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  1. Source. A federal judge has ruled that a men-only draft is unconstitutional, but he stopped short of ordering the Selective Service System to register women for military service. The Houston judge sided with a San Diego men's advocacy group that challenged the government's practice of having only men sign up for the draft, citing sex discrimination in violation of the Fifth Amendment's equal protection clause. "This case balances on the tension between the constitutionally enshrined power of Congress to raise armies and the constitutional mandate that no person be denied the equal protection of the law," wrote U.S. District Judge Gray Miller of the Southern District of Texas. The lawsuit was filed in 2013 against the Selective Service System by Texas resident James Lesmeister, who later added San Diego resident Anthony Davis and the San Diego-based National Coalition for Men as additional plaintiffs. The two men had standing to sue the government because they were within the age range of 18 to 26 in which men in the United States are required to register with Selective Service. Coalition attorney Marc Angelucci said in a statement on Saturday that he is pleased with the court decision. "Forcing only males to register is an aspect of socially institutionalized male disposability and helps reinforce the stereotypes that support discrimination against men in other areas" such as divorce, child custody and domestic violence services, Angelucci said. "Women are now allowed in combat, so this decision is long overdue," he added. "After decades of sex discrimination against men in the Selective Service, the courts have finally found it unconstitutional to force only men to register." The government asked the judge to dismiss the suit or stay a decision until a national commission studying the issue of women's draft registration reaches a recommendation. The judge noted that could take years, and even then Congress isn't required to follow the commission's findings. "Congress has been debating the male-only registration requirement since at least 1980," Miller wrote. The government pointed to a 1981 U.S. Supreme Court decision that the Military Selective Service Act was constitutional as written, to exclude women, because women restricted from combat were not offered similar opportunities that men had. Miller found that reasoning no longer applicable, since the Department of Defense lifted all gender-based restrictions on military service -- including combat roles -- in 2015. The judge likewise disagreed with the government's position that drafting women would be an administrative burden and that far more women than men will be found physically unfit for service after being drafted. Congress has expressed few concerns about female physical ability, but did focus more on societal consequences of drafting young mothers to go off to war, Miller said. "If there was ever a time to discuss 'the place of women in the Armed Services,' that time has passed," Miller concluded. This article is written by Pauline Repard from The San Diego Union-Tribune and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCredpublisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to [email protected]
  2. Greg, Get a complete rifle. You'll save money. I would get a factory rifle with a bull barrel. The custom route is expensive and best when you have items in mind based on experience and trigger time. Also, semi auto's aren't the preferred firearm when precision is the name of the game. Spend the money you save on the best scope you can afford. I would suggest a Night Force. Not cheap, not expensive: the most bang for the buck. The most precise "click" money can buy.
  3. I vote for a rainbow snowflake over a unicorn that identifies as a liquid.
  4. I did a blind taste test one year on a piece of venison that came from an older buck and had that"gamey" taste. Soaked one piece in salt water and a second piece in buttermilk overnight. The piece soaked in buttermilk tasted much better.
  5. They're just covering their @$$e$ with the total return: lawyer proofing. I bet the problem is in the trigger. There's a lot of chatter online about Accutrigger safety mechanisms and problems with sear adjustment. Have you ever adjusted a trigger? If you are going to send it back, you may want to give it a shot beforehand. WARNING - messing with the trigger, if you have never done so before, could be VERY dangerous, ie life threatening. Does Jewell make a full drop-in trigger unit for the rifle? If so, buy it, throw the old trigger away, and never look back. Timney and Rifle Basix a second and third option, respectively. It really bothers me that they are making you eat the shipping costs. Can you drop it off to an authorized dealer? Maybe they could fix or ship free?
  6. No mark at all? Does this firearm have an accu-trigger? May be a problem with a trigger adjustment. What ammo were you shooting? When you dry fire the rifle, is there a nice click sound? Did you take anything apart? Disassemble the bolt or action from the stock?
  7. Someone is going to have some great stories to tell!
  8. ...because they have a Lukoil gas card, which someone else pays.
  9. I have a Howa 1500 in 270 I could part with. I think the Howa's are probably the best bang for the buck. I love my 700's, but they are a bit expensive, considering the stock will be a throwaway with the trigger following shortly too. Tikka T3 Lite would be my next suggestion. With the Howa and Tikka, you get a accurate and precise rifle with nice triggers. Their basic stocks, like the Remmingtons, are fine for hunting accuracy, but not precision shooting. Boyd's makes a nice alternative until you search out McMillans. As for the American: a nice cheap rifle that will help you make some noise at the range. Again, fine hunting accuracy, but precision, lacking. You'll want to dump the stock and trigger as well. What are you looking to do? Hunt? Precision? Tactical = short barrel. I would avoid. Shorter barrel, shorter impulse, less speed. Do you have a scope? Are you going to reload? At $504 for: rifle, scope, base, and rings, you will find it hard to beat the accuracy and precision of this rifle. Also, I would probably go with the 308. Too much reloading data and bullet choices for the 30 cal's.
  10. I think Night Force is the best bang for your buck. Glass is good, but the precision in the clicks is the best. For the long range game, hard to beat March. All that said, my Burris scopes have dropped more deer than any other inside of 450ya. Nikon and Bushnell make great stuff until the day you realize that your scope should cost more than the rifle! #Rusty
  11. + 1. Go to Griffith and Howe and see how many shotguns they have for 5 and 6 figures. I was there once and saw a $250,000 shotgun: maybe Purdy? The lady asked me if I wanted to pick it up -I declined, I was afraid to breathe on it! You only live once lads, don't be afraid to scratch that itch!
  12. https://www.foxnews.com/great-outdoors/illinois-hunter-bags-51-point-buck-possibly-one-of-the-largest-bucks-ever-shot-in-america Illinois hunter bags 51-point buck, possibly one of the ‘largest bucks ever shot in America’ An Illinois hunter’s 51-point kill may be one of the “largest bucks ever shot in America,” the state Department of Natural Resources announced this week. Keith Szablewski, of Johnston City, shot and killed the deer in November during the first weekend of the shotgun season in the state, WSIL-3 reported. "I was just sitting there and I heard the deer behind me," Szablewski, who only began hunting deer four years ago, told the news station. After making the kill, "I walked up to him, I looked at it and thought, 'What a blessing,'" he added. State conservation officials have since told the man that the buck, which weighed roughly 265 pounds, “could have as many as 51 scorable points," WSIL-3 reported. That’s four more points than a world-recording breaking 47-point buck, which was shot in 2016 by a hunter in Tennessee. Szablewski reportedly plans to take the buck’s antlers to the Illinois Deer and Turkey Expo in July. There, a panel of judges will again score the animal and officially determine if it broke the record. “I pray before I go hunting,” the hunter told the RFD Radio Network. “And on that day, I did pray to God to bring me a buck, and He sure answers prayers.”
  13. As mentioned before, I bet the high shots are because the deer is getting lower. It is interesting that you are having the classic "high shot" problem. When shooting uphill or downhill: shoot low. However, this is usually for steep angles. It would be interesting to see what an angle adjusting range finder would have to say. Again, you're probably: too close, fast enough, and not steep enough to have to make those corrections.
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