Articles

  1. 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...
  2. Five Handguns I Wish I Still Owned

    Five Handguns I Wish I Still Owned by Greg Ritchie Charter Arms Undercover, 38 Special Not much to be said of this one I guess, it is a very well known revolver. It’s a 5 shot stainless steel revolver with a plastic frame and oversized rubber grips. It had a decent double action trigger and an exceptional, almost too light, single action pull. The revolver proved to be accurate as well. I shot this one quite a bit, expecting it to shoot loose because I always heard that it was intended to...
  3. Class Review - House of Worship Security Program

    Class Review - House of Worship Security Program by Kirk Lawson Over the summer of 2018 my goal was to spend more time and effort on personal training. One of the classes I took was the House of Worship Security Program Training sponsored by the Ohio Crime Prevention Association and hosted periodically by various houses of worship throughout Ohio, in this case the Salem Church of God in Clayton, Ohio. At $40 to non-members for an all-day course how could I say no? The website claims...
  4. Book Review: Deadly Force by Massad Ayoob

    Review of Deadly Force, Understanding Your Right to Self Defense by Massad Ayoob by Kirk Lawson If you have been in the firearms community for more than a second, you have probably heard of Massad (Mas) Ayoob. Mr. Ayoob is a retired police officer, Expert Witness, firearms and defensive tactics trainer, entrepreneur, and author. Mr. Ayoob is probably best known for his books and articles about police use of force and non-police legal self defense, spanning 4 decades or so. Mr. Ayoob was...
  5. A Tale of the Titans: Italian and American

    A Tale of the Titans: Italian and American by adam01364 The diminutive Titan pistols were inexpensive, ultra reliable little single action pocket pistols manufactured by a small Italian gun maker named Fabrica d'Armi Tanfoglio Giuseppe (not to be confused with Fratelli Tanfoglio) and named the TA27. The unfortunate passage of the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA) banned them from importation, but American ingenuity found ways to work around the GCA for many years. As a result, there are a...
  6. Class Review - Hojutsu; the Martial Art of Firearms

    Class Review - Hojutsu; the Martial Art of Firearms by Kirk Lawson Over the summer of 2018 my goal was to spend more time and effort on personal training. The first weekend of May, I took a two-day course on Hojutsu. The instructor was Sensei Norman Hood and the course was hosted by Defensive Training Solutions of Troy, Ohio, lead instructor Bill Martin, himself a Shodan in the Hojutsu system. Hojutsu is a modern system developed Jeff Hall, an Alaska State Trooper, S.W.A.T. team member,...
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    Book Review: The Long Range Shooting Handbook

    Review of The Long Range Shooting Handbook by Ryan Cleckner by Kirk Lawson Ryan Cleckner, retired Special Operations/Army Ranger Sniper, Instructor for 1st Ranger Battalion, Combat Veteran, Attorney, entrepreneur, podcaster, and… author, has written a book on Long Range Shooting. If you want a book full of vivid reminiscing of combat or teaching how to be a “genuine sniper” then this book is not for you. There were a few pics of Mr. Cleckner in apparent deployment but no “action shots.”...
  8. I Am A Sheepdog - just not your Sheepdog

    I Am A Sheepdog - just not your Sheepdog by Kirk Lawson [Welsh Sheepdog] The term "Sheepdog" is back in the consciousness of the firearms-for-self-defense community. The term comes from Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman’s book On Combat, published in 2004. The short version is that Colonel Grossman describes 3 mindsets, Wolves, Sheep, and Sheepdogs. Wolves are the predators upon society; those who take, murder, rape, and abuse as part of their nature. Sheep are those who are incapable of...
  9. Reloading Presses I Have Owned

    Reloading Presses I Have Owned by Greg Ritchie I started out reloading many years ago In the reloading room of my good friend Pete. Pete was a fan of the RCBS presses and no doubt influenced my tastes in reloading equipment. I loaded many rounds on the JR presses and formed quite a few on the A2 presses. When it was time for my own reloading setup I naturally bought RCBS. My first reloading press was the RCBS Pardner press. It was a fine light duty press. Perfectly suited to the average...
  10. Extar EP9 Review

    Extar EP9 Review by Hughewil The Extar EP9 is a 9mm sub gun style pistol. Features Weight 4.1 pounds 6.5 inch barrel Overall length 22.5” Threaded muzzle Last round hold open Glock magazine compatible Overview While the EP9 is not an actual AR9 design it is modeled after one. The lower will take a milspec AR trigger group and it uses a AR pistol tube with a spring and buffer. The entire weapon is made of polymer including the lower and factory trigger. It has a non-reciprocating side...
  11. Rambling Thoughts on Over/Under Shotguns and a Short Review of the Escort Silver Synthetic Shorty

    Rambling Thoughts on Over/Under Shotguns and a Short Review of the Escort Silver Synthetic Shorty by Greg Ritchie Until recently I have never owned an Over / Under shotgun. Never even shot one. When I started a hunting battery of bolt action rifles I decided that an Over / Under shotgun would be the perfect complement to my bolt action rifles. One of my requirements were that the shotgun have short barrels. Just a personal preference. I quickly found out that the short barrelled over/under...
  12. T'waz the Week before Christmas

    T'waz the Week before Christmas by "histed" [The week before? I haven't bought ANYTHING yet!] And you still haven't bought anything for the gun lover in your house. After all, you love them but you're just not "into" guns. Scopes and reloaders are expensive and...well, you're just stuck. OK, courtesy of that great American institution - Amazon - here are a few suggestions for last minute gifts. Oh, and don't blame the Reindog if they're late - cuz I tried! For the guy who's both a gun and...
  13. Definitions - Part 9: "Fundamentals"

    Definition Series - Part 9: "Fundamentals" by Kirk Lawson The "fundamentals" of any discipline are the most basic of skills, attributes, or understanding of principles required to engages successfully in that discipline. The process of accurate, effective, and safe shooting is no different. It requires a set of core "fundamentals." The National Rifle Association of the U.S. (NRA), recognized as an authority on accurate, safe, and effective shooting, has identified five key elements, or...
  14. The Difference in Holsters

    Holsters by "hughewil" Deciding on what type of holster to use is as much about personal preference as it is about function. With that said I am going to list the pros and cons for 3 primary types of holsters, leather, kydex, and hybrid, and the primary areas affecting every day carry. General Facts Leather – There are 2 main types of leather holsters, the universal kind that fit a variety of guns, and form fitted holsters designed for a specific model. Here I will be talking about the...
  15. Definitions - Part 8: "Semi-automatic"

    Definition Series - Part 8: "Semi-automatic" by Kirk Lawson One of the most confusing, confused, and misused terms of the firearms lexicon in recent years seems to be the term "semi-automatic" or the short version "semi-auto." A "semi-automatic" mechanism uses the energy of a firing cartridge to perform the cycle of operation of a gun, once per trigger function. The cycle of operation is 1) extract and empty case after firing 2) load an unfired case into the firing chamber. In most...
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