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.

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This is pretty cool. It’s an Austrian pistol known as the Little Tom, which was made in both 25 and 32 ACP. This one in a 32, and after a short tour of the popper we get to see it in action. Assembly and disassembly is not difficult, and although this gun resembles what we[.....]


Can you disable a pistol by grabbing it to keep the slide from moving? Well, not exactly. But you *can* sorta-kinda turn it into a single-shot if the trigger is pulled and the round in the chamber is fired while you have a hold of the slide. And no, it won’t hurt your hand because[.....]


Our friend Patrick over at TFB TV has put together a list of his five all-time dumbest gun products. Here are some highlights; watch the full video below. 1) Glock 17 Pistol-to-Rifle Conversion kit from American Manufacturing Group. While it looks super-awesome, it’s tough to shoot, and unless Read More…


This is a weird take on a revolver, and might be best compared with a top break design. I guess you could call this a “frame break” or “bottom break,” since the latch is at the bottom front of the frame, and it hinges about a pin located at the top rear of the frame[.....]

(Photo: Rock Island Auction Co)

On the Rock Island Auction page, this weird gun is listed as a “Ljutic Industries Space Gun Bolt Action Single Shot Trap Shotgun.” Now that’s a mouthful! Here’s the description: Designed by shotgun pioneer Al Ljutic as a simplified, inline, recoil-less trap shotgun. The Space Read More…

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When it comes to guns, I think everyone agrees they can be dangerous. In some ways, that’s exactly the point of firearms, but most of the time, guns can and should be used in ways that cause harm to no one. Here are my rules for safe gun handling. You’ve seen some of them before,[.....]