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12 and 20 gauge shotshells

Tactical Talk: The 20 Gauge for Defense

I’ve had several experiences during the past few months that have impacted my ideas about shotguns. One was the research and shooting tests involved in firing more than two dozen shotguns while writing “The Preppers Guide to Shotguns” for Skyhorse Publishing. Another was seeing my oldest granddaughter embrace the shooting sports. At 14, she is slightly built but serious about shooting. A 12 gauge shotgun would beat her up and get her off to a bad start in shotgunning.

Field stripped FNS 40

Reader Comments of the Week — September 8, 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.

Bob Campbell shooting the Wilson Combat Super Sniper AR-15

A Hard Look at the .224 Valkyrie

The AR platform is the Mr. Potato Head of rifles. From the .22 rimfire to the .458 SOCOM, the AR-15 is available in a host of different calibers. The newest and brightest addition to the AR-15 family is a 5.56mm diameter cartridge with more punch and long-range potential than the .223 Remington.

New Orelans underwater after Hurricane Katrina

Throwback Thursday: Hurricane Katrina — Learning the Lessons of the Past

Hurricane Katrina was one of the top five most deadly, the third biggest, and the costliest hurricane in American history. Nearly 2,000 died; close to 100,000 homes were destroyed, and the storm displaced almost 400,000 people. New Orleans, Louisiana was particularly devastated when the city’s levee system failed, flooding 80 percent of New Orleans. 90,000 square miles were declared a federal disaster area. With the peak of hurricane season upon us, are you prepared for any natural disaster that would likely affect your area?

How to clear a firearm video

Safety 101: How to Properly Clear a Pistol

If there is one thing that likely causes more negligent discharges than anything else it is improperly clearing or failing to clear a firearm. In plain English that means failing to remove the bullets from the gun. After that, someone or something presses the trigger. If you are lucky, the only thing that will happen next is a ringing of the ears and the requirement for a fresh pair of underpants. Unfortunately, this easily preventable scenario results in serious injury or death . Here are a couple videos to show you how and walk you through the procedure.

Bob Campbell shooting an Ar-15 rifle with a rifle scope

How to Choose a Rifle Scope

I am asked about rifle scopes and red dot sights often. Which one should I buy, is just under who should I marry in the overall importance, and very hard to answer for another person. When you add that the student doesn’t know exactly what they are going to do with the rifle scope, the answer is even more elusive. The bottom line is the budget.

3D Printed Gun

3D Printed Guns Should Be Legal, But Are They Safe?

There is an ongoing debate in the news related to 3D printed guns. This argument started years ago — when Cody Wilson first shot his 3D printed gun in 2013. Once Wilson had developed the plans for his gun, he wanted to share them with the world. He planned to do this through his company called Defense Distributed.

TruGlo Eminus scope mounted on a Diamondback AR-15 rifle

Reader Comments of the Week — September 1, 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.

How to trick out your gun video cover

Video: How to Trick Out Your Gun (Without Going to Jail)

Half the fun of firearms is the time spent at the range making brass, the rest is finding new ways to make your gun look cool, or more importantly, more functional. However, with the patchwork of laws across various states, adding so much as a single accessory could land you on the wrong side of the law and jeopardize your Second Amendment rights. Here are a handful of videos, specific to individuals states, to keep you within legal bounds. However, even if your state is not covered in the videos, the videos are a great starting point to determine the right questions you’ll need answered before buying the latest gadget or piece of furniture for you firearm.

FNS 40 pistol atop a Syntech ammunition box

FNS 40: An Overlooked Champion

Among the oldest and most respected firearms manufacturers is Fabrique Nationale de Armes de Guerre. FN is a company that has housed some of the most innovative firearms of the age and great inventors including John Browning and Dieudonne Saive. Thousands of FN firearms are in use worldwide with our military. Many of them are manufactured in South Carolina, USA. FN produces police, military, and sporting rifles. With the bonafides out of the way, how it performs at the range still has to be answered?

Lyman 50th reloading manual

Reloading: Load Density

The load density formula has provided excellent results for handloaders for many years. The main reason is simply that the load density formula works without fail. Eighty-five percent density is just about ideal, but let’s look at how reloaders have come to that number.

Sideguard inside the waistband leather holster

Choosing the Best 9mm

Choosing the best 9mm is about as personal of a decision as finding the best pizza. With dozens of manufacturers, hundreds of models, and thousands of configurations, there just isn’t really a “best,” just a “best for me.” However, that doesn’t mean all 9mm pistols are made equal. There are some that stand head and shoulders above the rest, here are three of them.

youth wearing orange safety vest and shotgun

The Youth Shotgun

As the dog days of summer wind down, most of us who venture afield in search of game and fowl can’t help but look forward several weeks to what has become, in many places, a national holiday—the opening of bird season. Most seasons open with dove and some early goose season.