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  1. "Gun Homicide" rate down 49% but most Americans don't know it.

    "Gun Homicide" rate down 49% but most Americans don't know it. by Kirk Lawson So are "gun murders" up or down? Most Americans seem to believe that they're up; sometimes way up. Many U.S. citizens are utterly convinced that the U.S. has a "gun problem" and it is a "gun violence epidemic." Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. It turns out that in May 7, 2013, the Pew Research Center found that the rate of "gun homicides" per 100,000 in the U.S. DECLINED an astonishing 49%...
  2. "Modern Minuteman" Chest Rigs, Plate Carriers, and Battle Belts

    "Modern Minuteman" Chest Rigs, Plate Carriers, and Battle Belts by Jason In a Minuteman loadout, battle belts, plate carriers, and chest rigs provide a tiered approach to a combat load that offers flexibility and scalability. The idea of 1st tier, 2nd tier, 3rd tier resonates with me a lot. To me my 1st tier is always going to be a battle belt, a pistol, pistol/rifle reload(s), survival pouch or dump pouch, IFAK ("Individual First Aid Kit" - Ed.), small fixed blade knife, and pouch for a...
  3. 'More people have been killed with the .22 than any other caliber'

    This statement used to come up a lot, particularly referencing the lethality, and therefore suitability, of the .22 Long Rifle as a self-defense or caliber of last choice for self-defense. On the surface, it doesn't appear to make sense; however, it has been repeated frequently so maybe there's a grain of truth to it, right? There have been many articles on the internet debunking the supposed high-lethality of the .22LR when compared to other potential calibers. To their credit, I conclude...
  4. 'Twas the Week Before Christmas, Part Duex

    “'Twas the Week Before Christmas - Part Deux” by histed [Did it again, didn’t cha, boy?”] Once again the Christmas Season has arrived. Once again you’re totally unprepared. I told ya last year - DON’T DO THIS!!! But do ya listen to the Dawg? Huh? DO YA!!!??? Of course not. If’n ya was smart ya wouldn’t be on this forum. H E double hockey sticks, ya wooden be on ANY forum. But, since ya won’t listen AND I wanna keep ya outa the Dawg house (I’m there already, ain’t no room fer you), here’s a...
  5. .22LR as a Defensive Round?

    So is the .22lr a viable round for defense? by Kiln If asked whether or not a .22lr [Editor: .22 Long Rifle, .22LR] pistol is an ideal defensive firearm, most firearm experts will give you a resounding "no." There is however, a rather large market when it comes to rimfires and no small part of that is people who buy a gun just to have a gun. Some people choose .22lr out of ignorance, some for plinking, and others out of necessity. For many people with physical disabilities or severe...
  6. 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...
  7. 2100 Green Hi Point Pistols have been released to the Wild

    MKS and Hi Point has shooters running 'green' with envy over a new set of factory-fresh variants of their popular JCP and JCP series handguns. That's right campers; there is a special run of factory green Hi Points on the way. Hi Point has been producing affordable and efficient fighting handguns for well over twenty years now and has a huge following among shooters. While the company has always expanded their line to improve their offerings and cover all the popular calibers, they have for...
  8. 3-in-One Oil is (still) OK for Guns

    3-in-One Oil is (still) OK for Guns by Kirk Lawson [1915 advertisement from Arms & The Man] Invented in 1894 by George W. Cole, ostensibly as a bicycle chain lubricant, 3-in-One is the original "CLP" oil. The "3" part of 3-in-One actually stands for "Clean, Lubricate, and Protect." By at least World War I, Cole had expanded his usage-case recommendations to include firearms. The ability to penetrate and loosen even hardened carbon and grime to clean, then to further act as a lubricant...
  9. 5 (more) Gift Giving Ideas for the Gun Lover This Giving Season

    5 (more) Gift Giving Ideas for the Gun Lover This Giving Season by Kirk Lawson 1) Clothing Cost: $30 and up Concealed carriers need specially designed belts and clothing designed to help support or keep their gun from prying eyes. At the bottom end is Uncle Mike's brand belts but prices and quality can rapidly rise. Quality belts and pants can cost over $100. Either specifically ask the recipient what they want or need or, alternately, give a gift certificate. 2) Range Bags and Carts...
  10. 5 Custom Hi Points

    Hi-Point firearms are not generally known for their overall aesthetics. Instead many of us choose function over form and select Hi-Points as a product of reliability and consistency. That's not to say beautiful Hi-Points don't exist, to the contrary many members have taken their firearms to a whole new level, and one that regardless of your thoughts on these American made gems, is a beautiful thing unto itself. Molding, sculpting and changing the basic to something extraordinary is the...
  11. 5 Gift Giving Ideas for the Gun Lover This Giving Season

    5 Gift Giving Ideas for the Gun Lover This Giving Season by Kirk Lawson The holiday gift giving season is upon us. We will be eating delicious foods and, more importantly, celebrating with family and friends. Part of that celebration is gift giving. Judging by statistics, there are more firearms owners than ever particularly first time firearms owners. You may have never thought about giving a firearms related gift until now. Here are are 5 gift ideas. 1) Ammunition: Cost: Starts at about...
  12. 5 Things to do Before Firing Your New Gun

    5 Things to do Before Firing Your New Gun So you got a new gun for Christmas (or your birthday, or [fill in the gift giving event]). You are understandably excited; can hardly wait to go put some rounds through it. Well, rein it in just a tad and wait long enough to do these five things first. 1) Read the Manual Let's be real here. Misusing guns, even accidentally or through ignorance, could cause property damage, injury, or even death. The manual contains all the details of how to maintain...
  13. 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...
  14. A Blast from the Past: The JS-9

    We all know and love Hi Point firearms for what they are: simple, affordable, and accurate handguns that are short on bells and whistles but long on value. However, do you know that long before the C9, the same company (more or less) marketed a long-slide 9mm pistol that was simpler? We give you the Beemiller JS-9 What is Beemiller? Predating the MKS-marketed Hi Point Company was Mansfield, Ohio-based Beemiller. Incorporated in April 1988 by local resident and former TV-technician Thomas...
  15. A Review of the TriStar C-100

    A Review of the TriStar C-100 by Flintstone A while back I was looking at 9mm CZ-75 compacts, but at over $500, the price was a little prohibitive. Looking at similar guns and clones, I found the TriStar 9mm C-100; a clone of the CZ 75 compact made in Turkey by Canik. It seemed fairly well rated online, and it was only $340. I thought, "Oh well, I can shoot it a while, and if I don't like it, I can always sell it and buy a CZ later." That was two years and several hundred rounds ago, and I...
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