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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When buying a gun from a federally licensed dealer, the actual buyer must be present to fill out Federal Form 4473 and complete the background check. It’s illegal to purchase a gun on behalf of another person.

Buying and Selling Firearms Part 6: Straw Purchases

Straw purchases are one of the main ways that criminals acquire firearms, they’re illegal, and you need to know what they are, so that you don’t become involved in one yourself. A straw purchase is one in which one Person “A” buys a firearm for…

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Most people have an easier time shooting a rifle accurately because it's heavier, has multiple points of contact with the body, and a longer sight radius.

Rifle vs. Pistol Shooting: Six Fun Facts

The differences between rifles and pistols are pretty obvious. One is portable. The other is as easy to conceal as a mop. One is pretty easy to shoot accurately, while the other takes some serious practice time at the range to master. Let’s look at…

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Pistol cartridge reloading steps

How To Reload Handgun Cartridges

A couple of months ago we talked about how to reload rifle cartridges. Reloading for pistol calibers, while similar, is even simpler. The core steps are basically the same: Clean and inspect the brass cartridge case. Remove the spent primer. Resize the case. Insert a…

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