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History Of The First Semi-Automatic Pistols

Did you know the first semi-automatic pistol was unveiled in the late 19th century?

Origin Story: The Word “Pistol”

The word “pistol” was in common usage by the 18th century.

Golden Age, Part 1: National Smallbore Outdoor Rifle Championship History

We cover the first decade of the “Golden Age” of smallbore shooting— the 1960s —...

The Interesting History Of Vitarbo Custom Target Grips

The story of Vitarbo Target Grips began with the formation of the Air Force Shooting...

A Page From History: World’s First Recorded Pistol Match

Even four centuries ago, people wanted to know who the best pistol shot was.

How Much Is A Minute?

What is the exact size of a minute of angle at 100 yards? Here is...

Looking Back At The First NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship

About a decade ago, college rifle clubs without an NCAA ranking had only their own...

A Page From History: First Autoloading Sporter?

When it debuted in 1899, the Mannlicher Automatic Repeating Rifle was way ahead of its...

Wright Brothers At Kitty Hawk: Hunters And Marksmen

You’ll never guess which Wright brother was the best shot! With their .22-cal. Marlin rifle,...

WATCH: Brian Zins’ New ‘Fast Is Fine, Accuracy Is Everything’ Pistol Fundamentals Training

The legendary Brian Zins is back with a new bullseye pistol fundamentals video series filmed...

Competitors’ Corner: July 2019

Highlights from the July 2019 issue of Shooting Sports USA, the NRA's competitive shooting journal.

Classic SSUSA: U.S. Rifle Teams Compete In South Africa

In 2013, Anette Wachter shared an insider view of what it means to travel and...

5 Of The Best Shooting Sports Instagram Accounts To Follow

Whether looking for extra inspiration, or just want to see the latest competition gear, the...

Remembering When Brian Zins Won His 7th NRA Pistol Championship

In 2005 at Camp Perry, Gy/Sgt. Brian Zins of the U.S. Marine Corps pistol team...

NRA Annual Matches Move To Sea Girt In 1892

Built in 1889, the 148-acre Sea Girt Range was located in New Jersey, along the...

A Page From History: The Savage Model 1919

In the U.S., smallbore rifle as a sport really gained steam after the Great War,...

Meteorology And The National Matches

Did early 20th century rifle shooters use weather stations at the National Championships? Are modern...

How Bore Cleaning Affects Accuracy

A Page from History looks back at when American Rifleman magazine tested whether cleaning the...

Volunteers Make The Difference At National Matches

Volunteers that toiled through the 1968 & 1969 National Matches possessed two common denominators: NRA...

A Page From History: The 1923 Palma

The Palma Rifle match was reborn in 1923, and anticipation mounted as to match conditions...
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