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  • Has the pistol replaced the revolver? Should we scrap every S&W Model 19, Model 29, or Colt Python? Here's the case for the revolver. As long as we have guns, we will have wheel guns.

    Is the Revolver Dead?

    Is the Revolver Dead?

    by LJ Bonham2

  • The .280 competes with the .270 Winchester, yet hunters pass it by for the .270 Winchester, the .30-06 Springfield, or the .280’s big brother, the 7mm Remington Magnum. Here's what happened when it took on the three most popular cartridges in the world.

    .280 Remington: The Rodney Dangerfield 7mm

    .280 Remington: The Rodney Dangerfield 7mm

    by LJ Bonham1

  • Premium bullets just do a better job than low budget bullets. Whether hunting Ohio deer, Montana elk, Alaskan bears, or African Cape Buffalo, premium bullets make every shot count.

    Why You Need a Premium Hunting Bullet

    Why You Need a Premium Hunting Bullet

    by LJ Bonham0

  • There are many excellent long-range (beyond 500 yards) rifle cartridges, from the mild-shooting 6.5 Creedmoor to the flinch-inducing .338 Lapua. Which is best for elk, though?

    Long-Range Elk Cartridge Virtual Shootout

    Long-Range Elk Cartridge Virtual Shootout

    by LJ Bonham8

  • Today’s rifle market offers the prepared person near infinite choices. There is one type, however, which they should give serious consideration. Military surplus. Violence and lawlessness almost always accompany tumultuous events, be prepared to defend your family in times of crisis.

    Five Military Surplus Rifles for "Grid Down" Survival

    Five Military Surplus Rifles for "Grid Down" Survival

    by LJ Bonham1

  • Prvi Partizan has a reputation for good quality ammunition at a reasonable price. Is PPU's 300 grain .375 H&H Magnum load good enough for deer, elk, moose, bear, and African plains game hunting?

    New Ammunition Test: PPU 300 Grain .375 H&H Mganum

    New Ammunition Test: PPU 300 Grain .375 H&H Mganum

    by LJ Bonham0

  • Most rifle cartridges on the market today are unnecessary. Less than a century ago, most current rounds didn’t exist. Why are there so many now, and do we really need them all?

    These 5 Cartridges Are All a Hunter Needs

    These 5 Cartridges Are All a Hunter Needs

    by LJ Bonham1

  • Think you need a magnum for hunting? Think again. For antelope, deer, elk, bear, plains game, and moose cartridges like 243, 270, 308, 30-06, etc. work great. Who needs recoil and muzzle blast?

    Magnum Hunting Cartridges Need Not Apply

    Magnum Hunting Cartridges Need Not Apply

    by LJ Bonham0

  • The Ruger Standard, flagship of the mighty Ruger line of firearms. The Ruger standard was the first gun Ruger ever made. It came about when Bill Ruger Sr. founder of Ruger, was tinkering in his garage with a WWII souvenir Japanese “Nambu”...

    Ruger Mk II Review

    Ruger Mk II Review

    by Ben raber6

  • The AK platform of weapons was designed with simplicity and reliability of operation in mind. These were designed for a peasant army, uneducated conscripts, even used and maintained by children.

    AK-47 Disasssembly and Reassembly

    AK-47 Disasssembly and Reassembly

    by Ralph Bone2

  • The CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow is a new generation 9mm pistol, a variant of the CZ 75 semi-automatic pistol made by Ceska Sbrojovka Uhersky Brod (CZUB) of the Czech Republic.

    The CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow Pistol

    The CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow Pistol

    by hdy0

  • Research by the FBI and other law enforcement professionals, along with gunfight analysis, proves all self-defense handgun cartridges do the same basic things and have the same limitations. When you cut through the hype and myth, the facts say there is no such thing as "The Best Handgun Cartridge."

    Defensive Handgun Cartridges Are All the Same (Facts Vs. Hype)

    Defensive Handgun Cartridges Are All the Same (Facts Vs. Hype)

    by LJ Bonham2

  • There are a gazillion high-capacity auto pistols out there, so who needs a wheel gun? The real question is not whether to have a revolver, but which is the best one for concealed carry?

    Best Concealed Carry Revolver

    Best Concealed Carry Revolver

    by LJ Bonham0

  • Tested: 6.5 Grendel, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5x55 Swedish, .260 Remington, 6.5-284 Norma, 26 Nosler, .264 Winchester Magnum, 6.5-300 Weatherby. So which one is best? The results may surprise you!

    Best 6.5mm Cartridge (Virtual Shootout)

    Best 6.5mm Cartridge (Virtual Shootout)

    by LJ Bonham16

  • Africa's Big Five, Alaska's Kodiak bears, or an angry Montana moose all demand a dangerous game cartridge. Which is best? Here are five great choices hunters have staked their lives on for decades.

    Top Five Cartridges for Dangerous Game

    Top Five Cartridges for Dangerous Game

    by LJ Bonham1

  • AR platform rifles are now the most popular rifle in America. They are fantastic for hunting, whether it's deer, antelope, elk, moose, or African plains game. Here's why you should hunt with an AR.

    Why You Should Hunt With an AR Style Rifle

    Why You Should Hunt With an AR Style Rifle

    by LJ Bonham2

  • Thanks to modern ammunition, the 9mm is now the premier self-defense pistol caliber. Gun writer LJ Bonham shares decades of firearms experience to show you why the "Nine" is now tops.

    Why One Gun Writer Went Back to the 9mm

    Why One Gun Writer Went Back to the 9mm

    by LJ Bonham0

  • Pistols come in all shapes and sizes. Out of all the models in existence, though, only a handful really separate themselves from the rest.

    7 Most Iconic Pistols of All Time

    7 Most Iconic Pistols of All Time

    by Blake Atkinson15

  • There are many (perhaps too many) hunting cartridges on the market. What makes any particular one versatile? A versatile cartridge has three main qualities: power, reach, and flexibility.

    World’s Top 5 Versatile Hunting Cartridges

    World’s Top 5 Versatile Hunting Cartridges

    by LJ Bonham0

  • Hunting is a wonderful sport. The best way to ensure novice hunters embrace it and continue for years is to get the right rifle in the right caliber the first time.

    How to Choose Your First Hunting Rifle

    How to Choose Your First Hunting Rifle

    by LJ Bonham0

  • It's now fashionable to divide concealed carry into two realms: casual, or everyday, carry, and, for lack of a better word, “formal carry." This is a potentially lethal trap. Here's how to avoid it.

    Don’t Get Caught in the Everyday-Carry Trap

    Don’t Get Caught in the Everyday-Carry Trap

    by LJ Bonham2

  • Is the .30-06 the world’s most versatile hunting cartridge? There are more powerful cartridges and flatter shooting cartridges, so why has this old veteran not just survived, but thrived?

    .30-06 Springfield: One Cartridge to Rule Them All

    .30-06 Springfield: One Cartridge to Rule Them All

    by LJ Bonham1

  • Tested: .243 Winchester, .25-06 Remington, 6.5 Creedmoor, .270 Winchester, .30-30 Winchester, .308 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield. Which is the best deer slayer?

    Best Deer Hunting Cartridges (New Study)

    Best Deer Hunting Cartridges (New Study)

    by LJ Bonham0

  • It is always important to keep any firearm in the best condition possible. This covers the basics of Daisy's Red Ryder BB gun and the easy maintenance of the Red Ryder BB gun.

    How to Clean a Red Ryder BB Gun

    How to Clean a Red Ryder BB Gun

    by Chris Andrews0

  • The .308 Winchester is the best-selling hunting cartridge in America. Developed for the M-14, the U.S. military's standard sniper round hits way above its weight class and is loved by hunters.

    Working-Class Hero: The .308 Winchester

    Working-Class Hero: The .308 Winchester

    by LJ Bonham2

  • The possibility of us having to deal with, and survive, a zombie apocalypse is a fantasy, only existing in our own imaginations, movies, books, and video games. However, is it truly that far fetched?

    Top 10 Zombie Apocalypse Firearms to Own

    Top 10 Zombie Apocalypse Firearms to Own

    by PrometheusIV1

  • The bolt action design has been around for a very long time; but bolt action shotguns are pretty rare. These Western Field bolt action shotguns are very collectible, and all around great shotguns.

    The Western Field 12-Gauge Bolt Action Shotgun

    The Western Field 12-Gauge Bolt Action Shotgun

    by Wesman Todd Shaw21

  • The possibility a hunter may need a backup firearm is real. Whether to dispatch a wounded animal, hunt small game, or for self-defense against man and beast, a hunter needs a backup.

    Best Backup Guns for Hunters

    Best Backup Guns for Hunters

    by LJ Bonham1

  • Twelve gauge shotguns make excellent weapons for deer hunting. In some environments the large shotgun can make for a superior hunting weapon to the high calibre rifle. Shotguns can use either buckshot or slugs for bringing down large herbivorous game. It's important to get a shotgun with a rifled barrel, however, and especially should you be a slug shot hunter.

    Twelve-Gauge Shotguns For Deer Hunting

    Twelve-Gauge Shotguns For Deer Hunting

    by Wesman Todd Shaw32

  • This virtual shootout tells you which .30 caliber cartridge is best for whitetail deer, elk, moose, bear, or African game hunting. The results are surprising.

    Best Non-Magnum .30 Caliber Cartridge

    Best Non-Magnum .30 Caliber Cartridge

    by LJ Bonham6

  • Every state has their own gun laws and regulations. For the state of Georgia, the laws are pretty straight forward and easy to abide by.

    Gun Laws in Georgia

    Gun Laws in Georgia

    by mlowell38

  • The Taurus Judge is a revolver pistol designed entirely for self defence within the confines of a motor vehicle, and specifically against car jackers. The Taurus Judge can fire a .410 shotgun shell with small shot, buckshot, or slugs, and also a Colt .45 caliber bullet.

    The Taurus Judge, the Ultimate Close Range Public Defender

    The Taurus Judge, the Ultimate Close Range Public Defender

    by Wesman Todd Shaw54

  • Does the average deer, elk, or moose hunter need expensive premium ammunition loaded with the latest and greatest bullet? Magazine ads say yes; hunters across the world prove them wrong every fall.

    Do You Really Need a Premium Hunting Bullet?

    Do You Really Need a Premium Hunting Bullet?

    by LJ Bonham2

  • Tested, eleven great pronghorn cartridges: .243 Winchester, .25-06 Remington, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5-284 Norma, .270 Winchester, .308 Winchester, .240 Weatherby, .257 Weatherby, .264 Winchester Magnum, 7mm Remington Magnum, and .300 Winchester Magnum.

    Pronghorn Cartridges (Fast Bullets for Fast Critters)

    Pronghorn Cartridges (Fast Bullets for Fast Critters)

    by LJ Bonham0

  • More and more Americans realize they must depend on themselves for their family’s safety. There are three basic gun types every home owner should have to protect their family from home invasion.

    Three Must-Have Home Defense Guns

    Three Must-Have Home Defense Guns

    by LJ Bonham0

  • The gun debate I speak of is not whether or not we, as Americans, should be able to have them; the debate is which one should you buy, use, or carry.

    4 Types of Guns You Need to Own

    4 Types of Guns You Need to Own

    by ericjperry5

  • Borne of of a need to control extensive damage caused by burrowing rodents, this rifle mod project turned out better than I expected and has application in the small game hunting arena as well as in ranching.

    Modifying a Ruger 10/22 for a Squirrel Hunting Project

    Modifying a Ruger 10/22 for a Squirrel Hunting Project

    by Steve Simpson0

  • I love firearms, and I've always wanted to build my own rifle. Building most rifles requires specialized training, expensive and hard-to-use tools, and years of experience. The AR15 changes all that.

    How to Build an AR15

    How to Build an AR15

    by glenbrook0

  • The mighty .44 Magnum lost its title as "The Most Powerful Handgun in the World" over a decade ago, or did it? Here's why Dirty Harry's favorite cartridge is still the one by which all others are judged.

    .44 Remington Magnum (Still the Best Big-Bore Magnum?)

    .44 Remington Magnum (Still the Best Big-Bore Magnum?)

    by LJ Bonham0

  • Looking for a home-defense pistol? We have tested and reviewed the top .40 caliber guns for value, performance, and functionality during a home emergency. Read about the ten best here.

    Top Ten .40 Pistols to Own

    Top Ten .40 Pistols to Own

    by PrometheusIV20

  • Montana is legendary. The state offers deer, antelope, elk, moose, bear, bison, and wolf, if a hunter can find them somewhere in a vast, varied landscape. So what's the best rifle and caliber?

    The Best Rifle and Caliber for Hunting in Montana

    The Best Rifle and Caliber for Hunting in Montana

    by LJ Bonham2

  • Today’s AR’s are available in more good hunting calibers than ever before; whether you're after Alaskan moose, Montana elk, Missouri white tails, Wyoming pronghorn, or Texas wild hogs.

    Best Hunting Cartridges for AR Style Rifles

    Best Hunting Cartridges for AR Style Rifles

    by LJ Bonham0

  • These three great handgun cartridges have defended life and limb, plus put venison on the table, for a century and a half. The .45 Colt, .44 Special, and .38 Super are effective, accurate rounds with a long, distinguished history. Here's why you must give them a try.

    .45 Colt, .44 Special, .38 Super (Old-School Gunfighters and Hunters)

    .45 Colt, .44 Special, .38 Super (Old-School Gunfighters and Hunters)

    by LJ Bonham0

  • Are pocket pistols viable self-defense weapons or just feel good gimmicks? We compare .38 Special, .38 Special +P, .32 H&R Magnum, .380 ACP, .32 ACP, .25 ACP, and .22 Rimfire to see which mouse gun can save your life.

    Mouse Guns: Your Last-Ditch Shootout Survival Tool

    Mouse Guns: Your Last-Ditch Shootout Survival Tool

    by LJ Bonham1

  • Learn how to navigate the mildly confusing world of EOTech sights. These EOTech comparison charts will help you find the right model for your rifle.

    EOTech Sight Model Comparison Charts

    EOTech Sight Model Comparison Charts

    by TShirtFrank11

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