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At the 2014 SHOT Show, SIG SAUER made a strong showing. One innovative idea was a weapons system designed with wounded soldiers in mind. Many veterans choose to defend their homes with similar weapons to the ones they carried on duty, and SIG SAUER, with the help of veterans, came up with an answer for anyone with the use of only one arm—the pistol stabilizing brace (PSB).

Shooting the ARX-100

SHOT 2014 — Beretta ARX-100 Sporting Rifle

At the 2014 SHOT Show Media Day, I got the opportunity to fire a few rounds through Beretta’s ARX-100, the civilian version of the ARX-160 rifle developed for the Italian military. At first glance, I thought it was just another black sporting rifle. However, in true Beretta fashion, they painstakingly included some features that I consider a requirement on modern weapons systems.

Laser Devices Mk7 BATTLE LIGHT

SHOT 2014 — Laser Devices New Mk7 BATTLE LIGHT

SHOT Show is always fun. There are vendors from all over the world touting their latest greatest gear. For a gun enthusiast, it’s the high point of the year for sure. However, as thousands of booths start bleeding together and your stack of business cards becomes unmanageable, it’s only the truly innovative ideas that end up sticking out in your mind. For me, the Laser Devices Mk7 Battle Light was one of them.

S&W 460 XVR

SHOT 2014 — Smith & Wesson Performance Center 460 XVR

The Smith & Wesson name is synonymous with quality revolvers, and with good reason. We got a chance to get a close-up look at Smith & Wesson’s booth at the 2014 SHOT Show and were treated with a huge wall of Performance Center eye candy. An unassuming wheel gun caught my eye that could get just about any job done.

R-51 Hands-on

SHOT Show 2014 — Hands on Remington’s R51

Remington stepped onto the SHOT Show floor with gusto touting their new R51 handgun. We anxiously got our hands on the already famous pistol to see if the feel of the gun lived up to the hype. Its smooth lines and tiny size make it perfect for concealed carry, while offering more than adequate firepower in the wisely chosen 9mm Luger caliber. Aside from sharing some looks with the much older Model 51, the new R51 looks akin to a circa 1950′s sci-fi movie prop—but in a good way!

Matti Warren

NRA New Energy Profile: Matti Warren

To say high school senior Matti Warren is passionate about hunting and the Second Amendment would be an understatement. At only 12 years old, Matti testified in front of the Texas State Legislature on behalf of legalizing the crossbow for hunting.

NRA Women: The Suzie Brewster Story

This month’s Armed & Fabulous Profile “Leading the Pack” features Diana Award-winning Suzie Brewster. In addition to helping introduce shooting sports to thousands of women through the Washington Women’s Shooting Club, Suzie also serves as Co-Chair of the NRA Women’s Leadership Forum. Watch her inspiring story and check out more Armed & Fabulous profiles on the NRA Women’s Channel at

Blue Book of Gun Values

Blue Booking an Old Relic

You know that rifle that’s been sitting in the corner of your closet for decades? Every wonder exactly how much that thing is worth? With the gun market being what it is right now, it may be time to dust off some of those old firearms and see how they perform with a sale tag tied on. The Blue Book of Gun Values is a tool virtually everyone in the industry uses for pricing just about every type of firearm. If you are buying or selling even one gun—you absolutely need this reference.

Blue Book of Gun Values

The Blue Book of Gun Values: Everyone Needs It

Blue Book of Gun Values Logo

Knowledge of value—it is something every gun owner absolutely must possess. When we buy and sell merchandise, our grasp of how much money the goods in question are worth is an essential part of the wheels that drive our industry. Not knowing could leave you holding a smaller purse or missing a big payday. Luckily, you’re a smart consumer. You know when something might be worth a bundle, but you may not know exactly what to ask or where to look. If only there were an industry standard reference for knowing the value of just about every firearm ever created. Since 1980, the firearms world has been fortunate enough to have exactly that. For many of us, The Blue Book of Gun Values is the most important reference behind the counter or under the desk. It is like a dictionary for a writer, or a schematic for a mechanic—it would be almost impossible to get the job done without it.

NRA Life of Duty Patriot Profile: Frog Dog

Some SEALs carry ladders, comm gear, breaching tools, explosives and other various kit items specific to the specialty they bring to the fight. Whether Trevor Maroshek was rappelling off a cliff, parachuting off the back of a plane, or scaling a wall, his special piece of kit came in the form of a 110-lb dog with 2-inch canines. Many warriors go their separate ways after war, but Trevor brought his buddy home with him.

AR Varmint Hunting

What Makes a Varmint Rifle?

Varmint rifles are popular; there’s no denying that. More shooters are taking to hunting everything from prairie dogs to coyote. Spending your off hours ridding someone’s land of vermin is usually a welcome pastime that landowners don’t always have time to do. Varmints are a destructive, invasive and generally unwanted group of pests most people would rather live without. So what’s the best tool for the job? It really depends on what you’re planning to eradicate.

NRA Life of Duty Frontlines

This month, NRA Life of Duty Correspondent Chuck Holton reports from Southern West Virginia – an area with the highest prescription drug overdoses in the United States. Look for the full report later this month and watch the trailer at the link below.