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Tom McHale

Tom McHale was born helpless, hungry and shooting-deprived. He's finally given up the corporate life to pursue his passion of creating slightly offbeat, but educational, content related to guns and shooting. So far, he's published six books and nearly 1,500 articles on various topics related to shooting and self-defense.
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Shooting the Beretta ARX100

Posted by Tom McHale on Nov 16, 2014 8:26:00 AM

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Shooting the Beretta ARX100 Recently I covered a “walking” tour of the Beretta ARX100. This time, let’s take a look at how it runs when you give it some gas.

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Topics: Law Enforcement & Military, Dynamic Shooting

10 Ways to Carry Your Concealed Carry Gun

Posted by Tom McHale on Nov 13, 2014 8:25:44 AM

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Got a concealed carry gun? Or maybe you’re just thinking about getting one? No worries, either way, here are some holster options to consider…

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Topics: Concealed Carry

A Story of Students and Clay Shotguns

Posted by Tom McHale on Oct 23, 2014 8:43:00 AM

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What do you get when you combine 133 college students, from seven colleges with over a quarter of a million dollars worth of competition shotguns?

You get boatloads of clay dust and a lot of smiles.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Competitive Shooting

A Quick Tour of the Beretta ARX100

Posted by Tom McHale on Oct 9, 2014 11:43:00 AM

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I've never watched the Transformers movies, but if my understanding is correct, those flicks were about 1974 AMC Gremlins morphing into deep fried banana splits, thereby earning free admission to the Texas State Fair. Or something along those lines.

Even if I'm a bit off in my understanding of the Transformers plot, you have to admit the idea of effortless transformation on demand is a pretty cool thing. Politicians do it all the time based on poll numbers and density of cameras within 25 yards, so why shouldn’t rifles be able to perform the same feat?

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Topics: Competitive Shooting, Dynamic Shooting

Shooting The Beretta 1301 Tactical In The Dark (3 Gun)

Posted by Tom McHale on Sep 7, 2014 2:08:00 PM

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Recently I wrote about my first experiences with the Beretta 1301 Tactical shotgun. I love the "shotgun carbine" idea of a short, light and handy defensive shotgun. What I didn't get into before was the idea that if you ever had to use a defensive shotgun, it would probably be in the middle of the night, meaning in the dark. 

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Topics: Competitive Shooting, Dynamic Shooting

Shooting in the Dark: The Crimson Trace Midnight 3 Gun Invitational

Posted by Tom McHale on Sep 3, 2014 1:22:00 PM

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As I write this, I’m coming down off a major high. I’m sitting on an airplane on the way back home from the high desert miles outside of the beautiful town of Bend, Oregon.

I’ve been out there all week at the Crimson Trace Midnight 3 Gun Invitational competition. Like last year, the event was held at the COSSA range which is located miles and miles from nowhere. This works out pretty well as neighbors in more populated areas might get a bit upset about hearing gunfire all night long for four straight nights.

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Topics: Competitive Shooting

How To Improve Your Handgun Accuracy In One Easy Step

Posted by Tom McHale on Aug 6, 2014 11:00:00 AM

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Here's a shooting tip: if you do this one practice routine, you can learn to shoot without missing. Before we get into the secret of how to always hit your target, we need to talk physics.

I know, this is a gun blog, and you never use that high school science stuff anyway. Just hear me out for a minute…

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters

10 Ways To Convince Your Wife You Need Another Gun

Posted by Tom McHale on Aug 4, 2014 9:39:00 AM

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Unlike Mia, I had no problem whatsoever addressing this scenario. After all, I’m a world-class expert at rationalizing my gun purchases. Don’t believe me? Then explain how I have so many guns, yet am still happily married. At least until my better half reads this article.

For a limited time only, I’m going to share some of my top secret methods. Just be warned, these ideas are powerful. They’re 100% successful almost 47% of the time.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters, Other

A Look At The Beretta 1301 Tactical Shotgun

Posted by Tom McHale on Aug 1, 2014 4:38:00 PM

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I recently got my hot little hands on a Beretta 1301 Tactical shotgun. After checking out the floor model at the 2014 NRA Annual Meeting, I decided I had to have one. Why? Because it handles like a shotgun carbine. If you’ve shot short, light weight and compact rifles, then you know exactly what I mean. Now envision those attributes in a shotgun and you’ve got the Beretta 1301 Tactical.

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Topics: Law Enforcement & Military, Self Defense

How To Clean Your Beretta Px4

Posted by Tom McHale on Jul 25, 2014 3:48:00 PM

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These detailed instructions are for a Beretta Px4, but if you have a 92/96 series, you can take advantage of this article too. There are a couple of different details, like how the takedown lever works, but everything else is pretty much the same.

The gun I'm using for this demonstration is a.40 S&W Beretta Px4 with a Crimson Trace Rail Master Pro. That's a combination light and laser unit that works with virtually any gun with a rail - like this Px4. The good thing is that it's completely out of the way for cleaning and maintenance, as you see here.

First you have to take it apart, or field strip your PX4. There is no need to completely disassemble your pistol unless something is obviously wrong with its function. And even then, full disassembly and inspection is best left to a qualified gunsmith.

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Topics: New Shooters