What questions to ask and what to look for when purchasing your first firearm

Defensive Gun Options for New Shooters

My man B. Gil Horman traverses the tips of the Rockies with tips for the first time gun owner ...

Defensive Gun Options for New Shooters

Recently, one of my best friends called to ask if I would help him choose a defensive handgun. Now, we’ve been friends for years, and more than once I have brought up the topic of defensive firearms to no avail. He had no interest in owning a gun. So, needless to say, I was surprised to get this call.

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Keefe honored with Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Communicator Award at SHOT Show

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American Rifleman Editor-in-Chief Mark A. Keefe IV was honored this evening with the prestigious Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Communicator Award during the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) State of the Industry dinner, held annually during the SHOT (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade) Show.

The award, given by the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) and NSSF, recognizes communicators within the firearms/shooting sports/Second Amendment arena who grasp the ideals, foster the commitment and display the talent Grits Gresham showed during his storied career.

Keefe was appointed editor of American Rifleman magazine in 2000, and was promoted to editor-in-chief of American Rifleman and "American Rifleman Television" in 2003. He started out as a volunteer at the National Firearms Museum in 1989 and became a curatorial assistant there in 1990. He joined the American Rifleman staff in 1991 ... find out more about Keefe and the Grits Gresham award ...

Shooting Sports USA sits down with Top Shot all star and Venezuelan Olympian Gabby Franco

Top Shot's Gabby Franco trying out a rifle during the NRA Convention in St. Louis

Fairfax, Virginia - This January's issue of Shooting Sports USA, sees Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News taking a seat with Gabby Franco, professional shooter and competitor from the fourth season of History Channel's Top Shot, to find out what she carries in her shooting bag.

Gabriela (Gabby) Franco exudes energy and confidence as she travels the country teaching fire- arms courses and competing in USPSA matches. A former pistol competitor on the Venezuelan Olympic team, she moved to the U.S. in 2002 after claiming three Gold medals in the South American Games. Many know her from Season 4 of History Channel’s “Top Shot” series.

Gabby has been shooting for 22 years and competing for 15. She credits her father for introducing her to the shooting sports. “In 2014 I shot my new Para ‘Tomasie’ Custom pistol in .40 S&W, using Remington ammo loaded with Barnes bullets. For this year’s 3-Gun matches, I will be shooting a Para pistol in 9 mm, my Remington VersaMax in 12Ga and a Bushmaster XM-15 rifle,” said Gabby.

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First time hunter goes home with a big prize

Jessica Kim gets her first deer Jessica Kim from NRA Publications decides to try her hand at deer hunting ...

The Origins of a Korean Huntress
A Korean-American woman steps outside her comfort zone—and her cultural heritage—to experience an American tradition.

As a senior graphic designer for Shooting Sports USA, I've been able to hear my colleagues tell stories from hunts all around the world. As time went by, I realized that I wanted to experience a hunt as well. One thing I noticed in all of these articles, (besides the beautiful hunt photos!) is that the  hunters did not look quite like me. I haven’t seen many Asian women in the hunting culture. Growing up as a Korean American woman, my family believed that education was the key step to achieving the American dream. Studying, playing the violin, and art were my lifestyle, while hunting was a foreign idea.

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Editor-in-Chief of American Rifleman tells the tale of FN

FN History Mark Keefe delves into the history of one of America's premier firearm manufacturers ...

FN: The first 125 years
The company that owns Browning, makes Winchester rifles and shotguns, and produces many of the small arms used by the U.S. military continues to do what it does best: make guns.

It all started with an order for 150,000 rifles. By European standards, Belgium is a fairly new country. Ruled at times by the Romans, the French (Bourbons and Bonaparte), the Holy Roman Emperor and eventually the Dutch, Belgium separated from the Netherlands in 1830, and King Leopold I was installed in 1831... get the rest of Keefe's FN story ...

A pistol designed for the new female shooter from Shooting Illustrated

Offering more than a change of frame color, the Pavona has a host of features making it attractive to a diverse group of shooters. Tamara Keel shares some insights on the EAA Pavona for Shooting Illustrated magazine ...

La Femme Pavona
Many handguns marketed to women are merely an existing model painted pink. EAA has changed that paradigm with the Pavona, a pistol designed for new female shooters mechanically as well as cosmetically.

I like going to my local range on weekdays, around midday, because that’s when one is most likely to have it to one’s self. There’s hardly anybody there except a few stalwarts: A retiree working up handloads, or an attorney on his lunch hour working on draw times from his USPSA rig in one of the pistol bays, but that’s usually about it. On the day I was wrapping up testing of the EAA Pavona, there were only three people using the range.

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International Pistol shooter and Olympic gold medalist Sandra Uptagrafft opens up her shooting bag

Olympian Sandra Uptagrafft

Fairfax, Virginia - The December issue of Shooting Sports USA, features Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sitting down with Sandra Uptagrafft, International Pistol shooter and gold and silver medalist at the 2012 Olympics, to ask one question: What's in your shooting bag?

The first time Sandra Uptagrafft shot a firearm, she had to—for Army Basic Training. “I found it challenging and quickly showed some skill. When I came home and started college in the early 1990s, a group of us wanted to join a rifle team, but our school didn't have one. We found a coach willing to teach us pistol and even provided equipment, so we started a team and began competing in collegiate matches. From those matches, I was recruited by the Army Marksmanship Unit. Within a year, I made the National team, and that was the start of my International Pistol career,” explained Uptagrafft.

Uptagrafft is one of the few Olympians married to another Olympian—Eric, who is a member of the National Rifle Team. (Matt and Katešina Emmons are another Olympic couple and are both rifle shooters.) Now in the Navy Reserves specializing in information technology, Uptagrafft shoots Women’s 10m Air Pistol and Women’s 25m Sport Pistol on the U.S. Olympic team.

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NRA's American Rifleman loads up on handgun ammo opinions

America's Top 5 Handgun Cartridges America's Top 5 Handgun Cartridges
Handgun aficionados are as loyal to their favorite cartridges as their riflemen counterparts.

The author struck a chord with readers when he published his idea of the "Top Five Sporting Cartridges" of all time, so much so that comments continue to pour in. Thus he’s decided to keep the spirited conversation going by identifying what he calls "America’s Top Five Handgun Cartridges."

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Alex Chichkov is coming off two World Championships titles and has his sights set on the 2016 Olympics in Rio

Fairfax, Virginia - In the November issue of Shooting Sports USA, Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News catches up with Alex Chichkov, World Champion pistol shooter and 2016 Olympics-hopeful, to ask the young marksman one question: What's in your shooting bag?

Not bad. Not bad at all when a 19-year-old competitive shooter can say he’s already won two World Championships at the recent 2014 World Shooting Championships in Granada, Spain, (Jr. Men’s Standard Pistol and Jr. Men’s Sports Pistol). Alex Chichkov, who emigrated from Bulgaria with his family when he was three, lives in Tampa Bay, FL, and hopes to represent the U.S. in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

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