GUNCRANK DIARIES

Excuses, Alibis, Pithy Observations & General Ephus
The Opposite Of...

What do you need to do to keep your guns ready to go? Not much, actually. I have several “levels” of clean for my own guns.
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Go to the Light

T-Mas was a Navy Lieutenant Commander flying F/A-18F Super Hornets off of the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
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An Expert's Gun

In experienced hands — and I mean near-expert hands — they are effective, accurate, reliable and highly concealable.
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The Circle Of...

I pursue firearms like a weasel stalks a hot dog. The hunt imbues me with a certain singularity of purpose.
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How to Offend...

I thought it might be a fun exercise to see if I could offend every single person in the country in a single weekly column.
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Sight Sense?

Much ado is made of sight pictures. But what is a sight picture? I think it’s many things.
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Lion Therapy

It is simply breathtaking to look back on two decades of medical practice and appreciate some of the things that drive patients to seek a physician’s...
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Guncrank Diaries...

The complete series of excuses, alibis, pithy observations and general ephus originally published in American Handgunner right here!
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Tangling With...

If you ask a shooter what’s most important about shooting; what does it take to actually hit the target, they’ll likely say, “Sight picture and...
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The Enterprise...

It really doesn’t matter what you did. By this point, none of that really matters. Once these gears start turning there is no stopping them.
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The Stealth Turd


I do this for a living, and at times, I still have difficulty separating true mental illness from the garden variety quirky and weird.
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Black Rifles and...

This was the Mississippi Delta in summertime, so it was Africa-hot. The air was so thick you could tear off a chunk and gnaw on it.
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First Best Guns

The gift of a “first gun” to a child can be a life-changing experience. With the right training to go with it, can instill a lifetime of responsibility.
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Nothing Happens...

The young man was 13 years old, and we met in Room 7 at my urgent care clinic. Room 7 is the Procedure Room. It’s the playroom for me.
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Perfect...

There are no magic bullets and all bullets fail some of the time, so you need to be able to place any bullets you fire as accurately as possible.
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Friends,...

The Ox Ranch is where good gun nerds go when we die. This is very likely the coolest place on the planet.
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Warts And All

I’ve got guns with warts on them. Nicks, a bit of rust, plating flaking off, signs of bad gunsmithing in the past or just plain honest wear — warts-all.
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Just Following...

Never let it be said that Army privates have any hesitation doing what they’re told, even when it’s a little bit crazy.
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In the Beginning…

Welcome to the inaugural installment of the new online Guncrank Diaries. This should indeed be a weekly exercise in excuses, alibis, pithy observations and...
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The Retro-Guy Code

In light of all the “retro-this” and “retro-that” it suddenly dawned on me I was a “retro” myself. And, as a matter of fact, so are most of the...
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Take Pre-Emptive...

If we don’t take the time to build the foundation today, it will all die, now, with us. Don’t let it die. Take pre-emptive strikes. Reach out to new...
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America's...

Soldiers develop an unnatural attachment to the tools of their peculiar profession.
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what wasn't...

Some will say what I want is impossible, but I don’t believe it.
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Bullets From...

The most striking thing about the Bus Farm Fight was the “combat cool” exhibited by the Hard Hombres. I had seen veteran fighters engaged all over the...
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Bigger Blasphemy...

“Blasphemy! He places grip and trigger control above The Front Sight! Heresy! Did not the prophet Jeff Cooper say, “Blessed are they who, in the face of...
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Devils in the digits

I’ve seen a lot of men die for two reasons: First, because they failed to do what they were trained to do. Second, because they did exactly as they were...
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The Greyhound Rules

Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away, there was a fair and fertile land festooned with lotsa bananas, bunches of Bad Guys, and some buses.
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On Bein' Thankful

I know I can count on you folks to remind the whiners and seessee-bwois it ain’t about holiday; it’s about giving thanks for your breath, your...
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Blasphemy & Heresy

Lots of you have written asking what handgunning “discipline du jour,” signature school of shooting, trademarked technique, or method-of-the-month I...
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Stones Style And...

My policy is to answer every e-mail, but this month, I’m gonna try to whack a flock of birds with a single stone, okay?
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A Veteran's Story

On Veteran’s Day, November 11th, if you haven’t got anyone else to honor, remember the woodsman. I will.
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The Next To Last...

I told you guys to knock it off, didn’t I? I don’t wanta be President!
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unwritten range...

UN-Written Range Rule #30: The far right stall is unused for a reason. Try the swamp.
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Child Soldiers A...

There’s a reason 19-year-olds make the best soldiers. They’ve not yet become jaded by the relentless grinding ambiguity of the world. Life was clearer,...
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Memsaab's Amigos

Ok, ok, all right! I GET it! You like her better than you like me.
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The Memsaab Speaks

When it became obvious he couldn’t file his column from West WhereZitStan or whatever, His Editorship suggested I write it, by answering some emails from...
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Setting The...

Let’s get this perfectly clear, okay? I’m not an expert. I’m just sorta “experienced.” They’re not the same thing at all.
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Dying To Be Cool

What exactly does it mean to be cool? Though difficult to define, you know it when you see it. Guns are cool. So was Steve McQueen. You get kind of a...
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We all know what...

You know what I mean. They’re like Idjits and Morons, comin’ in all colors, flavors, “life-style preferences” and two, three, or five genders,...
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About that...

You have not armed and oriented yourself for fighting, in defense of yourself and others, just because you are fearful of attack by predators, have you? No....
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The Shoot Down...

Once upon a time on a faraway world very much like our own, there was a teeny-tiny nation surrounded by bigger, bitter enemies.
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Not Runnin

It’s happening again: A buncha you guys want me to run for president. Here’s the news flash: I ain’t runnin’, and you can’t make me!
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Red Dot Sights...

Our resident Gun Cranks — Brent Wheat, Tom McHale, and Roy Huntington discuss the pros and cons of red dot sights and if they're right for you.
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Happy Birthday to Me

Of all the sundry holidays that so liberally populate the modern Gregorian calendar none is so superfluous as the birthday.
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Quartermaster...

Streamlight's new Strion Switchblade rechargeable light bar can be used in a variety of different ways as explained by GunCrank's host Roy Huntington.
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Gun Cranks Live...

Join our resident Gun Cranks — Brent Wheat, Tom McHale, and Roy Huntington — as they welcome a new "honorary Gun Crank" into the mix, Jim Shepherd,...
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It’s Time For...

I’ve just about had it with this “Gun-Free Zone” crap, you know?
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Magic IWB Holster

American Handgunner's Tom McHale finds an IWB holster for a full-size handgun and fits every body size.
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Funnybone Fractures

I’ve warned you guys. Weird things happen in gunfights. So, for you doubting Thomases, here are some examples from my private stock.
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The Weaver...

Join the resident Gun Cranks — Brent Wheat, Tom McHale, and Roy Huntington — as they discuss the advantages, myths, and misconceptions of the Weaver Stance.
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Quartermaster Be...

American Handgunner editor Tom McHale finds a tool from Real Avid that can save you on the range or in the field.
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Gun Cranks Live!...

Our resident Gun Cranks — Brent Wheat, Tom McHale, and Roy Huntington — talk about the myths, misconceptions, and truths of "knockdown" power.
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Guns & Men The...

It starts with the metal of a gun and the mettle of a man. No matter how many features it has, if it’s not made of the right stuff all the way to the...
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Gun Cranks Live!...

What's charm school for shooters? Our resident Gun Cranks talk about how to be a good neighbor, and a few sure ways to get banned when you're at the firing...
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Tale of a roamin...

“This is our policy on race and color: We have two races — the 440 and the mile, run quarterly. We have one color: camouflage. Dismissed!”
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Quartermaster...

A look at Diamond-D Outdoors Denali Chest Holster and why it's the best option in a critter attack.
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Gun Cranks Live!...

Regardless if you're a brand-new shooter or an old hand, the "four rules" of firearms safety aren't optional.
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The Home Defense Rig

There’s not enough space on this website to thoroughly discuss safety and security from soup to nuts, so let me sound off on just one thing I feel...
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Gun Cranks Live!...

Resident Gun Cranks share some reader letters and discuss the questions raised by our viewers and readers.
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Prepare For The...

Just a buncha regular guys blastin’ targets and battin’ the breeze.
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A Little Bit Of...

Yeah; I’ve learned some things, both esoteric and mundane, and the learning, while free of the usual tuition and lab fees, often came at the cost of...
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Gun Cranks Live!...

the "almost" calibers: .25, .32, and .380 as self-defense rounds. Are they useful for personal protection, or will they only get you killed?
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Gun Cranks Live!...

Are laser sights a good or bad thing? Hear what the guys have to say about these high-tech shooting tools.
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Free To Good Home

Rip was an adorable $200 beagle. This was a lot for an animal by my standards. The kids fell instantly in love with the little rabbit-chasing machine.
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Gun Cranks Live!...

What was the worst - and best - gun-handling scene in movies or television?
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Bad Holsters vs....

Join our resident Gun Cranks – Roy Huntington, Tom McHale, and Brent T. Wheat – as they discuss what makes a good holster and what makes a rotten holster.
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Worst Defensive...

Everybody wants the best, but what are some of the worst choices for self-defense ammo?
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Gun Cranks Live!...

Join our resident gun cranks - Roy Huntington, Tom McHale and Brent T. Wheat - while they have a lively discussion about the gear they carry in their...
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Gun Cranks Live...

Join our resident Gun Cranks - Roy Huntington, Tom McHale and Brent T. Wheat - as they chat about their own nominations for "Worse Gun Ever!"
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