MCP35 PI
News
Michael Crites

EAA goes Detective, err, we mean PI

EAA has answered the call for gun nerds and late last week announced a new model of their MC P35, the "PI" as in Magnum, P.I. A Commander-ized Hi-Power ala the Argentine-made FM Detective.

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News
Michael Crites

New MPA DS9 Open Pistol

Georgia’s Masterpiece Arms newest Gucci pistol is the DS9 Open Competition Pistol, a 9mm race gun intended for use in USPSA and IPSC Open Division matches.

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News
Michael Crites

More on the Maxim MD9

As the pistol caliber carbine gives you added stability to hit your mid-range targets more accurately and consistently, Maxim recognized this demand in the industry and answered with their first handgun-caliber firearm, the MD9.

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Michael Crites

S&W Swims with the Gray Shark Spec Kit

A nice new offering from Smith & Wesson is the new 9mm M&P® M2.0 Compact Optics-Ready Spec Series Pistol Kit. Beyond a heap of cool features, it also has a Bull Shark Gray Cerakote finish on the slide with a matching grip frame.

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Michael Crites

Assault Weapon Ban!

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1808, a rebooted federal "Assault Weapon Ban." The bill barely made it through in a 217-213 vote with some defections on each side.

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Reviews
Michael Crites

The Best Pistol Cases in 2022

Part of being a safe and responsible gun owner is storing your firearms securely, especially pistols. You’ll also want a convenient and easy way to

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News
Michael Crites

KelTec expanding to Wyoming

KelTec last week announced they are setting up a 33,000 sq. ft. satellite industrial space in Rock Springs, Wyoming which will allow them to increase production and work on some of their historic backlogs.

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News
Michael Crites

Solo Blasts Comic Con

RIAC appeared last week at San Diego’s Comic-Con International to promote the upcoming auction of the “BlasTech DL-44 heavy blaster pistol” — Han Solo’s blaster from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

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News
Michael Crites

The Dicken Drill Emerges

No, it's not a new line of power tools available at your local big box home improvement store, the Dicken Drill is now the most popular handgun drill in the country.

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Michael Crites

New Nighthawk Turnbull VIP

To paraphrase Ali, grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand, and Nighthawk Custom makes really nice 1911s; the latest is a collab with Turnbull Restoration dubbed, logically, the Turnbull VIP.

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AR-15 & AR-10
Michael Crites

The Ultimate M4 Upper Guide

Selecting the perfect M4 style upper receiver can be confusing, especially when it comes down to all the assorted flavors that are floating around out there. We break it down for ya.

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NSSF Gun Sale Data
News
Michael Crites

NICS Numbers Fall, But Also Rise

NICS ticked past the 2.5 million mark for last month, down a little from June 2021 (3 million) and a lot from June 2020 (3.9 million), but NSSF's analysis shows sales up 8% Y/Y.

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News
Michael Crites

SAAMI Accepts .30 Super Carry

SAAMI just standardized the .30SC with a 100-grain bullet traveling at a velocity of 1,250 fps, a 115-grain bullet traveling at a velocity of 1,150 fps, and a Maximum Average Pressure of 52,000 psi.

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Reviews
Michael Crites

Best .450 Bushmaster Barrels

One of the top calibers in terms of stopping power, the .450 Bushmaster offers excellent accuracy, enhanced range, and stops some of the biggest prey anywhere. But which .450 Bushmaster barrel is right for you?

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News
Michael Crites

Q issues a Recall

Q issued a recall on the handful of Fix rifles and Mini-Fix pistols due to problems with the bolt assembly.

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Century Draco 9S
News
Michael Crites

New Century Draco 9S

While Century had marketed a 9mm blowback pistol caliber Draco as the NAK9, it used a Glock mag. Now, they have the Draco 9S, which runs CZ Scorpion EVO 3 mags.

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News
Michael Crites

NYSRPA v Bruen in a nutshell

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen to strike down New York’s so-called “may issue” concealed carry permitting scheme is kind of a big deal.

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Reviews
Michael Crites

Best Thermal Scopes for Coyote Hunting

Thermal scopes are amazing tools to have in your optical toolbox — especially for tackling nocturnal predators like coyotes. We break down some of the best thermal scopes for coyote hunting to help you separate the wheat from the chaff.

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News
Michael Crites

Delaware moves for the Big Ban

The First State is a governor’s signature away from joining the same club as California, New Jersey, and New York by enacting a statewide ban on “assault weapons” and “large-capacity magazines.”

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News
Michael Crites

CMMG Dissent Buffer-less AR

Missouri's CMMG announced a new AR pistol format that drops the need for a receiver extension or buffer tube. Dubbed the Dissent line, it will be available in 5.56, .300BLK, and 5.7x28mm.

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News
Michael Crites

Big 5.56 Ammo Supply Crunch (Maybe)

Rumors dropped recently from Larry Keane, one of the big bosses over at NSSF, that the White House was aiming to put the crimp on the practice of selling surplus U.S. Army 5.56 ammo on the commercial market.

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News
Michael Crites

More on the PSA JAKL

Palmetto State Armory has been busy doing R&D on their new and very curious JAKL series of 5.56 AK/AR hybrids. We caught up with them at the NRA Show in Houston and found the platform to be novel.

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News
Michael Crites

New Nighthawk Customs Korth NXR Hunter

Arkansas-based Nighthawk Customs, besides making bespoke 1911s of their own, imports a lot of exotic hardware from Europe. They just announced they are bringing in a shipment of Korth’s new NXR Hunter models in .44 Mag.

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Reviews
Michael Crites

The Best Weatherby Shotguns

Weatherby is a brand that has been cranking out quality ammo, rifles, and shotguns since the 40s, and we wanted to shed some light on some top-quality Weatherby shotguns. 

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Reviews
Michael Crites

The Best 6.8 SPC Rifles

Is the 6.8 SPC still a viable option — or has the sun set on the once red hot "military .270"? We give you this skinny one of the original "gee-whiz" rounds

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NICS Data
News
Michael Crites

Gun Sales Still Booming

The latest NICS figures from the FBI say that last month a stout 2.3 million background checks were performed by the platform.

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News
Michael Crites

New ZevTech Craighead OZ9 Pistol

With figures like Travis Haley and Chris Costa being so 2008, a British commando-type by the name of Christian Craighead is the new tactical demi-god, and has teamed up with Washington’s Zev Tech to make a special edition OZ9 pistol.

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News
Michael Crites

CZ Goes Lefty for 457 Series

CZ-USA this week announced two new models of the CZ 457 bolt-action rimfire rifle oriented to left-hand users. The two new variants are a .22LR LH Varmint with a 20-inch heavy-profile barrel and an LH American model with a 24-inch light-profile barrel in either .22WMR or .22LR.

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Reviews
Michael Crites

A Guide to Glock Barrels

Your Glock’s barrel is one of the most important components of the pistol, and there are lots of things to keep in mind before you add one to a shopping cart.

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Reviews
Michael Crites

The Best Shooting Gloves

With a hobby like shooting, safety accessories abound. Of course, we recommend that eye and ear protection accompanies every shot you take (so that you

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Reviews
Michael Crites

The Best Gun Racks for 2022

Guns are ergonomic objects made to fit into human hands while we’re shooting them, which can make storing them a little tricky. The last thing

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News
Michael Crites

From the NRAAM 2022 Show Floor

At the recent NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Houston, aka “The NRA Convention/Show” had a lot of new products that were exhibited to the public for the first time. Notably, many of these companies had skipped SHOT Show earlier this year due to COVID concerns.

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News
Michael Crites

New Ruger Marlin 1895 Trapper

Ruger rolled out the stainless Model 1895 last year, and this week they will be at the huge NRA Show in Houston, touting the more compact Model 1895 Trapper.

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News
Michael Crites

U.S. Grant’s Wheel Guns Worth $5 Million

Two Remington revolvers– serial numbers 1 and 2– presented to Ulysses S. Grant went to auction last week. The estimated value was $1-$3 million, but bidding soon went off the charts, hitting $5.17 million.

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Reviews
Michael Crites

Recce Rifle Ultimate Guide

What exactly is a RECCE rifle — and why are some guys obsessed with them? We take a look at this famous recon rifle and list some great rifle options.

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P229 PRO
News
Michael Crites

New Sig P229 PRO

Sig recently updated the P229 to make it optics-ready with a lightened PRO-style slide and flush-fit 15+1 round mags, an update from the old 13-rounders that go back to the unsung P228.

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News
Michael Crites

New Sig Cross PRS

The rebooted Bushmaster Firearms keeps introducing everything except what the people really want– a return of the ACR modular rifle, the newest entry being their Bravo Zulu rifle.

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Michael Crites

Bushmaster Rolls Legend

The rebooted Bushmaster Firearms keeps introducing everything except what the people really want– a return of the ACR modular rifle, the newest entry being their Bravo Zulu rifle.

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News
Michael Crites

Masada Slims up for Summer

IWI US has announced their popular series of Masada 9mm pistols and will soon have a thinner brother join the lineup sometime later this year, dubbed the Masada Slim.

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News
Michael Crites

Sig Freedom Days: A SHOT Show for the People?

Sig Sauer just wrapped up their “Freedom Days” show in Phoenix, Arizona at the Ben Avery Shooting Center. The concept is simple: Sig brought 50 different models of their guns, charged $80 for a day pass, and everyone got a chance to run 5-10 rounds through

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Reviews
Michael Crites

The Best EDC Flashlights

What are the best EDC Flashlights? A phone flashlight is a great compromise if you need a convenient way to light a corner of your

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Reviews
Michael Crites

The Best Shot Timers in 2022

If you’re anything like me, you are pro-gun control. No, we don’t mean taking away people’s constitutional rights; that’s absurd. I’m talking about making every

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Reviews
Michael Crites

The Best 10.5 AR Barrels in 2022

Selecting the perfect 10.5-inch AR barrel can be tricky when you account for everything from materials to twist and lengths, but I take it step-by-step to guide you home.

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News
Michael Crites

Sig Has a 30-round P320 Stick

Sig introduced the Foxtrot, a compact weapon-mounted light for pistol use, a minute ago, and in the face of a ton of continued competition has just launched the Foxtrot 2.

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Gun Safes
Michael Crites

The Best Hidden Gun Shelves

What are the best hidden gun shelves? As gun owners, we have to strike a balance between making sure our firearms are both inaccessible to

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News
Michael Crites

New SAR9 Compact X

In more Turkish polymer pistol news, Florida’s SAR USA– the folks that have been bringing Sarsilmaz pistols across the Atlantic for a generation– has a new compact 9mm with lots of goodies and a (kinda) budget price.

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News
Michael Crites

FBI is buying a lot of suppressors

In the past couple of weeks, two big Utah-based suppressor companies– SilencerCo and HUXWRX Safety Co. (formerly OSS Suppressors) — have announced seven-figure deals to supply the Feds with cans.

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News
Michael Crites

Federal goes retro on shotshells

Minnesota-based Federal ammo, part of the huge Vista Outdoor empire, is celebrating 100 years in business by packaging its Top Gun 12 gauge shells in one of four different Monark and Hi-Power branded 25-shell boxes.

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Guides
Michael Crites

The Best Sniper & Precision Rifles

What is the best precision rifle? Sniper and precision rifles are mostly enjoyed by target shooting enthusiasts and hunters. While you can’t get the top-of-the-line

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Reviews
Michael Crites

The Best Gun Cases in 2022

Gun safes are must-have items for all responsible gun owners, but what defines safes also limits them: they’re large, heavy, and cumbersome. So how are

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Reviews
Michael Crites

The Best EDC Knives

Every day carry (EDC) knives are versatile tools that many people use on a daily basis. Whether for opening up packages or as a method

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News
Michael Crites

Maxim’s new MKIV SD

Maxim’s new MKIV SD .22LR is an integrally suppressed Ruger MKIV that they say runs 114 dB with subsonic ammo. This puts the Maxim quiet time special into the “no detectable first round pop” club.

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News
Michael Crites

New Sig Sauer ZEV P226

The latest FBI background check figures for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System stand at just over 3 million for March 2022.

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Pistols & Revolvers
Michael Crites

The Best Ruger 9mm Pistols

In a world filled with imported 9mm pistol designs, Ruger has risen to the top of the American handgun market over the past four decades to produce some of the most rugged, reliable firearms available.

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Reviews
Michael Crites

The Best .308 Rifles in 2022

When Uncle Sam when looking for a lighter .30-caliber round than the ‘Ought-Six they wanted similar ballistic performance in a smaller cartridge. The Army’s T65

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Holsters & Carry
Michael Crites

The Best Urban Carry Holsters

What are the best Urban Carry Holsters? We break down the take a look at this holster brand, provide a breakdown of their top models, and highlight some great options.

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Michael Crites

Mossberg Debuts 940 Tactical

Mossberg continues to mine gold with their 940 series of autoloading shotguns. While the past installments have been Jerry Miculek series competition guns and a

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News
Michael Crites

GForce Lever-action Shotguns?

GForce Arms, which specializes in importing a variety of unimaginatively named hunting (GF3N1, GF2N1, GF1W) and defensive (GF12A, GFY) shotguns from Turkey, has something different

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AR-15 & AR-10
Michael Crites

The Best .224 Valkyrie Uppers in 2022

Why consider a .224 Valkyrie upper and what are the best models? We break down the pros and cons of dropping a Valk into your black rifle and highlight some great options.

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Pistols & Revolvers
Michael Crites

The Best Pocket Pistols in 2022

According to research by the Crime Prevention Research Center, over 19 million Americans in 2020 had concealed handgun permits – allowing them to carry a

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Reviews
Michael Crites

The Best .30-06 Rifles in 2022

What is the .30-06 cartridge and what keeps so popular? We examine this .30-caliber military classic, break down why it has endured for over a century, and provide a selection of great “Aught Six” rifles.

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All our firearm reviews are here to give you everything you need to know about firearms, all in one place. Learn from our expert reviews,

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Guides
Michael Crites

The Best Muzzleloaders in 2022

Muzzleloading rifles were once the dominant firearms of human civilization. They were the primary tools of countless wars and hunters’ most trusted tools, allowing them

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Reviews
Michael Crites

The Best Rangefinder Binoculars

To find the best rangefinder binoculars, we had a professional hunting guide spend over 20 hours field-testing 12 pairs against his own $2,600 Leica Geovids.

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Gun Safes
Michael Crites

The Best Hidden Gun Safes

We’re big on gun safety around here, and for some folks storing a firearm safely also means concealing it. Many people don’t want just firearm

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News
Michael Crites

CZ Chas up the Scorpionnge

CZ-USA has redesigned their Scorpion EVO 3 S2 series pistols to a new standard that logically should be called the Scorpion IV but instead is

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Pistols & Revolvers
Michael Crites

Best 10mm Pistols in 2022

The 10mm pistol is rapidly becoming more popular, even though the 9mm counterpart is the traditional choice for a self-defense sidearm.  10mm pistols can be

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Reviews
Michael Crites

The Best LPVO Scopes in 2022

To add flexibility to your rifle or hunting set-up, you may want to consider a Low Power Variable Optic (LPVO). These versatile scopes are perfect

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Pistols & Revolvers
Michael Crites

The Best CZ Pistols in 2022

When it comes to protecting your home, your family, and yourself, only the very best will do. Enter: CZ USA. This Czech-based company has a

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Reviews
Michael Crites

Monstrum Scope Review

Some optical brands are household names — Leopold, Vortex, Bushnell, and Trijicon are all jump to mind when thinking of new glass. Monstrum is not

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AR-15 & AR-10
Michael Crites

The Best AR-15 Tools of 2022

The AR-15 is the most popular rifle in America, in large part because it’s incredibly versatile. You can change-out most components – upper and lower

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Guides
Michael Crites

The Best AK-47 Rifles in 2022

The Increasingly American Kalashnikov For generations, the AK-47 was the spooky gun in grainy TASS footage of May Day parades in Red Square, or seen

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News
Michael Crites

Beretta gobbles RUAG

Swiss-based RUAG International last week agreed on the sale of its Ammotec business unit to the Beretta Holding group. In the deal, Beretta will take

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Pistols & Revolvers
Michael Crites

The Best 9mm Revolvers

What are the best 9mm Revolvers? When it comes to concealed carry, revolvers have been in use for over a century. That’s a long time

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Pistols & Revolvers
Michael Crites

The Best Kimber 1911s in 2022

Kimber produces more American-made M1911-style handguns than anyone else, fielding over 70 assorted models and variants. While this may seem to confuse things, we are

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Michael Crites

New Wilson Combat SFX9

Giving the world a new 1911 that doesn’t really even look like a 1911, Wilson Combat’s new SFX9 runs a lightweight full-size aluminum grip frame–

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News
Michael Crites

New S&W M&P9 Compacts

Smith & Wesson quietly (as in didn’t even have the courtesy to issue a press release) dropped two new M&P9 Compact models on the public.

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News
Michael Crites

Henry’s 25th Anniversary

Henry Repeating Arms started shipping their first new, factory-made guns in March 1997, meaning this month is the company’s 25th anniversary. Of course, the Imperato

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Ammo for Ukraine
News
Michael Crites

Ammo Makers Pony Up for Ukraine

On Feb. 28, Ammo Inc., with a factory in Wisconsin, responded to Ukraine’s President Zelensky’s apparent plea for ammunition (“I need ammo, not a ride…”)

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Reviews
Michael Crites

Best Level 4 Body Armor

Gunfights are generally bad news for all involved, but while many gun owners plan and prepare fairly well for the offensive aspects of a fight

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Reviews
Michael Crites

The Best Plate Carriers

It’s one thing to have a tactical vest and another to have one that can carry a defensive ballistic plate – be it a steel

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Guides
Michael Crites

The Best Glock Handguns

Chances are if you’re a gun owner looking for a new pistol – either for self-defense or something new for the range – a Glock

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News
Michael Crites

Texas sues over local Silencers

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the ATF last week trying to halt the agency’s enforcement of federal regulations regarding suppressors made

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News
Michael Crites

New suppressors from Gemtech

Gemtech was one of the leaders in suppressor innovation for decades and is today one of the oldest “silencer” companies still around. However, this is

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Pistols & Revolvers
Michael Crites

The Best Concealed Carry Revolvers

Deciding to take responsibility for one’s self-protection is a big step, but millions are taking the plunge every year to carry a concealed handgun and

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Reviews
Michael Crites

The Best Gun Cleaning Kits

What are the best cleaning kits for your gun? Shooting guns is, well, dirty work. The soot and carbon can get everywhere, and depending on

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Holsters & Carry
Michael Crites

The Best Taurus G2C Holsters

Taurus firearms have been around since pre-WWII (technically 1939) and while they aren’t known for super premium products, they have improved a lot in the

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Ammunition
Michael Crites

The Best 9mm Ammo in 2022

Possibly the most popular centerfire ammunition made today, and almost certainly one of the most prolific, landing on the right 9mm ammo load for home

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Guides
Michael Crites

A Guide to Magpul Stocks

Of all the aftermarket stocks available for purchase, Magpul is one of the most popular manufacturers. They also have a decidedly wide selection of firearm

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Holsters & Carry
Michael Crites

The Best Running Holsters in 2022

After testing more new models, we’ve updated our top recommendation to the Crossbreed Modular Belly Band. We’re keeping the other recommendations on our list, but

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Michael Crites

Mas on How to Carry

Massad Ayoob, a figure who has been writing about and teaching modern handguns for something like 40 years, recently dished for a quarter-hour as part

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Michael Crites

New Taurus G3XL Pistol

While Sig Sauer has been busy with the P365 series, Taurus has been right alongside that top-shelf company with the solidly mid-shelf G3C line, which

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Michael Crites

New Sig P365-380 Pistol

In 2018, Sig Sauer introduced the P365, a micro-compact 9mm– really the first in its class– that delivered a 380-sized carry pistol but with a

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Michael Crites

New Sig Romeo2 MRD

Sig Sauer has really been pushing out the optics in the past few years, billing their products (looking at you, Bushnell, Vortex, etc.) as being

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News
Michael Crites

On The Sandy Hook Settlement

The basis of the Sandy Hook lawsuit, which drew headlines nationwide as it ended (?) last week with a $73 million settlement, is being misrepresented

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AR-15 & AR-10
Michael Crites

The Best 7.62×39 BCGs in 2022

When building an AK or AR chambered in 7.62×39, it is vital to purchase a 7.62×39 BCG so the rifle will function correctly. Many manufacturers

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Gun Safes
Michael Crites

The Best Under Bed Gun Safes

What are the best under bed gun safes available? Storing your guns safely is arguably the primary responsibility of any gun owner. However, you also

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Reviews
Michael Crites

The Best Night Vision Scopes

When you think of a night vision scope, you likely think of military applications. Originally introduced by the Germans in WWII, these Nachtjäger devices were

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Holsters & Carry
Michael Crites

The Best Concealed Carry Belts

No shame – everyone has at one point used a regular belt to carry their firearm. Eventually, you realize they don’t offer the support you

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Reviews
Michael Crites

The Best Tactical Boots

Having a good pair of boots is an absolute must for anyone who spends a lot of their time outdoors. Avid outdoors-men and women know

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Reviews
Michael Crites

The Best Range Bags in 2022

Whether or not you’re OCD about organizing your gear on range trips, a range bag is great for hauling around shooting gear and provides plenty

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News
Michael Crites

New Sig Sauer P210 Carry

One of the best-known original handguns made by SIG (Swiss-based company, written in all capitals) was their Pistole 49, an extremely accurate single-stack single-action pistol

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Michael Crites

New SilencerCo GDCH

Suppressor powerhouse SilencerCo just debuted their Gas Defeating Charging Handle (or GDCH) which is billed as significantly redirecting the blowback of gas delivered to the

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Michael Crites

New Century Arms BFT47

Century Arms has been trying to perfect an American-made AK for the past 20 years and is finally getting close it would seem. The company

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Reviews
Michael Crites

Ace Link Armor Review

Since 2017 Ace Link Armor has manufactured defensive gear with unyielding protection such as body armor, bulletproof vests, and ballistic helmets for law enforcement and

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Reviews
Michael Crites

The Best Survival Rifles

The term “survival rifle” can mean different things to different people. We dive deep into the world of rifles built for when TSHTF.

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Holsters & Carry
Michael Crites

The Best Ankle Holsters in 2022

An ankle carry holster lets you carry a gun or backup weapon on your lower leg while keeping your upper torso unencumbered from larger, bulkier

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Guides
Michael Crites

The Best Revolvers for 2022

Revolvers are a staple American firearm and arguably some the best self-defense weapons you can buy. Wheel guns tend to be small, simple to use,

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News
Michael Crites

New Sig P365XL Spectre Comp

Sig Sauer has cranked out several Spectre-series pistols including two different P320 variants and a P365XL, but now they have added what seems to be

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Michael Crites

Goex rises like a Phoenix

Goex traces its roots back to 1802, when DuPont began producing gun powder in Delaware, and up until last year made Goex and Olde Eynsford-branded

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Pistols & Revolvers
Michael Crites

The Colt 1911 – Old & New

While dozens of companies are busy making 1911-style pistols, only one name stands above all others as the inventor of the original– Colt. With over

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AR-15 & AR-10
Michael Crites

The Best Gun Oils

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Promising the “most advanced open-reflex micro red dot optic, ruggedized and loaded with advanced features, designed for ultra-compact concealed carry pistols,” Sig has updated their

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After researching every variety of ammo safe from the major manufacturers and Amazon, testing more than a dozen, including testing room for loose ammo, ammunition

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The history of firearm ammunition in the United States is long and storied. Here in the US we’re lucky enough to have ammo for recreational

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News Brief – 12/13

In this week’s gun news, ATF finally gets something right, Barrett goes NFT, Remington reboots paper shells, a new 6.5 PRC rifle, Sig intros yet

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In this week’s gun news, Bushmaster releases more black rifles, Liberty Ammo comes up short, NSSF breaks down Pittman-Robertson, Shadow Systems has more pistols, and

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News Brief – 11/23

In this week’s gun news, CMMG does what HK wouldn’t, CZ brings the bolt action(s), Kimber has a ton of new pistols, meet the Right

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News Brief – 11/8

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News Brief – 11/1

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News Brief – 10/25

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In this week’s gun news, more optics-ready carry guns from Beretta and S&W, Dugan needs our help, NICS numbers bad but also not bad, Sig

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50 Perfect Gifts for Gun Lovers

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News Brief – 10/5

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News Brief – 9/27

In this week’s gun news Beretta adds optics to the 92X Performance, Walt Berger heads to the benchrest in the sky, ATF asks for more

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In this week’s gun news Beretta delivers updates to all the things, SiCo telling great gun stories, and Sig Sauer makes NextGen cans available to

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News Brief – 9/5

In this week’s gun news CZ goes subcompact, FN goes 22, HK does the MP5 in 22 (two ways), Mossberg doubles down on Jerry M,

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The American Firearms News Brief for August 24th: the biggest ammo oof in modern history, Kimber makes the R7 Facebook official, Smith & Wesson goes Kel-Tec KSG, and Taurus makes it easy to TORO.

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News Brief – 8/24

The American Firearms News Brief for August 24th: the biggest ammo oof in modern history, Kimber makes the R7 Facebook official, Smith & Wesson goes Kel-Tec KSG, and Taurus makes it easy to TORO.

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News Brief – 8/17

The American Firearms News Brief for August 17th: Canik goes METE, FBI picks Winchester for sniper ammo, LAPD goes FN, & Ruger now has a southpaw 10/22.

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News Brief – 8/10

The American Firearms News Brief for August 10th: ATF comment period almost up, Bushmaster confirms what we already knew, CZ has some sweet anniversary specials, Kimber getting a Micro 9, Sig gets another Snakebite.

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News Brief – 8/06

The American Firearms News Brief for August 6th: HK is coughing up the funky SL8 again, it’s a wrap for the Olympics, NICS numbers are down but also up, and Nighthawk has a Very Impressive Pistol.

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News Brief – 8/04

The American Firearms News Brief for August 3rd: Meprolight brings the RDS Pro V2, Ruger finally threads the 57, Springfield sends an Emissary, and Westley Richards has a bespoke Safari rifle if you have the Amex Black.

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News Brief – 7/30

The American Firearms News Brief for July 30th: Beretta has a new PCC inbound, the gun that got Billy the Kid (or maybe didn’t) heads to auction, Remington fades as RemArms takes its shaky place, Team USA grabs three more medals in Olympics shooting, Wilson Combat shows off new SFX9 Sub-Compact.

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News Brief – 7/28

The American Firearms News Brief for July 28th: Caesar Guerini Invictus M-SPEC, Hi-Point gets wildly different reviews, SDS introduces PX9-G2 pistol, and Team USA grabs an early Gold Medal in shooting event at Tokyo Olympics.

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In-Depth Review: Taurus G3C

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News Brief – 7/25

The American Firearms News Brief for July 25th: Auto-Ordnance makes bootlegging fun again, Nighthawk Delegates, Ontario coughs up a cringy bayonet, and PROOF has lots of big news.

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News Brief – 7/19

The American Firearms News Brief for July 19th: Glock turns 92, Kimber teases better guns, Ruger teases classic cowboy guns, Taylor’s updates the M1886, and Trijicon gets some love from the Army.

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News Brief – 7/16

The American Firearms News Brief for July 16th: Blaser goes PRC, B&T ups their Blackout game, Court says adults under 21 can buy handguns, and Sig pulls a Switchblade.

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Michael Crites

News Brief – 7/12

The American Firearms News Brief for July 8th: Kahr makes minor changes to their P9 pistols, Masterpiece doubles down on the PMR Pro rifle, pistol braces pass 100K comments, Remington promises more ammo, and Winchester salutes the military.

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News Brief – 7/8

The American Firearms News Brief for July 8th: Kahr makes minor changes to their P9 pistols, Masterpiece doubles down on the PMR Pro rifle, pistol braces pass 100K comments, Remington promises more ammo, and Winchester salutes the military.

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News Brief – 7/5

The American Firearms News Brief for July 5th: Burris readies a clip-on thermal, Noveske brings the squirt, Rock Island announces a shorty shotty, Ruger maxes out the LCP, and Walther wants you to carry medical.

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News Brief – 7/2

The American Firearms News Brief for July 2nd: Holosun goes green, Sig delivers pro-cut P229 slides, Taurus adds colors to the GX4, Q teasing the 8.6 mafia, Winchester wants its 9mm back

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.223 vs 5.56 – A Comparison

“223 Remington” & “5.56x45mm NATO” designations are often met with indifference — like there’s no real difference between the two. We point out that there is, indeed, meangingful diffrences to be aware of.

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Michael Crites

News Brief – 6/29

The American Firearms News Brief for June 29th: Beretta goes Ultima, CAA stepping into the PCC realm, Faxon brings match barrels to Sig, the KP-15 is now ready to go inna woods, and Lone Wolf is getting quieter.

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News Brief – 6/24

The American Firearms News Brief for June 24th: Berger helps eat the “x” at 1,000 yards, Luth goes slick, and new guns hit the market from Hi-Point, Sig, and S&W.

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News Brief – 6/21

The American Firearms News Brief for June 21st: Armscor looks to beat Glock at their own game, EAA goes goose, Blackhawk sheds some light on holsters, and Safariland stunts.

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Michael Crites

News Brief – 6/17

The American Firearms News Brief for June 17th: Beretta brings Sako ammo to America, Kinsey’s to distribute Fusion 1911s, and CAA now offers TrueTimber camo.

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News Brief – 6/14

The American Firearms News Brief for June 14th: SiCo bringing more lowers to market, FN wins big with machine guns, Army picks NightForce, and Sig Sauer raises some Spectres.

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News Brief – 6/9

The American Firearms News Brief for June 9th: the ATF rains on the brace parade, Bushmaster promises a rebirth, Sig has a new weapon light, and the Beretta 1301 gets some love.

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News Brief – 6/7

The American Firearms News Brief for June 7th: Diamondback expands their DBX series 5.7 pistols, Zenith plans a comeback with an MP5 clone, and more.

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Michael Crites

News Brief – 6/3

The American Firearms News Brief for June 3rd: New Sig Sauer P320 AXG PRO, NRA Show Back On, & New Venom 5-25×56 FFP

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Michael Crites

News Brief – 5/31

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Michael Crites

300 Blackout vs 5.56: A Comparison

Two of the most popular caliber choices for AR-15 style firearms are the go-to 5.56 NATO standard and the newer, but no less versatile, .300 AAC Blackout. We help separate fact from fiction.

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Michael Crites

Gun Cleaning 101

Keeping your guns clean is critical to performance and longevity, so we pulled together a best practices guide for ensuring your guns are operating their best.

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Michael Crites

Tavor TS12 Review

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Michael Crites

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Michael Crites

The KelTec CP33: A Review

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Guns can be used not only for ensuring personal and family security but also for a fun hobby. But for anyone who owns a gun, safe storage and cleaning as well as proper handling are vital.

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Pistols & Revolvers
Michael Crites

The Glock 29: A Review

The no-nonsense Glock 29, a pint-sized 10mm subcompact, is a handgun that trends towards the unique and offers a lot for the person with the

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What is Tannerite?

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Glock 17 vs 19: A Comparison

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5.56 vs 7.62: A Comparison

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The Best Rangefinders

Quality laser rangefinders have become both reasonably priced and surprisingly easy to use, allowing anyone to take their long-range shooting to the next level.

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The Best Rimfire Scopes in 2022

While bigger calibers get all the coverage, using a smaller caliber for plinking, practice, and target shooting can make your experience cheaper and easier while

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AR-15 & AR-10
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AR-15 vs. M4: A Comparison

Both the AR-15 and the M4 are based on the Armalite Rifle design from Eugene Stoner in the 1950s. These rifles have, in their respective

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Michael Crites

MRAD vs. MOA: A Comparison

What is right for you: MRAD or MOA? Accuracy at long-range requires a significant degree of precision, which is why it’s critical to pair a

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Michael Crites

Hunting Season Firearms You Should Own

Seasoned hunters usually have a list in their minds of the firearms they want to own. Ideally, the guns you own will give you a wide array of options to hunt both small and big game.

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S&W PISTOL SW1911TA 45 ACP Review

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Gun Wound Ballistics Data

Resources for understanding wound ballistics We want to make you aware of the wealth of wound ballistics information available to you from sources other than

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Michael Crites

FBI Handgun Wounding Factors

Below you will find a complete reproduction of the FBI’s “Handgun Wounding Factors and Effectiveness” report. This is a useful document for any shooter as

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Michael Crites

Firearms Reports and Opinions

Reports and Opinions Supreme Court decision on Heller v. D.C. 062608 “The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service

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Michael Crites

Firearm Statistics

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2nd Amendment
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Useful Firearms Links

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Michael Crites

A Firearms Glossary

References to firearm condition standards are those that have been established by the National Rifle Association regarding the physical status of antique weapons  ACP: Abbreviation

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Michael Crites

Firearm Training Resources

Where can you get quality firearm training? One of the most important things any gun owner can do is train how to use their weapon.

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Michael Crites

Firearm Safety Tips

A Guide to Basic Gun Safety If you decide to own a firearm, it’s necessary to learn how to safely use it and store it

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Michael Crites

Children & Gun Safety

Guide to Teaching Your Children About Gun Safety Owning a gun is your right, but you have to exercise that right responsibly. A gun is

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Michael Crites

The Best Browning Guns

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Famous Outlaws of the Wild West

Guns can be used not only for ensuring personal and family security but also for a fun hobby. But for anyone who owns a gun, safe storage and cleaning as well as proper handling are vital.

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Michael Crites

How to Properly Clean and Store Your Guns

Guns can be used not only for ensuring personal and family security but also for a fun hobby. But for anyone who owns a gun, safe storage and cleaning as well as proper handling are vital.

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A Quaker said what?

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