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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Perhaps the greatest SHOT Show find was learning that you can actually buy this.

6 Unusual Finds from SHOT Show 2015

My top priority for day one of the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show is to beeline for the “basement” at the first ding of the opening bell. You’d think I was a greyhound chasing one of those electric rabbits around the track,…

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The new Glock 40 MOS 10mm (top) and G41 MOS .45 ACP (bottom).

Glock Goes Optical and Adds a New 10mm Powerhouse

There’s been much speculation about what Glock may or may not announce at the 2015 SHOT Show. A single-stack 9mm, the Glock 1911, and a pocket polymer flamethrower have all been tossed around as potential product announcements. Well, at the pre-SHOT media range event, I…

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The CMMG 22AR Conversion. Simple, but will it work?

.22 LR AR Conversion Kits: Are They Worth It?

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to reject, at least temporarily, internet hearsay. You know what Abraham Lincoln said about the internet, right? “Four score of lies, myths, exaggerations, and urban legends.” That’s a long way of saying lots of folks read something and…

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You can bank on plenty of hungry politicians swarming the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting.

9 Shooting Industry Predictions for 2015

2014 marked a return to some semblance of normalcy in our industry. Whew, the past couple of years have been a pain. Too little product and too high prices. In 2015, we’ll get back to a sane business model with new products and broad availability.…

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.22 LR ammo began reappearing on gun store shelves in 2014, albeit with a higher price than before.

13 Events That Defined the Shooting Sports World in 2014

2014 was yet another interesting year for the shooting community. While we regained some of the sanity lost in 2013 with astronomical prices and negative product availability, we still had a slightly tumultuous adventure. Let’s take a look, in no particular order, at some of…

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