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In Cold Blood

The petite woman had been out hiking along a riverbank with her kids. The water moccasin caught her just above the right ankle. By the time we met in the ER...
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Testosterone: The...

It’s called a CALFEX — the milspeak term for a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise. Think of it like a machinegun shoot on steroids.
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Bringing a Cannon to School

I shivered a bit strolling past the obligatory “Gun-Free Zone” sign posted outside the local elementary school. The proposed hijinks this day had been...
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A Tale of Two Turkeys

It was springtime in the Mississippi Delta, and the obligatory floodwaters had swollen the mighty Mississippi River well beyond its banks. The farmland on...
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Frankengun: Build A...

Everybody needs a DBG as a primary defensive firearm. You’ll grab the thing — along with a handful of spare magazines — as you jump into the family...
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Raise ’Em Right

In our last installment we discussed the history of toy guns in America. We talked about the realistic martial playthings of old and waxed nostalgic for the...
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The Boys Anti-Tank Rifle

Nobody really needs an anti-tank rifle. When I informed my long-suffering bride of the newest acquisition she just rolled her pretty eyes, shook her head,...
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Packrat Confessions

The technical appellation is Neotoma lepida. The debris piles they construct are called middens. Some can be the size of an institutional refrigerator and...
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Friendly Fire …

It’s really a wonder we survived adolescence. We first met in 9th grade and it was initially a mutual interest in firearms and the military sparking our...
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The Ravin R9

The year was 52 BC and 50,000 Roman legionaries laid siege to the beleaguered city of Alesia. Facing four times their number under the command of a...
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A Recent History Of Toy Guns

Feel free to raise your kids without toy guns if you wish, but don’t be surprised when they scour the yard for crooked sticks and then run around shooting...
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Beware The Blast

Testosterone is the world’s most potent poison and age is no discriminator as regards its effects. My 78-year-old dad and his best friend were parked in...
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A Whole Building Full of...

My buddies and I looked forward to its arrival in a manner approaching unseemly. We counted down the days, hoarded our pennies and plotted out our...
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The 1-Shot Double Tap

The Special Purpose Individual Weapon (SPIW) program ran from 1959 to 1974. They pronounced it “Spew.” The mission was to increase the lethality of the...
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The Ultimate Squirrel Gun

I glanced at my buzzing phone between crises at work. There was a kid with an ear infection screaming in Room 2, and the elderly man with chest pain in 3...
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Guns & Kids

The culprit was one of those adorable little 3-year-old tow-headed scamps who already wore glasses. He scurried into his mom’s bedroom with a friend to...
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