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  1. Review - M*CARBO KEL-TEC P-11 Trigger Spring Kit

    Review - M*CARBO KEL-TEC P-11 Trigger Spring Kit by Kirk Lawson [The M*CARBO Kel Tec P11 Trigger Spring Kit] As I wrote in my previous article, one of the Kel Tec P11's most notable shortcomings is its very long, quite heavy, and remarkably uncomfortable, Double Action Only (DAO), trigger pull. In my effort to improve and upgrade the budget friendly P11, I installed a Trigger Spring Kit from M*CARBO. Currently selling for $19.95, M*CARBO claims that it reduces trigger pull weight by "nearly...
  2. 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...
  3. Review of RTK P11 Short Stroke Trigger

    Review of RTK P11 Short Stroke Trigger by Kirk Lawson [Stock Kel Tec P11] The Kel Tec P11, designed by George Kellgren, is a very small, double-column, 10/12+1 round capacity, flush-fit magazine, 9mm semi-automatic handgun. It was unparalleled in size and capacity until the recently released Sig P365 managed to match the P11's external dimensions and 10 (or 12) round capacity. But from 1995 until 2017 the P11 was the king of the hill for size/capacity ratio in 9mm Luger handguns. While...
  4. Thoughts on Black Powder for Self-Defense

    Thoughts on Black Powder Revolvers for Self-Defense by histed [Everything you need to fire an 1858 Sheriff's Model Remington] First, take a deep breath and read this closely. I AM NOT advocating that you chuck you Glunk, Sig, Baretta, Taurus….ad nauseum…. in favor of a BP revolver!! Nor am I suggesting that BP is in any way superior to modern powder/ammunition/design - pick yer thang. What I am saying is that there are those who MAY be able to LEGALLY carry a BP firearm who cannot do the...
  5. The 10 Meter Game

    The 10 Meter Game by "histed" [Hammerli AR 20 Precision Air Rifle, caliber .177] If someone had told me a year ago that they shot a 94 10X in a rifle competition, I might have asked what rifle, what caliber, what distance… If the answer was 33 ½ with a .177 pellet rifle, I probably would have laughed. Really? A PELLET GUN!? Call me when you graduate to a real rifle at adult distances. Then I was asked to form and coach a brand new precision air rifle team at the high school where I...
  6. The Sundance Point Blank Handgun

    The Sundance Point Blank Handgun by "adam01364" The Sundance Point Blank is one of the coolest little Saturday Night Specials I’ve ever seen. But wait. What’s a Sundance? For those who have never heard of the company, Sundance Industries was a firearms manufacturer established in 1989 by Steven Jennings, who happened to be the nephew of George Jennings, of Raven Arms fame. The company had a thirteen year existence, fading away in 2002. The younger Jennings was a bit of an innovator, not...
  7. Definitions - Part 11: Breath Control

    Definition Series - Part 11: "Breath Control" by Kirk Lawson To continue our discussion of firearms terminology and concepts, let's talk about "Breath Control." One of the requirements for wringing the most accuracy out of your shooting session is to minimize as much as possible the movement of the gun. While some movement is unavoidable, and we will talk more about that later, there are ways to reduce movement. The biggest source of the gun moving during the aiming process is... [drumroll]...
  8. Gear Review - R51 Custom Kydex Holster

    Gear Review - R51 Custom Kydex Holster by Kirk Lawson In the Fall of 2018 I had Billy at Defensive Training Solutions ( [URL]https://www.defensivetrainingsolutions.com/[/URL] ) make a right-handed Kydex Holster for my Remington R51. $80 got me a custom Kydex, pancake style, holster and a Kydex "mag carrier" for a single magazine. A "pancake" style holster is made from two sections of material, usually leather or Kydex, which sandwich the handgun. This has the advantage of being able to be molded into...
  9. Rambling thoughts on the 30-30 Winchester

    Rambling Thoughts on the 30-30 Winchester by Greg Ritchie The rimmed cartridges have always held a special allure for me. Probably because I have always liked single shot rifles. A 22 Hornet, 30-30 Winchester, a 45-70 Government and a H&R Handi Rifle and I was ready to take on the world, or at least any critters in my home state of North Carolina! Of the three cartridges mentioned, the 30-30 Winchester is my favorite. Loaded with the 100 grain half jacket bullet, the 30-30 made an...
  10. Summer Fun - With A Twist

    Summer Fun - With A Twist by "histed" [This is the Enemy! See his look of fear!] Many of us here enjoy fall/winter hunting forays. I look forward to the crisp air, a morning frost and the lure of small game hunting - knowing deer season is right around the corner. For some it’s elk, antelope or even moose. The latest craze may be shooting half a mile, but I still enjoy trying to get as close as possible for a sure one-shot kill. So why waste summer? What can I do to help ensure success,...
  11. Definitions - Part 10: "Aiming"

    Definition Series - Part 10: "Aiming" by Kirk Lawson Expanding upon the details of Fundamentals, let's be more specific about "Aiming." Aiming is the process of achieving the proper relationship between the target, the Front Sight, and the Rear Sight. [The Front Sight, farthest away from the user, and Rear Sight, closest to the user.] Aiming consists of two components: Sight Alignment Sight Picture Sight Alignment refers to the proper relationship of the pistol's front and rear...
  12. 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...
  13. Is the End of the US Near?

    Is the End of the US Near? By Russ Lawson I do not consider myself a conspiracy theorist at all; however I do try to look at the world with my eyes wide open. Of late, some of my favorite News Blogs has been talking about the “What If’s” of the next presidential election and I think they have made some valid points, (They have been shown to be right the majority of the time in the past). It’s not hard to see that the Democrats and other left wing groups are going nuts because of President...
  14. Five Long Arms I Wish I Still Owned

    Five Long Arms I Wish I Still Owned by Greg Ritchie Marlin 336c, 35 Remington The Marlin 336 chambered in 35 Remington was the first rifle I purchased for myself. It was also one of the least used Rifles I have ever owned. I was convinced it was going to be the best rifle one could own for hunting deer in the southern hardwoods where I grew up. It had to be, the hole in the barrel was bigger than that 30-30! It probably would of been too, except there were not many deer in the woods near...
  15. Let's Get Started Casting

    Let's Get Started Casting by "histed" [Basic equipment for casting - lead, pot, mold and flux. Fan keeps the lead fumes to a minimum] Shooting can be an addiction. One gun leads to five, then a reloading press arrives followed by several kinds of powder and various other “have to have” tools and a second press and…. Sooner or later most of us get the urge to make our own bullets - “boolits” to a purist. Problem is, where to start? Let’s look at the basic equipment needed to start casting...
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