Beretta is having a clearance sale for its DT10 shotguns.

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SSAA is out for blood; get engaged, get a gun; Beretta sale; Kiwi cap-gun crisis; dealer puts guns on street; Hunting TV shows pulled off air; Wildcare wide of the mark.

SSAA is out for blood

Join the SSAA in helping a good cause by rolling up your sleeve to donate blood to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. The SSAA is asking members to register and participate in the SSAA’s blood drive from Monday, November 19 to Sunday, December 9. Only one in 30 Australians gives blood, but a large number of Australians will need blood at some point in their lives. Making one donation can save up to three lives and it will go a long way towards making a difference. Go the the SSAA website to register as a donor.

Get engaged, get a gun

Buy an engagement ring for the love of your life and, if you spend at least $1999, you’ll get a free hunting rifle. At least, you will if you buy the ring from US jeweller Harold van Beek, of Iowa, before the end of the month. “Hunting season is coming up,” he said. “I thought, this is cool, so let’s do something for the boy who doesn’t like to hunt for diamonds, but likes to hunt for deer.” It may be a bit hard for Aussies to take part; buy the ring and van Beek will provide a voucher so you can pick up a Remington Model 870 from a specific Iowa City gun dealer.

Beretta clearance sale

With the recent introduction of the DT11 shotgun, Beretta is having a clearance sale of the DT10 models. Recommended retail prices for the outgoing model have dropped as low as $8190. See the Beretta Australia website for details or drop into your local gun shop.

Kiwi top guns capped … or not

New Zealand’s athletics competitions are at crisis point because they can’t get a start. A shortage of caps for starting pistols is proving a major problem after the Taiwanese factory that supplies them burned down. Gun laws there make it too difficult for athletics clubs to use blank-firing guns because of concerns they could be converted to fire real bullets, and electronic starting ‘guns’ cost hundreds dollars, instead of about $40 (probably about $1.59 in Aussie currency) for a starting gun. Worse still, shipping companies are becoming wary of transporting caps, and the Taiwanese government is also said be reconsidering the trade. Having an explosives factory burn down clearly had a number of ramifications…

Smart dealer puts guns on street

A Canadian gun shop has been praised for putting guns on the street during a huge street festival that threatened to harm its trade. Al Simmons Gun Shop decided this year to join in the Locke St Festival in Ontario, ploughing through acres of red tape to get permission to set up a stall outside the shop and display firearms to the thousands of festival goers. “I think just about anyone who has introduced a newbie to shooting sports has seen the neophyte’s anxiety quickly mature from hesitation to an informed, confident understanding … and wide, wide smiles,” said one shooter who was there. “Well, those were the kinds of smiles that were visible around this on-the-street guns initiative.”

Hunting TV shows pulled off air

Meanwhile, three hunting shows have been dropped from Canadian television after the Humane Society campaigned against them. It prompted a barbed response from a writer for the Toronto Sun who pointed out it wasn’t just hunting shows that the Humane Society wants banned, it’s the eating of meat. “So while the target this time was a hunting show on television, next time it could be your hamburger or turkey dinner,” Brian Lilley wrote. “Radical animal activists aren’t happy to live and let live – they want to push their view of the world on everyone else. I don’t hunt right now, but might just take it up in protest.” Hmm, that’s a protest we should encourage.

Wildcare wide of the mark

Closer to home again, animal rescue group Wildcare in the NT has accused hunters of cruelty over the shooting of two birds with arrows. However, in both cases the arrows were target-type arrows, not hunting arrows, indicating the birds were probably shot by children or others who are not legitimate hunters. “It is completely inhumane and the danger to the public is profound – arrows are capable of killing humans,” Wildlife NT rescuer Graham Kirby pontificated to the NT News. “What if it had ricocheted and hit a child?” While that may be true, if a bit sensational, the accusation that hunters are behind it has angered the hunting community. It follows a similar situation in NSW when the Greens used the injuring of a wallaby with a cheap non-hunting arrow as an excuse to attack hunters.


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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.

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