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  1. Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter

    Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter Last night in Dallas, the country saw the greatest tragedy to hit American Law Enforcement since the September 11th attacks. At a peaceful rally, a small group of men decided to take it upon themselves to take the lives of five of our boys in blue and injure many peaceful civilians. Regardless of the actions of a few, we must stand as the many to protect those who protect us. Police officers live and die by the oath they swore to uphold when entering into...
  2. Black Guns Matter

    Black Guns Matter: A Revolutionary Approach to Gun Rights With the current and continual threat to our second amendment rights, we need responsible citizens willing to speak out and defend them. And at the same time, we need individuals to address gun violence that we are seeing in our communities. One person going out and doing above and beyond the call of duty is Maj Toure, a 29-year-old NRA member and gun rights activist, who is bringing his message to some of the roughest areas in the...
  3. Featured

    Muzzleloaders from the Top

    When I hear or use the word “muzzleloader” it conjures up images of a Swiss Mountaineer scaling the Alps in search of chamois. A German or Austrian Jaeger in pursuit of wild boar or stag, a “stiff upper lipped” Brit in one of England’s many colonies in Africa or the Indian sub-continent or Ceylon chasing elephant or tiger. By no means restricting it to European powers it reminds me of the early German/Austrian/Swiss immigrant gunsmiths to our country. At first they were making their...
  4. The Mighty Mo and my chance Meeting with WWII Hero

    Back in about 2005 I was fortunate enough to meet a genuine war hero by the name of Dick Wall. I had listed a golf cart charger on Ebay and Dick bought it and ask if I could just hold onto it for a month or two and he would be coming through the interstate where I live and he could just pick it up. I agreed and Dick called me one day to say he would be at the Flying J truck stop and could I bring the charger out to him. I gladly said yes and met him and his wife. My family was with me and...
  5. Beagles, Bunnies Beagles, Bunnies & Black Powder

    Shoot! What? Shoot! There he goes! You shoot it, my boys and I do this every weekend during the season. No! I want to see you shoot a rabbit with that thing! By then the rabbit was already gone and the dogs were hot on the trail. I told Jerry I would take it on the second go ‘round. I was hunting rabbits with my good friend Jerry James, a recently retired Missouri Highway Patrolman, and “that thing” he wanted to see me shoot a rabbit with was my Pedersoli, 12 ga., percussion, muzzle...
  6. 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.
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. The Land Where Guns are Forbidden – Part 2

    In my previous article, I talked about the difficult process of getting a gun permit in Japan. But as tedious as it may seem if you actually take the time to jump thru all the hoops, cross your T’s and dot your I’s, gun ownership in this country is within reach of most folks. Of course, there are plenty of ways you can get disqualified, but for the average person, all it takes is a bit of commitment and time. Upon receiving final approval for my gun permit I received my license. It comes in...
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