Grip circumference, width, trigger reach, and grip angle come into play when firing a pistol
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.”
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
Fairfax, 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
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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Know what to pack, how to pack and what to leave behind on the road and in the air
Jeff Johnston is intimately familiar with the potential pitfalls lying in wait when traveling with firearms. Here are a few of his tips before you hit the open road ...
The Road Safely Traveled
Planning on heading out this Memorial Day weekend? Here's what you need to know if you plan to bring a gun.
While on the road it’s your right to protect yourself and your family, but America’s patchwork of self-defense laws—and the road itself—isn’t often inviting. Here’s a primer on how you can travel as safely as possible.
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Hunting gear and accessories for Mom, Dad, and the little ones
Jeff Johnston covers you from head to toe in the perfect turkey hunting camo
Comfortable Turkey Camo for Your Whole Family
Unlike the regular fall hunting season, hunting turkeys in the spring calls for head-to-toe camouflage and clothing that allows the family to stay cool.
Spring turkey season is likely the best season of all to take the family hunting. Unlike deer hunting where you generally sit and freeze in a stand, a turkey hunt is an active hunt in delightful weather where the skills of woodsmanship, stealth, calling and maneuvering are utilized each time out. The downside? It’s tough to be successful if your youngster is fidgety, because wild turkeys have the keenest eyes in all of the woods. Anyone who’s hunted these birds knows they can see in color, and can spot the slightest movement from 100 yards away. Camouflage clothing is essential for concealing small movements. Additionally, springtime weather is generally cool in the early morning but warms up quickly. Therefore, lightweight, layered clothing is preferred. Here are some turkey-specific camouflaged clothing choices for the entire family so you can hunt comfortably now and eat wild turkey later.
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How one writer created a blaster that would pass the muster at Tatooine's Mos Eisley Cantina
Bob Boyd built what every eight-year-old boy wanted back in 1977 — Han Solo's blaster
Building a Live-Ammo-Firing Han Solo Blaster
Harrison Ford carried a paperweight in the Star Wars films. Here's how a sci-fi fan created a working blaster if his own.
The 2013 holiday season was quite joyous for sci-fi film fans when one of the most-iconic prop guns—the blaster Harrison Ford wielded as the galactic smuggler turned hero, Han Solo, in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”—went to auction a mere four days before Christmas. Fetching $200,000, the nonfiring replica undoubtedly made a heck of a stocking stuffer for one lucky earthling, who wished to remain anonymous. While I can understand wanting to own something used by a particular movie star or in a particular film, I have a hard time wrapping my brain around paying six-figures for a paperweight, particularly when it doesn’t even emit colorful bolts of matter-disintegrating light—or have the ability to fire live ammunition, like the one I built for a fraction of the price.
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Aftermarket accessories create a lightweight, straight-shooting AR for Yankee Hill
In his latest piece for American Rifleman, Dave Campbell goes over the 120 year history of the Winchester 1894
A Look Back at the Winchester 1894
With more than 7 million produced, the Winchester ’94 is the most popular sporting rifle ever made.
Let’s go back 120 years to 1894, when John Moses Browning was at the pinnacle of his fertile developmental mind. He had improved the lever-action rifle to be easier to manufacture, while at the same time capable of handling some of the most powerful cartridges of the time with the Model 1886. Then he turned around and scaled the rifle down in 1892 to handle popular pistol cartridges. A year later he introduced a pump-action shotgun. Winchester recognized that if Browning invented a firearm it would sell—and sell well.
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