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GUNS AND GEAR FOR LONG RANGE PRECISION AND BACK YARD PLINKING
CZ 457 Bolt...

I saved my pennies and bought my first BB gun, a no-frills lever-action Daisy, from our local Otasco at age seven. The first handgun was an 1851 Colt Navy...
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Ruger Super...

I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with Bill Ruger and his sons Tom and Bill Ruger at the legendary Ruger parties at the SHOT Show in years past.
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Rate Your Own Optics

The view was instantly brighter, details sharper. In hand, it was lighter than any binocular I’d yet carried afield. And it was less expensive! A field...
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Bullet Selection...

When hunting in the brushy areas of western Washington the .44 Magnum revolver tends to be my first choice,
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Apex Hellcat...

The Springfield Armory Hellcat is the world’s highest-capacity micro-compact defensive pistol.
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Thompson/Center...

Living in a rural area has its advantages and disadvantages. We don’t have any large sporting goods stores nearby.
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.41 Mag Slugs

Like most of my obsessions, it started by thumbing through a gun magazine — certain articles grab our attention, refusing to let go.
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Big-case .22...

Big-case .22 centerfires have fallen out of favor in recent years. My subjective definition of a big-case .22 is those with water capacity starting at...
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The .356 TSW

A victim of poor timing and marketing, the promising .356 TSW (Tactical Smith & Wesson) cartridge may be on the verge of a comeback.
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Ruger American...

What makes a good competition pistol? If you’re running against a clock the gun needs to be accurate, handy, maneuverable and dead nuts reliable.
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Skinner Sights...

Andy Larsson — head honcho and chief floor sweeper at Skinner Sights — has the uncanny ability of knowing what shooters want, before said shooters even...
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Keeping Up With...

“That can’t be right,” thought I, but another count yielded the same sums. Just the first 18 years of this century have coughed up 50 new centerfire...
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Vetting the ...

As the boredom of the COVID-19 shutdown started getting to me, I felt the urge to change carry guns if only as a change of pace.
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Remembering ...

I was still a junior in high school when GUNS Magazine first appeared in January 1955. The printed page had a major effect on me, especially some of the...
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Korth NXR .44 Magnum

Birthed in Germany and offered on this side of the pond by the fine folks at Nighthawk Custom, the NXR .44 Magnum represents the absolute pinnacle of...
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Are You Ready...

A “standard” .177-caliber airgun pellet weighs somewhere in the vicinity of seven grains, give or take.
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Winchester Model...

In my last shotgun column I covered the lever-action Winchester Model 1887 shotgun designed by firearms genius John M. Browning.
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Lapua and SK...

I tend to collect rimfire ammo like John Taffin collects six shooters. In recent years I’ve enjoyed shooting .22s more and more, and love to try different...
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Collar Buttons...

Looking at the studs used to attach men’s collars to the neckbands of the shirts of the era, it’s easy to see where John Barlow's inspiration came from...
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What's In Your...

Range bags — almost everybody has one and they span everything from battered old tool boxes to the latest high-speed, low-drag Ballistic nylon duffle with...
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Smith & Wesson...

The .38 Special has been one of America’s darlings for over a century. Most Smith & Wesson .38/.357 reviews focus on the .357 Magnums or snubby .38s. But...
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SIG SAUER MCX...

Suppose you could reduce the power of your decked-out modern sporting rifle by a factor of 100. Consider the possibilities — you could shoot it in your...
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Building your...

As of this writing, we have pretty much recovered from the ammo drought of the last few years, when rimfire ammunition was in especially high demand.
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Wilson Combat...

When testing a gun, I like to shoot it under pressure. This is where you really pick up the subtleties of how it handles and performs.
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