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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There's an almost-uncountable number of self-defense munitions offered on the market today. Which ones perform like they should? Check out Tom McHale's list of his top picks.

Ten Top Self-defense Ammo Picks

With a controversial topic like the best self-defense ammo out there, I have to include a couple of explanations and disclaimers. You have to be careful about blanket statements when it comes to ammo performance. There are just too many variables. For example, you can’t…

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Two of the pistol choice contenders for the author's home-defense/3-gun kit: Springfield Armory TRP 1911 (left) and Beretta PX4 Storm (right).

3-Gunning for Home Defense

In a rare fit of advance planning and organization, I’m starting to think about what gear to use at this year’s Crimson Trace Midnight 3 Gun Invitational (M3GI) match. The event takes place August 12 through 17 in the high desert outside of Bend, Oregon, so…

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Review: Smith & Wesson SW1911TA E-Series Pistol

There’s always something appealing about a nice 1911. While carrying a full-size, all-steel .45 ACP 1911 isn’t always fun, shooting one sure is. The particular SW1911TA E-Series model I’ve had the pleasure to review is a blend of traditional and modern innovation. Like the original…

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