GETTING STARTED

CONTENT FOR NEW GUN ENTHUSIASTS
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
Percussion Revolver 101

Shooting pre-cartridge black powder revolvers is solidly ensconced in worldwide shooting culture.
Read Full Article Mike Cumpston
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.
Read Full Article Brent Wheat
Rock Island XTM

Rock Island Armory — sometimes they create a niche, sometimes they fill a niche. There wasn’t a 1911 in .22 Magnum but now there is. I can just hear the...
Read Full Article David Freeman
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?
Read Full Article Tom McHale
More Than Equal

When my editor assigned me to an upcoming concealed carry class, I cringed. Not another “ladies-only concealed carry course,” I thought. Needless to...
Read Full Article Shari LeGate
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...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
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...
Read Full Article Wayne van Zwoll
Revolver Rasslin' 101

I’ve been doing an informal survey in classes lately and it’s sort of surprising the number of students who have never fired a revolver. Yes, it’s a...
Read Full Article Tiger McKee
Why Not Pack A Pair?

I’ve always carried two flashlights, knives and two pistols — one on my side and the second in a pocket or ankle holster. For the past few months,...
Read Full Article Tiger McKee
Rifle Gear 101

After weeks of research, you bought your first rifle. Along with scope, bases and rings and ammunition, it took a fairly serious financial outlay but...
Read Full Article Dave Anderson
Mossberg Pumpgun Packages

The shotgun is the most versatile firearm system ever developed. It can serve as a shotgun, an accurate big-bore rifle, a handgun and even as a flare gun.
Read Full Article Holt Bodinson
The Single-Six

After I got the Marlin 39A Mountie I talked about last month, I soon wanted to add an appropriated companion piece — a really good .22 sixgun. A young...
Read Full Article John Taffin
Five Fun Things To Do With...

Twenty-nine percent of my firearms are .22s. I’m not sure what caused me to count them recently, but when I did, I wondered why so many? I spent a lazy...
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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...
Read Full Article Massad Ayoob
The Magnification

The hole looked the same after the second shot as after the first. Identical after a third. How could this be? At 24X, the crosswire had gyrated like a fly...
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A Beginner's Guide To...

“Hey, bud,” began the email from a good friend. “My wife and I have to manage some sketchy places for our jobs, and we are both thinking about getting...
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
Working With What You've Got

With regard to personal protection, we all live somewhere between a box of ammo and a bodyguard. Like most things in life, how well you can protect yourself...
Read Full Article Richard Mann
High-Tech Airgun Training

“You can train at home with airguns” is one of those pithy comments passed along like the eggplant soufflé at a family reunion dinner but it’s true.
Read Full Article Tom McHale
Three Nines to Beat

As basically a .38 Special/.45 ACP guy when it comes to handguns, I’ve always looked on with a bit of fascination — perhaps mixed with primitive metric...
Read Full Article Payton Miller
Short And Serious

I spent 25 years in captivity. No, not in North Vietnam or North Korea, but in a desperate day-to-day fight for survival in the pit of weekday despair known...
Read Full Article Tom McHale
Buying Your First Handgun?

Buying a handgun for personal or home defense is generally not the same as buying one for target practice or competition. Don’t go into the gun store...
Read Full Article David Freeman
Common Sense Personal Defense

This Voltaire quote is such a cliché: “Common sense is not so common.” I can’t count how many times I’ve heard the phrase used.
Read Full Article Dave Douglas
Big Blast Target Caps

There’s a floating island of garbage in the Pacific Ocean the size of Texas. Why? Well, where once our drinking water came from a tap, nowadays it comes...
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
Fundamentals Still Rule

The process of teaching someone to shoot can get tangled up in egos and past experience, good or bad. Excellent instructional technique, coupled with...
Read Full Article Robert Kolesar
SIG AIR M17 ASP Air Pistol...

Training with an air pistol — one that is an exact duplicate of the “real” gun carried — has the advantage of being less expensive and less dangerous.
Read Full Article Mark Kakkuri
Raise ’Em Right

In our last installment we discussed the history of toy guns in America. We talked about the realistic martial playthings of old and waxed nostalgic for the...
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
5 Tips To Better Shooting

How to shoot accurately is simple to explain. In reality there are only two things necessary: (1) Stabilize the muzzle in the proper perspective to the...
Read Full Article George Harris
Here's Where To Begin

There’s a lot of books written specifically for women on the “how-to” of shooting. Most are on self-defense. The importance of protecting yourself,...
Read Full Article Shari LeGate
Starting Early, Starting Right

Insuring the future of shooting sports by actively recruiting youth into the sport is a national goal of the utmost importance.
Read Full Article Holt Bodinson
The TCR22

Thompson/Center has introduced its second semi-auto rifle, a compact little sporter in .22 Long Rifle. The company promotes the TCR22 as a general-purpose...
Read Full Article Mike Cumpston
Pistol-Packin' Primer

I am a card-carrying gun nerd so the racks of guns, rows of tactical accessories, crates of ammo and familiar, soothing smell of gun oil characteristic of...
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
Hunting Gear
Hunting 101

An even dozen is what we have here. Twelve sure-fire tips to help ensure your adventure in the hunting field ends up happy, instead of … well …...
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Buying Your First Handgun

Many times, students who had never fired a handgun came to my class and proudly showed me their “very first gun.” One woman arrived late to class...
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The .177 Solution

Most of us have had the experience of driving in city traffic with family or friends while conversing about politics or sports or where to go for lunch....
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Why Airguns? Power!...

You know it’s gonna be a great day when the ring of freedom sounds an awful lot like your front doorbell. The other day when mine rang, I answered the...
Read Full Article Tom McHale