Supersonic – Subsonic Handloading the 7.62×39 Ruger American Ranch Part I

04/03/2022 -I am stuck. I can’t make up my mind if I want this John Deere 2038R… which I can’t afford, or a smaller, but similarly equipped John Deere 1025… which I also can’t afford. It isn’t the cost of the basic tractor, but rather all of the options and […] [Read More]

Browning’s X-Bolt Mountain Pro Tungsten

05/01/2022 – Lately, I have been doing a good deal of “order and pick up” grocery shopping. It is not that I am lazy, as much I would rather keep a young person in a job, than have them unemployed and drifting off into the world of political activism and […] [Read More]

S&W’s M&P9 Pro Series

03/20/2022 – I hate to say this in polite company, but you might want to move back from the screen a bit. No lactose intolerant old guy should have a chili, red pepper and cheddar cheese omelette and a fresh banana / vanilla ice cream smoothie for breakfast, and then […] [Read More]

Smith & Wesson’s M&P 340 – No Internal Lock

03/16/2022 – I’ve been trying to work on my taxidermy skills. Returning from a big bear hunt in Oymyakon, I decided a rug before the fireplace was in order. Damn thing won’t lay flat.Maybe I just have to shoot it some more? Anyway… Between the bear and chili with beans […] [Read More]

9mm Pistol? 9mm Carbine? 9mm Pistol? 9mm Carbine?

03/13/2022 – Never be too old to learn. As an example, I’ve learned that at least one of three elements should be present in all firearm articles to assure the article’s appeal: short paragraphs to avoid reader boredom, the framing of firearms within martial context and, finally, hunting or trail […] [Read More]


My wife, Diane, passed away on March 2, 2022, in the presence of myself and our grown children, after a year long battle with cancer. No, I am not going to extensively write about it. I do not have the writing skills to properly represent my wife’s story. You folks […] [Read More]

A Production Ruger Made Marlin Model 1895 SBL

03/06/22 – After sixteen years of writing about Ruger, within a broader mix of manufacturers, I apparently fell from grace and was shut out of the Marlin introduction. So I sat and watched them feed “Better Guns & Groceries”, “Hank the Dancing Cop’s YouTube Channel”, etc. T&E firearms and information, […] [Read More]

Smith & Wesson’s M&P Shield EZ 30 Super Carry

03/17/2022   S&W M&P® Shield EZ SKU # 13458 Manufacturer Smith and Wesson Point of Origin Springfield, MA Type SA Internal Hammer Caliber 30 Super Carry Magazine Capacity 10 Barrel 3.675″ Stainless Rifling 1:10″ 5 RH Overall Length ” 6.8 Overall Height ” 5.2 Frame Width ” 1.06 Weight Oz […] [Read More]

GP And His Little Brother SP

02/05/2022 – Why persist in carrying a revolver when there are so many auto loaders to choose from? Because, as a general rule, revolvers can be more powerful, are easier to shoot accurately and, with the right holster, are as easy to conceal. Those important factors in self defense. Self […] [Read More]

454 Casull

Warning: Bullet selections are specific, and loads are not valid with substitutions of different bullets of the same weight. Variations in bullet length will alter net case capacity,  pressure and velocity. Primer selection is specific and primer types are not interchangeable. These are maximum loads in my firearms and may […] [Read More]