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Ruger Precision Rifle In 22LR
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Ruger Precision Rifle 22LR [hands on review]

The Ruger Precision Rifle (RPR) is something of a phenomenon! In the world of precision rifles, Ruger has a respectable presence. But usually, they are associated with calibers such as .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor. We don’t typically put “.22 LR” and “precision rifle” in the same sentence. But, as Bob Hope said, I gotta tell ... Read more
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
The Palmetto State Armory PA-10 cuts an attractive silhouette. It is shown here with a Leupold VX-Freedom 1.5-4x20 scope with an illuminated firedot MOA ring and a Magpul M-LOK Bipod.
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PSA AR10 Review – Steak Features for Hamburger Prices

Summary Palmetto State Armory’s Gen3 PA10 platform (PSA AR10) is a solid and well-made performer in the AR-10 space, and at its price point (MSRP of $1349, but it can sometimes be found for $1179) it is tough to beat. PSA’s superb reputation for after-service support shouldn’t be necessary, but it’s comforting to know that ... 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
USCCA title
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USCCA membership: Training You Cannot Afford Not To Have [Reviewed by a firearms instructor]

Introduction Here are two scenarios. One will probably feel familiar to you. In the first scenario: you recently became a first-time gun buyer along with five million other Americans over the last year. Maybe you had been thinking about purchasing a firearm for some time, or it may have been a spontaneous decision. In either ... 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
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
Heritage Barkeep
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[Exclusive Review] Heritage Barkeep .22 Revolver

Heritage Manufacturing is known primarily for one thing – inexpensive, single action .22 revolvers. Although they do sell some very nice Uberti-built centerfire guns, they are mostly known for their .22 LR and Magnum revolvers. I have reviewed some of their guns (read it here) and have owned a couple of them. The guns are ... Read more
Ruger SR22
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[Review] Ruger SR22: Most versatile .22?

Ruger has long been a name to be reckoned with in terms of American gun production. Since 1949, this company has introduced model after model of innovative, well-built and popular firearms. Another plus is that Ruger guns are usually affordable – you can’t discount that, to be sure. I have been a long-time owner of ... Read more
S&W SD9VE
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[Review] Smith & Wesson SD9VE

OK. I hear you, even before we start – what the heck does “SD9VE” stand for? Allow me to explain: SD: Self-Defense 9: 9mm VE: Value-Enhanced Oh, OK. How in the world did S&W come up with that mouthful-of-a-moniker? I believe they were just trying to differentiate it from its not-so-well-received predecessor, the Sigma. That ... Read more