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Recoil and Accuracy

​The #FreeForAllFriday thing we do every week is my absolute favorite thing I do for this site. Not only do I just love helping out readers by answering their questions but I love the challenge of it as well. Every now and then, I get a question that I really like and want to focus on a bit more. In this case, I got a question from Ann...at least I think it was Ann judging by the email address. She wanted to know “since you said that you would have felt recoil when the bullet is already 10-20 ft away from you, would it affect the accuracy of your shot?  Why or why not?”

This makes for a great followup article to our guide on recoil from a while back. 

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Free For All Friday 10-24-2014: Wet ammo, 22 pistols and bugout bags.

I was canoeing a few weekends ago out in the middle of nowhere and the thought occurred to me. If I flip and fall into the lake with my pistol, would that render my ammo useless, or are cartridges sealed enough to withstand a quick dunk? -Corey M.
 
Two quick questions. I love shooting 22lr and have experience with the Ruger 22/45 and do like that one. I found a new one online for $280, do you think this is a good deal for a Ruger? Also a S&W 22A is there for $230. Have you ever shot one before? Or any impressions you've heard from other people? -Kaj
 
What items are most important in a bugout bag? -Fred S.
 
Answers after the jump!

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DDDDDDrop the Bass! (Calculating Bullet Drop)

A bullet’s path is not a straight line. I know most of you are saying “well, duh”. I think it’s safe to say that we all know a bullet will eventually hit the ground however the details concerning path of a fired bullet is not considered by most outside of the standard “know your target and what’s behind it” safety commandment. You know who does consider the path a bullet follows in great detail? Rifle shooters.

Maths and stuff after the jump! 

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Free For All Friday 10-17-2014: 22LR Carry Guns, Silencers and Home Defense.

Halloween is coming up. This has got to be one of my favorite holidays. We nerds tend to go all out on Halloween as well. Heck, we’ll look for any excuse to dress up in costume. Usually it’s comic conventions or what have you. Regardless, we go a bit crazy. There will be pictures. As the Fourth Doctor once said “There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes.” Words to live by.

Questions after the jump!

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Free For All Friday 10-10-2014: Revolvers and stuff.

​I was doing some thinking. That’s rarely a good thing but still. At the moment, I only have the budget for one big gun convention a year. For the last couple years the SHOT Show has been my show of choice. There were some things that bothered me a bit about it, however. It wasn’t the fact that it was in Vegas. Unlike most other people in my particular niche, I adore Vegas. It was more of the timing of the vendors. Here is one of the largest media events in the world and they don’t really reveal much. It seems that more stuff gets announced and unveiled at the NRA Annual Meeting each year than at SHOT. With that in mind, I’ve decided to give that show a chance instead. If it turns out to be a bust, I’ll head back to SHOT the following year but, considering the focus of this site, the workshops and such at NRAAM concerning firearm safety and training are much closer to the purview of this site’s subject matter.

“I read in several of your reviews that you are tired of reviewing revolvers cause you just pull the trigger and bang. But like I said before I'm new to handguns and looking to get one to carry now. Right now I have a .22 revolver and just use it for target shooting. But can you tell me what you think about the Beretta M9 and the Ruger LCR9mm? I do like revolvers because mine is so easy to clean, but for a carry gun I would like to go with a 9mm. From all that I have read there isn't a lot of recoil and ammo is cheap. Maybe in the future I would look at a .38 special.” -Rob H.

Answer after the jump.

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How Fluid Is Your Plan?

​I have to apologize but the best way I can think of to start this article is with a quote from the Tenth Doctor: “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly….timey-wimey...stuff.”

What he’s basically saying is that reality isn’t always an A + B = C type of flow. The tiniest factors can influence things which makes outcomes rarely predictable. As a result, your life and plans should never follow an A + B = C type of response.

 

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Free For All Friday 10-3-2014: Rifle Caliber and a duck...

​Only one question this week and I’m exhausted for various reasons so I don’t really have anything clever or insightful with which to start off this week’s post. With that being said, here’s a joke: A duck goes into a furniture store and says 'got any duck food?' The guy at the counter says, 'sorry, we don't sell duck food'. The little duck walks out. The next day, same duck, same guy. 'Got any duck food?' 'Sorry little duck, I told you yesterday, no duck food here.' The duck walks out. Next day, again, 'got any duck food?' The guy says 'No! we don't sell duck food! and if you come in here again I'm gonna nail your feet to the floor!' The duck walks out. next day, duck walks in. 'Got any nails? ' The guy says 'what?... no'. Then the duck says 'Got any duck food?'

Question after the jump!

 

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Grow Your Brain With Guns!

We spend countless amounts of money getting in shape. We spend hours at the gym grunting and sweating. We eat foods like kale and tofu. All of this so that we live longer with the added bonus of attracting a mate. With all this health junk we do, when was the last time you did push-ups with your brain? I mean, what does it matter that you can bench press a car if your mind goes? Believe it or not, exercising your brain is just as important and, frankly, far easier than exercising your body.

Learn how to exercise your brain with guns after the jump!

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Free For All Friday 9-26-2014: Ankles, Gun Fit and Shooting with a Cane...

I worked for a couple of Dot-Bombs back in the day. For those not familiar with the term, there was a big industry growth in the 90’s where tech and internet companies were given absurd amounts of investment money to come out with stupid websites that never had important words like “profit” appear in their business plans. A large percentage of these “dot-coms” went belly up in hilarious ways which earned the name “dot-bomb”. Once such company I worked for was one of the first completely online banks. It had no branches or ATMs and was about 10 years too early. Even those who were knowledgeable about the internet at the time didn’t trust the internet (and the smart people today still don’t) and didn’t like the idea of putting all their money in with a digital bank.

Full story and questions after the jump!

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Rifle Cartridge Explanation: Clearing the Waters and then Muddying them Up

I think people fail to appreciate how easy it is to buy handgun ammo. I’m not referring to ammo inventory levels, mind you, I’m talking about picking out the right ammo for your gun. If you have a .45ACP pistol, you go out and buy a box of .45ACP ammo. At the same time, with few exceptions, it’s easy to tell the size of the round by the caliber alone. A .45 is bigger than a .40 and that’s bigger than a .380 and so on. Sometimes there can be a little confusion with the ammo that uses the metric system (hello, 9mm) but beyond that, it’s pretty straightforward. Things get a bit odd in the terms of shotgun ammo as the smaller the gauge, the bigger the round but it’s an easy rule of thumb to remember. When it comes to rifle ammo, however, It’s like they’re just trolling us.

I'll explain why after the jump...

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