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Beginner's Shotgun Recommendations

There are two schools of thought when it comes to getting started in a new hobby. You can either start off as cheap as possible so that, in the off chance you don’t like it, you’re not out too much money. There are others that follow the line of thinking that if you spend as much as possible, you’re less likely to give up because you’ve made such a large investment. 


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Free For All Friday 2-27-2015: Steel Core Ammo, Cylinder Spin, and lots more!

I’ve spent the last week updating and migrating my servers. We’re on completely new hardware in a completely new datacenter. This means that, with the exception of occasional updates to the site’s software, there will be almost zero downtime moving forward. This is awesome for you, as the reader but it’s also great for me because it means I won’t be getting notifications at 3:00 am telling me I need to go fix a hung server. A well rested noob is a good noob.

We've got a lot of questions this week so let's jump in to it!

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Product Review Double Header: Hornady and Harbor Freight Ultrasonic Cleaners

Last week, we spoke a bit on why an ultrasonic cleaner is a good appliance to have in your home. We might have mentioned Doctor Who a couple of times in that article as well. I don’t really remember. This week, I want to go over a couple of options that are available. Normally I do one product review per article but I also don’t want to do three weeks’ worth of articles about sonic cleaners. There are only so many sonic screwdriver jokes my readers could take. I thought it would be fun to take a head to head-ish approach to the review of these two devices.


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Free For All Friday 2-20-2015: Safe guns and new holster designs...

There’s a reason why people move to Florida: it doesn’t get that cold here. It’s been said many times, however, that Jacksonville Florida is actually the southernmost city in Georgia. If you’ve never been here, you’re probably scratching your head but if you’ve spent even a couple of hours in this city you’d be laughing your head off right now. With that, I don’t really consider it to be “Florida” until you hit I-4 and beyond. While Florida has the stereotype of being sunny and perfect beach days all year around, the reality is that there’s only a small part of Florida where that is true. Here in Jax, it’s 27 degree as I type this. Someone from up north will read this and say “don’t you DARE complain about that!” and I won’t. While many of my follow Jacksonvillians will be wearing snow shoes and complaining about how freezing it is, I put on a warm jacket and will enjoy it while it lasts. I actually kind of prefer this weather and here is why: I can put on layer after layer and eventually get toasty warm and comfortable. When it’s scorching how out, however, I can only take off so many layers before I get arrested. Even if were to walk out in just a bathing suit (enjoy trying to bleach that mental image out of your mind), it would still be scorching hot. Nope, I like the cold. If I could get it year around without piles and piles of snow in the winter, I’d be happy as can be.

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Let's Get a Little More Sonic!

Jack Harkness: Who has a sonic screwdriver? Who looks at a screwdriver and thinks, "Ooh, this could be a little more sonic!"?
The Doctor: What, you've never been bored? Never had a long night? Never had a lot of cabinets to put up?

The Doctor’s sonic screwdriver has gotten him out of a lot of sticky situations. A bit too many situations, as it turns out because the writing team had been chewed out by the show’s producers many times over the years for using it too often. Darn useful tool though. It does pretty much whatever The Doctor needs it to do. From remotely controlling the TARDIS to scanning the area to cutting and welding. As the Doctor once said “Harmless is just the word. That's why I like it! Doesn't kill, doesn't wound, doesn't maim. But I'll tell you what it does do. It is very good at opening doors.” It just doesn’t work on wood. 

Where did everyone go? See, this is why I limit myself on Doctor Who references. For those that are still here...all three of you...I’ve recently discovered something else that’s sonic that has made my life so much easier: a Sonic Cleaner. You know those water filled things in jewelry stores that makes that annoying buzzing noise? Yeah, those things. I’m here to say that you don’t need to be a jeweler to have a use for one.

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Free For All Friday 2-13-2015: The "other"...

Things are calming down a bit on the home front and I’m finally getting caught up on work. One of the things I had started working on before things went nuts and have since resumed working on is trying to set this site up in a way that could ultimately lead to my working on it as a full time job. It’s a slow process and, frankly, I never expected the site to get as big as it is now in the first place. Admittedly, it was a fun hobby in the beginning. Now, it’s still a load of fun but it’s no longer a hobby. I remember back in the beginning I wrote an article about getting out of your comfort zone. Let it not be said that I don’t follow my own advice. This whole process is so far outside of my comfort zone that I could probably qualify as an astronaut. 

I promise that, no matter what happens, Gun Noob will always be Gun Noob. The stuff that keeps you coming back to this site won’t change. It’s the side stuff that most people don’t see that will evolve and needs to evolve to meet my goals.

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Shotgun Actions Guide

If you walk into a gun store and say “I want a shotgun”, the next question the clerk will ask you will most likely be “what kind?” You could, of course, say “12 gauge” but he or she will probably say “ok, but what kind? Pump? Break action? Semi-auto?” Shotguns, much like their distant cousins (twice removed) the rifles, come in a variety of flavors called “actions”. The name that is assigned to each kind of action really refers to how the rounds are cycled through it and/or reloaded and each style is tailored to particular a task (sort of) and each has their own strength and weakness. I say “sort of” because it wasn’t like the designers had a particular task in mind when they were designed. It’s more like each style of action has settled into the tasks that they do best.

So let’s take a look at those kinds. I mean, after all, this is a gun site for beginners. At the same time, it would be weird if I started out with that introduction then just left it there. Although, the look on the readers’ faces would be hilarious if I could see them. They’d be all “What the heck?! Did he not upload the whole article or something?!” and I’d be all “lol”.

Sorry, where was I? Oh yeah, shotgun actions! We’ll start with the most basic of them.

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Free For All Friday 2-6-2015: AR-15s and stuff

​You may remember a couple weeks ago where I mentioned a family emergency. While I don’t want to get into details, I feel that I should let you know that I’m still dealing with the problems at hand and it’s taking up a great deal of my time. I know a lot of people would say to put GN on hiatus for a bit until it’s all taken care of but this site and moreso its readers are very important to me. At the same time, it provides a much needed way to get my mind off things. That being said, I may have a bit of trouble keeping to my usual update schedule for a little bit. 

On that note, there were a bunch of questions for FFAF this week. Some of them require a bit more research than I’m able to get done in the time between the question request on Wednesday and the post on Friday. I haven’t ignored you. I just want to make sure I get the best info out as possible. For the questions I AM able to answer today, let’s get going!

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Free For All Friday 1-30-2015: .22LR and other guns

I am sitting on a huge backlog of stuff to get to. I hate getting behind on work. If you’ve sent me an email in the past week/week and a half and I haven’t replied, I’m not ignoring you. Real life is just being real life and, well, yeah. We’ve got two questions this week, one from THE Chris H. who occasionally writes for the blog!


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Free For All Friday 1-23-2014: Defense ammo?

The SHOT Show is in full swing. There’s been some interesting stuff being showcased. Remington is claiming they’ve fixed all the issues with the R51 and are putting it back into production. Springfield has announced some new variations of their XD lines. Glock is Glock. The Taurus Curve is getting a lot of attention. All in all, it looks like it’s been interesting. At the same time, it always seems that more interesting stuff has always been announced at NRAAM. Never understood that, really. The SHOT Show is where media and vendors get to see what’s out there so it seems to go without saying that SHOT is where you’d get the most exposure. While I understand production schedules and so on don’t always coincide with show schedules but it seems like it would be a good idea to adjust production schedules so you can get the most exposure possible. Just my $0.08 which is my $0.02 adjusted for inflation.

Questions after the jump!

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