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Author 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.


1911

12 Best Affordable 1911s (For Your Budget)

As American as apple pie, the 1911 is a classic and outstanding firearm. Find out the best affordable 1911 that fits your budget. (Read)

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)

Fun

Best Mall Ninja Weapons: When You Want to Tacticool

Ready to embrace your inner mall ninja? We've got the must-have weapons to complete your mall ninja arsenal. (Read)

AK

7 Best AK Pistols: 7.62, 5.56, & 9mm [Ultimate Guide]

Who doesn't like a short AK? Come learn all about AK pistols, why you definitely want one, and which are the best of the best. (Read)

Fun

A Zombie Retrospective: How the Undead Became Cool

We look at the zombies of the early and mid-2000s and the impact this pop culture fad had on the gun, gear, and ammo industries. (Read)

Knives

7 Best Bushcraft Knives: Long-Term Survival

Ready to jump into bushcrafting but don't know which knife is the best for the task? Well read up on the best knives for bushcraft and long-term survival. (Read)

Beginner's Guide

[Guide] Pump-Action vs. Semi-Auto Shotguns

What's the difference between a pump-action and semi-auto shotgun? We look at the similarities/differences and help you decide which to buy. (Read)

Buyer's Guide

7 Best Pistol Grip Only Firearms [Guide]

PGO, or pistol grip only firearms, fall into the "other" category and are super fun to shoot. Come see which PGO models we recommend! (Read)

Fun

9 Weird, Bizarre Guns You’ve Never Heard Of

We love weird, oddball guns around here! So, come take a look at our round-up of some of the strangest gun designs we could find. (Read)

Knives

7 Best Machetes & How-To Pick the Perfect One

We tackle some of the best machetes on the market, letting you know what models you need and how to pick the right machete for you. (Read)

History

Submachine Guns: History & Notable Models

We take you through the history of submachine guns, exploring how SMGs came to be, some notable models, and where they are now. (Read)

Holsters

PHLster Floodlight: OWB & IWB Holsters [Hands-On]

Ready to get your CCW on? Or maybe you need a range holster? We look at the PHLster Floodlight IWB and OWB holsters to see if they're as good as they seem. (Read)

Shotgun

10 Best Home-Defense Tactical Shotguns [Hands-On]

Quickly learn what makes a tactical shotgun, why it's so effective, ammo selection, pros/cons, and our Top 6 best home defense shotgun choices. (Read)

Fun

Guns of Hollywood: Which Firearms Made Their Mark?

Ever watched an action movie and thought...that gun stole the show? Well, we rounded up some iconic guns who took starring roles in film. (Read)