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The One That Got Away

Every so often in the business of gun writing you send back a gun that you wish you had bought instead. When I worked at NRA, the Technical Editor used to lament that there was a time when he could buy all the Steyr AUGs he wanted for $200 each but didn’t. My gun that “got away” is Ruger’s Gold …

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SCCY Pocket Rocket

Recently while working on some steel, a local shooter asked if he could join the fun. He was an older gentleman who quickly produced 3 or 4 pistols. One of which I wasn’t familiar with. A small, double-action-only (DAO) pistol called SCCY (Pronounced sky). It turns out the SCCY pistol was new to this particular owner (and me), and he …

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Mossberg Rifles Are Not Cheap

A few years back I wrote in another publication about a bear hunt where I used a Mossberg rifle topped with a Swarovski scope. In the comments section, I got a wisecrack from an Internet expert about putting a $1,000 scope on a $100 rifle. The perception was that because many Mossberg shotguns are affordable, that their rifles were cheap. …

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Is a Russian SF AK really an AK?

I will admit, the title of this post is somewhat provocative. But I think it’s an important question to ask if you are looking at getting into the AK game. Especially here in the US. Let me explain. The gun community has a bad habit. It will sometimes use two different terms interchangeably that aren’t so: A perfect example of …

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Turkey Tune Up

If it’s not already turkey season in your neck of the woods, it should be soon. As much as it’s a thrill to have a tom thundering his gobble on his way to you, it’s equally devastating to miss one. I mean it’s a shotgun, right? You can shoot doves out of the air at 40 yards, so how the …

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Pro-Tip: Always Wear Eye Protection

I shoot a lot. I really do. And with that, I see snake-eyes rolled more often than most. In just the last 12 months, I have seen a 38 Special slug ricochet and hit someone square in the forehead. I have seen another shooter have a razor-sharp section of copper-jacket slice right through the lower lip. I’ve seen one ruptured …

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Lightening The AR Trigger Pull

When I started on the NRA Technical Staff, AR-type rifles were just starting to show up at Camp Perry. It wasn’t easy for the AR because you had old school military armorers who were skilled at and more comfortable accurizing M14s, and really no one had much confidence in the little .223-caliber bullets of the time grouping tightly at 1,000 …

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Video – HK VP9 Slow Motion

I was just playing with the slow motion camera while on the range. HK VP9 my CCW pistol.     Marky www.tacticaltshirts.com www.john1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”  

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Magic Marker Rear Sight Blackout

I have a schizophrenic mind when it comes to night sights on handguns. I like my pistols to have tritium inserts for both front and rear sights. But I paint the front sight post bright orange and the take a black, permanent magic marker and blackout the rears. It’s weird. But let me explain. One, I believe the front sight …

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So I Forgot My Staple Gun

Thought I would share an unflattering story. I’ve been shooting quite a bit of steel and wanted to change it up. Need to focus more on accuracy. And my go-to drills for that are “Dot-Drills” or “Holes in Holes”. The dot drill is where I place some 1-inch circles on a IDPA target and practice keeping shots in the circles. …

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The Dardick Revolver

The cartridge on the left is one you will probably never see outside of a serious ammunition collection or gun show. It’s called a “tround” and was invented by David Dardick for his Dardick Series 1100, 1500, and 2000 double-action revolvers. Introduction was at the 1957 NRA Annual Meetings. Instead of a brass cartridge case, the tround was plastic. It …

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FDE vs Grey Glocks

Henry Ford famously said when talking about one of his mass-produced cars, “You can have any color you want as long as it’s black”. If there is a gun maker that has inherited the legacy of mass-production, no frills selection it’s Glock. I am the first to admit that I am tired of black guns. It would seem so are …

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The Model 1917 Revolver

The Model 1917 Had The Back Of The M1911 When the US gunned up for World War I, it pressed a lot of manufacturers into service to make the M1911 pistol. All of that manufacturing wasn’t enough, so it turned to Colt and Smith & Wesson to modify their large frame double-action revolvers to take the rimless .45 ACP cartridge …