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Bob Campbell ejecting shell from a bolt-action Mauser K98

Range Report: The Classic Bolt Guns — Mauser, Enfield, and Springfield

I have a well-developed sense of history. I understand the emotional attachment some of us have for historical firearms. Just the same, I am not a collector, but by definition, I am an accumulator of firearms. I appreciate the great bolt-action rifles of the past including the Lee Enfield, Springfield, and Mauser. Wartime versions with the furniture intact are the most interesting and desirable rifles.

SKS rifle top, AR-15 rifle bottom

The All-Around Soviet Rifle — The SKS

Not long ago, conversation around the fireplace drifted toward the subject of all-around rifles. I like these moments because my grandson is old enough to shoot, and he is interested in firearms but hasn’t heard it all before. I enjoy a number of interesting rifles including the M1A1 and the AR-15. A certain place in my heart belongs to the Winchester 1895. But if you are on a strict budget but need an all around pest, deer, hog, and defense rifle, it is difficult to beat the SKS rifle.

Door breaching Remington 870 shotgun

The Riot Gun

 

What is a riot gun? It is a 12 gauge pump-action shotgun with an open cylinder choke and 18-inch barrel. It just may be the best all-around personal defense firearm in the world. The short barrel and typical high magazine capacity—compared to sporting shotguns—gives the riot gun an edge in personal defense.

REar view of a pistol barrel showing unburnt powder

How Often Should I Clean My Handgun?

The more I test and use handguns, the more respect I have for the operating reliability of these machines. Tolerances held by Kimber, Colt, Glock, Ruger, Smith and Wesson, SIG, and CZ are excellent. When we fire these handguns on the range, we should have every confidence that they will fire time after time without any type of problem. After all, many of these handguns are based on service pistols that were designed to function in horrific situations.

action photo with flames shooting from the muzzle of a handgun

After You Get a Concealed Weapons Permit 101

It is encouraging to see so many Americans obtaining their concealed weapon permit. These new shooters are supporters of the Second Amendment and have taken steps to be responsible for their own safety and security. Yet, in many cases, there are people among them that are armed with a deadly weapon but unable to defend themselves well.

3 Buffalo Bore .38 Super bullets and one upset round

Buffalo Bore Ammunition

Some years ago, long time hunter, handloader, and experimenter Tim Sundles founded Buffalo Bore Ammunition. At first, he concentrated on big bore loads with the slogan Strictly Big Bore Strictly Business.

Thompson Center Contender handgun left on groundhog paper target

Review: Thompson Contender — The Specialist’s Handgun

Among the most interesting of hobbies is the pursuit of accuracy. Some handguns have it and some do not—the level of accuracy varies widely. I have often mentioned that I do not own a machine rest as I prefer to keep in touch with reality. I do own a couple of devices that help me shoot well such as the Bull Shooters pistol rest.

Springfield Armory 1911 with a Shoot-n-See target

Training Tip: Double Taps

Among the most misunderstood tactics in personal defense is the double tap. More than half of those practicing defense shooting execute the double tap incorrectly. Worse yet, it is most often taught incorrectly.