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Matthew Collins is a writer, editor, competitive shooter, hobby-level gunsmith and general firearms enthusiast. He has a background in the entertainment industry and currently works as one of our awesome writers in the field.


AR-15

Best Side Charging AR-15 Uppers

Want an AR-15 upper that is unique, but in a practical way? We dive into the pros and cons of side-charging AR-15s, how they work, and the best models. (Read)

Buyer's Guide

Best Tactical Helmets [Hands-On]: Bump & Ballistic

Looking to protect your noggin? We cover how to choose the perfect tactical helmet for your needs, from bump to ballistic and affordable to top-of-the-line. (Read)

Buyer's Guide

[Review] Shoot Steel AR500 Steel Targets

Looking for some of the best AR500 steel targets that are affordable and stand up to abuse? Check out our hands-on review of Shoot Steel targets. (Read)

AR-15

Best AR-15 & AR-10 Lower Parts Kits (LPK)

Are AR-15 lower parts kits all the same? They might not be exciting but are critical parts to keep your rifle running. Here are some of our favorite kits. (Read)

Cleaning

Best Gun Oil & Grease [Tested]: Lube it Up!

There are a lot of gun oils -- each one saying they are the best. Here are our picks after trying out almost all of them...and shooting tons of rounds. (Read)

AR-15

[What’s the Difference?]: AR-15 vs M4

Want to know the difference between the AR15 for civilians and the military M4? We cover that plus a little history, similarities, and the best for you. (Read)

Ammo

.223 vs 5.56 NATO vs .223 Wylde: Will Your Gun Blow?

Want to quickly know the difference between .223 vs 5.56 and potential safety concerns? We cover both plus .223 Wylde so you'll know the best for your gun. (Read)

Buyer's Guide

6 Best .22LR Pistols/Handguns [Hands-On]: Tiny & Awesome

Looking for the best .22 LR handgun that won't break the bank? We give you some of our favorites based on price, accuracy, trigger, and more. (Read)

AR-15

AR-15 Parts & Tools List: Building? [Start Here!]

Building an AR-style rifle is a great way to learn as a shooter, save money, and build a rifle that is distinctly yours. Here's all the parts you need, as well as info on choosing specific parts, and some gear we recommend. (Read)

Ammo

6 Best AK-47 Ammo Choices [7.62x39mm]: Brass & Steel

Need to feed the beast? We cover the best US and military surplus AK-47 ammo out there to fulfill all your 7.62x39mm wants and desires. (Read)

AR-15

Best 7.62×39 AR-15 Uppers & Complete Rifles

Want to combine the accuracy of an AR-15 with the power of an AK-47's .30 caliber round? We cover the most popular 7.62x39 AR-15 uppers and complete rifles. (Read)

Ammo

The Truth About Brass vs. Steel Ammo

Should you shoot steel-cased ammo? Or simply stick with the more expensive brass-cased ammo? We go through the facts and set things straight with some simple rules to follow. (Read)

Shotgun

Best Semi-Automatic Shotgun [Buyer’s Guide]

Want to pick the best semi-auto shotgun for yourself? Learn how they work, various recoil systems, and pros/cons of the most popular ones out there. (Read)

Buyer's Guide

5 Best AR500 Steel Shooting Targets

Ping! Nothing is quite as satisfying as hearing that sound when shooting. We'll cover how to choose the best AR500 steel shooting targets and our favorites. (Read)
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