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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The pistol and the people that put World War I in motion

The FN Browning 1910 Pistol and the Great War Firearm historian Anthony Vanderlinden recounts the tale of Mlada Bosna and Archduke Ferdinand ...

The FN Browning 1910 Pistol and the Great War
On June 28, 1914, seven students in Sarajevo set out to assassinate Austria’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Armed with bombs and four FN Model 1910 pistols, they set in motion one of the world’s greatest conflicts.

Since the publication of the book The Guns of August more than 50 years ago, the beginning of the “Great War” is often associated with August 1914. The real date that propelled the world conflict is actually June 28, 1914, a date that has mostly faded from memory.

On that day, seven students, part of a political group called Mlada Bosna (Young Bosnia), put their plan in motion to assassinate the heir to the Austrian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The plot was formed months earlier after the announcement of the Archduke’s visit to Sarajevo, the Bosnian capital.

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Open up professional shooter Matt Emmons' range bag and see what's helped him reach three Olympic Games

Olympic shooter Matt Emmons in NRA's Shooting Sports USA

Fairfax, Virginia - In this month's Shooting Sports USA, Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sits down with famed shooter Matt Emmons to find out what the professional rifle shooter, and Olympian, carries around with him to the range.

Emmons has competed on the U.S. National Team since 1997, medaling in three Olympic games: Gold in 2004 in Men’s 50m Rie Prone (center); Silver in 2008 in Men’s 50m Rie Prone; and Bronze in 2012 in Men’s 50m 3X40. Although born and raised in New Jersey, he traveled west for a bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and an MBA from the University of Colorado. He now lives with his wife, Katy, and two children in in Plzen, Czech Republic. Katy is a three-time Olympian rifle shooter from the Czech Republic.

Although his specialty is Men’s 3-Position rifle, Emmons’ World Championship and Olympic Gold are in Men’s 50m Prone. He shoots a Bleiker Challenger .22 rifle, with Eley Tenex ammo.

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Why this rifle is still one of the most high prized American military rifles

World War II GI with an M1C Garand Rifle

Gun writer and historian Bruce Canfield delves into the World War II's prized M1C Garand Sniper Rifle ...

The M1C Garand Sniper Rifle
When the U.S. Army sought a sniping rifle based on the M1 Garand at the end of World War II, the M1C, with its offset scope, was delivered in small numbers. Never the best solution, the M1C performed adequately in post-war service and remains one of the most highly prized American military rifles.

At the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, the U.S. Army did not have a standardized sniper rifle. Early in the war, the Army Ground Forces requested that a sniper version of the M1 Garand rifle equipped with a telescopic sight be developed. However, it was immediately apparent that the M1 rifle’s action would require an entirely different approach than most bolt-action sniper rifles—which mounted a telescope directly over the receiver. Since the M1 had to be loaded from the top, a telescope mounted in such a location would not be feasible. The U.S. Army Ordnance Dept. tested several possible solutions—including a prismatic telescope with the eyepiece centered over the M1’s rear sight but with the body of the scope offset to provide the necessary clearance for the action. While it and other M1 rifle-based sniper designs were evaluated, a slightly modified Remington Model 1903A3 bolt-action rifle was adopted in early 1943 as the “U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1903A4, Snipers” as more or less an interim measure. Sizeable numbers of ’03A4 sniper rifles were produced and widely issued during the war until a satisfactory Garand sniper rifle could be developed.

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How far away you can score a hit with a defensive handgun shot?

Chris Cerino firing pistols at long range Gun writer Richard Mann takes you through the steps of long range pistol shooting ...

Handguns at Rifle Distances
With a bit of technique and lots of practice, you can use your pistol to get hits out to 300 yards and beyond.

There’s a difference between trick shooting and long-range shooting. There’s also a difference between hitting something and hitting it hard enough to matter. Handguns are generally considered short-range firearms, because it’s difficult to achieve hits with them at extended distances. In addition, they don’t hit very hard at long range. So, at what range is the divide between trick shooting and serious shooting with a handgun?

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