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Without question, the Short, Magazine Lee-Enfield (SMLE) is one of the most effective bolt-action military rifles ever made. While there were several versions, including the No. 4 of World War II fame, it’s the SMLE, Mark III, or as it came to be known later, the No. 1, Mk III, …

An Imperial German soldier in full uniform, along with his Gewehr 98 with bayonet fixed. Despite this shifting paradigm of technology and tactics, and even as the MP-18 began to enter service, the backbone of German infantry firepower remained Paul Mauser’s Gewehr 1898. The origins of this weapon go all the way …

If you’ve been around a while, the name Super Vel will bring back memories from the old days. Younger folks might not have heard it before, or at best, only recently. They were a thing started in 1963 by Lee Jurras who pioneered many types of handgun ammo that we consider common …

Having built firearms and firearm components since at least 1526, Beretta is the oldest continuously operating firearm company in the world today. Since the beginning of this long, storied history, Beretta has produced military arms. When the U.S. Army announced that it would be conducting testing for a new standard issue sidearm to replace the …

To say the least, 2020 has been quite the year for firearms owners. First, we weren’t allowed to leave our home to go to the range, and then once we were allowed there was barely any ammunition to be found. If you have found yourself quarantined and out of ammo, …

SIG Sauer came out with the P365 a few years back to provide a quality small pistol for carry purposes, and it has been a popular gun for that market. Many people I know love their P365. The P365 XL ($650, sigsauer.com) has a longer barrel and slide, and the model …

The first Mossberg 500s were produced in 1960, and it wasn’t long before enthusiasts discovered the reliability and performance that has kept it at or near the top in shotgun sales ever since. There’s a lot to like in this rugged pump-action, one designed before most readers were even born. Sixty years—six …

Personal-defense weapons (PDWs) are hot and getting hotter. We’ve reviewed a number in the pages of Shooting Illustrated, from the iconic Heckler & Koch SP5 to the refined LWRCI SMG 45. With the addition of a brace, these heavier-than-a-handgun pistols can be fielded and used effectively for home and personal defense. AR-15- and AK-47-based …

IWI has built an impressive reputation in the firearms world with guns like the Masada and Jericho pistols, UZI, and Tavor, each of which features unique, ground-breaking designs. New for 2020, the company expanded its reach into the American market with the Zion-15, an AR-15-style rifle built in Middletown, PA. While it’s hardly as sexy as previous firearms from IWI, …

When Smith & Wesson introduced its new polymer-framed M&P semi-automatic in 2005, it was initially offered in a 4.25-inch barrel with fixed three-dot sights and chambered for the .40 S&W. Most observers assumed it was marketed towards law enforcement as a duty pistol. Whether or not that was the intent, …