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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5 Best Pocket Carry Handguns

The 5 Best Pocket Carry Handguns

Pocket carry exposes the eighth great mystery of the universe: it’s much easier to put a gun in your pocket than to take it out. It makes sense when you think about it: when you go to draw a pocket-carry handgun, your hand is wrapped…

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Buying a suppressor can seem complicated at first, but it's actually quite easy. Read more below to learn how. Image by Matt Korovesis.

How to Buy a Silencer Without Really Trying

Sshhhh! I’ve gone all silent recently. Yes, I’ve been bitten by the suppressor bug. You know what they say, once you go suppressed, you never go back. Anytime I bring a pile of suppressors to the range, I get a lot of questions.Related: 4 things…

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What do you choose when you can't use something like this Galco KingTuk IWB holster? Image by Tom McHale.

The 5 Best Nontraditional Concealed Carry Methods

When you stop and think about it, all forms of concealed carry represent a compromise. Unless you’re stumbling through life carrying your gun at eye level, like characters on The Walking Dead, you’re always going to have to sacrifice some degree of speed, concealment, and/or…

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