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

79-Year-Old Florida Woman Shoots at Burglar

"...I got my gun and I chased him through the house..."

Putnam County K9 Unit

Welaka, FL – A burglar learned the dangers of his chosen trade when he was fired upon by a 79-year-old resident. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office posted a statement to their Facebook page saying that an unidentified individual unlawfully entered a home and surprised the elderly owner, Read More…

Video: Groundbreaking New Scope That Works Like an Eye

New optics zoom at the push of a button, will work even without batteries.

RAZAR-modified scope being tested.

The first major change to rifle scope optics technology in more than a century may very well be one of the most important things to hit the shooting world in ages. Sandia National Laboratory has developed a variable power rifle scope that changes magnification by changing the shape of lenses, rather Read More…

DIY: A Homemade 1/9 Scale 9″ Dahlgren Cannon

Here's how one man built a working model of an 1800s cannon.

A finished homemade working model of a cannon.

Photo credits: imgur user sirkeyboardcommando Now this is cool. A fellow who described himself as “an average 26 year old guy with way too much time on his hands” has built himself a nice little cannon. He wanted to model this kind of gun because his great great grandfather manned one Read More…

Don’t Fear Guns: You’re Far More Likely to be Hit by a Car

Stats show vehicles kill 159+ times more often than "mass shootings."


A recent post at Breitbart notes that, even using FBI data (some of which has been called into question), “Americans are roughly 159 times more likely to be struck by a car and killed than shot and killed in a mass shooting.” Whether the FBI numbers are accurate or not, the post used Read More…

Airsoft Photo Gets Students Suspended, Possibly Expelled

Massachusetts school suspends, browbeats students over private photo.

Students With Airsoft Guns Face Expulsion

A young fellow recently posted to an online airsoft community page that his school had suspended and harassed him and his girlfriend over a photo that had nothing whatsoever to do with the school. Yesterday, Facebook user Tito Velez posted to the Mekon Airsoft Facebook page asking, “Please Read More…

CA Gun Owner Not Guilty of Conspiracy for Buying Pistol From Cop

After two years and a four-week trial, Grant Early is free again.

U.S. Grant Early IV with his family.

California – where “land of the free” apparently applies only to welfare recipients. The Calguns Foundation has reported that a California man accused of conspiring to make a false statement on ATF form 4473 was declared not guilty after a lengthy legal battle. This is good news, Read More…

DIY: A Simple Target Stand for Your Home Range

Some pipe and common hardware can make a homemade target holder-upper.

Two Steel Plates Hang From Homemade Target Frame

I ran across this on reddit this afternoon. It shows a simple way to use common hardware to make a sturdy frame from which you can hang targets. The frame is of iron water pipe with eye bolts, S-hooks, and chains used to attach hanging steel plates. The targets don’t have to be steel, Read More…

Knife vs. Gun: Guess Which One Lost

Pistol-packing veteran attacked by crazed criminal.

Knife v. Pistol in PA Parking Lot

Philadelphia, PA – Hey, it’s just common sense, right? Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight. Army veteran, vice principal, and firearms instructor William Lawler knew that, and it turned out to be good that he did. As he walked with his girlfriend through a supermarket parking lot, Read More…