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Gun Owner Illegally Cited for Crime

A guest post from Texas Law Shield.

Texas Law Shield Program Attorney Edwin Walker shares the story of a lawful gun owner who was illegally cited for a crime by overzealous police officers—open carry of a rifle for self-defense, not as a political statement.

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Advanced Tactics

Part 4 in series on concealed carry.

Once you have passed the basic course, you need to become a proficient shooter. Few will become expert marksmen in a short time, but the ability to become proficient personal defense shooters is well within your reach. First, you address the basic skills and then you learn tactics. Facing the criminal element with skills and tactics to dominate the situation is a formidable problem for which the police train constantly.

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10 Stock, Grip and Handguard Upgrades for Your AK

A guest post by Robert Sadowski

The AK-47 and AK-74 systems are engineering marvels in their ability to function in any environment, yet today they can seem dated — particularly the wood stock and furniture. Back in 1947 and even in 1974, a wood stock was an accepted standard in a military rifle. Today, synthetic stocks and handgrips offer better durability, easy customization, and more shooting comfort. Here’s a list of replacement stocks and furniture that can up your AK’s game…

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Bolt-Carrier Assembly: The Heart of an AR-15

The following is a specially adapted excerpt from “The Competitive AR15: Builders Guide” and “The Competitive AR15: Ultimate Technical Guide,” books by Glen Zediker and Zediker Publishing. For more information, please check out www.ZedikerPublishing.com or call (662) 473-6107.

The AR-15’s bolt and carrier are the heart of the rifle, so knowing the ins and outs of the bolt carrier — weight, platings and coatings, firing-pin hole size and bolt choices — can make your AR run more smoothly and reliably.

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Clean Your AR-15 in 20 Minutes

A guest post by Bryce M. Towsley

AR-15 rifles run well even when caked with crud, but sooner or later you do have to clean even the most abuse-immune AR-15 rifle. Cleaning is never fun, but there are a few tools, tips and techniques that can reduce the pain and get you back shooting a little faster.

Texas Law Shield's Kirk Evans

Ask a Lawyer: Tribal Lands and Guns

Cheaper Than Dirt! recently sat down with Kirk Evans, president of Texas Law Shield, LLP (TLS), a 90,000-member licensed legal-services company based in Houston. TLS provides a firearms legal-defense program for legal gun owners. TLS program attorneys have extensive civil and criminal trial experience in representing thousands of legal gun owners including civilian, law enforcement, and military personnel.

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Miss Kansas Receives Death Threats for Hunting

I attend a great deal of both outdoor trade shows and consumer shows over the course of a given year, with many of them concentrated between January and April. Recently, I attended the annual Shot Show in Las Vegas, the National Rifle Association great outdoors show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and the 2014 Pheasant Fest in Milwaukee Wisconsin. I was fortunate at each of these events to meet with numerous hunters, outdoorsmen and women and discuss some of the issues of today facing today’s hunters.

Gray-haired man in blue jacket with red ear protection shoots a pistol carbine into the woods.

Pistol-Caliber Carbines for Home Defense

I am always interested in different opinions about home-defense firearms. The three-gun trifecta—handgun, shotgun and rifle—is often commented on, with recommendations given. Many times the recommended rifle is more useful for an Israeli police action than home defense. Comments range from “the .223 has a lot of blast indoors” to “the system is very expensive, but you must have one” all the way to “buck it up, lay down the credit card and get with the program.”

A gray-haired man in a blue and black plaid jacket with red ear protection fires a Smith and Wesson Miliary and Police .38 at a target with a wooded area behind him.

Golden Guns for Everyone: The Orthopedic Winners

I have been fascinated by the great buildings of the world all my life and always find architecture interesting. While Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower are monumental achievements, the Pirate’s House in Savannah, Ga., is another structure I find completely interesting. And Joyce and I love the mile-high bridge at Grandfather Mountain.

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The Cold Steel Code 4

For more years than I care to remember, I have been a fan of Cold Steel knives. The Cold Steel knife company offers good quality, sharp edges and positive function. During my time in police service, my impression was that I saw more Cold Steel knives used by peace officers than anything else. The reasons are quality and affordability.

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Range Report — Rock Island Compact 1911

Is there a best personal defense handgun? I doubt it; the competition is fierce, and many handguns have their good points. We also have personal needs and personal worst-case scenarios. As long as the handgun is a quality design, well executed with good reliability and is accurate and powerful enough for the task, the rest is up to you. My personal favorite carry gun is the 1911 single-action self-loader in .45 ACP. There are many variants, and while some are ironmongery, many are well made of good material.