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  1. The Raven: The "Ring of Fire" Pistol That Started It All

    The Raven: The "Ring of Fire" Pistol That Started It All by Adam01364 The Raven has been called the original “Ring of Fire" pistol; the “Ring of Fire” referring to the six firearms manufacturers clustered within 45 minutes of downtown Los Angeles known for producing inexpensive Saturday Night Special handguns. How did this happen? Ask the United States Congress. The Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibited the importation of small handguns into the United States. Prior to the GCA, numerous...
  2. Why You Need a Muzzle Brake on Your Hi Point Carbine

    Why You Need a Muzzle Brake on Your Hi Point Carbine by Kirk Lawson A Muzzle Brake, sometimes called a "Recoil Compensator" or just a "Compensator," is a device which attaches to the end of the barrel with specific cuts, vents, or holes designed to redirect the combustion gases to reduce or counteract recoil or reduce muzzle rise as the result of firing. While sometimes similar in appearance a Flash Hider or Flash Suppressor is intended to reduce the visible flash from the burning...
  3. Retro Day Today

    Retro Day Today by Greg Ritchie Carried the H&R 733 today. Just because. This was my first revolver that I bought specifically for social work. I have had others that I bought for social work, in 32 H&R Magnum and 38 Special, but I never really liked anything better than the 733 until I bought my Ruger LCRX. The old girl dropped nicely in the Desantis Sof Tuck I have for the LCRX. It surprised me that her barrel peeked out of the bottom of the holster, and she wiggled around in the Soft...
  4. The First Rule is... MOVE!

    The First Rule is... MOVE! by Kirk Lawson [Sorry, Bert. Your advice just doesn't work.] There is a lot of chatter these days about what to do if someone is shooting at you. Run? Hide? Fight? Shoot back? Cower and wait for someone to save you? If you want to avoid being shot, the First rule is: Move According to research done by Active Response Training if you stand still in a gunfight, you have an 85% chance of being shot and a 51% chance of being shot in the torso. In most self defense...
  5. 10/22 Has New Clothes. Initial Impressions of the Knoxx Axiom Stock.

    10/22 has new clothes. Initial impressions of the Knoxx Axiom Stock. by Greg Ritchie I have been wanting to drop the 10/22 into a new stock for a while now. I kept bouncing between the Archangel and Magpul stock. Another stock I had been considering was the Knoxx Axiom. I liked the Axiom except for the collapsible stock. Just not a fan of collapsible stocks. Made my mind up when I found the Blackhawk Knoxx Axiom on sale. For less than $60 shipped I figured "why not?" I have a Magpul fixed...
  6. Little Girls, Pink Purses, and Gun Safety

    Little Girls, Pink Purses, and Gun Safety by Kirk Lawson [Realtree Wings and Cross Tote at The Well Armed Woman] I had the day off from work and the kids had the day off from school. My lovely young daughter, Allison, had been after me to take her swimming at the YMCA for a while so that is what we did late that morning. On the way home we stopped at one of my favorite local gun stores, Olde English Outfitters. We browsed, she got a free candy sucker from the smiling gentleman behind the...
  7. Rambling Thoughts on Cartridges for the Modern Sporting Rifle

    Rambling Thoughts on Cartridges for the Modern Sporting Rifle By Greg Ritchie [.22 Nosler (left) - .223 Remington (right); Photograph under Creative Commons] I have had a fairly long history with the AR style rifle, mostly negative. Starting with my USMC days. For reasons we will not discuss here, I learned to hate he thing. Suffice it to say unreliable in my experience. Through the years I maintained that view, prided myself in that I just needed to put that one bullet from my beloved...
  8. Mass Murderers and the AR15

    Mass Murderers and the AR15 by Kirk Lawson [1973 Colt AR-15 SP1 rifle - By Steelerdon at en.wikipedia, CC BY 3.0] It seems as if the claim is on everyone's lips now. Mass shooters, particularly "school shooters" use the AR15. One thing that we need to acknowledge; no one wants these murders to happen. That said, there are any number of "solutions" offered. One common claimed "solution" is to ban AR15 "Assault Weapons." Ban them because mass shooters are using them more and more. Ban...
  9. Retro Day Today

    Retro Day Today by Greg Ritchie Carried the H&R 733 today. Just because. This was my first revolver that I bought specifically for social work. I have had others that I bought for social work, in 32 H&R Magnum and 38 Special, but I never really liked anything better than the 733 until I bought my Ruger LCRX. The old girl dropped nicely in the Desantis Sof Tuck I have for the LCRX. It surprised me that her barrel peeked out of the bottom of the holster, and she wiggled around in the Soft...
  10. DIY Magazine Loader Tutorial

    DIY Magazine Loader Tutorial I was considering purchasing a loader of some kind because my 20 round Redball mags and some from other firearms just weren’t fun to load. After looking at my options, I decided to try to make one. I was able to craft a working “speed loader” (speedier than me loading by hand) from PVC pipe. After making the first one, I continued to refine the process. This tutorial will be based on my findings for what worked best. For a 9mm Luger magazine, Schedule 40 PVC...
  11. Rambling Thoughts on Reloading Cast Bullets in the 9mm

    Rambling Thoughts on Reloading Cast Bullets in the 9mm by Greg Ritchie I like reloading. Because I am cheap, casting bullets has been a necessary evil for me. Unfortunately my source for free lead dried up a while back. I have started saving lead for the hard to find or the expensive bullets, namely the .459 405 and 500 grain bullets I use so much. This put me on the hunt for a cast bullet to use in my 9mm reloads One bullet I liked so much was the TL356-124-TC for the 9mm. This bullet has...
  12. Polymer Revolvers

    Polymer Revolvers, Greg Ritchie I will admit that I like steel handguns. My first polymer handgun was a Taurus 709 slim. Designed for concealed carry, it's greatest attribute to me was it's light weight. It was a tremendous difference between the Taurus and the 1911 officers model weight wise, which made the Taurus much easier to carry. A few years back Ruger came out with a polymer revolver. I handled one, thought it was ugly. Kind of like a love child sired from a cross between a GLOCK...
  13. Reexamining Cooper's Four Rules of Gun Safety - Part IV

    Reexamining Cooper's Four Rules of Gun Safety - Part IV by Kirk Lawson [Unload that gun!] In Parts I-III, we looked at some issues with the first three rules of Gun Safety as described by the esteemed Colonel Jeff Cooper. Instead of using this last article in the series to review his 4th rule, I'm going to look at the National Rifle Association's rules. In particular, we'll look at NRA rule number 3. NRA's rules number 1 and 2 are, "ALWAYS Keep The Gun Pointed In A Safe Direction," and...
  14. Reexamining Cooper's Four Rules of Gun Safety - Part III

    Reexamining Cooper's Four Rules of Gun Safety - Part III by Kirk Lawson [Keep your booger-hook off the bang switch] We have been reexamining Jeff Cooper's Four Rules of Gun Safety. In Part I and Part II, we looked at his first and second rule. In this article, we'll take a look at his third rule: "Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target." A gun is not a living, breathing, creature. Barring a defect or failure of the machine, it cannot discharge unless the...
  15. Random Thoughts on the 64F Savage

    Random Thoughts on the 64F Savage by "Histed" Most of us here at Hi Point Firearms Forums will admit that we like inexpensive guns. After all, we like Hi Point. About a year ago I indulged in buying a Savage Model 64F, one of the least expensive .22 LR semi auto rifles on the market. At that time, I paid just under $125 out-the-door. I thought it should be a fairly reliable and accurate little rifle because, after all, its a Savage. A year and nearly 700 rounds later, this is my take on...
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