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New Shooter’s Guide: 45 Colt vs. 45 Long Colt vs. 45 ACP

A lot of shooting terms are confusing because similar language can be used for very different things. One of the most confusing are cartridge...

Staying Safe at the Shooting Range

You did it. You pulled the metaphorical trigger and purchased your first firearm. Now what? You’re responsible for your safety with your new firearm, as...

My Shot is Off: How To Sight in a Gun and Other Tips

Most firearms manufacturers test their product before it leaves the factory, but that doesn’t mean they sight it in. What do you need to...

What Does Single-Action Mean?

Many shooters who’ve been around the block a couple of times will immediately know what “single-action operation” means, but some new shooters might not....

SHOT 2023: Gun Tests Visits Shoot Like A Girl

At the SHOT 2023 media day, Angela Salzmann, sound engineer for our Gun Tests video crew, got a quick lesson in how to get...

What Are Popular Revolver Calibers?

Many new shooters aren’t as familiar with revolvers as shooters of, ahem, more experience. But revolvers remain as simple, easy-to-maintain firearms for hunting, carry,...

New Shooter’s Guide: What Are Double-Action-Only Triggers?

If you're new to shooting, you might have questions about terms used to describe trigger operation on handguns. We'll clear up one of those...

New Shooter’s Guide: What’s A Double Action/Single Action Trigger?

Some elements of firearms terminology can be confusing for new shooters. One of the more problematic are descriptions of trigger operation. But we can...

Single Action Vs Double Action: What’s the Difference?

New shooters might rightly ask, "What Are The Differences Between Double-Action and Single-Action Triggers?" There are a lot, in fact. We'll cover the basics...
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New Shooter’s Guide: You Have Your Concealed Carry Permit – Should You Carry?

Well, you did it. You got your License to Carry, CCW, CHL or whatever they call it in your state. Perhaps you did that...

‘Background Check’ Rule Is Coming For You

On April 11, 2024, the Biden Administration’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives issued a new rule to expand background-check requirements for private...