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Training new shooters can be a difficult task. They have to master several skills — safe gun handling overall, effective operation of the specific firearm, stance, sight alignment, and trigger control —  in a quick succession, and then apply all of them at once. Worse, many have only a Read More…

BAZ45, and AR type carbine in 45ACP: meant for short ranges, it can be used further out...with care.

If you ever have to shoot beyond the point blank range of your weapon, it helps to know two things: how far the target is, and how to sight on it to score a hit. Some scopes make it easy by providing a reticle for measuring range on objects of known height or width and[.....]

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First introduced in 1997, Marlin 795 is a box magazine adaptation of the tube-fed 1960 Marlin model 60. Inexpensive and lightweight, it was an attractive entry-level rifle. I bought one in 2000, attracted mainly by the low cost and reputation for good accuracy as well as the auto hold open on the Read More…

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Pistols in 380ACP have long been recommended to women for self-defense. While the advice had some merit, it also had a serious down side. Traditionally, 380ACP pistols were blowback designs. For a lightweight carry gun, that usually meant a stout recoil spring and jarring recoil despite the modest Read More…

1888 Commission rifle was the first German military arm to use jacketed small caliber (8mm) bullets.

Sporterizing of military surplus rifles has a very bad reputation. Usually, that involves roughly chopping the stock to reduce weight, removing protective ears from around the front sight, and other irreversible steps, turning a historic artifact into a hunting rifle of marginal utility. The Read More…

The original Pepperblaster is rectangular. Model II is shaped more like a pistol.

Pepper spray has long been a popular less lethal defensive tool for many Americans. In some jurisdictions, it’s the only legal carry option. Compared to a firearm, it can be used with less restraint to deal with problems such as aggressive dogs. However, pepper spray in aerosol cans has Read More…

WW2 vintage Mosin sniper rifle isn’t particularly accurate, but it was adequate because Soviet snipers tended to shoot from closer range than their competitors.

So you want to learn sniping for its utility in a survival situation. Very good. A competent rifleman is quite a force, especially since we the people generally lack heavier arms than rifles these days. Third-world tribesmen have heavier weapons, but not free Americans, no Sir! So sniping it is. Read More…

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The shortest day of the year just passed, but the winter cold and darkness still have a long time to go in most of the US. Many areas are experiencing unusually deep, white piles of snow. While criminal predators are less active in winter, wild and feral predators may be more interested in humans Read More…