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February 5th, 2024

Illustrated Firearms History Book with 1700 Color Photos

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Looking for a superb illustrated coffee table book about guns? Yes there is such a thing, a great book we highly recommend — The Illustrated History of Fireams (2nd Edition). This full-color 320-page hardcover book features more than 1,700 photos compiled by NRA Museums curators Jim Supica, Doug Wicklund, and Philip Schreier. This Second Edition includes 300 photos more than the original, plus dozens of new profiles of important persons who influenced firearms development.

This follow-up to the best-selling original NRA Museums book is loaded with great images, historical profiles, and technical data on old, new, and currently-manufactured firearms that have changed history. Covering the earliest matchlocks to modern match-grade superguns and everything in between, The Illustrated History of Firearms provides a fascinating education on how guns evolved, where they originated and how they worked.

The Illustrated History of Firearms, 2nd Edition

– Authored by the experts at the NRA Firearms Museums

– Published by Gun Digest Books

– 9 ½ x 11 1/2 inches, hardcover with dust jacket

– 1,700 full-color photos

– 320 Pages

– Price: $39.99 (MSRP); $31.61 on Amazon

The Illustrated History of Firearms, 2nd Edition is available from Amazon direct for $31.61. Amazon also lists the book starting at $30.45 (plus $3.99 shipping) from a variety of other book vendors. You’ll also find the book at major bookstores such as Barnes & Noble, but it’s probably easier to purchase online.

Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Guns

If you like big, illustrated hardback gun books, there’s a second title we recommend: The Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Guns.

This hefty 516-page book covers “Pistols, Rifles, Revolvers, Machine And Submachine Guns Through History”. This major resource is illustrated with 1100 photographs, and covers the whole spectrum of guns.

Priced at $32.95 on Amazon, this book would make a great gift for a gun collector, and could be a nice addition to a local gun club library. The Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Guns has proven very popular with buyers, earning 83% five-star ratings on Amazon among verified purchasers.

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Historic American Arms — Teddy Roosevelt’s Lever Guns
These two lever action rifles, owned by President Theodore Roosevelt, are part of the NRA Museum collection. First is a Winchester 1886 rifle known as the tennis match gun because Roosevelt used winnings from a tennis match to buy it. Below that is a suppressed Winchester model 1894 rifle. Roosevelt liked to shoot varmints around Oyster Bay (Long Island, NY) with this gun so he wouldn’t disturb his neighbors — the Tiffany and Du Pont families.

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Roosevelt NRA Museum lever gun suppress 1886 1894

About the NRA Museums
The NRA opened the original National Firearms Museum at its Washington DC Headquarters in 1935. In 2008 the Francis Brownell Museum of the South West opened at the NRA’s Whittington Center in Raton, NM. Then, in 2013, the National Sporting Arms Museum opened at the Bass Pro Shops store in Springfield, MO. Every year, at these three museum facilities, over 350,000 persons visit to see the impressive exhibits and many of America’s most famous firearms. For more information, visit

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February 5th, 2024

BargainFinder 437: AccurateShooter’s Deals of the Week

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At the request of our readers, we provide select “Deals of the Week”. Every Sunday afternoon or Monday morning we offer our Best Bargain selections. Here are some of the best deals on firearms, hardware, reloading components, optics, and shooting accessories. Be aware that sale prices are subject to change, and once clearance inventory is sold, it’s gone for good. You snooze you lose.

NOTE: All listed products are for sale to persons 18 years of age or older. No products are intended for use by minors.

1. Creedmoor Sports or
— Garmin Xero C1 Pro Radar Chronograph, $599.99

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Superb game-changing compact radar chrono in stock

Looking for a radar chronograph that works great and fits in your pocket? Check out the Garmin Xero C1 Pro Chronograph that features an easy-to-use interface, great performance, and an excellent App for your smartphone. As of 2/4/2024 both Creedmoor Sports and Graf & Sons have the Garmin Xero C1 in stock for $599.99. If they sell out, Midsouth also has the Xero C1 Pro at $599.99.

2. Precision Reloading — Huge Sale on Forster Products

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Save 10% or more on vast selection of Forster items

Now through 2/15/2024, you can get big savings on Forster Products at Precision Reloading. Save 10% or more on dies, case trimmers, primer seaters, neck-turning tools, bushings, and more. CLICK HERE to see all in-stock Forster items on sale now. Sale discounts are good through 2/15/2024.

3. Creedmoor Sports — Sightron SIII LR 10-50x60mm, $1109.99

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Great price on excellent high-mag scope favored by many competitors

The SIII 10-50x60mm LR Target Dot scope is a very good choice for benchrest and F-Class competition. And now you can save $740 off MSRP. With 50 MOA total elevation travel, this scope is good for shooting from 50 to 1000 meters. Sightron’s patented ExacTrack technology provides precise windage and elevation adjustments while maintaining a positive point of contact with the erector tube. This scope is capable of winning major matches even though it is now less than half the price of some other high zoom magnification optics.

4. Brownell’s — S&W 638 or 642 Airweight, $419.99-$459.00
Plus $50 J-Frame REBATE

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Two superb 5-Round lightweight (14.6 oz.) carry revolvers, with $50 Rebate

Smith & Wesson’s J-Frame revolvers are great carry guns. Get big savings now on the ultra-lightweight Model 638 and Model 642 Airweight wheelguns at Brownells. Both the 638 and 642 are under one pound (14.6 oz. empty)! We like the Model 638 because it has a shielded internal hammer. This allows you to shoot single-action during practice. The Model 642 has a fully-enclosed hammer so it is double-action only. The shielded hammer may be better for everyday carry. These Airweight revolvers have light alloy frames with stainless steel barrels and cylinders. Both pistols qualify for a $50 S&W Rebate.

5. Midsouth — Breechlock Press and Ram Swage Kit, $99.99

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Great price on good single-stage press with swage bonus

The Lee Precision Breech Lock Challenger Press is a good starter single-stage press and/or a great secondary press for specialized functions (such as FL-sizing brass). This press can handle demanding brass prep operations, such as sizing cast bullets or swaging crimped primer pockets from mil-spec brass. Currently Midsouth offers the Challenger Press as a combo with the Ram Swage tool for clearing primer pocket crimps.

6. Palmetto SA — Sightmark Wraith Night Vision Scope, $449.99

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Advanced thermal night-vision scope with major discount

Been wanting to try a night vision zoom optic? Consider the Sightmark Wraith 4K Mini Digital Riflescope, now on sale at a huge ($550) discount. This 2-16x32mm unit has cutting-edge digital optic technology. With its impressive 4K (3840×2160) CMOS sensor, the Wraith 4K Mini can detect objects up to 300 yards away even in the darkest of nights, presenting them vividly on a 1280×720 pixel FLCOS screen.

7. Amazon — Frankford Arsenal Tumbler Kit, $69.98

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Good, reliable tumbler complete with media separator

You want your cartridge brass to be clean before resizing and bullet seating. A tumbler can clean large quantities of brass quickly and efficiently. One of the best tumblers for the price is the Frankford Arsenal Quick-N-EZ Vibratory Case Tumbler (#ad). This reliable tumbler holds up to 600 9mm or 350 .223 Rem cases. The included separator fits most buckets, allowing efficient collection of media after tumbling.

8. Amazon — Baofeng UV-5R Ham Radio 2 pack, $35.09

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Double-duty radios receive Ham Radio signals and work as walkie-talkies

Whether planning for a trip or preparing for winter storms, it’s wise to have a back-up emergency communication system. The Baofeng UV-5R Ham Radio 2 pack (#ad) can receive emergency messages even if your phone and cable connections go out. This Ham Radio set provides two complete units that can be placed in separate locations so you can contact family members in a different city. The system can access 128 channels. These units can also be used as shorter-range Walkie-Talkies if needed.

9. Amazon — Caldwell Brass Catcher, $13.99

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Popular and effective, this is a great accessory for AR rifles

Tired of picking up brass or dealing with hot casings? The Caldwell Brass Catcher (#ad) prevents brass from being scattered around your shooting area, while keeping hot brass from landing on you or others. This popular brass collector uses a hook and loop (Velcro-type) attachment to secure to your firearm. A wire frame runs around the bag opening, ensuring brass enters the bag without disruption to bolt cycling.

10. Amazon — Splatterburst Target 50 pack, $35.99

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Good target with hi-viz bright yellow shot displays

Splatter targets make it easy to see your shot locations, even at significant ranges (300 yards and beyond). By contrast, bullet holes on regular paper targets can be hard to see past 200 yards. With these Splatterburst 12″x12″ Targets (#ad) you can instantly see your shots upon impact and spend less time checking your target. These targets feature five diamonds in a high-viz grid pattern for precise aiming. Chose a 10-pack for $12.99, a 25-pack for $22.99, or a 50-pack for $35.99.

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February 5th, 2024

FREE Shooting Industry Magazine February 2024 Edition

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Need some interesting reading material? Check out the FREE digital editions of Shooting Industry Magazine. Along with reports on new products, Shooting Industry features reports on important trends in the shooting sports world. Below we’ve included quick links to the first two Shooting Industry editions for 2024. These monthly magazines can be read online for free. Also, as they are in PDF format you can easily print all or part of these monthly magazines.

If you want to review other monthly editions, CLICK HERE to access the Shooting Industry Digital Archives page with links for all 2022, 2023, and 2024 monthly issues.

January 2024 Digital Edition

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February 2024 Digital Edition

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New Product Showcase in February 2024 Edition

The latest digital edition of Shooting Industry magazine features the third segment of SI’s comprehensive 2024 New Product Showcase. This 9-page article, starting on Page 36, showcases dozens of recently-introduced rifles, handguns, optics, and shooting accessories. There are quite a few very cool new hunting rifles including the Savage 110 UltraLite Elite, and the innovative 5.8-pound Bergara MgMicro Lite with carbon-wrapped barrel.

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CLICK for Showcase Part One | CLICK for Showcase Part Two

You can also see the 2024 NEW Product Showcase PARTS One and Two on the main Shooting Industry website with a mobile-friendly format. Click the links above.

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Special Feature: New Trends in Self-Defense Handguns

The February 2024 issue of Shooting Industry has a good article on recent trends in self-defense handguns. Optics-Ready pistols are very popular, and SIG Sauer has had top-selling guns in 2023.

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February 5th, 2024

Bore-Stores and Multi-Layer Bags for Winter Gun Storage

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Our take on Bore-Store Gun sleeves is simple: They work great, so buy them and use them — for ALL your valuable firearms.

Winter’s here, with rain and snow in much of the country. We known readers will have their guns in the safe for long periods. For winter storage, we recommend Bore-Stores. These thick, synthetic-fleece sacks cushion your guns, preventing nicks and scratches. The breathable fabric wicks away moisture, and the fibers are coating with corrosion inhibitors. I personally use Bore-Stores for in-safe storage with all my guns, and I have never had one of my guns rust inside a Bore-Store, even when I lived a stone’s throw from the ocean and its salty air.

Bore-Stores are offered in a range of sizes to fit everything from a snub-nosed revolver to a 33″-barrelled Black Powder Rifle. Bore-Stores can be purchased for $9.99 – $28.99 from For most scoped rifles, we recommend the 10″x46″ SCR-1 case ($25.99). The Bore-Store manufacturer, Big Spring Enterprises will also craft custom sizes on request. For a long-barreled F-Class or ELR rig you may need a custom length. Or you can remove the scope and use the 7″x60″ MUS-1 Musket Bore-Store ($28.99).

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Triple-Layer Sealed Bags — Affordable and Effective

Consider Military-Style, Triple-Layer Bags for Long-Term Storage
While we prefer Bore-Stores for regularly-used guns, if you have heirloom firearms that will be kept in storage for very long periods without seeing any use, you may want to grease them up and place them in the thin, but rugged three-layer storage bags sold by Brownells. The bags are made from a three-layer laminate of polyester, aluminum, and polyethylene film, with a shiny silver exterior. Though the laminate is thin, the Brownells storage bags are puncture-resistant, and have a 0% moisture transmission rating so moisture can’t get inside. These bags are also resistant to petroleum-based chemicals and they won’t break down even in contact with soil or moisture.

3-layer Brownells storage bagHere’s one VITAL bit of advice for using these bags. Be absolutely sure, before you seal up the bags, that your guns are DRY and that all metal surfaces have been coated with an effective anti-corrosive, such as BoeShield T9 or Eezox. Brownells’ storage bags are inexpensive. A three-pack of 12″x 60″ rifle sacks (item 083-055-003WB) costs $20.99 — seven bucks a gun. That’s certainly cheap insurance for rifles and shotguns that may cost many thousands of dollars.

Get Your Guns Out of Foam-lined Cases — They Are Rust Magnets
Just about the worst thing you can do for long-term storage (short of leaving your rifle outside in the rain) is to store firearms in tight, foam-padded cases. The foam in these cases actually collects and retains moisture from the air, acting as the perfect breeding ground for rust. Even in warm summer months, humid air can leave moisture in the foam.

Foam-lined hard caseRemember, those plastic-shelled cases with foam interiors are for transport, not for long-term storage. Don’t repeat the mistake of a wealthy gun collector I know. He stored four valuable Colt Single Action Army (SAA) revolvers in individual foam-padded cases, and locked these away in his gun safe. A year later, every one of his precious SAAs had rusted, some badly.

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