Author Archives: Patrick Sweeney

Patrick Sweeney

About Patrick Sweeney

Patrick Sweeney is the author of many of Gun Digest books' best-selling titles, including Gun Digest Book of the 1911, Vols. I & II; Gun Digest Big Fat Book of the .45 ACP, Gun Digest Book of the AR-15, Gun Digest Book of the AK and SKS, Gun Digest Book of the Glock and Gunsmithing: Pistols and Revolvers, among other titles. A master gunsmith, Patrick is also Handguns Editor for Guns & Ammo magazine.

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Gun Photos: Brutal AR-15 Torture Test

  Let’s be clear about this gun test right now. What I’m doing – putting a variety of AR-15s through five torture tests – you should not do. It is/was hazardous, abusive, potentially very expensive, and more than just a bit crazy. I took thousands of dollars worth of fine machinery and worked very...

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Gun Photos: 20 HOT AR-15s

Here are 20 photos of HOT AR-15s from Patrick Sweeney's Gun Digest Book of the AR-15, Vol. III. Who says ARs are ugly?

Rock River Arms Elite Operator AR-15 Review.

AR-15 Review: Rock River Arms Elite Operator

The Elite Operator (or to give it its full title: the RRA LAR-15 Elite Operator) is a tele-stocked carbine in 5.56. The stock is a close-appearing copy of the mondo-expensive SOPMOD stock that your tax dollars buy by the truckload. At more than $100 less in cost than the USGI SOPMOD stock (and a...

Older Glocks may need the trigger upgrade or other upgrades. Check for them and bargain down if you find one in need.

Glock Prices: Tips for Buying a Used Glock

A used firearm can have a great deal of useful life left in it, provided it had a decent amount of care from previous owners. Glocks prices are not different in that regard. Here are the specific things to look for when you're out to buy Glock.

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The Custom 1911s of Rich Dettlehauser

Rich runs Canyon Creek, his shop that works on 1911s and a couple of other very interesting pistols. Rich is a USPSA Grand Master, and that is something uncommon in shooting and gunsmithing circles. Yes, many gunsmiths can shoot, some quite well indeed. And some top shooters can be good at working on guns,...

For fast follow-up shots, a bolt gun loses every time to a self-loader. Here, they’re just watching suspicious activity on Highway 1 in Zabul Province. DoD photo by Spc. Joshua Grenier, U.S. Army.

The Case for Semiautomatic Sniper Rifles – Part I

The classic image of a military or police sniper is the man peering through a scope mounted atop a bolt-action rifle, patiently awaiting the long-distance shot. But the terrain of actual battle in the world often requires fast follow up shots or sudden evasion from an area. For this real-world work, marksman are choosing...