Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting.

He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he’s pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so 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
(Photo: Robert Stegall)

The photo above, showing a unique display of deer ribs that have healed and grown around a broken-off arrow, was recently posted to a Facebook page for Vintage Bear Archery gear by Robert Stegall, with the following caption: So today is my 30th birthday and for a long time I’ve wanted this! My Read More…


Yesterday, Maryland’s 4th Circuit Court of Appeals proved its willingness to invent “facts” in order to rule against freedom, by reversing an earlier stance which effectively negated Maryland’s 2013 ban (FSA) on scary-looking semi-automatic rifles. I say Read More…

(Photo: Russ Chastain)

When my father passed away, it was about the hardest thing I’d ever been through. Among the many things that changed as a result of that loss was that I began using his old 1930s Browning Superposed over/under shotgun for everything, just as he had done. Whether it’s skeet shooting, dove Read More…


Just when you think you’ve seen the last of Remington’s recalls, they surprise ya. After decades of denial and quietly settling lawsuits resulting from faulty “Walker” triggers on their Model 700 rifles, Remington finally caved to immense pressure placed upon them by the Read More…

(Photo: TALON Grips)

After discovering Talon Grips at the SHOT Show in 2016, I got some of my own. I’ve been using one of their rubber grips on a small carry pistol for a year or so. It’s stood up well, which is an accomplishment since I often carry in the Florida heat and humidity, and sometimes the[.....]