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
Moose

With moose numbers falling in some areas of the state, New Hampshire game managers have begun taking action to protect this valuable resource. Wildlife managers have complex jobs, and they exist to serve the people and protect their wildlife resources – for the enjoyment and use of the people, Read More…

Steampunk 22 Gatling Gun

This video opens with a cool-looking pseudo-gatling gun, clad in copper and bristling with pop rivets and venting steam from tiny chimneys. It’s actually dry ice and water, but it looks good. At the heart, it’s a Ruger 10/22. The gun’s action is mostly hidden away inside the copper Read More…

Spent shell, felt wad, and shot cup from 3" no. 4 Longbeard XR

Back in January, I posted about Winchester’s new Shot-Lok shotshells, which promised great patterns near and far–especially far. The shot charge in these shells (currently marketed to both turkey and pheasant hunters) is encapsulated in a resin that hardens, providing the ultimate buffer Read More…

NC hunter Chuck Rorie and his 8-point doe

Kansas – Deer hunters all over yearn for a buck to fill the freezer with a big rack to serve as a trophy to commemorate the hunt. We also often take does to help manage the herd and feed our families as we wait for a chance at a trophy. Only on very rare occasions[.....]

Eddie Gilmore is thankful he had a gun when he needed one.

Marshall County, OK – Four bored baddies reportedly decided to look for excitement by invading a secluded home–and they found it. Husband and wife Eddie and Cindy Gilmore were calmly watching TV when they heard a loud noise behind them. They were swiftly pounced upon by three masked, Read More…

Standard-Capacity Magpul Rifle Magazines

In Colorado, some lawmakers are reportedly trying to undo damage that was done in 2013, when knee-jerk reactions allowed the Democratically-controlled state congress to pass a number of Draconian anti-gun laws. The freedom-crushing laws infuriated many Colorado residents, causing them to recall two Read More…

Left side of Glock 43 subcompact 9mm.

Our friends over at The Firearms Blog (TFB) recently revealed a new pistol that’s bound to get the attention of Glock lovers and concealed carriers. It’s the Glock 43: a subcompact, single-stack 9mm that offers everything Glock fans love in a sweet little carry-friendly package. Read More…