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Check Out Paul Ryan's Gun Collection

By Samantha Abernethy in News on Oct 31, 2012 9:00PM

We all know Congressman and Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan fully supports the Second Amendment, but did you ever wonder what firearms he has for himself? Ryan is an avid hunter, and now we know his unconventional weapon of choice for shooting deer: A handgun.

A columnist at The Washington Times interviewed Ryan's hunting buddy and brother-in-law Mark Olcott to get a look at the Congressman's hunting habits. The Washington Times writes:

He said the Wisconsin Republican usually hunts deer using his Remington Model 700 rifle which is chambered in .30-06. For duck and turkey hunting, Mr. Ryan uses his a 12 gauge shotgun. He owns the Super Black Eagle model made by Benelli, a company owned by Beretta.

Mr. Ryan also likes to challenge himself by shooting with his revolver. “He likes hunting with a handgun,” Mr. Olcott said of his brother-in-law. “He’ll carry his .357 in the stand -- in a holster -- and wait for a deer comes in range for a handgun, which is more like bow range, 30 yards or closer,” said Mr. Olcott. “He’s shot a lot of deer with his handgun. He really likes that.”

Mr. Ryan also owns a 9mm Glock for home self defense. He sometimes brings the pistol from Wisconsin to the Oklahoma to do target shooting at the ranch’s 100-yard outdoor range.

Olcott said Ryan goes target shooting in Washington with the Capitol Hill Police, and he gave his 10-year-old daughter Liza a Remington 700 .243 youth rifle with a scope last year for Christmas.