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English Longbow with two rifles

The World’s First ‘Assault Weapon’ — The English Longbow

What exactly is an “Assault Weapon” anyway? Guys like us would assert that it is a lightweight, selective-fire, military-issue shoulder arm firing an intermediate cartridge. Folks such as Charles Schumer and Nancy Pelosi apparently think an “Assault Weapon” is anything more dangerous than dental floss. Regardless of semantics, the English longbow was a world-changing weapon in its day.

HK VP70Z with four boxes of ammunition and a target

Retro Review: HK VP70Z

The HK VP70 began as a space age version of the disposable single-shot Liberator pistol that the OSS dropped to resistance members fighting the Nazis during the Second World War. The original intent was to produce a reliable, rugged, selective-fire 9mm machine pistol that could be economically produced in quantity. The gun was intended to arm partisans operating behind enemy lines during a global conflict with the Warsaw Pact that thankfully never quite brewed up. Radically advanced by any objective standard, the VP70 was almost, but not quite, awesome.

Model 15 revolver right

Going Old School

I am not a collector but an accumulator. A collector owns a collection of firearms with the many models carefully cataloged. Some are more common and others, and the key pieces are often quite rare. My firearms are what interests me. The only ones represented in numbers are Colt 1911 pistols and Smith and Wesson revolvers.

Shotgun with several shotshells

The Shotgun for Home Defense

Not long ago, the conversation turned to shotguns at the gun shop. While even the folks that are not the ones we call “gunny” know the merits of a shotgun for home defense, there are many opinions on the proper load and the best shotgun. The shotgun is primarily a projectile launcher and it is best to use what you are comfortable and familiar with.

U.S. Law Shield Protect Thy Neighbor video cover

Deadly Force to Protect Your Neighbor — Is it Legal?

Many of know about the use of force or deadly force when it applies to ourselves or immediate loved ones. However, the question of whether that protection applied a neighbor or total stranger was recently posed on The Shooter’s Log. For legal matters it is always best to consult an attorney, so U.S. Law offered the solution.

Stand Your Ground extends the rights to defend ourselves outside the home with no duty to retreat. Picture By: Oleg Volk

Do You Have the Right to Stand Your Ground?

On July 19, 2018, Markeis McGlockton was shot and killed outside a convenience store in Clearwater, Florida, after a confrontation with a legally armed citizen. The man who shot him was identified as Michael Drejka, who McGlockton shoved to the ground for confronting McGlockton’s girlfriend over a parking space.

Once you’re behind cover, then draw and shoot from a less-exposed position. Photo courtesy of Mike Seeklander.

Throwback Thursday: Thinking (and Practicing) Outside Of The Box – Defensive Handgun Deployment, Part II

Last week, I talked about putting three tools to work to increase your survivability in a gunfight: Those ideas were movement, combatives, and proper weapon deployment timing. This week, in Part II, I want to show you three set ups to drill movement, combatives, and proper weapon deployment timing in your own training. Don’t forget, these drills can all be done dry-fire or with some sort of training handgun like a S.I.R.T. or airsoft gun to ingrain the skills without shooting live ammo.

Bug Out Bag Checklist

The Bug-in v. Bug-out Question

I admit, I have been a prepper—to various degrees—for decades. In that regard, my plans have always been to bug out if things got rough. As a former resident of Florida, we always rated things on the hurricane scale. For me, anything more than the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane meant bugging out to higher ground.

Will Dabbs shooting the Kel-Tec RFB

Review: Kel-Tec RFB — The Ultimate Big Bore Bugout Bullpup

Did you ever notice that looking at a gun is like morphologically analyzing a family member? Little Timmy might have Dad’s ears, Mom’s nose, Uncle Edgar’s dour disposition, or Aunt Edna’s penchant for eating her boogers. He’s his own kid, but the raw material is drawn from a motley well. Likewise, most tactical weapons come from recognized families.

William B. Ruger Jr. headshot

The Death of Firearms Icon: Bill Ruger Jr.

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) mourns the loss of William B. Ruger, Jr., former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Ruger. Mr. Ruger, who was the second CEO of the Company and the son of the Company’s founder, passed away this past weekend.

NOVX Engagement Extreme ammunition

Review: NovX Ammunition

There has been a tremendous amount of development in ammunition during the past few years. Among the most interesting of these has been the advances in nonexpanding ammunition. These loads are intended to produce good wound potential for personal defense without the problems of jacketed hollow point manufacture and performance.

Top 5 Gun Law Misconceptions

U.S. Law Shield Video: Top 5 Gun Law Misconceptions

The law can be very broad, widely interpreted and often misunderstood. Don’t find yourself in a situation where your misinterpretation causes you to go from singing Auld Lang Syne to Jailhouse Rock. In the following series of videos, U.S. Law Shield Program Attorneys discuss the top 5 gun law misconceptions for specific states.

The .45 Colt and single-action revolver are a powerful and useful combination.

Reader Comments of the Week — September 15, 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.

Three rifle cartridges styles

Developing a Consistent Reloading Procedure

You have to understand the reason you want to reload to determine the best procedures, and level of detail, you want to put in each load. Economy is always one reason, but that does not mean the goal of producing accurate ammunition is in any way lessoned. This means a consistent procedure is required. If you are ready to start reloading, or potentially up your reloading game, here’s how.

Picture shows a family playing a board game by lantern light in a room with no electricty.

Preppers: The Emergency Action Plan

During an emergency panic can easily take over and cloud your thinking, as well the thinking and actions of those around you. Having a plan is only half the battle. After all, having a tourniquet in the right scenario can be a life saver, but you have to know how to apply it; it will not apply itself. The same is true of a plan. If you have not rehearsed it, trying to figure it out in the middle of a natural disaster is a disaster of a whole other kind.

Pile of NRA Stand and Fight hats

NRA Board Member Duane Liptak: An Open Letter

Duane Liptak is a NRA board member and Executive Vice President of Magpul. Recently, he penned an open letter on the importance of the midterm elections and the potential affect the outcome may have on the fight for our gun rights. It is not only worth a read, it is worthy of being read and shared. Although Liptak is a board member of the NRA, his message is pro gun, period. The Second Amendment is not a red or blue issue. However, the difference of whether we expand our rights to include the true meaning of the Second Amendment or continue to fight as the anti-gunners chip away at our rights hangs in the balance.