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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.

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Should You Unplug From Your Ballistic Calculator?

Remember: Your ballistic calculator is designed to complement your shooting, not become a crutch.
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On A Draw, When Exactly Is It Trigger Time?

It stumps some, but figuring out when to place your finger on the trigger is an important element to defensive handgun use.
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Video: Mastering Follow Through For Faster Pistol Shooting

Want to shoot fast and accurately? Work on your follow through.
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Video: Properly Using A Defensive AR-15 From Cover

The defensive AR-15 affords many advantages if you employ the right tactics.
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Video: The Firearms Magic Of Turnbull Restoration

True masters of their trade, the craftsmen at Turnbull Restoration Company take ordinary firearms and make them extraordinary.
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Video: Shooting From Non-Traditional Prone Positions

Beyond running and gunning, shooters must master the prone positions to excel in competitive pistol matches.
In this diagram, the front sight is shown in four different positions. If you fire a single shot with a duty handgun, using each of the four sight pictures shown, you will still have a group of about 10 inches at 5 yards.

Self-Defense: How Much Sight Picture Do You Need?

Given a sight picture varies with range and size of the target, how much is adequate in a self-defense situation?
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Modern Shooter: Training Like A Navy SEAL

Modern Shooter gets a first-hand look at firearms training taken to the next level.
This isn’t the scope the author used to whack steel at 640 yards, but were he to try that again, he’d be more than happy to do so with this optic. The performance of the 6.5 warrants the best glass you can park on top of it.

Performance AR-15: Long-Range 6.5 Grendel

An Alexander Arms AR in 6.5 Grendel bangs steel fast and furious past 600 yards with ease.
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Understanding The AR-10 Upper Receiver

Mastering the particulars of the AR-10 upper receiver helps you get more out of the heavy metal brute.
Armalite makes a 7.62 rifle. The older version uses modified M14 magazines.

Decoding The AR-10 Lower Receiver

Understanding the AR-10 lower receiver is key to getting the rifle you want.
When Heavy Metal Division began, iron sights ruled and life was good. Then a lot of shooters got older and found optics were better. Thus, Heavy Metal Tactical was born.

Heavy Metal: Building An AR-10

If you want to compete in the Heavy Metal Division of 3-Gun, you’ll need an AR-10. Here are the basics.
Case thickness cannot be controlled, but by weighing the cases, it keeps the interior volume as consistent as possible.

Ammunition Reloading: Concentrating On Component Consistency

Learn to sweat the small stuff when reloading ammunition and you’ll be rewarded with improved accuracy.
This is a FLIR thermal optic on a .300 Blackout carbine. It offers an affordable thermal sight, with a cost under three grand, and ruggedness enough to last through a lot of nighttime hog-whacking.

Custom AR-15: Hog Guns and .300 Blackout

Equipping your custom AR-15 .300 Blackout with night vision, you can shop for all the pork you could possibly want.
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Performance AR: Build a Mk12 Mod 0

The Mk12 Mod 0 is a heavily customized AR-15 for mid-range sniper use. Here’s how to build your own.
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Pushing The Limits With Extreme Long Range Shooting Competitions

Shooting’s new super sport: extreme long-range shooting
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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.