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The Great Equalizer

Junior shooter Lee Wills proves the old saying, “God made man, but Samuel Colt made them equal” applies to more than self-defense. Photo by Yamil Sued.

American Rifleman TV Schedule August 2014

Tune in Wednesday nights on the Outdoor Channel for the latest episode of American Rifleman TV. Here's what we've got in store for the month of August.

This Week on American Rifleman TV—July 30, 2014

American Rifleman TV is in Columbia, Mo., for one of the longest-running pistol competitions, the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup.

Weatherby Partners with Outdoor Women Unlimited

One lucky OWU will win a WBY-X Blaze rifle. Get all the details here.

New! Ruger Announces LC9S Pistol

The pistol is a striker-fired version of the LC9, featuring a newly designed trigger mechanism.

One Gun, Two Loads: Winchester's Train & Defend

Having a hard time deciding which ammunition to buy for practice and which to use in your handgun for personal protection? Read on.

The Changing Nature of New Gun Introduction and Manufacture

Some would call Remington’s production suspension of the R51 pistol a debacle. I call it a sign of changing market dynamics when it comes to new firearm introductions. It speaks to how guns are made today how consumers and the firearm press cover new guns.

CMMG Unveils Mk4 V Series

For varmints or other long-range shots, CMMG's new Mk4 V and Mk4 V2 rifles, both chambered in 5.56x45 mm, offer distinct advantages.

Leupold Mark 6 Throw Lever

The throw lever allows for quick magnification adjustments.

U.S. Army Orders Additional Beretta M9 9 mm Pistols

The Beretta M9 was adopted by the United States Armed Forces in 1985 and has been in U.S. production since 1987.

If You Like Your R51, You Can Keep Your R51: The Lesson of the All American 2000

For those relatively new to the firearm industry it would seem that the Remington R51’s suspension from production is the end of the world. It’s not. What happens next is what is important.

Win Springfield-Armory Guns and a Chance to Train with Shooting Champion Rob Leatham

Enter Springfield Armory's Duel II promotion, during which more than $100,000 worth of handguns and merchandise will be awarded.

Where Have All the Double Guns Gone?

At the annual CLA Game Fair in Britain, fans of vintage doubles will find an incredible number and selection of finely crafted shotguns and Express rifles.

GhostStryke Earpieces

GhostStryke blocks out any noises above the 85-decibel level while amplifying all the other “safe” sounds by up to six times.

Ruger Red Label Review

The American-made Red Label over-under shotgun, which was unceremoniously dropped from the company catalog, is back now, completely re-engineered and more affordable than ever. And it’s still made here in the United States.

Mossberg Signs Pro Shooter Trevor Baucom

Baucom will compete with Mossberg shotguns and bolt-Action rifles.

The Armed Citizen® July 27, 2014

Read three more amazing stories of self-defense in the latest online edition of The Armed Citizen®.

Breaking: Remington R51 9 mm Pistol Update

If you own a Remington R51 9 mm pistol, listen up: Remington has announced they will replace it with a new production gun this fall.

The Armed Citizen® July 25, 2014

Read three more amazing stories of self-defense in the latest online edition of The Armed Citizen®.

A Look Back at the 1886 Winchester

A timeless design by a youthful John Browning combined with superb manufacturing quality keeps this 128-year-old rifle alive today.

New Fury Scout Lights from SureFire

Wider beams with increased surround light will be noticeable on these new models, thanks to a precision reflector.

7 Reasons Why Pocket Pistols May Not Be For You

Although they are handy and convenient to carry, pocket pistols can be a challenge to master.

Video: Springfield Range Officer Compact

Springfield Armory Pro Shooter Rob Leatham highlights the features of the new Springfield Range Officer Compact.

The Taurus Judge First 24 Kit

This new customized kit provides both defensive tools and emergency essentials in a rugged, portable package.

Concealed Carrie Expands Concealed-Carry Line

The concealed-carry bags, which boast the look and feel of designer purses, are now available in a new compact and casual series of bags.

Stockpiling ammo?

Not all cartridges are created equal when it comes to long-term storage.

LaserLyte Trigger Tyme Compact Kit

Gain confidence in sight pictures, trigger control, accuracy and more with LaserLyte's new compact kit.

Seeing the Sights

Finding the best sights is still up to the shooter, but Wiley Clapp encourages folks to try anything that seems to give them an edge.

This Week on American Rifleman TV—July 23, 2014

American Rifleman TV stays at Gunsite this week for Part 2 of "Guns and ATVs." The Smith & Wesson Model 66 is reviewed, and "I Have This Old Gun..." looks at the German MP40. Get a sneak peek here.

Beretta Moves All Manufacturing Out of Maryland

While Beretta announced earlier this year that it was expanding its operations to Tennessee, the company reported today that all manufacturing will now move to the far-more-firearm-friendly state.

Handheld Zeiss Ballistic Apps

The company rolled out mobile software this week, designed to keep shooters on target.

Official Beretta Press Release

Read the official BerettaUSA announcement in its entirely regarding its decision to move its entire Maryland manufacturing capabilities to Tennessee.

AR 101: Hitting Your Target

Now that you have your AR and know how to maintain and handle it safely, it’s time to find out how to hit your target. First, let’s get on paper, then we’ll work on a drill designed to help you become proficient with your rifle.

Viking Tactics Double-Sided Tactical Target

The VTAC DSTT addresses the need for a realistic target that also allows for easy scoring, zeroing and repeated training drills.

New Jersey State Police Transitions to SIG Sauer P229 Enhanced Elite 9 mm

For the past 14 years, the New Jersey State Police has carried the SIG Sauer P228 in 9 mm.

SilencerCo Unveils Salvo 12 Shotgun Suppressor

The Salvo 12 provides a much-needed option for shooting enthusiasts.

Glock Recognizes Marietta Police Department

More than 2,500 gun safety locks were given out at the gun safety awareness seminars that drew more than 1,500 community members to attend.

Suppressors: What We Can Learn from the UK Experience

While gun ownership laws in the United Kingdom are very troubling to NRA members, the Brits are way ahead of us when it comes to using suppressors.

The Armed Citizen® July 20, 2014

Read three more amazing stories of self-defense in the latest online edition of The Armed Citizen®.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol Selects SIG Sauer P226 in .357 SIG

The SIG Sauer P226 came out on top for its reliability, accuracy and durability.

The Armed Citizen® July 18, 2014

Read three more amazing stories of self-defense in the latest online edition of The Armed Citizen®.

ARES Defense SCR: Legal in All 50 States

The ARES Defense SCR is a semi-automatic rifle that employs many of the virtues of the AR-15 platform, minus the "features" singled out by firearm-unfriendly states.

Understanding the Wheel

Wiley Clapp examines what today’s automatic-oriented shooters know about understanding the wheel (gun).

Throwback Thursday: Lessons of the War

Every Thursday we'll share an article from the archives. From the August 20, 1914 edition of Arms & The Man, the editors caution on siding too strongly with any of the combatants, but rather with the one whose cause is most just. (Armor Plate Press image)

Henry Repeating Arms Survival Kit

The Henry Repeating Arms Survival Kit contains a number of multi-use, high-quality items.

Snap Shots: Week 9—Welcome to Sherwood and a Lightly Used .22 Laser Trainer with A Dead Battery

When you have magazines dating back to 1885, you end up flipping through pages and chuckling at times over what you find, including this image of a would-be Robin Hood trying to make bacon one sharpened stick at a time. Come on, give it your best shot. You just might win this week's prize.

This Week on American Rifleman TV—July 16, 2014

American Rifleman TV heads to Gunsite Academy in Paulden, Ariz., for Part 1 of "Guns and ATVs." Get a sneak peek here.

The Lee-Enfield: The Greatest Bolt-Action of the Great War

Tonight on MidwayUSA's Gun Stories, Mark Keefe appears as a subject-matter expert on his favorite early 20th century military rifle, the Lee-Enfield.

The Elusive .480 Ruger Super Redhawk

Ruger's unique big-bore hunting revolver offers an excellent balance of stopping power and manageable recoil.

Where Have All the Mausers Gone?

Wiley Clapp says he hasn't seen a Chinese Mausers for many years. Was the market for them so big that they have all disappeared into safes?


By NRA Staff
September 14, 2012

If you had to choose one gun—and only one gun—to get you through a disaster (be it traditional or zombie-related), what would it be? If you could have one firearm (that’s realistically available) to protect yourself, your family and your assets, what would it be and why? Here are 10 choices made by some of the editors and contributors in NRA Publications. What would you choose? Let us know.

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Latest Comments

Busterdog1 wrote:
July 30, 2014

This is a no-brainer, my choice would be the M-4 given the choices above. My S&W MT-15 T in 5.56 /.223 would be my first choice, followed by a good 12 Ga Pump.

Johnny Waco wrote:
July 29, 2014

Simple, what ever I have at hand with a good supply of ammo, intill I can upgrade. I start with my .40 Sig and my WW2 vintage M1 Carbine. Close personal and keep them off my street.

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