AMMO

Everyday Workin'...

Whether we travel the sagebrush, foothills, forests, or mountains there are .44 Special loads that will handle any situation we’re likely to encounter.
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How To Make .45...

When I recently decided I needed (okay, wanted) some CCI .45 Colt shotshells, I was shocked at the price of $1.60 per cartridge!
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Pilgrim Ammunition Torch 9mm +P
Pass the Torch:...

Amid an ongoing shortage, one may ask why a new ammunition manufacturer would want to enter the market, but that’s exactly what Pilgrim Ammunition is...
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The Ups & Downs...

While we never master a handgun, there are some peculiarities we can use to improve our performance and understanding of handgun ballistics.
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Gear Spotlight:...

If there was ever a time to seize control of your ammo supply destiny, it’s now.
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The .44 Special...

Early on, during his part-time job moonlighting as a gun writer, Charles A. Skelton exclaimed the merits of the .44 Special.
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rcbs universal...

Since we’re talking about reloading in this issue, it would be a faux pas of epic proportions to not mention the tool I use more than any other
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.25 ACP: Labor...

I like to push my reloading hobby to extremes. Most reloaders don’t bother with the .25 ACP, but if you incorporate a few tips, you can make accurate and...
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dillon super...

We’re in the midst of yet another ammo crisis, meaning you can’t find any. The time is now to begin planning on controlling your ammo supply destiny by...
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American...

American Tactical, Inc., began in 2006 as an importer of foreign firearm products into the American market.
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Beat The Ammo...

Caught with your pants down around your ankles again? After all, we thought the Obama-generated ammo shortage was finally over.
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Control Your...

It’s times like these many explore the world of reloading their own ammo. It’s nice to have some control over one’s shooting destiny, isn’t it?
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Speer Gold Dot...

Vernon Speer has provided rifle bullets, and later, handgun bullets to reloaders since 1943. In the 1960s he started loading those bullets, starting the...
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Winchester USA Ready Defense ammo with handgun
New Winchester...

Primed for 2021, Winchester recently unveiled a large batch of new ammunition offerings for the New Year. Included in the three-day release was a new line...
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Federal Premium...

Technology has been the lifeblood of Federal Cartridge since 1922. Joining forces with Barnes Bullets, Federal continues their advancements in ammunition by...
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Don’t Let...

Handloaders are frugal by nature. We enjoy bargains and freebies so we can load as much ammo as cheaply as possible, so we can shoot more.
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Federal Personal Defense Handgun Ammunition
Federal Unloads...

Despite a year of unprecedented demand, Federal has reloaded and announced a new batch of handgun, rifle and shotgun ammunition offerings for 2021,...
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norma range...

Norma Precision entered the handgun ammunition market in a big way. Following introduction of their MHP Defensive ammo, Norma’s latest handgun ammunition
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Gear Spotlight:...

While you should always have a handheld light available for searching, a weapon light makes sense for target illumination and final verification.
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New Hornady...

New for 2021, Hornady has announced two new electronic scales for weighing powder, bullet and cartridges, the M2 Digital Bench Scale and the G3-1500 Digital...
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Lead-Free ...

Shooters are exposed to airborne lead particles for multiple reasons. Bullets with exposed lead bases experience melting from the hot gasses of burning...
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Barrel-Ology

Not all barrels are created equal. There are many reasons to change out a barrel:
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E-Z Powder Coating

Powder Coating (PC) is simply the process of treating your cast bullets with a baked-on polymer coating. This coating acts as the bullets’ lubricant as it...
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CCI “Clean”...

Nothing’s cooler than shooting a suppressed .22 and only hearing the muffled cycling of your semi-auto firearm, followed by the telltale “tink” of...
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Buffalo Bore...

Not everyone casts bullets or reloads their own ammo. Several readers have asked what factory ammo I’d recommend as a substitute for those heavy cast...
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Hornady BLACK...

Introduced in 2016, Hornady BLACK ammunition was designed to fit, feed and function in a variety of platforms, offering “versatile loads optimized for...
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NORMA MHP ...

Norma’s MHP (Monolithic Hollow Point) features a solid-copper bullet optimized for personal defensive use.
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The Classic...

When it comes to cast bullets, the term “Keith” bullet has morphed into any slug resembling a semi-wadcutter (SWC) design.
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Precision...

There’s no better time to start reloading than during an ammo shortage. With tools and resources to help get you started, dispensing powder with precision...
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Federal Premium ...

Here’s another “easier to say than do” apothegm ... Shoot several hundred rounds of your defensive ammo through your carry gun to be sure it’s...
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RCBS Rebel Plus...

RCBS is serving up five new kits designed for both novice and professional reloaders. At the top of the list, the Rebel Plus Reloading Kit supplies...
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Winchester...

An extension of the Winchester Wildcat line of rimfire ammo, new Wildcat Super Speed utilizes the versatile copper-plated Dynapoint hollowpoint projectile...
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Handgunner...

But, having started altering the gun, I also caught “the bug” in the process. In search of more suggestions, I went to the best resource for handguns...
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How to Make...

Every manufacturing process has a Quality Control (QC) function. In a manufacturing plant, QC is separated from the assembly process
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Favorite Slugs...

The .45 Colt is my favorite handgun cartridge. Its voluminous case allows it to be loaded heavy in strong revolvers like Ruger’s full-size Blackhawk and...
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Practice &...

As a cast-bullet shooter for more than 30 years, I’ve found myself shooting nothing but powder coated loads in recent years.
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Most-Wanted...

While revolvers may be simpler in design than most semi-auto handguns, every gun needs accessories. From holsters to speedloaders, sights to ammunition, we...
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Vantage Point...

You gotta love innovation, right? This installment of Cool Gear brings radical ammo design, clever electronic hearing protection, and bluetooth enabled...
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Basic .45 Colt...

When loaded heavy and fired in strong guns like the Ruger Blackhawk and Redhawk, the .45 Colt is one tough hombre.
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Grizzly...

Yahoo! Strap on your spurs, adjust your ten-gallon hat and grab your favorite thumb-buster, hog leg or horse pistol and head into town to give a sixgun...
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Got Gas Problems?

High pressures from maximum loadings and magnum cartridges can cause significant problems when coupled with cast lead bullets.
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Lee Precision...

My shrewd farmer family roots are obviously displayed by appreciating a bargain for what it’s worth.
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Norma MHP...

The folks at Norma have been busy in the secret ammo lab. I've always admired their rifle and rimfire offerings, but haven't followed developments in the...
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Short Brass Long...

One question often arising from handloaders has to do with the use of short brass and long chambers. Cartridges like the .38 Special in .357 Magnum and .44...
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Norma Hexagon...

If it looks like a hollow-point, is shaped like a hollow-point, and has a hole in the front end, is it always a hollow-point? Not necessarily.
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10 Great Defense...

What’s needed to make a handgun round particularly well-suited for defensive purposes? The answer to that question varies between law enforcement and...
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Speer Gold Dot...

CarryGun is optimized to perform in compact and subcompact pistols — those most popular for concealed carry. No easy task but here's why it works ...
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Lee Precision Dies

It was definitely an “I coulda’ had a V-8!” moment complete with the required hand slap to the forehead.
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The Mighty 32's

When someone mentions .32 caliber handguns, we often think of small, low powered rounds. The .32 ACP comes to mind, and the .32 S&W Short and Long pop into...
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Federal Solid...

When it comes to ammunition, make no bones about it: Deep penetration combined with large wound channels is a killing combination.
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Reasons To Reload

My first serious venture into reloading came out of necessity. It was the early years of the Obama administration and between the hoarders and the numbers...
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Pistol Cartridge...

In the late 1860s and early 1870s, Henrys and Winchester ’66’s (repeating rifles) became popular.
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Loaded Fun With 231

I’ll admit, lately I find myself going back to the classics, powder wise. Namely, the Herculean powders: 2400, Unique and Bullseye — which were first...
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Making It Go Bang

If you reload you get to do two fun things at once — shoot more — and reload!
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Loading The .357 SIG

The .357 SIG has been around now for about 25 years. It’s a bottleneck cartridge, basically a .40 S&W necked down to .357.
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Hornady Handgun...

I’m fond of repeating friend Dick Thompson’s statement, “You never master a handgun,” because it resonates the hard truth in such simple terms.
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The Spark to...

Both my grandmothers were married to farmers, so you were expected to pitch-in doing the daily chores. Everyone pulled their weight, no matter how young or old.
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Steinel 10mm Auto

The 10mm has exploded in popularity and for many good reasons. It’s a powerful, reliable cartridge suitable for both semi-autos and revolvers of all types.
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Handgunner Gift...

I know, I know … if you need it, you likely just buy it. But we need to keep in mind those who care for us constantly struggle to buy for us.
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Critical Defense...

Offering reliable expansion without the possibility of clogging, Hornady Critical Defense is the ultimate choice for concealed carry firearms and self...
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56 Years Young

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but you're never too old to learn something new—even reloading.
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Are Your Bullets PC?

When it comes to cast bullets, we can find ourselves in a Catch-22. Many sixgun hunters prefer hollowpoint bullets for thin-skinned game, and therein lies...
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Largest...

Norma's new all-copper 9mm MHP delivers consistent penetration, repeatable expansion and great stopping power for concealed carry, home defense or personal...
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Pet Loads With...

As a handloader, nothing is more satisfying than taking game, or punching the bullseye with your own handloads. It provides a feeling of accomplishment,...
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Handloading...

Want some cutting-edge bullets for your next reloading project? Federal is now offering Syntech Component bullets.
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The Ultimate...

An extruded propellant part of the company’s “Extreme Series” of powders, Hodgdon’s H4350 is designed to work in just about any condition.
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The Speedloader...

When the Colt Paterson revolver burst onto the scene in 1836, the game changed forever. With five chambers of .36 caliber ball at the shooter’s disposal,
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Winchester...

Are you a serious handloader who wants to get the most performance out of your handgun reloads?
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Non-Essential ...

All of my straight-walled sixgun cartridges are sized with carbide sizing dies. Those that are not are first sprayed with Hornady One Shot Case Lube. This...
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Speedloading...

Thumbing (electronically) through the July/August 1982 issue of American Handgunner, the editor's note at the end of the "Speedloading Handguns Takes Skill"...
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The Virtually...

Smith & Wesson’s J-frame -- what many consider the quintessential snub-nose revolver -- is virtually unsnubbable. That is, you can’t fault it for...
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What I Carry: A...

I’ve almost always been the guy who carries a full-size handgun for CCW. I was willing to forego comfort for capability, wanting to make sure I had a gun...
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Living Archive:...

If you prefer a flat handgun that is easier to conceal and carries more rounds than a revolver, you have only to take your pick from the large array of 9mm...
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5.11 Small Kit...

While you’re creating an all-around survival kit list, I'll bet it numbers more than 10 items. Probably at least 20. So think of what you’ll put all...
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.38 Special

The .38 Special arrived around 1900 in the S&W Military & Police. It soon became the number one cartridge for law enforcement use chambered in both S&W and...
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What I Carry:...

Living in a rural area finds me carrying a firearm in the truck on a daily basis. Our farm is just a few minutes' drive from our home and some type of gun...
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Federal Adds...

In 2018, Federal reinvented the proven Hydra-Shok bullet design with Hydra-Shok Deep in 9mm Luger. Now, it has expanded the line with new loads in 40 S&W...
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What I Carry:...

I’ll be frank with you, I almost exclusively carry mid- to full-size pistols in an IWB holster rig when I leave the house. Is it a hassle? Is it a lot of...
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SIG Sauer Ammo...

In the late 1980’s I transitioned from revolvers to semi-autos on my police agency. We had a fairly limited palate of handgun designs we could carry and I...
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Weighing Your...

At Portsmouth lies the Mary Rose. What’s left of her. Launched in 1511, she sank 34 years later battling the French navy in the Solent, between England...
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Shooting For The...

Whoever at Smith & Wesson was responsible for inventing the little pieces of spring steel commonly called “half-moon clips” should have received...
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Eley .22 Ammo

Okay, quick — who’s been making ammo since 1828? Extra points if you can guess who makes the .22 ammo used by more Olympic medalists than all the other...
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Making It Go Bang

If you reload you get to do two fun things at once — shoot more — and reload!
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Slugfest

We frequently read we should “slug” our gun barrels so we know what we have to deal with to get the best accuracy. Jacketed bullets right at or .0005"...
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The .44 Russian

Smith & Wesson introduced the first successful big-bore, centerfire sixgun, the Model #3 American, in 1869. This revolver was chambered in a .44 centerfire,...
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Streak Ammo

Ammo Inc. — which has been around making more conventional but very high quality ammo for some time — has announced their new non-incendiary tracer ammo.
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Ballistic Gel...

Ballistic gelatin is a quality control tool you can bet your life on. It’s composed of water and gelatin powder, and should be mixed in specific ratios,...
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Behind the...

There I was, minding my own business and running some errands when I spotted something really interesting in a parking lot. I looked over at the car parked...
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Federal Premium...

Federal Ammunition’s very existence is owed to the continued technological improvements that have been blasting down our barrels since 1922. Founding...
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Keeping The Bang...

From a small handful of ammo makers years ago, to today’s almost limitless choices, the good old days are now — times 10 at least!
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Favored...

I started reloading in the late 1950s using the Lyman #310 Tool. This is a “Nutcracker” type of tool requiring each step in the reloading process to be...
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Tank’s Powder...

By now, you’ve observed my proclivity for Powder Coated (PC) projectiles I’ve cast myself. In 30 years of casting, I’ve come to the conclusion PC cast...
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MP-Molds

For you fellow lead-heads who find nothing finer than casting and shooting your own bullets, especially of the hollow-point (HP) persuasion, let me let you...
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Grizzly...

Recently, Grizzly Cartridge released a new thumper in the form of a 335-grain WLNGC, or for the uninitiated, Wide Long-Nose, Gas Check slug.
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Super Vel Ammo...

Super Vel is back! For those who remember the profound effect the original Super Vel had on police and defensive ammunition in the 1960’s and 70’s, this...
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Callshot Brass?

In a nutshell, Callshot had to retire early in order to take care of his wife, Betty, who had MS. She was bedridden for 11 years and Steve was her sole...
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The Perfect...

A series of x-rays of my teeth, gums, and roots revealed an object down by the roots of my lower left molars. A light bulb goes off, and I remember an...
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Federal...

The white lab coat “squints” at Federal Premium — you know, the guys with the slide rules and calipers — have been beating their ballistic brains...
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Bradshaw-Martin SWC

Being a handloader, I’m always looking for something new to try, experiment with, or experience, be it caliber, bullet, powder or gun. Yeah, I’ve been...
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Loading Data...

Where should we get reloading information? First, let’s look where we should not obtain data. The number one negative source is anonymous information on...
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Unique: 5 Grains...

Complaints about Unique being dirty, whether it’s the “old” Unique or the “new” Unique abound, and I don’t understand what the problem is.
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British Boomers:...

I must admit I find myself fascinated by British revolvers; you know, those “ugly” Enfields and the Webleys. They are not pretty, but they do have a...
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American...

While at the SHOT show recently I found this display of two prototype big bore rounds ostensibly slated to go into production in a Serbian-made,...
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Next-Gen...

While debates continue to rage about what constitutes the best caliber for personal defense in a handgun, the better question might revolve around bullet...
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Pick Your Poison

I like bullets. I’m speaking of actual bullets and not loaded ammunition, which the idiots in the news media continually and mistakenly call “bullets.”
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The Gunpowder...

2017 marked the 70th year of business for Hodgdon Powder Company. To celebrate this milestone, The Gunpowder People was written to detail the history of how...
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