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Backwards Primers. It Happens.

I was working on some timed drills yesterday. Pretty standard stuff on steel. Had a friend along who is a big-time reloader. He brought his favorite carry pistol a FNS 9. On his first shot with his reloads, misfire. Click! No Bang! He tap racked pretty quickly and moved on.   When the sequence was over, we examined the offending …

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Traveling to a 3-Gun Match

  Our good friend Wes is shooting a 3-gun event in North Carolina this weekend. The match is quite far from his home state. As such, he has opted to fly. Take a look at this picture of and imagine the pucker-factor many would feel checking this luggage. And flying through enemy lines to boot.   I have a personal …

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A $5000 Mosin Nagant Rifle?

There has been some hubbub and debate over a recent sale on Gunbroker. It seems a US Military Marked Mosin Nagant Rifle has sold for $5025. The seller is listed as one of the top 25 dealers on Gunbroker. I am by no means a Mosin expert, but I do know some of the appeal of the type is the …

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CZ’s Sub-Compact CZ75 RAMI — By Scott Mayer

The CZ 2075 RAMI–CZ’s sub-compact version of its venerable CZ75 pistol–combines small size with up to 14 rounds of capacity depending on the chambering.  In the category of interesting but useless information, know that its name is derived from the first two letters of its designer’s first names, Radek Hauerland and Milan Trkulja. Operation is the proven short-recoil system with …

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Old Time Gun Store

Some of you know I travel quite a bit. And one of the perks of that is I am always looking for out of the way gun shops to visit. But it’s not the new, fancy shops with the latest SHOT Show products that attract me. It’s the small mom & pop shops that generally float my boat. The exception …

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Video: Testing The Rhodesian Army Shotgun

Testing the Rhodesian Army Shotgun   First shots with the Rhodesian Army A5 Shotgun made by browning. It’s a 7+1 12 gauge. The shells used for the test are low-brass, light target loads. At the time of this writing, it is my understanding that 1000 of these shotguns were made for the Rhodesian Army. The rumor is somewhere between 200-500 …

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Patterning A Shotgun by Scott Mayer

Just as you should sight in a rifle and see how different bullet weights and styles shoot, you should pattern a shotgun and see how different loads perform. You sight in a rifle by putting up a target, taking careful aim, shooting, and then adjusting the sights accordingly.  It’s a bit different with a shotgun because your eye acts as …

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Shooting – Testing the PTR 91 and 1897 Shotgun

It’s been a busy winter and spring is on us fast. I have a bunch of gun projects that have crept up on me. So I found myself with a few fee hours of off time and decided to shoot / test/ break-in some personal weapons. The first is a PTR 91 GI Model — An exact copy of a …

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Sara Brady Has Passed And Why We Shouldn’t Gloat.

Sara Brady has passed on. My feelings are probably not so much in line with the general glee I am seeing in my industry. She took her husband’s grievous injury and turned that into an attack that caused many people of my generation a lot of pain and suffering. But I remember the day President Reagan, Jim Brady, the Secret …

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Setting up Mitchell’s Range

On a snowy day in March, we decided to set up a quick and easy steel range. Many of the ranges we shoot at are formal, large and require a fair amount of coordination and logistics to shoot. We wanted a range that we could leave steel up all year and just do informal testing. Obviously safety and a backstop …

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Vepr 12 AK Style Shotgun By Scott Mayer

 The first time I encountered an AK-47-styled shotgun was back in 1998 when I was on the NRA Technical Staff and European American Armory was bringing in a then-new gun called the Saiga. It had a conventionally styled forend and buttstock that were very “Remingtonesque” and the sights were fitted on a short, delicate top rail. We noted that, since …

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HK VP9 First Impressions — By Amy Serrano

Editor’s note: Amy Serrano is a regular on our Facebook Page if you have any questions about the VP9. She can also be reached by leaving a comment below. Amy is a competitive shooter and regular training class junky. When she is not shooting German pistols, she is shooting her precision rifle out past 600 yards. –Marky  HK VP9 When …

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S&W 547 9mm Revolver

    I will start off by saying that I am not a revolver guy. Life and experience has always lead me to more of the automatic side of the fence. That is a reflection of my “universe” in some ways, and of the times we live in as well.  Through pure chance, I happened on a K-frame S&W revolver …