The first handgun I fired was an old Smith and Wesson Victory Model with fixed sights. It was some time before I progressed to a Smith and Wesson with click adjustable rear sights. A movable front sight is a recent addition I find very modern. While the adjustable sight is a must have for competition and hunting, for personal defense it isn’t needed if you know how to use fixed sights and zero the piece.
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You do not have to be a victim of a hurricane to experience the destructive effects of flooding. A broken pipe, ruptured water heater, or a sump pump that goes out during a storm is enough to do it in some areas. In any case, flooding and firearms are not only a bad mix, it can be a financial disaster. This leaves firearms owners who have seen their guns and stored ammunition submerged by flood waters wondering whether their firearms and ammunition can be salvaged and used safely. Fortunately, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) have the answer. Here is the full release.
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.
Recently, one of the teenaged grandkids made the often repeated comment, ‘You only live once. (YOLO)’ I squashed this thought with both feet. True enough, we are promised but one life, but I pointed out that life isn’t short, it is long. Things you do in your youth may have consequences for the rest of your life. So, it is with firearms and the way you treat them.
Step into most gun stores or visit any Internet message board, and you’re certain to come across some fairly common
The MLP Solid Film Lubricant Pen from Birchwood Casey Keeps Firearms Running During the Toughest Conditions
In this NSSF video, former Army Ranger sniper team leader Ryan Cleckner describes how he cleans his bolt-action rifle
Glocks represent over 60 percent of the handgun market. They are a favorite of law enforcement, competitive shooters, home defenders, plinkers, and citizens legally carrying concealed
The barrel is truly the make-or-break accuracy component in any rifle. There are contributing factors that
Just mention Cosmoline to an older veteran and he will most likely cringe remembering the chore of removing the sticky
The AR-15 rifle is a great rifle—America’s rifle—and a system with a well-deserved reputation for reliability.
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.
About 20 years ago, a fellow officer suffered a malfunction on the firing line with his new stainless steel pistol. I took the gun and the ammunition into my office for examination. The firearm was dry and devoid of lubrication. With a bit of lubrication, it began to work properly.
In times of shortage, it isn’t only ammunition that is difficult to find. Parts and accessories become difficult and expensive as well—when found. A magazine isn’t an accessory; it is a necessity and so are spare magazines.
Over the years we have seen a steady progression in rifle performance, and the modernization of rifle powder. Black powder rusted the metal almost as soon as it was fired. Modern rifle powder, such as Varget, is very clean. Corrosive primed ammunition isn’t something to be avoided, and the powder burn is often clean. You simply have to follow a few steps to fire and use this affordable ammunition.
If you have finished hunting for the season, do not just put your rifle in the gun safe until next year without treating it first. Without preparing your rifle for storage properly, you may damage it. In nine easy steps, you can preserve your gun for the months it sits, untouched, until the next hunting season begins.
Springfield Armory® is initiating this voluntary safety recall to upgrade 3.3 XD-S™ 9mm and 3.3 XD-S™ .45ACP pistols with new components, which eliminate the possibility of a potentially dangerous condition. We want to emphasize that no injuries have been reported to date.
Shooting a rifle is different from shooting a shotgun. Having fired thousands of rounds from both, I have developed and learned several best practices that will help you enjoy the practice sessions that will ensure when your opportunity arrives you have the best chance of winning the match or harvesting the game.