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Semi-auto or Auto

A reader responded to a blog with his concerns over proper use of the terms “automatic” and “semi-automatic.” In terms of describing the type of action used in many magazine-fed firearms, automatic means continuous fire as long as the trigger is depressed and ammo is available in the gun. Semi-automatic means one shot for each trigger press and reset.

Manipulating a Semi-Auto

Pistol manipulation requires efficiency and consistency, especially under pressure, and the basics must be mastered to properly handle malfunctions.

Semi-Auto Safety

Unless the particular pistol fires only in the double-action-only mode, subsequent firing requires a single-action pull.

Baby Eagle II Semi Auto Pistol

This full-size, all-steel semi-auto pistol is based on the Czech-designed CZ-75.

Video: Springfield Range Officer Compact

Springfield Armory Pro Shooter Rob Leatham highlights the features of the new Springfield Range Officer Compact.

NEW! Franchi Catalyst Shotguns for Women

Most women will rejoice that the Italian gunmaker's new shotguns sport an A-grade satin walnut finish instead of a color typically associated with gender.

SHOT Show 2019 Rock Island Armory VR80 Shotgun

American Rifleman's Joe Kurtenbach examines a brand new box-magazine-fed semi-automatic shotgun inspired by AR-15-design principles.

NRA Gun of the Week: Alexander Arms .50 Beowulf Hunter

In this NRA Gun of the Week video, American Rifleman's Christopher Olsen examines a made-in-USA .50-cal. AR-15 hunting rifle from Alexander Arms.

NRA Gun of the Week: Springfield Armory Saint Victor

Check out our NRA Gun of the Week video highlighting the Saint Victor, a feature-rich AR-15 variant from Springfield Amory.

NRA Gun of the Week: Rock Island Armory VRBP-100

On this week’s “Gun of the Week,” American Rifleman staff delve into a bullpup-style shotgun by Rock Island Armory, the VRBP-100.

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