Articles

  1. Review: Ruger American Pistol Compact Pro

    Review: Ruger American Pistol Compact Pro by Greg Ritchie Quick review of my Ruger American Pistol Compact Pro chambered for 9mm Luger. It's a hearty handgun at over 28 ounces. Comes with a 12 round and a 17 round magazine. The 12 round mag gives you the option of an extended base that supports your pinky or a flat base. The 17 round magazine comes with a grip spacer. For those who live in states that are not magazine friendly, it can be had with two 10 round magazines. I love the trigger....
  2. Gun Cleaning and Care & a DIY Cleaning Recipe

    Gun Cleaning and Care & a DIY Cleaning Rrecipe 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. Here, we see another classic method for cleaning and a brew-at-home recipe which I believe is probably the original recipe which the now popular and famous "Ed's Red" (a reformulation of "Frankford Arsenal Cleaner No.18" From Hatcher's Notebook from the 1960s) is based...
  3. Yavex Ammo Review

    Yavex Ammo Review by Bgaston Always looking for some reliable, cheap range ammunition, Yavex ammunition at Outdoor Limited caught my eye. I found this information on the web. "Yavex is producing 9mm Luger ammunition to the strict NATO/Military standards with New Brass, Primers and Full Metal Jacketed bullets. This ammunition is head and neck sealed which means that it is less susceptible to moisture intrusion that could deactivate the primer under battlefield conditions and rough handling...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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"...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
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