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  1. Jack Weaver Didn't Invent the Weaver Stance

    Jack Weaver Didn't Invent the Weaver Stance by Kirk Lawson OK, despite what the "best" understanding of history is, including what I believed, it looks like Jack Weaver didn't invent the stance which now bears his name and which he is widely credited for. Just like what we now call the Isosceles Stance well predates "The Modern Technique," it now looks like someone other than Jack Weaver did it first. In fact, a very famous someone. J.H. Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald, more commonly known as...
  2. Cleaning Copper Fouling from a Historic Perspective

    Cleaning Copper Fouling from a Historic Perspective by Kirk Lawson In an earlier series of articles, I discussed a few historic methods of cleaning and some historic recipes, as well as some modern ones, for cleaning solutions. One historic method hailing from the U.S. Army mentioned issues with copper fouling but did not discuss it in detail. Cleaning copper fouling then, as now, was achieved with a combination of good old "elbow grease" and a copper solvent solution. Here is one common...
  3. Rambling Thoughts on Rimmed Rifle Cartridges and the 7.62x54R

    Rambling Thoughts on Rimmed Rifle Cartridges and the 7.62x54R by Greg Ritchie [7.62x54mmR - (c) 7.62x54r.net] I have long had an affinity for rimmed rifle cartridges. I think mainly because my favorite rifle is the break barrel single shot. There just seems to be something natural about a rimmed cartridge and the break barrel action. Plus, there is an advantage to having a rim to grab a hold of when pulling that fired case from an extractor only equipped rifle. I have had a few such...
  4. Utility Knife with a Bang!

    Utility Knife with a Bang! by Kirk Lawson Guns included as part of, or disguised as another item are nothing new to the firearms community. We immediately think of the classic "pen gun" which gained infamy as an assassins and spy tool in World War II. There have been any number of "disguised" guns, often called "gadget guns," beyond that, from cigarette lighters and belt buckles through a special clip-board by designer Paris Theodore intended for FBI hostage negotiators. "Gadget guns"...
  5. Random Thoughts on AR Lower Receiver Extension

    Random Thoughts on AR Lower Receiver Extensions by Greg Ritchie [D.S. ARMS - AR-15/M16 MIL-SPEC BUFFER TUBE - available at Brownells] AR receiver extensions? What are the differences? First, let's answer what they do and how they do it. The semi automatic rifle requires a recoil spring to operate. In the case of the AR15 this spring rides in a tube that is attached to the rear of the receiver. Because of the light weight of the AR15 bolt, it requires a buffer to help slow the rearward...
  6. Accidental Discharge?

    "Accidental Discharge," "Negligent Discharge," or "Unintended Discharge?" By Kirk Lawson The gun went off. It discharged. The person holding the gun didn't expect it discharge. The person holding the gun didn't plan for it to discharge. The person holding the gun didn't intend for it to discharge. But it did. My friend Bob relates a story from his teenaged youth. Sitting in the bedroom of a school friend, his buddy was showing off his hunting rifle. It was pointed in his general direction...
  7. Rambling Thoughts on Rock Island Armory Firearms

    Rambling Thoughts on Rock Island Armory Firearms by Greg Ritchie [Official RIA logo (tm)] I have always been a somewhat frugal person. Always tried to get the most for the least. A lot of my firearms have been milsurps ["Military Surplus" - Ed.] for that very reason. Several years ago, when I decided that revolvers just were not enough, I started on a quest for a 1911 to augment my 1917. The surplus market is where I started. I quickly found out that the surplus 1911's could not be had at...
  8. The Virtues of a Single Stage Press

    The Virtues of a Single Stage Press by Kirk Lawson Single Stage hand-loading presses are often considered slow, inefficient, limited in scope of capabilities, and mostly the purview of those new to hand-loading who are unwilling yet or unable to invest the greater costs associated with multi-stage or Progressive presses. Nevertheless, experienced and well invested hand-loaders often have more than one Single Stage press and snatch them up from the used market whenever they can to use in...
  9. Rambling Thoughts on Inexpensive Reloading Equipment - Part Two

    Rambling thoughts on inexpensive reloading equipment, part two by Greg Ritchie So now you have been loading a while on your single stage press and decided you like the hobby. You have decided you need to increase your production but you still have a budget of $200. We are also going to purchase a second set of dies so you can keep your first set adjusted for your single stage press. Finally we are going to assume that we are loading for a rifle because there is one piece, the rifle charging...
  10. Rambling Thoughts on Inexpensive Reloading Equipment

    Rambling thoughts on inexpensive reloading equipment by Greg Ritchie You think you want to get into reloading, but are not sure and don't want to spend a lot of cash just to see if you like the hobby. Maybe you just don't have the extra cash to get started and need to be as frugal as possible. You can build a complete kit to get into reloading for well less than $200, and Lee Precision is the company that will allow you to do it. [URL]http://leeprecision.com/[/URL] But wait, why should you build a kit...
  11. Run & Gun for Exercise and Training, 1917 Style!

    Run & Gun for Exercise and Training, 1917 Style! by Kirk Lawson In an earlier article, we looked at "Run & Gun" as a method of exercise. Well, it seems that we're a full century late to the game as illustrated by this reader's comment sent in the the NRA's "Arms and the Man" magazine in 1917: Arms and the Man, Vol. LXI, No. 15., January 4, 1917 Shooting, Real Exercise. Several days ago I attended a qualification shoot held by the Farmington Rifle Club. Bud Williams called me up on the...
  12. Random Thoughts in Defense of the .327 Federal Magnum

    Random Thoughts in Defense of the .327 Federal Magnum by Greg Ritchie The 327 Federal Magnum. Like Rodney Dangerfield. It gets no respect. Something I have never understood. I don't think there is a better field cartridge for the outdoorsman and it makes a wonderful round for self defense. Let's take a look at it, what are it's pros? Cons? And a comparison to its greatest rival, the 357 Magnum. First a bit of history. The great granddaddy of the 327 Federal is the 32 S&W. Introduced in the...
  13. Random thoughts on Oak Level Knives

    Random thoughts on Oak Level Knives by Greg Ritchie What do you like in a knife Greg? Asked James, a new acquaintance of mine. "I don't know, not anything too big, 3 or 4 inch blade, drop point, but just a little, not a big sweep. I like yellow handles." I didn't think much else about it, it was just a conversation among two people who liked shooting and the outdoors and found out they had a common interest. But I was surprised when a few weeks later when he walked into my office and...
  14. Laser sights, circa 1915

    Laser sights, circa 1915 by Kirk Lawson LASER stands for "light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation." The first laser was built in 1960 by Theodore H. Maiman, not in 1915. The first commercial laser sight was produced by Laser Products Corporation in 1979. Called the LPC Model 7, it came bundled with a .357 Magnum Colt Trooper. A massive flashlight sized thing, apparently over 7" long, the HeNe laser required an independent 12 volt rechargeable battery housed below the custom...
  15. Product Review - Random thoughts on the Sig Sauer P938-22

    Product Review - Random thoughts on the Sig Sauer P938-22 by Greg Ritchie A year or so ago I decided I wanted a new 22 handgun. I researched several different models, narrowed my choices to three, and went to the local gun store to try them out side by side. I purchased one that was not even on my list, the Sig Sauer P938-22. The P928-22 is a compact sized 1911 style handgun, having a 3.3 inch barrel and being 5.9 inches in length. It is 3.9 inches tall, 1.1 inches wide, weighs 16 ounces...
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