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  • Indian Tomahawks

    10/19/2018 5:01:39 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 23 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/19/2018 | F Jardim
    Flintlocks weren't the only weapon at the disposal of early American settlers – Indian tomahawks had a place and were even part of Revolutionary War soldiers' fighting kit. Tomahawks were general-purpose tools used by Native Americans and European colonials alike, and often employed as a hand-to-hand or a thrown weapon. I have always loved tomahawks. I got my first one 30 years ago. Dixie Gun Works had a sale on hand-forged heads for the ridiculously low price of $6, as I recall. I bought one and fitted a sturdy hardwood handle to it. It is no work of art, but...
  • Sharps Rifle 1874

    10/18/2018 8:32:54 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/18/2018 | M Nesbitt
    “Hannah” is a rather special rifle, a Model 1874 Sharps from C. Sharps Arms that was “built around” a Badger No. 2 barrel in .44 caliber. The No. 2 barrels are heavy and that, as a result, gives this Hartford-style rifle a weight of over 15 pounds. Chambered for the .44-77 Sharps cartridge, Hannah is very pleasant to shoot and will reward this shooter with some very good groups. The idea for this rifle stemmed from a note I received from Pat Dulin at C. Sharps Arms, who wrote to tell me they had found this No. 2 Badger .44-caliber...
  • Barnes Ammo TTSX

    10/18/2018 4:47:43 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/18/2018 | P Massarro
    When I started handloading my ammunition, one of the immediate attractions was the diverse array of projectiles that were unavailable to those who were limited by factory ammunition. Not only could I control the velocity and accuracy of my hand loaded ammunition, but I could choose those bullets that gave the best terminal performance as well. That was a long time ago and the Barnes X bullet was relatively new on the market. I loved the concept: an all-copper hollowpoint bullet, which had neither jacket nor core to separate. The hollowpoint opened up into four petals, and the resulting expanded...
  • Prentis Henry Rifle No. 19

    10/17/2018 4:58:23 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 24 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/17/2018 | F Jardim
    One tangible connection to the human cost of the Civil War can be found in the Frazier History Museum in Louisville, Ky., in the form of a beautifully engraved Henry repeating rifle, serial number 19. The rifles were highly prized on the battlefield. Confederates described the Henry as "that darn Yankee rifle that they load on Sunday and shoot all week." THE PROGENITOR of the Winchester repeaters, the Henry was a technological marvel in its time. It fired a .44-caliber, self-contained, metallic, rim-fire primed cartridge. The magazine held 15 shots, and one more could be loaded in the chamber, giving...
  • Ulticlip’s new Slim

    10/16/2018 5:37:42 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 8 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/16/2018 | C Cocoles
    Designed for ease of carry, concealment and retention, Ulticlip is unlike any holster clip on the market. "The major complaint of firearm and knife owners is that there is a lack of retention and versatility with their clips," explains Ulticlip president Randall Darby. "We hear stories of holsters coming off when the owner draws their firearm, or their knife not being accessible." They were looking for a clip that would provide a superior carry option that would offer concealment, exceptional retention, and would work without having to wear a belt. Our original Ulticlip is designed as a solution to fix...
  • Crazy Gun Racks

    10/16/2018 5:13:25 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 14 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/16/2018 | E Neubanks
    While some of these gun racks look to be on the dangerous side of legal, others are wrong for entirely other reasons. View these 15 crazy gun racks below to see some gun storage solutions that will make you shake your head. Cool RackSpecial DeliveryBike RackSyrian Rack - This gun rack is perfectly legal, but I bet those guns aren't…Quick Access?Wrong! - think she misunderstoodMachine Gun Jubblies - Austin Power thing - see the rest of gun racks here.
  • Schmeisser MP-40 Submachine Gun

    10/12/2018 4:57:40 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 30 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/12/2018 | C Cocoles
    The German MP40 submachine gun (Schmeisser) was a weapon our Allied Forces feared in World War II. The MP 40 was a submachine gun chambered for the 9×19mm Parabellum cartridge and an open-bolt, blowback-operated automatic arms. It was developed in Nazi Germany and used extensively by the Axis powers during the Second World War. This weapon shot from a standard 32-round box magazine and the caliber was the standard 9x19mm Parabellum. Manufactured in Germany from 1940-1945, there were roughly 1.1 million of them manufactured. Weighing just under 9 pounds, this submachine gun was not light. With a cyclic rate of...
  • Veritas AR Pistols aren't just Rifles

    10/11/2018 5:24:22 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 11 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/11/2018 | P Pawela
    Considering the outrage against semiautomatic rifles in the news lately, some might question the sanity of a recommendation for the AR platform. Let me explain. FIRST, FROM THE historical side of it. The group of people I put as the best ever overall citizens in the United States who used guns in their daily lives were the pioneers of the 1800s traveling west in covered wagons and building homes in the open prairie. It was not uncommon for them to have the newest weaponry of some kind of single-action sixshooter like a Colt, a double-barreled shotgun (usually under 16 inches...
  • I'm No Longer Using imgbb dot com For Posting FReep Images

    10/10/2018 11:01:15 PM PDT · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 13 replies
    freerepublic.com ^ | October 10, 2018 | CaliforniaCraftBeer
    Effective immediately I won't be using the free image hosting service called imgbb.com. Over the last 2 weeks I've noticed a HUGE increase in pop-up ads in my lower right hand corner of my monitor (whether I'm online or not all), many ads seem legitimate software upgrade offers, but others are invitations to date various women of Asian countries. These small pop-up ads all have the source listed as ibb.co, which I've discovered is originating from imgbb.com. With all of my image posts I may be spreading this same '3rd Party Cookie' advertisements to my fellow FReeper's, so I've decided...
  • 45 Caliber Revolver – M1917

    10/10/2018 5:12:22 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 8 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/10/2018 | J Dickson
    The M1917 represents the perfection of the American double-action revolver as a military weapon. While the day of the revolver was done, as it could not match the Model 1911’s firepower or ability to continue functioning once sand had gotten into the mechanism, there was an insufficient number of those automatics to equip the vast new army being raised for World War I. Army Ordnance did not want to deal with two different cartridges in the logistics system, so any revolvers chosen as a substitute standard would have to fire the rimless .45 ACP cartridge. Smith & Wesson patented a...
  • Lugerman – The Eugene Golubtsov Story

    10/09/2018 5:12:24 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 14 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/9/2018 | J Dickson
    Best known as “Lugerman,” the man who brought back the M1907 U.S.Army Test Trials Luger and perfected it, Eugene Golubtsov ranks as one of the best master gunmakers in the world today. Not only does he make the Luger to the same standards of fit and finish as the originals, he also restores fine firearms to new condition. ere are very few men who can do this job properly and he is one of the best. His is the inspirational story of a hardworking young man who made good, showing what keeping your nose to the grindstone can do for...
  • Why the .308 is the best Cartridge

    10/08/2018 4:47:47 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 61 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/8/2018 | N Perna
    The .308 is really good at a lot of things, but other rounds are better in specific roles. Where the .308 is a jack of all trades, other rounds designed for one purpose have done a better job in the roles they were designed for. But none can fill all roles like the .308 can. In the combat/close quarters battle role, the .223 is king. There is no denying it. When the M16 replaced the M14 as our nation’s primary service weapon in the 1960s, it permanently made the .308 a less acceptable combat round. The .223 round is lighter,...
  • TCR 22 – Speed Shooting the Miculek Way

    10/05/2018 4:43:04 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 10 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/5/2018 | L Debomi
    Jerry Miculek is busy pouncing 22LR lead and wearing the paint off some steel targets with the new Thompson Center T/CR22 rifle. Whats is remarkable is when he goes at it again he takes it up another notch in speed. (lightning finger) The T/CR22 delivers exceptional out-of-the-box performance through a feature set that appeals to both recreational shooters and hunters. The T/CR22 includes a green fiber optic front sight and adjustable rear peep sight for quick target acquisition, while the built-in picatinny-style rail allows for the mounting of an optic for precision shooting at longer ranges. Also comes with a...
  • Ruger LCP 380 Review

    10/04/2018 5:02:21 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 39 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/4/2018 | E Stewart
    There are some really small, lightweight concealed pistols that you'd never know someone was packing. For the carrier they sometimes forget they have it on them. One that stands out is the Ruger LCP .380. In the world of self-defense firearms, being discreet is the same as carrying a self-defense blade. You don’t want the bad guy to know that you’re packing. Before going down the path that bigger is better with a full size handgun such as a .45 with knockdown power. Lets consider that you’re still wearing light-weight clothing, so its best to be having the smaller Ruger...
  • Dual Wield pistols vs Single Pistol

    10/03/2018 5:04:50 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 22 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/3/2018 | J Hines
    Larry Vickers and his buddy Dave Royer were out testing a firearm myths whether dual-wielding versus using sight alignment with a single pistol is better. Seen all the time in the movies Dave and Larry are out to show you what really happens when you fire two pistols at the same time. Stationary Drill They start the test with stationary shooting at multiple targets. (5 targets) Dual shooting (using H&K .45 Compact and a custom Colt 1911) was going from inside targets to outside targets. Single pistol shooting went from left to right. The result for dual shooting was at...
  • Ruger 9mm Compact

    10/02/2018 4:49:36 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 9 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/2/2018 | B Fitz
    The standard American has a 4.2-inch barrel in 9mm and a 4.5-inch pipe in .45. With a full magazine, the 9mm version offers an impressive 17+1-round capacity, and while the gun is great fun at the range, it’s a bit big to break into the main channel of the concealed carry market. But Ruger was one step ahead, planning (and now offering) a compact version of the American semiauto pistol. THE 9MM COMPACT VERSION of the American (the full-sized model is called the Duty) sports a 3.55-inch barrel (3.75inch in .45) with a length of just 6.65 inches. Designing a...
  • History of Hunting-Tools, Weapons, Tactics, Roles and Purpose

    10/01/2018 4:54:48 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 4 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/1/2018 | S Ott
    Since the existence of life as we know it, hunting has been the key to survival for predators, leaving their prey with the paranoia of being eaten day in, day out. Back in the day, life was all about hunting. Everything’s sole purpose was merely to survive. Then came the dawn of man, who would become the smartest predator to ever roam the planet, dominate the food chain and eventually alter the entire purpose of hunting altogether. A man’s mind is the source of his power. Without it, he wouldn’t be able to create tools and weapons or think of...
  • SCCY CPX-2 9mm Torture Test

    09/28/2018 4:47:53 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 17 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/28/2018 | E Pederson
    Here's a torture test conducted by Youtuber Eric of IraQVeteran8888. He takes an informal approach on this SCCY CPX-2 9mm pistol and runs it through his series of torture test. those not familiar with the CPX-2 pistol is a double-action with 9-pound trigger pull. The grip and frame is made from Zytel polymer with ergonomic finger grooves and an integral "Re-Coil Cushion" on the back-strap. Here are some of the things that was done to this pistol: Dropped in the water/mudPlaced in more mud & shot it underwaterDropped the gun from the roof of house – approx 2nd floorRun it...
  • Does the Barrel Twist Rate affect accuracy?

    09/27/2018 5:40:09 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 27 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/27/2018 | C Cocoles
    Many of you that are gun geeks understand the basics of rifling can skip this article. This is for the average gun enthusiasts and newbies that enjoy shooting and want a little more understanding of how a barrel twist rate can affect accuracy. So does barrel twist rate affect accuracy on an AR15? The short technical answer is that barrel twist starts the bullet spinning at a given rate to stabilize the bullet. The rate has to be constant for the utmost accuracy. On the opposite end of the spectrum – Decreasing the twist rate will almost certainly result in...
  • Browning Buckmark vs Ruger Mark Series Pistols

    09/26/2018 5:19:13 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 25 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/26/2018 | J Hines
    Settling the big handgun debate between the Browning Buckmark and the Ruger Mark Series. Are you into plinking? Then, you may have heard of or own one of these guns – the Browning Buckmark and the Ruger Mark series pistols. Both of these 22LR pistols are top quality for plinking or just shooting at small varmints. Many plinkers debate on which is the better of the two. Here are some quick observation on both pistols. They both are one of the most accurate pistol on the market. Both are design specifically for accuracy. Both design features are similar but there...