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Mossberg 930 SPX rail
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Mossberg 930 Tactical SPX – Robust, Reliable, & Built to Perform

Whether or not you are new to shotguns, the Mossberg 930 Tactical SPX is a weapon that is worth keeping in your arsenal. Robust, modular, and reliable, this semi-automatic shotgun is also fairly affordable, bringing in some good news for shotgun aficionados. If you’re looking for a pump-action shotgun, check out this article we published ... Read more
Judging the Taurus Judge title
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Taurus Judge review

The Taurus Judge is the Brazilian manufacturer’s best selling gun, according to the last sales stats I saw. That says a lot, but why? Welcome to my in-depth review of the Judge, focusing on its use cases and how it shoots. Introduction Why call it the Judge? Well, the gun started out with the model ... Read more
Taurus G2C with holster and ammo
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The full Taurus G2C review

Even though the newer G3 and G3c pistols are out, the Taurus G2C is still an excellent choice for concealed carry. With its affordable price tag, you get serious bang for your buck – an accurate, reliable handgun that is serviced by a range of aftermarket accessories. It is easy to use and easy to ... Read more
Civilian Marksmanship Program CMP M1911 review
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CMP M1911 review (Civilian Marksmanship Program)

Summary What is the Civilian Marksmanship Program? In 1903 the US Congress created the Office of the Director of Civilian Marksmanship to help improve marksmanship skills among America’s civilian populace. The program that evolved out of this is now known as the Civilian Marksmanship Program. It has been front and center in promoting safe and ... Read more
Ruger MPR Review [AR 556 Expert Hands On]
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Ruger MPR Review [AR 556 Expert Hands On]

Summary Ruger and rifles. It doesn’t sound right, at least to those of us who cut their shooting teeth on Ruger revolvers and semi-auto pistols. After all, Ruger’s first products were handguns, right? It started in 1949 with the MK I Standard .22 pistol and then went to the .357 Magnum Blackhawk. From there, it ... Read more
Close up of the excellent Ruger Scout Rifle shown with ammunition and targets.
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Ruger Scout Rifle Review [Hands on with photos]

The Ruger Scout rifle started with Jeff Cooper. In case you don’t know who Jeff Cooper was, allow me to point you to a website that will help you understand what this former Marine Lt. Colonel contributed to the shooting sports. Part shooter, part statesman and part philosopher, Jeff helped found what became Gunsite Academy ... Read more
Henry Big Boy 44 Magnum rifle title photo
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Henry Big Boy Review [Hands on]

Introduction Henry. The name sort of says it all, eh? From the brand’s beginnings in 1860 to today, Henry has earned a reputation for building reliable, stout guns that exhibit excellent workmanship, material, fit and finish. I mean… just look at the Henry Big Boy rifle above. Top-grain American walnut stock, highly-polished brass receiver, deep-blued ... Read more
The Ed Brown Classic Custom’s understated elegance isn’t ostentatious or showy, but it more than makes up for this in quality and durability.
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Investment piece? The $3,695 Ed Brown 1911 [Review]

Ed Brown 1911 Classic Custom in summary Ed Brown 1911, the Classic Custom, is one maker’s interpretation of what a perfect 1911 should be. Blending John Moses Browning’s genius with modern technology and a healthy dose of hand craftsmanship, the Classic Custom leaves nothing to be desired. Fun and quality come at a price: the ... Read more
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