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Building a Custom AR-15 at Home

What does it really take to build an AR-15 from scratch—and is it worth it? Here is what the author learned as he tackled the job for the very first time.

Gallery: Custom-Build AR-15 Components

Building an AR-15 at home can be a fun and rewarding hobby. Thanks to the popularity of this modular rifle platform, there are literally hundreds of components to choose from ranging from inexpensive mil-spec parts to exotic custom features. Here is a look at the components gun writer B. Gil Horman chose for his first custom target AR-15 rifle build.

The Armed Citizen® October 30, 2014

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

TriStar P-120 9 mm Pistol

Fitted with a full-size steel frame, this affordably priced semi-auto provides plenty of ammunition capacity and a low level of felt recoil.

NRA Covert Comfort Holster

Modern concealment combined with traditional aesthetics are the hallmarks of the NRA Covert Comfort IWB holster.

Know an Industry More Generous?

Whether the recipients are those willing to stand on the front line of freedom or victims of happenstance, your firearm passion fuels worthwhile efforts across the nation. Here’s a snapshot of the gun industry’s generosity in the last month!

10 Tips to Improve Handload Performance

Keep these guidelines in mind to make your handloads more accurate and reliable.

Shooting the Sturmgewehr

For an all new season of "American Rifleman Television" the staff has been busily filming guns used during the Battle of the Bulge.

This Week on American Rifleman TV: Oct. 29, 2014

If you missed the original airing over the summer, now's your chance to watch American Rifleman TV's four-part series, “The Handguns of August,” which features the pistols and revolvers used throughout The Great War. Part 2 airs tonight on Outdoor Channel, with the focus on the German guns. Watch a preview here.

Wrong House

Sixty-seven-year-old North Carolina man shoots three alleged home invaders trying to rape his granddaughter.

Diamondback DB FS Nine

With a long list of features that allow it to compete with similar-size semi-automatics, the FS Nine is a logical step into the full-size semi-automatic segment for Diamondback Firearms.

Lehigh Defense .30-06 Sprg.

Aaron Carter says this load maximizes its potential with Lehigh Defense ammo.

Pinned and Recessed Smith & Wessons

What do these terms mean, and do they make the revolver more valuable?

Ambidexterity in Handguns

There may be upward of 41 million left-handed Americans, and a significant number of these people are shooters who must deal with firearms designed for right-handed use.

Upgunned: Smith & Wesson M&P10

If you need an excuse to buy a versatile, .30-cal. semi-automatic rifle, consider its utility beyond shooting paper. After all, there are millions of four-legged targets wreaking havoc among America’s amber waves of grain.

Winchester Razorback XT .44 Rem. Mag. Ammunition

Winchester Ammunition was among the first to offer specialty loads with bullets designed specifically a hog's unique anatomy.

HC Mags HC3R Tactical Pack

This innovative quick-load magazine system is an ideal accessory for the Ruger 10/22 Rifle.

The Armed Citizen® October 26, 2014

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

Canada's Good Guy with a Gun

Thanks to the heroic efforts of the Canadian Parliament’s Sergeant-at-Arms, untold innocent lives were saved.

Leupold Sponsors University of Florida 3-Gun Shooting Team

The Gators’ new 3-gun team was born when four members of the existing UF pistol team branched out to compete in local multigun and club matches.

The Armed Citizen® October 23, 2014

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

Revolvers: Always in Style

Legislation, particularly in California, has led to renewed interest in revolvers, but for many of us they never went out of style.

New Wilson Combat BILLet-AR Rifles in .308 Win.

The rigid but lightweight receiver has allowed the company to build the lightest .308 frame AR on the market.

Throwback Thursday: Ruger Model 10/22 Carbine—Sept. 1964, The American Rifleman

Originally published in September 1964, this American Rifleman "Dope Bag" reviews the first generation of the now iconic 10/22 carbine. The original test gun used for the review, shown here, still exists in NRA's permanent collection.

This Week on American Rifleman TV: Oct. 22, 2014

If you missed the original airing over the summer, now's your chance to watch American Rifleman TV's four-part series, “The Handguns of August,” which features the pistols and revolvers used throughout The Great War. Part 1 airs tonight on Outdoor Channel.

Moultrie Trace Perimeter

If you’re looking for a camera to record activities on your property—day and night—this is a great option.

Ruger's 10/22: "One of the Best Things" For 50 Years

With more than 7 million produced during the past half century, the Ruger 10/22 has firmly established itself as one of the most successful sporting arms of all time.

Today Only! Ruger's "ShopRuger 10/22" Sweepstakes

For one day only—Oct. 22, 2014—ShopRuger.com customers can win commemorative 10/22 rifles and merchandise.

Gallery: A First Look at 2015's New Guns

This year the members of the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers gathered in Little Rock, Ark., for an opportunity to see the new rifles, shotguns and handguns their customers will be able to buy in 2015. Here is a sneak peek at just a few of the firearms that will be on dealers' shelves next year.

Seekins Precision

When a broken scope mount ruined Glen Seekins’ hunt 2004, it launched a series of events that proves the American dream is not only alive in the firearms industry, it thrives here.

Hornady Announces New Handgun Ammo for 2015

From an entirely new line to expansions to popular calibers of existing lines, Hornady has plenty to offer the handgunner.

SilencerCo Announces Threaded Aftermarket Pistol Barrels

Sales will begin with most common Glock models, with additional pistol brands added in early 2015.

Barnes X Bullet: 25 Years of Premium Performance

An exclusive look at how the revolutionary solid-copper bullet, now 25 years old, recalculated the math on terminal ballistics and set a new standard for performance on big game.

The Armed Citizen® October 19, 2014

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

Ruger GP100 Match Champion

Based on Ruger's quarter-century old design, this new revolver has been slicked up and tricked out for IDPA competition and self-defense.

A Lady Competitor’s Colt

A reader learns the history of a .38 Colt Officer's Model owned by a top female NRA Bullseye shooter of the 1930s and 1940s.

My First Gun: 1873 Remington No. 4 Rolling Block

This treasured Remington will one day be passed down to one of the author's grandchildren.

The Armed Citizen® October 16, 2014

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

Cutting Edge Bullets MZL Raptor Muzzleloader Bullets

Cutting Edge Bullets' MZL Raptor projectiles give muzzleloader hunters a performance edge in the field.

The Only Way To Sling

Every Thursday we'll share an article from the American Rifleman archives. In this week's article taken from the July 1984 issue, Jeff Cooper, in search of the ideal sling, finds his answer on an Austrian rifle in Guatemala.

Round Count

Sheriff Jim Wilson cautions that a defensive shooting school should not be about it how many rounds you fired, but about how much you actually learned.

Eastern Maine Shooting Supplies Premium Lube Universal Pistol Field Cleaning Kit

This kit contains everything needed for cleaning and maintenance at the range and in the field.

The Enduring Hand Ejector

Long-time gun owners take their ability to identify various makes and models for granted. But what about newer shooters just embarking on a new hobby? For them, the nomenclature created over many decades is a whole new language, as Wiley Clapp recently learned.

Kahr CT40 Pistol

This compact .40 S&W semi-auto is an excellent balance of size, accuracy and reliability in an affordably priced defensive pistol.

Tough Decision

Two of the four men who tried to rob a Houston, Texas, bar at gunpoint earlier this month died when one of the patrons was carrying—the “hero” is still at large.

The Ruger Redhawk .357

Wiley Clapp's patrolman friend once asked him for advice on which gun to purchase. His answer was, "as much as you can comfortably carry."

7 Tips for First-Time Handgun Buyers

Follow these tips to help save you time, money and frustration when making a handgun purchase.

The Armed Citizen® October 12, 2014

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

Biodegradable Ballistol

Shooters have relied on it to protect their gun’s wood, metal and leather for more than 100 years, but who knew it’s environmentally safe?

Turnbull M1911

Turnbull Mfg. has built quite a reputation by accurately restoring vintage firearms to like-new condition. Not to rest on its laurels, the company has recently begun to manufacture a series of M1911 pistols.

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By Mark Keefe
October 01, 2014

Different day, same headline? Maybe so, but here's the most detailed explanation to date. It’s a question of simple economics. Supply, demand and profit—or lack thereof. Plus the kind of guns American buy.

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Latest Comments

Cameraman wrote:
October 30, 2014

I have not seen any 22Lr for Months In SE Michigan,,several Stores Like Gander MT, Walmart, and Dunham's and Dicks Sporting Goods get Limited supplies, I managed to buy 525 Rds..I did Purchase a new Ruger Pistol, but I Will Not be Shooting my Rifles Much, This Whole 22 Shortage is very Puzzling,,But its got to get Better, I Hope!

Full Moon wrote:
October 27, 2014

I have several 22s rifles/revolver/semi-auto pistol. Recently had interest in another rifle. I find it annoying to try and buy a box or brick of 22 ammo. One has to be there early in the morning after a full moon and anointed with toad oil. The best one can do is get the retail gun dealer to sell a box/brick at the time of purchase. Thus - forget buying a new gun. Once you shoot that box/brick it’s back to being frustrated pending the next full moon. The big thought here is why buy a gun if it’s a frustration to get ammo for it.

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