Making a 15th century Hand Gonne

Last Spring I made a 14th century style Hand Gonne from bronze stock using minimal tools and equipment, just to see what was possible. That project turned out to be a big success, and the resultant hand gonne has been popular among friends and when I taught last...

That takes balls.

I recently picked up a little Pedersoli Liegi Derriger kit. One of the other BBTI guys has one of these things, and I’ve always considered it a cool little piece of firearms history. Cap & ball firearms technology came along in the early part of the 1800s,...

That takes balls.

I recently picked up a little Pedersoli Liegi Derriger kit. One of the other BBTI guys has one of these things, and I’ve always considered it a cool little piece of firearms history. Cap & ball firearms technology came along in the early part of the 1800s,...

Review: S333 Thunderstruck.

This is the Standard Manufacturing S333 Thunderstruck revolver: It’s an innovative, 8-round revolver which fires two rounds of .22WMR (.22mag) with one pull of the trigger. OK, if you like this not-so-little handgun, you might not want to read this review. Just...

Review: Diablo 12ga double barrel pistol.

Want some fun? Get an American Gun Craft 12ga double-barrel pistol. Want a serious self/home defense gun? Get something else. Oops. I gave away my review’s conclusion. But you should go ahead and read the rest of this, anyway. * * * When one of my friends sent...

I really didn’t want to write this post.

It’s been a kind of rough year, what with the Covid-19 pandemic and all. So I’ve been inclined to cut people some extra slack. Because normal business operations have been disrupted, everyone is dealing with a lot more unexpected stress in their lives, et...