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The bullet’s bearing surface — the portion of the bullet that contacts the rifling in the barrel — directly correlates to the amount of pressure generated within your barrel, and it can have a definite effect on accuracy.
Full-sized pistols have a distinct advantage for training, particularly for beginning shooters.
Competitive Shooting definitely can help advance handgun skills for self-defense, within reason.
Determining your hold point at a sporting clays station get you in the position for success.
In handgun training, learning to maximize your field of view is as key as proper trigger discipline. After all, you can't hit what you can't see.
You can still practice the majority of your draw stroke even at ranges that don’t allow you pull from your holster.
Swing and follow-through aren't the only aspects that get you shotgun on target. Master fundamental footwork and you'll bag more birds.
A simple stencil in the shape of a sight picture could get you shooting the stuffing out of center mass on your next trip to the range.
Sporting clays shooters go to all ends to break more blue rock, but could greater consistency be as simple as loading your shotgun early at a station?
There are great deals on vintage shotguns for those willing to shop, but you better ask the right question before putting cold, hard cash on the table.
There were a number of great American double-barrel shotguns from the late 19th and early 20th centuries that remain highly collectible and fine shooters.
Self-defense is a fight for your life. The only way to ensure you come out on top is preparation.
The shooting hand's thumb is often ignored, but were it's placed is as important as the trigger finger.
Richard Mann gets you on target with these five shooting drills tailored for concealed carry.
‘Running the gun’ is not exclusive to carbines and handguns. The same principle of staying topped-off and ready should apply to bolt-action precision rifles as well.
The need to practice fast holstering a handgun for self-defense is debatable and in many cases dangerous.

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Competently handling your firearm is only half the equation. The other half is understanding how to react in any given situation. This is where Gun Digest’s how-to section comes into play. Our expert articles, reviews and videos are sure to help you master the most powerful weapon at your disposal—knowledge.