The Paradox and Absurdities of Carbon-Fretting and Rewilding

Herschel Smith · 28 Jan 2024 · 4 Comments

The Bureau of Land Management is planning a truly boneheaded move, angering some conservationists over the affects to herd populations and migration routes.  From Field & Stream. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently released a draft plan outlining potential solar energy development in the West. The proposal is an update of the BLM’s 2012 Western Solar Plan. It adds five new states—Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming—to a list of 11 western states already earmarked…… [read more]

Mossberg 940

BY Herschel Smith
5 days, 5 hours ago

I’m sorry this is a YouTube short so I can’t embed it. The owner is complaining about his Mossberg 940 with FTF.

I simply won’t have any gun that has FTF/FTE problems. And I’ve heard this a lot with Mossberg semiautomatic shotguns.

For the record, I’ve never seen any problems with Beretta semiautomatic shotguns, and I’ve shot them a lot.

He does say you can see more about this shotgun at this site.

Mossberg has never given me a shotgun to test so I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of the problems to which he speaks.

Shotgun Shooting: How to Lead

BY Herschel Smith
5 months, 2 weeks ago

Admittedly, this is the hardest thing to learn, and the easiest thing to lose if you don’t stay in practice.

This Is Why You Should Pattern Your Shotgun

BY Herschel Smith
6 months, 2 weeks ago

I’m not certain that every shotgun needs to be patterned.  If you purchase a shotgun of the same make and model, using the same choke, it’s likely that your pattern will be the same.

However, it’s enough fun to shoot shotguns that why not?  It’s an excuse for another trip to the range.

Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays – What’s the Diff?

BY Herschel Smith
6 months, 3 weeks ago

Shooting Shotguns Fast

BY Herschel Smith
7 months ago

This looks like fun.

How to Choose the Right Choke Tube

BY Herschel Smith
7 months ago

I see that some folks recommend the LM choke for quail.  I’ve used the IC choke with some success.  Any experience out there with choked for quail?

CZ Next Generation CZ 712 G3 Target Shotgun

BY Herschel Smith
8 months, 3 weeks ago

At Recoil they have a short assessment of the new CZ 712 G3 shotgun.

GunMagWarehouse also has a writeup.  Before pushing this to the web sites, CZ had the sense to send a gun to Target Focused Life for review.  Here is his writeup, and here is his video review.

BLUF: A few nits here and there, but overall a good review of a reasonably priced shotgun.  Gun Dog Magazine also has a review.

Shotgunning with one eye or two eyes open?

BY Herschel Smith
10 months ago

BLUF: Both eyes open.

Frankly, the other option never even occurred to me.  You lose your depth and movement perception without both eyes open, and you need both to shotgun.

Making Your Beretta 1301 Shoot Even Better

BY Herschel Smith
10 months, 1 week ago

Just several days ago we were discussing how to get the most distance out of your tactical shotgun, and the corollary issue of how to get the best pattern.

Little did I know this was going to come out on that very issue.  These results are very impressive.

Here’s the catch.  The choke is currently not available.  I’ve written Kick’s Industries to ascertain when it will become available.  I’ll let you know what they respond.

How Far Is Buck Shot Effective?

BY Herschel Smith
10 months, 2 weeks ago

This seems like a fair test for a run of the mill shotgun with offhand shooting.  I don’t think it’s a fair test of more expensive shotguns or guns that have been modified and adjusted for distance.

Most shotgun manufacturers have much longer barrels, and trying different chokes would have helped with his shot spread.  Beretta has a longer barrel “forcing cone” than other tactical shotguns, and using different ammunition might have helped (e.g., Federal FliteControl).

So if I wanted distance versus a more portable close quarters battle shotgun, I’d install a 32″ competition barrel and use different ammunition.  I’m willing to bet that he could land pellets at 100 yards.  I wouldn’t want to get hit by a 9mm bullet at any range, including 100 yards.

By the way, I think he meant to say Vang Comp.


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