Build an AK? Yes, You Can!

The Kalashnikov series of rifles, the world’s most widely produced and copied small arm, has been in service for almost 60 years. It’s become an icon, and its widespread use has made it a popular choice for citizens of our grand nation. It has served friend, but more commonly foe. It has seen use as

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Slaying the Sacred Cow: Myth of the M14 Rifle

For some time, elements of the U.S. military, law enforcement, and the popular gun press have been praising and lifting upon their shoulders a rifle whose shortcomings have apparently been forgotten. I am referring to the U.S. rifle, M14. Volumes have been written about it (R. Blake Stevens’ book is particularly recommended) and I will

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Long Guns: Winchester M97 Trench Gun

I was never one of those shooters who ran out and bought guns because I saw them in movies. Dirty Harry didn’t influence me to buy a Model 29, nor did James Bond films give me an urge for a Walther PPK, though I have owned examples of both. As much as I enjoyed Quigley

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Smith & Wesson M&P15: Now In .22 Long Rifle!

I’ve shot a lot of battle rifles designed for indoor training with .22 Long Rifle ammo. This has included the excellent German conversion units for the G3/HK91 and FAL, purpose-built AK .22 rifles, AR-15 conversion units, and purpose-built AR-15s in .22 Long Rifle. The M&P15-22 I’ve been shooting for the last few weeks may well

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The Real Thing: Steyr AUG Now Made in America

Fans of the Steyr AUG have reason to be excited. AUGs were previously available in the United States only in pre-ban form, which for the most part were manufactured prior to the Import Ban of 1989. That ban was permanent. Even though the so-called Assault Weapons Ban expired in 2004, no new Steyr AUGs could

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Absolut AR: Build Your Own

I love building ARs. Probably like many of you, I like working with my hands, putting things together, and making repairs. Even painting a rifle gives me a little added satisfaction over one that is strictly off-the-shelf. I’m not very artistic, although there is an undeniable form of self-expression associated with building an AR. You

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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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