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  • Bullet Catch Trick

    10/15/2018 5:11:15 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/15/2018 | ASJ
    Magicians are well-known for their death-defying acts. Some, like the Masked Magician, are known to use tricks and clever optical illusions. Some, like David Blane, takes it to another level. While not strictly speaking a 'magic trick' by the look of it, this trick (stunt) is the kind of absurdly dangerous stunt you would expect to see of a magician: Catching a bullet in a steel cup. In one’s mouth. While pulling the trigger on themselves. Obviously, don’t try this at home. Also, don’t try it anywhere else. There has been 6 magicians that have tried this in the past....
  • Schmeisser MP-40 Submachine Gun

    10/12/2018 4:57:40 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 30 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/12/2018 | C Cocoles
    The German MP40 submachine gun (Schmeisser) was a weapon our Allied Forces feared in World War II. The MP 40 was a submachine gun chambered for the 9×19mm Parabellum cartridge and an open-bolt, blowback-operated automatic arms. It was developed in Nazi Germany and used extensively by the Axis powers during the Second World War. This weapon shot from a standard 32-round box magazine and the caliber was the standard 9x19mm Parabellum. Manufactured in Germany from 1940-1945, there were roughly 1.1 million of them manufactured. Weighing just under 9 pounds, this submachine gun was not light. With a cyclic rate of...
  • Veritas AR Pistols aren't just Rifles

    10/11/2018 5:24:22 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 11 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/11/2018 | P Pawela
    Considering the outrage against semiautomatic rifles in the news lately, some might question the sanity of a recommendation for the AR platform. Let me explain. FIRST, FROM THE historical side of it. The group of people I put as the best ever overall citizens in the United States who used guns in their daily lives were the pioneers of the 1800s traveling west in covered wagons and building homes in the open prairie. It was not uncommon for them to have the newest weaponry of some kind of single-action sixshooter like a Colt, a double-barreled shotgun (usually under 16 inches...
  • I'm No Longer Using imgbb dot com For Posting FReep Images

    10/10/2018 11:01:15 PM PDT · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 13 replies ^ | October 10, 2018 | CaliforniaCraftBeer
    Effective immediately I won't be using the free image hosting service called Over the last 2 weeks I've noticed a HUGE increase in pop-up ads in my lower right hand corner of my monitor (whether I'm online or not all), many ads seem legitimate software upgrade offers, but others are invitations to date various women of Asian countries. These small pop-up ads all have the source listed as, which I've discovered is originating from With all of my image posts I may be spreading this same '3rd Party Cookie' advertisements to my fellow FReeper's, so I've decided...
  • 45 Caliber Revolver – M1917

    10/10/2018 5:12:22 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 8 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/10/2018 | J Dickson
    The M1917 represents the perfection of the American double-action revolver as a military weapon. While the day of the revolver was done, as it could not match the Model 1911’s firepower or ability to continue functioning once sand had gotten into the mechanism, there was an insufficient number of those automatics to equip the vast new army being raised for World War I. Army Ordnance did not want to deal with two different cartridges in the logistics system, so any revolvers chosen as a substitute standard would have to fire the rimless .45 ACP cartridge. Smith & Wesson patented a...
  • Lugerman – The Eugene Golubtsov Story

    10/09/2018 5:12:24 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 14 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/9/2018 | J Dickson
    Best known as “Lugerman,” the man who brought back the M1907 U.S.Army Test Trials Luger and perfected it, Eugene Golubtsov ranks as one of the best master gunmakers in the world today. Not only does he make the Luger to the same standards of fit and finish as the originals, he also restores fine firearms to new condition. ere are very few men who can do this job properly and he is one of the best. His is the inspirational story of a hardworking young man who made good, showing what keeping your nose to the grindstone can do for...
  • Why the .308 is the best Cartridge

    10/08/2018 4:47:47 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 61 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/8/2018 | N Perna
    The .308 is really good at a lot of things, but other rounds are better in specific roles. Where the .308 is a jack of all trades, other rounds designed for one purpose have done a better job in the roles they were designed for. But none can fill all roles like the .308 can. In the combat/close quarters battle role, the .223 is king. There is no denying it. When the M16 replaced the M14 as our nation’s primary service weapon in the 1960s, it permanently made the .308 a less acceptable combat round. The .223 round is lighter,...
  • TCR 22 – Speed Shooting the Miculek Way

    10/05/2018 4:43:04 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 10 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/5/2018 | L Debomi
    Jerry Miculek is busy pouncing 22LR lead and wearing the paint off some steel targets with the new Thompson Center T/CR22 rifle. Whats is remarkable is when he goes at it again he takes it up another notch in speed. (lightning finger) The T/CR22 delivers exceptional out-of-the-box performance through a feature set that appeals to both recreational shooters and hunters. The T/CR22 includes a green fiber optic front sight and adjustable rear peep sight for quick target acquisition, while the built-in picatinny-style rail allows for the mounting of an optic for precision shooting at longer ranges. Also comes with a...
  • Ruger LCP 380 Review

    10/04/2018 5:02:21 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 39 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/4/2018 | E Stewart
    There are some really small, lightweight concealed pistols that you'd never know someone was packing. For the carrier they sometimes forget they have it on them. One that stands out is the Ruger LCP .380. In the world of self-defense firearms, being discreet is the same as carrying a self-defense blade. You don’t want the bad guy to know that you’re packing. Before going down the path that bigger is better with a full size handgun such as a .45 with knockdown power. Lets consider that you’re still wearing light-weight clothing, so its best to be having the smaller Ruger...
  • Dual Wield pistols vs Single Pistol

    10/03/2018 5:04:50 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 22 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/3/2018 | J Hines
    Larry Vickers and his buddy Dave Royer were out testing a firearm myths whether dual-wielding versus using sight alignment with a single pistol is better. Seen all the time in the movies Dave and Larry are out to show you what really happens when you fire two pistols at the same time. Stationary Drill They start the test with stationary shooting at multiple targets. (5 targets) Dual shooting (using H&K .45 Compact and a custom Colt 1911) was going from inside targets to outside targets. Single pistol shooting went from left to right. The result for dual shooting was at...
  • Ruger 9mm Compact

    10/02/2018 4:49:36 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 9 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/2/2018 | B Fitz
    The standard American has a 4.2-inch barrel in 9mm and a 4.5-inch pipe in .45. With a full magazine, the 9mm version offers an impressive 17+1-round capacity, and while the gun is great fun at the range, it’s a bit big to break into the main channel of the concealed carry market. But Ruger was one step ahead, planning (and now offering) a compact version of the American semiauto pistol. THE 9MM COMPACT VERSION of the American (the full-sized model is called the Duty) sports a 3.55-inch barrel (3.75inch in .45) with a length of just 6.65 inches. Designing a...
  • History of Hunting-Tools, Weapons, Tactics, Roles and Purpose

    10/01/2018 4:54:48 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 4 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 10/1/2018 | S Ott
    Since the existence of life as we know it, hunting has been the key to survival for predators, leaving their prey with the paranoia of being eaten day in, day out. Back in the day, life was all about hunting. Everything’s sole purpose was merely to survive. Then came the dawn of man, who would become the smartest predator to ever roam the planet, dominate the food chain and eventually alter the entire purpose of hunting altogether. A man’s mind is the source of his power. Without it, he wouldn’t be able to create tools and weapons or think of...
  • SCCY CPX-2 9mm Torture Test

    09/28/2018 4:47:53 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 17 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/28/2018 | E Pederson
    Here's a torture test conducted by Youtuber Eric of IraQVeteran8888. He takes an informal approach on this SCCY CPX-2 9mm pistol and runs it through his series of torture test. those not familiar with the CPX-2 pistol is a double-action with 9-pound trigger pull. The grip and frame is made from Zytel polymer with ergonomic finger grooves and an integral "Re-Coil Cushion" on the back-strap. Here are some of the things that was done to this pistol: Dropped in the water/mudPlaced in more mud & shot it underwaterDropped the gun from the roof of house – approx 2nd floorRun it...
  • Does the Barrel Twist Rate affect accuracy?

    09/27/2018 5:40:09 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 27 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/27/2018 | C Cocoles
    Many of you that are gun geeks understand the basics of rifling can skip this article. This is for the average gun enthusiasts and newbies that enjoy shooting and want a little more understanding of how a barrel twist rate can affect accuracy. So does barrel twist rate affect accuracy on an AR15? The short technical answer is that barrel twist starts the bullet spinning at a given rate to stabilize the bullet. The rate has to be constant for the utmost accuracy. On the opposite end of the spectrum – Decreasing the twist rate will almost certainly result in...
  • Browning Buckmark vs Ruger Mark Series Pistols

    09/26/2018 5:19:13 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 25 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/26/2018 | J Hines
    Settling the big handgun debate between the Browning Buckmark and the Ruger Mark Series. Are you into plinking? Then, you may have heard of or own one of these guns – the Browning Buckmark and the Ruger Mark series pistols. Both of these 22LR pistols are top quality for plinking or just shooting at small varmints. Many plinkers debate on which is the better of the two. Here are some quick observation on both pistols. They both are one of the most accurate pistol on the market. Both are design specifically for accuracy. Both design features are similar but there...
  • 12 Gauge Adapters

    09/25/2018 5:47:36 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 15 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/25/2018 | J Hines
    Have you ever been out on a hunt and you had to shoot your 12-gauge on a small game up close? Unfortunately, your game wasn’t worth to keep due to being torn up to shreds. The folks from Short Lane Gun Adapters noticed this concern among hunters and they have a solution. Short Lane have whats called the Stack-N-Pack adapters for the 12-gauge. This applies to the hinge action shotgun (single shot or double barrel). Using a 12-gauge is an overkill for the small game at close range. Having the ability to fire a 20-gauge or a .410 bore shot...
  • 22 Magnum for Varmint Hunting

    09/21/2018 4:57:00 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 13 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/21/2018 | J McAdams
    Everything about calibers these days is power, how it can knock down fifty gallon tank water or hit mach 5. Many manufactures gets better at perfecting and innovating more advanced cartridges. If you’re just out on a walk-about and doing some varmint hunting, do you need such power? Whats a common caliber and often overlooked that you've come across for varmint hunting? Many small time hunters talk about the .22 Magnum. The .22 Magnum may be the sweet optimum shooting little caliber for this purpose. The .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire cartridge has a long history since its invention in 1959...
  • Hi-Point C9 Takes a Licking from 12 Gauge

    09/20/2018 5:09:32 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/20/2018 | J Hines
    And keeps on Ticking! A $75 pawnshop find proved to be pretty hard to kill, despite some 12 gauge stippling. In the above, the Youtuber 704 Tactical channel pits their working pre-owned Hi-Point C9 9mm semi-auto — which they picked up to work on slide cuts, coatings, and basic gunsmithing. All internal parts replaced by their friendly neighborhood Hi-Point, C9 was then pitted against a Mossberg 500 stoked with No. 8 birdshot. The idea for this stress test came from Edwin Sarkissian where he dropped a Hi-Point C9 from a helicopter and the C9 still ran. On this first test...
  • Medusa Model 47 – Multi Caliber Revolver

    09/19/2018 5:35:19 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 12 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/19/2018 | C Cocoles
    Did you know theres a revolver that can shoot multiple calibers?, and can you name it? If you’re a gun freak and was thinking of the Medusa, you were right! The Medusa M47 is a revolver manufactured by Phillips & Rodgers in the late 1990s, and is based on the Smith & Wesson K frame, capable of chambering and firing around 25 different calibers within the .38, 9mm and .357 family. It is capable of both double and single action firing. Inside the cylinder theres a prong spring-loaded that sticks out, this allows the gun to chambers the many different...
  • AR Pistol Kit

    09/18/2018 9:43:18 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 20 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 9/18/2018 | J Hines
    Which rifles do you know that are also cool pistols? ARÂ’s and AKÂ’s of course! Whether you want it for plinking or home defense, an AR/AK pistol is doable, and yes you can build one as well. In this segment weÂ’re going to go over the popular AR/AK pistol, this is not the complete guide. This is to get you started if youÂ’re planning on building or buying a complete AR pistol. If youÂ’re not familiar with the AR/AK pistol, lets cover a little bit on the current legalitiesÂ… Legal Pistol Stuff here We're going to keep it short here.....Though...