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Home Defense: AR vs. Shotgun

These two types of firearms are popular for defense, but which is the better choice to guard hearth and home?  Read more


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SIG P516 Review

The author takes a look at a world-class AR pistol well-suited for home defense in this SIG P516 review. Read more


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10 Fast-Access Gun Safes for Home Defense

Owning a firearm means nothing if you can’t access it quickly. Here are 10 great fast-access gun safes for home defense.  Read More


What Three Dozen Elk Cartridges Taught Me

From the .30-30 to the .375, myths abound. Herewith some observations about what kills elk best.
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Full Review: SIG Sauer MCX

Pairing a modular design with top-class reliability, the new SIG Sauer MCX is ready for anything
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.223 vs 5.56: An Exhaustive Review

Ammo is not ammo. And when doing a .223 vs 5.56 comparison, while the loads are almost identical, they are not the same.
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SIG Sauer MCX Review

SIG’s recently released MCX demonstrates the true meaning of versatility and modularity.
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Carry Guns: Semi-Automatic vs. Revolver

Revolvers and semiautomatics are very different beasts, though both are capable personal protection arms. The key to solving the semiautomatic vs. revolver debacle is knowing the differences and choosing what best fits your environment and needs.
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AR-15 Optics Part I – Red Dots

Now is a great time to add an AR-15 optic to your rifle or carbine. In Part I, Muramatsu looks at the latest in red dot scopes for ARs.
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How to Choose the Right Riflescope

Choosing a riflescope today has never been easier … or more difficult with so many options.
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Gallery: 5 Sniper Rifles of History’s Longest Shots

The author takes an in-depth look at the sniper rifles behind the longest recorded shots in history.
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Dynamics of Efficient Defensive Shooting

Striving for high levels of precision in a defensive shooting situation has the potential to be detrimental. In fact, there are more important considerations when it comes to defensive pistolcraft.
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10 Cool New Things for the Bench and Range

From cleaning stuff to gun cases and devices to make our guns shoot better, one thing all of these new shooting accessories will do is make your time at the range in 2015 one helluva lot more fun.
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What to Look for in a Home Defense Handgun

Not all handguns are right for home defense. In fact, a nightstand gun is going to have a number of features that might make it unwieldy for many other forms of self-defense, such as concealed carry.
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How to Master Field Shooting Positions

When preparing for hunting season, it’s important to practice shooting positions that replicate real world scenarios.
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Comparing Carry Revolvers

Looking for an undercover wheelgun? This author puts three great compact carry revolvers through a little side-by-side testing.
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Reloading Ammo: Annealed Brass the Hot Way to Extend Case Life

There is a simple technique that adds a ton of life to your cases – annealing. Of course, there are some tricks to doing it right, of which custom ammunition manufacturer Phil Massaro unveils in this blog.
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No Frills Fighter: Katana AR-15 Review

The Katana rifle is like the sword it is named after: a well-balanced and maneuverable weapon that is deadly in the right hands.
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Thoughts on Buying a Gun Suppressor

Misperceptions about the ability to own a gun suppressor abound. Getting one is actually easier than you think. Learning about what it takes to deaden the report of your firearm.
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Thoughts on Dry Fire Practice

Dry fire is an important part of any firearms training, but are shooters getting all they can out of it? Grant Cunningham suggests there is a more productive way to pull the trigger sans ammo.
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Handgun Review: .380 Carry Pistols

The sometimes-maligned .380 is still a favorite carry choice. Here we test three of the more popular .380 carry pistols side-by-side.
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Primers, First Stage of Ignition

Primers are literally the spark that gets everything rolling in a cartridge. Bre someut there a fine points about the component that must be understood to safely get the most out of the ammunition you’re reloading.Read more


What Reloading Press Best Suits Your Needs?

As a reloader, the first and foremost piece of gear you’ll need is a reloading press. They come in many different shapes, sizes, colors and styles, and your style of reloading should dictate which one will best serve your needs.
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The Hollowpoint as Defensive Ammo

Sterile lab testing in ballistic gelatin is great, but the ultimate laboratory is the street, the author maintains. Here are the loads that seem to be doing best there, input written in blood from gunfights police departments have experienced with defensive ammunition.
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Gunsmith Interview: Grant Cunningham

Here’s the story of how Grant Cunningham went from a manager in the photographic industry to a full-time gunsmith.
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Who built that AR?

Who really made that AR? The answer is simple: Lots of people, and not always the one whose name is on the lower.
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Why You Should Practice Shooting in Poor Weather Conditions

Just because the weather isn’t agreeable doesn’t mean it’s not time to hit the range. There’s plenty to learn from shooting in poor conditions.
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Why Bullet Trajectory Doesn’t Go Straight

A bullet drops faster as it goes farther, right? Well, not really. Gravity determines how fast a bullet drops, and its force doesn’t change over the course of a bullet’s flight. But the arc does get steeper at distance. Why?

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Handgun Maintenance for Reliability

We must take care of our guns so they can take care of us. With modern products, that’s not a time-consuming process, and it can be done in minutes after shooting. Here are some tips for handguns.

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Range Estimation Methods in Rifle Shooting Range

Putting aside technology like laser rangefinders and rangefinding reticles, there are several methods available to the shooter for range estimation.

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