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

Fairfax, Virginia - 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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Years of deer hunting experience available for novice and veteran hunters alike

10 deer hunting tips to take to the bank Bill Winke takes the tricks of the trade he's learned along the way and shares them with American Hunter magazine ...

10 tips to take to the bank
It took the author a decade to learn these lessons about when, where and how to hunt and kill big bucks. Some of them may not be big news. But any number of them should reveal something for anyone.

1. Hunt the Best Three Days of the Season
There is no better time to be in a tree trying to shoot a mature buck than those two or three days when the first doe comes into estrus. This occurs sometime during the first week of November in most areas. Bucks will be cruising, and some of them will be big. This is what we think of as classic rut hunting. Unfortunately, if you miss this first two-day frenzy you miss your best chance of the season to shoot a mature buck. It becomes more a case of hit-or-miss after that.

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G42 offers the benefits of the Glock platform in a truly pocket-size pistol

American consumers can finally benefit from an ultracompact deep-concealment pistol designed by the legendary Austrian company: the G42 Shooting Illustrated asked Duane A. Daiker to take a look at the latest from GLOCK: the G42 ...

Glock G42
Few handguns have been as highly anticipated as the single-stack Glock chambered in .380 ACP. This year, American consumers can finally benefit from an ultracompact deep-concealment pistol designed by the legendary Austrian company: the G42.

Undoubtedly, Glock was late to the party with a micro-size .380 ACP handgun. By the time Ruger introduced its LCP in 2008, the race to produce miniature .380 ACP pistols was well underway. Similar offerings appeared from most of the major manufacturers, and the “9 mm Kurz” was the hot pistol caliber for several years. Although Glock had models in most every popular semi-automatic chambering, a .380 ACP was noticeably absent from its lineup—at least in the United States. Glock actually has a double-stack .380 ACP available in overseas markets: the G25. U.S. law, however, prohibits domestic sale of the G25 due to import restrictions.

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After three decades in production, American Rifleman clears up a few facts about the Desert Eagle

Nine things you didn't know about the Magnum Research Desert Eagle B. Gil Horman, our man out West, delves into the history of the Desert Eagle semi-auto ...

Nine things you didn't know about the Magnum Research Desert Eagle
This massive pistol's long and colorful history still generates plenty of discussion. To find the answers to nine of the top questions about this beefy big-bore semi-auto, we went straight to the expert.

The Magnum Research, Inc. Desert Eagle Pistol is an unusual semi-auto that enjoys a nearly universal level of recognition thanks to its regular appearance in movies, television shows and video games. In production for over three decades now, this massive pistol's long and colorful history generates plenty of questions in on-line discussions. To find the answers to nine of the top questions folks have about this beefy big-bore semi-auto, we went straight to the expert with the inside story: master gunsmith, designer and director of manufacturing for Magnum Research, Jim Tertin. Here's a countdown of what we learned:

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Sometimes the best laid hunting plans fall victim to the environment and fate

Shawn Skipper with his elk - image from American Hunter magazine Shawn Skipper gets more than he bargained for during his Utah elk hunt ...

Out of the Hole
Battling bad luck, a broken truck and the flu, the author relies on sheer grit when chasing elk up and down a foreboding Utah landscape.

Elk can bark. Wait, elk can bark? Why didn’t anyone tell me elk can bark? These are barking—at me. Is that good? That can’t be good. There’s no way that’s good.

Do I bark back?

And so went my thoughts as I sat crouched in the snow some 300 yards away from the herd we’d spent hours stalking. The herd that hid the one thing I’d traveled so many miles and scaled so many steep, snowy inclines to find: a bull.

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From mountain tops to TSA scanners, find out what Nick Mowrer carries around in his range bag

Nick Mowrer at firing point one during the 2012 NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships

Fairfax, Virginia - The October issue of Shooting Sports USA comes face to face with Olympic pistol shooter, and three-time NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Champion, Nick Mowrer. As usual, Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News only has one question for the young marksman: What's in your range bag?

He comes with a spirit born of the years of service as an everyday range bag and Wild West ingrained in every fiber— a competitor who loves the challenge of shooting sports and who yearns for the next event. Nick Mowrer shoots International Air Pistol, Free Pistol and occasionally, 50-Meter Prone Rifle, on the U.S. Olympic shooting team. In his spare time, he also does very well in High Power rifle.

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Your concealed-carry Shield can easily become your home-defense handgun

Could the Russian mainstay be the best .30-caliber option for America’s rifle? Shooting Illustrated Steve Adelmann realizes that there's more to the 7.62×39 mm cartridge than he thought ...

AR Accuracy with 7.62×39 mm
While you might not associate the AK-47’s cartridge with accuracy, out of an AR-15 the 7.62x39 mm can produce tiny groups. Could the Russian mainstay be the best .30-caliber option for America’s rifle?

In an AR-15, the 7.62×39 mm cartridge is more accurate than you may think.

Like many current and former “ground-pounders,” my view of the AK family of firearms used to be stereotypical: They go bang when you pull the trigger and throw rounds in the general direction you point them. I used a bunch of AK variants during my Army career, but I never gave Mikhail Kalashnikov’s simple masterpiece much thought beyond its “minute-of-man” accuracy, uncomfortable folding stock and ample muzzle flash. Taking the time to actually zero them can make AKs aim-worthy, but they are still not known for precision. I always assumed the 7.62×39 mm cartridge they fire was likewise incapable of doing much more than moving through the air and hurting whatever it occasionally hit. It turns out that I was very, very wrong.

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Your concealed-carry Shield can easily become your home-defense handgun

The newest—and smallest—member of Smith & Wesson’s M&P semi-auto pistol family. Shooting Illustrated Handgun Editor Dick Williams takes Smith & Wesson's M&P Shield on a test run ...

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield
Our Handgun Editor gets trigger time with the newest—and smallest—member of Smith & Wesson’s M&P semi-auto pistol family.

If I could use only two words to describe the original Smith & Wesson M&P semi-automatic pistols, those words would be “superb ergonomics.” And if you were to object with my conclusion because the gun didn’t fit your hand, I would simply tell you to switch backstraps until it did. Among the three different size backstraps provided with the gun, there’s one that will fit just about everyone.

In whatever chambering you choose (9 mm, .40 S&W or .45 ACP) the original M&P makes a great duty, home-defense or car/truck gun. Concealed carry, however, is a different matter. For many of us, pistols using double-stack magazines aren’t that easy to conceal, at least not if we’re going to move about in society and look reasonably normal. Cutting the wide-body pistol down in length and height may help, but that alone doesn’t get the job done.

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Trijicon and Peacemaker succeed in creating championship that offers variety of shooting experiences

Trijicon World Shooting Championship American Rifleman

American Rifleman's Brian Sheetz breaks down why the Trijicon World Shooting Championship is such a hit ...

Trijicon World Shoot Winds Down
After such an unqualified success as the Trijicon World Championship, it's obvious that Peacemaker has succeeded in its mission to bring excellence in a variety of shooting experiences to the masses.

From a wide range of competitors in both pro and amateur categories to sponsors and staff, the inaugural Trijicon World Shooting Championship appears to have been a success if it is to be judged by the enthusiastically affirmative responses that arose from the informal survey question, “Would you shoot it again next year or recommend it to a friend?”

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