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Guns

New Guns 2014

From sleek upland bird shotguns, to long-range bolt-action rifles, to competition ARs, the 2014 SHOT Show had a little bit of everything for every kind of shooter or hunter.

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Rifle Skills and Tips

Marksmanship is a learned skill, not one we’re born with. This is good news for anyone who wants to become a better shot. Here's how.

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Guns Articles

25 Greatest Deer Rifles

Here are our picks for the greatest deer rifles ever made. Let the arguments...

Best Elk Rifles

Check out Gun Shots blogger John Haughey's round up of the 20 best elk hunting rifles....

Hot New Scopes

We round up the best new riflescopes, crossbow scopes, and sights to hit the market in...

Presidents' Guns

Barack Obama's recent skeet shooting photo made plenty of headlines, but he was far...

Precision Guided Gun

Shooting Editor John B. Snow took the new TrackingPoint system hunting in Texas for...

Springfield's 5.25

Shooting Editor John B. Snow takes a first look at the Springfield XDM 5.25, a 9mm...

  • April 18, 2014

    Shooting Tips: How to Handle Rifle Recoil - 2

    Photo: Mitch Kezar/Windigo Images

    Accelerating a bullet from dead still to a couple thousand feet per second (or more) in the blink of an eye equals recoil. It’s Newton’s “equal and opposite reaction” to the bullet’s launch. Rifle weight and shape play into felt recoil, but they don’t change recoil’s kinetic energy, which is a function of the rifle’s mass and rearward velocity. And although bullet speed figures into energy calculation, its contribution to rifle “slap” does not. A bullet that exits fast dumps its energy fast. An 8-pound rifle hurling a 405-grain .45/70 bullet at 1,800 fps delivers about the same recoil as a .338 Magnum rifle of the same weight firing a 225-grain spitzer at 2,800 fps. But the .338 may feel friskier.  [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 15, 2014

    Shooting Tip: Blacken Your Iron Sights With Pitch Pine - 0

    Shooting well with iron sights can be a tricky business, but plenty of big bucks have fallen, numerous battlefields have been claimed, and scores of shooting competitions have been won using good old iron sights.

    Whether you are sighting in a rifle before heading for the woods, or preparing for a competition, this tip will improve your game. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 11, 2014

    Personal Defense: Carry in Comfort With These 3 Holster Options - 0


    Photo by Mitch Kezar/Windigo Images

    The decision to carry a firearm for personal protection raises the critical question of how you plan to carry. Having a firearm on your person requires that you find a solution that fits your lifestyle and local ordinances, and meets basic criteria for comfort and ease of access.

    Keeping a weapon or two on my body became a daily reality in 2000, when I entered into law enforcement as a profession. Shortly after this, I began to experiment with different methods of carry, both on and off duty. I now carry pistols (plural) on me just about daily, and I have arranged my lifestyle and clothing to accommodate this choice. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 9, 2014

    Video: A 2,500-Yard Shot with .338 Lapua - 0

    This video was uploaded to YouTube last year by 1Grizzman and is starting to catch some attention. It's a pretty cool demonstration of how the right long-range gear mixed with the proper know-how can produce impressive results.

    According to the video, the shot was made from 2,530 yards, or about 1.43 miles. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 7, 2014

    Using Laser Sights for Handguns - 0


    Photo courtesy of Crimson Trace

    Twenty years ago, laser sighting systems on handguns were expensive and unreliable novelty items. Today, thanks to technological advances, 
they are in common use among law enforcement and military personnel, as well as civilians who carry a handgun for personal protection. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 4, 2014

    Bob Costas' Losing Bet on Guns - 5

    Bob Costas once again waded into the gun control debate, this time voicing a curious and ill-informed opinion on late-night television. According to Politico, Costas wants to make a wager on whether athletes owning guns causes more harm than good.

    In a discussion with “Late Night” host Seth Meyers, Costas said:
    “Let's make a bet, you and me. Let's say over the next five years we'll do a Google search. We'll have an independent party monitor it. You keep track of how many good and constructive things are associated with athletes having a gun, and I'll keep track of all the tragedies and criminality and folly. And let's see who comes out ahead or behind as the case may be.“ [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 3, 2014

    Illinois School Rewrites 2nd Amendment in Workbook - 6

    When Rich Kinison's son showed him his U.S. Constitution workbook, Kinison couldn't believe the nonsense he was reading was actually being taught at Grant Middle School in Springfield, Ill., and, presumably, at other junior high schools across the state and the nation.

    In explaining the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights, the workbook states in clear black-and-white: “This amendment states that people have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison. The founding fathers included this amendment to prevent the United States from acting like the British who had tried to take weapons away from the colonists.” [ Read Full Post ]


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