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Another good trade organization is the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), made up of manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and others who are professionally involved with the trade. NSSF's primary goal is to promote shooting. They sponsor the annual SHOT Show, a huge convention where well over a thousand exhibitors display their products (FFL required for admission). SHOT, by the way, stands for Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade. If you ever get a chance, attend the SHOT Show. Manufacturers from all over the world will be lined up and ready to sell their products to you Would you like to talk to the top management of a certain company This is your chance. And you'll find your favorite writers and other personalities in the crowd.
ALMOST every writer on the topic of field shooting will at sonic time mention making a snap shot at a bird, or perhaps covering another and then swinging ahead before firing. The reader can readily gather from these essays that snapping is a very prompt way of delivering a shot, while the swing is both more deliberate and more accurate. It is not likely, however, that, taught by books solely, the student will ever be able to fix in his own mind exactly what a snap shot is nor what constitutes a swinging shot further than that one is discharged in much the shorter time. Still less will he have grounds for deciding which particular style of shooting he ought himself to adopt.
In 1852 the famous English gunmaker Charles Lancaster produced a center fire shotgun using a special cartridge which, while it was center fire in action, was not a forerunner of the successful center fire cartridge as we know it. It requires mention because so many foreign writers have listed it as the origin of the true center fire. It distinctly is not, as an examination of a specimen cartridge will at once disclose. It actually represented Lancaster's endeavor to overcome the failings of the unsymmetrical pin fire with its side-projecting pin.
Some writers of today belittle the marksmanship of these old hide hunters and state that they could not hit a buffalo at 600 yards. Having hunted and shot with several of them, I know they could put any buffalo down at 600 yards with a few shots. The heavy slugs threw up mud or dust, locating their strike one or two ranging shots would tell those old boys how to make the next slug land. Free to WRITERS
These inhabitants of the Balearic Isles used leaden projectiles with a purported range of over 600 yards. Ancient Egyptian and Assryian soldiers also used slings. Engines of War, mentioned by Biblical and classical writers, usually were variations of the catapult and the bal lista. The first was for high, and the second for low, angle lire. In either case the propelling force was transmitted by tightly twisted skeins of hemp, hair, or sinews. (Replicas of these instruments have been made, but the method of maintaining the elasticity of the sinew remains unsolved.)
When the XM9 proposal got to the check writers in the House of Representatives, money had become the key public issue. In October of 1981, the House Armed Services investigations subcommittee withdrew funding for the XM9 project after an Air Force gunsmith converted a 1911A1 to 9mm in ten minutes at a cost of less than one hundred dollars. The congressmen were being asked to spend S200 million to produce 500,000 XM9 weapons that's 400 per pistol. The loyal opposition said the conversions could be had for less than a quarter of that.
Rudolf Schmidt, one of the most scientific arms researchers and writers of all time, had made a complete survey of every type of rifle design then in existence. According to his own contemporaneous works, he was responsible for the rifle design basically, while Rubin was responsible for the cartridge and ballistic designs of the new rifle which the Swiss oliicially adopted in 1889.
FEW RIFLES have ever captured the fancy and the imagination of shooters and writers alike as did the Sharps. First made for Christian Sharps by A. S. Nippes of Philadelphia more than a decade before the Civil War, the Sharps was one of the most practical and most effective breechloaders of its time. A .44 caliber percussion piece, using paper or linen cartridges which contained powder and bullet, the Sharps loaded and fired more rapidly than any muzzle loader, and some had cap magazines on the side of the rifle which further speeded up the loading-and-firing process. Closing the lever of the slanting breech action after the cartridge was inserted sheared off the end of the cartridge, exposing the powder to the flame of the percussion cap. The gun could be fired as fast as a man could open the breech, load, close, and cock the big side hammer. They became very popular as sporting arms.
This subject, which includes aiming, holding, squeezing, judgment of distance, etc., includes no new discoveries, and has for many years been so thoroughly treated by thoroughly competent marksmen-writers that repetition is undesirable. It goes without saying that the intelligent rifleman will have a shooter's library, and nothing can be added at this date to improve upon what has been said by such able authors as Colonel Whelan, Dr. Mann, Greener, Walsh, Winans, Sharpe, Fremantle, etc., etc. Also a beginner is referred first of all to the catalogues and pamphlets issued gratis by nearly all the arms manufacturers some of them are admirable instructors.
The Luger autoloading pistol is a hand-gun that seems to be misunderstood in this country from the way it has been panned by various writers in sporting magazines. The truth of the matter is that it is a very superior type of pistol, with the best designed grip that has ever been placed on any hand-gun. You may think this matter of grip-shape is my own opinion, if so you are correct, it is, but this opinion has been confirmed for the past twenty years by seeing any number of men who have never fired one before pick up these Lugers and have no trouble hitting an object at a reasonable distance. Out here, these Lugers are a favorite gun with men in the hills and they use them to kill deer, elk, sheep, goat and antelope with. The 7.65 m m or .30 caliber is the preferred size.
It has long seemed desirable to the writer to make a study of the land impressions made on (A) plain lead bullets and (B) metal-cased bullets which had been fired from the same guns. It also seemed desirable to make a study of the variations in land widths which occur in the same make and model of guns made by a reputable manufacturer. The writer was furnished sets of bullets, both plain lead and metal cased, which had been fired from the same guns. These guns were the .38 Spl. Smith and Wesson, Military and Police Model, and they had never been fired since leaving the factory. They were the property of the Berkeley Police Department. For the details concerning the guns and ammunition used and the conditions under which these tests were fired see Table 5 and supplementary notes.
Types and makes of loading tools which are on the market. This will not be done in this book for two reasons. In the first place, all one can do in a discussion of these tools is to express opinions and point out faults or virtues, or at least those things which the particular writer considers as faults and virtues. After all, these are but personal opinions and they oftentimes create an idea in the mind of the reader that one particular tool is infinitely superior to another, or possesses certain advantages in some of its features. These opinions, and the impressions created by diem, oftentimes work to the disadvantage of some particular manufacturer, even though they are not intended to do so. As new loading tools make their appearance on the 258 market, they are usually written up and described by the gun editors of the various shooting publications and while, for the most part, an earnest attempt is made to describe such tools faithfully and to give an honest opinion regarding...
Writers have insisted that the twelve would handle ten gauge loads better than would the ten and twenty-gauge more effectively than the twenty. Sportsmen have almost come to believe that the twelve is the only real shotgun, the remaining gauges being built only for cranks. There is sufficient truth in these claims to make them difficult to controvert, even if that were worth while, for, as stated, the twelve is undoubtedly the best all purpose gun now constructed. usually content with a load of three drams and an ounce and an eighth, while three and a quarter drams and an ounce and a quarter is the standard for clay birds. Ten or a dozen years ago when live pigeon shooting was in vogue, still more powder was sometimes thought necessary up to four drams. English authorities recommend this amount of powder with an ounce and three-eighths of shot for the heaviest work on wildfowl, but if a gun is to use such charges it must be built, bored, and chambered especially for them, and then the...
The writer once hung a jury because he knew the other eleven fellows were wrong. They wished to clear a man of the charge of murder who had shot another in the back, the plea being self-defense. Utterly regardless of the risk of being in a minority of one, I propose to maintain now that snipe are the easiest to kill of all our common game birds with the exception of the rail which at best doesn't deserve to be listed as game. That the snipe is a difficult shooting proposition seems to be one of the popular sporting errors that appear to have been acccptcd as an inheritance. Naturally the fiction writer and the book-learned gunner perpetuate the error, considering themselves surely upon safe ground when dwelling upon the difficulties of snipe shooting.
The average gunner is liable to consider the flight of a charge of shot from gun to game as instantaneous, like the negro's smoke wagon , when it starts it's thar, but science comes along with facts that are not to be denied. In standard loads number seven shot flies over a forty yard course at the rate of 850 feet a second, and during the time the pellets are on the way a speedy sprinter would move over four feet and be entirely out of danger. If the shot charge was in the shape of a great black ball we could watch it move up to and strike the target. At the two hundred yard butts the writer has often curiously observed the bullets in their flight to the target, noted their curve at a little past mid-range, and could tell within a few inches of where the lead would land this was rendered possible by the burning lubricant on the missile which left behind a faint blue smoke. other. Sporting writers have a fondness for comparing the work of a rank beginner and his new gun with some old...
Only the biographer knows the many pitfalls which beset his search after knowledge. The writer has found the names of early craftsmen published in directories years after their demise. He has noted others who were taken over by more prosperous competitors during the depression of 1873 only to be revived in their own right and continue for years thereafter. All this adds confusion to a difficult task and the biographer needs proceed with extreme caution. The writer also acknowledges his indebtedness to Mr. Jack W. Rocke, of the Far West Hobby Shop Mr. Stephen Van Rensselaer, the well-known dealer of Williamsburg, Virginia Mr. Gustave S. Kidde, of Wilmington, Delaware, and Mr. Herschel C. Logan, of Salina, Kansas. Columbus, Ohio. March 20, 1938.
The weapon is not excessive, with the charges given, in weights above twelve pounds, though the writer strongly recommends the heaviest piece which the gunner can handle effectively. It should be remembered that it takes practice to swing this heavy arm, otherwise the sportsman may lose his usually correct time and do poorer work than he would with a lighter gauge and charge.
Though some of them in effect sight exactly the same as though they did. The writer has followed the Carver scheme of gun pointing more years than he can remember, and among all his friends who shoot well, especially in the uplands, there are none who have any other method of aiming.
Although it will be obvious to most readers, it should be pointed out that the gun is composed entirely of wood and steel. There are no plastic or pot metal parts. Even though a number of manufacturers and writers have attempted to brainwash consumers into believing that these materials are superior to wood and steel, most users soon find out otherwise.
I've known Steve for almost 30 years, and his knowledge of the craft is well known. As a Journeyman under Steve, I've been trying to document the knowledge he's acquired over the years. This documentation is an effort to capture this knowledge and try to translate it into a format that can be understood by everyone from an apprentice in the craft to masters. My experience in reading the treatises written on gunbuilding shows that there seems to be a lot of missing information. This information is what I call the basic cardinal knowledge the writers assume we already know. For those just coming into the craft, this missing knowledge causes confusion and frustration. Building this rifler may appear to be a challenge. However, similar to gunbuilding, don't think about the overall project. Rather take each step and the finished project unfolds before you know it. This rifler is based on designs of original riflers made in the 18th & 19th centuries. However, we used a few modern materials...
Most folks believe the first rule of a gunfight is to have a gun. That is not correct Both Mas Ayoob and another of our staff writers, Clint Smith, would be the first to tell you Gunfighting Rule No. 1 is if there is any way possible to avoid a gunfight, do it. Anyone carrying a firearm for self defense who doesn't adhere to this rule needs to re-think the whole aspect of carrying. Clint Smith founded Thunder Ranch outside of Kerrville, Texas, and a few years ago moved his operation to Oregon. Clint's first book will be out shortly, perhaps by the time you read this, however the publishers of this magazine offer a series of DVDs under the Thunder Ranch Training Series. Currently there are six 2-disk sets available. There are certainly many fine teachers out there, however Clint Smith has to be ranked right at the top. He is witty, practical and provides a no-nonsense, commonsense approach. The learning should never stop. Here are teachings from our staff writers (from left to right)...
Dater's order file really began bulging after Soldier of Fortune magazine ran a colorful article alliteratively titled Doc Dater's Deadly Devices. Dater smiles and says, Yeah, the writer who did the piece was so impressed that he ordered some units for himself, and apparently the word went around the circuit that folks who wanted one of my suppressors had better get their orders in early. It was quite a pickup for my ego and my business ledger.
It is accepted by most writers that Reverend Forsyth's percussion priming composition was based on mercury fulminate. However, there is some respected opinion which suggests his composition was made up of wax-coated pellets of potassium chlorate mixed with combustible materials, and that it was not until 1831 that mercury fulminate was widely used as the explosive ingredient in primer compositions.46,47
It used to be believed that ground glass from primers caused a scoring of the throats of rifle barrels. The writer doubts this, for if the glass becomes incandescent, and there is evidence to indicate that it does, the hot particles would be too soft to score the barrel. Besides, ground glass is still used in some of our present day primers and long scries of shots fired with such primers show no injury to barrels. It would therefore seem that thr old prejudice against ground glass as a frictional element in primers was unjustified and diat the scoring referred to was in reality due to erosion. Frosicn has only become of interest to ballisticians in com
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IT has been the custom of writers when treating of shotguns to begin at the beginning, tracing the evolution of the weapon down from the crossbow to the invention of gunpowder, through the successive stages of firclock, wheel-lock, arquebus, flintlock, percussion lock, the French Lefeu-cheux breech loader, with locking lever under the fore-end, the English under grip with lever under the guard, the top lever hammer gun with a bolt through lugs under the barrels, the extension rib gun that was finally bolted through this extension, and finallv to the most modern hammerless. The latest and strongest models of American guns have omitted the bolts through the lugs under the barrels, and it is the belief of the writer that all gunmakers will in the end discard them as so much useless machinery. A multiplicity of bolts that can only accomplish the work of one are not to be defended upon mechanical grounds, yet one man will be slow to see what another observes at a glance. ful, too, if they...
Oneil, Don Hopkins. and the writer developed a line of big game cartridges, from the .265 O.K.H., the .285 O.K.H., .333 O.K.H .333 O.K.H. belted, and .424 O.K.H., to the .475 O.K.H. Now Oneil is tooling up to complete the line with a .350 O.K.H. This will be made on the shortened .33.3 O.K.H. Belted case, and will give lovers of the .35 caliber a wide range of excellent bullets. It will not have the sectional density in 300 grain of the .333 O.K.H., nor will it be quite as flat over long ranges, but it shotdd make a most excellent all around big game cartridge with 60 lo 62 grains 4350 and a 300 grain bullet.
The writer has done at least a limited amount of experimenting with deep gas chccks and the results have been very unsatisfactory. It is impracticable, if not impossible, to get a tight enough assembly between the cups and the bullets to prevent some slippage between die two when the bullets arc fired, by using any lubricator and sizer or bullet sizing tool. If there is slippage between a deep gas check and the bullet, or between the jacket of a bullet and its core, the accuracy will be poor.
With rare exceptions, currently manufactured revolvers do not have manually operated safety devices. This fact seems to have escaped British writers, who in their detective and action fiction always have their characters putting on and taking off the safety of their revolver. Although thumb safeties are
In a recent article, one of our writers addressed the use of the eyes in regards to shooting with both eyes open and he advised we all should. An interested reader then inquired as to whether or not he should shoot off the weak shoulder with his strong eye or weak eyed or crossover. Having dealt with this on a regular basis, I thought to give some insight into what we find works and the whys, as in why we care, why we should train to the task and why it might make a difference.
This is in reality a Brown & Sharp yam scale. It is a sensitive and accurate scale, well adapted for weighing powder charges. The base is provided with a level and means for leveling, and as this scale is correcdy adjusted at the factory, no countcr weight for balancing is ncccssary. Should the scale get slighdy out of adjustment and fail to balance exacdy with the base level, the adjusting screw may be used to bring the beam to balance without reference to the level in the base. The beam is graduated to twenty grains by tenths of a grain and is provided with a small sliding weight. A set of weights are provided for weighing quantities in excess of twenty grains and they are in such denominations as will permit any quantity to be weighed in increments of tenths of a grain, up to the limit of the scale. The writer has used this type of scalc for many years in figuring costs of woven fabrics, as well as for weighing powder, and has found only one minor fault with...
Primer anvils are made of hard worked brass, that is, they arc made as hard and stiff as possible without being britde. Their form has much to do with the performance of primers and they arc made so they will serve their purpose even though the firing pin does not strike precisely in the center of the primer. As both factory ammunition, and reloaded ammunition the cases of which have been resized, are a trifle loose in the chambers of arms, the cartridges naturally lie in the bottoms of the chambers. The firing pin holes are opposite the centers of chambers and this frequendy causcs the firing pin to strike above the centcr of the primer. Looseness in the firing pin itself may also cause it to strike off ccntcr. This can be considered as a normal condition under the circumstances mentioned and primers must function with reasonable satisfaction under such condition. Theoretically, it is an undesirable condition and can be at least partially avoided by using cartridge...
Hand books on reloading ammunition have usually carried a description of one or more methods of washing cartridge cases so as to make them practically as bright and clean as when new. In the opinion of this writer, the washing of cartridge cases that have been fired with smokeless powder is not only unnecessary but inadvisable, except under special circumstances. Cases fired with black powder must be washed to prevent them from corroding. Black powder leaves a heavy deposit of fouling in the case and this fouling will gather dampness rapidly. The sulphur in the fouling, when in the presence of moisture, attacks the brass rapidly, causing verdegris to form and weakening the case 24 materially. the emphasis on that word 4 never but the writer has seen 25 too many instances where reloadcrs only give consideration to the type of primer which they themselves use in reloading their ammunition, without taking into account the primer with which the ammunition was originally loaded at the...
Forward and while this docs not ordinarily result in any weakening of the case, dicre arc exceptions to this general rule. It may be a matter of chance or it may be due to soft spots in the case but occasionally a case wall will be weakened from this cause. The strain, if any, may occur anywhere from the shoulder back to the head of the case. A few years ago, the writer conducted a series of experiments for the Cuban Army, in order to determine the approximate rate of elongation of the .30 06 cartridge case. Some .30-06 ammunition was fired in a rifle having the minimum head space of 1.940 inches, then ammunition from the same lot was also fired in another rifle having the maximum head pace of 1.946 inches. The cartridge cases from each rifle were kept separate and were reloaded with the Model 1906 bullet and a powder charge developing 3,700 f.s. muzzle velocity, at a pressure of 49,000 lbs. per square inch. After each firing, the cases (each one stamped with an identifying mark) were...
In November 1961 a Soviet intelligence officer, Bogdan STASHINSKIY, surrendered to the West German police, stating that ho had, acting under official orders, assassinated two individuals during the previous few years Lev REBET, a Ukrainian emigre writer and Stepan BANDERA, a leader of the Ukrainian Nationalist
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