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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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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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Video: Successfully Reading A Sporting Clays Station

Champion shooter Cory Kruse's tips for sporting clays success. Tactics for finding your break zone and game planning a station for greater sporting clays success.
Performance-AR-SBR-Truck-Gun-LEAD-1021 Here is a ready-to-go SBR, a Sig M400 with a factory 11.5-inch barrel. Put a compact can on it and you have a very handy package. Or, build a clone of it.

Custom AR-15 SBR Truck Gun Build

When you really need a short, handy AR-15, nothing beats an SBR truck gun.
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Double-Action Revolver: Secret To The Trigger

Working the trigger of a double-action revolver quickly and accurately isn’t rocket science, but there is a learning curve.
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AR Basics: Under Gassed? Check Your Gas Rings

Before you crack into the gas system proper, it's good practice to check the status of your gas rings.
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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.
Two 6.5mm bullets. While the heavier 160-grain (L) has all sorts of bearing surface, the sleek 140-grain bullet (R) has less contact with the rifling in spite of being longer.

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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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.