Articles

  1. It's Still Good Enough

    It's Still Good Enough by "histed" [The most popular deer cartridges] I live in the free zone of Pennsylvania. You know - west of Philly, east of Pitt, north of Harrisburg, south of Erie. The heart of Whitetail Country. Here hunting is a religion and whitetails are the ultimate game. Schools are closed the Monday after Thanksgiving, kids contract “buck fever”, everyone has a story to tell. Right now, the air buzzes with arguments on the “perfect deer rifle”, which plucked at my inner Kirk....
  2. The "Improved" DIY Shoot and See Targets

    The "Improved" DIY Shoot and See Targets by Kirk Lawson In a prior article I discussed a DIY method for producing inexpensive "shoot and see" targets. I am still a fan of saving money and finding "life hacks" that increase the value of tools and stretch my dollar just a bit farther. I'm also still a fan of the "shoot and see" style targets which offer immediate feedback in a gratifyingly visual manner. I've found an improved method of making DIY "shoot and see" targets. This is my new and...
  3. The Hi Point of Revolvers?

    The Hi Point of Revolvers by "histed" [Ghetto Glock meet Ghetto Colt] I love cheap guns. It is an addiction that the forum members here enable constantly. Recently I took another “hit” and purchased a Rock Island Arms M206 revolver. It’s cheap - mine was 251.37 out the door. Knowing that many here have the same addiction I do and having heard that this is the “Hi Point of Revolvers”, I thought I might do some testing and report back on my findings. Is this really comparable to our...
  4. 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...
  5. Green Belt Syndrome

    Green Belt Syndrome by Kirk Lawson I recently participated in an immersive two-day weekend pistol seminar. As expected, I met and trained with some fantastic people, some who had more firearms skills than I and some who did not. One fine gentleman I met was, like me, from the "traditional" martial arts world. Turns out that, while a highly trained and skilled martial artist, he was just beginning his training in firearms skills. After class he related a story to me of a trip to a Local...
  6. The Lever Action as a Fighting Rifle

    The Lever Action as a Fighting Rifle by "histed" [It worked for The Rifleman!] Recently we had a thread discussing the merits and relevance of the lever action rifle. There has also been an article discussing, in part, the validity of the 30-30 cartridge. All of this, plus untold comments and posts on Red Flag and/or Assault Rifle bans got me thinking in a somewhat different direction. How valid is the lever action in general, the 30-30 in particular, as fighting rifle today. I’m not...
  7. The Davis Brothers, Davis Industries, and Sedco Industries

    The Davis Brothers, Davis Industries, and Sedco Industries by Adam01364 George Jennings’ success with Raven Arms proved there was a large market for inexpensive handguns, and so other family members founded more inexpensive firearms companies. It made complete sense. Jennings had sourced suppliers for Raven frames and slide castings (International Die Casting and Lansco), and steel suppliers for the rest of the components; plus there was a solid business relationship between all parties, so...
  8. Product Review - Harbor Freight Ultrasonic Cleaner and Ballistol

    Product Review - Harbor Freight Ultrasonic Cleaner and Ballistol ...Cleaning very well and very cheap by Kirk Lawson As most of you may know by now, I'm a cheapskate. I wrote the book, literally. But I'm also a bit of a tinkerer and I'm infinitely curious. Sometimes satisfying curiosity doesn't necessarily lend itself to cheapskatedness. When I did my tests on corrosion resistance, I ended up buying several products which I still haven't used up, almost a decade later. I've tried many...
  9. 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...
  10. Rambling Thoughts on Alternative Cartridges I Have Tried in the AR-15

    Rambling Thoughts on Alternative Cartridges I Have Tried in the AR-15 by Greg Ritchie The 5.56 is the quintessential cartridge for the AR-15, but sometimes you just want more. Here are some I tried and my thoughts on them. [5.56x45mm NATO, photo by Francis Flinch, Creative Commons Attribution .30 Unported] My first attempt to better the AR-15 and the 5.56 was the 6x45. Simply neck the 5.56 case up to take a .243 bullet. There is lots of love for this cartridge and I had great expectations...
  11. Does This Change Your Training or EDC?

    Does This Change Your Training or EDC? by Kirk Lawson [Ruger LCR for 5 rounds or 10 with a reload vs. Kel Tec P11 for 13 rounds or 25 with a reload] In a recent forum thread To "upgrade" or not, I spent one paragraph talking about maybe wanting more ammunition on tap due to the seeming rise of multiple attacker events. But that is not the only type of event which might make a self defender want more ammunition immediately available. The recent murderer in Virginia Beach did something...
  12. No Love for the Single Shot?

    No Love for the Single Shot? by "histed" [H&R Topper, my personal favorite] These days it seems that everything is “Tactical.” “Tactical” rifles, shotguns, handguns, magazines, rails, flashlights… the list is nearly endless. To quote a friend of mine “If it ain’t tactical it ain’t tacti-cool.” So much as mention a single shot shotgun in these circles and the ensuing laughter can be heard for miles. After all, why in the name of Gaston G. Glock would any sane person buy a single shot...
  13. 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...
  14. Mounting a Harris Adapter onto a Hi-Point "Classic" stock

    Mounting a Harris Adapter onto a Hi-Point "Classic" stock by adam01364 I like the looks of the Classic “monkey gun” stock over the newer TS stock on my Hi-Point carbines. Since I’m not really into adding lasers or lights, the TS rails are kind of “meh”. Hitting bulls eyes while shooting freehand is difficult for me, as I’ve had benign essential tremors since childhood. Yeah, I can get my shots on paper, but I want better results so I’ve added bipods onto my rifles to counteract the minor...
  15. DIY Nickel Plating an Old Revolver

    DIY Nickel Plating an Old Revolver by "ichthyo" [Original finish peeling and damaged] I have a thing for old beat up guns in that I enjoy making them look good again and function well. I’m not willing to spend my hard earned money on collector grade guns. For me restoring an old firearm is as much fun as shooting it when it’s done. It doesn’t have to look great, just respectable in my eyes. So I look for old guns that seem to be restorable with mostly complete parts and not terribly...
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