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How Much Muzzle Energy For Self Defense?

One of the most common searches at Extranos Alley is “how much energy for self defense?” It is hard to say “you need exactly 324 foot pounds of muzzle energy because…” to such a question. More people are killed with … Continue reading

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Why Do Americans Buy Multiple Guns?

The short answer to that is “because they want them, tut that is not generally the case. For one thing, guns make good investments, with far greater price stability than commodities such as gold. A Colt Government model purchased for … Continue reading

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Cost To Deactivate A Shotgun?

Glancing over the recent searches I see a half dozen for some version of “how much would it cost to deactivate” some gun. Let’s be clear. I do not approve of deactivating a gun. Especially, I do not approve of … Continue reading

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Rust Bluing Problems

Someone came by searching for “rust bluing problems.” Let me round them up, and post them in one place. The most common rust bluing problem is the expectation that it can be done in a day. Set aside three weeks … Continue reading

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"Gun Cleaning Home Remedy"

Someone came by searching for “gun cleaning home remedy.” Which brings a picture to mind of a small child faced with spring cleaning; a spoon as big a soup ladle filled with Black Draught and molasses. Suffice it to say, … Continue reading

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"Up To Date NICS Checks"

Someone dropped by looking for “up to date background checks.” Since this is a gun blog, I assume the search engine took it the question was “up to date NICS checks” or firearms purchasers background checks. The latest data on … Continue reading

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Rust Bluing Question, Not Dark Enough

Someone came by searching for “can’t get rust bluing dark enough.” The most likely problem is an expectation problem. Bluing is not blacking, and the proper name for hot bluing is “blacking.” If you want a black gun, hot tank … Continue reading

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"The Average Life Of A Shotgun?"

Someone came by searching for “the average life of a shotgun.” Generally, guns last until ammunition is no longer available, or until they are destroyed by neglect. A surprising percentage of Winchesters 1897’s are still in use, bringing home bag … Continue reading

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"Is The 5.7 X 28 The Best Handgun?"

Someone came by searching for “is the 5.7 x 28 the best handgun.” The “best handgun” could refer to the quality or functionality of the gun, or the effectiveness of the cartridge. FN certainly knows how to make handguns, but … Continue reading

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What Causes A Gun To Recoil?

Someone came by searching for “what causes a gun to recoil?” Well, that literally comes under the heading of rocket science. As in “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Rockets work by the “action” of “ejecting” … Continue reading

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