Shooting Tips

Columnist Lindsey Bertomen on Reloading

By |2024-02-14T16:27:56-05:00February 18th, 2024|

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.

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

By |2024-02-16T10:20:02-05:00February 16th, 2024|

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.

Easy Kitchen DIY: How to Stipple the Grip On Your Polymer Pistol

By |2024-02-14T14:57:15-05:00February 16th, 2024|

Doing DIY work on a gun can, and should be, somewhat intimidating. You don’t want to be messing around with things that might impact safety or reliability unless you really know what you’re doing. But there are plenty of projects on the lower end of the risk spectrum. One example is customizing the grip surface on a polymer-framed gun. It’s mostly a cosmetic and “feel” customization that doesn’t impact any of the fire control elements, so if you’re careful, you can do a grip-stippling job right at home using inexpensive and readily available tools. 

Lowest Gun Accident Rate Ever? Project ChildSafe

By |2024-02-14T16:24:58-05:00February 14th, 2024|

You might be surprised to learn that, despite the noise, child-related firearms accidents are at an all-time low. That's no thanks at all to the supposed "gun safety" organizations. The real change is being driven by efforts within the firearms industry.

Moore’s Law Meets Chronographs

By |2024-02-13T15:32:26-05:00February 12th, 2024|

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.

Breakthrough Clean Technologies Suppressor Cleaner

By |2024-02-01T09:07:44-05:00February 1st, 2024|

I’ve been using Breakthrough Clean Technologies Military Grade Solvent for quite some time now for general cleaning, de-gunking and degreasing. It’s … pleasant, which is why I use it so much. No noxious chemicals or fumes; it’s like using water that evaporates from your work quickly without leaving any residue. Love the stuff.

Insights From Accuracy Testing

By |2023-12-22T10:03:24-05:00December 22nd, 2023|

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.


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