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Be Prepared! Water for the Next Emergency | Episode 223

Be Prepared! Water for the Next Emergency | Episode 223

There's one thing more essential to survival than food, and that's water. It makes up about 50% to 70% of your body weight afterall. This week, the Gun Cranks continue their series on emergency preparedness. How much water should you store per person in your household? Where else can you find potable water if you're really in need? What filtration/purification gear do the Cranks keep in their kits? We dive into these questions and more.
Be Prepared! Food For the Next Emergency | Episode 222

Be Prepared! Food For the Next Emergency | Episode 222

The Cranks are back! This time, for a multi-part series on emergency preparedness. Let's kick things off by talking about food. How much land does one person need to produce enough food to survive year-round? Is canning food underrated? How much backstock should the average person keep in case of emergency? We dive into these questions and more.
Should You Use a Custom Gun for Concealed Carry? | Episode 221

Should You Use a Custom Gun for Concealed Carry? | Episode 221

Should you carry an expensive gun? What happens if you have to use it? What about  customized handgun, with action work, custom parts and components, etc.This week on Gun Cranks, we discuss the pros and cons of carrying pricey gear in your everyday travels. The outcome of the conversation may surprise you.

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Holster Tips: Things You Learn From The Box O’ Holsters

Burning through hundreds over the years has exposed more than a few learnings through brute-force trial and error. Here are a couple…

Over the centuries, people have searched for wisdom from an odd variety of sources. The dead, elderly relatives, tea leaves, decks of cards, Ouija boards, and, more recently, crowdsourcing. That last one rests on the theory that if you get enough people to weigh in with their opinions, the truth will become evident by volume. I guess the crowdsourcing proponents have never heard of the Kardashians. Millions are attracted to that drivel, making the audience one of the largest crowds ever, but the lot of them combined likely couldn’t solve the daily Worldle with 10 guesses.

I’m aware of at least one crowdsourcing success story, however. You see, I have a crowd of holsters.

Source: Things You Learn From The Box O’ Holsters – American Handgunner

Progressive Reloading for the High-Volume Shooter

When shifting into the higher-volume gear, precision becomes a necessity. Lindsey explores the Dillon XL 750 press and shares some tips and tricks to make it run.

There are two overlapping categories of reloaders: those passionate about shooting who reload so they can shoot more and those who consider reloading its own hobby. Within these groups are shooters who acquire an XL 750 and become reloading hobbyists.

Source: For the High-Volume Shooter: Part 3 – American Handgunner

Small and Fabulous: Holosun EPS Carry

Carry a subcompact? Check this out. Tiny, but with amazing visibility and the reticle is fantastic—easy to pick up and flexible for close and fast or farther and more deliberate aim. Cool stuff…

Enclosed dot sight benefits now apply to compact versions, too. The Holosun EPS Carry also encloses the emitter inside a durable aluminum and glass housing to prevent rain, snow or dust from blurring your sight picture. The EPS Carry is sized to be compatible with the standard Trijicon RMSc footprint, and the package includes the RMSc adapter plate, so you should have no trouble mounting the unit to most any carry pistol configured for compact sights.

Source: Holosun EPS Carry – American Handgunner

Moore’s Law Meets Chronographs

Back in my old career in the tech industry, we all bowed down and worshipped this concept called Moore’s Law. It said processing power would double approximately every 18 months. What it meant in practical terms is that every year, techie things would become way more powerful and much, much cheaper. My nephew just bought a new 52″ TV for $147. That’s Moore’s Law in action. For shooters, it offers benefits, too, like the paradigm-changing Garmin Zero C1 Pro.

READ MORE: Moore’s Law Meets Chronographs – American Handgunner

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Holster Tips: Things You Learn From The Box O’ Holsters

Burning through hundreds over the years has exposed more than a few learnings through brute-force trial and error. Here are a couple…

Over the centuries, people have searched for wisdom from an odd variety of sources. The dead, elderly relatives, tea leaves, decks of cards, Ouija boards, and, more recently, crowdsourcing. That last one rests on the theory that if you get enough people to weigh in with their opinions, the truth will become evident by volume. I guess the crowdsourcing proponents have never heard of the Kardashians. Millions are attracted to that drivel, making the audience one of the largest crowds ever, but the lot of them combined likely couldn’t solve the daily Worldle with 10 guesses.

I’m aware of at least one crowdsourcing success story, however. You see, I have a crowd of holsters.

Source: Things You Learn From The Box O’ Holsters – American Handgunner

Progressive Reloading for the High-Volume Shooter

When shifting into the higher-volume gear, precision becomes a necessity. Lindsey explores the Dillon XL 750 press and shares some tips and tricks to make it run.

There are two overlapping categories of reloaders: those passionate about shooting who reload so they can shoot more and those who consider reloading its own hobby. Within these groups are shooters who acquire an XL 750 and become reloading hobbyists.

Source: For the High-Volume Shooter: Part 3 – American Handgunner

Columnist Lindsey Bertomen on Reloading

American Handgunner’s Tom McHale met Lindsey at a haunted bed and breakfast bar, where he was beating the crap out of other event attendees. Naturally, the two got to talking and quickly figured out Lindsey was a penultimate reloading geek, fully qualified to take on the mantle of American Handgunner’s Handloading column. Tune in to hear some fun (and weird) reloading discussion and what Lindsey has found interesting at SHOT Show 2024.

READ MORE: Columnist Lindsey Bertomen on Handloading – YouTube

The Town Fights Back: The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang

I think it was Mike Tyson who modernized Helmut Moltke’s combat wisdom, offering the nugget, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” The notorious Dalton gang had a plan to rob two banks at the same time in Coffeeville, Kansas. until the town punched them right back.

Here’s the story of the end of the Dalton Gang. Raw and unfiltered, it shows what happens when potential victims band together and fight back.

Nature versus nurture. It’s a question as old as humanity. Are some people bad because they are imbued with faulty DNA, or is it that their mothers just didn’t love them enough? In the final analysis, most experts believe the end result is some toxic combination. Good people in bad circumstances might prevail, while bad people in good circumstances may yet hold out hope. However, bad people in bad circumstances can become a force of nature. So it was with the Dalton boys.

Source: The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang – American Handgunner

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Insights From Accuracy Testing

I’ve got plenty of OCD tendencies … with certain things. One might have me committed seeing how carefully I organize the many thousands of files on my computer. Everything has its place, and I’ve taken the concept of foldering to a frightening new level. Same with my dozen or so email accounts.

On the other hand, I’m not one of those guys who dutifully logs every shot fired from every gun. Some folks can tell you, “I had a failure to feed function in this gun with Pea Blaster +P+ ammo from Lot 465C. It was the 478th round I fired from this gun.” Given the organized state of my computer, I can’t I suppose I can’t pass judgment.

I do confess to having a compulsion to log more formal shooting, however. When testing new pistols for review, while I don’t count every round fired, I do log the important stuff, including velocity, accuracy, and, when appropriate, gelatin test data.

READ MORE: Insights From Accuracy Testing – American Handgunner:

The Invention of Gunpowder

In a twist of explosive irony, gunpowder was invented, at least in part, in a search for the secret to eternal life. You read that right. Ancient alchemists concocted the explosive compound while pondering things they could ingest or perhaps smoke and inhale (who knows what they were thinking?).

Sometimes, practical inventions come from ambitious yet unrelated undertakings. The space program brought us artificial limbs, the Dustbuster, LASIK surgery, memory foam, baby formula ingredients, solar power cells, water filtration, invisible braces, and, regrettably, freeze-dried foods.

Details are sketchy, but some accounts refer to a Chinese alchemist mixing three powders, leading to violent combustion as early as 147 AD. Over the next few hundred years, saltpeter experimentation and production continued with efforts to purify other substances and create gold. You know, that old make infinite wealth from junk lying around chestnut.

Arguably, potassium nitrate is the part of gunpowder that yields the bang, and surprisingly, that ingredient has been in the experimental pot forever. The Nuniya & Labana caste in ancient India (early hundreds AD) used it to create noxious smoke and, according to legend, weaponized the fumes in battle to poison, or at least discourage, the enemy. One thing many saltpeter producers had in common was their attention to poop. Whether by bat guano, animal, or even human doo-doo, saltpeter production often relied on, well, you get the idea.

By the 9th century (give or take, remember, the history is a bit fuzzy), alchemists of the Tang Dynasty were engaged in an ambitious project to concoct an elixir of life. The experiments involved continued tinkering with potassium nitrate, also known as saltpeter. As the substance proved volatile, it may have had the effect of shortening one’s expected lifespan rather than leading to the immortality sought.

Read the rest: A Brief History of Gunpowder: The Elixir of Life?

Fizzics ‘R Us

I’m not a physicist, but I did read Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson. He attempts to explain such things as how, at the moment before the Big Bang, all of the matter and energy in the known universe was contained in a space a trillionth the size of the period that ends this sentence. Now that I think about it, trying to wrap my head around stuff like that is likely why I’m not a physicist. I can’t even comprehend a miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup being packed into a wrapper that small, much less the sum total of all stuff that ever existed anywhere in the cosmos.

While the deGrasse Tysons and Hawkings of the world can ponder the great expanse in their studies, we mere mortals can make more practical use of the physical sciences for our shooting activities.

READ MORE: American Handgunner Vantage Point Fizzics ‘R Us – American Handgunner:

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