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  • Shooting Maximum Point-Blank Range

    08/02/2022 12:42:14 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 14 replies
    AmSJ ^ | 8/1/2022 | J Brooks
    Learning this method can be advantageous for big game hunters – especially if there is no time to calculate all of the variables needed to adjust the scope. As I lay prone on the ground, squinting at the target only 100 meters away, the training instructor began shouting orders. I was a young airman basic in the United States Air Force and, unlike other branches of the US military, we only got to spend one day at the firing range. Using an M-16 shooting 5.56 NATO ball ammo, we were told to aim for “center mass.” The target was...
  • The Versatible 10mm

    07/07/2021 9:33:45 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 40 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 7/7/2021 | J Brooks
    First developed to combine the attributes of the 9mm Luger and the .45 ACP, this round is now one of the best handgun hunting cartridges made for semiautomatics. Handgun shooters know that two of the most popular calibers are the 9mm Luger (Parabellum) and the .45 ACP. The latter is slow but makes a big hole, while the faster 9mm tends to lose energy quickly once it hits the target but shoots fast and flat. In a perfect world, a gunmaker would bridge these two rounds to make a fast and hard-hitting bullet. It is this very idea that led...
  • Handgun Optics

    06/16/2021 5:45:09 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 15 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 6/16/2021 | N Perna
    With positives and negatives, deciding if a red dot sight is right for you boils down to your handgun’s mission. So, in the form of a disclaimer, I am old. Fifty-one years old, to be exact. As a soldier and a cop, I’ve been making a living with a gun for nearly my entire adult life. I can say, with some degree of distinction, that I have carried just about every variety of AR/M-16 that has ever been used by the US military: M-16A1, M-16A2, M203, M4 and the AR-15 patrol rifle. With age comes a certain amount of suspicion...
  • The Excellent Hornady ELD-X

    04/19/2021 6:09:31 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 4/19/2021 | P Massaro
    Hornady's low drag, expanding bullet 'delivers accuracy both at the bench and in the hunting fields.'The rain had just subsided, though the streams were too swollen to cross. In spite of the fact that temperatures had risen significantly – the previous morning was in the low single digits – the runoff created a natural barrier between us and the mule deer buck we had just glassed on the hillside at over 1,000 yards. So, with Plan A foiled, we regrouped and planted the seeds of what would become Plan B: glass the innumerable coulees, gullies and canyons in a frantic...
  • No Need to Suppress your Urge to Hunt more Quietly

    04/14/2021 8:46:43 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 4 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 4/14/2021 | F Jardim
    Between improved Accuracy, Reduced Recoil, Scaring less game, widespread OK and Protecting your Hearing, there are a lot of reasons to consider Hunting with a Suppressor. Don't let this turn you off, but at present, suppressors are considered Class II weapons and are regulated by the National Firearms Act and subject to the same controls as machineguns. To legally possess one, at the very least, you’ll need to fill out some forms (online or old-fashioned paper ones), get finger-printed at your local police station, pay a $200 tax, and wait for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to...
  • My Two Cents on Revolvers and Gunfighting

    04/08/2021 8:17:31 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 51 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 4/8/2021 | P Pawela
    Lessons from Yesteryear that still Apply Today - Due to the political climate and potential gun bans, revolvers have become fashionable for concealed carry once again. So I thought I would add my two cents on the subject. The first thing that needs to be addressed is why we are 1) practicing with revolvers (or any gun for that matter), and 2) carrying them. Yes, shooting guns safely both in practice and competition is fun, but really the intent is for self-defense purposes. Many a well-known lawman of yesteryear made the revolver famous, including James Butler Hickok aka Wild Bill,...
  • Bullets for Small Game

    03/29/2021 8:01:28 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 72 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 3/29/2021 | P Massaro
    Top loads for Popping Winter/Spring Predators and Varmints. With our big game seasons winding down, it's time to turn our attention to the predators in the later winter and the varmints in the spring. Where the strong, stiff premium bullets – with their bonded cores, monometal construction and partitioned cores – are the darlings of the big game world, the small-bore cartridges that best handle the furbearers and varmints are the opposite: maximum frangibility is a benefit. I enjoy hunting both coyotes and foxes in January and February here in New York, when the fur is prime, and both species...
  • Unleaded, please...

    03/19/2021 8:41:19 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 25 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 3/19/2021 | P Massaro
    With Lead-Free Projectiles here to stay, these are Eight Great All-Copper Bullets for Hunting, Shooting. I might be dating myself, but I am old enough to remember when unleaded gas was an option over regular (leaded) gasoline. Lead often gets a bad rap, due to its toxicity to people when exposed to high levels. However, the malleability of lead makes it an excellent choice for projectiles, especially during the centuries when firearms underwent radical developments. The simple muzzleloader, firing a patched round ball, could be well fed with a bullet mold and a healthy supply of lead. Our earliest projectiles...
  • Suppressors: Less Bang for your Buck

    03/10/2021 6:15:00 AM PST · by w1n1 · 16 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 3/10/2021 | N Perna
    With high interest in 'cans' and plenty of manufacturers to pick from these days, here's a look at seven of the best units for AR-type rifles. Suppressors, or "cans," are becoming a common accessory on the firearms of professionals and sport shooters. Once viewed as an assassin’s tool used by mobsters and spies, they are now used routinely by military, law enforcement and others. They are not “silencers,” as they used to be referred to. They decrease the decibel level, but they cannot silence a firearm. There are many advantages to running a suppressor on your long gun. In the...
  • Pandemically DIY: Build a Better COVID-19 Mask

    02/18/2021 8:12:04 AM PST · by w1n1 · 26 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 2/18/2021 | F Jardim
    As we all know by now, a respirator or mask is most useful for protection when you must be in close quarters with one or more people. That's why they are a must for healthcare workers and it looks like we'll be seeing more mask mandates for the general population. If you have to wear a mask in public, my feeling is it might as well be a good one. At the start of the Covid-19 epidemic, demand for masks worldwide outstripped production capacity and prices jumped to outrageous levels, prompting many of the handier types, like myself, to some...
  • An Eagle-Eyed look at Vortex Strike Eagle Optics

    02/17/2021 8:09:08 AM PST · by w1n1 · 5 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 2/17/2021 | N Perna
    A SWAT Officer puts Vortex's 1×8 Low Variable Power Optic through its Paces at Two-Day Carbine Class. Holographic optics have come a long way in a very short time. They went mainstream in the late 1990s, and by the early 2000s were extremely popular with the military, law enforcement and civilian shooters. In the beginning there were a few major brands: Aimpoint, EO Tech, Trijicon. But the Global War on Terrorism turned holographic optics from “nice to have” into “must have,” as American troops were routinely outshooting their opponents armed primarily with iron sight weapons. In the field of magnified...
  • Self-Defense Guns for the First Time Gun Owner

    02/15/2021 6:12:34 AM PST · by w1n1 · 50 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 2/15/2021 | J Dickson
    Yes, options are almost limitless and hardcore gun enthusiasts will have their own takes, but what are some of the simplest, most foolproof weapons for newbies looking to protect themselves and/or their family? In these troubled times, many people are buying guns for the first time in their life, but the needs of the casual gun owner are different from the experienced shooter. They need the simplest and most foolproof weapon, not the most advanced expert's weapon. Most first-time gun buyers are probably doing so to defend themselves and their family, and if they end up using it, they will...
  • Concealed Carry: Advice from a Cop

    01/15/2021 9:55:01 AM PST · by w1n1 · 41 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/15/21 | N Perna
    Large-frame handgun? Small? What caliber? Glock? S&W? It's all about balancing 'Comfort vs Lethality,' says longtime Policeman. One of the best parts about being a cop is HR 218. This law allows officers to carry a firearm in practically every locale in the United States. "Carrying on your badge," as it’s referred to, is one of the few perks law enforcement still enjoys. In 2020, the job lost a lot of its appeal, but I still appreciate the fact that I can carry concealed to protect others and myself. In a perfect world, these rights would be afforded to every...
  • Extend the Range and Lethality of your Shotgun with Flechettes

    01/14/2021 6:16:35 AM PST · by w1n1 · 27 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/14/21 | J Dickson
    There’s more than one way to neutralize a threat and these novel, thin, finned steel projectiles can put on a hurt at greater distance than buckshot - Flechettes were first used as small bomblets dropped from airplanes in World War I and World War II. Their use in small arms began in February 1951, when Irwin R. Barr of Aircraft Armaments Inc. came out with the concept of firearms flechettes. Initially, the emphasis was on firing one flechette instead of a standard rifle bullet. This led to the Army’s Special Purpose Individual Weapon (SPIW) program, as the concept was tested....
  • Moves and Countermoves - Understanding the Q Movement and What is Happening

    01/13/2021 6:39:06 AM PST · by Safrguns · 228 replies
    Great Awakening ^ | 1/13/21 | Wayshuba
    For those new to the Q movement or wanting to understand more of what is happening in these crazy times, here is a little clarification on the basics of what is going on and what this is about. [For those new to Q, when I say DS below it means Deep State or the bad guys while WH means White Hats or the good guys and Patriots.] Q has told us many times this is like chess - moves and counter moves. Some of what we've seen: DS: MSM Trump is bad, he is racist, he is dictator, it is...
  • Mastering the Magnums

    01/12/2021 5:56:54 AM PST · by w1n1 · 12 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/12/21 | P Massaro
    When it comes to this powerful cartridge, 'bullet choice is imperative for the best results.' - I had just obtained my first .300 Winchester Magnum – a cartridge I'd come to absolutely love, and one that I'd end up taking all over the world – and simply could not wait for the first day of deer season. I had the rifle zeroed perfectly, so any shot in the open woods of our hunting property was a dead hold, and it was grouping very well. When opening day finally arrived, the morning had been rather quiet – just a couple does...
  • The 5 Best States to Hunt White Tail Deer

    12/09/2020 10:09:22 AM PST · by w1n1 · 73 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 12/9/20 | C Rice
    Want to bag a buck? Head to the South and Midwest, where the huntin’s good for America’s deer. The deer hunting sector has been changing over the last few years, with new entrants moving into the top positions as far as the number and quality of white-tail deer hunting is concerned. Judging which states are working hardest to produce a high number of deer for hunting can be difficult, but there have been many changes to the states that sit at the top of the list in the last few years. The best States for deer hunting are spread through...
  • The Man With No Name Revealed

    10/02/2020 10:00:30 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 23 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/2/20 | R Alexander
    The Virginian's James Drury Discusses Life On The Popular Western The Virginian was a Western TV show that ran from 1962 to 1971. It was based on the 1902 Owen Wister novel, "The Virginian, A Horseman of the Plains." The star was the foreman of the Shiloh Ranch, played by James Drury. He was known only as The Virginian, the man with no name. The series circled around the foreman’s quest to maintain an orderly lifestyle at Shiloh. It was set in Medicine Bow, Wyo., around the year 1898. The Shiloh ranch was named after the two-day American Civil War...
  • M1911 takes down an Enemy Plane

    09/30/2020 4:54:13 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 14 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/30/20 | J Carson
    A War Story for the Ages - During World War 2, the 7th BG's 9th Bomb Squadron was dispatched to destroy a railroad bridge at Pyinmana, about halfway between Rangoon and Mandalay and near two active enemy fighter bases. The formation was led by Col. Conrad F. Necrason, 7th BG commander. The B-24 on his right wing was piloted by 1st Lt. Lloyd Jensen whose copilot was 2d Lt. Owen J. Baggett. On that mission, Baggett was to earn a distinction believed to be unique in Air Force history. Before reaching Pyinmana, Burma, to destroy a bridge, the American B-24...
  • Two Of Benghazi’s Secret Soldiers Speak

    09/28/2020 7:29:58 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 9 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/28/20 | F Jardim
    There’s good reason to see the Paramount blockbuster film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. It’s the true story of a group of six former US military private security contractors who fight with awe inspiring bravery and professionalism to save the lives of their fellow Americans during the September 11-12, 2012 terrorist attacks on the American diplomatic compound and a CIA base (known as the Annex) in Benghazi, Libya. In a battle that eventually took on the feel of a small scale Alamo — odds against them may have been higher than 10 to 1 — they steadfastly stuck...