Steyr’s Sweet New Home in Alabama

April 07, 2014

With its move to a spacious and modern complex in Bessemer, Ala., Steyr Arms signals just how bullish it is in selling its high-end guns to American shooters.

Firearm Manufacturing Moves South

April 02, 2014

Fed-up with rampant anti-gun legislation in northeastern states, some of the biggest names in gunmaking are joining a growing roster of startup manufacturers and overseas firms in building their products in the South.

Test Driving the New Ram EcoDiesel

March 26, 2014

As the first half-ton turbo diesel on the market, the Ram EcoDiesel is filling pent-up demand for a light-duty hauler offering exceptional fuel economy.

Blaser Re-engineers the Thumbhole Stock

March 19, 2014

The innovative Blaser R8 hunting rifle now can be had in a thumbhole stock that's comfortable and great for trigger control, yet handles smoothly in the field.

Pre-Season Shotgun Patterning, Part 1

February 28, 2014

Patterning your shotgun now can be the key to a fast start in the season's first skeet, trap and sporting clays tournaments.

Is It a Shotgun or Rifle?

February 22, 2014

It's been debated before around the campfire, but NRA Editorial Director John Zent still wants to know: Is a slug gun a shotgun or a rifle?

Learning from Biathletes

February 18, 2014

Beyond marveling at their incredible toughness and athleticism, John Zent has been intrigued by gun-handling skills demonstrated by many of the Olympic biathletes in Sochi.

The Decision to Defend

August 29, 2011

Recently a neighbor asked my advice on purchasing a home-defense shotgun—his first gun in fact, and the first one he would shoot since the .22s of his Boy Scout days. Actually, he wanted me to accompany him to an upcoming local gun show, and if not for a sales meeting scheduled for that weekend, it would have been fascinating to hear a newcomer’s take on the gun show scene.

The Shrine of Gun Design

August 29, 2011

I recently returned from a trip to Odgen, Utah, that included an afternoon touring a veritable shrine for anyone interested in gun design. As museums go, the John M. Browning Firearms Museum is fairly small, the lighting is stark and the presentation rather plain. But none of that matters given the importance of what’s on display, which amounts to a family-album-intimate retrospective on Browning’s prolific and hugely influential career.

Happy Anniversary American Rifleman

July 14, 2011

Within a few days members who take American Rifleman will receive a very special 125th Anniversary issue. Inside, Editor-in-Chief Mark Keefe and Senior Graphic Designer David Labrozzi have compiled a fabulous retrospective of the Rifleman and its predecessor titles going back to 1885. Along with an informative timeline, Keefe has sketched a brief history, and then allows the Rifleman’s proud evolution to speak for itself with a collection of excerpts ranging from a review of the Krag rifle (1894) to Townsend Whelen’s famed “Analysis of Game Bullets” (1924) to the launch of the popular “Armed Citizen” column (1958) and many more gems stretching 8+ pages. Take my word, this issue is destined to become a collector’s item.