkeys you bag, but will also make your hunting trip much more fun.

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The 4 Best . 223 Scopes for the Money – Reviews 2020 Photo by Mike Riela / CC BY The . 223 is one of the most popular rounds in the world.