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  1. The HI Point 995 TS

    In the mid-1990s when the original (now dubbed the "Classic") Hi-Point M995 carbine came out on the market, I thought it was a prop gun from the old 1968 movie Planet of the Apes. (First impression) This is now a classic gun... Nevertheless, a local gun shop at the time offered these for $150 with two ten-shot magazines included. As I had at the time an almost unlimited supply of free 9mm Parabellum rounds available through my department, it was a gamble worth taking. I liked the little...
  2. The Hi-Point 380 Compared

    Hi-Point is well known for its line of tactical carbines and full sized pistols. What you may not know is that the company also offers a pretty good .380. Let us look at the Hi-Point CF380 when compared with some of the classic .380s popular in the country. The People's Champion: As the main contender, Hi-Point's CF380 pistol is a semi-compact recoil-operated pistol. Its overall length is 6.75" with a 3.5" barrel. Overall weight is 29 ounces due to its use of a high-impact polymer frame...
  3. What Are Maverick, Stallard, Iberia, & Haskell Pistols?

    In April 1988, former TV technician Thomas Deeb of Mansfield, Ohio incorporated Beemiller Distributing Company. Between 1988 and 1992 when Hi-Point Firearms was trademarked, there were three different firearms made by three different companies that Beemiller sold. These were Maverick/Stallard, Iberia, and Haskell. Today these companies are all still around in one form or another but market their pistols and carbines as Hi-Point through Beemiller. Top left is a Stallard JS-9 9mm, middle left...
  4. 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...
  5. Why the US went with the .45.

    Well, first off we have to realize what was well understood a very long time ago. Expanding point bullets are a very old idea. Most people track the concept of bullets deliberately designed to expand to the Express Rifles of the 1870's, but I think it can probably be tracked to the soft lead bullets of the Minie Ball, known to cause horrific damage to people during the U.S. Civil War due to the fact that it was made of soft lead and, upon impact, would deform and expand. As the New York...
  6. '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...
  7. Why Military and Law Enforcement firearms force training may not be optimal...

    Why Military and Law Enforcement firearms force training may not be optimal for Joe Citizen "Self Defense." Bottom Line Up Front: Train to achieve your goals. First, let's be clear. This isn't an anti-military or anti-cop article. We all have great respect for both the military fighting personnel and for LEO (Law Enforcement Officer/Officers). These individuals are well trained and do a difficult and often dangerous job which may include putting their own lives at risk to meet their...
  8. Inexpensive Training at Home with the GAMO P25

    It's an absolute rule of any physical skill. If you want to improve, or even just maintain, the skills you have, you must practice regularly. Firearms use is a physical skill just like any other. But everything about firearms is expensive. The gun is expensive with even used and "cheaply made" handguns starting in at $200 with the frequently recommended models starting at around $450 and up. The ammunition is expensive, with "plinking" and "range" ammunition for 9mm Luger costing around $15...
  9. Rambling Thoughts on the .38 Special

    Rambling Thoughts on the .38 Special by Greg Ritchie The 38 special descends from the 36 cap and ball < 38 Colt < 38 Long Colt < 38 Special. [.38 Special loads, right to left - FMJ, LRN, LSWC, JHP (wikipedia image)] The 38 special was introduced in 1898 and first chambered in the S&W model 1899 also known as the 38 Military and Police 1st Model. ***this is debated, most say it was introduced in 1902, but Roy Jinks, S&W Historian says different. I defer to him*** The 38 special was an...
  10. Rambling Thoughts on the .38 Super +P

    Rambling Thoughts on the .38 Super +P by Greg Ritchie [Wikipedia Image] The Colt M1900 chambered for the 38acp was a hot little number, firing a 130 grain bullet at 1260 fps. Too hot, in fact, for the M1900 and the velocity was reduced to 1040 fps. In the 1920's the call went out from the law enforcement agencies for a round that would defeat the automobile. The 32's, 38's, and 45's in use, while good for soft targets, would bounce off the shell of the automobile. In 1929, Colt responded...
  11. Rambling Thoughts on the 9x19

    Rambling Thoughts on the 9x19 by Greg Ritchie The 9x19 Parabellum is the offspring of the 7.65x21 Parabellum, which is the offspring of the 7.65x25 Borchardt, which is basically the 7.92 x57 M1888 Commission Rifle round scaled down for handgun use. [7.65x21 Parabellum - Wikipedia] The 7.65x25 Borchardt, which was jointly designed by Hugo Borchardt and George Luger, and chambered in the C96 was meant to be a military sidearm but was rejected because it was too unwieldy The 7.62x21 Parabellum...
  12. Single Action, Double Action, Something Else?

    The ??? Action and [fill in the blank] Fired Guns... There can be a confusing set of terms used, often by writers, gun reviewers, and experienced gun hobbyists. But all of the terms are there for a reason, mean something specific, and give important insight into not only how a gun works, but also the history and evolution of firearms themselves. This article will focus on the terms Single Action, Double Action, Hammer Fired, and Striker Fired. [The Action] The action, for the purposes of...
  13. X Marks The Spot

    X Marks The Spot by Kirk Lawson "X marks the spot." Anyone who's seen (or *gasp* read) Treasure Island knows that the treasure map has a great big X indicating where the treasure is buried. That is the place you want dig. That is the place where you want to focus your efforts. The same thing goes in a gunfight. There is a point in space where you want to focus your efforts, where you want your bullets to go: into your opponent. The thing is, your opponent has the same goal. He wants to put...
  14. Can you shoot 380 ammunition in a gun chambered for 9mm Luger?

    Can you shoot 380 ammunition in a gun chambered for 9mm Luger? The short answer is yes. The long answer is yes, but... [BRIEF HISTORY OF 9mm LUGER] In 1902 George Luger designed the 9x19mm Luger cartridge, which now bears his name. German weapons manufacturers chambered the now famous "Luger" pistol around the cartridge. It is a "rimless" cartridge, meaning that it lacks a "rim" at its base which exceeds the outer diameter of the case above it. It is now the most popular pistol cartridge...
  15. Rambling Thoughts On The Colt 1911

    Rambling Thoughts On The Colt 1911 by Greg Ritchie [Remington's modern take on the classic Colt design] In the 1880's, John Moses Browning, inspired in part by Hiram Maxim, became interested in machine guns, culminating in the Browning "Potato Digger" machine gun. The J. M. B. Semi-automatic handguns were a direct result. By 1895, John Browning had designed a toggle linked, magazine fed, gas operated handgun. This handgun was never put into production, Browning realizing that recoil...
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