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Defense & Range

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Safety First

When you choose to own a firearm, you’re also choosing to take on the responsibility of ensuring it’s handled, stored and used safely. We explain what you need to know and the rules you must follow to do your part.

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4 Universal Rules Of Gun Handling

Responsible gun ownership ultimately boils down to keeping yourself and those around you safe at all times. Competitive shooter and Federal ambassador Krystal Dunn runs down the four most critical rules for safe gun handling.

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How To Select Pistol Ammunition

Handgun loads—like handguns themselves—are tools built around specific jobs. Federal ambassador Jim Gilliland runs through the common ammunition types and shares tips for choosing the best load for your needs.

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Carbine Accelerator Drill

Run your long gun faster with this multi-faceted drill from Federal Ambassador Josh Froelich. Distance changeups, transitions, cover, movement and much more—this one has it all and the benefits are real.

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Drills For Dry Fire

You don’t need to make the gun go “bang” to improve your game. Federal ambassador Josh Froelich uses dry fire to expand training sessions, work on fundamental skills and just prepare for the day at hand.

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Handgun How-To

Handguns are one of the most exciting and versatile classes of firearms, and they're used for everything from self-defense and target shooting to hunting. We reveal how to get the most from them.

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The Big Problem with Small Pistols

Josh Froelich hears from a lot of new shooters, and he sees many make a common mistake: Buying too small of a handgun. The Federal ambassador explains why smaller usually isn’t better and reveals his top pick for newcomers interested in home defense.

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The Rifle Rundown

At the range, in the field or beyond, rifles are a diverse and highly practical class of firearms. Whether you want to shoot a modern sporting rifle at targets or put a classic bolt-action to work for hunting big game, you need to master the basics and choose the right caliber and proper ammunition.

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Rifle Home Defense

AR-platform rifles offer versatility and adjustability that make them perfect for defending a home or larger property. But you have to do your part. Federal ambassador Jim Gilliland details the accessories and concepts you need to consider to turn your rifle into an effective defensive firearm.

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Shotgun Basics

At the range, in the field or beyond, rifles are a diverse and highly practical class of firearms. Whether you want to shoot a modern sporting rifle at targets or put a classic bolt-action to work for hunting big game, you need to master the basics and choose the right caliber and proper ammunition.

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Buckshot Home Defense

When people consider home defense firearms, most default to handguns. But shotguns are extremely effective, especially for less experienced shooters. Brand ambassador and veteran Jim Gilliland shares why these long guns excel and how to get more from them.

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Four Fundamentals

New to shooting? We explain four fundamentals you’ll need to master to start your journey into the shooting sports.

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Proper Sight Picture

Firearms are useless without a way to put rounds on target. We illustrate how to use common sight systems with the help of competitive shooter and Federal ambassador Krystal Dunn.

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Dry Fire First Steps

As a competitive shooter, Krystal Dunn uses dry fire to stay at the top of her game. But the Federal ambassador also believes it’s critical to getting new shooters comfortable with their firearm and mastering fundamentals.

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Gun Fit Facts

One-size-fits all was never said about firearms. Federal ambassador Krystal Dunn explains nuances of gun fit that will make or break how a firearm performs for you.

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Maintenance Matters

The easiest way to protect your firearm investment and keep it running at the range or in the fight of your life is simple cleaning and maintenance. Federal ambassador Krystal Dunn shows how to break down a typical handgun and give it a thorough cleaning.

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Safe, Effective Gun Storage

A lot goes into how you store a firearm—from its intended use to the presence of children and the specifics of local laws. Federal ambassador Jim Gilliland explains all of the factors you need to consider and gives tips for striking the right balance between security and accessibility.

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Home Defense Vs. Self-Defense

It’s tempting to lump home defense and carry into a single category, but in truth, they’re very different jobs. As such, they call for different firearms. Federal ambassador Josh Froelich spells out which firearms are best suited to each purpose.

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Navigating The Gun Counter

If you’re new to shooting, the counter of your local gun store might seem like an intimidating place. But it doesn’t have to be. Get insights for navigating your first gun shop stops from Federal ambassador Jim Gilliland.

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Diagnosing Common Misses

There’s almost no limit to ways we can miss our target, but Josh Froelich sees two common culprits. The Federal ambassador explains these miss-makers and reveals how to fix them.

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Choosing A Carry Holster

Krystal Dunn knows that if you’re going to carry concealed, you need to choose the right holster to do it. The Federal ambassador and competitive shooter goes through some of the most popular holster systems available.

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Know Your Laws

When you choose to obtain a gun, the onus is on you to ensure you’re following laws of the specific jurisdiction—especially should you happen to use it defend yourself or others. Federal ambassador Jim Gilliland provides guidance on navigating the legal waters of defensive firearms use.

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Pistol Choices

Prospective handgun buyers have lots of options. Federal ambassador Jim Gilliland breaks them down into the top three types and provides pros and cons you can use to guide your purchase.

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Handgun Sight Systems

Today’s shooter has never had more options when it comes to handgun sights. Federal ambassador Jim Gilliland explains each of the common systems and provides the guidance to choose the one that best fits your shooting needs.

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Getting A Handle On Holsters

A holster holds more than your handgun—it also carries a lineup of advantages and disadvantages you need to consider when making your choice. Federal ambassador Jim Gilliland lays out all the options and information.

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Every Day Carry—More Than Just Firearms

When shooters talk about every day carry, they often get tunnel vision and focus only on guns, holsters and ammo. But there’s more to EDC, and Federal ambassador Josh Froelich empties his pockets to explain.

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Loaded Chamber Carry

Although there are a few unbreakable rules, many aspects of firearms use are matters of personal preference. When it comes to carrying with an empty or loaded chamber, Federal ambassador Jim Gilliland doesn’t pull any punches. He explains why he believes a loaded chamber is the best way to carry.

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One-Hand Shooting

You never know when you’ll need to shoot one handed—or with your weak hand. So, train for it. Federal ambassador Josh Froelich shares how to do it right.

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The Shotgun Approach

Handguns and ARs get all the attention, but shotguns reign as the easiest road to home defense proficiency. Learn the basics to get started.

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Reasons To Carry

Even a peaceful country road can become the backdrop for a violent attack. Federal ambassador Tiffany Lakosky recalls a frightening close-call that made her a believer in concealed carry.

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Use Dry Fire To Shoot Better

One of the best ways to improve your shooting skills isn't really shooting at all. Federal ambassador Tiffany Lakosky gets into her dry-fire practice routine and reveals why it's so important for all shooters.

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Rotating Your Carry Ammunition

The wear and tear of daily carrying can take its toll on any ammunition. Federal ambassadors Lee & Tiffany Lakosky explain how they manage their carry loads to ensure they perform when needed.

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Gun Counter Gurus

One of the most valuable resources for information on shooting is likely standing behind the counter at your local gun shop or sporting goods store. Federal ambassador Tiffany Lakosky recalls how beneficial these relationships were when she started shooting.

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Top Questions New Gun Owners Ask

New to shooting? You’re certainly not alone, and it’s natural to have questions. Federal ambassador Jim Gilliland outlines the top questions newcomers should ask themselves or others as they start their journey into gun ownership.

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3 Steps To Faster Shooting

If you want to shoot your handgun faster and still hit your target, Josh Froelich knows how to do it. The Federal ambassador shares three easy ways to pick up the pace.

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A 7.62x39mm That’s Easier On Steel

If you want to shoot at close range with your 7.62x39mm, the bi-metal jacket of typical foreign-built ammunition can damage steel targets. Federal ambassador Josh Froelich avoids this and trains harder with American Eagle. The 7.62x39 load is American-made with a brass case and FMJ bullet to shoot better without hurting your steel.

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Get Into The Game

Whether you’re new to shooting or an old hand who wants a break from the ordinary, the sport of 3 gun might be for you. Federal ambassador and accomplished 3 gun competitor Josh Froelich explains the training benefits it offers and what you need to do to get started.

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Train More With Fewer Rounds

It shouldn’t take a historic surge in demand for shooters to think critically about how they expend their ammo. Learning from every shot should always be the goal, and Federal ambassador and competitive shooter Krystal Dunn explains how to do it.

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Get Your Heart Pumping

When you shoot a rifle for keeps—whether on a hunt, in a competition or during the fight of your life—your heart’s going to be pumping. That’s why Federal ambassador Josh Froelich likes to train in ways that mimic this adrenaline dump and elevate his heart rate.

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Iron Sight Selection

Post-and-notch iron sights are durable, dependable and proven. Federal ambassador and champion shooter Julie Golob runs through the most common configurations and shares tips on choosing the one that’s right for you.

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Dry Fire Warmup: Get A Grip

Getting the most out of every round begins with the right grip. Federal ambassador and competition shooter Krystal Dunn explains how she uses a pen to perfect hers before ever firing a shot.

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Barrel Buster

Shooting faster is all about efficiency. Federal ambassador Josh Froelich explains a better way to maneuver around a barrel or other obstacle to eliminate wasted movement and trim precious seconds.

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Seeing Red Dots

Slide-mounted red dot optics are popular for a reason—actually, several of them. Champion shooter and Federal ambassador Julie Golob explains why they work so well and reveals how to get more speed, accuracy and consistency from them.

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Laser Focus

Champion shooter and Federal ambassador Julie Golob calls laser sights invaluable tools for both training and carry. Her insights on how to use them will shorten the learning curve and make you more accurate in any situation.

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Dry Fire Warmup: Body Mechanics

Without proper, consistent body mechanics at the moment you press the trigger, you’re wasting your ammo. Federal ambassador Krystal Dunn gets her practice sessions off on the right foot and saves rounds with these quick refreshers.

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Position Yourself For Long-Range Success

When you work on long-range shooting, the most critical factors to success are also the most fundamental. Federal ambassador Josh Froelich runs through the basic elements that get his focus during long-range drills.

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Dry Fire Warmup: Trigger Control

A bad trigger press is a round wasted. Federal ambassador Krystal Dunn saves ammo and kicks off training sessions right with a trigger control drill that uses a shot timer.

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How To Take A Stand

The right stance makes all the difference when shooting a handgun. Federal ambassador and champion shooter Julie Golob shows how to position yourself to minimize recoil’s effect and smooth transitions between targets.

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Carry Pistol Choices

Advancements in self-defense ammunition have evened the playing field between different cartridges, allowing shooters to effectively use guns of all sizes and chamberings for different carry applications. Federal ambassador Josh Froelich explains three easily concealed pistol choices and how to carry them.

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Choosing Carry Ammunition

With a full spectrum of ammunition offerings built for protection, Federal provides a load that fits anyone’s unique needs. Competition shooter and brand ambassador Krystal Dunn runs through each of Federal’s Premium Personal Defense products to guide shooters toward the one that’s right for them.

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Near-To-Far Carbine

Get more comfortable transitioning between carbine optics and learn to quickly engage targets at varying distances with this simple drill. Federal ambassador and competition shooter Josh Froelich runs through the steps.

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Shoot-Two Transition Drill

You don’t need to send a lot of rounds downrange to improve your skills. This two-shot drill from Federal ambassador Krystal Dunn proves it, smoothing out transitions for faster, more accurate shooting at multiple targets.

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