Category Archives: Guns & Gear

044 Rangelog, HoJutSu & Federal Ammunition

This week we’re back with a trio of interviews from the SHOT Show.

First we talk with Tim Brandt from Federal Premium about new ammunition they are developing and some old ammunition.

Next we talk to Jeff Hall who is the founder of Hojutsu, the art of gunnery.

Our third segment brings you one of the developers of a new training tool called Rangelog. It’s an online training tool for shooters.   We get a lot of questions asking us how to train, what kind of drills to do, how do you know when you are getting better, etc.  Rangelog looks like the answer to most of these questions, it is a website where you can keep track of your training drills, chart your progress and much more. You can enter your own drills or search their library of drills to find new training drills for you to try.  Listen to this episode as Andrew Hill tells about this Website and a special offer for ProArms Podcast Listeners.

Soke Jeff Hall at the live fire portion on the Hojutsu test

043 The 2010 SHOT Show Episode

Steve, Mas and Gail attended this years SHOT Show in Las Vegas and John attended a distributor show, they get together and discuss some of the new products they found.

Everyone has pictures of the new Gen 4 Glock so we are showing you the new double captive recoil spring that is supposed to reduce the felt recoil.


The two new Smith & Wesson Bodyguards


The Bodyguard-38


The Bodyguard-380


The new Ruger SR9C


Taurus TCP


The Taurus TCP in the requisite Pink


The most promising Mossberg 510 Mini Shotgun in 20G


041 Gifts for the Gun Enthusiasts in Your Life

Some of the ProArms Team gathered this week to talk about gift ideas for the gun lovers in your life and a little wackiness ensued.

Some of the items we mentioned:

EOTAC tactical clothing (Follow ProArms on Twitter for a discount code)

Wilderness Tactical Makers of the great belt we were talking about.

Lee Valley Tools for Gail’s favorite tactical door stop.

030 Ruger SR-556 Review

This week we travel up to New Hampshire and are joined by the recently retired Chief of Police of Grantham, Russ Lary. Together we visit the Ruger plant where they make all of the long guns and revolvers. Our focus is mainly on the SR-556 but we also check out where the other guns are made; particularly the LCR. We have pictures of hundreds of guns getting ready to ship, there’s no shortage here, they’re making them as fast as they realistically can. They have a new manufacturing paradigm at Ruger, now they can rapidly ramp up production on the guns that they have more orders for. For instance the 10/22s are turned out at a rate of 2 rifles per minute, while the manufacturing cells of the less ordered guns may have one or two people working in them.

We shot two different SR-556s at two different ranges with excellent results at both sessions. The guns ran smoothly, even with rapid fire, we got good groups and we experienced no malfunctions at all, with several different types of ammo.

In the second segment we talk with Russ about his opinion of the SR-556 and what he thinks of the rifle’s future in the military and law enforcement, despite the fact the company is only marketing to the civilian market right now.

029 A Tale of Two Gunsmiths

This week we talk to two excellent Gunsmiths.

First is Denny Reichard who specializes in the Smith & Wesson revolver. He is the owner Sand Burr Gun Ranch in Rochester, Indiana. A great place to shoot, buy guns, get guns fixed or just hang out. This interview was done in an open barn so please try to ignore the annoying bird.
We also talk to Ray Saltzman who specializes in the 1911 and high performance rifles. He can be reached at:

Saltzman Gun Works
3896 South 400 West
Tipton, IN 46072

We also talked briefly with a representative from ATK about the current ammo shortage back in April when we were at the ILEETA conference, seems like not much has changed since then.

028 The Browning High Power

Hi, folks –

To fill in our podcast notes on the Hi-Power episode, #28, the first thing we have to tell you is that we neglected something so basic to Browning Hi-Power shooters that all the experienced people who fit that description on the podcast forgot to mention it. While the gun has always been listed as a fourteen-shot pistol (thirteen in the magazine, one more in the chamber) Team ProArms goes with the collective wisdom that it is usually wise to download the magazine by one. Mas notes that when he was in England, British SAS troopies told him they were penalized a day without pay for each Hi-Power magazine they were found carrying with more than twelve rounds. Apparently squeezing in the thirteenth round not only makes reloading difficult with the slide forward (no flex left in the magazine spring due to densely packed cartridge stack), but for the same reason causes additional friction drag between the topmost cartridge and the bottom of the slide as the pistol cycles after the first shot. This, characteristically, causes a jam between the first and second shots. While it doesn’t happen with all Hi-Power magazines, it has happened with so many that we recommend downloading to twelve per mag.

Jargon Alerts:

The magazine article Mas is heard quoting from is one that he wrote several years ago for the magazine The Accurate Rifle. The article is attached to the podcast notes.

“Flinger-Dinger” is the local terminology (in Suwannee County anyway) for what is more commonly known as the Rotator target. For complete description go to the link provided here for Better-Bilt, the steel target company run by Steve Camp in Illinois.

To add to the confusion, two men with the same name come into play here. The other Stephen Camp is the Browning Hi-Power authority who runs the website, which all of us at Team ProArms strongly recommend.

CAVIM is the acronym for the Venezuelan company that manufactures very hot NATO spec 9mm Parabellum ammunition.

Ed Lovette, mentioned in the podcast, is a former CIA operative and current writer and trainer whose work appears in Combat Handguns magazine. We here all know Ed and strongly recommend that good gun people become familiar with his work.

The two gunsmiths most prominently mentioned in the podcast for top-level “carry gun” Hi-Power modifications are Wayne Novak at Novak’s .45 Shop in West Virginia, and Bill Laughridge (pronounced “LOCK-ridge”) who owns the Cylinder and Slide Shop in Nebraska.

The manufacturer of the Hi-Power .22 Long Rifle Conversion Unit that was mentioned is Jonathan Arthur Ciener.

For information on the Polite Society combat match and Tactical Conference, go to Gail and Mas both went this year and found it pleasant and instructive, and Gail took High Lady honors at the match.

The book mentioned as the best reference on the topic is “The Browning High Power Automatic Pistol” by R. Blake Stevens, published in 1990 in Ontario by Collector Grade Publications. Also of interest is “Inglis Diamond: The Canadian High Power Pistol” by Clive M. Law, from the same publisher.

This podcast came directly from listener feedback that we received at the ProArms section of GRRN, Gun Rights Radio Network. We’re eager to hear your feedback, and your ideas for future podcasts. One we’ve already decided to do and are planning for, at listener request, is an episode focusing on the AR15.

Oh…and don’t forget to stick around at the end of the podcast for the comments by Rod Blagojevich and his wife, Patty…?

Photo Captions High Power Podcast

028_A: Parts made in Belgium, gun assembled in Portugal, this Mark III Hi-Power 9mm is currently available at ProArms and is an excellent example of current “best of breed.”

028_B: This is Mas’ 7.65mm (.30 Luger) Hi-Power, bought for teaching and carrying in a South American nation where out-of-country concealed carry permits are available, but no one except local police and military can carry anything larger than .32 caliber.

028_C: This is Mas’ Browning Hi-Power 9mm customized by Bill Laughridge at Cylinder & Slide Shop. He has carried it from Washington State to England to South Africa.

028_D: To our knowledge, the only “made in USA” Hi-Power, from Charles Daly. Sights are XS Express.

028_E: Original style Hi-Power burr or rowel hammer configuration pinches web of hand upon firing, as shown.

O28_F: Spur type hammer just misses hitting average size hand of this male shooter. Shortening hammer spur will save bigger hands from impact.

028_G: IDPA Five-Gun Master Jon Strayer shoots his Hi-Power. Spent casing is going past head but gun is still on target. Controllability is one thing master shooters love about this gun.

028_H: Mas demonstrates how to lower hammer of Hi-Power without inserting a magazine or removing magazine disconnector safety. Seen from above with slide removed for visibility, right hand is holding gun-frame, left hand middle fingertip pad is pressing the disconnector forward. Without magazine, hammer will now fall when trigger is pulled.

025 Review of the Ruger LCR

We got our hands on a Ruger LCR and put it to the test in this episode of the ProArms Podcast. To see a picture of a dismantled LCR check out our pictures from episode 19. In addition check out Steve’s article on the LCR

A 21st century revolver amid some 21st century accoutrements.


The Group Steve shot with the LCR that we talked about in the Podcast

The Ruger LCR shown with the Galco pocket holster


The LCR with Gail’s Blade Tech holster made for the SP 101

023 High Quality for Your Caliber

A discussion about ammunition selection for personal defense. Each member of the ProArms team talks about what ammo they have chosen to carry and why. Also a sneak peek at a new gun under development by Ed Brown, too bad we didn’t have this one for episode 014, our discussion of the high quality 1911 handgun.

Federal HST showing the expansion after it passed through bone and tissue.

That same bullet from the rear.

Massad Ayoob signature edition by Ed Brown.

Our choices for quality self defense ammunition.