Mike

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Mike has been a shooter, bullet caster and reloader for over 40 years. Never one to be satisfied with the status quo, he is often found at his reloading bench concocting yet another load. With a target range in his backyard and after 40 years of shooting, his knowledge of firearms and reloading is fairly extensive. He is married, with four sons and daughters-law and 9-and-counting grandkids.
Close up shot of the Ruger GP100
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Ruger GP100 Revolver – expert hands on review [2021]

Ruger and the revolver First, before we get to the Ruger GP100, let’s take a quick look at history. Ruger has had a long relationship with revolvers. Although the company was founded to produce a semi-automatic .22 pistol, Ruger’s second product was actually a single action revolver in .357 Magnum. This was to capitalize on ... Read more
Ruger Charger with red dot sight
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Ruger Charger review (9mm)

First off, let me say that I really enjoyed the Ruger Charger. It was fun to shoot and easy to carry around, since there was no buttstock to get in the way. (Having said that, you could attach a brace – the mount is there). With dual-magazine capability (Ruger and Glock), you could have a ... Read more
Concealed Carry CCW
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Best Concealed Carry Insurance [2021 Update]

Our CCW Insurance Top Pick We looked at the most popular concealed carry coverages and our favorite is the USCCA. They are a bit more expensive than the other providers but offer a lot more bang for your money! Some of our team members have been personal clients of USCCA for years! Visit USCCA All ... Read more
Ruger Mini 233 title
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Ruger’s Mini-14 .223 Rifle [Review]

Are you looking for a .223/5.56mm rifle? Not a fan of the AR-style platform? One more question, ever shoot an M14? If the answer to these questions is “yes”, then read on. (Or, if any of the answers are “no”, read on as well!). The non-AR aspect is obvious, from the photos but what about ... Read more
Taurus G3 with Tru Glo red dot sight side shot 2
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[Review] Taurus G3: Great 9mm For $250? [Updated With New Optic-Ready Version!]

Now even better… check out the awesome optics-ready version below in the Sights section! It all started with the PT111 Millenium Pro. That was the small double-stack Taurus pistol that held 12+1 and included two magazines. Features included double strike capability, adjustable rear sight and some good ergonomics. It was a competitor in the small, ... Read more
rossi 22 lever action rifle side by side
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Rossi’s New Rio Bravo .22 lever action rifles

Rossi is known for, among other things, its lever action Winchester 1892 replicas. Of course, they are modernized versions which include lawyer-recommended safety features and other newer construction techniques and materials. But they feel really great in your hand and come to your shoulder effortlessly. I know because I owned one for a long time. ... Read more
Kimber K6S Grip and Trigger
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Best Concealed Carry Revolvers [2021 Update]

In this day and age of polymer-framed striker-fired semiautos, does the old-fashioned revolver even have a place? Many of you reading this may think not but I beg to differ. There’s something to be said for a carry weapon that just needs to be drawn (or shot through the pocket, hidden) and fired just by ... Read more
Taurus G3c title 2
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Taurus G3c upgrades

I own a Taurus G3c. I had owned two G2cs, the immediate predecessors of this smaller brother to the compact-size (15 and 17 round magazines included) G3. This compact version, the G3c, was introduced with much hoopla after a media embargo on June 15th of last year. I reviewed the gun (here) after the deadline ... Read more
.44 Magnum Revolver
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Best .44 Magnum Revolvers [2021]

How do you choose a good .44 Magnum revolver when there are so many great guns out there? I’ll attempt to narrow it down a bit and, hopefully, by the end of this article you might have more information about them than you did before. Are You Sure…? Before we get into specifics, let’s make ... Read more
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Best Budget 1911s Around $500

I am a retired public school music teacher. I also have an affinity for a good 1911 – I’ve owned several. But, when you combine these two facts, it well defines the type of 1911s I’ve been able to own – the budget variety. I got really good at selecting good-shooting 1911s that cost a ... Read more
Smith & Wesson Model 60 Barrel
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12 Best .357 Magnum Revolvers

The .357 Magnum cartridge is, arguably, the most popular all-around revolver cartridge out there. Whether you are carrying a snubby for protection or a larger gun for target shooting, competition, hiking, or other activity, the .357 seems to be the go-to round for wheelgunners. With the availability of many different loads and bullets, the cartridge ... Read more
Ruger SR1911 Commander
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[Review] Ruger SR1911 Commander

Ruger is the largest manufacturer of firearms in the United States. I say that, in case you were wondering. The company wears that crown that was a long time coming, since 1949, to be precise. That’s when the company was founded by Bill Ruger and Alexander Sturm. The company was top seller in handguns from ... Read more
Caldwell Gear
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[Review] Caldwell Shooting Supplies

Caldwell Shooting Supplies is a name known to many shooters. They are known for, among other things, their excellent shooting rests and their chronographs. I have owned one or two Caldwell chronographs for years and have found them to be accurate and easy to use. Their Lead Sled is one of the most popular rifle ... Read more
Ruger Mark IV Lite
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[Review] Ruger Mark IV 22/45 Lite

A small, light .22 pistol can be a thing of joy. We don’t necessarily need a big, honkin’ gun on our hip all the time. There are times when we want to travel light and don’t want two-plus pounds of pistol weighing us down. There is room for a twenty-ounce or so in our gun ... Read more
3 Revolvers
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Best Revolvers [Self-Defense, Hunting, Plinking]

An article about revolvers? Do they still make those anachronistic hunks of steel? Are they still relevant in this day and age of striker-fired, polymer-framed semiauto wunder-guns? Ja, sure! There are some shooting tasks that only revolvers can accomplish. Gun design, metallurgy and technology have advanced in the world of the wheelgun as well as ... Read more