Articles from Shooter

  1. Montie Gear Ultralight Knife

    The Montie Gear Ultralight Knife is a testament to utility and simplicity. Coming in at just three inches, the blade is versatile in a way larger knives strive for. With its tanto tip and skeletal composition it manages to stay light while still being able to cover tougher uses. Although this knife may not be suited for your every day carry needs, at 3.7 ounces it's easy to carry, and the addition of the inventive belt clip makes it that much more apt to be carried. I wish more providers...
  2. MSAR STG-556 Optics Rail

    I recently acquired an MSAR STG-556. It is chambered in 5.56 NATO 1/8 twist with a 16" barrel. The one I got was a flat top with a 1913 Picatinny rail. It came with a BSA RD30 red dot sight that had a flush mounting system. This was the only means of aiming the rifle, and for obvious reasons needed to be changed. When using the RD30, a proper cheek weld was easily accomplished and the dot could clearly be seen at the highest setting of 11. I immediately removed the RD30 and made my way to...
  3. The New Beretta BU9 Nano

    Whenever I decide it's time to purchase a new firearm, the first step in the process of deciding what to buy is usually its planned use - at least that's what I tell myself. From there the process is helped greatly by the Internet. Whether it's video reviews, websites or forums, there are so many opinions out there...and you know what they say about opinions. But it's easy to sift through the "BS" and get to the honest, thorough, and useful information to help along the way. Heck that's...
  4. The 1946 Battle of Athens

    When ill-informed people speak of the Second Amendment to the Constitution, they speak only of how hunting is a noble right and sports shooting is a valid hobby. What is often left unsaid is that the Founding Fathers had intended this inherent right as a protection against tyranny of all sorts. An unarmed society is a society waiting to be enslaved. A legally armed one is a functioning republic. There is no better modern example of this than in the 1946 Battle of Athens. Corrupt Local...
  5. Baofeng Dual Band Transceiver Review

    Mindset My recent purchase of the Baofeng UV5R+ Dual Band Transceiver was twofold; 1. Given my interest in ham radio, I wanted to purchase a dual band handheld transceiver to cut my teeth on and 2. Hurricane Sandy. I live with my family on the Jersey Shore, and Hurricane Irene in 2011 was a huge wake up call to us; both in terms of what we were not prepared for and what we didn't know that we WERE capable of. I knew the cell phone coverage in our area would be horrible, so to that it was...
  6. Every Gun is Always Loaded -- Even New Ones

    Everyone knows those most basic of all firearms handling mantras. 1. Treat every gun as if they are always loaded 2. Only aim at something you are prepared to destroy and known what's behind it 3. Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire. However even these three simple rules are often forgotten, neglected, or just blown past by those who would and should know better. New gun owners and those who have just received a new gun see the worst violations of these rules. In the...
  7. ATI Halo Side Saddle with Add-A-Shell

    ATI Introduces New Halo Side Saddle System Milwaukee - Dec. 3, 2012- Advanced Technology International (ATI), the leading manufacturer in gun stocks and firearm accessories, is introducing the ATI Halo Side Saddle System for the Mossberg 500 and 590 platforms. Locally manufactured in Wisconsin, the Patented ATI Halo Side Saddle System is the first in the industry to mount to the top of the receiver using the existing screw holes. The Halo Side Saddle also features the Add-a-Shell; an...
  8. X-Ring Rubber Bullets Review

    X-Ring rubber bullets come in 3 calibers which are 38/9mm, 44, and 45, and can be found at many online retailers. These bullets are an affordable way to practice drills and target shoot in the comfort of your own home. I believe that most shooters will want to get some reloading equipment to replace the primers more easily. I used an inexpensive Lee hand press (pictured below) for the review and it worked great. The dies pictured are some that I bought separately but you can find dies for...
  9. The Old Mill Gun Shop

    The Old Mill is a small gun shop in Leominster, Massachusetts. It has been open for close to five months now. I went in to the shop to check it out approximately two months ago. The owner John was a very knowledgeable and friendly guy. I talked shop for a while with him and he gave me a great deal on a box of 10mm ammo. I greatly enjoyed the visit. About a week later I stopped in and John told me about an AR building seminar he was running. It was a one day class for $1100.00. He would teach...
  10. Portable Rifle Sight-In Bench

    There are many hunters who have places near their own home where there is room to fire a rifle. All you need is about 100 yards of open space and a good backstop ( YOU are responsible for following ALL laws in your area.). However, building a permanent rifle range is not something that most people want to do. So having a portable bench like the one in this article allows a person to temporarily use an area to sight-in a rifle without restricting what you can use that area for tomorrow. If...
  11. Accidental Discharge

    They say it eventually happens to everyone. The only hope being that, when it does, nobody gets hurt. I am speaking about an accidental discharge of a firearm. We've all read those news articles. People cleaning their guns (seriously, cleaning a LOADED firearm?), Plaxico Burress...the news is rife with stories of accidental discharges. You can go on YouTube if you'd like to see what an accidental discharge looks like, or what the results of an accidental discharge can be. Needless to say,...
  12. Places To Shoot In California

    I have been fortunate to have lived to be a ripe old age of 62. My wife and I have raised 4 children (2 LE and 1 Military) and we all love to shoot. Herein lies the problem. Finding a place to shoot in Southern California. I am writing this in hopes that other California residents will relate and possibly provide feedback as well. It is not unusual for my sons and grandsons and I to venture out on any given weekend with a cooler of sandwiches, a 10 inch stack of BLM, USFS and every...
  13. 'As Is' Project Firearms

    Most people walk into their firearm dealer's shop and take a quick look around to see what's new and what new firearms they may want to add to their collection. They may want some old WWII firearms like an M1 Garand or they want something even more fun like a Thompson Submachine Gun, or maybe they want that pair of Colt 1911s to strap one onto each side of their shoulder holster. Then there are the new buyers. They want the power of a new Barrett M82A1 or an FN Scar 16S 5.56mm Tactical...
  14. A Remington Rifle In 44-40?

    Yes, Remington did make a little-known and seldom seen rifle in 44-40 (also 38-40). It was a pump rifle called the Model 14-1/2. It was very much like the more often seen Model 14 and Model 141. This model was made from 1912 to 1925. It was made in rifle (22-1/2" barrel) and carbine (18-1/2" barrel). The model never caught on with the public for many possible reasons. It was directly competing with the very popular and well-made Winchester model 1892 lever action (in both rifle and carbine...
  15. Mirror Training

    Training to be a better instinctive shooter takes time. You can grasp the fundamentals of being an acceptable shooter in as little as a day, but without constant practice, you will most likely never be a good shooter. A trick to help make the transition may be just down the hall. Dry fire and practice Going as far back as Plato, and Aristotle, a phenomenon known as muscle memory or motor learning has been well documented. This is where you force a muscle group to do something so many times...
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