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The full squat: the most overlooked rifle shooting position?


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Instructor Georges Rahbani teaches the squatting position

If you're a rifle shooter you've probably practiced standing, kneeling, sitting, and prone; but have you practiced shooting from the full squat? Maybe you should!
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The NRA Annual Meeting is this week! Are YOU going?


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Are you going to the NRA Show this weekend? I am, and I've got a surprise for you!
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Friday Surprise: A family in need, and a sincere plea from me.


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Today I'm doing something different: I'm asking you to dig into your pockets and help out a fellow shooter, trainer, Second Amendment advocate, and genuinely good guy whose family is going through an unimaginably rough time.

My buddy Matt DeVito, his partner Sayra and her two children came home on Wednesday evening to find their house ablaze. They'd just finished moving halfway across the country to get out of the cesspool that their home state was becoming and make a new life in a more wholesome part of the United States, only to have a fire destroy everything they owned in their new hometown.

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Matt, Sayra, the kids, and their family pets are all fine, but they now have no place to live and are starting over from scratch. A fund has been opened to help them rebuild, and I'm asking you to pitch in!

Any donation, of any size, will help. If all you can give is $10, that will still help! I know that tax season is a tough time for everyone — it certainly is for my family this year — but as my wife reminded me, our fiscal pain is temporary and our donation is going to help out some really nice people who need it a lot more than we do.

I often talk about gun owners being part of the shooting community, and this is a good chance to show the world what our community is all about. Maybe you know Matt from his famous YouTube videos, from his Instagram postings, from his company Downrange Firearms Training, or maybe you don't know him at all. No matter what your relationship to him, he's one of us and could really use our help.

How can you donate to the family?
Just click here to go to the youcaring.com account for Matt and Sayra, and give what you can. It's fast and easy. They'll appreciate it, and you'll have the satisfaction of helping out one of our own. You'll also have my personal and heartfelt thanks!

-=[ Grant ]=-

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What happened with the Remington R51?


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Photo courtesy of Paul Carlson/Safety Solutions Academy

Remington's only indigenous handgun, the R51, debuted last December to rave reviews from journalists in attendance. The reviews of production models have not been nearly so kind. What happened in between?
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No, I'm not dead. Just very, very busy.


I'll see you after I get my taxes filed.

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A different design for a revolving rifle, but this one is full auto - and a mystery!


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Photo courtesy of Max Popenker

Ever wanted a revolving rifle that fired three-round bursts at an equivalent cyclic rate of 4,900 rounds per minute? Three inventors in the 1970s came up with an idea to do just that. Maybe.
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The younger generation is here, and it's about time we started treating them like fellow shooters.


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Believe it or not, this guy is one of the most die-hard Second Amendment fans you are likely to find. He even owns
a company that makes AR-15 rifles and parts, and is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. Yet there are a whole lot of people who probably wouldn't give him the time of day at a shooting range. That's ignorant, and I'll tell you why.
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Do Glocks break? Occasionally. Here's how to fix them.


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Despite their well deserved reputation for reliability, on occasion a Glock will break. The good news is that they're easy to repair!
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Quick: can you name a Japanese revolver?


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Japanese pistols aren't limited to the Nambu. Before that, there was the Type 26 revolver. Yes, a Japanese revolver.
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Friday Surprise: The Making Of An American Axe.

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(Photo courtesy of the Oakland (ME) Area Historical Society)

If you want a quality hand-forged axe today, you're often forced to look to foreign sources where that manufacturing skill is still revered. It wasn't always this way, though.
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Another great review of my "Gun Digest Book of the Revolver!"


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Ordnance Corner for a very nice review of my first book, the Gun Digest Book of the Revolver. It's always a pleasure to be able to bring quality information to people and do so in a way that is both comprehensive and understandable. (At least, that's what I hope I do!)

Though that book has been out a few years now, I still get many nice emails every week from people who have found something useful in its pages. I must say I take great pleasure when someone tells me that it helped them solve a problem or ignite a new interest in their old wheelgun!

If you haven't yet gotten your copy you can order one from the link on the right. While you're at it, take a look at my other revolver-centric book,
Defensive Revolver Fundamentals. It's the book that teaches you how to use your revolver, whether snubnose or full size, to defend your life. Together they make a terrific revolver library!

-=[ Grant ]=-

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Whenever I hear "I'm all for Second Amendment rights, but...", my hackles are raised. How about you?


Just because someone is a self-declared hunter doesn’t mean they know anything about, let alone support, the Second Amendment. And just because they’re a self-declared hunter doesn’t mean they actually are!
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Friday Surprise: Ever wanted to own your own village? Here’s your chance!


If owning your own hamlet has ever cropped into your mind, opportunity awaits you in sunny Spain. Well, maybe not always sunny — but at these prices, who cares?
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You know what grinds my gears? YouTube videos where women suffer shooting big guns.


There’s a genre of YouTube videos consisting of women shooting guns with heavy recoil for which they’ve not been properly prepared. Those vids disgust me.
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Friday Surprise: I was once a hardcore biker, but nothing like this guy.


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For many years I rode a motorcycle as my primary transportation, to the tune of about 10,000 miles a year. My best adventures, though, never equalled Ted Simon’s!
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Please help me spread the word about the Personal Security Institute!


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My other site, dealing specifically with self defense and training topics, needs more readers — and you can help make that happen!
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The sad story of the Smith & Wesson Light Rifle.


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There aren’t really a lot of engineers in the firearms business who move between specialties easily and with equivalent successes. In the case of the S&W Light Rifle, its designer was just a little out of his element. Read More...
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My upcoming Defensive Revolver Fundamentals class just got a whole lot more awesome! Why? How about the chance to get a new gun?!?


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I’ll be in Delaware, OH, at the terrific Black Wing Shooting Center on March 22 & 23, teaching my Defensive Revolver Fundamentals course. There are still a few slots left, and there’s a very good reason for you to sign up: you might go home with a free gun!
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Defensive Revolver Fundamentals in Delaware, OH is coming up!


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You’ve read the book; now you can take the course. If you’re anywhere near western Ohio or eastern Indiana mark your calendars for this month!
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The Remington Model 8 and 81: guns I wish I’d bought when they were cheap!


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The Remington Model 8 and its restyled cousin, the Model 81, were once common at gun shows. They’re getting harder to find these days; are collectors finally taking an interest in these fine rifles?
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Friday Surprise: Rebuilding the first World’s Fair - or, at least, a part of it.


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The international exposition, of which the World’s Fair is the most well known example, has often been a showcase of architectural innovation and prowess. Some folks in the UK want to rebuild a particularly well-known structure from what is now regarded as the first “modern” World’s Fair.
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Are you an NRA member? Go get your Board of Directors ballot - it's important!

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Lots of people (like me) complain about the NRA, but never do anything about it. Well, now’s our chance to make an actual difference and to help guide the organization we trust with protecting our right to keep and bear arms!
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The semi-automatic submachine gun: a fun oxymoron!


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Some years ago a local company was producing very nice semi-auto reproductions of the British Sterling submachine gun, like the one in the picture. I didn’t buy one, and I’ve kicked myself ever since. But why?
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Friday Surprise: It’s a poor workman who blames his tools.


One of the things I’ve been told to do to make this blog show up more prominently in search results is to make “SEO friendly” headlines — headlines with lots of keywords and a hook to get people to click. There are seminars, in fact, on how to write headlines that will boost your readership and catapult your blog to the top of Google.

Meh.

I’ve certainly been writing more descriptive headlines for the normal, day-to-day posts here on the Revolver Liberation Alliance, but I refuse to do so for the Friday Surprise. I want the titles in this category to have a little mystery or whimsy; it would take all the fun out of it, at least for me, if they were engineered to get every last bit of engagement possible.

And so it is with today’s title. What could it be about?
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The biathlon rifle: an object of desire!


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The Winter Olympics are in full swing, and shooters have one event to watch and cheer: Biathlon. It’s fast-paced, exciting, and easy to follow. The bonus is that it uses really cool rifles!
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