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Novice

Why Nothing Beats a .22!

The .22 is perhaps one of the most important handgun training tools for improving marksmanship. It is recognized as a foundational training […]

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Novice

Handgun Training: 7 Critical Aspects of Pistol Shooting

Whether you’re training for self-defense, competing at a match, on the silhouette range or plinking with a .22 pistol, seven fundamentals […]

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Novice

10 Easy Ways to Celebrate National Shooting Sports Month

A day at the range is a day of fun: Learn to shoot, invite a newcomer, share a good time. […]

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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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Intermediate

Hitting a Moving Target — It’s All About Lead!

Hunting and competing with shotguns can be a lot of fun, but it’s also a real challenge. For instance, in the three primary shotgun sports—trap, skeet and sporting clays—you’re firing at a small orange clay disk being hurled through the air.

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Intermediate

What You Need to Know about Mounting a Scope

At the beginning of the 20th century, telescopic sights, or scopes were rarely seen on firearms. Today, scopes are commonly mounted on rifles and even shotguns and handguns. There are many advantages to having a scope on your gun.

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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

First Shots Shooting Drill—Exercise No. 1, Make the First Shot Count

The shot missed most often in pistol shooting is the very first shot of a string of fire. One of the best ways to correct this is to make first shots the majority of your practice. This drill will help.

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Novice

Buying Your First Handgun

Have you have made the decision to purchase your first handgun? As Barbara Baird writes, “Maybe you’ve just come from a First Shots pistol course or another class that introduced you to the shooting sports, or maybe this idea has been taking root for a long time? For whatever reason, you’re ready to purchase your first handgun. Even if you know which gun you want to buy, it’s helpful to go through this checklist to see if it truly fits your needs.”

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