False Economy: Making the Most of Your Range and Gear Budgets

The present economic difficulties have led many to curtail their shooting activities and training. Others have sought prudent ways to trim any fat in the shooting budget while maintaining their skills. As we look at how to stretch available dollars, there are a few traps to avoid. These come from the mother of all wisdom—experience—and

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Spirit of ’76: American Spirit Arms/Defensive Edge Rifle

Almost a year ago I received a special edition lower receiver from Defensive Edge/SLR15 Rifles. It was special enough that I waited until I found just the right upper to complete the rifle. That moment has arrived. American Spirit Arms/SLR15 carbine shown with optics used during the evaluation: Millett 4-16X50 Tactical scope, Aimpoint T-1 and

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Training and Tactics: Shot But Not Stopped

Many people are already familiar with the legend of Death Under The Desert Sun. The incident occurred several years ago in Arizona, and, like many legends, has grown in size with each recounting of the tale—thanks in part to the self-aggrandizing anecdotes of the hero and chief raconteur of the incident. For the three remaining

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Make Mine a Shotgun: Going Strong 100 Years On

Shotguns have been used as combat weapons since the matchlock. The fighting shotgun reached a pinnacle in the “trench gun” of the early 20th century—an 18-inch barreled Model ’97 or Model 12 with a bayonet, spraying buckshot into groups of enemy soldiers at close range. United States soldiers used shotguns in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and they are still being used in the Middle East today.

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Against All Odds: Designing the Perfect Survival Rifle

The current feeding frenzy on ammunition brought to mind a column I wrote stressing the value of rimfire weapons in a survival situation. Not only are they lightweight and easy to carry, but extra .22 ammunition is still readily available in my neck of the woods, whereas the larger calibers are all but extinct. If

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