The Bad One — Training To Clear Double Feeds

Anything made by Man can break or fail. Far too often, while they rarely come at a good time, those breakages or failures happen at very inopportune moments, like in the middle of trying to save your life or the life of another during a deadly force event. Types In a dual-column box magazine, the most common manifestation of this is a double feed – meaning two rounds have left the magazine at the same [...]

By |April 30th, 2024|

Not Your Dad’s J Frame — Lipsey’s Ultimate Carry

By |March 5th, 2024|

Smith & Wesson's J frame revolver – if there's a ubiquitous back-up gun for uniformed officers, the J Frame is it. History The first J Frame revolvers - Chief's Specials - were produced in 1950 and have included a number of models since then. When the 442 debuted in 1993, [...]

Federal’s #1 Buck Is Back

By |February 27th, 2024|

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 [...]

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 [...]

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