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  • 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...
  • "Modern Minuteman" Chest Rigs, Plate Carriers, and Battle Belts

    "Modern Minuteman" Chest Rigs, Plate Carriers, and Battle Belts by Jason In a Minuteman loadout, battle belts, plate carriers, and chest rigs provide a tiered approach to a combat load that offers flexibility and scalability. The idea of 1st tier, 2nd tier, 3rd tier resonates with me a lot. To me my 1st tier is always going to be a battle belt, a pistol, pistol/rifle reload(s), survival pouch or dump pouch, IFAK ("Individual First Aid Kit" - Ed.), small fixed blade knife, and pouch for a...
  • LaserLyte introduces trigger guard laser system for Hi Point Pistols

    One of the largest and most respected laser systems companies in the business has gotten around to developing a decent red trigger guard laser for the Hi Point pistol. The good news is, they have a mount for all four basic caliber models. The better news could be the price. Why a laser A visible laser system, in other words, one that can be seen, has many advantages. These include the basic fact that holding the pistol with a properly aligned and installed laser, is aiming. Then the laser...
  • The $4300 Dynamic Pie Concepts Hi Point C9 Racegun Modification: Believe it, or Not.

    Dynamic Pie Concepts this week unveiled what they term to be the Ultimate Hi Point. If their release can be believed, the gun has many things going for it, including top-quality reflex sight optics, a lightened slide, trigger package, and other options. After all, it has to be nice, as they have an MSRP of over $4K on it. DPC bill themselves as "Industry leaders in tactical inner and outer global critical dynamic threat scenarios. We also enjoy pie." Until this Hi Point venture, they...
  • Lifespan of a Hi Point

    The Hi-Point pistols and carbines have earned a reputation for rugged reliability under almost all circumstances. They have endured any number of extreme torture tests that have included being run over multiple times with a truck, spun like a slingshot high in the air, severely overcharged cartridges, rifle brass hammered into barrel and fired overcharged cartridge multiple times, 3/8 inch hardened bolt hammered into barrel and fired with overcharged cartridges, twice, and others. After all...
  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. "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%...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. Accidental Discharge?

    "Accidental Discharge," "Negligent Discharge," or "Unintended Discharge?" By Kirk Lawson The gun went off. It discharged. The person holding the gun didn't expect it discharge. The person holding the gun didn't plan for it to discharge. The person holding the gun didn't intend for it to discharge. But it did. My friend Bob relates a story from his teenaged youth. Sitting in the bedroom of a school friend, his buddy was showing off his hunting rifle. It was pointed in his general direction...
  12. Rambling Thoughts on Rock Island Armory Firearms

    Rambling Thoughts on Rock Island Armory Firearms by Greg Ritchie [Official RIA logo (tm)] I have always been a somewhat frugal person. Always tried to get the most for the least. A lot of my firearms have been milsurps ["Military Surplus" - Ed.] for that very reason. Several years ago, when I decided that revolvers just were not enough, I started on a quest for a 1911 to augment my 1917. The surplus market is where I started. I quickly found out that the surplus 1911's could not be had at...
  13. 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...
  14. Rambling Thoughts on Inexpensive Reloading Equipment - Part Two

    Rambling thoughts on inexpensive reloading equipment, part two by Greg Ritchie So now you have been loading a while on your single stage press and decided you like the hobby. You have decided you need to increase your production but you still have a budget of $200. We are also going to purchase a second set of dies so you can keep your first set adjusted for your single stage press. Finally we are going to assume that we are loading for a rifle because there is one piece, the rifle charging...
  15. Rambling Thoughts on Inexpensive Reloading Equipment

    Rambling thoughts on inexpensive reloading equipment by Greg Ritchie You think you want to get into reloading, but are not sure and don't want to spend a lot of cash just to see if you like the hobby. Maybe you just don't have the extra cash to get started and need to be as frugal as possible. You can build a complete kit to get into reloading for well less than $200, and Lee Precision is the company that will allow you to do it. [URL]http://leeprecision.com/[/URL] But wait, why should you build a kit...
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