Shotgun patterning target with infographic for shot string and lead pellets

How To Pattern A Shotgun

Want to hit more birds—clay or feathered? Then you need to spend some time at the patterning board. Patterning your shotgun is as important as sighting-in your rifle before going afield. Here’s why.

Blackpowder Basics: How To Shoot An Old-School Muzzleloading Rifle

Muzzleloading rifles and muskets using blackpowder are a fun and intriguing throw back to the earlier days of firearm technology, but also have a more involved process than simply loading a cartridge.

DIY Workbench: 7 Simple Steps

Whether you simply clean your guns, handload, do basic chores—such as mounting a riflescope—or more advanced gunsmithing, a good, solid workbench is a must. So, why not build one yourself?

Preview: Midwest Industries Upper Receiver Rod

The Upper Receiver Rod (URR) from Midwest Industries is an American-made, inside-the-receiver vice block that is designed to service AR-15-type carbines, handguns and rifles.

Rifleman Q&A: Hammerless Shotgun Storage

From the archives of American Rifleman, NRA member writes: I am confused about the proper handling of hammerless shotguns. Everyone has heard the advice “never dry-fire a gun, the firing pmay break.” If the gun has an exposed hammer, it can be eased down, but how should I handle a hammerless single- or double-barreled gun. Should I leave a spent shell or snap-cap in the chamber?

The Mossberg Model 500: History & Disassembly

First designed and marketed in 1962, Mossberg’s Model 500 pump-action shotgun is a popular arm, due no doubt to its well-balanced combination of affordability and quality.

Preview: DryFireMag Training Magazine

Eliminate manual trigger resetting during your dry-fire routine with a replacement magazine by DryFireMag.

Gun Cleaning For People Who Hate It

Many shooters despise gun cleaning, but if you do it right, with the best tools, time can be saved for more enjoyable shooting and training activities.

Rifleman Q&A: Keeping Blackpowder Guns Rust-Free

An American Rifleman subscriber writes the editors asking how best to combat the acidic nature of blackpowder to prevent corrosion and rust. The simple answer may shock you. 

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