When new shooters pick up a handgun for the first time, especially when it’s without knowledgeable instruction at hand, most make the same mistakes. These observations aren’t intended to be a criticism against new shooters. It’s more the opposite. One has to wonder if the reason almost all new shooters make the same mistakes is a result following pre-programmed instincts. Here are three of those wired-in habits and how to correct them.

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10 Great Rimfire Rifles for a First-Time Shooter

Wednesday, September 9th 2015 04:22 PM

Introducing someone to the shooting sports is a tricky affair. You want to show them the fun and adventure behind the sport, but the last thing you want is to put the new shooter off by using the wrong gun for his or her initial ventures into the shooting world. Luckily there are some outstanding firearm choices for the new shooter.

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Quick Guide to Shooting Fundamentals

Thursday, September 3rd 2015 12:20 PM

Becoming a competent shooter requires mastering the basics—to the point that they become practically instinct. With the help of the NRA, we’ve detailed six shooting fundamentals below. Whether you’re a beginner looking for an introduction to shooting or an experienced marksman reviewing your form, it can help quite a bit.

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7 Suppressor Myths

Wednesday, September 2nd 2015 01:10 PM

Because silencers (or suppressors) have been regulated and priced out of the average Americans’ means since 1934 (the required federal $200 tax stamp in 1934 on a 3.50 Maxim silencer was the equivalent of $3,500 in today's dollars), many folks misunderstand the laws associated with owning one. Here are seven myths—and the seven corresponding truths—about silencer ownership.

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Everyone knows that you need a press, dies and similar tools when you start hand loading ammunition . What doesn’t always come to mind are tools that are necessary for a successful reloading operation that you might not think of when starting out. Most companies that sell reloading equipment include the items that you need to get started but seldom all off the stuff you need to make it easy and enjoyable. Here are some tools that will make getting started that much easier.

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If someone enters your home in the middle of the night and threatens you or your family, are you able to use the firearm you have in your to defend yourself? What about the gun you carry in your car as you and your family travel to grandmother’s house for the holidays? If you have a flat tire and someone else stops–not to render aid but to cause harm—may you use your firearm in self-defense then without first trying to retreat? When can you use force, including deadly force such as using a firearm, to protect yourself or your loved ones? In short, it depends on the situation and in what state you live as the applicable law differs from states to state. “Self-defense” in one state, especially using deadly force, can rise to the level of being charged with a murder, manslaughter or aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge in another. Thus, if you own a firearm, it is paramount that you familiarize yourself with your state’s law regarding the use of firearms, especially in self-defense.

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The Assault Weapon Myth

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015 05:33 PM

Over the past two decades, the majority of Americans in a country deeply divided over gun control have coalesced behind a single proposition: The sale of assault weapons should be banned. .... But in the 10 years since the previous ban lapsed, even gun control advocates acknowledge a larger truth: The law that barred the sale of assault weapons from 1994 to 2004 made little difference. It turns out that big, scary military rifles don’t kill the vast majority of the 11,000 Americans murdered with guns each year. Little handguns do.

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6 Shooting Drills for Concealed Carry

Saturday, June 13th 2015 01:36 PM

Shooting drills are a pistol instructor's greatest ally. Often undervalued, these simple exercises strengthen students' understanding of concealed carry concepts as well as basic shooting principles. Designed to mimic real-life situations, or correct common problems, practice and repetition can embed the proper skills into your memory so you are prepared to react automatically in the event you need to draw your weapon.

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5 Concealed Carry Pistols Around $300

Thursday, June 11th 2015 04:04 PM

One of the questions most often asked in concealed carry community is “What is the best carry gun I can get for x amount of money?” It is one that is extremely difficult to answer. Every time someone asks what the “best” thing in a specific category is, they can expect to be assaulted by brand partisans on all sides. This is particularly true with gun owners. When we have a good experience with a firearm, we want to talk about it and extol its virtues. After all, one day we may have to trust our lives with it.

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5 Essential Reloading Tools

Thursday, June 4th 2015 01:22 PM

Getting started in reloading is kind of like equipping the kitchen in your first apartment. Like cooking, you could reload cartridges with just a couple of tools, but it wouldn’t be easy or safe. Or, you could buy the entire Sinclair Reloading inventory and spend a couple hundred large on all the fancy gear and accessories. You know what they say, right? Reloaders do it with hand tools, so let’s take a look at the basic set of hand tools that will make your reloading faster, safer and easier.

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