New “Bolo” Connected Projectiles From Advanced Ballistic Concepts

The new Advanced Ballistic Concepts 12 gauge load

On the more radical news front, I was able to see the new connected projectiles cartridge from Advanced Ballistic Concepts. Think of these as bullet bolos. You know, those primitive weapons where you connect three rocks or other heavy objects with string. As you spin and throw the bolo, the rocks on the end spread […]

New Self Defense Ammunition From Winchester – Train and Defend

Dr. Rob Pincus extracts some .38 Special rounds from the gelatinous pig juice.

So one of the neatest things at SHOT Show Media Day at the range was not even a gun! What??? High on my to-do list for the day was to actually shoot the new Winchester Ammunition Train & Defend ammunition. The idea is simple. Create matching loads where the bullet weight and recoil are virtually […]

The Seven Deadly Sins of Concealed Carry: Using the Wrong Ammo

Good self-defense ammunition comes in all shapes and sizes. The fourth round standing from the left is a 9mm full metal jacket practice round. The one on the far right is a Federal Guard Dog expanding full metal jacket round.

I had a lot of fun with the “Seven Deadly Sins of Handgun Shooting” series a couple of months ago, and hope you did too. I got to thinking about other sins—yeah, I know, thinking can hurt your brain—and it occurred to me that there are plenty of deadly sins when it comes to concealed […]

Buy Bullets! It’s National Ammo Day

Buy 100 rounds of ammo - it's National Ammo Day!

I’m not quite sure who decides that November 19th is National Ammo Day, but hey, I don’t need much of an excuse to buy 100 rounds of ammo. Yeah, I know, you can’t find it. Well, it’s out there. Try your local gun store. If they don’t have what you need, check out Brownells. Or […]

A Government Shutdown Pop Quiz

Government shutdown shooting range

Today’s pop quiz is a little complicated. It’s a combination of reading comprehension and true / false answers. Ready? Reading Comprehension Dick and Jane like to go shooting at a public range in the ‘Murrican National Forest. This range is completely unattended. It’s open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset and there are […]

Primers Exist! Here’s The Proof…

Blackhawk! is making primer trays for ammo component manufacturers 24x7. Here's some fresh out of the molding machine.

If you reload, or have been looking for ammunition anytime during 2013, you know that supplies of primers are scarce. In case you don’t know, primers are those little metal “caps” that go in the base of a cartridge to make it go bang. They’re sort of like those newer style caps for toy guns […]

The Seven Deadly Sins of Handgun Shooting: Inappropriate Racking

This Beretta PX4 has a tough slide to rack and the Needle Point technique isn't going to cut it.

In many jurisdictions, inappropriate racking can get you fined or even imprisoned for up to three days. But word has it you can get off the hook with a warning, provided you’re departing a Sunset Strip nightclub after 2 a.m. Unfortunately for TMZ producers and folks who disable the default Google Images SafeSearch option, we’re […]

New Book: The Rookie’s Guide to Guns and Shooting, Handgun Edition

The Rookie's Guide to Guns and Shooting, Handgun Edition from Insanely Practical Guides

If you’re thinking about buying a gun, are new to shooting, or have had a gun forever but just want a refresher, this book is for you. Heck, even if you know a lot about guns, it’s still entertaining – to read yourself or give to a friend. In light-hearted style, it will give you […]

Ammo Test: Speer Gold Dot .40 S&W 155 Grain Self-Defense Ammunition

Speer Gold Dot 40 SW 155 grain self-defense ammo

One thing I’ve found testing thousands of rounds of ammunition through a wide variety of traditional, and sometimes non-traditional, targets is that you can’t generalize. Broad generalizations just don’t hold up. I mean, there’s the obvious exception of Justin Bieber – ALL of his songs are roughly comparable to pre-gelatinized narwhal poop, but in most […]

When 10 Rounds Of 12 Gauge Shotgun Isn’t Enough

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Recently I ran across a deal that I couldn’t refuse on a Mossberg JM Pro 930 semi-automatic shotgun. The only problem is that it’s a little light on capacity. With only 9 rounds in the tubular magazine and 1 in the chamber, this shotgun is limited to a measly 10 shots. And there are times […]