Is The .44 Magnum Too Much Gun? | Episode 197

Is The .44 Magnum Too Much Gun? | Episode 197

The .44 Magnum was famously called "the most powerful handgun [cartridge] in the world" by Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry. But is too much of a good thing still too much? In this episode, the Gun Cranks discuss whether the .44 Magnum is too much gun.
Open Carry Is Stupid! | Episode 196

Open Carry Is Stupid! | Episode 196

Quite possibly, for the very first time, all three Gun Cranks agree on something — open carry is stupid! In this episode, the Gun Cranks share various reasons and examples to back up their claim. Leave us a comment and let us know if you agree or disagree.
Is the 5.7 Is Just A Fad? | Episode 195

Is the 5.7 Is Just A Fad? | Episode 195

The Gun Cranks are stirring up some controversy yet again! This time, debating whether 5.7x28mm is just a fad or here to stay. Which Gun Crank do you agree with? Let us know in the comments.


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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