Tom McHale

Tom McHale

Tom is the primary author of the Insanely Practical Guides series of how-to books. He believes that shooting can be safe and fun, and works hard to make the shooting world easy to understand. If you want to learn about the world of guns, shooting and the American way, check out some of his books. Have a laugh or two. Life is too short for boring "how to" books.

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Feel free to visit Tom at his website, It's 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 him there.

Areas of Expertise: Shooting, reloading, concealed carry, and all around smart-alecking

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What do you choose when you can't use something like this Galco KingTuk IWB holster? Image by Tom McHale.

The 5 Best Nontraditional Concealed Carry Methods

When you stop and think about it, all forms of concealed carry represent a compromise. Unless you’re stumbling through life carrying your gun at eye level, like characters on The Walking Dead, you’re always going to have to sacrifice some degree of speed, concealment, and/or…

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6 Gun Terms That Should Be Banned

Words have power. Even the ordering of words can have dire consequences. As the ancient Greek philosopher George Carlin used to say, “It’s okay to prick your finger, but don’t finger your…” Well, you get the idea. Careful use of words is always prudent. As…

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If you really want to know how your ammunition will perform, try it from your gun against a variety of targets.

The 5 Best 9mm Self-defense Loads

Do you want the good news or the bad news? The good news is that there are more than five great 9x19mm defensive ammo choices. The bad news is that there are more than five great ammunition choices.Related: The guns of 'American Sniper' » So…

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4 Things That Most People Get Wrong about Silencers

As gun suppressors are covered by the nearly-ancient 1934 National Firearms Act (NFA), there’s a lot of mystery surrounding them. When I haul suppressors out to my local range, I continue to be amazed by the number of people who still don’t know that they…

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Perhaps the greatest SHOT Show find was learning that you can actually buy this.

6 Unusual Finds from SHOT Show 2015

My top priority for day one of the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show is to beeline for the “basement” at the first ding of the opening bell. You’d think I was a greyhound chasing one of those electric rabbits around the track,…

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