Product Reviews & Field Tests

  • 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...
  • Rambling thoughts on "El Cetmeton." The FR8

    Rambling thoughts on "El Cetmeton." The FR8 by Greg Ritchie The FR8, or Fusil Reformado 8, is my favorite milsurp ("Military Surplus") rifle. Often called the "poor man's scout rifle" or the "bolt action assault rifle", it's a bolt action Mauser rifle chambered in 7.62x51 NATO. Born in the 1950's, the FR8 was the result of the Spanish military transitioning to the 7.62x51 NATO and the CETME rifle. Not having enough CETME rifles to go around, the Spaniards took their M43 Mausers which...
  • Comparing the Ruger 10/22 Take Down with the Marlin Model 70PSS (Takedown)

    Comparing the Ruger 10/22 Take Down with the Marlin Model 70PSS (Takedown) By Al Jole This isn’t your typical gun writer styled review. I have opinions, and I don’t care who doesn’t like them. I have both the Ruger and the Marlin. I like Ruger’s generally, I appreciate the 10/22 design, but I am not a real fan of various things about the typical Ruger 10/22, especially the prices, and the adulation heaped upon it by many online as the best .22 EVER!!!!! I also like Marlins, and I generally...
  • The Sundance Point Blank Handgun

    The Sundance Point Blank Handgun by "adam01364" The Sundance Point Blank is one of the coolest little Saturday Night Specials I’ve ever seen. But wait. What’s a Sundance? For those who have never heard of the company, Sundance Industries was a firearms manufacturer established in 1989 by Steven Jennings, who happened to be the nephew of George Jennings, of Raven Arms fame. The company had a thirteen year existence, fading away in 2002. The younger Jennings was a bit of an innovator, not...
  • Gear Review - R51 Custom Kydex Holster

    Gear Review - R51 Custom Kydex Holster by Kirk Lawson In the Fall of 2018 I had Billy at Defensive Training Solutions ( [URL]https://www.defensivetrainingsolutions.com/[/URL] ) make a right-handed Kydex Holster for my Remington R51. $80 got me a custom Kydex, pancake style, holster and a Kydex "mag carrier" for a single magazine. A "pancake" style holster is made from two sections of material, usually leather or Kydex, which sandwich the handgun. This has the advantage of being able to be molded into...
  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  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. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. Review: Michigan Man Soap

    Review: Michigan Man Soap by Kirk Lawson There is a long-standing belief among many that elements of our society are engaging in a "war on men and manliness." While one side says that it is only fighting against "toxic masculinity," there often feels like a social pressure against all things masculine. So when I heard of a small, one-man-shop, home business called "Michigan Man Soap," I was interested. When I heard his tag-line is "Handmade soaps and beard oils in unusually masculine...
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