Monthly Archives: July 2016

Happiness is a Direction, Not a Place - Sidney J. Harris

I thought that I would title this piece with a quote from Sidney J. Harris (, an American journalist for the Chicago Daily News and, later, the Chicago Sun-Times. Trajectory, as we know, is the path that a moving object … Continue reading

Get the (Jacketed) Lead Out! A somewhat study of velocity

In my last article (Roll Out The Barrel), I touched on the subject of Twist Rate and presented the formula for determining how it is derived. One thing that I mentioned is that by manipulating the formula, answers for an … Continue reading

Relative Stopping Power (What is it, and why?)

—by M1911A1— Way back in 1935, Major Julian S. Hatcher published his Textbook of Pistols and Revolvers. It was so well written and documented that it’s still the definitive work in its field. You can get Hatcher’s book through the … Continue reading

Roll Out The Barrel! Are more rifling grooves better?

So, you are having a discussion with your shooting buddy after a round of range Kata. You mention to him that you wish your favorite firearm had better accuracy. Being a humble soul, your shooting buddy may respond with something … Continue reading

How to Zero Your Sights (When you can’t hit the broadside of a barn)

— by M1911A1 — It’s the beginning shooter’s “Catch 22”: How can I zero a gun’s sights to a minute-of angle, when I can’t hold my shots within a minute-of-mountain? Well, here’s how. Zeroing works best when you eliminate as … Continue reading

Minute-Of-Angle and Point-Blank Zero (What the Heck are They?)

— by M1911A1 — OK, I agree with you that the ideas behind “minute-of-angle” and “point-blank zero” are confusing and mysterious. But they’re one of those things that every shooter, and most specifically every rifle shooter, needs to know and … Continue reading

Ruger 9mm SR1911 (Model 6722) – User Review Taking Command with a "Commander" 1911

In 2011, in the year of the 100th anniversary of the M1811, Ruger presented a series of pistols that aligned with the John Moses Browning 1911 platform. Since 2011, Ruger has brought us three versions of their 1911 that typify … Continue reading

Hi-Point 995TS WC – Product Review

When I purchased the Hi-Point 4595TS carbine (read my reviews: Hi-Point 4595TS Carbine – Product Review and Hi-Point 4595TS Carbine – Product Review, Part 2 I have to admit that at first I was skeptical. That skepticism soon vanished after … Continue reading

UTG 3.9″ CQB Red/Green Single Dot Sight w/Integral QD Mount

I have used several UTG red dot sights in the past and they have always worked well and are of good quality. The best part is that they are inexpensive. ]The UTG 3.9″ CQB Red/Green Single Dot Sight w/Integral QD … Continue reading

MAGPUL AFG-2® – Angled Fore Grip 1913 Picatinny – Product Review

I was looking for a product that would cover the bottom rail of the Hi-Point 4595TS carbine, and which would provide a hand hold for my supporting hand. I do not like vertical hand grips that much and wanted something … Continue reading