About American Firearms

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Kenzie shooting with team Glock

Get More Out of Your Gun Time

Our mission is simple: help people get more out of their gun time.

Gun time, or the time spent with our firearms, should be quality time. It should be an opportunity for learning, engrossing and ultimately — loads of fun.

Making the most of your gun time means learning some basic information about safety, developing a few skills, and getting your hands on the right gear.

Our aim is to provide all three in an unbiased, unintimidating way. Meet the team.

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Why We Exist

Have you ever wanted to buy a new firearm or accessory and been overwhelmed by the sheer volume of opinion and speculation about which product is best? Maybe you picked up that product only later to understand you bought something other than what you needed. This has happened to me more than I like, which is why I started American Firearms.

The American Firearms’ mission is simple: help you get more out of your gun time.

Finding new firearms or ways to improve your existing collection should be simple – but it doesn’t have to feel like reading like stereo instructions.

We aim for accuracy and entertainment – even when things get subjective. Our recommendations are made through a mix of reporting, interviewing, and testing by seasoned firearms journalists, certified instructors, shooting competitors, licensed concealed carry card holders, and ex-military and law enforcement personnel.

That’s why we’re fast becoming the #1 resource for firearms and related content.

Me feeling out some slings on a test day.

What we do

  • Easy-to-read firearms resources geared toward people who just want to learn. We know guns can be intimidating – and gun culture can feel unwelcoming for the uninitiated. We avoid condescention and try to make our guides as approachable as possible.
  • Hand-selected product recommendations that save you time. We’re not interested in making you watch a 30 minute YouTube video or wading through a wall of products – we hand-pick the best items for most people, and try to represent a meaningful cross section of products where there’s cause for it.
  • Helpful tips & engaging writing. We try to define the best aspects of how you’ll want to make a decision about a product and get straight to the point.

What we don’t do

  • Politics. If you want to be screamed at by blowhards we recommend heading over to Facebook. We’re 2A advocates who think owning a firearm is a massive responsibility and should be treated as such. We occasionally publish pieces on firearms statistics or various datapoints, but that’s as far as we go.
  • Training, tactical, or legal guidance. Let’s be clear – you should 100% be trained up on the ins and outs of firearm safety and how to handle your weapon – and AmericanFirearms.org is 100% not the place for that. We don’t pretend to be licenced instructors, nor should you expect to get everything you need to know from our content. While we sometimes provide information that is legal in nature or refers to the legal requirements of gun ownership at a state or federal level – none of the content, imagery, or really, anything on this site constitutes legal advice. All of the content on AmericanFirearms.org is for educational and entertainment purposes only.

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Years of Experience


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Products Recommended

Using Experience to Make Firearms Easy

While some of the products we review are purchased with the intent of research, testing, and reviewing – many guides and recommendations are compiled through researching online comparisons, personal experience, and industry knowledge.

We often do not touch any or all of the products in our reviews, because it’s frankly very difficult and expensive to get 10 different rifles together for a review. We do our best to ensure the recommendations reflect the best options for people looking for information on those kinds of products.

Furnished Products And Affiliate Programs

If we receive products at no cost from a manufacturer we’ll disclose that in the article, and we never charge or are compensated for our reviews. You can read more about how we test & review gear.

We do participate in several affiliate programs, which means Amazon and/or other companies may pay AmericanFirearms.org a small commission or other compensation for promoting their products or websites through their affiliate program. You can read more on our Disclosure page.

Research & Resources

It’s not enough to create and publish resources on safety and security. We’re committed to telling stories that inspire. That’s why our research includes enhanced visuals and interactive imagery. We believe that data can be both accurate and fun. It just needs the right touch. So our team goes to great lengths to communicate our research in a way that makes a positive impact on people. We say that security doesn’t have to be complicated. Well, it doesn’t have to be boring either!

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About The Team

Personal security is a top priority for most Americans, and when it comes to making a decision about the right firearm to protect yourself and your family, exploring and enjoying the wonderful world of shooting sports, or just enjoying the Zen of the gun, you should never have to rely on outdated or inaccurate information. It should be easy to find firearms research, guides, and other resources… all in one place.

Everyone deserves free and open access to information and resources to assit in making decisions about firearms. And that’s why we do what we do. We endeavour to create unintimidating, high-quality research and resources with a dash of humor. Rest assured we will continue to deliver the easiest-to-read, most informative firearms-related content available anywhere. That’s our promise to you.

Thanks for trusting us. We’re delighted to have you along for the ride.

Michael Crites

Founder & Editor in Chief

American Firearms

Michael Crites

Licensed Concealed Carry Holder
Michael Crites is el jefe around here. He has spent more than 30 years shooting, learning about guns, and collecting firearms old and new. He holds his Oregon Concealed Handgun License, and enjoys testing products in the back 40 of his farm.
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Precision Rifle Expert
Coldboremiracle, aka Jeff Wood, is a self-described Freelance Sharpshooter, as a fervent firearms enthusiast he spends most of his professional and free time in the Rocky Mountain high country chasing ballistic perfection. With a focus on precision rifle shooting particularly as it can be applied to the great sport of hunting, he tests products and theories in hopes of finding the best hardware and skill set for that perfect shot.

Elizabeth Bienas

Licensed Concealed Carry Holder
Elizabeth Bienas is a writer who’s been shooting for 15 years and carrying concealed for 12. In 2018 she created the brand Casual+Tactical which is focused on helping women realize they can protect themselves without compromising their style.
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Kenzie Fitzpatrick

Certified Armorer & Instructor
Kenzie Fitzpatrick is a professional 3-gun competitive shooter, an NRA-certified Pistol Instructor & Range Safety Officer, a certified AR-15 Armorer, an NROI-certified Chief Range Officer, & host of the Reticle Up Podcast.

Megan Kriss

Expert Contributor
Megan Kriss comes from a family steeped in gun culture and has been shooting since she was 5, with experience in everything from Scout-level turkey shoots to avid recreational shooting and is planning to try her hand at NRL22 in the future.

Travis Pike

Certified Firearms Instructor
Travis Pike is a Marine infantry veteran, firearms enthusiast, and NRA-certified instructor. He's a lifelong shooter who just happened to be mediocre enough with a gun and a keyboard to combine the two and write. He teaches concealed carry courses and enjoys spending time in Florida's Nature Coast.
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