Federal’s #1 Buck Is Back

Along with chasing the best firearm, the collective “we” chase the best in calibers and bullets. Like pretty much anything else in life, the better can be subjective. It all depends on who is being asked or offering their opinion. One of those areas is shotgun ammunition. Shooters want a consistently tight pattern delivering enough projectiles with minimal adverse effects – almost a unicorn. Evolution While we have discussed the evolution of shotgun ammunition – [...]

By |February 27th, 2024|

Loading Mags — Angry Stag’s Electric AR-15 Magazine Loader

By |December 26th, 2023|

Emptying your loaded magazines by shooting them is fun; loading a bunch of magazines isn’t fun but is a necessity in classes, equipment testing, and organizational qualifications when the shooters aren’t rolling up with their loaded magazines. How do we get those loaded magazines? In the military, it was easy [...]

Defensive & Duty Ammunition Or Training?

By |October 24th, 2023|

We are about to hit another ammo shortage. This time, instead of the shortage being caused by domestic demand, it could be due to a lot of ammunition being needed elsewhere.   Cause? First, there is demand coming out of the Ukraine caused by the last eighteen-plus months of fighting [...]

Duty Ammunition — Performance And Selection

By |August 16th, 2023|

If there is one thing gun guys (and gals) will argue about, it is ammunition. In what ways, you ask? Caliber, bullet weight, design, manufacturer, velocity, you name it. They (ok, we) will argue about it.   How do you go about choosing the best-performing ammunition for your needs? Ideally, [...]


By |December 29th, 2021|

Revolvers soldier on as defensive weapons because they perform certain tasks very well. As deep cover carry guns, small revolvers are arguably superior to semiautos. The revolver’s lack of sharp angles lends itself to concealment and minimizes printing. Small revolvers tend to function more reliably than small autos when used [...]

BIANCHI & BEYOND | Revolver Loading Strips

By |November 3rd, 2021|

It’s been fifty years since John Bianchi introduced the first plastic/rubber loading strip for revolvers. Available in the early 1970s, the “Speed Strip” was made from rubber with a spring steel center. The steel insert was eventually dropped, and the composite changed to urethane to become the Speed Strip that [...]


By |August 30th, 2021|

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 contention is that handloaded (reloaded) ammunition is unreliable. First, let me say that you may [...]


By |June 21st, 2021|

  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 dollars go farther. Over the years that first single stage RCBS Rock Chucker—that I still [...]

  • Speer Gold Dot Carry Gun

Speer Gold Dot CarryGun

By |September 8th, 2020|

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 series. Following the 1986 Miami FBI shootout, Speer developed Gold Dot — a revolutionary step [...]

Norma MHP Ammunition – Most Expandable?

By |September 8th, 2020|

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 load is the MHP — Monolithic Hollow Point. The MHP projectile is a solid copper [...]

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