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Tom McHale
Works at Insanely Practical Guides
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While the Sig ammo is a relative newcomer to the market, the people are not. I spent some time talking with Dan Powers, who runs the ammo show, and it’s clear that the folks behind Sig Sauer’s new ammunition division have been there and done that. Because…
While the Sig ammo is a relative newcomer to the market, the people are not. I spent some time talking with Dan Powers, who runs the ammo show, and it’s clear that the folks behind Sig Sauer’s new ...
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No matter how you look at it, hunting continues to make gains in participation rates, spending, and popularity. For example: Between the years of 2006 and 2011, hunting participation soared by nine percent. A big part of that boom was a burgeoning…
No matter how you look at it, hunting continues to make gains in participation rates, spending, and popularity. For example: Between the years of 2006 and 2011, hunting participation soared by nine...
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Yes, you heard that right, Sig is making a dramatic entry into that segment, and you can tell by the level of people the company is recruiting to head up new divisions. Not all of the new products at the NRA Annual Meeting are announced in advance. While…
Yes, you heard that right, Sig is making a dramatic entry into that segment, and you can tell by the level of people the company is recruiting to head up new divisions. Not all of the new products ...
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Have you ever wound your belt through holsters, magazine carriers, and belt loops, only to find when your finished that you find you missed a loop or placed a piece of gear in the wrong spot? If so, then you’ll understand why one of my favorite gear finds…
Have you ever wound your belt through holsters, magazine carriers, and belt loops, only to find when your finished that you find you missed a loop or placed a piece of gear in the wrong spot? If so...
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Former SEAL and Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell teams up to launch new ammo brand What do U.S. Navy SEALs do when they retire? It appears they keep doing what they learned during their active team days: strive to improve on what they did the day before.…
Former SEAL and Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell teams up to launch new ammo brand What do U.S. Navy SEALs do when they retire? It appears they keep doing what they learned during their active team da...
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I just had a wonderful opportunity to directly compare pros and cons of different guns (or weapons systems as my instructors say) for home defense. You see, I just (barely) graduated from Tactical Pre-School. They were threatening to have me repeat, but I…
I just had a wonderful opportunity to directly compare pros and cons of different guns (or weapons systems as my instructors say) for home defense. You see, I just (barely) graduated from Tactical ...
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The folks at Real Avid have a knack for stuffing a whole lot of useful gun tools into one implement that’ll fit in your front pocket. The Gun Tool, for example, which packs 18 of the most frequently used tools for rifles and shotguns in a little an…
The folks at Real Avid have a knack for stuffing a whole lot of useful gun tools into one implement that’ll fit in your front pocket. The Gun Tool, for example, which packs 18 of the most frequentl...
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It’s unfortunate but true: The sound from a single gunshot can permanently damage your hearing. Permanent hearing loss results from each and every exposure to a dangerous sound level—and it might not be evident for years. So it’s obvious that you should…
It’s unfortunate but true: The sound from a single gunshot can permanently damage your hearing. Permanent hearing loss results from each and every exposure to a dangerous sound level—and it might n...
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Hybrid holsters, which use a leather backing for comfort and stability and a Kydex gun pouch for a secure fit and easy re-holstering, have become popular the past several years. The hybrid offers the advantage of an inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster…
Hybrid holsters, which use a leather backing for comfort and stability and a Kydex gun pouch for a secure fit and easy re-holstering, have become popular the past several years. The hybrid offers t...
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Given the level of interest in the 300 AAC Blackout caliber, and my obsession with unusual chamberings, I thought it would be interesting to take a closer look at exactly what the 300 Blackout does. As one of the intents behind the development of this…
Given the level of interest in the 300 AAC Blackout caliber, and my obsession with unusual chamberings, I thought it would be interesting to take a closer look at exactly what the 300 Blackout does...
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Sometimes irony is the best medicine. My favorite example is how the aggressive efforts of the gun control lobby ended up achieving exactly the opposite result. Turn on the way back machine and set the dial for the 1980s and 90s decades. Back in the day,…
Sometimes irony is the best medicine. My favorite example is how the aggressive efforts of the gun control lobby ended up achieving exactly the opposite result. Turn on the way back machine and set...
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I have a serious love/hate relationship with the NRA Annual Meeting. The hate part is easy – it’s always a logistical nightmare. Hosted in cities that are completely unprepared for 75,000 instant hotel-stayers, hotel rape is rampant. If you can find a…
I have a serious love/hate relationship with the NRA Annual Meeting. The hate part is easy - it’s always a logistical nightmare. Hosted in cities that are completely unprepared for 75,000 instant h...
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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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