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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

Why You Should Consider Getting Laser Sights

Over the last two decades, laser sighting systems have become more common. Currently, there are a number of companies that offer a wide variety of laser sights to fit almost any defensive firearm, especially handguns, and these optics are more than just a gimmick.

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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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Novice

Short-Barreled Pistols and New Shooters

Many shooters who obtain their pistol permit or concealed carry permit start shopping for a compact, short-barreled pistol as a first choice. While this type of firearm may ultimately be a good decision, as a training tool the short-barreled pistol may actually be doing new shooters a disservice.

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Novice

Smith & Wesson Revolvers—To The Letter

As much as I like a semi-automatic pistol such as the venerable Colt Model 1911 or the Walther PPK, at heart I am a “wheelgun” man. I thoroughly enjoy the way revolvers handle, the reliability of their design and the cartridges they fire.

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Advanced

Learning Progressive-Position Air Pistol

Looking for a sport for a budding young pistol shooter? Check out Progressive-Position Pistol (PPP), designed to take a new youth shooters from beginner to competitor. With no minimum age restrictions and with the allowance of some supportive shooting aids during competition, PPP caters to air pistol sports, with minimal investment in equipment.

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Intermediate

Dry-Fire for Handgun Shooting Success

If I told you there is one technique that, once mastered, will allow you to hit your target every single time, you’d probably write me off as one of those infomercial con guys. But, believe it or not, I speak the truth, and there’s no trick, no gimmick to it.
What is the technique? Perfect trigger press. A bad trigger press is the top reason shots go off target when shooting a handgun. Why? Most handguns require between four and 12 pounds of trigger pressure to fire. Most handguns also weigh less than three pounds; some these days weigh less than one. Now, if I remember my high school physics correctly, when you apply 10 pounds of pressure to a two-pound object, that object is going to move. Therein lies the problem. For you to hit your target every time, you have to press the trigger, with its four to 12 pounds of required pressure, without allowing your handgun to move at all.

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Intermediate

Finding the Right Competition for Your Pistol Skills

There are so many opportunities to compete with your pistol. From air pistols to full-power handguns, there is something for every type of pistol shooter in this roundup below.

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Intermediate

Try Competitions To Become A More Effective Shooter

There’s a big difference between good and effective.

If you are involved in shooting purely for recreation and the joy of punching holes in paper or tin cans, then being a good shooter is, well, good enough.

If you intend to use your gun for self or home defense, then you need to think about how to become a more effective shooter.

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