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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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How to Choose the Right Handgun

Posted by Tom McHale on Oct 6, 2017 12:01:13 PM

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If you're buying a new handgun, it's good to approach the process with just a bit of strategic planning. The more you can think through some basic decisions, the better the choice you'll make. Not only will you be happier with your purchase, but you also won't experience the dreaded buyer's remorse. Here are a few tips to get you started.

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Topics: New Shooters

Do Handguns Have Knockdown Power?

Posted by Tom McHale on Oct 4, 2017 11:16:04 AM

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Let’s clear something up. Hollywood does a lousy job of portraying the performance of handguns. Pistol shots cause villains to fly through windows, cars, and buildings to explode and nameless henchmen to surrender by the thousands. In other words, TV and movies show that handguns have serious “knockdown” power. Let’s talk about that for just a sec…

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters, Handguns

How to Deal with Pistol Malfunctions

Posted by Tom McHale on Oct 4, 2017 10:57:09 AM

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The loudest sound in the known universe is that of a “click” when your gun is supposed to fire. We’ll refer to that sound as a malfunction. Sometimes there’s not even a click and the gun still won’t fire. We’ll call that a malfunction too.

Fortunately, unless something physically broke on your gun between shots, malfunctions fall into a couple of common categories. Let’s take a look at how to deal with them.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

How to Survive Your First Gun Store Visit

Posted by Tom McHale on Oct 2, 2017 2:38:46 PM

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Not too long ago, a visit to a local gun store might become a rough experience, involving store clerks sitting around the counter with a few buddies, talking about yuppies who occasionally wander in by accident. The highlight of their day might have been glaring at those “new people” who had not yet earned the right to hang out and spin gun yarns.

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Topics: New Shooters

Concealed Carry Tips: How to Improve Your Situational Awareness

Posted by Tom McHale on Sep 5, 2017 9:48:22 AM

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There’s an old saying that goes something like this.

"You win 100% of the fights you avoid."

Sounds, simple, doesn’t it? The hard part is the avoidance. Before you can avoid something, you have to know it’s headed right at you. If the “detect and avoid" part was easy and came naturally, the Titanic would be an obscure footnote in history.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

How To Add a Suppressor to Your Beretta Pistol

Posted by Tom McHale on Aug 3, 2017 3:44:59 PM

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I think those Simon and Garfunkel guys were onto something with The Sound of Silence. Even though shooting suppressed handguns isn’t anything like it’s portrayed in the movies, it’s a whole new experience that offers not only a whole lot less noise but more enjoyable shooting characteristics.

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Topics: Law Enforcement & Military, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

How To Buy A Suppressor

Posted by Tom McHale on Jul 18, 2017 9:30:06 AM

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Whether you’re a rifle aficionado, pistol enthusiast, or both, suppressors just might spoil you rotten. I can speak for most suppressor users when I say, “Once you shoot suppressed, you never go back.”

Why? While a suppressor doesn’t completely silence the noise of a gunshot, it reduces the sound to tolerable, and often hearing safe, levels. A day at the range is a lot more fun without being subjected to the sound of Thor’s Hammer every time you pull the trigger. Additionally, suppressors tend to smooth out recoil. While energy is energy and recoil is still present, suppressors dampen the feel. Since their purpose is to tame the sudden release of hot gases from the muzzle, you’ll feel a much more mellow sensation.

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Topics: Gun Rights, Other, Dynamic Shooting

This Old Gun: The Beretta M1934 Pistol

Posted by Tom McHale on Jun 27, 2017 9:33:06 AM

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The thing about historical guns is that they tend to be present during history’s most significant events. As a result, they often come attached to stories, sometimes fantastic ones. As the world’s oldest firearms company (and the world’s oldest ongoing corporate concern of any kind), our products have many stories to tell about events that shaped the world as we know it.

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Topics: Law Enforcement & Military, Other, Handguns

How To Take A First-Time Shooter To The Range

Posted by Tom McHale on Jun 14, 2017 11:49:19 AM

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As a member of the shooting community, one of the most important things you can do is take new shooters to the range. If we all brought along just one guest per month and gave them a fun and safe experience, we’d never have another worry about protecting our heritage and rights. 

So, how do you share a lifetime of your experience and knowledge in a single visit? Consider our new shooter checklist to help organize your thoughts and activities to ensure that your guest will not only have a great and safe experience but will want to go again.

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Topics: Firearms Safety, New Shooters

The Dangers Of A False Sense Of Security (Gun Training)

Posted by Tom McHale on May 30, 2017 1:49:58 PM

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If you’ve bought a gun for self or home defense, one of the most important things you can do is eradicate your assumptions. What’s that mean? One of the biggest dangers that defensive gun users need to overcome is that of a false sense of security.

Let’s start this discussion with the direct and blunt approach. Having a gun does not make you safer.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense