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  1. The Land Where Guns Are Forbidden…. Almost

    Gun ownership rights are written into the U.S. Constitution. It’s one of the things that makes the U.S. unique among nations. As one might expect, lots of Americans own guns. In fact, if you do a quick search for “gun ownership statistics by nation” you might find an interesting Wiki-list. One hundred and seventy-five countries are listed. Next to each country is a number, representing the estimated number of guns for every one hundred people. It comes as no surprise that the U.S. is at the...
  2. Taurus Raging Judge; .410, .45 colt, .454 Casull

    It took me years, but I finally got my Raging Judge, Stainless, 6 1/2 barrel. I figured this would be a great around-home carry, the .410 for those rattlers and copperheads that attack me every now and then. If they do not attack I leave them alone of course, since Tennessee State Law forbids killing ANY snake unless it attacks. I figured the .45 Colt would be good for practice and normal use, and the .454 would be there for the occasional raging Rhinoceros, hippopotamus, elephant, polar...
  3. Tavor SAR-FD18 review

    This rifle from IWI (Israel Weapons Industries) is the first bull-pup design I have ever handled. In this style of rifle, the action is back in the stock area, the magazine and ejection port are both behind the trigger area instead of ahead of it. This allows having a longer barrel in a compact rifle. Consider these pictures, and remember this rifle has an 18 inch barrel. This 5.56 has an 18 inch barrel, but does not look like it! Besides being compact, the heft - the balance - of this...
  4. Sig 1911 Review

    It was 1997. NASA had just landed a space probe on Mars. A super-computer named Deep Blue had just beaten a human in a game of chess and I had just bought my first Sig Sauer handgun, a P239. I only ended up keeping it for about a year and that was the only Sig I have ever owned. For some reason, (not any fault of the gun) I just never took a liking to it. I was a little less into pistols back then, as I recall, so it ended up getting sold. Fast forward to last month. I had an unexpected...
  5. CZ 527M 7.62x39 carbine, or, Sweat, Bugs, and Lead

    Let me start with a simple statement. I hate mosquitoes. Period. When I croak, if I've been good enough to get to Heaven, it's the ONLY question I want to ask - WHY MOSQUITOES?!? They got me today, more than once, but ya know what? It was worth it! I decided to take an old favorite out that hadn't seen much range time recently, with all these new-fangled "self-loading" rifles and such... My little backwoods baby, my CZ 527 M/CSR. Not your father’s bolt action rifle, by far. The CZ 527M...
  6. About Smokeless Powder

    This essay is a basic primer on firearms propellants or gunpowder. One does not have to decide which powder to use from scratch; the loading manuals have worked out much of that. However, this goes into some detail about how such matters work and why ‘this’ powder is good for ‘this’ cartridge and ‘that’ powder works best in something else smokeless. As long as the reloader scrupulously follows loading manuals, this essay may be ignored. Terms: Ballistic Barrel Length: In any arm, this...
  7. Zeroing a Weapon

    Step One: Fire a group of shots. Step Two: Measure the displacement of the shot group from the aiming point. Step Three: Adjust the sights accordingly. Mechanics of sighting in a firearm. Since roughly the last decade or two of the 19th Century, firearms - except shotguns - have generally featured rifles barrels and sights. Rifled barrels assist projectiles in arriving at their intended destination (hitting the mark). Sights provide a mechanism for aligning the arm properly that the...
  8. Steel Target Stand - DIY

    You guys have seen my steel target stand a time or two. Right now, is a perfect time to write about my setup as I'm putting together another stand that's 10" taller. Old stand was 28", new 36" Old New This stand can be taken down for transport in less than a minute, and back together in 2-3. Moving the entire stand 100 yards by hand is certainly doable. Although for long moves I'll usually throw it in a wagon or the pickup, depending on how far it's going. As a side note, the setup...
  9. Step-by-Step Guide on Reloading Metallic Cartridges

    I've written a few articles so far, covering topics from basic reloading to lead casting, Home-made Bullet lubrication, Gear needed to reload, as well as how to make cheap, but usable ballistic gelatin. My “Basics of Reloading” article was a general survey of many possible steps a person might take when starting to reload. I tried to touch a bit on everything, but not delving too deep into any one part, just an overview if you will. Recently I was asked to provide a step by step walk...
  10. The Ultimate Guide to Case Reforming

    Reforming a case is literally to change a case from it’s designed caliber and profile into a different profile or caliber. If you have read some of my other articles on reloading or lead casting, you may have noticed that when describing some procedures that I will say that some are left to more experienced loaders. Once you have reloaded for a while you will get a feel for how cartridge brass behaves when it is stressed, sized, and fired. More importantly, you will also know what to look...
  11. The Best Tools For Reloading Ammunition

    Shooting can take years to master and to become a true aficionado of the sport, there’s nothing better than learning how to reload your own ammunition. It’s a fun project that takes patience, a steady hand, and the right set of reloading tools for the job. While there are reloading kits, there are other must-have hand tools, accessories, and reloading products that you’ll want to get to help you in the process. Caliper A measuring tool that you will use to check the diameter of bullets and...
  12. How To Make Ballistic Gelatin

    Fun to shoot, not too difficult for the hobbyist to make, and if you follow the directions and calibration procedure closely, you can get fairly accurate test results. So you want to see what might really go on with the self-defense ammo you have purchased, or how your hand loaded ammunition stands up head to head vs commercial products. Just go to the range and shoot up a block of ballistic gelatin, right? Sure.. but where are you going to get it? A brief look online shows some clear...
  13. Grease : Cast Bullets, Muzzle Loading, Brass Case Resizing

    In some previous articles, I covered the Basics of metallic cartridge reloading and casting your own bullets. I briefly touched on the uses for greasing during case resizing, and for your cast bullets. As I had mentioned, it could be an article all by itself. This article will be a basic introduction to the uses of greasing in reloading.
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    Lead Casting Part 2

    In part 1 of my article I covered finding and preparing your lead for use. I’ll recap the safety warnings from Part 1: For anyone thinking they might want to get into casting, I recommend doing the same. Research, Research, Research, online and in books, thru contacts at clubs or being mentored by an experienced person locally. As with reloading, there are a few different paths you can take, and thus different equipment and styles. Above all, remember safety. Lead melts at about 622’F,...
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    Real Custom Ammunition

    Overheard at a gun show sometime in the distant past. “Where can I get bullets for that old gun? I’d sure like to have one like that!” "Well sir, to my knowledge there is no one who loads ammunition today for the old rifle. I don’t believe it was ever loaded in the United States.” The conversation carried on with the potential buyer bewailing the fact that cartridges were unavailable and how much he wanted the rifle. The dealer apologized once or twice then told the wannabe buyer...
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