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THE STUFF YOU NEED FOR "HANDGUNNING"
Benchmade Infidel OTF...

American Handgunner's Roy Huntington takes a First Look at the Benchmade Infidel out-the-front (OTF) pocket knife that has a cool factor hard to describe...
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Gear Spotlight: Top...

Are you a wheelgunner? While upgrades and accessories are not quite as readily available as parts and gear for modular semi-automatic handguns, there are...
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Gear Showcase: Lights and...

It’s a familiar debate to me and most of my friends — the spouse asking, “do you really need another ______?” My answer is the standard, “Yes, I...
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New 1911 Fits for Galco...

Previously only available for revolvers and compact/full-size semi-autos, the Galco Switchback holster is now available for 4-5” 1911 pistols, with and...
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Gear Showcase: Safety and...

My wife thinks I’m OCD about having back-up supplies for my personal consumable items. Perhaps I am, but she ended up pleased we weren’t caught short...
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Grail Guns

Occasionally I run across someone discussing their ultimate “Grail” gun. I often wondered what factors other handgunners considered in their criteria.
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VAULTEK Smart Key Biometric

As a responsible gun owner, you likely have at least one gun safe in the house.
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Federal Premium Punch Ammo

Here’s another “easier to say than do” apothegm ... Shoot several hundred rounds of your defensive ammo through your carry gun to be sure it’s...
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Crossbreed Reckoning Holster

Hybrid holsters are comfortable and stable thanks to the large back panel between your handgun and body. With a basic design of a Kydex shell fastened to a...
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RCBS Rebel Plus Reloading Kit

RCBS is serving up five new kits designed for both novice and professional reloaders. At the top of the list, the Rebel Plus Reloading Kit supplies...
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Versacarry Rebel Holster

Versacarry’s new Rebel line departs from the company heritage of one-size-fits-many design by adding custom molding for your specific firearm.
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Beast Mode!

The annual SHOT Show is not just a huge venue for buying and selling, but an incubator for building new relationships and exchanging ideas.
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1791 Gunleather Ultra...

One of the best parts of owning a handgun is customizing it to fit your needs. From changing sights to swapping stock controls for extended or ambidextrous...
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DeSantis Gunhide

Imagine the surprise on caveman Klug’s face as he stalks Org, a seemingly easy victim of a pre-historic strong-armed robbery.
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Real Avid Gun Tool AMP...

I have to confess, these sat on my desk for a while before I cracked the seal. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Real Avid tools, having used them...
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Winchester Wildcat Super Speed

An extension of the Winchester Wildcat line of rimfire ammo, new Wildcat Super Speed utilizes the versatile copper-plated Dynapoint hollowpoint projectile...
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Handgunner Helper |...

But, having started altering the gun, I also caught “the bug” in the process. In search of more suggestions, I went to the best resource for handguns...
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A.G. Russell Sandbox Dagger

Sharpened steel is as primitive and practical now as when it was when first invented. From daily utilitarian chores to last-ditch self-defense efforts,...
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How This Tomahawk Can Make...

American Handgunner executive editor, Tom McHale reviews and demonstrates the multiple uses of the Model 1 Tomahawk from American Tomahawk company.
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How to Make Perfect Ammunition

Every manufacturing process has a Quality Control (QC) function. In a manufacturing plant, QC is separated from the assembly process
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Hogue ARS Stage 1 Sport...

“I feel the need — the need for speed.” Uttered by Tom Cruise’s character in the original Top Gun film, the quote is especially relatable for...
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New Products...

Radians’ R-3200 Dual Mic is an electronic sound amplification earmuff. Two independent microphones pick up and amplify low sound level noises while...
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Editor Picks: Best Handgun...

When you stop to think about it, we all have different eyesight. Some of us are nearsighted, farsighted, color blind, or just have older and more tired...
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Top Personal Defense and...

Personal defense can and should represent a broad cross section of techniques and gear. Life is chock full of opportunities to impact one’s safety, either...
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Favorite Slugs For .45 Colt

The .45 Colt is my favorite handgun cartridge. Its voluminous case allows it to be loaded heavy in strong revolvers like Ruger’s full-size Blackhawk and...
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Protect Your Hearing...

American Handgunner editor Roy Huntington demonstrates Walker's new Razor Pro Digital ear muffs.
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Galco Wrangler Holster & Belt

With so many Wranglers wandering around, Galco saw an opportunity to provide a traditional rig to pair with the wheelgun, including a Western-style holster...
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xs ram sights

I can’t speak for you, but on occasion I’ve had instructors whisper sweet nothings into my ear. You know, like, “Focus on the front sight, dummy!”
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Practice & Defend With Federal

As a cast-bullet shooter for more than 30 years, I’ve found myself shooting nothing but powder coated loads in recent years.
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Streamlight Stylus PRO USB...

People recommend many noble ideas, but few follow through with action. One such apothegm is, “always carry a flashlight.” Easier said than done. Until now.
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Most-Wanted Wheelgun...

While revolvers may be simpler in design than most semi-auto handguns, every gun needs accessories. From holsters to speedloaders, sights to ammunition, we...
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DIY Bullshooter Stocks

There’s no easier way to dress up your sixgun than putting on fancy stocks. A proper grip is the foundation to good shooting and doing the work yourself...
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SofHold American Patriot...

Do you do anything unusual like sit at a desk, drive a car, or sleep in a bed? If so, check out this magnetic holster from SofHold.
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Cool Gear

You gotta love innovation, right? This installment of Cool Gear brings radical ammo design, clever electronic hearing protection, and bluetooth enabled...
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Olamic Cutlery

The most sought after tactical knives typically fall into two categories: overbuilt bruisers and stylish slicers. Olamic Cutlery of Visalia, California is...
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Plan To Practice On A Plane

"Hey, um … uh … you’re talkin’ about a wood plane on a, um, you know, uh, like a gun website, you know?”
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Father's Day Gift Guide

As a certified Dad myself, I feel qualified to offer some insight into what might get your favorite dad’s attention this Father’s Day. Whether he’s a...
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True North Concepts...

How you carry a pistol, and the holster in which you carry it, are paramount to your security and peace of mind.
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Off-Season Blues?

For most outdoor pursuits there’s generally a down-time, a time in the year when the activity you enjoy most is at a lull.
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MGM Steel Challenge Rack

We just loved shooting runs on this rack when family was visiting not too long ago. MGM also calls it a “A plate rack in a bucket” for good reasons —...
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Basic Turbo-Charged .45...

When loaded heavy and fired in strong guns like the Ruger Blackhawk and Redhawk, the .45 Colt is one tough hombre.
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Basic Turbo-Charged .45...

When loaded heavy and fired in strong guns like the Ruger Blackhawk and Redhawk, the .45 Colt is one tough hombre.
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stan chen customs

I know the man, Stan Chen, and am always impressed by his modest, self-effacing demeanor. Yet his guns and parts are without compromise. What he does is,...
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Grizzly Cartridge Goes Cowboy

Yahoo! Strap on your spurs, adjust your ten-gallon hat and grab your favorite thumb-buster, hog leg or horse pistol and head into town to give a sixgun...
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Got Gas Problems?

High pressures from maximum loadings and magnum cartridges can cause significant problems when coupled with cast lead bullets.
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Lee Precision APP Is A Winner

My shrewd farmer family roots are obviously displayed by appreciating a bargain for what it’s worth.
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Confession About Riton...

An admitted iron sights guy, American Handgunner editor Roy Huntington takes a First Look at the Riton Optic red dot and magnifier and confesses to becoming...
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Gun Maintenance Essentials

I picked up a Lyman Essential Gun Maintenance Mat. This arrived in my designated gun cleaning and maintenance room
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Norma MHP Ammunition -...

The folks at Norma have been busy in the secret ammo lab. I've always admired their rifle and rimfire offerings, but haven't followed developments in the...
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Short Brass Long Chambers

One question often arising from handloaders has to do with the use of short brass and long chambers. Cartridges like the .38 Special in .357 Magnum and .44...
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Norma Hexagon...

If it looks like a hollow-point, is shaped like a hollow-point, and has a hole in the front end, is it always a hollow-point? Not necessarily.
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SCCY's CPX1 &...

I was already a SCCY fan before getting one mounted with a Crimson Trace CTS-1500 Red Dot. Joe Roebuck of SCCY was a Mechanical Design Engineer with over 40...
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Alien Gear For...

Alien Gear, provider of innovative holster systems for mere earthlings, forged an intergalactic partnership with a few new companies, broadening their...
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An Amos Grundy...

Amos lifted his welding helmet after working on a gouged side plate on a S&W revolver. Scout was always interested when Amos was TIG welding and although he...
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Pack'n The Big Ones

One of the most frequent questions I receive revolves around carrying large-framed, scoped handguns.
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The Box O' Holsters

We all have one — or at least should have one. It’s that pesky box full of cast-off holsters.
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A Cut Above!

When Kai USA, the manufacturer of Kershaw Knives, decided to up their game they not only upped it, but exceeded their wildest expectations. Kershaw already...
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Gunnysack: SIG...

While you can use the new SIG SAUER Romeo1PRO pistol red dot sight for recreation and competition, it’s engineered for defensive and tactical use.
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Gunnysack: Lyman...

You may be familiar with the older generation of sight adjusters, installers, and removers. Each one fits just one type of slide — GLOCK, S&W, Springfield...
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Gunnysack:...

Think of this as an “ultimate” dot sight — only better. It’s bigger than most pistol-sized sights, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it on,...
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Gunnysack: Hi...

This isn’t so much a product review of a specific sight from Hi Viz as more of a reminder to take advantage of this great technology.
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Close Look: New...

Are you a new shooter? If you’re already experienced, how about getting busy and recruiting a beginner?
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10 Great Defense...

What’s needed to make a handgun round particularly well-suited for defensive purposes? The answer to that question varies between law enforcement and...
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Speer Gold Dot...

CarryGun is optimized to perform in compact and subcompact pistols — those most popular for concealed carry. No easy task but here's why it works ...
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Holosun HE509T-RD

The act of establishing proper sight alignment is easier said than done, especially for "seasoned" eyes or those with vision imperfections. That's where red...
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Lee Precision Dies

It was definitely an “I coulda’ had a V-8!” moment complete with the required hand slap to the forehead.
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SHOT Show Highlights

Four frantic days, 1,600-odd exhibitors, seven miles of aisles and 60,000 people all trying to see and be seen — welcome to the SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
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Rabbit! Field to Pot

Rabbits are the whole-earth game animal. They’re no. 1 in North America, leading the tree squirrel, and are found worldwide as well. Where not indigenous,...
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rw minis 1911

I’ve handled real 1911s worth $40,000 and readily admit this tiny pretend 1911 generated just about the same amount of interest when I showed it around.
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Survival Kit...

If you ask Google for survival kit content lists, it’ll come up with well over 80 million hits. Most of the lists are nearly identical. Almost all of them...
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Galco FasTrax...

As much as we’d like, gunleather and gym shorts just don’t go together — for numerous reasons. Enter Galco and a reimagined fanny pack for everyday carry.
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fenix pd36r...

There are infinity-trillion tactical lights on the market — with good reason. A quality handheld light is one of the most useful tools around, whether you...
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Retro Revolver...

What better way to spend our time while quarantined than dusting off our magazine archive, flipping through the yellowed pages and reminiscing on classic...
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FERMIN GARZA’S...

Think old-school here, one man working alone in his shop making very precise sights for a modest range of revolvers and uses.
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mantis x10

A few years ago, the engineers at Mantis launched a training tech revolution with their MantisX sensor. When paired with a companion smartphone application,...
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Urban Survival

When the subject of survival comes up, people often spend their time discussing how to survive huge natural disasters or long periods alone in the wilderness.
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Prepping For...

Thanks to some of the sensationalistic “reality” shows aired in recent years, the word “prepper” often conjures up visions of eccentric...
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The Hardened Edge

We’ve covered many custom knifemakers in Handgunner over the years and, without question, most were inspired by the first pocketknife gifted to them by...
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Lights And Lasers

Being sure of your target means seeing your target — and seeing your target has never been easier. From gun-mounted to handheld lighting solutions, you...
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The Mighty 32's

When someone mentions .32 caliber handguns, we often think of small, low powered rounds. The .32 ACP comes to mind, and the .32 S&W Short and Long pop into...
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Federal Solid...

When it comes to ammunition, make no bones about it: Deep penetration combined with large wound channels is a killing combination.
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New Products...

The 92 Elite LTT has been described as the ultimate Beretta 92. Recently, Langdon Tactical released the carry friendly versions of the pistol —
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Buck 108 ...

If you spend anytime in the woods or doing chores around the farm or land you quickly realize the value of a good “chopper.”
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SIG SAUER P320...

There’s no doubt about it, military, law enforcement, concealed carriers and gun owners alike love red dots. I sure do! Providing a quick sight-picture,...
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desantis pocket...

When it comes to purchasing brakes, tires or parachutes, cheap is much too expensive.
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Versacarry...

While the majority of handguns nowadays are carried in inside- or outside-the-waistband holsters, there’s no denying shoulder rigs are still a viable...
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Keep Your Fancy...

I gotta be me.” That’s good. We all should do that. Don’t just say it — do it! But know your “do it” attitude might not be someone else’s cup...
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Bipods, Tripods...

Experienced handgun hunters are often a creative bunch. Those with an abundance of experience under their belts can be most innovative when it comes to...
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Reasons To Reload

My first serious venture into reloading came out of necessity. It was the early years of the Obama administration and between the hoarders and the numbers...
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hawk smart scope

This device answers a lot of needs. I have a couple of “target” camera systems I’ve accumulated and enjoy using them.
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Lawman Leather

Here’s a holster quiz for ya, trivia fans: Back in 1978, the late great Elmer Keith described somebody’s leather as “… the most comfortable holster...
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Purdy Gear

There’s a reason Karla Van Horne’s cowboy shooting alias is “Purdy Gear,” it’s because she makes, well … purdy gear.
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All Things 1911

I know, I know … more 1911 stuff? You bet. The design doesn’t die because it works, and Browning’s genius allows incremental improvements, each one...
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Rooted In Steel!

Some people just have it in their blood. Tiger McKee, owner and founder of Shootrite Firearms Academy — and our own Tactics & Training columnist! —...
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Smith & Wesson...

The Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ was introduced in 2018 amid eye rolls and sighs of “yet another poly-framed, striker-fired pistol.” That is, until...
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Pistol Cartridge...

In the late 1860s and early 1870s, Henrys and Winchester ’66’s (repeating rifles) became popular.
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Off Duty Capability

Fueled by media hype, mass murders have led more of our guys and gals in blue to carry something more substantial than a vestigial micro-caliber while off-duty.
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One Man's Trash...

Go ahead, finish it. You know the rest of the line: “… is another man’s treasure.” A friend at work asked me to look at a couple of guns he had in...
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New Products...

OTTO’s dual-mode NoizeBarrier Micro Earplugs heighten situational awareness while hunting in the field or on the range.
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Loaded Fun With 231

I’ll admit, lately I find myself going back to the classics, powder wise. Namely, the Herculean powders: 2400, Unique and Bullseye — which were first...
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CCW Tips: How,...

When I lived on the high mountain with bears, wolves, cougars, along with an occasional rabid skunk, my Springfield Armory Range Officer was strapped on in...
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Hogue Knives...

I’m betting you know the Hogue name because they make innovative grips for a huge cross-section of guns.
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Making It Go Bang

If you reload you get to do two fun things at once — shoot more — and reload!
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Every Day Carry...

Everyday carry (EDC) gear options have exploded in recent years, offering fantastic innovation to those who like to be prepared — having the actual tools...
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Streamlight TLR-7 A

From home security to target recognition, flashlights and guns go hand-in-hand. But while some prefer handheld flashlights, other prefer the convenience of...
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Loading The .357 SIG

The .357 SIG has been around now for about 25 years. It’s a bottleneck cartridge, basically a .40 S&W necked down to .357.
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CRKT Model 5400 XOC

XOC is pronounced “Shock” just to sort of set the tone on this over-the-top, over-built beast of a blade.
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Hornady Handgun...

I’m fond of repeating friend Dick Thompson’s statement, “You never master a handgun,” because it resonates the hard truth in such simple terms.
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The Spark to...

Both my grandmothers were married to farmers, so you were expected to pitch-in doing the daily chores. Everyone pulled their weight, no matter how young or old.
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walker...

Sometimes, especially when hunting, muffs, even electronic muffs, can be awkward and inconvenient, especially if you have a brimmed hat.
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Baby Oil And...

So there I was rubbing baby oil into a set of ivory grips when I suddenly had a thought: “Gee, I wonder if all the people who have exotic grips on their...
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Galco Fits For...

GLOCK released their single-stack, 10+1 9mm G43X and G48 models as the solution for a slimmer concealed carry pistol. While both pistols are built on the...
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Krudo's Kutters!

Louis Krudo was inspired to make knives not because he grew up hunting and camping. Nor was he inspired by the knife his Papaw gave him as a kid.
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Area 51 Invasion?

In deep thought, the knock on the door is startling. Not expecting any test guns, I’m perplexed to see the UPS driver through the window.
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SIG SAUER ROMEO1PRO

If you’re like me (God help you) the first thing that crosses your mind upon seeing a reflex sight is durability. You ask yourself, “Is this thing going...
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New Products...

Axeon Optics’ Absolute Zero makes sighting in your rifle easy. Using two precision lasers, it guarantees your hold on the rifle will be in the same place...
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Taurus Raging...

As my buddy Dick Thompson candidly says, “You never master a handgun.” Shooting is a diminishing skill unless you keep chasing it. To maintain upmost...
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Chinook: Officer...

I’m a retired cop and from personal experience I can tell you the ability to stop critical bleeding fast saves lives.
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Steinel 10mm Auto

The 10mm has exploded in popularity and for many good reasons. It’s a powerful, reliable cartridge suitable for both semi-autos and revolvers of all types.
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Galco StukOn-U...

Great American Leather Company, better known as Galco, has been a leader and innovator in the industry for 45 years making classic leather and more modern...
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A Retro-Mod 1911

Pistolsmith Jarret Wehunt has created what looks like a battle-worn WWII era Colt — but there’s actually a race car lurking underneath those familiar...
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Deer Hollow Grips

The term “reproduction” can mean many things, but in the case of grip maker and gunsmith Olof Fornehed his grips (for Colt “snake” guns and some...
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Viridian E...

Following the release of the new Springfield Armory Hellcat, Viridian Weapon Technologies is hot on its heels with an Essential (E Series) Red Laser Sight...
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Critical Defense...

Offering reliable expansion without the possibility of clogging, Hornady Critical Defense is the ultimate choice for concealed carry firearms and self...
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56 Years Young

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but you're never too old to learn something new—even reloading.
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TRUGLO...

There’s a lot more to accurate shooting than simply having an accurate gun. You might have the most mechanically accurate gun in the world, but if you...
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More Carry...

Our old friends from Alaska have come up with a bare minimalist holster fitting medium and large autos. Called the “Alaska EDC,”
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Are Your Bullets PC?

When it comes to cast bullets, we can find ourselves in a Catch-22. Many sixgun hunters prefer hollowpoint bullets for thin-skinned game, and therein lies...
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Streamlight...

How many flashlights are too many? I can’t count that high. Living in the country like I do, I have lights stashed all over. Unless you’re a long step...
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MTM Case-Gard

My first MTM products were the classic green cartridge cases I used when I first began reloading .38 specials about 50 years ago. Amazingly enough — or...
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Team Tactics...

“A journey of discovery…teaching married couples a simple yet highly effec-tive communication technique…to grow in their marriage through open and...
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Preferences,...

The advice you get when trying to choose a new gun may come from a father, brother, sister, uncle, cousin, co-worker, magazine article, online forum, or...
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Revolver Trappings

Arevolver’s strength lies in its simplicity, but these must-have accessories will profoundly improve performance. From grip, to reloading, to cleaning, to...
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Lights And Lasers

Being sure of your target means seeing your target — and seeing your target has never been easier. From gun-mounted to handheld lighting solutions, you...
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The Hardened Edge

We’ve covered many custom knifemakers in Handgunner over the years and, without question, most were inspired by the first pocketknife gifted to them by...
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STUKEY’S...

I’ve got a couple of portable shooting benches I use. Name brands, and frankly, they work pretty good. But they’re a bit spindly and while you can do...
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WHEELER DIGITAL...

This is sorta’ like a chronograph. You don’t really “need” one, but if you’re a serious shooter, a chrono can really open your eyes to some...
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Majority of gun...

A recent Rasmussen survey confirmed what gun owners have known for a long time: A majority of armed citizens (58%) feel safer because they have a firearm in...
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REAL AVID Smart...

I know, I know, you’re sick and tired of us reminding you to use dedicated screwdrivers when cranking screws on your guns.
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Streamlight...

It’s 3:00 a.m. and you hear the front door opening. Jumping out of bed, you grab your Remington 870 with the TL-Racker forearm from the closet and head...
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Largest...

Norma's new all-copper 9mm MHP delivers consistent penetration, repeatable expansion and great stopping power for concealed carry, home defense or personal...
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Crossbreed...

In nature, being a survivor means being adaptable. Without changing mindset, tactics or whatever else life throws your way, you become stagnant and...
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Pet Loads With...

As a handloader, nothing is more satisfying than taking game, or punching the bullseye with your own handloads. It provides a feeling of accomplishment,...
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Leather Mysteries

If you are moderately long of tooth, you might remember the classic Laugh-In line uttered by Artie Johnson: “Veerrry intieresstingk…!” I’ll admit...
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C-More RTS2 Red...

There’s no doubt red dot sights make it easier to shoot your pistol more accurately. The single sight-plane, aim, and shoot operation is fast, natural and...
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In The Red:...

Want some cutting-edge bullets for your next reloading project? Federal is now offering Syntech Component bullets.
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The Ultimate...

An extruded propellant part of the company’s “Extreme Series” of powders, Hodgdon’s H4350 is designed to work in just about any condition.
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Let There Be...

Keeping up with the latest technology is a lesson I learned long ago. Back in the Nixon era, I hung out with a pretty good group of buds at college.
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GALCO KODIAK HUNTER

Okay, so let’s say you’ve invested $800 bucks or more in a fancy hunting revolver. Maybe put $500 worth of scope on it too. Then spent another $200 on...
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1791...

1791 Gunleather’s mission statement can be summed up as follows: “Our love and appreciation of the Second Amendment goes hand-in-hand with our passion...
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Requiem To A Titan

Simply stated, A.G. Russell was a giant in the cutlery industry whose impact will live forever. On October 12, 2018, Arkansas native A.G. passed away at the...
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New Products...

The Raging Hunter from Taurus received the American Hunter Handgun of the Year Golden Bullseye Award in 2018 for its reliability, innovative design and value.
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Pistol Accessories

Today we’re deluged with tempting new gun designs sure to stretch anyone’s fertile imagination. But this doesn’t mean the need to gussie things up...
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Sights & Optics...

Sights and optics are better than ever, constantly benefitting from the firearm industry’s ongoing technological innovations.
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The Speedloader...

When the Colt Paterson revolver burst onto the scene in 1836, the game changed forever. With five chambers of .36 caliber ball at the shooter’s disposal,
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I can see...

Missed the target — again! It might be time to have an eye exam. I know you’re really enthused, but knowing a little about optometry and eyewear can...
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Blackhawk’s...

As a cop, I was trained to realize there would be a gun at every single call I responded to … my own. This sobering fact gave me a real respect for gun...
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Winchester...

Are you a serious handloader who wants to get the most performance out of your handgun reloads?
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TRUGLO Fiber...

The “squints” at TRUGLO have been at it again. You know, the guys/gals who wear the white lab coats, constantly looking for better products to offer...
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Real Avid Makes...

Proper care and cleaning of our guns is paramount to their performance, reliability and functionality. Some are born to tinker, while others would just as...
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1911 Tool

It gives me great personal delight to talk about this very cool tool. Dear friend and long-time industry peer Gary Smith (recently retired from Caspian)...
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Bullseye Camera...

Life isn’t just about ammo, guns and reloading. Hey wait, it’s not? Nope. It’s also about expanding your horizons when it comes to our favorite...
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scope setter

To state the obvious, this tool does just what it says. I always seem to wrestle getting the reticles straight when I mount a scope. Doesn’t matter if...
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Weekender Kit

Birchwood Casey’s “Weekender Professional Gunsmith Kit” also works for we mere mortal-amateurs. If you tend to wrench on your pistolas or wrangle your...
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Power Clean...

I’m a “keep it simple” guy as much as possible so, while gadgets and widgets can and are often simply fun to mess with, I usually find myself going...
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Pachmayr...

If you’ve been around for a bit, you’ll likely recall those iconic Pachmayr rubber grips from the 1970s. They pretty much revolutionized grip ideas for...
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Alumagrips

I’ve used Alumagrips for years and they ride on a couple of my “heavy use” guns. In a nutshell, they are essentially indestructible and about as...
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Arredondo Squib Pro

If you haven’t had the delight of experiencing a squib round (where the bullet gets stuck in the bore), you just haven’t been shooting long enough yet....
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Close Look: 1911...

So, you’ve finally gotten your dream-1911 and have cleaned it to within an inch of it’s 100+-year-old life. Your significant other is giving you “the...
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The .40 S&W: Too...

While the price of Maseratis has not risen as fast as the cost of health insurance under the oddly named Affordable Care Act, I’m resigned to live without...
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Make Mine A...

As a wee lad, I lived often with my grandparents and three good-looking aunts, especially one, a tall Northern Italian beauty with long wavy reddish hair...
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amtac blades...

Old friend Jeff Hoffman of Black Hills ammo and I had a good visit at the last SHOT Show. While we chatted, Jeff said, “Oh, let me show you this cool...
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Non-Essential ...

All of my straight-walled sixgun cartridges are sized with carbide sizing dies. Those that are not are first sprayed with Hornady One Shot Case Lube. This...
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Aimpoint Acro P-1

I’ll admit to liking the challenge of shooting with iron sights, but I’m hardheaded. Nothing’s more satisfying knowing you’ve lined up your front...
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FATHER’S DAY...

Looking to get just the right gift for the father in your life? Is he a handy guy who likes to tinker on projects and gets a huge kick out of building or...
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How I Carry

I don’t always carry a Glock 26 in a shoulder holster, but when I do, it’s usually in a Diamond D Custom Leather rig. This good-looking, functional...
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VersaCarry...

The camp you subscribe to is telling of your character, or lack thereof. Obviously, the “other” camp is just plain ignorant about the subject matter,...
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ZEV...

It would make no sense and strike as arrogant to assume refinements to GLOCK striker-fired handguns would not benefit the user after nearly 40 years of...
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Safely Practice...

You can train with a blue gun or a red gun but it won’t be your gun. But when you do non-shooting training drills with your gun — a real gun —
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Tops' Chef!

The outdoor and culinary cutlery markets are growing by leaps and bounds with many companies trying to expand their horizons. One, however, has made an...
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Help For Hurting...

Sooner or later age catches up with all of us. For some of us, ailments such as arthritis, bursitis or neuropathy affect our ability to shoot any kind of...
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Norma Now Offers...

An all-around performer for concealed carry and home defense, Norma's MHP in 9mm Luger delivers reliable expansion, weight retention and accuracy.
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My Backup Backup...

My primary knife is a folder clipped to my strong side pocket. My backup knife is a fixed blade; its location varies depending on the day/situation. And my...
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Bleeding Control Kit

When I first saw this pitched to me in an email from a marketing firm, I thought it was silly. I mean, who needs a first aid kit that talks to you?
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Target Vision

I’ve toyed with a few of the camera systems out there and will be the first to admit early on I didn’t understand the need. A good spotting scope does...
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HiViZ H3...

Front sights provide direction, while rear sights allow us to fine-tune our aim. In combat or other shooting scenarios, the mantra is, “Front sight,...
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Other Tools at...

I'm a big fan of the tactical pen. A last-ditch strike weapon, it can go virtually anywhere with you, riding innocuously in a shirt pocket. Because — it's...
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Living Archive:...

If you prefer a flat handgun that is easier to conceal and carries more rounds than a revolver, you have only to take your pick from the large array of 9mm...
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What I Carry: A...

I’ve almost always been the guy who carries a full-size handgun for CCW. I was willing to forego comfort for capability, wanting to make sure I had a gun...
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What I Carry:...

Here's a favorite lightweight for light duty. The popular Kershaw Leek in orange looks great, opens with a snap, stands out in a bag or backpack or clipped...
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Comp-Tac...

Tactics aside, a pistol-mounted light is one of the most functional accessories you can add to your shooter. What’s better than having a light source to...
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The Virtually...

Smith & Wesson’s J-frame -- what many consider the quintessential snub-nose revolver -- is virtually unsnubbable. That is, you can’t fault it for...
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Speedloading...

Thumbing (electronically) through the July/August 1982 issue of American Handgunner, the editor's note at the end of the "Speedloading Handguns Takes Skill"...
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InvictaSafe...

Hey, we all love our guns, right? And most of us have at least one or two “special” guns we consider working pieces of art.
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The Tradition...

A cutlery company doesn’t get to be over 125 years old by sitting on its laurels unless they make a great product, and even then they must change with the...
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Range Bags

Have I ever driven to the range, started setting up on a shooting bench, and found I’d forgotten an important item of shooting gear? Are you kidding?...
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Micro-Carry

First of all, this isn’t my fault. Editorial Director and fellow conspirator here, Mike Humphries, sent me a photo of a tiny NAA revolver in a pocket...
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There's No Bad...

The title originated while looking at a two cycle, straight-pipe mountain wilderness pollution machine. I commented to the owner I was no longer up to the...
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5.11 Small Kit...

While you’re creating an all-around survival kit list, I'll bet it numbers more than 10 items. Probably at least 20. So think of what you’ll put all...
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Holster Fun

The great new reference book on 20th century holster development entitled Holstory by R.E.D. Nichols and John Witty introduces us to the NYC school of...
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Phone Skope

What’s your phone have to do with a scope? Lots, actually. When I saw this at an NSSF event introducing new companies to the SHOT Show, I knew I had to...
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New Products...

The Project Stealth gun holster series by 1791 Gunleather combines American native steerhide with state-of-the-art carbon fiber. In a Project Stealth...
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N.C. ORDNANCE...

The Colt Python is more than a gun, it’s an icon. From its graceful serpentine lines to its enviable capabilities, to its utter rarity these days — and...
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Pistol Slicker

Alpine products is well known for their “Spudz” micro-fiber lens cleaning cloth riding in its own little bag with a clip. I’ve used them for years and...
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WILDERNESS MICRO...

Like pictures of fawns and baby otters, some things just nudge the “cute” meter. And since wife Suzi is all about “all-things purple” as many ladies...
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EDC Meets Bug...

We’re not talking end of the world stuff here, just those mostly annoying pitfalls we stumble into going to work, taking the trash out or when the...
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Holster Fun: The...

Hollywood holster maker Andy Anderson was an early handgun hunter. Naturally he used gun belts and holsters of his own design and manufacture. For handgun...
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Adjusting Fixed...

We recently heard from a gentleman who was having trouble regulating the sights on his revolver. In short, things did not go well, and he was looking for...
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Making Better...

Until I wrote this, I didn’t realize how much of a Smith & Wesson fan I am. I knew I had a lot of their guns and liked them, but it really struck home...
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The Leading Edge

As Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT) celebrates its 25th anniversary in the cutlery business, it still seems like they’re a relatively new business.
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Fenix TK15...

Not too long ago, a thousand-lumen flashlight that fits in your pocket and costs less than $100 would’ve been a laughable suggestion. Throw in LED...
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Throat-Choke Is...

I love Ruger revolvers, especially those chambered in .45 Colt. Built tough and able to withstand pressures most other guns can’t, doesn’t mean...
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Viridian...

Viridian Weapon Technologies has announced the availability of two new weapon-mounted accessories for the Sig Sauer® P365. TheREACTOR® R5 Gen 2 Green...
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Streak Ammo

Ammo Inc. — which has been around making more conventional but very high quality ammo for some time — has announced their new non-incendiary tracer ammo.
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Dualie Wayport Light

How many flashlights are enough? Um … uh … about 150. At least at a minimum. But if you don’t have the “flashlight gene” like so many of us do,...
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Revolver Extras

Whenever I hear someone say, “Oh, revolvers? They’re dead …” I always think of the hundreds of letters I get from you wanting more about them.
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