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    K-Var's Information Center contains firearm and shooting tactics, tips, expert advice, gun buying tips, and information on cleaning and maintaining your firearms. 

    Tactics: Holsterless Handgun Carry
    For years, most of us have counseled concealed carry handgun carriers to choose a proper holster. A holster keeps the handgun stable and angled for the proper draw. Just the same, who am I to go against 200 years or more of holsterless tradition?... read more...
    Slings and Things for AR-15s
    Tactical slings are primarily used to help carry a duty or combat rifle, allowing the operator to keep both hands free for other tasks. While its function may seem simplistic, choosing the right tactical sling and proper attachments requires... read more...
    Gun Test: Charter Arms Professional .32 H&R Magnum
    The Charter Arms Professional is a small-frame revolver with a three-inch barrel, hand-filling grips, double-action/single-action mechanism, good sights, seven-shot cylinder, and a nice finish. Open the cylinder by pushing the cylinder release... read more...
    Choosing an Optic for Your Rifle
    There are many opinions as to what is a good or even the best survival rifle. What stands out is that, in one form or another, everyone is going to have a rifle. However, the conversation goes quiet at that point and fails to cover or consider... read more...
    Taurus 856 and 857 Versus S&W J Frame
    At the 2018 SHOT show, among the more interesting revolvers was the Taurus 856 revolver. The 856 is based upon the proven and immensely popular Taurus 85, a small-frame revolver that holds five .38 Special cartridges. The 856 is a version of... read more...
    Beware of Fake Guns and Parts
    A Canandaigua, NY man named Jonathan Roberts is facing multiple charges after allegedly violating weapons laws by purchasing gun part modifications for Glocks from China. It all began when Customs and Border Patrol agents intercepted a package... read more...
    Home Defense: Shotgun vs. Rifle
    I advocate that homeowners use a pistol to get their family to a saferoom, then defend the room with a long gun. A saferoom does not need to be fancy, it doesn’t even need to be fortified, although that would be beneficial. A saferoom just needs... read more...
    How to Get Started in Ammunition Reloading
    I seem to be one of the few gunwriters who extensively relies on handload to test a firearm. I have always done so, and will continue to do so. Handloads offer real economy, custom grade performance, and excellent accuracy potential. Getting... read more...
    AR-15 Components: A Little More Means a Lot Better
    There is a huge array of AR-15 components available at K-Var! Shopping options usually involve two criteria. First, is the part suitable for what I envision for the completed gun? Second, is the part at the lowest price I can get? Don’t get... read more...
    Speed Is Good, but Accuracy Is Final
    Before we make a purchase, we research what we are buying. By the same token, an investment in time should not be taken lightly. We look to those with good information in order to learn. After all, we are all ignorant, simply about different... read more...