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Tom McHale
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When I think of Stoeger, the picture that always comes to mind is that of the classic Stoeger Coach shotgun. I shot one of these at “rabbit” clay targets bounding across the Cody, Wyoming brush a few years ago at a Shooting Industry Masters event and was…
When I think of Stoeger, the picture that always comes to mind is that of the classic Stoeger Coach shotgun. I shot one of these at “rabbit” clay targets bounding across the Cody, Wyoming brush a few years ago at a Shooting Industry Masters event and was instantly hooked. A side-by-side design, the Coach models …
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Premium self-defense ammo usually costs over a buck per round. You can look at that two ways, really. On one hand, a buck each for a product that could save your life, or that of a family member, is practically nothing. Heck, I’d have no problem spending…
Premium self-defense ammo usually costs over a buck per round. You can look at that two ways, really. On one hand, a buck each for a product that could save your life, or that of a family member, is practically nothing. Heck, I’d have no problem spending a dollar to protect most of my family …
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For those who like .45ACP, the 230-grain bullet weight variety is the classic. Earlier this year, we took a look at another 230-grain self-defense load from Sig Sauer. This time, we’re testing Federal Premium’s offering in the heavyweight class. The…
For those who like .45ACP, the 230-grain bullet weight variety is the classic. Earlier this year, we took a look at another 230-grain self-defense load from Sig Sauer. This time, we’re testing Federal Premium’s offering in the heavyweight class. The Federal .45 ACP HST is a 230-grain load topped with a bullet designed to expand …
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This article originally appeared at OutdoorHub. The differences between rifles and pistols are pretty obvious. One is portable. The other is as easy to conceal as a mop. One is pretty easy to shoot accurately, while the other takes some serious practice…
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“It’s not the size mate, it’s how you use it.”— Nigel Powers, Goldmember, 2002 In a nutshell, the FN Five-SeveN is a big little handgun with a whole lot of attitude. Why? Mainly because of the unique 5.7x28mm cartridge that it’s designed to fire. While…
“It’s not the size mate, it’s how you use it.”— Nigel Powers, Goldmember, 2002 In a nutshell, the FN Five-SeveN is a big little handgun with a whole lot of attitude. Why? Mainly because of the unique 5.7x28mm cartridge that it’s designed to fire. While the FN Five-SeveN is not a small gun, the 5.7×28 …
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We don’t give primers a lot of attention, but they have the most important job in the cartridge “go bang” process. It’s the primer that converts mechanical energy into a small conflagration that ignites the powder charge in the cartridge. A primer…
We don’t give primers a lot of attention, but they have the most important job in the cartridge “go bang” process. It’s the primer that converts mechanical energy into a small conflagration that ignites the powder charge in the cartridge. A primer contains a primary explosive, which basically means that it’s unstable and volatile. Propellants …
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Some time back, I checked out the Alien Gear Clock Tuck 3.0 Inside the Waistband (IWB) Holster. One of its features is that it’s built like a tank from layers of materials, each chosen to provide a different function. Since it was supposed to be a “heavy…
Some time back, I checked out the Alien Gear Clock Tuck 3.0 Inside the Waistband (IWB) Holster. One of its features is that it’s built like a tank from layers of materials, each chosen to provide a different function. Since it was supposed to be a “heavy duty” offering, I decided to order the original …
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  While the stuff stored in wooden casks on old pirate ships was considered a “low explosive,” modern gun powder is not the same as the black powder of old. As much as I’d love to have my reloading room filled with those wooden casks, the modern stuff…
While the stuff stored in wooden casks on old pirate ships was considered a “low explosive,” modern gun powder is not the same as the black powder of old. As much as I’d love to have my reloading room filled with those wooden casks, the modern stuff comes in plastic bottles. Besides that, it’s …
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Who reads a glossary? Those are usually at the back of long books, and you never want to admit that you go there to learn some obscure word or terminology. We’ll try to handle this glossary thing a little differently and define important concepts in…
Who reads a glossary? Those are usually at the back of long books, and you never want to admit that you go there to learn some obscure word or terminology. We’ll try to handle this glossary thing a little differently and define important concepts in regular English. Besides, if you’re going to buy and use …
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You’re angry. I get it. I’m angry too. The latest terrorist attack in Orlando is unbelievably tragic, but not at all surprising. The only thing surprising is that terrorist attacks like this have been this long in coming. The signs have been there…
You’re angry. I get it. I’m angry too. The latest terrorist attack in Orlando is unbelievably tragic, but not at all surprising. The only thing surprising is that terrorist attacks like this have been this long in coming. The signs have been there forever, and I’m not even counting dramatic Al-Qaeda type operations like 9/11. …
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In case you haven’t been following our series on how to reload your own ammunition, we’re well on our way to reaching the end of the process. So far, we’ve covered the following: Want To Reload Your Own Ammo? Basic Questions to Consider The Reloading…
In case you haven’t been following our series on how to reload your own ammunition, we’re well on our way to reaching the end of the process. So far, we’ve covered the following: Want To Reload Your Own Ammo? Basic Questions to Consider The Reloading Process Reloading: The Gear You Need And What It’ll Cost …
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This article originally appeared at OutdoorHub. If gun control arguments were true, then the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits (NRA AM) would be the most dangerous place on the face of the earth for a terrifying 72 straight hours. Yet, year after year, it…
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Literary assault dude writing guns & shooting books and articles. Personal accountability rocks!
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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!
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  • University of North Florida
    MBA, 1987 - 1991
  • Emory University
    Economics, 1981 - 1985
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