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Canik 55 Shark 9mm Pistol, a Handy, Accurate Choice

The Canik 55 Shark 9mm Pistol is a handy, accurate choice with a spare magazine. Backed by a top notch manufacturer, this handgun weighs only 27 ounces and has a 3.9″ barrel with a double-action trigger. The combination of good sights, a good trigger action and a low bore axis add up to a pistol that is pleasant to use and fire.

Gear, Parts and Accessories

Women’s Holsters

For women, making sure you can get to your concealed weapon is essential, as is safety.Whether you choose an inside-the-waistband option or the DeSantis IWB Tuck or one of the most versatile designs to come along (The Betty from Looper), there are many options to make sure you have that handgun with you and easily accessible when you need it.

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RIO 12 Gauge Buckshot

Discover the versatile Rio 12 gauge buckshot: It’s inexpensive, readily available and works great for home defense and taking out a pest. They’re great for moving from a training with birdshot to training with the real thing so students get the “feel” for the field.

The CRKT Minimalist, side view, being held on a brown background with leaves

Blades and Knives

CRKT: A Winning Combination of Value and Performance

Knives are often an investment and, at times, a throw away item. The CRKT product isn’t expensive, but it isn’t cheap, and that is a good place to be for a service-grade working tool. Among the most enjoyable knives I have run across in some time is the new production version of Brian Tighe’s My Tighe.

The Ruger SR1911 CMD .45 with a Two-Tone soft gray green treatment with brown grip against a log


Ruger’s SR1911 CMD .45—The Right Gun at the Right Time

Advances in firearms are often slower and incremental in nature. Society changes but slowly and so do society’s tools. When the 1911 pistol was adopted for U.S. military use and then a generation later improved into the 1911A1, few could foresee the tremendous popularity of the type. The 1911 went from a fight-winning pistol to a handgun used in competition and which won every competition it entered. Read this article to learn how Ruger has made improvements on this standard.

A well-used Makarov, laying on it's side on a gray background.still in working order


The Makarov

The Makarov, among the best buys and most effective compact pistols on the market, is well made and powerful. In fact, it is considered one of the finest, small caliber pistols ever made. It outshoots more expensive handguns and never seems to break or malfunction.

Range Reports

Rock Island 1911A1 and Tactical .45—Range Report

Fans of Rock Island Armory’s 1911 handguns affectionately refer to their pistol of choice as ‘The Rock.’ This nickname is appropriate and valid. These are reliable handguns and if they do not win a beauty contest, well, we don’t call the 1911 ‘Old Ugly’ for nothing.

Hornady A-Ma Bullets


Loading, Me, and the AR-15

Handloading for America’s service rifle is not that difficult. After all, we have successfully loaded good, accurate ammunition for the Garand and the M14 for generations. But the AR is a bit trickier while remaining the same. We have to carefully consider powder selection, which M1 shooters appreciate, but there is also that sticky problem of bullet twist. However, neither is a problem if we have done our research.

Daniel Defense M4 Extended Trigger Guard


The Daniel Defense Rifle—Good Enough and Then Some

Today there are many opportunities to own a great rifle. There are even high dollar celebrity branded rifles that allow you to pay a premium to get the other guy’s name on your gun. No kidding. And then there are the basic claptrap rifles that work most of the time and are OK for plinking. They are a little loose and tie up on occasion, but hey, we are only shooting rats at the dump, right?


A Love Affair with the ArmaLite

When the one you love lets you down it isn’t a good feeling. However, just the same—you need to do your maintenance! The AR-15 rifle is a low maintenance firearm compared to the many self-loaders that preceded it, although it wasn’t the first low maintenance military rifle. The M1 .30 Carbine earned that distinction. There are a few little tricks to the AR-15 rifle that will result in a long life, an accurate rifle and good shooting.