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Traveling in the US with a Rifle

It seems the latest rage in the gun-community is low-profile rifle bags. While I completely agree with the concept, I have never seen one successfully executed. Sure, on the floor of SHOT show it may look “low profile” when sitting next to “level 47” body armor, but out on the street it’s a joke. Doubt me? Toss a rife in …

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Slug Guns—Smooth Bore or Rifled?

There are several areas in the US that mandate slugs for deer hunting, and even where it’s not law, there’s just something about smacking a buck with such a big hunk of lead. Hit well, they go down HARD. There has been so much advancement in slug technology in the past two decades that you do have to ask yourself …

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POTD — Fantasy German Sniper

I have always felt there are generally two types of people in the gun community. Collectors and shooters. The collectors want everything original, correct, papered, every variation, maker’s mark, etc. etc. etc. You get the idea. And the more of those variables you string together in one rifle, the more expensive things become. The other type of person is the …

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HK G3 – PTR 91 – HK 91 Magazines are Cheap

I practice what I preach. I lived through the Clinton AWB and was caught completely flat-footed. Like many of my peers. I swore that would never happen again. Never. When I buy a firearm, I am always considering magazines. Sometime back I picked up a PTR 91 GI as a truck gun. The price was good and I liked how …

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WWI Colt Detail Strip

This is a belated followup to a post from last year. We rescued a WWI Colt 1911…literally a pre-WWI manufactured gun…from the “wanna-be armorer practice pile” and moved it into emeritus status. How’s that for a $0.25 word?! Ok. We retired it, and hung it on the wall. You can see photos from the shadow-box story by CLICKING HERE. I …

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Video- How to Move a Gun Safe

Scott Mayer sent us this video from SHOT Show 2016. In the past, we have used professional safe movers who have something called a crawler. Which I always just called, “The Robot”. In that case, they were moving government vaults and safes made around the turn of the last century. So they tend to be filled with concrete and lots …

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Captured Mauser Rifles Get Me Thinking

I recently saw this photograph of captured Mauser rifles stacked like kindling. I thought it was very interesting. The first thing that struck me was the volume. That’s a lot of Mauser rifles! Looking at the picture, I don’t know what timeframe it was taken. But if I were to make an uneducated guess, post WWII? But frankly, I could …

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Browning Safe Break-in

A couple of readers have sent us this photo. It appears the owner of a Browning Gun Safe had his guns stolen. What is interesting is how thoroughly the door was cut. I am not expert on civilian gun safes in general or Browning safes in particular, but looking at the damage one does have to figure this is more …

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Twist Rate

A friend of mine just jumped into the AR-15 game and wasn’t clear on how to select the optimum twist rate for the various bullets he wanted to use. He had been told that the faster twist rates (1:7-inch) require a heavier bullet (75 grains) with longer bearing surfaces, and that a slower twist (1:9- or 1:10-inch) will shoot the …

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Best Pawnshop in a While

I travel quite a bit. Not as much as I used to, but it comes in spurts. I suppose everyone who travels is different. Some taste the local food. Others are drawn to the local pubs. While people such as myself, are always looking for guns, gun shops and gun-culture. It doesn’t matter if I am in Timbuktu or Tacoma, …

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Auto Pistol Maintenance

Auto pistols are maintained so that their condition and appearance are preserved and so that they work properly when put to use. Your pistol maintenance should follow the manufacturer’s guidelines, and be modified according to how much you use your pistol. Regardless of how much or how little you choose to maintain your auto pistol, always make sure the gun …

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POTD: Amy’s 1897 Marlin Rifle

Amy sent me this photo of her old rifle a while back. I have been meaning to post it since the summer. It’s a very cool old gun and if only it could talk. –Marky  Hey Marky, After seeing pics of your nice Winchester 1897 shotgun – I thought you might enjoy seeing another 1897 – my Marlin 1897 rifle. …