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Why Powder Coat?

For those who regularly pray to the silver stream from the melting pot, there’s a fairly new technique that is either loved by some or hated like the...
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Elmer Keith's No. 5 Colt SAA Revolver
Rehashing Elmer Keith's...

When picking up the No. 5, the first thing noticed is the deceptive lightness of the gun. You’d think it’s going to be heavier, but due to the balance...
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Picking Just One Sure...

The gun I’d want would need to fill several niches to be useful. It would have to be concealable for self-preservation, while needing to be powerful...
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A Hairdo Handgun … The...

All guns have a story to tell, some are just more interesting than others. When we were kids, nothing was better than seeing those long, heavy, rectangular...
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Free-Spinning Cylinder...

I had a three mid-frame Ruger Blackhawks in need of free-spinning cylinder conversions. Supposedly, it was a simple task.
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Backrow Boys

Prior to graduating from the police academy, strict protocol began to loosen up, with the instructors relaxing a bit. Even our sergeant toned things down.
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Skeeter’s Last...

No one will ever fill Skeeter Skelton’s boots. He was a once-in-a-lifetime gift to those enjoying gun prose. There’s a simple reason guys like John...
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Dear Santa …

Dear Santa, Since I’ve been pretty good this year, I’m asking for something on the huge size, present wise. Please don’t think me greedy, as this...
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Remembering...

I’ve met my share of great dogs during my life, most being more memorable, better mannered and friendlier than most people. None are bad, some are just...
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Mindset Matters:...

Shooting is the perfect mesh of gross and fine motor skills. However, there’s a seldom discussed component of shooting, and that’s the mental aspect of...
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The Dueling...

We’ve all heard the axiom “an armed society is a polite society” and this was no more apparent during the early 1800s.
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Operation Nanny...

My latest “it” incident was the rescue of Nanny Goose, a large Chinese goose that apparently escaped from a nearby farm and was now residing in the...
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For The Love of...

It was only a few years ago I learned about Merrill’s Marauder’s and mules, the famous unit who traversed Burma during WWII. Afterward, I wrote an...
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Nature's Booster...

Eventually, you realize going huntin’ is synonymous with gone thinkin’, only now you have a legitimate excuse for being away from phones, computers and...
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Bisley...

Hitting four rams out of five shots was becoming regular. The 5.5” Ruger Bisley mid-frame flat top was impressive with its accuracy potential.
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A Lightbulb Moment

Teaching my daughter to shoot came along quicker than I expected. I’d always secure my duty gun after every shift. It wasn’t my duty gun that piqued her...
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Guns: Buy, Rent...

Are we actually buying, renting or leasing this latest addition to our battery? The question was brought home recently during my latest acquisition.
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A...

What separates Republic Forge from everyone else is their attention to detail.
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Barranti Leather...

There’s a lot going on at Barranti Leather Co. We all know Doc for the wonderful, vintage style leather gear he makes for our sixguns and semi-autos.
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A Final Walk:...

Walking the Military Crest trail was by far my favorite shooting activity of the series.
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Hunting For Used...

Isn’t it funny how the older we get the more we like guns that are like us? You know, older, slightly used, maybe having a few interesting dings, scars...
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Lead Bullet...

Like many, gun magazines have corrupted me. Hopefully, I’m returning the favor to you. One of my biggest influences was the day I read about cast bullets...
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Ol' Dusty Is...

The gems I'm about to talk about are usually hidden under a bed, inside a forgotten closet, or perhaps residing at your safe's rear.
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The Greatest...

I couldn’t have been older than seven. I was decked out in Wrangler jeans, a white T-shirt and cowboy boots and sporting a fresh buzz haircut — my...
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Bisley...

Hitting four rams out of five shots was becoming regular. The 5.5” Ruger Bisley mid-frame flat top was impressive with its accuracy potential.
Read Full Article
A Lightbulb Moment

Teaching my daughter to shoot came along quicker than I expected. I’d always secure my duty gun after every shift. It wasn’t my duty gun that piqued her...
Read Full Article
Guns: Buy, Rent...

Are we actually buying, renting or leasing this latest addition to our battery? The question was brought home recently during my latest acquisition.
Read Full Article
A...

What separates Republic Forge from everyone else is their attention to detail.
Read Full Article
Barranti Leather...

There’s a lot going on at Barranti Leather Co. We all know Doc for the wonderful, vintage style leather gear he makes for our sixguns and semi-autos.
Read Full Article
A Final Walk:...

Walking the Military Crest trail was by far my favorite shooting activity of the series.
Read Full Article

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