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  1. Blacklist Match Grade Barrel Test and Review

    I’ve been thinking of an aftermarket match grade barrel for some time now, but never really knew the advantages or disadvantages of owning one, until now. The past few years I have been heavily involved in competition shooting (IDPA, USPSA, and GSSF), and I’m at the point where a little edge here and there is starting to matter, so I looked into match grade barrels and what they have to offer. After an extensive online search and review of the various barrels available, I decided on a barrel...
  2. Semi-auto vs Revolver, Especially as a Carry Gun Choice

    I like revolvers as much as I like semi-autos. Just yesterday, with a late spring snowfall still on the ground, I went out to my backyard range with my S&W 686 that has a 2.5” barrel. I have an IWB holster for it and was practicing quick draw and rapid shooting at 7 yards. There was no brass flying into my face or onto the snow. For training fun, it was easy to stagger rounds by leaving a couple cylinder chambers empty. When the handgun goes “click” instead of “BOOM” I want to see if my hold...
  3. THE PECULIAR PROBLEM OF HANDLOADS IN SELF-DEFENSE SHOOTINGS:

    First, my caveat and my bona fides. My caveat: I’m a lawyer, but I’m not your lawyer. What follows is commentary based upon my education and experience, but it is not legal advice. If you need legal advice, go hire a lawyer licensed in the applicable jurisdiction. As for my bona fides: I am an attorney and I’ve been practicing in litigation for almost fifteen years as of this writing. I am licensed in the Arkansas state and federal district courts, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the...
  4. The .460 Rowland a Semi-Auto Magnum

    The .460 Rowland conversion is available for most popular .45 ACP pistols, (Glock,XD,1911, etc). The .460 Rowland is meant to offer .44 maa type ballistics in a .45 ACP pistol. From a 1911 conversion it will push a 185 grain bullet at 1575 feet per second offering over 1000 ft/lbs. The 240 grain can be pushed to 1350 and a 255 hardcast will move out at 1300fps. You don't need different magazines. The casing is 1/16" longer than a .45 ACP to prevent firing in a normal .45. The bullets are...
  5. Pistol Caliber Carbines

    For years I have had a 45ACP DI (gas operated) AR-15 which runs great and is very accurate, but as of late I wanted to add a couple of uppers in 9mm and 45GAP so I contacted Ron Williams of RMW XTREME in Florida to build the uppers. Ron was also the one that built my 45ACP upper so I knew he was the person to go to. I did not want to go with a blowback upper because of the need to run a very heavy buffer and recoil spring, in speaking with Ron he builds all of his pistol caliber DI uppers to...
  6. The .41 Remington Magnum: The Under-appreciated Middle Magnum

    The less-than auspicious .41 magnum had an unusual beginning and not many people know the whole story. In 1963, Elmer Keith and Bill Jordan, with some help from Skeeter Skelton, petitioned Smith & Wesson, Remington, and Norma to produce a pistol and ammunition in .41 caliber which would fall between the existing .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum cartridges in ballistic performance. But why? Why did these three leading handgun ballistics and law enforcement "Experts" see the need for a "middle...
  7. The .357 SIG

    The .357 SIG wasn't the first bottleneck handgun cartridge. In the 1960's Winchester necked the .357 Magnum down to to .257.Then the 9x25 Dillon came along in 1988 by necking the 10mm Auto down to .355". Finally in 1994, SIG Sauer and Federal with a joint venture, shorterned and necked down the 10mm to create the .357 SIG. Some think you can form it using .40 S&W brass, but the .40 is 0.009" shorter than the .357 SIG. The idea of this cartridge was to try to match the 1450 feet per second...
  8. The .45 GAP

    Created by Ernest Durham in 2002, an engineer with Speer at the time. He did so at the request of Glock to create a cartridge with equal power to the .45 ACP, but be stronger in the neck area to lower risk of blow outs there, and also let it fit in the 9x19 & .40 S&W sized handguns. Of course GAP stood for "Glock Auto Pistol". No sooner than this cartridge hit public knowledge we started hearing "it will be gone in 10 years". I laughed just last week as I was in a local gun store and heard...
  9. The Portable Reloading Kit and its Place in the Outdoorsman’s Tool Chest

    Many of us who enjoy the great outdoors and hunting and target shooting are also reloaders. In fact for many, reloading can become a full time passion and hobby much like shooting itself. Some of us reload mostly to save money over factory ammo and others reload because we shoot cartridges of a more obsolete nature. Both of these are top reasons to reload, and I admit to having been motivated by both of them over the years. But as of now, my main motivation is simply I enjoy reloading and it...
  10. 10mm AUTO The Cartridge, The Myth, The Legend

    The 10mm Auto, it almost vanished into obscurity. The brainchild of Col. Jeff Cooper who set out to make a flatter shooting cartridge than his beloved .45 ACP. He wanted it to be able to push a 200 grain bullet to 1200 feet per second, and it was achieved by shorting a .30 Remington case, blowing out the walls so it would accept the bullet from the .38-40 Winchester, a .400" bullet. Basing a pistol off the CZ75 design, the Bren-Ten was born, but it came at a price. $500 was a lot of money in...
  11. UNDERSTANDIG THE MINNESOTA CARRY PERMIT SYSTEM

    To become a MN “firearms instructor” is very simple. One needs only to possess basic firearms skills. I, as many others, attended an instructor’s course, where they attempted to make us into “teachers”. We were not taught what to teach, simply how to stand at a podium and address a “class”. I explain this process so one might grasp why every MN Carry Permit Class is so different in material presented, duration and quality. I became an instructor, designed my curriculum, sent it to the BCA...
  12. Home CCW Carry – My thoughts on why I do it every day.

    As 'gun people', we often like arguing about a plethora of aspects in our culture. Handgun people in particular have a knack for finding something to have a heartfelt, sometimes maniacal opinion on. This point of view propagates a new found purpose in their life to proselytize any nonbelievers they might find wandering the vast deserts of ’inexperienced’ gun owner ignorance. Desolate places of which they (of course) have avoided in their own well-reasoned and rational world. Gun brands,...
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    Curing a Flinch

    If you shoot, it is only natural to develop a flinch. We all know somebody who just wanted to shoot the biggest baddest handgun they could get hold of way before they were ready, and now, they have a nasty flinch. You know the guy, when he makes fun of your fifty cent piece sized hole that you made because you’re shooting a nine millimeter, you want to ask him if he is shooting a shotgun. My wife hardly shoots handguns at all. When she does, she fires until she feels a flinch coming on, and...
  14. Black Guns Matter

    Black Guns Matter: A Revolutionary Approach to Gun Rights With the current and continual threat to our second amendment rights, we need responsible citizens willing to speak out and defend them. And at the same time, we need individuals to address gun violence that we are seeing in our communities. One person going out and doing above and beyond the call of duty is Maj Toure, a 29-year-old NRA member and gun rights activist, who is bringing his message to some of the roughest areas in the...
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    Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter

    Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter Last night in Dallas, the country saw the greatest tragedy to hit American Law Enforcement since the September 11th attacks. At a peaceful rally, a small group of men decided to take it upon themselves to take the lives of five of our boys in blue and injure many peaceful civilians. Regardless of the actions of a few, we must stand as the many to protect those who protect us. Police officers live and die by the oath they swore to uphold when entering into...
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