About Ed Hale

I am an avid hunter with rifle and Bow and have been hunting for more than 50 years. I have taken big game such as whitetail deer, red deer, elk, Moose and African Plains game such as Kudu, Gemsbok, Springbok, Blesbok, and Impala and wrote an ebook entitled African Safari -Rifle and Bow and Arrow on how to prepare for a first safari. Ed is a serious cartridge reloader and ballistics student. He has earned two degrees in science and has written hundreds of outdoor article on hunting with both bow and rifle.

Opinion – Mass School Shootings: Motives, Root Cause and Corrective Action.

We must do more to protect our children from mass killings by misfit child terrorists among us, in a torn society where a large segment of  children do not sit at the table with mom and dad as a family and discuss the day. Where family members are more attached to electronic gadgets and social websites and video games than to the “real” day to day world.

We, as a often leftist/progressive educated society are raising misfit child terrorists who act on hate!

Enter public (progressive government run) education over the past decade has seen a socialist ramp-up of education programs to teach children what to think (socialist values as a collective) and not how to think independently, essentially replacing parents.

Fictitious Root Cause – The big Lie – The socialist left will have you believe that banning Assault Weapons is key. There are in fact no assault weapons in the public at large, they are telling an untruth.

Semi-auto firearms have been available since the end of WW II in the form of pistol and rifle none are considered assault as they are not fully automatic.

There are large capacity pistols and rifles that have been available for many years since WWII but why now?

Actual Root Cause  – It is not the gun or kind of gun that is at fault in school shootings, it is the socialist government educated society we live in where children are not raised in a caring household and accordingly leave them alone to raise themselves.

Our government does not amply reward marriage and family enough.

In fact a swollen leftist populated federal government and education bureaucracy weaponized by leftists and progressives is the problem.

States need to step up to what powers are given them via the Constitution under the 10th Amendment where “The tenth amendment is sometimes called the state sovereignty resolutions, or state sovereignty bills. The powers not delegated to the US Constitution, nor prohibited by i…t to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

FACT- If we remove all guns from law abiding families, then the criminals will be the only ones to have guns and our government. That is why we have the second amendment.

Do you trust your government?

If you remove guns from society then knives and bombs and vehicle killings are the next weapon of choice, like Islamic terrorists.  

School Shooting Corrective Action Recommendations.

Corrective Action – Short Term

  • Use metal detectors in public schools.
  • In some cases bomb and drug sniffing dogs should be employed.
  • Train teachers to carry. 
  • Students booted from school for violence require Mental testing and monitoring by the State and Corrective action to correct the condition.
  • Offer families alternative private education. 

Children today should not be able to purchase and own a firearm till they are in the military or reach the age of 21.

Corrective Action – Long Term

  • Bring back Judaeo-christian values in school.
  • Privatize Education by non-government agencies.
  • Government should reward marriage financially via taxation and discourage divorce.
  • Reduce/Shrink Government bureaucracy according to the Constitution and 10th Amendment. 
  • Ensure the Constitution as our Founding Fathers wrote it. Ensure the Second Amendment to guarantee all other Amendments.


Expose your children and your whole family to God and the great outdoors, hiking, camping, hunting and fishing and the love of this great land.

Teaching begins in the Family home. 



Coyote Hunting Gear – SIG Echo I Reflex Thermal Scope -by Ed Hale

Yes Persistence pays but just not yet. I’m tryin’ in daylight.

Night hunting with thermal scopes can be very effective. One such thermal scope on the market that I have seen but not yet tested is the SIG Echo I for around $1150 instead of $3000 to $9000  for other brand models.

Sig Sauer ECHO1 1-2x Thermal Reflex Sight w/Batteries, Graphite, SOE11011

You can see the SIG Echo 1 at the SIG Pro shop in Epping/ Exeter NH.

If I can get one to test I will write an article. See NHFG for requirements for night hunting below.



Night or day you can make mistakes!

Here is a website that may help us all.


Good Hunting!


Familiarity with my AR-15 in the Yote Woods Helps!

I am first and foremost, a hunter, more specifically a big game hunter. The AR-15 in .223 with a 55 grain pill does not add up for me as a big game weapon, but for Coyotes it is fabulous if you can get these smart song-dogs to stick their head out. My son gave me a Colt upper back in 2016 and I wrote lots about combining it with a Mil-Spec. lower unit. I disliked the stock trigger so I added a 2 stage Timney Trigger and tested it. See below. Wow! What a difference the Timney made!

New Timney Trigger Install on My AR-15

I put a scope on recently for yote hunting that had low rings and was uncomfortable with my cheek line up. I did not want to spend money on more rings so I put my best scope, a Leupold VX-6 3-18 and Leupold MK2 IMS mount for 30mm tube back on it as you see this photo. “LOVE MY LEUPOLD” As before sent some factory 55 grain FMJ pills down range at 100 yards at sub-moa groups. Since I have been out in the woods just three times this winter with my AR, I find that I am more comfortable in my handling practices and a sling. Taking the AR for a walk helps me know the best way to handle, cradle or sling it as I hunt.

Just got to get a Yote in my sights. They are not stupid here in New Hampshire. And yes they have some wolf genes!

Note: An AR-15 is a fine rifle for self-defense and home protection provide I train with it and shoot it regularly. There are lots of clubs offering training as do my friends at the Sig Sauer Academy in Epping, NH. Check them out and see the add I have for them on my front page!

Soon off  on some well deserved vacation in the sunshine state and will swap a rifle for a fishing rod, sun block and time with my lovely wife.

Good Shooting!

© 2018

Conceal Carry – NEW Springfield Armory 911 .380 ACP?

Very handsome ACP Frame pocket gun seen at the Shot Show 2018. I have asked Springfield Armory for New Hampshire Rifleman Magazine to test one. Hope they call me this week.

I have been looking for a small reliable conceal carry gun for a long time. Did I just find it?

911 .380 ACP



SLIDE416 Black Nitride, Loaded Chamber Indicator

BARREL2.7″ 416R Stainless Steel, Black Nitride Finish, 1:16 Twist



FRAME7075 T6 Anodized Hard Coat Aluminum, Octo-Grip Texture on Front Strap & Mainspring Housing, Extended Ambi Thumb Safety

MAGAZINES1 – 6 Round Flush & 1 – 7 Round Extended, Stainless Steel



February Florida Fish Charter Coming…And Chef in the Kitchen

Lack of  Sunshine on my skin is in very short supply here in New Hampshire so the wife and I are heading to Florida for vacation. She can get some sunshine and I can tan a little and catch a few fish. Lots of sunscreen lotion!

We are heading to Naples, Florida in February. In my investigations it appears wise to book a trip ahead of time. I booked a day off-shore on a serious 24 ft boat for myself and wife. I am hoping to catch some larger fish for an article. Offshore fish in February include species such as Grouper, Snapper, Cobia, Permit, Kingfish, Barracuda, and on the wrecks perhaps a giant Grouper. It’s sort of like big game hunting with a fishing rod instead of a rifle.

I’d like to catch some grouper or yellowtail snapper for me to chef up at home so we shall see. The yellowtail is known for its sushi quality so I may bring some wasabi and pickled ginger along in the boat.

Grouper’s are small and large and come in many sub-species. Some are giant!

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You can bake grouper thus http://allrecipes.com.au/recipe/21087/baked-grouper.aspx

Fried Grouper Taco’s with Key Lime

See the source image

Cobia Fish

Cobia with Lemon Caper sauce https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/cobia-with-lemon-caper-sauce/c13d38ee-2a29-4766-8ca7-7af746396c18

Cobia with Lemon Caper Sauce

So off to Florida for some well deserved tackle time on the water. I will freeze my fish fillets and bring home if possible. I like to eat what I catch and chef pretty well in the kitchen.

Yellowtail Snapper

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Just  looked at a stuffed whole roasted snapper below.


Stuffed Whole Roasted Yellowtail Snapper.

Yellowtail Snapper Ceviche below with Viangrette from https://www.thedailymeal.com/yellowtail-ceviche-recipe

Yellowtail Ceviche

Or this Yellowtail Sushi Roll https://spoonacular.com/recipes/yellowtail-roll-540869

Yellowtail Roll


I have purchased a new Nikon D5500 SLR below with 24  megapixel and video capability so we shall see what I get for photo’s and video’s on the beach and on the water.

Shooting with my Camera and Catching with Rod and Reel. Nice!

Looking forward to the Trip!



2018 SHOT Show Preview: M&P® Firearms



Matt Spafford, Smith & Wesson Corp.




2018 SHOT Show Preview: M&P® Firearms

M&P Launches New M&P M2.0™ Threaded Barrel Pistols

and M&P15-22 SPORT™ Rifle in Blue Platinum Finish


SPRINGFIELD, Mass., (January 18, 2018) – Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced that it will showcase its latest M&P pistol and rifle introductions at the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada beginning January 23, 2018.  Firearm introductions include the new M&P9 and M&P45 M2.0 pistols with threaded barrels, as well as the new M&P15-22 SPORT in Blue Platinum Finish.  The company will also feature its latest expansions to the M&P M2.0 pistol platform, including the M&P Shield® M2.0, M&P Shield M2.0 with Integrated Crimson Trace® Red and Green Laser, and the M&P M2.0 Compact pistol.


Jan Mladek, General Manager for Smith & Wesson® and M&P Brands, said, “The M&P brand has become very popular with consumers and, in response, we have continued to expand the family to offer our customers a wide variety of options to meet their needs.  In 2018, consumers will find some exciting new additions:  For those looking for a new suppressor-ready M&P pistol, we have expanded the M&P M2.0 platform to include threaded barrel options, and the popular M&P15-22 SPORT rifle is now available in a new Blue Platinum finish.”


M&P9 M2.0 and M&P45 M2.0 – Threaded Barrel

To further build out the capabilities of the M&P platform, the M&P9 and M&P45 M2.0 pistols are now available with a threaded barrel for use with suppressors.  In addition to the threaded barrel, these pistols also include suppressor-height white dot sights, a barrel thread protector, and the popular M&P M2.0 feature set.


M&P15-22 SPORT Rifle – Blue Platinum

The M&P15-22 SPORT rifle, chambered in .22 LR, is available in a Robin’s Egg Blue Platinum finish for 2018.  The rifle features a 10-inch M&P slim handguard that incorporates the popular Magpul® M-LOK® system, as well as removable Magpul MBUS® front and rear folding sights.


In addition to these new releases for 2018 at SHOT Show, the company will also display its latest introductions to the M&P M2.0 pistol platform, including the M&P Shield M2.0 and M&P M2.0 compact pistols.


M&P Shield M2.0 Pistol Series

Designed for concealed carry, the M&P Shield M2.0 pistol family builds upon the popular M&P M2.0 platform. The new M&P Shield M2.0 pistol features an aggressive grip texture and smoother, lighter trigger pull. The M&P Shield pistol is also available with an integrated Crimson Trace red or green laser in 9mm and .40 S&W, providing consumers with a concealed carry solution that features two laser colors, two modes, and ambidextrous laser activation.


M&P M2.0 Compact Pistol Series

Bridging the gap between concealment and shootability, the M&P M2.0 Compact pistol builds upon the popularity of the new M&P M2.0 platform in a versatile carry-size pistol configuration. The M&P M2.0 Compact pistol series features a 4” barrel for easy concealment, and either a 15 round capacity in 9mm or 13 round capacity in .40 S&W.


Visit Smith & Wesson at Booth #13729 during the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV to learn more about the new M&P M2.0 pistol series and the rest of the M&P line.


To learn more about the new M&P M2.0 pistol series and the complete M&P line of firearms, including spec sheets and images, please click here.


About Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson Corp. is a provider of quality firearms for personal protection, target shooting and hunting in the global consumer and professional markets. Smith & Wesson is world famous for its handguns and long guns sold under the Smith & Wesson®, Performance Center®, M&P®, Thompson/Center Arms™, and Gemtech® brands.  Through its Manufacturing Services Division, Smith & Wesson Corp. also provides forging, machining, and precision plastic injection molding services to a wide variety of consumer goods companies. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.



Thompson/Center Arms Bone Collector Muzzleloader – New Camo Patterns





Matt Spafford, Smith & Wesson Corp.




Thompson/Center Arms™ Launches New Patterns for the Triumph® Bone Collector® at

2018 SHOT Show

Updates include New REALTREE EDGE™ and REALTREE® Original Camouflage Patterns


SPRINGFIELD, Mass., (January 22, 2018) – Thompson/Center Arms today announced the launch of the T/C® Triumph Bone Collector muzzleloader in REALTREE Edge and REALTREE Original camouflage patterns. Thompson/Center Arms continues to set the standard for quality and innovation, offering consumers the newest REALTREE camouflage patterns in the popular Triumph Bone Collector.


“Thompson/Center has pioneered innovative designs and technologies in muzzleloaders since the 1970’s, including the interchangeable Encore® platform, Speed Breech XT® breech plug, Flex-Tech® stock, and Power Rod®,” said Danielle Sanville, Brand Manager for Thompson/Center Arms. “We continue to raise the bar and deliver consumers the latest in camouflage technology with the introduction of these new patterns to the iconic Triumph Bone Collector product line.”


The T/C Triumph Bone Collector muzzleloader features a variety of modern enhancements, including the Speed Breech XT breech plug, Flex-Tech recoil-reducing stock, and the ability to fire 150 grain magnum charges of black powder or equivalent black powder substitute. The T/C Triumph Bone Collector is available in multiple configurations, including the new REALTREE Edge and REALTREE Original camouflage patterns.


Visit Thompson/Center Booth #13729 at the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV to see the new T/C Triumph Bone Collector products and the rest of the Thompson/Center line.


For more information, follow Thompson/Center Arms on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or visit the website at www.tcarms.com.


About Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson Corp. is a provider of quality firearms for personal protection, target shooting and hunting in the global consumer and professional markets. Smith & Wesson is world famous for its handguns and long guns sold under the Smith & Wesson®, Performance Center®, M&P®, Thompson/Center Arms™, and Gemtech® brands.  Through its Manufacturing Services Division, Smith & Wesson Corp. also provides forging, machining, and precision plastic injection molding services to a wide variety of consumer goods companies. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.





F Class Competition with Savage Precision Rifle photos with Leupold Gold Ring Scopes

Shooting regularly, aka burning powder is the only way to close the gap to the winners circle many say. And it needs to be done with focus to maintain the best parts of your shooting skills while working on your weak spots and reloading concerns.

This July we competed with the Savage M12 Palma in .308 Winchester seen at left with a 30 inch barrel with the Leupold VX-6 7- 42 x55mm scope both the rifle and scope are tested. This Leupold VX-6 is just unbelievable! To the right is the Savage Ashbury Precision Rifle in 6.5 which we tested as well. Search for these rifle articles in the Search Box by Palma and Ashbury. Pictured is Jason Hale – Competitive Editor 


Savage Ashbury Precision Rifle 6.5 Creedmoor – Just Arrived


Good Shooting This Spring! Can’t Wait!

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