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How to Shop for a Quality AK

Posted by Kris Vermillion on 23 days ago

As the American AK market has become more crowded these days, more options mean lower prices. As production and availability for AK rifles increase and the number of options grow, it’s a good idea to have a game plan in place as you begin shopping for your next AK.

We’ve compiled a list of what we think are the 3 key features you can look for to make sure your AK is up to par, and all 3 are pretty well identifiable while you stand at your favorite gun store counter.


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3 Keys to Buying Your First Handgun

Posted by Kris Vermillion on 1 month ago

Walking into a gun store for the first time can be an incredibly intimidating ordeal. And while some may hate to admit it, certain gun shops maintain the aura of a high-class country club that doesn’t take kindly to non-members. That feeling and environment is not very conducive to the first-time gun buyer. With that in mind, here’s a guide on how to wade your way through the myriad of debatable topics that go along with purchasing your first handgun. The biggest factors of choice have been distilled down to 3 key points and one easy-to-understand car analogy.

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Back to the Basics of Firearm Safety

Posted by Josiah McCallum on 1 month ago

Back to the Basics of Firearm Safety

Until recently, I worked at our Mt. Pleasant retail location. Sometimes, when newer customers walk in looking for a firearm to carry, they ask a lot of questions, which is a wonderful thing.

Some of the questions I would often get are:

• Should I get a pistol with a safety?
• What kind of safety features does this pistol have? Safety is very important to me.
• I want a firearm to protect me and my family, what should I get? I'm kind of scared of guns though.

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3 Signs You're in the Wrong Gun Shop

Posted by Kris Vermillion on 2 months ago

3 Signs You're in the Wrong Gun Shop

My oldest child is a boy. When he was born my wife was nice enough to agree to let me buy a high-end 1911 that I could have fun with now and then pass on to him later. Six years later my gun collection (and my family) have grown, and while the 1911 still hangs in the safe, I've acquired some nice pieces that my two boys may prefer more than the 1911. But that 1911 will always be special to me because I remember why I bought it. Even if my boys grow up to say they'd rather have something different, I'll still cherish that 1911...