These Boots Were Made for Walkin’

Danner Mountain Light II boots

I picked up this pair of classic Danner hiking boots after touring the Danner factory back on November. Seeing the handcrafting process in detail gave me a major itch to try out a classic pair of stitched down sole boots.  I scratched that itch with this pair of Mountain Light II boots. They’re the closest thing […]

A Gun I’m Particularly Anxious to Try at SHOT: Sig’s New MCX 300 Blackout

Sig's new 300 Blackout MCX in the short-barrel rifle configuration.

I’ve got some type of irrational love affair going with the 300 AAC Blackout cartridge. Maybe it has to do with my interest in reloading. The 300 AAC Blackout offers a near-infinite range of load possibilities ranging from subsonic 220 grain projectiles to supersonic 110 grain bullets and everything in between.. It’s an incredibly versatile cartridge. Compatibility with .223 / 5.56mm […]

New 300 AAC Blackout Ammo from Sig Sauer

Sig's new 300 AAC Blackout offering.

After hearing about the new Sig MCX short barrel rifle, the first model of which is optimized for 300 Blackout, I figured Sig would extend the new ammunition line with an optimized round for the MCX. Unlike every other firearm on the market, the SIG MCX was designed from the start for optimum performance with […]

Hogzilla

FNX_45_Tactical_with_SilencerCo_Osprey_450_SMC.JPG

Somewhat by accident, I might have stumbled on an interesting Hogzilla antidote. The pistol is an FNX 45 Tactical. With a 15 round magazine, it’s ready for a whole passel of irritable bacons in training. For ammo, we’re going all Hogzilla medicine. These are Doubletap 450 SMC hard cast cartridges. The 450 SMC can be fired […]

Handgun Caliber Doesn’t Matter

Handgun Ammunition

“It’s not the size mate, it’s how you use it.” Nigel Powers, Super Spy Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) Wise words for a comedy movie and certainly relevant to the never-ending caliber wars. What caliber is best for concealed carry? If I use a 9mm, won’t the bullets just bounce off my attacker? If I […]

The Boberg Backwards Bullpup Pistol

The Boberg design offers a lot of bang for the size with its bullpup-like design.

Pistols aren’t all that great. I mean, I don’t want to get shot by one, but they’re certainly not the miracle fight stopping death ray that many think they are. By their very nature, handguns are all about compromise. A rifle or shotgun (or in my case, an MK-19 automatic grenade launcher) would be most […]

22 AR-15 Conversion Kits: Myth or Maxim?

The CMMG 22AR Bravo Conversion

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to reject, at least temporarily, internet hearsay. You know what Abraham Lincoln said about the internet, right? “Four score of lies, myths, exaggerations and urban legends.” That’s a long way of saying lots of folks read something and then pass it on as the gospel truth. Knowing that […]

Silencer Sunday

Silencer Sunday supplies.

I had the opportunity for a range outing with my son and a couple of his friends today. Somehow, we got a bug up our collective butt that today should be proclaimed Silencer Sunday. It turned out to be a pretty good idea. Assembling some guns currently in for review and plenty of silencers, we […]

A Look at SilencerCo’s Saker 556 Suppressor

The SilencerCo Saker 556 with included wrenches for assembly / disassembly.

For a little baby bullet in a little baby cartridge, the .223 Remington / 5.56mm sure makes a lot of noise. Unsuppressed, you can figure the noise level at about 165 decibels, varying, of course with rifle type, barrel length, etc. That’s  louder than a 12 gauge shotgun, a jet taking off or a jackhammer. […]

Nine Shooting Industry Predictions for 2015

The NRA Annual Meeting 2014, Indianapolis, IN.

2014 marked a return to some semblance of normalcy in our industry. Whew, the past couple of years have been a pain. Too little product and too high prices. In 2015, we’ll get back to a sane business model with new products and broad availability. Danger looms on the political front with a lame duck […]