Gun Review: Smith & Wesson 647 Varminter

The Smith & Wesson 647 Varminter, shown without the included red dot sight or blade front sight.

I first laid eyes on this little/big gem while on a prairie dog hunt in the great state of Montana. It took just one shot at a distant prairie dog for me to know I had to get one in my hands. Big, heavy, long and beautiful, its performance on varmints was astounding. The Smith […]

Zoot Shooting a Thompson 1927A-1

A couple of modern day Tommy Guns from Auto Ordnance.

What’s more fun than shooting a new Thompson 1927A-1 “Deluxe Semi-Auto”? Not much. I had the chance to try one out at the 2015 Shooting Industry Masters. The folks from Kahr Arms, owners of Thompson gun-maker Auto Ordnance, sponsored a side match at the Masters event. Side matches are more like fun demonstrations than actual competitions. […]

A Smokin’ Hot Rimfire Rifle

It's a beauty isn't it? Even with the fluted barrel, it's got target grade weight.

I just got my hot little hands on the Big Daddy of rimfire rifles: the Volquartsen .17 Winchester Super Magnum Deluxe. It’s a semi-automatic with an 8-round rotary magazine much like those on the venerable Ruger 10/22. This rifle is all Volquartsen, however, even though it shares similar design attributes to the Ruger 10/22 like […]

Advanced Mil-Dot: Estimating Distance Using Your Scope

Using a mil-dot scope to figure out how far away an object is requires only a little simple math.

Recently we introduced the whole concept of the mil-dot (or milliradian) system for rifle scopes in Mil-Dot Made Easy. In that article, we got into the practical application of how mil-dot scopes can be used to figure out how to aim at a distant target. With simple math, you can figure out how much adjustment […]

Grip and Grin

Wicked’s Black Lace grips for the Beretta 92 are one of their hot sellers. This is what combining fashion and grip design is all about.

I think there’s been a huge misunderstanding about the whole “pink gun” controversy. Certainly, plenty of Neanderthals have mistakenly assumed pink guns equate to guns for women. Even manufacturers and retailers have mistakenly made this type of generalization. I have a different point of view. I am all in favor of pink guns. I’m also […]

The Rough ‘Riters Shoot for First Shots

Shooting Industry Masters

The Shooting Industry Masters is one of the premier events on our annual calendar. Yes, the FMG Publications produced party serious business is plenty of fun, but the real value is the event’s impact on the future growth of the shooting sports. Now in its 13th year, the Shooting Industry Masters is a competition without […]

Gun Free Zones a.k.a. Self Defense Prohibited Zones

Self-Defense Prohibited Zone-1

  If you’re reading this, odds are about the same as Evander Holyfield whoopin’ Mitt Romney in the ring that you already know Gun Free Zones suck. Seriously, how much thought does it take to realize that people intent on doing harm could give a rat’s @ss about a flag in the ground claiming a […]

Storied Guns: The Sig Sauer P226

Not just 9mm, the P226 line also includes .357 Sig, .40 S&W and .22LR models.

“In 1853, Friedrich Peyer im Hof, Heinrich Moser and Conrad Neher began what they thought would become a successful wagon factory above the Rhine Falls in Switzerland. Little did they know then, that their company would become one of the world’s most renowned manufacturers of small arms.” Sig Sauer Corporate History I’m not sure if […]

Seven Things You Need to Clean A Gun

This Outers brass cleaning rod is softer than the steel of your bore and comes in segments, so you can adjust the length for longer or shorter barrels.

While cleaning a gun is a fairly simple chore, it really helps to use the right equipment. Improper tools and solutions can make the job harder and even cause damage to your valuable firearm. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to clean a handgun, rifle, or shotgun. 1. A Cleaning Rod The most […]

Gear Test: Electronic Hearing Protection

The Etymotic GunSport Pro electronic earplugs provide most of the benefits of those bulky exterior electronic muffs, but they fit entirely inside your ear.

“What? Did you say something?” Sound familiar? If you go to gun ranges, you may know this scenario all too well. I’m a big fan of electronic hearing protection. The passive kinds, like foam plugs and exterior earmuffs, are perfectly safe and do a great job, but the electronic versions offer other benefits. With electronic […]