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Historic Profile: Eugene Stoner

The Eugene Stoner designed Armalite Rifle AR-15 is the most popular rifle design in the US today. Popular for its modularity and performance, it has become a polarizing figure in the media on both sides of the aisle. If the mainstream media is to be believed, the ‘AR’ in AR15 stands for “assault rifle.” Rolling your eyes yet? Such futile …

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What is +P Ammo?

By Guy J. Sagi Ammunition rated +P generates a chamber pressure higher than the cartridge’s published standard, but the level is less than those produced when proof rounds initially torture test a firearm. Increased bullet velocity is the result—an advantage for some self-defense handguns—but not all guns can safely run the hotter loads. In those cases, the added stress can …

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Armalite Rifle History

ArmaLite weapons are synonymous with AR-pattern rifles, which have been ironically coined as ‘Modern Sporting Rifles’ (MSF). Why the irony? The AR-10 which was the precursor to the MSF, was designed in 1955. To put things in perspective, McDonald’s opened in 1955, as did Disneyland. James Dean infamously died that year at age 24, and ABC aired the first episode …

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The Guns of Unforgiven

It’s one of the greatest westerns ever seen on the big screen, and it received an Oscar for best picture to prove it. Clint Eastwood’s 1992 classic Unforgiven is the story of Will Munny (Clint Eastwood). Munny is a former gunslinger who has been “cured” of his fondness for booze and violence by his late wife. Unfortunately, her untimely death …

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The World’s Most Powerful Handguns

When it comes to an analysis of some of the world’s most powerful handguns, it’s hard not to think of Dirty Harry. The grizzled character uttered one of the most iconic linesever by a gun-wielding movie character. After cornering an uncooperative criminal, he pointed his huge revolver at the perpetrator and said, “I know what you are thinking. Did he fire …

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