Advances in firearms are often slower and incremental in nature. Society changes but slowly and so do society’s tools. When the 1911 pistol was adopted for U.S. military use and then a generation later improved into the 1911A1, few could foresee the tremendous popularity of the type. The 1911 went from a fight-winning pistol to a handgun used in competition and which won every competition it entered. Read this article to learn how Ruger has made improvements on this standard.
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The Makarov, among the best buys and most effective compact pistols on the market, is well made and powerful. In fact, it is considered one of the finest, small caliber pistols ever made. It outshoots more expensive handguns and never seems to break or malfunction.
Fans of Rock Island Armory’s 1911 handguns affectionately refer to their pistol of choice as ‘The Rock.’ This nickname is appropriate and valid. These are reliable handguns and if they do not win a beauty contest, well, we don’t call the 1911 ‘Old Ugly’ for nothing.
Handloading for America’s service rifle is not that difficult. After all, we have successfully loaded good, accurate ammunition for the Garand and the M14 for generations. But the AR is a bit trickier while remaining the same. We have to carefully consider powder selection, which M1 shooters appreciate, but there is also that sticky problem of bullet twist. However, neither is a problem if we have done our research.
Today there are many opportunities to own a great rifle. There are even high dollar celebrity branded rifles that allow you to pay a premium to get the other guy’s name on your gun. No kidding. And then there are the basic claptrap rifles that work most of the time and are OK for plinking. They are a little loose and tie up on occasion, but hey, we are only shooting rats at the dump, right?
When the one you love lets you down it isn’t a good feeling. However, just the same—you need to do your maintenance! The AR-15 rifle is a low maintenance firearm compared to the many self-loaders that preceded it, although it wasn’t the first low maintenance military rifle. The M1 .30 Carbine earned that distinction. There are a few little tricks to the AR-15 rifle that will result in a long life, an accurate rifle and good shooting.