Educational Zone #1 – Performing a System Check

I learned these techniques while attending Thunder Ranch. It is an excellent school and I would recommend it to anyone interested. In a gunfight, you may find yourself in a “lull” when the action has stopped. It may began again, without notice. In the mean time, you would want to do a “Tactical Reload.” This means to replace any partially loaded magazines with full ones. You do this while keeping [...]

The Buick O’ Truth #1 – Windshields Inside/Out

People often wonder and debate about cars and how they react to being shot with various types of weapons and ammunition. The best way to find out the answer to those various car-related shooting questions is to actually shoot some cars. First, let’s consider a situation sometimes faced by police officers, military personnel and even civilians.Shooting inside of a vehicle. Can it be done? What happens when you [...]

The Box O’ Truth #1 – The Original Box O’ Truth

This is the Box. Having some time for study of this fascinating sport, I built the “Box O’ Truth”. The purpose of the Box is to test the penetration of various rounds. People often say, “I think…”. “I suppose…”, “I bet…”, when discussing facts like penetration of ammunition. There is only one way to know how much a certain round penetrates. You must [...]

Educational Zone #9 – Best Way to Clean a Shotgun

In my continuing struggle to present worthwhile subjects, I will teach you fellows how to clean a shotgun.First, make sure that it is empty. Then remove the barrel. Put the rest of the shotgun away. Spray WD-40 down the barrel. Do it from both ends. Scrub the barrel with a bore brush, if necessary. Select one (1) Tampax. Original, Regular is just right for a 12 Gauge. Remove the Tampax from the convenient holder. [...]

Educational Zone #8 – 5.56 Military Ammo Accuracy

My friend Tman and I went to the range to test various types of 5.56 ammo.I used my DPMS Sweet Sixteen, with a 16 inch stainless heavy barrel, chrome bolt, Accuwedge, Leupold 6.5 X 20 X 50 scope, etc. It is a fine shooter as you will see in a moment.This is it. I fired 2 rounds to foul the barrel and then shot 8, five-shot groups, at 100 yards, as numbered below. There were no “called” flyers. Only one [...]

Educational Zone #7 – Full Auto Shoot

For those of you that might not be aware, especially those not in the USA, it is perfectly legal to own a full-automatic weapon, sometimes called a “machine gun”. A person simply needs to obtain the proper paper work, pass a background check, and then can legally own these guns.I do not personally own any full-auto guns, but have a friend that does. My friend “Roy” came through town on his way [...]

Educational Zone #6 – Cheap 9mm Ammo Accuracy

A few days ago, Tman and I found some Blazer 9mm ammo cheap at Academy. We shot it, but felt that it might not be as accurate as we thought other ammo was. But, instead of depending on “feelings”, we decided to conduct a test.We brought our handloads and three cheap brands of 9mm ammo to the range.We shot my Glock 34, off of bags, at around 35-40 feet. Why not further? Because these 56 and 63 year old eyes [...]

Educational Zone #5 – Solving Accuracy Problems with Handloading

Some of you may remember when I posted on about finally finding and buying a clean 1917 Enfield. Mine is a great example of this weapon. I have seen many in museums that are not anywhere near as clean. The problem is that, like almost all examples of this rifle, the bore is pretty well shot. This rifle was manufactured and used during the days of corrosive primers, and the users usually didn’t wash the [...]

Educational Zone #3 – Sniper Practice

I went with my friend brianksain and a couple of his SWAT Sniper buddies to their practice sessions today.We were all shooting our Accuracy International AE rifles, in .308. We started out shooting at “movers” at 50 yards. We stapled a silhouette target to a long pole and one of us walked behind the berm and displayed the target for a few seconds. The shooter had to identify the target and get off a shot [...]

Educational Zone #2 – The Dreaded Doublefeed

The most dreaded of malfunctions.I am going to teach you how to Perform a Clearance Drill.I learned these techniques while attending Thunder Ranch. It is an excellent school and I would recommend it to anyone interested.First, let’s review the basic clearance drill… Tap, Rack, and Bang.When a pistol fails to fire, first you should…Tap.Hit the magazine with the palm of your support hand. Rack. Rack the [...]
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