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How to Tell You're Paying a Good Price

Gun StoreGuns aren’t cheap. Well, some guns are cheap but most guns aren’t. For the vast majority of us, the purchase of a gun is a big deal and requires a great deal of planning, budgeting and bribing of the significant other.

Personally, I’ve always had the rule of “if it costs more than $100, I have to spend at least a week making sure I’m not only buying the right thing but getting a decent deal.” For starters, it saves me from impulse buys which rarely turn out well. At the same time, it makes sure I make good use of every penny.

When we’re at the store or gun show and picking out our gun, how can we be sure we’re getting the best bang for the buck...so to speak? Let’s take a look at how I work through it, as well as some of my favorite resources for either buying a gun or at least figuring out the going rates.

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Team Hornady Chalks Up Wins at AR15.com/Rockcastle Pro Am 3-Gun Championship

Grand Island, NE (PRWEB) September 22, 2013 Team Hornady was unstoppable among the largest field of shooters ever to compete at the AR15.com/Rockcastle Pro Am 3-Gun Championship, August 23-25, 2013 in Park City, Kentucky. Two thousand acres of unforgiving terrain and eight Pro stages designed by some of the top three-gunners on the circuit coupled with a stamina-withering heat index did not deter Team Hornady’s shooting skills or the accuracy of their Hornady ammo. Michael Voigt won the Open Division shooting Hornady 125 HAP bullets in his 9mm pistol, and Hornady 75 grain BTHP Match and Hornady 55 grain V-MAX in his 223 Rem rifle. “The complexity of the stage designs meant I had to be on top of my game,” said Voigt. “Shooting dependable ammo was paramount in achieving winning results.” Jerry Miculek turned in a strong performance, finishing second behind Voigt shooting Hornady 22 cal 60 grain V-MAX bullets in his M&P-15 rifle, and Hornady 125 grain HAP bullets in his 9mm p ...

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Smith & Wesson recalls the M&P Shield

Between Caracal, Springfield and now Smith & Wesson, it looks like it's turning out to be recall month.  If you own an M&P Shield built before August 19, 2013 you might want to read this:   Official page here: http://www.mpshieldsafetyalert.com/   IMPORTANT CONSUMER SAFETY ALERT and INSPECTION PROCEDURE August 22, 2013 PRODUCT: ALLM&P Shield™ firearms manufactured before August 19, 2013. DESCRIPTION OF THE HAZARD: Smith & Wesson has identified a condition where the trigger bar pin could damage the lower trigger in certain M&P Shields in a way that may affect the functionality of the drop safety feature of the firearm, potentially allowing the pistol to discharge if it is dropped. Any ...

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The Top 10 Movie Guns

What is it about Hollywood and guns? I don’t think there’s any entity out there that can create a desire for a particular firearm more than putting it in the forefront of an awesome movie. It doesn’t matter if it’s real or not, if it’s awesome enough in the film, it moves to our number one Christmas boutique gift item. We’ve covered the best gun related movies, but what about the best movie guns? Every action villain needs a nasty looking gun and every hero needs an equally if not more awesome gun. These are the guns, real or not, that either make the movie or define the action movie genre all together. As I go along, I’ll try to classify each as a either villain’s gun, a hero’s gun or neutral.  

Check out the list after the jump...

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Brownells Serves as Title Sponsor of Inaugural Amateur-Only 3-Gun Match

Brownells – The World's Largest Supplier of Firearms Accessories, Ammunition and Gunsmithing Tools™ – is proud to announce it will serve as the title sponsor for the inaugural Brownells U.S. 3-Gun Amateur and Junior National Championships. The first ever, amateur-only 3-gun match will be held September 27-29, 2013, at the Midwest 3-Gun Range near Fayette, Missouri. Open to any amateur or junior 3-gun competitor, the match will use a Lewis-Class scoring system to give all contestants a better opportunity to win great prizes. “The weekend shooter is the backbone of the shooting sports,” said Matt Buckingham, President/COO of Brownells. “We realize that most competitors do it for the love of the sport and for the friendships made at these competitions. That’s why we’re very excited to sponsor this match because it not only allows for hobby shooters to have access to top prizes, but it also a way for us to thank everyone who spends their hard-earned dollar to ...

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Caracal Pistol Recall...

Well, this is the first time I've ever seen this in a recall before! It seemed strange enough to me that I wanted to verify it's authenticity before I posted on it. Basically, there seems to be something really wrong with the pistol. If you send it back as part of the recall, they don't even send you a repaired gun back. You get a refund instead. The official word is below: Caracal Model C Pistol Product Safety Warning and Recall Notice Caracal International LLC previously instituted a recall of Caracal Model C pistols on March 28, 2013 for batchnumbers from SC188- to SC222. Caracal is now issuing this recall of allModel C pistolsin all markets, following the completion of a full investigation. Caracal is initiating this voluntary recall of Model C pistols because the safety of its customers is paramount. This recall affects all Model C pistols, including but not limited to those with serial numbers which start with the following letters: HM, AA, AD, AG, CA, CB, CC, CD, CE, CF, ...

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Rock Island Armory Introduces Sleek New Look for Legendary 1911’s

As much as we like to talk about accuracy and reliability and such, the look of a gun also plays a not-insignificant role in decisions. One thing that's bugged me about 1911's, from an aesthetic point, is how the manufacturers love to take up all that real estate on the side of the slide with their logos and such. Don't get me wrong, I understand the desire to make one's self known, but I'm a big fan of the "less is more" mentality.


That's why I was quite happy with Rock Island Armory's announcement today about a change to the way they're displaying their logo: They're making is smaller and putting on the back of the slide. 


The full press release is after the jump:

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Beginner Gun Review: Stoeger Condor Over/Under

Stoeger CondorFor those that have been reading my site for a while, you might remember that I developed a love of skeet shooting after spending a day with Jacksonville University’s Shooting Team. For those that haven’t been reading long, go back and read the archives. I’m not joking. Go and read them. Admittedly, it’s not required but I could really use the page views.

Anyway, the preferred gun of choice for clays is the good ole over under style shotgun. These double barrel guns hold 2 shells and are accurate as can be. They also have almost no moving parts at all so, in theory, they should be way less money than pump action and semi-automatic shotguns, right? 

Yeah...no...they’re not. Over under shotguns tend to be the most expensive shotguns out there. The most expensive semi-automatic shotgun I can find in a 30 second search is the Benelli Performance Shop Super Sport at a respectable $3000. By contrast, a 30 second search for the most expensive over under I can find is a Perazzi over under that comes in at $21,000 but I’ve personally seen some by that manufacturer listed at $80,000 or more. 


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Noob Explains: Tiny Gun Syndrome

SIG P238I’ve reviewed a few “carry guns” so far. In more than one of those reviews, I’ve referred to something I like to call “tiny gun syndrome”. This doesn’t mean that the pistol is going to go out and buy a Corvette or Porsche. It’s a strange phenomena that occurs when you shrink down the components of a gun.

When you think about it, tiny guns are the equivalent of reducing a liquid during cooking. Bear with me here, this will make sense I promise.


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IMPORTANT: Springfield XDs Recall

  Looks like there could be a problem with the Springfield XDs pistols in both .45 and 9mm. From the  sound of it, there's an ever so slight chance of it firing when the slide moves forward. Their site is getting slammed right now but I was able to grab the notice:   For more information, check out http://www.springfieldrecall.com   ATTENTION 3.3 XD-S™ SAFETY RECALL Issued August 28, 2013 Technical Background Get Started Contact Us Springfield-Armory.com Springfield Armory® is initiating this voluntary safety recall to upgrade 3.3 XD-S™ 9mm and 3.3 XD-S™ .45ACP pistols with new components, which eliminate the possibility of a potentially dangerous condition. We want to emphasize that no injuries have been reported to date. Springfield has determined that under exceptionally rare circumstances, some 3.3 XD-S™ 9mm and .45ACP caliber pistols could experience an unintended discharge during the loading process when the slide is released, or cou ...

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