A lifelong hunter and shooter, Russ Chastain has made it a point to learn much about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. Having started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and pursuing deer with rifles since 1982, his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998.

Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

Recent Posts

Miggo Strap & Wrap Combination Binocular Case and Neck Strap

This unique item can be used to keep your binocs at the ready, or to protect them.

Miggo Strap & Wrap Binocular Case Plus Strap

Now this is cool. The folks at Miggo – an Israel-based company which got its start via Kickstarter – have expanded their nifty multi-purpose protective gear to include binoculars as well as cameras. Their first product was the strap & wrap for cameras, an interesting thing which acts Read More…

Make Some Noise For Safety

Falcon Sound 911 Personal Safety Horn

Falcon Sound 911 Personal Safety Horn

Some outdoor sports put us in harm’s way, and life is unpredictable. This air horn might be something worth taking with you, next time you head into the great outdoors. It’s made by Falcon Signal Horns, and it packs quite a punch. One little burst and I was convinced that it could be Read More…

Black Powder in the Dark of Night

This is what it looks like when a black powder cartridge is fired in a revolver.

44 Magnum Black Powder Cartridge Fired at Dusk

Guns are cool, but black powder is hot. If you’ve ever fired a gun, especially a revolver,┬áin low light, you know the flash can be pretty dang bright, and black powder has the potential to make one heck of a flash. Well, some folks set out to get a photo of a low-light black powder[.....]

Gaston Glock’s Left Hand

He's still got it, in spite of the legend.

A First Generation Glock 17 9mm Pistol

There’s been some buzz of late concerning Gaston Glock, the unlikely inventor from Vienna, Austria who got filthy rich–and became the target of an assassination attempt–after dreaming up the world’s first reliable plastic pistol. His is an interesting story. Once the manager Read More…

Braven BRV-X Weatherproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Review

This tough wireless speaker can replace stereo systems and go anywhere you go.

Braven BRV-X Speaker. The red thing is for attaching a strap.

I have always loved music, and in recent years I’ve become increasingly addicted to the convenience of carrying a bunch of music around in my smart phone and playing it on whatever speaker system is handy, whether it’s my truck stereo, a portable speaker, or whatever. And the wireless Read More…

Video: Build This Super Awesome Tiny Crossbow

Because sometimes, it's good to play with matches.

Micro Crossbow with Matchstick Ammo

Sometimes, a little fun is absolutely necessary. And right now, it’s exactly what I need. When a friend posted a video to my Facebook wall yesterday about the building of a tiny crossbow, I knew I needed to share it with you folks. It’s pretty cool. Some hot glue, popsicle sticks, spring Read More…

DIY: Too Much Time on Your Hands? Paint Your Gun.

This guy spent hours making hexagons using blue painter's tape

Approximately a jillion tiny pieces of tape were used to mask this gun.

Hmmmm. Some people may have too much time on their hands. Take Reddit user mustardtiger56 for example. A recent Reddit post and photos on Imgur show how patience and time (“4 hours more or less”) can produce a unique and unusual firearm finish. He said he used ultra flat Krylon spray Read More…

Daniel Defense’s New Guns for Summer 2014

Pairs of black pistols and rifles for your shooting pleasure.

Daniel Defense DDMK18 AR Pistol

Daniel Defense (DD) has announced some new guns to their semi-automatic AR offerings, and man they look nice. I resisted the pull of ARs for years, but I finally caved and picked one up some years back. Once they get in your blood, it’s tough to get ‘em out, and DD’s new guns look Read More…

Chicago: More Guns, Less Crime

Concealed carry coincides with drop in homicide and other crimes.

Illinois Concealed Carry License

It’s no secret that guns in the hands of citizens prevent crime, and in Chicago, that’s becoming increasingly clear. The Washington Times recently reported the following: “Since Illinois started granting concealed carry permits this year, the number of robberies that have led to Read More…