Is over-penetration is a point of contention or an overrated concern?

Shooting Illustrated looks at over-penetration in self defense situations Gun scribe Richard Mann examines over-penetration during a time of conflict ...

Overpenetration
We talk about it all the time, but is over-penetration really something we should worry about in a self-defense situation?

A bullet passing through a threat and continuing with the potential to cause unintentional damage to a bystander or object is a situation commonly described as over-penetration. The occurrence could be a bad thing if you shoot someone who is attacking you while your wife is standing behind the attacker. On the other hand, a bullet that passes through one bad guy and strikes another could be a good thing if the two are lined up to beat you with a claw hammer. Statistically speaking, neither incident is likely to occur.

But let’s imagine a crazed murderer breaks into your home, and you shoot through him. Could that bullet continue through a wall and hit a family member or neighbor?

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Cleaning and maintaining your firearm means better performance on the range or in the field

NRA Family Insights guide to cleaning your gun The staff from NRA Family Insights sat down to bring you the basics for how to properly clean your firearm ...

How to Clean Your Gun
Can your firearm pass the white-glove test? Here's how to keep your gun clean and safe to use.

Cleaning and maintaining your guns preserves their functionality and value, and keeps them safe and accurate. The effort and attention you put into maintaining your firearms will pay off in peace of mind that your guns will do what you need them to do. Good maintenance habits help you know your gun better, and have more confidence in its performance at the range or in the field.

Once you have the gun disassembled, start with cleaning the bore. The rifling at the muzzle is critical to accuracy. You don’t want the cleaning rod to bang against the muzzle opening. Over time, this can widen the muzzle opening or leave it misshapen, so clean from breech to muzzle whenever possible.

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Built in America, the Beretta ARX100 derives most of its features from its military counterpart

Gary Paul Johnson dives deep into Beretta's “technopolymer” torture-tested ARX100 rifle ...

Beretta ARX100
Beretta offers high-tech, ambidextrous design developed for the Italian military to U.S. consumers with its new ARX100.

Ten times better than the M16? That was the point Beretta boasted in the naming of the ARX160, the company’s new 5.56 NATO, selective-fire rifle introduced in 2008 as a possible replacement for its AR70/90 platform in service with the Italian armed forces. Arguable as that claim might be, the ARX160 certainly embodies a number of characteristics that can only be described as advanced and outside-the-box.

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Pistol with the sleek "space age" lines as Sci-Fi ray guns from yesteryear

OLYMPIC ARMS WHITNEY WOLVERINE .22 LR PISTOL My man B. Gil Horman delves into the past with a 1950s styled Olympic Arms Whitney Wolverine ...

Olympic Arms Whitney Wolverine .22 LR Pistol
This polymer revival of R. Hillberg’s 1950s rimfire “ray gun” is sleek, light and fun to shoot.

In the early 1950s, firearms designer and engineer Robert L. Hillberg decided to build a lightweight .22 Long Rifle semi-auto pistol using aluminum investment casting to form the frame. Although investment casting is often used to produce gun components today, Hillberg's plan represented an uncommon approach at that time. He gave the pistol the same sleek "space age" lines as the ray guns seen in sci-fi movies and TV shows of that era. The pistol was called the Whitney Wolverine and made available in either a blued or nickel finish with a 10-round magazine.

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CW380 one-third the cost of the Kahr P380

Kahr Arms new CW380 American Rifleman takes a look at Kahr Arms new CW380 pistol ...

Kahr Arms CW380 Pistol Review
Kahr Arms continues to grow its CW line of pistols, which includes the latest addition, the CW380, chambered in .380 ACP and based on the P380.

Kahr Arms has been manufacturing single-stack, polymer-frame semi-automatic pistols since the mid-1990s. The company’s P-series of premium, lightweight, concealed carry pistols has garnered a reputation for excellent quality and reliability. Recognizing that not every customer is able to pay top dollar for a defensive firearm, Kahr developed and continues to grow its CW line of pistols. A recent addition to the line is the CW380 pistol, chambered in .380 ACP and based on the P380.

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Grip circumference, width, trigger reach, and grip angle come into play when firing a pistol

Tiffany grips the pistol and readies to fire on the NRA Range Wendy LaFever, managing editor for NRA Family Insights, shares tips for the small-handed pistol shooter ...

Get a Grip (Angle, That Is)
The one subtle measurement that can affect a new shooter's success on the range.

When I began pistol shooting, one of the first things I noticed was that the ease with which I shot differed widely from pistol to pistol—even between guns that were very similar in terms of size, action type, weight and caliber. As a beginner, I blamed myself first: My hands just weren’t big enough for some guns’ grips. What I didn’t know was that there was a subtle but very important factor that I was totally missing.

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James Craig, Detroit's new chief of police says “We’re advocates of self-protection. We want people to be safe.”

James Craig, Detroit’s new police chief David Burnett reached out to Detroit Chief of Police James Craig to discuss the chief's comments suggesting that criminals would think twice about attacking if more responsible citizens were armed ...

A Show of Courage in Detroit

“I have a gun, get out!”

That’s the warning a Detroit mother gave the three hoodlums attempting to kick down her door on the night of Feb. 17, 2014. Armed with only a replica handgun, the intruders thought she was bluffing—until she opened fire. The mother of two was armed with a Hi-Point TS4 Carbine (what some would call an “assault rifle”) her husband gave her after a break-in just two weeks prior.

The crooks literally fell over themselves and quickly fled the area. Caught on surveillance cameras, the video went viral and illustrated what appears to be a growing trend in Detroit—citizens fighting back.

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Managing Editor retires after 25 years with the National Rifle Association

NRA Secretary Jim Land presents Editor Gina Schmidt with plaque celebrating her career at the NRAFairfax, Virginia - After gracing the halls of the National Rifle Association for 25 years, America’s First Freedom Editor Gina Schmidt has decided to call it quits. With plans to retire to the soothing confines of South Carolina, Schmidt made one last appearance as a few hundred employees gathered to bid her farewell. Doug Hamlin, executive director of NRA Publications, reflected on the state of affairs when Gina first joined the NRA.

“Tom Selleck was in the 8th year as the star of Magnum, pi … our president was George Herbert Walker Bush, and 25 minutes before game 3 of the 1998 World Series we had a 7.1 earthquake up in San Francisco. The Dow Jones closed at 2700 and a gallon of gasoline was 97 cents.”

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American Rifles tells you why these hunting rifles are a steal

Affordable hunting rifle suggestions from NRA's American Rifleman magazine Never thought you could get your hands on a hunting rifle for a reasonable price? Well John Barsness is here to tell you why you're wrong ...

BARGAIN HUNTING RIFLES
You can pick up a hunting rifle from four of the biggest names in riflemaking for around $300. Sure, that’s a great price, but is it really a bargain? You might be surprised.

Saying American riflemen tend to be conservative is like saying trees tend to grow wood. That’s why new trends in hunting rifles often encounter resistance. One supposedly new way of marketing such guns is by referring to them as “affordable” or “value-priced,” but most Americans simply think of them as “cheap.” That has caused a good deal of grumbling, especially on the Internet, yet another new trend. Since few gun stores feature wood stoves these days, the formerly traditional venue for rifle discussions, shooters whine where we can. Some things never change.

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