Articles from histed

  1. '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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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....
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  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. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. DIY Camouflage a Plastic Stock

    DIY Camouflage a Plastic Stock by "histed" [My first attempt - Savage Axis .243. ] There are probably as many ways to change the color of a boring, black synthetic stock as there people who own them. This is by no means the be all and end all of painting a camouflage pattern on your rife (or Hi Point). It is a beginners guide for what I did and how it worked out for me. Step 1: Get over being afraid you're going to screw up the stock. It can't be done unless you use a torch or somehow...
  15. Impressions on Ruger's EC9s

    Impressions on Ruger's EC9s By "histed" In 2011, Ruger announced a lightweight compact 9mm pistol, the LC9. At just over 17 ounces in weight and 6 inches in length, it was the same size or smaller than many of the .380 ACP compacts on the market at the time. The LC9 also featured adjustable rear sights, loaded chamber indicator and a 7+1 magazine. In a very short time, the little pistol became quite popular in the growing CCW market. It was not, however, with out flaws. In 2014, Ruger...
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