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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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Video: Determining Hold Point In Sporting Clays

Determining your hold point at a sporting clays station get you in the position for success.
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Video: Training Your Field of View

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.
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Video: Practicing Your Draw Without Unholstering Your Handgun

You can still practice the majority of your draw stroke even at ranges that don’t allow you pull from your holster.
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Video: Footwork Fundamentals For The Perfect Shotgun Shot

Swing and follow-through aren't the only aspects that get you shotgun on target. Master fundamental footwork and you'll bag more birds.
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Video: Simple Trick To Shoot Center Mass Every Time

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.
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Video: Simple Tips To Break More Sporting Clays

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?
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20 Questions To Ask When Buying A Vintage Shotgun

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.
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Classic Guns: Great American Double-Barrel Shotguns

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.
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Self-Defense: Developing A Combat Mindset

Self-defense is a fight for your life. The only way to ensure you come out on top is preparation.
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Handguns: What Should You Do With Your Thumb?

The shooting hand's thumb is often ignored, but were it's placed is as important as the trigger finger.
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Video: 5 On Target Self-Defense Shooting Drills

Richard Mann gets you on target with these five shooting drills tailored for concealed carry.
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Precision Shooting: Get Ready To Run Your Bolt-Action Rifle

‘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.
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Concealed Carry: Do You Need To Practice Fast-Holstering A Handgun?

The need to practice fast holstering a handgun for self-defense is debatable and in many cases dangerous.
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Concealed Carry: Immersive Defensive Firearms Training

Defensive firearms training should go well past range time to realistic situations that prepare you for actual lethal force encounters.
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Which Focal Plane Is Right For You?

Choosing the right riflescope can be challenging. One of the first decisions you must make is deciding between a first or second focal plane scope.
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Modern Shooter: Becoming A Tactical Athlete

The Modern Shooter team checks out the dedication to the craft and work required to take your shooting to the top of its game.
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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.