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Why Did the U.S. Military Choose the 5.56 NATO Cartridge?

The U.S. military adopted the 5.56mm NATO cartridge in 1963, during the Vietnam War. Ever since, there’s been contention about whether or not it was a good change. The dissent over the switch to 5.56mm leads us to question why the U.S. would pick up the 5.56 NATO round at all, if it’s not clearly a better option. But, most of the contention surrounding the 5.56mm NATO round is based on incomplete consideration. The military must account for things beyond terminal ballistics when it comes to choosing a service round. As such, it was a combination of factors that spurred the U.S. military Read More >>

Revolver vs Semi Auto Pistols – Everything You Need to Know

When looking for a handgun, the choice between a revolver or a semi-automatic pistol is one of the most important decisions you need to make. Whichever option you choose, it will come with both advantages and disadvantages. In this guide, I'll explain the pros and cons of revolvers vs pistols to help you make an informed decision. Revolver vs Pistol Many use the term pistol and handgun interchangeably, but the majority of handgun experts make the distinction that pistols are a subset of handguns with an "integral chamber-barrel assembly." Pistols have one (or more) stationary integral Read More >>

Silencers Do Not Exist

You doubtless heard that a “silencer” was used in the recent Virginia Beach mass murder. Do not use the word “silencer.” The correct term is “suppressor.” I have yet to see a suppressor that made a gunshot silent; at best they make gunshot less obnoxiously loud. Only in Hollywood do “silencers” exist which made a firearm sound like a pellet gun. As Dr. John Lott observed, the only reason a mass murderer would use a suppressor is to make the noise less deafening to him. The use of the term “silencer” makes it easier to justify bans that will have no impact on nearly every Read More >>

What is in a Name? by L.B. Johnson

What is in a Name? click on pictures to enlarge What is in a name? For people who know and appreciate firearms, just the name makes a statement. So many names that in and of themselves, speak of quality, of history.You tell someone you bought a gun, and you get interested. But to certain folks, you say. "I bought a 1911", or I bought a "Browning" and you get some attention. Just the word "Colt" makes ME blush like a schoolgirl. The sciences were my subjects in school, and walking through an excavation, through a field, I can name things: trees, plants, animals. Acer diabolicum, canas Read More >>

Safe Carry is Critical

Lynne Finch

Recently a young woman in North Caroline died after accidently shooting herself.  While details aren't available, it is clear she left behind a husband and daughter.  She was carrying a 9mm Smith and Wesson, in her purse. We may never know exactly what happened, but it is easy to make an educated guess. I am not personally a fan of purse carry, preferring on body carry, but if you need to carry in a purse, you need a carry purse.  I written about this before.  A holster is designed to provide safe transport for your firearm.  It should hold your gun secure and cover the trigger Read More >>

Rimfire vs Centerfire Ammo | Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

Modern ammunition comes in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, but generally exists in one of two forms: rimfire and centerfire. In this guide, we'll explain the differences between rimfire vs centerfire ammo, while explaining the pros and cons of each option. So what's the difference? Rimfire vs Centerfire The answer has to do with the location of the ignition primer on the head of each round. Both rimfire and centerfire cartridges consist of the same four parts: a primer, a propellant (e.g. gunpowder), a bullet, and a case to hold them all together. Every cartridge also works in Read More >>

Pistol Calibers – Comparison of the Most Common Options

If you're looking to buy a handgun, the first step is determining what caliber you want to purchase. In this guide we'll be covering a variety of common pistol calibers to help you make your decision. What Does Caliber Mean? Caliber refers to the internal diameter of a gun's barrel and consequently the diameter of the bullets that can be used by the gun. Bullet calibers can be a bit confusing, because some bullet diameters are measured in inches, while others are measured in millimeters. It's also important to understand that the bullet only refers to the actual projectile (see diagram to Read More >>