• The Shooter's Log
  • The Shooter's Log

  • Armscor

  • Subscribe

  • Shop Cheaper Than Dirt!

  • Rock Island Rebate

  • LaserLyte

  • Sun Optics

  • hotshots-teaser

  • Rock Island Rebate

A young woman in a dark t-shirt calls 911

Firearms and the Mentally Ill

Look back to any of the mass-shooting tragedies and, at the heart of the matter, you will find mental illness. By extension, if there is a single gun control-related issue that truly has a majority of support, it would be a measure related to restricting access to and ownership of firearms from certain mentally ill individuals. According to the Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Chicago: “More than 8 in 10 Americans favor a federal law preventing mentally ill people from purchasing guns,” the AP reported March 23.

MH-60 Helocast by U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matt Daniels

Combat Shooting Versus Competitive Shooting: Similar but Different

Are there differences between combat shooting and competition shooting? The answer is yes. Likely, this blog does not have enough room to cover all the aspects of this argument, but let’s touch on the subject anyway. As for that fact, let’s talk to some of the guys I know and get their opinions and ideas as well; the more the merrier, right? How about a Navy SEAL shooter and a federal officer?

Measuring a 1911 pistol with an electronic caliper

1911 Handguns: How to Fit a Barrel

OK, you ordered your Storm Lake or Wilson Combat Barrel—what comes next? The 1911 is easily our most popular handgun, and without a doubt, the most modified. While the Browning Hi Power, Tokarev, CZ 75, and Beretta 92 have also been built in the millions, none have been modified as extensively as the 1911 handgun.

Savage Axis rifle topped with a Riton Optics scope

Reader Comments of the Week — July 14, 2018

Even regular readers of The Shooter’s Log can’t read or respond to all of the comments, so we have started a new weekly feature that will recap a sampling of the most active, interesting, or on occasion, randomly selected comments from the previous weeks. Feel free to respond with your two cents at the bottom of this article or by clicking the story link and adding it directly to the discussion.

Stevens 320 Security 12 gauge shotgun black pump with pistol grip

5 Home Defense Shotguns for the Budget-Minded

When it comes to personal safety, it is always good policy to buy the best you can afford. After all, if you were preparing to jump out of a plane, would you be comforted to know you were wearing the cheapest parachute on the market? Fortunately, parachutes are not shotguns. In fact, you do not have to break the bank or your budget to get a home defense shotgun worthy of relying on to protect you and your castle. Here are five top shotgun choices that will not break the bank.

Patriot Ordinance Factory red white blue logo

POF on the Business of Guns

You are seated in an executive boardroom. It is about the same as any company’s boardroom in America. There is artwork on the walls, statues in the corners, and a long meeting room table in the center surrounded by leather-clad chairs. It is complete with all of the electronics and presentation materials needed. You’d expected in this type of environment—until you make a closer inspection. You realize that laminated into the table is empty brass that has been fired from a rifle, and the statues in the corner, while seemingly to be of a western motif, the statue is an American patriot clenching a modern sporting rifle.

President Trump with Judge Kavanaugh and family during his Supreme Court nomination

Kavanaugh: Protecting the Second Amendment for the Next Generation

While the media and special interest groups have been in a frenzy since Justice Kennedy announced his retirement, President Trump was finishing the selection process for his next Supreme Court Justice nomination. While none of the finalists had a record of opposing the “Right to Keep and Bear Arms,” Judge Brett Kavanaugh arguably had the strongest record of supporting the Second Amendment, which is a win for gun owners.

Ruger Mark IV 22/45 Lite pistol right profile

Range Report: Mark IV 22/45 LITE

Ruger’s first departure from steel and aluminum construction was the Mark IV 22/45 Lite pistol. This is a polymer frame .22 caliber handgun meant to conform closely to 1911 .45 dimensions in order for the pistol to provide a good training understudy for the 1911-type handgun. It has done so, but also offers an excellent platform for anyone desiring a .22 caliber self-loading handgun as his or her only pistol. The original had molded in grip panels. The present version features removable grip panels. This is a considerable improvement for those who wish to upgrade or customize their pistol. I find the issued grips quite useful.

Lyman All American 8 Reloading Kit

Ammunition Reloading: Getting Started

I seem to be one of the few writers to extensively use handloads in testing. I have always done so, and will continue to do so. That’s mainly because handloads offer real economy, custom grade performance, and excellent accuracy potential. Best of all, getting started in handloading isn’t difficult.

Intuit TurboTax logo

Intuit’s Policies on Firearms Business Don’t Add Up for 2A Companies

Intuit is most commonly known as  the maker of Quickbooks, Quicken and TurboTax. However, when it comes to Intuit’s online business accounting platform that processes credit card payments, Intuit has proven itself not to be very intuitive when it comes to firearms-related businesses. In fact, it has gone so far as to shut down the credit card processing services of firearms related businesses.

Handgun lying over a copy of the United States constitution and the American flag.

The State of Gun Control

Is it time to pursue real solutions to criminal violence and forget about a war on law-abiding gun owners? Of course it is. In fact, that is the only solution that has ever had a chance or reducing gun-related crime. By definition, laws only apply to the law abiding when it comes to prevention, but that has not stopped or slowed the anti-gunners’ “commonsense gun safety” agendas.

Here, Rob Leatham uses a strong upper triangle to overcome recoil. He advises, “You can't learn to control recoil without having to control recoil.”

Throwback Thursday: 7 Keys to a Strong Upper Triangle

We all were told at some point in our training to “relax, squeeze the trigger slowly, and let the gun kick freely.” This makes sense when you’re just starting out, but if you want to shoot faster and maintain a high degree of accuracy, this basic advice will have to evolve. You will have to do things differently. That’s where shooting stance comes in.