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 made appendix carry feasible for me was the high position of the Blackhawk! A.R.C. holster.

5 Things I Learned After Trying Appendix Carry

You know what makes me crazy? When people just repeat stuff they hear. Just because I do that too doesn’t make it any better. One of those topics that gets passed around and judged with great vigor and enthusiasm is appendix carry. You’ve probably heard…

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I tested the SW1911 Pro Series with a wide variety or self-defense ammo.

Review: Smith & Wesson SW1911 Pro Series Subcompact

I have this near-irresistible urge to make a wisecrack about the mouse that roared, but I’d be hard pressed to call a subcompact .45 ACP handgun a “mouse” gun. In fact, the Smith & Wesson SW1911 Pro Series Subcompact is even a tad smaller than the original…

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Being big makes it a bit easier to carry a full-size gun—usually.

The Big Man’s Guide to Concealed Carry

Some of us believe that brown sugar and cinnamon Pop-Tarts contain all four food groups. Some of us work out by watching American Ninja Warrior on TV. And some of us are just born this way. Yes, I’m talking about us guys that are on…

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