Pistol Suppressors: A Clean Can is a Happy Can

Pistol Suppressors: A Clean Can is a Happy Can

Whether you call them suppressors, silencers, sound moderators, or just plain old gun mufflers, when it comes to cans there are two primary types: Handgun and Rifle. Naturally, rifle silencers are built to withstand the punishing gas pressures of centerfire rifle cartridges. Handgun cartridges, be they .22 LR up to .45 ACP, do not generate nearly the gas pressure or…

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PX9 Gen2 from SDS Imports

PX9 Gen2 from SDS Imports

The PX9 Gen2 from SDS Import is packed with features. Forgive me for sounding like “the old guy”, however, I must state that the American gun buyers in the 21st Century are spoiled to the point of becoming jaded. Take the PX9 G2 or Generation 2 pistol from Zigana, sold by SDS Imports of Knoxville, Tennessee. The PX9 Gen2 has…

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299 Days: Time to Follow Glen Tate’s Model?

299 Days: Time to Follow Glen Tate’s Model?

Fans of fiction, particularly prepper fiction, know very well the 299 Days series from Glen Tate. For the uninitiated, 299 Days is not a typical post-apocalypse tale akin to the Mad Max movies. It’s not about 95 percent of the population being dead and the rest fighting over water. It’s different. Tate envisions a partial societal collapse where millions are…

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M1911 from SDS Imports [Review]

M1911 from SDS Imports [Review]

Ask your father or grandfather and they will tell you how quickly a generation passes away. When I was a young man, every gun person worth their salt knew and understood the history of John Browning’s, M1911 .45 ACP pistol. Keep in mind, we did not have the Internet, we had to read books and magazines. As my words hit…

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FN FAL: The Right Arm of the Free World

FN FAL: The Right Arm of the Free World

When I was coming of age, the FN FAL was known as “the Right Arm of the Free World”. For the uninitiated, FN stands for Fabrique Nationale the Belgian firearms manufacturer in Herstal. They are often referred to as “FN Herstal”. FAL means Fusil Automatique Leger in French. The English translation is Light Automatic Rifle. The FN FAL was made…

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GLOCK Torture Test: Reality vs Fantasy

GLOCK Torture Test: Reality vs Fantasy

Thanks to the advent of social(ist) media, we see innumerable “torture tests” week after week. The GLOCK torture test is one of the favorite topics of YouTubers and Instagram models. However, if we could take a moment to analyze the situation, what type of performance should we truly expect from our fighting pistols? Every handgun is a machine, built by…

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Laser Rangefinders and Long Distance Shooting

Laser Rangefinders and Long Distance Shooting

In 1996, Bushnell introduced an affordable, handheld laser rangefinder to the US market. As I pen this piece that has been twenty-five years. In the next several paragraphs, we will consider some of the changes in our world that can be attributed to the advancement of laser rangefinders and range-finding technology. I’m going to explain what a laser rangefinder is.…

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Neighborhood Watch with Rifles: Patriot Fire Team

Neighborhood Watch with Rifles: Patriot Fire Team

In the early morning hours of April 19th, 1775, the members of the local neighborhood watch program formed on the North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts. The community was in crisis. Eight of their friends lay murdered on the ground a short distance away on the Lexington town green. Hold on you say, those men were not a “neighborhood watch”. They…

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6mm Creedmoor – A 1400 Yard Rifle

6mm Creedmoor – A 1400 Yard Rifle

“Is the 6mm Creedmoor really that accurate?” a curious man inquired recently. I had to admit at the time, I had only fired about 50 rounds of that flavor. I wanted more experience before I gave a definitive answer. “So far, it is impressive.” was my honest answer. Now, having worked with the cartridge, along with a custom built rifle…

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Ruger 10/22: Samsonized – Samson Manufacturing [Review]

Ruger 10/22: Samsonized – Samson Manufacturing [Review]

Once in a while, the 18-year-old kid in me still gets excited. Such was the case recently when I was able to take my stock Ruger 10/22 .22 Long Rifle semi-automatic and transform it. While the 18-year-old me would have definitely been beside himself, I have to admit that the 50-something-year-old me is probably just as jazzed. During the paragraphs…

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Barbell Training Saved My Life

Barbell Training Saved My Life

To make a long story short, I continued barbell training until week four of my treatment when I became so sick that I was put in the hospital for seven days…

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Springfield 1911: Back from the Dead

Springfield 1911: Back from the Dead

Can you resurrect a Springfield 1911 from the dead? Perhaps a better way of putting it might be, can one take a Springfield Armory M1911 .45 acp pistol that has sat dormant in a gun safe for more than twenty years and make it run again? Yes, this is a real situation. No, I don’t own any firearms that have…

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Muzzleloading Basics – Everything You Need to Know

Muzzleloading Basics – Everything You Need to Know

To many people, the idea of a muzzleloading rifle or shooting a muzzleloader seems about as foreign as hitching up a horse to a buggy and taking a ride into town. Black powder rifles seem archaic, an antiquated tool of days gone by. Others might be drawn to the idea of shooting muzzleloading rifles, but they view the process as…

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Crisis Preparedness: An Absolute Minimum Checklist

Crisis Preparedness: An Absolute Minimum Checklist

Innumerable texts and tomes have been devoted to the subject of crisis preparedness and survival. More Americans than ever before are concerned with the immediate future and aware of the dangers that their families will face. In this easy to digest report, our aim is to point out and elaborate the absolute minimum requirements needed to keep your family safe…

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Blackhawk Holsters T-Series L2D [Review]

Blackhawk Holsters T-Series L2D [Review]

Blackhawk Holsters have been around from some time now and undergone numerous iterations and upgrades. For two decades, Blackhawk has dedicated their products to those who deliberately go into harm’s way; be they US military or law enforcement. Designing rugged and reliable gear for Military and Law Enforcement requires a great deal of research. Americans who carry firearms for personal…

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Accur8™ Sights: Everything You Need to Know

Accur8™ Sights: Everything You Need to Know

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Student of the Gun and Night Fision, the Accur8™ Night Sights are here. We at Student of the Gun are excited to share with you the behind the scenes creative process that lead to the Accur8™ Sights. It all started with a simple question. “If you could make your own sight, what would it…

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Body Armor Sucks – Is Your Life Worth It?

Body Armor Sucks – Is Your Life Worth It?

If you are one of the tens of thousands of citizens who owns and carries a firearm for personal protection you’ve likely accepted the fact that bad things can, and do, happen to good people. You’ve adjusted your manner of dress and lifestyle to accommodate toting your chosen type of hardware. Carrying a gun every day definitely takes some adjustment.…

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Airsoft Training during the Ammo Shortage

Airsoft Training during the Ammo Shortage

The idea of airsoft training or using airsoft pistols for inexpensive practice is not exactly new. I wrote an airgun column for a print firearms magazine for several years and wrote dozens of articles extolling the virtues of using airguns for inexpensive and convenient practice tools. In the year 2020, more citizens bought more ammunition in the United States than…

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Getting Ready for Rifle Camp: Gear Checklist

Getting Ready for Rifle Camp: Gear Checklist

Lot of folks attend shooting schools and weekend training events each year. However, only a small percentage of them will go to Rifle Camp. By Rifle Camp, we mean a dedicated precision rifle training course. The gear list for 1-day Concealed Carry class is pretty simple: gun, ammo, magazines, holster, comfortable clothes, that’s about it. When it comes to training…

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Woodburner 101: 3 Things You Need to Know About Heating with Firewood

Woodburner 101: 3 Things You Need to Know About Heating with Firewood

“We are getting a new woodburner.” my father informed us. Woodburner was the accepted shorthand for a wood burning stove. At the time I was 15-years-old and we were living on a small farm in rural Ohio. We received our electricity from the Co-Op and our water came from a well. When it came to keeping our modest home warm…

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ODS1775 AK from Occam Defense [Review]

ODS1775 AK from Occam Defense [Review]

Building a Better AK? Can you build a better AK? Should you even try? Some in the firearms community would cry “foul” or “sacrilege”. Before you light your torches and sharpen your pitchforks, allow me to remind you that the modern Russian AK is not the one that Mikhail Kalashnikov birthed 80 years ago. The rifles turned out today by…

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The Student of the Gun New Handgun Workout

The Student of the Gun New Handgun Workout

How do you know if your new handgun is reliable? For three decades I have been reviewing firearms for various publications and media outlets. When it comes to testing a new handgun to determine how well it functions, many years ago I developed a routine exercise for evaluating out-of-the-box guns. During this piece I will elaborate on the new handgun…

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CrossBreed Holsters Chest Rig [Review]

CrossBreed Holsters Chest Rig [Review]

There are a myriad of holsters on the market today. In a world full of options, it can be difficult to make the right decision on the first try. We love testing new holsters. Even ones that break the current status quo. A chest rig may seem like something only fly fisherman or hunters can appreciate. We found that not…

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Chiappa Rhino .357 Magnum [Review]

Chiappa Rhino .357 Magnum [Review]

It was not that long ago that Chiappa Firearms turned the handgun world on its head when it released the Rhino double-action revolver. In case you have not been paying much attention to the wheelgun world, the Rhino is a DA revolver imported from the Italian firearms maker. Today, we’re going to be reviewing it. The Rhino revolvers come in…

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GLOCK 48: Simple Goldilocks Perfection [Review]

GLOCK 48: Simple Goldilocks Perfection [Review]

Unveiled and released at the 2019 SHOT Show, the Glock 48 was the answer to twenty years of begging from the American gun buyer. “I like my G19, I just wish Glock would come out with a slim, single stack version.” That sentiment was echoed for better than a decade. Patience being a virtue and all that jazz, GLOCK, Inc.…

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Generation Fear: Raising Our Children to Live in Fear

Generation Fear: Raising Our Children to Live in Fear

“Hey mom, do we use old light bulbs?” the 8-year-old asked on the ride home from school. A bit perplexed, his mother replied. “When the light bulbs get old, they stop working and we replace them. Why do you ask?” The child said, “My teacher told us that old light bulbs waste energy and that hurts the planet.” Are we…

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Dumbass Preppers

Dumbass Preppers

“We’re putting together a new show about preppers. Can you tell us about your bunker, your bug out vehicle, maybe your stockpiles of food and guns…

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Mantis X10 Elite is a Must Buy For Students of the Gun

Mantis X10 Elite is a Must Buy For Students of the Gun

One of the hardest aspects of training is improving to the next level in the absence of a certified firearms instructor. The Mantis X10 Elite is a product that has hit the market, and hopes to solve that issue. We’ve had it in house for over a month now, and this article is going to cover down on our experiences.…

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American Liberty Is Not A Game

American Liberty Is Not A Game

It has been said that liberty is the ability to make a choice and freedom is a result of making the right choices. American liberty and the freedom to make choices is codified in the documents used to forge and found this nation. American liberty is serious business and it is certainly not a game. Gun Culture and American Liberty…

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White Liberals Killed George Floyd

White Liberals Killed George Floyd

George Floyd is being pseudo-memorialized by liberals, moderates, and reasonable people all over socialist media. The memorializing is via tweets, memes, and other types of pointless virtue signaling. People who either never heard of or never care one tiny iota about the fate of Justine Damond are screaming for “justice for George”. Where was the justice for Justine Damond when…

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Buckshot Pizza Box Challenge

Buckshot Pizza Box Challenge

“You can’t miss with a shotgun,” That saying is a myth, and we’re going to prove it to you. Buckshot isn’t a fool proof ammunition.

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ShotStop – An Alternative to Ceramic and Steel Plates [Review]

ShotStop – An Alternative to Ceramic and Steel Plates [Review]

In both Iraq and Afghanistan I dealt with the standard issue ceramic E-SAPI plates. One of the largest cons to this type of armor, outside of cost, is that the plates are actually very weak. Strong in the sense that they can stop a round, but weak in the sense that the plates break very easily. Any impact whatsoever could…

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My First Home Defense Shotgun

My First Home Defense Shotgun

During March and April, more Americans bought firearms than at any time in recent history. The home defense shotgun was one of the top purchases along with handguns. The reality is that while many homeowners now have pump-action shotguns in their house, few of these folks have real training or experience using them. Relying upon movies and television for our…

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Facebook Censors Nazi History

Facebook Censors Nazi History

During a time when you might think the free exchange of information is critical, Facebook is censoring Nazi History. For those who say “Facebook is a private company, that can do whatever it likes.” Keep in mind that Zuckerberg and Facebook took taxpayer money, to the tune of $374,168,107 for their “private company”. This short article is not meant to…

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3 Things to Do to Stop Worrying

3 Things to Do to Stop Worrying

There have always been tense times in our world. War, disease, economic depression, terrorism, etc. have been present for hundreds and thousands of years. The current national crisis in which we find ourselves has peoplke more anxious and worried than during any time in our recent history. What can we do to stop worrying so much? Although you may be…

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Feel the BuRN: The BRN-180 [Review]

Feel the BuRN: The BRN-180 [Review]

“Are you ready to feel the BuRN?” The BRN-180 is the new hotness in black rifles. Based upon the original AR-180 design from Gene Stoner and the Armalite crew, the BRN-180 series from Brownells is setting the black rifle world on fire. We’ve just recently completed our build, and now we finally have our official SOTG review of the BRN-180…

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[Guide] Canik Pistols – Rhino Tough

[Guide] Canik Pistols – Rhino Tough

There are guns for fun and guns for fighting. Canik pistols are built for fighting. For the last five years or so I have been working with the modern…

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Why You Need 9MM?

Why You Need 9MM?

Why 9MM? Well, number one, 9MM is the most widely available center-fire handgun ammunition in the United States of America.

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Building Your Patriot Arsenal: Shotgun

Building Your Patriot Arsenal: Shotgun

We talked about the AR-15 rifle previously. Now, we’re going to talk about the 12-gauge shotgun. Let’s continue on with our discussion about the Patriot…

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Readyman Ballistic Armor Plate Test

Readyman Ballistic Armor Plate Test

Readyman recently announced the availability of an NIJ Level III ballistic armor plate insert for briefcase or backpack use. We acquired one to test.

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Ranch Cookin’; The Origin

Ranch Cookin’; The Origin

What would I do if I could go anywhere and do anything? I decided that I wanted to work on a ranch for a year. That kind of environment seemed appealing…

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The Evolution of Pistol Sights

The Evolution of Pistol Sights

When my friend Jacob Herman of Night Fision approached me and asked my opinions regarding what kind of pistol sights should be on a gun that would be used for fighting/self-preservation, I naturally had some strong thoughts. For three decades plus I have trained with handguns using fixed (black) iron sights, painted…

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4 Items Every Armed Citizen Should Carry

4 Items Every Armed Citizen Should Carry

“I have my gun. So I’m good.” That was the response one man gave in regards to the question about what kind of gear people with concealed carry permits, or an armed citizen, should carry. Yes, I was standing at the counter of a gun store as you might imagine…

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Strength Training and Marksmanship Parallels

Strength Training and Marksmanship Parallels

Matt Reynolds introduced me to the Starting Strength program as taught by strength training legend, Mark Rippetoe. Matt’s company, Starting Strength Online Coaching is a training and coaching resource that was developed to give everyone, everywhere, the opportunity to get physically strong…

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An Artificial Life: the Incremental Loss of the Survival Instinct

An Artificial Life: the Incremental Loss of the Survival Instinct

Loss of the Survival Instinct. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the “Storm of the Century”, I was dismayed and saddened to hear of people living in desperate conditions without water to drink and food to eat. It seemed almost impossible to me that with more than three days warning that adults were not able to…

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[Listen Louder | SOTG Radio] Gun Bans & New California

[Listen Louder | SOTG Radio] Gun Bans & New California

This week on Student of the Gun Radio, we talked a lot about Gun Bans. In one case the incoming Virginia Governor is attempting to put a Ban on private gun sales, meanwhile in New England, they are demanding that the citizens turn their property in to the state. On the Grad Programs we talked about short barreled…

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Church Security: More than Guns

Church Security: More than Guns

In my youth, Church Security meant locking the doors at night and perhaps installing an alarm system to detect burglars. Today, when we say Church…

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[Flash Report] Go Fast Guns

[Flash Report] Go Fast Guns

Professor Paul got a new toy recently, the Echo II trigger system from Fostech Outdoors, and he’s played with it a bit. Now he’s here to tell you about…

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[Flash Report] Everyday is Leg Day

[Flash Report] Everyday is Leg Day

Fight Strong January 2017   Attend “Fight Strong” class at Tactical Response, Camden Tennessee, Met Matt Reynolds for the first time. Learn proper form for barbell lifts and exercises. July 2017   Sit down and evaluate results of the Starting Strength program as taught by Matt Reynolds during the previous January. Summary: Author’s Note: I have coached and taught a number of…

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Beretta M9 Threaded Barrel

Beretta M9 Threaded Barrel June 6 2017- Place order from Brownell’s for Silencerco threaded M9 Beretta replacement barrel. June 7 2017- Brownell’s sends confirmation email that order has shipped, provides tracking number. June 14 2017- 0900 Track package, FedEx says it was turned over to USPS and delivered to  Michigan. I don’t live in Michigan, so there is a problem. 1030…

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.22 Nosler Cartridge

.22 Nosler Cartridge

Professor Paul takes the time to tell you good folks about the .22 Nosler Cartridge & how he used it in the field. If you’re a hunter, you wanna read this…

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