Review: The Thompson/Center Contender Pistol : How to Tune, Time, Load, and Shoot for Accuracy

I picked up a copy of this book because I own several T/C’s and the title offered suggestion that there would be things of interest inside. What I actually found was that late term paper with lots of fillers and off topic verbosity designed to make 10 or 12 pages... […] [Read More]

Review: Load From A Disk - Real Guns Software Review

I’ve been using Load From a Disk for awhile now, almost a year, and I use it primarily for reality checks. It appears to be very close in estimating anticipated performance, and it gives some insight into probable pressure levels and some cross reference to powder types and loads. I’ve... […] [Read More]

Review: Hatcher's Notebook

I’ve gone through this book numerous times,  still using it for reference every now and then. I guess there is always value in the  various ballistic equations, but I probably like the firearms fundamentals and the sense  of history conveyed. Looking through the pages, published in 1947 – last updated... […] [Read More]

Review: Brownells Catalog Number 51 1998-1999

At a time when there seem to be fewer  quality organizations servicing  firearms related markets, Brownells stands head and  shoulders above the rest. When they say their catalog contains 26,000 accessories, that  means they stock and support 26,000 items. I can’t remember placing an order for any item  that was... […] [Read More]

Review: Abridged Edition - Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading

This is a tough one to describe. Hornady  makes really good products and their prices are typically on the low end. making almost  anything they sell a value. I’m not sure I understand the intended purpose of this  abridged version of their two book manual set. I have the full... […] [Read More]

Review: Speer Reloading Manual #13

Speer Reloading Manual #13 has four more  rifle loads and three less handgun loads than #12. A section was added addressing Cowboy  Action Shooting, and this is reflected in the loading data changes. Unfortunately, not  much else is, which makes the new manual appear dated.     Rifle adds:  ... […] [Read More]

Review: Wildcat Cartridges, Combo Edition

Wildcat Cartridges is a compilation of  excellent quality articles from Handloader andRifle Magazines, starting  with .14 calibers, covering both rifle and handgun loads. More than a static list of  loads, the book provides a great deal of insight into powder and bullet types and  suppliers, various case designs relating to... […] [Read More]

Review: Understanding Ballistics

This is one of those books that offers  essentially whatever you’d like to extract from it. It clearly answers the question,  “How much recoil would be generated, by a 50 BMG round necked down to .338, and  stuffed with a 300 grain Sierra Match bullet ?” However, it will also... […] [Read More]

Review: Handloader's Manual of Cartridge Conversions

I frequently get e-mail from people who are  looking for obsolete cartridges brass, or loaded ammo. Unfortunately, with the exception  of those cartridges resurrected by cowboy action shooting, there are fewer outlets for  this type of product and the material is very expensive when it can be found. “The  Handloader’s... […] [Read More]

Review: Pistolsmithing - Real Guns Book Review

This book is representative of an  unfortunate growing trend with national book retailers. It’s marked up to a price above  retail, and listed as special order from Barnes & Noble with delivery in 3 – 5 weeks.  Actually, the book is in wide distribution, readily available and can be purchased... […] [Read More]