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Travis Pike

Travis Pike is a Marine infantry veteran, firearms enthusiast, and NRA certified instructor. He’s a lifelong shooter who just happened to be mediocre enough with a gun and a keyboard to combine the two and write. He currently teaches concealed carry courses and enjoys spending time in Florida’s Nature Coast. He is interested in helping folks protect themselves with firearms and shoot better at the range.


Buyer's Guide

Essential Range Training Tools for Becoming a Better Shooter

If you want to be a better shooter, you need better tools. Here are some of the best tools you can use to up your training. (Read)

Rifle

Best Home-Defense & Concealed Carry Guns of SHOT Show 2023

In our final look at guns and gear at SHOT Show 2023, we bring you our round-up of the best home defense, concealed carry, and personal protection guns! (Read)

Optics & Scopes

Primary Arms SLx RS-10 Red Dot Review [Hands-On]

The budget-friendly SLx RS-10 red dot from Primary Arms is at a good price point, but does it measure up? We take it to the range to help you decide. (Read)

Fun

Guns of Pop Culture: “Streets of Fire” & the Marlin 336

We take a look at a film that sure has some style..."Streets of Fire" serves up some rockabilly style with a cool gun in the form of the Marlin 336. (Read)

Fun

7 Best Retro Reproductions: Classics Reborn

We take a look at some of our favorite retro guns getting new life on the shelf! From pistols to shotguns to rifles, come see these old guns turned new! (Read)

How-To

Street Medicine: Which First Aid Skills Should You Know?

While we like to train with guns, first aid training is just as important. So, we run through what skills we think are essential to know. (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)

Shotgun

7 Best Pump-Action Shotguns [Home Defense & Hunting]

We walk you through our favorite pump-action shotguns for home defense and hunting and look at the pros and cons of pump-action shotguns. (Read)

Fun

Guns of Pop Culture: “The Alamo” & the Nock Gun

We head back to the 1960s to look at the classic Western film, "The Alamo," and its use of the Nock Gun. Come learn more! (Read)

Optics & Scopes

5 Best .300 Blackout Scopes and Optics: Correct Drops

Want a scope catered to your .300 Blackout round? We cover some of the best red dot, magnified optic, and prism scopes with the ideal .300 dropoff. (Read)

Optics & Scopes

Primary Arms Classic Micro Reflex Sight Review: Good & Affordable

We take the Primary Arms Classic Series Micro Reflex Sight to the range to see if this budget-friendly micro red dot can hold up and do the job. (Read)

Fun

Guns of Pop Culture: “Equilibrium” and the Cleric Pistols

In this Guns of Pop Culture, we look at the Cleric pistols used in the post-WWIII dystopian film "Equilibrium." (Read)

Fun

Best Firearm Trade Shows (That Aren’t SHOT)

Everyone wants to go to SHOT Show but not everyone can...so what's a gun lover to do? Go to another trade show! We've got a list of the best around. (Read)

AR-15

Best AR-15 Charging Handles [Hands-On]

There are dozens of AR-15 charging handles out there. We hands-on tested almost all of them and chose our favorites for specific AR build needs. (Read)
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