Shotgun Patterning, Part 8: Vintage Speer Lawman 00 Buck

A few months ago, I stumbled across a source to buy old LE stock Speer Lawman 8 pellet buckshot. Apparently, it was manufactured in the same Federal/CCI/Speer factory that today makes Federal FliteControl and was initially advertised as having the FliteControl wad. I say initially, because when I went back to try to buy more, […]

Visiting the 2020 NRA Great American Outdoor Show

As in years past, this past weekend I was able to attend the opening day of the NRA Great American Outdoor Show held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA. We made it an overnight trip this year, a much easier proposition than leaving at 0300 and getting back near midnight. I know […]

Shotgun Patterning, Part 7: SlapShot Home Defense High Velocity Shot

Several weeks ago, I read about SlapShot USA LLC‘s new high velocity buckshot on Greg Ellifritz’s Facebook page. He was questioning whether anyone had conducted formal gel tests with it, reasoning that its published velocity should be enough to defeat body armor, something that most conventional buckshot won’t do. In reading the description of the […]

Shotgun Chokes, Barrel Modifications, and Ammo Selection…

Last year, I read a blog article from Grant Cunningham where he advocated for having a defensive shotgun barrel threaded for interchangeable chokes instead of sending the barrel off for modifications such as lengthening the forcing cone and back-boring. Since then I’ve been meaning to put that idea to the test. While I am always […]

2018 Hunting Trip

As I write this, I am returning from my annual hunting trip. I hope that the following post will be of interest to both hunters and non-hunters alike. As usual, I’m going to share a brief summary, along with a few observations that may pertain to the armed civilian lifestyle. This year’s trip was notable […]

Shotgun Loading Fallacies

John and I have spent a lot of time this year studying the shotgun.  We have both written articles on patterning different loads out of our shotguns (see John’s articles here, here, here, and here), taken shotgun coursework (see here and here), read books and articles by well-regarded authors about the shotgun and, in general, […]

A Critical Look at Hornady’s Critical Defense and BLACK Buckshot

In a recent blog post, I wrote that I wasn’t really sure the difference between Hornady® Critical Defense® buckshot and Hornady® BLACK buckshot. Specifically, I was curious if the BLACK ammo used the Versatite™ wad, since both loads seemed to offer similar performance. Dr. Sherman House from the Civilian Defender blog suggested in the comments […]