Articles from lklawson

  1. How Long Will Ammo Last?

    How Long Will Ammo Last? by Kirk Lawson Right now ammunition is in a "seller's market." Ammunition manufacturers are cranking out as much as they can, as fast as they can. And pretty much every last drop of it is selling within days. Some people are new gun owners and trying to buy ammunition in order to supply their new guns. Some are more experienced owners and are trying to maintain their existing supplies while shooting. Some are trying to build up a personal emergency supply in case...
  2. Blackening Blackout Brass

    Blackening Blackout Brass by Kirk Lawson I got a bug to try do something to differentiate my 300 AAC Blackout ammunition so that it was visibly distinct from 5.56 cartridges. I'm certainly not the first, and there have been many others before. The solution which eventually caught my fancy was to blacken the brass for the cartridges. There are several commercial manufacturers but most notable has been Noveske and Sig Sauer. [Noveske 300 AAC Blackout] [Sig Sauer 300 AAC Blackout] After a...
  3. How Well Do Pine Cleaners Clean Brass Cases?

    How Well Do Pine Cleaners Clean Brass Cases? by Kirk Lawson Like many ammunition hand-loaders and reloaders, I got into the hobby in order to stretch my ammunition dollar a bit farther. Thus, I am always on the lookout for ways to stretch it just a bit farther. Are there any dime-store products which work just as well as, or better than, the purpose made products? Now, the fact is that brass just needs to be clean and free from defect in order to be reloaded. However, I like my brass to be...
  4. Review: Kel Tec P17

    Review of the Kel Tec P17 by Kirk Lawson One of the most expected new releases in the handgun world is Kel Tec's new .22LR handgun. Coming in slightly larger than their PF9, it uses a proprietary double-column magazine design to load 16 rounds of .22LR in a magazine size that most other manufacturers limit to 10 rounds. This is mostly due to the fact that .22LR is a rimfire design. Another exciting aspect to the new handgun is its price tag. MSRP is $199. As an early adopted, "can't...
  5. SHOT Show Gear - The Smallest Pistol Laser Ever

    SHOT Show Gear - The Smallest Pistol Laser Ever by Kirk Lawson About the size of a pack of cigarettes (people still smoke those things, right?) and weighing only "about" 10 ounces (how many ounces in a pound again?), the Mini Laser Designator (MLD) is the top of the line in miniaturization. It is, literally, the "smallest laser sighting device available today." When "today" was the 1986 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show. Reported by Al Pickles in the Combat Handguns magazine...
  6. Definitions - Part 17: Drop Safe

    Definition Series - Part 17: "Drop Safe" by Kirk Lawson The term "Drop Safe" comes up from time to time in the firearms community, particularly in sales and marketing literature. Unfortunately there seems to be confusion about what it means. Beginning from the early days of firearms, there has been a concern that if a firearm is dropped it might discharge. This is obviously a concern. Humans can sometimes be fumble-fingered and the prospect of a firearm discharging a bullet in some random...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  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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