Mark Fingar’s experience has taught him all about taking photos of firearms with a smartphone. He recommends not getting caught up with upgrading to a smartphone with more megapixels because some smartphones have fewer megapixels but are equipped with a better sensor, making photographs better.

Fingar recommends keeping a lens cloth on hand to wipe away the dust and dirt that easily collects on smartphones. Avoiding scratches is paramount because it permanently damages the quality of the camera lens. Also, avoid cleaning a rifle with a lens cloth because the firearm will get grease on the cloth. A paintbrush and…


Firing a rifle entails more than just pulling the trigger. It requires a lot of practice. A regular dry fire routine is essential to improve shooting skills and helps make one more comfortable with a gun.

Here are a few tips to help improve shooting skills.

Position and Balance

Proper body positioning is fundamental to improving shooting skills. The proper beginner stance is to have your feet shoulder-width apart, and, for right-hand shooters, the left foot slightly forward and the right foot slightly backward. Balance is also vital in a shooting range. It ensures a comfortable position to fire. With proper balance, you…


Shooting ranges are a great place to legally shoot your guns in a safe environment. They are also a good spot to try out any new guns you are looking to purchase. Just about every major city in the country has several shooting ranges, and St. Louis is no different. These are the four best shooting ranges in St. Louis, Missouri.

SharpShooter Indoor Shooting Range

Located on Gravois Rd. in the heart of South St. Louis, SharpShooter is the only shooting range within the city limits. The high-tech facility features 20 different shooting lanes. …


Drills to run for your spring cleaning of firearms
Drills to run for your spring cleaning of firearms

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Spring Cleaning For Self Defense

Spring is here and with it spring cleaning. This means dusting out the cobwebs and refreshing routines. In the sense of firearms, it means refreshing training with good practice drills and properly servicing the weapon(s). If winter weather has been the reason for an absence from the range, now is a very good time to get out there and get familiar again with how firearms will function in the home and what the spread of ammunition will be at what distance, depending on the firearm. …


Firearms are simple tools, but gun owners need a variety of tools to ensure good performance. Those accessories can help to make the guns easier to store or quicker to access in an emergency. They can also help to maintain the weapons or ensure peak performance. A few of the most important accessories work by helping the owner to improve their skills. Their functions may vary, but they all have a role to play in a gun owner’s arsenal.

Safe Hanging Systems

Proper storage ensures that guns remain in good condition and prevents accidents. Many gun owners choose to store their firearms in…


Firearms are simple tools, but gun owners need a variety of tools to ensure good performance. Those accessories can help to make the guns easier to store or quicker to access in an emergency. They can also help to maintain the weapons or ensure peak performance. A few of the most important accessories work by helping the owner to improve their skills. Their functions may vary, but they all have a role to play in a gun owner’s arsenal.

SAFE HANGING SYSTEMS

Proper storage ensures that guns remain in good condition and prevents accidents. Many gun owners choose to store their firearms in…


There are a variety of guns that are available to shooters today. Among the handgun, shotgun, and rifle categories lie thousands of different guns that each have strengths and weaknesses that are unique to them. Different guns are used in different situations and different shooters prefer to use different guns. However, despite all of the differences among guns, many of the parts remain the same. Guns across the board are mainly fired using the same concept but through different systems.

Parts of the Handgun Action

The action of a handgun is the system of parts that propel the gunpowder-filled cartridge…

David Kenik

David Kenik lives in St. Louis, Missouri where he focuses on firearm safety and training. Learn more about David on his website http://davidkenik.org/

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