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Tales from the Back Creek Diary – Having Your Cake and Eating It Too

Properly designed hollow-point cast bullets expand at subsonic revolver velocities without requiring +P charges  Ed Harris, Annandale, VA   The standard of terminal performance from a concealable .38 Special service revolver was for many years the so-called “FBI load.  It featured a 158-grain all-lead, hollow-point, semi-wad cutter at a velocity of 880 f.p.s. as obtained […]

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ICE 5-Shot Handgun Qualification Course

Five Shot Handgun Qualification Course (As amended December 1, 2004) Firearms Service-authorized handgun Ammunition Fifty (50) rounds Target ICE Target Course of Fire All stages will be fired as a hot range. Once prepared for duty carry, the shooter will be responsible for maintaining full magazines throughout the course of fire, reloading on command and/or […]

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A complete package for casting and reloading .38/357 for Newbie

Q– I read your articles on the .38 Special with great interest. My wife and I live out in the country, far from town. We have decided to buy two revolvers for personal defense and a lever-action utility rifle, which uses the same ammo. I reload rifle ammunition with jacketed bullets for hunting, but am […]

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Tales from the Back Creek Diary – Revisiting the Full Charge Wadcutter and the “FBI Load”

Several friends and I have been re-thinking our decision several years ago to pack semi-auto .22 target pistols in our survival rucks.  We normally carry .38 snubbies as EDC. Having an extra, longer barreled .38 Special revolver in the ruck with extra ammo useable in either gun seemed like a good idea.We decided to standardize […]

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February 24, 2019 Update

  Dear Fellow Snub Shooters: Here are the latest updates from our ROSCOE snub shooters association for February 24, 2019: Holdup with Camp’s Shooters Guide to the Airweight J-Frame– As you may remember from our last e-newsletter we have a special running of...

C.E. “Ed” Harris

C.E. “Ed” Harris is well known to readers of American Rifleman, the Gun Digest, and the Cast Bullet Association’s Fouling Shot magazine. After service in the U.S. Navy, he spent 12 years on the Technical Staff of the National Rifle Association, where he was a...

Tales From the Back Creek Diary – Wheelgun 101

Mechanical and Safety Inspection of the Double-Action Service Revolver C.E. Harris, Gerrardstown, WV Based upon common questions I receive from readers, and having to repeat, what used to be common knowledge, it appears that most shooters today lack any basic understanding  of double-action revolver inspection. A year or so ago Dave Reiss wrote an excellent article […]

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January 29, 2019 Update

  Dear Fellow Snub Shooters: Here are the latest updates from our ROSCOE snub shooters association for January 29, 2019: Stephen Camp’s Shooters Guide to the Airweight J-Frame Text – This text usually retails for $23.00 plus an additional $3.00 for shipping....

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