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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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MG Industries (MGI) has offered their MARCK-15 Hydra AR-reminiscent rifle for some time now. Its design allows users to change barrels in less than one minute and to change calibers in less than two minutes. Even more interesting is that the system offers modular mag wells, and with the correct Read More…

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Brownells is a name known to just about anyone in the gun industry. For 3/4 of a century, this family-owned company has been supplying gunsmithing supplies to gunsmiths and shooters alike. They’ve managed to corner a large share of that market by providing quality merchandise and excellent Read More…

second-amendment

The Calguns Foundation and The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) are claiming legal victory in a court ruling yesterday by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. A case (Sykes v. McGinness) originally filed in 2009 challenged restrictive handgun carry license issuing policies in two California counties Read More…

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Reloading is a pursuit that provides satisfaction to many people worldwide, and it’s a great way for shooters to create ammunition at home. Whether they are loading in bulk for three-gun competition, putting together a few dozen handgun rounds for the range, loading shotgun shells for skeet, Read More…

TriStar Arms Raptor ATAC turkey shotgun

Turkey season is coming on strong and will be here before you know it. A recent announcement from Tristar Sporting Arms about a new tactical turkey gun made me wonder how many hunters prefer tactical guns over traditional ones. When it comes to hunting shotguns, the word “tactical” Read More…

Remington Versa Max Waterfowl Pro 12/28" in Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades

I was reminded today of the mania that many hunters have for camouflage. Our collective appetite for the stuff has made a number of people very rich – especially when folks run out to buy the latest new pattern every time one is released or take pains to ensure that their hunting outfit has Read More…

Bottle Cap Lures

This is something that I’ve been seeing quite a bit lately that looks pretty simple and easy to do. The question is, do they catch fish? Just take a beer bottle cap – any steel, crown-style bottle cap will do – and punch a couple holes in it. Add a couple split rings, put a[.....]