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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.

Mars Air Rifle

A smoothbore produced by Oscar Will von Mars Repetier-Luftgewehr.the Mars Air Rifle shot 4.4 mm steel round balls (BB shot), was 115 cm long and held 100 BBs. The Mars company went out of business after World War II.

Mission First Tactical Torch Backup Light

After working with this light for several weeks I’m convinced it’s a great home-defense addition to a railed long gun.

Going Upscale Cowboy: The Navy/Winchester ‘73

The Navy Arms Winchester Model 1873, featuring checkered walnut and real bone-charcoal color-casehardening, is one of the nicest production lever-actions Keefe has ever handled.

The Armed Citizen® April 10, 2014

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

A Premium, Non-Lead 20-ga. 2¾” Turkey Load

Federal Premium's Mag-Shok 20-ga., 2 3/4" HEAVYWEIGHT Turkey load provides gobbler-getting vitality to older, yet still safe, 20-gauge shotguns.

Throwback Thursday: Cassino Close-Up

In this week's article taken from the May 1944 issue, War Correspondent Bill Shadel shares an eye-witness account of the bitter stalemate at Cassino.

Hardening Your Garage

One of the weakest points of home security is the garage, as it is much easier to infiltrate than most people realize.

Kel-Tec CL-43 Flashlight

Waterproof and impact-resistant, the CL-43 features a rubberized activation button, momentary and constant on and a unique configuration.

BSA TW30RDLL Sight Review

With the BSA TW30RDLL, BSA Optics offers a value-conscious high-powered sight for precision shooting to be attached to an AR or other semi-automatic rifle. Read the full review here.

Guess This Gun

New guns arrive daily to the attention of the NRA Publications Armorer. Take a look at what's in his office today.

Bushnell Introduces Professional Grade Red Dot Scope

The CQTS is Bushnell’s first Elite Tactical line red-dot scope, featuring multi-coated optics, a 30 mm tube, armored caps and a one-year, no-risk guarantee.

A Look Back at the Remington 700

Arguably the most popular bolt-action rifle ever made, the Model 700 traces its lineage back to the 1917 Enfield.

Shooting Wraps At FTW

The Rifleman team may be leaving FTW Ranch, but this summer we're bringing range right to your living room in an all-new season of American Rifleman Television on the Outdoor Channel.

The .45 G.A.P.

The seldom-encountered .45 G.A.P. is a first-rate cartridge for personal protection.

Versacarry Concealed Carry Holsters

The Versacarry is a lightweight carry system adds virtually no bulk to the handgun and can be used by right- or left-hand shooters.


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

Dale wrote:
April 18, 2014

M4 Carbine 5.56 with high capacity magazines because 5.56 is easy to find.

Robert Bogaski wrote:
April 17, 2014

Going to have my Ruger Gunsite Scout, 18 stainless. On my hip Glock 23.

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