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Novice

The Ithaca Model 37 Shotgun—A Most Versatile Choice

A pump-action shotgun is one of those firearms that can quickly become an old friend. It has so many uses that memories are easily made. Some of them are plain-Janes—completely serviceable yet not much to look at—while others can be ornately bedecked with fancy scroll engraving and top-shelf walnut.

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Advanced

Bore Sighting Basics: Make Rifle Sight In Quicker and Easier

You can spend lots of time and lots of money in the form of wasted ammunition trying to get a gun wearing a new optic zeroed in, and the process can be very frustrating. But there is a way to get your gun on target and on your way to fine-tuning without incurring that frustration and wasted ammo. It’s called bore sighting.

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Novice

The M1 Garand

In 1936, the U.S. Army’s darling rifle, the Model 1903 Springfield bolt-action, was officially replaced by what General George S. Patton described as “the greatest battle implement ever devised”—the M1 Garand. After three decades of bolt-action weapons, the Army had decided it was time to move to an auto-loading firearm, one that would give soldiers superior firepower on the battlefield.

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Novice

The Browning Buckmark Rimfire Pistol

While my passion today lies with centerfire rifles, there are few activities that are as genuinely fun as time spent plinking with a .22 pistol. They are economical to shoot, offer virtually no recoil and will hone your skills in a hurry. There are many makes and models available to today’s shooters, but few will rival the Browning Buckmark pistol.

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Intermediate

The Truth Behind Twist Rates

The creation of “rifling” is one of the most significant advances in firearms history. Cut down the length of the interior of the barrel surface in a curving or spiral manner, rifling is comprised of “lands” (the portion of the rifling with the smallest diameter) and “grooves” (the portion of the rifling with the widest diameter).

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Novice

The Ruger No. 1 Single-Shot Rifle

While repeating actions still sit firmly planted at the top of the heap when it comes to rifle popularity, the Ruger No. 1 has a huge following. There is a certain nostalgic appeal to having a rifle that possesses just one shot. It speaks to the marksman who wishes to hone his or her skills so that precision in shot placement takes precedence over firepower.

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Novice

Handgun Sights

No matter which style handgun is your favorite, one simple fact remains: The sights must allow the shooter to properly place the bullet where it is needed. Depending on your situation and your particular handgun, the sights may be a very simple affair or a rather complex system that can be fine-tuned to the way you shoot.

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Advanced

What to Consider about your Firearms Trigger

Did you know that your handgun’s trigger has as much or more to do with accuracy as do the sights? Did you know that most triggers can be adjusted to improve their feel and aid in your accuracy?

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Intermediate

Shotgun Slugs — What Are They and What Can You Do With Them?

The shotgun is a very versatile firearm, capable of filling many roles. From breaking clay birds to calling in spring turkeys, the camaraderie of the duck blind and even in the role of home-defense, the shotgun has wide applications.

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