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 / Hunting & Fishing


October/November 2019

BALLISTIC is a magazine devoted to the modern firearms enthusiast.

United States
Athlon Media Group
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6 Issues


3 min.
still treading on us

It turns out that we law-abiding Second Amendment proponents, including the NRA, Second Amendment Foundation and other leading groups, were right all along. We weren’t fear-mongering at all. Leftist politicians do want to take away your guns. At a recent Democratic presidential debate, Beto O’Rourke said, “If it’s a weapon that was designed to kill people on a battlefield, if the high-impact, high-velocity round when it hits your body shreds everything inside…Hell yes, we’re gonna take your AR-15, your AK-47….” That one fully transparent statement alone—not to mention countless others—vindicates us. But O’Rourke isn’t alone in his call to do away with our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Former Vice President Joe Biden said the following on a campaign stop in September of 2019: “The idea that we don’t…

1 min.

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Nino Bosaz EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Linas Cernauskas PRODUCTION EDITOR Greg Lickenbrock ART DIRECTOR/COVER DESIGN Rory Slifkin PREMEDIA Franco Nguyen DIGITAL MANAGER Matthew Hogan EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Richard Ortega CIRCULATION CONSULTANT Scott Hill/ProCirc COVER PHOTO Alex Landeen* CONTRIBUTING FIELD EDITORS* David Bahde; Will Dabbs, MD; Mike Detty; Kevin Estela; Mitch Hardin; Karen Hunter; Richard Johnson; Garrett Lucas; Fred Mastison; Peter Suciu; Jon R. Sundra; Leroy Thompson; Sean Utley; Len Waldron; Jereme Zimmerman ballisticmag.com • tactical-life.com personaldefenseworld.com • realworldsurvivor.com EDITORIAL INQUIRIES editdesk@athlonoutdoors.com ATHLON OUTDOORS athlonoutdoors.com VP/GROUP PUBLISHER & CONTENT DIRECTOR Nicholas S. Seifert ADVERTISING SALES National Office 212-478-1910; sales@athlonoutdoors.com INDEPENDENT ACCOUNT REPRESENTATIVES NORTHEAST REGION Scott Buchmayr; 978-462-6335 SOUTHEAST/UPPER MIDWEST Amos Crowley; 216-378-9811 WESTERN REGION Scott J. Cherek; 307-635-8899 MIDWEST/CENTRAL SOUTH Dan Flavin; 248-515-8654 DIRECT RESPONSE ADS Jim Coen; 212-478-1949 SENIOR DIRECTOR, Carrie Roeder MARKETING & OPERATIONS DIGITAL SALES DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING DIRECTORZ Brock Norman ATHLON MEDIA GROUP CORPORATE OFFICERS PRESIDENT, CEO Chuck Allen CFO/TREASURER Mary Lee Vanderkooi…

5 min.
brew ha ha

WOULD YOU RATHER… Be a quick shot at 10 yards or dead-nuts accurate at 1,250 yards? Wyatt Earp is attributed with saying, “Fast is fine, but accuracy is final.” Most shootings are at point-blank distances, but reigning death from afar never goes out of style. Well, we asked our readers, and 49.8 percent said they’d rather be super-fast at 10 yards, and 50.2 percent would rather be super-accurate at 1,250 yards. The best responses include “You don’t need to be fast if you’re accurate at 1,250” and “Why not both?” CRAFTY BREWS Cool weather is on the way, bringing Oktoberfest. As the nights get darker, so do my beers. Fall is a good time for a good scotch ale, and if you find yourself in Atlanta, I recommend you wander into Monday Night Brewing.…

6 min.
motor city masterpieces

WANNA WIN THESE GUNS? Every issue of Ballistic features a Custom Challenge gun giveaway. Check out ballisticmag.com/win-springfield to learn more and see how you can get your hands on these two beauties. Detroit is known for its automotive and manufacturing roots, and for being a city that has its own attitude and a vibe like no other. This shows in all of the Motor City area businesses, especially in the plethora of custom firearms shops. But two shops stand out from the crowd. You’ve probably heard of them if you’ve read Ballistic in the past: Blowndeadline—run by Cerakote wizard Michael Sigouin—and Odin’s Workshop, with Cody Dennis as its Cerakote master. These two Michiganders are only about 30 miles from each other, but both are known for their insanely unique styles. To level the…

8 min.
gunpocalypse now

It’s Wednesday, April 21, 2021, President Beto O’Rourke is celebrating his first 90 days on the job by burning a joint in the Oval Office. Newly minted Attorney General Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has just completed giving all U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents their pink slips. Bulldozers have nearly finished demolishing the southern border wall, and 150,000 hungry Venezuelans have poured north in three short months. Cory Booker is the new U.S. Senate majority leader. In close concert with perennial Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, they have used their newfound legislative majorities to push through unprecedented progressive reforms. The newly enacted Green New Deal promises to rid the nation of coal, airplanes and cows within the decade. The jewel in their legislative crown, however, is the passage of hard-fought gun-control legislation. Magazines…

2 min.
faulty buyback logic

Following the tragic shooting at two mosques in New Zealand in March, Jacinda Ardern, that nation’s prime minister, called for a ban on all “military-style” rifles. These firearms were defined as “a semiautomatic firearm capable of being used with a detachable magazine which holds more than five cartridges.” Of course, no sooner had Ardern made this announcement than various gun-grabbers here, including multiple Democratic contenders for president, jumped on the proverbial bandwagon and called for a similar ban in the United States. Opponents of the Second Amendment are often vocal that “nothing has been done to stop mass shootings,” and clearly saw this tragedy as an opportunity. But there are some notable differences between our laws and New Zealand’s. First, we have the Second and Fourth Amendments. While the former grants us…