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Rolling Papers—They’re Not Just For Pot

I have to give credit for this blackpower tip to my good friend and noted handgun guru, Charlie Petty. I was looking for a cheap and easy way to make paper cartridges like they used in the Civil War, so I called Charlie about how to nitride paper because he’s also a chemist. Nitrided paper generally burns while untreated paper …

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Pat Rogers of EAG Tactical Passed Away Today

Pat was a very interesting person. A long time firearms professional and retired NYPD Detective, he didn’t move in the cool-guy Hollywood circles. But life is funny sometimes. Many of the “operator types” who the “kids” worship today sought out Pat Rogers and EAG. As Pat would often say when hearing of legends moving on to the other side,”We are …

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Walther PPQ KaBoom

Looking at these pictures, it is obvious this is ammunition related. Sources indicate the shooter was running hand-loads. At the time of this writing, it was not clear if the wrong powder was used or if it was a double charge? Regardless, results were catastrophic. The KB (Short for KaBoom) blew the barrel apart at the chamber, shattered the frame; …

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Harris Publications Closes: The Future of Firearms Media

While I was away last week, it was announced that Harris Publications closed it’s doors. On one level, I can’t say I was surprised. As an industry professional I understand there are some major issues facing the firearms media properties these days. But on the other hand, I admit I wouldn’t have predicted a “complete stop” to a NYC based …

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Hand Loading at the Range – Springfield Trapdoor

I saw something recently that I suspect many shooters don’t get to see. Someone who is actually loading rounds at the range to test for optimum accuracy. Ok. Let me say that again. There was a guy at the range who had setup a single stage press and was assembling live rounds to various specs and then turning around and …

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POTD – Homemade Sight Movers

I recently saw this image online and was struck by it’s sheer genius and ingenuity. You see one must always debate the cost – benefit analysis of doing something yourself vs farming it out. And while I am not sure that I personally could build something like this, the fact is I never even thought of such an option. And …

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Chasing SCAR Screws

“Chasing function” is an old phrase from my 1911 days: The more you shoot, the more you know. The more you know, the more opinionated you become. Note: not necessarily right. Just opinionated. That last distinction is important. My way isn’t the only way. It’s only a way. Any weapon that I shoot or use a lot will receive this …

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The One That Got Away

Every so often in the business of gun writing you send back a gun that you wish you had bought instead. When I worked at NRA, the Technical Editor used to lament that there was a time when he could buy all the Steyr AUGs he wanted for $200 each but didn’t. My gun that “got away” is Ruger’s Gold …

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Preparing for Hillary Clinton to Win November 2016

As I type this, it is April of 2016. The Republican party establishment seems hell-bent on destroying itself. Read that as Hillary winning and they being able to say, “See! We told all of you. You can’t win without us!” Ok. Fine. Well…not fine. But what kind of position does that put me in? As a gun loving law abiding, …

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Man Demonstrating Laser Sight Shoots Own Hand

This was making the rounds. Freeze calls these things “light sabers”. Why? People get distracted with the Star Wars light show and forget sights and muzzle discipline. His general rule when he sees someone with a laser sight? Leave the area. Marky www.tacticaltshirts.com www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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SCCY Pocket Rocket

Recently while working on some steel, a local shooter asked if he could join the fun. He was an older gentleman who quickly produced 3 or 4 pistols. One of which I wasn’t familiar with. A small, double-action-only (DAO) pistol called SCCY (Pronounced sky). It turns out the SCCY pistol was new to this particular owner (and me), and he …

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Vepr 12 Slugs for Deer

A curious reader wanted to know more about shooting deer with the Vepr 12. This may seem odd to some, but not all states are “rifle states”. Some limit you to shotguns for deer. Here are some photos Freeze and I took last fall getting his Vepr 12 ready for deer season. At the time, the Vepr was just planned …

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Mossberg Rifles Are Not Cheap

A few years back I wrote in another publication about a bear hunt where I used a Mossberg rifle topped with a Swarovski scope. In the comments section, I got a wisecrack from an Internet expert about putting a $1,000 scope on a $100 rifle. The perception was that because many Mossberg shotguns are affordable, that their rifles were cheap. …