All posts tagged Firearms

We’ve added a ‘Links‘ page, and it does a couple of important things:

  1. It explains a bit of the ‘method behind the madness‘, or the process I go through to bring you, my subscribers and readers, the best information possible.
  2. It gives an overview of my personal network of seasoned professionals and contacts, all of whom provide me valuable input and insight.
  3. Last, but not least, it introduces you to, and provides direct, ‘one-click‘ access to some of the best gun, holster, knife and associated gear reviewers from around the Web.  All of whom:
    • have been vetted and fact checked to ensure they provide accurate information, and
    • have demonstrated safe firearms handling, which helps continually drive home the principles for basic firearms safety.


So, what exactly can you expect from these links?

Write-ups and videos on Guns, Firearm Accessories, Holsters, Knives, Flashlights, Ever Day Carry (EDC) Gear, Tactical Gear, ‘Bug-Out‘ or ‘Go‘ Bags, and Survival Gear.  All delivered in the form of:

  • General observation, and quick overview reviews.
  • Detailed, and extremely thorough table-top reviews.
  • Head-to-head product comparisons.
  • In-action segments from ‘Live Fire’ shooting ranges and other real-World scenarios.
  • Thoughts, opinions, tips, tricks and product recommendations specific to concealed carry.
  • Thoughts, opinions, tips, tricks and product recommendations specific to female firearms enthusiasts and women shooters.
  • Specific videos on safety – firearms safety, basic first aid kit design and use, survival, etc.
  • Educational segments that focus on mindset, philosophy and terminology.


The point is, our links provide direct, easy access to a wide variety of high-quality, accurate information covering the wide spectrum of the products most firearms enthusiasts are likely to be interested in.  So before your next Gun, Firearm Accessory, Holster, Knife, Flashlight, EDC, Bug-Out, Survival or related gear purchase, be sure to check out some of my secret sources

And yes, as content expands, will absolutely roll-in specific review, head-to-head comparison and other videos from each of the folks on our links page.  Stay tuned! 

To be clear, I have no intention of turning this into a political blog, that said, here are some quick thoughts on the law:

  • Know and follow all state and local laws for purchase, use, carry & transportation of firearms and ammunition.
  • It is up to you to know the law.
  • While there has been a significant increase in the ability for law abiding and appropriately trained civilians to carry concealed – and this is a great and positive thing– not all state laws are the same.  Unfortunately at present, unlike State issued driver’s licenses, which are nationally recognized, not all States may honor your carry permit.  Find out if your destination, or the state you are passing through honors your carry permit before you go.


  • Never rely on just the law to keep you safe!  Some current laws are themselves arguably downright dangerous, and at risk of doing more harm than good.  For example, California’s “loaded chamber indicator law” is an abomination. I’m sure the intent was noble, but without proper training, that law alone can cause deadly confusion.  What happens when that kid or new shooter from CA gets his Father’s or Grandfather’s gun,  moves to, or just travels to another state where there is no such law?  One could argue the CA law wrongfully encourages people to assume the the gun is not loaded if they’d don’t see the “loaded chamber indicator”!!  That could be a deadly mistake.  Take it upon yourself to learn and teach the correct way to safety check and safely handle a firearm.  It is not hard.  Learn it! Teach it – especially to your kids!  Never rely on wrongfully implemented “nanny” safety devices.  Not to mention such devices and indicators significantly disadvantage good law abiding citizens if they are ever in a situation where they have to defend their own life, or the lives of their family members.

First. Foremost. Always!  As Harry Potterfield from MidwayUSA says, “Firearms safety is your responsibility.”

Directly from the NRA:

1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.

2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

When using or storing a gun, always follow these NRA rules:

  • Know your target and what is beyond.
  • Know how to use the gun safely.
  • Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
  • Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
  • Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.
  • Never use alcohol or over-the-counter, prescription or other drugs before or while shooting.
  • Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
  • Before cleaning your gun, make absolutely sure that it is unloaded.

In addtion to the above, Remington’s 10 Commandment of Firearms Safety also reminds us:

  • Don’t rely solely on your gun’s safety.  (Your safety, if equipped is to be in conjunction with NOT as a replacement for safe handling.)
  • If you gun fails to fire when you pull the trigger, handle with care. Continue to follow other safe handling procedures, especially to keep the muzzle in a safe direction.
  • Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting.
  • Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using.

Inside the X Ring?  What is it? Who is it for? What can you the reader expect? This is a blog about firearms, and all things related to firearms!

Our aim is to introduce and educate you the reader, in order to promote the safe handling and use of firearms for ALL LEGAL PURPOSES – historical, recreational, hunting and/or self-defense.  We want all of your experiences with firearms, shooting and shooting sports to be safe, and positive experiences.  We’ll share tips, tricks and techniques to make it so, even if you are just starting out, and possibly a little nervous.  While we strive to have content for all experience levels, this site is currently targeted towards the inexperienced – even those who have never even handled a firearm – to intermediate shooter.  All you need is a genuine interest in firearms, a desire to learn, common sense and a never-ending healthy respect for your firearm.

So, what can you expect from Inside the X Ring?  Posts on safety, posts on choosing your first firearm, caliber choices, tips on shooting technique, gear reviews, references to ranges, answers to questions, firearms industry news and links to other great resources.  Combining years of collective, hands-on experience with vast amounts of extremely detailed research to bring you value focused straight dope.

Please check in frequently for articles and updates. Better yet, subscribe to have updates automatically emailed to you as soon as they are published.  Click on subjects in the Categories section on the right side of the page to find older posts. Look for more pages dedicated to Safety, Handguns, Long Guns, Special Projects and maybe events as content increases.  Comments always welcome.


Finally, if your into shooting sports, hunting or any other aspect of firearms, and if you’re not already a member, please join the NRA.  No other major organization works as hard as the National Rifle Association to protect The Second AmendmentClick here for a link right to the NRA Membership page.