“Nine-tenths of tactics are certain, and taught in books: but the irrational tenth is like the kingfisher flashing across the pool, and that is the test of generals. It can only be ensured by instinct, sharpened by thought practicing the stroke so often that at the crisis it is as natural as a reflex.” ~ T. E. Lawrence
The Sixgun Journal is a compilation of articles written by me, Steve Sargent. They are intended to assist novice users of firearms in general, with an emphasis on Single Action Revolvers and 1911 pistols. There are also several articles on firearm safety, marksmanship and related topics. I hope you find something of interest or value to you. Now let’s get the lawyer crap out of the way:
Since the concepts of personal responsibility and common sense seem to be all but dead in these dawning years of the 21st century, it is probably prudent for me to make a few points here.
This site offers sensible discourse on the safe, sane and lawful use of firearms, for recreation, hunting and self-defense. This isn’t Disneyland. Trees die to make targets, and really nice sets of grips. Animals die to make food, or when they threaten the safety of people or domestic animals. They also die from disease, over-population and starvation when people don’t hunt them. Predatory people have to be shot sometimes too, to prevent them from hurting or killing other, innocent people. This happens because the bad people have made a conscious choice to engage in conduct that is harmful to others, and in the process they expose themselves to the lawful use of deadly force. Unpleasant business, but the choice is theirs. They can certainly choose to avoid the reprehensible conduct that exposes them to it.
Reading about this stuff will not cause your children to be born naked and toothless. They are born that way anyhow. But if you are squeamish about any of these subjects, you would be better off somewhere else.
YOU and YOU ALONE are responsible for the lawful and safe application of any information or ideas, which you glean from my writings. You are responsible for determining what is lawful and safe wherever you are, at any given time. Possession of handguns, for instance, is legal where I live. I am told that there are still places in this nation where the simple possession of a handgun is a felony offense. What is legal in here in Missouri won’t necessarily be legal in “New Yawk Sitty”, or anywhere else. Don’t cry to me if you get your tail in a wringer because you didn’t ask somebody, like BATF, your local Prosecutor, or your state Attorney General, before engaging in a course of conduct that turns out to be illegal. One more time- YOU and YOU ALONE are responsible for the lawful and safe application of any information or ideas, which you glean from my writings.
Reloading data– you will occasionally find here specific reloads that I have used, that were safe in my guns, using my components, with me putting them together carefully. These reloads may be unsafe in your guns, especially if you don’t put them together carefully. Wanna reload? Buy manuals from the people who make the equipment, powder and components. Many offer a handbook for free. Then, start at the lowest powder charge listed and work your way up, observing the guidelines that they offer. There is absolutely no excuse for building an unsafe reload. For my money, the single best source of reloading information on the web is http://data.hodgdon.com/main_menu.asp
Thank you for looking in. Be careful, and have fun. You really can do both if you follow a few simple rules and use the common sense that the Good Lord gave you.
PS- I am not responsible for “typos”. You would have to see me typing to fully appreciate this. See the first sentence, bold type, at the beginning and end of paragraph three.