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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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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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AR Basics: Home-Defense Carbine Considerations

There are some specific factors in play when choosing an AR for home defense. Here’s what to consider.
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Reloading: Cup-And-Core, The King Of Deer Bullets?

There's no need to overthink deer bullets. Classic cup-and-core bullets still do the job.
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Gear Review: The Blowback Laser Trainer

Finding time to maintain shooting fundamentals can be a challenge, but the Blowback Laser Trainer provides a realistic solution.
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Reloading: Accuracy’s Unsung Hero — Powder

There are a ton of great powders out there for reloaders — and not all of them are new.
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How-To: Improve Accuracy With Minor Scope Adjustments

Improved accuracy can be a simple as a few adjustment to your scope to improve your view and relieve eye strain.
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How-To: Adjust Iron Sights On Fixed-Sight Pistols And Revolvers

Iron sights on handguns remain a durable and cost-effective option. Check out these tips to adjust the iron sights on your fixed-sight pistol or revolver.
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Modern Shooter: Behind The Scenes At Turnbull Restoration

Get a look how Turnbull Restoration and Manufacturing breathes new life into a classic gun.

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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.