Firearms

In my spare time, you will invariably find me tinkering on some mechanical device at my friend Tim’s shop in rural Kansas. He is a gifted mechanic and has a bewildering array of tools at his disposal. Most of the time, whether I am fiddling with my supercharged Ford or some old military air compressor,
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As I write, it is exactly one month past the Presidential election. Sales of CCW-type handguns have remained steady (Black Friday NICS checks broke another record), but sales of black rifles are slumping. I suspect this is because just about everybody who wanted to buy an AR-15 has pretty much done so, with the rush
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Relatively recent advances in optical design and construction have significantly improved the variable-power scopes of today compared to those of 15 or 20 years ago. This, in turn, has spurred interest in these highly popular designs. While there is a wide selection of non-magnified red-dot sights and fixed-power scopes to choose from, a good variable
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The world changes, the world continues to change. This is true for all things. The American public’s attitude toward firearms today is drastically different than it was just a short time ago. Back in the 1980s, concealed carry was legal in only a handful of places. Now not only is it the prevailing norm, there
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There has been an explosion of interest in the new generation of 6.5mm cartridges. While American hunters and riflemen in years past shunned the .264″ bore size, there has been an abrupt change in thinking. It seems the performance potential of this 6.5, combined with long, high ballistic coefficient projectiles, can no longer be ignored.
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The German Sd.Kfz. 251 halftrack was adopted in 1939 and served in a variety of roles throughout World War II. In part one of this three part series we take a look at the classic World War II German Sd.Kfz. 251 halftrack. An early armored personal carrier, the Sonderkraftfahrzeug 251 (Special Purpose Vehicle or Special
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If you’ve been thinking about an AR-10, you may find that the Browning BAR MK 3 DBM will do many of the same .308 jobs in a smoother, lighter package. In the early 1990s, I was visiting the Armalite factory in Geneseo, Ill. Then-company president Mark Westrom took me into a back room and said
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Ask a group of gun writers which gun you should buy for your first 1911, and there is a good chance most of them will tell you to buy the Ruger SR1911.  Actually, the same is true of Ruger’s AR-556 when the topic is buying your first AR-15, but that’s a different article.  The Ruger
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Browning has seen a lot of success with its reduced-size .380 ACP 1911s, and the beautiful Black Label Medallion Pro Full Size is one of the latest models. It is a lot of fun to shoot. People in the firearms media—writers, editors, etc.— see the same ads and press releases that the public does. However,
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If you’re like most Americans, you’ve been watching in horror as successive terrorist attacks carried out by Islamic extremists in Europe continue to kill and maim scores of innocent people. At first attackers in France, Britain and elsewhere used firearms and explosives to attack innocents, but in recent months Islamic-terrorists have changed tactics, likely because
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Disarming American citizens has never been easier, at least in Los Angeles, California, where hundreds of local residents recently lined up to hand over their firearms in exchange for Target gift cards. According to reports, many of the participants in L.A.’s annual gun buyback program waited in long lines like trained zombies for the opportunity
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