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OK, so we're not the best at keeping the Newsletter currrent. For those who just HAVE TO HAVE up to the minute news, we've decided to put up this nice Headline News Feed, so you can entertain yourselves while our 2 finger typist tries to produce an exemplary ASSA Newsletter.........

June 28, 2012 - "The Legend Continues" 

STI's original SPW "Hammerhead" Sabot Slug, last seen in Hastings Laser Accurate Ammunition, Surfaces anew in Rottweil "Laser-Plus" Ammunition in 12 and 20 gage Shotshells.

ASSA Members are offered the opportunity to purchase through the "Clubhouse Store" special members only program.

Sectioned View and Ballistics Tables below indicate the design remains as per the original patented STI arrangement, hammerhead slugs, SPW (Sabot Pressure Wad) to carry and cushion the slug, and roll crimping for consistent pressure control and projectile release, with the non-discarding sabot for controlled trajectory. Back in Business, Guys! Bad news for the competition, good news for our deer-hunting and competition Members!





                                   Transition and rebirth of a Classic

December 15, 2009 - Hastings Barrel Company Closes its Doors Forever.

This announcement has been posted on the Hastings Ammunition Division Website today:


The Hastings Barrel Company has closed.
The remaining inventory of barrels, ammunition and chokes will be liquidated by Kull's Old Town Station online ONLY auction beginning early in 2010. Your local gunshops may still have retail products in inventory for sale, limited to stock on hand as of 12/15/09.
Please see
www.Armsbid.com to sign up for email notification and you will receive notice of the auction.
Thank you for your interest & past purchases of Hastings products.


Contact information listed in the Website is no longer applicable. While the website remains active, questions concerning the website only may be emailed to: Webmaster@hastingsammunition.com


This was evidently not an event long in the planning, as the website notice went up the same day their phones mostly went down, and some of us received notification letters via fax informing us that product shipments are ended, dealer and representative contracts canceled, and an auction is scheduled for some future date to be announced. Sad end to an institution in the shotgun components and ammo business. The owner of Hastings Barrel Company, Mr. Robert Rott, was unavailable for comment, and Kull Auctions declined comment as well.

September 2009 - An Important NEW Product Announcement from STI/Slugs-R-Us

This SlugShooters' "Must Have" product is available today at your Clubhouse Store, with EXCLUSIVE ASSA Special Deals as part of the product offer from our good friends at Slugs-R-Us. Check out the Clubhouse Store for Members' Only Deals on this and other tested and proven products available only through ASSA.

JUNE 2009 - An Important Message From Some Friends of the Second amendment:



The Second Amendment is under assault as never before -- and the "anti-gun" forces could win this time...

Unless YOU AND I take action NOW to stop them!


As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama deliberately and repeatedly LIED to America's 90 million gun owners across the country, when he insisted that he would NOT try to take away anyone's firearms.

Now, Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder is saying that the president will seek to reinstate the ban on semi-automatic firearms -- which means he KNEW he was lying to the nation, because his own website touted his plan to revive the gun ban and make it permanent!

We warned America that Obama's "support" for the Second Amendment was empty rhetoric -- and now Holder's disclosure has confirmed it. Obama was lying, and now gun rights may be dying.

Several times on the campaign trail, Obama told voters, "I'm not going to take your guns away." He said it at rallies in Duryea, Pennsylvania, and in Boise, Idaho. He also told a news conference that "Lawful gun owners have nothing to fear... I think people can take me at my word."

One thing is now obvious: We shouldn't take Obama's word, even if he says it rains a lot in Seattle. Apparently, law-abiding gun owners have nothing to fear... UNLESS they own sport-utility rifles, semiautomatic shotguns, handguns and any other firearm that Obama and his anti-gun Attorney General don't like.

Thanks to Eric Holder -- who has been far more honest than his boss about his anti-gun philosophy -- it is now clear that the new president doesn't support the Second Amendment at all. American gun owners should remind Democrats in Congress that the Second Amendment means what it says, especially when the president doesn't.


It doesn't stop there! Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Jack Reed (D-RI) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have joined Paul Helmke, President of the "Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence," along with victims and family members of the Virginia Tech tragedy, to introduce legislation to ELIMINATE the private transfers of firearms and close the nation's "gun show loophole."

You read that right. Did you know that YOU are considered "irrational" if you support private gun sales? Sen. Lautenberg says so!
"There is no rational reason to oppose closing the loophole. The reason it's still not closed is simple: the continuing power of the special interest gun lobby in Washington."
BUT, not only are YOU irrational for supporting private gun sales -- they also must think you're an IDIOT because, with NO supporting evidence, Lautenberg fell back to the disproven old "90% Obama Mexican Gun" Lie:
"Thirty percent of the guns that go to Mexico are bought at gun shows. We don't know whether they're bought from unlicensed dealers, but logic would say let's have some idea who it is that bought those guns and what their intentions might be."
Independence Institute researcher David Kopel has written about the so-called "gun show loophole," concluding that it is a myth:
"Despite what some media commentators have claimed, if a dealer sells a gun from a storefront, from a room in his home or from a table at a gun show, the rules are exactly the same: he can get authorization from the FBI for the sale only after the FBI runs its 'instant' background check."
Even the Bureau of Justice Statistics report entitled "Firearms Use by Offenders" found that less than one percent -- 0.7%, to be exact -- of guns used in crimes originated at gun shows.

None of this matters to the Gun Grabbers -- New York's Democrat Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have now proposed that computerized background checks be retained, creating a de facto gun registration system; and Lautenberg's bill proposes private transactions be added to this registration system!

This is an OUTRAGEOUS violation of the Second Amendment!


Why are Obama, Lautenberg, and other liberals in Congress doing this?

Motives for eliminating gun shows are twofold:

First, gun shows are a powerful tool in defeating gun control legislation. Grassroots activism burns like a brushfire when Second Amendment supporters gather in one place!

Second, If you can eradicate the gun show, you are a HUGE step closer to eradicating the pro-gun culture altogether.

Lautenberg and the Gun Grabbers in the Senate are also lying about the Virginia Tech gunman who had a background check at a legal gun store, just so they can try to justify themselves. There were abundant warning signs that he posed a serious threat to the campus. Yet he was running loose because the gun check system failed.

It's obvious that the Anti-Gun Coalitions are trying to use tragic events to destroy gun shows and the right of all Americans to keep and bear arms to protect themselves under the law. They are attacking and hiding behind an "Anti-Terrorist" Agenda while getting political and financial support from:
  • George Soros, a Hungarian-born billionaire who is bank rolling efforts with his checkbook and spending more that $100 million to destroy the Constitution.

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA), who admitted that "guns would be banned and confiscated" if she could have her way.

  • The United Nations, which actively pushes globalism seeking to disarm all Americans.
We must Stop the Anti-Gun Coalition and get ready for the biggest gun control fight of the year from coast to coast. We can not do that without your support.


All that seems to be on the minds of the Anti-Gun Senators and at the offices of gun control extremists is figuring out how to exploit tragedy to erode and eventually destroy the right, and the means, of self-defense.

Like all other threats against our freedoms, we must rise and defeat these attempts by Obama and his followers -- we must slap these bills down hard.

Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Charles Schumer (D-NY), John Kerry (D-MA), Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Carl Levin (D-MI), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) cosponsor the current Senate legislation. And Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is working to make sure that all of the anti-gun legislation passes over on the House of Representatives side.

In order to stop Schumer, Kerry and Kennedy and their fellow gun-grabbers, we need to let Congress know with tens of thousands of faxes telling them to leave guns alone.

We need Americans like YOU who understand what our Founding Fathers envisioned for our nation... and who are willing to fight to defend our Constitution and for what it stands.

So please, help the Citizens Committee defeat those who wish to gut and trash the United States Constitution.

Help us flood the U.S. Congress with a sea of FAXES big enough to drown each and every Congressman willing to vote away the Second Amendment. Please, SELECT HERE NOW to send Blast Faxes to EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF CONGRESS, telling them to REJECT all bans on guns and gun shows TODAY!


Alan Gottlieb, Chairman
Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

P.S. Keep calling your Senators today, toll free numbers include 1-877-851-6437 and 1-866-220-0044, or call the regular number at 1-202-225-3121 AND REGISTER YOUR OUTRAGE at ongoing efforts to take guns away!

CALL President Obama, 1-202-456-1111 and 1-202-456-1414, expressing your disdain and ABSOLUTE REJECTION of all GUN BANS.


NOTE: We need TENS OF THOUSANDS of faxes and PHONE CALLS and EMAILS delivered to ALL Senators right away!

For our projects to be successful, we also must count on the voluntary financial support from individuals like you who care.

Your contribution of $20 or $25 is urgently needed today.

Your donation for just $10 will help so much. If you can afford to send $50 or $100 or more it would truly be a godsend.

Remember, protecting our freedom is not inexpensive.

But then again, it's impossible to put a price tag on freedom.


Together, we can preserve the Constitutional rights our Founding Fathers intended our people to have forever.

If you prefer to donate by check, please mail to:
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Help us flood the U.S. Congress with a sea of FAXES big enough to drown each and every Congressman willing to vote away the Second Amendment. Please send YOUR Blast Faxes to EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF CONGRESS, telling them to REJECT all bans on guns and gun shows TODAY!


With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is one of the nation's premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States. The Citizens Committee can be reached by phone at (425) 454-4911, on the Internet at www.ccrkba.org or by email to InformationRequest@ccrkba.org

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February 2009 - New Member Shoots YOUR pants off!

So, you take your new Member from Texas, Floyd Kiel, who's only been aboard our happy shootin' ship a couple months now, you put a target out 50 yards away, and you give him some Brennke KO's and a Browning B 2000 Smoothie to play with, and what happens?
Well, he groups 4 out of 5 inside 2 1/2", is what happens. Figure anybody firing KO's is always going to get one flyer, and factor in IRON SIGHTS, and what you have to admit is the fellow is a hell of a shot.
For the record, maximum spread for the 5 shots was 4.170", and without that high left flyer, the spread 1 to 4 was 2.300, 1 to 3 came in at 1.920, and 1 to 2 was a dead-scary 0.570" Did we mention this was with IRON SIGHTS?
If I'm a deer, or whatever Texans like to shoot at, one thing is certain.
I'm wearing full armor whenever Floyd is out hunting, for sure.

Newbie Target #1
Floyd Gets Under 2.5" (4 out of 5)

Good job, Floyd! We're kinda looking forward to seeing some of those other targets you got from us, whenever you're done perforating them.
Most guys We'd be pointing toward the free practice target downloads to cut the cost of figuring out the right formula for good results, but in your case, hey, just send 'em on back when you finish, we're sure the results are going to be good.

Fall 2009 Membership Newsletter

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As soon as the Fall 2009 issue of our newsletter is complete, it will be added here. Each issue of the newsletter will include latest news, interesting facts, upcoming events, and member names.

We are always looking for new ideas and topics for the newsletter. If you have an idea or would be interested in writing an article, please let us know.
Since producing an entire newsletter has been a goal that has continued to elude us, we're warning everyone that it could be a while before the job gets done. Short Term, check the notes below and the Forums elsewhere for the most current happenings, and keep pushing us on the official newsletter completion.......
August 2008

While we wait for someone to actually finish a complete ASSA newsletter, we're inserting a Patriot Post article that has tickled our fancy back at the Lakes. Hope you enjoy this the way we did:

The Patriot Post

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No Obamanation


“We have heard of the impious doctrine in the old world, that the people were made for kings, not kings for the people. Is the same doctrine to be revived in the new, in another shape...?” —James Madison


“Change” the channel!

By Mark Alexander

At the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Beijing, I found a small Chinese flag had been placed on my seat, and on 90,999 other seats in the Bird’s Nest stadium. Needless to say, I did not wave that flag—we smuggled in our own 3x5 foot American flags, which we displayed with honor. But there was a sea of little Red flags around us.

Apparently, the organizers of the big Demo confab in Denver took a cue from the Chinese and supplied small American flags on every delegate’s seat, which the cadre of Obamaphiles waved obediently and incessantly. (I suspect those flags were made in China.)

No small irony here that the subject of all this fervor, Barack Hussein Obama, refused until recently to wear that flag on his lapel, much less recite a pledge to it.

Of course, all the flag waving played well for the TV audiences, but liberal protagonists have always been about appearances, appealing to feeling, style over substance.

Indeed, as I previously summarized in an essay entitled, “Why the Left can’t get it Right,” ask liberals about some manifestation of their worldview—for example, why they support a charlatan like Obama—and their response will be predicated by, “Because I feel...”

On the other hand, ask conservatives about what they believe, or why they do or don’t support John McCain, and their response will be predicated by, “Because I think...”

At Obama’s crowning, we witnessed a stadium full of feelers—sensitive, emotional, sentimental types, bursting with tearful glee at the prospect of one of their kind becoming the next president of the United States.

Now, I don’t mean to suggest that there is something wrong with strong feelings; had I not contained my own on occasion, there’d be fewer Leftists on our planet. It’s just that we need to set our feelings aside when making serious decisions, such as who will be our next commander in chief.

All this notwithstanding, here are a few “feeling” moments from the past week.

Nancy Pelosi felt proud: “I am very proud of the Democrats in Congress,” the House Speaker told delegates. Proud of what, that the Democrat-controlled Congress now has an approval rating of 9 percent? Or are they proud of all the feel-good resolutions coming from Pelosi’s colleagues in the House—more than 1,900 of them—a congressional record?

John Kerry felt the need for change: “We need a leader who understands all our security challenges, not just bombs and guns, but global warming, global terror and global AIDS.” That assertion left me wondering why anyone would vote for Hussein instead of McCain. Of course, I had to think about it.

Since Jesse Jackson had already let us know how he feels about Obama, Bill Clinton took his place at the podium, lip quivering as he felt our pain. And Hillary was just radiant, feeling that all the stars were aligning for her campaign in 2012.

Michelle Obama felt good about herself. “I left a job at a law firm for a career in public service, working to empower young people to volunteer in their communities.” I suppose the best part of that feeling is the $275,000 annual salary she draws from a privately owned hospital whilst “working to empower young people.”

And Michelle no doubt felt good about hubby Barack, who she says will “bring us together and remind us how much we share and how alike we really are.” Can’t you just feel it?

Capping the DNC love fest, The One himself, whom I fully expected to walk onto his Greek temple set in a toga and gold laurel leaf crown, appeared before thousands of delirious, glossy-eyed sycophants who were chanting his mantra. Obama, a master propagandist whom running mate Joe Biden described as “the first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” albeit “naive,” offered his own slate of feel-good sentiments about a “country I believe in.” (How about that American flag lapel pin on his $1,600 suit!)

In short, Obama constructed his ruse around a few themes.

He insisted that he is our savior, the embodiment of a “promise that has always set this country apart—that through hard work and sacrifice, each of us can pursue our individual dreams but still come together as one American family.”

He promised to reverse the “failed policies of George W. Bush,” and a “third” Bush term, as he frames McCain’s policies.

He proclaimed that, “Ours is a promise that says government... should do that which we cannot do for ourselves” and proceeded to outline the same worn socialist policies his “useful idiot” predecessors have promoted for the last half century.

In his final appeal to the faithful, Obama promised a presidency “that pushes us forward even when the path is uncertain; that binds us together in spite of our differences; that makes us fix our eye not on what is seen, but what is unseen, that better place around the bend.”

At least he was able to correctly identify the city he was in this time.

I am sure it comes as no surprise to genuine American Patriots, those who recognize a kindred spirit in the Patriot character of presidential candidate John McCain, that at the conclusion of Obama’s coronation in Denver, thousands of those little flags ended up in trash bags with other delegate refuse.

It’s not that those Demo flag-wavers don’t like our national flag, it’s just that they don’t have a clue about the “Republic for which it stands,” or its seminal document of incorporation, our Constitution, or the Patriots who have pledged “To support and defend... so help me God,” or the hundreds of thousands who have given their lives to honor that pledge since our founding.

Obama certainly does not get it.

In the end, of course, no amount of logical dissent will make a lick of difference to most Democrat voters. Logic, after all, requires thoughtful analysis, and the Democrat hordes are too busy feeling great about Obama to muck that up with logic.

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Quote of the week

“If Socrates had engaged in an interminable presidential campaign in a media-drenched age, perhaps he, too, would have come to seem banal. But the fact that Obama lost nine of the final 14 primaries might have something to do with the fact that when he descends from the ether to practicalities, he reprises liberalism’s most shopworn nostrums... Obama’s rhetorical extravagances are inversely proportional to his details... The diminished enthusiasm of some voters hitherto receptive to his appeals might have something to do with the seepage of reality from his rhetoric.” —George Will

Open query

“The recent death of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn should make us recall what he said when he was awarded the Nobel Prize: ‘The timid civilized world has found nothing with which to oppose the onslaught of a sudden revival of barefaced barbarity, other than concessions and smiles.’ What would a Barack Obama presidency mean, other than more concessions and broader smiles, while Iran goes nuclear?” —Thomas Sowell

The BIG lie

“So I’ve got news for you, John McCain: We all put our country first.” —Obama

This week’s ‘Alpha Jackass’ award

“John McCain stands alone in his stubborn refusal to end a misguided war [in Iraq]... You don’t defeat a terrorist network that operates in 80 countries by occupying Iraq. You don’t protect Israel and deter Iran just by talking tough in Washington. You can’t truly stand up for Georgia when you’ve strained our oldest alliances.” —Obama

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Campaign watch: Obama picks Joe Biden as VP

Despite the lackluster efforts of some Hillary Clinton dead-enders to de-rail his train at the Demo Convention, Barack Obama is now the official Democrat nominee for president of the United States. Yet the real news of the week was that Barack Obama, the Senate’s most liberal member according to the non-partisan National Journal, chose Delaware Senator Joe Biden, the Senate’s third most liberal member, to be his vice presidential running mate. So much for balancing the ticket.

So much for “change,” too. Biden is a Beltway lifer, having been first elected to the Senate in 1972, while Richard Nixon was carrying 49 states against George McGovern, while John McCain was languishing in the Hanoi Hilton, and while Barack Obama was a sixth-grader at the elite Punahou School in Hawaii. Biden is supposed to bring two qualities to the table: experience and foreign policy expertise. Biden does, in fact, chair the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and he voted in favor of the 2002 Iraq War Resolution. Obama, who was then a part-time Illinois state senator representing Chicago’s notoriously liberal Hyde Park, opposed the removal of Saddam Hussein, calling it “the most important foreign policy decision in a generation.”

Biden, like Obama, is the slippery sort. This is, after all, the same guy who withdrew from the 1988 Democrat presidential primary after being caught plagiarizing British Labour party leader Neil Kinnock in his stump speeches. Biden also plagiarized a law review article at Syracuse University, lied about having attended college on an academic scholarship, lied about how many degrees he had earned, and lied about having graduated in the top half of his law school class (he was 76th in a class of 85). “I exaggerate when I’m angry,” Biden once said, “but I’ve never gone around telling people things that aren’t true about me.” Clearly, this guy can’t even tell the truth about not telling the truth.

Biden’s comments about Obama in the early days of the presidential contest certainly call into question whether the six-term senator has much respect for his younger colleague. When Biden was himself a candidate for president, he said that the White House was not a place for “on-the-job training,” a swipe at Obama’s youth and inexperience. Biden also got himself into hot water when he noted that Obama was “articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” a remark the thin-skinned Obama campaign interpreted as racist. Biden has made more than his share of slips over the years. It happens when one’s mouth is constantly running.

The strengths that Biden might bring may not be enough to offset Obama’s glaring weaknesses, particularly in light of Biden’s own issues. And the comedy of errors that surrounded the VP announcement last week didn’t help. Obama had apparently made his decision early last week, but wanted to keep it quiet until the Saturday before the convention when he and Biden could campaign together. Consequently, the press was told they would be notified by text message, which led to a series of fake messages being sent by pundits playing the guessing game and pranksters looking for a good laugh. Everyone from Indiana Senator Evan Bayh to Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps was announced as Obama’s VP selection, leading some in the media to disregard the actual pick when it finally came out at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. What media strategist in their right mind makes a press announcement at 3:00 in the morning on a weekend? As Rush Limbaugh suggested, maybe Obama is just trying to prove that he can indeed make a decision at 3:00 a.m. Or maybe he’s just inadvertently proving that no matter who he picks as his running mate, he just doesn’t have what it takes to make a coherent decision.

All that said, however, the most significant shortcoming of Joe Biden might be his vanity: We all know he’s had hair plugs surgically implanted in his scalp, but how on earth did he ever get those gleaming white choppers?

Hillary never had a shot at VP

As the Democrats in Denver call for unity and look forward to the November contest, it now becomes clearer than ever that Barack Obama never gave Hillary Clinton serious consideration as a possible running mate. Obama’s staff did not approach her once with any requests for paperwork or background access that is standard in the VP vetting process. After Obama sealed the nomination in June, he ducked questions from the media and Clinton supporters about his intentions for her by noting that Clinton was the most closely vetted candidate out there and that she would not need to go through the process again. Advisers close to Obama, however, knew that such a partnership could never work, particularly after the bruising battle between him and Clinton for the nomination.

Clinton has had no luck in getting Obama to help her with her campaign debt, either, something he would have been somewhat obliged to do by picking her. She obliquely solicited his help after admitting defeat, and he suggested that his supporters help her alleviate the $25 million debt her campaign accrued. Two months later, though, Clinton’s debt still stands at $24 million, $13 million of which is owed to the candidate herself. While that portion is likely to be forgiven and forgotten, other creditors, including former campaign advisor Mark Penn’s firm, are still awaiting payment. Given the Obama campaign’s distaste for Penn, Clinton shouldn’t count on any help there. Per his campaign rhetoric, Obama wants to lift everyone above debt and out of the poor house, but he’s not going to help his enemies—or even his own brother—and he’s surely not going to do it with his money.

Finally, make no mistake—while Hillary and Bill Clinton each gave “emphatic” and “forceful” pleas at the convention for Democrats to unite behind Barack Obama, it’s doubtful they will help Obama’s campaign. They may even work toward his defeat.

On cross-examination

“Imagine if it were the [GOP] undergoing equivalent convulsions [to those of the Democrats]. Let’s say Mitt Romney’s supporters demanded an open floor vote and were seething with public resentment against John McCain, the way Hillary’s delegates are against Obama. Add to that former President George H.W. Bush verbally undercutting McCain at every opportunity, in the manner of Bill Clinton’s anger toward Obama regarding Hillary, because of, say, statements he made against his son, the sitting president. Finally, what if Mike Huckabee were involved in a cheating/love child scandal the way John Edwards is, and had become so much of an embarrassment that, like Edwards, he couldn’t even speak to his own party’s convention after winning lots of electoral votes? Is there any doubt that the Democrats and the media elites would classify such a GOP convention as the biggest fiasco in the history of party politics?” —Investor’s Business Daily

GOP convention speakers draw concern

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain has been known to be at odds with conservatives in his party, so his strategists are on the lookout for any opportunity to prove otherwise. Inviting moderate Republican Rudy Giuliani to be a keynote speaker at next week’s convention in Minneapolis, however, looks like a lost one. Giuliani, whose own campaign imploded after his inane strategy of skipping the first five contests to focus on winning Florida’s big one, is admittedly pro-choice, pro gay-marriage and pro-gun control. In other words, he’s a Democrat in elephant’s clothing. Terrorism and national security are Giuliani’s supposed strong points, and that is what his focus will probably be, thus allowing the GOP to reframe the contest in a national security light.

Liberal Democrat Joe Lieberman is also slated to speak. He is rumored to have an outside shot at being chosen McCain’s running mate. While that is highly unlikely to happen, Lieberman’s and Giuliani’s speaking appearances at the convention will send mixed signals to say the least. Worse, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the man who saved California from Gray Davis and then tried to ruin it himself, will be speaking as well.

Meanwhile, conservative Republicans that should be on the docket have been left off: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. The GOP prides itself on being a Big Tent, which sometimes is one of its strengths, but there is a fine line between being inclusive and trying to be all things to all people. The Democrats claim they are the former when they often practice the latter, and it has yet to serve America. Republicans would be wise to keep that in mind.

As we go to press, McCain has not announced his vice presidential pick, though according to Fox News, “Speculation about who John McCain would name as his running mate focused on Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin after reports circulated early Friday that two short-listers—[former Massachusetts Gov.] Mitt Romney and [Minnesota Gov.] Tim Pawlenty—were out of the running.” Palin would be slick politically—a young woman who is known for her reformist ways would counter Obama’s supposed strong point.

Stevens wins, Young not sure

Embattled Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) won his primary bid this week despite having been indicted for lying on Senate disclosure reports and concealing more than $250,000 in home renovations and gifts from oil industry executives. Stevens won big, too, with 63 percent of the vote, though he faced six challengers, who split their votes. He now faces an uphill re-election battle against Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich. It’s a shame that Alaskans seemingly aren’t willing to part ways with the 40-year pork king of the Senate, but it may happen anyway if Stevens is convicted and removed from office. Also facing a tough primary Tuesday was the state’s at-large Rep. Don Young, an old veteran who likewise faces ethics charges. Young currently leads his primary against Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell by only 152 votes, with thousands of absentee ballots yet to be counted. Vote counting will not conclude until 5 September, and the results officially will be certified on 16 or 17 September.

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Warfront with Jihadistan: Withdrawal agreement

Iraq and the United States reached a tentative agreement last week for the gradual withdrawal of U.S. combat troops by the end of 2011—contingent on conditions in Iraq between now and that date, of course. While we certainly can be hopeful of continued progress in Iraq’s ability to govern and protect itself, the deal is intended first and foremost to soothe Iraqi feelings and thereby bolster Prime Minister Maliki’s political safety. If Iraq is not prepared to protect itself by the end of 2011, the agreement is not binding in its call for the removal of all U.S. troops. Iraq’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Haj Hamoud stressed that “if the Iraqi government at that time decides that it is necessary to keep the American forces longer, they can do so.”

Watch for pundits, pols and presidential candidates on the Left to claim this deal as vindication of their “out of Iraq now” stance over the last three years. It most assuredly is not. The Left’s demand was for the immediate removal of U.S. troops regardless of conditions in Iraq, and regardless of the consequences of a headlong withdrawal. Nor is the deal a repudiation of John McCain’s statement that he would support a long-term U.S. presence in Iraq. The deal would still leave many thousands of American troops in Iraq beyond 2011, training and supporting Iraqi forces. We sincerely hope that Iraq is a stable, self-governing and secure nation by 2011, and that U.S. combat troops can be drawn down significantly by then. But all concerned should clearly understand that this deal is about internal Iraqi politics first and foremost, and is only secondarily about the actual removal of U.S. troops.

Answering the critics on Iraq

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Ron Suskind claims in his recently released book, The Way of the World, that in early 2003 the White House learned that Saddam Hussein no longer possessed weapons of mass destruction but decided to proceed with the war anyway. Suskind writes that British and U.S. intelligence officials obtained this WMD information in secret meetings with Saddam’s spy chief, Tahir Habbush. But the book’s most explosive allegations are that under White House orders, the CIA forged information designed to influence public opinion about the war and enlisted Habbush’s help to write a fake letter stating that Iraq helped train Mohamed Atta, leader of the 19 hijackers in the 9/11 attacks.

If all of this is true, then the Bush White House broke numerous U.S. laws and lied to the American people about the war in Iraq. Too bad for the Looney Left, the book is little more than a cheap spy novel, the stuff of which paranoid leftist fantasies are made. Last Friday, the CIA issued an extensive rebuttal based on an internal agency investigation. It included a full records search and interviews with those officers directly involved in operations in Iraq at the time. No one, including foreign intelligence services, could substantiate any of Suskind’s claims. Naturally, Suskind stands by his book, but even many of his alleged sources have now disputed his accounts. Suskind retorts from his safe house that the administration is pressuring his sources to change their stories. And coming to their comrade’s rescue, House and Senate oversight committees, which, with $4-a-gallon gas, the Long War, a slowing economy, etc., apparently have nothing better to do, are investigating Suskind’s claims. Is it asking too much for Congress to give up wild goose chases and concentrate on the real world?

Profiles of valor: USA 1st Lt. Pixler

In October 2007, then-First Lieutenant Ross Pixler of the United States Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division was on patrol in al Bawi, Iraq, when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle was hit by an IED. The ensuing explosion killed three fellow soldiers and wounded Pixler, the driver and the gunner. Pixler, acting on his training, immediately checked on the driver and gunner, both of whom were unconscious, and then took up a defensive position. “Everything goes really fast, and I wasn’t really stopping to think about what I was doing,” he said. “I was doing what I was trained to do.” Still reeling from his concussion, Pixler and the rest of his unit had to fight off a small arms attack; Pixler directed air support as well.

Hours later, as the attack was repelled, Pixler and the other survivors were loaded onto another Bradley and began moving toward base when another IED exploded, crippling that vehicle. The soldiers then fought off a second attack before finally making it back to their base. For his bravery and tenacity while injured and under attack, Pixler was awarded the Silver Star. Now-Captain Pixler considers it “an award for every single one of the soldiers that were out there, and the ones that can’t come home.”

Immigration front: ICE offers aliens a deal

Between 5 August and 25 August, Immigration and Customs Enforcement offered a special program to 457,000 illegal aliens who have no criminal records yet have failed to follow a court’s order to leave the country. The pilot program, Operation Scheduled Departure, had offices in six U.S. cities where aliens could “turn themselves in, get their affairs in order and leave the country without being detained.” The program was advertised on Spanish language media in the cities where the ICE offices are located.

According to Julie Myers, HSD Assistant Secretary for ICE, the program would have assuaged the “concerns raised by aliens, community groups and immigration attorneys who say ICE unnecessarily disrupts families.” But Jim Hayes, who supervises deportation for ICE, claimed that advocacy groups and lawyers had counseled eligible aliens not to participate—as an act of protest. “What the advocates state is that... we don’t like enforcement of the law itself,” Hayes said.

In any case, the program was a bust, enrolling a total of eight (that’s 8) aliens. Hayes saw it as a victory because it proved the efficacy of capturing illegal aliens over trying to coax them to comply in the current climate of entitlement. None of the eight has yet departed, Hayes said. They are an Estonian, two Indians, two Guatemalans, a Lebanese, a Mexican and a Salvadoran, proving that, if nothing else, the U.S. government is an equal opportunity deporter.

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Revised economic picture

“Better than expected” was the buzz once again for the economy in the second quarter after the Commerce Department released revised numbers this week. The new numbers indicate that “gross domestic product, or GDP, increased at a 3.3 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter,” reports the Associated Press. The government had originally reported growth of only 1.9 percent, short of its forecast of 2.7 percent. Of course, the good news is not good enough to impress the army of economic-expert editorialists, er, reporters at the AP. They warn, “Still, the growth pickup is not likely to be seen as a lasting sign that the fragile economy is back on solid ground.” It should go without saying that current growth is no predictor of future economic activity, but the AP simply cannot leave readers feeling optimistic. AP continues, “A growing number of analysts fear that the country will hit another economic pothole in the fourth quarter.” These analysts who have been wrong all year—not only was there no recession, but we had “better than expected growth” —will continue with their depressing drumbeat despite every report to the contrary.

From the ‘Non Compos Mentis’ File

Congressional Democrats are pushing for a four-day workweek to “limit unnecessary commuting” in these “times of high gasoline prices.” The extra day off will not come for ordinary Americans, however, but federal bureaucrats. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said, “I believe the federal government should do all it can to ensure that federal agencies and departments are appropriately reducing gasoline consumption.” We think a little extra time off for bureaucrats could be a really good thing... but for other reasons.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) lived up to the dignity of her office this week by taunting pro-drilling protesters in Denver. In answer to signs that read “Drill Here, Drill Now,” Pelosi coyly replied, “Right here?” and “Can we drill your brains?” Heaven knows we wouldn’t find much between Pelosi’s ears.

To wit, the Speaker doesn’t even know what fossil fuels are, declaring Sunday, “I believe in natural gas as a clean, cheap alternative to fossil fuels.” Memo to Nancy: Natural gas is a fossil fuel. We think she’s just confused because she and her husband have invested so heavily in natural gas—to the tune of $50,000 to $100,000. Move along, folks. No conflict here.

From the ‘Court Jesters’ File: Legal lotto

Gambling is a risky business, but it sure paid off for a retired police officer in Minnesota, thanks to the misguided generosity of a jury. The man was recently awarded an $8.2 million judgment—mostly punitive damages. A longtime gambler, the man claimed that the prescription drug Mirapex, used to combat Parkinson’s Disease, caused his gambling habit to become a compulsion which led to financial losses amounting to $204,000. While Boehringer Ingelheim and Pfizer, the manufacturers of the drug, did issue a warning in 2005 that Mirapex may cause compulsive behavior, The Gambler has admitted that he had been taking the drug for more than four years before his gambling became compulsive. Clearly this fact was irrelevant to the jury during deliberation.

Still, the issue here is not even that the plaintiff won, but the crippling amount of the award. When wronged, people have a right under the law to be made financially whole. But punitive damages in the millions can cripple industry’s creativity and technological advances. For example, whereas the coffee case debacle led to widespread use of coffee sleeves and temperature warnings on Styrofoam, cases like the one over Mirapex may hinder the development of new drugs that help millions of people fight pain and disease. Drug companies already spending between $800 million and $1.7 billion for the development of a new product may think twice when they have to worry about the army of rapacious ambulance chasers and jury awards in the millions. Republicans should restart their 1990s tort law reform efforts.

Regulatory Commissars: CFLs

In addition to alcohol and cigarette and drug smuggling, we should soon be able to discuss incandescent light bulb smuggling. That’s right folks, as we have reported before, those geniuses we continue to elect to Congress decreed that 20-cent filament light bulbs must be replaced by $3 compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) beginning in 2012. Readers may note that only the manufacture and sale of the bulbs will be illegal, not possession. Buy incandescents now while it’s still legal.

Now, it is true that, properly used, CFLs are more energy efficient than filaments. They do claim “up to” 10,000 hours of life. But proper use involves long periods of continuous use, proper disposal to avoid mercury poisoning, buying fixtures in which they will fit—something we’re sure most folks are looking to do anyway—and living with the fact that they simply will not turn on completely bright, taking time to warm up. We’re sure Congress thought of all that when making this tough decision for the American public. Free choice in the marketplace is overrated anyway.

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Village Academic Curriculum: Pre-K

Fight crime... send your toddler to preschool! Such was the message brought to Washington last week by law enforcement personnel and universal pre-K advocates in hopes of bending Congress’ ear—and loosening its purse strings. Supporters like David Kass, president of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, pointed to a report released by the organization stating that boosting graduation rates through implementing government-funded pre-K will save $10 billion in annual crime costs as well as preventing 3,000 homicides and 175,000 aggravated assaults annually. In fact, so eager is Kass’s group for Uncle Sam to become Professor Sam that it would include “in-home parenting coaching” in its program.

Unfortunately, Kass has a ready ally in Barack Obama, whose “Zero to Five” plan would farm even infants off to government-run schoolhouses—at a cost of $10 billion per year.

Obvious—and compelling—arguments that parents are a child’s best teachers aside, data show that preschool is not universally beneficial and may actually be harmful to children. According to James Heckman, a University of Chicago Nobel laureate in economics, “[T]he solid evidence for the effectiveness of early interventions is limited to those conducted on disadvantaged populations.”

In fact, as noted in a recent Wall Street Journal column, while preschool attendance has skyrocketed from 16 percent to almost 70 percent in the last 50 years, fourth-grade reading, science and math scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) have remained nearly unchanged since the early 1970s.

But what matter the facts when a federal entitlement is involved? Unfortunately, not much to those who want Washington to whisk away toddlers from their parents for the imagined utilitarian good of the greater society.


Faith and Family: HHS protects doctors

A measure proposed by the Bush administration last week would prevent healthcare organizations that accept federal dollars from penalizing doctors who refuse to perform abortions on moral grounds. “Freedom of conscience is not to be surrendered upon issuance of a medical degree,” said Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Michael Leavitt. “The first principle of free speech is protected conscience.” If implemented, nursing homes, doctor’s offices and other organizations that violate the measure would have their federal funding terminated. This stands in stark contrast to last week’s Supreme Court of California ruling that doctors must artificially inseminate any woman who requests it, regardless of the doctor’s religious beliefs.

Planned Parenthood, however, is predictably none too pleased about the HHS rule. “Women’s ability to manage their own healthcare is at risk of being compromised by politics and ideology,” said its president, Cecile Richards. Some groups have argued that doctors would take advantage of the rule and refuse to prescribe birth control. Sec. Leavitt countered, “This regulation is not about contraception. It’s about abortion and conscience. It is very closely focused on abortion and physician’s conscience.”

Abortion groups have promised to put up a fight, but it’s doubtful that concerns over issuance of birth control will create enough leverage to turn the tide. The measure is very specific in its scope to protect “any individual healthcare provider or institution from being compelled to participate in, or from being punished for refusal to participate in, a service that... violates their conscience.”

And last...

Earlier this month, the Rocky Mountain News headlined, “With DNC in mind, city bans carrying urine, feces.” Knowing Democrats, this sort of thing was certainly going to be a problem. The report began, “Poo and pee dominated a public hearing... on a new law that prohibits people from carrying certain items if they intend to use them for nefarious purposes.” Uh, who carries those things around for non-nefarious purposes? The city council turned out to be prophetic, however. The Denver Post reports, “A 22-year-old Massachusetts man was arrested Monday after police saw him carrying a bottle filled with feces.” How he got it in the bottle remains a mystery. The University of Massachusetts student was charged with “interference, disturbing the peace and possession of ‘irritants’ in public.” A police spokesman explained that an “irritant” is something that smells bad. The student, who was the first to be arrested under the new law, complained that the cops who arrested him stretched his shirt, adding, “I did not deserve to be arrested because I’m here to organize community and take part in a beautiful new world.” So in that beautiful new world, ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do with poo

May 5, 2007 - News from SGW Forums...........HMMMMMMMM?!?!?!?
Seems our President has reached a new agreement with SGW concerning the forums there, and a couple changes are in the wind for the future.
First, We're moving away from providing full time moderator services for the Slug-Shooters forum, while continuing to sponsor that particular board. While it was quite fun while it lasted, ASSA has too many projects in development now to be able to provide a moderator to ride herd on that forum 24-7.
Second, there will shortly be a NEW ASSA FORUM on the SGW boards, which we can call our own and where we can exercise 100% control of content, as well as being in position to post Club news, product offers and endorsements, and publicity for our ASSA events, without creating any upheaval.
Seems a few Slug Shooters forum members have had a problem with us mentioning anything about ASSA on that forum, so OIG has opted to move to a full-on ASSA board on SGW to resolve that bit of nit-pickery and rise above the noise, so to speak.
All ASSA members are encouraged to continue posting on the Slug Shooters Forum, since that is, after all, what we are all about, BUT be aware that not everyone there is part of our Club, so the ASSA Forum on SGW is where you might want to be discussing stuff that matters most to us, and keeping it on point there is a great way to get the rest of the SGW Forums' huge audience to realize that we're around, we're serious people, and they might want to take notice.
Our own ASSA forums here at the home base are of course going to continue full bore as per usual. We need to look at the "Shotgunworld Official ASSA Forum" as the place to post news and comment that we want to share with that larger segment of the shooting public, so to speak, while our forums here are more for "Members Only" so we can be a bit more relaxed, maybe a bit more rowdy, and for sure less politically correct than SGW likes to see everyone be.
So, now its THREE forum Boards, our own wide ranging discussion set here, the ASSA Official Forum on SGW, and of course, the SGW Slug Shooters forum, reserved by us for our very most tame and timid posts, and perhaps those times when we're looking to get a feel for what the folks outside the Club think SlugShooting is all about............
Thanks to SGW for helping us work out the new arrangements, which look to be promising for both ASSA and SGW, and should help us move our little Club toward increased membership and recognition in the shooting community.
Let's start making a little noise in THREE places now, OK?  (Please be kind to the "outsiders" when you encounter them at the Slug Shooters forum. After all they might soon see the light and become real ASSA SlugShooters, so we don't want to make them too crazy too soon, right? Right.)

2/21/2007 - One More nugget from the Archives:

Bullet Coefficient – What Does It Really Mean?

This is a common question asked by many shooters, but it has (like everything else) a surprising answer.

First, the bullet coefficient (BC) is a measurement of how well a projectile slips through the atmosphere. It takes into account the length, diameter and weight of the bullet (or slug in this case). You can find BC numbers for Foster slugs to spire pointed boat tail match bullets and even round balls.

The higher the BC number the less resistance the projectile has when flying through the air. There are many programs on the Internet to help you formulate the BC number for your particular projectile.

Now here’s the surprise. Let’s say you know your BC for your projectile at 1,500fps. Does the BC change the faster it goes and can the same be said when you slow it down? Contrary to popular belief – it does.

Take for instance the Hastings 20 gauge 2 ¾" sabot slug. At 1,500fps it has been determined its BC is .110. Now let’s look at the same Hastings sabot slug at 2,000fps. Its BC is .140. 500fps faster makes for a 3/10 of a point increase and also makes for a much flatter trajectory. Now if you were to reduce the velocity to 1,000fps, what would the BC be? It would register in and around .065. So you can see the importance of knowing the BC when you’re shooting. It ultimately has a major effect on your possible accuracy before you even pull the trigger.

Shoot Safely,

Richard Knoster


01-31-2007 - Digging thru the old fileroom.............
Found an article by the guy now known as "The Slug Doctor" and figured there was no point in just putting it away again without sharing first, so here you go.
                Where’s Your Slug?

Where is the shotgun slug at the time felt recoil and muzzle jump starts to occur?

Well let us explain it with some facts printed about the 30-30 Winchester back in the late 1950s.

First of all, they were shooting a 150 grain bullet out of a 20 inch barrel at 2,100 feet per second. The bullet has exited the barrel by 1 ¼" before muzzle jump and felt recoil start to occur. This info was taken from a paperback ammo booklet published by Western at the time.

So let’s take our Hastings 12 gauge 2 ¾" magnum with a 540 grain ejection weight at 1,500 feet per second shot from a 24 inch barrel. Where is your slug in the barrel? Or is it out? It is still in the barrel by at least 4 inches.

So you figure, if I shot the same slug at 2,000 feet per second, it would have exited the barrel. Not so. The increase in fast propellant would negate the advantage of speed, and muzzle jump at felt recoil would be there that much more and faster to happen.

Now, go back to shooting 1,500 feet per second with a short barrel, say 18 inches. This really has the greatest odds at creating best accuracy for three reasons.

    1. At 18 inches the barrel is stiff and less flexible
    2. Slug ejection from the barrel is much quicker
    3. Your reaction to muzzle jump and felt recoil doesn’t interfere as much with the slug’s ejection from the barrel

Why, then, do we use longer barrels? The argument could be made that longer and heavy barrels seem to impart greater stability down range on the slug than shorter barrels, therefore better accuracy at longer distances can be achieved. The jury is still out.

                         Bottom line: How you handle the recoil, determines how accurate you  shoot.

Article written for United States Slug Association© by Richard Knoster of Sabot Technologies Inc.

01-10-07 - News from the Shot Show
Seems our good friends at Hastings have come up with a smallish Winter surprise. PIC Below likely tells you what you need to know. There are apparently going to be new barrels, and a limited number of complete new guns built for this first ever commercially available 20 Gauge 3 1/2" Magnum Bambi-Buster. This little snippet is all we have so far, but more info ought to be coming out soon.


11-20-2006 - Dixie - ASSA Target Slugs - Test Results from the "Skunkworks"

After a prolonged delay due to bad weather at our version of Area 54, plus a trip to the hospital by our ace shooter that wasted another 10 days, the test results are finally in for the maiden voyage of the Dixie-ASSA Exclusive Target Slugs. Thanks again  to "Lex Talio" and the gang for their interest and patience waiting for our guy to get off the dime.
Targets shown below were shot using the favorite tackdriver for the under $2,000.00 set, H&R's Ultra Slug Hunter, 12 Gauge, of course, that being the size slug supplied. Accessories: Sightron 42mm 1.5- 6 Scope and Sightron rings, Oehler Chrony, Hoppe's bench rest and Steady Shot sandbags, Limbsaver recoil pad and Peltor Muffs.
Here's the scoop, 20 rounds supplied for testing, 9 consumed in sighting, chono speed checks and ranging, 1 disassembled by an over-curious shooting guru, leaving 10 for the official target punching, with the results shown below. Oehler came back with Muzzle Velocities of 1025, 1032, 1055, 1056, 1044, and a couple speeders at 1228 and 1237. Overall, admirably narrow variance, even taking into account the two quick ones. By the way, Mr. Noseypoke, our gunnery expert, also reported that the slug weighed 715 grains, and sat on top of what looked to him like 35 grains of BlueDot.
Fifty yard group was pretty impressive, holding a tight 1 3/4" grouping, with deviation from point of aim (Zeroed during practice) of only 1.67" max, and horizontally only .840" max, pulling to the right. We'll blame our gunny for pulling the shot on the horizontal, and assume the vertical variances are likely a function of true muzzle velocity variances or just plain air pressure fighting the bigbore slugs a bit differently from shot to shot.
One Hundred yard grouping opened up a bit more than the fabulous fifty, with the maximium spread coming in at 4.120" again a horizontal spread that we're inclined to blame on our shooter, just because it gets him SO peeved. Seriously, the 4 shot spread was only 2.270" , and all grouped nicely over a bit right of the point of aim except for that one odd shot at 1 3/4" to the right of point of aim and well away from the other four. Point of aim at 100 yards was 4 inches above the bullseye, that average drop at distance having been established in practice before the "official" shots were taken.
Conclusions? Given some additional ammo to practice with, our expert is forecasting 1" or under groups possible at 50 yards and 2" or less at 100 yards using this fine ammunition in a good rifled barrel slug gun. Moderate recoil? Well. it's a pretty heavy slug, and the high end of the speed range is reported as being, well, not all that mild that you'd enjoy pounding down a hundred rounds a day to "work on your serve", but overall MUCH less punishing than, say, Magnum Buckhammers.
Also the semi-wadcutter shape does poke nice round neat holes in targets with foam backer boards, so the judges will love them. They do seem to hit pretty hot, leavng a little burn around the edges, or maybe a bit of powder residue marking the paper. All in all, it appears to us that Our good friends at Dixie have a winner here, at least as far as coming up with a consistent and predictable practice and target competition round for our purposes here at ASSA. Seems likely that these would also give Bambi and Buckie a major knock down experience as well, but we'll reserve that debate for the forums.


10-19-2006 - EXCLUSIVE - ASSA Target Ammunition Created for Us By Dixie Slugs!

So the question was, what would be the perfect ammunition for our ASSA 50 and 100yard National Postal Shoots? There was the Sabot crowd, and the full bore slug crowd, and the stabilized foster slug contingent, etc. etc. So along comes our good friend James and his Dixie Slugs company, with what promises to be the great EQUALIZER, a full bore hardened lead 730grain.730 length low recoil load built just for us! We're going to have our gunnery guru shoot a few and establish baseline performance data, (Dixie has already done theirs, but they're holding off sharing until we're done) and if the results are good, then the fun begins. We're thinking a freestyle contest, where everything is optional except the ammo, so we can tell who's the best shooter when the choice of ammunition is not a factor.Also kinda might give us a chance to settle whether some of the top-end, top-price loads are really worth the trouble, or not. ASSA would like to thank everyone at Dixie Slugs for taking the time and trouble to create the ASSA Target Load for us. We look forward to future shoots that will be Dixie/ASSA EQUALIZER contests, separating the slug shooters from the bull-shooters............

First Ever Picture of Exclusive Dixie-ASSA Target Ammunition!
09-12-2006 - ASSA Featured in New Video By Hasting Ammunition Division

We are very pleased to announce that one of the true pioneers in slugshooting has included ASSA targets, and a very welcome endorsement of our organization, in their new 10 minute video. We understand this video has been distributed in DVD form to all of their dealer retail outlets, which could mean ASSA will be getting introduced to literally thousands of slug shooters and potential new members. Our thanks go out to all the fine folks at Hastings, for making us feel like part of the family. The video is on the Hastings Ammunition division Website, or if you want to see it right now, just click the picture below. Dial-Up Internet users beware, your connection may require a download to play, which could take up to and hour . Everyone else should see only minimal delay before the video begins..........

06-10-2006 - Announcement:  ASSA officially Affiliated with NRA
The management of the American SlugShooting Association has requested (and they can be pretty insistent, since they OWN the place) we announce that the ASSA is now an official Affiliate of the National Rifle Association. As the certificate reproduced below testifies, ASSA is now OFFICIALLY a part of the largest pro-gun, pro RTKBA Association in the Country, having been accepted as a member of the NRA Business Alliance. Click the link to go directly to ASSA's own spot on the NRA Website. Please support all member Associations and Businesses that are also part of this Alliance. These are the people who are on OUR side in the ongoing fight to maintain our Second Amendment rights. Why pay for services and products from people who may oppose our point of view when the same things can be obtained from people who are helping, not opposing us?


Sent in by one of our prospective new members, the photo below has its own story to tell, which we also have been fortunate to receive, and have posted below the photo. Thanks to Adam for both the photo and the news article.

Adam Russell Photo

Deer Die After Antlers Lock During Combat

TIPPECANOE, Ind. - A pair of deer died in a northern Indiana pond after their antlers were locked during combat. Later this year, if all goes well, their intertwined antlers will be on display at Potawatomi Wildlife Park in southern Marshall County.

Bill and Peggy Maki of Fort Wayne found the two 12-point bucks Feb. 11 during a walk in some woods on property belonging to Wayne Bessinger, a member of the wildlife park's board.

The deer hadn't been dead long when they were found, The Rochester Sentinel reported in a story Thursday.

"They broke through the ice," Bessinger said of the bucks. "Their horns was locked and they stumbled down to the pond and the ice broke through and they drowned."

Bessinger ignored the cold and waded into the pond about 30 miles south of South Bend to retrieve the bodies.

"When I pulled them up on shore, I couldn't believe it," he said.

The antlers would have to be cut or broken to be separated. Bessinger is having them mounted in their fighting posture and plans to exhibit them at the wildlife park. Mr. Bessinger estimates the display, which should be ready by late summer, will cost about $6,000.00


Shown Below is what looks to us to be a Trophy Level buck Taken by a Real SlugShooter.
This is shared with us by Our Pals at Hastings Ammunition Division.

Jerry's Buck

This is the Letter Sent to Hastings with the Photo Above:

Dear (Hastings Ammunition Advisor)

Thanks for the advice you gave on shotgun hunting and for the awesome slugs. Jerry Burns and I took four Greene County Illinois deer with the three inch slugs with devastating results. My buck rough scores at least 135 2/8 - scored by Jerry who is pretty conservative on his measurements. My doe was very large. The doe was shot behind the front shoulder. She stumbled around for about 10 seconds and piled up. The buck came behind her. My first shot was behind the front shoulder. He took a few more steps and quartered toward me. I shot him again in the front shoulder and he stumbled a few yards and piled up. My shots were at about 35-40 yards, I think. Jerry's buck (pictured) rough scores 190 as a typical. It is huge weighing some 300 pounds, he said. His buck was shot at 70 yards in the front shoulder and went 30-40 yards. The doe was shot at about 40 yards and stumbled a few yards and died. Jerry was so impressed with my Browning BPS 3" mag with Hastings barrel that I offered it to him to do his last morning hunt. The slugs were incredible. The shock and stopping power like a rifle. Once again, thanks for making this a great hunt and for telling me to hold the front end of the barrel down.

A Happy Hunter,

Darrell Johns

Notice: Our President has requested we post a forum comment here, which has produced some criticism from others concerning an apparent failure on our part to be sufficiently "polite" about commenting on the Remington Buckmaster Challenge.
ASSA is concerned primarily with bringing to the attention of menbers and others who participate in slugshooting any interesting developments that affect our sport.
ASSA is about telling it like it is. "Polite" will not win anyASSA competition, nor will it put venison in your freezer.
Our President wishes to point out that if a problem exists with any product likely to be used in our competitions, we feel obligated to make our Members aware of such issues.

This is a copy of the Forum posting made by Our President, as an individual member of another forum, NOT speaking for our organization, of course.
PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2005 1:43 pm    Post subject: Big Green "BuckHammering" The Little Guys?  

Ran across a major PR campaign by Remington today, pushing their Buckhammer Slug as best in the West, of course, and wondered why there was a direct comparison being made to "the most popular competitor" when most ads just talk about how good the product advertised is, and not how badly the "other guy's" stuff works

After going through the comparison, now I wonder how the "other guys" can even sell their stuff?!

Anyway, when you go into Remington's $5.00 Coupon zone and click through all the stuff to get to that coupon, finally, what you see is a real comparison, not just the regular "We're the best" stuff, so much as "We are BETTER than this other stuff", which struck me as pretty unusual, since they didn't identify "The Competition"

Of Course, Anybody who ever bought any can clearly see that it's Lightfield Sabots they are showing, and criticising, here.

The criticism matches what I've seen happen with the stuff, just never thought one of the big guys would bother to point it out this way.

Any of you slug hunters out there who know what's what, go here
Compare Slugs and check it out.

Only complaint I've got is, by not "really" saying who the "competition" is, there's the risk that someone might not figure out what shells are doing such a bad job.

Looking at the results, seems they ought to be issuing a warning about that "other" product, and naming it..... Any other opinions out there?

While the comments made above are those of our President maknig a personal comment as a member of another forum, the same comments are posted on our ASSA forums, and your own responses are invited. We do not endorse or advise against use of any product of any manufacturer. However, we also will not be coerced into being "Polite" or "Professionally Tactful" if a product our members may be using is shown to have an issue affecting performance.

Letters Received From Members and Other Interested Parties

Not quite a Newsletter, But we decided that whenever we get correspondence that we think of as important, diverting, or otherwise worht sharing, this would be a good spot where we could share it with our members. We'll move letters on or off the page as time and space permits.

CBA Members - Go To Your Website www.castbulletassoc.org, then click our Link to Return

Following Article and pictures contributed by one of our newest, and certainly most adventurous, members. This tale of the hunt may stand for quite awhile as the strongest testimony in favor of our favorite shooting discipline, SlugShooting!

Eric With His Buffalo

Slugging for Buffalo
                            By: Eric M. Morris

Hunting buffalo has been a life-long dream for me since childhood. While serving a combat tour in Iraq, I promised myself that upon my return to the good 'ol US of A, I was going to fulfill that dream but instead of using a rifle, I wanted to use "Buster" my 12 ga. Remington 870 Express. When I told co-workers what I was planning, they thought that I was crazy. After all, buffalo are known for being tough to bring down and the shotgun has never been considered as a "big game" weapon, at least not at long range.  Most of the buffalo hunting websites that I visited had caliber requirements such as "magnum calibers only" or ".30-06 or higher". This initially presented me with a problem since I hoped to take a buffalo with a shotgun.
 Shortly after arriving in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as I was browsing through the local swap-n-shop paper, I came across an ad stating that buffalo hunts were being booked for the months of November and December. This was the last place that I expected to see a buffalo hunting ad and initially I was skeptical but after calling the number and inquiring about the hunt, I realized that this was the hunt that I'd been looking for. The hunts were run by Jeff and Valerie Elem but unlike most other outfitters whose prices started at $1100, the Elems one day hunts start at a reasonable $750 for a 3-4 year old cow. I quickly booked a hunt with them and told them of my desire to hunt buffalo with my shotgun. Jeff told me that during the five years that he’s guided buffalo hunts, he’s seen buffalo shot with everything from .25 calibers up to .458 Magnums - but never with a shotgun slug. I told the Elems my theory of  a big, slow moving slug performing better on buffalo than a "light" 180gr. bullet from a high powered rifle. I believed that at 100 yards, a slug would dump its energy inside the animal and stop while the rifle bullet would punch through the animal carrying much of its energy with it. The Elems agreed that this was an interesting theory and wanted to see how my slugs would perform on a buffalo but warned me that buffalo are extremely tough animals. Jeff told me that of all the big game animals that he's hunted throughout North America, buffalo were by far the toughest he's ever hunted.  I've actually seen footage where a young bull was shot in the forehead with a .45-70 at 55 yards and ran about 200 yards before allowing the hunter to get a second shot. Jeff told me story after story of seeing buffalo taking multiple shots before dropping. I told him that I didn't think that I'd have that problem if my theory proved to be true but I'd bring along my .270 just in case the buffalo were out of Buster's range.

I had almost three weeks to prepare for the hunt and I must admit that I thought two or three times about buying a heavier caliber rifle and even looked at a .54 caliber muzzleloader. I finally put these ideas aside and focused on my slugs. The slug that I chose for this hunt was the German made 3'' Brenneke Black Magic Magnum, a 600grain beast of a slug that produced over 3000ft. lbs at the muzzle while traveling at 1575 fps. These slugs are actually recommended for "Big and Dangerous Game" by their manufacturer. For years I've been a fan of Brenneke's slug because of their excellent accuracy through my smooth bore barrel and their unwillingness to deformation on impact. Ballistics showed that at 100 yards these .73 caliber slugs produced 1200 ft. lbs of energy. While most slug manufacturers recommend that you sight their slugs in at 50 yards, Brenneke recommends that you sight these slugs in at 88 yards, a distance that many would consider to be at the outer limits of a slugs’ effective range. I expected my shot to be around 100 yards so I zeroed my scope in at 100 yards and had no trouble putting the big slugs inside the 8 inch Shoot-N-C target at this distance. One rubbernecker came over to take a look at my "sawed off shotgun", as he called it. He also wanted to know if I was hitting anything out there and when I handed him binoculars to take a closer look, he replied. "I didn't know a slug would go that far!" Proof as to how much people grossly underestimate the shotgun slug.
The morning of the hunt, as hunters gathered around, it wasn't long before hunters began talking about their firearm choice for the day. As expected, there were .30-06s, .300 Win Mags, .7mm Mags, and a .338 Mag. When I proudly told the group that I'd be using my shotgun with slugs to shoot my buffalo, they laughed and looked at me like my name was Elmer Fudd. Even when I told them that I'd be using 600gr. solid lead slugs, they still thought that I was a little weird. I told them that I had brought my .270 just in case the buffalo were out of shotgun range but I was told that a .270 was also "too light" for buffalo. However, there was a guy there from California who was on my side and said that my theory surrounded good and he actually wanted to see me do it. Hooray for Californians!

Arriving at the 9,000 acre ranch, the buffalo looked like little black dots at almost half a mile away. I grabbed Buster and a few slugs then grabbed the. 270. After picking out a nice sized cow, Jeff coached the first hunter on making his shot. My rangefinder confirmed the range to be 189 yds. The hunter assumed a prone position and in placed the crosshairs of his scope on the buffalo as I recorded the action through my video camera. He fired as I watched the bullet strike the 700-900 lb. buffalo right behind the shoulder. I was amazed at how the buffalo just flinched and kept walking as if nothing had happened. I asked what caliber was his rifle and he told me it was a .30-06. 15 minutes and 2 shots later, the cow was finally down for good. I was in total disbelief as I saw a bull take two or three shots from a 7 mm before finally going down. I remember taking one of the shotgun slugs out of my pocket and looking at the "little" 3"magnum and wondering if I was indeed crazy. Maybe I would have to use the .270 and 150 grain Nosler Partition bullets. I walked over to Valarie who was watching the action from afar and told her that these buffalo were indeed tough to bring down. They were like tanks! One of the guys who had laughed at me earlier offered to let me use his .338 magnum. He said that he didn't mean to offend what I was shooting (my shotgun). I politely declined the use of his .338 and told him that I came to take a buffalo with a shotgun and that's exactly what I was going to do. No offense taken. Seeing a large bull take four shots before going down then lie there as if dead, then magically rise and take two more shots before dropping then rise one more time, lower his head and paw the ground in preparation to charge Jeff who had come to put him out of his misery made me wonder even more if a slug could get it done. A final shot to the neck from Jeff’s rifle put the big bull down for good. By this point I was like the Little Engine that Could, "I think I can.", "I think I can." I told myself as I started to question my own theory. Throughout all the shooting that taken place so far I was able to notice something. At ranges of 100 to 150 yards many of the bullets from the high powered rifles were indeed punching holes through the buffalo and were ricocheting off the ground on the other side. Well, at least this part my theory was true. This meant that the bullets weren’t dumping all of their energy inside the buffalo. Hopefully I would have better success with my bigger, slower -moving slugs.

As several of us hopped into the back of the pickup to pursue the herd that had started running across the prairie, I was even more shocked to learn that the cow leading the herd had been shot at least once! A final shot dropped her, and as the herd settled down Jeff was able to spot a big fat cow for me that stood hump above the rest of the herd. I told Jeff that I was in no hurry and that I would wait all day in order to get within shotgun range. He asked me if we were close enough. I lased the heard -the range? 123 yards. This was still within Buster’s range but the problem was that I'd never shot at this distance and didn't know how the last 23 yards would affect the slugs trajectory. I opted to try to get a little closer. Jeff and I slowly walked towards the herd while eight onlookers watched from the pickup truck waiting to witness the slugs’ performance. Finding a bald spot on the ground some 85 to 90 yards away from the herd, I used my camera bag for a rest as I laid down on the ground, hoping that the herd wouldn’t charge. The moment of truth was here. As I chambered a slug, Jeff made sure that I was seeing the same buffalo that he was seeing then told me to shoot when ready. Concentrating like my life depended on it, I placed the crosshairs behind the big cow’s shoulder and squeezed the trigger. Boom! I knew that I hit her but she didn’t even move. I don’t even think that she flinched. "Good shot!" Jeff hollered as he looked through his binoculars. Looking through my scope I saw that I could not have made a better shot. Right behind the shoulder was a large, almost quarter size hole. Knowing that this was a lethal shot, and hoping to be the first one of the day to drop a buffalo with a one shot, I elected not to shoot her again. Five minutes later she was showing no signs of dying. Taking aim, I fired another shot which landed 6 inches to the right of my first shot. Although I like to be able to say that she dropped on the second shot, the truth is that she did lie down, but as the herd started to move she stumbled to her feet, ready to move with the herd. I told Jeff that I couldn't believe that she was still standing after being hit in the vials with two 600grain slugs. Jeff said that he didn’t think that I was getting good penetration with the slugs and suggested that I aim 6 inches up from my last shot. Moving up to about 70 yards and placing the crosshairs a little higher, I squeezed the trigger again and this time there was a reaction. On impact, the buffalo jumped as blood shot from her nose and mouth. Although I did not see it at the time, the third slug penetrated through the buffalo and buried itself into the ground on the other side. Blood pumped from the entrance holes as the buffalo made a short 30 yard trot, fell over, coughed two times, and died. At last I had my buffalo and above all- I did it with a shotgun and slugs.

To my knowledge, and anyone else's that I’ve talked to, I am the first person to have ever killed a buffalo with a shotgun slug. People don't usually think of a shotgun as a big game weapon but I believe that there's nothing on the planet that cannot be killed with a shotgun slug. Slugs may not move fast or be as popular as the super duper magnums on the market but they definitely get the job done- within their range. Oddly enough, when I contacted the Colorado Department of Fish and Wildlife to ask about using shotgun slugs for elk hunting, I was told that I wasn't allowed to do so. Perhaps they didn't think that it could be done because I later learned that there was nothing in the regulations that said that I couldn’t use a shotgun for hunting elk. At the meat processor I had the guys keep an eye out for two slugs that were believed to still be inside the animal.

They indeed found two slugs and said that they were buried side by side just under the hide on the far side. So much for me not getting good penetration. Although I was not able to weigh the slugs, they deformed very little (as seen in the photo) and appear to have retained 100% of their weight. With 376 lbs. of boneless buffalo meat, I will enjoy buffalo steaks for months to come. This hunt is just one example of how powerful a shotgun slug truly is.

I have retired my rifles and will hunt the rest of this season and all of next years’ season with ‘ol Buster. I’ve already set my sights on the next big game animal that I intend to take with a shotgun slug and will bring you a good article on that hunt too. While I could have bought a brand new, fully rifled barrel shotgun, and used sabots, I wanted to show that it doesn't take a fancy, high dollar, hard kicking rifle to bring home the buffalo. It just take a few well placed shots. After all, the Native Americans did the same thing with homemade bows and arrows.


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