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  • The Federal 115 Grain Hi Shok For Hi Point

    Hi-Point owners are nothing if not suckers for a good deal. While the C9 pistol and 995 carbines make great plinkers for target practice both at the range and at camp, like any firearm they are from time to time placed into use for personal defense. As such, you need a good protection round that you can afford to shoot. Designed in the late 1980s, the Federal Classic (gray and blue box) 115-grain JHP is one of the most effective and affordable defense rounds out there in the 9mm market....
  • Learning to bore sight factory iron sights on Hi Point Carbines

    My experience with rifles has been very limited compared to handguns. It wasn't until I was a senior in high school in the late 1960's that I had ever fired one. Until recently, the only rifle I had ever owned was a JC Higgins .22 semi-automatic. As a new owner of a Hi-Point 4095TS, I was anxious to shoot it and to verify its accuracy. After a couple of busy weeks, I finally squeezed in a trip to my favorite indoor range on my way home from work on a Monday. My older brother, former-Marine...
  • The Taxes You Pay on Firearms and Ammunition

    Did you know about the taxes you pay on firearms and ammunition? Many firearms owners know nothing about the excise taxes paid by gun businesses and passed on to customers when they buy guns and ammo. Excise taxes are collected by the producer or retailer and not paid directly by the firearms consumer. The excise taxes paid fund the Wildlife Restoration Program. The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) describes the program as follows: "The Wildlife Restoration Program (WR) provides grant funds...
  • My Hi Point Classic 995 evolving upgrade with buttstock mag pouch

    With my old school Model 995 carbine, product of the hard-working patriots in Ohio, I decided to pull off some low-key, low-budget updates. These turned out better than I thought so with that behind me, I figured I would share these with the community as a whole. First things first My classic carbine has been with me off and on for about fifteen years. When I say off and on, back about ten years ago, I traded that bad boy to a friend in a gun swap for a Marlin 922 rifle. As both at the...
  • A Blast from the Past: The JS-9

    We all know and love Hi Point firearms for what they are: simple, affordable, and accurate handguns that are short on bells and whistles but long on value. However, do you know that long before the C9, the same company (more or less) marketed a long-slide 9mm pistol that was simpler? We give you the Beemiller JS-9 What is Beemiller? Predating the MKS-marketed Hi Point Company was Mansfield, Ohio-based Beemiller. Incorporated in April 1988 by local resident and former TV-technician Thomas...
  1. DIY Magazine Loader Tutorial

    DIY Magazine Loader Tutorial I was considering purchasing a loader of some kind because my 20 round Redball mags and some from other firearms just weren’t fun to load. After looking at my options, I decided to try to make one. I was able to craft a working “speed loader” (speedier than me loading by hand) from PVC pipe. After making the first one, I continued to refine the process. This tutorial will be based on my findings for what worked best. For a 9mm Luger magazine, Schedule 40 PVC...
  2. Rambling Thoughts on Reloading Cast Bullets in the 9mm

    Rambling Thoughts on Reloading Cast Bullets in the 9mm by Greg Ritchie I like reloading. Because I am cheap, casting bullets has been a necessary evil for me. Unfortunately my source for free lead dried up a while back. I have started saving lead for the hard to find or the expensive bullets, namely the .459 405 and 500 grain bullets I use so much. This put me on the hunt for a cast bullet to use in my 9mm reloads One bullet I liked so much was the TL356-124-TC for the 9mm. This bullet has...
  3. Reexamining Cooper's Four Rules of Gun Safety - Part II

    Reexamining Cooper's Four Rules of Gun Safety - Part II by Kirk Lawson [Cardinal Directions Compass Rose] In reexamining Colonel Cooper's Four Rules of Gun Safety, Part I, we looked at the statement "All guns are always loaded" and some of the confusion which may arise from the statement for people not immersed in the firearms community. In Part II, we will look at his second rule. Jeff Cooper's second rule is, "Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. (For those...
  4. 5 (more) Gift Giving Ideas for the Gun Lover This Giving Season

    5 (more) Gift Giving Ideas for the Gun Lover This Giving Season by Kirk Lawson 1) Clothing Cost: $30 and up Concealed carriers need specially designed belts and clothing designed to help support or keep their gun from prying eyes. At the bottom end is Uncle Mike's brand belts but prices and quality can rapidly rise. Quality belts and pants can cost over $100. Either specifically ask the recipient what they want or need or, alternately, give a gift certificate. 2) Range Bags and Carts...
  5. 5 Gift Giving Ideas for the Gun Lover This Giving Season

    5 Gift Giving Ideas for the Gun Lover This Giving Season by Kirk Lawson The holiday gift giving season is upon us. We will be eating delicious foods and, more importantly, celebrating with family and friends. Part of that celebration is gift giving. Judging by statistics, there are more firearms owners than ever particularly first time firearms owners. You may have never thought about giving a firearms related gift until now. Here are are 5 gift ideas. 1) Ammunition: Cost: Starts at about...
  6. The "Improved" DIY Shoot and See Targets

    The "Improved" DIY Shoot and See Targets by Kirk Lawson In a prior article I discussed a DIY method for producing inexpensive "shoot and see" targets. I am still a fan of saving money and finding "life hacks" that increase the value of tools and stretch my dollar just a bit farther. I'm also still a fan of the "shoot and see" style targets which offer immediate feedback in a gratifyingly visual manner. I've found an improved method of making DIY "shoot and see" targets. This is my new and...
  7. Reexamining Cooper's Four Rules of Gun Safety - Part I

    Reexamining Cooper's Four Rules of Gun Safety - Part I by Kirk Lawson [Colonel Jeff Cooper] Colonel Jeff Cooper was a highly influential figure in the firearms combat community. He is credited for creating what is generally known as the "modern technique" of handgun fighting. Among his many important contributions are stance, grip, mind set, "conditions of readiness" for the 1911 handgun, the "color code" system of alertness and awareness, and his Four Rules of Gun Safety. In this...
  8. Ben Franklin Invented the Stun Gun ...sort of

    Ben Franklin Invented the Stun Gun ...sort of by Kirk Lawson Driven in large part by the Supreme Court decision that the Second Amendment does encompass these tools, more and more cities nation wide are reversing their bans on electric self defense devices known as "Stun Guns." Washington D.C., Tacoma, New Orleans, Baltimore, and others are all jettisoning their bans on this common self-defense tool. While this development is generally cheered in the self-defense community, not everyone...
  9. "Gun Homicide" rate down 49% but most Americans don't know it.

    "Gun Homicide" rate down 49% but most Americans don't know it. by Kirk Lawson So are "gun murders" up or down? Most Americans seem to believe that they're up; sometimes way up. Many U.S. citizens are utterly convinced that the U.S. has a "gun problem" and it is a "gun violence epidemic." Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. It turns out that in May 7, 2013, the Pew Research Center found that the rate of "gun homicides" per 100,000 in the U.S. DECLINED an astonishing 49%...
  10. Gun Cleaning and Care & a DIY Cleaning Recipe

    Gun Cleaning and Care & a DIY Cleaning Rrecipe by Kirk Lawson In an earlier series of articles, I discussed a few historic methods of cleaning and some historic recipes, as well as some modern ones, for cleaning solutions. Here, we see another classic method for cleaning and a brew-at-home recipe which I believe is probably the original recipe which the now popular and famous "Ed's Red" (a reformulation of "Frankford Arsenal Cleaner No.18" From Hatcher's Notebook from the 1960s) is based...
  11. Rambling Thoughts on Ackley Improved Cartridges

    Rambling Thoughts on Ackley Improved Cartridges by Greg Ritchie My introduction to improved cartridges was by way of the 22/250 Ackley Improved. A friend had his 22/250 rechambered thus and was trying for the magical 4000 feet per second mark. I remember the first shot I fired out of the rifle with some forgotten 52 grain bullet. The bullet never made it to the target, instead the velocity and rotational forces caused the bullet to disintegrate shortly after leaving the muzzle. Today I...
  12. Jack Weaver Didn't Invent the Weaver Stance

    Jack Weaver Didn't Invent the Weaver Stance by Kirk Lawson OK, despite what the "best" understanding of history is, including what I believed, it looks like Jack Weaver didn't invent the stance which now bears his name and which he is widely credited for. Just like what we now call the Isosceles Stance well predates "The Modern Technique," it now looks like someone other than Jack Weaver did it first. In fact, a very famous someone. J.H. Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald, more commonly known as...
  13. Cleaning Copper Fouling from a Historic Perspective

    Cleaning Copper Fouling from a Historic Perspective by Kirk Lawson In an earlier series of articles, I discussed a few historic methods of cleaning and some historic recipes, as well as some modern ones, for cleaning solutions. One historic method hailing from the U.S. Army mentioned issues with copper fouling but did not discuss it in detail. Cleaning copper fouling then, as now, was achieved with a combination of good old "elbow grease" and a copper solvent solution. Here is one common...
  14. Rambling Thoughts on Rimmed Rifle Cartridges and the 7.62x54R

    Rambling Thoughts on Rimmed Rifle Cartridges and the 7.62x54R by Greg Ritchie [7.62x54mmR - (c) 7.62x54r.net] I have long had an affinity for rimmed rifle cartridges. I think mainly because my favorite rifle is the break barrel single shot. There just seems to be something natural about a rimmed cartridge and the break barrel action. Plus, there is an advantage to having a rim to grab a hold of when pulling that fired case from an extractor only equipped rifle. I have had a few such...
  15. Random Thoughts on AR Lower Receiver Extension

    Random Thoughts on AR Lower Receiver Extensions by Greg Ritchie [D.S. ARMS - AR-15/M16 MIL-SPEC BUFFER TUBE - available at Brownells] AR receiver extensions? What are the differences? First, let's answer what they do and how they do it. The semi automatic rifle requires a recoil spring to operate. In the case of the AR15 this spring rides in a tube that is attached to the rear of the receiver. Because of the light weight of the AR15 bolt, it requires a buffer to help slow the rearward...
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