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  • The Virtues of a Single Stage Press

    The Virtues of a Single Stage Press by Kirk Lawson Single Stage hand-loading presses are often considered slow, inefficient, limited in scope of capabilities, and mostly the purview of those new to hand-loading who are unwilling yet or unable to invest the greater costs associated with multi-stage or Progressive presses. Nevertheless, experienced and well invested hand-loaders often have more than one Single Stage press and snatch them up from the used market whenever they can to use in...
  • Auto Ordnance M1 Carbines: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

    Auto Ordnance M1 Carbines: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: A Review of the Auto-Ordnance M1 Carbine by mr_flintstone A while back I really, really, really wanted an M1 carbine. I flip-flopped back and forth between wanting to buy a surplus GI carbine and an Auto-Ordnance carbine. I also toyed with the idea of an Inland M1 carbine, but they were fairly new on the market, and while they looked more authentic, they had receivers made by Auto-Ordnance and cost more than the Auto-Ordnance; and...
  • Getting Started: First Reloading Press

    Home Articles General Getting Started: First Reloading Press by Histed So...You've been shooting and now you've decided to take that next step. Time to try rolling your own ammo, usually called reloading. People get started doing this for a number of reasons. Sometimes its to try to get better accuracy than factory loads are giving. Sometimes its to tailor make a load for a specific gun or create ammunition for a caliber that's obsolete. Pretty often its to try to save money and shoot...
  • What if there were NO guns?

    Let us do the math and see just how extreme gun control-- ending with the removal of all firearms from the country-- would end affect so-called "gun violence." There are roughly 33,000 deaths a year due to guns as noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are the main reasons for the gun deaths: 60 percent suicides, 33 percent homicides (80 percent gang related), 4 percent justified, and 3 percent from accidents (which are at an all-time low). The main percentages...
  • About that 10mm Hi Point...

    Something of a unicorn in the Hi Point community-- and a popular forum topic in general off and on-- is the concept of a 10mm Auto Hi Point be it pistol or carbine. Why the 10mm Auto? Back in the late 1970s, a group of firearms engineers working on what would later be the controversial Bren 10 pistol visited firearms guru Colonel Jeff Cooper to get his input on the ultimate handgun round. After several months of talks and some final tweaking by Norma cartridges of Sweden, the Centimeter...
  1. DIY Handgun Storage Solution

    DIY Handgun Storage Solution by "ichthyo" Like others that hang out here, I'm a cheapskate and it leads to some DIY projects. This time I needed more storage for my mouse guns as they were piled up on a shelf in my safe. I looked at what was on the market and concluded I could just make my own with materials I already had. I had some 5"x1/4" bolts, some fiberglass sheeting from an old shower I removed in a bathroom upgrade, and a section of pvc lattice. I cut the lattice into pieces 2...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. Powder Question

    Powder Question by Greg Ritchie When I was younger I used to rendezvous. I tried to emulate the eastern long hunter. I was young and learned from my elders. Just to share what I learned and what has worked for me in the past. I want to talk about the rifles first. Being of German descent, my family arrived in America in the 1730’s and settled in Pennsylvania, kind of drew my interest in that direction. A rifle brought into this country early was the Jaeger, from Germany, specifically from...
  5. Dealing With a Barrel Obstruction

    Dealing With a Barrel Obstruction by "GrumpOlMan" In my 40+ years of reloading and working with firearms I've made my share of mistakes and learned from others . I've been pretty lucky to never be seriously hurt, but I've had a couple close calls! Too many of us get caught up in trying to push performance to the max. thinking it will make the gun more accurate. It usually doesn't! The smart way to try a new load is to start at the low end of recommended charge/ bullet combo. If you don't...
  6. The Bryco Model 38, Brandon Maxfield, and the Downfall of Bryco Arms

    The Bryco Model 38, Brandon Maxfield, and the downfall of Bryco Arms by "adam01364" The Bryco Model 38, Brandon Maxfield, and the downfall of Bryco Arms Brandon Maxfield’s father purchased a gun at a pawnshop for self-protection. The Willits California man kept the gun loaded and unsecured in a nightstand drawer. While his father and mother were away, 7-year-old Brandon and a 12-year-old relative found the gun, and their 20-year-old babysitter took it away from them. Unfortunately for all...
  7. Getting Ready for Groundhogs

    Getting Ready for Groundhogs by Greg Ritchie I recently acquired a Harrington and Richardson Ultra Hunter in 25-06. It is 1998 manufacture. Looks almost new. The only markings on the scope are the parallax markings. It is a fixed power and appears to be about 10x. I once had an extensive collection of the H&R / NEF Handi Rifles, along with the Survivor Rifles. I had just purchased my first of the Classic line and was going to move into the Ultra line when H&R closed shop and became an...
  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. Smith-Sights Solution: Savage MkII and 93r Bolt Guide Pin Problem And Replacement

    Smith-Sights Solution: Savage MkII and 93r Bolt Guide Pin Problem And Replacement By Joshua M. Smith Hi Folks, I noticed my Savage MkII wasn't acting right, so I parked it until I could take a look at it. A couple of weeks ago I decided to resurrect it. It is a good-shooting rifle. A new trigger was a must, so I ordered a Rifle Basix. There had been some bouncing going on when the bolt was closed. I figured I'd look into this when installing the trigger. Washing away the grease, I found...
  10. '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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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....
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. Rambling Thoughts on the .257 Rifle Cartridges

    Rambling Thoughts on the .257 Rifle Cartridges by Greg Ritchie The .257 calibers, or the Quarter Bores, so called because the bullet diameter is 1/4", are arguably the Rodney Dangerfield of rifle cartridges as they get no respect. i do not think that any of the .25 caliber cartridges have ever been in the top ten best selling list as long as such lists have been kept. Take a good look at them and you find that the quarter bore cartridges are really quite adequate for their intended role....
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