Author: Ryan

Pump Shotgun History and Demystifier

A shotgun is a simple, yet versatile tool.  Shotguns differ from rifles in their lack of …rifling.  Rifling are spiral grooves cut into the inner surface of a gun barrel that impart a spin on a single solid projectile and increase accuracy.  Picture a perfect spiral on a great football pass, and you understand what rifling is for.  Shotguns typically fire not one projectile but several individual balls of (historically) lead “shot”.  They are generally shorter range weapons compared to rifles (due to shot style projectiles and lack of rifling, there are exceptions) and are used for primarily different purposes. Shotguns are most commonly used for small game, and excel in the hunting of birds.  Shotguns are also excellent for use in self defense, especially home self defense.  They come in a variety of sizes, typically (with one notable exception) expressed in Gauge.  The definition of what a gauge is has to do with the number of equal size balls of lead cast from a one pound ingot that will pass through the barrel.  Hey, don’t ask me, I didn’t come up with the system.  The larger the number the smaller the hole in the barrel.  So a 20 gauge is smaller than a 16 which is smaller than a 12 gauge, which is smaller than a 10 gauge.  Just go with it.   There is another common shotgun chambering...

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Choosing Suitable Self Defense Calibers

What is the best caliber/chambering for your self defense handgun?  The debate will never end, but we can shed some light on the choices.   In a semi-auto handgun your choices are going to come down to .380, 9 mm, .40, & .45.   Yes, there are .32 calibers, and yes you could run out and get a .357 Sig, 10 mm, or even .38 super, but most won’t.   Dig around long enough and you will narrow it to at least those four choices.   If you are a revolver kind of shooter then go buy a nice .357, carry it with confidence, and shoot .38 spcl for practice; unless you are a Matt Dillon/Wyatt Earp type, then you can lug around a .45 Colt.  Or go full on Dirty Harry and carry a .44 mag.  Either way, then you will learn why all those old cowboys walked with a swagger, one hip weighed 3 lbs more than the other. Most folks now days are into semi-autos, and that is where more debate exists,  so what chambering is best?  That is always the question.  I cannot tell you which chambering is best for you but I can tell you what chambering is best for me, and the reasons I believe it. .380 ACP and 9 mm ammunition use the same diameter bullet.  The .380 is shorter and thus can fit in a...

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The Perfect Gift For Christmas: FNS-9

Just can’t decide what to get that special someone for Christmas?  Are they especially hard to shop for?  Read on to learn about an excellent deal for that special someone in your life. Many people who have a passing familiarity with firearms might not be familiar with a Belgian company named FN Herstal.  Part of our mission is to educate folks so here is a thumbnail sketch of their history. Fabrique Nationale d’Armes de Guerre (French for National Factory of Weapons of War) was established in the small town of Herstal Belgium in 1889 to manufacture Mauser rifles for...

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It’s Never Too Early to Begin Gun Safety Education

No matter how hard you try to keep your kids ignorant of guns (or drugs, or texting and driving, or birds and the bees), over time they will develop ideas about them.  The question you have to answer as a parent, tasked with the education and moral upbringing of your child is who do you want to give them that education?  Here’s the hard truth—if you choose not to educate your children, your kids will get their firearms knowledge from entertainment media & their peers.  That should be an uncomfortable thought.  Virtually everything we see portrayed in movies, television , and (especially) games, regarding firearms (while entertaining) is incorrect.  Similarly, who knows what your childrens’ peers and their parents know about firearms. It is almost certain they will not learn anything useful on the topic at school.  No, as with most important topics in life, the best bet is to educate your children yourself.  And if you are not well educated with facts then it falls to you to find someone who is knowledgeable and trustworthy to help you teach them.  To put it another way teaching your children gun safety is like teaching water safety, stranger safety, dating safety, playground safety, driving-around-town safety, etc. You will not be there for every decision your child makes, but you can help prepare them to make those important decisions by teaching...

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Firearms For Life

Times change, it is a fact.  In decades past when more people lived in rural areas and many grew up on farms and ranches, boys grew up with their dads or granddads hunting and shooting.  Most homes had guns of some kind, even if it was an old shotgun, or just a .22.  Now more and more people who engage in firearms related pursuits are coming to it as adults.  Better yet, a very large segment of new shooters are women.  It was not unheard of but certainly rare for young women to go hunting with their dads many moons ago.  This is not to say that no women hunted, or no dads (or moms) took their daughters to the ranges or deer woods, but it was not as common.  We used to have more strictly defined gender roles.  Daughters, and girls in general are amazing creatures nowadays, equally comfortable having a spa day as they are riding ATVs and gutting deer or competing in marksmanship events.  Girls today can bake cookies and reload ammo.  It’s fantastic. It’s a really great time to be a gun aficionado and see this happening.  In order for the Second Amendment to continue to exist, people need to keep enjoying their right to bear arms, and women and youth are key to this.  This is a very long winded way to get to the point,...

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