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FROM THE MIND OF MIKE "DUKE" VENTURINO
The U.S. .45 SMG...

By the outbreak of World War II in 1939, the concept of military submachine guns was well established in Europe if not so much in America.
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Soviet SVT40...

If readers are as old as I, they probably remember those fantastic ads in the back of American Rifleman in the 1960s. They were from an outfit called “Ye...
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Casting Revolver...

I cast competition-quality BPCR rifle bullets and have more than a few trophies to show for it. If one of my big .40 or .45 caliber bullets drops from its...
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The Quest Never...

In my humble opinion a life should contain quests, or in more modern parlance, “bucket list” items. Mine have been rather humble.
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Colt US Model...

When countries can’t supply the number of weapons needed by their armed forces for the wars in which they engage, most must resort to buying them from...
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Remington Model 1890

In my gun’riting career I’ve tried to experience all of the Old West sixguns and their most noteworthy cartridges.
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Geezer Guns

An old saying goes, “Don’t let your mouth write checks your butt can’t handle.” In bygone days I used to brag to my friends in the BPCR Silhouette game
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Changeover...

Hey John Taffin, remember a couple years ago when I told you in a column I was sort of eating crow?
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The M2 Carbine

One of World War II’s most successful infantry weapons was the U.S. Carbine Caliber .30. It was manufactured by no fewer than 10 factories to the tune of...
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Ruger PC9 Carbine

Because paychecks are important, when an editor asks me to cover a semi-auto black rifle, I agree albeit with little enthusiasm. The same was true with this...
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Hard To Pin Down

If there is a firearm using metallic cartridges that operates without a firing pin, I’m completely unaware of it. In fact, the firing pin is the most...
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BPCR Competition

Is the BPCR Silhouette dead? BPCR stands for Black Powder Cartridge Rifle and Silhouette is the game of shooting metallic targets at 200, 300, 385 and 500...
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To Refinish or...

Want to know something that’ll set my teeth on edge just like chalk squeaking on a blackboard? It’s when someone says they bought a mechanically perfect...
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Plains War Spencers

The Spencer carbine played an important role in the Plains Indian Wars yet it’s almost been forgotten by modern shooters. Its cartridges came with...
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World War II Snipers

Since my pre-teens I’ve been an avid student of World War II. About a thousand times in my reading I’ve encountered something like this, “Sadly so and...
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Last Stand Loads

I’m a lifelong student of the “Custer Battle,” otherwise known as the June 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn. There, the U.S. 7th Regiment of Cavalry...
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A “Special”...

Like so many shooters my age, I began handloading with the .38 Special in 1966. Throughout life I’ve been a “lister” — my made-up word for someone...
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A Most Pressing...

Recently, by consulting various reloading manuals and research books, I determined in my 48 years of handloading, I’ve put together loads for at least 125...
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