SEMI-AUTO RIFLES

Armaspec’s Innovation Quiets The AR


The Sound Mitigation Buffer from Armaspec removes the “twang” for an overall better performance from the AR platform.

Al Kasper, Savage Arms |...

Host Brent T. Wheat speaks with Savage Arms CEO & President Al Kasper about going private, its implications on the future of the brand, his take on the...
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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...
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Origins Of The M1 Garand

Now, in the 21st century, M1 Garands are highly revered, receive much adulation and are considered World War II’s best battle rifle.
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American Tactical Imports...

If you asked AK enthusiasts to rate the varied models of the venerable Galil by their quality of manufacture and shootability, the Israeli Galil, and...
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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.
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The M2 Carbine

One of World War II’s most successful infantry weapons was the U.S. Carbine Caliber .30. It was manufactured by no fewer than 10 factories to the tune of...
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Rock River Arms LAR 22...

There are three variations. The basic MID A4 is a knock-off of the U.S. military-issue carbine with the familiar plastic handguard. The next model is an NM...
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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.
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Brownells AR-180 Lower...

Brownells introduced a modernized AR-180 inspired complete upper assembly designed to mount on conventional mil-spec AR-15 lowers.
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SIG SAUER’s New CROSS Rifle

The folks at SIG SAUER have been building quality handguns for generations, but it’s only been in the past decade, and more so in recent years, that the...
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Springfield Armory M1A Tanker

Springfield Armory is a powerhouse in the contemporary American gun world. Resurrected in 1974 from the ashes of the venerable 200-year-old government armory,
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Polymer Rifles

In 1986 GLOCK introduced their first pistol, the GLOCK 17, to the U.S. market. Reaction to the “plastic” pistol was tepid at first, but was soon at a...
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Browning Auto-5

In addition to the 1911 pistol, Browning designed every major machinegun used by the U.S. armed forces during World War II.
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TPM Outfitters H&K MP5SD Clone

In 1990 I was a hard-charging young Army Aviator suffering from a toxic overdose of both testosterone and patriotism.
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Ruger PC9 Carbine

Because paychecks are important, when an editor asks me to cover a semi-auto black rifle, I agree albeit with little enthusiasm. The same was true with this...
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Savage Precision Series Rifles

I’ve never been disappointed by a Savage rifle, so when the company recently announced a trio of new models introduced as the Precision Series, it got my...
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Classic Shots From Classic...

We thought it might be fun to recreate a few of our favorite gun scenes from some of our favorite action movies to see how they played out here in the Real...
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Maxims In The Third Dimension

If you do an internet search for “chattering Spandaus,” you only get 95 hits but the stock phrase has become synonymous with World War I aviation.
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Century Arms Draco NAK9X

The Century NAK9X is what would happen if a Kalashnikov rifle had a baby with a GLOCK handgun. The end result is just stupid-reliable while remaining ugly...
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SIG SAUER SIG716 Patrol

When the term “AR-15” comes up, most folks tend to think of the 5.56mm/.223 Remington cartridge. Fact is the first rifle of this genre invented by...
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SIG SAUER M400 TREAD...

When they do a roundup of all the semiautomatic pistols that have been built on the modern sporting rifle platform, expect the M400 TREAD from SIG SAUER to...
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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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Saint Victor .308

Back in the old days if you wanted an American-made .308 battle rifle, you could opt for a Springfield Armory M1A or just go without. M1A acolytes will tell...
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Rock River RRAGE 3G Rifle

At first glance, there’s just “something” about the latest entry from Rock River Arms that might explain why the AR platform is the most popular rifle...
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Ruger PC Carbine Tactical...

When I was growing up, Ruger’s first entry into the long gun market was their unique .44 Magnum Carbine introduced in 1960. It was a head-turner.
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The RPK Squad

It’s easy to write off the RPK as an uninspired solution to a thorny tactical problem. The action is standard Kalashnikov, the barrel is fixed and the...
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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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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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FN SCAR 20S Getting High...

When it comes to modern sporting rifles, the FN SCAR 20S semi-auto, chambered for the 7.62x51mm NATO round has leaped into the spotlight, getting high marks...
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The Handy Off-hand Position

It’s one of the paradoxes of hunting and shooting — the novice hunter, most likely not very skilled at shooting off-hand, is also the one most likely to...
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Henry AR-7 Survival Rifle

Mankind has imagined a cornucopia of many-splendored contrivances to protect our soft carcasses from threats both natural and otherwise.
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Buzzgun Contemporaries

World War II will likely be the last major conflict wherein each major combatant mostly fielded small arms designed and produced in its own factories. The...
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Ruger 10/22 Custom Competition

With the recent launch of Ruger’s Custom Shop, we wondered what would be rolling out the door.
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New Ruger PC Carbine Models

Chambered for the 9mm cartridge, Ruger’s trio of new PC Carbines with free-float handguards have all the makings of being tough, versatile utility guns to...
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Hang On!

Innovation and good ideas abound in every aspect of today's gun industry and AR-15 magazines are no exception. Check out HexMag's AR-15 magazines and their...
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Lending Her Voice

In 2013, she thought guns were bad. Particularly AKs. Now, it’s her favorite firearm. Still a young 39, Cassandra Harris has traveled quite the journey...
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Review of an AR-18 ......

"AR's" go way back. Ever hear about the AR-18? Here's some coverage of this gun from an article by Jerome Rakusan in the April 1964 issue of GUNS...
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SB Tactical’s Adjustable...

SB Tactical has a rather interesting take on this accessory, and it deserves a close look by anyone who owns an AR pistol. The Pistol Stabilizing Brace...
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Geissele Automatics URG-I

Folks, I’ve known William H. Geissele for a good many years. Way back, I was one of the first kids on the block with his then-new two-stage match trigger,...
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Advanced Tactical Ordnance...

Between 2006 and 2011 the feral hog population in America grew by 20 percent per year. Conservatively, they cause about 1.5 billion dollars’ worth of...
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A Sensational Saint

Given their extreme modularity, ARs are the chameleon of the firearms world. They can be configured in scores of different ways to fulfill a variety of...
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MCX Virtus Patrol Rifle

Amidst a sea of Modern Sporting Rifles, the SIG MCX Virtus Patrol Rifle is refreshingly different. It is, in fact, so novel it’s almost not an AR.
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RISE Armament Partners...

RISE Armament, a premier manufacturer and supplier of AR components and firearms, is proud to announce the company has partnered with the Eagle OPS...

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Behind the Scenes at...

Editors tend to spend a fair amount of time at a desk, hovering over a keyboard, wrangling text, photos, and videos. But every now and again we get out to...
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A Semi-Matchless Six-Five

When I was in the military we trained with Garands and M1 carbines. Arriving in the field, we were issued brand new M14s fitted with semi-auto/full-auto...
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An Ultimate Fight Stopper...

I finally found it. This is the one. After years of evaluating guns and writing about them I’ve finally located the long gun of my dreams. It’s in .300...
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Roll Call! World War 2 Rifles

Wherever American troops may find themselves in combat, there’s one thing for certain. They will be fighting with rifles chambered in 5.56mm NATO. And...
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AAC TI-RAID 30 Silencer

The TI-RAID 30 Silencer from AAC is engineered to be intermittent full-auto capable, easy to maintain and practically bombproof.
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SB Tactical’s Adjustable...

SB Tactical has a rather interesting take on this accessory, and it deserves a close look by anyone who owns an AR pistol. The Pistol Stabilizing Brace...
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MCX Virtus Patrol Rifle

Amidst a sea of Modern Sporting Rifles, the SIG MCX Virtus Patrol Rifle is refreshingly different. It is, in fact, so novel it’s almost not an AR.
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
Affordable Icon: PTR’s 9CT

At one point available in 120 different variations, the roller-lock MP5 is the universal subgun, much as the Porsche 911 is often considered the universal...
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Pistol-Caliber Carbine Cool

The MAG AD9 is one of the most innovative AR15 accessories in a generation. It’s what every other pistol-caliber conversion aspires to be. And it...
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Springfield Armory’s...

Well, Saint’s galore! Springfield Armory recently announced what it calls “a new tier” in the SAINT family: The Victor series of rifles and pistols...
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Ruger’s .450 Bushmaster AR

Ruger is proving to be a great proponent of the .450 Bushmaster cartridge — and why not? It’s a great tactical and hunting cartridge wrapped in a...
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10mm Hi-Point Carbine

For the 10mm cartridge, it’s been a rocky road. The round first appeared in 1983 in the ill-fated Bren Ten pistol.
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Savage Arms 110 Scout

Since Scout Rifles first appeared on the radar, I’ve seen a few non-commercial examples ranging from DIY chopped-up surplus bolt actions to spectacular...
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Marlin Memories

The year is 1956. Eisenhower’s in the White House and will be re-elected in November. A first-class postage stamp costs 3 cents. John Wayne stars in what...
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Rock Your Roller Lock!

Few guns have had the near-universal acceptance enjoyed by HK’s roller-lock family of weapons. From the iconic 9mm MP5 SMG to the .308 G3 battle rifle,...
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Alphawolf Pistol-Caliber...

The Lone Wolf AlphaWolf Pistol Caliber Carbine represents a melding of the sensual elegance of Gene Stoner’s black rifle with the brawn of John Moses...
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Retro Fever Part 2

Last time I took my own trip down memory lane with respect to my old “original” AR15s and — I hope — opened you up to the joys of early rifles for...
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Pros And Cons Of The AR

The AR-15 has become so publicized, dramatized, politicized and demonized, it’s hard to discuss rationally.
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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...
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Tricked-Out Trunk Gun

I’ve a bit of a track record on carrying “too much” gun. While I started my CCW trek with the ubiquitous J-Frame .38 Smith, I soon jumped up to a...
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The Grease Gun

Grease Gun! How does a military weapon get named for an automotive accessory you’d find in a service garage? Well, because it actually looks like one. In...
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Retro Fever Part 1

I love this gun. The look of an original — and the feel of it — is very different from what we’ve come to identify as an “AR15.”
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Performance-Plus

How hard do you really push a piece of gear to discover its capabilities? I don’t think most of us do, which is too bad because there are often...
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Arma-Hevi?

Billed to be the “most powerful (practical size) AR platform carbine ever produced, exceeding the ballistics of the .450 Bushmaster, .458 SOCOM and .500...
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Say ‘Hello’ To The...

Featuring short stoke, gas piston operation, the Alpha Wolf PCC (for “Pistol Caliber Carbine”) from Lone Wolf Distributors is something you need to...
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Friendly Fire …

It’s really a wonder we survived adolescence. We first met in 9th grade and it was initially a mutual interest in firearms and the military sparking our...
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VR 60 Semi-Auto Shotgun...

No doubt about it, the AR-type rifle is the most popular model in the United States today, and it should come as no great surprise some enterprising arms...
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