Ballistics 101: What is caliber, exactly?

This article originally appeared on The Firearm Blog. “Caliber.” It can mean a lot of different things, but when we use it, what does it really mean, and what’s its significance? Today I begin a series of posts on basic ballistics, and the theory behind them, both external (how a bullet flies through the air) and terminal (how a bullet penetrates a target). For the first few installments, we’ll be exploring some very introductory subjects, but hopefully with enough depth that eve ... More

Review: Is the AR-7 all it's cracked up to be?

By now many people are familiar with the idea of a “bug out bag”, or a “get home bag”… little bundles of joy kitted out, tucked away inert, until you need help to get through a crisis.  I am a true believer in having the right gear in my immediate vicinity when I need it. I have often written about essential gear to have with you when you sally forth, whether on your daily journey or on some type of adventure or mission. I recently tested a couple of items from Henry Repeating A ... More

Ballistics 101: What is ballistic coefficient?

This article originally appeared on The Firearm Blog.  When a bullet flies through the air, forces called “drag” are exerted upon it. These forces slow down the bullet as it flies, but they don’t act the same way on every bullet. While the subject of aerodynamics is extremely complex, one way to account for differences in bullet drag that is commonly used in the world of small arms is the “ballistic coefficient”. A ballistic coefficient is a comparative value for a giv ... More

Improving home gun safety with Project Childsafe

By Ron LaPedis In a previous column as part of our SHOT Show coverage, I wrote about the growing number of children who are dying from guns. I wanted to continue on that topic by introducing you to Project Childsafe. This nonprofit charitable organization is committed to promoting firearms safety among firearms owners through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm safety kits. The kits include a cable-style gun-locking device and a brochure (also availabl ... More

Danger at the zoo: A look at weapons response teams at animal parks

This article originally appeared on The Firearm Blog.  Last Saturday, Cincinnati Zoo officials shot and killed a 17 year-old western lowland gorilla after it threatened a toddler who had fallen into the moat surrounding the exhibit (the child was later released from the hospital basically unharmed). Aside from the sensationalism brought on by various media reports, I was curious about the policies and procedures in place to handle dangerous animal situations at zoos and animal parks around the wo ... More

Metalloid Corp.'s eco-friendly gun cleaners don't leave strong odor

By Ron LaPedis I’ll bet you like the smell of Hoppes Number 9, right? So many people do that Hoppes actually released a room freshener based on its scent. But your spouse may not like it as much as you do. Face it, not everyone gets off on smelling petroleum-based firearms cleaners at the kitchen table — and you could be ejected to the garage to clean your firearms. No big deal, right? Even if you live in Wisconsin… and it’s winter? Yeah, I thought so. Enter Metalloid ... More