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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You won't see a lot of zombie features on this Weaver Kaspa-Z, but you will get a great deal on a general-purpose AR optic. Image by Tom McHale.

4 Outstanding AR-15 Scopes That Cost Less Than $400

If you splurge on a 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500-KR, you’re not going to fill the crank case with reclaimed Crisco just to save a few bucks. A similar principle applies to optics. Even with AR-15 prices falling faster than Blockbuster’s stock price, you’re still probably…

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The Aimpoint ACO. Image courtesy Aimpoint.

A Very Merry Black Rifle Holiday Gift Guide

We’re getting into the gift giving, and more importantly, gift receiving season. Here are some of our top picks for black rifle accessories to give to the shooter in your life. Some are old and some are new; some are expensive and others not, but…

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Breaking with Hollywood tradition, Al Pacino's character actually aims his FN FNC in 1995's 'Heat.'

The 8 Most Realistic Hollywood Gun Scenes

Given enough time and typewriters, a barrel of monkeys could write the script for Dumb and Dumber. I’m guessing it might take three monkeys with a used Smith-Corona Speedline about an hour. Following similar logic, with enough movies, even the folks in Hollywood are bound…

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When it comes to guns, Hollywood has it all figured out. Or not.

The Top 9 Worst Hollywood Gun Scenes Ever

Hollywood always gets everything right when it comes to guns. That’s why I get most of my gun-related information from watching TV and movies! Even after writing over 1,000 gun-related articles, I still have a lot more to learn from the firearms experts in Hollywood.…

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