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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 …

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Double Shotguns — BoxLocks & SideLocks: By Scott Mayer

Boxlocks and Sidelocks   When considering double shotguns, you will often hear the terms “boxlock” and “sidelock.” These are the two broad categories double guns fall into and describes where the action lockwork is located on the gun. It has nothing to do with how the action locks up for firing.   Sidelocks have removable plates on both rear sides …

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Affordable Truck Gun Project — VZ 58

VZ 58 PHOTO GALLERY AT BOTTOM OF POST   So Freeze and I have been talking about getting some “truck guns”. What is a truck-gun you ask? Well…that’s a complicated question depending on what your needs are. Let me be brutally honest: For me a truck-gun is something that must be expendable. Now before everyone starts howling, let me explain …

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Pulling Out The Backup CCW Glock 19

I travel quite a bit. Mostly by airplane. As such, checking luggage is simply a reality. When I made the switch back to Glocks as a work pistol, I automatically purchased two Glock 19 GEN 4 FDE’s. My logic being the 19’s would be the CCW platform of choice. And if one goes down for repair, or even worse become …

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Les Baer TRS 1911 with 30,000 Rounds

I will say this right up front: I have a pet peeve. Especially when it concerns 1911 users. The hypocrisy. Have your attention yet? About to be offended? Relax. Hear me out. One syndrome I dislike in the 1911 community is the obsession on “perfection”. On one hand, you will see this group talk about how the “1911 got it …

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Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot 2014 Highlight Pictures

Some of our staff went down to the 2014 Spring Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot. We always go with a to-buy list of certain weapons and supplies. Here you will see some interesting highlights from the show. Mostly from the “gun-show” area.   If you have never attended before, I have a few suggestions:   1. Bring your fancy hearing …

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Most Interesting Gun at SHOT: Bondhus CL380 By Scott Mayer

Most Interesting Gun At SHOT Show   As expected, SHOT Show this year was awash with AR-15-type rifles and accessories and it was quite by accident that in the sea of modern sporting rifles I stumbled upon what I think was the most interesting new gun at the show. The Bondhus CL380 is being billed as the “smallest most accurate …

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Cracked 1944 Finnish Mosin Nagant Getting Ready For Coyote Hunting.

As some of you are aware, Freeze at one time was a very large Mil-Surp collector. Specializing in WW I and WW II firearms and weapons. He has a particularly strong Comm-Bloc collection. Which is where this story begins…..   Now that all the gut piles have gone and the long hard winter is wrapping up, its time to get …

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Hard Primer Testing. 308 ASYM Ammo.

  We were out getting some training and I had a hard-primer strike.  Well…at first I didn’t know it was that. I was fearful the issue was something wrong with the FP / striker in my Blaser. After pulling the bullet (ASYM 175g 308), checking there was powder, and putting the unloaded case in an AR to see if I …

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Schmidt-Rubin 7.5 Swiss At the Range

  We ran across a guy shooting a Schmidt-Rubin the other day. Very nice rifle. Since we were also running a straight-pull rifle (Blaser R8), it was kind of a neat coincidence. The caliber was 7.5 Swiss in a military loading. The brand was called GP 11.  The really interesting information about the GP 11 loading is it’s popularity with …