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From Tacticool to Practicool: The Fake Suppressor

There’s a tendency among shooters to want the best gear, and there’s nothing wrong with that. One doesn’t walk into a car dealership and demand to see their shittiest compact, after all, and shooters are no different. For the most part, people want to outfit themselves with quality equipment, and for better or worse, the barometer of quality gear is the military. This is a fallacy for a number of reasons.

  1. Military equipment is geared toward a specific purpose that 99% of people will never see.
  2. The military has passed on acquiring great pieces of kit due to price or politics.
  3. The military makes stupid decisions.


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My Grandfather's Gun: The Revelation Bolt Action

It was stored in a forgotten corner of my grandparents’ house for an unknown number of years. After their passing, it was used as a decoration in a room in my parents’ house that I had never really been in. It hung there above the door for a few years, adding to the western theme of the room’s decor. Then my parents moved to a smaller place. They had no need for the knick knacks and such from that room in their new home. So then the gun was passed to me. I don’t really remember the exact time frame when I came to possess this gun. I do know that, at the time, I didn’t have the interest in guns that I have now. It was a while before I even unwrapped it from the towel it was handed to me in. I knew, however, I would never get rid of it. My grandfather was a great man and this reminder of him was precious to me. There was just a lot going on in my life at the time and I didn’t have time to spend with this gun. Looking back, I rather regret that.  

As my interest in guns increased, so did my desire to find out more about this gun. There was also an unending urge to see this gun restored to the shiny, working condition it so deserved to be in.  

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Feelin' Hot Hot Hot

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s a bit warm outside. I know it’s hard to believe we’re having hot weather in the summer but temperatures keep climbing and it doesn’t look like there’s going to be any breaks for a while. 

I should note that this article pertains to those of you who shoot at outdoor ranges or outside in general. If you shoot in one of those air conditioned indoor ranges, you probably don’t have to worry as much. However, I didn’t open up my browser to type up a discussion about weather alone. I’m typing this as a warning:
 this heat is dangerous 

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Noob Guide: Cleaning Your Gun

The AR-15 Project: Done!

Well, the AR is “finished”. I say that with quotes because, like any project of mine, it’s never really finished. I just have to stop working on it....for now. You can bet that, as time goes by, I’m going to have a nice collection of different uppers for this gun. That's much later though. Right now I'm getting everything together that I need to take this to the range. I can't begin to describe the feeling of accomplishment when I snapped the front hand guard into the delta ring assembly. Actually, it didn't happen immediately. Once it was firmly in place, I said to myself "ok, what next?"

That's when it hit me: there wasn't anything. That was the last piece. I was recording it and I was at a complete loss for words. I just quickly signed off and stopped the camera then just sat there for a while holding my newly finished AR. I carried it out of the studio to show Mrs. Noob. I didn't even have to say anything. She could tell from the grin on my face. I still can't help but stare at it and say "I can't believe I built it".

Now that it is "done", I think a retrospective on the project is in order.

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The Basic Rifle Cartridge Guide

Ellen Ripley: “Lieutenant, what do those pulse rifles fire?”The magazine in this gun weights 55 pounds.

Lt. Gorman: “Ten millimeter explosive tip caseless. Standard light armor piercing round. Why?”

What the #&%$ does that even mean? When I first saw Aliens I didn’t know, but I knew it sounded good. For the record, that round doesn’t exist, and if it did I doubt you could fit 95 of them in a magazine. You see, the “ten millimeter” part of that explanation deals with the bullet’s diameter*.  That’s pretty big for a rifle. The M4 the U.S. military issues to its soldiers fires a 5.56mm round, only about half the size of what Space Marines apparently fight with. But if 10mm explosive tip caseless rounds don’t exist yet, what should I use to shoot aliens with?

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So, presumably you are here because you have a gun or are thinking about buying a gun.  This is good.  You are taking steps in the right direction.  Welcome to The Magical World of Firearms Ownership, where the sun is always shining and butterflies and unicorns romp in the meadows.  (That’s right, I said “romp”. WHAT?).

Now we should to talk about how you are going to carry your gun.  First, you need to make sure that you are following all of the proper procedures for your state including obtaining a Concealed Carry Weapons License, if necessary.  Once you have that license, you’ll need a holster to carry your gun in.  There are many holster options available.  Not all holsters are ideal for all guns.  Some are better than others.  I’m assuming you are reading this because you are smart and you’re doing your research, which is exactly what you should do when you are looking to buy a holster.

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TLaC: Safety Through Obscurity - Keeping Your Kids Safe...

I used to work as a network administrator for a very large insurance company. Now, net admins for insurance companies have a particularly stressful job due to something called HIPAA. I’m not going to get into the details of what that is because it’s boring as hell. The short of it: “If even the smallest bit of customer data gets leaked or stolen, we will end you. Signed, The Government.” Essentially, it was our job to protect our company from its own users. We were good at it too. 





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What’s a scout rifle and do I need one?

In the 1970s, Col. Jeff Cooper, a rifleman’s rifleman if there ever was one, pioneered the idea of a general purpose rifle that would work in a variety of roles from hunting to defense. The concept was dubbed “the scout rifle,” and Cooper refined it over the years until his death in 2006. Cooper believed in the “scout,” a man who “acted alone, not as a member of a team. By choice he did not fight, but he had to be an expert at the hit-and-run art of single combat. By choice he did not shoot, but if forced to shoot, he shot quickly, carefully, and as little a possible. ‘One round, one hit and then vanish!’ – that was his motto. He did not need an assault rifle. He needed a scout rifle.”

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Thinking Like a Criminal: Surprise Visits...

“Know your enemy.” 

That saying has been around, in one form or another, for as long as humans have been around. It is a valuable bit of advice to live by. Regardless of politics, religion, interests, and philosophies there is always a common enemy to us all: criminals. As long as there’s more than one person on the planet, there will always be the potential for someone to steal from or harm another and they will use any means they have available to do so.They were using rocks back in the stone age and they’ll probably be using some kind of laser beam device 1000 years in the future.

Now, having the means to protect yourself goes a long way but I never want to have to use my gun to defend myself and I know that pretty much every gun owner out there feels the same way. One of the best things we can do is make sure we never put ourselves in a situation where we would need to. 

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