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Tech Wisdom: Why Does My 1911 Hammer Fall to the Half-Cock Notch?

What do you do when your 1911 hammer falls to the half-cock notch? George Harris answers in his Tech Wisdom column.

Tech Wisdom: Hittin’ and Missin’

While instructing several students how to operate an AR-15-style rifle, it failed to fire several times when the trigger was pulled.

Tech Wisdom: Trigger Pull Weight

I own and run a small gun shop and repair business in the Northeastern United States, catering mostly to handguns. The majority of my customers are law enforcement and armed citizens carrying a gun for personal protection.

Tech Wisdom: Gunsmith or Armorer Fix?

Replacing a faulty 1911 extractor can be done by an armorer. Yet, repairing more serious damage will likely require the talents of a skilled gunsmith.

Tech Wisdom: How to Remove a Stuck Case

I am a reloader and have to admit I use my brass as long as possible. Usually, the case necks split before I throw the brass away, but this time only half of the case came out—leaving the front half in the chamber.

Tech Wisdom: 45 ACP Revolver Conversion Cylinders

I am hopelessly enamored with .45-caliber, single-action revolvers, especially those that accommodate the .45 ACP cartridge for everyday use, plinking and informal target shooting. My hands appreciate the reduced recoil of the .45 ACP as opposed to the heavier loads I use in the .45 Colt cartridge for hunting as well.

Pinned 1911 Grip Safety: What Does It Do?

Every once in a while, you'll run across a pinned grip safety on an old 1911. Our Tech Wisdom editor explains why they made this modification.

Troubleshooting a Red-Dot Scope

In this Tech Wisdom column, George Harris talks about the quality of a red-dot scope. Here's how you can ensure your red dot is trouble-free.

Top 5 Shooting Illustrated Articles of 2019

Which articles resonated with Shooting Illustrated readers in 2019? Here are our top five stories of the year.

1911s: Drop Safe or Not?

Are 1911 pistols drop-safe? Here's one reader's experience, along with an explanation of the Series 70 firing system.

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