THINK TANK

THOUGHTS ON THIS AND THAT FOR HANDGUN FANS
Fireworks, Firearms & Freedom

By the time you’re reading this, Independence Day has come and gone. Thoughts of fireworks, picnics, parades, family reunions and carnivals fill our minds
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DIY Bullshooter Stocks

There’s no easier way to dress up your sixgun than putting on fancy stocks. A proper grip is the foundation to good shooting and doing the work yourself...
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Basic Turbo-Charged .45...

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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Lee Precision APP Is A Winner

My shrewd farmer family roots are obviously displayed by appreciating a bargain for what it’s worth.
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When Spring Has Sprung

Whoever invented the coiled, tempered spring was devious indeed. When it comes to guns, springs cause more frustration than any gun part.
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Of Crocodiles & Sharks

“I’m not sticking my head in the sand, I take all the precautions — wash my hands, keep a distance from others — but I’ll be damned if I’m going...
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Beating Apocalyptic...

The past two-plus weeks we’ve been bombarded, befuddled and bamboozled with the latest “End of the World” scenario. The culprit? Mass hysteria caused...
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Sights for Sore Eyes, A...

When you’ve got the fever like I do, the search for new gear is never-ending. You know what I’m talking about. We’re obsessed with updating...
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The Gateway Cartridge

According to dictionaries and what I remember from my days in school, a gateway drug is a substance that “while not itself addictive, may lead to the use...
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The Lazy Man’s Guide to...

“Show me a lazy man and I’ll show you the easy way of doing something” is how the saying goes. But is it really? Perhaps we sometimes confuse lazy for...
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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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Cherished Gifts

Sometimes we receive gifts and don’t realize how special they are until time passes. It’s not that we don’t appreciate them, we just don’t recognize...
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The Spark to Handload Can...

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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Watching Conservation At Work

Our natural resources are a constantly changing dynamic consisting of plants, animals and water. While hunting in Africa, I witnessed first-hand how vital a...
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Motor City Sixgun Fun Run

Heading up the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I set my sights on mi amigo, Doc Barranti’s adobe in Pittsburgh, 3.5 hours away. From there, we head north for 5...
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Finding A Golden Goose...

By golly, there’s nothing more I love than cast lead bullets! Their tradition, history and performance turn my insides all warm and gooey, just like the...
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It Started with an Invitation

This past spring (March 12th, to be exact) I received a rather surprising email. It was from our own John Sheehan, field editor of our sister publication,...
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Mindset Matters Most

Our brain is our most vital asset in every endeavor we do. The decisions we make are carefully calculated as the positives and negatives of our actions, or...
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.45 Colt Conversion &...

While loving the simplicity of the strong and reliable single-action thumb-cocker, I’m savvy enough to appreciate its swinging sidekick — the...
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Pet Loads With Cast Bullets

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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Republic Forge: What...

Every time I hear the name, Republic Forge, thoughts of the United States of America, a Constitutional Republic, is reinforced, stating the type of...
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A Sixgunners 4th Of July

The celebration of this year’s Independence Day is but a memory of picnics, family reunions, shooting guns, and of course firework displays. All of it...
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First Favorites — For A...

As always, I had to have one — you know the feeling! I needed the ultimate hunting handgun, one fitting my needs perfectly, and yet having the ability to...
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The Greatest Honor…

The excitement of travel is rooted to anticipation and excitement of the unknown. We never know what’s in store heading to our destination. Recently,...
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Sifting Through Social...

Social Media has, for better or worse, influenced society in ways our forefathers would never imagine. It’s boggling to think how an illuminated box full...
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You Never Forget Your First…

No doubt about it, good, bad, or ugly — you never forget your first, well…anything. Be it first day of school, first kiss, first car or first car wreck
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Loose Screws — And Other...

How many times have you said, “He’s got a screw loose,” or “He’s a nut job,” without really thinking where these phrases originated? We know...
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Ruger’s Wrangler

When word trickled out about Ruger’s new Wrangler, the Internet was abuzz as naysayers were gearing up with ludicrous Ned Ludd worries. Turns out these...
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Ruger’s Blued SP-101

Ruger’s been at it yet again and it’s why we love them so much! Using their SP-101 platform this time, they released a powerful-punching wheelgun using...
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The .25 Huntington Hammer —

I really shouldn’t be doing this, but since you have been loyal followers, I’ll let you in on a secret. Just promise, if word gets out, you’ll say you...
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Ruger M77 Hawkeye African...

I know what you’re thinking, this being American Handgunner, why in the hell is Tank telling us about a rifle? “Because I like you, I want you to know...
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Gun Shop Dicks...

Being a counterman, proprietor, or purveyor of firearms is not for the squeamish. Cold blooded murder of blued steel, negligent homicide by horrendous,...
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Growing Up ‘Boomer Style

When I was six I wanted to be an Indian. In those days, you could be anything you wanted to be…they told us so in school. I worked hard at it, something...
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Red Dot Reduction For A...

There’s no doubt about it, kids love electronics and my daughter Samantha was proof of it…
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Facing Life’s Adversities

I just spent the past week at my cousin’s farm in Pennsylvania. My Pre-Veterinarian college-age daughter Samantha was shadowing a large animal...
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Mr. Jenkins

Like most of us, Mr. Jenkins is a gun shop rat. You can find him loitering at his local gun shop, drinking coffee — about every other day, sometimes more....
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Playing “What If…?”

As a young cop, one of the favorite ways we youngsters would pass the quiet hours during a shift was playing “what if?” — keeping ourselves alert and...
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Honor Defense Honor Guard

I know we have plenty of fun here, but today, I’m going to get a tiny bit more serious and talk about a good gun.
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.22 Ways To Having Fun

Sometimes, our blessings can be a curse in disguise. With an accumulation of iron, stainless steel, wood and a touch of polymer stuffed in our safes,...
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The Hunt

The black coffee tastes good as I watch Ruger and Cooper woof down their kibble. My faded brown, broke-in Carhartt canvas duck pants feel good and excite...
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Da' Man!

Wearing our Class “A” uniforms, standing in the lobby of the funeral home, we were waiting for the service to start for a fellow motor officer, who had...
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Christmas And The Boy…

The old man stood peering through his blinds, watching the snowflakes float down. Today was the anniversary of the worst day of his life.
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Answering Nature’s Call…

Sure, potty humor and jokes are immature, but given as how we all need to do-dooty, it can be downright funny, since we all can relate. At least if you’re...
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Tank’s Powder Coated...

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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Cross-Country Cast Bullet...

Without question, the humble cast bullet is my obsession in the shooting world. Molten lead alloy, poured into a particular mold, forming the shape we...
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Old Green And Me…

After being married for 8 years, my wife and I decide it’s time to get rid of my 1985 Chevy Chevette. It may be more out of embarrassment on her part,...
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Experiencing Gunsite

I’ve known about Gunsite for years, but have never been there before. After attending a media event there, I feel like I’ve missed the boat, big time!...
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Rob Leahy And Simply...

If you like guns, holsters and leather gear, along with workshops, dogs and great people, read on. While out in Arizona, I had a chance to catch up with Rob...
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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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Wonderful Workshop Wrecks

I’ll admit I’ve got a fetish of sorts. It involves workshops. It started when I was about five years old while exploring my Pap’s toolshed on the...
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LEE Auto Breech Lock Pro

I’ll admit it; I’m partial to bargains. If it works and gives me the results I’m after, why not use it? I’ve never been a manufacturer-snob.
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Gift Guns, Gags and Goblins

I’ve been both the giver and recipient of gift guns. I’ll admit both sides of the equation can make you feel pretty good. I’ve given a few of my...
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Old Time Inspiration

We never know when or where we’ll meet our next hero. Sometimes we don’t even need to actually meet them to be inspired. This was the case of my latest...
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Soft Shell Crabs

Blue fin crabs are bottom feeders and scavengers from the Chesapeake Bay and brackish backwoods waterways indigenous to Maryland’s eastern shore. Steamed...
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NRA’s Whittington Center

It’s always nice to visit a place where you feel accepted, appreciated even. Somewhere that not only stands with you in your beliefs, but also fights for...
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Madbo

Skeeter Skelton wrote several stories about a fictional character, Dobe Grant, derived from several of Skeeter’s friends, and to some extent, himself. One...
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Handgunner’s Heaven

Up until a couple of years ago, there was a place paying homage, in my opinion, to the Grand Old Man of Handgunning. For you youngsters, his name is Elmer...
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Badger Busting Buddies

Most of us are guilty of it, yet it continues on a daily basis. Time slips by like a boulder gaining speed rolling down a ravine. When it gets too bad, a...
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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 Storm For A...

A few days ago, I went to see my dentist, Dave, a knife loving, gun-toting friend I met while patrolling his neighborhood as a rookie cop. It was time for...
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