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Assortment of 12 gauge shotguns shells with a shotgun and camo clothing

Firearms

New Shotguns for 2018 — SHOT Show Edition

Shotguns are the ultimate all-purpose firearm. With your favorite shotgun, you can head to the range to bust a few clays, clear a doorway when defending the homestead, or down a deer with slugs buckshot. Therefore, it is no surprise that shotguns are anything but a sideshow. Here are 20+ top scatterguns to fit every shooter’s high demands.

1911 pistol with 3 boxes of ammunition and two empty magazines

Ammunition

The Rock Island 1911 and a History of the .38 Super Cartridge

The .38 Super is dimensionally identical to the .38 ACP of 1900. The .38 ACP fired a 130-grain bullet at 1,100 fps. The .38 Super was a sensation, noted for its high velocity of 1300 fps and nine fast shots. Colt upped the power of the cartridge but used the same length cartridge case and chambered the .38 Super in the 1911 when it dropped production of the .38 ACP pistols. At the time, you had to know not to fire a .38 Super in older Colt 1903 pistols.

Baby Rock pistol pointing down at 45 degree angle in black

Firearms

Range Report: Rock Island Armory’s Baby Rock Rocks!

Recently, Rock Island Armory (Armscor) introduced the 1911A1 .380 ACP known simply as the Baby Rock. Rock fans and shooters everywhere are going to love this handgun. Most small 1911s are more 1911-like than true 1911. The Baby Rock features a plunger tube, slide lock safety, beavertail grip safety, low bore axis and straight to the rear trigger compression. This is a true small 1911.

HK VP9 pistol left side

Firearms

Pistols — The Magnificent 7 (For Beginners and Beyond)

Most shooters are introduced to shooting on .22 LR pistols for good reason. They have a low recoil and offer an easy initial introduction. But what about a “first gun” for new shooters? There will be plenty of dissension and additions to the list, but here are 7 pistols perfect for any new or experienced shooter.

Colt Commander, circa 1975.

Firearms

The 1911 Pistol — Reliability and Accuracy

Originally designed to be used from horseback, the 1911 firearm proved successful during the last cavalry charge in 1916 Mexico. You can carry this traditional sidearm cocked and locked, but do you know why? Read this article and range report to learn why.

Shooting the Rock Island Armory TCM 22 VZ Midsize

Firearms

SHOT 2014 — Rock Island TCM 22 VZ Midsize

What is it good for? When you combine the bullet weight and velocity, you get more than enough for a personal defense round. Not only did Rock Island Armory manufacture an insanely accurate cartridge, but they also combined it with the tried and true 1911 platform.

Picture shows a black, pump-action shotgun.

Firearms

Like a Hot Knife Through Butter: Rock Island M5 Smooth As Silk Pump-Action Shotgun

With one look, experienced shotgunners will probably want to ask, “Just tell me. Is it a Remington 870 or a Mossberg 500 clone?” On the contrary, Rock Island Armory’s M5 pump-action shotgun is neither. The M5 is actually based on the underrated, now obsolete High Standard Manufacturing Flite-King pump-action shotguns. High Standard used to market its shotguns as the “world’s fastest firing pump-action shotguns.” They eject by gravity alone. Sounds crazy, but flip the M5 upside down, click the slide release and it does just that.

RIA1911 Groups

Range Reports

Rock Island 1911A1 and Tactical .45—Range Report

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.