Category Archives: firearms

custom 22LR AR-15

I recently built a very special AR-15 pistol, and a friend liked it so much that I decided to write up a short summary of the parts that went into it. Please note, though, that this gun is not actually … Continue reading

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Warning: Sub60Ounces

I’m back! Yes, after 6 months away, I’m finally ready to resume my sporadic posts. As a start, I’m going to resume my series on ultralight weight AR-15s. I’ve spent a fair bit of time gathering details on different parts … Continue reading

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Featherweight AR-15 Barrels

Today’s post will focus on barrels for lightweight AR-15s. Barrels People far wiser and with far more experience than me have said that a carbine’s balance is far more important than it’s overall weight. I tend to agree. More than anything, I like … Continue reading

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Featherweight AR-15 Introduction

This is the first part of many dealing with ultralight AR-15 carbines. As you may know by now, I am a light-weight junkie! Light weight is EXPENSIVE! But I dream of building an ultra light weight carbine. I don’t know … Continue reading

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Glock-magazine Carbine Roundup

This is a ’roundup’ of all the pistol-caliber-carbines that use Glock magazines. Why? Because Glock magazines are lightweight, affordable, common, and reliable. They’re also single-feed, unlike the typical Uzi, MP-5, or Colt 9mm carbine magazines. In case you don’t know, … Continue reading

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Affordable AR-15 (some assembly required)

I never thought I’d write this, but you can now get an AR-15 for around $600. They used to be $800+ for the cheapest models, and then the buying craze of 2013 happened. Now, the bubble has burst. Everyone bought … Continue reading

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Self-fulfilling Popularity

You may be familiar with the concept of a “self-fulfilling prophesy.” They occur when a person makes a prediction and then that prediction makes the person act in a certain way. For example, a student says “I’m going to fail … Continue reading

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Firearm Accessories 4: Get a Grip on It!

Ok, you have a gun, a case to transport it, a kit to clean it, spare ammo, spare parts, tools, and maybe a laser, light, or red dot sight.  So what else could you POSSIBLY need, right? Well fortunately for … Continue reading

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Firearm Accessories 3: Getting on Target

Ok, you have a firearm with a carrying case, ammunition, magazines, cleaning kit, and maintenance tools. You have everything you really need but there are some more things that can help you put shots on target. Continue reading for a … Continue reading

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Firearm Accessories 2: Keep It Running

Ok, you have a firearm and a way to transport it. Now, you’re ready to start shooting but you’ll need a few things if you want to keep shooting for very long. I’m going to cover ammunition, magazines, cleaning kits, and tools … Continue reading

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Keymod: What’s the Big Deal?

If you don’t know, Keymod is a new-ish system for mounting accessories on rifles. Keymod was released in June 2011. After 2 years on the market, many companies are producing handguards with Keymod slots. So what accessories do we have … Continue reading

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Firearm Accessories 1: Cases

Ok, so what do you need after you get a firearm? The market is certainly flooded with accessories, but what is really important? Today, I’m discussing cases for your handgun or long gun. Regardless of what gun you own, it’s … Continue reading

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Ruger 10/22 Scope Rail Options

I previously mentioned that adding a scope to the Ruger 10/22 means you lose the option to use the iron sights. That isn’t true any more, so here’s a summary of the best scope-rails on the market. Note that I … Continue reading

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5 Guns – Update

After some considerable thought, I must update my previous “5 guns” post. First, although I love the feel of a 1911, I have become skeptical of their reliability. I suggest that a reader should choose another, more modern handgun. From … Continue reading

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Hard Stop vs Soft Stop

In discussing self-defense, there are 2 basic ways to stop an attack. I call them a “hard stop” and a “soft stop” but other people call them “voluntary” and “involuntary” stops. A “soft stop” is any time when the attacker is … Continue reading

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Buy Now!

Prices and availability for parts have mostly returned to normal, even if ammunition is still rare & expensive. (A few special parts are still hard to find for a fair price.) Unfortunately, it is inevitable that someone like Feinstein, Bloomberg, … Continue reading

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Intro to Firearms 6

Ok, I’m running out of material, so here’s a few links to more resources. Some of you (assuming I have more than 1 reader…) http://girlsguidetoguns.com/ That’s an intro-level gun website meant for women. I don’t really know how good the … Continue reading

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Intro to Firearms 5

A beginning shooter should strongly consider buying an “airgun”, a gun that uses compressed air to push a small projectile. The most classic example is a child’s BB gun. This is a basic introduction. Airguns have a lot of advantages. … Continue reading

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Intro to Firearms 4

My friend mentioned that she’s interested in revolvers. There are 2 basic types: single-action and double-action. Single-action revolvers are based on the old Colt “wild west” era. They’re much slower to shoot, load, & unload. Double-action revolvers are much more … Continue reading

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Intro to Firearms 3

The main advantage of a handgun is it’s small size and light weight, both important things for a gun that you’ll be carrying every day. If you’re not carrying a gun, then a rifle or shotgun (aka “long gun”) is … Continue reading

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