Category Archives: Op-ed

These articles are more for entertainment than anything.

SHOT Show 2017

Follow along here as we add more photos and news from SHOT Show 2017! From the time you board the plane to Vegas that’s full of more 5.11 pants and shirts with the word molon on them than you can count until the day it’s wheels up to go back home, it’s easy to start conversations and guess exactly who is out here for SHOT Show. Read More →

Heirloom Precision’s Gold Line Front Sight

I had all but quit shooting my first .45. It was my first 1911—naturally, a Colt Series 70. It was a gun that I customized gradually throughout college when I had the money. Most of the work was done by Novak’s, but it took 3 trips to get everything done I wanted done because…well…I was broke in college. I didn’t have the money to do Read More →

Spec’ing Out a Suppressed Pistol (Featuring ROBAR, SilencerCo)

Exploding in Popularity Suppressors are on the rise in the U.S.— it’s undeniable. From 2010 to 2015, the amount of legally owned suppressors in civilian hands rose from roughly 285,000 to more than 790,000. Considering they’ve been legal for a lot longer than five years, that kind of data bears out the fact that silencers/ suppressors/ whatever you want to call them are exploding in popularity (bad Read More →

NRA Annual Meetings – Louisville, 2016

I’ve been to quite a few SHOT shows but until this year I had never been to an NRA annual meeting or to Louisville—which truly is the land of bourbon and honey. I’m not sure that Louisville was ready for the massive surge of people that hit the city’s streets this weekend (traffic was a total nightmare for many who drove around), but it was a Read More →

Ruger Precision Rifle Review

I’ll keep this write up short and sweet. This isn’t my gun, I’m not the most skilled long range shooter, and I certainly didn’t shoot the groups in question, but I went shooting some long(ish) range this weekend with some buddies and I just had to give a quick shoutout to the Ruger Precision Rifle system. It is awesome. I don’t need too many words to explain Read More →

Rifle Dynamics: Building a More Dynamic Rifle

I had the privilege of running by the Rifle Dynamics shop a couple of weeks ago when I was out in Vegas, and it was a great visit. Jim Fuller and the crew at Rifle Dynamics take an approach that is refreshingly different than the one taken by most of the businesses just 20 minutes away on the Las Vegas strip. Rather than focusing on glamour and luxury, Fuller Read More →

SHOT Show: Range Day 2016 and Day 1

T.S. Eliot wrote that “April is the cruelest month,” but for us at HP, the cruelest month of 2015 was indisputably October. Here in SC, where most of us on the site are based, we were hit with some of the worst flooding ever recorded from October 2-5 last year. To be honest, it really made me thankful for the little things. But it took some Read More →

SHOT Show Recap 2015

There really isn’t any other show out there like SHOT. And I love attending whether it’s as an exhibitor or media (I’ve had the opportunity to do both in the past). 2015 was no exception. But having said that, this wasn’t a groundbreaking year for the firearms industry. Although there were a lot of very cool things, this was a year of little tweaks and Read More →

SHOT Media Day 2015 (Industry Day at the Range)

So first off, the rumors were true: Glock failed to release a 9mm variant of the 42. I like Glock a lot, but an optic-ready pistol isn’t something I’ll be writing home about, so SHOT coverage from Media Day 2015 is going to be uncharacteristically Glockless until we make it to the booth later this week. There were a TON of great products this year, Read More →

Bro, Do You Even AR? Functional Mods that Won’t Break the Bank

It’s about that time of year now when you spent all of your money on other peoples’ presents but you might get some money for Christmas and spending your new money on cool things is very much preferable to paying off the credit card charges you made for the presents you bought on Black Friday. So in honor of procrastinating paying off your credit card and Read More →

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