Handgun Review: Smith & Wesson Model 66 Combat Magnum Revolver

Smith & Wesson Model 66 Combat Magnum

It’s funny how things have a way of coming back into vogue with the passage of time. While I hope never to see the return of those hip-hugger, bell-bottom jeans and zip-up Naugahyde boots from the 70s, I am thrilled to see the return of a venerable and street-proven revolver, the Smith & Wesson Model […]

Long Range Shooting Made Easy

Kestrel AE and Ballistic AE iPhone software

Ballistic knowledge–knowing how far your bullet, fired from your rifle in the local atmospheric conditions, will drop at different ranges–can spell the difference between a hit and a miss. If you hunt, you need to know the exact trajectory of your projectiles at given ranges so you can make a humane kill. If you shoot […]

5 Reasons the 2015 Shooting Industry Masters Was the Cat’s Pajamas

Side matches, like this one sponsored by Buffalo Bill Center of the Wild West, raise serious dough for First Shots.

You might think a sockdolager with all the shooting industry Big Cheeses at some hotsy-totsy gin mill might lead to some Chicago typewriter trouble. Heck, some hard boiled heavy might have his torpedos pinch his biggest competitor and take him for a long ride. But no. While there was plenty of giggle water at a […]

Build an AR: Choosing and Installing the Barrel

Barrel fluting doesn't just look cool, it has practical benefits too. This LWRC barrel is 20% lighter and cools faster.

The beautiful thing about building your own rifle is that you can be really, really picky about what components you choose. It’s your rifle, and you’re building it for your specific purposes so you can optimize each and every part according to your intended use of the finished product. While numerous components and the assembly […]

Every Day Carry For a Gun ‘Riter and Court Jester

Here in the sauna of the Southeast, I generally carry a light load.

Just because I like to have fun with every aspect of my life doesn’t mean I don’t take things like every day carry seriously. Hey, I can make fun of Shannon Watts and her outrageous lies while always realizing the serious threat people like that pose to our rights. They’re not mutually exclusive. It’s kind […]

Concealed Carry Myth: You Don’t Need a Holster

A good pocket holster not only protects the trigger, it orients the gun for easy and consistent draws.

I just carry in my belt, and my gun stays there just fine. I carry my J-Frame revolver in my pocket, no problem! I hear those statements all the time, but I know of at least seven people who would disagree with the wisdom of not using a holster. We’ll get to them in a […]

Gun Review: Smith & Wesson 647 Varminter

The Smith & Wesson 647 Varminter, shown without the included red dot sight or blade front sight.

I first laid eyes on this little/big gem while on a prairie dog hunt in the great state of Montana. It took just one shot at a distant prairie dog for me to know I had to get one in my hands. Big, heavy, long and beautiful, its performance on varmints was astounding. The Smith […]

Zoot Shooting a Thompson 1927A-1

A couple of modern day Tommy Guns from Auto Ordnance.

What’s more fun than shooting a new Thompson 1927A-1 “Deluxe Semi-Auto”? Not much. I had the chance to try one out at the 2015 Shooting Industry Masters. The folks from Kahr Arms, owners of Thompson gun-maker Auto Ordnance, sponsored a side match at the Masters event. Side matches are more like fun demonstrations than actual competitions. […]

A Smokin’ Hot Rimfire Rifle

It's a beauty isn't it? Even with the fluted barrel, it's got target grade weight.

I just got my hot little hands on the Big Daddy of rimfire rifles: the Volquartsen .17 Winchester Super Magnum Deluxe. It’s a semi-automatic with an 8-round rotary magazine much like those on the venerable Ruger 10/22. This rifle is all Volquartsen, however, even though it shares similar design attributes to the Ruger 10/22 like […]