Tom McHale

Tom McHale is an author and Editor of American Handgunner magazine. He’s published seven books to date, most of which focus on Second Amendment-related topics, concealed carry, personal defense, and guns and shooting. During the past 10 years, Tom has published nearly 2,000 articles across a variety of publications.

His civic duty activities include serving as Director of Public Policy and Digital Media for American Constitutional Rights Union and ACRU Action Fund.

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The Practical Guide to the United States Constitution

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An accurate but entertaining look at the founding documents. The mission is simple: to make the Constitution so simple even a career politician can understand.

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The Practical Guide to the United States Constitution

The Practical Guide to the United States Constitution

The Practical Guide to the United States Constitution offers a historically accurate and entertaining owners’ manual for the founding documents. It covers the how’s, what’s, and why’s of the United States Constitution, but with a side of fun. The mission is simple: to make the Constitution so easy to understand even a career politician can grasp it.

This Practical Guide covers the underlying concepts of natural rights and consent-based government. Hint: it’s not to subpoena and investigate each other. The book also clarifies how each of the three primary founding documents, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, work together to define the goals, theory, and mechanics of the American system.

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The Practical Guide to Reloading Ammunition

The Practical Guide to Reloading Ammunition

The Practical Guide to Reloading ammunition focuses on the “how-to” aspects of reloading. Technical manuals and books full of arcane data can make the subject mysterious and overwhelming. No more! The Practical Guide to Reloading Ammunition teaches the subject in a fun, easy-to-understand, and safe manner.

Starting from the very beginning, The Practical Guide to Reloading Ammunition will help readers understand the gear they need – and what can wait. Chapter by chapter, the book explains the entire process from brass cleaning to final inspection. Loaded with pictures and illustrations, the process is made simple and clear. With this book, readers will be reloading their own cost-effective ammunition quickly and safely.

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The Practical Guide to Guns and Shooting, Handgun Edition

The Practical Guide to Guns and Shooting, Handgun Edition

If you’re thinking about buying a gun, are new to shooting, or maybe you just aren’t as comfortable with the topic as you’d like, we can help you get up to speed quickly and easily. Like any new endeavor, learning the ropes of selecting and buying guns, ammunition, and accessories can be intimidating. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know to shoot correctly and safely.

The Practical Guide To Guns and Shooting, Handgun Edition will make you comfortable, safe, and knowledgeable in no time.

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The Practical Guide to Gun Holsters for Concealed Carry

The Practical Guide to Gun Holsters for Concealed Carry

Choosing the best way to carry a gun can be a daunting task. Whether you’re new to guns or have been shooting since you were a wee tot, this book can help you understand concealed carry methods, how to carry a gun safely, and the relative pros and cons of over 120 specific holster models. We’ll even teach you several ways to carry a gun in your underwear.

This book will help you make the right choice – saving you time and money – while offering a dose of humor while you learn.

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30 Days to Concealed Carry Confidence

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Armed and Ready: Your Comprehensive Guide to Concealed Carry Confidence

Armed and Ready: Your Comprehensive Guide to Concealed Carry Confidence
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A Day in the Life… of Big Government Mandates

By |January 13th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Politics|Tags: , , , |

The most frightening thing about this rash of mandates and “show me your papers” requirements is how it’s setting up a never-ending barrage of similar behavior. Under the logic of “for the public’s health,” we’re turning one small step into a giant leap, straight into a pile of…

The Bloodletting

January 6th, 2022|

A libertarian mindset and compassion aren’t, at least by definition, mutually exclusive. However, there are occasions in life where one has to plant a stake in the ground and choose one or the other.

How to Plan a Tactical Baby Shower

December 15th, 2021|

The big news in my Casa de Joy is the forthcoming arrival of two next-generation Guncranks. Both of my offspring have fired up the mini-me generators and are expecting pocket people — within two days of each other. The expected arrival dates are so close I have to think planning was involved, but as a dad, I really, really don’t want to know anything about that.

There’s a Social War a Comin’ – ACRU

November 17th, 2021|

If you put your iPhone to the ground, you’ll hear distant war drums beating. On a quiet day, you might also catch hints of Silicon Valley boardroom debates. They know trouble is on the horizon, and I’ll bet some of that crypto money tech company bigwigs are wondering how the heck they’re going to respond.

Constitutional Concepts: It’s My Right!

November 7th, 2021|

Listening to the nightly news and politicians’ bloviation, one might think it’s protecting its citizens from themselves. Perhaps the purpose of government is to provide for national security. Or maybe it’s providing a safe, stable, and level playing field for its citizens. Some believe government’s role is to provide for the national welfare, whatever that means.Looking at a founders’ view of government, the purpose is to protect the natural rights of those who elect to be governed.

The Psychology of Crisis Tyrants

October 27th, 2021|

The American Constitutional Rights Union defines a crisis tyrant as a leader who uses a crisis — like the COVID-19 pandemic — to justify and grease the skids of their tyrannical behavior. The “crisis” element adds a layer or two of “despicable” as the exercise of power comes on the backs of those enduring a crisis or tragedy.

What You Need to Know About Impeachment

September 30th, 2019|

Impeachment is all the rage right now, although throughout American political history, only two presidents have earned the coveted impeachment jacket: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Richard Nixon may come to mind, but in that case, he fell into the “always a bridesmaid, never a bride” category as he resigned from office before the completion of impeachment proceedings. 

If Aliens Watched TV…

September 27th, 2019|

The internet can be useful for things other than passive aggressive aggression. For example, there’s a site that helps you figure out which TV show is reaching a given planet based on the current date and the planet’s distance from the MSNBCNNFOX towers. As I write this, the Tau Cetites are enjoying the very first Power Rangers episode. On a related note, I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize on behalf of all earthlings to citizens of the two potentially habitable planets there. 

January 5th, 2022|

So the plan to “fix” inflation is to spend more money with BBB? Makes sense. I put out a fire the other day by pouring even more gas on it.

November 7th, 2021|

If you notice a complete reversal of my political views, it’s because I just saw a really compelling meme.

October 10th, 2021|

Is it just me or is outrage casserole usually served with a side helping of amnesia?

October 2nd, 2021|

Dear Congress: You learned all you need to know about life in kindergarten, but you don’t need to act like you’re still there.

September 30th, 2021|

I think hell is having to work a Microsoft Windows help desk when the only caller is your grandmother.

August 2nd, 2021|

If you can’t beat them, arrange to have them beaten.

George Carlin

July 4th, 2021|

We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.

Thomas Jefferson

July 3rd, 2021|

So, if there’s a Starbucks at the outlet mall, do they sell all the mistake mochaccinos made by the other stores?

June 29th, 2021|

I’m reluctant to take one of those Ancestry.com DNA tests. Seems like it’ll be much harder to get away with murder.

August 2nd, 2019|

It’s time to start taking Farxega…Or maybe it’s Nootella. Nah, it was Zlothertha. I can’t exactly remember the drug name, but I know it was named after one of the Disney princesses. I don’t know what it cures, but I’ve seen a pile of compelling commercials on TV and one can never be too careful regarding health maintenance. It pays to be proactive with such things.



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