New Guy Here
I'm new to this forum, and I want to let the firearms world know where I'm coming from. I've been shooting, reloading, and hunting for over 40 years. I'm a Life Member of the NRA, as all gun owners should be.
I've read thousands of gun/shooting/hunting magazines and I have noticed a lot of inconsistency in firearms terminology. What one "expert" calls a bullet, another will say that's wrong, the bullet is only the projectile that comes out of the hole in the end of the barrel. Some refer to the whole cartridge as a "round" of ammo. Others say the "round" is the projectile. There are many other examples, like "clip" vs "magazine" and so forth.
I remember a few years ago, I was hunting deer in Indiana, where they don't allow center fire rifles for deer. The 12 Ga. slug is the most popular deer ammo there. I was using a Remington 870 with a Hastings rifled barrel and Winchester 2&3/4" sabots. This combination shot well from a rest, but not so much offhand. I built up a cheek piece and attached it to my stock, and once I got it whittled down just right, my offhand shooting improved greatly, and the gun was more comfortable recoil-wise. After doing this,I later read a chapter in a hard-bound book, written by a respected expert, in which this expert explained, in a blow-by-blow sequence, what happens during recoil, and why cheek pieces do absolutely no good, and we shouldn't use them. Hmmm...had I read that particular bit of hogwash before attaching my cheek piece to my 870, I might not have done it. What a shame that would have been!
My point is, everybody has their opinion as to what is called what, what works and what doesn't, and don't believe everything you read.
My closing thoughts: I like beautiful guns. I like engraving, and pearl grips, and well-done checkering or carving. I will be SOOOOOO glad when the word "Tactical" goes the way of the white-line spacer!!!
Revolvers are much more reliable than ANY semiauto pistol (An absolutely provable statement.) and finally, I will NEVER be so stupid as to attach a flashlight ("Tactical" or otherwise) to my firearm and then go into the dark place where the bad guy is hiding!!!
I welcome comments from all members of this forum.