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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.

Recent Posts
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…

Sierra's GameKing (left) and Hornady's InterLock (right) are non-bonded bullets with excellent deer hunting reputations.

A lengthy post at Rifle Shooter Mag does a good job of examining today’s hunting bullets. Not only does it compare bonded and non-bonded bullets, it looks at many popular hunting bullets one by one. I figured it was worthwhile to boil down the basics to help hunters get to the meat of the Read More…

Bullet Bouquets' One Dozen Bloom Pot retails for $84.95.

Wow. Cool stuff here! Flower-like arrangements made with expanded bullets that resemble flowers, artistically arranged and good-looking. The Bullet Bouquets story is short and sweet, as presented on their website: Dude saw a similar idea on Reddit one Friday, along with a slew of folks saying they Read More…

This seems to be a break-open 12 gauge pistol, supposedly from Thailand. Wow.

A picture of an apparent break-open 12 gauge shotgun made to look like a 1911 pistol led to this post. Handgun shotguns of the large variety, not those scrawny Taurus Judge things. Enjoy! All we think we know about this fake 1911 is that the photos were apparently taken in Thailand in 2007. I Read More…

22-250 Remington Ammo

The 22-250 cartridge has a long and rich history with century-old roots, and the fact that it remains popular today bears witness to its fine design – and a bit of good fortune. Way back in 1915, the 250 Savage made its appearance on the shooting scene. Designed by Charles Newton and Read More…

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[.....]

second-amendment

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 INNOX GTX MID TF

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…