I endured the expensive and long process currently required to gain permission from our rulers to own a sound suppressor for my rifle.

Over 9 months and $1,000 for a hundred dollar part that enables your neighbors to go about their business without noise pollution should you choose to sight in or practice with a firearm. Darn near a year for some faceless apparatchik to affix a rubber stamp and signature to my papers.

Precious few of us bother. Therefore one person’s shooting is an entire neighborhood’s disturbing the peace.

I repurposed a .223 AR-15 rifle into […]

analog calculators

In this age of converting everything to digital, bits, bytes and button pushing, my recent trip to a beginners’ long-range shooting school (see my first 1K) brought the power of slide rules back into my world. I am also [re-]discovering the beautiful metric system of measurements.

The normal, average, mundane, commonplace answer to everything today is “I have a computer that does that”. Substitute “smart phone”, calculator or other electronic alternative to knowing how to actually do stuff and you have the answer to 99.9% of the computational questions asked today.

I am not going to conjure up ways […]

Paper Poppers

I don’t usually shoot this well… I don’t think I do, anyway.

This one felt good. Hmmm … so did the rest of the stages I shot Sunday. Maybe I’m improving???

I parked “HITS” in my head and proceeded to do almost exactly that. Running on the assumption that I got hits enabled me to complete it quickly. It certainly helped that I made up my mind to shoot EACH ONE ONCE on the metal targets… that is, to go slow enough to GET HITS reliably… while pushing myself just a bit.

I also was prepared to find […]

my first 1K

I thought of myself as a 600-yard rifleman. In DCM, CMP and NRA High Power competitions, the 600 yard target we shoot at is labeled “MR1”. That stands for “medium range”, standard target. Thus I don’t get an inflated ego from hitting that sucker on a known-distance course of fire.

Upon selling The Gentleman Farmer business I owned/operated for 22 years, my gold watch was a nice trombone and a nice rifle. Two tools I had long wished for but never afforded (best boss I ever had).

My AR-10 and I are awesome at a known distance of 200 […]

reloading 300 Blackout

I had to knock a couple years’ worth of dust off my reloading gear and a lot of cobwebs out of my reloading brain, but I reloaded a test batch of 300 AAC Blackout ammo up today.

This is a new cartridge for me. It is somewhat young to the shooting world, but hugely popular already.

Wildcatters cut down a .223 case, opened it up to .30 caliber and stuffed various weights of bullets into it. As often happens, gun and ammo factories saw a good thing and adopted it for commercial production.

It is definitely a […]

subsonic AR rifle

I have recently been looking into subsonic rifle loads for full-sized bullets. By full-size I mean enough power to be considered adequate for hunting and defensive purposes. Less recoil and less noise are attractive, but I have found that sub-sonic rimfire (.22LR) can’t even clean-kill whistle pigs. One way to go, of course, would be to just get a carbine that shoots pistol ammunition for the purpose. The popular handgun loads all come with subsonic options or, as in .45, never do go supersonic.

The speed of sound is about 1,130 feet per second. That varies a bit […]

gun control

Interesting Facts About Gun Control NEVER MADE KNOWN BY THE CONTROL LOBBY

There are 30,000 gun related deaths per year by firearms, and this number is not disputed. U.S. population 324,059,091 as of Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

Do the math: 0.000000925% of the population die from gun related actions each year. Statistically speaking, this is insignificant!

What is never told, however, is a breakdown of those 30,000 deaths, to put them in perspective as compared to other causes of death:

• 65% of those deaths are by suicide which would never be prevented by gun laws • 15% are […]

handgun correction chart

A coaching tool I like to use is this handgun correction chart.

That is definitely not to say that the sights do not need to be adjusted. That can happen, but usually if your shot groups are small and in one area is when you want to adjust the sights to move that small group to the center.

If your shot groups are wide, try to play back each shot in your head thinking about the possibility you may have pushed, pulled or jerked a tad more than you should have.

Use this chart to analyze each shot […]

Shoot Like a Sniper

10 Tips to Help Your Long-Range Shooting

It’s not often that seasoned hunters would listen to a 26-year-old tell them how to shoot better. Heck, most of us kill whitetails with guns older than that. However, Staff Sergeant George Reinas is not just a young sniper for the U.S. Air Force. For the past five years he has been instructing our flyboy snipers on how to shoot better. Here’s what you can do to shoot more like Reinas and our military’s elite.

Collect Data “The most important aspect of being on the range is not to shoot but […]

Gun Safety Rules

By Susan Callaway (AKA MamaLiberty) from The Price of Liberty Those who hate and fear guns, wanting to disarm everyone, seem to ignore the fact that most people who own and use guns are seriously committed to the basic safety rules outlined below. All of these, and more, are diligently taught in every sort of firearms training and reinforced through peer pressure in every situation where responsible gun owners meet.

Even though no clear statistics are available to point to, it would appear that the greatest number of “accidental” discharges of a gun occur at the hands of […]

200-yard range results

.308 load testing

Berger 175gr at 200 yards propelled by 43.7 grains of Varget

.223 load testing

Berger 80.5 grain bullets propelled by 23.8 grains of Varget

match setup

We are coming up to the Nampa Rod And Gun Club match weekend. A real fun favorite match is their Vance Cusic Vietnam Memorial Match… four-man teams in several 200-yard rapid-fire courses of fire, including some moving silhouettes as well as full-sized and “prone silhouettes”.

Rifles must be in looks and function semi-automatic versions of rifles used by some military somewhere in the world during the USofA VS Vietnam conflict… that is to say that AR-15s are the predominant choice. They also are only allowed iron sights with peep rear and post front being the main choice.

It […]