Category Archives: guns

Carry Permits may soon be “Shall Issue” in D.C. and all 50 States

U.S. firearms laws vary wildly on who may carry a concealed firearm. Vermont, Alaska, Arizona and Wyoming have constitutional carry, which means that most citizens may carry a handgun openly or concealed. However, the details of the law vary from … Continue reading

KeyMod vs. M-Lok for AR hand guards

Until recently, most AR hand guards with the ability to attach accessories used a Picatinny rail. This nearly ubiquitous rail is a military standard (MIL-STD-1913), making it de rigor for any company hoping for a lucrative military contract. The Picatinny … Continue reading

Firearms deaths in the U.S. in 2013

According to CDC data in this PDF file, in the year 2013 (final data), the United States saw 2,596,993 deaths from any and all causes, including 33,636 deaths from firearms: 21,175 — Intentional self-harm (suicide) by discharge of firearms 11,208 … Continue reading

Will the Gov’t eventually ban Lead Bullets?

I mean, if they don’t ban all bullets of all kinds. I have nothing against those nice all-copper Barnes hunting bullets, and similar rounds from other bullet smiths. But there’s no good all-round replacement for lead. The density of lead … Continue reading

A Primer on MOA and MRAD ranging

You look through your riflescope at a target in the distance. The target can be “measured” by means of a scope reticle with gradations in MOA (minutes of angle) or in MRAD (milliradians). The distance between two “mil-dots” is one … Continue reading

An Air Gun with AR style: the FX Impact

The IWA Outdoor Classics trade show wraps up today in Germany. But while SHOT Show in the U.S. is the major venue for new firearms, the IWA Show is the main yearly venue for new air guns. Firearms are more … Continue reading

Low recoil low noise options for home defense

There’s an unavoidable trade-off when choosing a firearm and ammo caliber for self-defense in and around your home. The more powerful options are also louder and have greater recoil. Indoors, the noise is greater from any firearm due to the … Continue reading

What color is your gun?

I have no idea why the “what color is this dress?” story has gone viral. Here’s the story in Wired magazine and in the less discerning but more amusing Gawker blog. My response is, who cares? Now guns are another … Continue reading

Is It Time to Stock up on M855 ammo?

The NRA’s legal website is warning gun owners that the ATF may ban a common type of 5.56 ammunition. BATFE To Ban Common AR-15 Ammo. “The decision continues Obama’s use of his executive authority to impose gun control restrictions and … Continue reading

Pros and Cons of 300BLK for Prepping

AAC (Advanced Armament Corp) developed the 300 AAC Blackout cartridge based on “Pioneering work by JD Jones with the 300 Whisper, and others with 300 Fireball and 300‐221.” See this very informative PDF from Robert S. Silvers, S.M. of Advanced … Continue reading

Gunfire and Hearing Protection

Two articles with important information on hearing protection for shooters: Sound Advice [PDF file] by Amin Musani, Au.D. “Sounds over 140dB can cause pain and prolonged exposure to noise over 85-90dB can result in permanent hearing loss. Gunfire may be … Continue reading

The .22LR is a Prepper’s Best Friend

Ammo in .22 long rifle is cheap and plentiful. Recently, prices for ammo have ticked up, and availability has been squeezed. But if you buy in advance of need, like any good prepper, you shouldn’t have too much trouble building … Continue reading