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Reader Comments of the Week — June 3, 2017

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.

Smith and Wesson M&P 2.0

10 (Mostly) New Pistols for Concealed Carry

Concealed carry is on the rise, which means more citizens are able to defends themselves and their loved ones better than ever before. However, that means having the right training, holster, or carry system, and most importantly the right pistol. Handguns are not a one-size-fits-all affair. This makes choosing—or recommending—a handgun rather difficult. However, when it comes to handguns, even men love to shop! Here are 10 top choices for your consideration.

Traditions revolver with a box or SIG Sauer V-Crown ammunition

Review: SIG Sauer Big Bore Defense Loads — .44 Special and .45 Colt

Recently, SIG Sauer broadened its line of defensive ammunition with two big bore revolver loads. The .44 Special V-Crown and .45 Colt V-Crown offer good choices for personal defense. Before we look at the performance of each load we should look at the cartridges. The .45 Colt is the older cartridge, introduced in 1873. The .45 Colt has been loaded with different weight bullets but traditional performance is a 255-grain conical load at about 850 fps in most revolvers.

Walther PPQ Blue LEO Training airsoft gun

Airsoft Training With Umarex and Rubber Dummies

During a recent training with Craig Douglas of ShivWorks, I was introduced to the world of realistic training with the help of airsoft guns. I really had no idea the high quality airsoft trainers were so realistic, accurate, or well made. Essentially, this type of practice allows regular and higher risk live training to be done with the airsoft gun to minimize risk to a negligible level. I still believe that a year spent dry-fire practicing will net more advantage than weekly range trips with live fire, but I believe airsoft holds a legitimate place between those two extremes.

Suppressor mounted on the end of a rifle barrel

Video: NSSF Hosts Media for Suppressor Demonstration

Perhaps not on the forefront of some gun owners’ minds these days, but the fight for the Second Amendment is a daily struggle. The challenge is not to convince gun owners—at least not in most situations. Instead, the challenge is to educate the non gun owner. Two of the major obstacles to our success are the movies (Hollywood) and the media. Both have a huge influence on the general populace. Neither typically portrays guns factually.

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Memorial Day — Thank a Gold Star Family

All gave some, and some gave all. A lot has been made of “whom” you should thank on Memorial Day. Personally, I have no problem thanking a veteran 366 days a year. Even if it only comes once every four years during a leap year, I do not want to miss a day. That being said, I do not confuse Memorial Day with Veteran’s Day.

Pin front rifle sight with shroud

Reader Comments of the Week — May 27, 2017

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.

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Throwback Thursday: Ruger’s First-Class .223: The Mini-14 Rifle

The .223 self-loader does not have to be an AR-15. There are some who like the classic handling of a wooden dog and semi-pistol grip. Do not put down anyone and do not get into a debate, as long as the choice works for them. As for myself, I obtained a Ruger Mini-14 as soon as possible after its introduction. I found the Mini-14 an excellent choice for personal defense, police work, and predator calling.

Bob Campbell ejecting shell from a bolt-action Mauser K98

Range Report: The Classic Bolt Guns — Mauser, Enfield, and Springfield

I have a well-developed sense of history. I understand the emotional attachment some of us have for historical firearms. Just the same, I am not a collector, but by definition, I am an accumulator of firearms. I appreciate the great bolt-action rifles of the past including the Lee Enfield, Springfield, and Mauser. Wartime versions with the furniture intact are the most interesting and desirable rifles.

Magpul X-22 Backpacker stock disassembled in the box

Review: Magpul X-22 Backpacker Ruger 10/22 Takedown Stock

Magpul has been on an aggressive innovation design track for the last couple years with one product after another. One of the coolest products from this year’s lineup was the Magpul X-22 Backpacker Ruger 10/22 Takedown Stock. Magpul took all the great features and ergonomics of its awesome X-22 stock and created a light, packable version specifically for the Ruger 10/22 Takedown stock that allows for compact storage of the barrel and receiver.

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Reader Comments of the Week — May 20, 2017

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.

Federal Premium Ammunition HST Micro .38 SPl +P ammunition box

Federal Releases New Personal Defense HST Load in .38 SPL +P

Federal Premium Ammunition’s Personal Defense HST offerings have become synonymous with concealed carry and home defense. While the most popular loads are obviously the first to leave the factory, short-barreled wheel gun enthusiasts can now feel secure with the release of Federal Premium Ammunition’s Personal Defense HST Micro in 130-grain .38 Special +P. Here is the full release.


Federal Premium Ammunition HST Micro .38 SPl +P ammunition box

Federal Premium Ammunition’s Personal Defense HST Micro loads fuel peak performance from subcompact, concealed-carry handguns. For 2017, the HST Micro line has been expanded to include a 130-grain .38 Special +P load with a deeply seated bullet that eliminates excess air space in the case. This results in the most consistent velocities and terminal performance. Shipments of the new loads are now arriving at dealers.

Like all HST Micro rounds, the new load provides reliable expansion, optimum penetration and superior terminal performance with a bullet weight and propellant optimized for the most efficiency and accuracy in subcompact handguns.

“By combining the HST bullet design with the unique seating depth, we’ve created the most consistent .38 Special personal defense load on the market,” said Federal Premium Handgun Product Lane Director Jason Nash. “We’re proud to give those who carry a .38 Special the most effective possible option for the platform.”

Features & Benefits

  • New .38 Special +P load for micro-size concealed carry revolvers
  • Deep bullet seating eliminates inconsistent powder burn rates
  • Law enforcement proven HST bullet design
  • Expanded diameter and weight retention produce the desired penetration for personal defense situations, without over-penetrating
  • Clean-burning, low-flash propellants

Part No. / Description / MSRP
P38HST1S / .38 Special +P HST Micro, 130 grain / $30.95