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The Summer Olympics are in Rio this year, and the United States is looking to repeat its 2012 total gold medal victory over China and Russia. American shooters earned three of those medals—tied with gymnasts for the third most golds behind swimming and track and field. But as the Wall Street Journal reported last week, you’re not likely to hear about Kim Rhode or Vincent Hancock on any Summer Olympic previews. According to the Journal, last year’s gold medal count has held true for the entire history of the Olympic Games: American shooters have won more golds for the United States than every other type of Summer Olympic athlete except swimmers and track and field participants. But the public perception of guns as dangerous and frightening has kept the media and most corporate sponsors from recognizing the achievements of Team USA shooters.

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Top Five Shooting Stances

Thursday, April 7th 2016 02:56 PM

Fast and accurate shooting with a handgun requires a stable shooting stance that allows the shooter to exercise the proper degree of sight alignment, trigger control and recoil management. There are a number of stances that can do that, but there’s no “one-size-fits-all” solution. Not all shooting conditions are the same. One method may be superior to others in certain situations, and savvy shooters will want to explore those that work best for them. Here are five stances that are worth the time to learn.

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Unilateral Background Checks

Saturday, April 2nd 2016 10:50 AM

New demands from left-wing partisans for so-called “universal” background checks, which would be even worse, would put the entire universe of legal gun owners’ identities into federal agents’ hands. That’s tyrannical and gun owners want it stopped. Can background checks be done and still maintain a privacy wall between honest retail gun sales and madmen seeking arms? Yes.

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The best way to illustrate the concept of Natural Point of Aim is with an imaginary example. Think about facing your target. For this exercise, position and type of gun don’t matter. You can be standing, sitting, or lying prone using a rifle, pistol or shotgun. Now, close your eyes, and raise whatever *Unloaded* gun you have at hand to a “ready to shoot” position. Now open your eyes. Wherever your rifle, shotgun, or pistol is pointing at the moment you open your eyes is your natural aim point. Your bones, muscles, and brain gravitated to this position based on what “felt” natural to your noggin based on the structural makeup of your body parts. Now let's make that work for you.

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3 Most Common Firearm Stoppages

Friday, March 18th 2016 05:54 PM

Firearms, like any mechanical tool, are capable of malfunctioning. Whether it’s the result of user error or an unavoidable part failure, jams happen and while being a mere annoyance for plinker, they can have dire consequences for someone who owns a pistol for protection.

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8 Checks to Run Before Firing Your New Gun

Tuesday, March 15th 2016 05:37 PM

Experience teaches that one can never assume a gun is ready to shoot until it has been thoroughly checked out. While some gun problems will not present themselves until the gun is fired, many potential issues can be resolved or avoided if they are identified before the trigger is pressed. Here are a few important steps to take before loading a new gun, or a used gun you have never fired:

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What To Do When Your Pistol Doesn't Fire

Monday, March 7th 2016 01:39 PM

What To Do When Your Pistol Doesn't Fire There you are practicing at the range, committed to your marksmanship basics, peering intently at the front sight as you control your trigger press....anddddd.....CLICK. How can this be? You've done everything right. You're shooting factory loaded ammunition. Your firearm is squeaky clean and minty fresh. Get over it. In fact, accept it. As with any mechanical device, things can go wrong with your pistol, and they will. Your acceptance of this will allow you to stay calm and fix the issue to your best ability. Your job is to know which problems you can solve-and how. That click you just heard is one of the most common symptoms of several issues. Some are operator induced, and some might not be-but in all cases, they're nothing to panic over. Even better, most of them can be fixed right there, if you do your part. Let's take a quick look at the most likely causes of this "CLICK-not-bang," which is essentially a failure to fire:

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Gun Review: SIG SAUER P938

Wednesday, March 2nd 2016 02:35 PM

In recent years there has certainly been no shortage of sub-compact, “pocket-sized” 9mm pistols to choose from. Market demand has spoken, and manufacturers have answered with available products. However, if you’re a “cocked & locked,” hammer-fired kind of a gal (or guy) you’ve been almost completely overlooked. Thankfully, one of the only options out there happens to be a pretty good one — the SIG SAUER P938 . . .

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TURNBULL RESTORATION OF A 1911–STEP BY STEP

Wednesday, March 2nd 2016 11:36 AM

The goal of this Turnbull restoration was to make the gun look exactly like it did the day it left the factory.

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Kimber Ultra Carry II

Monday, February 29th 2016 04:32 PM

The Kimber Ultra Carry II (Two-Tone) is a light-weight, compact 1911 with a three-inch barrel and unbelievable accuracy.

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