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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Most seating dies will crimp at the same time, but I prefer to complete these steps separately.

Reloading: Seating and Crimping Bullets

Last time we covered the powder charging step of reloading and briefly touched on the whole concept of pressure curves. While reloading is a safe pastime when proper care is taken, the care-taking part is a really big deal. The last steps—seating, crimping, and inspecting cartridges—are equally…

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Next step in the reloading process: adding the kaboom stuff!

Reloading: Pressure Curves and Powder Charging

Last time we dove into reloading, we covered the re-priming step of ammunition reloading. Now it’s time to get to the pyrotechnic part: charging the cartridge case with a new load of powder, or technically speaking, smokeless propellant. “Charging” is such an aggressive word, isn’t…

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Bad gun cliches

The Top 11 Bad Gun Clichés

Cliché [klee-shey] noun a trite, stereotyped expression; a sentence or phrase, usually expressing a popular or common thought or idea, that has lost originality, ingenuity, and impact by long overuse, as sadder but wiser,  or strong as an ox. anything that has become trite or commonplace…

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Sandbag Stanley volunteered to test the "knockdown power" myth. He's a 50 pound bag of sand who wears a bulletproof vest.

Shooting Myths: Knockdown Power

Knockdown [nok-doun] adjective Capable of knocking something down; overwhelming; irresistible: a knockdown blow. Internet lore referring to the ability of large guns like .45s and shotguns to literally knock people off their feet. Last week, I wrote about Ten Examples of the Internet’s Worst Gun…

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