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

Coast introduced a couple new knives at the 2016 SHOT Show, and they both have Coast’s proprietary double-locking system. I didn’t get the chance to play with these knives in person, but you can check out the video at the end of this article to see it work. Basically, you have a Read More…


I’ve said plenty of times how much I enjoy finding new and different stuff at the SHOT Show, and this new chronograph proves that out. When I got to the Battenfeld booth, I asked a company rep to tell me about their new stuff. When he showed me the new G2 chronograph, I felt a[.....]

UTM Civilian Target Ammunition (5.56/223)

This is an interesting idea. UTM, or Ultimate Training Munitions, makes kits to convert your firearm to fire their special training ammunition. Their ammo is low-recoil and low-noise, and fires little plastic bullets so you can really hit something, rather than dry-firing. UTM offers a wide array of Read More…


Not long before the 2016 SHOT Show, I wrote about Walther’s new M2 version of their PPS carry pistol. Therefore, I hunted it down on Range Day so I could give it a try. There was quite a line of shooters waiting to fire the pistol, so I didn’t get to spend much time with[.....]