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Author Matthew Collins

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.


Gun Reviews

Ruger SR1911 [Hands-On Review]: New Go-To 1911?

Is Ruger's SR1911 worthy of the 1911 name? We hands-on review it for reliability, shootability, ergonomics, and worth-it-ness. See what we find out! (Read)

Buyer's Guide

Best .44 Magnum Ammo [Hunting, Defense, & Lever Action]

What's the best .44 Magnum ammo for your purpose? We go over our tested favorites for hunting, self-defense, lever action, and even general plinking. (Read)

Terminology

Molon Labe [What It Means, Origin, & Pronunciation]

What does Molon Labe mean? What's the origin? How do you pronounce it? And why does it seem gun folks are obsessed with it? (Read)

Observations

[What It Means] Gadsden Flag: Don’t Tread on Me

Don't tread on me. Not sure what the Gadsden Flag means? Or why is it "snek" now? We go over the history and current status of all the memes. (Read)

Buyer's Guide

5 Best Tactical Jackets: Military Style Meets Civilian Chic

Want useful features in a military style...that's still great for daily use? We cover the best tactical jackets across a wide range of budgets. (Read)

AR-15

Cheapest AR-15 Complete Rifles & Builds

Want a reliable AR-15 for not a lot of cash? We cover the cheapest (but not cheaply made) complete AR-15s and build parts so you can pew pew on a budget. (Read)

Ammo

[.357 SIG]: Best Ammo & Post-Mortem Review

.357 SIG was designed for law enforcement as the perfect cartridge...but didn't take hold. Find out if it deserved its demise and the best ammo you can get. (Read)

Gear

Best Tactical Pants: Never Go To The Mall Without Them

Need pants? Need them to be tactical? We've got our favorite picks for operators, security, LEO, weekend range warriors, and mom's basement dwellers. (Read)

Gun Reviews

[Review] Remington Model 1858: Uberti Reproduction

The old West may have been won with the Peace Maker, but there are DOZENS of other outstanding firearms that helped! The Remington 1858 is just one! (Read)

Shooting

Center Axis Relock: Is John Wick Right or Wrong?

John Wick does it...does the center axis relock (CAR) method have any place in real training? Or is it another Hollywood movie gun sin? (Read)

Fun

YouTube Sucks. Here’s Where To Go To Watch Gun Videos These Days

Okay, YouTube doesn't suck, but they are banning some of our (and your) favorite firearms content, which got us to thinking about YouTube alternatives for the Second Amendment supporters out there. We found a few options that will work...also some reasons to stick it out on YouTube. (Read)

AR-15

Best Stripped AR-15s: Easiest Way to a Custom Build

Buying a stripped or "nearly-complete" AR is a great way to get a mostly-assembled gun that takes minimal effort, but is still custom to you. We cover our favorites. (Read)

Fun

Franklin Armory BFSIII Binary Trigger [Review]

The Franklin Armory Binary Trigger allows a shooter to simulate full-auto fire without the expense and NFA restrictions of a truly fully-automatic lower. Find out more about this cool piece of engineering (and see why it might be going away forever). (Read)

Gear Reviews

Quick Review: Glock E-Trainer Cheap Dry-Fire Practice Tool

Dry-fire practice is one of the most important parts of becoming a better shooter. The Glock E-Trainer makes dry-fire practice even more beneficial by allowing you to continue to squeeze the trigger without racking the slide to reset it. (Read)
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