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A Little Bit of History
Published on   |  By Jeremy Hatfield

Here are two images that might make you sick. I’ve already written a few articles about the WW1-era M1911 I inherited when my Dad passed away earlier this year, and discovering how viable a defensive firearm it still is, despite being over a century old. Did I tell you how much it cost my Granddad


More Observations from a Free State
Published on   |  By Jeremy Hatfield

Gun Control types still scoff at the idea that the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, all the while believing that, somehow, the disarmed model of confronting a bad guy with a gun will ensure a better outcome. *** I read some pearl-clutching in


1911 Chronicles, Continued: A Century-Old Pistol in Action
Published on   |  By Jeremy Hatfield

As you may recall from the last article, a growing number of friends encouraged me to simply shoot my “new” gun, and see what happens.


The 1911 Chronicles, Continued. Part II: Assessment
Published on   |  By Jeremy Hatfield

In the course of researching my new acquisition, I learned a few things I’ll pass on here. Firstly, some–especially those new to the 1911, like me–might be curious, “what is the difference between a 1911 and a 1911A1?” In short, not much. Most of the changes are ergonomic. A beavertail was added to the A1


The 1911 Chronicles: Restoring a Family Heirloom to a Functional Defensive Firearm
Published on   |  By Jeremy Hatfield

PART ONE: ACQUISITION I never really grew up around firearms.  Even though they were a part of my Dad’s upbringing in rural Virginia and West Virginia, as a means of helping feed their family of five, following the practices of generations of Appalachian families, he never once took me nor my brother hunting. I think