I like Mr. Quinn's articles in
general and find them educational regarding guns.
December 22, 2005
No Sir. You are incorrect on this. The US Constitution does not grant the right to bear arms. It simply states that that right, which already existed, would not be infringed upon by the government. The right to self defense had always been in existence. The writers of the Constitution had just been through an experience in which the British government had tried to infringe upon the right of the Colonists to bear arms. Please re-read the second amendment before calling me ignorant.
Read also amendment number nine, which states: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."
This plainly states that the rights already existed, and that just because certain rights were not listed, that they should not be retained.
As with other certain rights that already were in existence, the second amendment simply stated that the government could not INFRINGE UPON THAT RIGHT. It does NOT state that the right is being granted.
From our Declaration of Independence, which preceded the Constitution by 13 years:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights..."
That creator, Sir, is God.
I found the article about the Herter's .401 Powermag very interesting as one was recently given to me and I had very little knowledge about the gun. It did come with about three hundred new brass cases, original reloading dies and a Herter's scope. I am not sure if the scope is complete as it is difficult to focus and the gun is missing the rear site. Do you have any recommendations of where I might find a rear sight? Thanks.
December 22, 2005
Glad you enjoyed the piece on the .401 Herter's. You might try Gun Parts Corp (www.gunpartscorp.com). Keep in mind that the Herters revolver was made by Sauer & Sohn and the parts from their other revolvers will probably also work on your .401.
Have a safe and merry Christmas,
I count myself lucky to find the PS6-SA
holster article (Mernickle Custom Holsters) by Jeff Quinn.
This was the first thing that popped into my browser and is EXACTLY what I
was looking for. Methinks my Bowen Nimrod will ride nicely in
December 21, 2005
Glad to be of service. Tell Bob Mernickle that you read about it on Gunblast.
Great article on the S&W 500! I had to wipe tears from my eyes in the middle of the read cause I was laughing so hard at some of your thoughts prior to shooting this cannon. Your were perfectly describing my thoughts! A couple of questions:
Has S & W fixed the rotating cylinder problem?
Is that something I can fix myself by having a stronger spring installed? Do I have my local gun shop do that?
Lastly, does the rotation of the cylinder prevent additional shots from being fired in succession? Thanks again to a great article!
December 21, 2005
S&W denies that there ever was a problem. Officially, they say that shooters were holding the guns wrong. However, I believe that they quietly beefed up that spring, as I have heard of no problems with later guns.
Mike Cumpston's article of April 7th, 2003 on the .32 Police Positive Special was very informative. There isn't allot of info out there on the .32 calibers. I have a Colt Pocket Positive in ".32 Police Ctg." The gun is in excellent condition. Just what kind of ammo will this gun shoot? Will it fire the .32 Short Colt, .32 Colt Long or ! the .32 Colt New Police? When I fire .32 S&W Long ammo in it the brass splits down the middle.
December 20, 2005
The old .32 Short and Long Colts were pretty much obsolete prior to the introduction of the Pocket Positive, Police Positives and others, and fit handily in earlier Colts as well as British and European guns marked for the .320" Revolver Cartridge. The had healed bullets with cases smaller than the .32 Smith/S&W Long. Those cases will split handily if fired in the more modern S&W chambers. I know, because I did it some years ago just because. On the other hand, a .32 S&W probably won't chamber in the old long and short colt cases.
The name .32 Colt New Police refers to the same cartridge as the .32 Smith and Wesson Long. Colt did the same thing with the .38 special - slightly flattened the bullet, called it the .38 Colt New Police so as to avoid giving S&W any free advertising.
I believe your pocket positive may have a short cylinder that will only chamber the Short CTG. Could be wrong about that though. If a Long will chamber without sticking out the end, it will work just fine.
Hi, I just read the article on the Taurus
Thunderbolt. I do hope they offer a version in .44 mag. Anyways,
my question is regarding the mechanical strength of the design. I would
like to know whether or not the design seems suitable for modern
"hot" loads intended for large game such as bear defense. For
example, will this action handle the hot loads offered by Buffalo Bore,
Grizzly Cartridge, Cor-Bon, Double Tap Ammo, etc.? Were you able to
determine the maximum COAL and projectile profile that the gun would
accept? Does it appear that it might be possible to increase the COAL that
the gun can run with? Thanks very much for your time and a fine and highly
December 20, 2005
The cartridge OAL depends upon the nose shape of the bullet used. Rounder profiles can be loaded longer than can sharp-shouldered bullets. I do not believe that the Thunderbolt will handle the heavy ".45 Magnum" type of loads from Buffalo Bore, but I suggest that you contact the ammo maker to be sure. The Thunderbolt is, according to Taurus, intended only to handle standard pressure loads. However, standard pressure loads will give you more power from the Thunderbolt due to the longer barrel. It is like getting free power. For instance, you can push a 250 to 270 grain bullet at normal pressure from a revolver to over 1000 fps safely. That same load will probably be running 1250 to 1300 fps from the Thunderbolt.
Dear Mr. Quinn;
December 18, 2005
Thank you for your thoughtful response.
Gunfights being what they are, there is no way to neatly categorize them, or to define ahead of time what might happen in any given situation - especially given the fact that these guys really are nuts, and thus there is no way to predict their actions. Sometimes retreat may be the best course, such as when you are hopelessly outgunned, say a pocket .380 against a full-auto assault rifle or shotgun. Other factors would weigh in such a situation, such as the immediate threat level to yourself or to others; I believe the armed citizen carries a certain responsibility to those around him, but he also must not throw his life away foolishly. Also, being an armed citizen carries certain liabilities, and the possibility of legal action due to a wounded bad guy or a stray shot is a real one in such instances - but, as my great friend and retired law enforcement legend Paco Kelly (a victor of many documented gunfights) once told me, "If you are sued after a gunfight, that means you SURVIVED!" The possibility of legal action, and the possibility of a stray shot harming an innocent bystander, are part of the risks assumed when you arm yourself for protection. But there are also risks associated with NOT arming yourself, beyond the obvious risks that arise from inaction - risks such as having to lie awake at night wondering what you could have done to safeguard the lives of your loved ones, your friends, or that unknown sweet mother and child.
I have never drawn a gun against another human being, and I fervently hope that I never have to. If we choose to go armed, we owe it to ourselves and to others to see that we are trained in the best way we can, and I mean not only firearms training but mental preparation. I read an interview with the armed citizen who was gunned down in Tacoma, and it was clear from his own words that what got him shot was not the fact that he was armed, or the fact that he drew his weapon, but rather the fact that he HESITATED. He was not mentally prepared to shoot another human being, and when he drew his weapon he found himself thinking about the man he was about to shoot - did he have the right to shoot another human? Was the man he was about to shoot simply a poor misguided soul who needed understanding and not a bullet? While his heart was fighting his mind about what he should do, the bad guy took the decision away from him, and the other hostages were fortunate that the incident did not then escalate further as it often does - but, armed nuts are unpredictable, and this one thankfully did not then murder his hostages. An armed citizen must decide what he must do BEFORE he draws his gun - but I can't chastise this armed citizen for not shooting, for no one REALLY knows what he would do if faced with the same situation. I THINK I know what I would have done had I been in his shoes, but it is not an easy thing for a peaceful person to prepare themselves for having to take another person's life. This preparation is the responsibility of the armed citizen, and some citizens just strap on a gun without preparing themselves for what they might have to do "in the gravest extreme". Simply showing a bad guy your gun only works in the movies - criminal statistics and crime studies show that if you draw a gun, you should "come out blazing". This goes especially for females (even female cops), because many violent criminals do not respect females and are so enraged at the idea of being dominated by a female that the possibility of escalating violence increases exponentially.
I remember the NYU incident, and I remember that it was a couple days after its initial reporting before anyone even made mention of the fact that the students who gained control of the situation were armed. A similar media situation occurred last year in Texas, where a crazed gunman opened fire on his ex-wife and son outside a courthouse after a custody hearing. One man (besides the gunman) was killed, and that man was an armed citizen who intervened with a handgun against the bad guy who was armed with a high-powered semi-auto rifle. The armed citizen was gunned down in the street for his trouble, but his action bought enough time for the cops to respond, and saved the lives of the woman and son. This man was a hero, but the media refused to report that aspect of the story.
Bottom line - carrying a firearm is a serious matter, and we must never take that right, or that responsibility, lightly.
God bless you, and Merry Christmas!
I beleive that the founders of the consitution, Jeferson an Madison, strictly wrote in the first amendment of the seperation of church and state. This wrote this for a reason.
December 18, 2005
I disagree. Their intention was that the government would not promote any one religion over another; that all would be free to worship as they choose, including those in the government.
Howdy neighbor, I live up north of you in BC Canada and really enjoyed reading your write up on the Ruger New Vaquero. I work in law enforcement and am about 2hrs away from Vancouver but after reading your article We drove into Van. and I went to my favorite gun shop and handled a New Ruger. Plunked down a deposit as working for the government out O/T is always late and picked out the New Vaquero in 5.5" barrel. Came home and reread your article. I can't wait till I get the beauty home so I can start breaking it in. Is their a break-in procedure as with my long range precision rifles??
Thanks for the influence partner. Merry Xmas.
PS nice web site like it greatly.
December 15, 2005
No break in necessary. Just shoot it. Have fun!
info on my left handed 270 pre 64 action remington bolt action
December 15, 2005
rifle shoots 270 ammo good
I just wanted to let you know I have a profound
appreciation for your website, as it addresses multiple interests of mine:
shooting sports, politics, and in the case of your unashamedly Christian
Christmas greeting, religion. You are to be congratulated.
People such as you, and, I hope, myself, make America strong in a world
that will never be free of violence and war. I suppose someone like
poster Cassie (below) would prefer to be armed with a cell phone
than a gun when confronted in the dead of night. I would not.
The need for self-defence and strong faith is very real in our world.
December 14, 2005
Take it easy on Cassie - she's just a kid, and hopefully will learn someday. As the great Winston Churchill put it: "If you're not a liberal at twenty, you have no heart. If you're not a conservative at forty, you have no brain."
Love the site, the reviews, the politics, everything;
keep up the good work!
December 14, 2005
I am familiar with the Trapper, and have one. The Compact is no longer produced. It was about $100 cheaper than the Trapper, as it used beech instead of Walnut as is found on the Trapper, and the buttstock on the Compact was 1 inch shorter.
I have a Ruger Single Six 22 that I purchased in
the mid 1960's. It was damaged by fire when my home burned last
December 9, 2005
I would send it back to Ruger to be refinished. They will also check to be sure that nothing else was damaged.
Hello, I was online this evening researching for a project I am doing for victims of stalking. One of the topics I am covering is weapons. Statistics suggests that most stalking victims are women. I went to a store in my town and asked what they would suggest for a woman with no experience with weapons to purchase if she decided to use a gun as a form of self defense. They suggested a Ruger SP101 or a Ruger Mark II. They also suggested a weapons training course. I was wondering if you had any suggestions. Points I felt were important to look for was ease of use under a tense situation (not a lot of complicated safety locks and so on), ease of operating such as accuracy and little kickback. I also am curious about what you might suggest as safety precautions? Your name would be appreciated so I can give you proper credit in my report, booklet, and website. Thank you!
December 4, 2005
The SP101 is a good choice, but the Mark II is a bit bulky for a carry gun. The gun need to be readily available at all times. A good, small revolver such as the SP101, Smith & Wesson 342, or a Taurus 941 would be great. Training is essential.
I have to disagree with you on several points concerning
muzzleloading. I personally find
inlines an abomination to muzzleloader hunting. The muzzleloading season
was intended as a primitive weapons hunt that would be more challenging
than hunting with modern rifles and would take the hunter back to hunting
like great-great-great-Grandpa. This means sidelock rifles (flint or
percussion), for the most part, firing a patched lead ball or one of the
early, solid lead bullets. No scopes, saboted bullets or shotgun primers.
And especially no "muzzleloaders" firing smokeless powder. While
I dislike inlines, I can accept their use during ML season provided no
scopes or modern bullets are used. An inline rifle using saboted bullets
aimed by a telescopic sight, in my opinion, is a cheater's way to sneak
into the ML season using modern technology and corrupts the original
intent of having a special ML season in the first place. As for that
Savage 110ML atrocity, we might as well open !
December 3, 2005
I do see your point Sir. I really enjoy hunting with my sidelock percussion .54 Hawken replica. There are those who would despise me because I use a percussion instead of a flintlock. The matchlock hunter may despise the flintlocker. It goes on and on.
For my own part, sir, I would add the following: the anti-hunters in our legislatures are against us enough as it is, without getting help from you and your fellow black powder elitists. If you choose to pursue your game with primitive weapons, then as a hunter who has never before hunted with a smokeless-powder rifle (preferring to hunt with handguns, and, in the past, a T/C Hawken using conical bullets and Pyrodex) I applaud you for that. I just cannot understand why you can't tolerate those hunters who do not share your affectation. The more we allow the antis to erode our hunting privileges, the worse it hurts us all. We must not join in the efforts of the anti-gunners and animal-rights terrorists to take our American hunting heritage away from us, or allow them to use our own sporting preferences to divide and conquer us as hunters. I appreciate your sport and the passion you have for the purity of black powder hunting (by the way, do you use conical bullets or black powder substitutes? Remember, "smokeless powder" is a "black powder substitute" that is far older than Pyrodex), but I am alarmed by the short-sightedness of your view that those hunters who do not agree with you should be legislated out of existence.
Good hunting and God bless,
I disagree with what was said in the article on the S&W model 19. I am one of those guys who shot 125 Gr loads through mine (a 4" barrel) and now have a bad crack in the forcing cone. I contacted S&W for repair and they can not replace the barrel because they have no more. I have not been able to find a new or used barrel for the gun. I bought it with the understanding that if the gun was manufactured to shoot 357 Mag loads then it should. I was one of the guys who found out different. I now have a new GP 100 made by Ruger. This gun will will take any reasonable 357 Mag load and ask for more. I think S&W made a mistake on the model 19.
December 2, 2005
Bill Hamm, Kudos for another awesome article about Rugers! I really enjoyed the Ruger Bearcat article, as I have all your articles. Thanks.
December 1, 2005
hello. i am a teenager researching the topic of gun control for an essay i am writing. Your website is scary and the people are scarier and please dont move to new jersey. maybe you will stop shooting helpless animals one day and think about the bad things about guns. such as how they kill people. i am now very against the use of guns. besides police and other authorities. and people who live in the middle of nowhere in a log cabin. i know everyone has their own hobbies, but yours are sick. and to that guy paul, obviously you are oblivious to what is going on and how young kids are dying and kids are shooting other kids in their highschools (columbine) and crazy psychotic maniacs are killing themselves and other people. guns are extrememly scary and i hope one day, our world will be free of war and guns (except for police and authority) and everyone will live in peace. thank you.
November 30, 2005
Please tell me why it is okay for you to hire someone to protect you (the police), but it is wrong for you to protect yourself. Please read this article and get back to me:
Read carefully, and tell me where I am wrong.
Do you know why the New Bearcats with the transfer bar still retain the half cock notch in the hammer?
November 20, 2005
Because that is they way that they should be.
I have to start off with this sentence......I LOVE THIS
WEBSITE! You have all the right information, all the time!
November 23, 2005
If I could have any new .308 tactical bolt-action rifle from any maker, regardless of price, I would still get the savage. It is the best.
Security article. I am male, 68 years of age. I live
in NW Washington State. I have owned a hunting rifle, a 12 gauge
shotgun and a pistol for many years. They are very rarely fired,
even for target practice. They are certainly not kept loaded where
someone could find them. You see, I doubt your scenarios are very
likely. Yes, they are possible. No, they are not likely
events. In fact, in my personal experience, they are highly
November 20, 2005
God bless you, sir, I hope you never see your world
view put to the test.
I read your great article about the Freedom Arms 500 Wyoming Express. It's the first one on this interesting cartridge, and I'm saving my nickels. As I read about your use of the Cast Performance 525 gr. bullet, I wondered if CP is making this bullet now in .500 diameter, or if you sized down the currently available .511 diameter WFNGC. I bet it would really be a deep digger, and would love to see a penetration test of this load at WE velocities. Where can I get the heavy 525 for the .500?
November 13, 2005
You can order them directly from Cast Performance sized .500. Tell them you read about it on Gunblast!
Concerning yor article, "Get
A Gun", all I can say is...Amen. I am new to your site, but I
find lots of it should be required reading for all...Also, just a thought:
Were you to use your last line in the article "Get A Gun"
'Someday, someone may kill you with your own gun ...', to create a bumper
sticker or a shirt, I am sure you could sell a truckload of them!
November 13, 2005
I love your site! It is full of TRUTH, good info and real
world shooting experience.
November 12, 2005
That was indeed I, congratulations on a fine hunt! I hope you have that ten-pointer measured for the state record book, I would not be surprised if it qualified. Jeff lives near Dover, TN, so your trip from LBL to Clarksville took you within about nine miles of his house (and the palatial Gunblast offices).
You have one of the best web sites I have seen. Keep up the great work. I am a CAS shooter in New Zealand. All the best.
November 9, 2005
I enjoyed your article on the .500
WY Express. We are the company that worked with Bob Baker on
creating the belted magnum cartridge for the Freedom revolver.
Marc Jamison and crew
November 9, 2005
As a father of an eleven year old, my hunting/shooting nature is in full drive with the prospect of having a hunting buddy at my side. I have managed to get my son through hunters education and taken him out on a day trip. Not impressed yet? Okay. Now add to the mix an eighteen year old who has absolutely no interest in anything without a drop down menu or a volume button and a wife who fears, nay, hates guns with every fiber of her being and is against hunting for a plethera of reasons. Story getting better?
I have been working with my youngest boy since he was six and showed a lot of interest firearms. He has been shooting since age eight and with a few models, can actually outshoot me. How proud that makes me, having an eleven year old put more in the ten ring than myself. And all of this without a divorce.
If it had not been for the efforts of persons and organizations like yourself, I would never have had this chance. Those who have placed TRUTHFUL AND REALISTIC information at the fingertips of everyone make a huge difference for those of us who fight the individual battles. My wife would never have allowed any of this without a huge drama if I were not to have access to materials from reputable sources which indicate the gun culture is something other than "homicidal freaks." For example, the rates of accidental shootings and crime rates among those with a hunters education versus those without. Showing a recent article on the proceeds of a competitive shoot made her realize how much oversight there is with the R.O.s and the whole thing is NOT a bunch of gun nuts running rampant and shooting at anything, including other people.
Every war is won by individual battles and with useful information, I have won this battle. In passing on the information that I have used, there are a few more battles I am aware of which have had a rapid turning of tides. For this, I thank you and those of your organization. My goal is to have my son chide me about how much larger his elk is than mine. May your efforts shed light on many other battles in this long war on "guns."
November 8, 2005
Thanks for the great article on the Freedom Arms .500 Wyoming Express. You noted the logical competitors as the S&W Magnum, Linbaough and Beowolf fifties. What about the S&W Special? How does would that compare in terms of power and packability? Is it short enough to fit into a super Redhawk, Blackhawk, or Freedom Arms 83 frame?
November 8, 2005
It is short enough, but I have not tested one.
I just had to comment about "Cross
Creek Charlie's" article regarding the Model 19 S&W.
Doesn't he realize that the 19 is a MEDIUM frame? (Not a test vehicle for
proof loads!) Rumor has it that even S&W advises limited use of full
tilt .357 ammo in the 19. Maybe guys like ol' "CCC" are the
reason S&W finally stopped production of one of their finest carry
guns? The immortal "Combat Magnum"....
November 6, 2005
Great Cowboy Action article!! You are really helping spread the sport. I haven't shot a contest yet, but your article has convinced me I'm going down the right trail.
November 6, 2005
I hate your site. It keeps me from most all my other gun sites.
"He who dies with the most toys, wins."
November 4, 2005
The Coyote Gun article was great, the privilege of sharing a hobby like hunting, guns, or even just a gun is great. I recently had the privilege of going on a hunting trip with my father, his father, and my uncle, as well as many of my grandfather's cousins. The experience was great and the ability of one hobby to cross the generational lines is amazing, thanks again for your article, I look forward to many more in the future.
November 3, 2005
I greatly enjoy all your articles, but the one about Christians carrying guns is ABSOLUTELY outstanding. You are on the money. Thanks.
November 2, 2005
I have a S&W model 66 K-Comp. I bought it to use 357 loads not 38's. I have only a few hundred rounds of mag loads thru it so far including the Buffalo Bore ammo. Worse case scenario is I have to have it retimed by my gunsmith. No big deal and no big cost. If you have a magnum, shoot it as such!
November 1, 2005
Regarding the S&W
19 or other K-Frame 357s:
November 1, 2005
In response to "Newdow: Pledge Forces God On Atheists"; I agree with the atheists. I don't believe in this day and age we should have any mention of "GOD" in our government. This nation was founded on a principle of separation of church and state. More and more I find America becoming influenced by "religious politics". I believe that it should not be allowed to happen. We need to think about the whole population, not just those of a certain set of beliefs. Don't take my words the wrong way, having faith is a wonderful thing. Remember that not everyone shares in those beliefs, and it isn't right to force them to participate.
Thank you for letting me speak, and also for having such a great site.
November 1, 2005
Thank you for reading, sir. God bless you, and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas season.
I love your site. But this article from Paco Kelly included one of the dumbest things that I have ever read in a firearms publication, he mentions firing a 22 mag firearm straight in the air; once in the middle of NEW YORK CITY and another time with his wife. Has this guy ever had any basic training in the safe handling of firearms? Come on guys, you can do better than this.
October 30, 2005
We publish the article just as Mr. Kelly submitted. We do not condone shooting into the air. He was simply stating what he had done, not necessarily recommending it. For much of his life, he has done many things that are dangerous. He has been in numerous gunfights on behalf of our nation, and has come out the winner each time. We need more man like him.
Jeff I as you probably know am a new fan of GunBlast.com. Your article on homeland security is one hundred percent fact, whether it's born and raised in the U.S.A. violent criminal or a foreign terrorist. The American citizen is responsible for their own safety, having been a detective years ago I know it is impossible for a policeman to be at the scene of a crime every time one is committed. In other words, it's up to us to prevent a crime from happening to us as individuals. Excellent advice on being prepared.
October 27, 2005
I like Butch Kent's attitude. My 6" 19 is of the same vintage, bought it used in 82. My dad and I have shot thousands through it. It is still as tight and accurate as when I picked up from Sierra Vista Jewelers & Guns. It points as well as a Colt Navy too.
October 26, 2005
Thanks for the feedback. More to come on this subject.
I have a Smith Model 19 6" that was made in 1970. I have shot over 2000 rounds through it, at the least. Most have been 6.5 grains of Unique and some have been 13.5 grains of 2400. The gun is still tight.
I have read a lot on the net about the need to shoot 38s in the 19 most of the time and I was concerned that I might damage my 19. It is nice to read the article by Butch Kent. It has helped to restore my faith in the integrity of the Smith 19.
October 26, 2005
I just read Jeff Quinn's "The Grand Old .30 WCF" article. It was nicely written.
October 24, 2005
1. Your gunzine is so SUPERIOR! The key reason is, you tell the truth. Most of the rest of the pack seem to praise everything to the sky.
2. I am a military veteran, now suffering from not one but two deadly, incurable cancers caused by the scientist-made poison called DIOXIN found in military's defoliant Agent Orange. I have a long list of problems. I am confined to a wheelchair. I have had a number of broken bones, most in the spine.
3. I refuse to become a target for punks. Clearly I need to pack. Many cops have told me that. I need to select something reliable, such as a Glock, in a calibre which is the opposite of puny, either .45acp or the .40S&W -- something which can be concealed. Like the Glock G36 or Glock 27.
4. I'd appreciate your input. THANKS!
October 23, 2005
The Glock is a very good weapon. Depending upon your disability, the recoil might be too much. If recoil is not a factor, the Glock should serve you well. I like the Model 19 (9mm) with hollowpoint ammo. If you prefer a revolver, any good .38 or .357 magnum should also serve well. If recoil is a problem, I suggest a .22 Magnum Taurus 941 with good hollowpoint ammo. Thanks for your sacrifice for our country. Agent Orange got my father-in-law about five years ago.
I was reading Bob
Campbell's article on "Stopping Power" and I found it to
be well thought out and had a lot of common sense.
October 22, 2005
Hello, I am studying the .454 Puma with much interest.
If someone already owned one of the Winchester 1892 limited edition guns
in .45 Long Colt, would there be any reason why you could not just ream
the chamber out to .454 and use it with full powered .454's?
October 21, 2005
Do not modify the existing gun. You would be better off just buying the .454.
This is not the first time I've used your column to compare/research firearms before I buy, and I find the information most useful. What I am wondering is, how do I get the specific SP101 with the rosewood grips and "target gray" finish that is pictured here? I've searched dozens of websites and haven't found one that shares the same attributes as the one you so lovingly wrote about. This gun is a gem, and all my endeavors are going into finding one. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you,
Clinton Caffee, SSgt, USMC
October 19, 2005
They are only available from Lipsey's. Go to: www.lipseys.com, and click on their DEALER LOCATOR icon. This will give you a list of dealers in your area who can order the gun from Lipsey's.
I wanted a rifle to go hunting with my brother here in
Texas but did not want to spend too much money. I decided on a 308
caliber for both accuracy and less kick than say a 30-aught-six.
Your article plus the story behind Savage
firearms convinced to go for the LE2.
October 16, 2005
You have chosen well for both the rifle and scope. I used the Lake City ammo to get the gun sighted because it was cheap.
I'm a Viet Nam vet who hasn't had a firearm since I left
the service. After watching the thugs in New Orleans, and with the
knowledge that some of the refugees are still in my Fort Worth area, I
decided to purchase firearms for protection.
October 16, 2005
I think you have the best gun site around! I especially like the article on the Ruger Birdshead Vaquero.
Have you heard that it is unsafe to shoot Cor-Bon or Buffalo Bore ammo in an older Ruger birds head grip .45? If it is, can you recommend a factory loaded round that would be safe yet a little hotter than the cowboy action fodder? Thanks.
October 15, 2005
It is perfectly safe to shoot ALL .45 Colt factory ammo in the older Vaquero Birdshead.
WANT TO NO WHAT A 32 20 IS WORTH
October 14, 2005
A box of 50 costs about 26 bucks.
Ed. Note: I included this question as an illustration of how "not" to ask us a question. We get many questions like this one. We are glad to help you find information about your guns, but please remember that we cannot read your minds. We need to know the make, type or model of gun, serial number, originality (if it can be determined), condition, and (for collector guns) whether any accessories such as box and papers are included.
Tomorrow I pick up my .500 S&W that I have been thinking about for two years. Reading this article makes me feel much better about this purchase. I have always been leery about the recoil factor but I now think if I stay on the light side I will be OK. I also have a deposit on the 460 XVR waiting for California to put the revolver on the approved list. After reading this I am extremely excited.
October 13, 2005
Good, comprehensive article on the 6.5
Grendel! I have only just discovered the round, while researching
for a friend in New Zealand, who has an AR-15 on a grandfather clause, but
wants more power for deer as his eyesight is not what it used to be!
October 13, 2005
Hello. I own a Smith & Wesson model 63 J-frame .22 revolver with a 4 inch barrel. The pistol you wrote about in your "Little Big Gun" article. I am looking for a holster to carry it when I hike in the woods but have been told that stock holsters are no longer in production because S&W no longer produces 4 in. barrel j-frames. Any suggestions on leather hip holsters other than cost prohibitive custom ones?
October 11, 2005
Yes Sir. That is a fine little sixgun. Contact Rob Leahy, and tell him that I sent you. He will fix you up, and will not charge a fortune to do it. www.simplyrugged.com
Great site! Right up my alley. Wanted to say "Thanks" for the article on Ruger grip frames. It help me understand a rather confusing subject. Would be interested to see an outline of a "typical" Colt SAA grip frame overlaid on top of the Rugers in your diagram. Take care!
October 10, 2005
I was wondering if you had any suggestions for foul weather hunting with muzzleloader. I had 2 days off in a row to go hunting this weekend and it rained steady all weekend. But I'm reading this book by Peter Fiduccia and he says if you can stand it, foul weather can be productive so... not wanting to waste my 2 days out I went. Now of course when i woke up this morning i remembered that next weekend is muzzleloader so I took the bow. But of course it got me thinking about what if. Anyway, do you recommend those gun socks? Problem is I cant see sliding it off to take a shot. By the way, I got the blued metal Optima inline. Couldn't afford stainless. I am kinda new to muzzleloading so please bear with me. Can you treat the gun with natural lube on the outside too? And by the way, is the bore butter the same thing as natural lube? cause I got 2 tubes of that to use up. Well I see this is a comment page not a help page so if you cant respond I understand. but it seems from your articles that you definitely know what you're talking about. The thing about not cleaning that carbine for 14 years is incredible.
October 8, 2005
When I am hunting in the rain, I just try to keep the receiver area of the rifle covered as well as possible with my poncho or rain coat. You could also just drape a piece of waterproof cloth over the action area of the rifle. The bore butter is similar to Natural Lube 1000, but I have not used it.
I am glad that I hit on your website. The best source for information that I have yet found. I enjoyed your Ruger New Vaquero - Revisited article as I did the first one. Have had the #5105 KNV44 ordered for nine months. My question is: Does the New Vaquero need to be tuned by a gunsmith?
October 8, 2005
It needs nothing but a quick Poor Boy's Trigger Job, as outlined here:
I saw somewhere on the internet that somebody was making high quality leather holsters for the Ruger Bearcat in a variety of different western rigs including a Slim Jim holster and a flap holster design. Do you know who they are and how to get in touch with them? I've just acquired a old three digit serial number Bearcat that is very good looking and quite accurate.
October 8, 2005
Thanks for your review of the new Kel-Tec
380 pocket pistol. I had been in the market for a small,
powerful version like the Kel-Tec. After reading your review, I
purchased one and have been extremely satisfied.
October 7, 2005
Just a quick note to say thanks for posting the
informative article on the Baby
Eagle. I just purchased my first gun, and to my husband's
surprise, I chose a Baby Eagle. I am now a proud owner of the MR9915R
October 7, 2005
Re: This week's article on the
PS: Bizarrely, Argentine troops were also issued short
swords for use in close combat although I have no information on any
having been used in this way.
October 7, 2005
Good Job !!! Please keep it up. Straightforward Honest Reviews. I have come to trust your opinions and recommendations. I Hope you are being compensated for the valuable service you provide to the shooting community. A heartfelt Thank You.
October 5, 2005
Thanks for the kind words. Gunblast is a labor of love for us. We make no money from it, but we have a good time!
RE: the Heritage .32, were these guns once called the "Lil' Texas Ranger" or something like that? I have a 3.5" birds head that I must have bought over 20 years ago that looks like these and has the same type of safety.
A friend really criticized me when I first got it - until he shot it. Surprisingly accurate little gun.
I may have to dig it up and take it to the range this weekend.
October 4, 2005
You are almost right, I asked the owner of Heritage Mfg. about this and here's what he told me: "Firearms Import and Export Corp. produced a similar revolver called the Texas Ranger utilizing the same frame mold as our Rough Rider. While many of the parts are the same, most have been much improved since that time."
I really like the information in your website. I
currently own a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun and am experiencing some
difficulties. When I shoot it about 1 in 4 shells don't fully clear the
slide and get jammed. Do you know of any way to fix this?
October 4, 2005
I would look at the simple stuff first. Have you tried changing the brand of ammo. Some ammo is to weak to fully eject everytime. I would try some good defense ammo, such as Cor-Bon or another full power load.
Love this site. You all are the best and write Great articles like the resent one on the Savage Model 10ML II. But in checking out Toby Bridges and HIGH PERFORMANCE MUZZLELOADING I found some articles on that site that you should look at. The one on the Savage breech plug design, reusable stainless steel ignition module and why the author feels they will lead to the Catastrophic Failure of A Savage Model 10ML II. Don't know Toby Bridges or why He feels this way but I'd check out his info and see if you feel his articles have any merit.
October 2, 2005
Mr. Bridges worked for Savage for several years promoting the 10ML-II. He was a great proponent of the rifle.
Mr. Bridges has been trying to discredit Savage ever since they fired him. Before that, he was all in favor of their rifle. He was fired for not doing his job, and for other felonious charges against him. He also had a falling out with M. Henry Ball, the inventor of the rifle. I believe that the Savage was blown up intentionally. It blew within a week of Mr. Bridges being released by Savage. I have seen pictures of the rifle. There is no way that someone could have been shooting that rifle without being very badly injured. Mr. Bridges had not a scratch on him. I believe that his credibility is flawed. I will continue to shoot my Savage without worry.
September 29, 2005
I just saw a Bushmaster Carbon 15 Pistol at a local gun show and thought it was just the coolest!! I also liked the muzzle flash pics. but what are your thoughts on the lack of a forward assist?
September 27, 2005
Having no forward assist bothers me not at all. If I have a cartridge that will not chamber, I want it out of there. Forcing it into the chamber makes no sense to me.
I am writing in response to the Bersa Thunder 380 article. I couldn't agree with you more. I only found your site because I was looking for Bersa's and wanted to tell them what a wonderful firearm the Thunder 380 is. Reading this article was like someone reading my mind it says everything. I am glad to see the truth still exist somewhere and that you are reviewing guns people can actually afford.
September 27, 2005
Thank You for the second review of the New Vaquero. My question is; do you know or have you heard if Ruger will hopefully chamber it in .44 Special?? It just seems too good to pass up.
Thank You again.
September 27, 2005
I believe that they will, but not anytime soon. They are way behind on orders for the .45 and .357.
I really like the Ruger SP101. I'm thinking about buying one, but I heard that the 2-1/2 in barrel is not very accurate. The 3-1/2 in barrel is supposed to be better, but I want to be able to hit a beer can at 25 yds every time. Do you think the 3-1/2 in barrel is accurate enough for that? I can do that with my Ruger Blackhawk 41 mag with a 6-1/2 in barrel. Most 2-1/2 in barrel pistols that I've fired aren't even accurate enough to shoot myself in the foot. How accurate is the 3-1/2 in SP101? Does it come from the factory with adjustable sights?
September 26, 2005
The SP101 is not available with adjustable sights. The SP101 is accurate enough with either barrel length, but the short sight radius makes them harder for the shooter to aim accurately. With practice, either will hit a beer can at that distance, if the shooter does his part.
I'd be interested in seeing an article written on the
new DPMS AP4 16" carbine in .308. There's not much literature
on it and there's a large following of AR fans out there. Just an
September 25, 2005
I have a 16 inch DPMS .308 here now for testing, but am waiting on the arrival of the magazines.
I have a Kimber 22 Pistol I bought a year ago and its the biggest, make that most expensive, piece of crap I own in the firearms category. I have had it go to Kimber twice for repair and it comes back as if they didn't even look at it. It shoots great with the factory magazine but when I try to use two Kimber after market mags it jams every other round. The first time I sent it back the mags were so bad you couldn't even rack the slide with empty magazines. Now, I can do that except with live ammo the mags still cause jams. With the factory mag that came with it I don't think it has ever jammed. I will call again but Kimber's attitude is one where they can't believe one of their pistols is defective. Yes, Kimber won't believe their baby is ugly. What ever country they make it it Kimber should look for another one to build their pistols. I learned that today at the range (while showing everyone this piece of garbage) that Kimber is just a post office box in Yonkers and that they buy weapons from around the world and put their name on them. Unless I hear otherwise I believe it.
September 24, 2005
Nice work! It is nice to see your in depth
knowledge of firearms brought to the Internet. Your many articles
have gone far in expanding my personal knowledge and expertise with
firearms, and for that, you deserve a thank you.
September 23, 2005
I just upgraded my S&W PD
with the XS Big Dot sight. Your article
on this minor modification was very helpful in assisting me address my
over 40 eyes and the small blade OEM sight. I shot a PPC BUG gun match a
few weeks ago and it brought me to terms with the OEM sight limitations
and my seasoned eyes.
September 23, 2005
Re: The Newdow Pledge Case:
September 23, 2005
Great article on the .30 WCF. I have one myself. The SN is 88,xxx and it was made in 1897. My Grandfather traded a Model T Ford for it many years ago in West Virginia. The rifle originally had an octagon barrel but my Grandfather sent it back to the factory and had a 20" round barrel put on it. It still shoots great and the rifle itself is more accurate than I can shoot with open sights. The rifling is sharp and clean. My Grandfather passed away before I was born and my Dad passed it on to me as my first deer rifle. I don't know what its worth, and really dont care. No amount of money could replace it. Besides, my son is 5 now and in a few years he will be the 4th generation of my family to hunt with it. To all the "experts" that say it wont kill deer cleanly. This one has dropped more than a few in their tracks. Man, what I wouldn't give to have this gun tell me its stories. From the factory in 1897, to the coal wars in West Virginia, the deer hunts in the days before it was mine, to my gun safe. By the way she doesn't stay in the safe. From time to time we still wonder off and rekindle some of the memories from when I was a boy with my dad. Thank you Daddy. You'd be proud of your grandson, and he's definitely a worthy little man to be the next in our 30-30s life.
September 22, 2005
It don't get any better than that. You can't get that from a shiny, brand new rifle at any price.
I recently purchased a Savage
Model 12 synthetic stock, bull barrel in cal. 22-250 complete with AccuTrigger.
I mounted a 3200 5x15 O/A Bushnell on it. I set the trigger pull to 1.5
and did the recommended 10-20 shot barrel cleaning break in combined with
100 meter sight in at our range. After shooting 3 brands of factory ammo,
I settled with Federal Power-Shok 55 grain (cheap to purchase). I was
getting 1/2" to 3/4" groups. I could not believe it. 2 days
later at 200 meters my 3 shot group held inside 1.5 inches. This was made
out of a cold barrel with the same factory grade Federal ammo. After
waiting 15 minutes for the barrel to cool, the same results were obtained
with my next 3 shots. I was totally impressed. I had never gotten
consistent groups with factory loads like that before. As my rifle gets
more worn in, I'm sure it will get better especially with reloads or
premium grade factory. Your web site is very informative and yes many of
us in Canada still own rifles, shotguns and handguns.
Vernon, BC, Canada
September 21, 2005
Does it occur to anyone else that the Pledge of Allegiance itself is silly even without the "One nation under God" bit hastily added durring the red-scare 1950's? The flag is a symbol, a powerful symbol but a symbol no less. I'll pledge my allegiance to our constitution and to our way of life but not to a piece of cloth. Also, isn't it a bit ironic that we try to force our kids to proclaim how free they are every morning?
September 21, 2005
Absolutely absurd!!!! The citizens of this great nation need to agree with the Pledge as it is because it is our pledge to protect and defend the very freedoms we enjoy, and that God refers to our freedom of religion, what ever it may be. Even an atheist is practicing religion when they say they have no God that they believe in. They still need to pledge their loyalty to this country and this country's core beliefs. I am reminded of what my father and other relatives and friends who were in different wars, The fox hole knows no atheist! If this is allowed to continue, it is a direct insult to all of those before us who have fought and died to protect this great nation and the core values of our people. Constitutionalism is suppose to be that the "WILL" of the majority will outweigh the "WISHES" of the minority! When it comes to the pledge, this is the way it must be!!
September 21, 2005
Hello, I was just reading your commentary on the Pledge of Allegiance being declared unconstitutional and wanted to make a comment myself. I do not in the slightest find it surprising that liberal, probably atheistic judges would declare this country's own pledge to be a violation of the constitution. I am not a Christian now though I was reared as a Catholic, but I believe that in large part my moral foundation and treatment of others stems from my Christian mother and the teachings of Jesus. I find it extremely offensive that people want to tear Christianity out of the places it resides in the government or national symbols because they don't happen to agree with it. It is apparently alright for other countries to have religious foundations, but these people will not be satisfied until America is a country completely devoid of moral or religious guidance of any kind. I take that back, it could possibly have religion as long as it isn't Christian or Jewish. I'll cut myself short as I could rant endlessly, thank you for letting me give some feedback. You may use my full name, anyone that knows me already knows where I stand.
September 17, 2005
Concerning the Pledge of Allegiance,
I'm with you all the way! This country's laws are based on Biblical
teachings. Its Supreme Court building is covered with Biblical references
carved into its very face. Yet the learned minds within, will tell you
that our forefathers meant to have God excluded from its very halls!!! I
think not!! Actually I know in my heart that our founding fathers would be
ashamed of what we have done with the rights that they gave us, at the
cost of their countrymen's blood. I doubt they would think the price was
worth it. I have always loved this country, I'm ex-military, and nearing
they end of my police career after 22 years but I'm deeply saddened that
our leaders say God should not be allowed in government. Well to them I
say, If God was in government we wouldn't be cursed with presidents who don't
lie, cheat on their wives, and would not defend murder of infant children
under the argument of pro-choice. In closing, God is watching all of us,
He knows each mans heart and although the judges on the Supreme Court are
the highest court in the land, they are not the final judge and their day
September 16, 2005
I bought the Bersa
Thunder 380 last night, very good weapon . I Usually carry a Makarov
9mm in the car and on my person, but the 380 is lighter and smaller , plus
a much better weapon for a concealed weapons holder such as myself .I
liked your review of the weapon and look forward to other reviews of
different weapons and calibers .
September 16, 2005
Regarding the Pledge of Allegiance, I am a Christian and I understand how you feel, but you should realize that the same amendment that says people can't pray in schools also says that the FBI can't bust in on my church service this Sunday. Earl Warren said that "you're right to swing you're fist ends where my nose begins." I used to say the same things that you were saying, and then a friend of my asked me to imagine that the majority of America was Muslim, and there was a rule that I had to pray to Allah everyday before school.
September 16, 2005
Thank you for your article on the S&W Sigma 9mm (SW9VE). I scoured the internet for information on this pistol and your article was the most comprehensive and informative. I purchased my S&W Sigma 9mmn last week and ran 100 rounds of WWB and a few 147 Grain Hydra-Shoks through it without one glitch. Now I have to spend some range time with my SW9VE to increase my level of proficiency. You can not go wrong with the price and the S&W warranty on this great little pistol. I can't want to read your review of the new S&W M&P. Adios.
September 16, 2005
I have decided to buy a Taurus 94B5 based partially on
your review of the Taurus 941 in 22 mag.
I find your articles very helpful.
September 15, 2005
I had one made for me by Mernickle Holsters. It is pictured here:
The holster works perfectly with my 5 inch 941.
Thank you SO MUCH for making John Wayne and Red Skeleton's recordings of the Pledge of Allegiance available for us! I'm a Mom of two and my 15 year old daughter is a sergeant in Jr. ROTC in High School and quite upset about what's going on. I saved this to my computer and will have her listen to these when she gets home from school today. I had heard John Wayne's wonderful recitation before, in tears, but had never heard Red Skelton's, who I've always loved and respected, being a huge fan of Old Time Radio. I will pass your site on to friends and family. God Bless You all for CARING!
Mrs. Terri Moses
September 15, 2005
Great review as always on the "Evil Roy" package, I believe Karri should stick around and model for Gunblast permanently! Tasteful pictures of beautiful women and blue steel are becoming more and more rare in these days of the politically correct, thanks again for being the voice of reason.
September 14, 2005
Good idea, but I would have to get a divorce.
Jeff, Your piece on the Ruger SBH Hunter was very informative but made me wince a bit. I just bought a used 1976 new model 44 mag and the open sights are bothering me in that I have the windage adjustment cranked all the way to the right and am still shooting left at 25 yards. Now what? The new Hunter has what I need in its adjustable blades but I paid $325 for the gun I have and needless to say got priced out. Any ideas? Keep up the good work!
September 13, 2005
There are aftermarket rear sights that might fix the problem for you., such as the one from Bowen Classic Arms. I would also make very sure that you are pressing the trigger with the pad of your finger. Many right-handed shooter push the gun to the left as the trigger breaks. It only takes a slight amount to move the impact left. Remember, PRESS the trigger with the pad of the finger. If that does not correct the problem, I would try the new rear sight. Keep me posted.
I really enjoyed your article on the AR 180b. I have owned both AR-15's and Mini-14's but really love the 180. I find it strange that few people say much about this rifle. Your article hit on all the good points and FYI folding stocks and rail type scope mounts are now an option after-market. Keep up the good work. Note: when cleaning the 180B take care not to allow the barrel to swing down. It can break the lower pin holes.
September 13, 2005
Great web site. Great articles. Tell all my shooting and hunting buddies to check you out every chance I get. Loved the article "Poor Boy's Trigger Job", Been doing that to Ruger SA's for the past eight years for my pards at our Cowboy Shooting Club and they can't believe the difference it makes. Keep up the great work. God Bless us all, for we need strength and guidance now more than ever.
September 12, 2005
I stumbled onto your website when surfing for a good
bolt action .308. The article "Savage
Model 10FP-LE2 .308 Tactical Tackdriver" by Jeff Quinn was
written just for me. It was a contributing factor on my purchasing one and
I am now in the process of looking for a good scope and bipod. My main
interest is punching holes on paper as close as possible.
September 11, 2005
I wanted you to know that I am very pleased with your
web site. I have found it to be extremely informative, and
after reading the article about United
States Fire-Arms' Gunslinger, all I could say was you hit it the nail
on the head. Gunblast.com has been very responsible in providing
clear and complete information within firearms' reviews. I have been
shooting for over 20 years now, but I am a fairly new collector. I
am absolutely thrilled about USFA's sixguns. I purchased three in
two days and have recently ordered five more with an additional special
family purchase of five custom sixguns to be ordered in the near future.
I am convinced that USFA's sixguns are to Colt's better sixguns as
Kimber's pistols are to Colt's better pistols. They fill your hand
just perfectly, so much so that you can't get enough time holding them,
and boy can they shoot. USFA's catalog suggests a person may have
been born 100 years too late, but I say absolutely not. I am very
August 31, 2005
Just wanted to drop you a line as a fan of the site, and a fellow firearms guy to say thanks for "telling it like its is". I've been reading this site since I started shooting, and you guys have yet to steer me wrong.
August 27, 2005
The website was easy to navigate and straight forward.
I also agree with the author on the review of the Bersa
Thunder .380. I have one that I carry concealed, and will loan
one to my 22 year old college daughter for self-defense. She shoots
it better than I do. My USMC son in Iraq prefers the 1911 A1 style,
but he has bigger hands than I do, and can shoot someone else's guns
August 23, 2005
This web site was very helpful for me. I have a Ruger
Single Six that was engraved by Charles H. Jerred and did not know
much information about it until I found this site. I am now looking for
the case it came in and hope to find one by spreading the word with other
August 23, 2005
Love your website. I have an old Ruger Single-Six 22. I have had it for close to 50 years--since the mid to late 50s. Never knew much about the gun except it's a great piece. Years back I would do quick draws with it--got so fast I almost blew my foot off. Called it quits after that. Enjoyed your article, judging from it I have a fairly old one.
August 22, 2005
Is your Single-Six a "Lightweight" model?
If so, the serial number would date it to 1957. The Lightweight is a
fairly rare variant, you can find more info on it here: http://www.gunblast.com/Hamm_Single-Six_Lightweight.htm.
Great website! Especially the Ruger write-ups. My only
handgun right now is a Ruger SBH, and I'm could be happy if that's the
only handgun I ever get to own. My wife bought it for me 8 years ago with
her bonus (Yes - a wife who will actually buy her husband guns. She's
spoken for. Ya'll can't have her.) Since my childhood, I've shot just
about everything out there, and at the end of the day, my old Ruger is
what I'll stay with. I always seemed to be able to shoot them better,
whether rimfire or magnum CF, single & double actions.
August 19, 2005
Somebody who understands the 30-30! My first rifle (Christmas 1975-age 19) was a Model 94 and it still is and always will be in my meager "arsenal." I've killed WV whitetails with .243 Win., 280 Remington and .270 Winchester but, for some reason, none ever expired any faster than the ones shot with the 30-30. After my first wild-boar hunt in rugged southern WV, lugging a scoped Model 742 in .280 over terrain that almost made me cry for my mommy, I've never taken anything else boar hunting, either. The way I figured it, if the shooting was going to be at 35 yards +/- and if the game might come at me instead of running away (as one did a friend of mine) I wanted old fast and reliable in my hands.
P.S. Although not considered "sporting" by many, my '94 has shot the heads off a few unsuspecting grouse. No shot in the breast meat that way! Thanks for some great writing.
August 17, 2005
For all that has been written on the .30-30
cartridge and rifles, including a little by yours truly- you have
summed it up better than anyone. I have killed or seen killed probably a
dozen deer with these guns, and ranges 225 inches, to 225 yards.
August 15, 2005
I have liked quite a few of the articles here, but the article on stopping power by R.K. Campbell has prompted me to type my first comment. I am in total agreement! I have used the .357 successfully in the line of duty, and continue to carry same, in spite of critics who tell me there is better stuff out there. The result for me was the same as described in the article. It is nice to have validation from a gunfight veteran. Of course, the training/marksmanship/shot placement issue is even more important than the cartridge used, and I fully agree with Mr. Campbell there, too. May God bless this man who teaches reality! Thanks, and stay safe and well.
August 14, 2005
Mr. Quinn, While I always enjoy the articles on Gunblast I was very moved, even to the point of emotion, with your article about your Dad and the .22 Magnum Henry. As an older father myself I can imagine what he must have felt. You're a good writer but more importantly you are a good son. As soon as I send this e-mail I'm driving to Phoenix and getting a Henry for myself because of the article.
Eli in Arizona
August 11, 2005
Thanks for the great article on the Ruger Alaskan. You were the first to publish actual velocities of different loads. I have not yet shot mine but can't wait to shoot the 360grain Cor-Bons. Thanks for MANY great articles.
July 29, 2005
In over 30 years as a gun enthusiast and 23 years of carrying, I have never read a more realistic and thoughtful article on the subject of stopping power. RK Campbell's "All About Stopping Power" is a "Must Read". Well Done!
July 23, 2005
Thanks for providing this excellent website...it is a welcome respite from some of the "noise" out there on the web. If there was ever a hobby or "topic of interest" more laden with B.S. than guns, shooting, hunting, etc. I've managed to miss it. Your website totally avoids the nonsense, and provides information that knowledgeable people can use and enjoy.
I enjoyed R.K. Campbell's article about "Smith
and Wesson's Best Pistol" very much. A fine testimonial to a
remarkable handgun. Alas.... now discontinued, but certainly not
forgotten. I predict that the popularity of the particular configuration
will only grow with time, and that a "following" amongst
knowledgeable handgunners will emerge. A "classic" for sure!
July 19, 2005
Varminter is also a shooter. It has been to the dog towns several
times! It doesn't heat and you do not need the spotter. The second bullet
is on the way before the dog reacts to the first round. It is great on
South Dakota Jacks and Coyotes. My bolt-22-250 is very sad! I take it
along but I think it knows about the new kid.
July 15, 2005
Great Website! Thanks for the info!
I echo the comments about the Bersa Thunder .380! What a nice gun. I am a PI and bought the duo-tone thunder .380 recently. I love the concealability, carry weight, and most important the reliability! My very first shot with it at the range was right on the money! That is saying something for a gun I'd never heard of until recently, let alone fired before! My wife loves it too. It is not too small for my hand, nor too big for hers. I highly recommend the Bersa Thunder for a personal carry weapon!
July 14, 2005
Hi, I just wanted to compliment you on the "Gun Facts" article. I think every person in America should read this article and realize how much safer it is having a concealed carry law. I am from Missouri and we recently passed the right to carry law and I can guarantee that in the following years our crime rate is going to drop dramatically. Thank you for what you do.
July 12, 2005
I couldn't agree more about the .45 vs 9mm debacle. Clinton started a deadly trend in downsizing, fagging out and criminally hobbling our military. Somewhere along the line it needs to be un-done. But when? By whom? Dudes - we are in deep kimsche if things are allowed to remain the way they are.
July 11, 2005
I just read the article on Homeland Security and I couldn't have put it better myself! One question I did have though...for those of us like myself who live in California and are forbidden to own rifles such as the ar-15 and its variants, we are pretty much stuck with the bolt action semi automatic rifles of yesteryear. Not to say these aren't very accurate and devastating.. I own a Remington model 700 in .308, but when it comes to firepower, compactness, technical advances, etc they are just not up to par with some of the rifles available to other states. That said I would like to ask the author or anyone else who has input on this...What would be a good defensive rifle to own in the great state of California? Input is appreciated!! Thanks guys and keep up the good work.
July 10, 2005
I believe that the Ruger Mini-14 is allowed.
Thanks for the write up on Trail
July 10, 2005
I would just like to say since I found Gunblast.com you
guys saved me a heck of a lot of money, which I will get to later. Your
approach to the truth and VERY accurate reviews and information (firearm
and otherwise) leaves no rest for the wicked.
Yes, I know....Seeing someone hold a firearm is no way to base a cognitive decision to actually go out and buy that brand. BUT the way I looked at it, you must have a review to soon follow, and all information thus far based on other reviews has been great....So yup, I bought one!
July 10, 2005
I truly love your site and articles. I'm a 24 year
old gun enthusiast from Texas living in Belfast, I. Ireland. I don't
have the opportunity to go shooting like I did back home so reading
Gunblast articles brings me back to the good ole US in thought. I
deeply respect your article about Christians
Packing Guns and agree. I'm currently employed by the Methodist
Church in Ireland but how I miss target shooting back home with my devil
dog dad. Thanks again Jeff and co.
July 8, 2005
Your website has proved extremely helpful in researching
which guns and scopes to buy or not to buy and I trust the reviews to be
July 6, 2005
You have written an excellent overview of a legend in
gun development! I have always had an admiration for Mr.
July 6, 2005
I agree with your review of Hamilton Bowen's book The Custom Revolver. It is an awesome book, and the best thing is Hamilton signed my copy! A real nice guy.
July 5, 2005
I purchased the Bushmaster
Varminter 223 caliber and I am absolutely satisfied! I could not
resist getting it once I read your review. You were dead on! Thanks.
June 27, 2005
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your brothers for your dedicated efforts in testing the myriad of weapons you've covered over the years. Without reservation, I have come to rely on your judgment in my purchasing the Bushmaster XM-15, Bushmaster Varminter, Ruger MKIII Hunter, and just today, the Kimber .45 Auto because of your truthful in-depth articles. I stand proud in my ownership of these weapons and can honestly say I never buy a gun or will I buy a gun without first looking to see if you've covered that particular weapon in always spectacular fashion. Keep up the great work. Again, much thanks to you and your brothers.
Bob, LCDR, USN
June 23, 2005
Thank you Sir for the kind words, and for your service in the US Navy.
In the review of the Taurus Millennium Pro 45 ACP, you tested some Speer 45 GAP ammo. Since it is shorter than ACP ammo and both headspace on the rim, how did you make that work?
June 19, 2005
The extractor held the cartridge against the breech face for the firing pin to make contact. It is not recommended, but will work if needed.
Decent site, but it seems you've NEVER met a product you didn't like. Was hoping to find a more straightforward set of reviews like GunTests does.
Also, and please do not take this personally, the braids or whatever they are from your beard do not inspire trust in your professionalism as a career counselor. Maybe I'm being a little harsh as a former Marine from Wyoming now in the business world but I personally don't believe in grown men braiding their hair and attempting to be taken seriously in the business world.
June 19, 2005
Thanks for your comments. I have no intention of being a career counselor, that's my brother Greg, who is much more clean-cut than I am. I have been in business for many years, and my customers are not offended by my hair. See, this is not just a theory, but I have proven it with years of success to back it up. I am also highly respected in the gun industry. They know that I will give a fair, honest review of their products, and I do not extort money from them, as do the clean-shaven writers for some of the paper magazines. If you desire to look at pretty men, some other website might be better for you.
As for the content of my articles, you must not have read them all, for I do sometimes find fault with a gun. However, I also do not waste my time reviewing junk. If it is not a good product, I do not spend my time testing it, nor waste my readers time with a review on a piece of junk.
I do appreciate you reading Gunblast, and your comments are always welcome. I look the way I look, and make no apology for that. On Gunblast, you will receive honest information on good products. I also thank you for your service in the Marine Corps.
I enjoyed the format of the review of the Baby Eagle. Not so much because I happen to agree with everything (though that probably doesn't hurt)...but because the pistols were fully described in simple terms and without any of the interjections of ego that are often only thinly veiled in these kind of reviews. I've always been a 45 ACP/1911 kind of guy. But one day I picked up a Baby Eagle at a gun show, and I was screwed. It was a 9mm. I quickly, but reluctantly, put it back on the table and walked away, slowly shaking my head. I had always known that I would someday own a high cap handgun...just because that was a gap in my meager collection...but I always thought it would be a Para Ordnance 1911. Now, all of my preconceived notions were out the window. I knew that not only would it not be a 1911 ,but it would be...gasp...a double action pistol. And, God help me....a 9mm. Yes, I know I could have chosen a Baby Eagle in 40 S&W or 45 ACP...but I've always believed that you pick the pistol in the caliber around which the model was designed. That way, there are no compromises in the design. That may just be some strange dogma that I adhere to...but I just feel more comfortable with that philosophy.
Well, I bought one at the next gun show. I
couldn't be happier with it. I've put maybe 4000 rounds through
it. I've had a total of 4 failures to feed/eject, and that with
the same economy brand of reloaded 115 FMJ, which I have not used since.
I've hollowpoint tested it thoroughly and, as stated, I have not
encountered a single bobble. It prints most ammo darn near to
point of aim at 15 yards, and I have several times shot 150-200 round
groups, rapidly, that left one ragged hole about 3 inches in diameter in
the target, with maybe 5 or 6 shots out of the group...and I put those
there, the pistol didn't. The pistol disassembles much easier than
a 1911 (though that's a moot point, unless you have a full length guide
rod or target bushing on your Moses Model) and cleaning it takes only a
couple of minutes. The double action trigger pull is heavy and
there is a definite double stage to it, but with practice, that double
stage allows me to know when the weapon is about to discharge and allows
me to a last second redefinition to my sight picture. The single
action trigger pull is a teeny bit mushy, but light, with just enough
feel to it to allow for that final tiny adjustment of the sight picture,
even in rapid fire. I do not like a trigger on a handgun that
breaks like glass (though that kind of trigger is invaluable on a rifle
as the accuracy parameters are in a different league than with a
handgun, and I've no use for rapid fire in a rifle...I'm not a soldier).
I never believed in being "surprised" when the weapon goes
bang. I better damn well be the one that makes it go bang, not
random chance. The sight picture of the Baby Eagle is highly visible
and the design of the weapon, in my hands, allows for the kind of point
shooting at close range that I believe could make the difference.
Also, every one of my buddies that have had the opportunity to shoot the
Baby Eagle have come away very favorably impressed, and, though I hang
out with a dyed in the wool 45 crowd (dinosaurs that we are), a couple
have taken the plunge and bought their own Baby Eagles (9mm's in every
case...one a compact!
June 7, 2005
First of all, tremendous web site. your site has come up for me over and over when doing general internet research on several handguns or rifles I have been interested in (most recently, the Savage 12FVSS Varmint rifle). Anyway, I thought I would toss my 2 cents worth in about your article on Hodgdon's Lil-Gun powder. It also does a whale of a job when reloading for the .221 Remington Fireball for a 24 in Remington 700. 14.5 grains behind a 40 grain Hornady V-Max really gets the job done. Fairly consistent sub MOA!
June 7, 2005
Jeff, I just read your article on the Ruger Super Redhawk "Alaskan". You summed the gun up real well. I haven't had the chance to shoot one yet, but I handled one that was in the gun shop. They are a lot handier that the full size SR. The Super Redhawk is in my opinion the best double action revolver on the market, but like you I have no real desire to get one. Single actions are my favorite revolver. Even a big single action is more compact, and handles better than a DA. And SAs just feel right and have the instinctive "point like the finger of God" feel so to speak. All you guys on here write great articles, keep it up! Can't wait to read your review on the .480 SR Alaskan.
June 5, 2005
I've been waiting for a production Super Redhawk Alaskan Review for a while now, but I never thought I'd see the first one here, you guys are amazing, great review as always. As a resident of the last great state I just had to make sure the beast lived up to its name before I started throwing plastic money around. Hats off and hands together for Ruger, and the most versatile handgun on the planet!!!!
June 3, 2005
June 1, 2005
The 60 is an excellent choice. I prefer Glasers to all other defense ammo. Look here for more info on the ammo:
Check around until you find a good local dealer who will treat you right and not try to shovel BS down your neck.
I think your website is outstanding. You gave a great review of the Ruger P345. I bought this gun based mainly on your review. I could not be happier with the firearm. Thanks and keep up the good work.
June 1, 2005
Hi Guys! I just want to say you have a great website, it's very informative! However I just read your article on the S&W 500, and I disagree with all the praise for it. It is a big clumsy gun compared to a .500 Linebaugh Bisely with a 5 &1/2 inch barrel, and it doesn't look near as nice! The Linebaugh Bisley only weighs 47 ounces compared to the S&W's 73. That makes a big difference when it comes to packing these pistols in a holster! Also the Linebaugh will penetrate just as deep, and hit just as hard as the S&W, but do it with less powder and less pressure. With good handloads I can equal the S&W's performance, and that with a shorter case, and in alighter gun! Why not! The S&W uses fairly light bullets to achieve its impressive velocities, whereas in the 500 Linebaugh I like 550 grain bullets. The S&W is probably an ego thing for a lot of shooters anyway, also I don't like double action revolvers. Otherwise I love your website, keep up the good work!
February 6, 2005
I also prefer a good custom Linebaugh Bisley, and did a review on one: http://www.gunblast.com/500Linebaugh.htm.
However, comparing a $2500 custom gun to a $900 production gun is meaningless. The .500 S&W offers lots of power at a much lower price. Many shooters cannot spend $2500 on a custom revolver while raising kids and paying a mortgage. The S&W makes that level of power available to the masses, but in a heavier, bulkier package. There is room for both cartridges and both revolvers. Given my choice, I would take the Linebaugh. Personally, there is nothing that I need to do with a handgun that a heavily loaded .45 Colt will not do.
One more thing, Thor:
I do not believe that I overly praised the big Smith. The first few hundred of these guns to leave the factory had problems with the cylinders unlocking under heavy recoil. I know of several writers whose guns did the same, but I was the only one to report it. S&W was pissed at me for awhile, but I had to report it as it happened. The other writers did not. Keep reading Gunblast, and your comments are always welcome.
Is it a bad thing that Kerry was supported by muslims?
(why the chinese i dont know)
January 29, 2005
I appreciate your opinion, and your reading Gunblast. However, Americans do not hate Muslims. We have American Marines and soldiers dying every day in Iraq to help Muslims. They were living under an oppressive regime that was slaughtering its own people. Two days ago, these people turned out by the millions to vote, for the first time in their lives. I believe in freedom for all people, whether they be Christian, Muslim, Hindu, or heathen. While the rest of the world gives lip service to freedom, the United States sends its best young men do die for the cause of freedom. We always have. We are only six percent of the world's population, but give roughly half of the disaster relief. We have already exceeded one billion dollars in aid to the Muslims who were injured and left homeless by the recent tsunami. We sent our ships, food, doctors, medicine, and soldiers to help in the relief effort; to help people, regardless of their religious affiliation. All of this has happened AFTER we were attacked by Muslims on September 11th, 2001. Every one of the terrorists were Muslims intent on killing as many Americans as they could, and they succeeded in killing thousands of us. Yet we continue to send our young men to die for the freedom of the Muslims, our money and food to feed starving Muslims, and offer our prayers to the true one God to help those who so despise us, and him. What more can I say? Does this seem like the actions of people who hate Muslims?
Mr. Campbell, your review of the Baby
Desert Eagle is right on! The IMI produced Baby Eagles are
perhaps the best sleepers in handguns today. Several months ago I
noticed a used .45 BE in my local gun shop's display case. I was
immediately impressed by the pistol's ergonomics and 'pointability'.
It is amazing that IMI is able to make a 10 round .45 pistol with such
great ergonomics. Anyway, finances did not permit me to purchase
the pistol at that first meeting. Over the next several months I
would visit the gun shop and notice that the BE was collecting more and
more dust. The owner admitted that few shoppers showed any real
interest in the pistol - they were all drawn to the SIGs, Glocks and
Springfield XDs. Well, just before Christmas I decided that this
BE's orphan status had to end. I bought it and immediately took it
to the range. This is where the story gets even better. This
BE is, hands down, the most accurate .45 I have ever shot! It
beats my full-size S&W 4506 and outshoots most other pistols in my
safe. I absolutely love this pistol and I'm on the hunt for a
companion. My only concern is that the recoil spring(s) are too
weak - my pistol tosses brass from milspec 230 gr. hardball a good 18 -
20 ft. Magnum Research does not offer extra power springs and
Wolff does not offer any (yet). Regardless - this is a great
pistol and like you I would trust it to defend family and home.
January 28, 2005
I just love your articles. They always make me laugh and
I always pick up something I did not know or think of before. Just
read your "homeland security"
article and laughed so loudly that my dog jumped up from sleeping and
started barking! I loved it at the end when you suggested not asking your
wife to help find your extra magazines and that she should be grabbing her
own. LOVE IT! Of course in reality all of us women know that in this
situation, we would be helping you find your magazines (which you will
swear we must have moved), getting a warm coat on the kids, making
sandwiches to take with us, making sure the kids have some kind of
entertainment with them AND grabbing our own rifle and supplies. :)
January 19, 2005
6.5mm Grendel AR-15 Rifle
January 14, 2005
Bill Hamm's dissertation on Ruger single action grip frames is the best of its kind.
I suppose a supplement will be in order when we know the final configuration and pin location on the newest "small frame" guns. We surely couldn't be so lucky as to have the new grip panels be identical to the XR3's now, could we?!
January 4, 2005
Boge, Jeff and Greg, Congratulations on having been blessed with having such a profound influence in your lives as your "Uncle Burris" .A few weeks ago, I learned from Boge of Uncle Burris' condition. Although I didn't know the old gentleman, I'm sure a man of his type wouldn't want to linger in such a state. I applaud your celebrating his life.
January 4, 2005
Uncle Burris was definitely a living legend to all that knew him. One of his goals in life was to introduce others to the great outdoors. Whether it be hunting or fishing he was the man to ask advice of. Uncle Burris had a way of becoming what ever he was hunting. He took me to Tellico Plains TN. on a deer hunt when I was just a young boy. There is where I got my first buck. Uncle Burris took a look at my deer and said let me tell you what HOSS. So to Uncle Burris I would just say THANKS FOR BEING YOU I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU AS THE GREATEST. I will have you with me until we meet again.
January 3, 2005
The Quinn Family,
January 3, 2005
I read your article on the internet you wrote (Kel-Tec
P3-AT .380). Did you actually fire the pistol before you wrote
the article? I and my brother certainly had quite a different
experience with the Kel-Tec P3AT .380 pistol. I bought my P3AT new
on 1-3-04, my brother bought his P3AT new a few months later. Both
of us owned these pistols several months before we finally got around to
actually firing them. What a surprise we got. On 12-10-04 we
both took our P3AT's out to finally fire them. We both used factory
ammo (Federal 95GR FMj). My brother fired his pistol first.
The very first shot failed to extract the empty case. The next two
shots extracted. The fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh shots failed
to extract the empty case every time. As he was looking over the
pistol he noticed the assembly pin had worked itself out from the frame.
So he decided that was all for his P3AT for now. Then I fired mine.
The first three shots were fine, but then the next four shots failed to
extract the empty case. I checked my assembly pin and it was still
tight against the frame. I reloaded the magazine without putting a
round in the chamber. I cycled the pistol and the first round fired,
extracted and reloaded ok. The next two shots failed to extract the
empty case again. As I was clearing the jam I noticed that my
assembly pin was now worked out quite a bit away from the frame like my
brothers pistol had done. So not wanting a slide flying back in my
face or the gun exploding in who knows what direction I also called it
quits on firing my P3AT .380.
December 13, 2004
We get lots of feedback on the P3AT, with 95% of it positive. I did not try that particular brand of ammo, but all of the ammo tested worked great. Our local gunsmith has sold about 80 of these pistols, and none have given any problems. Contact Kel-Tec, and keep me posted.
The term "when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns" has proved to be true. I reside in Canada and therefore it is illegal for me to carry my sidearm. There is no legal way for this to happen. Although I am licensed, registered, a member of a gun club, insured for my hobby, and have an authorization to transport my sidearm to the gun range (These being the conditions for owning and using a pistol of any sorts I cannot even pursue any legal means for being able to carry for defense. The interesting thing that I observed last weekend was in an incident where I gave a ride to two guys in the back of my truck down to the bottom of a parking garage. My buddy's girlfriend told me, after they were riding in the box that one of the guys had a gun tucked in his pants. After I dropped them off and was saying goodbye I noticed the unmistakable bulge of a semi auto tucked in his pants. If this situation had turned out differently I would not have been able to defend myself since I cannot carry my legally owned pistol. Therefore I have to rely on the ability of the police in order to deal with criminals.
December 13, 2004
Great write up on the new Vaquero and very fast too. Not much info out right now about these new guns and it's nice that you guys are on top of it. Can't wait to get one of these. Thanks and keep up the good work.
December 6, 2004
I discovered your web page some months ago and have been working my way through not only your current articles as they are posted but also through virtually all of your back archived articles. I must confess myself an avid fan now. I'll even forgive you for being Harley Davidson fans (I'm an old BMW rider myself). Thank you for your dedication and clear thinking in bringing news to us shooters and patriots of things pertaining to our sport(s) and right to keep and bear arms. Please continue in your vigilance, and God Bless you and yours, and may God bless America.
December 4, 2004
In regards to the Taurus
PT-111Ti, does Boge still like it?
December 2, 2004
I love it! The PT-111Ti has become one of my most frequent carry guns. When wardrobe allows me to carry a belt gun, that Taurus is the one I reach for most often. I can carry it all day and hardly know it's there.
I just finished your article on the 30 WCF and could not agree more. I have Winchester Mod 94 I picked up in El Paso TX where I worked for U.S. Customs. I've had the rifle for over 10 years and when stationed in Montana I really enjoyed the brush gun. In Indiana, where I live now I can not hunt with a rifle, only a shotgun. I miss deer hunting with my 30-30. Maybe next year I can get to a state that will let use my good ole thurty-thurty. P.S. I had a friend in Montana who had a 32 spl and that is the only brush gun I would consider over the 30-30. The 32 Special takes a while to get there, but the effects are worth waiting for.
November 29, 2004
Thank you for posting the stories of the Medal of Honor recipients. It is inspiring. I try to do my best every day, but it doesn't compare to what these men had to endure.
November 12, 2004
I just read "Full
Circle". Very good read, I really appreciate what you have
experienced in your life and the ability to share that with us. I felt
like I was sitting across the fire with a good cup of coffee and listening
to stories that would inspire wonderful dreams.
November 4, 2004
Re: the would be King; Very well written . This election was a great victory . Today (Wed.) I went to my church, took communion and thanked my God for the fact that there were enough informed, intelligent voters with the moral clarity to defeat Sen. Kerry and the deadly platform of his party. I hope your readers won't become complacent and will be ever vigilant. It's our responsibility to inform the uninformed. Far too many people don't really understand the far reaching implications of some legislation said to be for the safety and welfare of the people.
November 3, 2004
The quality of Mr. Quinn's articles is exceptional. They are well written, referenced, and objective, which isn't always the case at other web sites. The links to related articles and sites are very convenient and certainly help a reader navigate to referenced material.
November 3, 2004
One thing you really need to mention is the customer service of Kel-Tec. I have dealt with them a few times and they get an A+. I have a blue Kel-Tec 32acp and was able to send it in to Kel-Tec to have it hard chromed for only $20, unbelievable. I asked about changing the black grip to a green one and they said since they already had the gun it was no charge for the switch. It's about the customer for this customer for this customer. PS I have a P-11 9mm Kel-Tec also.
November 1, 2004
The Guy in the pictures for the Kangaroo Holster should be replaced with a less grungy looking MAN instead of the Scooter Trash looking guy! it doesn't say much for the product when I see this braded beard and biker looking DUDE modeling a somewhat decent looking product! I'm looking at the product, And thinking of Myself...And that is not what I want to see! I'm just not impressed. There are other products out there that take a more professional approach at showing their products! they will see My order first, Sorry! That's Me!
October 31, 2004
Buy whatever you like. It's my website, and I am not going to hire some pretty-boy so that you can get off looking at the pictures.
October 30, 2004
I enjoyed reading your article, "Thoughts on Muzzleloading". I've been thinking about buying a Savage muzzleloader and don't see what all the fuss is about going smokeless. I've visited Mr. Bridges' website before and after the catastrophic failure of his savage muzzleloader, and could not believe how quick he turned on Savage. After reading your opinion, Mr. Bridges reaction makes a lot more sense. I am going to buy a Savage muzzleloader for Christmas and look forward to shooting it, and reading your article, "Savage's New Smokeless Muzzleloader". Keep up the good work.
October 26, 2004
This is my first visit to this website. I found it
through a Marble Tang Sight reference.
Your website is very informative about all gun related issues.
October 17, 2004
Thank you for your website. It is refreshing to see the words God and Guns in the same sentence. I am a firm believer in the saying that God will do for you that which you cannot. For years I could not stop drinking, when asked, god removed the obsession and I have been sober and happy for a long time. But for the grace of God, I would not be writing you today. He did provide me with a way to protect myself and my loved ones, it is a gun. I legally carry my gun everywhere that I can, but have (thankfully) never had to draw it. My friends and neighbors know my stance on gun rights and tell me that they are glad that I carry it. They also know that myself and others like me are the first line of defense for our small community, right behind the dually appointed law enforcement officers. I believe that is what was partially in the minds of our forefathers regarding a militia. I am proud to be a gun owner and a Christian, and believe it is a sacred duty to keep and bear arms. Thank You again!
October 16, 2004
I have only today found the Gunblast web-site. I will be visiting it frequently from now on. I'm writing in regards to an article you wrote in 2003 titled: "Homeland Security". I am in total agreement with you on all points. However I live in California and am not able to acquire an AR-15 of any kind due to state law. What alternative weapon would you suggest for us here behind the iron curtain?
I also read your article about Christians using guns to defend themselves and their families. Again I agree on all points. And again I must point-out that I live in California. A CCW is not obtainable for almost all civilians, non-politicians and the shall we say....non-wealthy or famous. As a Christian I must face the dilemma of obeying the law and leaving myself and family defenseless, or arming myself and breaking the law. I believe I am leaning towards obedience to God and my conscience even if it means being arrested and prosecuted. What advice would you give to people in my situation? No offence intended Sir, but I would be surprised if you'll be able to give me anything but the politically correct answer. And please don't tell me to "move to a free state." I intend to do that. Unfortunately I'm not able right now for many reasons. I know that there are tens even hundreds of thousands across America who must wrestle with the same decision. Most won't address this issue. However it is a real and important issue for Christians or anyone who values their life, property, and liberty. Thank you.
October 5, 2004
Very good to hear from you Sir. Your comments are always welcome. I am not an expert on California law, and I do understand the difficulty in moving. If you are allowed one, the Ruger Mini-14 is a very good semi-automatic weapon. Also, a good lever action makes for a very effective weapon with a high rate of fire, and I am sure that they are allowed in California. Please look at my latest article on the .357 Winchester Ranger Compact. It is light, powerful, handy, and relatively inexpensive. It is easy to use by grown men, teenage kids, and women alike. Keep me posted on your decision. Don't abandon your fellow Californians, but work with them to change your laws. You live in a beautiful state that is blessed with great resources. The leadership needs changing. Until then, there are plenty of excellent weapons that you can legally own. Don't give up.
In regard to the 17 HMR
Savage rifles, I watched a friend of mine shoot 2 groups less than
1/8" center-to-center. I measured the groups myself, and I
could hardly believe it. He was shooting the 17gr. Hornady loads.
After seeing groups like that, I ordered a heavy barrel (his is the
standard weight barrel); should be in Thursday.
October 4, 2004
Your bully/government analogy is compelling. After years of wandering, I am coming around to your point of view. I actually own arms & am reading The Federalist Papers on the subject. The topic should be emphasized as a civil rights issue as much as racial civil rights. What are the establishment so afraid of I wonder? BUT please allow me some reducto ad absurdum to formulate my question: does your definition of arms include things nuclear? If not, why not? If so, aren't you vulnerable to the same charges of line-drawing gamesmanship as much as the bully? After all, we have to draw the line somewhere, don't we?
October 3, 2004
I draw the line nowhere. The framers of the Constitution intended for us to have state of the art military weapons.
I must have had both eyes closed when I missed the
article on the Kel Tec SU 16.
October 3, 2004
As a follow-up to your article on the Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle, do you have any information on the durability of the weapon? In terms of number of rounds fired, will it last as long--and do as well--as an AR15 which is made to military specs? Also, if I wanted to put together a parts kit for the Mini-14 and an AR15 what should be included? Thanks for all the information that you all provide, past, present and future.
October 1, 2004
The Mini is a very durable weapon. I know of none ever to break parts. With any weapon parts kit, include springs that may weaken with age, and small parts that are easily lost.
Also, stock up on magazines.
Once again, Bill Hamm has a informative and well thought out article, this time on the Ruger .44 Mag flattops. He is a wealth of information. I copy all his articles and use them in conjunction with my Know Your Ruger Single Action Revolver books (both volumes) and my other reference material including the Red Eagle News Exchange to further enhance my joy of Ruger collecting. Thanks again Bill for a fine article. And that is one hell of a nice early Flattop you used for illustration.
September 28, 2004
The Schoolyard Bully and
"Assault Weapons" was a striking read. As always, Mr. Quinn
aims true and strikes the bone. "Schoolyard Bully" moves me to
reconsider my happiness with the AWB sunset. It is a small victory,
indeed. I think that now, more than ever, is the time to pour on the
pressure to our elected representatives.
September 19, 2004
I agree with Jeff Quinn regarding his article on the AR-30 (338 Lapua Magnum). I have shot consistently well with mine at distances up to 700 yards. I was surprised and amazed at its accuracy. The only drawback I can see is the priceyness of the ammo. I have RCBS dies and both Lapua and Norma brass. I would be interested in knowing what loads Jeff has worked up with the 250 gr. Scenar.
September 16, 2004
Very interesting article on the 6.8
Remington cartridge, for Military use. IF the Pentagon had not
insisted on the .30 NATO (as it became) in the late '50s, we Brits would
have co-operated with America on the 7mm round developed for our EM2
semi-auto rifle, and you could have had this 'new' cartridge 40 years ago!
Lifting one side of the trigger spring to lighten up the trigger is the greatest thing since sliced bread. THANKS,
September 10, 2004
I am just getting started in hi power matches and I got a AR15 DCM and 1911a. Do you feel the Dillon 550 would be ok for my needs? I have single stage Lyman that I have good luck with. Other than Dillon, is there any good place to get this 550 machine?
September 7, 2004
I know of no one who sells the 550 for less than Dillon.
Regarding Mark Cassill's article on the 44 special and self defense loads. I wonder why he did not check our the Magsafe load for the 44 special? It came out very well on the Strausberg goat test.
September 7, 2004
A couple of points on that. I did not test any of the loads of that type, be they Magsafe or Glaser or any of the others. I'm not as sold as some on them being the "end-all" of defense loads; I'm sure they would work well on a frontal shot at a lightly clothed opponent, but add heavy clothing (a reality several months out of the year here in Iowa) or a side angle, and reliable penetration to vital organs becomes questionable. For another matter, it is now widely suspected that the "Strasbourg Goat Tests" were a fraud. No documentary evidence has ever been presented that they ever really happened.
I just read your essay on 'Christians
Packing Guns'. For some time I have been looking for a short,
concise defense of the concept of the Armed Christian, and I think your
piece hits the nail square on the head. Please, please don't ever
pull that page from your website because I intend to pass the link out to
every one I know - particularly those that preach that true Christians
must turn the other cheek. Thanks and God Bless!
September 7, 2004
I bought a Bersa 380 to replace a PT-145.The Bersa is a fantastic buy. No jams at 400 rounds. Wish I bought it sooner. Last year I purchased a PT-145 which cracked at 400 rounds. It was shipped back for repair. Next trip to the range and front end of the plastic receiver came off cutting up my hand. After legal threats Taurus shipped me a PT-145 PRO to replace the first gun but I got rid of it as I can not trust it. Taurus customer service is the worst. I am not a Taurus hater, as I have carried M-85 38spl for 6years and also own a M-9422lr. I still own and use both of them. Your Bersa article and other positive reviews made me purchase a duo tone version. A great gun for the money.
September 5, 2004
Poor man's trigger job worked great on my Vaquero but what about a GP100? There isn't a "leg" sticking out to release. My friend has a GP100 and wants to lighten the trigger just a smidgen. Any advice would be appreciated.
August 30, 2004
I would recommend a spring kit from Brownells for the GP100.
I noticed that the article on the Cimarron Billy Dixon rifle said that the long shot made by Billy Dixon was a full 9/10's of a mile. But according to my calculations, that would be 1584 yards. So if the shot was 1538 yards, that would put it closer to 7/8's of a mile which is 1540 yards. You might make a note of that when you update the article. Great article otherwise.
August 28, 2004
You are correct. Dixon was a lousy shot.
August 21, 2004
Hey, fellas! Thanks for putting together a great site. The articles are objective and the photos are excellent. Your site beats all the others out there. Also, thanks for giving Ruger products their due respect. You might think I'm off-base here, but I've subscribed to the "Big Name" gun magazines for years, and it seems that the writers always put Ruger products in a lower class than other makes. Sure, they acknowledge that Ruger guns are "tough", "strong", or "affordable"; but they rarely say much more than that. Choosing instead to talk about the "spit and polish" of other makes. I've owned dozens of guns, Glocks, SIG's, Smith's, Winchesters, Remingtons - you name it. I liked them all, but none of those guns ever delivered quite as much as a Ruger, and (in MY experience) have never done it for less money. One thing I've learned is that Ruger always gives its customers more than they pay for. And the icing on the cake is that Ruger firearms are made in the USA. As I get older, I'm starting to realize that you simply can't wrong with a gun with RUGER stamped on the barrel. Thanks a lot guys. Keep up the good work.
August 20, 2004
Love the site! Very informative information. You've got great quality, detailed pictures of the products you review (which is needed to tell if we like the aesthetics of the product). Also, you review the kinds of things we really like!... Not like the useless crap that other websites and gun rags review.
August 16, 2004
About a year ago I read Jeff Quinn's review of the Bushmaster
Varminter. I already had an extremely accurate Remington VSS
in .308, and a Springfield Armory M1A NM, and a couple other rifles that
were capable of tearing ragged holes at 100m. I picked up a
Bushmaster Varminter at a gun show, mounted a good scope and proceeded
to the range. All I had was some 45gr Winchester varmint rounds,
but the rifle was everything Jeff said it was ripping ragged holes right
out of the box. I have never seen anything like it. I did
not have to "work up" a pet load or visit the gunsmith.
Absolutely the best out of the box rifle I have ever seen. Thanks
for the dead on review. I can't wait to get back to visit family
in Colorado and thin out a few prairie dog towns!
August 15, 2004
Thanks for the fine review of the Ruger KP345PR. Since I
first learned about the P345, I've been looking for a review of the
August 9, 2004
Pretty cool site, I am thinking about getting a revolver of my own for home protection. But I have no idea were to begin, could somebody contact me and tell me what a good caliber/gun is to stop an intruder?
August 8, 2004
I like a good .357 magnum revolver with a four inch barrel, such as the Ruger GP100.
What is the kind of ear protection that you wear and were do I get one?
August 5, 2004
I was never completely satisfied with the muffs that were on the market, so about 8 months ago, I decided that we could do better. We are having muffs built especially for us. They have a much better noise reduction rating, and better electronics. We sell them for $130, which includes shipping. For a bit more info, look here:
If you decide to buy a set, send me an email so that I can set aside a pair of them for you.
I have enjoyed your website and information concerning
guns and gun ownership...I am a gun owner, a female and a Republican -
however, I totally disagree with your anti-choice (pro-life) stance.
August 3, 2004
Thank you for your views on this. I do however believe that life begins at conception. I have watched the ultrasound of my own grandson early on, and could see his little heart beating.
I'm glad that you had a good experience with the Ruger Mini 14. I'm afraid my experiences haven't been so positive. I worked for the IN dept of corrections for almost 10 years and we were issued both the standard mini and the ranch rifle. Out of the 10 or 12 I shot, none would group under 2" at 50 yds, much less 100.that's off a steady rest, by members of the tactical squad, who know how to shoot. The barrels seemed to be shot out around 2 thousand rounds, all of it domestic.
August 3, 2004
With the Mini, you sometimes have to use good match grade ammo to group well. Also, on small bore rifles such as this, regular cleaning of the jacket fouling with an ammonia-based cleaner really helps.
I will say in defense of the gun that I have had 2 privately owned ones. The first was pretty much average. The second one I tuned the trigger and tried match ammo and got it down to about an inch for five shots at 100 yds, but once the barrel heated up they started to spread more. I did trade it in for a colt AR-15 and really couldn't see that much improvement using the factory iron sights and issue trigger. I honestly was disappointed in both of them. I now have a CZ carbine in .223 that was everything they weren't. it won't fire as fast and is not in the same class for defensive use, but works fine for everything else. Thanks for your reply,
Just a few words for the Mini-14 Ranch Rifle. Perfect is the word I am searching for. For someone like myself that spends more time in the woods than the varmints I hunt, the Mini 14 ranch has become my friend. I love everything about it from the butt-plate to the muzzle.
Hats off to Ruger and Gunblast!
Dwayne Kent (cousin Melvin)
August 2, 2004
Even though I only own a 16 gauge shotgun that my father gave to me on my 16th birthday more than 44 years ago that I keep as an heirloom, I totally support the Second Amendment to the Constitution both publicly and privately and I encourage all in my family, as well as my friends, to do the same. As a Christian I also believe in Jesus' recommendation when he said that if a man owns no weapon "let him sell his cloak and buy one". I look forward to your comments and support of my beliefs.
August 1, 2004
My brother is a police officer and frequents the shooting range. I thought it would be nice to take up a hobby that interests him; in turn having something I can protect myself with. We went "shopping" for a gun and the Taurus PT-111 stood out to me. I don't know much about guns, but as for the feel, it's a little top heavy. Overall, very lightweight compared to the others I handled. I settled on the 9mm because it's powerful enough to drop someone if I am in need of protecting myself, but not too much power that I can't handle it. It has a nice kick when shooting. I have good and bad thoughts about the trigger. The trigger pull is long, so for practice, it takes a little more effort when aiming for a slow, precise shot. BUT, I like the safety of it. This gun won't go off without a little effort on the shooters part. I also like the added features of safety on this pistol. All of these are a comfort to someone learning to handle a gun for the first time. IN ADDITION, I have smaller hands and the grip on this gun feels perfect. I can handle it with no problem. Overall, I'm really please with my Taurus, and after reading your review, I definitely have to check out the night sights!
July 30, 2004
I enjoy your website. Thanks for the wonderful photos of President Reagan's funeral. His wide appeal seemed to be the theme of these stunning (and sad) photos.
About the Ruger Bisley 45.
Well, I bought mine for a fun gun. So I just place a few grains of Hodgdon
Sorting Clays or Titegroup under an inexpensive, locally-made 250 gr SWC.
The result is rifle-like accuracy, and the big iron gives you a pleasant,
friendly push at 850 to 900. I have fantasized with the idea of obtaining
some round nose bullets for dinging plates at longer ranges.
July 29, 2004
The article, "Feeding the Gunblast Bulldog - A Study in Terminal Ballistics by Mark Cassill" was an excellent read. My hat off to Mark.
July 29, 2004
Your reviews are always "right-on".
Regarding your review of the Pac-Lite receiver by tactical Solutions - I agree completely and emphatically with your favorable assessment. I purchased the 6" fluted version and mounted it on a 22/45 and added a JPoint Red Dot sight. I shot one ragged 1" 30-shot hole with it from a rest.
It is now my favorite rimfire pistol (and I also have quite a number of them) and I would also highly recommend it.
July 28, 2004
To whom it may concern,
On March 2,2004 I ordered a 1942 shoulder holster and a clip pouch from El Paso Saddlery I was told that it would take 6 to 8 weeks to get them....well here it is July 27 2004 and I still have not received them!! I started calling for my order on 5-6-04,5-27-04,6-17-04,6-24-04 each time I spoke with a man named Don and each time he said that he was sorry and that the order would ship in 8 to 10 days and each time I said ok and I also gave it a couple extra days before I called again as you can see from the dates I have put down here. On 6-24-04 I was told that it would for sure ship on July 1 2004 UPS...on July 7,2004 I called once again this time Don said that the order would ship on July 12,2004 and that he (Don) would send a discount coupon with the order as he was sorry that it has taken so long....Well as of July 24,2004 I gave El Paso Saddlery this message "Enough is Enough! Deliver my order by July 30,2004 or cancel my order"....as of today I have heard nothing from El Paso Saddlery......I think that it is most important that you put this message out being that your web site is in a way promoting El Paso Saddlery....please use my name if need be to confirm this story at El Paso Saddlery.
July 27, 2004
I know what you mean. I have had a holster on order from them since March also. The owner died suddenly back about late February, I believe. He was a very good person. His son is now running things. He is also a fine young man, but is apparently having trouble filling his Dad's shoes. I know that it is frustrating, but I am trying to be patient. El Paso does not advertise with us, but we have found their products to be of excellent quality. I do see your point about us promoting them with the reviews of their products. I am not going to cancel my order just yet, but I do understand if you cancel yours. I think that they too would understand.
I just wanted to say that your review of the .380 BERSA was right on. My father in law has one. It is in my opinion on of the most fun pistols to shoot and for the money you can't go wrong. He uses it for his carry gun. It is very easy to keep out of sight but has all the power you need to defend yourself if it was ever needed. I fully intend to get one of these pistols for myself. I love to shoot for recreation, but I also want a gun for carrying. It is also small enough my wife to use so it's ideal. Once a gain thanks for the great reviews and keep up the good work!
July 27, 2004
This response is in regard to your article on Smith
& Wesson's 342PD pocket revolver. While I don't have a
342PD, I do have 642 Airweight which is basically the same gun just with a
stainless cylinder instead of titanium. It also has a somewhat lower
price tag. Like you I quickly upgraded to the XS 24/7 Big Dot front
sight, and like you I find it to be one of the best upgrades available for
the little J-frame. However there is another accessory that is just
as useful, if not more so, than the Big Dot sight - Crimson Trace
Lasergrips. They can be had it two sizes, one equal to the factory
grips, and one large enough for a full three finger hold. Most
people don't realize/believe that snub-nosed revolvers are capable
extremely good accuracy until they try one outfitted with Lasergrips -
mine will shoot into 2" at 25 yards.
July 19, 2004
July 16, 2004
Yes, large cattle are more difficult. Most cattle that are worked are in the 900 to 1200 pound range; momma cows and slaughter steers. These are pretty easy to handle. Occasionally, we have to work large bulls through the loading chute and into trailers. Some will weigh in excess of 2400 pounds, and they can be very difficult and dangerous. A few months ago, I had a 2400 pound Angus bull toss me aside against a trailer wall like I was a rag doll. I had a heavily loaded .45 Blackhawk on my hip, and it seemed rather small at the time.
One comment in your piece about how we should all have access to guns because otherwise we would not be able to protect ourselves doesn't ring true for me. This opinion is probably one you have encountered before, but not being born in America I see things from a slightly different viewpoint. The world seems to look toward the US as a leader, yet the US seems to be the most backward. Not only do we have weapons to kill each other like, say, Iraq or Libya, we have a law-in fact the core law of our nation, the Constitution-that give us the right to have these weapons. Originally I come from Australia, where no Handguns, Semi or fully automatic, assault style weapons have ever been permitted. So you tell me why there are less than 30 firearms related injuries and deaths in Australia every year? Even taking relative population into account the percentage is still minuscule by comparison. It is because that nation does not have boyfriends going over to there girlfriends houses to kill them. I'm a realist, and I think in a world where guns are the endangered species you should be too. So if you want to maintain our right to keep and bear arms, be a trailblazer. But to do that you must begin to compromise otherwise you will be overrun. The Anti-gun lobbyists do outnumber the gun supporters, and that is a fact that will be supported more and more as more guns kill more people. To save our rights, you must change the way people respect those rights.
July 14, 2004
Thanks for your comments. However, you have seen the results of gun confiscation in Australia. Crime has skyrocketed since those guns were stolen from the citizens. Boyfriends still kill their girlfriends with knives and clubs. The best remedy is for the girlfriend to have quick access to a firearm.
Jeff, if I may be so forward, would just like to ask if
you realize how indomitably "cool" you look.
July 12, 2004
Very helpful article on the USFA Rodeo. This article started my research before purchase of one of these great single actions. After shooting my new Rodeo, I can confirm your excellent observations.
July 11, 2004
Sir, you rock!
I have found y'alls advise to be perfection...
Bought a Super Blackhawk 4-5/8's and a the Highride holster for it...sweet...
My bro went out an bought the Super Blackhawk hunter in 45lc...a smoother sweeter deer and elk killer I have yet to hold...Ruger has won me over...I love my Super Redhawk as well, but would swap it for a Super Blackhawk hunter in a minute...now if Ruger will make the 480 or even the 454 in the Super Blackhawk Hunter...
Oh, and thanks for the reloading advise...the Unique 8 and 10 grain 44 loads are so nice...so as I said, YOU ROCK!
July 2, 2004
Thank you. It is always good to know that I rock.
I want to let you know how pleased I am with the results of removing one leg of a Ruger's trigger return spring. The pull weight went from 4lb. 8 oz. to 2lb. 4Oz. This was on a new Ruger Hunter Bisley in 41 Mag. I made the first measurement out of the box, the second after removing one leg of the spring. I then removed the main spring assembly, applied BreakFree to few areas, reassembled and was reward with a smooth running Ruger.
Thank you for the advice as presented in your article, Poor Boy's Trigger Job.
July 1, 2004
I have had the opportunity to read your vigorous defense of your people's right to carry firearms. I say your people because I am from Canada. For the most part our gun control is more strict and I see the use for such regulation. I also agree with your sentiments about defending oneself and your countrymen. I believe that firearm control should be less focused upon the legal acquisition of firearms and more focused on the illegal trade of said commodities. I have read that those people who participate in hunting, and military activities are some of the least likely groups to harm anyone due to the inherent respect for life that comes with the training involved in such activities. I am forced to agree. I myself am 16,and in the process of joining the army reserve as an infantry member. I believe such activities are a sign of patriotism and respect for ones people. I agree with your sentiments towards the maintaining of your right to keep firearms.
June 26, 2004
Enjoyed your article about the Taurus
PT111 Titanium 9mm. I had been looking for a small, light pistol
for carry. While I preferred a 40 caliber, I settled for the PT111
because of the weight. I shot a box of 50 rounds and could not be
more delighted with the accuracy and reliability. I had read some
negative feedback about jams. Apparently, they used less than
quality ammo. I also read an article about the retaining pins
sheering. Those are the pins holding the steel sub-frame to the poly
frame. Unfortunately, I saw the article 2 days after buying the
pistol. So, I called Taurus customer service to discuss the issue.
I was told it happened to one gun and they have fired thousands of rounds
in testing with no problems. I also told him the bullets rattled in
the magazine with 10 rounds loaded. He immediately said he would
send me a replacement and if I would send him my magazine upon receipt of
the replacement he would send me another in exchange. With that kind
June 24, 2004
I'd like to comment/add my thoughts to the article on
the Savage 17 HMR. I purchased the Savage
about a month ago. I added a BSA 6-24 and had it bore sighted. At the
range I set up at 50 yards. The very first shot was 3.5 inches low and 2.5
inches to the right. I made a few clicks with the second shot hitting the
bottom right hand corner of the 1"sq. bullseye. A couple of clicks
and a third shot got me dead on. I then set up at 100 yds and (God's
truth) put 5 rounds just to the right of dead center (you could cover the
5 with a dime. My buddy (who spent a little time in the service as a
sniper) said "I think I'd leave it right there". I did. The next
week four of us made our annual trip to Idaho to shoot gophers (not
prairie dogs- anyone can hit one of those at 200 yds.)We shot for four
days and killed between 1500 and 2000 gophers. Three of us had 17's, all
had 22's, 223's, 22-250's etc. After the first day we pretty much shot
only the 17's. Now, I've been shooting for over 40 years and own a
large quantity of artillery, but I have never shot or owned such an
amazing/heart stopping weapon in all my days. My friends said the same.
Now, shooting a gopher at 100 yds will sometimes lift the gopher 4'-5'in
the air, scattering pieces here and there. The 17 does not do that, it
only sends the tattered critter 3'-4' into the air. The big difference is
that you can see the critter blow up in the scope of the 17, unlike the
22-250. One guy had a Bushnell range finder. He was shooting (fairly consistently
and I know it sounds like a stretch, but I witnessed) gophers at 174
yards. One of the other guys shot two gophers (2.5" wide and 8"
tall) with five shots at 228 yards. I could go on and on, but all I really
want to say is " I can't wait to get another 17".
June 18, 2004
Hi, I just found your web and then found the
article about Christians and guns.
I am from northern Ca. and grew up hunting and fishing and using guns for
protection. My whole family is a group of dedicated born-agains.
My uncles are into black powder rifles.
June 16, 2004
Hello folks. My name is Michael John L'Esperance.
Stumbling in here I was expecting a "to read more of this article
please submit your email address to become a member". No such
luck :). I've saved your link and can't wait to read more after work
tonight. I found this via defensereview.com. You guys need
more links around the world wide web pointing us weary surfers here.
I've just skimmed the surface and it looks like a very interesting and
long read. Well, off to work :).
Michael John L'Esperance
June 15, 2004
I have just finished reading your article "The 45 Colt Bisley - The Ruger Workhorse". THANK YOU! I have been scanning the Internet for weeks looking for all of the information of real people using, owning and shooting this pistol. I 'm hoping to resolve my current problem. I currently have a Ruger Redhawk in the 45 Long Colt, stainless, 5.5 inch barrel. It's strong, easy to carry (spent the extra money on a good holster...what a difference!) but am not happy with the grip size while firing the pistol. I have small palms with average length fingers (I'm not blaming mother for this) and am adjusting my grip constantly while shooting. I'm at the point of spending the extra money ($100.00+) on custom grips or trade it in for a stainless Bisley, if I can find one here in Nebraska.
June 13, 2004
So does the .50 Beowulf have the same effective range as the 50 BMG? What maximum effective range does this caliber have, would it make sense to use a scope designed for use with the 50 BMG with the .50 Beowulf?
June 12, 2004
They are two entirely different cartridges. The .50 BMG shoots a 750 grain bullet faster than the Beowulf shoots a 325 grain bullet. I would rate the effective practical range of the Beowulf at about 600 yards, and the BMG at about 2 miles.
Regarding your test of the Carbon-15
June 11, 2004
I would like to buy a gun for my husband. The
three choices that I have narrowed it down to are:
June 8, 2004
All three are very good, but the Walther can be a bit finicky about ammo. The SIG is excellent, but no better than the Bersa, which sells for much less. I bought the Bersa for myself, and I already owned many handguns. It is a real bargain, but every bit as good as the other guns. I would buy him the Bersa, and give him a big hug! He is a very fortunate man.
Very nice article on the Henry
.22 Mag "Coyote Rifle" by Jeff Quinn. I just bought
one for my Dad for father's day. He can't wait to get his hands on
June 7, 2004
We have known about the BRNO's in Australia for years. Mostly if you go into a gun shop in the land of OZ, ask for a accurate 22 they will say "which BRNO?" I have a "Super BRNO" and love it . It has "Super Exclusive" stamped on the barrel. Congrats on a good informative website and a super story on the BRNO's.
June 6, 2004
Having read you comments on Christians and packing heat I say right on. I'm half inclined as both a Christian and martial arts instructor to use it for inspiration for an article justifying what I do (I also own guns). I totally agree. You toughed on some things that I discussed very lightly in one essay i had to write as part of my third degree black belt test.
May 29, 2004
I thought this was a very well written article about the Bersa .380, I recently purchased one myself, for the price I couldn't have picked a better firearm.
May 29, 2004
Your article on the Bersa Thunder .380 is right on the money. I was going to purchase a much more expensive 9mm weapon, but luckly the gunshop owner is a good friend of mine and he told me to wait for a shipment of Bersas to come in. I did and have never been more satisfied. This fire arm is great and well designed. I am going to put it on my CCW license. Its my first Bersa but definitely not my last.
May 29, 2004
Kimber Pro CDP II
May 26, 2004
Thanks for the info. That really sucks. The Kimbers that I have fired and handled that belong to other shooters have all worked very well. An $1100 gun should be perfect. Have you tried any good aftermarket magazines? Also look at the extractor tension. It should hold a fired case in the slide. If it won't, it is too loose. One more suggestion is to try some Cor Bon PowRBall ammo. It feeds like ball, but performs much better. There is a test of this ammo in our Archive section. Your gun should feed any modern ammo well. I would call Kimber and ask to speak with Dwight Van Brunt. Tell him of your problem, and that I suggested that you call him. Keep me posted.
Gentlemen, re the RCA Show 2004, a fine job of picture taking and well done through your site. Gives a chance for the many Ruger collectors who are out there and "unable" to attend one of these 'Theme' shows, a glimpse into the "displaying & awards" programs available to the Ruger collectors. Also the chance to just get together and meet others, both men and women ,who take Ruger collecting seriously and are willing to "share" by displaying in these "gun show" venues. Keep up the great work and continue to "share" with others.
May 23, 2004
OK, you Quinn boyz, I'm MAD! You made me drool all over
my new Laptop while I looked at all those doggone Rugers
at the TN show!
May 22, 2004
I love the idea of a S&W Mountain Gun in .45 Colt. Will it handle hot loads like a Ruger will, or is it limited to factory loads? I like the idea of one in stainless too.
May 8, 2004
Do not shoot the heavy "Ruger Only" loads in this gun.
My name is Vince Brennan an I have recently moved to TN. from CA. I was looking for a scope mount for a Ruger MKII Target on Jack Weigand's site when I saw your link. You've probably heard this about a zillion times but I saw your Poor Boy Trigger Job. I have a very early Single Six Stainless that I've never liked the trigger on. Five minutes after reading the article that trigger is a whole lot better. I like doing my own gun work when possible but had left this one alone as it was left to me by my father. It is also the only one I've seen that BOTH cylinders are fluted. So I had left it alone. Nice way to improve this gun without really changing anything. Thanks
April 23, 2004
I read your article about the new Barrett M468 6.8 Rem SPC. I was very impressed. The article was well written and easy to follow. In addition, the author answered almost every question I had about the weapon. The only question that was not answered was price, but that can be found else-where. All in all the article was very complete and generated good interest in the rifle. I do plan to visit this site again!
April 22, 2004
Thanks for publishing Mike Cumpston's article on the old Colt 32. I always enjoy his articles. I really enjoy your web site. I check it every day to see if there is anything new. Keep up the good work.
April 7, 2004
Nice article on the .50 Beowulf, except for the last line "The .50 Beowulf is the first real improvement in the AR-15 in many years..." I am not certain which was introduced first, but you may want to try the ArmaLite AR-10, a .308 caliber of the AR-15/M-16 style rifle. It has amazing accuracy, with the larger, more common, and more versatile .308 caliber. The recoil on this rifle is between minimal and non-existent. Shell capacity is more than the .50 Beowulf. Unfortunately I have not shot the .50 Beowulf round, so I am uncertain of its true ballistics and costs.
April 5, 2004
I tested the ArmaLite AR-10 a couple of years ago. The article is in the Gunblast Archive section. It is a great rifle. However, the AR-10 predates the AR-15. It was invented by Eugene Stoner in the late 1950s, and is an excellent rifle.
I have shot and seen Mr. Ed Brown's pistols shot. They
are beautiful pistols. However, they do not compare to some everyday
pistols for accuracy. Most that I have seen shoot groups in excess of 2
1/2". You can buy a Para, Kimber, Springfield, or Colt and get better
accuracy for a lot less money.
April 2, 2004
Great format for all, very informative and educational. I really enjoy the highlighted links for further reference. Thanks for taking the time to answer questions we need an accurate resource that is cordial and accommodating.
March 29, 2004
Stumbled onto your site this morning (it's now 3:00 PM) and I haven't accomplished a damn thing all day. I've been too busy reading all the excellent articles at this site! Even tried out the "Poor Boy's Trigger Job" on my Single-Six and lo and behold, it works great! Thanks for a most outstanding site, I'll be hangin' around from now on!
March 19, 2004
I wondered if you ever test a rifle you don't like? I have read several articles you have posted to gain information to make intelligent purchases, but it seems that you suffer from the same illness I do. You have never seen a gun you don't like. I understand this completely but if it's true, then I can't use your information for the purpose listed above. Is this true? I'm not trying to be negative, I love your website, but I'm just wondering how much validity to put into your ratings it you truly suffer from this affliction.
March 12, 2004
a very good observation. I do run across guns that I don't like, for one
reason or another. However, I made up my mind long ago to test no junk.
There are so many good rifles available, that I do not waste my time or my
readers time testing bad products. If a gun looks promising, shows quality
workmanship, and piques my interest, I will test it and write an article.
If it doesn't, I just leave it alone.
Thank you for your objective article on the DeHann / Huglu S0. Your article has given me the confidence to buy one for myself. I can t quite understand yet, why so many people have issue with utilitarian guns. By that I mean low cost quality guns. My father-in-law still has his Iver Johnson 16 from his youth, and it has never missed a beat. I think it must have to do with keeping up with the Jones', where big bucks equate to perceived quality. Any way, the reviews I have seen from those who own them and now yours is testament enough.
I love the web site, and hope you stay objective in the years to come. I have seen a lot of post about the Stevens SxS...is that not the Baikal IZH43?
March 9, 2004
does make the Stevens 411. There is an article in our Archive section.
I just purchased a Smith and Wesson Model500 and mounted a Leopold scope on it. I have been looking for a gun rest/vise to purchase to sight it in. I have not found any yet that would do the job. I was reading your article about Target Shooting Incorporated and were using it to sight in a pistol. How well does this rest work sighting in large caliber pistols?
March 7, 2004
The Target Shooting Inc. rests are perfect for handgun shooting as well. We use the Target Shooting rests all the time, and they are a large factor in Jeff's ability to obtain such good groups.
Excellent review of the SW99 .45,
I was surfing the web looking for info on the weapon, because I was
thinking of buying one. I read you're article, and it was the best I
could find. I bought the SW99 I had been looking at. It's an
exceptional handgun; light weight (for a .45) and fits my hand perfect.
March 7, 2004
I find your articles to be very informative. I have a Glock 23 and am looking for a smaller gun to carry everyday. I am interested in the Kel-Tec .380 and the Beretta Tomcat .32. Could you help with which pistol is the better pistol. I am mainly concerned with accuracy and reliability. If you have any information I would appreciate it.
March 5, 2004
greatly prefer the Kel Tec.
The article about the Taurus 941 prompted me to purchase that revolver. What a fine target/plinking weapon. The loading and ejection of spent ammo is quick and easy. I want to thank you for the article about the 941 otherwise I'd be missing out on some great handgunning. Practice is the key. With this revolver the expense is not out of line and you can put about the exact same distances as the big bores without the great cost of ammo and still get same results. Good practice. Thanks once again for the great reporting on the Taurus 941.
March 1, 2004
Hello from Kingston, Jamaica.
Great website! I especially enjoyed the great review of SHOT
SHOW '04. Not sure why anyone would want a colored Glock frame, and
I've got to get me one of those new .22 pistols from Taurus.
February 29, 2004
It was a really funny moment at the SHOT SHow when we walked up to the Glock booth and one of the Glock execs heard Jeff say "Just what this world needs...an UGLIER Glock!".
I think you have a very complete web site on guns. The gun, a Marlin 38 special lever action 1873, was a gun I was looking up for my brother. His computer was down today. I am not that knowledgeable about guns, I have a pistol for protection and I like guns, we grew up with them and respect them. Thanks for letting me browse your web site.
February 29, 2004
I wrote to you earlier asking about the Bersa 380. That gun is piece of junk and Bersa has a quality control issue. I went with the Walther PPK /s Stainless 380, and I must say it is by far a much better gun. As the old saying goes. You get what you pay for. I don't recommend the Bersa 380 to anyone. Sure you might save some money, but will it perform when you really need it? My life is worth more than that.
February 16, 2004
what problems did you have with your Bersa?
I didn't have problems with my Bersa, I never bought one. I heard more bad than good about them. That was enough for me not to buy one. Bersa has a quality control problem as well. You may get a good one, but it might take you two or three to find that good one. I work at a gun shop so I hear things.
that I know of that has bought one of the new Bersas has nothing but
praise for it. I get email almost everyday from readers who read my
article, bought the gun, and love it. So far, one person got 1 bad
magazine. Other than that, they have functioned perfectly. Believe me,
when I recommend a gun, I get feedback if they do not work. I would very
much like to hear from people who have actually bought the gun, fired ammo
through it, and still think that they are junk. Hearsay does not count. I
have heard bad things about certain guns all of my life, but mostly from
those who did not try one.
Recently Jeff Quinn came strolling into my North East Mississippi gun shop in search of a 1895 Browning I had posted on a web page we use to sell guns. He told me about a website he wrote for and that I should go see it. Well I have and let me tell you, I have been blown away by Gunblast.com. I have several hours invested so far and haven't even scratched the surface. I have enjoyed all the articles and particularly loved the gun carrying Christians one. Thanks for the great site and I hope you can continue to post excellent reviews of the firearms industry.
Mitch's Gun Shop, Hamilton MS
February 13, 2004
Thanks for the insight on the Bushmaster Varminter. I think I have found my next long range hole driller.
February 12, 2004
Jeff, Just wanted to thank you for this site and all your wisdom . I really enjoyed your article on the Ruger SP101 from Lipseys. I recently purchased my first wheel gun , a Ruger SP101,and I agree with you it is one good feeling weapon in my medium to smaller hands. Last evening before he closed I had my local FFL dealer order the SP101 from Lipseys , I wisely presented the shiny SP101 to my wife as her birthday present and she loved it , I may give her the wood inserts off the new Ruger when it comes. Thanks again
February 7, 2004
As a prospective purchaser of a Browning Buckmark rifle, I consider your article to contain a lot of very useful information, apparently not available elsewhere. Thank you very much indeed!
February 6, 2004
This is in response to your article "Maximum Loads" - AMEN! I have been asked the same question dozens of times and typically give a shortened version of your article for an answer. And finish by saying that someone not willing to work with their own firearms to realize their own "maximum load" shouldn't be hand loading.
January 29, 2004
Hey Jeff, love your articles. Just wanted you to
know that your Kel Tec 32 article was quite
helpful when my wife and I started looking for a couple of small CCW
back-up guns. Great review and an accurate report on a nice little
January 24, 2004
Loved the articles on the Alexander
Arms Beowulf rifles. They were much more informative than the
Alexander Arms website, and much more entertaining to read. I also
like the fact that you post many high quality pictures. This is my
first encounter with Gunblast.com but you can bet that I'll be back!
January 24, 2004
While researching which .223 I wanted to buy, I ran
across your article on the Bushmaster
"Varminter". Bought one. It is everything you
said it was. The accuracy is awesome and it's easy to shoot with
it's low recoil. I can't wait to get it out west for prairie dogs!
By the way, the folks at Bushmaster are terrific! When I had a
question concerning the performance of the rifle, their senior gunsmith
called me back to discuss and remedy the problem. The best service I
have ever received...period!
January 23, 2004
Amen, brother, on your well-written article on the Christian,
guns and defense issue. I've never considered these mutually exclusive
concepts. I particularly like the picture of the SA sixgun with the Bible
-- two things I reckon we should none of us ever be without. Incidentally,
this is a thoroughly enjoyable web site which has kept much work I should
be doing safely at bay!
January 23, 2004
The article on the Ruger Bearcat 22lr pistol is on target. It described the pistol very well. I have bought one because of what I read here. However, I am having a very difficult time locating a holster for this pistol. Could you please help me by recommending a few holsters or a source to purchase one from?
January 22, 2004
Mernickle. He makes great holsters at fair prices. His work is first
class. Tell him that Jeff Quinn said to treat you right! 1-800-492-3166
The guy near the bottom of the article on the 500
S&W really should be wearing safety glasses!
January 19, 2004
guy is our test shooter, and is already blind.
I own a SW99 .45 and I agree 100% on this article. I have put 100s of rounds through it and not 1 time has it malfunctioned. Besides my XD40 I could not recommend a better weapon.
January 15, 2004
Your web-site is great! I am a former Marine Corps infantryman, Persian Gulf veteran, and active police officer. I live to hunt and shoot! I am considering a flat top heavy barrel AR-15 rifle for target and coyote. I loved the fact that I was able to access archived articles at your site...for free! P.S. I think I have settled on the Bushmaster Varminter.
January 15, 2004
If it wasn't for guns, every Jew in the Arab world would be dead by now or shoveling camel poop for their masters. Get a life, Jacob.
January 14, 2004
January 13, 2004
I purchased a Bushmaster Varminter rifle last week and was told that the barrel must be broken in with a honing compound. There was no mention in your article that this was done on your rifle.
January 13, 2004
were told wrong. Who told you such a thing?
I am purchasing a Bersa 380, currently it is on layaway. I have been told by the gun dealer it is a quality gun and no one has complained about the quality. Did you have any problems with the gun jamming at any given time? I will be concealing my weapon and relying on its dependability. I certainly hope I'm going to be happy with my purchase.
January 12, 2004
The Bersa has been 100 percent reliable.
January 12, 2004
misunderstand the markings on the chokes. They are perfectly safe with
steel shot. They are marked with the amount of choke constriction that
is relative to lead shot. For example, a choke marked "modified
lead" means that it will throw a modified choke pattern with lead
shot. A choke marked "modified lead" will most likely throw a
full choke pattern with steel shot. You always use less choke with steel
shot, as a shotgun patterns tighter with steel than with lead shot.
Again, your chokes are perfectly safe with steel shot. Just use a more
open choke than you would with lead shot. For instance, for waterfowl,
modified will be as tight as you will need to go with steel. I hope that
this clears up the choke problem for you.
I can't believe you did that to a Red Eagle Ruger! Blasphemer! Please send me all your old Rugers before you mess with them. It is your only hope of repentance. I will forgive you.
January 12, 2004
already changed it back! It was just to do a thorough article. Besides, it
wasn't my oldest Red Eagle. I have one that was built the first week.
Excellent article on Heritage
Safes. Based on my own research, I agree completely with
your appraisal of the Heritage Safe Line. Thank you for your time and
effort in creating this summary.
January 10, 2004
I just found your site and think it's great! I was
looking for info on the Pac-Lite receiver/barrel
and stayed for 2 hours. I really enjoyed the articles I read. Keep
up the good work.
January 10, 2004
WOW! What an outstanding web-site in every way. I found your web-site while on the Bushmaster site looking at the Carbon 15 pistol and saw a link to GunBlast. Who the heck is GunBlast? Now I know. Besides your article on the Bushmaster Carbon 15 pistol, I read other articles on AR-15 Carbines, Trijicon Reflex sights, Homeland Defense, etc. I found well written articles with good information and plenty of quality photos. It would be nice to see a comparison article on the Trijicon Reflex, EO-Tech Holosight, and the Aimpoint Red-Dot sights. I have added you to my favorites, and thanks again from a Texas Christian police officer, NRA and Texas State Rifle Association Life member who loves to shoot guns!!
January 9, 2004
The article on the 50 Beowulf was great. Already ordered an upper! You did leave out some closing thoughts. Given the proven efficiencies of the new short fat magnums like the 300 WSM, wildcat cartridges will be soon to follow with this new case. Imagine a .30/50 Beowulf combo! Especially in the AR15. The AR15 is already one of the finest rifles ever, but has always lacked in the big game hunting arena. With the 50 cal and other possible wildcats in smaller calibers, the AR 15 could go down in history as THE best all around rifle ever!
January 9, 2004
The recent article on the Colt
Single Action Army Revolver by Mike Cumpston was great.
Mr. Cumpston's extensive knowledge and familiarity with this gun is
apparent. I always appreciate his explanation of the various
chamberings and loads on the various guns he has reviews in his articles.
I always learn something new interesting. Also, his inclusion of personal
knowledge and appreciation of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver is a
very refreshing perspective. His article provides a sense of honest
appreciation for the pleasure of owning a vintage gun.
December 29, 2003
Re: The Coyote Rifle
From the "anywhere in the eye" line on, I had a smile on my face for the rest of the article. Even the anti-hunting faction would have to love this prose. Great job writing!
December 29, 2003
Thanks for another great year of articles and reviews. Merry Christmas and God Bless.
December 24, 2003
I really appreciate your article on the SW1911. I was about to go out and pay $900 for a USED Colt Gold Cup, (Der People's Republic of Massachusetts doesn't allow new ones), but your comments made me choose the home grown SW1911. I have a Colt Commander Also and it will be staying, but I'll opt for a New S&W this time.
December 24, 2003
All I have to say is thank you for reviewing the article on the Beretta U22 Neos .22 pistol. I have been looking all over the internet for a review of this firearm and the only place I could find one was Gunblast.com and reviewed by Paco Kelly. Great job the both of you. I appreciate all of the information contained and maybe a follow up article on the new DLX an/or after market products available for this contraption would be great. Thank you so much and I look forward to reading more reviews about this piece.
December 21, 2003
Loved the Ruger Blackhawk .357 Flattop article by Bill Hamm. I hope Bill might consider writing a book on all the old models. I know this has been done before, and I have several of the old books, but I would love to see a new expanded book with a lot of color photos. Anyway, you guys have the best web site I have ever been to.
December 20, 2003
I am the owner of an Armalite M15-A4 and am having a problem finding a shooting rest that will be rock solid. The problem lies with the magazine and pistol grip contacting the rest I currently have. Can you give me some direction on this? Thank you.
December 11, 2003
Jeff, thanks for the reply. I spoke with Wally and ordered one of the rests. In fact he invited me to come up and coyote hunt sometime. My son is in the Army in Iraq and when he returns in March will be going to sniper school in Georgia. He and I both love to shoot and I know he'll love the rest. I enjoy your website very much; keep up the good work.
When will Charter 2000 make the Pathfinder 22 in the 4 inch barrel? Will it be full lug, hope not? I'm waiting for something like that, the Smith's 617 a bit too heavy and expensive. Waiting and saving my money. Thanks.
December 7, 2003
is in the plans, with an introduction early next year. In the mean time,
have a look at the Taurus model 94. It is small like the S&W 34 and 63
revolvers, but the Taurus holds 9 shots.
Liked your article about the Mernickle holster for your .45 auto. I have been using one of Bob's PS6 holsters for my S&W .44 Special for a number of months now. There are not many holsters that can carry a full-size, N-frame revolver, comfortably and concealably, all day long. This one does the job. The 6-round ammo holder is superb also. Bob's products deserve the praise you have given them, and he and Sherrie are a delight to do business with.
November 30, 2003
The American gun press has a NIH attitude (Not invented here). I believe that it is for that reason that the CZ 452 gets almost no coverage in the mainline magazines. Judging from the internet, the 452 is a cult gun but it is very much an underground cult because of the non-American origin of the rifle.
November 28, 2003
ain't the main problem. Look at the coverage given to the Glock, which is
Austrian, the Japanese Brownings, and the Italian Berettas. The problem is
money. Most gun magazines will not review a firearm without the maker
taking out an expensive ad with the magazine. Look at the guns reviewed in
most magazines, and then look for the ad by the manufacturer.
Best Web site I have been on. Very informative! I loved all the articles by Jeff Quinn about the old model Rugers. They are the best guns ever made, in my humble opinion. I just wish I could find more of them for sale. Thanks again.
November 23, 2003
I was wondering if you could verify the accuracy & distances stated in the Billy Dixon story @ Adobe Walls fight. And what to expect from the 45-120 rounds as far as accuracy & distances.
November 17, 2003
have no way to verify those facts, as I was not there. According to
witnesses, and an Army survey crew, the distances as reported are correct.
Mic McPherson has duplicated the feat with a modern Sharps rifle to prove
that it could be done.
Excellent article on the Ruger 50th Anniversary Single-Six; third time I've read it. I have the new Ruger and it is delightful. I bought it with every intention of shooting it often. However, I can't bring myself to do so. Will I regret it if I shoot it? Is it going to be more collectable if never fired? My only solution is buy two - shoot one and look at the other one but that's not very practical unless you have big bucks. Any advice would be appreciated.
November 15, 2003
What are you saving it for. Enjoy the gun! If you leave it to your
grandchildren, which do you think that they would prefer: a gun that was
never fired, or the gun that Grandpa loved to shoot? Have fun with it.
Value doesn't matter until it is sold.
Just read your write up on the Bersa .380 Thunder auto
November 11, 2003
I read your report on the BEOWULF .50, got so excited, I bought one. You were spot on with the evaluation of this AR15 based rifle. I haven't had this much fun since I goy my first Harley. I've installed a Simmons scope and iron sights. I'm a 100 yard shooter, and with either sight assignment, I get 5 shot groups 2". I have to add here, I'm age 64 and a bit more shaky than I once was. I thank you for your report, as you have made another shooter a happy guy.
October 30, 2003
October 17, 2003
are correct George, as I pointed out in the article. However, over 92
percent of muzzleloading hunters now use smokeless. Pyrodex, 777,
Cleanshot, etc. are all classified as smokeless. There is a place for
these, and that is among hunters who do not care for primitive, they just
want more hunting, and the muzzleloader gives that to them. Much like the
modern archery hunter. Hardly anyone uses the long bow anymore. Most use
fancy compound bows with fiber optic sights or even scopes. I prefer to
muzzleload with my fifty-four Hawken using hand cast bullets, but I do
load it with Pyrodex, so I am not really hunting primitive either.
I agree re: Kel-Tec P3AT. I used to carry the
Sauer P320 .380 Auto in a Fannie Pack thinking that this was the best
compromise between weight, size, caliber and reliability. However,
the Fannie Pack does not provide the best presentation when in Business
Dress (coat and tie) or even business casual.
October 14, 2003
Vorrei la versione in Italiano del manuale di istruzioni della pressa Dillon RL 550B.
October 12, 2003
Just Picked up a Ruger 50th Anniversary Single Six
yesterday. Any collector value, or should it be used for fun?
October 11, 2003
would just shoot that Single Six and enjoy it. It might someday be worth a
bit more than a regular Single Six, but you won't be around to know it.
Enjoy it now.
Thank you for the detailed article about the Kel-Tec .380 pocket pistol. A friend of mine carries one and was singing it's praises while showing it to me. I am amazed with this gun and wanted to find out more. I went to your site (which is on my favorite list) to see if you had any reviews on it. As always, your article was detailed and accurate and gave me the information that I needed.
October 8, 2003
In regard to the article on the Kel-Tec P3AT I agree with Jeff Quinn entirely. I have carried the P32 since its introduction and have hoped to see it in 380. I was very pleased to read that the slide was not designed to lock back on empty as I was concerned that my P3AT did not function in this manner. I also agree with his choice of ammunition as this is exactly what I lode for carry. I take a number of gun magazines and have been surprised that this pistol has not gotten more coverage. It is the best gun going for those of us who do not like a holster. Thanks for the information
October 7, 2003
The article on the Stevens 411 is correct in all nature. I just can't find a gun dealer in Texas that will sell me one. I own a older model Stevens double that was past down from my father. What a sweet all around shotgun. They say the 411 is not in production yet, but after reading this article I feel at least it should be out soon. Hopefully before duck season.
October 1, 2003
I read your article on "Homeland Security" with much interest and agree with all of it but have a question: how will your (and my) home insurance company view the issue of storing so much ammo in the house? Even if stored in military ammo cans in the basement (as I do), I can't help but feel that if there is a fire (Lord forbid) then neither the insurance company nor the local fire company is going to look favorably upon this discovery. As a matter of fact, I have heard of fire companies refusing to enter a house on fire after discovering that ammo was present. I know that modern smokeless powder is simply a propellant, but these individuals may not know or care for that matter!
September 24, 2003
had this situation occur about 21 years ago. I was away working, but my
wife was at home. The house caught fire, and the fire dept. showed up. As
they ran into the house, my wife informed them that there was several
thousand rounds of ammo inside. They did an about face and ran out of the
house, fighting the fire from outside. My particular insurance company has
no statement at all on ammunition storage. Many people keep cans of
gasoline in their attached garages, which is much worse. Also many
household cleaning supplies are extremely flammable.
Hello, I enjoyed the article on the Savage 12BVSS. I just wanted to ask Jeff if he broke in the 12BVSS when he did the test? And if so what method he used. I just ordered one and I am picking it up on Friday 9-12-03. Your shot groups were very tight and I wanted to try your method of break in. Thanks.
September 12, 2003
September 4, 2003
As I stated in the article, it was easy to keep all shots on a
human silhouette target at 15 yards. This is the purpose of this weapon.
It is built for close range self defense. Shooting target groups with a
pocket pistol that has very minimal sights is pointless. I try to show
that a gun will do that for which it was designed. It would be pointless
to build a pocket holster for the .500 Smith &
Wesson, or show 25 yard
groups for a target grade benchrest rifle. It is also pointless to bench
test a 7 ounce pocket pistol.
Holy Chit Batman. Just read your article on the 500 S&W. I have shot my husband's 44 Mag (with a long barrel) and thank goodness I had the sense enough to take a strong foot stance or it would have put me on my ass. I can only fathom what this one must feel like to shoot. Looks like the bullet is damn near the size of a shotgun round. I read your article on the Bersa .380 after looking at one in the local gun shop. I purchased one for 200 bucks and found this to be a very nice size for a woman to use as it has a smaller grip area for woman's hands (also it had the wrap around grip which was even better) It is a great size to put in your purse and light weight compared to a 9mm. Great web site very informative. Thanks and maybe someday I can shoot a 500 S&W if I can find a wall to lean against. HAHA.
September 4, 2003
I read an article you made on the .17 HMR
your article you said the 17 was superior to the 22 magnum in crosswind
conditions. I think you need to shoot the .17 HMR and the 22 magnum in
windy conditions. The 17 scatters like crazy in wind condition while the
22 mag does not get affected that much by the wind. Yes, the 17 is much
faster than the 22 mag bullets, but the small weight of the 17 makes it a
nightmare in wind conditions. A 5 MPH wind will blow the 17 bullet off
course by 1 - 2 inches.
September 3, 2003
While the .17 is lighter, it is also more aerodynamic, but the main
difference is in bullet speed. The .17 is less affected by the wind
because it gets to the target much faster. If you will compare the
ballistic coefficients and time-of-flight, you will see that the .17 is
LESS affected by the wind.
This site is....AWESOME! I found more answers here than on 10 other sites, combined. I have been researching info on my Ruger .22 Bearcat and greatly appreciate your site!
August 30, 2003
Jeff loved your articles on the Ruger M77/17 and the Tasco scope. I ordered one from Midway per your suggestion for this exact combo. Looking forward to seeing if I can make it perform.
August 25, 2003
Great Web Site. I would name off my favorite article, but there are so many good ones.
August 25, 2003
Writing to you from the far-away country - Poland. I'm an amateur sport shooter - it means that I have just a lot of fun when shooting. It is not easy to buy good guns here, however I have just bought (it was delivered from USA) a Ruger GP-161. I like it very much. For target shooting I have to use .38 spec. but I noticed real value of that revolver when shooting .357 Magnum. The only thing I would change is of course trigger pull (for sport it can be about 2,5 pounds). Does the described procedure (Poor Boy's Trigger Job) apply to GP-161?.. and can you explain in few words what does it change... Best regards and thanks a lot for interesting articles. (I should work but I’m reading them)
August 25, 2003
I just finished reading your article on the Marble peep tang sight. These type articles are most useful for someone like myself who is considering the purchase of this product for my Marlin lever gun. Two thumbs up.
August 20, 2003
Love the web site. I read some great articles on the
various firearms you tested. I was particularly intrigued by your great feedback
on the Bersa Thunder 380. I own one and must say that it is an
absolute pleasure to shoot. The trigger action is extremely smooth, and
the accuracy is incredible.
August 19, 2003
Really appreciate a site like this, however, I am disappointed after visiting many sites that all is geared to the big bore handguns. I and many of my friends like the small bore (.22 & .22mag) for shooting and hunting (except for very large game) and have done much deer hunting with .22mag pistols with excellent results. We would like to see more interest and more sites covering the small bore guns. In any case good site and keep up the good work.
August 19, 2003
Check our archives.
We have several articles on .22 rifles, handguns, and even a few on the
new .17 rifles and handguns.
Really enjoyed the article on the Coyote rifle for your father. Kept me awake all hours last night thinking about my father who went home a couple of years ago at age 98. Was always interested in guns and shooting but his eyes were going bad and couldn't get around to good due to bum leg. As he had trouble with seeing the sights he wanted a colt woodsman, one of the first he had owned, couldn't find one so got him an older Browning 22LR pistol with four inch barrel. He could still shoot and was good to go out to 10 or 15 yards. He felt as he had to stay home it was his duty to protect the women folk and house hold. Was a gentle man but someone I would never have wanted mad at me. Treasure your time with your father, it only gets better. God Bless and good luck.
August 19, 2003
After reading your article you have convinced me to purchase one of the .480 Ruger cartridge pistols. I'm going to buy a Taurus Raging Bull .480 Ruger. In my estimations the "bull" only is a five shot type cylinder which I believe in the long haul will hold up much better, the walls being thicker and stand up to pressure much longer. Don't get me wrong about Ruger products the majority of my handguns are Rugers I love them dearly. But when it comes to big bore high pressure, long usage, what where the developers thinking? The extra shot is a nice concept but does it compromise the shooters safety in the later years due to the thinner cylinder walls. This is a untested factor it may have merit or not. I'd much rather be safe than sorry. Comments in return would be helpful. Thanks for the article.
August 16, 2003
is using a steel in the .480 and .454 that allows 6 shots with absolute
safety. The frame design on the Ruger is also much stronger than on the
Taurus. I like the Taurus, and it should serve you well, but for years of
shooting heavy loads, I would bet on the Ruger lasting longer.
Well, today I did as I said bought a Taurus "Raging Bull" .480. At the same time I looked at the Super Redhawk, and my contention is still the same. This will be an interesting situation to observe over the next couple of years or so. By the by not to be nosey but just a question: is Jeff Quinn a Viet Nam Vet? I am, and I was in the Army a paratrooper, infantry, B co. 2nd BN 503rd 173rd Airborne. Just a question. If the gentleman is I would like to welcome him home in case nobody else has, from one Vet to another.
Can you further explain what type of steel has this special tinsel strength to support the constant 48,000 PSI. and not get fatigued later on in years. I also am a retired machinist and know a little about some properties about steel and machining. Are there some kind of details inherent in engineering that I may be missing? This must be some kind of magic steel???????
I am not a metallurgist, but my understanding is that the steel is called Terhune stainless. It was named for Stan Terhune, the Ruger engineer that developed the process that resulted in the strengthened alloy. In any event, if the Super Redhawk ever needs repair, Ruger will fix it free of charge. Ruger frames have no sideplate, and that makes them not as likely to stretch as the Smith & Wesson design with the removable sideplate. Smith frames stretch with use, and that is why the cylinders sometimes must be shimmed and retimed. The Taurus is of the same design as the S&W. The Raging Bull is a very strong revolver, however, and I believe that it should give you a lifetime of service. I have never seen a Ruger frame that has stretched, or a bulged cylinder. Rugers, when they fail, tend to blow apart instead of stretch. I have heard of a few that have blown their cylinder, but these were Blackhawks, and they do not use the Terhune steel. Time will tell if the SRH design will outlast other designs. I do not like the Super Redhawk myself. It is just too large. I prefer the size of the Blackhawk. Taurus makes a very good product, and I own a few myself.
I am not a vet. I was only 16 years old when the US pulled out of
Viet Nam. I just look older than I am. Thank you for your service, and
Great article on the Bushmaster Varminter! I'm buying one in the next week or so. One question: what height and type scope mounts did you use in the set-up?
August 13, 2003
I used standard
height Weaver-type mounts on the Bushmaster risers. If you speak
with anyone at Bushmaster, please let them know that you read about it on
I just purchased a Taurus PT 111 on 5 Aug. for my wife, who has never fired a weapon in her 42 years. We took it to the range on 7 Aug, at 7 meters, her first shot was bullseye. She was afraid of the recoil, so most of her shots were a bit high or a bit low. Straight up and down. The pistol is very accurate. When she gets use to the recoil, she will probably be a better shot then I am. We are pleased with this pistol for her. Taurus did good!
August 8, 2003
I just read your report on revolver accuracy. I totally agree. What are the accurate revolvers? I can't afford Freedom Arms. I thing I read that Taurus's titanium revolvers were quite accurate. I am very happy to have found your site.
August 5, 2003
I'd really like to see Ruger offer the Super Blackhawk Hunter in .480 or .454 and both 7&1/2" and 9&1/2" barrels. The perfect finish would be the Hunter Gray from the SRH. I've called them several times, but although very understanding, they say they have no plans to produce this dream model. I think far more hunters use a single action platform. Great site with wonderful reviews BTW. Thanks for all the great info!
August 3, 2003
I have purchased and enjoyed many Smith &
Wesson revolvers over
the years. My favorites have always been the N frames. I took
their collaboration with the Clinton regime very hard and have not
purchased a Smith since that time.
August 2, 2003
new ownership at S&W is very pro-gun, and they have assured me that
the deal died with the end of the Clinton regime. They were blackmailed
into that deal, but they still should not have agreed to it. The new
people at S&W are great folks.
I agree with Jeff 100% on the accuracy of the Bushmaster Varminter! Have a neighbor who has one and been with him several times and used his rifle to shoot coyotes with it and highly accurate at the long distances. And some of the coyotes we shot at little over or little less than 400 yards with it!!! NICE!!! Not too many semi auto rifles has this type of accuracy even with professional customizing!!!!
I would Love to have one of them and give almost anything to get it, but I guess its one of those toys I just get to look and drool over, because I know there will probably never be the chance for me to be able to afford to get one..
August 2, 2003
I just bought my Alexander
Arms .50 Beowulf upper from my local dealer. It came from
Alexander Arms without the ejection port cover installed. After reviewing
your article I noticed the Overwatch
did not have one installed either. Will the AA .50 Beowulf function with
the ejection port cover installed? Any info will be appreciated!
July 29, 2003
the kind words. None of the Beowulf rifles that I have seen have the
cover. I do not presently have one here to look at. Give AA a call. Speak
to Mark or Bill. Phone # 540-639-8356
I am writing in response to your homeland security article. Thank you for putting into words what real red-blooded Americans have felt for a long time. The riots in L.A. several years ago drove this point home for me. The need to take individual responsibility for personal and homestead defense is logical and real in this day and age. I have found it difficult to share similar thoughts with people I know and love without sounding a little paranoid. Or maybe like I was just trying to justify another expensive gun purchase to my wife. However I feel like maybe after sharing your article with her, she won’t accuse me of this paranoia or making excuses for my hobby as mush as she has in the past. I think more and more Americans are realizing that you just can’t rely on anyone in a pinch but yourself, and you have to be ready. Because it just isn’t smart to live your whole life thinking that you can always rely on the good nature and honest intent of your fellow man.
Also I wanted to express my appreciation for this site and the lack of hype and ads that often clutter a web site like this one. It’s refreshing to read articles that have not been written in the corporate offices of some firearms company. Keep up the good work, there are many out there who enjoy the advice and opinions of their fellow Christians.
July 29, 2003
Paco, great article on the Beretta U22 Neos. I just purchased the Beretta U22, I have previously been shooting an Old H&R 9 shot revolver. I paid 219.00 for the 4.5 inch u22 model at a local Oshmans. I have shot about a thousand rounds so far using CCI Hollow points. I can only concur with your experiences, 1000 rounds not a single Jam, the feel is light but stout, the grip is fantastic for my large hands or small hands. The wide rear sight on the rail is really cool. I just ordered another one for my friend's birthday. I love my Beretta U22!
July 23, 2003
I am just about sold on the Rock
River AR-15 Carbine. Liked the article and information, but would
be interested in how it groups at 100 yards with a variety of ammo. I
think one of these rifles would make a great ground hog buster and can't wait
to see if the weight and trigger pull make it accurate enough for my
July 22, 2003
Hi, I live across in Scotland (GB) and I've got to say,
I really enjoyed reading your article on the new Smith
& Wesson Magnum .500 It felt like I had the gun right in front
of me with your combination of accurate description and good photography.
July 22, 2003
Cool site. I would like to share a quote that in
my opinion every 2nd Amendment site should make their banner-
July 22, 2003
Your "AR-15 HBAR Shoot-off" article was the best piece I have read about guns in a long time. It give me the info I needed to buy an AR-15, and what scope.
July 20, 2003
July 18, 2003
Thanks Charlene for
reading Gunblast! The NEOS should serve you well.
I appreciated your informative review and great pics of the 500 S&W mag. It was exactly what I was searching for. Gonna get me one!
Bruce in Beaverton, OR
July 17, 2003
I was so impressed with your review of the Ruger M96/17M Lever Action rifle that I located and bought one within three days. It is everything you said it would be. Thanks,
Colonel, USA (Ret.)
Thank you, sir, for your service to our Country.
This is one awesome site, with ample information
covering all the topics of interest to a gun enthusiast. But allow me to
make a small suggestion: a little bit more coverage on modern handguns
would be more than welcome. There are some great articles and reviews
available on modern handguns on your site, but they are still more the exception
than the rule.
Peter from Belgium
July 15, 2003
Thanks for your
comments. We have some modern handguns on the way. The reason that there
is not much negative on our site, is that we don't waste time testing
junk. We try to review quality products that our readers can enjoy.
I have a Billy Dixon Sharps in the 45-90 from Cimarron Arms. I shot a mule deer last season with it and it turn him 180 degrees around in his tracks at just over 300 yds. This is one of the finest rifles I have ever shot.
July 12, 2003
My favorite thing about the weapon is the sheer force and size of the projectile it hurls. I was firing into a plywood target stand with a dirt mound beyond. My electronic muffs would cut back on just in time to hear the beautiful SMACK as the bullet impacted the target. Now, that, is what I want for terminal effect. I recovered several rounds from the mound and they dwarfed the .308 rounds we had put into it the day before.
I am still waiting to see a fielding in the Special Operations community, but I have been disappointed thus far. I remain ever hopeful that someone up top will find this system as appealing as I did.
Special Forces Weapons Sergeant
July 11, 2003
July 11, 2003
The SW99 that we
had here did not have to have the slide moved at all to reset the trigger.
You're right again! I tried one at the gun store, and you don't have to move the slide to re-set the trigger. It's a shame some of the print mags don't bother to actually SHOOT the guns they "test".
Your article is timely and extremely thorough. The
highroad forum is all a-buzz with the way Jeff fixed the back rotation
problem. Nothing like being up to speed on the Endurance Package history.
July 8, 2003
Thanks Mike, that means a lot coming from a fine gun writer like you.
"What July 4th
Means to Me" by Ronald Reagan touched us very deeply, as we
are big fans of his. Very nice of you guys to feature it and him.
He will be gone someday, and he is and will be missed. He was a bona fide
July 4, 2003
Thanks, Harry. Ronald Reagan has been a hero of mine since my youth. I fear we shall never again see his like.
I love your site!! I wouldn't call myself a gun nut, but I do enjoy reading and learning about all guns...but the bigger the more enjoyment!! Anyway, keep up the good work with all of your in-depth photos and reviews.
July 3, 2003
I find this a very good and informative web site.
June 29, 2003
One clarification: in the picture you mentioned, I wasn't using a semi-auto-style "finger-forward" grip. I was just keeping my finger out of the trigger guard. Just a safety habit, Ol' Jeff was standing in front of me taking the picture! If anything happened to him, where would I get my homemade habanero sauce?
I purchased a Ruger .480 last week and had an opportunity to shoot it today with my 15 year old son. He has fired my Super Blackhawk, and after we both fired several rounds through the .480, we both agreed that turtles in our pond don't have a choice but to move. We both agreed that the recoil difference in the two guns was negligible, but you were aware that you were firing a more powerful handgun. Thanks to Ruger for another fine piece of workmanship!
June 24, 2003
I am really interested in purchasing a .50
Beowulf but with the introduction of the Overwatch,
I am confused on which one, the 16-inch barrel or a 24-inch barrel to
purchase. When and why would I purchase the 24 inch Beowulf versus
the 16inch version? Is the entry level rifle good to 225 yards,
while the Overwatch is good to 600 yards? When looking at gun
barrels, how much does the accuracy increase from 16 to 20 to 24-inch
barrels? I have looked allover to find the answer but I can't find
any information on accuracy with gun barrel lengths. Thank you for
all the GREAT articles on your website. Is the Beowulf really that
much fun to shoot?
June 20, 2003
The Beowulf is a
real hoot. Either gun will work just fine. Call Alexander Arms, and speak
with Mark or Bill. They can better help you chose. Tell them that you read
about it on Gunblast. 1-540-639-8356
Thanks Jeff for an excellent write up on the Smith & Wesson Model 342PD. Prior to reading your article I had already purchased the Smith 342PD Centennial .38 Special +P; I'm currently in the middle of the 10-day cooling off period prior to taking possession. I asked a cop-friend about personal defense ammo and he suggested the Cor-Bon BeeSafe+ Pre-fragmented. (The gun shop suggested a couple of much heavier jacketed hollow-points, but I don't want to kill anyone [target or non-target], just stop them.) I talked with the folks there and they sold me on the Glaser Safety Slug (Blue). Your article has affirmed my choice of gun and PD ammo, and is the only one I've found that put them both together. I'm a handgun novice, and I do appreciate your professional and thorough advice. Thanks again.
June 18, 2003
I read the article on the Bersa
Thunder .380 and noticed you used Cor-Bon ammo in the test.
I have just purchased one myself and looked in the manual and it does not
specify this gun as being rated for +P ammo. I am wondering if it is
really safe to use in this pistol. I don't want to just assume it can
handle +P ammo if it is not in black and white and if it was a bad mistake
on the part of evaluations such as yours.
June 17, 2003
I use Cor-Bon in
mine, and it is perfectly safe to use in any Bersa. However, I do not want
you to just take my word for it, so I called the Bersa importer, Eagle
Imports. They told me that Plus P is perfectly safe to use in your gun.
Have fun, and thanks for reading Gunblast.
Just read your article on the Bersa Thunder 380. I was very impressed with the excellent qualities you mention on this handgun. I am in the process of getting my concealed handgun license in Texas, and am shopping around for a small effective concealment handgun. I visited two local gun shop owners and they both had good things to say about the Bersa Thunder 380. I was a little hesitant at first because I had never even heard of Bersa handguns. But today I have been reading articles on the Internet and all of them have nothing but favorable things to say about this gun. After reading yours, and being a born-again Christian, I can put my trust in you and my faith in the Lord. God bless, and God bless America
June 15, 2003
I just wanted to take the five minutes out and let you know what I think of your website. I have been reading GunBlast.com for the past few months, and have been very impressed with it. Your reviews are positive in nature, and cover the majority of issues that real shooters are worried about. I am glad to see a site that is not dominated by advertising money, and biased opinions. Your articles are well-written, and offer great insight. Keep up the good work guys, we appreciate it.
June 13, 2003
I've been interested in the USFA Rodeo for some time now. My dealer has one that I got to handle. I wasn't really impressed with the finish, but could live with it. I have two Colt SAAs, a . 45 and a .357 by American Western Arms. I don't like to shoot or handle the Colts excessively and the AWA is a pretty fair gun, but it doesn't measure up to the Colts. The Rodeo may be the next best thing. Thanks so much for the article.
June 12, 2003
Thanks so much for your informative article on the USFA
Rodeo. I have been debating on the purchase of one for
several months now. I am interested in the very model you tested,
the 4-3/4" .45 Colt. I will be using it for carry purposes as
well as CAS. Thanks, and keep up the great articles!
June 12, 2003
Jeff Quinn has written an excellent article about Bob
June 10, 2003
I read your article on the Savage FVLSS rifle. I have a Savage BVSS, and I can say from experience that these rifles are very accurate. I found that mine was temperamental with factory ammunition, and certain handloads until I started seating the bullets 0.010" off of the rifling. After this, with any load, I am getting sub-MOA groups, and can consistently get the groups under 1/2" at 100 yards with my favorite handloads. Savage definitely has made a believer out of me!
June 8, 2003
When I saw your article on the Ruger
Birds' Head Vaquero, I got the itch. I ended up with one
sporting Pachmayr Presentation grips, and a poor
boy trigger job. Have been shooting it for about 2 years now.
Thanks for the itch! I enjoy your page almost daily.
June 3, 2003
I just found your site and it rocks! Keep up the
good work. Since 9/11, I have spent almost 12 months in Afghanistan
as a Spec Ops soldier. I would like to share a few quotes with you
regarding the Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi
Freedom. Some in this great country of ours and certainly ALL of
Europe should be reminded of the following quotes and maybe then they
might re-think their position. Thank you for allowing me the
opportunity to voice my opinion.
NAME WITHHELD BY REQUEST
June 1, 2003
Thanks for reading Gunblast.com, thanks for your insight, and thanks most of all for your service to our Country.
Re: AR-15 HEAVY BARREL
May 28, 2003
cannot choose for you what is the best. The accuracy was great on every
one, so that leaves personal preferences such as barrel material, overall
gun weight, fluted or non-fluted barrel, desired trigger pull weight,
price, etc. Some may want a lighter gun, and some may want the lowest
price. I listed the specs for each gun, and the links to each website so
that the shooter can compare every little detail. Personally, I
really did like each gun. It would be very hard for me to choose one for
myself. I couldn't even try to choose which is best for everyone. This
article was more about the heavy-barreled AR-15 in general, not a
comparison of which is best.
Read article on Charter
Arms .44 Bulldog Pug with great interest. I just bought one, and
it's a keeper. I think this will become my main carry pistol when I get
enough practice with it. (This comes from a 30+ year S&W
revolver fan.) It likes CCI Blazer JHP's a lot.
May 28, 2003
I like your website and the information which is
included in your articles.
May 21, 2003
The .270 is an
excellent choice, but unfortunately the Charter Field King is no longer in
production. Charter sold the design, and is now concentrating more on the
Great to see Paco Kelly
writing again. Thanks for giving him a forum to publish.
May 12, 2003
Paco Kelly is a
great asset to Gunblast, and a heckuva nice guy, for an old desert lawman!
Good article on Homeland Security. May I add the following points?
1. The AR family of weapons is also available in .308 and .243 calibers.
2. Being armed is good, but being well trained is better. I suggest American Small Arms Academy, Gunsite or Thunder Ranch.
3. If travel in the U.S. is required, find private means so you may keep you weapon with you.
May 8, 2003
May 6, 2003
Mike, the .50
Beowulfs are selling faster than AA can
make them. Since the Gunblast article about a year ago, sales have gone through the roof. Special units of the US Military are using the gun. I
have confirmation of the guns being used in Afghanistan and Iraq.
I just wanted to thank you for your review of the Smith & Wesson SW1911. I have been shopping for a 1911 for some time now, having been very disappointed with my "plastic pistol". I had seen several articles on the SW1911 and have been considering one. Thanks to your article, I have recently purchased one and I am quite thrilled with it. The decision to make this purchase was due in large to your review. Thanks again!
May 5, 2003
I just read your article on Bill Ruger, of whom I am a huge fan. Very good article, without the fluff I see in so many other articles. I didn't even know about your website. I found it as part of a Google search on rifle makers. Very good site, I will be back.
April 24, 2003
This is a great web site. I am a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment. There are those in this great nation who would have this right taken from us. We as God-fearing, honest and freedom-loving Americans must not allow this to happen. It has been a known fact for centuries that the quickest way to enslave a nation is to disarm its citizens. Keep up the great work. God Bless.
April 20, 2003
Just read your article on Trulock
agree more. Not only are they excellent chokes, but the service you get
is excellent as well. Last year I bought my first over/under, it is a Luger
imported by Steoger but made in Spain. Good gun, but I couldn't
find chokes for it. After searching for chokes and talking with different
choke makers I found Trulock. They had me send them a choke tube and were
prepared to make it for me if they didn't have one that matched. Luck was
with me and the American Arms tube fit. It is a metric thread. I have been
very satisfied with the chokes and the patterns I get. I will be getting
more chokes in the future for my recently acquired Beretta 686 for sporting
April 17, 2003
I too have a Savage VBSS in 22-250, overall quality of the
rifle is way ahead of yesteryear's Savage rifles. I thought the trigger was
great. But I took the rifle to a custom gun maker to have the action
bedded. The first thing he did was ask me about the trigger. We got
the rifle out, and he started checking the trigger out, and he really liked
it. After thoroughly checking the action, bolt, chamber and rifling.
I inquired about tuning and truing the action and bolt. His reply was that
the receiver had indicated .0005 and that was excellent for a factory
rifle. He said the chamber and throat were well centered. The only problem
being in the stock needing bedded. It was .2 when front action screw
loosened. I asked about a aftermarket trigger. He said that I could do no
better with a Shilen or Jewell, set at 1.5 lbs. He must have cocked and
dry-fired the rifle 25 times, each time checking for creep and measuring
trigger pulls. The trigger went off at 1.6 every time with digital scales.
I'm very proud of my Savage VBSS In 22-250!
April 17, 2003
Great article on the homeland
security issue! I
would agree with you on most points, but am curious if you know of a good
source of high-quality pre-ban AR-15 mags (may I add, at a decent price)?
I've been considering the purchase of an AR-15 variant for
recreational/defensive purposes for quite some time, but I am increasingly
concerned that I will only be able to find low capacity magazines for the
April 16, 2003
find hundreds of them at gun shows. They usually are about 25 bucks for
new, pre-ban, and around $15 for good used ones.
Thank you for maintaining this website, I find it quite interesting to read as well as helpful. Your article of the New Model Ruger Super Blackhawk Hunter was much appreciated, and I just picked up one of these fine firearms.
April 14, 2003
Thanks for your article on the Bersa .380. I made
the decision to buy this gun based on your article. In the next few
days I will be testing it and will let you know my experience with it.
April 10, 2003
First--great website! Keep up the good work.
April 8, 2003
I had been looking for a backup carry when I saw this Bersa Thunder .380 in a pawn shop for $160.00, I said what the heck and bought it. Went to the rang with it and feed it some UMC ammo. It cycled all 50 rounds without any stoppages. That was on Thursday, come Saturday I go for my CHL and decide to take the Thunder as my weapon of choice. For the qualifying you must shoot 170 out of a possible 250 from 7 yards., 10 yards., and 15 yards. I was using the CCI Blazer ammo. and shot an amazing 249 with the little gun. The Big Taurus PT92 AFS is a great gun and I've shot well with it but, you just can't carry it wearing shorts and a tank top. The Bersa is perfect for this kind of carry and I'm keeping this one.
April 7, 2003
I have a Kicks choke for a 391 Beretta 3" . You failed to mention that this choke and some others with ports will back out on you or reverse and turn loose so that you will have to tighten them up after 3 or more rounds. I want to know if your Hastings choke backs out on you or anyone you know especially with a Beretta.
April 6, 2003
have never had this to happen. Be sure to torque the choke in tight, and
it should hold.
You definitely need to do some research on this subject because you are not in the know. I talked to Kicks, which is the choke I have and they admitted that they knew of the problem and they blamed the Beretta shotgun, not their chokes which is a bunch of crap. I have a Briley tube and it does not back out. It does not have any ports in it. The Kicks does. I am also aware of the fact that Patternmaster chokes have this problem with some shotguns. I think you had better get on the phone and find out for yourself. Call Wadwizard. Wadwizard is the name of a choke. They will tell you of the problem as they are aware. They guarantee their chokes not to back out.
I will repeat again, WE HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH ANY OF OUR CHOKES BACKING OUT. I tested the chokes, and wrote in the tests the facts of that test. My facts are straight. Correct me if I am wrong, but you were not here for the tests. If you have a problem with your choke backing out on your shotgun, that does not mean that everyone else will have that same problem. I have tested many chokes from several makers, and none have ever backed out. Perhaps you have a choke with loose tolerance installed into a shotgun with loose tolerance, and the combo just does not work together.
My facts are straight, and I stand by my test results as
I read your article on homeland security with interest. Unfortunately, I disagree with it (with good humour). I have lived in the UK for some years now, and became used to attacks by the IRA - missed one bomb (in a shopping mall) by 5 minutes. There are 2 points I disagree with:
1. A gun is not going to defend you against a terrorist.
IRA-style terrorists set remote or timed bombs - guns won't help against
that. Islamic-style - well, its a suicide attack, and you might be
able to do something about that - but most likely with a concealed weapon
- because the terrorist won't know you have it, and this may give you an
opportunity to attack them before they do the nasty.
April 2, 2003
I passed Kudos to Jeff on the Sixgunner Forum for the
outstanding review of the AccuSport Ruger Bisley SS 5 1/2 revolver and
the review of Scott Kolar Grips.
March 31, 2003
Jeff, what about the Ruger Mini-14 as a homeland security rifle? It's reliable, high caps still available and with a black synthetic stock and sling can rival the AR at half the price!
March 30, 2003
I really like the Mini-14 as a defensive rifle. It is a great
little gun, and I have owned a few. The main advantage of the AR system in
the event of a prolonged crisis is that of a ready supply of magazines and
parts from government arsenals. The AR-15 system is also, as a whole, more
accurate than the Mini-14, but the Mini is certainly accurate enough for
social work. If you have a Mini-14 and a few extra mags, you are well
armed. If you are preparing to buy a defensive rifle, the AR is a more
logical choice, from a supply and logistics perspective.
Over-all, I think you have a pretty nice web-site. I must disagree, however, about the AR-15 as the de rigueur weapon. For one thing, there are no inexpensive ones around. You left out the Ruger Mini's and the M-1 carbines that abound. Other than that, YOU MUST HAVE A GUN OR SEVERAL GUNS! By the way, how come some good old boys from Tennessee have the Oakland Raiders banner on their site?
March 29, 2003
I'll let Jeff answer about the AR-15s since it was his
article, but I am tthe Oakland Raiders fan. Jeff wouldn't give a nickel to
see a football kicked from here to China (to quote Lester Flatt). But,
since I run the web site, I get to put up my banner! I've been a Raider
fan since the age of six (1967), and I can't just change my allegiance
because some other football team moves to town. It would be like laying
down my 1911s or my SA Rugers for a buncha Glocks (even though the Glocks
are good guns...).
The Ruger Mini-14 is a great little rifle, but lacks the accuracy for precision shooting and varmint hunting. It is a great little rifle for defensive purposes, but lacks the ready availability of magazines and spare parts. I like the Mini, and have owned a few. The M1 carbine is a good close range weapon, but lacks the long range precision of a good AR-15. I recommend that you own all three!
By the way, what's a football?
I just read the article about Ruger grip frames by Bill Hamm. I found it very well done and learned a lot. I liked the traced drawings of the grips, especially the overlaid one showing the differences of each grip. This will make an excellent addition to my Ruger Stuff files as reference material.
March 29, 2003
GREAT article on homeland
straight-up, thoughtful advice for us all, and I couldn't agree more with
the position. I've got my 16" Colt, plenty of mags and ammo,
and I'm set. Of course, here in California, such "distasteful"
pursuits are frowned upon, so the Marlin comes out of the safe more often.
March 28, 2003
Great article on homeland security Jeff! I have one question - you say that an AK-47 might be the best gun for somebody in another country, but considering their abundance and ammo availability/price in the US, why not here? In short, for those of us who find the price of an AR-15 high, should we keep saving for an AR-15 because of some potential problem with an AK? Thanks.
AK is a fine weapon. The AR is usually more accurate, and plenty of ammo
is made here. Also, ammo and extra parts can be found at any national
guard armory, which could be important in a prolonged crisis.
March 27, 2003
March 26, 2003
March 24, 2003
Greg, I am writing this to give you feedback on you article about how to prevent future sniper attacks. I will give you a little info on me first to let you know where I am coming from and maybe lend credence to my opinion. I am first and foremost a born again, bible believing 32 year old was saved when I was 17. As for my work, I am a scout/sniper in the marine corps who has been on active duty for the past 14 plus years and is currently deployed. I have been married for the past 13 plus years and have 1 daughter. I enjoyed your article, and i was very pleased to find a website where my love of firearms of all kinds is shared by someone of like faith. Thank you for this article. As I read it I thought about the kind of rhetoric some of our current politicians would spout if they had to counter your point. I know however that most are greatly deceived and could not even understand the witness in your article and would mistake it for 'Christian right' mumbo jumbo. I just recently found this website and plan on continuing to visit. I look forward to seeing more of your witness in future editions. Thanks again and Semper Fi.
First, SSgt, I want to thank you for your service to
our country. If not for brave soldiers like you and many others, we
would not have the rights we so often take for granted.
I read your review of the Eagle
Arms AR-10 and I am curious of how you think they compare to an
March 12, 2003
In my opinion, the
accuracy of the AR-10 is much better.
Very nice article about the Kel-Tec Sub 2000. After reading it I bought one!!! I have found that the Sub2000 will not retain the USA 30-round Glock magazine (EXC11). The magazine locks well into my Glock 17 but not into the Sub2000 and easily drops from the grip.
March 12, 2003
I would stick with
Glock mags in both guns. The steel mags will accelerate the wear on the
polymer magazine latch.
Thanks ever so much for the great review of the Smith
& Wesson SW1911 .45ACP. You've made up my mind for me --
I gotta have one! I might even put my faithful Charles Daly
1911 (I got one of the good ones) up for adoption to finance the Smith.
The Smith addressed my only problem with the 1911, which is that damn
internal extractor. I'm glad S&W is back.
March 11, 2003
Regarding the Kel-Tec .32: I was attracted to the gun because of its size. I purchased one for my wife. Of course I had to test fire it and carry it to see if there were any problems. The first gun misfired almost every time. A quick trip to the factory corrected the problem and I have not had a misfire since. In fact, not only does it shoot on command, it hits what I aim at, and is a real pleasure to shoot. It carries like a dream, clears the pocket without a snag, and functions perfectly time after time. After 30 years in law enforcement and security, what else could a man ask for? I'm going to have to get one for the wife soon.
March 11, 2003
I purchased the Kel-Tec
SUB 2000 in .40 S&W cal, new, along with some pre-ban 30 round
plus 2 mags at one of our many gun shows in my area, as a support / backup
weapon whlie on patrol with the the Police Dept. I work for. If you look
into the add -ons on the Kel-Tec CNC
website you will see things such as laser sights and on board
flashlight are available to name a few. I have ordered a tactical sling
from another vendor.
March 9, 2003
Jeff Quinn's review of the Bersa Thunder .380 was very helpful. I just purchased one two weeks back. Shot it one day and was just totally and pleasantly surprised at what a sweet little shooter it is. I took my CHL range test the next day with it and my instructor (a retired Federal Agent) asked to try it out. He was very impressed with it also. So much so that he is going to recommend it for ladies who may have issues with small hands or heavy guns. I think what surprised me was how natural it is to aim/control and how darned dead on the thing shoots! This one is riding SOB with me and my shadow!
March 8, 2003
Thanks for your article on the Alexander Arms .50 Beowulf. However, I'm confused by this statement: "The .50 Beowulf cartridge has a rebated rim to fit the standard and readily available 7.62x39 bolt face." I thought it used the same bolt as the M16/AR15 which are 5.56 x45. Am I missing something, or was that a typo?
February 28, 2003
The .50 Beowulf
As a new owner of a Legacy .454,
I found Paco Kelly's article very, very informative. I too was concerned
with the strength of any lever action standing up to 60,000 PSI over time,
and there was enough detail in the article to assess strength in realistic
February 28, 2003
Paco Kelly is one of the foremost authorities on lever-action rifles. If you liked Paco's article on the Legacy, you'll love his web site: www.leverguns.com.
I have just read your article on the S&W 1911, and would like to know, what does your favourite .45acp 200 grain lead semi-wadcutter target load consist of?
February 26, 2003
I use a 200 grain
lead semi-wadcutter and 5.6 grains of WW231 powder, with a Winchester
I just wanted to send in a quick note of appreciation. I discovered your excellent GunBlast web site about a month ago and really enjoy the high value content and current show information as well!!
At the moment, I don't own any rifles or hand guns but
when I'm able to, I certainly will utilize these great articles. I
especially enjoyed the Tasco scopes, Armalite
& Eagle, Smith
Wesson SW 99 and Cor-Bon ammo
February 26, 2003
If the Legacy 92 is as strong as you say it is in .45 Colt and .454 Casull, what about the .44 mag in the same action? Would it take the same pressure or more because of more barrel steel or is it the action strength. This just got me thinking. If you can give me some input in this I would be appreciate it, as I plan on buying a .454.
February 25, 2003
Rudy... the Legacy 1892 chambered for the 454 is stronger than the 45 Colt chambered 92. It has a lot to do with the carbon heat treating after machining is finished, then polishing and bluing. Hpwever, you can run the .45 Colt chambered 92s of modern manufacture up to 50,000 cup+. The .454s are rated to 62,000, but I won't go there...don't need to when the little .454 92 reaches heavy 45-70 level load levels with 300+ grain slugs. Nothing but the big bears of the north could survive a well placed shot for very long. As soon as I go very large hog hunting I'll report on how well the heavy loaded .454 does. Since I have taken a number of them with the .45 colt 1892s, I can compare the results with a bit of experience. Thanks for the question, it was a good one.
Regarding the article on the Savage
Sniper Rifle, when you are touting something as being great value
for the price, the article should at least give us an indication of what
the price was......
February 24, 2003
greatly depending upon your area of the country. Also, we have readers
worldwide, and the pricing is even more variable overseas. It is best to
check with your local dealer, or a major gun show. We could list suggested
retail, but that really means nothing to the real selling price of a gun.
When I say that a gun is a good value, I am comparing it to other guns of
the same type.
Gunblast has the flyest review of the Eagle Arms / Armalite AR-10(T) I've seen, and it is the only site I've found that has hi-res pics! However, the "factory default" look for this gun isn't the same, much to my disappointment. Exactly how would I emulate that "serious, business-like appearance?" In other words, where do I buy a gun that looks EXACTLY LIKE YOURS? Thank you in advance!!!
February 23, 2003
Our Eagle AR-10T
was a production gun, straight from the factory. Unless they have changed
configuration, they all look like this. I have seen two other Eagle AR-10Ts,
and they were identical to mine.
February 23, 2003
Super site, I always count on you for Shot
Show coverage. Your reviews are of great value to me, also.
February 22, 2003
Not that the Alexander Arms .50 Beowulf isn't a great concept, but did you know that the Geneva convention prohibits shooting personnel with a .50 cal.? If its illegal in war, why would we want to allow police to shoot civilians with it (even if they are bad guys)?
February 21, 2003
The Geneva and Hague
convention agreements also prohibit the use of hollowpoints and
softpoints, but police use them daily. In war, you are not shooting
a criminal. You are shooting a soldier, who is defending his country.
Shooting a criminal is a much lower form of combatant, who has no honor,
and the criminal does not follow any agreement as to the rules of combat.
I totally agree with your assessment of the Charter 2000 Bulldog 44 as I have owned several. Mine shot as very well as you said. I carried one in an ankle holster as a backup to my Sig 226 while on duty with the a Sheriff's Office. I had the barrel cut to two inches and added an alloy grip frame to the stainless main frame. I had the factory relocate the front sight and it shoots right where it is pointed. My Dad owns it now. He slicked me out of it in a trade and I've been kicking myself ever since.
February 20, 2003
Jeff..I am very insulted by your slander
of us OLDER Californians that FOUGHT as best we could to save
our gun rights.... for your information I left California in 1992
Partially because I would not give up my GUNS. HOW DARE YOU say that all
of the people in California didn't do a damn thing to fight for our 2nd
February 18, 2003
Thanks for your comments. I never said that Californians are faggots, nor did I say that the Vietnam Vets did not want to fight. We strongly support our veterans at Gunblast.com. If you were to read our site, you will find that we have a whole section dedicated to the Medal of Honor recipients from every war. We also show our support at the bottom of our articles with the waving POW-MIA flag. Your service to our country is greatly appreciated.
As regards to the accusation that I have labeled all Californians as "faggots", that is a lie. We have never made a statement on Gunblast.com about any type of sexual perversion, homosexual or otherwise. We are about guns, and that is the subject of our content.
I believe that I have proven your accusations regarding the Veterans and the homosexuals to be untrue. Now, let's deal with the subject of Californians giving up on the fight to keep their guns.
First, I have never stated that "all" Californians have given up. Some have. Let's deal with the one that you know best: Yourself. You stated, sir, that "we did not throw in the towel", but you also made this statement: "For your information I left California in 1992 Partially because I would not give up my GUNS." You, sir, did indeed throw in the towel, by your own admission. In other words, instead of staying and continuing the fight, you hightailed it to save your own guns. To put it another way, you left your buddies behind to save yourself. That is not fighting, that is deserting. There are many in California who stayed to continue the fight. The fight isn't over until the battle is won, or until no one is still fighting. Some are still fighting, while others either quit or deserted. Only you can answer for yourself whether or not you left a man behind. By your own statements, you did.
Now, about me being
a fool, you may have a point there.
Your little write up
of the book on CAS caused me to include it in my most recent order
to Dillon. Where else can I get a coffee table book like it
for fifteen bucks?
February 18, 2003
I have read several articles on the Taurus
PT-111 pistol and they all list the trigger pull weight to be
around 9 pounds. So why did yours break at 5-3/4 pounds??? I thought
DAO pistols had a heavy trigger pull for safety reasons by design. Thanks!
February 17, 2003
There is nothing unsafe
about a 5.75 pound trigger. It was very smooth, and aided greatly in shot
placement. Generally, the Titanium pistols have better trigger pulls. Some
people guess at trigger pull weight. We measure ours on a Lyman digital
scale, that has been checked by me for accuracy.
Can your web site be forwarded to all the anti-gunners in the world?? I'm guessing they don't want to know the truth!!
February 17, 2003
Gentlemen, thank you once again for having the best
firearms related web site on the Internet!
Hit up my buddy Hammbone for an article on Bearcats!
Or, I'll have to write one!
February 17, 2003
Great Coverage on the Shot
Show. I hope you will have articles soon on some of the guns
and the new Barnes X-bullets.
February 17, 2003
I just read your article on the S&W
342PD (I know, I am a little late in reading it). I have a 342PD
that I got new a few years ago. It does not have the key lock (I am glad
it does not).
February 17, 2003
I am a soldier in the U.S. Army Special Forces, and I have used the Alexander Arms .50 Beowulf rifle. Myself and my team members have never been as impressed with any rifle as we have been with this rifle. The overall adaptation to the M16/M4 and the power behind it are amazing. I have engaged targets through triple pane, each pane two inch thick, bullet proof glass and still hit my target with minimal deviation, at 50 meters. During target shoots, you can accurately hit a 3" X 3" square at 75 meters with open iron sights . . . not a problem.
Keep up the good work Alexander Arms!
February 16, 2003
Great web site, glad I found it. I look forward to more
of your work.
Fred in Canada
February 16, 2003
I don't feel Ruger invented anything new with the .480 Ruger cartridge. I think Mr. Linebaugh did, and they changed it just enough to not be required to give credit. I sure like your articles though. There is a lot of good info in here, especially for the newer crowd.
February 16, 2003
Ruger had to change the
cartridge to work in the Super Redhawk, as the .475 has too large
of a rim to fit 6 of them into the SRH. Making the SRH a 5-shot would have
required much more work than designing a new case, as they did with the
.480. It is a good cartridge, but it doesn't pretend to be as powerful as
Just wanted to say thanks for a great web site. Your articles on the Legacy 454 and the Alexander Arms .50 Beowulf helped answers some questions I had before purchasing either of these firearms. I love large caliber weapons. Would like to see a evaluation on the new Smith & Wesson 500 Magnum if possible. Thanks again.
February 15, 2003
Hey Gunblast!! Thanks a lot for your efforts and excellent/honest product reviews. I've been a member of HHI and a reader of the Sixgunner bi-monthly publication and website for some time now. I've also been an avid reader of your website for a year or so.
February 12, 2003
Great article on the S&W99 .45 ACP. I love .45's, shot the 1911 in the service. Then some genius changed weapons on us, and I got out shortly after. It's nice to see S&W hasn't forgotten the .45. The 9mm is a nice round for girls and beginners, but I want something that does the job in one shot. Smiths have a history of being pricey, is this weapon any different? Also, did S&W ever clear up that mess about a deal between Edward Schultz and Bill Clinton?
February 9, 2003
Both Schultz and
Clinton are gone. S&W has new ownership and management, and the deal
was trashed when President Bush took over. I'm not certain of the
price yet on the .45 SW99. If you like this gun, wait until you see the
new SW1911. I will have an article posted on it in a couple of days.
Re your feature on reaming
January 30, 2003
Comment on: The Real Cure
Against Future Sniper Attacks
Jan. 29, 2003
I loved the article on the Bulldog. My dad had a classic bulldog and sadly it was lost to unfortunate circumstances. When I heard that they had gone out of production I almost cried. They are great guns. Now I'm definitely going to get one. Even though I've always preferred blued finishes I think you're right: the purpose of such a small gun is mostly concealed carry and it would be hard to fight the rust in a blued model. I'll probably get the stainless though I don't like the look as much. What can I say? I'm old fashioned. Thanks for your great article!
Jan 24, 2003
I just wanted to drop you guys a line and let you know
how much I appreciate the Target Shooting, Inc.
Rifle Rest you sent me. I put it all together and placed my Olympic
Arms AR-15 in its cradle just to admire it. It is adjustable in every
way you can imagine so it will accommodate any rifle. I know it will
help me shoot better patterns than I ever have before!
Jan. 21, 2003
(Ed. Note: Roger was the winner of the GunBlast.com December 2002 Member Giveaway)
What a great web site! I am just getting started with varmint hunting. Your articles are very informative and don't pull any punches. On your recommendation I purchased a Tasco World Class Plus 6-24X scope with Mil dot reticle. I also am convinced I will be purchasing a Savage 12BVSS in .22-250 caliber. Awaiting even more words of wisdom!
Jan. 21, 2003
Dude, I'm not going to buy another Dell! (see article at Dude, Are You Getting A Dell?) Maybe they have had a change of heart and don't want to take a position on this issue but the fact still remains that they facilitated donations to HCI. Until they extend the same courtesy to the NRA, their position is clear.
Jan. 17, 2003
Great web site! I especially liked the article about the Armalite AR180B I went out and purchased one. Everything you said about this rifle is correct, it's a great rifle for the money.
January 11, 2003
Just writing to say, that I agree with you one hundred percent on the quality of the Bersa Thunder 380. I got to shoot the weapon a few days ago, and found it to be enjoyable in its workmanship.
January 3, 2003
The photographs of the Ruger Bearcat are superb, beautiful, jewel-like. Graphics such as these pieces of art would dress up any article. As an artist, I understand that a person will look at an image before they will read anything on a page. Combined with the great, straightforward writing, this is an article to put in one's all-time archive.
December 28, 2002
You have a great web site, and in particular I enjoyed
your article on the 5-1/2"
stainless Old Army. I have one in 7 1/2" and after seeing this
I may just have to trade up. I came across that article on sixgunner.com
(where I've been a long-time, if infrequent, visitor of Jim's message
board) and I've emailed the link to it to several of my rifle range
Dec. 27, 2002
That Cimarron is a shootin' sumbitch if I do say so myself.
The Freedom Arms holster intrigues me. It really looks comfortable for portly ol' bastards like me. I've never much cared for crossdraw holsters, but I may have to try one of these.
All the best,
Thanks Terry. I was really impressed with that Cimarron. That Freedom holster is now my most-used holster. Works great when riding the four-wheeler or tractor.
Just found your website through a note in the latest Bushmaster Catalog. I'm really enjoying your articles and the commentary. I especially appreciate your displaying the POW-MIA logo, as my Dad was a "guest" of the Nazis for over a year at three of their camps.
NRA Life Member
Thanks Darrel, and thanks to your father for his service. Keep reading Gunblast. Your comments are always welcome.
You are right on about the Kel-Tec P32 (see article at Kel-Tec .32 Auto). I carry one in a pocket holster along with a dual mag pouch. It is the best combo I have found for the .32. It may be small, but it is always with me.
I found your site from a post on the "NAA" site. It is going in my "favorites" list. Looks great! When I have time I'll check out all of the site.
The new Bushmaster Varminter rifle (see article at Bushmaster's New "Varminter" Rifle) looks and sounds excellent. Right now it is on the top of my list of new guns to buy for prairie doggin' in South Dakota. We are seriously considering buying this excellent rifle.
I read your review of the Ruger Super Red Hawk .480 (see article at The .480 Ruger) some time ago and think it's great. I purchased one during last hunting season and hardly ever use my Thompson-Center Contender anymore. I would like to upgrade the scope rings and mount setup to a three ring style. Are you aware of any on the market? Thanks...Keep up the good work.
Doug, the factory setup is all you need. We consider Ruger's setup to be an excellent system. You could spend a bunch of money and modify your gun, but it's really unnecessary.
Great article (see article at Bill Ruger: America's Gunmaker)! I very much enjoyed seeing Cousin Butch. He appears to be an interesting character. Would like to see and hear more from him. In the photo it appears that the #1 has just been fired and probably kicked the P--- out of old Butch.
Keep up the good work.
What is that rest used in the pictures? I'm wanting to get some type of rest, and haven't seen that one before.
Oh, this looks to be an EXCELLENT site!
It is an Accuracy Systems Rifle Rest, and it is the best rest I have ever used.
Your Bill Ruger article (Bill Ruger: America's Gunmaker) was right on the money.
As always, great work on the site. I like having the collector articles in one area (see Collector's Corner). Do you think someone could convince Bill Hamm to do an article / pictorial on the different Ruger Single Action grip frames that have been used since their inception? Thanks again and keep up the great work.
Bill is planning to put together an article on just that in the near future. Look for Bill to be a regular contributor to Gunblast.com!
I have just finished the article about Bill Ruger and his company (see article at Bill Ruger: America's Gunmaker).
I suppose I am behind the times, all of my Ruger handguns are over 30 years old. I don't have any of his current products. Me thinks I must rectify this oversight.
You stated you had fondled a new Ruger side by side shotgun, what was your first impression? And was there any comments from Ruger about the price?
I have always wanted a double barrel shotgun, but I want something that I won't break or wear out. This should be the ticket.
In this world of political extremes Ruger has done some things that I don't like, but I must agree that the quality and strength of his guns is indisputable.
Thanks for the good article. I'll check in again to see what's new.
The new Gold Label shotgun should be out by mid-year. The gun is a 12 gauge, yet weighs only 6 1/3 pounds. Suggested retail is $1950, but should sell for less. I was very impressed.
Thanks a lot for your site!
My brother and I help harvest grain in Montana for a relative, actually drive thousands of miles to get itchy and work for free, but LOVE shooting problem gophers on the farm. First I used .22s, the yearning for a .223 got the best of me so just bought a new Remington 700 in .223 (ordinarily never treat myself that good - just love shooting those gophers!) I am as ignorant as can be about scopes (among other things <snicker>) and dearly loved reading your articles about Tasco EXP rifle scopes (see article at Tasco EXP Rifle Scopes). Was very close to paying $400-$600 for a Leupold out of ignorance, but if the Tasco enables me to get gophers effectively that's all I need. Sincere thanks to you for your web site. Go with God.
Excellent site!! Looks like you fellas share the same passion for Ruger single-actions as I do. Keep up the good work, I've got this page bookmarked!
A great article on the Brownells .45 cylinder reamer (see article at Brownells Cylinder Throat Reamer for .45 Revolvers). You have a real informative web site in general.
Could you tell me, were you able to use the single pilot bushing that came with the reamer, or did you need the additional set of 5 pilots?
I used three different pilots on the 2 guns, but the one that came with the reamer might have served just as well.
I just discovered your web site, & was reading your evaluation of the .223 Bushmaster (see article at Bushmaster's New "Varminter" Rifle). Can you get your hands on a Les Baer .223? I would like to read about the performance vs. price.
We met with Les and his folks at the SHOT show, and they will be sending us test guns soon. Keep watching!
Thanks for reading Gunblast.com!
Thanks to Jeff Quinn for a fine article on the .480 Ruger (see article at The .480 Ruger). I am planning on purchasing one and had been doing the research when I came across his article. I will be looking for further articles after more testing is complete.
Just found your site: Right ON! Good job.
I sure agree with your article on the Ruger "Flat top" (see Jeff's article at Here Come Ol' Flat Top). I had a three screw, 1972 vintage, which was burgled from me in '91. So, I purchased the new Super Blackhawk .44, with the transfer bar. Both guns felt "off" though, I want to try the Bisley; have you?
Rick, I love the Bisley, and it's my favorite grip frame for heavy loads. I bought one of the first production .44 Bisleys, with the 7-1/2" barrel and adjustable sights, and It's become one of my all-time favorite guns. Jeff prefers the feel of the Super Blackhawk with Herrett's "Shooting Star" grips (a mite hard to find these days), slimmed down somewhat (see Jeff's articles at Super Blackhawk and Cast Performance for discussion of the Herrett's grips and comparison to the Bisley). You'll notice in the Cast Performance article we fired loads heavy enough to spit the Bisley's grip panel without discomfort to the shooter!
This is a WONDERFUL website. I've been looking for a place to view all my shooting interests from shotgunning to handguns. Your coverage of the SHOT Show (see SHOT Show 2002) was awesome! Are you going to be adding anymore pictures from the show? I hope so.
Thank you so much for the early pics and comments from the SHOT Show, Gentlemen (see SHOT Show 2002). For me you scooped the entire shooting press with your coverage.
Hey Boge Brothers,
After seeing that pic of Jeff taking a shot from the Taser (see SHOT Show 2002 - Day 1)...I just wanted to let you guys know (especially Jeff), that you will never have to prove yourself to me IN ANY WAY!!!
To Boge, Jeff and Mr. Bill Hamm,
Thanks for the Ruger Articles!
somewhere in Wyoming........
I like the 3bucc brass catcher (see Jeff's article at 3Bucc Brass Catcher) but the link doesn't work. I also go directly to their address but that doesn't work either. Can you send me the information on the brass catcher?
Walter, I was also unable to pull-up 3Bucc's web site, and I was concerned that maybe they'd gone out of business. However, we saw them at the 2002 SHOT Show (see SHOT Show 2002 - Day 3) and they are still very much in business, they have just been having problems with their web server. Keep trying their web site, they assure me it will be up again very soon.
Thanks for reading Gunblast.com!
I saw the Ruger bird's head revolver (see Jeff's article at Ruger Bird's Head Vaquero) at my local gun shop and wanted some more information before buying it. Your article was extremely informative and about the only source of info I found on this beautiful gun. I went back the next day and purchased it. It's one of the finest single action revolvers I have ever owned, certainly unique in appearance and style. Thanks and keep up the good work.
Re: Jeff Quinn's article on the Savage varmint rifle in 22-250 (see Jeff's article at Savage’s Stainless Varmint Rifle).
I have had experience with the heavy barrel Savage in .308. They shoot so well they surprise you. It is touted on sniper web sites as one of the best poor mans sniper rifles (see Greg's article on the Savage Tactical Rifle at One Bad Savage).
Interestingly, Ruger has made a number of changes in their rifle, such as changing the safety to the bolt a la the Mod-70 Winchester to facilitate better bedding. Friends tell me that the Ruger heavy barreled rifles will really give the Savage a run for its money in that price class. Would love to see a Gunblast article comparing the Savage with the new Ruger Varmint as they cost roughly the same. Friends tell me the Ruger will hold its own against anything else in any price class. Would like to see you do a comparison and especially in the same caliber. By the way, next time you work up some 22-250 loads try seating the bullets .025 off the lands. Got that tip from a Sierra tech rep, and it has improved grouping of my favorite 22-250 loads. I see you used the Barnes VLC. Good bullet, but I can't make it shoot well in my 22-250 with a 14 inch twist. Think I will slow it down a bit and try again. Some of my best groups with the 22-250 have come with VARGET and the same is true with my .308 sniper rifle which loves the Nosler 168 (J4)seated right to the lands above all others. Have had good results with the CCI bench rest primers also.
Love your column, keep up the good work.
I enjoyed your article about the Hunter version of the Super Blackhawk. I would like to purchase this revolver but I don't think Ruger still offers the model. It's not in their catalog nor is it on their web-site. What do I do? Thank you,
Scott, Ruger is offering the Hunters, and they had the Hunters at the '02 SHOT show. Any dealer should be able to get one from a Ruger distributor. Have your dealer contact Lipsey's and talk to our buddy Jason Cloessner, Lipsey's web address is www.lipseys.com and their phone number is (225) 755-1333. They have the SB Hunters in stock, their stock # is RUKS47NHN. Good luck and thanks for reading Gunblast.com!
It's great to see how this site has matured the past year and a half. I would like to see some more info on handloading. I am iInterested in the .44's, .444 and historic cartridges such as the 6.5x55 Swede and the 7x57 Mauser.
Keep up the good work. God be with you.
I just read the moving account of your visit to Arlington National Cemetery and research into Medal of Honor recipients (see my article at The Medal of Honor). While a graduate student at Texas A&M University, I had a similar experience. Within A&M's Memorial Student Center they have several of the actual Medal of Honors awarded to former students along with their citations. I clearly remember the first time I walked along and read these tremendous acts of courage, bravery, and sacrifice. I felt as those I was standing on Holy ground. It was an incredible experience and one that I shall never forget. Thank you so much for making all of the citations available for our viewing. You have done a good thing.
In closing I would like to add that you and your brothers have a great web site. Keep up the good work.
Wichita Falls, TX
Thanks for the kind words, Charlie. It's good to know some folks are actually taking the time to read the Medal citations, it makes it worth the work. If we fail to honor our Veterans and recognize the sacrifices made for us by them, we do not deserve to continue to live under the freedom won by their blood.
What do you think of the S&W Performance Center 945-40? It's pricey. The wt is about 25oz. so that would be something you would carry easily. How do Performance pistols compare to the likes of Les Bauer, Bill Wilson, J.E. Clark?? I've heard a few good things; however haven't talked to anyone who has owned one. Any answers about the quality of performance center products would be appreciated. Thanks,
Larry, we got to see the S&W Performance Center's products up close and personal at the SHOT Show (see SHOT Show 2002 - Day 2), and we were very impressed. Of course, the proof is in the shooting, and S&W will be sending us Performance Center pistols for testing in the near future.
I am interested in the Mateba Auto-Revolver pistols (see 2001 SHOT Show Day 1) and would like to know if you have contact points for the Company here in the States and in Italy? Keep up the good work,
Bill, we have had many inquiries about the Mateba guns. The Mateba folks were nowhere to be found at the 2002 SHOT show, so we are forced to assume that they are no longer in business. We'll let you know via the web site if we find out any differently.
Thanks for reading Gunblast.com!
I read your article about the Stainless Bisley (see article at Ruger Stainless Bisley) and found it very interesting. I created my own several years back. It started life as a 7 1/2 in. Stainless Super Blackhawk. I fitted it with a Stainless Bisley grip frame, hammer & trigger and Bob Mason (an excellent gunsmith in Memphis) cut the barrel to 5 in. for me and fitted a hunting front sight with a white dot and a white outline rear sight blade to the gun. It makes for a great hunting handgun. I also now have a 7-1/2 in. Super Blackhawk which I have fitted with the original grip frame from the other gun. It has been modified by cutting the bottom strap, heating the grip frame, and changing its configuration to be almost like a Bisley and adding about 3/8 in. of Stainless to the bottom of the grip to lengthen it. The resulting feel is almost identical to the Bisley and it handles recoil as well as the Bisley.
Jeff, I really enjoyed the article on the Brownells .45 reamer (see article at Brownells Cylinder Throat Reamer for .45 Revolvers). I have two Blackhawks that exhibited undersize throats (one a Bisley and the second a convertible stainless Blackhawk). I did the reamer job about 2 months ago and the accuracy improved in both guns especially the Bisley. The alternative is shipping the cylinders to a gunsmith, $45-$75 per cylinder and waiting weeks/months.
This do-it-yourself method is not difficult and the result is very smooth, uniform throats (slather on that cutting oil). Getting the extra bushings is a must like you said. Your article (all of 'em actually) is right on the money. Great website.
You guys have a great site here! Lots of information, and when I e-mailed ya with a question you were right back with an answer to help out. Liked reading Jeff's article on the ArmaLite "Realtree" AR-10 (see article at ArmaLite Realtree AR-10), as I just picked one up chambered in .243!
Keep up the good work!!
I like your web page and I find it very informative. Keep up the good work.
Amazing facts supporting the 2nd Amendment and the forethought those who wrote the Bill of Rights possessed so long ago when they created it! Keep up the good work....THANKS!
I just finished reading Jeff Quinn's article on the Bushmaster Varminter (see article at Bushmaster's New "Varminter" Rifle). I notice that it doesn't have a chrome lined barrel like the V Match and other Bushmaster rifles have. Is this because the chrome lining may be detrimental to accuracy, or it may increase the cost of an already pricey rifle? The chrome lining doesn't seem to effect accuracy any on the V Match. It's superb.
Most varmint hunters and target shooters prefer the barrel without chrome lining. Bushmaster listened to the buyers and are shipping the gun as such. Chrome lining has no practical advantage in a target gun.
I'm an Italian boy, and I shoot with a Mateba auto revolver in 454 Casull. I'd be very happy to see a review of the Mateba on your site. My initial impression is very good; the Mateba has very small recoil with a 260 grain bullet at 1860 fps.
Thanks for your magnific site and scuse my for mi maccheronico American.
Our thoughts are with the American people.
Here's one to go out to all the gunners, pistoleros OR riflemen, that have problems with their scopes sliding around.
Use ScotchKote on the rings, a little dab'll do ya. It holds just as tight as Loctite, not as thick as electricians tape and comes off with a little acetone if you want to swap around like I often do. I used to use Red or Blue Loctite and it worked fine but was a little harder to get off once it hardened.
Get a scope lapping kit from Brownells and lap the rings in until you have about 70% to 80% contact area. This increases the clamping area and makes the clamping area of the rings contact more of the scope tube and leaves some room for the Loctite or ScotchKote.
Put a large mill file down on the work bench, then rub the bottom flats of the rings (where they connect together) on the file, lightly, to knock off the milling marks. This makes the rings clamp together better. I do this with every scope I have, once I learned how to do it. No more sliding around.
I also use it on my RWS spring airgun which is harder on scopes than just a regular heavy recoil. I has a forward/backward recoil measured in milliseconds that unless you have a scope designed for airguns will eat scopes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I know for a fact because it ate 3 high dollar scopes before I got wise.
Hope this will help.
I just tried your "Poor Boy's Trigger Job" (see Jeff's article at Poor Boy's Trigger Job) on my Ruger Super Single Six. I can't wait to try it out.
I just read your article on the Dillon 550B reloading press (see Jeff's article at Dillon 550B: America's Loading Machine). Great article. I can tell you about Dillon's no B.S. warranty and service. I had a fire about 10 years ago that destroyed everything including my 2 year old Dillon Square Deal press. I explained the press was destroyed in the fire and inquired as to the cost of having it repaired. The customer service phone rep told me to send them the press. I got it back in 4 days with my press not only repaired like new, but with the latest updates such as improved powder measure and replacement of plastic roller parts in the priming system with new ones made of brass. Talk about service! No B.S. means no B.S.! Now to save my pennies for a 550B.
Which version of GunTracker are you reviewing here (see Jeff's article at Guntracker Software)? I have the older 2.04 version, which works okay but has some interface problems with screen resizing etc. When I bought the upgrade to the new 2.2 version it refused to install because I don't use Microsoft Internet Explorer for a web browser. This is something that wasn't mentioned at all on the website, nor during the purchasing of the upgrade. Unfortunately I am left with new software I can't use, and have to continue to use the old software with it's problems and old prices and outdated model information. I enjoy your site and appreciate all of the information in the articles, but your review left out some information that users should know.
Chris, IE 5.5 or better is indeed required to run the latest version of GunTracker. I know this is frustrating for you, but you need to be running IE 6, available for free from Microsoft. I was a die-hard Netscape guy until very recently, refusing to run IE just because it was Microsoft's product, but I was forced to make the switch because of Netscape's continuing instability. I made the transition from Netscape to IE/Outlook about 2 months ago, and my system is much more stable and web pages load noticeably faster. IE 6 also includes enhanced security features such as dynamic cookie management that alone is worth the switch.
Your point is well taken, however: Jeff should have included system requirements in his article, and I'm sure he would have if he understood any of that stuff <G>. I have amended the article with that information. Also please note that Guntracker requires 64MB of RAM. Thanks for the heads-up, and for reading Gunblast.com!
I am planning to purchase an AR-15 upper, any recommendations? I have a Bushmaster lower, I am thinking of a DPMS Panther Bull 24". I am looking into Jewell single stage trigger. Any comments? Which one will give me the best bang for my buck?
Ruel, the DPMS is a good upper, as are the Bushmaster Competition uppers. Either one will serve you very well. The Jewell trigger is great.
Your site is very professional and impressive. I've looked at other gun sites and haven't seen another more informative one out there, great job.
Re the Charter 2000 Bulldog Pug (see Jeff's article at Charter 2000 .44 Bulldog Pug): am glad to see the new Charter resurrect this fine weapon. I have one of the original Pugs in blue with the detestable aluminum shroud, and am also glad to see that in the new version, they eliminated this feature. The only question I have is did they also do away with the serrated trigger? I ground mine to a nice smooth contour years ago with a Dremel tool and a carbide side cutter. One of the best moves on this gun I ever made besides buying it.
The accuracy you reported, while hard to believe, is not a fluke. My old version also shoots this well. At 15 yards, (the farthest I have ever tested it) you can cover a five shot group with a quarter.
My only gripe with the new gun is the rubber stocks, I prefer smooth wood, but I particularly like the old round butt wood "Target" stocks that used to come on Charter 38's. My Pug has the round butt "Target" stocks that came on it, which are a little large for concealment in my pocket, but fortunately all Charter stocks are (or at least were, I don't know about the new one's) interchangeable, and when I feel the need to carry the Pug in my hip pocket, I just swap the stocks for a set off one of my Charter 38 Undercovers. These make control difficult for most people, but I have a grip like iron since I rock climb, and find the little slabs of wood to be just fine for hanging onto even with the famous Skelton load. I also reworked the trigger pull, smoothing and lightening it to a crisp 7 pound double, three and a quarter pound single action rate.
Nice site for a bunch of Tennessee redneck hillbillies! Keep up the good work. ;o)
Oh, one more thing, I was born and raised in Tennessee and still live in the south central part of the state. BTW, Boge looks mighty familiar, though I don't recognize the name. So does Jeff for that matter.
That new Bulldog is indeed a very impressive gun, I have one on order now (a 40th birthday present to myself). Once I get it, I'll see if the old wooden stocks (I should have some lying around) fit the new guns, that will be interesting. I always liked the rubber grips, and always replaced the grips on my old Charters with Pachmayrs of a similar design to the new factory grip. To each his own, I guess; if I had a rock climber's hands maybe I'd like the little wooden jobs too (but then, you don't find many fat rock climbers!).
If you get a chance, check out a new Charter at a gun shop or gun show, I think you'll be very impressed that they have substantially improved fit and finish (and got rid of those aluminum shrouds!) while keeping the price down.
If you're into bluegrass or gospel music at all, that's probably where you know me from; I'm a mandolinist and guitarist and I've played all over. Either that, or some other extraordinarily good-looking guy made an impression on you! <G>
And of course, you can see Jeff's picture in any Post Office...(just kidding!)
Thanks for writing! Good to hear from another Tennessee boy!
Thanks Jeff for hitting the nail on the head! Your article about California (see Jeff's article at California) was sooooo true. I have read posts elsewhere where some Californians are whining about others decrying their state and its goofy politics. Well it's true! Either move to a more friendly gun state or stay. But, if you stay you had better donate, canvas, write letters, etc. etc. and don't expect "outsiders" to do your bidding!
Dear Sirs, I've been shopping around for an AR-15 rifle to be used for varminting, target shooting, plinking and if needed, self-defense. The Bushmaster has been highly recommended by other gun forums and buddies. I really like the features of the Varminter model, it appears to be just what I'm looking for in a semi-auto rifle (see Jeff's article at Bushmaster's New "Varminter" Rifle). Being left-handed, left eye dominant, is this rifle suitable to be fired left-handed? The picture with the Varminter article shows it being fired left-handed; is a deflector necessary, or can it be safely fired as is with no alterations? Thank you for your time.
Charles, thanks for writing. The Bushmaster Varminter is in fact an excellent left-hand gun. Jeff is a southpaw, and not easy to please; I often hear him fuss about the "dang bolt" being on the "wrong side" of some gun or other! Jeff tested the Varminter as it came from the factory, and was so taken with the test gun that he's since bought a Varminter for himself. He was frankly amazed at how the gun shoots right out of the box, and the ejector is so finely tuned at the factory that he didn't have to worry about brass flying in his face. We're sure you will be well pleased with the Bushmaster Varminter.
I just read your article on the Bushmaster Varminter rifle (see Jeff's article at Bushmaster's New "Varminter" Rifle). About a year ago I purchased a Bushmaster XM-15 E2S with a 20" barrel 1-9 twist, mounted a Bushnell 6X22X50 scope and the results were incredible!.
Using 68 grain Black Hills ammo, I am able to knock the center out of a nickel at 250 yards!! NO BS Jeff!!!!!! I am 41 years old and have been shooting for over 25 years I will never part with my Bushmaster! It is the best rifle I have ever owned!
Gentlemen, I have visited your site on several occasions and am a regular on Sixguns.com (although I only post occasionally). Just wanted to thank you for your work and the fact that you boys aren't afraid to show your commitment to Christ. I, too, am a Baptist preacher in the northeast and as soon as I get an extra $25 bucks I'd like to become a member of Gunblast.
Thanks for the kind words. We sometimes get incredulous reactions when folks find out that we are active Christians, like somehow Christianity and firearms advocacy are incompatible. As you know, this is untrue, and a quick visit to Sixguns or Sixgunner's message boards will verify that we are not alone.
I really enjoyed your article on the Charter2000 Field King rifle (see Jeff's article at Charter 2000 Field King Rifle). I have been seriously considered purchasing one since I first read about its introduction in a small paragraph in the "What's New" section of the May 2001 edition of Guns & Ammo Magazine. However, I have been searching for other reviews of this rifle, and have not found any. It is not even listed in the 2002 buyers guides of several major magazines. Certainly I don't read all of the major magazines, and it is possible that I missed an article on this gun. But for all the press that the introduction of the Remington Model 710 received for its low price in a quality gun, I would have thought a gun like the Field King (which has more features) would get its fair share of reviews throughout the industry. Is there something I'm missing, and if so, where should I look?
I too have noticed a general lack of interest from the mainstream gun press concerning all of Charter2000's products. The fact that the company is back in existence and better than ever, and producing the old favorites such as the Bulldog and Undercover revolvers (with significant improvements) should merit a great deal of interest. Add to that Charter's production of excellent rifles like the Field King (that shoots like it cost three times the price!) and there should be no shortage of info on the Charters in the gun press.
The only reason I can figure that Charter2000 is being ignored like it is (and this is just my opinion), is that the gun mags are by and large driven by ad revenue, and the "big boys" don't want folks like you to know what a value Charter2000 represents. A lot of the gun mags owe their existence to the big gun companies' money, so they're not likely to tell folks that upstart Charter2000 makes a better product at a much more reasonable price. We at Gunblast don't owe anything to anybody (we all have "day jobs" and don't make ANY money from Gunblast), so we don't care whose toes we step on.
Charter is making a great product for a great price, right here in America, and they should be celebrated for doing so. Given some time, I think the gun press will notice. Until then, I suggest you go ahead with your purchase; then when everybody else figures out what Charter is doing you'll look like a genius!
Thanks for reading Gunblast, and for your comments!
Just read your article on the Bushmaster Varminter rifle (see Jeff's article at Bushmaster's New "Varminter" Rifle). Saw it at the gun show this weekend and it felt and looked great.
However, I have read that rifle barrels that are chrome lined sometimes do not have the inherent accuracy they should because of uneven, inconsistent thickness of the chrome material which is applied to the lands and grooves. Evidently the AR-15 Varminter rifle must have overcome this problem, but I would appreciate any feedback on this subject you wish to give.
The barrel of the Varminter is NOT chrome lined.
Thank You for having a website that is so refreshing and at the same time very informative. Your archives are great source for any firearms aficionado. The articles on the SHOT show were fun (see Boge's articles at SHOT Show 2001). I am still reading them as I am typing this message. I can't contain my appreciation, that's why I have to type this email. Again, many thanks. Keep it up!
Have had your page bookmarked for sometime now but have not checked it regularly. I decided to go back after reading several of your posts to the Message Center on Sixgunner.com. Glad I did. If all the articles are half as interesting as the one on the Ruger stainless Bisley (see Jeff's article at Ruger Stainless Bisley), I've got a lot of good reading ahead. Also it doesn't hurt that y'all are Tennesseans too.
Great article Jeff (said I, selfishly)! (see Jeff's article at Savage's New Smokeless Muzzleloader)
As Chairman of Savage Arms, I appreciate balanced articles. Particularly those that approach the subject with initial regard for the consumer, and then add their own reservations.
This is not a perfect world, and one size does not fit all.
By the way, the reason we do not reference the Lil'gun powder is that is smaller than the orifice (35 thousands of an inch) that leads to the powder charge, so it is possible that it could run back and collect just in front of the primer.
Larger powder grains stay ahead of the insert, so that is not a concern.
It has not happened to us, as yet, but I thought that I would share it with you. I had our consultant, Toby Bridges, try to create the condition by loading with small-grained powder and bouncing the stock on a rubber pad to see if powder migrated through the insert. It just packed up against the hole and did not filter through. So, I do not know if we have a problem or not. Our concern may not be justified, only a caution. With the 10ML, we are learning all the time and consumers are sending us information that all adds to our knowledge base. As always, consumers should use common sense, and never take hand-loading casually. We are very pleased with the product so far, especially the feedback from users.
As an aside, I was hunting with the senior editor of NRA publications last week in Colorado and I harvested a large mule deer with the 10ML, using 42 grains of IMR with a Hornady 250 grain bullet.
As we get more information on the 10ML, we will be putting it on our website.
Ronald Coburn - Chairman, Savage Arms
I also suspected that the Lil' Gun and WW296 might leak through the orifice. I checked for this by pouring in the powder, and bouncing the butt of the rifle onto a piece of plywood while watching for leakage. None was observed, even with the WW296. The powder must be bridging the small hole preventing leakage, at least in the test rifle.
You have a very good rifle here. If a
person is shopping for an inline muzzleloader, I see no reason to
Just finished reading a half-dozen or so of your articles. Refreshing to say the least! The site's content is excellent. I've been looking for a review of the Taurus 941 for some time. After reviewing Jeff's article (see Jeff's article at Taurus Model 941 .22 Magnum Revolver), I believe I will just have to purchase one for myself. I would further like to state that the site is well set up and, most importantly, the writing is extremely well done.
Thanks for a job well done, your site will be shared with my friends.
Thanks a lot for the kind words, Jim! We're glad that more and more folks are enjoying our site. Be sure to tall the folks at Taurus that your decision to purchase their product was based in part on our article; gun folks are nothing if not a conservative lot, and we're still fighting the big print magazines for respectability. Your input helps!
I used two Marlins, 357 & 45-70, each scoped with AO mounts and Leupold 2x extended eye relief scopes, M8's, this season. I saw the AO mount on the internet early this year and liked the forward mount and low profile. I mounted the scopes forward of the receiver to retain the balance point, in the hand, at the receiver. This makes for easy packing and accuracy.
Leupold makes good scopes and zero problems. Can't get much better than that. The 45-70 would beat up lesser names.
The AO mount is a rigid platform when attached to a Marlin. Their directions for mounting are clear cut and the scope stays in place, on zero.
Marlins just get better and better in their own right. They are especially good with these enhancements.
Thanks for listening,
Great site guys! My question on the Super Blackhawk I purchased was answered immediately and the info was great. You are very well informed and provide info that takes all day( if you can find it) on the the web.
Another fine test of another fine rifle!
The Bushmaster Varminter!
I've had a 24" stainless, fluted barrel on my Bushy for a year or so and am super pleased at Bushmaster's new rifle (see Jeff's article at Bushmaster's New "Varminter" Rifle)! I'd like to get one of those soft handgrips and some of those coated bullets you used!
Keep up the great work!
Thanks, Vern. We're glad you enjoyed the article. Bushmaster is indeed making a fine rifle, it's amazing how far the accuracy of the AR's design has come. Hogue makes a soft handgrip that is all but identical to the ones Bushmaster is using, and the excellent Barnes VLC bullets should be available at any gun store that caters to the reloader.
I just read your article on "poor boy's trigger job" (see Jeff's article at Poor Boy's Trigger Job). I just did this procedure a few minutes ago to my .357 Vaquero, my .45 Colt Vaquero and to my Single-six .22 and am amazed at the feel of the trigger and hammer!
I can't wait to go and shoot them now. Thank you for the info.
Jon S. Cone
P.S. Great and enjoyable site!
Re the Tasco EXP scope tested (see Jeff's article at Tasco EXP Rifle Scopes), was there any change of impact when changing the magnification of the scope?
Absolutely none. The scope tracked perfectly.
You know, after reading your article, "Ruger's Stainless Bisley" by Jeff Quinn (see Jeff's article at Ruger Stainless Bisley), I was left with a question:
Do y'all know if the Bisley cylinder is a drop-in fit for a Bisley Vaquero? I sure would love that cylinder in my CAS Bisley Vaqueros!
JT, the Bisley cylinder should be the same as the Bisquero cylinder, but no cylinder is really a "drop-in fit". As no two guns are EXACTLY alike due to individual wear rates & fitting for timing, etc., any cylinder should be fitted by a competent gunsmith. We recommend David Clements (www.clementscustomguns.com), he specializes in Rugers and does excellent work.
I love your reviews and articles. I am amazed, you get straight to the point with any review and don't use special rests and machines to make data impossible for the average shooter to reproduce. I am 15 and have been hunting for 7 years. I have several questions for you.
1. I couldn't find the Ruger Super Blackhawk Hunter on their website, when could I get a hold of one? (and do you know the suggested retail?)
2. I know you can't publish data for reloading for liability reasons, but can you "suggest" a snake load for a .44 mag?
3. How did you get into writing gun reviews? can you recommend any courses or classes?
Thank you for your time and input.
Thanks for the kind words. The suggested retail on the
Super Blackhawk Hunter is $607, but most people have been selling them
for around $500. Keep checking with your gun dealers, they should be
able to find you one. We have also seen a couple at recent gun shows.
Hey Guys, great site, we have needed something like this for a long time. I wish you the best. The word needs to get out. I actually stumbled on this site. I will be back. Thanks again!
You know, I have never written a gun site before, but you guys have done a GREAT job on this one. Its not fancy (although I think it should be!), but the info is down-to-earth and written by folks who obviously know what the community is interested in and love the shooting sports themselves.
Thanks for the GREAT site, and keep up the good work!
...First time visitor!! Really like the variety and colorfulness of the layout! And I appreciate the fact that you brothers are willing to put your money where your hearts and opinions are! I've read a few of the articles and enjoyed them much. You include only limited specifications-type info, but that's OK-- that can be obtained elsewhere.
I recognize that your articles will follow your interests, and that I won't find you checking out everything I would like you to....but that's OK, too. We're all different. I appreciate having another option for true, experientially based info.
Keep up the good work! I'll be stopping by from time to time.
Thanks, Dan, but don't think we won't listen to what you want to see here! If there are articles you'd like to see, such as specific types of gun reviews, or if there are any other suggestions you may have, let us know. We listen to what our readers want, and we try our best to implement readers' suggestions to the best of our ability (given that there are only three of us Quinn boys). As an example, the PDF links for the articles were done at the suggestion of a couple of our readers, and they have proven to be very popular.
Thanks for the "Poor Boy's Trigger Job" article (see Jeff's article at Poor Boy's Trigger Job)! For years I have heard of the "easy Ruger trigger job", but this was the first full account of it I'd seen. I immediately applied what I learned to both my Super Blackhawk and my Blackhawk .357, and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. The .44, which previously had what I'd call a "decent" trigger, now has an absolutely superb trigger. The .357's trigger, which had been problematic, to put it mildly, is now so dramatically improved that I can't believe the "work" only took a couple of minutes. By actual measurement, I find I can now shoot 50% more accurate groups with this revolver than I could before the trigger job!
Bill, thanks for the kind words! Jeff has been doing this for years to all his Rugers (and he's planning similar articles for other gun makes as well). He didn't even tell me the secret until just a couple of years ago! We're glad you (and many others we've heard from) have found this article to be useful.
I too have a Dillon SL 900 (see Jeff's article at Dillon SL 900) and have been loading with it for the past 4 years, an have produced about 75,000 rounds out of it. One must clean it after every 10,000 round or less as it can develop a little bit of a "sticking" problem. But the quality and craftsmanship of the reloader itself is the BEST I have ever used. I've used all the major progressive brands in the past and the DILLON is #1. If you shoot a lot of trap/sporting clays in a year like I do, you won't be sorry with the Dillon. Great report Jeff.
Randy from North Dakota
Looks good, keep up the good work!
Thanks for the best web magazine, I asked a question and had an answer back within a few hours!
Howard from New Zealand
Just took a look at your Taurus .22 mag review (see Jeff's article at Taurus Model 941 .22 Magnum Revolver). It appears you are able to shoot iron sighted groups about 1/4" better than I can in most instances. I seem to have a personal limitation of 1.1" with them (oh, sometimes a bit less with rimfires).
The Federal rounds grouped very well out of my long Ruger as did the original W-W factory load and the more or less new Black and Red boxed Winchester Supreme. These are extremely useful rounds. PMC JHP is pretty good too but needs the jacket stressed for best expansion.
My local dealer tells me the largest number of send-backs are to Ruger. This is not because of any problem with Ruger QC, just that they are a big time Ruger dealer and sell more of their guns than anything else. The next and disproportionate send-backs come with Taurus but the factory does a super job of correcting problems when they arise. Overall, Modern Taurus quality is not to be faulted.
Mike, I agree with you on Taurus' quality. They are striving to make a quality product at a reasonable price, and judging by the 941, they are succeeding in spades! Taurus also has a great reputation for customer support and service. Thanks for reading, and writing!
Hello Greg Quinn!
Thank you for writing the article on the Savage tactical .308 rifle (see Greg's article at One Bad Savage). The Savage tactical is the "sniper rifle" for the rest of us, those of us that don't have an extra $2-3,000.00 lying around for a sniper rifle! I've had Savage bolt guns before (110-.270 & 112-22-250) and I thought they were excellent rifles!
This is in response to your article on the Ruger Super Blackhawk Hunter (see Jeff's article at Ruger Super Blackhawk Hunter). I am one of the lucky people who bought one of the original Hunters back in '91 or '92 and have used it consistently for hunting ever since. I also handload all of the ammo I hunt and target shoot with. I feel this particular handgun never got the commercial recognition it deserved. The refinements from the standard Super Blackhawk make it a wonderfully balanced tool for its intended job, not to mention it's a beauty to look at!! Hunting loads tend to be on the heavy side, and with the added weight to the barrel from the full length lug, recoil is always manageable. I have used the scope mounts with a Leupold 2x EER scope, never even the slightest movement. Being a knucklehead, one day after cleaning the gun I over tightened the wood stocks and cracked one of the panels and had to replace them with a standard pair of brown stocks on from another Super Blackhawk. Perhaps now I can get a pair of the original gray and black grips. Your reviews and web page are a regular part of my firearm research and I respect much of your work.
I enjoyed the article on the Savage 110 F/FP rifle by Greg Quinn (see Greg's article at One Bad Savage). I too have have great accuracy out of my 110FP. I bought mine after shooting one on the range, and found out it shot better than my Remington XB-40, and my Sendero. A few thing that were added to enhance an already great rifle: Rifle Basix trigger, Lightforce tapered scope bases, and an EABCO thumbhole laminate stock that I pillar and glass bedded. All this and the rifle cost less than any "quality" stock rifle (except a Charter 2000), and fits and shoots better. Thanks for the good articles.
The Ruger SS Bisley is the exact .45 I'm looking for. Any chance/rumor of Ruger producing is for general production? Not sure I'll be able to get one from AccuSport.
Tom, I suggest you let the folks at Ruger know how you feel. Ruger is a company that listens to consumers, and they will issue a production version if they believe there is a market there.
You can write to Ruger at: Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc., Lacey Place, Southport, CT 06490, or call them at: (520) 541-8820.
Over 30 years ago I had a Siamese Mouser re-barreled and converted to 45/70. At the time I used once fired Remington or whatever for reloading. With pickup brass one of my loads was 52 grains of Hodgdon 4198 under a cast round flat tip bullet of 300 grains. There was a bit of recoil but that load was accurate out to 250 yard with a 23" barrel.
First time user. Very good site, I will check back often!
Great article on the Ruger Hunter (see Jeff's article at Ruger Super Blackhawk Hunter). Did you happen to measure the throats on the 44's cylinder? Is Ruger still making them at .432 of an inch? Thanks again and keep up the good work.
Mark, the throats mic at .431, and thanks for the compliment!
Howdy! Great web site. Apparently a lot of knowledgeable people participate, which makes the reading worthwhile.
Question please: I gave my wife a .22 Magnum S&W wheel gun a couple of years ago, and I also have a magnum cylinder for my Ruger Single Six (.22LR & Mag). I kind of like the cartridge - the low recoil makes it easy for the ladies to shoot, and it makes a lot of noise. It would be hard to damage someone with it - careful shot placement required.
So, I've been looking for a back-up to my Glock 27 carry weapon. I've looked at and shot some of the sub-compact .32 and .22LR offerings, and not been impressed.
Does anyone make a decent .22 Magnum auto pistol? I ran a search, with poor results. I was told by a friend - maybe AMT - but I find only a CNC manufacturing company on the Web.
Many thanks, and keep the good stuff coming.
Paul, I don't have any contact info for AMT, they may be out of business again, but they've been in and out so many times it's hard to tell. Since you're looking for a back-up gun, you probably want something lightweight and easy to conceal. The AMT was/is a heavy (all stainless steel) gun, and the .22 mag version was quite large due to the extra length of the .22 mag cartridge making for a longer action and longer grip frame.
Have you tried the Kel-Tec .32? It's a neat little gun (I mean REALLY little, my car keys weigh more than the P32 fully loaded and it easily fits into a slacks pocket). Over the past couple of years I've been carrying one regularly when my wardrobe doesn't allow easy concealment of my Colt .45 Officers' Model or my Kel-Tec P11 9mm, and it has never jammed or failed in any way. Cor-Bon JHP or Winchester Silvertip ammo make the .32 an adequate defensive choice as well. We put up an article quite some time ago about the Kel-Tec, you can find it at Kel-Tec .32 Auto.
I recommend the Kel-Tec P32, and you can get one for a little over 200 bucks with some judicious shopping.
Very well presented web page. The graphics are good and the content is excellent. Keep up the good work.
I just found your site. It's a dandy. I'm adding it to my favorites.
[Re: Jeff's article on the ArmaLite
"Realtree" AR-10] I have to be careful about reading things like this else I get hooked on yet another type of firearm. The article
is well done and the history is as I remember it from the actual epoch when the
Stoners and the M-14s came out. It's amazing how they have
refined these rifles. Remarkably accurate and easy to shoot. A while back, a local guy
got hold of a Knight or Stoner - I disremember which, that was a 308 and cost something like $3,000. We took it to
the range, where I, not a rifle shooter of any note, laid fiver rounds into 5/8" at 100 yards. They guy's 15 year
old daughter shot a 1" fiver round group from the same set-up.
Doug in Colorado bear country
Great site! Thanks for caring about the military. I am deeply touched by your obvious love for your country and the men who have earned and paid the price for the freedoms we enjoy, and often take for granted. As a Vietnam veteran your thoughts touch my heart in a very special way. For so many years I and my veteran brothers felt like outcasts in our own land. Thanks again for your site, and for raising an old veterans morale.
Master Sergeant M. Brown, United States Army (Ret.)
Master Sergeant Brown,
Gentlemen, I linked to your site from The Firing
Line. Great site! A fine presentation and I enjoy the articles. Thanks and keep
up the good work.
Great immediate coverage on the devastation in our nation's capital and our central financial city. Thanks for
keeping us posted. I encourage all Americans to join Gunblast in prayer for the affected families, and entreat
God to bring swift judgment to those responsible.
Enjoyed your site - the quality of the writing seems quite good, and when
you review something you appear to be providing lots of details, such as on
the excellent Cor-Bon "PowerBall" ammo review (see article at Cor-Bon "Pow'R Ball" High Performance Ammunition). There's a bit of a "homebrew feel" to things, which is
fine; for instance the test medium on the Cor-Bons had to be seen to be believed!
About the only disappointment I had was in the review of the Clements Custom .44Spl Blackhawk (see article at Clements Custom Guns .44 Special Blackhawk). Sweet gun. I wanted to know just how light they ended up with it, but no weight data was included. A very minor quibble!
Still, you've already surpassed most print gun rags .
Jim, thanks for the comments. About the Charter 2000 Bulldog, Charter assures us that the gun they sent us was regular production, straight off the line, and not tuned in any way. We asked them about this before we published the review of their gun, frankly because we were afraid no one would believe the astonishing accuracy of that gun! We even repeated our shooting test just to be sure we believed it ourselves. Both Jeff and I have owned at least one of the "old" Charters over the past 20 years, and we were happy to see them back (and even improved over the great old guns!). I was impressed enough by the Charter 2000 Bulldog Pug that I've ordered one for myself, and we'll update the original article once I get a chance to wring it out.
About the Clements .44, Jeff says it weighs 34.5 ounces. It wasn't really made for optimal weight savings, but Jeff's idea was more to have a handy packin' size sixgun in .44 Special rather than the large-framed New Model.
Thanks for reading Gunblast.com, and for your thoughtful comments. We hope to hear from you again.
Real good web site. very informative!
I have to agree with you on the Flat top Ruger
Blackhawk (see article at Here Come Ol' Flat Top). The first .44 Magnum I ever fired was my father's 6
1/2-inch Flattop. I must have been about 13 or 14 at the time. He bought it in 1956 and it is still in his
collection. He actually bought it used in '56! Some guy he worked with who was going through a divorce. Anyway his
pet load was always 19 grains of 2400 behind a 240 grain Keith style bullet. It was damn accurate and not to hard
on the hand. Anyway, its nice to see others who love this fine early .44 Magnum.
Alan, thanks for reading Gunblast.com! The grips shown are repros of the old Colt "Eagles" as you surmised, and they are available from Vintage Grips (www.vintagegrips.com), stock #R/43. Nice repro grips, especially for the Cowboy shooter, and the best part is, they're only 20 bucks a set!
Just went back over the Ruger Stainless Bisley piece
(see article at Ruger Stainless Bisley)
and the Cor-Bon Pow'R Ball - first close look at this one (see
article at Cor-Bon "Pow'R Ball" High Performance Ammunition). I hunted with a
7.5" .357 Bisley for a couple of seasons and my experiences parallel yours in regard to off-hand shooting. I do
better with Super Blackhawk and Blackhawk frames unless two hands are employed. This Bisley was kind of
funky in that it was load sensitive. I would group 158 jhps into an inch at 25 yards but hated a number of
perfectly good lead bullet loads. The bore was over-large and you could shove a
Speer or Hornady hbwc into the barrel with thumb pressure. It loved the old
Lyman 358477 150 grain bullet and would shoot an inch with this. The really, really neat thing
about this long .357 was that it got 125 grain level velocities with the Hornady 158
XTP. It would do 1520 or there about and when I used new or once fired cases, the velocities were very
consistent. This is about 100 fps faster than Hornady rates the bullet for. I used it to shoot
jackrabbits, running skunks armadillos and one small yearling buck and it was like dynamite. The skunks (two of them at
one time were running about 25 yards out and stopped like a Westclock with a busted spring when the
XTP hit them. Jackrabbits would deflate and fall in their tracks. The deer was hit at 30 yards at the juncture of neck and
shoulder. I hit the bone and the only thing holding the neck and head on the body was an inch wide strip of skin.
Thanks Mike! I think that you will love the Pow'R Ball from Cor-bon. It is such a simple idea, and it works. Great power, accurate and feeds like hardball.
Boge, Nice job. I'm impressed. Keep up the work. Let's all work to preserve the right to keep our COLTS, SMITHS, etc. (LOVE THOSE GLOCKS TOO). Several years ago, I was in an COLT factory AR15/M-16 Armorer's School. The Instructor, when led off on the subject of federal restrictions, etc., said "Since they made us omit the bayonet lugs from the ARs , We've noticed a significant decrease in the number of DRIVE-BY BAYONETINGS!
Hi Y'all! About the Savage FP110 Tactical Rifle (see Greg's article at One Bad Savage) which I used as a base for my precision rifle. I had a problem at first with the throat length which was too long and ammo couldn't be loaded anywhere close to the rifling without being too long to fit into the magazine. So I sent the rifle back to Savage and told them that if they saw fit to replace the barrel then replace it with a 36 inch Fluted Stainless Steel barrel and I would pay the difference. About a month later I got the rifle back with the new SS barrel on it at "NO CHARGE". After my first trip to the range I knew that the old load of 42.5 grains of IMR 4064 wasn't going to work. After 3 more trips to the range I found that the new SS barrel didn't even like extruded powder of any type. So I went to trying Win. 748 and Accurate 2520 with a Federal 210 Match Primer in Remington brass and a Sierra 168 gr. HPBT match bullet. With 43.5 gr. of 748 it shot a dime size group at 100 yards and about the same with 42.5 gr. of the 2520. Both powders would put the bullet exactly where I wanted it cold with the first shot, every time.
What I found remarkable is that the carbon steel barrel didn't like ANY type of ball powder and the SS barrel didn't like ANY type of extruded powder. Kinda weird, don't you think?
I've been reading your posting of the Medal of Honor citations (see Boge's article at The Medal of Honor). I can't get past a half dozen or so without getting so choked up I can't see or answer the phone. Where are such men now?
Terry, I know what you mean! America needs heroes and there's no one stepping up to the plate! These days the military
seems to be more about getting in touch with feelings, "humanitarian missions", sensitivity
training for those who don't want to be in a foxhole with a homosexual, and lowering physical standards to
make sure the girls can keep up!
Thanks for the article on loads for the .480 Ruger (see Jeff's article at Loading the .480), I am working up my own loads for this cartridge and it is nice to see that your results parallel mine.
Dear Gunblast Folks:
Thanx for the review on the Ruger Bisley Vaquero (see Jeff's article at Ruger Bisley Vaquero). I'm searching for a good trail gun in .45 Colt or .44 mag. to upgrade my old .357mag. I've been searching for information, and your article helps fill in a few blanks.
I have just come across your web site and I have to say I am impressed. I have always been a fan of Elmer Keith since I first discovered him in Guns&Ammo over thirty years ago. Your site reminded me a lot of his early articles. Keep up the good work for all us poor British who are no longer allowed handguns. At least we will be able to read good articles. No substitute, but better than nothing.
Alan, thanks for the kind words! Jeff will be insufferably pleased with himself for weeks to have been compared to the great Elmer Keith! Our sympathies go out to you (and all our British friends & readers) for your having to suffer a liberal government that has sold individual freedoms down the river. My hope is that the United States government will take the woes of the British people as an example of the tyranny of unchecked liberalism. Thanks for reading (and responding), keep checking back with us.
Thanks for the effort on the 480 Ruger (see articles at The .480 Ruger and Loading the .480), how was accuracy at 50-100yds? Are the Cast Performance 405s more accurate than the Hornady XTPs? Thanks again,
Monte In Anchorage
Monte, all bullets tested exhibited fine accuracy. I did no shooting for groups at ranges over 25 yards, but plinking at distant targets such as rocks and stumps, the gun definitely shoots better than I can.
Well, once again the brothers Quinn have outdone themselves. The new articles on the CorBon Pow'r Ball (see article at Cor-Bon "Pow'R Ball" High Performance Ammunition) and the Ruger Bearcat (see article at Ruger's New Bearcat) were superb! Both the writing and the photos are crisp, clear and to the point. You tell me what I want to know without the gush and fluff of most other gun mags. Great job guys. Thanks.
I enjoyed your website, especially the articles on the
new Ruger 480 cartridge (see articles at The .480 Ruger
and Loading the .480). I already have a shortened 45-70 reloaded some time back with
no firearm to use it in. I am fond of the 45-70 and was dreaming of someone
coming up with an idea of removing all this airspace that wasn't needed in this original black powder cartridge. Now who can we get to produce
the first rifle to chamber the 480? If Marlin came out with a new
cowboy lever gun in .480 Ruger, I'd have one. don't know if the receiver
will handle the pressure? It should! They have it in 38-55, which is also one of my
Just caught up on your recent articles. Had similar good luck with the
Federal 30 grain .22magnum load and was
Jeff: The article on the PowRball is excellent (see Jeff's article at Cor-Bon "Pow'R Ball" High Performance Ammunition). I like it when a writer takes the time to actually do some honest testing rather than just bang a couple of rounds on paper and call it a test. You have a real talent in this area, along with hot sauce.
Like the setup a lot guys, keep it up!
I just found your site following advice on The Campfire discussion board (http://disc.server.com/Indices/47763.html). I like what I've seen. Regarding the Loading the .480 Ruger article, I would like to add a light load. Using the 370 grain Cast Performance bullet & 7.8 grains of Winchester 231 powder gave a velocity of 848 FPS. This was for only 3 shots, but the individual velocities were 848.2, 848.0, & 848.7. Accuracy was as good as the velocity variation indicates. These were fired in not a Ruger, but a Freedom Arms .475 Linebaugh with 6" barrel. It should work as well in a Ruger. Great practice load & should be useful for hunting smaller big game at modest range.
Thanks, H.G., for the compliment and for the load! Looks like a very consistent load that should work very well on deer-sized game at moderate ranges (assuming a reasonable amount of practice with the load). Thanks again for reading, we hope you'll come back often.
NOTE: H.G's findings are his alone, have not been reproduced by GunBlast.com, and GunBlast.com accepts no responsibility for them. All load data are for educational purposes only. GunBlast.com assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this data. The data indicated were arrived at using specialized equipment under conditions not necessarily comparable to those encountered by the potential user of this data. Always use data from respected loading manuals and begin working up loads at least 10% below the loads indicated in the source manual.
Jeff, Great article on the Ballisti-Cast Mark VI Mini-Sizer (see article at Ballisti-Cast Bullet Sizer). What type of sizing die does that sizer use? How much are they?
Thanks Mark. The Ballisti-Cast sizer will use Ballisti-Cast, Stillwell, or Star dies.
Hey guys, I like the site and the info. I got your address from "The Blue Press" (http://www.dillonprecision.com). I read the articles on the Glock 19 (see article at I Hate Glocks) and the .32 Kel-Tec (see article at Kel-Tec .32 Auto). FYI, your 19 will love Hogue Handall slip on grips and you will too. Re the Kel-Tec, you mentioned using Cor-Bon ammunition. Both my close friend and I found independently that Cor-Bon will lock up in the magazine of the pistol. I called Cor-Bon to let them know and was referred to Remington who makes the pre-primed .32 brass for Cor-Bon. This is what happens: the extractor groove on the Remington is cut at too steep an angle coming up the brass from the base. The top rounds base locks into the rim of the next round under. The slide cannot overcome this lockup-in fact, it requires at times a screwdriver to break up the rim lock condition. I compared a PMC, a FN and a Fiocchi with the Remington. The others all had a longer slope or angle coming up the casing from the base. This angle allows the cartridge to slide along the underlying cartridge rather than an getting locked in the groove. I have had no other problems with any of the ammo or the little Kel-Tec. I carry a Cor-Bon in the chamber and Fiocchi in the magazine. You may wish to try testing what I have described to you and then alert your readers. If a Cor-Bon locks up in the magazine, you have a 12 oz. weight you can throw at an assailant. (and after you tried to 'snap a cap' on them-they will probably be real ill). I sent an empty brass of each round to Remington with the explanation I have given you here. They graciously sent me a check to cover the cost of the box of Cor-Bon bullets.
Tom, the Cor-Bon ammo cycles through my Kel-Tec P-32, as well as Boge's, with no problems. The .32, being semi-rimmed, can be finicky in an auto. Any ammo of any brand, especially when carried for defense, should be thoroughly tested in each gun in which it will be used. I would suggest a minimum of 50 rounds without a malfunction before considering betting your life on its proper function.
I usually check in on sixguns.com and
sixgunner.com while eating my lunch at work. Lately, I've been sneaking a little longer
lunch. The reason? I've discovered your site.
Jeff, thanks for the comments! We appreciate being favorably compared to sites like Sixguns & Sixgunner, they're among our favorites as well. Charter Arms has promised us a Bulldog for testing a couple of times, and we're still waiting for a test piece from them. We've always admired the older Bulldogs, and we're looking forward to testing one. It's good to see Charter back in the saddle again, Jeff and I have both owned some of their little "five-guns" for many years.
Jeff, I just read your fine column on revolvers and the way they should shoot (see article at Revolver Accuracy). After being away from shooting for some time, I have gotten a few handguns and, so far have been lucky when it comes to the way they shoot. But even though they shoot in an accurate manner (that is, when the shooter does), they don't hold a candle to some of the older revolvers I can remember shooting. I guess its like anything these days. You pay dearly, and hope you get a good product in the end. Enjoy the site very much and keep up the great work.
Mike C, from Vt.
Interesting articles. I like your opinions and comments.
Love this site! I too am a Christian and a conservative. I've been a member of the NRA since 69 (life member since 75). Your
opinions seem to be right on as far as my line of thought goes. I have watched our gun rights get walked on all my life. Sure
does hurt to see people so indifferent. So many who own firearms won't lift a finger to fight those who would take them away. In
many instances they vote for them because their god is a political party!
Will the gun owners in this nation wake up or will the rest of us go the way of California?
Thanks for the good words, Roger! It does seem like Christians and gun owners alike are becoming rarer all the time, but there are still a lot of both out there! Also, Christians and gun owners are united in that both ways of life are constantly under siege in today's society. If more Christians (this goes for other faiths as well) would become active in their Churches and in politics, and more gun owners would join the NRA and become active defenders of our firearms civil rights, we would see a positive change in this country!
As for your question about Christian liberals, I figure they're about like a duck-billed platypus: I've heard of 'em but I sure ain't never seen one!
Thanks again for visiting the site, Roger, and for being a member of the NRA. Keep checking back with us.
Jeff, thanks so much for all the articles, in particular the one on the Clements Custom .44 special (see article at Clements Custom Guns .44 Special Blackhawk). I'm getting ready to send him one to work on and the color-case hardening is one of the things I'm adding. His looks great. Thanks again.
Ron Brown (aka....blue healer, a former Tennesseean
, who now
I like what you have done to the website. It looks great! I can agree with your comments about David Clements (see article at Clements Custom Guns .44 Special Blackhawk). He built a 500 Magnum for me and it is one of most accurate guns and certainly the prettiest. Keep up the good work and thank you for your honest commentary on test products.
I just learned of your site, and I Like what I have seen so far. I get turned off, however, on other sites by the " bar room bubbas" that have never spent a day on the line at Perry or Friendship and haven't packed out a few moose across the tundra. Can't get too excited about the latest pot metal and plastic whizz bang 900 yard wonder.
I'm still waiting for Starline (see article at Starline Brass) to make .41 Colt and .50-70 brass like they said they were going to six years ago. Regards,
Like your site, your sensible comments and info. I am writing with 2 pieces of info perhaps of use to you, regarding
the Kel-Tec P32 (see article at Kel-Tec .32 Auto):
Thanks, Morry, those are some valuable tips. As far as the sights are concerned, I never really worried about it. At the ranges for which a pistol like the Kel-Tec P32 is designed, you don't really need sights at all, and I practice with this pistol at short ranges without using the sights. This ain't a target pistol, anyway, and I'd only fire it in "real-world" settings at a target that's close and getting closer! For a pistol like this, which will only be used "in the gravest extreme" (like when I can't get to a .45), you probably won't have time or light for proper sight alignment anyway. I think I'll try your trick just for fun, though, I'd be willing to bet it would work very well.
Hi guys. Just note to let you know that I like the page a lot. Presentation and information is great. Keep up the good work!
Really enjoy the site, like all the info on the latest .480 from
Ruger (see Jeff's original article on the .480 Super Redhawk at The .480 Ruger,
and Jeff's article on loading for the .480 Ruger at Loading the .480). My local
gun shop has one!!! Maybe if I start to save now I'll have it by the deer
season here in Vermont. Keep up the great work.
Excellent stand on revolver accuracy (see article at Revolver Accuracy)! I have an older
Dan Wesson 357 with which I was able to get 6 out of 6 on the paper,
three in the black from a Weaver stance (freehand). At 75 feet. My new Ruger SP101 can't even come close. It's for sale,
Jeff, thanks for the article on the Clements .44 Special you had made up (see article at Clements Custom Guns .44 Special Blackhawk). That is my idea of just about the ideal revolver for everyday use. If you can, keep us updated on the load work you do with it. I'll be interested to see just how good you can get it to shoot. Regards,
Hi Guys, I really enjoyed finding your website. I was looking for info on a Ruger Bisley vaquero, which of course, I found. Great article (see article at Ruger Bisley Vaquero)! It gave me the fever and of course I had to go get one. It is a very sweet shooter. It is SS with the ivory polymer and what a beauty. Mine is in 5.5 inches. I was told that the SS Bisley doesn't come in 4.75 inches, is that true? I also have another question for you. Can I switch the grips from Bisley to plow-handle without changing the hammer or trigger? I have a friend who has a regular Vaquero and we kind of prefer each other's grips (this is not a kinky personal problem). Thanks for your thoughts on this. Great website!
Thanks Larry. Yes, I have seen SS Bisley Vaqueros in 4 5/8" barrel length, but the 5.5" seems to handle better for me. About the trigger and hammer, you should have no problem. Sometimes they are a tight fit, but usually not. Have fun, and keep checking back.
Jeff, just wanted to let you know that you are becoming one of my regular places to visit on the net, along with Sixguns and Sixgunner. You just need more (and more in depth) articles! I like your writing, and the site. Keep up the good work.
Your remarks about the Walther P-22 pistol being brought out at "an incredible low price" got my curiosity going.
There's nothing about it on any of Walther's web pages or anywhere else that I can find. I hope you will have more
on the story.
I would like to see info on the reloads you use. Especially 45 LC reload info. You are doing great. Just give us more more more. Thanks much!
Just found your website and I think it is great. I had been trying to find out about the new things at the Shot Show without success until I found this site. Your report on the Shot Show was excellent (see article at SHOT Show 2001). I have added you to my "favorites" and will return often. Keep up the good work.
When I arrived at my local supplier, I was informed that he was out of Unique, but that he had Herco on hand. He recommended I go with the Herco. I had seen 10.5 grs of Herco with a 240 gr SWC on a reloading chart in the past, so I thought I would give it a shot.
Having not use this load previously, I started with 9 grs of Herco. The load seemed to work well at first, producing
decent groups. However the pistol shoots very high, about 8 in high at 25 yds with the sight set all the way down.
Scott, this all has to do with barrel time and recoil. When shooting a bullet of 180 grains for example, you won't have this problem. With a heavier bullet at lower velocity, the gun will recoil more due to the heavier weight, and the bullet will spend more time in the barrel, allowing the muzzle to rise more before the bullet has left the gun. If you considerably speed up the bullet, it will leave the bore sooner, the muzzle will not have risen as much, and the bullet will impact lower on the target. For lighter loads, you can use lighter bullets for better results. The Herco powder is much slower than Unique, and should be reserved for heavier loads. We have an article on the new cleaner-burning Unique at Alliant Unique.
I really enjoy what you all are doing. I just ran across your site the other night. I really liked it that you all live here in Tennessee instead of all that California stuff. I'm burnt out by the high priced custom gun articles. I live in Tennessee and from what I can tell you all must almost be neighbors (neighboring counties anyway). Keep up the good work!!!!
Thanks, Thomas, for your good words. In fact, we are developing other new
areas of our site that will be even better. For one, we are developing a "membership" where readers can become members for a low annual fee.
This membership will allow us to legally set up our members with services that
cannot be offered to the general public. We will add discussion boards and other
really neat services to members. Also, we plan to offer drawings for gun giveaways and an annual safari. Membership cost per year will be around
$25, so very low. And, we give away stuff for the cost also. Stay tuned and we'll provide more info. Glad to get your note. Keep
'em coming, and spread the word.
The PDF downloads of the articles is a great addition.
Boge, the piece on the RCA was great (see article at RCA Show)! As usual, your pictures were excellent. Those shadow box displays were a very clever way to give the feeling of a different time, when guns were not the source of all evil but a tool for recreation, fun or protection from the violence of others. You guys are keeping that spirit alive. Great job!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!
Love to see those old Rugers! It's almost as good as being
there (see article at RCA Show).
Bill's and Roger's and Dale's displays are awesome. Oh, and Bob's and Bob's, too!
Gentlemen, I cannot tell you what a pleasant surprise it is to read your web site! I came across it from a cowboy action shooting chat list and am very impressed with both the content and style of both your writing and photography. As I am also a BIG Ruger fan I very much appreciate the focus on Ruger products and I think they will some-day be more generally be regarded with the cult-like status of a Colt (who no longer deserves it). I'm only half-way through reading your product reviews but can't wait to get back and read more. Great job, gentlemen, please continue your fine work!
Just a note to thank you for having the nice web site. I'll add it top my
RE: Jeff's article on Revolver Accuracy
[ Ed. Note: Jeff's article can be found at the following link: Revolver Accuracy - Boge Quinn]
Hip Hip Hooray!! I Am glad to see someone say what I have been feeling for a long time.
Gunwriters own many custom guns because they are perks from gunsmiths. If they are not free they are cheaper than the average shooter pays. I know there would be many more custom guns if readers paid what writers pay.
That being said, I too find it hard to accept that I buy a new Ruger and have to have an action job, cylinder throats cut, barrel throat cut, and remove a choked barrel at the frame, just to start to shoot a gun I just bought. If gun writers were paying $300.00 for this work on every gun they bought, they would bitch more and the company making the gun would fix the problem.
S&W's "Kit Gun": the person who accepted the horrific action and poor accuracy of this BRILLIANT concept firearm should be publicly ridiculed and made to sell TV Guide subscriptions the rest of his life. This gun should be capable of putting a squirrel in the pot at 25 yards. I don't own one and I want one but I will not pay 400.00+ on a gun that would miss a raccoon at 25 yds when I do everything right.
[Ed. Note: Jeff has owned one of the "old" S&W Model 63 stainless .22 Kit Guns for many years, and likes it very much. His article on this gun can be found at the following link: Little Big Gun - Boge Quinn]
My Winchester cowboy rifle has the rifling in the barrel so bad they should never have sold it. They say 3" at 25 yds is all they strive for and they will not do anything to make my gun more accurate. I shipped it to them and told them I am losing matches cause it can't hold an 8" plate at 75 yds and they didn't do anything but send it back after 2-1/2 months and say "tough". I guess I have to have a Douglass barrel fitted and worked in for cast slugs at another $300.00, Just to get a $700.00 saddle gun.
Your article should be posted as the first story in every gun rag with a letter saying "write to X at this address". It should run for a year and then the industry should listen. Thanks for letting me vent.
I think your site is a lot of fun, keep up the good work.
Ref shot loads: It is not very many shot loads that will double at croaking out dogs. Good-o! A
gascheck-cup upward makes a pretty good over powder wad too.
I came to this page after reading some of Jeff's posts on
sixgunner.com, and I am very impressed! Keep up the
good work and may God Bless you and your family.
I have to agree with you on your One Bad Savage
article [One Bad Savage], mine just came in
and am in the process of building it. Found your site after I had ordered my rifle and from the looks of things
I'm "gonna have a shooter". I plan on using for target out to 1000 yds, looks like a lot of time on my
Dillon RL550. As for open sights had a set of ghost rings installed on my
Mossberg 500 (plan on using as a bear gun when I get moved back to Alaska
(hopefully this year)). Have a Marlin 1895ss in 45/70 and plan on having my gunsmith put a set of the ghost rings on it as it is going to
be my brush gun. These are the same ghost rings that are on the Mossberg
590, that red front ramp stands out real nice. Just thought would pass this bit on to you and tell that I enjoyed your site.
I think you'll like the Savage, for the money it's a great gun.
Liked your SHOT Show coverage. Nice stuff. Pretty women. Ugly guys.
Hey Guys, been reading your comments on Sixgunner.com for some time
now. This is the first time that I've been to your site...I congratulate you
on your work and wish you continued success....
I have been reading your articles and looking at your pictures taken at SHOT show 2001 (see article at SHOT Show 2001). I have been enjoying them thoroughly. As I continue my education about firearms I can see that your web site is going to be a great resource.
Also, would you include an article on the Beretta 92FS 9mm?
Thanks again for some very interesting articles and snapshots.
Hello, I just stumbled upon this site while searching for Ruger's "Bisley Vaquero," my latest firearm purchase. Bought a stainless .44mag 4-5/8" beauty at a great price, and I LOVE shooting it. Think I'll take it pin shooting (something I've never done).
I'LL CHECK INTO THIS SITE OFTEN. THANKS FOR YOUR EFFORTS.
Glad you enjoyed our web site, Doc! Tell your friends!
Congratulations on joining those of us who love the Bisley Vaquero, I know you will enjoy it! To my hand, Ruger's Bisley grip frame is the absolute best for recoil control in the heavier calibers.
As for some of the ideas expressed in chat rooms being picked-up by the gun magazines, well...at least they're listening!
Just read the piece on the Ruger .32 Vaquero and am impressed with the photos (nice close-up). Agree with your overall
take on the Single Six / .32 Mag although I haven't shot on of the little
This is a great website that should flourish. Please keep up the good work and I look forward to new articles and information.
I just saw your web site. I love the fact that someone is going to start telling the truth instead of being biased by advertising dollars. I don't know if the average reader is even smart enough to understand that they are being misled by publishers and editors whose first concern is money. Sites like yours will begin to expose the truth and will eventually have a huge impact on the shooting world.
Tim, I'm betting the average guy who owns and loves guns in today's world has enough savvy to know when he's being led about by the nose, and judging by the amount of hits and responses our site is getting, I'm right! Thanks for reading, and please check back with us often.
Good website guys, and a good idea. I too am just sick to death of the [other gunwriter] types doing their best to sell me what I don't want or need. Any plans for articles on surplus guns? The field is wide open there.
Bret, thanks for the encouragement! We try to concentrate on things that are of use to us, and judging by the
response we've gotten thus far a lot of folks feel the same. Good idea on the surplus guns, look for us to pursue
that in the near future.
Great site. Thanks for the pictures from the SHOT show (see article at SHOT Show 2001). What is a semi-auto revolver in 454 Casull?
Mark, Thanks for the comments!
Just checking out the SHOT show pics (see article at SHOT Show 2001). Hey, it's a dirty job.....enjoy! I check out your site every now & then ..... I love it, it's simple & informative.
Thanks for the info from SHOT(see article at SHOT Show 2001). Like you said, normally this info comes
out in Spring in the big magazine articles.
Keep up the good work. One way to see if you like someone's writing is to read their review on things you have already made up your mind about and see what they have to say. We think alike. I can't wait to hear your reviews on the SHOT show (see article at SHOT Show 2001). This will be the first place I look for reviews.
Best of luck and keep up the good work!
Cool site Jeff......I enjoyed the articles and stuff....I'll keep checkin' it out!
Jeff--I've read your posts on sixgunner.com and finally came to your website. I'll be coming back--good stuff. I enjoyed the flat-top article (see article at Here Come Ol' Flat Top). I had one, it was a good shooter. I can still shoot it though since I've given it to my son. God bless.
Just got done checking out your site. I have to say I like it a lot. Good articles and I look forward to reading more. I've got
you bookmarked on my favorites list now!
Awesome website. I know nothing about guns but was very impressed with the articles, humor (political and otherwise), photography and layout of the site. Great job guys! I will be checking back from time to time to see what is new there in Tennessee.
As someone who is somewhere between a novice and a rookie when it comes to guns, I know enough to find a lot of pleasure in the way your articles are written. Having more experience with "things internet" I enjoyed your site's "packaging" as well.
Thank you, Rick
Just read some of your articles. They are very professionally done and are very informative. I enjoyed what articles I have read so far.
I only got to enjoy your site for a while this evening, it's late. Seems like a fun and informative site, looking forward to reading more tomorrow.
Hey guys, great site! Ya'll did a great job in Tennessee. I was afraid we would lose that one.
Dear Greg, Jeff and Boge,
You guys are men after my own heart!
Gunblast, I like what I see. I especially enjoyed Jeff's
Ruger .44 "Flattop" article (see article at Here Come Ol' Flat Top). I share the same feeling for those
old guns and have shot them for years. I mostly love running those easy and accurate .44 Specials through my old
Flattop as well as an occasional Magnum load when I am getting ready to hunt some Whitetail with my fine old