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A new family of AKs firing low-impulse 5.45X39mm ammunition was adopted for service in 1974.

AK-74: Soviet Blaster for the 5.45x39mm Cartridge

Developed in 1970, the AK-74 in 5.45X39mm was the Soviet’s answer to the U.S. Army’s M16 in 5.56mm NATO.
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Classic FBI Guns: Thompson Submachine Gun

Contrary to public opinion, the Thompson submachine gun was not only used by Prohibition-era gangsters. In fact, the “Tommy Gun” was a favorite among early FBI agents as well.
The new and perhaps final version of the AK-12 is very different from the gun the Russians unveiled in 2012.

AK-12: Is This The Final AK?

The AK-12 has improved ergonomics and modularity over the AKM, AK-74 and AK-74M.
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Classic Guns: The Legendary 1911

Colt’s classic 1911 still remains America’s favorite handgun, and there are a host of different models that draw in premiums on the collector’s market.
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The 9 “Best” John Browning Firearms

Browning was one of the most prolific firearms designers in history, producing a number of great guns in his career. Here are nine of his “best.”
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Modern Survival Guns: Beretta M9A3 Review

Beretta’s most famous firearm may well be its Model 92 pistol, first offered in 1975 in 9mm. Now, the impressive new Beretta M9A3 model is a serious contender as a modern survival gun.
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6 John M. Browning Machine Guns That Bring The Noise

John M. Browning is perhaps most widely known for his sporting arms and handguns, but the firearms design genius churned out his fair share of wicked machine guns.
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6 Long Guns To Know From The Spanish-American War

The Spanish-American War was among our country's briefest conflicts, yet it marked the introduction of a number of important advancements when it comes to firearms designs.
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5 Excellent European Bolt-Action Rifles That Hit The Bullseye

Here are five classic European bolt-action rifles that are definitely worth owning and will more than get you on target.
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Video: What Is A Ballistic Coefficient?

What is ballistic coefficient and why does it matter?
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Six Classic Must-Have Centerfire Semi-Auto Pistol Designs

The development of the semi-auto pistol has been marked with some icons that stir the imagination of any true firearms nut. Here are six of these absolute classics.
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Upgrading A Surplus Browning Hi-Power

ROBAR Guns helps to revive and revitalize a standard surplus Browning Hi-Power, and the result is a beautiful, functional pistol.
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How To: Properly Sighting In The AK Rifle

Shooting an AK, or any gun for that matter, is only fun if you hit your targets. And to hit intended targets, one must know how to properly aim the gun.
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4 Historic Bolt-Action Service Rifles That Still See Action

Filling a certain role, and doing it well, military weapons can have long lifespans. How long can be astonishing, as these service rifles prove.
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8 Long Guns You Have to Know from the American Civil War

Here are eight of the long guns that played a role in making the American Civil War the bloodiest conflict in our country's history.
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5 Classic Semi-Automatic Rifles You’ve Got to Own

Semi-automatic rifles certainly reign supreme today, but they've been around for quite some time. Here are some timeless classics for your gun safe.

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