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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.

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CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Pistol Already Making a Splash

Civilian-legal version of the modern Scorpion is pretty cool.

Left side of CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Pistol.

The old CZ Skorpion 61 was a submachinegun chambered for the dinky 32 ACP (7.65mm Browning). As time went by, a 9mm version came into being. When a modern version was developed, about the only thing it shared with the original was the name, the spelling of which had been anglicized to Scorpion with Read More…

Silence! Florida Hunters Can Now Hunt in Peace

FWC votes to rescind 1957 ban on suppressors for hunting in the sunshine state.

A silencer or suppressor with a rifle threaded to accept it.

Key Largo, FL – Back in 1957, it became illegal to hunt game animals using a silencer, a.k.a. suppressor, in Florida. This was probably aimed at poachers, but we all know that lawbreakers don’t obey laws (duh). Beginning today, hunters can use silenced firearms for all kinds of hunting Read More…

Retractable AR Grip May be NY SAFE Compliant

Collapsible telescoping AR grip may also help with gun storage.

White part is the new grip; a sleeve (not shown) will lock it open.

The Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act is a far-reaching New York law that outlaws various common types of rifles and magazines. Well, one NY state inventor says he’s dreamed up a solution to part of the problem. One of the things that SAFE bans is a grip that protrudes Read More…

Jay Leno Wimps Out, Cancels SHOT Show Appearance

The comedian then personally contacted gun control groups.

Comedian Jay Leno

Well-known comedian and former TV host Jay Leno was slated to emcee the annual State of the Industry Dinner this January at the SHOT Show. After some light pressure from anti-gunners, Leno bowed out. SHOT, the annual Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade Show, is one of the largest such expos in the Read More…

Husband and Wife Beaten, Tied up–But a Gun Finally Saved Them

Their home was invaded--twice--but they fought back and survived.

Where the bad guy's body was found.

Lakewood, WA – Three men forced their way into a home, beat the husband and wife who lived there, and tied them up. The man was beaten with a handgun and the woman suffered a cut on her hand before they were trussed up, according to a local article. The bad guys then began touring[.....]

Hunters’ Deer Help Feed Hungry Folks

Hunters for the Hungry help feed Georgia residents.

A hunter with a nice whitetail doe

Georgia Hunters for the Hungry (HFH) was founded in 1993 to help bridge a gap between hunters and needy folks. It works like this: A hunter shoots a deer. If that hunter doesn’t want or need the meat or is simply feeling generous, it can be donated at a participating deer processing facility. Read More…

Gun Sales Brisk in Ferguson, MO Due to Riot Fears

Area gun dealers "selling everything that’s not nailed down."

At an area gun shop.

Gun sales have reportedly grown to a very large extent in the area of Ferguson, MO, which has been the site of civil unrest and brutal attacks by police since a police officer shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9, 2014. A grand jury is currently deciding whether to indict Read More…

Russian Citizens Gaining Gun Rights

Though still restrictive, the Russian right to self defense just grew a little.

Russian President Vladimir Putin Holding a Pistol

In a notable – albeit small – move towards individual liberty, the Russian government has now decided to allow its citizens the right to carry weapons – including firearms – with which to defend themselves. Although licensing is required and strict guidelines will be enforced Read More…