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
Homemade PVC Slingshot Bow or Slingbow

I often get bit by the DIY bug. I’m not sure what it is. Perhaps it’s the joy of making something on my own. Maybe it’s the satisfaction of getting the most out of my money or just knowing I can take care of myself. Whatever the reason, I like stuff like this. It’s a[.....]


A recent blog post by Bob Owens at Bearing Arms lists a few suggestions for restoring a small percentage of American gun rights. Without trying to steal the thunder from the original post, here is an outline of the proposal, along with some of my thoughts: - Remove “short barreled Read More…


LOWA has been around since 1923, so they know a little about making boots for outdoors enthusiasts like hunters, hikers, mountaineers, etc. They’re based in Germany, and all of their boots are made in Europe I’ve had the pleasure of wearing a pair of LOWA Trekker boots in and out of the Read More…

Bullseye Camera System in use.

Last week, I wrote about TargetVision, which I saw at the 2015 SHOT Show range day. It was impressive, and I admired its capabilities. I then learned of Bullseye Camera Systems¬†and looked into their products. Both companies offer remote cameras that you can set up downrange near your target, then Read More…

TargetVision lets you see your shots as you make them.

Wow. When I saw TargetVision at the 2015 SHOT Show Range Day, I was instantly impressed. Picture a busy rifle range, shots happening all around, lots of happy faces, and that delicious smell of burning gunpowder. Wooden and concrete benches, steel rifles, heavy timbers holding up a metal roof. Old Read More…

Savage makes Troy Landry Signature Series rifles like this 22 magnum 93 FV-SR.

If you’re a fan of History’s Swamp People TV show, you may have noticed that Troy Landry and his nephew were using a new rifle on the season premiere. It was short and stumpy and had a gator-skin look to the stock. Well, that’s one of the new Savage Troy Landry Signature Series Read More…

Boca Shield Stock Covers on Bolt Action Rifles

At the 2015 SHOT Show, I passed by a booth displaying Boca Shield camouflage neoprene covers for rifles and shotguns. It reminded me of the covers I used to see ads for all the time in hunting magazines. And it got me to thinking. First of all, how many hunters think our guns need to[.....]

Labradar Doppler Radar to Replace Your Chronograph - and More

While strolling the SHOT Show, I answered the siren song that so many of us cannot refuse: Free beer. While standing in line for that, I noticed a display that caught my attention and made a mental note to return to it a while later. The booth was for Labradar, and it proclaimed that the[.....]