John Stewart

But, it followed me home...

Ruger 10/22 Take-DownAfter the mandated California 10-day waiting period, I am still in the market for .22 LR lever action rifle.  My criteria is for a small, light-weight lever action that is easy to stash anywhere.  Well, my local gun store had no lever action rifles meeting my criteria. 

But, they did have a Ruger 10/22 - Take Down semi-auto version with stainless barrel and synthetic stock.  Best of all, being the Take Down version, the barrel separates from the stock and both pieces fit into a padded carrying case. Well, it isn't the lever action that was on my wish list; but, it is small, compact, light weight and easy to stash just about anywhere.  And, it had an appeal that I couldn't turn down.  Ten days later it followed me home.

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John Stewart

The Changing Face of Today’s Target Shooter

Newcomers—defined as those who have taken up target shooting in the last five years—are trending younger and female; also, they are city and suburban dwellers. In these ways, they are quite different from established participants and, as a result, are changing the face of target shooters in America. This influx of newcomers also underscores that the traditional pastimes of handgun, rifle and shotgun target shooting continue to have a broad appeal to new generations of Americans.

Driven by newbies, target shooting participation has leaped by 19 percent, from 34.4 million in 2009 to 40.8 million in 2012. That’s a 6.4 million increase; for comparison, golf and some other traditional activities have seen their participant base decline by millions.

Although they may be different in age and gender, newcomers share one important thing with established participants—their passion for firearms ownership and the shooting sports.

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