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Going Out on Top

Jamie Beyerle-Gray’s ability to keep her sights on Olympic Gold, despite chronic pain that would have sidelined others, says as much about the discipline of shooting as it does her character.

"M42" UD (United Defense) Submachine Gun

The M42 was invented by Carl Swebilius, and was used by the OSS for clandestine operations in World War II.

Herter’s Select Defense Multi-Defense Shotshells

Herter’s Italian-made Select Defense Multi-Defense 12-gauge, 2¾-inch shotshells offer the seldom-seen “buck-and-ball” approach to personal-protection ammunition.

World War II “Liberator” Pistol

Perhaps no other handgun in U.S. history has been burdened with as many misconceptions about its post-production history as the “Liberator.” Now, original examples a hard to find and generally fetch a premium, regardless of condition.

Guns of Operation Market Garden

In September 1944, American and British airborne troops jumped into Nazi-occupied Holland in a desperate gamble to end the Second World War by Christmas. Nearly 70 years later, we look back at the men and guns of Operation Market Garden.

Mauser Kar. 98k Receiver Codes

Factory codes for the Mauser Kar. 98k went through several changes during the design’s production run. Find out more here.

Bushnell Elite Tactical 1-Mile Laser Rangefinder

The Elite Tactical 1-Mile ARC laser rangefinder comes with 7X magnification for ranging out to 1 mile, three targeting systems and two angle modes in a waterproof and fog proof unit.

Weatherby Announced as One of 10 Sponsors for Youth Day at NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits

Weatherby has been announced as the sponsor of the 2014 NRA Youth Day, to be held on the final day of the 143rd NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits.

Justification for Existence: The .41 Rem. Mag.

Is the .41 Rem. Mag. a has-been cartridge? What's your take?

Firearm Ideas That Failed

For every firearm design that flourished and went on to fame and fortune, several others arrived with great fanfare only to fizzle out at a very young age. Here are a few examples of underachievers.

Kimber's Mountain Ascent

Kimber designers and engineers shaved weight from the bolt-action Model 84 to produce the Mountain Ascent—a rifle hunters will joyfully carry uphill. But the good news is that the gun has everything that counts when it comes to performance.

Smith & Wesson M&P C.O.R.E.

Smith & Wesson's M&P line continues to be one of the most popular brands in the industry, and in 2013 the company launched a series of new M&P models designed with the competitive shooter in mind.

GOTW: Smith & Wesson M&P C.O.R.E.

Get a closer look at our latest Gun of the Week, the Smith & Wesson M&P C.O.R.E., with this gallery.

Gun of the Week: Smith & Wesson M&P C.O.R.E

Based on the Pro Series line of competition-ready firearms, Smith & Wesson's M&P C.O.R.E. models offer consumers a platform that's already ready to have any accessory optics added to it.

The Armed Citizen® April 20, 2014

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

Bloomberg Vows to Wage War on NRA

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is funding a new gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety, and plans to spend $50 million to spread his gun-control agenda across the country.

Federal Field & Range Steel Game & Target Loads

Federal's Field & Range Steel Game & Target loads are a good choice when the range or hunting grounds required a non-lead option.

The Enduring .35 Remington

Once a staple of “woods” whitetail deer hunters, today there are few new rifles being chambered in .35 Rem. John Haviland takes a look back, and a glace forward, at this iconic rifle chambering.

Side-Folding Billet Stocks For Cobray M-11 Firearms

M-11 semi-automatic pistol and carbine owners looking for a high-quality, side-folding stock will be interested in the parts available at usmachinegun.com.

Live from the 143rd NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits

NRA editors will explore the 143rd NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, bringing you the best in guns, gear and major NRA announcements. Follow along from April 25 to 27, right here on AmericanRifleman.org.

Colt 1878 Revolver

Colt manufactured small quantities of Model 1878 revolvers specifically for the British market, and these were marked with the Pall Mall, London, address on the barrel, even though they were actually manufactured in Hartford, Conn.

Colt 1860 Army Richards “Cartridge Conversion” Revolver

Colt Patent Firearms Co.'s reliable percussion revolvers had been the most popular military sidearms during the American Civil War, but times were changing, and the firm had to find a way to convert existing percussion guns into cartridge revolvers.

"Cheat Sheets" For Optics

Most scope manufactures provide specific dimensional information about their reticles in their catalogs or online.

The Armed Citizen® April 17, 2014

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

Invasive Species Alert

America’s heartland is renowned for its corn and soybean crops, but an invasive species is threatening for a third year in a row. Thankfully, 3-gun competitors will attempt to eradicate the problem May 30 and June 1.

Manta Picatinny Rail Switch & Wire Covers

Wires and pressure switches on rifles can become damaged or get in the way on a rifle, unless you orient and protect them with something like Manta rails.

Bass Pro Shops Host Firearms Training Events

Bass Pro Shops is hosting Set Your Sights events, offering free seminars on a variety of topics, including optics, accessories, concealed-carry laws, firearms maintenance and safety.

The .25-45 Sharps: A New “Old” Cartridge

The .25-45 Sharps was designed to provide a larger caliber for hunters wanting to use an AR-platform rifle.

Throwback Thursday: Short Stories About Long Shots

In this week's article taken from the July 1944 issue, War Correspondent Bill Shadel shares stories gleaned in Italy by GI correspondents.

Winchester 1873 Lever-Actions

Winchester manufactured the Model 1873 from 1873 through 1919, producing about 720,000 in all.

Galati Gear Combat Ready Shooters Mat

The Combat Ready Shooters Mat easily transports a rifle and gear to the range before transforming into a comfortable mat for long-range shooting.

Buy any Redfield Battlezone Riflescope, Get $45 Back

Redfield is offering a $45 rebate with the purchase of one of three Battlezone riflescopes.

Justification for Existence: The .30-30 Win.

Given its age and modest external ballistics, is the .30-30 Win.'s existence justified? It's your call.

Single-Shot .22 Handguns

Marksmanship competition once spurred the development of handguns with some unusual characteristics.

Ithaca Model 5E Single-Barrel Trap

Most of the older, major-trademark American shotgun manufacturers, including Parker Brothers, A.H. Fox, Ithaca and L.C. Smith, offered a lineup of single-shot trap models in addition to their more popular side-by-sides. Today, however, collector interest varies greatly between the two configurations.

TomBob Outdoors ITX Lead-Free Muzzleloading Round Balls

Likely the only lead-free muzzleloading-specific round balls, TomBob Outdoors’ American-made ITX 10 g/cc balls are constructed from materials with no significant traces of lead.

Silencing Taxpayers

Good news for tax season, thanks to our quiet friends, Advanced Armament Corporation.

Federal Premium Personal Defense Low Recoil .45 Auto Ammunition

Federal Premium's Personal Defense Low Recoil ammunition will less the felt recoil of your favorite .45 Auto-chambered pocket pistol.

Modern Equipment, Or Over the Top?

Technological advances make it easier and easier to perform even the simplest of tasks, but have we gone too far or not far enough?

.38 Super +P?

The .38 Super +P was used to differentiate between it and the .38 Auto or .38 ACP cartridge that is identical in appearance.

Gun of the Week: CVA APEX

Learn more about the CVA Apex with this video, hosted by American Hunter's Adam Heggenstaller.

CVA Apex

If you’re looking for one rifle for all seasons, the Apex may be it. Sure, it’s a single-shot, but with this kind of accuracy, one shot could be all you need.


Get a closer look at our latest Gun of the Week, the CVA Apex, with this gallery.

Remington Issues Voluntary Recall

Remington is recalling Model 700 and Model Seven rifles due to a potentially dangerous issue with X-Mark Pro triggers.

The Armed Citizen® April 13, 2014

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

Easy-Add Rear Aperture Sights

Barrel-mounted sights might be handy but don't deliver when it comes to sight radius. Try this easy-to-install and elevation-adjustable unit to instantly increase your rifle's sight radius.

Civil War Spencer Rifles & Carbines

During the Civil War, a total of 45,733 Model 1860 carbines and 11,471 Model 1860 rifles were produced under U.S. Army Ordnance Department contracts.

Lipsey's Exclusive Ruger Bisley Super Blackhawk .44 Mag.

This short-barreled single-action packs a punch for personal protection in the great outdoors.

SIG Sauer Elite Performance Ammunition

The ammunition that SIG Sauer announced earlier this year is now available in most popular semi-auto pistol calibers.

Hornady Critical Defense .44 Spl. Ammunition

Hornady Critical Defense .44 Spl. ammunition combines "premium" performance with modest recoil.


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

Tim wrote:
April 23, 2014

In the past I might have said my AR shooting 5.56 because bulk ammo was so cheap and so readily available. I thought about it though, and I think I would carry my fieldmaster pump in .22 LR. For one, 22 ammo is lighter and I can carry more, I can plink small game with little damage, I can shoot with less of a chance of revealing my location (5.56 is loud) and the .22 is so common across American households that I am bound to be able to barter for ammo. What other bullet has had hundreds if not thousands of various rifle makes that shoot the same ammo? Everyone has an old .22 laying around, which means more barter power. I could trade ammo for food, and its likely I could trade small game for more ammo if needed. Its not what I consider a fighting round, but I am going to avoid people in this situation anyhow.

Norm wrote:
April 23, 2014

Disaster would imply a protracted ammo and or component shortage. A .69 cal smooth bore percussion would be my choice. You can make your own powder and what ever is in the barrel is coming out with a vengence.

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