New From Magpul: Tactile Lock-Plates

Designed to allow quick visual and/or tactile differentiation of up to three different ammo loads, even in the dark, Magpul’s new Tactile Lock-Plates (sold as Type 1 and as Type 2) are an easy and inexpensive solution. Featuring one or two bumps — 1/8″ raised nubs — whereas the standard Lock-Plate is smooth, the user […]

SIG SAUER Arkansas Ammunition Factory Tour

Tom McHale writes [via ammoland.com] About three years ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the fledgling SIG SAUER Ammunition factory. It was in the middle of a cornfield in the Kentucky boondocks, I’m not exaggerating. As the business took off, it didn’t take long to figure out that SIG needed a larger factory. I […]

3 Tips for Choosing a Duck Hunting Load

As is the case with brass-cased cartridges for personal defense, there will always be, uh, “discussion” about which soft-shell load kills ducks the best. Marketing tactics pushing the newest shot formulas or wad designs will surely tempt even the most seasoned waterfowler. But a 12 gauge cartridge that dropped ducks during the Dust Bowl era […]

Ammo Review: Alchemist Ammunition C3 and Z-Clean

Clark Armory is an online ammo retailer specializing in non-toxic (i.e. lead-free) ammunition options. They set me up with a care package full of two types of ammo from Florida-based manufacturer Alchemist Ammunition, which is one of the more popular brands they sell. One load is called the C3, or Compressed Copper Cartridge, and is a frangible […]

Building a Better Bullet

  Just as we continue to try to perfect projectiles in the 21st century, the same was true back in the 19th century. Buck-and-ball fired from a shotgun allowed the shooter to have multiple projectiles per shot at their disposal. In theory, this improved the likelihood of hitting your target, but it wasn’t always the […]

Springfield Armory Daily Digest: The Trump Pro-Gun Coalition, the Singing Peshmerga, and Trading Guns for Bail

As if you needed another reason to vote for him… Donald Trump Jr’s gun rights coalition includes Olympian and beauty queen – “An Olympic gold medalist, an influential lobbyist and a former beauty queen convicted of illegally killing a bear have joined forces for Donald Trump, joining his son’s ‘coalition’ for gun rights and the second amendment.” […]

Of Fads and ‘Facts’: Enough With the 9mm Already!

  A dear friend came to me the other day for advice on his first firearm purchase. After a lively dinner, we determined that he really wanted a semi-automatic centerfire handgun. The night was young. Our local gun shop closed at eight. Here’s the deal, folks. Thanks to the FBI, there’s a manageable wimp load […]

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