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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Muzzy's Mark Land demonstrates proper bowfishing technique.

A Shooter’s Introduction to Bowfishing

I don’t fish. I don’t have anything against fishing. In fact, I kind of like it—mainly because you’re expected to enjoy a cold one while taking in the great outdoors. The only reason I don’t fish more has to with that economic principle called opportunity…

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A group of complete Timney Triggers at their facility north of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Photos: On the Timney Triggers Factory Floor

If you’re in the business of eking every last bit of performance out of an already fine-tuned product, you need a relentless (bordering on obsessive) sense of attention to detail. Looking at the factory floor of Timney Triggers, the company’s compulsive behavior quickly becomes apparent.…

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Here's a properly-staked AR gas key. Note how the gas key metal is bashed into the two screws so they can't turn loose. You'll hear a lot about these on gun forums.

AR-15 Hacks: Destroying 4 AR Maintenance Myths

If you think people hyperventilate over hypothetical scenarios in politics, spend some time visiting online gun forums. While fun, and a great way to chit chat with others of like passion, you might leave convinced that your AR rifle has the operational complexity and maintenance…

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Lazy? Yes, but effective for cleaning the inside of the buffer tube.

AR-15 Hacks: How to Clean Your Rifle Like a Boss

While no one really knows for sure, industry sources estimate that there are more than 10 million AR-type modern sporting rifles in the United States. That’s a lot of rifles, a lot of ammo, and a lot of cleaning! Inspired by the popularity of the…

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