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How to Custom Fit a Recoil Pad to a Rifle or Shotgun Stock
A custom-fit recoil pad can greatly improve your shooting pleasure while maintaining the good looks of your rifle or shotgun.

How to Fix Revolver Grips
When a beloved set of grips becomes worn, you don't have to throw them away. Here's how I rescued a set of grips that couldn't be replaced.

Gun Rights are Human Rights, Civil Rights
Civil rights are good things, and we should respect them and not infringe on them, right? Most people would agree - but most people may not realize that gun rights are the most crucial civil rights of all.

Definition of Slide
What is a slide, and how does it relate to a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Definition of Fixed Sights
What are fixed sights, and what does it mean for a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Definition of Grip Frame
What is a grip frame, and how does it relate to a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Definition of Lock, Stock, and Barrel
What does Lock, Stock, and Barrel mean, and how does it relate to guns or firearms? Learn about it here.

Repairing a Ruger Single Action Revolver With a Hickory Twig and Pocket Knife
When a gun falls apart in the field, it can be a real bummer. Here's how I used a hickory twig to keep an old revolver in service long enough to complete my hunt - and then used it to take my first handgun deer.

How to Measure a Rifle Barrel's Twist Rate
Rate of twist can be important in determining what type (weight) of bullet to use in a given firearm. Here's how you can easily measure it yourself.

Spanish Model 93 Mauser 7x57 Part 8: Finishing the Metal Gun Parts
Next to last of my Mauser 93 overhaul series of articles, this one deals with finishing the metal parts of the gun, using a product called Cerama-Coat. I'm very pleased with the gun overall, but this stuff could stand to be more durable...

Spanish Model 93 Mauser 7x57 Part 7: Bedding Action, Fitting and Finishing Stock
In my Mauser 93 overhaul series of articles, this is number seven. It covers the stock work, from receiving the over-inletted, unfinished stock to opening the barrel channel, bedding the action and trigger guard, removing wood to fit the safety and bolt handle, removing the cheek rest, and final sanding & finishing of the wood.

Spanish Model 93 Mauser 7x57 Part 5: Shaping Trigger Guard, Finishing Chamber
Article 6 of the Mauser 93 overhaul series. This covers the shaping of the trigger guard and the cutting of the chamber, leading into the next long article in the series, which will cover the stock and bedding.

Spanish Model 93 Mauser 7x57 7mm Build Part 5 - Jeweling Bolt, Modifying Shroud
In this fifth installment on the rebuilding of an 1893 Spanish Mauser, I jewel the bolt and extractor to hide pits and flaws, and remodel the bolt shroud.

Spanish Model 93 Mauser 7x57 7mm Rifle Build Part 4 - Modifying the Bolt Handle
In part four of my 1893 Spanish Mauser series, I continue working to build a custom hunting rifle by modifying the old straight bolt handle to create a more convenient handle that allows for the use of a scope. It took a lot of cutting, heating, bending, welding, grinding, and filing, but it turned out well.

Spanish Model 93 Mauser 7x57 7mm Rifle Build Part Three - More Gunsmithing Work
This part three of a series on building a custom hunting rifle out of a rusty old 1893 Spanish Mauser. In it, we talk about polishing the feed ramp, fitting a new aftermarket Timney trigger, modifying the magazine follower, and installing an extended floorplate release.

Repairing the Firing Pin on a Single Action Colt Revolver Copy
When this Colt Single Action Army copy failed to fire a number of times, the troubleshooting began. Everything pointed to the firing pin - it just didn't stick out of the hammer far enough. What to do? Read the article to find out.

Definition of Receiver - Meaning of Receiver
A gun's receiver an important and necessary part of any firearm - but what is it, and what does it do? Find out here.

Spanish Model 93 Mauser 7x57 Part 9: Conclusion, Finished Rifle, Tools Etc
The final installment in my series of articles on building a Spanish Mauser 93 hunting rifle. Photos of the finished rifle, along with discussion of the process, load and accuracy info, first hunt/kill, specifications, before and after views, and more.

Spanish Model 93 Mauser 7x57 7mm Rifle Rebuild Project - Before I Began
When I got the old Spanish Mauser rifle, I didn't know what to think, or just what to do with it. It soon became evident that something would have to change - but first, I needed to document its present condition and form a plan...

Scope Reticles or Crosshairs - Types of Reticles and Their Uses
What are scope reticles or crosshairs, and what are they good for? What are the differences? Which one is best for hunting? Read this article to find out.

Definition of Bolt - Meaning of Bolt (Rifle/Shotgun/Pistol/Revolver)
The bolt is a necessary part of many guns, and this tells you what the bolt does on those rifles, shotguns, and pistols that have them. Did you know that revolvers also have bolts? Read on to learn more.

Spanish Model 93 Mauser 7x57 7mm Rifle Build - Starting the Gunsmith Work
This is part of a series on building a custom hunting rifle out of a rusty old 1893 Spanish Mauser. In it, we talk about the firing pin, removing the barrel (very tough job), lapping the bolt, truing the new barrel to the receiver, attaching/modifying the scope mounts, and more.

Definition of Plinking
Plinking can be a lot of fun, but it must be done properly to stay safe. Find out more here.

Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk 44 Magnum Single Action Revolver Review
The Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk is a fine gun, but some would say it's not as fine as the old model revolvers. Read this article to learn more about this gun that's been in steady production since 1973.

How to Change the Recoil Buffer in a Browning BAR Sporting Rifle
The Browning BAR rifle has been around for many years, and although rifles of this model are tough and reliable, they do have to be maintained. One of the more susceptible parts is the recoil buffer, a flexible part that helps absorb recoil to prevent steel parts from rapidly wearing our becoming peened. Come with me as I replace the long-gone...

Airguns (BB Guns) Often Help Foster Kids' Love for Shooting
Airguns can really help young folks learn to love shooting. I think the first gun I fired was a 22 rifle, but by far the most shooting I did as a youth was with a BB gun, and it really helped instill in me a love for guns and shooting.

Definition of Clip
A clip is not a magazine, and it shouldn't be called that. Read this to learn the difference.

Definition of Magazine
A magazine isn't a clip, and a clip isn't a magazine. Read this to find out why!

Definition of Hammer Spur
What is the hammer spur on a gun, and what's it good for? This will tell you.

How to Use a Rifle Sling
Using a sling can not only lighten your load and make your rifle easier to carry, it can actually help you control the gun better (and thus be a safer hunter) in addition to helping you get on target quickly and shoot more accurately. So stop draping your gun behind your shoulder and try these practices designed to make you a better, more...

Definition of Fluting or Fluted Barrel or Cylinder
What is fluting, and what is good about a fluted barrel or cylinder? Find out here.

What is Riding Shotgun? What Does it Mean and When did it Originate?
What does riding shotgun mean, and how did it originate? Find out here!

Definition of Tang
What is the tang on a firearm, and what is it good for? Follow the link to learn that and more.

Hollywood Gun Myths - TV and Show Business Firearm Myths and Pet Peeves
Hollywood and the folks who make TV shows often portray guns, and they usually do so inaccurately. Here are some of the phony things that bother me the most. What about you?

Review: Glock 36 Compact 45 ACP Semi Automatic Pistol
The Glock 36 is a compact single-stack 45 ACP semi-automatic pistol. Want to know more? Click the link to read the article.

Definition of Inletting
Read this definition to discover what inletting is, pertaining to gun stocks or other firearms parts such as locks, lock plates, trigger guards, etc.

Definition of Mainspring
The mainspring is one of the most important parts of many guns - but what is it and what does it do? Let's find out...

How to Troubleshoot a Revolver; Inspection May Tell You Why Your Gun's Messed Up
If your revolver is giving you trouble, check here first to see if you can figure out the problem with some fast and easy inspections. No disassembly of the gun is required for most of these checks.

Definition of Loaded (Gun or Ammunition)
What exactly does it mean if a gun is loaded? What about loaded ammunition? This answers those questions, and more.

Definition of IWB
Many of us have heard of IWB when it comes to carrying guns, but what does it mean?

Definition of Open Sights in Gun and Shooting Terminology
Glossary definition of open sights, which represent the most common type of gun sight. What makes them different from other types of sights?

Definition of Unloaded
What does it mean for a gun to be unloaded? Find out here.

Best Guns for Home Defense
Home defense. It's an important topic, especially as our economy teeters and life becomes more unstable. Guns are a natural choice for this - but what kind will serve you best? Let's take a look at the most popular options and see where we stand.

Definition of Caliber
What exactly does caliber refer to when talking about guns? The ammo it's meant for? The size of the barrel? Let's find out.

Definition of Chamber as it Relates to Guns and Firearms
What is a gun's chamber? Follow the link to find out.

Definition of Checkering
Much has been said about checkering on guns, but what does it mean, and what is it good for? Let's find out.

How to Clean a Gun
Every gun owner needs to know how to clean a gun. This article contains helpful hints, photos, and directions on how to properly clean a firearm.

Definition of Keyhole, Key Hole, Keyholed Bullet, or Bullet Keyholing
When a bullet "keyholes," what does that mean? This brief article should help you understand what bullet keyholing is.

Definition of Cylinder: Gun and Shooting Firearms Terminology
All revolvers have cylinders - but what are they good for? Read the definition to find out.

Definition of Handgun
Pistols are handguns, but not all handguns are pistols. Learn the difference...

Definition of Revolver: Gun and Shooting Firearms Terminology
Revolvers aren't pistols, but they are usually handguns. Find out the difference...

H. Pieper Flobert-Warnant 32 Rimfire Rifle Review/Profile
This is a Review/Profile of an antique H. Pieper 32 rimfire rifle of the Flobert-Warnant action type. This interesting old gun is made on the best action offered in Flobert rifles, and was owned by my father for years.

Definition of Gun Stock: Gun and Shooting Firearms Terminology
Definition of gun stock. The stock is the part of a gun that serves as a handle or shoulder rest rather than serving a mechanical function, although there are exceptions in which the stock doubles as a working portion of the gun.

How to Aim a Gun
How to aim a gun. Aiming is really pretty easy, and it's one of the basic shooting skills that one must master in order to shoot accurately. Here's how!

Definition of Hammer: Gun and Shooting Firearms Terminology
Firearms glossary definition of hammer. Some guns have hammers and some don't...

Definition of Barrel: Gun and Shooting Firearms Terminology
Glossary definition of barrel. The barrel is the part of a gun through which the projectile(s) travel...

Definition of Muzzle: Gun and Shooting Firearms Terminology
Glossary definition of muzzle. The muzzle is part of the barrel...

Definition of Front Sight: Gun and Shooting Firearms Terminology
Definition of front sight. The front sight is used in conjunction with the rear sight to properly aim a gun.

Kel-Tec PF-9 vs. Taurus PT709 Slim Compact 9mm Pistols Comparison/Review
Kel-Tec PF-9 vs. Taurus PT709 Slim. Side-by-side photos and specifications of two popular compact concealed-carry 9mm pistols. They are both good guns, but which one is better?

Definition of Rear Sight: Gun and Shooting Firearms Terminology
Definition of rear sight. The rear sight is used together with the front sight to properly aim a gun.

Taurus PT709 Slim Compact 9mm Pocket Pistol Review Profile
Review/Profile of Taurus PT709 Slim compact 9mm semi-automatic pistol. This gun is light, compact, and easy to carry. It also has some features that make it stand out in its class, including a safety, a screw-adjustable rear sight, and second-strike capability in the event of a dud primer.

Definition of Pistol
What, exactly, is a pistol? It's not just any handgun. For example, revolvers are not pistols...

Kel-Tec PF-9 Compact 9mm Pocket Pistol Review Profile
Review/Profile of Kel-Tec PF-9 (PF9) compact 9mm semi-automatic pistol. This little popper is still the lightest and flattest semi-auto 9mm pistol around, and it's not a bad one. It carries well, and mine has gone BANG every time I've asked it to.

Definition of Firing Pin: Gun and Shooting Firearms Terminology
Definition of firing pin as it pertains to guns or firearms. The firing pin hits the rear of the cartridge in order to fire it.

Beretta 3032 Tomcat 32 ACP Semi-Auto Pocket Pistol Review Profile
Review/Profile of Beretta 3032 Tomcat 32 ACP semi-auto pistol. This handy little pocket pistol isn't very powerful and this model has had some problems, but it carries pretty well and could certainly be better than nothing in a pinch.

Baby UpLULA Mag Loader for Small Pistols Review
Review of Baby UpLULA mag loader for small pistols in 22, 25, 32, 380 Calibers. This loader works much like the original UpLULA loader, with the added benefit of a "tooth" on the back side of the loader that can be used in unloading magazines.

Commando Mark III 45 ACP Carbine Tommy Gun Look-Alike by Volunteer Enterprises
Review/Profile of the Commando Mark III carbine, or short rifle, made by Volunteer Enterprises and chambered for the 45 ACP cartridge. This is a fairly cheaply built gun whose main claim to fame is that it looks a lot like a Tommy gun (Thompson 1927A-1 submachine gun), at a glance. It's heavy, and it's cool.

Taurus PT709 Slim Compact 9mm Pocket Pistol User Reviews
User reviews of the Taurus PT709 Slim compact 9mm pocket pistol. This is where "regular Joes" can let others know what they think. Read the reviews, and feel free to post your own.

Kel-Tec PF-9 Compact 9mm Pocket Pistol User Reviews
User reviews of the Kel-Tec PF-9 compact 9mm pocket pistol. Read what everyday folks have to say about it, and let us know what you think of it, too.

Commando Mark III Carbine Loose Barrel and Feed Ramp Repair
This article describes and shows my repair of a loose barrel and damaged feed ramp on a Volunteer Enterprises Commando Mark III carbine Tommy gun look-alike. This gun was having feed problems, and while working on the feed ramp, I discovered that the barrel was loose. This article is about repairing those problems.

Beretta 3032 Tomcat 32 ACP Semi-Auto Pocket Pistol User Reviews
Beretta 3032 Tomcat 32 ACP Semi-Auto Pocket Pistol User Reviews

Proof Mark
Definition of proof mark for firearms. What is a proof mark, and what does it mean?

Proof Load, or Blue Pill
Definition of proof load, or blue pill, for firearms. What is a firearms proof load?

Barrel Crown
Definition of barrel crown, for firearms. What is a gun's crown?

Proof House
Definition of proof house for firearms. What is a firearms proof house?

Colt Frontier Scout 62 22 Magnum Single Action Revolver
This is a profile/review of a nifty little handgun, the Colt Frontier Scout 62 22 Magnum single action revolver. Beginning in the 1950s and ending in 1970, the Scout line of single action Colt revolvers offered high quality and old-west charm.

Proof; Proof-Test
Definition of proof test for firearms. How do you proof a gun?

Ruger Redhawk 44 Magnum Double Action Revolver
This is a profile/review of Sturm, Ruger, and Company's Redhawk, a 44 magnum double action revolver. There are better double action guns in the world, but this one ain't bad, and it may well be the strongest.

Buy a Used Rifle
Things to know Before You Buy a Used Rifle for hunting or target shooting, by Russ Chastain

Flying With Guns
These days, it often seems that everyone but gun owners are hostile towards guns and gun owners - especially in places such as airports. But that is certainly not always the case, and guidelines are in place that allow for relatively easy and problem-free transport of your firearms on commercial airline flights.

Walther P38 9mm Semi-Automatic Pistol Review
This 9mm semi-automatic pistol dates from World War II and remains popular. With decocker, dependability, good looks, and great feel, the P38 is a winner.

Get Yourself an Olympic Rifle
Olympic Rifle Shooting - how to do it!

Colt Frontier Scout 62 22 SA Revolver - Reader Reviews of the Colt Fr…
Reader Reviews of the Colt Frontier Scout 62 22 SA Revolver

Ruger Redhawk 44 Magnum Double Action Revolver - Reader Reviews of th…
Reader Reviews of the Ruger Redhawk 44 Magnum Double Action Revolver

Shooter's Hearing Protectors Earplugs
Test and review of Shooter's Hearing Protectors Earplugs

Walther P38 9mm Double Action Semi-Automatic Pistol - Reader Reviews …
Reader Reviews of the Walther P38 9mm Double Action Semi-Automatic Pistol

Definition of Double Action (DA)
Definition of Firearms Shooting term "Double Action"

Smith & Wesson Model 66 357 Magnum Stainless Steel Combat Revolver - …
Reader Reviews of the Smith & Wesson Model 66 357 Magnum Stainless Steel Combat Revolver

Ruger Security Six 357 Magnum Double Action Revolver - Reader Reviews…
Reader Reviews of the Ruger Security Six 357 Magnum Double Action Revolver

Ruger Security Six 357 Magnum Double Action Revolver
Profile/review of Sturm, Ruger, and Company's Security Six, a 357 magnum double action revolver. Although I believe there are better double action guns in the world, this is a pretty good one. Introduction/overview.

Colt Model 1917 Army New Service Model 45 ACP Double Action Revolver
This is a profile/review of an interesting old revolver, the Colt Model 1917 Army. Made to supplement the short supply of 1911 45 caliber pistols in the early stages of World War I, this double-action revolver was produced while Smith & Wesson was building their version of a 45 ACP revolver. Both guns were designated M1917 by the US military.

Ruger "Old Model" Blackhawk Single Action Revolver
This is a profile/review of one of Ruger's most popular and durable handguns, the original "old model" Blackhawk. The Ruger Old Model Blackhawk single action helped make the company a success, and many were sold after its introduction in 1955.

Smith Wesson Model 66 357 Magnum Stainless Steel Combat Revolver
The Smith & Wesson Model 66 stainless steel revolver was one of their most popular models, for good reason. This is a profile/review of one of S&W's most popular and durable handguns, the Model 66.

Ruger Old Model Blackhawk Single Action Revolver - Reader Reviews of …
Reader Reviews of the Ruger Old Model Blackhawk Single Action Revolver

Colt 1917 Army Revolver - Reader Reviews of the Colt 1917 Arm…
Reader Reviews of the Colt 1917 Army Revolver

Definition of Single Action
Definition of Firearms Shooting term "Single Action"

Definition of Dry Fire or Dry Firing
Definition of Firearms Shooting term "Dry Fire" or "Dry Firing"

Home Gun Refinishing - Winchester Model 94 "Re-Blue."
Home Gun Refinishing - I Refinished a Winchester Model 94 30-30 rifle (carbine) at home, by myself, with a new product from Birchwood-Casey called Perma Fin. The results are impressive, but I hit some speed bumps along the way. It's not a blue... and it's not a paint, although I used an airbrush to spray it on.

Definition of Trigger Guard
Definition of Trigger Guard - the Trigger Guard Protects the Triggers on a Gun or Firearm

Definition of Double Triggers
Definition of Double Triggers - Guns With Two Triggers have Double Triggers

Definition of Double Barrel
Definition of Double Barrel Rifle or Shotgun - a Double Barrel Gun has Two Barrels

Definition of Break-Open, or Break Action Gun
Definition of Break-Open or Break Action - Break Open Shotgun or Rifle

Semi-Automatic Shotguns - What is Your Favorite Semi-Automatic Shotgun
What is your favorite semi-automatic shotgun? Let us know!

Pump Shotguns - What is Your Favorite Pump (Slide Action) Shotgun
What is your favorite pump shotgun? Let us know! The best pump (slide action) shotguns, according to visitors to this site.

Bolt Action Deer Rifles - What is Your Favorite Bolt Action Deer/Big …
What is your favorite bolt action deer & big game rifle? Let us know! The best bolt action deer hunting rifles, according to visitors to this site.

Lever Action Deer Rifles - What is Your Favorite Lever Action Deer/Bi…
What is your favorite lever action deer & big game rifle? Let us know! The best lever action deer rifles, according to visitors to this site.

Semi-Automatic Deer Rifles - What is Your Favorite Semi-Automatic Dee…
What is your favorite semi-automatic deer & big game rifle? Let us know! The best semi-auto deer rifles, according to visitors to this site.

Clinton-era Anti-Gun Treaty Sees New life
The Obama administration seeks to bring to life a Clinton-era treaty that would criminalize the act of reloading ammunition or performing home gunsmithing without a government-issued license.

How to Change the Magazine on a Simonov SKS Rifle
How to remove the fixed factory magazine from SKS rifle and replace it with a detachable magazine. This will allow you to use high capacity (or low capacity for hunting) magazines in your SKS. I used a Tapco 5-round magazine for this project.

Definition of Single Shot
What is a single shot rifle, shotgun, or pistol - and how does it differ from other types of firearms? The answer lies within the name itself.

Obama's Instant Assault on Freedom and Gun Owners
Barack Hussein Obama's administration, in one short month, has begun tearing at the fabric of American freedom to a huge extent. What will the next 47 months bring? It surely appears as if it will not be good. The Stimulus Package contains anti-gun, anti-freedom measures, as does a Senate land bill, and on top of all that is the incredibly...

Ruger 44 Carbine Disassembly, Cleaning, and Assembly Instructions
How to clean a Ruger 44 magnum carbine. Disassembly and cleaning instructions, photographs, assembly instructions and tips. Having feed problems? Just want to give your gun a real thorough cleaning? Here's how to take care of that.

A Gun Owner's Quandary: McCain or Obama in 2008?
A gun owner and Second Amendment advocate's opinion of the choice between Barack Hussein Obama and John McCain. Which one will do the least damage to the Constitution and to our civil rights?

Should I Shoot a Scoped Rifle With Both Eyes Open?
Should a rifle with a scope be shot with both eyes open, or with one eye closed? There's not really a wrong answer to this one, here's why...

An Illustrated History of Olympic Shooting
An Illustrated History of Olympic Shooting - Shooting has been part of the modern Olympic Games since they began in 1896.

Learn About Olympic/Competitive Shooting
Learn Olympic Shooting - Tutorials for Air Pistol, Air Rifle, Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun Sports such as Trap and Skeet.

Olympic Air Rifle Shooting
Olympic Air Rifle Shooting - how to do it!

Gun Safety Rules
Guns are used safely millions upon millions of times every year, but the potential for injury and death is always there. For this reason, we need to follow basic gun safety rules at all times when handling firearms, including handguns like revolvers and pistols, rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, airguns, etc.

Olympic Pistol Shooting
Olympic Pistol Shooting - how to do it!

Olympic Air Pistol Shooting
Olympic Air Pistol Shooting - how to do it!

Rimfire
Definition of Rimfire. What does rimfire mean for a cartridge or gun?

Ron Paul for President
Ron Paul for President! This Texas congressman is pro-freedom, believes in protecting our borders, and has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership. He's as close to a perfect match with my beliefs as I have seen for many a year.

H.R. 297: More Gun Control That Won't Work
Stealing Your Rights - H.R. 297: More Gun Control That Won't Work

UpLULA Universal Pistol Magazine Loader
Test and Review of UpLULA Universal Pistol Magazine Loader. This loader performs very well and is very easy to use.

LULA Magazine Loader & Unloader for AK47 (7.62x39)
Review of LULA Magazine Loader & Unloader for AK47 (7.62x39). Very interesting product that allows fast and easy loading of AK mags.

Why Own a Gun?
Why do people choose to own guns? The reasons can be as varied as the people themselves. From soccer moms to deer hunters to serious collectors, gun ownership is widespread and has appeal for many folks. Here is a look at some of those reasons, with discussion of their merits and pitfalls.

Rifle
Definition of Rifle. Types of rifles and what they are used for.

Field Stripping the AK-47 Rifle Including Variants WASR-10 SAR etc
Field stripping the AK-47 rifle (including fariants such as the WASR-10, SAR, etc.).

Semi-Automatic
Definition of Semi-Automatic

Bolt Action
Definition of Bolt Action

Can You Give me Information on a Smith & Wesson Model 1500 Rifle?
Some folks don't know that years ago, Smith & Wesson sold bolt-action centerfire rifles under their name. These guns are pretty much the same basic rifle as some marketed by Mossberg and Weatherby...

Bore
Definition of Bore, as it pertains to firearms.

Rifling
Definition of Rifling, as it pertains to firearms.

Fiber-Optic Sights
Definition of Fiber-Optic Sights

A Day Full of Shooting and New Guns - 2007 Pre-SHOT Show
Shooting some of 2007's new guns and ammo, along with some old favorites. New rifles from Sako, Winchester, and Browning; new handguns from Smith & Wesson, Browning, Springfield Armory, Sig, and Rock River Arms, and more. What a day! I even ended up buying a Benelli SuperNova 12 gauge shotgun at an auction to benefit National 4-H Shooting Sports.

Why Will a Rifle Zeroed at 25 Yards Hit Close to Aim at Longer Range?
Why will a rifle zeroed at 25 yards hit close to point of aim at longer range? It's all about gravity's pull...

Notching AK-47 Safety Lever for Bolt Hold-Open
Notching an AK-47 safety selector lever for bolt hold-open. This will allow you to hold your bolt open, more easily satisfying range officers, and adding peace of mind while handling your rifle.

Sightron S1 3x-9x 40mm Rifle Scope Review
Sightron S1 3x-9x 40mm Rifle Scope Review - This scope is a good one, especially at the price for which it sells.

Definition of Shot
Definition of Shot

Definition of Primer
Definition of Primer

Definition of Cartridge
Definition of cartridge. What is a cartridge, when we're talking about guns and ammo? Find the answer here.

Definition of Bullet
Definition of Bullet

Definition of Powder Charge
Definition of Powder Charge

Definition of Cartridge Case
Definition of Cartridge Case

Can I mount a rifle scope on a shotgun, or will the recoil destroy it?
Questions about rifle scopes and shotguns have been around for years, especially in the years since the advent of the fully-rifled barrel and very accurate shotgun slugs. Folks with spare rifle scopes, or who choose a rifle scope because there are so many more types available than shotgun scopes, want to put them on their slug guns. Problem is, this really isn't a good idea...

Need Help With Ruger 44 Carbine Assembly
Having trouble getting your Ruger 44 carbine back into its stock? This will definitely help you with assembly of your Sturm, Ruger 44 magnum carbine (old style) Model 44. Some things to consider when reassembling the gun back into the stock.

Review: Red Oxx Gun Runner and Flat Dog Soft Gun Cases
Red Oxx makes high-quality gun cases that should last for many years, which are guaranteed forever. They are much tougher than run-of-the-mill cases, and these two cases can be used together for extra protection, or used separately.

Review: Tuffpak Gun Case - Practical and Tough
The Tuffpak gun case is a unique and useful case that doesn't actually look like a gun case. Its wheels and handles make it easy to move around, and the simple design makes for a very flexible rifle, shotgun, and handgun case that be packed with many different combinations of guns and gear.

Rifle & Shotgun Scopes - Some Tips, Explanations, and Experience to Help You...
Tips, explanations, and experience on how to choose a rifle or shotgun scope. Variable or fixed power, how much to spend, adjustable objectives, and more.

Information on 22 LR Target Pistols and Where to Shoot
Answering a question from a reader about information on 22 LR target pistols and where to shoot.

How Do I Accurize my Rifle?
How to Accurize a Rifle - the answer is, one step at a time.

How to Boresight a Scope on a Bolt-Action Rifle or Pistol
A simple How to on Boresighting a Scope on a Bolt-Action rifle or pistol

How to Finish or Refinish a Gun Stock
How to finish or refinish a gun stock. Preparation, stripping old finishes, removing dents, sanding, burning, finish types, and application.

CBS News Targets Remington M700
Hunting and Shooting - CBS News targets Remington Model 700 rifle as having a defective safety mechanism that can cause it to fire inadvertently

BoreSnake Gun Bore Cleaner Review
The BoreSnake is rope-like, with an embedded bore brush and weighted cord for feeding it through a gun's barrel. One pull can remove a lot of stuff...

How to Shoot More Accurately
A simple How to on Shooting Accurately

Some of my Experiences with the Savage 110 Bolt-Action Rifle
The Savage 110 and Me - I have long respected Savage rifles, but it took some time for my admiration to ripen into love. Here's some insight into my history with the Savage Model 110 bolt-action rifle, and some of the reasons why I do love 'em.

How to Sight in a Gun
A simple How to on Sighting-in a Gun

How to Remove Rust From a Gun
A simple How to on Removing Rust From Guns

Limb Saver Recoil Pad
Review of Limb Saver Recoil Pad, used on a Ruger Red Label over/under 12 gauge shotgun. This slip-on pad performed very well and was very easy to install. Other Limb Saver pads I have used work equally well.

Ruger P345 Review of Semi-Auto 45 ACP Pistol
Ruger P345 review of semi-auto 45 ACP pistol. This is a profile/review of one of Ruger's newest handguns, the P345 semi-automatic pistol, chambered for 45 ACP. This gun features a tough polymer frame, stainless steel slide, stainless steel magazines, and a much slimmer width than Ruger's previous P-series pistols.

Colt Lightweight Stainless Commander 1911 Single Action Semi-…
Profile/review of a variation of the well-respected Colt 1911. The Colt Lightweight Stainless Commander Model is fairly rare - or it has been. It looks like Colt has made some more of this model, with a different serial number prefix, but word has it that only a few hundred of these CLS guns were made.

Tips and Advice on Buying a Gun Online - Page One
Some tips and advice on buying a gun online, from someone who's been there and done it.

Definition of Action: Gun and Shooting Firearms Terminology
Definition of "action" as it pertains to firearms. The way a gun operates is determined by its type of action.

Before You Buy a Used Rifle
Things to know Before You Buy a Used Rifle for hunting or target shooting, by Russ Chastain

Winchester Model 62A Pump (Slide) Action Rifle
This is a profile/review of a very interesting old rifle, the Winchester Model 62A. This rifle evolved from previous models to become a great little shootin' iron. Large enough to fit an adult well, yet light enough for a youth, it's an accurate piece with an interesting history.

Assault Weapons Ban Expired - What Does that Mean to You?
The ill-conceived assault weapons and high-capacity magazine ban of 1994 came to a screeching halt in September of 2004. Will that make a difference to you and me?

Home Gun Stock Refinishing With Lin-Speed Oil
Home Gun Stock Refinishing - I Refinished a Winchester Model 94 30-30 rifle (carbine) at home, and refinished the stock while I was at it. I used a product called Lin-Speed Oil instead of my old favorite Birchwood-Casey Tru-Oil, so I could give it another chance after an old batch of Lin-Speed had produced less-than-desirable results years...

Colt Commander Semi-Automatic Pistol - Reader Reviews of the Colt Com…
Reader Reviews of the Colt Commander Semi-Automatic Pistol

GB Lin-Speed Oil Gun Stock Finish Review
Review of GB Lin-Speed Oil gun stock finish. I tried this stuff many years ago, and gave it another go when I refinished an old pre-64 Winchester Model 94 30-30 rifle. It definitely isn't the same as working with Tru-Oil, but it gives nice results just the same.

Winchester Model 62A Pump Slide Action Rifle Reader Reviews - Reader Reviews...
Reader reviews of the Winchester Model 62A pump (slide) action 22 rimfire rifle. What do you think about the Winchester Model 62A? This is the place to let us know.

Savage 110 Rifle Rebarrel 30-06 to 338-06
Rebarreling a Savage 110 Rifle from 30-06 to 338-06. This is usually an easy thing to do. In my case, there was a bit more work to do because I cut the barrel down from its original 24-inch length to a more convenient 20 inches. I also had to enlarge the barrel channel in the stock. Follow along with the photos as I walk through this interesting...

Definition of Gun Sights in Gun and Shooting Terminology
What are gun sights, and how do they work? This answers those questions.

Definition of Long Gun
Glossary definition of long gun. What makes it different than other guns?

Top Shot Season 4 Debut: Motorcycle Sidecar Shootout
February 2012 premiere episode sends three shooters home.

Top Shot Season 4 Episode 2: Browning BAR and Grenade Launchers
February 21, 2012. This episode eliminated one of the best shooters and featured the BAR and grenade launchers!

Top Shot Season 4 Episode 3: Benelli Shotguns Galore; Season 2 Winner Chris Reed
February 28, 2012. Say bye-bye to eye candy Michelle Viscusi.

Top Shot Season 4 Episode 4: Crossbows, Moving Targets, and Love
March 6, 2012. Crossbows and pistols, fired at moving targets. Also: Silly Greg, bandannas are for girlfriends and BFFs - when you're a pre-teen.

Top Shot Season 4 Episode 5: Flintlocks, Unpatched Balls, and Half-Cocks.
March 13, 2012. How NOT to load a muzzleloading pistol, and how not to fire it.

Top Shot Season 4 Episode 6: From Cannons to Atlatls - and Beyond
March 20, 2012. 3.2 inch "Bag Gun" cannon, and the atlatl arrow-throwing device.

Top Shot Season 4 Episode 7: Trick Shots and Cocky Teammates
March 27, 2012. Exhibition shooting was never so dull before, but at least there was some hope in this week's episode.

Top Shot Season 4 Episode 8: Old British Guns
April 3, 2012. Old British guns: Webley Mark VI and Lee-Enfield Mark III.

Top Shot Season 4 Episode 9: It's all About Rifles
April 10, 2012. Double elimination sends two shooters home, using a modern long-range rifle and a 150-year-old lever action repeater. The final challenge was a nail-biter!

Top Shot Season 4 Episode 10: SWAT Stuff
April 17, 2012. SWAT team tactics, including rappelling and shooting the FN Five Seven pistol through windows in a tower, plus breaching doors with the Mossberg 500 Chainsaw pump gun and taking out targets with the FN FS200 bullpup military style carbine.

Top Shot Season 4 Episode 11: Machinegunning and Memory
April 24, 2012. Browning M1919 belt-fed 30 cal machine gun plus halftrack equals fun! Plus playing memory games with FN PS90.

Definition of Carbine or Short Rifle
What is a carbine? Find out here.

Definition of Dovetail Notch or Dovetail Slot
The dovetail notch has been used on guns for many years, and is a good method of attaching sights and other items. But what does it look like, and how does it work?

Top Shot Season 4 Episode 12: Season Finale
May 1, 2012. The final four (Augie, Gary, Chris, and Greg) face off with dueling posts, pick your poison, and grand finale challenges.

Definition of Iron Sights
Iron sights don't have to be made of iron. But what makes them different from other sights? Click to find out.

Definition of Butt or Butt Stock
What is the butt on a rifle, shotgun, or handgun? What is the butt stock? Follow the link to find out..

Definition of Windage
What is windage, and what does it mean? If you think you know the complete answer, you may be surprised. Follow the link to learn more.

Tell us About Hollywood Gun Myths and Your Firearms Pet Peeves
TV shows and movies often show guns doing silly, stupid, and even impossible things. What's your top Hollywood gun myth or pet peeve?

Definition of Barrel Length
How should you measure barrel length? Should it include the chamber? What about the cylinder? Read this to find out.

Definition of Peening
What is peening, what causes it, and is it bad for your gun? Find out here.

Definition of Trigger
What is a trigger, and what does it do? Read this to find out.

Definition of Peep Sight or Aperture Sight
The peep sight is the fastest kind of iron sight there is. Here's what it is, and how it works.

Definition of Patina
What is patina, and is it good or bad? Find out here.

Definition of Gunsmith
What makes a gunsmith, and what should you avoid in one? This will tell you.

Definition of Elevation
What does elevation mean when talking about guns, gun sights, and shooting? Find out here.

Definition of Extractor
The extractor is an important part of any cartridge-firing gun. Find out what it is and what it does.

Definition of Ejector
The ejector is an important part of any gun that fires cartridges. Find out what it is and what it does.

Definition of Flinch
What is a flinch, and why is it bad? This will tell you.

Definition of Recoil
Recoil, or kick, is often feared by shooters who think it will hurt them. Should they be afraid? I don't think so. Read on for more info.

Definition of Sling
A sling can be very useful on a rifle or shotgun - but what is a sling, exactly? Find out here.

Definition of Target
What is a target when it comes to hunting and shooting? This term can mean many things - find out more here.

Definition of Repeater or Repeating Rifle or Shotgun
What makes a gun a repeater, and what types of gun are repeaters? Read this succinct definition to find out.

Top Shot All Stars, Episode 6: The Mile Shot and Atlatl Battle
Synopsis and commentary of Top Shot All Stars season 5, episode 6

Definition of Wedge Pin for Rifles, Shotguns, and Handguns
What is a wedge pin, and what does it do on a firearm? Find out here.

Definition of Lock and Lock Plate
What is a lock or lock plate, and what does it do? Learn about it here.

Definition of Firearm or Gun Frame
What is a gun frame, and what does it do? Learn about it here.

Definition of Set Trigger
What is a set trigger, and what does it do? Learn about it here.

Definition of Smoothbore or Smooth Bore
What is smoothbore, and what does it mean regarding a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Definition of Slug, Shotgun Slug, Rifle Slug, Etc
What is a slug, and what does it do in a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Definition of Propellant, Powder, Gun Powder
What is propellant, and what does it do in a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Top Shot All Stars, Episode 8: Precise Trick Shots and Cannons
Synopsis and commentary of Top Shot All Stars season 5, episode 8

Definition of Six O'Clock Hold Sight Picture
What is a six o'clock hold (sight picture), and how does it relate to a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Top Shot All Stars, Episode 9: Shotguns and Crossbows
Synopsis and commentary of Top Shot All Stars season 5, episode 9

Definition of Lever Action
What is lever action, and what does it mean regarding a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Top Shot All Stars, Episode 10: Crazy Huge Wheel of Bang-Bang, and Zip Line
Synopsis and commentary of Top Shot All Stars season 5, episode 10

Top Shot All Stars, Episode 11: Browning M1919, Half-Track, and Pick Your Poison
Synopsis and commentary of Top Shot All Stars season 5, episode 11. Browning M1919, half-track, and "pick your poison."

Top Shot All Stars, Episode 12: Season Finale
Synopsis and commentary of Top Shot All Stars season 5, episode 12.

Definition of Throat
What is a throat, and what does it do in a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Definition of Gunmaker
What is a gunmaker? Learn about it here.

Definition of Dominant Eye or Master Eye
What is the dominant or master eye, and what does it mean for hunting and shooting? Learn about it here.

Definition of Tubular Magazine
What is a tubular magazine, and what does it do in a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Definition of Transfer Bar
What is a transfer bar, and what does it do in a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Definition of Trigger Creep
What is trigger creep, and what does it mean for a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Definition of Trigger Pull
What is trigger pull, and what does it do in a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Definition of Holster
What is a holster, and what does it do in a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Definition of Shoulder Holster
What is a shoulder holster, and what does it do for a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Definition of Loading Gate
What is a loading gate, and what does it do in a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Definition of Sporter, Sporterize
What is a sporter or sporterizing, and how does it relate to a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Definition of Reactive Target
What is a reactive target, and how does it relate to a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Definition of Pump Action or Slide Action
What is pump action or slide action, and what does it do in a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Definition of Zero
What is zero, and how does it relate to a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

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