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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Review: FN 15 DMR

Recently I got my hot little hands on one of the new FNH USA rifles for 2015. This one is the FN 15 DMR (Designated Marksman Rifle). It’s designed to shoot accurately. More specifically, it’s designed to shoot longer and heavier projectiles accurately. Does it?…

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The Bianchi Cup draws the best pistol shooters in the world. Seen here is top women's division competitor Molly Smith.

12 Competitors to Watch at the 2015 NRA Bianchi Cup

What is arguably the most prestigious event in shooting is right around the corner. From May 20 through 23, 2015, the best action pistol shooters in the world will converge on the Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club in Columbia, Missouri to shoot it out at the NRA Bianchi…

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Milking the gun tends to move the point of impact low and to the side.

Shooters: Are You Milking the Trigger?

As I was born in the not-very-rural oceanside town of Corona Del Mar, I know less about milking cows than I do about birthing llamas. But I’m pretty sure that effective cow milking involves squeezing the udders with various degrees of pressure to get whole milk,…

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The AR rifles on this list are solid base models ready for gear and customization.

The 5 Best AR-15s Under $1,000

The great Obama AR-15 Sale of 2013 is over, sort of. Yes, fears about political shenanigans like green tip 5.56mm ammo bans and other nonsensical moves are driving sales, but we’ve moved on from the time when there were no ARs of any type available…

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We're talking short range optics, but you can always add a magnifier.

The 5 Best Short-range AR Optics

What’s the “best” anyway? It all depends on the ranking criteria, right? Is the “best” car one that hits 60 mph in 2.9 seconds or one that can tow the lower half of South Dakota to Manitoba? The same goes with optics, so as I…

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