Educational Zone #122 – Product Evaluation – The North American Arms Mini Revolvers

I recently got a note from my friend Doug asking me about the NAA revolvers. He said that he and a bunch of other guys had them and liked them and they were having a discussion on the NAA Forum about how well these little pistols worked. He also said, “If these minis are gaining popularity as an “alternative” carry (when something is better than nothing), then it would be nice to check out their penetration [...]

Educational Zone #120 – Old_Painless at the SHOT Show 2011

I have made the SHOT Show for many years. It is a great place to see all the new guns and other stuff that are available every year. This year the show was in Las Vegas, and I and my friends Ted and Liem all went. We had a blast. I thought you guys might want to see some of the stuff we saw. The SHOT Show stands for the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show, and is the biggest gun-related show in the world. It is not [...]

Educational Zone #112 – Interesting Firearms – The Ruger Blackhawk .30 Carbine

Many years ago, about 1970, when I went through the Police Academy, there was a guy there that owned a Ruger pistol in .30 Carbine.After class one day, he took some shots at a Coke can on the 100 yard berm, and was hitting it pretty consistently. The pistol had a lot of blast and noise. I wanted one. But it was many years later before I finally bought one. I recently found a nice example at a gun show at a good price [...]

Educational Zone #115 – Ruger Blackhawk Guarantee

You folks may remember that I recently got a Ruger Blackhawk in .30 Carbine.Here it is. I had acquired it at a gun show and it was used, but still in nice condition.I made a post about it and it shot well at fairly close range. But to get it to hit to close to point-of-aim, I had to lower the rear sight as far as it would go, and it was still hitting a little high. I recently shot it off of a new gun rest I was [...]

Educational Zone #104 – Interesting Cartridges – The Mighty .357 Magnum

In 1970, I went to work as a Patrolman at the Port Arthur, Texas, Police Department. I was issued uniforms and a Sam Brown pistol belt with all the accessories.Lt. Spradlin loaned me a Model 10 Smith & Wesson .38 Special pistol until I could buy one of my own. He also issued me eighteen Remington .38 Special, 158 grain Round Nose Lead cartridges.Six for the pistol and 12 for my cartridge holder. I was as ready as [...]

Educational Zone #110 – Product Evaluation – Bullsbag Shooting Rests – pt. 2

In part one we looked at a couple of bags that can be used for rifles. In this one, we will be looking at a bag that is used for magazine-fed rifles and/or pistols. This is the X7 Bullsbag Advantage system. The “X7 Shooting Rest Complete SYSTEM (7 Bag Set) (Filled)”, costs $162.95. It weighs approximately 29 pounds when filled with cat litter. It has four smaller bags in the two sides, which are shorter rifle rests [...]
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