Tactical Twaddle: Speed Reholstering | Episode 204

Tactical Twaddle: Speed Reholstering | Episode 204

We can’t figure out why Erick Gelhaus, Gunsite Academy Rangemaster, hates speed reholstering… After all, all the cool kids are moving to it, and it’s all over YouTube, so what could possibly go wrong? The Gun Cranks discuss the merits of high-speed, low-drag gun shoving into the belt. Is it a tactical advantage for… something? Or are you just going to shoot your, well, you know… off? Listen in and find out!
Bang! You're Woke! Does the Gun Industry Need to Go There? | Episode 203

Bang! You’re Woke! Does the Gun Industry Need to Go There? | Episode 203

Companies are tripping over themselves to be more woke in a misguided effort to appeal to zero point zero zero zero percent of the market. Bud Light recently imploded after hiring trans-wokie Dylan Mulvaney to represent one of America’s favorite blue-collar beers. Ummm, it’s not going well. Can you guys just … make beer? The Gun Cranks discuss the pros and cons of the shooting industry going woke. Should the gun cranks start identifying as women, or maybe turnips? Warning: this episode of Gun Cranks may cause progressive implosion. Hey, we warned you.
Ported or Un-Ported: Does It Really Matter? | Episode 202

Ported or Un-Ported: Does It Really Matter? | Episode 202

Proponents argue a ported barrel is effective at reducing recoil and muzzle rise, but is porting fashion over function? Brent Wheat and Erick Gelhaus join Roy Huntington as he shares the surprising results of a recent experiment, and discuss various situations in which a ported barrel may or may not be preferred. Let us know in the comments — do you prefer ported or un-ported guns?


There’s A Lot Going On… Inside the .22 Conversion

The .22 conversion is almost as old as the autopistol itself. Shortly after the adoption of the 1911, Springfield Armory began experimenting with ways to train soldiers more cheaply and without the blast and recoil of a full-power pistol cartridge.

Nighthawk Thunder Ranch Combat Special: Classy and Dangerous

The whole point of mass production is to make something “good enough” for an affordable price. If you want a pistol that ranks among the very best, you’ll look for a gun built more like a Chiron.The folks at Nighthawk Custom coined the phrase, “One gun, one gunsmith” to capture their manufacturing philosophy. It means what it says.Nighthawk starts each 1911 pistol with 46 parts, machined from bar stock billet. They’re intentionally oversized to allow the gunsmith to hand-fit every one to each specific pistol. No parts bins here.


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5-Point 1911 Safety Check: Is Your Gun Safe?

If I had to wager, I’d wager at least 10% of the 1911s I’ve worked on over the decades have had safety issues. Some were even new guns. If I just think about well-used 1911s, I’m betting the percentage is more like 15% or even 20% — especially gun show “parts” gun amateurs often assemble. Not long ago a friend brought me a foreign 1911 (an Argentinian “Sistema” Colt clone) saying it needed some work. No fooling.

Top 10 Tips For Urban Survival

Some people are naturally observant. I’m not one of them. My wife can sprint through a crowded airport on a holiday weekend wearing noise-canceling headphones and then proceed to describe everyone there, who has middle seats on their next flight and which of their kids are taking violin lessons. On the other hand, I could trip over Jabba the Hut playing “I Am the Walrus” on a set of kettledrums and not notice. What’s the moral of the story? I have to work at situational awareness. No, I mean it. I deliberately have to “switch on” when I’m out and about or the world will pass me by while I remain blissfully unaware. As a result, I’ve had to learn and develop some techniques and hacks to help me spot potentially dangerous anomalies and lifesaving opportunities during my daily travels. Maybe some of these strategies will help you too.

1,2,3,4… I Declare a Gun Lube War

Like all those “Housewives of Toad Suck, Arkansas” reality TV shows, capitalism is subject to the immutable and universal laws of unintended consequences. Take the gun lube market, for instance. We all need it, and presumably, there’s always room for a better mouse grease trap. So, in theory, I have no real problem with the onslaught of miracle gun lube products. Entrepreneurs everywhere have figured out you can package stuff auto repair shops purchase by pallet-loads of 55-gallon drums into teeny, tiny, plastic bottles with eyedropper attachments and charge a per-ounce price equivalent to platinum, and, these days, gasoline. It is not unusual for a container small enough to legally carry on an airplane to cost $15, $25 or even $40. If a container won’t cause anxiety and suffering among TSA agents, it’s small indeed.

The more you read, the more things you will know. — Dr. Seuss


The .356 TSW – Making a Comeback?

Ever heard of the .356 TSW? It's a souped-up 9mm running at high enough pressure to get good result from  compensators... Read: The .356 TSW – Making a Comeback?

The Great Ammunition Shortage of 2020: Is There an Ammo Conspiracy?

So, is there really a great ammo conspiracy? Are companies hoarding ammo in secret warehouses in the caves of Tora Bora? Are a handful of individuals bent on establishing a new world order creating price gouging conditions to fund a new secret bunker underneath Denver International Airport? Maybe, but not likely. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIgvoJKovIg

Mid-Range AR Cartridges: .223 Remington, 300 AAC Blackout, and 6.8 Remington SPC

Recently, a friend and I have been discussing “in-between” caliber options for the AR-15 platform. There are a plethora of proven options for close-range shooting with a light to moderate recoil tax. As for the “in-between” solutions that can effectively reach out past 500 yards, but without all the boom and thump of something like as .308 AR-10, what should one consider? Read the rest: Mid-Range AR Cartridges: .223 Remington, 300 AAC Blackout, and 6.8 Remington SPC | OutdoorHub

Is the .40 Dead?

The .40 died before it was born. That’s a rotten way to start a fulfilling life, but there you have it. Thanks to a shortsighted, bean-counting corporate management team way back in 1978, the .40 B&S, the predecessor to what we now know as the .40, was denied production resources. The wildcat cartridge development effort had been advanced during lunches and after hours as a labor of love and was ready for its debut, pending management buy-in. Even though the test cartridges and pistols showed promise, leadership ixnayed the idea and what we now know as the .40 lay commercially dormant until 1990. Read the rest: Is the .40 Dead? | The Armory Life


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