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How to Interact with Police While Carrying

Here’s some helpful advice for interacting with the police as an armed citizen. First, second, third and most importantly, know the law in your state and any state that you’re traveling through while armed. Can you legally go into restaurants which serve alcohol, even if you’re not drinking? Can you carry inside a bank? The most [...]

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How to Choose Concealed Carry Insurance

Most of us carry at least one insurance policy. Whether that policy covers your home, your car, your health or your life, in most cases you choose to protect yourself against the unexpected.Most gun owners view our possession of firearms as an insurance policy in itself. A firearm in the nightstand or carried concealed is [...]

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Make Ready: Staging Your Pistol for Fast Deployment

When faced with a potential deadly threat, your handgun belongs in your hand, not in your holster, and it’s important to learn how to “stage” your pistol or revolver for fast deployment should a threat escalate to the point where you need to use deadly force. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons [...]

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Nice-Price 1911 Shootout

We ordered in seven basic, full-size, affordable 1911s and put them through a head-to-head shootout to find out which ones are the best buys. Here’s how they rate.Today, dozens of firms, both in the U.S. and overseas, produce 1911 pistols at a steady pace to meet the ever-increasing demand for this iconic design.Anyone who has [...]

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Like a Glove: Picking a Handgun to Fit Your Grip

Forget caliber, brand and all that stuff. The first important step in buying a defensive handgun is finding one that fits.Grip, one of the fundamentals of marksmanship, is a determining factor in your ability to shoot, operate and control your handgun. Since grip is the interface between you and your gun, it’s important to select [...]

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How to Prevent Shotgun Choke Malfunctions

Just as rifle and handgun shooters often tune their firearms to achieve the best possible performance, shotgun users also can enhance the shooting qualities of their guns. Shotgun modifications or tuning can involve a variety of different aspects, including the stock design and fit, sights, trigger function, and choke.Shotgun choke is perhaps the one area [...]

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The Truth Behind Knockdown Power

Today’s hunter is constantly searching for the load with the best knockdown power, when shot placement is far more important in regards to knocking an animal down.Ask anyone which has more knockdown power — a round that produces 1,000 foot pounds of energy or one that produces 3,000 foot pounds — and they’ll unanimously side [...]

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Salient Arms International Tier 1 AR-15 Review

A large part of the AR industry is building rifles from parts made by three primary manufacturers. Most of the time it’d be hard to tell who built an AR without looking at the rollmark on the lower receiver. This level of commonality isn’t a bad thing. Assembly of those parts, even if they are [...]

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9 Most Misused Gun Terms

Assault weapon.” Sixteen-round “clip.” A box of “bullets.” When it comes to firearms, there’s no shortage of misused terminology. Sometimes the error is committed innocently, a simple mistake owing to the shooter’s ignorance. A common example is the interchangeable use of “clip” and “magazine.” However, other misused terms are more harmful. They aren’t just inaccurate; [...]

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Making Men Equal: The Legend of Samuel Colt’s 200th Birthday

       It was in the winter of 1831 that Sam Colt saw a revolving pistol for the first time. This occasion was so important that he lied about it in later years. The gun shop he visited in Calcutta had a few examples of the Collier revolving flintlock pistol. Studying them gave Sam ideas for improving the [...]

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