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Turning a Lot of Guns Into a Few Purpose-Driven Firearms

What does your gun portfolio look like? A few Jack-of-All-Trades guns that fill multiple roles, but none of which exceed in any one area? Are you making do because you’re unsure if there’s a better option that could fill the needs you can’t quite define? We had a client come into the shop recently with a problem. Looking for a coyote gun to protect his land and stock, the gentleman pulls a rifle out of his case and explains what he wants. “To reach out farther and be more accurate.” Simple enough, except for the rifle; an original, pre-ban Colt AR-15 Match Target chambered in 7.62x39. Retro carry-handle upper, plastic M4 Carbine handguard, even a third-hole deletion kit. This is not a common firearm, it’s a collector’s dream gun. Afte...  Read More

GSO's Silencer Shop Kiosk

Suppressors are incredible tools with a range of benefits.  That’s why GSO is getting a Silencer Shop Kiosk, the first and only one in Laramie, to streamline and take as much red tape out of the process as possible. The Science of Suppressors Typically, there are two noises that are the loudest when a firearm is shot: the rapid expansion and subsequent cooling of gas from burnt gunpowder, and the projectile breaking the sound barrier, creating a sonic boom. Suppressors quiet a firearm by slowing that gas expansion through “baffles” (chambers cut inside the suppressor) and absorbing and dissipating heat at a much more controlled rate. If you are interested, this video will give a quick overview on the science behind suppressors. http...  Read More

Everyday Carry: Krate OTF Knives

What’s your everyday carry? Handgun? Extra magazine? How about a knife? The knife is an important, overlooked tool, and easily the one that would get used the most. The simple fact is Gold Spur wants to make sure we can provide a knife that passes our own tests, so you don’t have to guess. With that being said, Gold Spur Outfitters now stocks Krate Tactical OTF Knives.   OTF stands for “Open Towards Front,” meaning these knives have internal spring mechanisms that shoot the blade forward out of the knife body upon activation. This allows for quick activation of the blade with just one hand, letting you keep a constant grip on the handle. Krate knife blades are made from D2 Tool Steel and come razor sharp. D2 steel has a higher-than-ave...  Read More

Caliber Considerations: Navigating the New vs. Old Dilemma

Caliber Considerations: Navigating the New vs. Old Dilemma.   In our ever-evolving world, a persistent question lingers: Is newer always better? As enthusiasts of firearms, we've witnessed an influx of new calibers over the last three decades. The crucial inquiry, however, is whether these innovations genuinely solve a problem. For the vast majority of shooters, meaning those of us not in the 0.01% of sponsored professional long-range marksmen, the answer is sometimes NO. Consider the enduring .30-06 (U.S. .30cal of 1906). Adopted by the army in 1906 and itself a descendant of the short lived U.S. .30cal of 1903, this classic caliber, originally armed with a Spitzer bullet and higher chamber pressure has stood the test of time, and e...  Read More

All About ARs

What defines a quality AR-15?  One can speculate price and brand name, but there is more beneath the surface of this question.  To answer this question simply, yes AND no regarding price, brand name, and countless other possible discussion points.  This is a question that could spawn a 15-page editorial and hours of conversation.  So ARs?  What should one go with?  How does he or she decide what barrel length?  Gas System? Trigger Group?  Think about it in chunks, and the most important chunk is briefly defining the AR itself. AR Overview Eugene Stoner, James Sullivan, and Bob Fremont began the development of the Armalite Rifle in the 1950’s.  To be clear, AR stands for Armalite Rifle.  Contrary to what politicians and the media regu...  Read More

The Kalashnikov Rifle

Now we know everybody receiving this email is a Red, White, and Blue-Blooded, Freedom-Loving American who hates Communism. But the Soviets did give us at least one thing that was pretty cool: the Kalashnikov Family of Rifles.   Yup, you guessed it, today’s email is all about AKs, and why will make a lot more sense later on.   The History of AKs Mikhail Kalashnikov designed the AK-47 in 1947 as the bid to replace the PPSh-41 as The USSR’s standard-issue Rifle.  Chambered in 7.62X39, it is the first in a line of rifles that would eventually become the mostly widely used firearm platform worldwide, with an estimated 72 million in circulation today.  That 72 million? Just the original AK-47, that’s not including any of the more recent m...  Read More

The Benefits of Properly Mounting a Scope on Your Rifle

When it comes to shooting accurately, having the right equipment is crucial. One of the most important components of a rifle is the scope, which provides a clear and precise point of aim. However, to get the most out of your scope, it needs to be mounted properly. Often shooters mount a scope themselves, and many retailers offer to install your scope for free, but installing a scope on a rifle is not the same as mounting it properly. If you haven't had your scope mounted correctly, it's worth taking it to your local gunsmith to do so. Here are just a few of the benefits of having a scope mounted correctly: Improved AccuracyThe primary benefit of mounting a scope properly is improved accuracy. A properly mounted scope helps the shooter...  Read More

Why Upgrade Your Trigger?

Upgrading the trigger on your firearm can make a big difference in your shooting experience. A good trigger can improve accuracy, safety, and overall shooting performance. In this post, we'll explore why upgrading your trigger can be a wise decision and the different types of triggers available on the market. One of the most significant benefits of upgrading your trigger is the improvement in accuracy. A factory trigger can be heavy, gritty, and inconsistent, making it hard to shoot precisely. An aftermarket trigger, on the other hand, can provide a smooth, consistent pull, making it easier to hit your target. Safety is another key reason to upgrade your trigger. A good trigger should have minimal overtravel, a crisp break, and no cr...  Read More

Why Upgrade Your Firearm Sights?

When it comes to shooting, having the right sights on your firearm can make all the difference. Upgrading your sights can improve your accuracy, safety, and overall shooting experience. In this article, we'll explore the benefits of upgrading your sights and the different types of sights available on the market. One of the most obvious benefits of upgrading your sights is improved accuracy. Factory sights can be less precise than aftermarket sights, making it harder to hit your target. Upgraded sights can provide a clearer, more accurate picture which can help you shoot more precisely. Safety is another important reason to upgrade your sights. A good sight should be easy to acquire, easy to use, and easy to adjust. Some aftermarket s...  Read More