Product Reviews & Field Tests

  • Polish P83 Wanad, a Quick Review

    Polish P83 Wanad, a Quick Review by Kirk Lawson [P83 Wanad - Right Side] [P83 Wanad - Left Side] The Polish P83 "Wanad" is a popular surplus pistol chambered in 9x18 Makarov. I purchased one for addition to my collection of 9x18 Makarov caliber pistols. The firearm shows very little wear on the inside but shows very clear signs of holster carry. This was a “working” gun. It is definitely larger than it’s younger brother, the P64, which it replaced. Boasting 2 extra rounds per...
  • Review: Twisted Industries Fiber Optic Sights for the Kel Tec P11

    Review: Twisted Industries Fiber Optic Sights for the Kel Tec P11 by Kirk Lawson The latest upgrade to my Kel Tec P11 is improved sights. There is nothing truly wrong with the existing Kel Tec sights. They are standard 3-Dot in a front post and rear square notch sights. They are perfectly serviceable. But, much like the stock Glock sights, they're cheap plastic. Despite the fact that they work just fine, they look and feel "cheap." No doubt it is a cost saving measure. Nevertheless, many...
  • 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...
  • Rambling Thoughts on Over/Under Shotguns and a Short Review of the Escort Silver Synthetic Shorty

    Rambling Thoughts on Over/Under Shotguns and a Short Review of the Escort Silver Synthetic Shorty by Greg Ritchie Until recently I have never owned an Over / Under shotgun. Never even shot one. When I started a hunting battery of bolt action rifles I decided that an Over / Under shotgun would be the perfect complement to my bolt action rifles. One of my requirements were that the shotgun have short barrels. Just a personal preference. I quickly found out that the short barrelled over/under...
  • Rambling thoughts on the H&R Pardner Pump

    Rambling thoughts on the H&R Pardner Pump by Greg Ritchie I needed a shotgun for an impromptu dove shoot that presented itself at the last minute. Off to the local big box sporting goods store to see what they had cheap. The one that struck my fancy was the H&R Pardner Pump in 20 gauge. The Pardner Pump is a Remington 870 clone. I knew about the Pardner Pump, having collected H&R's for a while. But my interest was in the break action single shots. I just was not interested in a Chinese...
  1. Hornady Iron Press 6 Month Review

    Hornady Iron Press 6 Month Review by Greg Ritchie It’s been Just over 6 months since I traded my RCBS Summit portable "reloading kit in a bucket" for the Hornady Iron. Bottom line is I like the Hornady Iron a lot. First a look at the disadvantages of the Hornady Iron. Cost is considered to be one, and it is expensive, but compared to other "target single stage" presses, the cost is in line, if on the high side. A quick look at an online vendor shows the Hornady Iron at $260. The RCBS...
  2. Rambling Thoughts on the Centerline Systems Saw Pouch

    Rambling Thoughts on the Centerline Systems Saw Pouch by Greg Ritchie I was in need of a saw pouch for my Bushcraft bag. I wanted to get my folding saw out of my bag and into an external pouch for convenience and ease of access. A long search found no mass produced pouches like I needed were readily available. I would need to search out a boutique shop. I narrowed my choices to two, and finally settled on Centerline Systems, partly because I could order it in the colors that would match...
  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. The Remington 572, 870, and 760, the perfect hunting battery?

    The Remington 572, 870, and 760, the perfect hunting battery? by Greg Ritchie A recent conversation had me reminiscing of my earlier times. Life was good to me, I always had enough, but just. Life’s obligations came first. I enjoyed the outdoor sports and used entry level firearms. I developed a like for the inexpensive break barrel single shots that endures to this day. I had a few nice firearms, but by and large, the single shots were what I used. But I always wanted for a nice trio of...
  5. 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...
  6. Rambling Thoughts About the 350 Legend

    Rambling Thoughts About the 350 Legend by Greg Ritchie I like the 35 caliber. I was at first excited to see a new 35 caliber cartridge enter the market. That interest quickly waned. Why? First, Winchester opted for something other than a .358 bullet. This made absolutely no sense to me. The .358 bullet is the standard for every other 35 caliber rifle round out there. I know, there are 357 Magnum Rifles and they are extremely popular. But they are pistol caliber rifles. They do not attain...
  7. 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...
  8. A Tale of 2 Spirit Stoves

    A Tale of 2 Spirit Stoves by Greg Ritchie This is my Solo Stove. This is a home made stove, a knock off of the Fancy Feast stove. Side by Side The Solo Stove assembled And both of them burning. Advantages of the Solo Stove are it is made of brass, nice looking, seals tight so you can store fuel in the stove. It also stores clean. All the sooty parts are enclosed when it’s packed away. Disadvantage is that there are 5 pieces to keep up with, and the stove costs about $15. Call it...
  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. 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...
  11. New Outdoor Gun Range Opened Near El Dorado Kansas

    New Outdoor Gun Range Opened Near El Dorado Kansas by "ichthyo" A new $2.3 million state-of-the-art gun range was opened at El Dorado State Park earlier this year. It is open to the general public for $10 per day, $50 for a three month membership, or $200 for an annual membership. It was constructed using Wildlife Restoration Program funds and license fees from hunters and anglers. This is the nicest outdoor range in the state and is one of the safest as well. It has twelve shooting...
  12. Review: Twisted Industries Fiber Optic Sights for the Kel Tec P11

    Review: Twisted Industries Fiber Optic Sights for the Kel Tec P11 by Kirk Lawson The latest upgrade to my Kel Tec P11 is improved sights. There is nothing truly wrong with the existing Kel Tec sights. They are standard 3-Dot in a front post and rear square notch sights. They are perfectly serviceable. But, much like the stock Glock sights, they're cheap plastic. Despite the fact that they work just fine, they look and feel "cheap." No doubt it is a cost saving measure. Nevertheless, many...
  13. Review: Magazine and Mag Pouch for Kel Tec P11

    Review: Magazine and Mag Pouch for Kel Tec P11 by Kirk Lawson Most firearms trainers recommend that if you are going to carry a defensive firearm, also carry a reload. For semi-auto handguns, that means carrying a spare magazine. While there are a growing number of ways to carry a spare magazine, the traditional way is an Outside The Waistband (OWB) magazine carrier, sometimes called a "mag pouch." In the days of yore these were finely crafted leather, often with a flap that snapped down to...
  14. Review: R&R Holster for Kel Tec P11

    Review: R&R Holster for Kel Tec P11 by Kirk Lawson [Kydex Outside The Waistband (OWB) holster for the Kel Tec P11 by R&R Holsters - view from exterior side] A "concealed carry gun" is of no use if it cannot be, well, carried. That is the the purpose of the holster. While the core function of a holster is to "carry" the gun, it has several functions related to that purpose. Carry the gun securely (not loose or falling out) - often called "retention" Protecting the trigger from unintended...
  15. My Foray Into .32 H&R

    My Foray Into .32 H&R by "Mr_Flintstone" Let me start by stating that this article is not a review, per se, of any particular firearm or particular brand of ammunition. It is simply an expression of my experiences with finding, purchasing, and using a .32 H&R magnum firearm. Every so often I have the urge to buy a new type or caliber of gun; and a while back I caught the .32 H&R Magnum bug. The more I read about it, the more interested I became in this little cartridge. Advertised as...
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