How to Clean a Handgun

Being a responsible gun owner means taking care of your firearm. Modern handguns are phenomenal little machines, and it’s important to remember that they are exactly that—machines. Even though current semi-automatic pistols and revolvers are designed to function reliably under the most extreme circumstances, that doesn’t mean they can be neglected.

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Few topics today are more passionately debated than the right of U.S. private citizens to own firearms, the types of firearms they can possess and how and where they can be carried and used.

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Skeet vs. Trap vs. Sporting Clays—


Trap shooting began back in the early 19th century as a way for hunters to practice shooting targets that simulated animals and birds. Eventually, a throwing mechanism was designed to throw glass balls filled with feathers into the air. When hit by a shot, the balls would burst in a very satisfying cloud of feathers. By the end of the 19th century, the clay target was developed, and this really opened the sport of target shooting to many more people who previously could not afford extensive weekends of hunting or the earlier glass ball trap shooting. Clay targets also became the target of choice, as they simulated the flight of a bird better than the glass balls. By the early 20th century, clay shooting had become a vastly popular sport, with national and international competitions as well as inclusion in the Olympic Games.

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concealed carry buyer's guide

All 50 states and the District of Columbia have enacted legislation that allows qualified private citizens to carry concealed firearms in some form. Although more than 16 million concealed carry permits have been granted throughout the U.S. as of 2017, there are no federal laws governing the issuance of carry permits.

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