malfunctions and stoppages

What's the Difference Between Stoppages, Jams, and Malfunctions?

You were part of a discussion regarding what to do when your everyday-carry pistol fails to operate as expected. Terms like jams, malfunctions and stoppages were used, but seemed to have different meanings—although the end result seemed to be the same.

Customizing the Colt Detective Special

Got a gun with that has seen better days? Perhaps Grandpa’s favorite gun was obviously “well loved?” Talented gunsmiths and other artisans are out there who can give your favorite firearm a much-needed face-lift.

Review: Smith & Wesson Shield Plus

In retrospect, Smith & Wesson had nobody to blame for the situation but themselves. The company didn’t invent the subcompact, lightweight, single-stack nine, of course. Walther and Beretta had preceded the original Shield to market by a few years with the PPS and the Nano, respectively, and Kahr had more or less created the niche back in the 1990s.

Common Problems & Solutions with AR-15 Barrels

While there are component issues in several different areas of the AR system, the barrel is where the majority of pre-assembly flaws arise.

Review: Iver Johnson Eagle LR Special Pistol

Iver Johnson’s new pistol embodies the 21st century 1911.

Common Issues When Swapping AR-15 Upper Receivers

One of the biggest advantages of the AR-style rifle is the ability to change calibers quite quickly.

3 Essential Tips for Personal Defense

The smart thing to do is to realize that it can be very dangerous out there and do something about it before becoming an unprepared victim.

How to Change Handgun Sights The Right Way

Swapping the sights on your handgun is often the first modification you’ll want to make. Here’s how to change them without driving yourself mad.

5 Browning Hi Power Upgrades

For those looking to give their Browning Hi Power a modern make-over, the following five accessories will help you get the most out of your pistol.

Review: Nighthawk Custom Agent 2 Commander Pistol

Yes, Nighthawk Custom’s new Commander is on the pricey side—but it’s worth it.

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