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Thread: Interesting and Informative Firearm Websites

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    Bob Malphurs

    Interesting and Informative Firearm Websites

    Thought I'd start this tread about different firearm websites. I'll start it off with one of my favorites! Great reviews and comparisions on all kinds of guns as well as great shooting!

    Hickok 45

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    Bob, he sounds like an interesting guy - looks like Greg and his son are trying to produce videos on just about everything. I'll watch more of them later - the only one I had time to see now is the on the Colt Python. I'm not sure how much 'teaching' he tries to do, but he's certainly entertaining to listen to, and a very, VERY good shooter!! Thanks for posting.

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    I had lots of shooting websites I used to enjoy reading. Most were "teaching" type of websites. My current favorite is: (which used to be (the old website is still there).)

    I had a long discussion with the owner of the site yesterday when I tried (and failed) to get approved for entrance into his forum. You have to answer two questions to be validated... not only did I not know the answers, I couldn't even understand the questions! Try to sign up to his forum, and see if you pass the test. (If you already are an experienced shooter, you'll probably be able to answer the questions.)

    I've just started to read the articles there - there is SO much to read. (One of the things I was looking for was a good article on gun cleaning, to verify what I am now doing is correct.)

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    Gun Racks .......this is a place where you can buy all kinds of gun racks, perhaps to go in a safe. They have them for handguns, rifles, whatever, in all sizes and shapes.

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    The 1911 Project, and the Kart of Barrel Fitting .......this is a series of articles about how an ordinary person with access to only ordinary tools, can increase the accuracy of a handgun, in this case a 1911 semi-auto. I found it both interesting and informative - the author doesn't skimp on how long it might take a novice to do some of these things, but explains lots of "how to" information about how he did them himself.
    (The page I've been reading the most is but there is a lot more I haven't gotten to yet.)

  7. #7 ...........This website (also known as has a goldmine of useful information. I found it from searching for information on safes, which led me to which is the single best article on gun safes I was able to find anywhere on the internet. I found it a great place to find out a lot of information presented in a way that even a novice can understand what's being said (and why).

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    This link will take you to which is a free issue of Gun Digest eMagazine, in this case on the 1911 (which is how I found it). It's good reading!

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    A very informative page on a website I wish I knew about sooner:
    ...a detailed explanation with drawings of how a 1911 handgun works.

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    Flinch or the phobic reaction to recoil

    I found a website that's certainly "interesting and informative":

    The site is a collection of tips from Matt Burkett. (His home page is )

    Here's an example, in this case about "flinching":

    Flinch or the phobic reaction to recoil

    By Matt Burkett ©

    Flinch is the subconscious reaction to the noise/recoil/fit of a firearm. Notice that I said subconscious. It is any uncontrollable action prior to the gun going off. Understand that it is nothing to be embarrassed about. It is something that can be overcome much like any phobia. The conscious part of the equation is the fear of the gun firing. The worst flinch I have seen was a guy shooting a .300 Winchester Magnum. He would close his eyes about two seconds before he pulled the trigger! That definitely didn't help him hit the target. In fact, he didn't even come near it.

    Now flinch is different than recoil control. Recoil control or “timing the gun” as I call it, happens as the gun is firing. There is only a few hundredths of a second difference but the effects on your shooting are significant.

    If you have never seen how the sights lift in recoil, you have been closing your eyes - flinching. Another important thing is to work on group shooting - relatively slow shooting at distance for maximum accuracy. If you're shooting a 4” group off hand at 15 yards, you're most likely not flinching. If that group opens up with several "flyers", you may be having an issue. If you can't keep them on the target you are having a real problem.

    Let's take a look at the different things that contribute to flinch and see if we can help you with some drills to work through this problem.


    • Face it, loud noises scare us and cause a reaction. It's not normal for people to have an explosion happen in front of their face without jumping, blinking, or having their muscles uncontrollably contract. We need to train, focusing on overcoming the body's natural physical and psychological reaction to the noise.
    • How do we go about doing that? Let's start with a gun that doesn't make as much noise, or even an air pistol. Learn some of the basics such as trigger control and sight alignment without the distractions of the loud bang. Double ear plugging can help - using good ear plugs and a big set of ear muffs. This will help shut out the sound as it enters either the skull or the ear canal. You may want to add a hat as this will reduce the amount of sound blast to the head.
    • Try shooting a few round safely with your eyes closed. (obviously after having checked your impact area and lined the gun up with the target) Try to feel what is bothering you. Is it the noise, recoil, blast?
    • Accepting the noise is one of the biggest things to learn. When the gun goes off focus on relaxing as much as possible. Use just enough grip strength to keep the gun from flying out of your hands. Start with a .22 rim fire and work your way up, learning to relax into the noise of each progressively larger caliber.


    • The rule with learning to handle recoil is to start small with a gun that fits you and work your way up. The main technique that will help you handle recoil and your flinch is proper grip and stance. The less the gun pushes you around, the less chance your going to react to the recoil. What is the gun doing in recoil? If you don't know, it may be because your eyes are closed.
    • Another thing that will help reduce recoil is to change your loads and reduce the weight of the recoil spring. Try working with “target” loads or reduced power loads. Focus on seeing as much as you can while the gun is going off.


    • Pain caused by sharp spots on the gun can cause a flinch. Several of my students have gotten rid of their flinch just by making the gun fit their hand better. Grip your gun up tightly with your hand until your knuckles and fingers change color. Now, feeling the gun, what's bothering you? Let the gun go and look at the palm of your hand and fingers. Where are the marks? These are related to the spots on the gun that you will need to have a gunsmith modify for you. Get rid of the sharp spots and edges, and you will be surprised at how much nicer it will be to shoot the gun.
    • If you can't hang on to the gun, you won't be able to shoot it well. Make sure that you have a good purchase on the gun. If your hands are slipping around, it will make it more difficult to shoot. Add skate board tape, checkering or rubber grips so that you can get a better grip.


    • Forcing your way to learn to shoot through a flinch:

    With a target 10 or 15 feet away, have someone check your stance and grip by standing off to the side and cycling the empty gun while your aiming it at the target. Now load the gun and shoot the magazine off as fast as you can forcing your eyes open and learning to relax into the gun and recoil. The more you tighten up your shoulders, neck, etc the worse it is.

    • A true surprise shot:

    Get into your shooting stance and have someone else pull the trigger for you. Try this both with you eyes open and closed. RELAX and see how much difference in recoil there is. The gun just flips and comes back to center.

    Good luck with breaking your flinch. If you have any questions are additional idea's or suggestions, please contact me by either email or by phone.

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