Author: Randy Tulane

We discuss the history of the AR-15 and look back at just how radically it’s evolved over 60 years later.New shooters and gun buyers can be forgiven for thinking the AR-15 has always been the way it is. Nope. It’s had more than a half-century of growth, modification and upgrades.The history of the platform is long and storied. Buckle up.Tripping Out of The GateIn the beginning, there was the Colt SP1. This was a rifle with a fixed stock, a triangular handguard around a 20-inch barrel, a carry handle and sights that needed a tool to adjust them. The barrel…

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Posted on July 12, 2024 (May 23, 2024) by Daniel Mitchell Responsible gun ownership means properly securing your firearm(s) and knowing the best way to store ammo. Both are part and parcel of gun safety measures. First off, it’s important to remember to always store your ammunition separately from your firearm. Storing a gun safely also means storing your gun unloaded and locked. The reason for this is that it will keep you in compliance with the law in most states. Storing your firearm and your ammunition separately also helps prevent unauthorized use of your gun. A 2016 study found…

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The Smart DryFireMag, combined with the Laser Ammo offering, is designed to allow shooters to both practice their dry-fire technique — without manually cycling the slide manually — while also projecting a visible laser on their target.  Both companies have been producing training aids for years, but in 2023, they combined their patented technologies to create something unique. The DryFireMag (DFM) is a specially designed magazine that when inserted into a handgun will provide a spring-loaded lever that sits against the trigger bar.  When the trigger bar travels backward, the DFM interprets the reset and allows a shooter to continually…

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We take a look at Smith & Wesson’s new Model 1854 lever-action rifle in .45 Colt.Smith & Wesson joined the lever gun craze earlier this year with the release of the Model 1854. While it was available with either traditional wood furniture or dressed up a bit more modern, it was initially only offered chambered for .44 Magnum. Now, Smith & Wesson is offering it in .45 Colt as well.Besides the new chambering, the .45 Colt Model 1854 rifles are the same as their .44 Mag. counterparts. Features that they share include 19.25-inch barrels, 11/16-24 threaded muzzles, 9-round magazine tubes,…

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What is Kimber’s new KDS9c Rail pistol, and what do the initials mean? Kimber’s “KDS9c” stands for “Kimber Double-Stack 9mm Compact” pistol. “Rail” means it has a 1911-style Picatinny Rail to use with a light and/or laser. It is a 1911-style pistol built around a double-stack 9mm magazine, sized down for the 9mm cartridge, and designed for concealed carry. So that is the general definition of a 2011 carry size pistol: a single-action, carry-size 9mm gun with a double-stack magazine. The 2011 double-stack 1911 was designed to keep the positive attributes of the 1911 (same grip angle, single-action trigger, ergonomics,…

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Not all .22 Ammo is created equal. Here are the top match, hunting and self-defense options for your .22 pistol or rifle.What Are The Top .22 Ammo Options:Range AmmoHunting AmmoSelf-Defense AmmoNever have you had so many ammo options. There’s a massive amount of variety in the rimfire world, and some ammo is better at certain tasks than others. While the .22 LR is not the most powerful, the most accurate or the most reliable, it has earned its spot in the limelight as a jack of all trades that has applications for virtually every corner of the shooting world—and beyond.…

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Posted on July 10, 2024 (May 23, 2024) by Daniel Mitchell Hunting Safety: Essential Precautions for Group Hunts Hunting is an exhilarating outdoor pursuit that brings individuals together to enjoy nature and harvest game. Whether you’re a seasoned hunter or a novice just starting out, safety should always be the top priority, especially when hunting in a group. In this guide, we’ll delve into the essential safety precautions you need to take while hunting with a group. Whether you’re part of a hunting club that takes regularly scheduled group hunting expeditions or part of a smaller hunting team, let’s make…

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Smith & Wesson has just launched the M&P Carry Comp series, featuring three sizes of M&P pistols with integrated compensators.There was a time when competitive shooting events were the only place that you’d see a pistol equipped with a compensator, but those days have passed. Now plenty of people are opting to use compensated pistols for defense as well, resulting in several manufacturers introducing models with integrated comps from the factory. With the introduction of the M&P Carry Comp series, Smith & Wesson fans have some options as well.Coming from Smith & Wesson’s Performance Center, the M&P Carry Comp series…

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Need some range ammo for your 30 Super Carry pistol? Federal Ammunition has just added a load to its Champion Training line.Federal Ammunition released its newest handgun cartridge, 30 Super Carry, in 2022. If you were one of its early adopters, you should be pleased to hear that Federal has just added 30 Super Carry to its Champion Training line. Whenever a new cartridge is released to the public it always takes some time before a wide variety of different ammo types become available for it, so Federal’s introduction of this relatively affordable and easy-to-shoot load should make finding ammo…

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In summer 2013, I had decided to make a career change: from line cook to game warden with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. Three years prior, upon moving to Spokane, I had first learned to hunt at the ripe old age of 27. During the next few years, I became significantly invested in the sport, the region — its land and its critters — and conservation as a whole. I wanted to contribute, to be an agent of good for wildlife. Except I didn’t fully read the physical requirements until a week before the Washington state Public Safety…

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