Opinion

The New American Dream

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The American Dream. That one fixed point on the horizon of possibility that all Americans, native-born and immigrant could believe in, and strive for. Though it looks a little different for all of us, you’ll see the same threads for everyone that yearns for it- soil, family, peace, plenty. For those of us who value self-sufficiency and privacy, we often…

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Survival

What Are You Going to Do If…?

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When you stop and think about it, it is pretty scary and more than a little bewildering to consider just how much can possibly go wrong, and in all kinds of ways. It’s enough to make you button up the house and never come out. Ok, I’m exaggerating. A little. Not much, but a little. In seriousness, it can actually…

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Guns

Smoothbore Barrels and Rifled Barrels

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The barrel is the heart of any firearm. All other components that comprise a gun exist to fire ammunition through the barrel. It is the barrel that holds the projectile, and contains the gasses produced by the combusting powder that accelerate it along the interior, called the bore. The accuracy, range and power we take for granted with modern firearms…

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Guns

Why Are Gun Sales Up in the U.S.?

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Ask any gun shop owner what they like least about the business of selling shooting irons, boomsticks and related gear and they’ll probably give you an answer with something to do about the feast or famine nature of it. The gun market goes through phases like any other, with periods of steady, even frenzied purchasing being punctuated by precipitous drops…

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Guns

Hearing Protection Away From the Range

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No reader here who is a frequent user of guns needs to be lectured on the importance of protective gear when behind a gun. Even those devil-may-care types who eschew eye-pro do not pretend to be so hard as to not need hearing protection, especially when around rifles or at any indoor range. The noise of a gunshot ranges from…

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Prepping

The Ultimate Guide to Home Defense

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A strong home defense plan is more than just a willingness to grab a gun or bat and tip-toeing off to investigate some bump in the night. A strong home defense plan will actually include layered, overlapping protective elements and defenses, some active and some passive. Some may eschew anything more than rudimentary preparation but this is a grave mistake;…

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Guns

The Best Single Point Sling for an AR-15

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You’ve all heard the adage “a sling is to a rifle as a holster is to a handgun.” It seems like a trite piece of range wisdom, right? Spoiler Warning: It’s 100% true. A sling is an absolutely essential piece of equipment for any long gun, especially a rifle. A sling allows you to control the rifle more effectively, gives…

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Guns

Modern Slings: A Guide for Best Results

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For any practical purpose, a sling is an essential piece of kit for your long gun. The analogy is often made that a sling is to a long gun as a holster is to a handgun. I’d say that’s right on. Without a sling, your options for going hands-free are limited to dropping the gun, setting it down, or controlling…

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The Best Firearms for Everyday Carry

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A significant portion of Americans choose to keep a firearm on or about their person as they go about their day to day routine. Certainly many of them are believers in self-reliance, and especially when it comes to personal security. After all, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away. To accomplish the task of toting a gun around…

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