The Classic Shotguns and a Great American Side x Side Shoot

by Larry S. Moore

"Classic" - just say the word and a different image will pop into just about every person's mind. Fishermen may think of the Bass Master Classic, classic fly fishing rods or vintage reels. The car enthusiast may think of a split window Corvette. Whatever your definition of classic, say the word around my house and you'll hear about classic shotguns. There are many shotguns from the period of late 19th and early 20th century that many consider the classics. The period was a high point for American craftsmanship. Names like LC Smith, Fox, Parker and many more are classics commonly called side by side or double guns.

I fell in love with LC Smith shotguns thanks to family lore. Family lore indicates that both my grandparents were good shots competing locally at various shooting events including live pigeon shoots. There were also a pair of shotguns in 12 gauge and 20 gauge with my Grandmother using the 20 gauge gun. These were in separate cases. Indications are the shotguns were LC Smith. The guns have long since vanished from the family but the lore intrigued me. Along the way, I've gathered a lot of respect for the history of all the side by side guns of the early to mid-1900s.

Cincinnati's Xavier University has graduate competing on U.S. Olympic shooting team

by Chad D. Baus

The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that Jason Parker, a 1996 Xavier graduate, has earned a spot on his fourth U.S. Olympic shooting team and will compete in the 50-meter Rifle Three Position event Aug.6 at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London.

The seven-time All-American is hoping to medal for the first time.

BOOK REVIEW: Encyclopedia of Gun Control & Gun Rights, 2nd edition

by Chad D. Baus

Recently, Grey House Publishing, based in Amenia, NY, sent me a copy of the Second Edition of Encyclopedia of Gun Control & Gun Rights. According to an accompanying press release, the first edition was published by Greenwood Press in 1999.

Reviewing an encyclopedia may seem a bit of a tall order, especially since, I will freely admit, I have not read the 550 page volume cover to cover. But encyclopedias aren't meant to be read page for page, but rather are to be used as a reference guide. I will also admit that, in this age of the Internet, I honestly hadn't realized encyclopedias were still being published. (Indeed, in the preface the authors credit the Internet as an "extremely valuable source of information [used] in preparing this book.") Judging by the press release, Grey House Publishing's primary target market for the volume is libraries.

The authors of the Second Edition of Encyclopedia of Gun Control & Gun Rights are Glenn H. Utter and Robert J. Spitzer. Despite the extensiveness of the volume, I had to go to the Internet to determine just who these men are.

Glenn H. Utter, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Lamar University, Texas. Utter was the sole author of the first edition of the encyclopedia in 1999. He has also written other articles and books, including The Evolving Gun Culture In America and Religion and Politics, which features a cover photo of the late Osama bin Laden.

Robert J. Spitzer is a political science professor at the State University of New York at Cortland. His other books include Gun Control: A Documentary and Reference Guide and The Politics of Gun Control. In the Chicago-Kent Law Review's Symposium on the Second Amendment in 2000, Spitzer argued against the notion that the Constitution recognizes an individual right to bear arms. Spitzer has also published an article at The Huffington Post in 2011 criticizing Students For Concealed Carry On Campus. (Note: SCCC isn't deemed worthy of an entry in the encyclopedia, but does get one mention in a lengthy entry about the Virginia Tech shooting. That entry concludes that a better way to have contained the violence at VT than concealed carry on campus would have been a better adherence to federal "requirements that educational institutions...publish a yearly report of campus security policies and crime data, and provide prompt warnings to the campus community about crime threads.")

Spitzer appears the encyclopedia he co-wrote, in an entry on Gary Kleck - the University of Florida professor of criminology and criminal justice whose research in the 1990's famously concluded that firearms are used defensively as many as 2.5 million times each year. Spitzer is listed in the encyclopedia entry as a critic of Kleck's, and citations to his book The Politics of Gun Control are listed in the Kleck entry as well as in a later entry on Suicide.

So now that we have established a better idea of who the authors are, let us consider what type of information they deem worthy of being included in the encyclopedia.

Pepper Spray- How to Choose it and How to Use it

by Greg Ellifritz

Many of the questions I receive from students involve the use of chemical sprays. It seems that nearly everyone carries or is contemplating the carrying of some type of Mace or chemical irritant. Accurate information about the selection and use of these chemicals exists, but it is often difficult to find truth in the sea of lies and misinformation promulgated by the chemical manufacturers. This article will provide a simple step-by-step formula for selecting, carrying, and using a chemical spray deterrent.


FBI crime statistics show violent crime declines again...

Preliminary crime statistics for 2011 released June 11 by the FBI show a 4 percent decrease in violent crime--a continuation of a long-term downward trend nationwide.


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