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Pistol magazines are amazing for their reliability. The feed devices feed from six to 19 cartridges into the handgun’s chamber. It is asking a lot for a magazine to feed these cartridges from practically over spring pressure to almost no spring pressure. These days, if I have a problem testing a new introduction, the magazines
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I have often stated that the absolute measure of accuracy is zero. All deviations are a detriment. That being said, the traditional three-shot group fired at 100 yards doesn’t always mean that much. Several events have occurred recently that spurred my interest in accuracy and prompted me to strive to understand it. This isn’t a
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Most aftermarket AR-15 barrels to have a 5.56 chamber, also known as NATO. This is the MIL standard and should not be confused with a .223 Remington chamber. Now, .223 Remington, which is technically SAAMI-spec commercial ammo, and 5.56 NATO (mil-spec) ammo are patently the same dimensionally—either will chamber in either chamber. The difference is
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The debate between those favoring the single action and the double-action-first-shot pistol took predictable paths. The single-action shooter tended to be tactical minded, while double-action-first-shot fans liked the handling and perceived safety of the double-action pistol. Today we have safe-action pistols and striker-fired handguns that seem to be single actions, not safe action. There wasn’t
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When a new shooter or trainee begins discussing concealed carry, I offer the best advice I am able. One piece of advice is that you really need two guns—a large and a small handgun—if you live in a true four-season climate. Even in warm Florida, you probably need to have a smaller gun under the
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Forjas Taurus (translated: Taurus Forge) is a Brazilian company now very familiar to American shooters. In 1941 it produced its first gun, a revolver. Decades later, Taurus has changed hands and handlers a few times. Of note, in 1970 it was purchased by Smith & Wesson’s parent company, Bangor Punta. That helped! Shared technology. Later,
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The shotgun is designed to throw a group or “pattern” of many small pellets called “shot,” which makes hitting a flying or moving target much more feasible than using a single projectile, as fired by a rifle or pistol. Because it utilizes numerous pellets instead of a single bullet, a shotshell is constructed differently than a cartridge for rifles
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Smith & Wesson Corp. along with eight other major gun manufacturers, will face claims alleging they should be held liable for illegal handgun sales and gun violence in Gary, Indiana, a state appeals court ruled on May 23. Neither an Indiana statute protecting gunmakers from suit nor its federal counterpart bars the city’s suit, which
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Many years ago, the first swing-out-cylinder double-action revolvers from Smith & Wesson began leaving the factory. The unicycle was in production, and the Wright Flyer was yet to come. The I-frame was a six-shot .32 and the K-frame a six-shot .38. These revolvers were immensely popular and set the pace for police and civilian revolvers
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When Browning introduced the Buckmark in 1985, I wasn’t slow to add it to my working battery. Later, a Browning Buckmark did yeoman service in my training classes. The Buckmark replaced the well-respected Challenger pistols. The Buckmark was intended to be affordable but deliver good performance. My version is the Field Target, a useful variation
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These are uncertain times. Few of us have faith in our government or leaders. We have seen lackluster responses to genuine emergencies, failings within our infrastructure, even catastrophe. Fires and hurricanes are a fact of life. Social upheaval may rear its head in the near future. We still have a voice and a vote to
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I have used Rock Island Armory handguns for many years—since the Rock was first introduced. From my first experience, I found a credible handgun well worth the money. The pistol has improved considerably since. The slide lock safety is pinned for security. Much more expensive pistols should do this! The Rock Island Armory handgun is
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I believe that among the most misunderstood aspects of choosing a firearm is choosing the barrel length best suited for your use. A novice wonders why there are so many configurations. The only real consideration is which is the best for your intended chore, and this is determined by the chore you will perform. When
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I have been loading the 9mm Luger for some time. I admit, my first efforts were nothing to brag about. I learned a lot about powder selection, hardcast bullets, and sorting cartridge cases. I am glad I began handloading with the .38 Special and progressed to the .45 ACP, as the 9mm was quite challenging.
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One of the neatest and classiest rifles of all time is ignored by many shooters. When I fire the CZ 527, I am not concerned with getting off the X or engaging the target in enfilade fire, but rather in hitting what I am aiming at, and getting a clean kill and meat. Not that
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When choosing a home defense handgun, rifle, or shotgun, the gauge, caliber, and load are important considerations. If you are in a crowded area, this is important. If you reside in a rural area or the home is isolated, penetration of building material doesn’t mean as much. The .45 and 9mm exited, but in this
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I own a number of nice 1911-type handguns. Several are high-end custom handguns with super fitting; good, tight tolerances; a crisp trigger action; and high-visibility sights. Just the same, the handguns I grew up on were GI .45s, and I remember them fondly. Many have been cut up and new sights installed, and they were
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Depending on what you’re trying to put holes into, the venerable 5.56 isn’t always the right choice. Sometimes, you need that hard-hitting .308. While the AR-10 is a fine choice, here are four .30-caliber rifles you should try before pulling the trigger on the variant you’ve been eyeing. After all, there are a labyrinth of variations of
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The 6.5 Creedmoor was designed primarily for long-range accuracy. With the recent discovery of the cartridge as a field round, the race is on to invent and promote deer-killing loads. Early results with the cartridge demonstrated that perhaps the cartridge needed better bullets. While I was not along when these results were tabulated, I think
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I got over worrying about owning a clone gun a few decades ago when I purchased my first Springfield 1911. I learned that some clones or copies are improvements over the original. The Thompson/Center .22 automatic is quite similar to the Ruger 10/22—no denying that. The 10/22 is a famously reliable rifle, and the T/C
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