Michael Crites

Licensed Concealed Carry Holder

Michael Crites is el jefe around here. He has spent more than 30 years shooting, learning about guns, and collecting firearms old and new. He holds his Oregon Concealed Handgun License, and beyond self-defense has tried his hand at 3-gun, trap, and distance-shooting, but ultimately enjoys ringing steel in the back 40 of his Oregon farm with one or more of his boys. His mission is to make guns and shooting accessible for everyone, and American Firearms is a passion project to help make that a reality. When not testing products, plinking, or eradicating some kind of pest from around his chicken coops, he’s mountain biking, getting outside, or finding some new trail to get lost in.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Expertise and interests include firearms of all kinds, from Glock clones to long guns, historical warfare, psychology, the Stoics, and making guns both safe and fun for new shooters
  • Enjoys writing about new developments in the world of firearms and inventing fun ways to test products of all kinds
  • Previous work experience: running a small trap club in SW Washington

EXPERIENCE

Crites never went to college nor majored in anything other than hustle and bruised ego. He was fortunate to be introduced to firearms at a young age, winning a few trap tournaments before he could drive and crawling silently through the Pacific Northwest hills every fall in search of a trophy elk. He spent every summer and fall of the first 25 years of his life outdoors, eventually slowing down his outside pursuits when he started a family. In the early 2000s, he was a freelance marketer for a number of outdoor publications and eventually decided to wade back into the world of firearms in 2019 by launching American Firearms, with the goal of trying, testing, and bringing his own expert-level reviews to readers.

FAVORITE QUOTE

“For nothing outside my reasoned choice can hinder or harm it — my reasoned choice above can do this to itself.” Epictetus, Discourses, 3.19.3-3

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February 19, 2024

Lost in the Sauce: The New Daniel Defense PCC

Georgia’s Daniel Defense has long been a big name in factory SBRs and pistol-length ARs in 5.56 and .300 Blackout but plans to get into the pistol caliber carbine market later this year. The unimaginatively named Daniel Defense PCC was at SHOT Show last month but isn’t listed on the company’s site just yet as… Continue reading Lost in the Sauce: The New Daniel Defense PCC

Norma Rockettail

February 19, 2024

Is a .22 Ammo Revolution Underway?

Something is going on when it comes to .22 caliber ammunition. There is both a move to make current .22LR loads much better, delivering almost unheard-of performance out of guns that already exist, as well as introducing new cartridges to further break the mold.

Ohio Ordnance the Recoil Enhanced Automatic Precision Rifle (REAPR) 1300

February 10, 2024

5 Unsung Guns from SHOT Show

The folks that put on the “Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show” issued press creds to something like 2,000 members of the gun media from around the world. Here are the coolest tragically underreported guns from the event that deserve a second (or even first) look.

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February 04, 2024

Beretta Brings Straight Pull Bolt Rifle to America

Beretta has brought an interesting rifle platform across the ocean and is now going full speed ahead with marketing it to Americans. The catch? It is straight-pull, made by robots, innovative, modular, and has a sub-MOA accuracy guarantee.

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January 27, 2024

10 Best Guns of SHOT Show 2024

We spent the week in Las Vegas and saw tons of new guns and products. Here are what we felt were the best.

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January 23, 2024

Breaking: Smith & Wesson Now Makes Lever Action Rifles

On Monday, Smith & Wesson came off the bench that they have been sitting on for 170 years and introduced a lever action rifle. The new Model 1854– so named after the patent the company’s founders filed that year for what became the Volcanic series of lever guns— is a stainless “big loop” rifle that… Continue reading Breaking: Smith & Wesson Now Makes Lever Action Rifles

PSA Krink 1300

January 21, 2024

Top 5 Things We’re Excited About Headed into SHOT Show

Our inbox has been flooded with scores of press releases in the past few weeks and now, with the annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas only a few days away, we’ve whittled it down to five that we found genuinely interesting. Moving past all the pressers that try to make it sound exciting that an… Continue reading Top 5 Things We’re Excited About Headed into SHOT Show

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January 12, 2024

Back with a Bang: SIG Sauer, Ruger & Beretta’s Nostalgic 2024 Lineup

While 2024 looks to have a lot of new guns– and a couple of new gun makers– inbound, it seems like some of the big names are content to just throw out some fan service for the diehards. While some will surely find it exhilarating, others may be turned off by the lack of innovation… Continue reading Back with a Bang: SIG Sauer, Ruger & Beretta’s Nostalgic 2024 Lineup

Gaston Glock Memoriam

January 04, 2024

Herr Glock ist Tot. What now for GLOCK?

Glock pistols are not exciting, but they consistently work under just about any conditions. Probably the world’s most torture-tested handgun other than the Hi-Point C9, it has repeatedly proved itself to be indestructible except when found by a large breed dog with a proclivity for chewing on polymer. This means that something like 65 percent… Continue reading Herr Glock ist Tot. What now for GLOCK?

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December 26, 2023

Beretta Tripling Down on Single Action Model 92 Game

The Beretta 92 is one of the most iconic double action/single action autoloading pistols of the 20th Century. However, it is now on track to become one of the best SAO handguns of the 21st.

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December 21, 2023

Everything is coming up 2011

The fad of doubling the magazine capacity of an optimized and accurized 1911 then converting it from the standard and iconic .45 ACP to the soft-recoiling 9mm has hit modern gun culture like a tornado and there are a couple of new developments.

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December 12, 2023

Is Ruger Trying to Jumpstart Another Forgotten Round?

You may not remember this, but FN coughed up the 5.7x28mm round in 1990 after nearly a decade of R&D. The Belgian gunmaker had a wrap on the cartridge and the guns– the Five-Seven pistol and P90 PDW– that used it for decades. This made it very niche and, by 2019, was close to falling… Continue reading Is Ruger Trying to Jumpstart Another Forgotten Round?

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December 05, 2023

New From Glock for 2024: Gen 5 G29/G30, G17L Coming Back, and More

Glock last week invited a bunch of industry types to tour the factory in Georgia and lots of stuff is leaking out. James Reeves has apparently been allowed to speak to some of it, which he has done via Reddit and other outlets. The news includes confirmation that the subcompact 10mm and .45 ACP “Baby… Continue reading New From Glock for 2024: Gen 5 G29/G30, G17L Coming Back, and More

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December 03, 2023

Springfield Hellcat Pro Review: 4,000 Rounds & One Year Later [Hands-On]

Building on a 25-year legacy of making polymer-framed striker-fired semi-automatic pistols, the Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro is often overshadowed by some other micro compacts with more prominent name recognition but the Hellcat deserves an honest look by anyone seeking a dependable and capable handgun for personal defense. We’ve been evaluating our test gun for months… Continue reading Springfield Hellcat Pro Review: 4,000 Rounds & One Year Later [Hands-On]

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November 28, 2023

Ruger Making Strides in Rebooting Marlin Lever Guns

Ruger has only had three years at bat in the lever gun game, plunging headfirst with the acquisition of the damaged old Marlin brand, but they are well on the way to a win. The Marlin Firearms Company is legendary, at least when it comes to lever-action “cowboy” style rifles. Formed in 1870 by the… Continue reading Ruger Making Strides in Rebooting Marlin Lever Guns

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November 19, 2023

Is the .40 S&W Dead or Just Misunderstood?

Once the king of the ring for a decade when it came to personal defense handgun rounds, the popularity of the .40 S&W has been on a steady decline for the past several years but don’t count it out just yet.

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November 09, 2023

Glock Finally Dropped a Factory 19L: Meet the New (To Glock) G49

For those familiar with Glock’s history and tradition, Ole Gustav coughed up the pistol that would become the Glock 17 in the early 1980s from a blank sheet of paper and carved out a future for the young company as the leader of polymer-framed striker-fired pistols. The gently shorter and more compact Glock 19 appeared… Continue reading Glock Finally Dropped a Factory 19L: Meet the New (To Glock) G49

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November 06, 2023

Has SIG Sauer Made a Power Move in the 10mm Carry Game?

America’s cyclical love/hate/love affair with the 10mm Auto has perhaps never been more vibrant. Originally cooked up by Col. Jeff “Because they Don’t Make a .46” Cooper of Gunsite fame for his failed Bren Ten concept gun, the 10mm was quietly kept going through the late 1980s and into the 2000s by the Colt Delta… Continue reading Has SIG Sauer Made a Power Move in the 10mm Carry Game?

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November 01, 2023

The Best Budget AR-15 Scopes

Technology often has a fantastic trickle-down effect. Anti-lock brakes used to be fully optional – now they’re standard safety features. The same kinds of dynamics are at play in the world of AR-15 optics. You’d be surprised what you can get in an AR-15 scope under $100 – while these aren’t going to be as… Continue reading The Best Budget AR-15 Scopes

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October 22, 2023

TASER Pulse Review: Watt’s Up Doc

The evolution from primitive weapons to modern self-defense tools has been nothing short of remarkable. Long gone are the days of relying on stones or pointy sticks — since the invention of firearms, humans have always sought better and more effective ways to protect themselves. Enter the TASER Pulse, a less-than-lethal tool that promises safety… Continue reading TASER Pulse Review: Watt’s Up Doc

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October 14, 2023

Review of the Ruger SFAR: A 7 Pound .308 That Carries Like a 5.56

Ruger recently debuted what they term the Small Frame Autoloading Rifle, or SFAR, which is nearly identical to a common 5.56-caliber M4 but carries the satisfying wallop of a .308-caliber AR-10. We’ve put one through its paces and have a full review of why you should– or should not– add one to your gun safe.

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September 03, 2023

Admiral: A New Name Enters the 1911 Game

In 1911, Colt began production of their now-iconic Government Issue Model pistol, which was of course adopted by the U.S. Army that year as the Model of 1911. Other than licensed production by a few companies– North American Arms and Remington Arms – UMC– as well as production by the Army-owned Springfield Armory during the… Continue reading Admiral: A New Name Enters the 1911 Game

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August 21, 2023

Hellion Bullpup: Now in Three Flavors

Springfield Armory has been importing its American take on the Croatian-made VHS2 5.56 NATO chambered bullpup carbine for a minute, and now they have expanded the line up to include both 18- and 20-inch variants, really growing the family. The HS Produkt VHS is a legit combat rifle, already seeing some real-life service around the… Continue reading Hellion Bullpup: Now in Three Flavors

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August 14, 2023

The Yeet has Finally Hit the Streets

While the planned release date on the gun slipped from late 2019 to August 2023, the Hi-Point YC-9 Yeet Cannon has finally made it to the market.

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August 07, 2023

A Look At The World of Micro Compact 9mm Pistols

A category of handguns that didn’t even exist before 2018, the micro compact 9mm is exploding in popularity, with almost 20 models currently in production. Let’s look at what these guns are, why they are important, and how they stack up against each other.

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August 07, 2023

A Look at Trijicon’s Updated RMR & New RCR Closed Emitter MRD

So as you may have heard, Trijicon Has an Updated RMR and Enclosed Pistol Dot The Trijicon RMR is one of the most seen pistol (or auxiliary rifle) red dots in hard use service today and it is not surprising that the company has updated the dot in the form of the new RMR HD.… Continue reading A Look at Trijicon’s Updated RMR & New RCR Closed Emitter MRD

Shake Awake Trigger

July 31, 2023

The P320 Shake Awake Trigger?

SIG Sauer has been getting a lot of flak over their P320 series pistols in recent years over perceived safety concerns and a new video just poured gas on the fire.

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July 25, 2023

What’s up with the 5.7 Resurgence?

The FN 5.7x28mm cartridge first hit the market over 30 years ago and almost died out but, in the past few years, has seen a remarkable jump in popularity. Why? 

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July 17, 2023

The Echelon: Is Springfield Armory Getting It Right?

Today’s Springfield Armory, Inc dates to 1974 and, when it comes to handguns, primarily makes assorted 1911s and 2011s (the terribly received Prodigy) domestically then imports pistols from Croatia’s HS Produkt— the XD series (HSP G2, SF, and S series) and the Hellcat (the HSP S7). Now, the company appears to be putting the XD… Continue reading The Echelon: Is Springfield Armory Getting It Right?

Taurus Judge Review - Profile

July 13, 2023

Taurus Judge Review: From The Courtroom to The Range

The Taurus Judge, most people know about it and love it but many don’t know the importance of this revolver. Before the Taurus Judge nearly every firearm had one intended purpose. A shotgun was for hunting and shooting clays, a rifle was for hunting or defense, and pistols were mainly designed and used for self-defense… Continue reading Taurus Judge Review: From The Courtroom to The Range

Look at the Q Boombox

July 10, 2023

News: A Look at the Q Boombox: the first gas-operated 8.6 BLK

Kevin Brittingham of Q was one of the big brains at the old-school AAC when that company developed the original Honey Badger and the .300 Blackout more than a decade ago. Well, AAC flip-flopped between Remington and is now at Palmetto State Armory, while Brittingham, along with AAC’s Ethan Lessard, long ago left to start… Continue reading News: A Look at the Q Boombox: the first gas-operated 8.6 BLK

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July 05, 2023

News: Luth Saves The Slick Sided A1 Day, Sub Guns Holding Fast, and a New Marlin 1894

Luth Sails to the Rescue with Slick Side A1 Uppers Whereas no one wanted a fixed A1 style upper just 15 years ago, as they were obsolete and so https://youtu.be/qV4Q-RSQCq0 “Fortunate Son” in an age when everyone wanted a flattop, they have since become almost impossible to find. Now, as everyone suddenly wants to make… Continue reading News: Luth Saves The Slick Sided A1 Day, Sub Guns Holding Fast, and a New Marlin 1894

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July 04, 2023

The Best Glock Barrels in 2023

No matter if you are doing a new build from the ground up or are out to upgrade your Glock’s current barrel, you’ll need some guidance. Your Glock’s barrel is one of the most important components of the pistol, and there are lots of things to keep in mind before you add one to a… Continue reading The Best Glock Barrels in 2023

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July 02, 2023

SIG M400 Review: A Duty-Grade AR That Won’t Break the Bank

The SIG M400 is a popular AR-15 rifle (and one of our favorites) that is known for its accuracy, reliability, and value. It is a great choice for both beginners and experienced shooters. The SIG Sauer M400-SDI XSeries is one of the latest iterations of Sig’s line of AR-style rifles. Utilizing some advancements and upgrades… Continue reading SIG M400 Review: A Duty-Grade AR That Won’t Break the Bank

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June 30, 2023

News: SIG Optics, Viridian, POF-USA, and KAK Industry Announce New Summer 2023 Products

SIG Ups Whiskey to 4th Gen SIG’s Electro-Optics wing is fairly new, just eight years old. Their naming convention is easy to figure out, borrowing from the NATO phonetic alphabet. For instance, Romeo is set aside for non-magnified red dots, Juliet for magnifiers, Zulu for binos, Kilo for rangefinders, Foxtrot for lights, etc. Their Whiskey… Continue reading News: SIG Optics, Viridian, POF-USA, and KAK Industry Announce New Summer 2023 Products

Beretta Bobcat M21A Review - EDC Pocket Load Out

June 27, 2023

Beretta Bobcat Review: A Palm Full of 22 Caliber Prevention

The Beretta Model 21A, commonly just called the Bobcat, is an ultra-compact semi-auto pistol offered in .22LR and .25 ACP. With a single-stack magazine that gives the user 7-8 rounds, it is fun to shoot, can be dependable in operation with the right ammo, and is easy to load and operate with its “tip-up” barrel… Continue reading Beretta Bobcat Review: A Palm Full of 22 Caliber Prevention

Vortex Sonora on my HK 416 .22LR

June 24, 2023

HK416 Review: A New Take on the Iconic HK416

The 5.56×45mm NATO HK416 A5 occupies a kind of iconic status in the world of guns. Its lineage, historical significance, and performance capabilities have made it the go-to rifle in various spheres of the shooting world, from military and law enforcement agencies as well as gun safes of private owners. Its standing is hard to… Continue reading HK416 Review: A New Take on the Iconic HK416

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June 20, 2023

News: Nighthawk’s Double stack Boardroom, a competition-ready Holosun 507, & Anderson’s Legit Budget Dissipator

Nighthawk Goes Boardroom Double stack Nighthawk Custom makes some of the nicest 1911s around and their Boardroom series is among their top-shelf offerings. Now, with everyone making a double-stack 2011 these days, Nighthawk has pulled a “hold my small batch IPA” and introduced the new Boardroom Double Stack 9mm, or BDS9. With such Gucci features… Continue reading News: Nighthawk’s Double stack Boardroom, a competition-ready Holosun 507, & Anderson’s Legit Budget Dissipator

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June 18, 2023

Vortex Sonora Reviewed: Affordable Mid-Power Precision

Many a rifle whisper will spew forth the advice that one should “spend as much on the glass as the rifle” — but what if that’s not in the cards? I’m more of a “spend what you can realistically afford” kind of guy, which means certain brands aren’t really on the radar a lot of… Continue reading Vortex Sonora Reviewed: Affordable Mid-Power Precision

AAC E3

June 12, 2023

News: AAC E3: Coming soon, new CMMG Dissent Rifles, & Ghost Gunner has SIG P320’d the Glock

AAC E3: Coming soon Advanced Armament Corp, better just known by its AAC acronym, is a brand that was one of the first big suppressor makers. They were responsible for the Honey Badger and the .300 Blackout before Remington Outdoors gobbled them up and basically destroyed the company. The brains trust there included John Hollister,… Continue reading News: AAC E3: Coming soon, new CMMG Dissent Rifles, & Ghost Gunner has SIG P320’d the Glock

June 07, 2023

AR-15 Laser Sight Reviews: Top Picks for 2023

Ah, the laser sight. Conjuring up images of Stallone’s iconic “Cobra” or the jungle hunts of “Predator,” laser sights have made a lasting impression on our imaginations. Chasing the fantasy alongside our childhood heroes, we dove deep into the realm of AR lasers, leaving behind the Hollywood nonsense and highlighting their unique practicality.

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June 06, 2023

News: Pistol Brace Era Ends, Weatherby’s new 307 rifles, & new TriStar Matrix Shotguns

Well, the Pistol Brace Era has Ended (at least for now) With the 120-day amnesty period allowed by the ATF to register, modify, turn in, or destroy the estimated 3 million to 40 million large format pistols equipped with stabilizing braces now expired, starting June 1st those who have one could face up to 10… Continue reading News: Pistol Brace Era Ends, Weatherby’s new 307 rifles, & new TriStar Matrix Shotguns

June 04, 2023

Best Shooting Tripods: Hunting & Precision Game Changers

As a hunter and provider, there is no worse feeling than knowing you just made a poor shot on an animal due to a lack of stability. As hunters, we want to make the most ethical shot possible so the animal doesn’t suffer, and that begins with a stable shooting position. That’s why many hunters… Continue reading Best Shooting Tripods: Hunting & Precision Game Changers

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May 29, 2023

News: GX4 Safety Notice, New Colt 1908, Ruger LC Charger 5.7, SA Saint Law Folder

Taurus GX4 Safety Notice Taurus says that some (not all) “GX4 pistols assembled and sold only in the United States may, under certain circumstances, discharge when dropped.” If you have one, they advise you to “safely unload and stop using your GX4 IMMEDIATELY. Failure to observe this warning may result in injury or death to… Continue reading News: GX4 Safety Notice, New Colt 1908, Ruger LC Charger 5.7, SA Saint Law Folder

May 26, 2023

Best Shooting Sticks: Elevate Your Hunting Game

While U.S. hunting participation has declined by almost half since the 50s, more than 11 million Americans participate in hunting activities today — taking more than 147 million trips annually — so hunting remains a very popular sport. While often not the first piece of kit that comes to mind when building out your bag,… Continue reading Best Shooting Sticks: Elevate Your Hunting Game

FFP Rifle Scope Mounted on a Bolt Action Rifle

May 23, 2023

Best First Focal Plane (FFP) Scopes

Are you a fan of long-range shooting? Are you constantly putting your targets out further and further? If so, then you need to start thinking about first focal plane (FFP) rife scopes. These scopes are fantastic optics for long-range rifle enthusiasts, and they’ve become far more popular in recent years. There are a lot of… Continue reading Best First Focal Plane (FFP) Scopes

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May 23, 2023

News: SW PC M&P 10mm M2.0, a ‘Star Spangled Banger’ Desert Eagle, & Compensated CR920P

Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P 10mm M2.0 Smith & Wesson introduced their M&P model pistol in 10mm Auto earlier this year and now has a tuned Performance Center model. The new PC M&P 10mm has all the same things the standard model has but uses enhanced features such as a ported 5.6-inch barrel, optic-height… Continue reading News: SW PC M&P 10mm M2.0, a ‘Star Spangled Banger’ Desert Eagle, & Compensated CR920P

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May 15, 2023

News: Hellcat Pro Threaded Barrel, SA Operator in 9mm, More Turkish 1911s, & a Ruger Suppressor Host

Hellcat Pro Threaded Barrel Version There are lots of micro-compact 9mm pistols on the market today, with SIG alone having like 30 different variants and subvariants of the P365 and everyone from Stoeger to Smith & Wesson and Kimber to Canik making more. However, none that I can think of have a factory threaded barrel… Continue reading News: Hellcat Pro Threaded Barrel, SA Operator in 9mm, More Turkish 1911s, & a Ruger Suppressor Host

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May 08, 2023

News: P210 Carry Custom Works, DBX 57 Stormtrooper, SA Threaded Barrels, & Girsan Negotiator

P210 Carry Custom Works SIG has added a new Custom Works P210 model to its catalog this month. With the Germans and Swiss no longer making the vaunted classic, it has been left to the American branch to keep the flame going on these single-action single-stack 9mm handguns. The newest model takes the rather plain… Continue reading News: P210 Carry Custom Works, DBX 57 Stormtrooper, SA Threaded Barrels, & Girsan Negotiator

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May 07, 2023

A Long Term Review of the PSA PA-15

In today’s review, we’ll be diving deep into the world of affordable, American-made firearms as we explore the Palmetto State PA-15 rifle. Known for its balance of value and performance, the PA-15 has become a popular choice for those looking to enter the AR-15 market without breaking the bank — but does it really stand… Continue reading A Long Term Review of the PSA PA-15

May 04, 2023

The Best Gun Trigger Locks in 2023

Proper gun safety is a cornerstone of responsible gun ownership. But sometimes, a gun safe or cabinet won’t fit the bill. Some can take too long to open – preventing you from accessing your weapon in a hurry -and they tend to be both very large and expensive – meaning you need to be ready… Continue reading The Best Gun Trigger Locks in 2023

Lone Wolf Dusk 19

May 01, 2023

News: Lone Wolf DUSK19 Pistols, Grayguns’ P320 Verdict, & Movie Mausers Hit the Market

Lone Wolf DUSK19 Series Pistols One of the biggest (and original) players in the Glock clone game is looking to carve some more market away from Gaston. At the CANCON event at the Ben Avery Range in Phoenix, Arizona over the weekend, Lone Wolf announced the DUSK19 series of complete 9mm pistols. The new handgun… Continue reading News: Lone Wolf DUSK19 Pistols, Grayguns’ P320 Verdict, & Movie Mausers Hit the Market

April 27, 2023

The Best Side Charging Upper Receivers in 2023

  The AR-15, when in well-trained hands, is one of the most capable weapons systems ever designed. That longstanding performance and adoption of the firearm across the globe is a testament to Eugene Stoner‘s engineering brilliance. Of course, no gun is perfect, and with time innovations give every platform an opportunity for an update. One… Continue reading The Best Side Charging Upper Receivers in 2023

April 25, 2023

2023 Roundup: Top M&P 15-22 Suppressors for Every Budget

Smith & Wesson’s M&P 15-22 is a quality firearm that will quickly become anyone’s rimfire favorite. The M&P 15-22 is Smith & Wesson’s .22 variant of the tactical M&P 15 semi-automatic rifle. This firearm is designed for recreational shooting (plinking) as well as small-game hunting. It was modeled after the traditional AR-15 but – thanks… Continue reading 2023 Roundup: Top M&P 15-22 Suppressors for Every Budget

April 24, 2023

The Best .300 Blackout Uppers in 2023

Despite all of the lasers, tech accessories, and modern features, the AR platform is more than half a century old. Originally chambered in .308 as the AR10, Eugene Stoner made a rifle that was chambered for a round that was full of compromises, the 5.56 NATO. To be fair, we certainly like the 5.56mm: it’s… Continue reading The Best .300 Blackout Uppers in 2023

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April 17, 2023

The 16 Coolest Things We Saw at NRA Show

We hit the aisles at the 152nd NRA Annual Meetings in Indy over the weekend and scoped out all the interesting stuff to talk about. Buckle up and dive in!

April 13, 2023

The Best 6.5 Grendel BCGs in 2023

The 6.5 Grendel is a flat shooting round with little recoil, so many shooters are switching to this caliber in their ARs. However, to change to this caliber, you need to change the upper, including the bolt carrier group (BCG). What are the best 6.5 BCGs? I’m glad you asked because we compiled this list… Continue reading The Best 6.5 Grendel BCGs in 2023

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April 09, 2023

Two Very Different Auto Ordnance 1911s

On the eve of the NRA Show, where gun makers are easily able to interface with the masses, you see lots of cosmetic changes to existing platforms which are largely made to have something “new” on hand for the event. It usually helps if they are of the red meat variety as well as befitting… Continue reading Two Very Different Auto Ordnance 1911s

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April 09, 2023

Glock Finally Makes an American G28

Introduced back in the 1990s along with the G26 in 9mm and the G27 in .40 S&W, the similarly sized Glock 28 was a double stack .380 that runs a modified blowback action. As it was made in Austria and too small for import under the ATF’s requirements for pistols, about the only way folks… Continue reading Glock Finally Makes an American G28

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April 09, 2023

LA Gets Tough on Deputy with ‘Assault Rifles’

In a move sure to make zero friends among the boys in blue and tan, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon last week brought charges against an LA County Sheriff’s deputy for “unlawfully possessing an assault rifle and tracer ammunition at his home.” While law enforcement for years enjoyed an exemption to the state’s… Continue reading LA Gets Tough on Deputy with ‘Assault Rifles’

Ruger Super Wrangler

April 04, 2023

New Ruger Super Wrangler 22 Magnum Convertible

When Ruger Wrangler popped out in 2019, it was a basic no-frills .22 LR single-action revolver styled on their well-liked Single-Six but cheaper. We laid hands on early Wrangler models at NRAAM four years ago and thought it was okay, but wished it had better sights, a longer barrel, and was sold with an option… Continue reading New Ruger Super Wrangler 22 Magnum Convertible

April 04, 2023

Marlin Announces New Ruger-made 336 .30-30

The saga behind Ruger’s reboot of the old Marlin brand like a Phoenix from the ash heap of the old Remington Outdoors has been well-documented in these pages in the past. The TL, DR version is that Ruger bought a lot of parts and all the rights and technical packages in Remington’s bankruptcy sale, then… Continue reading Marlin Announces New Ruger-made 336 .30-30

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April 03, 2023

Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro, Now in Platinum

As we reported two weeks ago, Springfield Armory is bringing a lot of new colors to its catalog in time for the upcoming NRA Show later this month. The newest addition to this is a two-toned Hellcat Pro with a matte black frame, sights, surface controls, barrel, and trigger fitted to a slide in Platinum… Continue reading Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro, Now in Platinum

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April 01, 2023

The Best AR-15 Upper Receivers in 2023

Arguably one of the most vital elements of the AR-15 is picking the right upper receiver group. After all, your upper provides the lock-up between the bolt and barrel, leaving you with either an accurate and dependable firearm or something that offers little more than consistent frustration. If you want to build an AR for… Continue reading The Best AR-15 Upper Receivers in 2023

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March 28, 2023

For those who want an 1875 Remington in…9mm?

Taylor’s & Company, a Virginia-based outfit that collaborates with a host of Italian replica makers to reproduce historical firearms, has teamed up with Uberti to take a stab at the Remington 1875 single-action but in a much more modern caliber. While the classic wheelguns, which was introduced by Remmy two years after Colt debuted the… Continue reading For those who want an 1875 Remington in…9mm?

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March 28, 2023

EAA Goes Tips Up for 380 Fans

EAA, the guys who have been importing all sorts of guns from Europe over the past 35 years or so, are looking to outdo Beretta on one of its staple concepts– the small tip-up barreled pistol. The new MC 14 T is made in Turkey by Girsan and imported by EAA. A 13+1 capacity .380… Continue reading EAA Goes Tips Up for 380 Fans

March 28, 2023

The Best .224 Valkyrie Uppers in 2023

The AR-15 platform in its standard caliber, the 5.56mm NATO, is an excellent rifle, but at 500 yards or so, the round’s limitations become pretty apparent. It was, after all, intended as a multi-role combat rifle and not a long-range tack driver. That’s why, in recent years, people have been going with bigger pills and,… Continue reading The Best .224 Valkyrie Uppers in 2023

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March 26, 2023

The Best Long Range AR-15 Uppers in 2023

Long the domain of bolt-action tack drivers, the AR-15 can be a solid long-range performer, so long as you’re using an upper made for hitting targets at range. Granted, you can shoot any gun at long range, but some are certainly better suited for it than others! There are many AR-15 variants, chamberings, and barrel… Continue reading The Best Long Range AR-15 Uppers in 2023

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March 20, 2023

New from Vortex: Meet the Defender-CCW Micro Dot

Vortex Optics has a new micro red dot in the catalog: Defender CCW. It uses an RMS footprint, offers choices in either a 3 or 6 MOA red dot reticle variants, and has what the company says “delivers the biggest sight window in its class for both-eyes shooting and enhanced peripheral vision.” Auto-Shutoff is at… Continue reading New from Vortex: Meet the Defender-CCW Micro Dot

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March 20, 2023

Springfield Armory has lots of new Color Choices

One of the common tropes headed into the annual NRA Show is a bevy of new-ish product announcements which are typically nothing more than gun makers releasing updated colorways to existing product lines. With the NRAAM set for April in Indianapolis, cue the color announcements! Springfield Armory is jumping into the Crayola box with a… Continue reading Springfield Armory has lots of new Color Choices

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March 20, 2023

Bear Creek Debuts 10mm, .45 PCCs

North Carolina-based Bear Creek Arsenal has just announced they are branching out from their traditional 5.56 AR fare to blowback-actioned pistol caliber carbines. Using AR styling and Glock-compatible mag wells, the AR-10MM and companion AR-45 platforms are suppressor ready with threaded muzzles. Both use side-charging handles and an 8-ounce buffer. Each will be available in… Continue reading Bear Creek Debuts 10mm, .45 PCCs

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March 20, 2023

SIG Buys Israeli Combat Robot Company

Sig Sauer just acquired an Israeli defense company, General Robotics, whose name points you to the fact that the latter is into a lot of stuff like remote weapons stations and unmanned drones. Sig recently used one of GR’s remote stations, paired with their LM338 machine gun, at an event in Nevada just before SHOT… Continue reading SIG Buys Israeli Combat Robot Company

March 20, 2023

The Best 6.5 Grendel Uppers in 2023

The 6.5 Grendel has become one of the more popular choices for long-range shooters in the last several years. When compared to the 5.56mm, the larger round of the 6.5 adds long-range oomph where the 5.56 NATO can fail to impress. In this piece, we’re going to cover some of the best 6.5 Grendel upper… Continue reading The Best 6.5 Grendel Uppers in 2023

March 20, 2023

The Best Bergara Rifles in 2023

Bergara first appeared on the scene in the U.S. in 2013 with small batches of outrageously accurate precision rifles and has gone on to be widely adopted by competitive shooters, law enforcement, and hunters. But who’s behind these fine rifles and which of these quality rifles are for you? We dive deep into the best… Continue reading The Best Bergara Rifles in 2023

March 20, 2023

Mastering the 10mm: Top Pistols and Essential Buying Tips

In the diverse world of self-defense sidearms, while the 9mm pistols have traditionally held the spotlight, the 10mm variant is carving out a distinctive niche for itself. But what makes the 10mm stand out, and is it the right choice for you? In particular, for those venturing into the wild or residing in the backcountry,… Continue reading Mastering the 10mm: Top Pistols and Essential Buying Tips

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March 13, 2023

Looking for a new 38 Super Comp? MPA has one

Georgia’s MasterPiece Arms has a new DS series race gun in the showroom– one chambered in .38 Super Comp Major. Now, this is not a regular .38 Super but rather intended specifically for IPSC and USPSA competing athletes in Open Division classes. Pistols ready to run such Major Power Factor ammunition are tough to come… Continue reading Looking for a new 38 Super Comp? MPA has one

Rock River Arms AR-15

March 13, 2023

Rock River Armory Goes DMR

Illinois-based Rock River Arms has introduced six new rifles for 2023, all in what they are calling their Operator DMR (Designated Marksman Rifle) series. Four are .308/7.62 NATO AR-10 style rifles while two are .223/5.56 NATO AR-15 pattern guns. Most will run 20-inch chrome-lined barrels (with a 16-inch variant available in both calibers) paired with… Continue reading Rock River Armory Goes DMR

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March 13, 2023

Beretta Releases Three New Bobcats

Beretta has been making the Bobcat (Model 21) pistol for the past 40 years and only recently started making them in colors other than black or Inox (aluminum) and in what they call a Covert model that comes with a factory-threaded barrel, the latter something that many Bobcat owners often pay $125-$200 to have done… Continue reading Beretta Releases Three New Bobcats

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March 13, 2023

SIG Announces Four New 9mm Pistols

Making sure they have all the niches covered, SIG this month has already announced at least four new 9mm handguns, including three P320 variants. The new P320s on the menu include Navy SEAL Foundation and Marine Raider Foundation commemoratives– a portion of the proceeds from the sale of these models earmarked to support those not-for-profits.… Continue reading SIG Announces Four New 9mm Pistols

March 08, 2023

The Best Truck Gun Racks in 2023

If you regularly travel with a firearm, you know the importance of keeping it secured. Not only to protect the gun, scope, and people inside the vehicle but also to obey local laws. Thankfully, many products can help to meet these requirements. However, some products are significantly better than others — and some designs simply… Continue reading The Best Truck Gun Racks in 2023

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March 08, 2023

Savage Adds Driven Hunter to Impulse Straight Pull Line

Savage announced their straight-pull bolt action Impulse series guns a couple of years back and they have, thus far, proved popular enough for the company to introduce additional models. The newest is the Driven Hunter, which runs shorter (18-20 inches depending on the caliber) barrels on a gray synthetic stock. Offered in 6.5 Creedmoor, .308,… Continue reading Savage Adds Driven Hunter to Impulse Straight Pull Line

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March 08, 2023

Volquartsen downsizes the VT2 to .22 LR

Rimfire masters Volquartsen introduced their semi-auto VT2 Takedown rifle a little while back in .22 Magnum and .17 HMR, and now have it in .22 LR. While that doesn’t seem like a big deal, keep in mind the rimfire market is something like 80 percent .22 LR, so odds are this variant will by far… Continue reading Volquartsen downsizes the VT2 to .22 LR

March 08, 2023

Sig Sauer Debuts Civilian Variant of New Army Rifle

Last year, Sig Sauer pulled down what stands to be the largest rifle contract in 60 years by winning the Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon system award. The rifle for the NGSW, the XM7, is now available to consumers in an NFA-compliant semi-auto variant complete with a 16-inch barrel. While the Army’s rifle is chambered… Continue reading Sig Sauer Debuts Civilian Variant of New Army Rifle

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March 08, 2023

Cosaint Arms New 2011 CP Series

North Carolina’s Cosaint Arms has been cranking out double stack 2011 style pistols for a minute and their new model, dubbed the CP series, uses a “uniquely designed” ported slide, and barrel that sort of resembles the integrated comps seen on the Sig Sauer P365 XMacro Comp and P320 AXG Comp. The CP series includes… Continue reading Cosaint Arms New 2011 CP Series

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March 08, 2023

S&W Introduces Folding 9mm Carbine, the FPC

Smith & Wesson is continuing to claw at the air with new products for 2023 by producing a 9mm pistol caliber carbine. As sort of a no-brainer, it is based on their M&P9 pistol but with a longer 16-inch barrel. Of interest, the carbine, dubbed the FPC, has a left-folding barrel assembly that roughly drops… Continue reading S&W Introduces Folding 9mm Carbine, the FPC

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February 28, 2023

SilencerCo Will Paint Your Old Can (or New One)

Utah-based SilencerCo announced something that would seem to be a no-brainer when it comes to suppressor makers: a Custom Paint Project. The concept is simple, with the company’s Cerakote-certified team able to refinish suppressors in one of five different colors for the cost of $89. Ideally, if you have a can that is going back… Continue reading SilencerCo Will Paint Your Old Can (or New One)

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February 28, 2023

Beretta Channels King Tut for One-of-a-Kind Shotgun

One thing that Beretta does really well is make unique exhibition-grade shotguns and their latest was presented at the Safari Club International Convention in Nashville, Tennessee last week. No word on the price, which is surely in the mid-six figure range, but it was created to mark the 100th Anniversary of the discovery of King… Continue reading Beretta Channels King Tut for One-of-a-Kind Shotgun

February 28, 2023

Wilson Combat Debuts 16 Models of Customized P365s

Bill Wilson loves to take good platforms and make them better. He’s done it with the 1911, Glock, the P320, and the Beretta 92. His latest effort is a team-up with Sig Sauer to take their basic fire control units and some small parts for the P365 and make them into something superb– the WCP365.… Continue reading Wilson Combat Debuts 16 Models of Customized P365s

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February 28, 2023

NYPD Taps Sako for Precision Rifle Needs

Beretta-owned Finnish rifle maker Sako announced last week they are delivering an unspecified quantity of their top-shelf TRG M10 multi-caliber sniper systems to the New York Police Department’s elite response them, the Emergency Service Unit. A bolt-action rifle with a fully adjustable right-folding stock, the TRG M10 is produced in .308 Winchester, .300 Win Mag,… Continue reading NYPD Taps Sako for Precision Rifle Needs

RIII URG

February 28, 2023

New from Daniel Defense: RIII URGs

Daniel Defense debuted their RIII rail system last year. If you know anything about Daniel, you know that they kind of invented the quad rail game, then matured that concept to the RISII series, the latter developed for SOCOM. The RIII s modeled after the now extensively proven RIS II but runs M-LOK slots which… Continue reading New from Daniel Defense: RIII URGs

February 25, 2023

The Best Pistol Safes in 2023

Storing handguns in a pistol safe is a best practice for any gun owner who owns a handgun, and gun owners have a universal responsibility to prevent our firearms from causing injury or harm. A critical piece of this puzzle is ensuring our guns are safely stored when not in use. The meaning of “safely… Continue reading The Best Pistol Safes in 2023

February 24, 2023

The Best 9mm Ammo in 2023

Gun Basics Possibly the most popular centerfire ammunition made today, and almost certainly one of the most prolific, landing on the right 9mm ammo load for home defense, plinking, or carry ammo can sometimes get a little overwhelming.  We dive deep into the world of Herr Luger to point you in the right direction for… Continue reading The Best 9mm Ammo in 2023

February 24, 2023

Best Ankle Holsters: Add CCW Versatility

An ankle carry holster lets you carry a gun or backup weapon on your lower leg while keeping your upper torso unencumbered from larger, bulkier holsters. These holsters are designed to make it nearly impossible for people to detect (or print) your firearm, are small, stable, and do their job without jostling or discomfort. We… Continue reading Best Ankle Holsters: Add CCW Versatility

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February 20, 2023

More on the Henry Homesteader 9mm PCC

With styling similar to the Prohibition-classic Winchester Model 1907, Henry’s Homesteader 9mm carbine was a sleeper hit at SHOT Show, where it soft-launched last month. Officially shipping now, we got to admit this new blowback-action PCC is interesting and Henry uses an innovative magazine well that has adapters to make it work with Glock, SIG… Continue reading More on the Henry Homesteader 9mm PCC

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February 20, 2023

Pythons in the News

Besides the new 3-inch Colt Python quietly released late last year by the now-CZ-owned gunmaker ($1499 MSRP, available in stainless only) but finally shipping this month, Lipsey’s also has a very upscale version that features premier-grade engravings by Tyler Gun Works and elkhorn stag grips. The ask on the TGW model is $2,400.  In other… Continue reading Pythons in the News

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February 20, 2023

Dirty Harry, by Way of Germany

Arkansas-based Nighthawk Customs, the importer of fine Korth wheel guns from Germany, has a new and very classic take on the large-framed .44 Magnum six-shooter. As an ode to that gruff fictional San Francisco police inspector, the all-new  Korth Callahan model rocks a full 7.5-inch 416R barrel with a vented top rib and carries over-sized… Continue reading Dirty Harry, by Way of Germany

February 16, 2023

The Best .224 Valkyrie Rifles in 2023

The .224 Valkyrie rifle is fairly new to the market, only introduced commercially a few years ago, but it has nonetheless proved appealing to many modern sporting rifle users and competitive shooters – and for good reason. Taking advantage of better ballistics with a flatter trajectory and less drift, the “Valk” is capable of delivering… Continue reading The Best .224 Valkyrie Rifles in 2023

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February 14, 2023

Fiocchi Stepping up U.S.-loaded 5.7 Ammo, including Subsonics

Making effective use of its new Ozark, Missouri facility, Fiocchi USA has been diving into the growing niche that is the 5.7x28mm ammo market and is giving consumers what they want. Besides two personal defense loads debuted at SHOT Show in the caliber (35-grain Hyperformance jacketed frangible and the Hyperformance 40-grain hollow point cartridges) the… Continue reading Fiocchi Stepping up U.S.-loaded 5.7 Ammo, including Subsonics

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February 14, 2023

Mauser Celebrates 125th Anniversary of the Model 98

No matter whether you call it the Gewehr 98, G98, M98, or just the Model 98, Mauser’s iconic bolt-action rifle design was introduced a century and a quarter ago. With something like 10 million copies of the full-sized rifle and its smaller Karabiner 98 carbine cranked out around the world over the years, this firearms… Continue reading Mauser Celebrates 125th Anniversary of the Model 98