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Adding A Light To Your Gun



Because bad things often happen after dark, our rifle needs a light to help us positively identify things. There are a few important considerations with lights. How do you attach a light to the gun? Where do I attach my light? How much light do I need? How will I activate my light? You need to mount your light solidly so it will not come off when you need it! Typically, the light is mounted to either a handguard or rail. The light may have an integral mount…
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The Importance Of A Good Carry System



A good sling is mandatory for a self-defense rifle and it can be a complicated subject. You will spend more time carrying your rifle than actually shooting it. So, carrying it needs to be comfortable - or just as we have discussed with carrying our handgun and the importance of a good carry system, we won’t have it when we need it. There are also situations where you may need to sling the rifle to free your hands and accomplish certain tasks like dragging or carrying something or…
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Different Types Of Sights



Sights are a pretty important part of your rifle, without good sights, it’s useless. Iron sights or optics is where most discussions start on this topic. All shooters should understand and be able to use standard iron sights. Every serious use rifle should have a set of iron sights, even if only as a backup option. There are several advantages to iron sights. Rifles usually come with them from the factory- so they are not an extra cost, they are robust and durable and they don’t require a…
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AR-15 Magazines



Magazines play a critical role in the reliable function of your rifle. There are a few things to consider when stocking magazines for your rifle- build material, capacity, brand, how to carry them and how many to buy. We will discuss primarily AR15 magazines as they are the most complicated, for the AK rifles the rules are simple- Warsaw Pact Surplus steel or Magpul. Aluminum has a long track record of use with AR15 magazines. Quality aluminum magazines made by Okay/Surefeed, Brownells, NHMTG, D&H, and Center have proven…
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Rifle Or Handgun?



The rifle is a generally a better tool for self-defense than the handgun. I write mostly about handguns because they are convenient to have around. But the rifle should play a role in your self-defense plans. Colonel Jeff Cooper described the rifle as, “The Queen of Battle” and like the Queen in a game of chess, she is a formidable weapon in the hands of a skilled practitioner. The first advantage of the rifle in self-defense is power. Pistols are poor fight stoppers. It is generally accepted that…

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