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How To

Video: Crimson Trace Myth Busters — Will the laser be a crutch?

Laser sights are not designed or intended to be a replacement for your iron sights. Laser sights provide quick, clear sighting during threat-focused shooting, in unconventional positions, and in low-light conditions where iron sights are not visible or applicable. A laser sight is essentially a downrange projection of where your pistol sights are already aligned.

Measuring a 1911 pistol with an electronic caliper

Gun Gear

1911 Handguns: How to Fit a Barrel

The 1911 is easily our most popular handgun, and without a doubt, the most modified. Everyone wants a good trigger, but an accomplished shooter wants a better barrel too. The right barrel, with a custom-grade fitting, ensures the pistol returns to battery in exactly the same place—time after time. After the trigger, this is likely the biggest handgun accuracy enhancer.

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

Competitive Shooting

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. In the field, the action is fast and the stakes are at their highest. by taking advantage of cover and terrain, you can increase stability and accuracy.

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

How To

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

When shooting, especially at longer ranges, little things mean a lot. On of the biggest obstacles to accuracy may be rifle cant. At the range, keeping you rifle oriented up and down may be easy, but in the field, the ground is seldom even, flat, and level. When canted, the rifle will not only miss to the right or left, it will also hit low. Do you know why? Watch the video to find the answer.

youth wearing orange safety vest and shotgun

Competitive Shooting

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 so brutal that it will knock you off your feet. Likewise, not every shotgun is equally suited to every shooter or situation. With a little research and forethought, you’ll be ready to choose a shotgun that will perform when needed and be comfortable to shoot.

burglar using a crowbar to break into a house

General

How to Create a Home Defense Plan That Really Works

Homeowners need to use comprehensive home defense strategies to protect their property. The most effective strategies require proper planning and the best information to prevent these incidents from happening in their homes. Here’s how to create a home defense plan that really works.

Shooter and spotter adjusting a rifle scope

How To

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.

Kestrel Applied Ballistics meter dessert tan

Gear

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.