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Just because you can do something...

Seen at's FB page... Never have I ever been shooting an AK underfolder (or HK91A3) and thought to myself "Hey, this stock is so badass and comfortable that we need to find a way to retrofit it to other guns." . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Bad Ideas, Tam, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, PewPewTactical

On a newsstand near you!

The latest issue of RECOIL Concealment is now on a newsstand near you (I think. If the newsstand near you is a Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, or Walgreens... I got mine at Walgreens.) Inside, you will find one of those shilling sellout reviews full of uncritical praise that... Well, I'm kidding, there. But you should read the review, so they'll let me write more. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tam, Boomsticks, Blatant Capitalism

He's Not Wrong...

92 Elite LTT in Dark Star Gear Orion holster with Dark Wing. At Mountain Guerrilla, Mosby wrote:"[I]n this day and age, leather is a sexual preference, not a valid holster material. Look, I get it. A custom made, tooled leather holster is classic. It’s pure sexiness (see? Sexual preference.). Even for CCW use, it’s suboptimal, for a hundred different reasons that people in the training community (you know, people that actually practice this shit…) have belabored. If you’re still wearing a...
Tags: Guns, Wilson, Tam, Craig Douglas, Scholl, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, Preparedness, Gun School, Gear Ho, Mountain Guerrilla Mosby

Ugh deadlines...

Submitted two feature length articles today with a third due by Friday. Plus I need to do some photos for two of them.It amazes me how closely the mental fog of a long day's writing feels like physical exhaustion. (Apparently that's science and stuff. The thinking probably burned more calories than physically running the keyboard did.)Have some more gratuitous gun pr0n as a sort of pre-review teaser... [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tam, Boomsticks, Gratuitous Gun Pr0n

Gratuitous Gun Pr0n #176...

 The Zev OZ-9 at the range the other day, doing chronograph work. Speed holes are to 2019 what tail fins were to 1959 and shoulder pads were to 1989. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Gratuitous Gun Pr0n

From an Away Game...

Some keystrokes on why Heckler & Koch LEM triggers are such a hard sell:"On the low-information forums, it's lumped in with DAO triggers as bad/wrong/stupid-lawyer-trigger-for-cops.On high-information forums, it slows down people's Bill Drills and makes it hard to put up hero numbers. The relevance of these numbers to actually shooting people is the subject of numerous endless debates.And with the general public? Well, a dude who worked at my LGS got all enamored of my (DA/SA) P30L while I was s...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Heckler Koch, DA SA, Boomsticks, Spitting In The Wind, Bill Drills

Hey, look!

"Making its official debut on the show floor at NRAAM this year is a maxed-out carry version of the Sig Sauer P365 subcompact ten-shooter. Nicknamed the “Rolatini” by Grayguns COO Michael Grasso as a wink & nod to the well-known “Roland Special” suite of modifications to the Glock 19, the new Grayguns 365 setup features a number of performance enhancements."Go RTWT! [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tam, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, NRAAM

Hey, look!

The entirety of my article on the pros and cons of a sling on a home-defense long gun is up on RECOILweb..."Naysayers point out, if you’re maneuvering through a residence and a bad guy grabs your slung gun and yanks it into the room, you’re coming with it because it’s effectively a handle on you.Conversely, non-slingers claim, if a bad guy grabs your unslung gun, you have the option to just let it go.Let it go? And then what? Press “Y” on the X-Box controller to switch to your secondary?"Go RTW...
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tam, Tacticool, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, Preparedness

Now do it with one hand behind your back!

Remember this when people talk about how important those tests are.We had a customer who frequented the shops I worked at in Tennessee who had passed his HCP shooting qual and he was blind. And by "blind", I don't mean that he couldn't see so well without his glasses, I mean dog-and-cane blind.But you know what? He's got civil rights just like someone with 20/20 vision. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tennessee, Tam, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, Ignorance is no excuse for a law, Vidjo

Poor Reasoning

By this logic, I can throw out my smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, yank the seatbelts and airbags out of my car, and cancel all my insurance policies. BRILLIANT! — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) April 21, 2019 "That's different! Seatbelts are for saving people and guns are for shooting people!""That's presuming that there's never anyone who needs to be shot." [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, Spitting In The Wind, Tamara K

Hey, look!

The entirety of my Full Conceal M3D review is up at RECOILweb. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tam, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz


So, it had been a while since I'd shot a timed FAST in a class environment. Way back in late 2015, as a matter of fact, in a Langdon class, I shot a 7.62 raw time with the M&P I was carrying at the time. A dropped shot on the 3x5 card made it a 9.62, which still squeaked into "Intermediate". Since then, I had switched to the Glock 19 for carry and gotten to the point where I was pretty comfortable turning in clean mid-to-high sevens, at least by myself or with a friend or two on the range, but ...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Murphy, Boomsticks, Gun School, Langdon Beretta

Hey, look!

"Other than the mildewed-sweat-socks-soaked-in-ammonia aroma given off by the Russkie powder and primers, the test continued exactly as before. The Smith & Wesson Model 5906 didn’t seem to care about the ammunition change and kept chugging away."The 5906 writeup! Go check it out! . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, Smith Wesson, Tam, Smith and Wesson, Boomsticks, 2k Wrapup

QotD: Just What I Choose It To Mean Edition...

From Gun Culture 2.0:"Militarized handgun, like assault weapon, is an elastic concept which can be stretched to encompass all sorts of guns. Which is perhaps the point."Given the stated goals of the term's originator, I'd say that's exactly the intent.Remember that GCA's "sporting purposes" clause barred the importation of military surplus bolt-action rifles and double-action revolvers for years, and they only get in now under a C&R exemption. [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Qotd, Tam, GCA, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, Ignorance is no excuse for a law

Smith M&P 48...

If there's a segment of the handgun market with more ferocious competition right now than the subcompact skinny 9mm segment, I don't know what it is.In apparent response to the Glock 48, now S&W has a 4" version of the Shield, which is apparently available in plain vanilla, as well as versions with a Brand X red dot, and with the red dot and barrel porting.Not a huge fan of porting anymore, as it doesn't provide anywhere near the recoil reduction of a true expansion chamber comp, while being a l...
Tags: Guns, Smith, Tam, Tacticool, Boomsticks, Gear Ho

Too cool!

Less muss & fuss than my black powder keychain cannon, albeit without the satisfaction of actual gunpowder smoke. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Neat-o, Vidjo

Strong Side vs. Other Strong Side OC Carry

In the photo above, you'll notice that the shooter still has the OC canister in her support hand. Thanks to our arboreal antecedents, one of the things we do when we're startled is grab on to things really tightly. (Tree-dwelling critters who let go of things when startled tend to plummet to their deaths before they can have many offspring.)In her case, she'd verbally engaged the moving target, which kept coming at her. She sprayed it with (inert) OC, and when that didn't work, she drew and fir...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Preparedness, Gun School

This Morning's Work...

View this post on Instagram Range day today with the #zevoz9 for #shootingillustrated #pewprofessional #9mm #phlster #atlantaconservationclub A post shared by Tamara Keel (@tamarakeel) on Apr 4, 2019 at 11:05am PDT Just shootin' stuff... Langdon Tactical 92 Elite LTT [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tam, Boomsticks, Range Notes, Tamara Keel @tamarakeel

The next 2,000 round test gun!

The Steyr Pieper 1908 in 6.35mm Browning! Tip-up barrel for easy chamber checks! (A good thing, since there's no extractor.) The barrel and front sight are fixed in place while the separate breechblock reciprocates! . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, T'hee

Random Musing...

147gr 9mm is just .355 NanoWhisper, using .30 Luger as the parent cartridge.Mind. Blown. — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) March 31, 2019 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tamara, Tam, Luger, Boomsticks, Geekery


From Discussion Elsewhere: "If it were a top-break in .41 Magnum, you could pair it with a bullpup in...let's go with 9x39, and...I'm struggling to think of the right shotgun equivalent, USAS-12? And then shoot some YouTube videos. Every gun dork on /k/ would instantly worship you with a level of allegiance that makes Renfield look only lightly attached to Dracul." [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, USAS, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, Geekery, Renfield

That's a little optimistic...

"[I]magine the New Zealand shooter walking into a US church with armed security and a quarter of the parishioners carrying."Seriously? Which church would this be?Based on my own observations, if one in ten CCW permit holders carry their guns even most of the time, I'd be shocked. Most people tend to get permits so they can carry a gun along in the car "in case they have to go someplace dangerous", sadly.It's changing, but slowly. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, US, New Zealand, Tam, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, Preparedness

Wait, what?

"Over recent decades, the size of bullets fired by the typical handgun has increased."[citation needed]"Police seizures of guns in other cities, including Chicago, also show a growing share of large-caliber handguns."Even as the .40's share of the new gun market dwindles, the used gun market is awash in .40-caliber department trade-ins. When a poor person needs a cheap gun for home defense, a $299 ex-police Glock 22 is a compelling purchase. Improperly secured guns stolen from family members are...
Tags: Wtf, Guns, Chicago, Tam, Boomsticks

Rules of Engagement

There's an article up at SI right now to which I feel the need to offer a counterpoint.It opens thusly:"Precious few of the tactical-training courses I’ve taken devoted any amount of time to the art of stealth while defending the home. That’s mostly because being quiet and hiding doesn’t do much for participants who paid to shoot hundreds of rounds downrange while moving, reloading, diving for cover and yelling “Clear!” as they pie a room and take out a cardboard army of bad guys (not that there...
Tags: Hollywood, Guns, Bad Ideas, Shotguns, Tam, Tacticool, Boomsticks, Preparedness, Gun School, Darryl Bolke

Hey, look!

Glock 43 2,000 Round Challenge . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Writing, Tam, Boomsticks, Teh Intarw3bz, G-Lock


 Wayne Dobbs of HiTS won High Lawman. Cindy Bowser won High Lady in the match, and then won the head-to-head bracket shootoff among the eight highest-scoring women in the match. Rick Remington won the head-to-head bracket shootoff among the sixteen highest-scoring men.Match scores are posted at the Rangemaster site.I had a dismal score in the match, largely due to not checking to make sure my gun was, you know, loaded on a stage. (The slide went into battery on the last shot of the previous s...
Tags: Guns, Tam, Cindy, Boomsticks, Gun School, Gun Games, Wayne Dobbs, Rick Remington, Cindy Bowser, Vicki Farnham

Lots of Dots

It was interesting to see how much more common MRDS-equipped handguns have become at Tac-Con over the last three years. [Author: Tam]
Tags: Boomsticks, Gear Ho, Tactical Conference 2019, Tacticool, Tam

Match Shot

Tac-Con 2019 Match winner Rick Remington shooting in the head-to-head elimination brackets on Sunday morning. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Gun School, 19ByGod11, Gun Games, Tactical Conference 2019, Rick Remington


Gotta head to gun school. More later. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Guns, Tam, Boomsticks, Pickcher Takin

Thanks, Bosma

So, now Kentucky has joined the Constitutional Carry brigade... Meanwhile, this is the first legislative session in the last four, if I'm remembering right, that we haven't even bothered to introduce a bill here in Indiana. House Speaker Brian Bosma is in the hip pockets of lobbies who are still assmad about strong preemption getting stuffed through the legislative process in 2011, and therefore he dutifully sends Constitutional Carry to die in committee. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Politics, Guns, Kentucky, Tam, Brian Bosma, Indiana House, Bosma, Constitutional Carry, Boomsticks, Ignorance is no excuse for a law, Horton hears a Hoosier