Reloading & the Lee Hand Press

For those new to reloading, nearly all presses need to be mounted to a workbench or sturdy table to work. That's fine if you have a basement, garage or workshop, a bench and the space needed for one. But there are a lot of folks who don't have that kind of space.

And then there are many who want a 'mobile' option for reloading. Something they can take on the road, to the range or on a run for the hills. A hand press-based reloading kit can easily fit in an ammo can, shoe box or small bag, and give you all the tools needed to roll your own ammunition.

The portable Lee Hand Press fills that niche - giving the reloader the flexibility to reload ammo wherever they may roam.

And, perhaps a bit surprisingly, it works really pretty well.

YouTube Selections - Week of 4/14

A new weekly series - top picks from YouTube. If you've got suggestions, drop us a line.

Military Arms Channel - Remington R51 Review

Confirmed - a total disaster of a pistol. 

"It makes me nervous that the next round I'm going to fire is going to blow up in my hand."


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Farewell, Barry

Saddened to hear of the passing of Barry from IV8888. He was a great advocate to 2A rights, shared liberally of his knowledge and was part of very many memorable YouTube moments. The HossUSMC/Barry 'backpack' was one of my favorites.

He will be missed.

Donate to the memorial fund: http://gfwd.at/1hG8E1M
Find out more details on IV888's Facebook page.


Spring Gun Show '14

Popped into the quarterly gunshow on Saturday, looking mainly for pistol powders to support my foray into the field of reloading.

The show had expanded to another building the expo center, but the parking lot was far less crowded than the gun shows I attended last year. The buying frenzy is dying off and we're probably largely getting back to the 'normal' levels of attendance. Fine by me.

Pistol powders are hard to come by these days. The local shops I've visited have had their shelves bare, and the dealers at the gunshow were not much better. In the entire show, I saw:
  • 5, 1lb cans of Unique (I bought one)
  • 3 cans of Trailboss (I bought one)
  • And two 1lb cans of Bullseye - the dealer was asking $50!
I was in the first bunch of folks admitted to the show and made quick rounds looking solely for powders. I'm sure the dealers were wiped out within a few minutes.

Rifle powders seemed more readily available, even the AR stuff like Varget and TAC.

Primers and bullets were available in abundance, though not necessarily good prices.

I wasn't shopping for guns or mags, but the prices seemed to have fallen back to normal. Selection was fine. Lots of ARs around, AR mags in the $10-$15 range and so on.

Ammo was available in whatever flavor one might want, though prices are still on the high side.

Got to have some hands on with a SIG AR pistol with arm brace. Compact, a bit awkward feeling - not as good as a 'real' stock, but better than nothing.

For some reason, a compact model of the Taurus Judge - the Public Defender called to me. What can I say? I have a thing for wheelguns.

I haven't heard particularly good things about the Judge line in general, but it felt pretty good in hand and looked to be something that I could carry fairly comfortably and conceal well, while being more potent than a .38. Would be nice if it could run moon clipped .45 ACP like the much larger S&W Governor. I would imagine the recoil might get nasty.

One curiosity about the Judge-type pistols is that subcaliber adapters are available to allow you to shoot .22s out of them.

Anyways, not a bad way to spend a Saturday morning. Good times in 'Merica!


Real life has been keeping me busy. But, never fear, I'm still alive and kickin'! A few quick updates...

T-shirts are coming. Planning on having the pre-order and shopping cart up in the next day or two.

Proceeds from sale of the t-shirts will go towards funding TEOTWAWKI blog content, contests and general operations.

You Took Away Tomorrow
Other projects have been keeping me away from the 'book' version of You Took Away Tomorrow. I know many of you are chomping at the bit for this and the sequel, and I'd anticipated having it wrapped, done and available on Amazon before now. Best laid plans and all that...

There are some pretty significant changes and re-writes that I want to make--it will be a dramatically different book, and that takes a lot of work. But, I'm going to buckle down and finish hammering it out over the next couple months. I'm gunning for a July launch date, sooner if possible.

Thanks all for your patience and support - it will be worth the wait!

New Series Coming
I've got a few new post series coming to the blog that should be fun:
  • Food Storage on $X a week - haven't decided on the amount yet, open to the demands of the tribe! :)
  • Intro to Reloading
  • Portable Solar
  • 'Best of YouTube' - selected videos from YouTube
As well as product reviews that I've had waiting on the back burner for a while, more contests and other fun stuff.

Thanks to all for stickin' with us and supporting T-Blog. We have been blessed with a truly awesome readership!