AMMUNITION

RELOADING FOR PRACTICE AND DUTY

For years many people have said that it is unwise to carry handloaded ammo for defensive purposes. This is based mostly on two elements—both of which I believe are mostly myths. The first point of [...]

SWAGING SATISFACTION | DIY .22 to .223

  I have been reloading for over 45 years and casting my own bullets for almost as long. The main reason I got into loading and casting, like many others, was to make my shooting [...]

  • Speer Gold Dot Carry Gun

Speer Gold Dot CarryGun

Founded in 1943, Vernon Speer provided rifle bullets, and later, handgun bullets to reloaders from his small ammunition company. In the 1960s he began loading those bullets for what would become the famous Speer Lawman [...]

Norma MHP Ammunition – Most Expandable?

The folks at Norma have been busy in the secret ammo lab. I’ve always admired their rifle and rimfire offerings, but haven’t followed developments in the handgun area as closely. A new for 2020 self-defense [...]

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HANDGUNS

S&W 3RD GEN DAO’S | Autos For Revolver Guys

Smith and Wesson introduced Double Action Only (DAO) variants of their 3rd generation semiautomatic pistols in the first few years of the 1990’s. They were envisioned as a solution for agencies struggling with transitioning officers [...]

AMERICAN COP | Through The Centuries

My first trip to the American Pistol Institute (now known as Gunsite) was in 1976, shortly after it was founded by Jeff Cooper. When asked how many times I have been there I honestly answer, [...]

KIMBER K6 | Carry Compromise

Kimber has earned a solid reputation for their quality 1911s and more recently with their bolt-action rifles and small concealable pistols. They threw us a curveball six years ago when they unveiled a new handgun: [...]

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RIFLES

WMD GUNS .300 BLACKOUT

The inimitable J.D. Jones while working under S.S.K. Industries (a company he started) invented the .300 Whisper caliber in 1992 as a wildcat cartridge. The parent case that J.D. Jones used to make the .300 [...]

FIGHTING RIFLES | Ruger PC Carbine

  Carbines that use the same ammunition as a pistol are nothing new, even semiautomatic carbines. The Marline Camp Carbine was introduced in 1985 and had a fair amount of success until in was discontinued [...]

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SHOTGUNS

BROWNING’S THIRD ITERATION | The Auto-5

  In my last two shotgun columns I wrote about John Browning’s first two shotgun designs: the lever-action Winchester 1887 and the Winchester pump-action 1897. This month we’ll take a look at his third—the world’s [...]

SHOTGUNS | Mossberg 590A1 Retrograde

  Back before the colors of Flat Dark Earth, Ranger Green, Coyote, camouflage du jour, etc., all the cool kids used Scorched Earth, commonly called black. I was as cool (guilty?) as everyone else and [...]

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