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 […]

How To Clean A Beretta Px4 Handgun


These detailed instructions are for a Beretta Px4, but if you have a 92/96 series, you can take advantage of this article too. There are a couple of different details, like how the takedown lever works, but everything else is pretty much the same. The gun I’m using for this demonstration is a .40 S&W […]

Surplus Ammunition: Shooting a Little Bit of History, Literally

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Remember when surplus 8mm Mauser ammo was more abundant than White House press conference fibs? I do. Not so very long ago, you could buy as much as you could store for less than 5 cents a round. Now that same round is about 60 cents – if you can find it. Similar scenarios apply […]

Neat Invention of the Day: OTIS Ripcord Gun Cleaner

The OTIS Ripcord with an OTIS IDT Bore Brush attached. If you look closely you can see how the cord gets larger from one end to the other.

I spent some quality time at the range yesterday. I had to shoot some AR rifles to gather some data for my upcoming Insanely Practical Guides book, The Rookie’s Guide to the AR-15. Yeah, I know, it’s not just an adventure, it’s a job! Anyway, the not so fun part of all that work is […]

And The Winner of the OTIS Technology Elite Cleaning System Is…


Tactical chicks have a great sense of humor. We’ve met a number of contributors to The Women’s Outdoor News over the past couple of months and learned the hard way that they are as twisted and genuinely silly as we are. Love that. For Fathers Day, we elected to have a little fun with the […]

Top 5 Coolest Things from NRA Annual Meeting Day 1


Even with a busy meeting and interview schedule, we managed to spot some pretty nifty things during day 1 of the NRA Annual Meeting in St. Louis. So far, we’ve only covered about 30% of the exhibits, so look for more over the next two days. Here are some of the standouts from Day 1: […]

Hoppe’s No. 9 Scratch ‘n Taste Now Available


Following closely on the heels of the successful release of Hoppe’s No. 9 Air Freshener, Hoppe’s, the gun care people, have announced Hoppe’s No. 9 Scratch n’ Taste. According to Hoppe’s, the No. 9 Scratch n’ Taste is targeted at those who want more than the “olfactory bliss between gun cleanings” offered by the No. […]