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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

Handgun Grip Tips

They say a handgun with the proper grip fits your hand like a well-made glove. You’ll just pick it up and know that it is right. That thought looks great on paper and is something we can all relate to, but it is fish bait. If you catch a lot of fish, the bait was great! If you do not catch a fish, it was the bait’s fault.

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Novice

Project Appleseed — Marksmanship Skills for Americans

Project Appleseed is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization dedicated to continuing the tradition of teaching marksmanship skills just as generations of the past have done.

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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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Advanced

Analyze Your Marksmanship Skills with the Baseline Drill

When practicing handgun shooting skills, it is important to know if you are getting better. Establishing a baseline can help show where you may need improvement. This drill will help you test your current skills and provide a guide for future practice.

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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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Novice

Shotgun Shells Explained — The New Shooter’s Dictionary

The shotgun is designed to throw a group or “pattern” of many small pellets called “shot,” which makes hitting a flying or moving target much more feasible than using a single projectile, as fired by a rifle or pistol. Because it utilizes numerous pellets instead of a single bullet, a shotshell is constructed differently than a cartridge for rifles or pistols. So, instead of the rifle or pistol cartridge’s brass case that contains primer, powder and bullet, the shotgun’s shotshell consists of a hull that contains the primer, powder, shot wad and an amount of shot. There are many different shotgun bore sizes or “gauges” (much like rifle and pistol caliber size), and gauges of differing shell length, and all can be loaded with a wide variety of shot sizes. Let’s break down some of these terms so you can better understand your shotgun or make a well-informed and safe purchase the next time you head to your favorite gun store or range.

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Novice

Holiday Gun Buying: Things to Remember

With gift-giving season approaching once again, we remind readers who intend on purchasing a firearm as a gift for a family member or friend that there are many laws and regulations, from federal to local, to consider. Read the full blog post on holiday gun buying to make your gift memorable for all the right reasons and not the wrong ones. Looking for some wish list ideas? Here’s a trio of holiday gift guides to get you started: HandgunsMag.com, ArmoryBlog.com, BassPro.com.

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