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  • Death by Black Powder

    01/17/2020 8:29:18 AM PST · by w1n1 · 32 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/17/20 | F Jardim
    From the beginning of hostilities on April 12, 1861 when the Confederates attacked the US Army garrison at Fort Sumter, S.C., the American Civil War lasted just over five years and resulted in a greater loss of American lives than any conflict before or since. Total military casualties numbered 1,125,000, which represented 3.5 percent of the entire US population, in 1861. The total military deaths from all causes, numbered 654,000. Technically, more soldiers were killed in World War II, but the number of soldiers who lost their lives from disease during the Civil War puts that number ahead in overall...
  • Gunfights that Changed Law Enforcement Tactics

    01/16/2020 6:33:13 AM PST · by w1n1 · 29 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/16/20 | M Ayoob
    In the past 30 some odd years, U.S. law enforcement tactics, procedures, and policies have evolved because of these tragic incidents. Not all of us are LEO’s but their training in gunfight tactics have trickled down to private citizen training as well. The gear and training employed by officers is much different today, partly as a result of the infamous FBI Miami shootout in 86. There have been other game-changing gunfights in the last quarter century. The following segment examines each of them and how they changed LE tactics, procedures, and policies. FBI Miami Shootout April 11, 1986: Pinecrest, FL...
  • Real Life Gun Slingers of the Wild West

    01/14/2020 7:31:10 AM PST · by w1n1 · 13 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/14/20 | P Erbitt
    Gunfighters range from different occupations including lawman, outlaw, cowboy, exhibitionists and duelist, but are more commonly synonymous to a hired gun who made a living with his weapons in the Old West. Here are some of the top real-life deadly gunslingers from the wild west era. Wyatt Earp - was an American Old West gambler, a deputy sheriff in Pima County, and deputy town marshal in Tombstone, Arizona Territory, who took part in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, during which lawmen killed three outlaw cowboys. Considered one of the most famous lawman of all time and an accomplished gunslinger....
  • Breastfeeding Mom’s Emotional Encounter With Orangutan At The Oldest Zoo In The World Goes Viral

    01/13/2020 10:47:50 AM PST · by steveben · 55 replies
    Viral Mag ^ | January 13, 2020 | Viral Mag Team
    Gemma Copeland is a keen traveler and she didn’t want to end her journeys just because she had a child. She also wanted her son to explore the world from an early age. So, Gemma and her partner took him to Vienna, Austria. However, the mother didn’t expect this trip would change her own perception of the world. But it did. All thanks to an empathetic great ape who took the time to engage with Gemma and her child during a very intimate moment. While the guys were visiting the Schönbrunn Zoo, Gemma’s boy got hungry. She sat down by...
  • Safest Countries In The World For Women

    01/12/2020 5:37:20 PM PST · by steveben · 24 replies
    Viral Mag ^ | 10/10/2019 | Viral mag team
    Woman safety is one of the best ways to gauge a country's long-term wealth growth potential, with a correlation of over 90% between historic wealth growth and woman safety levels," a report explained. "This means that wealth growth is boosted by strong levels of woman safety in a country," the report continued. Out of 195 countries, the report said only 58 had reasonably reliable crime statistics. Countries with unreliable crime statistics were excluded from the top five. Results were based on the percentage of each country's population that has been a victim of crimes related to rape, slavery, human trafficking,...
  • Giant Whale Jumps Out Of Sea Right Next To Fishing Boat ( Video)

    01/10/2020 11:20:12 AM PST · by steveben · 44 replies
    Viral Mag ^ | Jan. 10, 2020 | Viral Mag Team
    A huge Humpback whale was captured on camera jumping out of the sea and narrowly missing a fishing boat. From time to time, nature shows itself in full splendor to remind us how small we really are. Recently, a picture was captured in the Californian waters, Monterey Bay, which left viewers with goosebumps. The footage shows a giant humpback whale shooting out of the water to the sky, and the scene is incredibly amazing. Luckily, someone was close enough to capture the video of this breath-taking moment, which seemed like a planned action scene in a movie.
  • Trench Raiding Clubs of WWI

    01/10/2020 9:24:34 AM PST · by w1n1 · 25 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/10/20 | C Cocloe
    Far Outweighs the Firepower in Trench Warfare - You would think having extreme fire power would be the ideal thing to have when entrenched in a world war. However, in trench warfare during World War I having medieval/zombie types of weaponry was a better choice and more effective while fighting in the trench at close quarter. Trench raiding clubs were homemade melee weapons used by both the Allies and the Central Powers during World War I. These raiding clubs were used during night time trench raiding expeditions as a quiet and effective way of killing or wounding the enemy. The...
  • Ithaca M37 Trench Gun

    01/06/2020 5:07:55 AM PST · by w1n1 · 8 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/6/2020 | F Jardim
    This retro military model is made by the Upper Sandusky-based Ithaca Gun Company for their Dayton neighbor, Inland Manufacturing. The latter is best known for their excellent reproductions of World War II M1 carbines. The American martial tradition is no stranger to shotguns. Militiamen employed fowling pieces in battle during the Revolutionary War, and the Confederate Cavalry wielded sawed-off shotguns in the Civil War. It was during World War I that you might say the Army got serious about shotguns. It was, after all, the biggest war they had fought to date. Close combat in the trenches, and especially night...
  • Remington Model 10 Trench Gun

    01/02/2020 6:17:45 AM PST · by w1n1 · 17 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/2/20 | C Cocole
    The "trench gun" may be one of the most interesting gun of World War I. When one hears the word most think of the Winchester Model 1897 fitted with a metal handguard and bayonet adapter assembly. What some people don't know is the other shotgun that was issued to the doughboys was the Remington Model 10 pump-action shotgun. Winchester was at the peak of its production during WWI. This is where Remington made its way in with the Model 10 to fill the demands. The term "trench gun" was never an official designation but was widely used to denote a...
  • New years resolutions?

    12/30/2019 4:16:25 PM PST · by CJ Wolf
    FREE REPUBLIC | Benjamin Franklin
    Any New Year resolutions? I promise not to read the article and post oftener. Get outdoors more and enjoy life.
  • Is Appendix Carry Safer than a Side Carry?

    12/30/2019 9:35:29 AM PST · by w1n1 · 40 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 12/30/2019 | R Pincus
    There are groups of gun enthusiasts that love to appendix carry while another group of shooters thinks its a safety hazard. This group thinks an accidental discharge can occur while you're drawing the pistol as the line of sight is toward the pelvic area. Rob Pincus explains one advantage that appendix carry shine is keeping your weapon in front while drawing and displaying. Where as the side holstered there is more required motion with your arms to get the handgun un-holstered and on target. With appendix carry positioned its very easy to go to your weapon and puts your body...
  • How many Rounds do I need for Concealed Carry?

    12/27/2019 6:03:35 AM PST · by w1n1 · 63 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 12/27/2019 | B Scott
    Some concealed carrier that are into “comfort carry” will usually carry a pistol with a single stack vs a dual stack (more capacity). Its not about just having lots of ammo, but the situation requires that you may need it. Plus the idea of using a gun for self defense is not to kill your attacker, but to make them stop attacking. Now we are back to the original question, how many rounds do you need to stop an attacker? According to Massad Ayoob he states: switch from 5-6 round revolvers to 15-18 or 20 round semi automatics; "5-6 rounds...
  • Concealed Carry: Things you should Never Do

    12/26/2019 9:24:50 AM PST · by w1n1 · 105 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 12/26/2019 | J Montgomery
    The decision to carry a concealed firearm is a personal choice that can either be a lifesaver or a "life taker." It is a choice that may leave you taking the life of a fellow human being or disfiguring them. Therefore, how you conduct yourself will determine whether you protect yourself or put others in danger. Whatever you do, you should never make these mistakes while carrying a concealed gun. -Leaving the concealed carry permit at home The first mistake, especially for veteran concealed carriers, is to leave their licenses at home. You can talk yourself out of situations, but...
  • Lessons on Gunfighting from Wyatt Earp

    12/23/2019 7:26:58 AM PST · by w1n1 · 98 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 12/23/2019 | C Cocole
    In his own words, Wyatt is going to explain how he became one of the most feared and accurate gunslingers… even if he was about the slowest. The most important lesson I learned from those proficient gunfighters was the winner of a gun play usually was the man who took his time. The second was that, if I hoped to live long on the frontier, I would shun flashy trick-shooting—grandstand play—as I would poison. I was a fair hand with pistol, rifle, or shotgun, but I learned more about gunfighting from Tom Speer’s cronies during the summer of '71 than...
  • M1917 Revolver

    12/19/2019 5:38:18 AM PST · by w1n1 · 11 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 12/19/2019 | 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...
  • 22LR Meltdown Torture Test

    12/18/2019 6:10:30 AM PST · by w1n1 · 17 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 12/18/2019 | E V8888
    Youtube shooting sensation Erick of IV8888 has a strange little CMMG .22 caliber machine gun. - This little rig here looks like something that almost belongs in a Kurt Russel (Snake Plissken) movie. This CMMG 22 upper sports a 4 inch barrel with KG made Swarm, this is an all-titanium can. A special firing pin was also used instead of the standard which usually breaks after 1300 rounds. Basically, this is a torture test, they're going to run it to see what happens. This will also be a test for the suppresssors as well. All loaded up with 25-round shot...
  • Daisy BB Guns – Origin of a Holiday Tradition

    12/17/2019 5:01:32 AM PST · by w1n1 · 36 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 12/17/2019 | J Dickson
    Here's how BB guns came to be a favorite Christmas present for youngsters, and a whole lot more. - For well over 100 years, the BB gun has been a rite of passage for many youngsters. It was a training tool for the next rite of passage, the first real gun. Sadly, many missed out due to a widespread misuse of the BB gun that prompted many parents to skip that first step and go straight to the .22 a few years later. The infamous BB gun wars, where kids shot each other with BB guns, caused many to lose...
  • Homemade Guns that will make you Cry

    12/13/2019 8:18:15 AM PST · by w1n1 · 25 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 12/13/2019 | C Cocole
    Homemade or DIY guns come in all shapes and sizes. Intrepid basement-workshop gunsmiths try to make their own for various reasons. These homemade guns sadly missed the mark completely. Don’t cringe when you look at these wonders. Would it shoot? Probably these homemade guns might have potential at the one foot range, but it can also go wrong for the user as well. Duct tape may be one of the greatest invention because you can use it for many things like this and other guns…-Who knows, this could be a prototype for Buck Rogers ghetto blaster…-Taken by the police from...
  • Ugly Guns

    12/12/2019 8:17:31 AM PST · by w1n1 · 14 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 12/12/2019 | C Cocole
    Whether inherited, purchased or received as gifts you would think most guns are cool looking. The following guns classifies as "ugly", in these ugliness lies the DIY gunsmiths working within their lack of resources. Many early automatic weapons and pistols were designed without a complete understanding of what works, leading to strange and ugly guns that barely worked. Desperate times during World War II led to a need for cheap, easily made firearms, and there wasn't time to make them with clean lines and beauty. Sometimes, prevailing design fads take over, especially in communist countries, where principles in Soviet architecture...
  • Urban EDC - Transforming your Purse or Man Bag into a Life-Saving Kit

    12/11/2019 5:52:13 AM PST · by w1n1 · 15 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 12/11/2019 | T Whitlock
    More often than not I encounter women who have their concealed-carry permit yet leave their gun at home. During the first six months after receiving my permit I did too. Just like so many, I was almost more fearful of being under prepared to bring the gun than I was about my own safety. I had the gun, holster, belt and more than a few hours spent down range, but had no idea how to transition from the range to carrying every day. What was missing? The tools and the knowledge to address the moments before, during and after the...