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SofHold Gun Magnet

I always wanted a gun magnet to keep a “hideout” gun secured at my desk but most of them either didn’t have enough power or I didn’t trust their...
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
Plano Weekend Series Speedbags

Full confession from an outdoor writer: Soft-sided fishing tackle bags have been, and still are, put to uses other than holding bait, lures, spare reels,...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
New 1911 Fits for Galco...

Previously only available for revolvers and compact/full-size semi-autos, the Galco Switchback holster is now available for 4-5” 1911 pistols, with and...
Read Full Article Joe Kriz
Meopta MeoPro HD80 ...

I’ve always wanted a “real” spotting scope but there is the tiny matter of disposable income.
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
Quartermaster A Holster...

Gun Cranks host Brent Wheat looks at the Hawg Holster and why it never lets go.
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
What Is 5R Rifling?

5R rifling has been around 40-plus years now but judging from the questions I’ve heard there seems to be little information on it.
Read Full Article John Krieger
Primary Arms GLX 2X Prism...

I’ve never been a huge fan of low-power optics on ARs but this one might change my mind.
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
CRKT Overland

Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT) built their company on collaborations with custom knifemakers and Boise, Idaho’s T.J. Schwarz is one of the latest.
Read Full Article Pat Covert
Pulsar TRAIL 2 LRF XP50...

An upgraded model of the Pulsar TRAIL LRF XP50, the second-generation riflescope boasts increased thermal sensitivity, image detail and ruggedness for even...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
CRKT Overland

Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT) built their company on collaborations with custom knifemakers and Boise, Idaho’s T.J. Schwarz is one of the latest.
Read Full Article Pat Covert
Pulsar TRAIL 2 LRF XP50...

An upgraded model of the Pulsar TRAIL LRF XP50, the second-generation riflescope boasts increased thermal sensitivity, image detail and ruggedness for even...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Quartermaster Trigger...

American Handgunner's Roy Huntington reveals his secret to his steady hand when pistol shooting.
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Quartermaster Hear Like A...

American Handgunner's Tom McHale explains the advantages of Westone Defender Digital hearing protection.
Read Full Article Tom McHale
The Kali Key

California AR owners are all too familiar with the ever-shifting Byzantine requirements necessary to ensure “compliance” in this deepest of Deep Blue...
Read Full Article Payton Miller
Levergun Loads: .44 Magnum

The first issue of GUNS Magazine arrived in January 1955 when I was a junior in high school. It was notable as the first magazine ever dedicated to articles...
Read Full Article John Taffin
Quartermaster The...

GunCranks host Brent Wheat shows off the new .22 caliber Sig MCX Virtus PCP Air Rifle and gives the squirrels in his yard fair warning.
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
New Products October 2020...

Real Avid’s Gun Tool AMP — AR15 is a compact kit loaded for, what else, an AR15. This multi-tool system will keep your AR15 up and running in the field...
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Benchmade’s Meatcrafter...

Ask any serious hunter to name their most indispensable tool and I bet they say a quality knife.
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Building A Better AR...

The term “build” as applied to AR-type rifles is technically wrong. A more accurate term would be to “assemble.”
Read Full Article Denny Hansen
Quartermaster Stick Your...

GUNS Magazine's Brent Wheat explains how and where he sticks his gun so it's in easy reach and accessible no matter where he is.
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Red Dot 101

There’s no faster sight than a red dot. However, some look like receiver sights, others like scopes. What gives?
Read Full Article Wayne van Zwoll
A.G. Russell Vest Pocket...

When cutlery genius A.G. Russell passed way in October of 2018, he left behind a legacy of being both a pioneer entrepreneur and visionary designer.
Read Full Article Pat Covert
Winchester Model 1897

In my last shotgun column I covered the lever-action Winchester Model 1887 shotgun designed by firearms genius John M. Browning.
Read Full Article Denny Hansen
Mitch Rosen Extraordinary...

With each passing year I better understand the value of spending a little more money initially to buy the best quality possible rather than mess around with...
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
Levergun Loads: .44 WCF

In 1860, B. Tyler Henry received a patent for a truly landmark rifle. With a lever-operated action using a copper cartridge case, the Model of 1860 (or...
Read Full Article John Taffin
Pouring Your Own Slugs

As a bullet caster, nothing beats heaving large hunks of cast lead projectiles at a target and watching the results.
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Lyman 50th Edition...

The Lyman 50th Edition Reloading Handbook is now available with 528 pages of loading data and well-grounded chapters on every aspect of metallic cartridge...
Read Full Article Mike Cumpston
Lapua and SK Rimfire Ammo

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...
Read Full Article David Freeman
Real Avid Gun Tool AMP

If there’s something that can’t be done to a modern sporting rifle, 1911 or semi-auto pistol with the Real Avid Gun Tool AMP, my guess is nobody has...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
MTM Case-Gard In-safe...

The new In-Safe Handgun Storage Case is exactly what I needed to organize my gun safe in a way to make room for more while keeping my handguns organized,...
Read Full Article David Freeman
Fixin’ Messes, Memories...

It’s early April as I write this and everyone’s donning surgical masks and gloves, bottles of hand-sanitizer holstered, ready for fast-drawing the...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Olamic Soloist

Sometimes a knife grabs your eyeballs and won’t let go. Such is the case with Olamic Cutlery’s Soloist tactical folder. Located in Visalia, California,...
Read Full Article Pat Covert
Hornady 6mm ARC

When Hornady introduced its new 6mm Advanced Rifle Cartridge (ARC), it was a total surprise to both the industry and consumers.
Read Full Article Dave Workman
The Orthopedic Holster

When illness or injury make it hard to carry your handgun, an alternate carry option may solve the problem.
Read Full Article Massad Ayoob
New Products September...

Protect yourself and your family with Rock River Arms’ compact BT92152. The BT-9 pistol with SBA3 arm brace in 9x19mm has a billet aluminum lower with a...
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The .38 Special and .44...

It seems everyone is always talking about .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum leverguns but what about .38 Special and .44 Special loads in leverguns which were...
Read Full Article John Taffin
Leupold Performance Eyewear

How good can you make a magazine editor look? As soon as I slipped on a pair of new Leupold Performance Eyewear, I instantly felt younger, more handsome,...
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
Sierra Bullets And True...

GUNS Magazine editor Brent Wheat learns why Sierra Bullets is partnering with True Velocity's polymer cartridges.
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Traditions Nitrofire...

If you’re looking for a simple, weatherproof and impeccably accurate muzzleloader for hunting, the Traditions Nitrofire deserves your first look.
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
Collar Buttons For The...

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...
Read Full Article Roger Smith
New Federal HammerDown

Years before it was overrun by anti-gun and hunting tree-huggers, there was a tradition in the Pacific Northwest:
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Benchmade Proper

One of Benchmade Knives’ best innovations has been their sturdy Axis Lock that dominates their line of tactical and everyday carry folders.
Read Full Article Pat Covert
What's In Your Range Bag?

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...
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
Meprolight Mepro Foresight

My first experience with an electronic sight was a number of years ago. Back then, the generic buzz term for such products was “holographic sight”
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Competition Electronics...

At first glance, the ProChrono DLX looks like many other traditional chronographs. With its standard 1/4x20 threaded mounting hole, you stick it on a tripod...
Read Full Article Tom McHale
Zippo Butane Lighter Insert

Okay, the Zippo Butane Lighter Insert is not strictly a shooting accessory but I nominate it as such because many shooters consider a post-range cigar, pipe...
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
Casting Revolver Bullets

I cast competition-quality BPCR rifle bullets and have more than a few trophies to show for it. If one of my big .40 or .45 caliber bullets drops from its...
Read Full Article Mike "Duke" Venturino
Finding The Right Holster...

Resident guncranks discuss the best and worst holsters to buy and why one holster doesn't work for every situation and person. Tom also talks about his...
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
Trijicon SRO Red Dot Optics

Thanks to these improvements and the inclusion in major competitive circuits, red dots have exploded in popularity. For the past decade, Trijicon’s RMR...
Read Full Article Jeremiah McCarthy
Hornady RAPiD Safe Ready Vault

Being a firearms owner comes with responsibility. Not only must you maintain its operation with regular cleaning, but you must also safely protect them from...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
The Forgotten Four

Warren Page once wrote: “I had thought the question of scope power for selective shooting of open-country [deer] had been settled … the 4x is just about...
Read Full Article Wayne van Zwoll
Smith & Wesson Model 67

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...
Read Full Article Brad Miller
New Products August 2020 Issue

Designed and tested in Alaska, the Denali Chest Holster is built to withstand challenging weather conditions. At the same time, the holster also provides...
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Father's Day Gift Guide

As a certified Dad myself, I feel qualified to offer some insight into what might get your favorite dad’s attention this Father’s Day. Whether he’s a...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Round butts Are Best

Round-butted snubbies are the stuff dreams are made of, especially for nostalgic old Coppers. Compact, they have a comforting, familiar heft when loaded...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Rifles for troubled times

“If you could only own one gun” is a hardy perennial in firearms literature. For firearms enthusiasts the question is ludicrous — many of us carry...
Read Full Article Dave Anderson
Hyskore Six Gun Speed Rack

So many guns, so little room! If you’re like me, struggling to keep my gun safe organized has been a challenge. Well, I finally found a solution.
Read Full Article David Freeman
Reloading the .32 Magnum

When the .32 Magnum first arrived I did not take it seriously. My friend Joe Penner, who takes all the pictures of me shooting, changed this as he acquired...
Read Full Article John Barsness
Worst Self-Defense Ammo |...

Every gun owner wants the best ammunition for their carry gun should they ever need to use it, but not every box of ammo labeled for "self-defense" or...
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
Patriotic Guns

In the July issue of GUNS, we’re celebrating one of the most unique things about the United States of America — our right to keep and bear arms!
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
New Steinel 6.5x52 Carcano

There’s something inherently charming about classic rifle cartridges long-eclipsed by modern developments in ammunition, such as .30/40 Krag, .250/3000...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Nighthawk Custom Drop-In...

It’s nice when a plan comes together. Custom pistolsmith Mark Dye has worked with Nighthawk Custom Firearms to finalize his design of a completely modular...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Building your reserves

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.
Read Full Article Dave Anderson
Wilson Combat X-TAC...

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.
Read Full Article Massad Ayoob
Cast Bullet Accuracy

By now you’ve observed my affinity and affliction for the humble cast bullet. I’ve always tried to be as self-reliant as possible, even as a kid.
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Streamlight Siege

Survival gear is supposed to be manly. It should project a sort of quiet gravitas and sit in a box labeled, “Break glass in case of war.”
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
Everyday Carry Dump | GMP #28

Host Brent T. What, Roy Huntington and Tom McHale discuss everyday carry gear, including what flashlights, knives and guns are in their pockets — plus the...
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
SIG Romeo1PRO Red dot optic

The SIG SAUER Romeo1PRO red dot optic offers two design features negating the most common complaint against red dot sights on defensive pistols: finding the...
Read Full Article Tom McHale
DiamondBlade Knives Surge

The DiamondBlade Knives Surge may look traditional as hunting knives go — and it is — but its blade features advanced, space-age technology compared to...
Read Full Article Pat Covert
Gun Maintenance Essentials

I picked up a Lyman Essential Gun Maintenance Mat. This arrived in my designated gun cleaning and maintenance room
Read Full Article Tom McHale
Norma MHP Ammunition -...

The folks at Norma have been busy in the secret ammo lab. I’ve always admired their rifle and rimfire offerings, but haven’t followed developments in...
Read Full Article Tom McHale
Benchmade Bailout

Their product literature asks, “Looking to fly under the radar?” When you heft the Benchmade 537 Bailout knife, you’ll understand what they’re saying!
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
New Products July 2020 Issue

The Aluminum Slip-Joint Folders from Bear & Son Cutlery are lightweight slip-joint pocketknives. They have aluminum handles that conveniently fit in pockets...
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TOPS Poker

TOPS Knives General Manager Craig Powell likes to tinker around the shop on the weekends and has even had a hand or two in several of the company’s designs.
Read Full Article Pat Covert
Savage Arms 110 IN .224...

The Savage 110 Prairie Hunter in .224 Valkyrie is a terrific choice for varmint hunters or precision shooters, and with the right load, will put meat on the...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
New Life For A New Service

Starting in 1976 I have been to Gunsite more times than I can remember. Besides meeting life-long friends, one of the best things is the networking always...
Read Full Article Denny Hansen
Tips & Tales on the .480...

For many, 2015 became a colossal year when Ruger relented, finally releasing the long awaited 5-shot, single-action Bisley.
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Federal Force X2 12-Gauge

The use of shotguns for home defense dates back to the days of flintlocks, when the common bore was smooth and there was no such thing as dialing 911 for help.
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Truglo Tru-Tec Micro Red Dot

Red dot sights are all the rage because they offer quick target acquisition under a variety of lighting conditions alongside unlimited eye relief.
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
The Contender And The .22 Jet

In the early 1960s sixgun manufacturers began searching for better varmint hunting cartridges than the big magnums.
Read Full Article John Taffin
SIG Sauer Tango6T 1-6X24

Back when I wore the uniform, our weapons were the end result of laborious and protracted selection processes.
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
Don’t be a (fouled) bore!

Nostalgia is all very well. Looking back, we tend to forget the bad and remember the good maybe a little better than it really was.
Read Full Article Dave Anderson
CrossBreed Hybrid ST2 ...

A new month, another CrossBreed holster! Last month we did a short review of the CrossBreed SuperTuck.
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
Mounts Count!

Like racing tires and blue-ribbon taxidermy, a costly scope avails you to nothing if stupidly attached.
Read Full Article Wayne van Zwoll
Henry AXE Lever-Action .410

When I was just a pup one of my favorite TV shows was Wanted Dead or Alive starring Steve McQueen as bounty hunter Josh Randall.
Read Full Article Denny Hansen
Florida Hog Hunt

From the backseat, it felt like one of those nightmares you have after eating pickled jalapeños right before bedtime.
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
Survival Kit Essentials

If you ask Google for survival kit content lists, it’ll come up with well over 80 million hits. Most of the lists are nearly identical. Almost all of them...
Read Full Article Jim Cobb
Streamlight TLR-9 Weapon Light

I own more “tactical” flashlights than I can count, because like a sharp pocketknife, you never know when you’re going to need it. Some of the best...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
New Products June 2020 Issue

The Model 2020 K6s is an OWB Holster for the Kimber K6s. Handcrafted from fine American leather, the holster is contoured to the hip for comfort and...
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Brownells BRN-PROTO AR15

Thus begins what is, in my opinion, history’s greatest piece of literature.
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
CCW Breakaways

I love playing with firearms, but I hate carrying them and have tried most every conceivable carry option.
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
FX Pocket Chronograph

I’ve been using a nifty little, and I do mean little, device from the folks at FX Airguns to measure velocity of various air rifles and handguns.
Read Full Article Tom McHale
Wilderness Tactical ...

Wilderness Tactical Products makes my favorite ankle holster and they also make what is arguably the most well-reasoned weapon sling on the market.
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
Springfield Armory Hellcat...

The world shifted just a bit on September 25, 2019. Did you feel it? It wasn’t one of those silly Instagram events like Kim Kardashian brushing her teeth...
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
Geezer Guns

An old saying goes, “Don’t let your mouth write checks your butt can’t handle.” In bygone days I used to brag to my friends in the BPCR Silhouette game
Read Full Article Mike "Duke" Venturino
Spyderco Mantra 3

Several of Spyderco’s earliest folders have been in their line for decades, attesting to the success of the brand.
Read Full Article Pat Covert
Pre-’64 Winchester Model...

The Winchester Model 70 is America’s most iconic bolt-action rifle and to collectors the most desirable M70s are the “pre-’64” rifles.
Read Full Article Dave Anderson
How To Train A Mule

Although this is all about me, others are involved. Mom and Dad are biologists. Mom is a wildlife biologist, Dad is a general something-or-other biologist.
Read Full Article Ray Fleck
CrossBreed SuperTuck Holster

I wasn’t prepared to like the CrossBreed SuperTuck Holster. From the start it looks stiff, ungainly and is — frankly — a huge piece of leather
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
Acme ‘Lipstick’ Bullets

The Acme Bullet Company itself labels these as “Lipstick” Bullets, due to the bright red coating.
Read Full Article John Taffin
Prepping For Apartment...

Thanks to some of the sensationalistic “reality” shows aired in recent years, the word “prepper” often conjures up visions of eccentric...
Read Full Article Michael Janich
Franchi Momentum

When a convergence of technology in the firearms world reached my doorstep, it was a surprise.
Read Full Article Holt Bodinson
The CCI Patriot Pack

In the pages of GUNS you will find unvarnished patriotism of the sort responsible for taming the frontier, spreading liberty across the globe and ruthlessly...
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
Otis 3 Gun Ripcord Trio

People who use firearms a lot, especially in competition, need to keep their guns running. To do that, they need to be effectively cleaned — easily and...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
New Products May 2020 Issue

TriStar Arms introduces its new line of Trinity Over/Under Shotguns. The shotguns have CNC-machined aluminum or steel receivers hand detailed with old-world...
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Disaster Preparedness

Tornados, wildfires, chemical spills, floods, blizzards, hurricanes, ice storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, civil unrest, flu pandemic; the list goes on.
Read Full Article Russ Kolkman
The Guns Of The Wild Bunch

It has been 50 years since the movie The Wild Bunch hit the silver screen.
Read Full Article Alan Garbers
The Long And Short Of .22 Ammo

The other day I picked up one of my dad’s old cigar boxes from a shelf in my ammo closet and was surprised at how heavy it was.
Read Full Article David Freeman
Meopta Optika HD 10x24 Binos

I’ll grant you I’m not an optics expert and have a hard time telling multicoating from a muffuletta. However, to my degenerating (or is it degenerate?)...
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
Heritage Rough Rider Rancher

Western movie nostalgia is an interesting phenomenon, because if you’re like me, different guns and holsters remind you of different cowboy flicks.
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Drawing First Blood

Shooters sift rifle scopes by price, power, dials, reticles, lens diameter — but what about length?
Read Full Article Wayne van Zwoll
Federal Goes Long with...

As a long-time handloader, I’ve been guilty of overlooking new ammunition from time to time. Often, what’s marketed as “the hottest new thing” turns...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Axeon Optics Shotlight

We all want a $600 forend light for our home defense shotgun, along with a $3,000 custom 1911 and $5,000 scope for our tack-driving “tactical” rifle.
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
Mantis X10 Training System

“I can help 94 percent of shooters improve in 20 minutes.” Sounds pretty presumptuous and smacks of those Get-Rich-Quick or Lose-50-pounds-in-two-weeks...
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
Crossbreed ARK Resister bag

Need to protect your delicate missile components, critical documents or prize-winning beef jerky?
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
Beretta, Mossberg...

I’ve shot clays now and then, as well as a round or two of trap, and I’ll sum it up with the words of the great American philosopher Inspector Harry...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
TOPS Knives Camp Creek

This was my first TOPS knife and falls squarely under the heading of “Where have you been all my life?” The Camp Creek model was actually made for TOPS’
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
Swaging Satisfaction

I have been reloading for over 45 years and casting my own bullets for almost as long. The main reason I got into loading and casting, like many others, was...
Read Full Article Denny Hansen
Handloading With Acme...

My copy of the Oxford Dictionary defines “Acme” as “the highest point; the peak of perfection.”
Read Full Article John Taffin
New Products April 2020 Issue

The Bond Arms Grizzly is a single-action, double-barrel pistol chambered for .45 Colt and 2.5" .410 shells.
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Rimfire Memories

The year was 1962. My friend Bobby Norman got a Remington Nylon 66 for his birthday. We rode our motorcycles out to Hurricane Creek Bottom to shoot it.
Read Full Article David Freeman
New Ammo Offerings from Sierra

It is widely known Sierra makes some of the best bullets for handloaders anywhere on the landscape. After all, they’ve been doing it for over 70 years.
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Weatherby Mark V...

No. You don’t need .264 bullets to hit steel plates three sheep pastures yonder, or to topple a deer. It just seems this way.
Read Full Article Wayne van Zwoll
11 New Knives Seen at SHOT...

While firearms take center stage at the annual SHOT Show, there's much, much more to be seen, and perhaps nothing pairs better with everyday shooters than...
Read Full Article Joe Kriz
Levergun Loads: The .41 Magnum

I spotted what looked to be a pre-Remington Marlin levergun on the used gun rack in a local shop.
Read Full Article John Taffin
MantisX

I’ve used plenty of electronic training and marksmanship systems over the years and they’re great.
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Round-Nosed Reverence

Today’s advancements in bullet technology provide sleek, sexy, needle-nosed projectiles with ballistic coefficients north of .500, intended for ranges...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Kronos Semi-Automatic Rifle

Before the emergence of numerous AR-platform hunting rifles in serious large-game calibers, the universe for semi-auto hunters was pretty small.
Read Full Article Frank Jardim
Federal Custom Shop

Have you thought about taking your shooting to new heights by handloading your own ammunition — but didn’t? Me too. Handloading is a highly rewarding...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Powder River Precision XD...

The Springfield Armory XD pistol is a great piece of engineering but like most polymer pistols, often suffers from a slightly spongy trigger release.
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Grayman Mega Pounder 9

Simply put, Grayman Knives has a reputation for making hard-use knives geared to endure extreme abuse. Many think they are the best mission knives out there...
Read Full Article Pat Covert
SHOT Show Sights: Show Day 2

A daily photo dump of the best sights from the range and show floor of the 2020 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
Read Full Article Joe Kriz
The .375 Winchester

The .375 Winchester was introduced in 1978 and is a modernized version of the .38-55 Winchester from the 1880s.
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
SHOT Show Sights: Show Day 1

A daily photo dump of the best sights from the range and show floor of the 2020 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
Read Full Article Joe Kriz
SHOT Show Sights: Range Day

A daily photo dump of the best sights from the range and show floor of the 2020 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
Read Full Article Joe Kriz
Streamlight Polytac HP

Today we’re blessed with a multitude of LED flashlights for every need which is why I was underwhelmed when the Streamlight Polytac HP flashlight was...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
New Products March 2020 Issue

The Recon Tactical is Wilson Combat’s vision of “a practical AR for rigorous tactical training, hardcore hunting or all-purpose field applications.”
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Ruger 'Go Wild' Camo...

Yeah, I said it. Even “girls” can use a .300 WM — and so can senior “boys,” other shooters in general, youngsters and anyone else who hates to be...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
XS Sights DXT Night Sights

The day I realized my aging eyes couldn’t clearly see the front sight on a pistol was eye-opening (pun intended).
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
Mystery Ranch Coulee 25...

I must admit I have a pack problem. Whereas some people horde shoes, cash or, God forbid, Hummel figurines, I have entirely too many packs on hand.
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
Viridian Delivers Quality...

Arriving on the scene with cutting edge technology back in 2006, Viridian Weapon Technologies has since become a top name in laser sights and lights.
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Top 5 Articles of 2019

Over the years we've developed a pretty good understanding of what gun reviews, industry news and old-timey stories you'd be interested in reading, but —...
Read Full Article Joe Kriz
Zero Tolerance 0470 Sinkevich

Zero Tolerance (ZT) Knives have been the flagship of Kai USA — which also manufactures Kershaw folder knives — for over 14 years now.
Read Full Article Pat Covert
Black Hills Ammo

Over the span of about three decades, Black Hills Ammunition has grown from a small part-time operation to one of the most respected manufacturers of...
Read Full Article Dave Anderson
Rangefinding Reticles

Any reticle that will subtend — or bracket — a known measure at a known yardage can put you on target at any distance, if you know the size of the target.
Read Full Article Wayne van Zwoll
SIG Sauer P320 XFive Legion

The standard SIG SAUER P320 is the basic platform the company used to enter the U.S. military trials to select a new pistol. As a result, the P320 was...
Read Full Article John Taffin
SilencerCo Omega 36M...

While the ill-fated Hearing Protection Act, which would have taken sound suppressors out from under regulation of the National Firearms Act, didn’t become...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
MTM Case-Gard Patch Catcher

Years ago I tested a device similar to the Patch Catcher and it took more time and effort to use than actually cleaning the gun.
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
Reloading the 7.62x39

I have found the 7.62x39mm cartridge quite intriguing over the years, however I never spent time with much serious reloading for two reasons:
Read Full Article John Taffin
Real Avid Smart Drive 90...

I recently received a set of Real Avid gun tool products and greeted it with a figurative yawn. Shortly thereafter my lack of enthusiasm became embarrassing...
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
New Products February 2020...

Springfield Armory Hellcat Holsters from CrossBreed have been made available to coincide with the launch of the new 9mm pistol. IWB holsters for the Hellcat...
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Leupold Mark 5HD 7-35x56

Can you even see a target at 2,000 meters? I can’t, at least not with the naked eye, but having recently rung an 18" steel plate steel at 1.2 miles, I can...
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
Bustin’ Banana Rock ...

Every year, it’s there — resting seductively on the #2 loading rack of the Hunter Pistol Silhouette Range. Next to it, a heaping bag of handloads, used...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Lyman Electronic Digital ...

When you’re a firearms journalist, one of the standard tools of the trade is a trigger pull gauge.
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
Case Astro: Space Traveler!

He was just a kid of 11 or 12, visiting a mall store which sold knives and sword canes, hunting clothes, guns and other cool stuff. Malls were rare for...
Read Full Article Pat Covert
Percussion Revolver 101

Shooting pre-cartridge black powder revolvers is solidly ensconced in worldwide shooting culture.
Read Full Article Mike Cumpston
CRKT PROVOKE Karambit

As a fan of Columbia River Knife and Tool, I was quick to jump at the opportunity to check out their latest blade, the PROVOKE morphing karambit.
Read Full Article Dave Workman
The .32 Winchester Special

The first John M. Browning-designed Winchester arrived as the Model 1886. Browning then basically reduced the size of the action to come up with the Model 1892
Read Full Article John Taffin
The .270 Winchester

The .270 Winchester cartridge was introduced in 1925. A case could be made for it as the most successful American hunting cartridge of the 20th century.
Read Full Article Dave Anderson
Hard To Pin Down

If there is a firearm using metallic cartridges that operates without a firing pin, I’m completely unaware of it. In fact, the firing pin is the most...
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Smith & Wesson .45 ACP Shield

Back in 2016 Smith & Wesson introduced the .45 ACP Shield and I tested it for a feature article in this magazine. I already owned the 9mm and .40 S&W...
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Ruger Unveils PC Carbine...

Following the release of aftermarket options, Ruger recently announced three new Chassis models of its popular Pistol Caliber (“PC”) Carbine that cover...
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Skinner Sights Aims to Please

There are several ways to equip a lever-action rifle with sights and most shooters, at least those of us who have been around for a while, need something...
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Howard Leight Impact Pro...

I’m from the generation who used to think “hearing protection” was a couple of .38 casings stuck in your ear canal.
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Streamlight Protac HL-X ...

Don’t look this one in the eyes! Boasting 1,000 lumens plus an integrated red aiming laser, the Protac HL-X light performs near the top of its class at a...
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Pump-Action Rifles

Pump shotguns continue their popularity but I wonder what happened to the pump rifle?
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New Products January 2020...

The Guardian features a metal reinforced mouth, adjustable retention and a low cut front. Offered with black or white thread, this OWB holster hides...
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CMC Remington 700 Drop-In...

New from CMC Triggers are two adjustable Ultra Precision drop-in triggers for the popular Remington 700 platform, one with a flat bow and the other...
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ESEE Pinch

When you think of ESEE fixed-blade knives the word “brawny” comes to mind. Even their smaller knives are well known for their tough demeanor but say...
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Marlin Model 94 CSBL

I’ve been using rifle-caliber Marlin lever guns — .30-30, .35 Remington, .45-70 — most of my life and I confess to being a little late to the...
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Flattop "Influencea"

Driving past New Mexico’s Florida Mountains, traveling over 2,000 miles by plane and hard road, I know it won’t be long. It’s far, but well worth the...
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Axeon Second Zero

Occasionally, a smart-aleck will describe how a complicated machine works via “FM,” which stands for Freakin’ Magic. Essentially, it’s a simple way...
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EOTech XPS2 Green

It’s not cool to admit, but darn it, I like EOTech holographic weapon sights (HWS). I like them because I’ve used them for years on my police patrol...
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Ruger Precision Rifle in...

There’s no denying new cartridges are coming out faster than perhaps any other time in history, including the early days of metallic cartridges.
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CrossBreed Offers...

I recently took a look at the new Taurus G3 — a 9mm pistol with a polymer frame and matte black or stainless slide — and wondered about holsters.
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Federal Launches New...

The Federal Custom Shop is an all-new way to deliver your preference of the perfect centerfire rifle or shotgun load built by ammunition experts.
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ELD bullets

Increased interest in longer-range shooting led to more efficient bullets, which in turn shook up the cartridge list. These bullets are heavy for caliber...
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BPCR Competition

Is the BPCR Silhouette dead? BPCR stands for Black Powder Cartridge Rifle and Silhouette is the game of shooting metallic targets at 200, 300, 385 and 500...
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Lumbago and the Armed American

I hurt my back when I was 27 years old and a soldier. I wish I could tell you it was fast roping into some evil despot’s lair to rescue the Dallas Cowboys...
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Hold the Phone!

Had the buck been peeking from behind a rock, or screened by aspens, my grip on the binocular wouldn’t have dented its jacket. “Shoot!” I hissed,...
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GUNS 2019 Gift Guide

Yep, it’s time to start thinking about all the good little boys and girls in your life and what they’d like to see on Christmas morning so here are 10...
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Bear & Son Retro Lockbacks

Back when I was a whole lot younger there wasn’t much variety in lockback pocketknives. Well, at least not nearly as much as there is today. The reigning...
Read Full Article Payton Miller
New Products December 2019...

The TP9 Elite Combat Executive is based on the 2019 TP9 Elite Combat but with upgrades from Salient Arms International.
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Mossberg Patriot Synthetic...

The Mossberg Patriot Synthetic could be called the 21st Century Semi-Classic Affordable because it combines classic features with some modern touches, both...
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Taurus .357 Magnum Raging...

As closely as I can count, I’ve had extensive experience with over 75 .357 Magnums. This includes single and double action revolvers, semi-automatic and...
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Handguns Of WWII Part 13

My attitude is the major handgun cartridges which saw significant combat in World War II in the hands of infantrymen number seven.
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DPx HEST/F Urban Ti

DPx Gear is the brainchild of adventurer, author and filmmaker Robert Young Pelton who spent many years in and around international conflicts and deep...
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The ABDO Concealed Carry...

Phasmids are insects designed to look like something they are not. The walking stick bug is the archetypal example. Such camouflage is an effective survival...
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Bear Edge offers two new...

No self-respecting gun owner, and particularly no legally-armed private citizen who carries a defensive sidearm, is ever far from a good pocket knife.
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Ravin R26 Crossbow

It would be difficult not to see the rise in popularity of crossbows today. From television advertisements on outdoor channels to magazine ads, crossbows...
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Side-Charged ARs

I have long been a user and fan of the “side-charge” AR-platform upper receiver configuration when I can use it. Short course: a side-charge upper fits...
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Peacemaker Specialists...

After 50 years of buying Colt Single Action Army revolvers in many calibers and all generations, I had never actually had one custom-made to my specs.
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Pyramex Amp BT

If you’re a card-carrying member of shooting’s “Senior Division,” and still have a large percentage of your hearing left, congratulations! If...
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.223 Norma Tactical:...

New .223 Norma Tactical offers shooters reliable feeding, effortless extraction and reliable performance on the range or in the field at an affordable price.
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Dial Keith-358429

If Elmer Keith were alive today, I imagine him pushing up his famous wide-brimmed Stetson, grinning at all the options available for his famous 358429 cast...
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Ruger 10/22 Air Rifle by...

It’s hard to argue with overwhelming numbers — the Ruger 10/22 rimfire ranks as one of the most popular rifles of all time. How pervasive is this plinker?
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Handguns Of WWII Part 12

Now that we have covered the particulars of what I consider the most significant handguns used by the major combatant nations of World War II, it’s time...
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Real Avid AR15 Armorer’s...

Gun owners like to tinker, and for many, that interest builds until the time comes when they simply have to start putting together their own rifles.
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Trail-Bossin’ Trappers

Even though I’m stuck here in the second decade of the 21st century, my shooting soul still goes back to the couple decades before and after the turn of...
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WMR or HMR?

The .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire was introduced 60 years ago as I write this. Currently it’s offered in more different bullet weights and designs, and in...
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Magpump AR15 Pro Magazine...

I love to shoot, but I hate loading magazines. At the end of a long day turning ammo into noise, my thumbs are sore and coated with greasy carbon fouling....
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Cimarron’s Colt...

Charles Richards was an assistant factory superintendent at Colt and was awarded three major patents for breech loading firearms, including the Richards...
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The .44 Magnum Opus

The .44 Magnum has now been around for well over 60 years and it seems like a good time to look back at this excellent — perhaps even all around —...
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Ruger 350 Legend Ranch Rifle

Our guide, Steve Jones, slammed the four-wheel-drive utility vehicle to a halt on the rocky Texas ranch trail. Wild pigs are hated around these parts,...
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Majority of gun owners...

A recent Rasmussen survey confirmed what gun owners have known for a long time: A majority of armed citizens (58%) feel safer because they have a firearm in...
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Crimson Trace offers...

If you’re one of those people always looking for a tactical edge in your personal defense strategy, you just might want to snoop out the Lasersaddle...
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Spyderco Bow River

Spyderco is best known for their dazzling array of folders, but they put out some stellar fixed-blades as well — from slick outdoor field knives to wicked...
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Savage Arms Model 110 High...

If you haven’t noticed, Savage Arms continues to offer new and improved variations of existing models. The company is never satisfied with the status quo
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Long Yardage

Long-range shooting is one of the fastest growing shooting styles sweeping the nation. Thousand-yard ranges are popping up around the country, accommodating...
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Meopta Optika6 Scope...

Fall hunting seasons are just over the horizon and the weeks remaining allow time for serious hunters to put new glass on their rifles, get zeroed and start...
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Army Buddies

We’ve been everywhere together. We’ve trudged through fetid jungles, shivered in snow caves, crouched within powerful war machines, and even flung...
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Hunting With Gibbs

The Springfield had been restocked in plain walnut, carefully inletted. Its shape and age-hardened Pachmayr pad, I figured, dated it to the ’60s. The...
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The Essential Optic

Our eyes need light to see. Light has properties of particles and rays. As early as A.D. 1100 Arab scientist Alhazen described the behavior of reflected...
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What Every Precision...

Some years ago in a nowhere corner of South Dakota, I was on a prairie dog shoot and the notion of going prone on unfamiliar grass was no small...
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The .45 Auto Rim

What do you do when you find yourself at war without either the needed weapons nor the ability to produce them as fast as you need them? The answer? Improvise.
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Turkey Takedown Technology

There’s no field sport better than turkey hunting to introduce new hunters to the skills needed to pursue big game. Keen of sight and omnivorous in his food
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Short, Lightweight And...

My first experience with a holographic sight was less than stellar — probably because while the sight worked as it was supposed to, I just had a heck of a...
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Streamlight Protac 90

I’m pretty old and back when I wore the uniform, we were issued those clunky green D-cell angle-head Army flashlights. They were as big as a paper towel...
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Tippmann’s M4-22

One of the most endearing qualities of rimfire firearms is they can be fabricated to replicate just about any centerfire model. Among the most interesting...
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Intermediate Cartridges

Intermediate cartridges are all the rage now. There are so many made for the basic AR platform I wouldn’t presume to think I know them all, although...
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Chris Reeve Knives Impinda

Prepare to change the way you think about slip joint pocketknives — the Chris Reeve Knives Impinda is not your granddad’s traditional pocket folder by a...
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Air Ordnance SMG-22

One of my first automatic weapons was an M16. Don’t hate me for it, but back in 1987 I bought the stripped transferable full-auto receiver for $600
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
AR-Alternate Calibers

Sometimes it seems nobody really likes the .223 Remington. Ever since the inception of the AR15 60 years ago, this little round has been under a magnifying...
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World War II Snipers

Since my pre-teens I’ve been an avid student of World War II. About a thousand times in my reading I’ve encountered something like this, “Sadly so and...
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Ruger African 9.3x62

As time ticks by, common guns lose their shine and we want something different. Something to put the green-eyed monster in friends’ eyes, making them wish...
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The .455 Webley: Part 2

It’s a whole lot easier to remove metal than to replace it. This is especially true when working with firearms — particularly in the sad case of the...
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Trijicon SRO

Having been a devoted user of Trijicon tritium night sights on my defensive handguns for more than two decades, the new SRO (Specialized Reflex Optic) got...
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Savage Arms 125th Celebration

For shooters, two things stand out about 1894. Winchester introduced the Model 1894 lever-action rifle and Arthur Savage founded the Savage
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Easy Firing Pin Fix

During my decades of “hobby gunsmithing” — as I like to call it — I’ve lost count of the number of broken firing pins I’ve fixed, replaced,...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Gun Garb

I’ve seen gun magazine articles on how to hide a gun titled “Dressed to Kill.” It’s a cute play on words, but not the right words. Law-abiding...
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Ideal Conceal IC380 Cell ...

On several occasions in recent memory, Americans have found themselves under fire from murderers while exercising their religious freedom.
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Warrior Steel!

Back in 2008, Spartan Blades was the vision of two Army Special Forces veterans looking for a livelihood after their service to our country. Co-owners...
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Pyser Optics’ Quick Zero...

There are a few good ways to zero a rifle, and some frustrating ones. Pyser Optics has come up with a device … call it a tool … that may shade them all.
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Leupold LTO-Tracker 2 HD

You might say I’ve got a pretty strong background in thermal imaging. Before ascending the GUNS throne (a tasteful beige leather recliner) to become the...
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A Bull of a Pup

It appears to be yet another 9mm sub-compact pistol, and this one is very nicely made. There’s a visible pivoting hammer at the rear, so it’s obviously...
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Bed Bites

Amateur riflestock bedding turned into yet another American national pastime soon after World War II. The trend started because of two factors, one...
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The .38-40

The year 1873 saw Colt introduce the Single Action Army in .45 Colt and Winchester upgrade the Yellow Boy to the Model of 1873, chambered in the equally new...
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Long Range Hunter

It seems Savage is always building a better mousetrap. Over the years their Model 110 series has undergone steady enhancements such as the addition of the...
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Pro-Tech Godson 700

Restrictions on carrying automatic folding knives have been rolled back in states all over the U.S. in recent years with the exception of New York, which...
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New Products May 2019 Issue

Accufire Technology’s Noctis V1 digital night and daytime rifle optic features 1-16x magnification, a 2.95" HD digital display, 300-yard-plus illuminator,...
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Built To High-Quality...

When it comes to hunting and precision long-range shooting the optics invariably make the difference, so when I had a chance to peruse the product line and...
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The Kopis STK

One place where the question “What is this younger generation coming to?” is in the cutlery industry. Sure, there was some hand-wringing among the older...
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EOTech’s Compact &...

Until recently most rifle shooters rated scopes by optical quality, a prejudice originating in the 1950s, when scopes became standard instead of unusual....
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New Products April 2019 Issue

TOPS Knives’ 3 Bros is comprised of the Hunter, Tanto and Sheep’s Foot, small fixed-blade knives for a variety of uses. Many cutting tasks require a...
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MTM Tactical Magazine...

As my collection of handguns grew, keeping up with extra magazines became problematic. I like to keep mags handy and for guns I carry, I like to keep some...
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Speer Reloading Manual #15

There is no such thing as the definitive handload reference book and anyone who is serious about rolling their own ammunition should have at least three...
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New Products February 2019

The Mini Slide (#086) is designed for plainclothes LE professionals preferring a tight riding holster without a thumb break. Featuring double-stitched seams...
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Lightweight Heavyweight

Over the years we’ve heard some forthright claims of tough knife steels claiming to hold an edge for a very long time. Today, many of the exotic...
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Handguns In Africa

The early morning mist evaporated quickly as the sun beat down on the Zambezi River. As we launched the boat, two women were washing their clothes in the...
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New Products March 2019

The Project Stealth gun holster series by 1791 Gunleather combines American native steerhide with state-of-the-art carbon fiber. In a Project Stealth...
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LEE Auto Breech Lock Pro

I’ve always had a sentimental spot for LEE handloading equipment because it’s how I got my start in the handloading game. LEE loaders caught my eye as a...
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2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide For All.
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New Products January 2019

Walker’s introduces the EXCEL Series Muffs with advance hearing protection and digital sound management. Two models are available: the XCEL 100 and XCEL...
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The Silent Legion Direct...

I finally found it. After a lifetime of searching I’ve stumbled upon a sound suppressor that’s as effective as the fake ones they use in the movies. The...
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CrossBreed Holsters: The...

When CrossBreed Holsters recently announced it expanded its line of popular concealment holsters to add The Reckoning series, a lot of people paid attention.
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Kephart Revival!

One of the early pioneers of modern day Bushcrafting was Horace Kephart, an American outdoorsman who wrote extensively about camping in the wild in the late...
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Case Trimming

While a few handloaders actually like trimming rifle cases, they tend to use the loading room as a refuge from real life. Most well-adjusted handloaders...
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Plano’s All Weather...

Back in the days when I was senior editor of a now-defunct outdoors publication, one brand name seemingly synonymous with hunting and fishing was Plano, and...
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Boker Vox Tool – Small,...

Even though virtually every pocket tool on the planet has a hole for a key ring, few of them ever make it on to mine. Either the tool is too big or heavy or...
Read Full Article Mark Kakkuri
Best Rest

Rejoice AR shooters! After years of making-do with a jumble of makeshift rests for an AR fed from a 30-round magazine, I found nirvana while walking the...
Read Full Article Holt Bodinson
Hodgdon’s Clays And Your .45

The .45 Colt arrived in 1873 and for the next 60-plus years it was the most powerful factory loaded cartridge available. The original load consisting of...
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The Deal Ain't Sealed!

“Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it,” is a frequently quoted bit of wisdom from George Santayana’s Reason in Common Sense,...
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Duck Shot: Being Lead-Free...

When the US banned lead shot for all waterfowl hunting in 1991, many duck hunters quit, some because they worried about “steel” shot ruining older...
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A Shotgun In Your Holster

Well, not quite, but handgun shotshells have come a long way and have greatly expanded the utility of that handgun on your hip. I’m sure creative...
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Brute Force!

W.R. Case & Sons is known for making some mighty fine pocketknives, and they’ve offered some fine fixed-blade hunting knives in their line over the years....
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