Educational Zone #174 – The .22 TCM Pistol

My friend Liem recently obtained a new pistol and he graciously invited me to test it with him. It is a Rock Island .22 TCM. TCM stands for Tuason Craig Micromagnum and it is a proprietary cartridge developed by Fred Craig and Rock Island Armory. Some folks have mistakenly said it is a 9mm necked down to .22, but that is not correct. It is actually a .223 case, shortened and necked down to .22 with ballistics similar to [...]

Educational Zone #173 – Product Evaluation – Ruger PC Carbines

Recently, my buddy Liem asked me if I would like to shoot a couple of his rifles. They are Ruger PC9 and PC4 Carbines. Of course, I said, “Sure!” These carbines were designed by Ruger in 1996 and were discontinued in 2006. But they are still available for sell and can be obtained fairly easily. The “PC” in the name stands for Police Carbine, and the carbine was developed for use by police officers so that they [...]

The Box O’ Truth #59 – This Rifle is a Tack Driver

When I was growing up, it was a common saying for my Dad and Uncles to have an accurate rifle and for them to say, “This rifle is a real tack driver!” I even use the term myself now and then. It occurred to me yesterday, “I wonder how difficult it would be to drive a thumb tack with a rifle?” So, today we went to the range to try just that. I imagine if you get close enough, just about anyone could hit a tack [...]

Educational Zone #172 – Product Evaluation – Falcon Bullet Company, FalCoated Bullets

My friend doc450 recently got some bullets from Falcon Bullet Company that he uses for 50 yard handgun competition. He has had very good luck with them, often winning his Class.  Here is their site: http://www.falconbullets.com/default.asp But he recently got some new lead bullets that had a new coating on them to allow higher velocity without leading or excessive smoke. I decided to try some to see how well they [...]

The Box O’ Truth #2 – The Box Speaks Again

Another fine day at the range. This is the continuation of our tests from last week. My friend Tman and I went to the range this morning to learn some more. Notice that I have spaced the drywall out at 3 1/2 inches, just like an interior wall. I have one wall, then as much space as I can with the BoT, then a second wall, then a gallon jug of water, then a wall of bricks. The bricks are enclosed inside some 3/4 inch pine [...]
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