Thursday, January 17

LEE Reloading Equipment

A Brief History of Lee Reloading Equipment

The Lee reloading business began in the home workshop of Richard Lee in 1958 with the invention of the famous Lee Loader for shotgun shells. Lee Loaders, for rifle and pistol ammunition, were invented in the early sixties. These highly effective and economical tools introduced over one and a half million shooters to reloading.

The seventies saw the first lathe turned aluminum bullet molds along with melters and sizers. These make casting bullets easy and more precise than ever before possible. The molds are so precise that most Lee bullets do not require sizing. Toward the mid decade, the enormously popular Lee Load-All for shotgun shells was invented.

The huge following of Lee Loader users enthusiastically upgraded to new Lee presses and dies when they were introduced in the eighties. Many owners of other brands of dies and presses where easily won over because of the innovative features offered only by Lee. During this period, tens of thousands' of reloaders enjoyed the speed and fun of reloading with the Lee Turret Press and the most popular of all progressive presses the Lee Pro 1000.

Initially, every Lee product is distinctly different from products offered by other companies. Soon however, other companies imitate our inventions and offer products almost as good, but at higher prices. Dies, presses, crimpers, powder measures, priming tools, scales, bullet molds, melters, bullet sizers, lubricants, turrets, trimmers and many accessories are all inventions introduced by Lee and copied by others.

Every Lee product must always pass the Lee three question tests

1. Does it fill a real need or is it better than any other product available?
2. Can it be produced at an affordable price?
3. Would I buy one?

A yes to all three is required before we introduce a product.

The most outstanding and daring features of Lee products are these unusual

* Lee product is unconditionally guaranteed for a full two years and a conditional lifetime guarantee.

* Every Lee product is unconditionally guaranteed for a full two years and a conditional lifetime guarantee.
You may get a full refund within 30 days if you are not 100% satisfied, from all participating dealers.

* Lee dies are guaranteed to produce ammunition with less bullet run-out than any other brand. Ammunition loaded with Lee collet dies are guaranteed to shoot the smallest groups, even when matched against custom bench rest equipment! Not so daring as they have already broken one world record.

Serving the reloaders of the world for over forty-five years, Lee Precision is 100% family owned

Go to our favorites list and visit the LEE web site to see some of their great deals on reloading products. While there don't forget to check out the Closeouts page for some outstanding savings.

Saturday, December 29

Gun Owners Get Stabbed In The Back-- Veterans Disarmament Act on its way to the President

Gun Owners of America
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Springfield, VA 22151 (703)321-8585

"To me, this is the best Christmas present I could ever receive" -- Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), CBS News, December 20, 2007

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Gun Owners of America and its supporters took a knife in the back yesterday, as Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) out-smarted his congressional opposition into agreeing on a so-called "compromise" on HR 2640 -- a bill which now goes to the President's desk.
The bill -- known as the Veterans Disarmament Act to its opponents -- is being praised by the National Rifle Association and the Brady Campaign.

The Brady Bunch crowed "Victory! U.S. Congress Strengthens Brady Background Check System." The NRA stated that last minute changes to the McCarthy bill made a "good bill even better [and that] the end product is a win for American gun owners."
But Gun Owners of America has issued public statements decrying this legislation.
The core of the bill's problems is section 101(c)(1)(C), which makes you a "prohibited person" on the basis of a "medical finding of disability," so long as a veteran had an "opportunity" for some sort of "hearing" before some "lawful authority" (other than a court). Presumably, this "lawful authority" could even be the psychiatrist himself.

Note that unlike with an accused murderer, the hearing doesn't have to occur. The "lawful authority" doesn't have to be unbiased. The veteran is not necessarily entitled to an attorney -- much less an attorney financed by the government.

So what do the proponents have to say about this?

ARGUMENT: The Veterans Disarmament Act creates new avenues for prohibited persons to seek restoration of their gun rights.

ANSWER: What the bill does is to lock in -- statutorily -- huge numbers of additional law-abiding Americans who will now be denied the right to own a firearm.

And then it "graciously" allows these newly disarmed Americans to spend tens of thousands of dollars for a long-shot chance to regain the gun rights this very bill takes away from them.

More to the point, what minimal gains were granted by the "right hand" are taken away by the "left." Section 105 provides a process for some Americans diagnosed with so-called mental disabilities to get their rights restored in the state where they live. But then, in subsection (a)(2), the bill stipulates that such relief may occur only if "the person will not be likely to act in a manner dangerous to public safety and that the GRANTING OF THE RELIEF WOULD NOT BE CONTRARY TO THE PUBLIC INTEREST." (Emphasis added.)

Um, doesn't this language sound similar to those state codes (like California's) that have "may issue" concealed carry laws -- where citizens "technically" have the right to carry, but state law only says that sheriffs MAY ISSUE them a permit to carry? When given such leeway, those sheriffs usually don't grant the permits!

Prediction: liberal states -- the same states that took these people's rights away -- will treat almost every person who has been illegitimately denied as a danger to society and claim that granting relief would be "contrary to the public interest."

Let's make one thing clear: the efforts begun during the Clinton Presidency to disarm battle-scarred veterans -- promoted by the Brady Anti-Gun Campaign -- is illegal and morally reprehensible.

But section 101(c)(1)(C) of HR 2640 would rubber-stamp those illegal actions. Over 140,000 law-abiding veterans would be statutorily barred from possessing firearms.

True, they can hire a lawyer and beg the agency that took their rights away to voluntarily give them back. But the agency doesn't have to do anything but sit on its hands. And, after 365 days of inaction, guess what happens? The newly disarmed veteran can spend thousands of additional dollars to sue. And, as the plaintiff, the wrongly disarmed veteran has the burden of proof.

Language proposed by GOA would have automatically restored a veteran's gun rights if the agency sat on its hands for a year. Unfortunately, the GOA amendment was not included.

The Veterans Disarmament Act passed the Senate and the House yesterday -- both times WITHOUT A RECORDED VOTE. That is, the bill passed by Unanimous Consent, and was then transmitted to the White House.

Long-time GOA activists will remember that a similar "compromise" deal helped the original Brady Law get passed. In 1993, there were only two or three senators on the floor of that chamber who used a Unanimous Consent agreement (with no recorded vote) to send the Brady bill to President Clinton -- at a time when most legislators had already left town for their Thanksgiving Break.

Gun owners can go to to read about how this betrayal occurred 14 years ago.

With your help, Gun Owners of America has done a yeoman's job of fighting gun control over the years, considering the limited resources that we have. Together, we were able to buck the Brady Campaign/NRA coalition in 1999 (after the Columbine massacre) and were able to defeat the gun control that was proposed in the wake of that shooting.

Yesterday, we were not so lucky. But we are not going to go away. GOA wants to repeal the gun-free zones that disarm law-abiding Americans and repeal the other gun restrictions that are on the books. That is the answer to Virginia Tech. Unfortunately, the House and Senate chose the path of imposing more gun control.

So our appeal to you is this -- please help us to grow this coming year. Please help us to get more members and activists. If you add $10 to your membership renewal this year, we can reach new gun owners in the mail and tell them about GOA.

Please urge your friends to join GOA... and, at the very least, make sure they sign up for our free e-mail alerts so that we can mobilize more gun owners than ever before!

Wednesday, December 26

The last couple of months at Nosler have been busier than usual. Not only have they been doing non-stop R&D for their new patent pending bullet line, the E-Tip™ , but John A. Nosler was awarded the inaugural Golden Bullseye™ Pioneer Award by the NRA. The announcement came just before John’s 94th birthday which they celebrated with everyone at the factory earlier this month. It’s an amazing honor and it brings a sense of pride not only to John himself but everyone that works for Nosler. Click here for the NRA announcement of the award winners. The new Nosler E-Tip is a lead free bullet that doesn’t compromise on accuracy, expansion, and penetration. They have put many, many hours into every step of the process leading up to its initial release. The field tests proved that all the time in development really paid off. The expansion is incredibly uniform while still retaining 95%+ of its weight. The only problem they experienced during the field test was recovering a sample. No matter what they hit, they punched right through.

Good Shooting,

Be sure and go to our favorits list and visit the Nosler web page.
Lee Pistol Crimp Dies

Lee Pistol Crimp Dies make it impossible to buckle the case as with regular roll crimp dies. Even bullets which have no cannelure will shoot more accurately if crimped with this die. Makes powder selection less critical. The carbide sizer, which was made to fit most popular pistol calibers, sizes the cartridge while it's being crimped, so every round will positively chamber freely with factory-like dependability. Adjusting screw easily sets the desired amount of crimp. Crimper cannot be misadjusted to make a case mouth too small for proper head-space.

The Lee Case Trimmer makes quick work of case length trimming. After a case has been loaded a few times, it will stretch beyond maximum length and must be trimmed. The Case Trimmer consists of shell holder and case length gauge and must be used with cutter and lock stud (sold separately). Available in many popular calibers.

All of the LEE products are sold at very affordable prices. Visit them by going to our favorits list and clicking on LEE Precision.

Saturday, December 22

RCBS Gives Hunters and Shooters New Shooting Bench

OROVILLE, Calif. – RCBS® is proud to introduce the R.A.S.S. (Rapid Acquisition Shooting System) Bench—an advanced, fully adjustable and portable shooting bench. This bench, which will be available this summer, has numerous features that will speak to the varmint, target and big game hunter.

The combination of unique design elements give it capabilities no other shooting benches possess. The rapid elevation adjustment lever offers 20 degrees of downward travel and 20 degrees of upward travel, making a downhill or uphill shot a snap. And the fine adjustment knob allows you to put the crosshairs exactly where you want them.

“The R.A.S.S. Bench really has it all,” said RCBS Brand Manager Kent Sakamoto. “This is an advanced bench that will accommodate all types of shooters. After some initial one-time assembly, set up in the field or on the range is easy and requires no tools. No matter where you are, you’ll have a very stable shooting platform.

”The R.A.S.S. Bench was intended from the onset to be stable, portable and set up in minutes with no tools required. The four leg design with adjustable leveling feet offer stability on all types of terrain. The seat will adjust for distance from the center post and height above ground. The rifle rest will adjust for height above the seat and both rotate together or independently to offer 360 degrees of movement.

All major structural steel and aluminum parts on the R.A.S.S. Bench are low reflective black or green powder coated or anodized. In the future, look for additional items such as a table top, pistol and standing accessories for this bench.

For more information on the R.A.S.S. Bench (MSRP: $399.95), additional new products and the complete RCBS line-up, visit

About RCBS
RCBS has been the leading producer of high-quality reloading equipment for over 60 years. The company, which is based in Oroville, California, is part of ATK’s Ammunition Systems Group.