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Review: The ATN X-Sight Digital Day/Night Scope

Wednesday, May 27th 2015 11:00 AM

It really is remarkable just how many new items of night vision equipment have appeared over the last couple of years. It seems only a short time ago that we were amazed at the scopes, spotters, and thermal imagers that were becoming available to us. But rather than slowing down, we’ve seen a veritable deluge of makes and types of gear allowing us to observe what wildlife is doing after dark.

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Five Concealed Carry Methods for Women

Friday, May 22nd 2015 01:04 PM

More women are choosing to protect themselves and their families with concealed firearms these days, and for good reasons. A greater variety of easy-to-pack pistols are available now than ever before. Many states are providing firearm permits with affordable fees and requirements that the average person can meet. And, best of all, the shooting industry is responding by offering concealed-carry holsters and accessories designed specifically for women.

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You never know what's going to come in the door. Check out this set of double-barrel flintlock pistols made by Durs Egg of London, circa sometime between 1772 and 1831.

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The Top 5 AR-15s Under $1,000

Thursday, May 7th 2015 11:29 AM

The great Obama AR-15 Sale of 2013 is over, sort of. Yes, fears about political shenanigans like green tip 5.56mm ammo bans and other nonsensical moves are driving sales, but we’ve moved on from the time when there were no ARs of any type available on the shelves. In fact, as the market has chilled a bit, prices also have chill-axed, so there are lots and lots of good deals out there.

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How to Decode the Label on Shotshell Boxes

Friday, May 1st 2015 05:36 PM

Now that we’re more transfat- and nutrition-conscious, we’ve become a nation of label-readers, squinting critically at the fine print on food packaging before putting an item in our shopping carts. Shouldn’t we apply that same scrutiny to shotshells? There’s lots of information on the box top if you take the time to read it. Some of the writing on the box is self-explanatory, some requires decoding. Here’s a glossary of terms to guide your ammo-aisle reading.

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Every time you pull the trigger, lots of violent things happen inside the chamber of your gun. The burning propellant inside the case creates high-pressure gas, which has to go somewhere—fast. This swelling gas cloud does two things. First, it expands the brass cartridge case until it’s pressing against the inside walls of the gun’s chamber, then it propels the bullet out the barrel. As the pressure drops, the case contracts slightly, but not all the way. In order for reloaded ammunition to chamber properly, it must be resized back to its original size, or close. This is where a resizing die comes in...

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Our instructor Steve is arguably one of the most knowledgeable folks around when it comes to shotgun capabilities and tactics. Per the objective of the course, he taught from a viewpoint that a shotgun is the best tactical option for virtually any scenario at shorter ranges. Indoors? Yep. Home defense? Of course. Hostage rescue? Umm, yes, in fact. More on that later.

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One of the most poorly understood elements of handgun control is how to grip your pistol. A lot of people struggle to properly position the gun in their hand. There are varying opinions on how much effort, or gripping pressure to use and how to maintain that pressure. Following these six basic tips can improve your grip and your control over your handgun.

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The StG 44 is often considered to be the first modern assault rifle. While the StG 44 itself came into mass production a little too late to have a significant effect on the war, it heavily influenced the design of later firearms. Now you can watch the StG 44 fire in glorious ultra-slow motion.

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Buying a Used Firearm: 5 Steps To Follow

Tuesday, March 24th 2015 03:45 PM

Buying a used firearm is a good way to cut down on cost, but it comes with many hurdles that don’t come with factory fresh guns. If you’re lucky and smart, you’ll be able to come out with a bargain. In the worst case scenario however, you might find yourself handing over your hard-earned cash for a firearm that is not only a clunker, but could very well be dangerous to use.

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