American Rifleman - October 2009 - (Page 2)

TABLE OF CONTENTS OCTOBER 2009 Volume 157, No. 10, 123rd Year of Publication OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA The NRA, the foremost guardian of the traditional American right to “keep and bear arms,” believes every law-abiding citizen is entitled to the ownership and legal use of firearms, and that every reputable gun owner should be an NRA Member. —Wayne R. LaPierre, Executive Vice President features Welcome To NRACountry .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 16 Chris Cox NRA has formed a new partnership with some of the brightest stars of country music today. Called NRACountry, it will celebrate our shared values of patriotism and freedom in myriad ways, including concerts, gun-safety programs and non-partisan voter registration. 66 Photo by Hannele Lahti The Mayor vs. The People . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 60 James O.E. Norell The gun-ban crowd and media elite portray the latest battle in the right to bear arms as a struggle between billionaire Michael Bloomberg and the NRA. A recent Zogby/O’Leary Report poll tells a different story—a strong majority of Americans overwhelmingly support the Second Amendment. Glenn M. Gilbert Ruger’s SR-556: Ready To Run, Right Out Of The Box .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 62 While it may be a bit late to the party, Sturm, Ruger & Co. has rede ned America’s most popular semi-automatic ri e, imbuing it with a shootability that has become the company’s hallmark. With its origins as a light, handy carbine intended for the jungles of Vietnam, the Colt-made U.S. M4 was the rst general-purpose carbine since World War II—and it has served well for more than 15 years. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division The Colt U.S. M4 Carbine .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 66 76 Christopher R. Bartocci The Truth About Gun Shows . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 72 Mark A. Keefe, IV Recent attacks on American gun shows are not about law enforcement or punishing the guilty; they are about paving the way for universal rearm registration … and if history is anything to go by, con scation. Alexander Rose President Abraham Lincoln loved all things mechanical, especially rearms. During the Civil War, he even tried out Spencer and Henry ri es on the White House lawn. My, how times have changed. Lincoln’s Rifles: “They Might Have Stayed To See The Shooting” . .. .. .. 76 What Is A Purpose-Built Shotgun? .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 80 Phil Bourjaily The author once postulated that one shotgun can do it all, but now he offers another view: Shotguns should be designed for speci c purposes. Shooting a handgun well is a complicated skill that requires solid fundamentals. The author, a veteran shooter, covers them in ve basic steps. When it comes to ne guns, you often need an even ner screwdriver. Here’s what to look for in a “turnscrew” or how to make it yourself. The ABCs Of Handgun Marksmanship . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 84 84 Illustration by David J. Labrozzi Wiley Clapp Making The Right Turn . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 88 Steven Dodd Hughes THE COVER: Sturm, Ruger & Co. took its time getting into the AR-15 market; but the result appears to have been worth the wait. The new SR-556 comes out of the box with a host of name-brand features, such as the Troy Industries flip-up iron sights shown here, that many shooters are looking for. What’s more, this AR has the one characteristic many AR rifle enthusiasts now insist on: gas-piston operation. Design by David J. Labrozzi. Photo by Hannele Lahti. MEMBER PROGRAMS: (800) 672-3888

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Rifleman - October 2009

American Rifleman - October 2009
Contents
From The Editor
Armed Citizen
Standing Guard
President’s Column
Welcome To NRACountry
Readers Write
News, Notes and Ephemera
Questions & Answers
Loading Bench
The Mayor vs. The People
Ruger’s SR-556: Ready To Run, Right Out Of The Box
The Colt U.S. M4 Carbine
The Truth About Gun Shows
Lincoln’s Rifles: “They Might Have Stayed To See The Shooting”
What Is A Purpose-Built Shotgun?
The ABCs Of Handgun Marksmanship
Making The Right Turn
Dope Bag: Data & Comment
Political Report
Trigger The Vote
NRA-ILA Report
Regional Report/Member Info & Benefits
Programs & Services
I Have This Old Gun

American Rifleman - October 2009

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