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Heavy Metal: The Ruger SR-762 Review

Building on the acclaim of the two-stage gas piston system in its SR-556 AR-style rifle, Ruger has up-sized the design for the gun’s big brother, the .30-cal. SR-762, resulting in a fully mature system in an accurate and versatile new platform with even more power.


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Throwback Thursday: Thanksgiving Day

Every Thursday we'll share an article from the American Rifleman archives. In this week's article taken from the November 1961 issue, then-Editor-in-Chief Walter Howe extolls on why shooter-sportsmen and gun owners have a particular reason to be grateful for the basic freedom of the American way of life—values that still ring true today.

America’s Favorite Deer Rifles

New calibers, modern materials and the progress made in bullets powders and manufacturing continue to create new favorites for deer hunters, but the classics remain as popular as ever.

Vote for NRA Shows in Outdoor Channel's Golden Moose Awards!

American Rifleman TV, NRA All Access and NRA Guns Gurus are all up for nomination in the Outdoor Channel's Golden Moose Awards.

NRA All-Access Video: Origins of the NRA

November 17 is the National Rifle Association's birthday. Founded in 1871, the NRA has been the worldwide leader in firearm education and training. Get a quick glimpse of how the NRA came to life in this web clip from NRA All Access.

Louisville Slugger Personalized Realtree Camo Bat

The storied baseball bat company and one of the biggest names in the outdoors has teamed up to offer a unique gift item.

Veterans Day 1958

This editorial was originally published in the November 1958 issue of The American Rifleman. Fifty-six years later, Editor Walter Howe's admonishment for all U.S. citizens to be prepared to defend our American ideals, in peace or in war, ring as true today as they did then.


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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Andrew wrote:
October 15, 2014

.22 long rifle. cheap ammo, usable by anyone, effective. Go for Marlin Model 60 with 15 round+ tubular magazine.

Doug wrote:
August 17, 2014

Having read the comments, it does make you think and evaluate. Having all daughters I decided long ago to only but firearms which they would also be willing to shoot (I am also past 60). So with that in mind I have settled on a Mossberg 500E in .410 equipped with a 18.5 inch cylinder choked barrel. With the ammo which has come out for the Taurus Judge, this is now a formidable self defense as well as game procuring weapon. Backup would be any of several .22 rimfire semi-automatic rifles with iron sights in case the scope gets knocked or damaged. The 9mm handgun (what ever model you have)would be on the side. Just make sure you have an adequate supply of ammo before the situation arises.

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