Shooting

  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. The Second Amendment

    The Second Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791. It reads: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." I know that some folks have a problem with this, but get over it! It's not just a document that protects our right to hunt. It's not just a document that protects our right to shoot targets. What is really is a statement of fact. The fact that God gave every man the "Right" to...
  13. Sport Rifles

    Sport rifles are generally used for hunting whether it’s to bring down larger animals like deer or to hunt pheasants. This sport has been ongoing for decades with hunting been done for the purpose of collection of trophies or in some instances as a family activity that brings the members together. Whatever the reason for hunting may be, it is important to have a firearm that is best suited for the purpose. Part of the accomplishment is due to the skill in gun handling and usage when aiming...
  14. 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...
  15. Families of the Departed can sue Gun Makers?

    Resurfacing after Judge Barbara Bellis of Connecticut Superior Court ruled in favor of the lawsuit against gun makers of Bushmaster XM15-E2S, the firearm that was used in Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre back in Dec. 14, 2012, is the 2005 heated debate of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. This is a federal law that has been passed by the congress to protect manufacturers of guns from lawsuits associated with the use of their weapons. This law reinforces the claims of those...
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