October/November 2021

BALLISTIC is a magazine devoted to the modern firearms enthusiast.

United States
Athlon Media Group
6 Issues

in this issue

3 min
this mag is the way

If you’ve been a Ballistic mag reader for long, then you get it, we often take paths less traveled when it comes to our eclectic editorial mix. And when it comes to mag cover hardware, rarely will you see a plain Jane, stock production firearm. Sorry, Jane, not sorry. We’re featuring an outof-this-world pair of custom pew-pews (insert the sound effects of blasters going off in every Star Wars movie) on this issue’s national newsstand cover—Mandalorian Bravo 5.56s. What’s that, you’ve been living under a boulder your whole life and don’t know that Mandalorians are fearsome warrior people who live and fight by the creed “This is the Way” and that Jon Favreau has created the best space Western television series, ever? We’re gonna cheat-sheet you up with this bit from The…

1 min
would you rather…

We all love firepower and the quest for more gives me a reason to get up each morning. In that vein, would you rather own one fully-loaded F-15 (including a pilot under your command for one year) or a lifetime of ARs and ammo? I’m all about that F-15 because I’m pretty sure I could conquer a few small countries and then set up a factory to build AR’s for the army I would compile on the quest for world domination. Looks like I’m in the minority, though. Final tally was 34 to 14 in favor of unlimited AR rifles. Best quotes: Dane Becker: Does the F-15 have nukes? Stephen Graham: The ARs and ammo. They leave more usable meat. The F-15 has the advantage of killing, cleaning and cooking all in…

1 min
gimme that gadget

About six or seven years ago I had enough time and money to move from road hunting (“Hold my beer!”) to getting a decent rifle and scope and starting to push out my shots to hundreds of yards instead of dozens of feet. I took a weeklong class on how to use the mil-dot system to estimate range, left the class and threw away my notes on the way to buy a decent rangefinder. Math to me is only useful when figuring the ratio of gin to vermouth. My laser rangefinder found a home on my bino harness, and I spent many a blissful hour walking the woods and switching back and forth between the two. Laser rangefinding binos certainly aren’t new, but they are new to me. Bushnell just…

1 min
craftÿ brews

COVID, WHAT COVID? The country fully reopened and everyone outside of airports has returned to some version of normal. I recently dug through three months of dirty clothes to find my face mask and hopped a flight to Dulles to see if there was anyone left in Foggy Bottom that had a clue what was going on outside of their ivory tower. But facing the dismay of an empire in its demise calls for liquid fortification, so I headed for one of the nearest breweries as soon as I landed. The Lost Rhino Brewing Company felt like a San Diego beach bar dropped into the heart of our nation’s capital. The signature symbol of a rhino carrying a surfboard (I’m still scratching my head about that one) and the long wood…

1 min
fast, easy money

MY latest get-richfast scheme involves the plot line from almost every great Hollywood blockbuster: killer for hire. You know, a mercenary. Wet work. Assassin. Hit man. Hired Gun. Sicario. Liquidator. What I need: Basic firearms skills. Check! Lack of a strong moral compass. Check! Somebody willing to pay me millions of dollars to fly somewhere exotic and then give me a super high-dollar weapon that is perfectly sighted in to take out a much hated, evil bad guy. Hmmmmm. I don’t know anyone with that kind of budget or altruism. I could try my skills at home but the last time I checked, $50 bucks was the going rate for one gang member whacking another gang member in the inner city. With the price of ammo these days, that is…

1 min
perfect one-night binge

IF a love of superheroes and sci-fiindicates a lack of maturity, it is probably time for me to repeat the fourth grade. Fortunately, Mrs. Hester thought she had suffered enough and passed me to the fifth, but I digress. Jupiter’s Legacy came out on Netflix several months ago and has already been cancelled after one season. Kind of like Star Trek in the ’60s, they thought this is a show that won’t catch on. Maybe I should compare it to Firefly since it only lasted one season and Star Trek lasted three. Jupiter’s Legacy has multiple timelines, a deep backstory, moral quandaries about how our protectors should be judged, heavy drug use, and a lot of strong, sexy female characters that look good in tight outfits. (There are an equal…