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Back To Basics: Cartridge Cases

Without ammunition, a firearm is no more than an inefficient club. For this reason, much of the technological development effort in firearms history was devoted to ammunition.

Back to Basics: AR-15 101

If you, like many Americans, have decided to exercise your Second Amendment rights by purchasing one or more of the many AR-15s on the market, you are in for a treat. But if you are new to this system, there are a few things you should know.

ARTV Preview: Eye Dominance, Walther PDP and the French 'Tabatiere'

Our newest episode of American Rifleman TV brings us back to the basics of shooting. We'll also take a look at the new Walther PDP and look back at the old French "Tabatiere" breechloader.

Downtime Cleaning: A Great Chance to Care for Your Guns

While the continued effects of the pandemic and ammunition shortage are limiting range time, care and effort should still be put towards maintaining your firearms.

Gun Range Etiquette: Simple Steps to Safe Shooting

While every shooting range has its own SOP, which you should familiarize yourself with, this tutorial will get you pointed in the correct direction. Knowledge is power.

New for 2020: Nighthawk Custom Colt Series 70 1911

For 2020, Nighthawk Custom went back to basics by taking the classic Colt Series 70 Government-model 1911 and enhancing it with interior and exterior work.

Back to Basics: Holsters

The term “holster” dates back to somewhere in the mid-17th century. Its origins are a combination of Dutch, Old English and German.

Tips & Techniques: Cast Bullet Fit in Revolvers

Cast lead alloy and swaged lead bullets require a diameter about 0.001" greater than normal jacketed bullet diameter to shoot accurately and prevent cylinder throat and bore leading in revolvers.

Back to Basics: Modern Rifle Optics

Today’s riflescope is tougher, more precise with its elevation and windage adjustments, and has much clearer optics.

Back to Basics: Telescopic Sights

The notion of a magnifying optical sight goes back centuries. Experiments as early as the 18th century attempted to mount a telescope on a rifle as a sighting aid.

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