Calibers for Beginners: 12 Gauge

Many a young child got their first taste of a ‘real gun’ when they put dad’s slug gun to their shoulder. The awakening, for so many poor, innocent younglings, came rudely. Every November I get to watch the little kids wearing puffy coats and gloves struggle to see through cheap scopes and hold steady while […]

I Call Shotgun: The Rolling Thunder Drill

This July, for the first time ever, TacCon was held in the Pacific Northwest (thus becoming Northwest TacCon). During NW TacCon, Chief Deputy at Oconee County Georgia Sheriff’s Office Lee Weems put a group of us through the Rolling Thunder shotgun drill. The drill is designed to put shooters through the paces of reloads, rapid […]

Gun Review: Hurricane Butterfly Typhoon 12 AOW

There’s no doubt that twelve-gauge AOWs command attention at the range, in the shop, or out in the field. They have an awesome look about them, they’re a ton of fun to shoot a variety of loads through, are great for breaching, and they make for a solid home defense option (with Laserlyte Center Mass?). […]

What About Your Wads? – Question of the Day

As a waterfowl hunter, part of my daily duck season routine includes picking up spent 12-gauge hulls. If we don’t stay on top of it, hundreds, sometimes thousands of them can become scattered across the properties we hunt throughout the course of a season. Unless they’re salvaged, they’re simply rubbish – every one of them […]

Shot Placement: Why You Need to Hunt Spring Turkeys

It’s something I hear on a regular basis: turkey hunting is boring. Naysayers tend to drone on about the dullness of the kill, the small amount of meat and, in some cases, their apparent dislike of shotguns (yes, I’m looking at you). Well, it’s spring turkey season and I’m here to give you a few […]

Five Ways to Reuse Spent Cartridges

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire — where there’s gunfire, there will be spent casings. Okay, so not in all cases, but the vast majority of firearms leave you with an empty cartridge casing after the shot has been fired. And far too many of those casings (and especially shotshell wads) remain on the ground to […]

Derya Arms MK-12 Bullpup

Throw a stick at SHOT Show and you are sure to hit a Turkish made shotgun. The first stick I threw landed by a Derya Arms MK-12. It’s a bullpup 12-gauge semi-auto shotgun. I must have thrown an ugly stick, cause the MK-12 sure is ugly. That said . . . The IWI Bullpup is […]

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 […]

Three Ways to Start Preparing for Next Duck Season Now

Duck hunting season has come to an end for most throughout the country and the inability to drop a limit of drakes means the onset of Duck Depression (yes, it’s real) for many. For those of us who practically live to hunt waterfowl, duck season never really ends…it just bleeds into the preparation period for […]

Gun Review: Serbu SUPER-SHORTY Shotgun

  For nearly 20 years, Mark Serbu’s SUPER-SHORTY has been the standard-bearer among the super-compact shotgun set. Built from either a Mossberg 500 or a Remington 870 that started life with a pistol grip, the S-S is considered an “Any Other Weapon” (AOW) under NFA law, meaning a $5 tax stamp instead of $200 as […]

Shotgun Shootout: .410 vs. 20 vs. 12 vs. 10 gauge

So if you’ve ever wondered about the differences between shotgun gauges, here’s a video with some first-hand looks at the guns. With a rockin’ blonde doing the honors. What’s not to like? This was originally made for the TV show Country Fried Home Videos with Bill Engvall. The comely Heather shoots a 410, a 20 […]