American Rifleman - December 2013 - 2

TABLE OF CONTENTS DECEMBER 2013

Volume 161, No. 12, 127th Year of Publication
Wayne R. LaPierre,
Executive Vice President

NRA

EXPERTS
IN THE
FIELD

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 ļ¬rearms, and that
every reputable gun owner should be an NRA Member.

features

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Colorado's Pro-Second Amendment Volunteers Show The Way Ahead 18
Chris W. Cox

The lesson the Colorado recall holds for all NRA members is that our success
depends upon going the extra mile to stand for what we believe in, to support
the candidates and elected officials who wage our battles in Congress and in
the state legislatures, and to encourage other gun owners to join our cause.

Ruger Revisits The Forty-Five .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 56

Photo courtesy of Bass Pro Shops

Wiley Clapp

Is there any doubt that Americans, all things being equal, still prefer
the .45 ACP? Sturm, Ruger & Co. introduced two .45s this year, one is
cutting-edge and the other is a classic. Take your pick.

Your Guide To The Changing Marketplace Of Gun Sales .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 60
Frank Miniter

In the past few years, there has been a sea change in the methods and

locations of how firearm sales are conducted. Technology, new business
models, destination stores, expansive ranges and other factors might just
change where you fill out your next Form 4473.

Opening Up To Off-Body Carry . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 66
Tom Marx

Photo by Forrest MacCormack

66

In the old days, off-body carry entailed rudimentary "fanny packs" for
handguns and firearm-specific cases for rifles and shotguns. Today, a wide
variety of discreet cases make off-body carry a whole new proposition.

Ballistic Software For Long-Range Shooting .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 72
John L. Plaster

Much like going from a slide rule to an iMac, today's software for mobile
devices can take the guesswork out of windage and elevation settings
for long-range ballistic solutions.

Unmistakable: The Thompson .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 78
Tom Laemlein

The iconic Thompson Submachine Gun was the main Allied submachine
gun used in the critical early years of World War II. From Bataan to the
Kasserine Pass, and from Normandy to Okinawa, the "Tommy Gun"
served American troops well.

The NRA Foundation Supports Fathers In The Field .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 92
H. Wayne Sheets

Fathers in the Field works with churches across the country to identify
salt-of-the-earth outdoorsmen who can serve as "Mentor Fathers" to local
fatherless boys-and now The NRA Foundation has partnered to help.

National Archives photo

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THE COVER: Sturm, Ruger & Co. made alot of "P-series" polymer-frame
semi-automatic pistols, but they were large, heavy guns
that were far from sleek. That changed with the SR series,
starting with the SR9. Well, that gun has a new big brother,
a remarkably sleek 10-round .45 ACP named the SR45,
shown here with a Laser-Max laser on its dustcover. For
more on this new Ruger-as well as the new SR1911
Commander in .45 ACP-turn to Field Editor Wiley Clapp's
story beginning on p. 56. Photo by Forrest MacCormack.
Design by David J. Labrozzi.

MEMBER PROGRAMS: (800) 672-3888



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