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  1. Definition Series - Part 13: "Trigger Break"

    Definition Series - Part 13: "Trigger Break" by Kirk Lawson Trigger Break is that moment when the trigger transitions from "in the process of being pulled" to "has been pulled." It is that moment in which the movement of the trigger, straight to the rear, disengages the sear mechanism which releases the Hammer or Striker to drive the Firing Pin into the cartridge primer. It is the moment of pulling-pulling-pulling-BANG! With an unloaded gun, it is the moment of pulling-pulling-pulling-CLICK!...
  2. 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...
  3. New Outdoor Gun Range Opened Near El Dorado Kansas

    New Outdoor Gun Range Opened Near El Dorado Kansas by "ichthyo" A new $2.3 million state-of-the-art gun range was opened at El Dorado State Park earlier this year. It is open to the general public for $10 per day, $50 for a three month membership, or $200 for an annual membership. It was constructed using Wildlife Restoration Program funds and license fees from hunters and anglers. This is the nicest outdoor range in the state and is one of the safest as well. It has twelve shooting...
  4. Rambling Thoughts on the 350 Legend Cartridge

    Rambling Thoughts on the 350 Legend Cartridge by Greg Ritchie Grandpa had a .35 caliber rifle. A lever action Winchester in 32 Special with a shot out barrel. The barrel had been refreshed to 35 caliber and it was rechambered to 35-30/30. I learned a lot from that old rifle. How to form cases, how to reload, but mostly I learned to like the 35 caliber. When Grandpa passed I was hoping to be given the old Winchester, but those older than me thought I was better served with a Savage Model 24...
  5. Rambling thoughts on the 30-30....again!

    Rambling thoughts on the 30-30....again! by Greg Ritchie A few years ago I decided to downsize, upgrade, and standardize. I chose the 308 Winchester as my round of choice. Good decision and a good choice of cartridge. It just is not my favorite. My favorite has always been the 30-30 Winchester. My first 30-30 was the Winchester Model 94. It was a "in between" model. It had the angle eject but did not have the cross bolt safety. Lost it in the great fire of ‘99. After the fire I replaced...
  6. Review: Twisted Industries Fiber Optic Sights for the Kel Tec P11

    Review: Twisted Industries Fiber Optic Sights for the Kel Tec P11 by Kirk Lawson The latest upgrade to my Kel Tec P11 is improved sights. There is nothing truly wrong with the existing Kel Tec sights. They are standard 3-Dot in a front post and rear square notch sights. They are perfectly serviceable. But, much like the stock Glock sights, they're cheap plastic. Despite the fact that they work just fine, they look and feel "cheap." No doubt it is a cost saving measure. Nevertheless, many...
  7. Review: Magazine and Mag Pouch for Kel Tec P11

    Review: Magazine and Mag Pouch for Kel Tec P11 by Kirk Lawson Most firearms trainers recommend that if you are going to carry a defensive firearm, also carry a reload. For semi-auto handguns, that means carrying a spare magazine. While there are a growing number of ways to carry a spare magazine, the traditional way is an Outside The Waistband (OWB) magazine carrier, sometimes called a "mag pouch." In the days of yore these were finely crafted leather, often with a flap that snapped down to...
  8. Review: R&R Holster for Kel Tec P11

    Review: R&R Holster for Kel Tec P11 by Kirk Lawson [Kydex Outside The Waistband (OWB) holster for the Kel Tec P11 by R&R Holsters - view from exterior side] A "concealed carry gun" is of no use if it cannot be, well, carried. That is the the purpose of the holster. While the core function of a holster is to "carry" the gun, it has several functions related to that purpose. Carry the gun securely (not loose or falling out) - often called "retention" Protecting the trigger from unintended...
  9. Reduced Loads for Rifles, Part Two

    Reduced Loads for Rifles, Part Two by "histed" Last time we looked at some of the reasons you might want to reduce the loads in your rifle. This time we’ll take a look at several methods for creating these reduced loads. First, however, the usual warnings and disclaimers: USE CAUTION!! I will NOT be giving specific load data here! I have no control over your experience or reloading skills/procedures. I take NO RESPONSIBILITY or LIABILITY for damage to yourself or your firearm! This is meant...
  10. My Foray Into .32 H&R

    My Foray Into .32 H&R by "Mr_Flintstone" Let me start by stating that this article is not a review, per se, of any particular firearm or particular brand of ammunition. It is simply an expression of my experiences with finding, purchasing, and using a .32 H&R magnum firearm. Every so often I have the urge to buy a new type or caliber of gun; and a while back I caught the .32 H&R Magnum bug. The more I read about it, the more interested I became in this little cartridge. Advertised as...
  11. Reduced Loads in Rifles, Part 1

    Reduced Loads for Rifles by "histed" Why reduced loads in a rifle? After all, in today’s market, if I want a softer shooting rifle, I replace my 7mm Rem Mag with a 7mm-08, right? Why bother experimenting with turning a 30-06 into a 30-30? And if I DID want to do that, how is it done? Well, let’s explore both of these questions. In this article, we’ll look at the “Why?”. In part 2, we’ll talk about the “How” in a safe and responsible way. To start with, let’s look at the recent past for...
  12. Review: Michigan Man Soap

    Review: Michigan Man Soap by Kirk Lawson There is a long-standing belief among many that elements of our society are engaging in a "war on men and manliness." While one side says that it is only fighting against "toxic masculinity," there often feels like a social pressure against all things masculine. So when I heard of a small, one-man-shop, home business called "Michigan Man Soap," I was interested. When I heard his tag-line is "Handmade soaps and beard oils in unusually masculine...
  13. Definitions - Part 12: Hold Control

    Definition Series - Part 12: "Hold Control" by Kirk Lawson It is clear that the the most accurate shooting happens when the gun is held perfectly still during the activity of shooting. While it is impossible to hold the gun perfectly still without the use of special rest, Hold Control is the process of holding gun as still as possible while shooting. A proper grip and a proper shooting platform, often a "stance," are required for best Hold Control. While we we look at proper grips later,...
  14. Mora Knives vs Custom Knives

    Mora Knives vs Custom Knives by Greg Ritchie I like a good knife. Over the years I have developed opinions of what I like in a knife. To that end I have had my friend Jim, owner of Oak Level Knives make me a trio of knives. These knives I will not claim to have designed, although Jim will tell you otherwise. I did not draw out any patterns or such, I merely described what I wanted and Jim put them together for me. The various Mora Knives have a reputation of being best in class. And they...
  15. Book Reiview: The Book of Two Guns by Tiger McKee

    Book Reiview: The Book of Two Guns by Tiger McKee by Kirk Lawson As I've written before, I am a life-long martial artist and therefore the idea of fighting with firearms within the trappings of a martial art appeals to me. The title of Mr. McKee's book is an obvious call-out to Miyamoto Musashi's ancient and revered Book of Five Rings, which is a centuries old classic on Japanese swordsmanship, martial arts, tactics, and combative psychology. It is also a subtle call-out to the practice of...
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