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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Cameron Hanes and the new Under Armour Ridge Reaper Forest camo exclusively from Cabela's.

Talking Under Armour’s New Camo with Cameron Hanes

SHOT Show is chock-full of interesting people. I met one who thinks it’s fun to run 200-mile marathons and hunt bears from ground positions with a bow. That would be bowhunter, extreme fitness enthusiast, and apex predator Cameron Hanes. I had the opportunity to sit down with…

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A Marlin 1895 lever-action rifle chambered in .45-70 equipped with a SilencerCo Hybrid suppressor. Image by Matt Korovesis.

Top New Silencers from SHOT Show 2016

SHOT Show 2016 had somewhere around 15,319,012 suppressor manufacturers on the floor by my estimate. Well, maybe not quite that many, but everyone and their brother is getting into the silencer business these days. After several days of checking them out, I’ve come up with this…

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A SIG MPX outfitted with Lancer's new carbon fiber handguard. Image by Matt Korovesis.

New from Lancer: Carbon Fiber SIG MPX Handguard

Lancer makes super-cool gear for ARs and other rifles including buttstocks, handguards, and ultra-durable magazines. This year they branched out into another platform with the launch of their new MPX carbon fiber handguard at SHOT Show. The company has fully embraced M-LOK and the new…

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The Best New AR Products from SHOT Show 2016

SHOT Show 2016 is here, so it’s time to check out all the latest gear. Let’s take a look at some of what’s new for the AR platform. 1. Timney two-stage drop-in triggers This year at SHOT Show, pigs flew. I saw one in the Timney booth.…

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