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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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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