Articles from Archie

  1. 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...
  2. 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...
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