Educational Zone #84 – Glock Perfection

In the early 1980’s, Gaston Glock, who had developed several products for use by the Austrian Military, decided to enter a competition for a new pistol. He had never actually developed a firearm before, but studied the problems and came up with a pistol that met or exceeded all requirements for the Austrian Army. This pistol was his seventeenth patent, and he labeled it the Glock 17. It was in 9mm and had a frame [...]

Educational Zone #87 – Wolf .22 LR Accuracy

Wolf centerfire ammo has a reputation of being cheap, but that it tends to shoot well enough for plinking and training. Not target accurate, but good enough for “government work.” But their .22 Long Rifle Match ammo is another story. It is some of the most accurate .22 ammo I’ve ever shot. Today we went to the range and shot .22 rifles and pistols. I brought my Smith and Wesson Model 17-4, with a nice, [...]

Educational Zone #76 – Interesting Firearms – The CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow

I have a friend that I met through The Box O’ Truthwho goes by the name Ubboto.He is a Police Officer in Bulgaria and is a fine fellow.He sent me some pictures of him and his friends shooting pistols and I was interested in his carry gun.He told me it was a CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow. I wanted one. I finally found one and ordered it. It arrived today and was everything I expected.Here it is. It is a 9mm semi-auto and [...]

Educational Zone #78 – Interesting Cartridges – The .44 Magnum

As a young man, I was fascinated by the Smith & Wesson Model 29, .44 Magnum. I just had to have one. But then the movie “Dirty Harry” came out and Clint said: “I know what you’re thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow [...]

Educational Zone #65 – Building a Black Powder Pistol

A while back, my friend Kikilee told me: “Here’s the deal. I have a new in the box, 30 year old (warranty card dated 1978), .45 cal, Philadelphia Derringer kit. This is one of those CVA build it yourself jobs. It even comes with 100 .45 cal lead balls. I will send this to you absolutely free, but, here is the catch, (you knew there was a catch) you must build it and after it is complete you have to take it [...]

Educational Zone #66 – Shooting a Black Powder Pistol

In Part One we built a Philadelphia Derringer from a kit. Today, we will see how it shoots. I will also be shooting a Kentucky Percussion Pistol that I built back in the early 1970’s. I have often been asked just how well a black powder pistol will penetrate as compared to a modern smokeless powder pistol. Today we will also look at that issue. Black powder is some weird stuff. It is very easy to ignite and it [...]

Educational Zone #69 – A Young Man Meets the 1911

My stepson, Abel, is on his spring break, so we decided to make a trip to the range. He has shot my .22 Ruger pistol before and enjoys shooting it, and has also tried a few shots out of a couple 9mm pistols. But today, he will get to meet John Browning’s Finest. On the way to the range, we reviewed the Four Rules of Gun Safety. I was pleasantly surprised that he was able to repeat all of them with a little help. [...]

Educational Zone #52 – Parkerizing a Sistema

When the Sistema pistols went through the system, I was able to acquire 2 of them and refinish them by painting them. They turned out really nice and are great shooters.I kept looking for another one, but they had dried up. I was disappointed.I had gone to Gander Mountain to ask my friend in the gun department if he thought they might get some more. He sadly told me that there were no more to be found.I walked away and [...]

Educational Zone #56 – Great Firearms – The Colt 1911 Gold Cup, National Match

I have the pleasure to own a Colt 1911, Series 80, Mark IV, Gold Cup, National Match, in .45 ACP.It is a polished stainless pistol and is the most accurate pistol I have ever owned.Before modern custom-designed 1911 pistols were available, the 1911 had an undeserved reputation for inaccuracy.But this reputation was often based on someone shooting a worn-out 1911 that was so loose that it rattled when you shook it.The [...]

Educational Zone #58 – Great Cartridges – The .41 Magnum

In 1964, Smith and Wesson introduced their new .41 Magnum cartridge.It was designed to be more powerful than the .357 Magnum, but easier to shoot than the more powerful .44 Magnum.It indeed fell right between those two rounds, as measured in energy and recoil.It had approximately 20% more power and recoil than the .357 Magnum, and about 20% less power and recoil than the .44 Magnum. Here’s a picture of the .357 [...]
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