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Tom McHale
Works at Insanely Practical Guides
Attended University of North Florida
Lives in South Carolina
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Last time, I relayed the first part of the Chicken Little Diaries: A Shooting Range Zoning Saga. It was about a neighborhood and town council reaction to the proposed opening of an indoor shooting range. This week, the saga continues… Every neighborhood…
Last time, I relayed the first part of the Chicken Little Diaries: A Shooting Range Zoning Saga. It was about a neighborhood and town council reaction to the proposed opening of an indoor shooting range. This week, the saga continues… Every neighborhood has one of those guys, right? Ours is a very left-leaning political activist …
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I’m a big fan of mounting lights on defensive handguns. Before you ever pull a trigger in low light or dark conditions, you need to know exactly what you’re shooting at. Besides positive identification, a weapon-mounted light will even allow you to see…
I’m a big fan of mounting lights on defensive handguns. Before you ever pull a trigger in low light or dark conditions, you need to know exactly what you’re shooting at. Besides positive identification, a weapon-mounted light will even allow you to see regular iron sights quite clearly. Yes, glow-in-the-dark Tritium sights are fantastic and …
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I’ve always been a big fan of .357 Sig caliber. Yeah, I know, it’s got more recoil and muzzle blast than 9mm. On the other hand, it comes darn close, and sometimes matches, the performance of the classic 125-grain .357 Magnum round. It’s hard to argue…
I’ve always been a big fan of .357 Sig caliber. Yeah, I know, it’s got more recoil and muzzle blast than 9mm. On the other hand, it comes darn close, and sometimes matches, the performance of the classic 125-grain .357 Magnum round. It’s hard to argue with the effectiveness of that cartridge. The good news …
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One way to test out a new gun might be to run it through the world-famous Popper Palooza course of fire. What’s that, you ask? Picture this. You’re standing at a table with four fully loaded AR-15 magazines in front of you. That’s 120 rounds of ammo at…
The Springfield Armory SAINT is the company's first foray into the AR-15 modern sporting rifle market. Chambered in 5.56mm NATO, you can shoot both 5.56mm and .223 Remington ammunition.
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There are few products where the adage “you get what you pay for” applies more than with optics. With many products, like cars, it’s pretty easy to see and feel exactly what you’re paying for. The cornering performance and zero to sixty specs for a 1970…
There are few products where the adage “you get what you pay for” applies more than with optics. With many products, like cars, it’s pretty easy to see and feel exactly what you’re paying for. The cornering performance and zero to sixty specs for a 1970 AMC Gremlin are pretty easy to distinguish when you …
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This article originally appeared at OutdoorHub. Humans have been participating in friendly competitions since the beginning of time. I guess we have a built-in drive to test our skills and mettle against others. Just look at the majority of shows on TV…
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How The Chicago Cubs Won The Electoral Vote

The real kick in the pants about the 2016 World Series is that the Chicago Cubs didn’t win. They tied with the Cleveland Indians. There’s a lot of angst about Hillary Clinton currently being ahead in the national popular vote, even though Donald Trump won…
The real kick in the pants about the 2016 World Series is that the Chicago Cubs didn’t win. They tied with the Cleveland Indians. There’s a lot of angst about Hillary Clinton currently being ahead in the national popular vote, even though Donald Trump won the electoral vote. While there are hundreds of thousands of …
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The folks at Honor Defense are serious about their patriotism. When several shooting industry veterans decided to make a new line of handguns for concealed carry, they decided early on to embrace the uniquely American concept of carry for personal defense…
The folks at Honor Defense are serious about their patriotism. When several shooting industry veterans decided to make a new line of handguns for concealed carry, they decided early on to embrace the uniquely American concept of carry for personal defense and optimize their pistols accordingly. The Honor Guard pistols are not just made in …
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This article originally appeared at Ammoland.  USA –-(Ammoland.com)- Until the day that President Obama signs the Hearing Safety Act which would remove suppressors from National Firearms Act Restrictions (and I have it on good authority that it’ll be the…
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This article originally appeared at AmmoLand. USA –-(Ammoland.com)- Believe it or not, there was a time that shooters went into full-scale revolt about the idea of putting scopes on rifles. You’d hear arguments like “Why would I want to put something that…
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Without fail, when I’m at the range, picking up spent brass like a squirrel coming off the Jenny Craig Diet, people always ask me if I reload. The very next comment, again without fail, is something like “I’ve always wanted to do that. How much does it…
Without fail, when I’m at the range, picking up spent brass like a squirrel coming off the Jenny Craig Diet, people always ask me if I reload. The very next comment, again without fail, is something like “I’ve always wanted to do that. How much does it cost to get started?” Reloading is one of …
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As an avid reloader, I try really, really hard to make sure that I seat my rifle bullets straight in the case so that they are perfectly centered and aligned with the case itself. As an avid shooter, I assume that ammo companies do the same for the rifle…
As an avid reloader, I try really, really hard to make sure that I seat my rifle bullets straight in the case so that they are perfectly centered and aligned with the case itself. As an avid shooter, I assume that ammo companies do the same for the rifle cartridges I buy. Why? If a …
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Literary assault dude writing guns & shooting books and articles. Personal accountability rocks!
Introduction
Hello, my name is Tom McHale. I'm the creator and primary author of the Insanely Practical Guides series of how-to books. You can find them all on Amazon and more information about what's in them at InsanelyPracticalGuides.com.

I also write lot's of articles for various shooting related magazines and websites. You'll find my work at BerettaUSA.com, OutdoorHub.com, GunsAmerica.com, BearingArms.com, AmmoLand.com, GrandViewOutdoors.com, and Shooting Sports Retailer Magazine.

I help explain complicated things to people in a fun and easy-to-understand way. I believe that life is a bowl of fruit loops and that things don't have to be so complicated, although I suppose excessive techno-jargon keeps lots of well-intentioned lawyers in business.

There's no need to feel ignorant or shy when you're embarking on something new. We'll help you feel comfortable and acclimated in no time at all.

If you want to learn about the world of guns, shooting and the American way, check out some of my books. Have a laugh or two. Life is too short for boring books.

My personal website, MyGunCulture.com, is a half-cocked but right on target look at the world of shooting and all things related. If you want to learn with a laugh about guns, shooting products, personal defense, competition, industry news and the occasional Second Amendment issue, visit me there!
Education
  • University of North Florida
    MBA, 1987 - 1991
  • Emory University
    Economics, 1981 - 1985
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    Publisher, present
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    Literary Assault Dude, present
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