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Killer Shots: Tips for Improved Accuracy That Can Save Your Life


Learning how to shoot is easy. Learning how to shoot and actually hit your target with a reliable rate of accuracy? That’s where the difficulty comes in.

Lots of novice gun owners pick up a gun for the first time, go to the range, and just start shooting. And they’re miserable with the results. There’s no grouping, their shots are all over the place and they have no idea why it is that way, let alone how to fix it. 

So these same gun owners don’t give up – they just stop going to the range. Or worse, they go to the range, but just accept that they “don’t know how to shoot.” This is a very poor choice because a gun that you don’t know how to use properly is effectively a glorified paperweight. 

You need to know how to hit your target with some degree of accuracy. That doesn’t mean you have to be a marksman. But it does mean that you have to be able to trust that, at the very least, whatever you’re trying to shoot is going to get shot. This is important not just for stopping an attacker, but also for protecting your family and any innocent bystanders that might be around. 

Fix Your Grip


It’s a simple fact: If you’re not gripping the firearm properly, you have zero chance of firing accurately. All of that recoil is going to hit your hands, jerk it to wherever, and leave you shooting somewhere far away from where you meant.

There’s a simple math when it comes to accuracy. Being just a few degrees off from your target might not be a big deal if your target is standing six inches in front of you… but what about six feet, or six yards, or even 60 feet? You might not think that you’ll have to shoot that far, but if you ever find yourself in a situation with a rampage shooter, you’re going to wish that you had learned how to shoot further than point-blank range. 

You’ll hear a lot of talk about “the best” grip on a gun, but the main thing to remember is that you really can’t grip a gun too hard. In a self-defense scenario, your nerves are going to be fried, your palms are going to be sweaty and you’re going to be absolutely death gripping that gun. So don’t be afraid to do that when you’re training. 

Remember: Train for the situation you’re going to be in, not the one that you wish you were in. 

Stance Stability:

Next, you need to think about your stance. Your stance is like a bipod for your pistol. You need to be stable when you shoot, or else those tiny degrees that you’re off when you shoot are going to become feet and yards over a long enough distance, leaving your attacker to keep attacking you and potentially hitting some other poor soul in the process. 

There are three main types of pistol stances. We urge you to experiment with each and see which feels most comfortable and which provides the most accuracy: 

  • Isosceles Stance: This mimics the triangle of the same name, where your arms are the equilateral sides of the triangle and your chest is the base. Slightly bending your knees and leaning forward a little is common with this stance.
  • Weaver Stance: This is possibly the most common stance taught to new shooters, where your non-dominant leg is slightly in front of your dominant leg. Your shooting arm is extended straight and your non-shooting arm is slightly bent. 
  • Tactical Shooting Stance: This is also known as the modern isosceles or the modified isosceles. It attempts to combine features of each of the above for something that gets the best of both worlds.

Which of these is “the best?” There’s no right answer. You need to try them all several times against each other to see which works best for you. But the common denominator is that you need to have a proper stance or else you’re never going to shoot accurately. 

Dry Firing For Better Accuracy

All of the world’s most successful competitive shooters have one thing in common: They all practice with an unloaded gun (known as “dry firing”) way more than they actually shoot live rounds.

For the shooter who wants to defend himself and his family against attackers, dry firing offers a lot of attractive benefits. It allows you to do things with your gun that you couldn’t do at a range and wouldn’t be safe to do with a live-loaded pistol, such as force-on-force training, shooting while in motion, and shooting from less-than-ideal positions.

But the bottom line is that plain old vanilla dry firing at a target with no ammunition in your firearm is going to provide a lot of benefits for your accuracy overall. This is especially true of people who tend to “jerk” the trigger when they shoot. Though, anyone can benefit from this kind of training

Finally, don’t be afraid to seek out a professional shooting coach. Even a few hours spent with someone who knows what they’re doing, what you’re doing wrong, and what you need to do differently can pay serious dividends over the years. 

Improving accuracy in target shooting is an ongoing journey that requires dedication and practice. With just a little focus and attention to detail, you can really start improving your accuracy for those times when you really need it. 

Do you have any tips for your fellow shooters to increase accuracy? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Protect Your Second Amendment Rights: Oppose SB 1160 and SB 1253 in California


On Tuesday, April 2nd at 8:30am, the California Senate Public Safety Committee is slated to review two concerning bills that threaten the rights of firearm owners across the Golden State. As staunch advocates for the Second Amendment, it’s imperative for NRA Members and supporters of gun rights to take action. Senate Bill 1160 and Senate Bill 1253 pose significant threats, and it’s crucial to voice opposition to these proposed measures.

Senate Bill 1160: Annual Firearm Registration Requirement


Senate Bill 1160 represents a direct assault on the rights of law-abiding gun owners in California. This bill seeks to mandate an annual re-registration process for all firearms with the Department of Justice. If enacted, firearm owners would be compelled to navigate bureaucratic hurdles each year and pay undisclosed fees to maintain their registration status.

This onerous requirement not only burdens responsible gun owners with unnecessary red tape but also sets a dangerous precedent for government overreach into the fundamental rights protected by the Second Amendment. Under SB 1160, failure to comply with the annual registration mandate could result in severe penalties, including fines of up to $1000 and the potential confiscation of unregistered firearms.

Upholding Second Amendment Freedoms: Take Action Against SB 1160

It’s imperative for Second Amendment supporters to stand united against Senate Bill 1160. This legislation threatens the core principles of individual liberty and firearm ownership rights. We urge all concerned citizens to contact members of the Senate Public Safety Committee and vehemently oppose SB 1160.

Senate Bill 1253: Restricting Firearm Possession without Firearm Safety Card

Another concerning proposal slated for review is Senate Bill 1253, which seeks to further restrict firearm ownership rights in California. Under existing law, individuals are required to obtain a Firearm Safety Card to purchase or receive a firearm. However, SB 1253 aims to extend this requirement to possession, effectively prohibiting law-abiding citizens from possessing firearms without a valid Firearm Safety Card.

This additional hurdle not only imposes unnecessary burdens on responsible gun owners but also fails to address the root causes of crime and violence. Criminals, by definition, do not adhere to firearm laws, rendering such measures ineffective at curbing illicit gun activities. Instead, SB 1253 unfairly penalizes law-abiding citizens and undermines their ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

Defending Second Amendment Liberties: Oppose SB 1253

Senate Bill 1253 represents yet another attempt to erode the Second Amendment freedoms of Californians. By imposing stringent requirements for firearm possession, this bill unfairly targets responsible gun owners while doing little to enhance public safety. It’s essential for proponents of gun rights to take a stand against SB 1253 and advocate for the preservation of constitutional liberties.

Take Action: Protect Second Amendment Rights in California


As the Senate Public Safety Committee prepares to review SB 1160 and SB 1253, it’s paramount for NRA Members and supporters of the Second Amendment to make their voices heard. Use the Take Action button below to contact committee members and urge them to oppose these egregious bills. Together, we can defend our cherished freedoms and safeguard the right to keep and bear arms in California.

Do you live in California? What do you do to oppose greater encroachment on your right to keep and bear arms? Leave your thoughts in the comments

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The AR-15: A Versatile Platform for Every Shooter


The AR pattern rifle, affectionately known as the “AR-15,” has become a staple in the firearms community, offering unparalleled versatility and customization options. From budget-friendly builds to high-end boutique rifles, there seems to be a configuration for every shooter’s preferences and needs. But with so many parts available, is there truly a rifle for everyone? And is there even a wrong answer to the AR question?

Diverse Builders, Diverse Builds

The AR-15 has evolved beyond just a firearm; it’s now a sport in itself, with enthusiasts eagerly assembling rifles tailored to their specific desires. Whether someone is aiming for the cheapest build, the most boutique setup, or a specialized rifle for a particular purpose like suppressor use, the AR platform offers endless possibilities. This diversity among builders reflects the platform’s adaptability and appeal to a wide range of shooters.

Navigating Budget Builds: A Personal Journey

Recently, there’s been a surge in interest in building affordable AR-style rifles, prompting many to explore budget-friendly options. One such endeavor involved sourcing parts directly from Bear Creek Arsenal (BCA), a company with a reputation for offering budget-friendly components. Despite initial reservations due to past controversies and quality concerns, the experience of assembling a rifle from BCA parts proved surprisingly positive.

Unboxing and Initial Impressions

Upon receiving the parts from BCA, there was a mix of anticipation and skepticism. However, upon inspection, there was a notable nod of approval for the quality of finish work, packaging, and overall presentation. While some parts lacked robust packaging, none arrived damaged, showcasing BCA’s attention to detail. Despite some vagueness regarding product specs, BCA’s use of 4150 CM-V and 416 Stainless barrels instilled confidence in the build.

Assembly Practices: Attention to Detail

Building the lower receiver proved relatively straightforward, but attention to detail was paramount. Proper torqueing of the castle nut, staking the end plate, and meticulous lubrication ensured adherence to factory specifications and optimal performance. The importance of using proper tools, lubricants, and assembly techniques cannot be overstated, particularly for critical components like the trigger and gas system.

Navigating Upper Receiver Assembly

While assembling the lower receiver was relatively straightforward, the upper receiver presented more complexity and significance. Attention to detail during barrel installation, gas system alignment, and muzzle device timing were crucial for ensuring accuracy, reliability, and safety. Thermal fitting techniques and proper torqueing procedures were employed to optimize barrel-to-receiver fit and gas system performance.

Range Testing and Final Thoughts

After meticulous assembly and function testing, the rifle was taken to the range for reliability and accuracy testing. Using a variety of ammunition types and optics configurations, the rifle performed admirably, showcasing respectable accuracy and reliability. While there were minor issues such as an over-gassed barrel, these were addressed with aftermarket solutions. Overall, Bear Creek Arsenal’s components proved to offer excellent value for budget-conscious builders, demonstrating that affordability doesn’t necessarily mean compromising on quality.

The AR-15 is a highly adaptable platform allowing builds for a wide array of preferences for all kinds of shooters. Whether building a budget-friendly rifle or investing in high-end components, the AR platform offers endless customization possibilities. While each builder may have their own priorities and preferences, the beauty of the AR-15 lies in its ability to accommodate them all, ensuring that there truly is a rifle for every shooter.

Do you own an AR-15? Have you ever built one? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Mack W. Gwinn Jr.: A Tribute to a Firearms Pioneer


Mack W. Gwinn Jr., a visionary in the firearms industry, passed away on March 11, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of innovation and dedication to his craft. Born in Florida, Gwinn’s journey into the world of firearms began with his service in the U.S. Army Special Forces, where he earned several Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star during seven deployments to Vietnam.

From Military Service to Firearms Innovation

Following his military service, Gwinn transitioned into the firearms industry, where he made significant contributions. One of his notable achievements was acquiring the rights to the Colt IMP-221, a stockless, gas-operated bullpup pistol initially developed for aircrew survival in the U.S. Air Force. Redesigning the concept to accept the 5.56 NATO caliber and standard AR magazines, Gwinn founded Gwinn Arms and introduced the Bushmaster Arm Pistol in the early 1970s.

Pioneering Personal Defense Weapons

The Bushmaster Arm Pistol, an innovative pistol-sized firearm utilizing an intermediate round, predated the concept of personal defense weapons (PDWs) by a generation. Although not a commercial blockbuster, the Arm Pistol laid the foundation for Bushmaster Firearms and left an indelible mark on the industry.

Legacy of Innovation

Beyond the Bushmaster Arm Pistol, Gwinn’s influence extended to various other firearms projects and inventions. He held patents for extended capacity magazines and developed concepts for firearms applications ranging from target pistols to recoil reduction systems. His ingenuity and curiosity led him to explore diverse projects, including vehicle design and accessory development.

Remembering a Trailblazer

Mack W. Gwinn Jr.’s passing marks the end of an era in the firearms community. His contributions to the industry will be remembered for years to come, serving as inspiration for future generations of innovators. In honoring his memory, donations can be made to the Maine Veterans Project, and condolences may be expressed to his family at BrookingsSmith.

Mack W. Gwinn Jr. leaves behind a legacy of excellence, marked by his unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of firearms design and technology. His impact on the industry will continue to resonate, ensuring his place among the pantheon of firearms pioneers.

Do you know Mack W. Gwinn Jr? How about his famous firearms? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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