Modern Sights to Upgrade the Lever-Action Utility Rifle
by C.E. “Ed” Harris, Gerrardstown, WV
I like the 1894 Marlin. I have three of them, in .357, .44 ...
In my ongoing review of new DVDs from the Personal Defense Network, I come across one that’s interesting and a little different from the rest of PDN’s offerings. This one deals with what you know that you probably shouldn’t!
Defensive Firearms Myths and Misconceptions
Presented by Rob Pincus
Do you know what a “negative target” is? It’s a cardboard target with shapes cut out of it; you’re expected to shoot into the holes ...Continue Reading →
I have a confession to make: I’m not a fan of the shotgun as an in-home self defense option!
I know this goes against every Billy Bad-Boy trainer in the world and even against our own Vice President, but though I have a shotgun within reach of my bed it’s not the first gun I’d grab in an emergency. I’ve trained with them extensively and even taught others how to use them, but I’m still not wild about them.
Why is that?
Let’s ...Continue Reading →
I recently received an email asking about my thoughts on using a pistol-caliber carbine or a rifle for home defense. Sometimes it’s a viable idea, sometimes it’s not — and occasionally it’s only part of an overall solution. How can you know if it’s right for you?
Self defense inside the home (which is a very different thing than perimeter defense, which happens outside the house but on your property) is a task usually assigned to the handgun, and with pretty good ...Continue Reading →
I mentioned last week that I was tired of heavy rifles and yearned for something lighter, but that wasn’t completely true. I’ve found a very heavy rifle I do want — so heavy, in fact, that it’s mounted on a carriage!
One of the students had a shotgun I’d heard about, but not actually had ...
If you’re a rifle shooter you’ve probably practiced standing, kneeling, sitting, and prone; but have you practiced shooting from the full squat? Maybe you should!
Some years ago I got to know a local gun show fixture by the name of Mike Percival. Mike was a holdover of sorts, because when everyone else was selling Glocks and AR-15s Mike dealt in old iron and walnut: guns of the past. In stark ...
Then he explained that it wasn’t in a museum.
(Photo courtesy of Ian McCollum)
Let’s just say that it’s for one of the oddest pseudo-machine guns the French army ever bought. And *that* is saying something.
A couple of decades back there was a shotgun (and I use the term loosely) called the Streetsweeper. It was basically a giant single action revolver chambered in 12 gauge, and it was the AR-15 of the times: politicians paraded it around decrying its deadly intent and capacity (not to mention its chilling name) and calling for its ban.
In 1994 the ATF finally classed it as a destructive device requiring registration and a tax stamp to transfer, like any other ...Continue Reading →
I’m constantly amazed at the number of people who believe that the gas impingement system of the AR-15 rifle and M4 carbine is somehow a liability. So strong is this belief that there is today a growing subset of the industry making good money by adding parts to the original Stoner design in a misguided attempt to “fix” the “problems”.
Over the years (and many tens of thousands of rounds) I’ve not found the gas system of the AR pattern rifles ...Continue Reading →
A number of years ago some friends and I belonged to the same gun club. One day the club was holding a “shotgun speed steel” match, and my friends talked me into going. Since it was a spur-of-the-monent decision, the only thing I had with me was my old Ithaca Model 37 in 20 gauge and some birdshot (perhaps #4 or #6, I don’t really recall.) My Ithaca had a Modified choke tube installed, which is what I normally keep on ...Continue Reading →
I’ve made little secret of the fact that I’m a big fan of Ithaca shotguns. The venerable Model 37 is my favorite shotgun of all time; the light, smooth action is just a joy to use, and I’ve said many times that it’s the cure for chronic short-stroking. Hand an Ithaca to someone who’s having trouble cycling their Mossberg and the problem almost always disappears.
Because I’m a fan I tend to follow the company fairly closely. It hasn’t always been ...Continue Reading →
Just the other day, Forgotten Weapons put up a story by Peter Rasmussen about the Husqvarna M 40 pistol (sometimes referred to as a Lahti, for its designer Eimo Lathi.) Rasmussen goes into some detail regarding the pistol and its history in Sweden, including the reasons for it eventual demise.
This was particularly interesting to me as I once owned an M 40. I found it at a local gun show, pristine and complete with holster, two magazines, ...Continue Reading →