Measuring a 1911 pistol with an electronic caliper

1911 Handguns: How to Fit a Barrel

OK, you ordered your Storm Lake or Wilson Combat Barrel—what comes next? The 1911 is easily our most popular handgun, and without a doubt, the most modified. While the Browning Hi Power, Tokarev, CZ 75, and Beretta 92 have also been built in the millions, none have been modified as extensively as the 1911 handgun.

Lyman All American 8 Reloading Kit

Ammunition Reloading: Getting Started

I seem to be one of the few writers to extensively use handloads in testing. I have always done so, and will continue to do so. That’s mainly because handloads offer real economy, custom grade performance, and excellent accuracy potential. Best of all, getting started in handloading isn’t difficult.

Here, Rob Leatham uses a strong upper triangle to overcome recoil. He advises, “You can't learn to control recoil without having to control recoil.”

Throwback Thursday: 7 Keys to a Strong Upper Triangle

We all were told at some point in our training to “relax, squeeze the trigger slowly, and let the gun kick freely.” This makes sense when you’re just starting out, but if you want to shoot faster and maintain a high degree of accuracy, this basic advice will have to evolve. You will have to do things differently. That’s where shooting stance comes in.

This shooter is at a steep angle as far as the cover goes but the shoulder and muzzle are in line.

Long Gun Accuracy — Stop the Wobble

When it comes to rifle shooting, fast hits are what counts in hunting and personal defense scenarios. When sighting in the rifle from the benchrest, we have all of the time in the world. Recently, I sighted my personal M1A1 with Leatherwood scope in from the rest and enjoyed 1 MOA groups with Federal MSR Fusion ammunition. I cannot expect a fraction of this accuracy when firing off hand at the 100-yard line.

Ryan Cleckner shooting an AR-15 rifle with a backpack as a rest

Video: The Effects of Rifle Cant and Long-Range Shooting

When shooting, especially at longer ranges, little things mean a lot. One of the biggest obstacles to long-range accuracy is rifle cant. At the range, keeping your rifle properly positioned may be easy. However, in the field, the ground is seldom even, flat, and level like the bench at the range. When canted, the rifle will not only miss to the right or left, it will also hit low. Do you know why?

youth wearing orange safety vest and shotgun

Choosing a First Shotgun

A shotgun is the most versatile firearm you’ll ever own. Contrary to what you might see on TV, shotguns do not magically hit every target, and the recoil is not—or at least does not have to be—so brutal that it will knock you off your feet. However, while versatile, not every shotgun is equally suited to every shooter or situation. With a little research and aforethought, you’ll be ready to choose a shotgun that will perform when needed and be comfortable to shoot. Here’s your guide to put you on the right path.

Shooter and spotter adjusting a rifle scope

The Pros and Cons of Turret Dialing

Turret dialing is a great way to aim precisely at extreme range targets—But it’s not perfect. Before you wed yourself to a turret dialing scope, you should consider your targeting needs and how they balance with the pros and cons of turret dialing scopes.

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Video: Atmospherics and Ballistics for Long-Range Shooting

Cheaper Than Dirt!, as well as the National Shooting Sports Foundation and others, believe it is important to promote safe, comfortable, and proper shooting techniques to customers. This video focuses on the importance of understanding the effects of atmospherics on a projectile when calculating an accurate firing solution for long-range accuracy.

SIG Romeo 7 red dot sight left profile

SIG Romeo 7 Red Dot — Sighting in the Red Dot

With an optic budget topping out at $400 for a red dot sight, the SIG Romeo 7 not only fills the need, it surpasses optics costing hundreds more. The Romeo 7’s 30mm red dot is optimal for most, and the controls are easy to use. Just a few of the benefits include easy sight in, simple to mount, included low-mount option, and, best of all, SIG quality.

Doug Koenig demonstrating the proper shooting stance

Shooting 101: Picking a Stance

Fast and accurate shooting with a handgun requires a stable shooting stance. The stance must allow for proper sight alignment, mobility, and recoil management. There are a number of stances that can do that, but there’s no “one-size-fits-all” solution—or is there?

Sweeping away the cover garment

Speed and Accuracy: Accurate Aimed Fire Ends Fights

Like many instructors, I prefer a student with no prior experience. Hopefully they have done their homework and understand how to manipulate the handgun, and load and unload it safely. However, if they have picked up bad habits and continue to exhibit these bad habits, there is some difficulty encountered during the class. I have to avoid terms like getting the student up to speed, because sometimes I have to slow them down.

Attacker grabbing young boy

4 Scenarios to Get the Tactical Advantage

The right of self-defense is among the most basic of human rights, and the majority of us own, and/or carry a firearm to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Depending on the state you live in, you may be able to obtain a CCW permit and take on the additional responsibility of self-defense. However, having a firearm and the law on your side does not automatically translate into good self-defense.

Narrow food plot with ladder stand

The Hunting Plot That Keeps on Giving: Evolved Harvest Shot Plot

Hunting over a food plot will not only increase your odds of success, it will provide more deer sightings, excellent placement trail cameras, and after your successful harvest, you’ll still be providing plenty of food and nutrition, which benefits the remaining deer population. Depending on your geographic location, different foods are local and on occasion more attractive to the local population, but some are universally popular among whitetails, brassicas is one of the best.

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AR-15 Maintenance: Roll Pins

AR-15s are pretty much pinned together. While a staple for many AR-15s, roll pins are not hard to work with, but a misstep could be catastrophic enough to permanently damage your AR-15. Here’s how to perform the essential construction operations associated with roll pins—the professional way.

Gas rings on an AR-15 rifle

Six Troubleshooting Solutions for AR-15 Function

When something goes wrong and the rifle won’t fire, the first question should always be, “What changed?” Before answering that, we have to determine—or at least I determine—whether we’re talking about a “fresh” rifle going through its shakedown period, or a (previously) trusted gun that’s suddenly decided to stop running. If it’s the first scenario, there’s a longer list of possibilities that include original parts, conditions, and installation quality. This article will focus on the previously-functioning rifle that’s taken a vacation from operation.

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Light Loads For Personal Defense

Handguns are the weapons of opportunity. Not as powerful as a long gun, they are portable and may be carried with us at all times. The handgun demands plenty of practice to master. The rub is that handguns kick a lot—in some calibers and in lightweight models. Until the laws of physics are changed, this is a reality. It is also a reality that the more powerful cartridges have greater wound potential and are more likely to stop a felonious assault with a minimum of well-placed shots.