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Colt Gold Cup pistol on a bullseye target

Competitive Shooting

Is Your Handgun a Combat Gun or Target Gun?

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. Are you carrying the wrong gun?

Older model Colt AR-15 magazine circa 1960

Gear, Parts and Accessories

Magazine Maintenance for the AR-15

I get a lot of correspondence from folks complaining about magazine problems. I never liked the answer I gave them, and that’s led to this article. There are four pieces-parts to a box magazine: the follower, which is the tray that lifts the cartridges into position; the spring, which powers the follower; the base plate, which secures the spring; and the box. This article looks at all of them and gives tips to maintain and repair your magazines.

Traditions pistol lying atop a pile of spent brass casings

Firearms

Range Report: Testing Practical .45 Colt Accuracy at 100 Yards

The Army demanded that the Single Action Army take down an Indian war pony at 100 yards. Was this a reasonable expectation? The question is an interesting one, and perhaps since we do not have a need to shoot Indian war ponies these days, irrelevant. However, with our interests piqued, we simply had to have the answer, so Bob Campbell took on the challenge. Here are the results.

Woman shooting a Browning Hi Power with a two-handed grip

Firearms

6 Guns for the Gunfighter

There may be others nominated for this club of gunfighter’s guns, but these six have an impeccable reputation and more story behind them than any other group of handguns in history. They have been used in innumerable gunfights around the world. Even if you only punch paper, these handguns are worth the price of ownership. However, if you carry to defend your life, this is a must-see list. Did you favorite make the list?

SIG Patriot AR-15 rifle right

Firearms

8 Tips for the New AR-15 Shooter

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.

SIG Sauer and Glock pistols

Concealed Carry

Cheap Life Insurance — The Rumorings of Ol’ Bob

There have always been more cheap guns than good guns in my opinion, and the same is true today. Likewise, there have always been very few inexpensive but good guns. Sometimes when looking over the choices in handguns the heavy hitter may say, ‘What is your life worth?’ This is true enough, but many of us cannot afford an expensive firearm despite our best intentions. Read the full story for the pros and cons of picking your self-defense handgun.

Two revolver reproductions with a 1911 pistol

Firearms

Old School — Should you carry the latest model or a proven performer?

Not long ago, I was able to spend time with a long time correspondent and email buddy at an NRA convention. Each of us were carrying cocked and locked 1911 .45s and snubnose .38 backups. Each of us has real world experience that lead to this combination. ‘Old School’ he noted. Things become classics because they work and do the task well.

Choose the Right Gun

General

Throwback Thursday: What Pistol Should I Buy? — Tips for First Timers

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.

Colt 1903 on Sun Telegraph V-E Day news headline

Firearms

Colt’s 1903 Safety Hammerless is Back!

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. The reintroduction lives up to the reputation, but the historical story is what makes it so special. Read the full story to find out why.

Colt Expanse AR-15 rifle right side

Firearms

Range Report: Colt Expanse Carbine AR-15

Colt’s cut-down price leader is still a first-class rifle, and while the author believes this rifle will be a force on the market, the question of whether it really lives up to the hype has to be answered. In the past, Colt’s rifles stood at the top of the heap on quality, and the cheaper rifles stood on cheap. Where does the the Expanse rank? Read the full article to find out.