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There is no hard and fast rule to when you should clean your guns.

How To

What Will Happen if I Don’t Clean My Gun?

Every time you fire your gun, carbon, lead, copper and plastic—if shooting shotgun—residue are left in the barrel, chamber and action. Fouling built up over time can impact a gun’s reliability. A gunsmith told me his gun cleaning routine depends on the gun. After every use, he cleans his precision rifle. However, he rarely cleans his .22s. Copper build up inside a gun’s barrel can effect the bullets velocity by slowing it down. Further, barrel fouling also affects the barrel’s rifling. Shooting a dirty precision rifle can greatly effect the gun’s accuracy.

Maggie Reese shooting a Colt 1911 competition pistol

Concealed Carry

Match Grade Pistols for Carry and Home Defense

Many of us use a match grade pistol—the IDPA gun or the IPSC gun—for home defense. The reasons are simple. The pistol is accurate, easy to use well, and one that we are likely most familiar with. The pistol may have fired many thousands of rounds without a failure. When it has needed new guns springs, or a magazine has failed, it has been at a high round count. But then you say the authorities on personal defense say you should never carry a modified gun for personal defense. What’s the answer?

Narrow food plot with ladder stand

General

The Hunting Plot That Keeps on Giving: Evolved Harvest Shot Plot

Hunters who have planted or hunted over brassicas know how effective these sweet, late-season forage cultivars are at attracting deer. A fast-growing, high-yield blend of turnips and rapes will attract deer for hunting while providing the critical nutrition they need during late fall and winter. It will also provide you with plenty of action by concentrating deer near your stand.

Crossing M1 Garands

Firearms

The CMP Starts Release of 100,000 M1 Garands!

While I wish we were reporting that the 1911s were ready for distribution, that’s not the case. However, we have something as good, if not better. The CMP received the Garands over the last month or so. Currently, the CMP is busy prepping the guns for sale. Each of the M1s will have to be cleaned, inspected, potentially repaired or rebuilt, and then test fired. Best of all, some of these rifles are already being offered for sale.

roll pins should be just below the surface

Gun Gear

AR-15 Maintenance: Roll Pins

AR-15s are pretty much pinned together. While a staple for many AR-15s, roll pins are not hard to work with, but a misstep could be catastrophic enough to permanently damage your AR-15. Here’s how to perform the essential construction operations associated with roll pins—the professional way.

The term “assault rifle” was hardly ever used, even in the military, until the 1980s.

Concealed Carry

5 Top Gun Control Myths

Whether you believe the anti gunners are uninformed, misinformed, or simply dishonest brokers of the facts, there are still a few gun control myths that are mind boggling to the point you’d wonder how they can even exist at all. In this top 5 list, The Shooter’s Log will cover the ones we considered the wackiest, however, you are free to disagree or pile on a few favorites of your own.

Gas rings on an AR-15 rifle

Firearms

Six Troubleshooting Solutions for AR-15 Function

When something goes wrong and the rifle won’t fire, the first question should always be, “What changed?” Before answering that, we have to determine—or at least I determine—whether we’re talking about a “fresh” rifle going through its shakedown period, or a (previously) trusted gun that’s suddenly decided to stop running. If it’s the first scenario, there’s a longer list of possibilities that include original parts, conditions, and installation quality. This article will focus on the previously-functioning rifle that’s taken a vacation from operation.

Riton optics Mod-7-1-8x28IR-2 riflescope

Optics

Riton Optics Introduces Two New Optics

The RT-S Mod 7 is Riton’s top line, and where both the new 1-8×28’s reside. This line goes head-to-head and toe-to-toe with the best and most expensive optics on the market today—at a much greater value to the consumer. From the 30mm or 34mm main tube to high-end Japanese glass to push/pull locking turrets or the Argon-purging process that makes this scopes completely waterproof, fogproof and shockproof, these and all of Riton’s scopes are covered by Ritons’s Lifetime Replacement warranty.

Bolt Carrier Group BCG AR-15

Gear

Video: How to Clean the AR-15 BCG (With Froglube)

In this video, FrogLube gives step-by-step instructions on how to clean the Bolt Carrier Group (BCG) of an AR-15 using FrogLube products, which are billed as the world’s first Bio-base Weapons Care System. Push Play and get ready to learn how to strip down and clean the BCG as well as the effectiveness of FrogLube’s line of cleaning and lubrication products.

Bump Fire stock

Gun Gear

The BATFE Wants to Hear From You — “Bump Fire” Stocks

The Department of Justice (DOJ) anticipates issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would interpret the statutory definition of “machinegun” in the National Firearms Act of 1934 and Gun Control Act of 1968 to clarify whether certain devices, commonly known as “bump fire” stocks, fall within that definition. Before doing so, the DOJ and ATF need to gather information and comments from the public and industry regarding the nature and scope of the market for these devices.