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  • Rambling thoughts on the 10mm Automatic

    Rambling thoughts on the 10mm Automatic by Greg Ritchie In the 1970's Whit Collins began working on a 40 caliber handgun round. Mr Collins and Lt. Col. John Dean "Jeff" Cooper and Guns & Ammo all corroborated in the project The end result was the 40 G&A, a round based on the 224 Weatherby Magnum case that fired a 180 grain bullet at 1050 fps. The handgun used was a Browning Hi-Power. Col. Cooper favored the 1911 platform and wanted a longer cartridge that would fit the 1911 that pushed a...
  • Choosing Self Defense Ammunition

    Choosing Self Defense Ammunition It's a really common question. "What ammunition should I buy for self defense?" It's also a bit of a mire. Of course, it beats not thinking about it at all and just sticking the first range-blaster ammo you find in your gun and calling it "good." Naturally, that still leaves questions. What ammunition should I use for self defense? What is the best self defense ammunition? It is a very natural human notion to want to define "the best" and, in absence of...
  • How to Properly Pronounce 10 Gun Names You're Likely Saying Wrong (VIDEO)

    By default, if you are a member here (or just stopping by), odds are you are a dyed-in-the-wool Hi-Point fan. However, even you likely have had at least a few of the below pass through your hands at one time or another. There are few things more embarrassing for a new gun owner than mispronouncing the name of a firearm. It's even more embarrassing for a long-time gun owner. To help the gun owning public, our friends over at OutdoorHub put together this great video to lay out how to better...
  • Hi Point brings the dip to the party: Hydro dipped guns and grips on tap

    Ohio-based Hi Point is hot and heavy on options to bring guns that include hydrographics to their grips, slides, guns, and mags within the next few weeks. As a matter of fact, hydro dipped grips that add a little style along with enhanced texturing are already available. What is hydro dipping? This process is called a lot of things to include (per Wiki) immersion printing, water transfer printing, water transfer imaging, hydro dipping or cubic printing. Basically, it takes a 3D object (let...
  • A Beginner's Guide to Firearms

    Introduction: Owning a firearm is both an amazing right and a huge responsibility. There are many things to consider before making the choice to own a firearm. You're probably asking yourself many questions if you're in the process of making this choice and there are a plethora of things to consider. What sort of action type will you own? How do you safely handle a firearm? What are the pros and cons of each action type? How do you shoot effectively? It may seem overwhelming if you don't...
  1. Rambling Thoughts on Ackley Improved Cartridges

    Rambling Thoughts on Ackley Improved Cartridges by Greg Ritchie My introduction to improved cartridges was by way of the 22/250 Ackley Improved. A friend had his 22/250 rechambered thus and was trying for the magical 4000 feet per second mark. I remember the first shot I fired out of the rifle with some forgotten 52 grain bullet. The bullet never made it to the target, instead the velocity and rotational forces caused the bullet to disintegrate shortly after leaving the muzzle. Today I...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  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. 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...
  14. Your Second Carry Weapon

    Your Second Carry Weapon by Kirk Lawson [The Two-Weapon Theory] The Japanese Samurai had a habit of carrying two weapons, formally; a pair of swords, both the short sword (wakizashi) and the long sword (katana). This pairing was called Daisho. The term literally means "big-little." In fact, at the height of Samurai culture, only the Samurai were legally allowed to wear both at the same time. Aside from the formalities and as a mark of rank, the pairing also played a very practical role,...
  15. Rambling Thoughts on Budget Firearms for Survival and Defense

    Rambling Thoughts on Budget Firearms for Survival and Defense by Greg Ritchie I am often asked what firearms would be a good choice for self defense or survival for the person who does not have a lot to spend on firearms. I have given this a lot of thought and actually have my choices narrowed down to a select few. I think at a minimum a person needs three firearms, a handgun, a shotgun, and a rifle, in that order. Let's take a look at my choices. First, the handgun. First, I want to rule...
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