How 3-Gun Competitions Keep You In Shape and Mentally Sharp (VIDEO) visited the Zombies in the Heartland 3-Gun match where we were able to catch up with professional shooters and amateurs alike to ask them about the sport and how it can help you stay in shape. 3-Gun competition is unique in that you use three different shooting platforms, but just like a lot of other shooting sports it gets you off the shooting line and moving around. “It’s a pretty physical endeavor… if you want to shoot open and you at to race really hard you have to be in shape,” said Jerry Miculek.

It’s not just the physical limits you’ll be pushing, it’s as much a mental game as it is a physical one. “It’s running and gunning, your cognitive skills are all tested. Thinking ahead of all the targets… its agility training with the memory of everything,” said Dave Smith a.k.a. Shakey Dave the Parkinsons Shooter. Competitors will typically walk through the course of fire and spend a few minutes planning their shots. Then, just like a game a memory they need to repeat that sequence all while maintaining safe firearms practice.

Overall 3-Gun shooting competitions are a great way to keep the “ball bearings rolling,” as Miculek told us. The other great thing about this sport is you don’t have to be some spring chicken to compete. It’s something where you can keep competing as you get older, this is reflective of the diverse range of ages you’ll see at a match. “[3-Gun] is something I found later in life that I can still do and be competitive,” said Lance Dingler, professional shooter.

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4 Easy Ways to Incorporate a Gun Into Your Fitness Routine

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Working out with a gun doesn’t have to be complicated, can help (Photo: Scott Gara/

For those of us who are looking to impress at the pool or lake this year it’s time to get the heart rate up and shed those extra pounds. Getting swoll and shredded doesn’t always jive with staying protected. What is a buff gun bro or bunny to do? Don’t worry we got you covered with a comprehensive list of ways to get in shape while incorporating your favorite firearm.

Take a defensive shooting or home defense class

Classes are a great way to get outside and put those guns to work. There are trainers in every state who offer some variation of a defensive shooting or home defense type class. Why are these types of classes beneficial? Defensive shooting classes often put the user in a heightened sense of awareness. A good trainer should push you to extend your abilities with your gun, naturally raising the heart rate.

If you’re lucky enough to live near a training center that offers a shoot house or a 270-degree range you’re able to employ dynamic movement, shooting on the move, breaking through barriers, and shooting around obstacles. All of which will lead you to an increased heart rate and perspiration. You’re cutting fat and slinging lead at the same time.

While classes aren’t cheap, especially ones that offer more dynamic movement, they do offer the opportunity to break a sweat with your weapon while increasing knowledge. That’s what you call a win-win-win.

Join an IDPA or USPSA league

Similar to classes every state has an IDPA or USPSA league which you’re able to join and shoot on a regular basis. Each discipline has their own regulations and unique requirements, but each league has the same thing in common — they get you off the firing line and moving. Just like defensive shooting classes, these leagues increase your heart rate by forcing you through different shooting scenarios; but they are often more affordable to participate in and occur more regularly.

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Competitive shooter Gabby Franco warms up to shoot a USPSA match in Texas (Photo: Mikon Haaksman/

Additionally, you’re not only putting yourself through physical labor, but you’ll also be challenging your mental capacity as well. Events for IDPA and USPSA are designed to get you out of your comfort zone, pushing your mental capacities. As a result, your situational awareness increases, your muscle memory will become stronger, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to become a better shooter if you stick with it. Besides the people are very welcoming and you’re bound to meet a bunch of new friends you never knew you had all while getting fit.

Working out with your firearm

Perfecting that beach body isn’t always easy, especially if you want to be comfortable and protected at the same time. You don’t have to sacrifice fitness for protection though if you know what to look for. Guns like the Glock 42, Sig P365, and Ruger LCP are all very concealable and pair well with a plethora of holsters designed for workout. Deciding which holster and gun combo that will work for you is as much dependent on the types of movement you plan on doing as it is the caliber you like.

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Working out with your pistol doesn’t have to be hard, just find a comfortable holster. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

Looking for a workout routine that can incorporate your firearm can be tricky, especially if you all you live by is gun-free gyms, but it’s not impossible. Start with deciding the type of activity you’re most likely to commit to, then decide the smallest caliber you’re comfortable carrying while getting your swell on. After that, you should have a good idea of which workout holster will work best for you. At the end of the day the place to workout will be almost entirely determined by your location and the legality in which you can carry there.

Enter a Match

Similar to taking a class or entering a competitive shooting league, matches get you off the line and moving around. The amount of which you will move is dependent on the match itself. There are 3-gun matches all over the country that get the blood flowing and the heart rate up. There are even themed matches, like Zombies in the Heartland, which allow you to add an additional layer of fun to the already good time.

3-Gun celebrity Dianna Muller takes out targets at the Zombies in the Heartland match. (Photo: Jacki Billings/

A growing number of matches incorporate both fitness and shooting all-in-one. The Tactical Games, for example, pushes you physically to the limit while also demanding you shoot accurately dealing with muscle fatigue and sustained heavy breathing. It’s like Crossfit meets 3-Gun for the ultimate fitness and shooting challenge. These types of events are great because you actually need to train your body to get into shape to compete in one. If you don’t, you’ll be left reeling.

Time to shred some pounds

Well don’t just sit there, it’s time to take that summer body back. Decide which of the above best suits your physical needs and then go attack it. Remember that it only works if you put the work in. Don’t settle for not being protected while getting buff, it’s all a matter of personal preference and perseverance.

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New Savage 110 High Country Rifle Now Shipping (VIDEO)

New Savage 110 High Country Rifle Now Shipping (VIDEO)

The 110 High Country is built with a spiral-fluted barrel and bolt, as well as the Model 110 action secured three-dimensionally along its entire length within the AccuStock internal chassis. (Photo: Savage)

Teased earlier this year, Savage’s new 110 High Country rifle is billed as being ideal for Western hunting and long-distance shooting.

Offered in no less than 11 centerfire chamberings ranging from .243 Win to .300 WSM including the increasingly sought after 6.5 PRC and 6.5 Creedmoor, the High Country is an update of Savage’s standard 110-pattern bolt gun. Pitched to give sportsmen West of the Mississippi the “precision and power to take the biggest bulls and the longest shots,” the rifle uses a stainless steel barreled action with coyote brown PVD coating mated to a TrueTimber Strata synthetic stock with overmolded surfaces.

The High Country comes with lots of user-friendly extras for the shooter to semi-customize their gun without going aftermarket. This includes Savage’s AccuFit system for adjusting the stock’s comb height and length-of-pull as well as the company’s AccuTrigger. Barrel length varies from 22- to 24-inches with magnums and the 6.5 PRC setting up camp at the longer end of that tape as they also sport muzzle brakes with a taper lock interface. Weight is about 8-pounds.

Other features include a spiral-fluted barrel and bolt, threaded muzzles, and a receiver that is drilled and tapped for optics. The bottom metal supports a detachable box magazine.

MSRP across the board is $1,129 (although we bring that way down and out of the four-figure range) and you can expect a review in coming days on this interesting new rifle.

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Best Duty Rifles: Popular Military, Police Contract Winners

While it may be difficult to gauge just what makes the best rifles for duty use, the same models keep popping up in large military and police contracts.

FN 15

FN 15 Tactical model

The FN 15 Tactical variant includes the 3-prong flash hider found on the FN SCAR rifles that reduces flash, a mid-length gas system with an H1 buffer to decrease recoil, as well as Magpul furniture and an M-LOK accessory mounting system.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety– the Palmetto State’s troopers– in March signed a deal for 600 FN 15 Patrol series rifles to replace their shotguns. Previously, the Killeen, Texas Police Department ordered 213 FN 15 Carbines for their use.

The 5.56mm-caliber FN-15, produced in Columbia, South Carolina, uses a six-position collapsible buttstock and a 16-inch barrel as standard. Equipped with FN’s Combat Trigger and a direct impingement action, they are semi-auto only.

Commercially, FN-USA markets both the FN 15 Tactical and FN 15 DMR.

Sig Sauer M400

Sig Sauer M400

Sig Sauer’s M400 series includes several models, such as this entry-level Tread variant.

Detroit SWAT picked Sig Sauer’s M400 series for a big rifle contract last year, followed quickly by Philadelphia‘s tactical units. Features standard across the series of 5.56mm rifles with a direct impingement gas operating system include a full-length free-float M-LOK handguard, six-position telescoping stock, enhanced SIG trigger, and a rotating lock bolt.

“The M400 rifle is designed to exceed military standards to be the most accurate and reliable rifle in its class, which makes it an optimal choice for specialized law enforcement units in extraordinary enforcement situations,” Tom Jankiewicz, Sig’s executive vice president for law enforcement sales, said of the model previously.

Commercially, Sig offers several M400 variants starting at $799.

Sig Sauer MCX

Sig Sauer MCX

What’s not to like about the MCX?

Another entry from the New Hampshire-based powerhouse is the MCX series. Earlier this year Florida’s fourth-largest city, Orlando, moved to equip their police force with this new Sig Sauer rifles as standard equipment. OPD chose the MCX Virtus variant to equip not only uniformed officers but detectives, watch commanders, and sergeants as well. At the same time, across the pond in England, London’s Counter Terrorism Specialist Firearms Officers – dubbed C-men – have also gone with MCX Carbines.

The Virtus debuted in 2017 in both pistol and patrol rifle variants with the longer of the two featuring a five-position side-folder stock, ambi controls, 16-inch hammer forged barrel, free-floating M-LOK handguards, and Matchlite Duo two-stage trigger. The 5.56mm modular rifle, which Sig explains was developed with the Special Operations community in mind, accommodates 500 combinations and is enhanced for a 20,000-round service life.

Military Contracts

Colt M4/M4A1

Long one of the top 5.56mm carbine makers in the world, Colt has also won tenders to equip various police forces around the world as well as pulled down Pentagon contracts for their M4 series rifles. In 2018, the Connecticut-based company grabbed a $57 million contract issued by the U.S. Army for guns intended for Jordan, Morocco, Afghanistan, Senegal, Tunisia, and Pakistan. In addition, their LE6940 and LE6920 series rifles have proven popular with police users.


Indiana-based LMT, formerly Lewis Machine & Tool, has been winning bids left and right to equip Allied countries with 5.56mm and 7.62mm carbines and rifles. Last month, the company confirmed they have been selected to provide up to 16,000 of their MARS series rifles, including AR-15 and AR-10 types, to the Estonian Defense Force. The Estonian award is not the first large overseas small arms contract for LMT, as the company is fresh off supplying the New Zealand military with over 9,000 of that country’s new MARS-L rifles. This came after a $30 million deal for 7.62mm DMR rifles with the United Kingdom in 2009.

Remington R4

In 2013, Remington Defense won a contract to supply the Armed Forces of the Philippines with 40,000 select-fire R4 5.56 mm carbines in a deal worth $47 million. Since then, the award increased to 63,286 weapons, with deliveries taking place over the past several years. This has followed with smaller contracts through the U.S. Army “on behalf of key international allies.” Meanwhile, police in Queensland, Australia have been issuing the R4 Patrolman series for years.

Remington Defense is now aiming to make several models– once distributed to LE and military channels only– available to the commercial market so you can expect the model to join Big Green’s standard R-15 series in coming weeks. Watch this space.


A big enchilada in the gun industry recently went to Sig Sauer when they pulled down a contract to supply at least 72,400 new rifles to the Indian Army. The 7.62x51mm SIG716 rifles will partially replace that country’s domestically produced INSAS 5.56mm platforms, the 716 is an enhanced AR platform featuring a 16-inch barrel, M-LOK handguards, and a six-position telescoping stock. The company confirmed on they will be American made in their New Hampshire factories.

Semi-auto versions of the 716 are readily available in Patrol and DMR format.

Check out for these rifle models and others, often in both Certified pre-owned and new condition.

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Tips for Buying Your First Shotgun



Before buying a shotgun, some argue that you need to plan everything out — what you’ll use it for and how often — while others advise buying the first inexpensive 12-gauge pump-action you see. It’s a shotgun, after all. But’s Mark Sims suggests the answer for first-time buyers is a little more flexible.

Sims,’s Senior Buyer, has spent his entire career buying and selling firearms. While he loves guns, he really loves shotguns. He’s an avid hunter, shooter and an NRA certified shotgun instructor. If you’re looking for just one gun, he argues that a shotgun has more practical applications than a single rifle or handgun.

“Reasons for buying a gun jump from either recreation to personal protection. A shotgun, however, will work on both sides of the spectrum and a whole lot in between,” Sims said. He explained that there’s a lot of cross over. “A lot of shotgun sports derived from hunting. So, trap shooting basically follows along the lines of pheasant or quail hunting. It’s a natural transition. If you’re a good shot at the range, you’ll be a good shot in the field and vice versa.”

Then, there are also opportunities that come with owning a shotgun, especially for young shooters. Schools and ranges across the country host sanctioned trap shooting competitions. For example, Sims explained, when his son opted to attend a STEM academy instead of a traditional high school, he had to give up playing most sports. Then, to apply to a service academy for college, he needed to add some athletics. With a local school offering competitive skeet after school, that became his only real option.

What’s the best type of shotgun?

As Sims explained, no particular shotgun action — semi-auto, pump or break — is better than the other. “Even in the highest level of competitive shooting, you have different opinions about what’s the best type of shotgun. Championship shooting matches have been won with automatics and over-and-unders,” he said.

A similar answer goes toward gauge. While 20 gauge is a popular suggestion for beginners, Sims likes to explain that once a shooter gets proficient with their shotgun they usually want to go bigger with a 12 gauge.

So, does that mean to go with a 12 gauge shotgun? The answer isn’t a definitive yes, but rather a description of how a young shooter typically grows over time. They usually start of shooting 20 gauge and end up wanting 12 gauge and after 12-gauge there aren’t too many practical options. Instead, there’s actually a wide variety of 12-gauge loads.

Should You Buy New or Used?

When you buy a new gun, the condition isn’t even a question. On the other hand, when you buy used, the condition is the only question. But Sims advised to not shy away from the used rack. In many cases, and more often in some styles, there’s a good chance of finding a used shotgun in good condition.

“There are a lot of hunting shotguns out there that people purchased and maybe only took on one or two hunts before replacing it or picking another hobby,” he said. Then, there are the shotguns that people sell because they don’t use them as often.

“People always sell tactical shotguns. Unless you’re shooting 3-gun matches or just enjoy beating yourself up on the range, for a lot of people, a 12-gauge tactical shotgun just collects dust. They end up being the go-to-gun to sell when you’re buying something new,” Sims explained.

And then there are also shotguns that are only available used like collectibles. “Many buyers and sellers know that these are no longer being manufactured, so they’re less likely to use them regularly, so you may be able to find someones in fabulous condition,” Sims said.

“On average, you can save about 20 percent on a pre-owned gun, but you don’t always know the details about the condition,” he said. “So, offers a full inspection and certification. That way you have confidence in what you’re buying and save a few bucks.”

Try Before You Buy

Sims recommended before you buy a shotgun, try it out first. “So many times you make a purchase based on how a gun looks online or feels inside the gun shop, but when you go shoot it’s a completely different experience and find you may not like how it operates or loads or recoils,” he said.

He added that you should be aware of a few things when you do test or inspect it. “It’s important that the shotgun fits you. In other words, when you shoulder the gun it points where you’re looking because shotguns rely more on your natural-point-of-aim rather than sights,” he said. But if you do need to make some adjustments, you should seek help from a trained gunsmith.

But there’s another reason Sims recommended you try before you buy. “If you’re unfamiliar with a shotgun or any firearm, it’s important that you spend some time to learn how to handle the gun safely and responsibly,” he said.

If you’re interested in buying a shotgun, check out the collection inside the Vault and Certified Use Guns.

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Bill Would Double Penalty for Stealing Guns from FFLs

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Those who steal firearms from the inventory of an FFL holder could see 20 years in jail under a new bill. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Legislation proposed this week in the U.S. Senate would significantly increase the penalties for stealing guns from federal firearms licensees.

The FFL Protection Act, filed by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, would dial up the number of years in prison for stealing a firearm in a dealer’s business inventory from 10 to 20 years, among other enhancements. Graham said the move comes after recent “smash-and-grab” thefts targeting gun shops.

“I believe in responsible gun ownership – not criminals stealing firearms,” said Graham in a statement.

Besides the penalty increase for stealing firearms, the bill, filed as S. 1788, would impose a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 years for burglary from an FFL and 5 years for robbery from an FFL. Further, it makes the attempted theft of a gun from a licensed firearm importer, manufacturer, dealer, or collector a crime.

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, there was a 70 percent jump in the number of FFL burglaries and a 266 percent increase in the number of FFL robberies between 2013 and 2017. In 2017, 8,129 firearms were taken in burglaries and robberies at FFLs. About 6,000 firearms were stolen from FFLs in criminal acts in 2018.

The trade organization for the firearms industry, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, welcomed the move by Senate Republicans.

“Thefts from federally licensed firearms retailers represent particularly brazen offenses that hold potential for additional crime when stolen guns are sold on the street,” said Larry Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “The Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act is a significant reinforcement of our federal laws to help deter both first-time and repeat violators and to ensure those convicted of these crimes serve serious time.”

The NSSF routinely matches ATF reward offers for information that leads to the arrest of criminals responsible for thefts from FFLs.

S. 1788 has 12 co-sponsors and has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Graham sits as chair.

Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the aisle, Democrats on Capitol Hill this week have reintroduced legislation that would instead go after the firearms industry, to the applause of big national gun control groups. The bills include a move to open up both gun makers and retailers to frivolous lawsuits, and triple the number of annual ATF inspections of firearms dealers with the promise of increased penalties for record-keeping offenses.

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Giveaway: Win 2 Guns to Celebrate Mossberg’s 100th Anniversary

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The winner of the Mossberg giveaway will receive both an MC1 Crossbolt pistol and 590 Tri-Rail shotgun.

Mossberg and have teamed up to give away not one but two firearms in honor of the iconic American company’s 100th Anniversary.

The lucky winner will not only get a new Mossberg MC1sc 9mm subcompact pistol but will also be the new owner of a Mossberg 590 Tri-Rail 9-Shot pump-action shotgun as well.

The MC1sc, the company’s first 21st Century pistol design, boasts a six-round flush-fit and seven-round extended magazine while a 3.4-inch barrel gives it a 6.25-inch overall length. As such, it follows in the footsteps of the gunmaker’s first offering.

“In 1919, Oscar Frederick Mossberg and his two sons, Harold and Iver, began with a simple dream to manufacture durable and reliable firearms that the working class could afford,” said Linda Powell, Mossberg’s director of media relations. “And a lot has happened in Mossberg’s first 100 years: starting with the company’s first gun, the Brownie, a four-shot, 22 caliber pistol; a generation of bolt-action rifles and shotguns, including the venerable 500 pump-action; and credit for over 100 design and utility patents.

“Yet through it all, the company has proudly remained family-owned and operated. And this year, the fourth generation of Mossbergs are excited to launch the MC1sc, the culmination of a century of innovation, passion, and dedication,”Powell said.

The heavy-walled 590 9-Shot Tri-Rail is a serious 12 gauge meant for serious use. Equipped with a Ghost Ring sight and a 20-inch barrel with a 3-inch chamber, the shotgun stems from Mossberg’s lengthy experience with duty and military pumps.

“With decades of military and law enforcement duty under its belt, it’s no surprise that the Mossberg 590 Tactical shotgun is the ideal choice for personal or home defense,” said Powell. “And it’s the original pump-action shotgun that passed the U.S. Military MIL-SPEC 3443 testing requirements almost 40 years ago.”

Sign up to win all this week for a chance to win this amazing Mossberg package here. The contest runs June 13-19, closing on the last day at 11:59 pm. See the contest page for full terms and conditions.

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