How Long Does Ammunition Last?

From time to time, we get customers who bring in some pretty old ammunition–decades old. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Typically, if the ammunition shows no signs of rust, corrosion, physical damage to the case, bullet or primer, it has a pretty good chance of going BANG. One of the most popular ammunition companies–Federal […]

Gun Safety in the Home

FIREARMS SAFETY TIPS TEN TIPS FOR FIREARMS SAFETY IN YOUR HOME • Always keep the firearm’s muzzle pointed in a safe direction. A “safe direction” means that the gun is pointed so that even if an accidental discharge occurred, it would not result in injury. • Always keep your finger off the trigger until you […]

Jerry Miculek on how to shoot an AR-15

One of most common things I see on the range with rifles is poor shooting position.In this short video, world champion shooter Jerry Miculek explains how to shoot the AR-15 / M4 platform accurately. (In the video, Jerry is shooting at those distant steel plates. You can hear the “clang” as he hits each one.) […]

Concealed Carry Holsters part two

In part one we looked at On Body carry of a concealed pistol with either a holster carried on the belt or in a shoulder holster. In part two, we’ll look at Off Body carry where the pistol is carried in a purse, briefcase or similar bag. The advantage of off body carry is that […]

Concealed Carry Holsters part one

You bought a pistol. You took some training and obtained your concealed carry permit. Now what? How do you carry it concealed? There are quite a few options to consider and a whole range of products designed for concealed carry. Some are better than others and it’s up to the individual to decide what works […]

How Often Should I Clean My Gun?

This is a question that we get from time to time on the range and I’m sure that the various range officers have somewhat varying opinions. Here is mine: First, we have to understand why we clean guns at all. Each time we fire a gun the primer in the ammunition cartridge ignites and produces […]

Ammunition Explained Part 3

A certain amount of energy is required to push a bullet out of the cartridge case, through the barrel of the gun and out to the target. This energy is created from the gunpowder stored inside the cartridge case. Gunpowder is a chemical compound that, when ignited by a spark, burns very rapidly and produces […]

Ammunition Explained Part 2

The bullet is the projectile that is fired from rifles and pistols. Typically, shotguns do not fire bullets, they fire multiple small lead spheres called shot. However, shotguns can also fire a single projectile made of lead or copper, called a slug. Pistol and rifle bullets are designed to fit snugly inside the pistol or […]

Ammunition Explained Part 1

Modern pistol and rifle ammunition is comprised of four components: The cartridge case, which contains the bullet, gun powder and primer. The primer is comprised of a tiny amount of a pressure-sensitive compound that ignites when struck by the gun’s firing pin. The flame produced by the primer igniting causes the gunpowder to burn very […]

Jeff Cooper’s Scout Rifle Explained

Colonel Jeff Cooper, founder of Gunsite Academy developed the idea of a general purpose bolt action rifle with a barrel around 20 inches in length, chambered for the 308WIN or similar cartridge and with a forward mounted scope with a 2X or 3X magnification. The rifle was intended for hunting big game up to around […]