Let’s clear something up right off the bat. We’re not talking about shotguns in the purest, legal sense. We’re talking about firearms. That’s because firearms that ignite shot shells that aren’t designed to be shouldered aren’t considered “shotguns” by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). That’s why these firearms can have barrels […]
If a rifle can be nostalgic, it’s hard to argue against the Winchester 1873 lever-action rifle being crowned king of the sentimental hill. Often known as “the gun that won the west,” handling and beholding the 1873 Short Rifle conjures images of cowboys, campfires, cattle drives on horseback, and good guys saving the day. While […]
Most modern handguns and rifles ship with their factory sights set pretty close to perfect. However, everyone’s eyes are unique and different types of ammo can land in varying spots around the point of aim. Also, many AR platform rifles don’t ship with iron sights at all, letting the buyer add whatever type they want. […]
There’s nothing wrong with going to the range to plink away at targets while having some fun. However, if you want to improve your shooting skills, it’s important to add some structure to the routine. With one box of ammo and a little discipline, you can exercise a variety of key skills and track your […]
Everyone knows, at least according to the news, that an AR-15 rifle is capable of leveling an entire city block and creating a rupture in the San Andreas fault. So, why on earth would anyone want to choose an AR-15 or similar rifle for home defense? Well, when you examine the issue with consideration of […]
Many federal agencies have standardized their pistol qualification courses for security personnel under the program defined by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS.) The FAA, ICE, and others all use the same basic course as outlined below. However, there are differences based on agency, employment status, and position. For example, many contract security personnel shoot […]
There are a lot of myths floating around when it comes to shotguns and their abilities as a defensive firearm. Every once in a while you hear the old saw that you just have to point a shotgun in the general direction of someone trying to do you harm—the spread of the pellets means you […]
The annual Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show is too big to see in four full days of walking, so it’s certainly too much to cram into a two-minute video. With the good folks over at Range365, we made a valiant effort to give you a taste of what it’s like.
While the word “squib” doesn’t sound very threatening, it’s one of the more dangerous malfunctions in shooting. The squib load itself doesn’t usually do much of anything – it’s what can happen after that makes things hairy. Ever seen pictures of guns blown to pieces? Many of those are the result of someone firing another […]
Knowing at what distance a person becomes a threat is important for a good self-defense mindset. Here’s a reality check.