Firearms Training for New Female Shooters

I enjoy teaching folks how to shoot, but in my experience, women make the best students. Besides being a welcome change from the grumpy old men I normally encounter at the range, women approach firearms differently than men. Even though…

Osprey Defense Scuba Test: Questionable Methods

Okay, if you’ve read some of my other posts, you’ll know that I’m not the biggest fan of piston/op-rod conversions. But hey, if you’ve got a suppressed full auto rifle, you’re getting closer to the zone of performance where the…

Spike TV's Not So Deadliest Warrior

I’ve only got a little time here, but I wanted to debunk a portion of this show. I’ve never watched an episode on TV, but was shown a link to this episode as “proof” that the AK-47 is more reliable…

Reduced Pay for Executives

Today I saw a bumper sticker that read, “If you aren’t outraged, you aren’t paying attention.” I don’t know if that person was a liberal who applied the sticker during the Bush administration, or a conservative who applied it after…

Time Magazine, 1941: Report on the Garand

We’ve all heard that the M1 Garand is the “greatest battle implement ever devised”, and many folks speak of it as if the weapon never malfunctioned. It’s pointed to as an example of how a semiautomatic rifle with a piston…

How to Maintain Firearms Proficiency on a Budget

This article is intended for shooters who, like me, can’t afford to shoot as much ammunition as they would like, or as much as they need in order to stay proficient. The answer isn’t exactly a secret, but I thought I’d…

The Failed Promise of the "Piston" AR-15 Conversion

A few years ago, piston/op-rod conversions for AR-15s were all the rage. We were bombarded with propaganda about how unreliable the standard AR-15 was. We were led to believe that our rifles, which had worked just fine for years, were…

Personal Defense – More Than Just a Firearm

I’m a big proponent of concealed carry. I carry everywhere that I legally can. However, I’m not of the opinion that simply carrying a gun means that I’m “covered”, that I’m “safe”. Yes, Rule 1 of a gunfight is “Bring…

AR-15 – Build or Buy?

This is an often-asked question on various forums. Should you piece together an AR-15 from individual components, or should you buy one off the shelf? The answer really depends on budget and needs. If you’re on an extreme budget, you…

Bravo Company USA "BCMGUNFIGHTER" Charging Handle

Bravo Company USA is a well-respected manufacturer of AR-15 components and rifles, as well as a major stocking dealer for companies like Vltor and LaRue Tactical. Their upper receiver groups have achieved high regard in professional circles because of consistently…