Articles

  1. Hunting Farmland Whitetails

    The wildlife that abounds in the rolling hills of the Palouse region of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho get accustomed to the engine noise of combines and tractors working in the fields from early in the spring through late in the fall. Deer, Elk, Coyotes and upland game birds have been known to sit tight almost to the point of getting "run over" by the machinery as it passes by. An aerial picture of Y's Acres Farms. The Snake River breaks in the background. Fall is a very busy time...
  2. Title Firearms at the Tower of London

    My employer's business often took me to London from 1950s to '75, from a few days to a few weeks at a time. England was slow to recover from WW2, not being in the Marshall plan that helped Germany rebuild. People were selling their old stuff, making it great for antique fanciers & old gun buffs like me; before the tourist influx. I had been in Europe from 1947 to '50 & was getting experience in gun collection, having sent home what was to me a good collection from France, Germany & Austria....
  3. Bloodthirsty Squirrels

    I once took a friend and his disabled father on a simple squirrel hunt. Well, both my friend Ray and I thought it would be simple. We had hunted deer, rabbit, and squirrels on this small farm in rural Virginia for about 2 years. So, when Ray's father came for a visit and lamented that since he was on a cane and had bad knees, he could not hunt anymore! Ray and I took it as a challenge to allow his Father to hunt once again. It was on a Wednesday and we started preparations. First, to get...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  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. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
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