Squad Designated Marksman Rifle

How the US Army Marksmanship Unit builds  Squad Designated Marksman Rifles

by John M. Buol Jr.

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Classic Gunsmithing Books

The classic texts for the gunsmith were written in an age when today’s plethora of aftermarket parts and options didn’t exist. Gunsmiths were challenged to hand build anything that didn’t come standard from the factory and still serve as a foundation to gun work today.

by Steven R. Kern

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Building a Custom Mauser, Part Two

Surplus Mausers are still great for customization. In this second issue of the series we’ll take care of the bolt handle, bolt lugs and drill and tap for scope mounting.

by Wendell Deaner

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A Hard Look At The 1911 Magazines

Magazines are a critical link to reliability in any firearm. Here’s what to look for in the 1911.

by RK Campbell

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Replacing The Extractor On A Ruger MKII Government Model

Ruger MKII Government Model are highly reliable, normally requiring few repairs and a little maintenance. Here’s how working on one created a new customer for me.

by Wendell Deaner

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Familiarizing With The Mosin–Nagant Rifle

Technical advice applicable to the Mosin–Nagant Models 1891, 91/30, 27, 38, 39 and 44. Their actions are essentially the same.

by Chick Blood

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Sales to New Gun Owners

by John M. Buol Jr.

When asked about the state of gun sales in the United States Scott Blackwell, Chief Sales Officer at the Freedom Group said, “It’s about the long-term effect on the shooting sports as a whole, as well as our industry, and how we collectively can do a better job at educating, informing and ultimately leveraging all customers. Think of all the new pistol and AR-15 purchases by people who didn’t own them before. How do we as a group get them out shooting their new product more and enjoying the sport?” This growth in personal responsibility and activity is where the opportunity for the firearms industry lies: Taking those uncertain first-time gun buyers, in addition to inactive current owners, and turning them into enthusiastic participants in shooting, whatever their individual preference.

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