The story of handguns and how they work is very interesting but may also be frustrating to the beginner. Some definitions are stretched by the makers. As an example, quite a few handguns cloud the definition of double-action or double-action-only operation. Even within types such as double-action first shot there are other categories such as selective double action.
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There have been many books written on shooting from Hit the White Part by my friend Massad Ayoob to Paul Weston’s book on combat shooting for police and Ed McGivern’s Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting. Some are dated and while Chic Gaylord’s Handgunner’s Guide is worth a look, the gear is outmoded. All are worth a read. Anything by Jeff Cooper and his able student Gabriel Suarez, is worth the money.
There is more to collecting than you might think; the psychological and personal benefits are many. Collecting has no time line; it may be enjoyed at any point in life, which isn’t true of sports or mountain climbing. Quite a few of us despise the idle moment and like to keep life interesting. Nothing does so like a good hobby. Jump in and get started. You will not be disappointed.
Marksmanship can make up for power, but the reverse is seldom true. In a gunfight, shot placement is everything. Unfortunately, when choosing a handgun for combat, we risk becoming too interested in absolute accuracy and forget combat accuracy. A fascination with firing small groups on the target, even in combat courses, is counter intuitive to true combat practice.
The magazine is a part of the rifle, and it’s a moving part. The magazine feeds the daggone thing its rounds so it can fire its bullets. That’s how important the magazine is.
In warfare of the day, horses were an important part of the equation. In many of the battles on the plains, more horses fell than men. The revolver served alongside the saber for cavalrymen. These men often fought as dismounted troops.
Bat Masterson ordered a custom pistol that may be rightly called the first of the Gunfighter’s Guns.
The AR-15 is America’s rifle. In fact, the black rifle in just about any configuration is very versatile. But choosing the right rifle is a daunting proposition for many. There are many choices, and many good choices. Let’s cover some of the basics.
There are times when I am amazed at how lucky I am to test and own some of the finest firearms ever manufactured. I admit that sometimes the newest variation of the theme (a different finish or new sights) isn’t quite as exciting as a fresh start, but there are few genuinely new things under the sun.
If you’ve been shooting for any length of time, you’ve probably heard the question, “I’ve been thinking about buying a gun. What pistol should I buy?” Your answer may make the difference between bringing another citizen into the Second Amendment ranks and turning them off from the shooting sports for life.
A handgun that saw much action from its introduction to the end of the Vietnam War was the Colt 1903 Safety Hammerless. Just the right size for comfortable carry, reliable, and more accurate than most any handgun in its class, the Colt was a remarkable handgun on all accounts.
During most of my shooting life, I’ve trusted Colt handguns, and the very few AR-15 rifles I’ve deployed have been Colt AR-15s. From the HBAR to the SOCOM carbine, these rifles have given excellent service.
When considering a firearm for home defense there are three choices, the handgun, rifle, and shotgun. There are many arguments for either, and the choice must fit your lifestyle.
During my time in law enforcement, I chose Federal Cartridge Company for issue loads after a grueling test period in two separate agencies.
The 5.56mm/.223 Remington is America’s cartridge just as the AR-15 rifle is America’s rifle. The rifle is used for recreational shooting, competition, varmint hunting, medium-sized game hunting, and personal defense. In fact, the same rifle will handle all of these chores—given a skilled shooter. While the rifle is versatile and may fill each role well, no single loading will serve in every pursuit.
For over 100 years, the Colt 1911 has been respected as the greatest fighting handgun in the world. The only legitimate gripe concerning the pistol is that it is long and heavy. This has led to various attempts
James D. Julia, Inc., the world’s leading firearms auctioneer, will conduct its Fall Firearms Auction on
October 5th-7th with a preview on October 1st and 2nd.