Gunslingers series offers NRA insight to the guns of the Wild West - video

Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle

Fairfax, Virginia - You know it's going to be a good day when you get a call from Discovery. Even more so when it's the American Heroes Channel calling about their new show Gunslingers.

You haven't heard about Gunslingers? Here's a quick description from their website:

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American Rifleman and NRA Museum provide background for Discovery Channel debut - video below

Colt Single Action Army hammer to cylinder Fairfax, Virginia - Late last month, a crew from Discovery's American Heroes Channel (AHC) descended upon the National Firearm Museum for an afternoon of education. Education from our experts on the guns that made the Old West - that made the Gunslingers.

An effort by AHC to profile the major gunfights and gunfighters from the Old West, Gunslingers debuts tonight at 10:00pm eastern with "The Tombstone Vendetta". Here's a quick description from the AHC website:

Exposing little-known facts about America’s first villains and heroes, the six-part series features the stories of Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok, John Wesley Hardin and Tom Horn. Juxtaposed with vivid reenactments, expert commentary is layered throughout each episode to ensure the authenticity and historical accuracy of each story. Contributors include: David Milch, the creator of Deadwood; Bob Boze Bell, the executive editor of True West Magazine; and actor Kurt Russell (Tombstone).

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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 ...

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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