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Are you suspect or victim?

Cops pretty much put everyone in the world into three general categories: suspects, victims and witnesses. Which one are you?
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After You …

About two years ago in this corner, I shared my own trials with some rodent yard raiders but recently I’ve heard another such yarn that puts my own to shame.
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Moving Day

So why had I agreed to purchase this gun safe?
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Getting shot

Whenever your workday involves evaluation by two trauma surgeons, you probably should have stayed in bed. Let me explain.
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The Garage Sale

I couldn’t help myself. Life had grown so chaotic, cluttered and unruly I was forced to commit the ultimate act of despair for a firearms enthusiast — I...
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Tales of the Suburban Trapper

I was recently at one of the mega-outdoor retail stores trying to spend a gift card and became enraptured by the trapping equipment.
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A Bump in the Night

CRASH!!! I sat bolt upright in bed after a smashing, clattering noise burst from my living room.
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Snow Hunt

There is a special magic when hunting in the snow, especially for deer, especially in late December.
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Waiting for Deer Day

Soon after these words cross into your frontal lobe, I should be safely nestled among the branches of an old oak tree, waiting, watching and hoping.
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Fishing Guns

During a recent editorial strategy meeting on the panoramic top floor of the 50-story GUNS office building in East Bumphrey, someone discovered a new trend.
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The 50 Rules

I will hereby lay claim to the spurious honor of being the world’s foremost “good example of a bad example,” especially in the arena of personal safety.
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It’s the Hot Brass Boogie!

Aside from being a magazine editor, you might be surprised to learn I am a world-class dancer, as verified by several national shooting organizations. Let...
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The bear wasn’t there …

Bears are no laughing matter, especially whenever one is actively gnawing on your lower giblet region.
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False Pretenses

I’ve been the Lord High Protector of the GUNS realm for a couple of years now and it’s finally time to fess up to both regular readers of this corner...
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Late, late for a very...

In this regard, has anyone else noticed a trip to the range, hunting, fishing or outdoors adventure in general almost always involves walking in the door at...
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Parents, Grandparents,...

Now that I’ve officially earned my field commission as a Grandfather, First Class, the subject of children interacting with firearms takes on a new...
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Where the mildew grows …

Today I was perusing a nearby “outdoor” store. I use quotation marks around the word Outdoor, as most of these stores are nowadays quite unrecognizable...
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To Become an Editor …

A few months ago I wrote the definitive treatise on “How to become a gun writer.”
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Deer Diary …

As we reach the collective end of the deer season in many locales where this magazine is read — or is otherwise put to good use in the hunting camp...
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Surviving on the throne

In days of yore, the King was always worried about being killed by his foes while sitting atop the throne. It’s still a problem today but in a much...
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The Rifle

“Easy, easy … ” I thought while watching the squirrel dig for some morsel buried under the forest duff. When his head came back up, there would be a...
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The Robin

A few nights ago, I was in the backyard of our little estate on the prairie watering the plants, a favorite summer evening pastime.
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How to be a gun writer

As the Lord High Editor and Ruling Despot of GUNS Magazine, I frequently get emails asking, “How do you become a gun writer?”
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Rockets Weren’t The Only...

Ah, Independence Day, one of my favorite holidays! A favorite of young and old, the Fourth of July always evokes memories of cookouts in the backyard,...
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Florida Hog Hunt

From the backseat, it felt like one of those nightmares you have after eating pickled jalapeños right before bedtime.
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Cheap pistols

Gun writers collectively tend to forget something — we all want to carry a $5,000 custom defensive pistol but sometimes a large soft drink at the local...
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The Man-Eaters of Suburbia

A quick flash of movement near the corner of my vision brought an involuntary head swivel and instant frustration.
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Podcast

You’ve probably seen it mentioned elsewhere but the GUNS Magazine Podcast is rolling merrily along! We’ve been talking to a great list of guests and...
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Red Ryder Still Rides

At a recent media event, one section of the firing line was entirely devoted to the venerable Daisy Red Ryder.
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Beto shoots gun control...

The NRA has anointed him AR-15 salesman of the year and liberals are horrified when he gave away the game plan.
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"Underinvesting" In Print?

The smart marketing managers are realizing — or never forgot — if they want to sell things like guns, print is still the prime way to reach the consumer.
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NRA Meeting Change

We’re trying to stay above the NRA fray but things just keep happening which deserve reportage. The latest dust-up occurred when the organization decided...
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NRA Tide Turning?

We’ve avoided staking out a position in the whole NRA fiasco because it’s a no-win proposition — unless we’re simply going for click-bait headlines,...
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How Cool Is My (Old) Tool?

Check out my former duty gun, as re-imagined by the creative geniuses at Toner Machine and Tool (TMT). We officers were allowed to buy back our individual...
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Doing Our Part

FMG Publications, our corporate entity that publishes GUNS Magazine, American Handgunner and Shooting Industry, had a problem: a bunch of Mossberg shotguns...
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Gathered on the fringe

Despite the new leftist meme making the rounds on social media which claims “the NRA is a fringe organization with declining membership,” about 81,000...
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Taurus “Here to Play”

Both myself and American Handgunner Editorial Director Michael Humphries just returned from a short trip to the new Taurus factory in Bainbridge, Georgia....
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“Down” Can Be Deceptive

The BATF has released the final 2017 figures for firearm production in the U.S and, regardless how you spin the numbers, things are trending down. However,...
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A Slicker Snubbie

After a lifetime of shooting medium and large-frame revolvers, developing a crush on S&W J-Frames late in life brings with it a steep learning curve. A...
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A Slicker Snubbie: Part 2

In this wrap-up of the J-Frame snubbie column we started last issue, let’s deal with a couple of critical items. And since they’re the first thing you...
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A Whole Shot-Load

The annual SHOT Show is a chance to see what’s what, and the 2018 edition was no exception. I’ll dispense with the usual scene-setting blather and get...
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A .35 Remington Retro Trio

I got my first gun magazine staff job in 1977. It was on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles at a multi-story building now fallen victim to the wrecking ball....
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