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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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AR Basics: Issues That Mimic AR Gas System Problems

Informal tests might suggest an AR's gas system is to blame for a carbine's issues, but there are false positives that can muck up troubleshooting efforts.
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Handguns: How Much Lubrication Do I Need?

Handgun not running right? Your lubrication regime may be to blame. Find out the rules of thumb to keep your gun a well-oiled machine.
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AR Basics: Initial Diagnosis Of AR Gas System Issues

To troubleshoot an AR gas system, the first step is figuring out if the gas system is to blame.
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Modern Shooter: Dave Miller’s Secrets To Breaking More Clay

The Modern Shooter team gets world-class trap shooting advice from world-record holder Dave Miller.
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AR Basics: Understanding Direct Impingement ARs

Most AR rifles utilize a direct impingement gas-operated system to cycle. Understanding it is key to troubleshooting this vital system.
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Reloading: Bearing Surface, Pressure and Accuracy

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.
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Video: Is A Full-Sized Pistol The Best Training Option?

Full-sized pistols have a distinct advantage for training, particularly for beginning shooters.
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Self-Defense: Is Competitive Shooting Good Training?

Competitive Shooting definitely can help advance handgun skills for self-defense, within reason.
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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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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.