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THOUGHTS ON THIS AND THAT FOR HANDGUN FANS
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. You...
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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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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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The 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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Shootout At Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain, a 67 acre spread, surreptitiously hidden in the rolling hills of western Maryland, was the scene of yet another Shootout. With smoke...
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From Peace Officer — To...

Nothing stirs up a hornet’s nest faster than talking about cops. You know those guys, the ones who can’t shoot, are the best shots, are pricks, yet...
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