The decision of red dot vs iron sights is one of the first you’ll have to make in buying a rifle (and sometimes, a handgun). The choice used to be easy: iron sights were all that was available. Carefully line up that rear sight with the front, steady it up, and pull the trigger. That’s how it was done since way back in the 15th century. Initially, front sights were fastened to the barrel with a single screw. In later models, the sight was adjustable by driving it sideways in the appropriate direction. If you think this was archaic, it

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If visiting your dentist is one of your least favorite activities, gun cleaning is probably your second least favorite. Most of us don’t like to do either. That said, most of us would also agree that both are necessary. In this article, we’ll look into gun cleaning, why your guns need it, how to do it right, and even how to turn it into a (surprisingly) pleasant activity. No Way Around It: Gun Cleaning is A Critical Task As mechanical devices, every gun picks up some amount when you shoot it—even Glocks. The urban myth is that Glocks don’t really

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Every Memorial Day, I remember that popular saying about how you can tell a lot about a country by how they honor their war dead. As a kid growing up in the Midwest, Memorial Day for me was always a time for parades, family barbecues and a trip to the cemetery to put flags and flowers on the graves of relatives. The parades were, in the eyes of this small town boy, spectacular. They snaked down Main Street past the high school, pausing briefly in front of the 56-foot-tall Civil War memorial monument, down through the city business district. I

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Should you raise your sons to be warriors or wimps? What does it mean to raise your sons to be warriors? As parents, that’s the choice that society seems to be giving us. Years ago I had a wealthy client who, for reasons I never quite understood, took a liking to me and began to mentor me in my career. This was a self-made multi-millionaire known far and wide for his business savvy and intelligence. He had founded and built one of the largest and most successful insurance companies in the country. One day I shared with him my dream

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When choosing the best optic for your AR rifle, you face a huge dilemma right away: With so many different scopes on the market, how do you find the one that best fits your rifle—and you? In this article, we’ll cut through some of the noise out there and help you find not only the best optic for your AR, but the optic that best suits the way you plan to use it. Your ideal scope will not only complement your AR’s unique design, but also give you the zoom ratio, magnification range, dimensions, price and so forth that you’re

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In this article, we cover the basic Ammo 101 terms and definitions you need to choose the best performing ammo for your firearm. First, The 4 Main Components of Ammo 1. Case: normally made of brass, steel or nickel 2. Primer: the small dimple on the base of the cartridge that actually ignites the propellant 3. Powder: the propellant (gun powder) that puts the projectile into motion 4. Bullet: the projectile itself Ammo comes in different sizes, such as .45 caliber or 9mm, each of which has variations that fit different shooting needs and different guns. The .45, for example,

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