The Box O’ Truth #41 – The Taurus Judge Vs. The Box O’ Truth

I have been surprised at how many folks have contacted me and asked if I could test the new Taurus Judge pistol. This pistol is chambered for both 2 1/2 inch .410 shotgun shells and also the .45 Long Colt cartridge. For some reason that escapes me, some folks seem to be determined to want to use the .410 shotgun shell as a personal defense weapon. I did not own a Judge, but my good friend Jack bought one, mainly for [...]

The Box O’ Truth #38 – RBCD Ammo Vs. The Box O’ Truth

My friend Aim4myhead sent me a note saying, “Have you ever tested RBCD Platinum Plus Ammunition? I have some and think it is great stuff. If I sent you some, would you test it?” I said, “Sure. But I will only report what I observe. If it doesn’t do so well, that’s what I will say.” He replied, “No problem. Just tell the truth about what you see. I believe it will be impressive. [...]

The Box O’ Truth #47 – Laminated Bullet Proof Glass – Pistols

I recently had a friend of The Box O’ Truth named David, who sent me an e-mail and told me about some glass he manufactures. He said, “I can provide you with some layered, laminated, bullet proof glass, that is much more bullet resistant than the cast poly sheet glass you shot before. This is rated as NIJ IIIA, for a .44 Magnum. If you want, I will also send you a sheet of NIJ III Rifle Rated glass.” [...]

Low Light Essentials #4 – Gear – Weapon Lights for Handguns

For as long as there have been flashlights, there have been people wishing they could mount them to a weapon. If you’ve ever tried to use a hand held light in conjunction with a weapon it becomes instantly clear that doing so is a pain in the neck. It’s awkward, uncomfortable, and I’ve never met anyone who found it “easy” to do. Dedicated weapon lights were invented to help make the process of using [...]

Low Light Essentials #6 – Gear – Handgun Sights and Lasers

Handgun Sights At a bare minimum you NEED a tritium dot in your front sight. Ever since the handgun was invented people have been trying various methods to make the front sight easier to see, especially in low light. In the old days guys used to paint their front sight a loud color to help it stand out. Somewhere along the line somebody thought of putting a small gold insert in the front sight and buffing it to a high [...]

The Box O’ Truth #53 – The Taurus Judge, Revisited

A recent thread about the Judge created a lot of debate on AR15.com, as it often does. A friend of the Box O’ Truth had asked me if the Judge would be good to use when hiking “in case of a bear attack”. I advised him that there were much better choices for bear. And that is the danger of over-hyping a firearm system. Those that are not trained in terminal ballistics might make a poor decision about a weapon system [...]

The Box O’ Truth #58 – Homemade X-Ray Film Bullet Proof Vests

I short while back a friend of the Box O’ Truth sent me an email. “I’ve been a fan of your site for a long time and wanted to reach out. I recently visited the antigovernment protests in Bangkok and was able to talk them into selling me some of the homemade body armor that they make using old x-ray film for plates. I would like to send one of the vests to you for testing.” I told him I would be glad to test [...]

Educational Zone #88 – The Colt Python .357 Magnum Revolver

The Colt Python .357 Magnum was introduced by Colt in the mid 1950s.It was a “Premium” revolver, and started out as a target revolver.It became the ultimate in police handguns later in its life and I had the privilege of carrying one as a police officer in the early 1970s.The model I carried was a 6 inch nickeled revolver, but I sold it, much to my regret.But I have since replaced it with a blued 6 inch [...]

Educational Zone #90 – Interesting Cast Bullet Situation

My old buddy Tman left me a coffee can full of cast 200 grain SWC .45 bullets. They had not been sized or lubricated. Last week I set up my Lyman 450 Sizer Lubricator and ran them all through it. For those that are not familiar with cast bullets, they come from the mold slightly larger than necessary, and you have to run them through a Sizer Lubricator to size them to the proper diameter, in this case .452, and it also [...]

Educational Zone #93 – Took The Lovely Wife Shooting

Today was one of the Quarterly Requalification days for the wife. She isn’t as big of a shooter as I am, but she enjoys it and I like to keep her qualified to use her pistol if it should ever be necessary. Today we were going to be shooting my Kimber 1911 Royale and her Smith & Wesson 642-2 Airweight .38 Special. Here they are. She started out with the Airweight and ran about 75 rounds through it today. She was [...]
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