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  1. Pre-Attack Indicators

    Pre-Attack Indicators by Kirk Lawson In the world of self defense, the prudent person wants to know when someone is secretly preparing to attack them. There are a number of what is often called "pre-attack indicators." These are behaviors that are associated with the person preparing to attack. They are typically subconscious behaviors, but not always. Let's take a brief look at some of the common ones. Direct Threats: Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel is often attributed...
  2. Definitions - Part 16: Trigger Reset

    Definition Series - Part 16: "Trigger Reset" by Kirk Lawson After the Trigger Break, the trigger must be allowed to move forward again to reengage the sear and prepare it to again be pulled rearward toward the Trigger Break. The point at which the trigger catches the internal sear mechanism and is again ready to pull backward is called the Reset. It is common for the shooter, particularly when working with an unloaded gun, to be able to both feel and hear the Reset with a tactile and audible...
  3. 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...
  4. Class Review - Stop the Bleed

    Class Review - Stop the Bleed by Kirk Lawson Get some "medical training" is a refrain I've heard over and over again. Before you buy another gun or take another "high speed, low drag" tacti-cool firearms class, get some medical training. It makes sense. Accidents happen and, even on a tightly controlled and safe range, things can go sideways. And, as was pointed out in the class, there are many possibilities for bleeding control outside of a "mass casualty" event; including auto accidents...
  5. Smith-Sights Solution: Savage MkII and 93r Bolt Guide Pin Problem And Replacement

    Smith-Sights Solution: Savage MkII and 93r Bolt Guide Pin Problem And Replacement By Joshua M. Smith Hi Folks, I noticed my Savage MkII wasn't acting right, so I parked it until I could take a look at it. A couple of weeks ago I decided to resurrect it. It is a good-shooting rifle. A new trigger was a must, so I ordered a Rifle Basix. There had been some bouncing going on when the bolt was closed. I figured I'd look into this when installing the trigger. Washing away the grease, I found...
  6. '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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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....
  9. Installation Guide for Lakeline Stainless Steel Sleve for the Taurus PT709

    LAKELINE STAINLESS STEEL SLEEVE By "Dubar" Part# PT-SG-NS-004 INSTALLATION GUIDE (for Taurus PT111-G2, PT140-G2, G2S, G2C, G3, 709, 740) NOTE: The Lakeline instruction say some firearms may require the use of a drill to enlarge where the sleeve inserts into the slide. I found this not to be the case, your situation or model may vary. I purchased a Taurus PT 709 Slim in May 2018 and have put over 1000 rounds through it since. Although the gun has performed well, there was always a...
  10. Definitions - Part 15: Post-Travel

    Definition Series - Part 15: "Post-Travel" by Kirk Lawson As we have seen, the mechanics of the trigger pull are very important for accurate shooting and shooting comfort. Another element of the trigger stroke which is commonly discussed by experts, aficionados, and wannabes is Post-travel. Post-travel is the period of a trigger stroke, immediately following the Trigger Break in which the trigger can still be pulled rearward. The shot has already been fired, but the trigger can still be...
  11. Heritage Rough Rider Rimfire: Jewel or Junk?

    Heritage Rough Rider Rimfire: Jewel or Junk? by "histed" [My latest addition - 6.5" barrel and black synthetic pearl grips] A few weeks ago I purchased the revolver pictured here for $131.00. It is a Heritage .22 LR single action revolver with synthetic black pearl grips and a 6” barrel. The first Heritage I bought was about 12 years ago. Here are my impressions based on this experience. Pros: Price has to top the list. Even the new Ruger economy revolver was nearly $70.00 more in my...
  12. How To Write Your Congress Critter

    How To Write Your Congress Critter by Kirk Lawson It has become very clear that Personal Political Action is the most effective method for a Second Amendment Supporter to really let his or her views be heard by legislators. Some feel that the supporters have become too complacent and too dependent upon large organizations or associations to represent them, a mistake which is coming back to haunt many supporters and former supporters of certain national level associations. But just choosing a...
  13. Definitions - Part 14: Pre-Travel

    Definition Series - Part 14: "Pre-Travel" by Kirk Lawson As should be clear by now, the mechanics of the trigger pull are very important for accurate shooting and shooting comfort. One element of the trigger stroke which is commonly discussed by experts, aficionados, and wannabes is Pre-travel. Pre-travel is the period of a trigger stroke, starting from the fully forward position, until some resistance begins to be felt in the pull weight. Many triggers will sort of "swing" back with little...
  14. Rambling Thoughts on the .257 Rifle Cartridges

    Rambling Thoughts on the .257 Rifle Cartridges by Greg Ritchie The .257 calibers, or the Quarter Bores, so called because the bullet diameter is 1/4", are arguably the Rodney Dangerfield of rifle cartridges as they get no respect. i do not think that any of the .25 caliber cartridges have ever been in the top ten best selling list as long as such lists have been kept. Take a good look at them and you find that the quarter bore cartridges are really quite adequate for their intended role....
  15. Violent Crime Drops Again

    Violent Crime Drops Again by Kirk Lawson Violent Crime has dropped again, but you probably did not hear about it. The FBI's Uniform Crime Report (UCR) shows that Violent Crime rates have fallen yet again. This time, they dropped 3.9% in 2018, continuing a downward slide. On the "10 year trend" bullet point from the UCR, Violent Crime fell 9% below 2009 levels, falling 14.6% from the same year. In fact, the Violent Crime rate now is lower than since about 1970. At the same time as the...
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