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Momentous Moments

This is likely to make you smile like a Democrat at a gun buyback event.
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Ruger LCP Max

Ruger’s recent addition to the LCP Family has greater capacity and more features than others in the line. The pocket-sized .380 is ideal for personal...
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Long-Range...

I’ve spent the past week in Raton, N. Mex. at the NRA’s Whittington Center (WC). For a shooter, it is the world’s largest playground and certainly the...
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The Gunsite...

Cold Steel introduces the Gunsite Counter Point 1 folding knife built around their heralded Tri-Ad locking mechanism. Featuring the Gunsite Raven logo...
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Green Dentistry 

There is this massive infrastructure focused on meeting the medical and dental needs of our boys and girls in military uniform. Sometimes, however, you...
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The Best Exercise

While writing his 15-year-old nephew, Peter Carr, in 1785, regarding what he considered the best form of exercise, Thomas Jefferson wrote “... I advise...
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Gear Spotlight...

It wasn’t that long ago changing sights required the services of a gunsmith. If you were lucky, it was a replacement job. If not, it was time to break out...
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Blasphemy, Or...

Say it ain’t so, Bozo! How can you improve on the sanctity of one of the most beloved, popular, and well known .44 Special handloads of the 20th Century?...
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Best Gunsmiths...

Consult this list from the American Pistolsmiths Guild to find the top 25 gunsmiths in the United States.
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SPREAD THE PUNCH

As I get older, I’ve discovered the increasing importance of size, shape and diameter when it comes to shooting big bore sixguns.
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Happy Trails Raffle

Besides believing in the safe shooting and handling of firearms, every gun owner I know has a soft spot for children in his heart.
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Silver Screen...

Benefitting the Happy Trails Children's Foundation for abused children, this year's Silver Screen Legend XXIV drawing for a Colt .45 and Winchester Model 94...
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CHALLENGING AGE...

A federal lawsuit filed against the State of Illinois resembles a gun rights case on the surface, but underneath lurks a cause that could flame the...
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The Connie Gun

Grandma always had her Christmas party the first Saturday after the 25th. Having six children, the long tables in the basement quickly filled with...
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Misadventures of...

I’m not new to firearms, just to handguns. If you ask me about service rifle reloading, natural point of aim, or reading mirage, I can help you....
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Feeding Your .45...

Hands down, the .45 Colt is my favorite handgun cartridge. You know this! Sure, I love other cartridges too, fickle as I am, but .45 caliber cartridges just...
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Alexander Hamilton
Alexander...

Inscribed with the initials “AH,” General Philip Schuyler, Hamilton’s father-in-law, gifted the pair to the Founding Father after the Battle of...
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SOMETHING...

Something that might have otherwise been the lead story in most newspapers didn’t make lots of news because it involved a Fourth Amendment victory with a...
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Training Tales,...

Ever wondered where “Old Sayings” come from? They’ve been around as long as mankind, so there must be something to them.
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Liemke Thermal...

Special Assignments Editor Roy Huntington has a First Look at this infrared thermal imaging spotter from Liemke. Scout for game or general nighttime...
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YOU’VE BEEN HAD

In a recent poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports and the Heartland Institute, it was revealed only 30% of MSNBC viewers and only 22% of those who watch CNN...
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Apocalypse Now...

Who would’ve thought a measly little metal cup could wreak such havoc, desperation, and despair? Of course, we’re speaking about the primer pan(ic)demic...
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DIY Stocks With...

The easiest and most noticeable way to change the personality of your shooter is by giving it some custom stocks.
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Trigger Epiphanies

I don’t even think about it anymore. When I began shooting service rifle, I remember agonizing over the trigger pull,
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Radetec Smart Slide
Shoot Smarter:...

Years in the making, Radetec has now announced a limited run of its new GLOCK Smart Slide, capable of processing the handgun’s current loaded/unloaded...
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You’re Not...

Finally, after a half-century in journalism — much of it covering gun rights, gun politics and “all things firearms”
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The .44 Special...

Early on, during his part-time job moonlighting as a gun writer, Charles A. Skelton exclaimed the merits of the .44 Special.
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Cabot Guns 10 Year Anniversary Collection
Cabot Guns...

Celebrating their 10-year anniversary, Cabot Guns has unveiled a collection of eight one-of-a-kind 1911s, all featuring Damascus steel and chambered in the...
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Report: Biden to...

Quoting unidentified sources, Politico is reporting President Joe Biden will announce a “package of executive actions” designed to curb gun-related...
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Retro Photo: Fit...

Appearing in the Jan/Feb 1990 issue of American Handgunner, Smith & Wesson played up the differences between men’s and women’s hand sizes in an ad for...
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When Smart Guys...

Every gun owner in Massachusetts should know Jim Wallace, executive director at the Gun Owners Action League (GOAL).
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Bloodlines,...

Maisie Moose, Muscle Moose and Moose Goose are just a few of the pet names for our latest adopted family member, Maisie Lynn.
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Ruger Wrangler Models
Wrangle The Rainbow

For those not averse to color or who simply want to make a statement on the range, the popular rimfire single-action Ruger Wrangler is now available in a...
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Colt Anaconda 6
Colt Anaconda...

Since 2017, Colt has been resurrecting its legendary Snake Gun series of revolvers. New for 2021, the 6-shot .44 Magnum Colt Anaconda has been redesigned...
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SIG SAUER P365X ROMEOZero
SIG SAUER P365X...

Given the popularity of the P365, the features of the P365XL and aftermarket interest in P365 conversions, SIG SAUER has answered the call with a new...
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Congressional...

One wouldn’t expect a piece of legislation with a simple number of H.R. 8 to cause so much trouble, but with a title such as the “Bipartisan Background...
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Exotic Carry...

While steerhide has been the traditional choice among gun men and women, now and then, concealed carriers want something different for that “one special...
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Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield Plus
Smith & Wesson...

The latest major firearm manufacturers to announce a micro-compact, high-capacity 9mm pistol, Smith & Wesson recently unveiled the latest iteration of the...
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Ruger MAX-9
New Ruger MAX-9...

Over the last few years, micro-compact 9mm handguns have dominated the growing concealed carry market. Listening to consumer demands, Ruger recently...
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Taurus G3 T.O.R.O.

These are indeed great days for shooters! Guns are more accurate, many are less expensive, and we have a plethora of aftermarket sights from which to choose.
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Ruger GP100 ad American Handgunner Sep/Oct 1988
Retro Photo: No...

A handgun market still dominated by revolvers, Ruger took aim at Smith & Wesson with an ad run in the Sept/Oct 1988 issue of American Handgunner, calling...
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Another Victory...

More than 40 states have “preemption” laws that place all authority for regulating firearms in the hands of the state legislature.
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Bear Ops Bold...

Everyone needs a knife! No one should leave their house without one. Knives are used daily for the routine cutting of boxes, strings, or those frustrating...
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Toro, Toro: New...

Capitalizing on the growing trend of optics-ready handguns, Taurus has thrown their cape into the bull ring with the introduction of the new G3 and G3c...
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Declining...

Each year, the ATF publishes the Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Export Report, providing detailed production and export numbers for a given year....
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Springfield...

Much ado has been made about the 10mm; some true and some not so much.
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One Lucky Grandma

Seems that nearly everybody was hailing a 12-year-old about two weeks ago for fatally shooting a 19-year-old who allegedly forced his way into the...
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Jeff Quinn...

The folks at Ruger, in conjunction with Lipsey’s, a large firearm distributor, have announced the release of a limited run of 500 memorial guns honoring...
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How to Upgrade...

We all love our Rugers, no matter the model we have. They’re a true value, being ruggedly and strongly built.
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Short and to the...

Introduced in 1966, HK’s iconic MP5 submachine gun first came into public view during the dramatic 1980 Prince’s Gate hostage rescue by the SAS.
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Hodgdon’s...

It arrives on my desk every January, a magazine with so much information inside it immediately occupies a prime spot in a rack above my cluttered loading bench,
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Bore-Max Bore Foam

I got an H&R Plainsmen bolt-action .22LR on my eighth birthday. Proud as punch of my new gun, I was determined to take care of it,
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H.R. 127 Shows...

Recently, when the story broke regarding Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee’s H.R. 127 — a gun control measure so outrageous it was called “insanity on...
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Maglite Bundle Packs

Let there be light! Everyone needs a good flashlight for many reasons — security being at the top of the list.
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Chest Is Best...

Whether haulin’ hoglegs, or heavy hammers of any persuasion, chest is best for your handgun rig! Anyone who’s carried a heavy handgun knows this!
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National CCW...

Okay, we’ll admit it right up front; one day this correspondent is going to retire — but that doesn’t mean I won’t be packing.
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Fermin C....

“Front sight, press” is the mantra for handgun accuracy. It’s pounded, repeated and emphasized during all training classes worth their salt
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Speer Gold Dot...

Vernon Speer has provided rifle bullets, and later, handgun bullets to reloaders since 1943. In the 1960s he started loading those bullets, starting the...
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Answering...

I’ve just finished playing fetch with my wild woman of a mixed breed mutt, Maisie. It’s 24 degrees out with a 20-mph wind to emphasize just how chilly...
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In the Beginning…

Welcome to the inaugural installment of the new online Guncrank Diaries. This should indeed be a weekly exercise in excuses, alibis, pithy observations and...
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Ballistol: 1,001...

Over 30 years ago, I discovered the benefits of Ballistol oil. If ever there was a “do-it-all” snake oil, Ballistol would be it, but it actually does...
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Build Your Own...

Sooner or later, we all develop opinions in what we want in a revolver. “If only they’d build it like this, I’d buy one in a second,” we think to...
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Heritage Barkeep

“It’s adorable,” were the enthusiastic words out of my daughter’s mouth spying the Heritage Barkeep during a designated .22 day at the range.
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TRUGLO Tru-Tec Micro

TRUGLO has been an innovator in the fiber optic/red dot sight market for over 25 years.
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Federal Premium...

Technology has been the lifeblood of Federal Cartridge since 1922. Joining forces with Barnes Bullets, Federal continues their advancements in ammunition by...
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Don’t Let...

Handloaders are frugal by nature. We enjoy bargains and freebies so we can load as much ammo as cheaply as possible, so we can shoot more.
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When Turnabout...

Remember last August, when New York Attorney General Letitia James sued the National Rifle Association and called for the organization to be dissolved and...
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The CZ Shadow 2 OR

The CZ Shadow 2 Optics Ready pistol represents a radical divergence from your typical modern gun shop fare.
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Gear Spotlight:...

While you should always have a handheld light available for searching, a weapon light makes sense for target illumination and final verification.
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Dumpster Fire 2020
Saying Goodbye...

Now that 2020 is in the rearview mirror, hopefully the next 12 months will be a little less dramatic. However, Insider isn’t hoping for too much, and...
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The Mauser HSc

Agent 007 sat quietly in the corner of the darkened bar nursing his signature Vodka Vargtass.
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The Ultimate...

The 500 S&W Magnum made its first appearance at the 2003 SHOT show. Designed by Cor-Bon in partnership with S&W for their Model 500 X-Frame revolver,
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Near Miss: Take...

Like many in our country, GUNS Associate Editor Jazz Jimenez tested positive for COVID-19 and this is her story.
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A Time for...

If my timing is right, you will be reading this on Christmas morning and I’ll be celebrating my birthday (with hopes of several more still over the...
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A Special Ruger...

Ruger recently joined forces with DeSantis Gunhide, for a TALO (Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma) Distributor Exclusive featuring the Ruger Wrangler and...
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A Deer Stand...

Sitting in my deer stand, waiting for first light, it starts. My mind wanders back to all the opening mornings of deer season, waiting patiently for first...
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Keep Your Eye on...

My longtime pal Paul Huebl, whose harrowing story was detailed by American Handgunner’s Massad Ayoob back in the July/August 1990 installment of “The...
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Kershaw’s...

Knife nuts are very edgy, constantly searching for the holy grail of sharpened steel — as if it actually exists. Yesterday’s cool knife is old news today.
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Cal. CCW Case...

On Jan. 11, 2021 — an arraignment is scheduled in a Santa Clara County courtroom in a case that may clearly illustrate what gun rights activists
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CrossBreed’s...

When lumbering around the wilderness, no other holster setup is as convenient and efficient as a good chest rig while carrying jumbo-sized pistols and...
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SIG SAUER P365...

An official collaboration between the two companies, ZEV Technologies has expanded its custom line of SIG SAUER pistols to include the new performance Z365...
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Double-Action...

Admittedly, the Single-Action (SA) revolver is my favorite because of its strength, simplicity and the sentimentality I hold for it.
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More Handguns,...

When the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) recently released its updated Firearm Production Report, it revealed firearms manufacturers produced a...
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Build Yer’ Own...

My pap and uncles all carried Buck knives since the early ’70s, at least as far as I noticed such things.
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PepperBall Goes...

Built on the success of the original LifeLite, PepperBall is now bringing consumers a smaller, sleeker non-lethal self-defense launcher in the LifeLite Mobile.
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Stay Sharp: New...

Everyday carry knives are an invaluable tool. From two companies known for high-quality blades, Benchmade and Toor Knives, are new knives with refined...
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SIG SAUER to 3D...

A designated 9mm pistol suppressor, the new SIG SAUER MOD-X9 is 3D printed from titanium with a user-configurable modular baffle design for lightweight,...
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Rare Revolvers...

RIAC Premier Firearms Auctions are held three times per year and offer collectors a special chance to bid on more than 2,000 rare, historic and unusual gun...
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250 Lumens of...

A long-time fan of flashlights, Special Assignments Editor Roy Huntington takes another First Look at Streamlight's do-it-all Microstream USB Rechargeable...
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P320 Studio:...

After months of waiting, SIG SAUER P320 Custom Works FCUs have started shipping to dealers and SIG has launched the Custom Works P320 Studio, a virtual...
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Bigger Is Not...

After carrying a large Benchmade Osborne for years, Special Assignments Editor Roy Huntington has a First Look at the new Mini Osborne 945BK-1 knife and...
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SIG SAUER P365...

An official collaboration between the two companies, ZEV Technologies has expanded its custom line of SIG SAUER pistols to include the new performance Z365...
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Double-Action...

Admittedly, the Single-Action (SA) revolver is my favorite because of its strength, simplicity and the sentimentality I hold for it.
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More Handguns,...

When the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) recently released its updated Firearm Production Report, it revealed firearms manufacturers produced a...
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Build Yer’ Own...

My pap and uncles all carried Buck knives since the early ’70s, at least as far as I noticed such things.
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Cooler Than Ice:...

American Handgunner Editor Tom McHale has a First Look at the 10mm Kimber Rapide (Black Ice). Cool looking and lightning-fast, 1911 catches Tom's eye with...
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Stay Sharp: New...

Everyday carry knives are an invaluable tool. From two companies known for high-quality blades, Benchmade and Toor Knives, are new knives with refined...
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SIG SAUER to 3D...

A designated 9mm pistol suppressor, the new SIG SAUER MOD-X9 is 3D printed from titanium with a user-configurable modular baffle design for lightweight,...
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Rare Revolvers...

RIAC Premier Firearms Auctions are held three times per year and offer collectors a special chance to bid on more than 2,000 rare, historic and unusual gun...
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250 Lumens of...

A long-time fan of flashlights, Special Assignments Editor Roy Huntington takes another First Look at Streamlight's do-it-all Microstream USB Rechargeable...
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P320 Studio:...

After months of waiting, SIG SAUER P320 Custom Works FCUs have started shipping to dealers and SIG has launched the Custom Works P320 Studio, a virtual...
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Lipsey’s S&W...

Lipsey’s S&W 642 Deluxe Airweight .38 Special personifies the perfect packing pistol for persons who perpetually carry concealed.
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Tickling Yer’...

Single-action (SA) revolvers are renowned for their strength, simplicity and durability.
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New Jersey...

For years, law-abiding gun owners in New Jersey have been treated ruefully by state lawmakers and the officials responsible for issuing permits to carry,
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PHLster Enigma:...

Two years in the making, the new PHLster Enigma is neither a belt nor a belly band, but a concealment chassis composed of a winged faceplate, adjustable...
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Springfield...

Combining classic styling with modern features at a remarkably affordable price, Tom McHale hits the range for a First Look at the new Springfield Armory...
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New York Times...

Something remarkable happened recently in the pages of the New York Times — the newspaper actually put forth a balanced, in-depth report on why so many...
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Lone Wolf...

Amidst record high NICS firearm background checks and firearm sales, Lone Wolf Distributors is providing an all-in-one gun and basic defensive training...
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E-Z Powder Coating

Powder Coating (PC) is simply the process of treating your cast bullets with a baked-on polymer coating. This coating acts as the bullets’ lubricant as it...
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CCI “Clean”...

Nothing’s cooler than shooting a suppressed .22 and only hearing the muffled cycling of your semi-auto firearm, followed by the telltale “tink” of...
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A Work of...

Special Assignments Editor Roy Huntington has a First Look at the Nighthawk Custom/Korth Mongoose that combines engineering excellence and artistic style to...
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Holosun & Shield...

Household names for quality optics, Holosun and Shield Sights recently announced updates to popular red dot models for pistols, each improving upon previous...
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Gear Spotlight:...

Want less stress in your life? Try rational preparation. No, you don’t need to clean out local military surplus stores preparing for ill-tempered space...
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A Legal Test for...

The concept of state preemption — that is, a statute reserving all authority for setting gun laws in the hands of the legislature —
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Buffalo Bore...

Not everyone casts bullets or reloads their own ammo. Several readers have asked what factory ammo I’d recommend as a substitute for those heavy cast...
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Springfield XD-S...

American Handgunner Editor Tom McHale takes a First Look at the newly released Springfield XD-S Mod.2 OSP that comes optics-ready with a Crimson Trace...
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Have The Right...

Whether you're a new or seasoned shooter, everyone needs more training, but getting out to the range can be a hassle if you don't have the right gear. First...
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GLOCK Updates...

Earlier this summer, GLOCK announced it would cease production of 9mm and .40 S&W Gen4 models and update its .40-caliber lineup to the latest generation. As...
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Hornady BLACK...

Introduced in 2016, Hornady BLACK ammunition was designed to fit, feed and function in a variety of platforms, offering “versatile loads optimized for...
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Firearms for Trump

We look at some of the custom firearms produced in the last four years in honor of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.
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GLOCKtober Treats

October is coming to an end, but not before handing out new GLOCK accessories like an assorted bag of Halloween candy. After sorting through the season’s...
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More than 19.48...

estimating there are “about 19.5 million” people licensed in the United States to carry concealed.
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Pocket Optics

Now those little pistols can peg targets faster — especially in poor light or if your eyes have aged!
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Hybrid ATI...

American Tactical (ATI) has seen fit to outfit Americans with a hybrid handgun in the 1911 tradition.
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Fully Enclosed...

American Handgunner Editor Tom McHale takes a First Look at Aimpoint's fully enclosed red dot sight with wide-open potential and versatility, the Acro P-1.
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KelTec P17 Rimfire

Some gun-people may glance at the new KelTec P17 and dismiss it as just another mid-sized polymer-frame pistol.
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Mag-Na-Port Montage

Just as the budding of new growth strikes a boy’s fancy to the opposite sex every spring, the brilliant colors of fall gnaw at the primal urge in...
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Revolver With A...

Last week, I shared the story of assisting an older gentleman interested in a multi-purpose .357 Magnum revolver — and boy, did I strike a chord! I...
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We're Back On...

In 2005, we launched American COP Magazine as a hard-hitting, timely and gun-savvy publication. Today, it serves as an online resource for both the cop on...
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Nightstick...

Make no mistake about it, a two-handed grip on a handgun is more accurate than a wavering one-handed grip.
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Protect Yourself...

Extraordinary Assignments Editor Roy Huntington gives you a First Look at how he protects himself while doing chores around his farm in the Missouri backwoods.
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Polynesian...

A culture dating back 3,000 years, Polynesians believed symbolic images could display a person’s spiritual power, or ‘mana.’ Inspired by Polynesian...
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Revolver With A...

Historically, revolvers have proven to be one of the most versatile types of firearms. Simple, rugged and effective, revolvers continue to be a popular...
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FBI Crime Data...

For the fourth year in a row, the number of firearm-related homicides declined in the United States in 2019, while the number of self-defense shootings...
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Ed Brown FX2

What red-blooded American wouldn’t enjoy wrapping their well-versed fingers in an overhand grip around the stylish slide of a Commander-sized 1911? But...
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A Custom Smith &...

A different kind of First Look video, Roy Huntington goes throwback with a .45 ACP Smith & Wesson Model 1917 he purchased and customized 35 years ago.
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SIG Custom Works...

Delivered just in time for the Halloween season, SIG Custom Works has reimagined the manufacturer’s Nightmare series with new blacked-out P220, P226 and...
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Everyday Mediator

The role of a mediator is to bring two parties together to resolve their differences and achieve a win-win situation. A tactical knife with everyday carry...
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Concealed Carry...

The number is staggering, especially to anyone easily alarmed at the thought of private citizens legally walking the streets while armed.
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Inforce Wild2...

Like the shadows they’re known to hide in, society’s miscreants use the cover of darkness to pounce on their next victim.
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A Perfectly...

Roy Huntington takes his first look at and shots with the new Springfield Armory XD-M Elite 3.8" Compact — the perfectly sized handgun for control and...
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SIG SAUER AXG...

Introduced in 2014, the SIG SAUER P320 has always been a 9mm polymer-frame pistol with modular serialized fire control unit — that is, until now. The new...
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5 Top-Selling...

With inventory low at most brick-and-mortar retailers, firearm seekers are having to turn to online dealers like GunBroker.com to find guns. Publishing...
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Precision...

There’s no better time to start reloading than during an ammo shortage. With tools and resources to help get you started, dispensing powder with precision...
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