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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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College Students Shooting the Clay...

Posted by Tom McHale on Mar 20, 2015 3:29:01 PM

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If you want to see the next generation of competitive clays shooters, look no further than the Association of College Unions International (ACUI). This non-profit organization is much broader than clays shooting or even sports as a whole. Its purpose is to bring together college union and student activities professionals from hundreds of schools across the globe.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Competitive Shooting

A Handgun Laser Primer

Posted by Tom McHale on Mar 2, 2015 8:40:00 AM

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If you want to start a bar fight, just bring up the topic of using lasers on handguns. Although they’ve been mainstream for years, there’s still an amazing amount of controversy, disinformation and downright bunk floating around out there. With that in mind, we figured it’s time to do a series of articles that together, will offer a comprehensive guide to handgun lasers.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting

Benefits of Using a Handgun Laser

Posted by Tom McHale on Jan 31, 2015 2:40:49 PM

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Last time, I discussed the types of handgun-mounted lasers and how they operate. Now, let’s take a look at the “why” behind mounting a laser on your handgun. In other words, what are the benefits? Next in this series, we’ll talk about what some consider drawbacks. I consider most of the perceived drawbacks myths, but you can make your own decision when we get to that point.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting

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