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  • The Saga of the LongKnife

    07/08/2020 6:55:06 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 2 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 7/6/20 | F Jardim
    In a time of Looming war, a young boy is thrust into a man's shoes in colonial North Carolina to protect his family farm with a 40 Caliber Rifle & Tomahawk. Twelve-year-old Wilbur Bowling had a smile on his face as he emerged from the forest that fringed his family's 25-acre farm on a cold March afternoon. He felt like a man. He looked like one too, at least in the opinion of Ruthie and Mary, his younger half-sisters. They were especially impressed with the stag-handled hunting knife he'd traded John Colby's wife for in exchange for his squirrel hunting...
  • Dungeons and Dragons removing “inherently evil” race descriptions to avoid offending anyone

    07/02/2020 8:13:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 2, 2020 | Jazz Shaw
    Before getting to the meat of this story, I should probably start with a bit of disclosure. When I was younger, I used to play Dungeons and Dragons. I mean… I played it a lot. Probably obsessively. It started when I was in the Navy, but carried on well into my thirties. That fact is probably what later led me to become somewhat addicted to the online roleplaying game Everquest. So yes… I was one of those nerds.
  • Best .22 Caliber Pocket Pistols for Personal Defense

    06/26/2020 7:08:48 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 37 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 6/26/20 | C Cocole
    Having a reliable pistol that you're comfortable with is ideal for pocket carrying. If you're a newbie and want to start with a reliable pistol while working on your skillsets before going onto a higher caliber. Why not start with a .22 cal snub nose? Some may argue that the .22 WMR is too small for personal defense. Those that think this way are looking at it from a hunter mindset, that is one shot one kill. However, for self-defense purpose the primary objective is stop the bad guy from doing bad things. There are three ways to stop...
  • Bridging the Gap between a Sniper and Olympic Shooter

    06/24/2020 6:18:58 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 18 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 6/24/20 | N Irving
    "I didn’t know what to expect going into my weekend with Nick and the rest of the guys. My sport is different from the type of shooting he does and I wasn't sure how my skills would translate into his world." "It was funny, because Nick and the others seemed impressed by what I've done, but I felt like he was the one that accomplished so much. In my eyes, what he has done has impacted things in the real world and has changed lives." "There was a mutual respect and appreciation for each other's craft. I learned a lot...
  • Snipers on their Job

    06/23/2020 6:45:29 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 11 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 6/23/20 | D Breteau
    Three Former Marine Corps Scout Snipers Talk About Their Profession - A while back American Sniper movie was a big hit on the silver screen, we checked in with three former Marine Corps snipers for their thoughts on the profession, how it changed them, America's deadliest marksman Chris Kyle, and advice for aspiring snipers. Caylen Wojcik Former 1st Marine Division Scout Sniper School instructor; deployed as a chief sniper during Operation Iraqi Freedom II; over 100 combat missions; severely wounded by enemy rocket fire during Operation Phantom Fury; founded Central Cascade Precision; now with Magpul Dynamics. Jason Mann Twenty years...
  • Any Kentucky Freeper Riders Out There? (vanity)

    06/21/2020 4:54:45 PM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 12 replies
    Me ^ | 6/20/20 | That's me
    I am usually adverse to vanity posts, but I am posting in the personal/blogs so I figure it's OK. My main (motorcycle) riding buddy is having some physical issues that are making it hard for him to do some of the longer rides I'd like to do. The other guys I ride with (if you're a woman rider, that's cool too) just can't seem to plan anything beyond a few miles somewhere for a beer. That's not important to me. I want to ride and see things. I want to find some folks in central Kentucky that want to share...
  • SNIPERS – The Long Road to Recognition

    06/19/2020 6:15:42 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 20 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 6/19/20 | F Jardim
    In 1944, the War Department Basic Field Manual FM 21-75, Infantry Scouting, Patrolling and Sniping defined the sniper as “… an expert rifleman, well qualified in scouting, whose duty is to pick off key enemy personnel who expose themselves. By eliminating enemy leaders and harassing the troops, sniping softens the enemy's resistance and weakens his morale.” That definition remains consistent through the broader history of sniping, before and since, whether the weapon was a crossbow or a high-powered, telescopically sighted rifle. The sniper is an incredibly efficient fighter, compared to the typical infantryman. Consider that in World War II, American...
  • Windham Carbon Fiber AR-15

    06/18/2020 6:53:15 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 18 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 6/18/20 | N Gray
    Since the weight of an AR-15 rifle varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and model to model, it can sometimes be an undesirable element for women who shoot them. A fully accessorized AR-15 can weigh upwards of 10 or more pounds with a fully loaded, high-capacity magazine. This weight can cause the shooter to lean backwards to compensate, and in turn, makes these heavier guns un-enjoyable. If you’re physically fit and do strength training, weight has a reduced affect, but supporting a heavier rifle will eventually affect the shooter causing them to focus more on the weight and less on the...
  • On The Gun Range: Mars vs Venus

    06/16/2020 6:18:52 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 16 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 6/16/20 | T Whitlock
    When it comes to who is the better shooter and why, men or women, the iconic Irving Berlin duet from Annie Get Your Gun immediately springs to mind. “Anything you can do I can do better! I can do anything better than you” is sung while Annie Oakley and Frank Butler prepare for the climactic sharpshooting contest in the classic Broadway musical. For an object as functionally gender-neutral as a gun, why is it that each of the sexes assumes they are better adept at mastering it? Any quality instructor will tell you the real weapon is not the gun....
  • Selecting The Best Optics

    06/12/2020 9:14:17 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 6/12/20 | T Claycomb III
    We can all boast life lessons that have taught us certain principles. For me, the optics lesson happened years ago. Ed Sweet, the host of Kid Outdoors, and I would take a lot of kids bear hunting. I'd write articles about the hunts and he’d film them for his show. On one of our first hunts we saw 10 bears in two afternoons. Only once did I spot the bear before anyone else. That's because my partners had good glass. I had an average pair of binoculars and have realized over the years that I had been missing a lot...
  • VANITY--Best places to buy shotgun shells online

    06/11/2020 8:22:35 AM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 12 replies
    My husband would like to buy shotgun shells online for his inherited father's shotgun. Bird shot and the like. Does anyone have any recommendations? We live in the People's Republic of NYS
  • First Steps to Prepping

    06/11/2020 6:12:58 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 9 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 6/11/20 | J Wood
    Do you recall how you became interested in prepping? Was it a personal experience from a localized disaster that you were not prepared for, or perhaps watching a catastrophic event on television? Maybe you fear the economic crisis in Greece or exodus of thousands of people from troubled countries who might reach the shores of America? Maybe it was triggered by a stock market shutdown due to a computer glitch? Whatever the reason or motivation that started you into prepping, the good news is these are all issues you are thinking about. You might be eager to carry this concern...
  • Time to Thin the Pack - Coyote Hunting

    06/09/2020 7:17:25 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 12 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 6/9/20 | J Dickson
    Given their game-, livestock- and pet-killing ways, booming numbers, spring’s prime time to hunt coyotes. - Coyotes are most prone to prey on pets and livestock in the spring because this is when they are having to feed their pups. They breed around mid-February and have their pups 63 days later in mid-April. At first, the female stays in the den with the pups and the male hunts and brings food back to her in the den. Later, they both hunt and feeding all those hungry mouths becomes an intense full-time job for both of them. Any farm livestock that...
  • New Grips for the Smith & Wesson No. 3

    06/05/2020 9:24:12 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 2 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 6/5/20 | M Nesbitt
    But the question is, how does the replica S&W New Model shoot with Triple K's replacements? In my story last issue about the new Smith & Wesson No. 3, I was able to tell you why I like that Uberti-made S&W-style gun. There are several reasons and I don’t think I missed any of them. However, there was one little thing that I wanted to change and that was mainly for personal reasons. I favored some original-looking grips, such as what Smith & Wesson used to have when they were making the New Model No. 3 revolvers, so I ordered...
  • Mossberg 590A1

    06/04/2020 8:10:11 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 22 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 6/4/20 | F Jardim
    For When You Need a War Shotgun - If you do your bird hunting with a classic Mossberg 500 shotgun, you might be taken aback when you first handle their tactically oriented, nine-shot, bayonet-lug- and aperture-sight-equipped Magpul series Model 590A1. For starters, the 590A1 is built for war, not sport, and the Magpul series takes it a step beyond with furniture that enhances its tactical function and allows for more user customization than the standard military stock. Whether you’re repelled by it or drawn to it, you have to admit: it’s a sexy beast. At nearly 8.5 pounds empty, I...
  • While you're there . . .

    05/31/2020 9:27:28 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 21 replies
    If any of you are going to be attending a protest, would you mind picking me up a new laptop?
  • Remington Model 51 - Pocket Pistol

    05/27/2020 2:42:07 PM PDT · by w1n1 · 14 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 5/27/20 | C Cocole
    Blast from the Past - A 20th Century Pocket Gun that was ahead of its Time - At the beginning of the 20th century semi-automatic magazine fed pistols were a novel concept. However, this era gave us the iconic M1911 and the German Luger just to name a few. There were many others that popped up into the scene but were left behind as time went by. One pistol that was forgotten but had a really good design was the Remington Model 51 which was developed during the prohibition era of the United States. At this time John Browning may...
  • S&W Mod 19 date of mfg

    05/21/2020 9:32:37 AM PDT · by Bell Bouy II · 20 replies
    Is it possible to determine year/date of mfg. Curious to know when it was manufactured, does the serial # denote?
  • Gun Safes: The Stark Truth

    05/21/2020 9:21:04 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 29 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 5/21/20 | T Kubiniec
    A Brief History Safes in one form or another have been around since the days of Julius Cesar. While sometimes disputed, Jesse Delano is credited with the first fireproof safe design patented in 1826. The modern gun safe has its roots in the 1850s designs of Silas Herring. He used plaster and steel to create a fire rated gun storage safe. What's interesting and disappointing is that the gun safes of today are not built to standards anywhere near Herring's 1850 design. Price and profit pressures have caused the whole industry to move away from true fire rated safes. The...
  • Immunity, Basketball Therapy, and Larry Bird (VIDEO)

    05/20/2020 8:56:41 AM PDT · by rebuildus
    YouTube ^ | 5/19/20 | Patrick Rooney
    Patrick Rooney, Founder of Old School™ (Natural Health / Succes / Freedom), discusses immunity, the therapeutic value of shooting baskets and other solitary pursuits, and how this connects to the one and only Larry Joe Bird. Why I'm Obsessed with Larry Bird Videos https://oldschoolus.com/obsessed-with-larry-bird-videos/ Old School https://oldschoolus.com