Springfield Armory’s SOCOM II

Springfield Armory’s SOCOM II: A Look Back

Springfield Armory’s SOCOM 16—a radically cut-down version of its flagship M1A—breathed new life into the best civilian M14-type rifle and advanced the scout rifle concept to its most potent level. The SOCOM II elevates that successful blend of battle-tested, practical engineering even higher, making it a modern, modular, close-quarters combat arm that is powerful and easy to shoot.

Failure Drill: A Proven Strategy to Stop an Attacker

There may be a lot of reasons why two shots to an attacker's vital zone fails to put him down.

Origins of Pistolcraft: The Development of the 'Modern Technique'

Over the time that I worked as a police officer and then as a gunwriter, I have informally tried to determine where, when and by whom fighting pistolcraft began.

The Weaver Stance: Its Origins & Use

Though many have moved on to other shooting stances, the Weaver Stance was revolutionary and still has utility today.

The 10mm Auto: History & Performance of a Potent Pistol Cartridge

Nearly four decades after it made its debut, the 10mm Auto is offered in more loads and guns than ever before, including four different M1911-based pistols.

Lessons Learned From Col. Jeff Cooper

One American Rifleman contributor reminisces about his time with the Gunsite great, Col. Jeff Cooper. His lessons continue to live on today.

Jeff Cooper: The Man Behind The 'Modern Technique'

Col. Jeff Cooper, a man for all seasons, warrior, scholar, hunter, husband and controversialist, is above all “the father of the modern technique of the pistol.”

Gunsite Celebrates Cooper's 100th Birthday With 1911 Memorial Shoot

Col. Jeff Cooper and his wife, Janelle, would have been 100 in May 2020. To honor this anniversary, Gunsite Academy will sponsor a Jeff Cooper 1911 Memorial Shoot.

Range Review: Mossberg MC2c

Mossberg expanded its new handgun lineup in 2020 with the release of the MC2c, which offers a step up in size and capacity over its initial offering.

Rolling Thunder: An Interview with Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch

Executive Editor Joe Kurtenbach sits down with Thunder Ranch's Clint Smith to talk about his history with guns and his distinguished career in firearms training.

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