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Beretta 92X Performance

To the average non-shooting citizen — yes, they exist — a gun is a gun is a gun. Sheesh! How can anyone have such an opaque opinion towards one of the...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
You've Stored The Grain

You will not rise to the occasion — you will default to the highest level of training you have mastered. Skills are needed in a survival situation.
Read Full Article Jacob Herman
Urban Survival

When the subject of survival comes up, people often spend their time discussing how to survive huge natural disasters or long periods alone in the wilderness.
Read Full Article John Higgs
Prepping For Apartment...

Thanks to some of the sensationalistic “reality” shows aired in recent years, the word “prepper” often conjures up visions of eccentric...
Read Full Article Michael Janich
Real-World Home Defense

Because we live in the age of the internet and a 24-hour news cycle, local news can go national quickly. Police shootings, home invasion robberies and...
Read Full Article Robert Kolesar
Beating Apocalyptic...

The past two-plus weeks we’ve been bombarded, befuddled and bamboozled with the latest “End of the World” scenario. The culprit? Mass hysteria caused...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Top 10 Tips For Urban Survival

While the streets may appear empty, danger can lurk at every corner.
Read Full Article Tom McHale
If It Ain’t broke,...

A .41-caliber 210-grain Hornady XTP bullet launched by 19.8 grains of H110 propellant from a 10-inch barrel strokes along at 1,465 fps, according to...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
BREAKING NEWS: NRA Annual...

The National Rifle Association announced late Thursday that it has cancelled the 149th annual members meetings and exhibits in Nashville that were scheduled...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Federal Solid Core Ammunition

When it comes to ammunition, make no bones about it: Deep penetration combined with large wound channels is a killing combination.
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
THE U.S. BILL OF WRONGS

If watching what’s happening on TV doesn’t infuriate you, you’re not watching with your eyes open. The way the leftist party of neo-democrat...
Read Full Article Alan Korwin
Wilson American Combat...

Wilson introduces the American Combat Pistol (ACP) series in .45 ACP or 9mm. Hand built in Berryville, Arkansas, the ACP features all of the precision,...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Buck 108 Compadre Froe

If you spend anytime in the woods or doing chores around the farm or land you quickly realize the value of a good “chopper.”
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Can Competition and...

The dichotomy between competition and tactics within the practical-shooting fraternity has existed since the inception of IPSC at the Columbia Conference.
Read Full Article Greg Moats
SIG's Fastback Emperor...

I was helping open packages and check in guns at the gun store. As I picked up one box, I was admittedly a little giddy with anticipation.
Read Full Article David Freeman
Let’s Talk About Gatts,...

Not everybody is enamored with striker-fired half-polymer pistols, and to prove it one only needs to check social media for forums and groups, such as...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Firearms Trusts

A chief concern of many is what happens to the gun collection when they pass or become unable to use them. There’s a solution that might work for you
Read Full Article David Freeman
Taurus 942 & Defender 856

Since their inception, and later introduction to the U.S. market in 1968, Taurus has led the way in affordable, reliable firearms.
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
America’s Got Talent

As a way of promoting non-Master engravers, Bobby Tyler had an idea. Why not hold a national contest for engravers of non-Master status, offering them a...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Woebegone No More!

As usual I got my latest issue (Jan/Feb 2020) and flipped to the Insider. I swear, Mr. Huntington had been reading my mind.
Read Full Article Reader Speaks
SIG SAUER P320 XCompact RXP

There’s no doubt about it, military, law enforcement, concealed carriers and gun owners alike love red dots. I sure do! Providing a quick sight-picture,...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
desantis pocket holder

When it comes to purchasing brakes, tires or parachutes, cheap is much too expensive.
Read Full Article John Taffin
Leaning Left...

Got your attention I’ll bet, but we’re not talking about “that” left here. Left-handed people in many ways are better off today than in the past.
Read Full Article Dave Anderson
Gun Rights Groups Sue...

There’s an interesting federal court case unfolding in Illinois in which two gun rights organizations — the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Versacarry Shoulder...

While the majority of handguns nowadays are carried in inside- or outside-the-waistband holsters, there’s no denying shoulder rigs are still a viable...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Sights for Sore Eyes, A...

When you’ve got the fever like I do, the search for new gear is never-ending. You know what I’m talking about. We’re obsessed with updating...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Bipods, Tripods and Shot...

Experienced handgun hunters are often a creative bunch. Those with an abundance of experience under their belts can be most innovative when it comes to...
Read Full Article Mark Hampton
MANSON REAMERS FORCING...

Every now and again, a tool comes along that will revolutionize a process, however obscure or seemingly unimportant.
Read Full Article Hamilton Bowen
Laugo Arms Alien Pistol

Every once in a while, a gun comes down the pike that makes us take pause. In the case of the Laugo Arms Alien, it has gun owners in awe as if it had, well,...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Lots of Guns and Nobody...

When gun prohibition fanatics get cranked up about more guns translating to more crime and violence, all anybody has to do is point to the recent gun rights...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
New Mossberg MC2c

What’s the first thing to pop into your head when you hear mention of Mossberg?
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Toxic Tendencies

Working on firearms at any time has its risks. We in the craft typically think of an accidental discharge or damage from a faulty cartridge or action.
Read Full Article Greg Derr
Good Old Days?

Nostalgia pieces such as this are supposed to muse longingly about how inexpensive guns were back then.
Read Full Article Dave Anderson
The Gateway Cartridge

According to dictionaries and what I remember from my days in school, a gateway drug is a substance that “while not itself addictive, may lead to the use...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
umarex beretta mod. 92a1

On the way home not too long ago I stopped by Scottsboro Gun & Pawn, which always has an interesting collection of used firearms.
Read Full Article Tiger McKee
The First Engraved Colt Python

An exclusive look at the first engraved new-production Colt Python, beautifully hand scroll-engraved by Dale Bass of Tyler Gun Works.
Read Full Article Joe Kriz
We’ve Got Your Number,...

Perhaps just for the sake of grassroots gun rights activists out there who like to write letters to the editor of their local newspaper, or may have an...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield EZ

The Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ was introduced in 2018 amid eye rolls and sighs of “yet another poly-framed, striker-fired pistol.” That is, until...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Pistol Cartridge Semi-Auto...

In the late 1860s and early 1870s, Henrys and Winchester ’66’s (repeating rifles) became popular.
Read Full Article Mike "Duke" Venturino
12 New Revolvers Seen at...

Despite the ever-growing market of polymer semi-auto handguns, new revolvers are not only still being produced, but also generating a lot of buzz in 2020....
Read Full Article Joe Kriz
one for the street — one...

Handguns are purchased for a variety of reasons, with self-defense and general outdoor use right at the top.
Read Full Article John Taffin
Glock 44 .22 LR Pistol

When word of the GLOCK 44 trickled out, the keyboard commandos dropped their Cheetos bags and fired up their computers, yet again.
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Record-Setting Year for...

Last year was very busy for the FBI’s National Instant Check System (NICS), setting a new record for the number of checks initiated at a whopping...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
The Lazy Man’s Guide to...

“Show me a lazy man and I’ll show you the easy way of doing something” is how the saying goes. But is it really? Perhaps we sometimes confuse lazy for...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Remora

If you carry concealed, it’s likely you’ve got more than one gun and multiple holsters in order to have multiple carry options.
Read Full Article Mark Kakkuri
Nighthawk Custom Drop-In...

Try not to be too jealous, but I’ve had an early production model of Nighthawk Custom’s hot new honest-to-gosh drop-in trigger system for 1911s, and the...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Guns We're Excited to See...

Just days away from the 2020 SHOT Show, we can't help but drool thinking about all the new guns we'll get to shoot, handle and see throughout the week.
Read Full Article Joe Kriz
Five Seconds, 15 Yards,...

By now, every self-styled self-defense expert on social media — and some genuine ones — have had a chance to weigh in on the incident at the West...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
‘Tactical’ — Or Just...

Both my grandfathers were lawmen; my dad was a “Green Beret.” These guys were my heroes; even more so as I aged and realized all they had accomplished.
Read Full Article Tiger McKee
Ruger Custom Shop Super GP100

Priced at workingman wages since their inception over 70 years ago, Ruger has provided us with a slew of rugged and reliable guns.
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
The Dirty Little Secret...

Last year, California enacted a requirement for background checks before purchasing ammunition. In the first four months of the program, the establishment...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
80 Percent Arms GST-9 Pistol

The nation’s largest manufacturer of 80% lowers and frames, 80 Percent Arms, is proud of their innovative history of providing do-it-yourself frames and...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Loaded Fun With 231

I’ll admit, lately I find myself going back to the classics, powder wise. Namely, the Herculean powders: 2400, Unique and Bullseye — which were first...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Consistency And Commonality

Consistently applying the four firearm safety rules greatly reduces the chances you’ll make a mistake, or that your negligence will have tragic consequences.
Read Full Article Tiger McKee
Ruger LCPII .22 LR

If you’re looking for a back-up gun, you’ve found it. If you just want a handy .22 for the trail, your pocket around the farm or to teach kids to shoot,...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Looking Like A Million Bucks

Tooling down an Exhibit Hall aisle at the NRA Expo in Fort Worth, I did an abrupt turnaround when a tabletop of color caught my eye. Just another black gun...
Read Full Article David Freeman
CCW Tips: How, When and Why

When I lived on the high mountain with bears, wolves, cougars, along with an occasional rabid skunk, my Springfield Armory Range Officer was strapped on in...
Read Full Article Sam Fadala
Walther Q5 Conversion Slide

Walther makes the standard PPQ pistol series, and recently introduced the Q5 Match series, which rapidly rose to the top ranks among competitors. Now, with...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Hogue Knives A01-Microswitch

I’m betting you know the Hogue name because they make innovative grips for a huge cross-section of guns.
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
"Old West” Patina on New...

If you read my Insider about putting a classic “Old West” patina on new guns, here’s a bunch of extra photos I had from the process.
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Generating Some Patina

It’s funny, but to many people — including me — a “cowboy” gun just doesn’t look right unless it has a certain patina.
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
a dose of sanity

I’m not in the habit of writing letters to the editor, but Tiger McKee’s column about being “Un-Tactical” (Tactics & Training, Nov/Dec 2019) was so...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Happy New Year, but Hold...

We made it through another one, but now things are going to get a lot more interesting. Virginia’s General Assembly is now firmly controlled by anti-gun...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Ed Brown Fueled Series

Ed Brown Products is proud of their custom-built 1911s — and for good reason. For over 50 years, they’ve set the standard in design and advanced...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
SIG’s P320 X5 LEGION &...

A short time ago, SIG SAUER introduced a pair of 9mms that could hardly be farther apart in size and application.
Read Full Article Massad Ayoob
Milt Sparks Holsters

Skeeter Skelton summed it up when he stated, “My holster maker is more important to me than my doctor!”
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Streamlight TLR-7 A

From home security to target recognition, flashlights and guns go hand-in-hand. But while some prefer handheld flashlights, other prefer the convenience of...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Cherished Gifts

Sometimes we receive gifts and don’t realize how special they are until time passes. It’s not that we don’t appreciate them, we just don’t recognize...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Of All Things Christmas

It was perhaps my 14th birthday — which happens to fall on Christmas — when I was gifted my dad’s .22-caliber revolver, an old double-action...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Kimber Deploys RAPIDE...

Kimber has added a great new addition to their already stalwart lineup with the RAPIDE (Black Ice).
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Happy New Year!

I’m not styling myself as an expert on survival. I’ve advised and consulted on “critical preparedness planning,” and I have, well … survived. But...
Read Full Article John Connor
Hornady Handgun Hunter...

I’m fond of repeating friend Dick Thompson’s statement, “You never master a handgun,” because it resonates the hard truth in such simple terms.
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
The Spark to Handload Can...

Both my grandmothers were married to farmers, so you were expected to pitch-in doing the daily chores. Everyone pulled their weight, no matter how young or old.
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Re-Visiting An Old Friend

It’s confession time. For many years I’ve neglected the .357 Magnum. When hunting big game with straight-walled pistol cartridges, I generally reach for...
Read Full Article Mark Hampton
Fighting Back: How...

Hollywood couldn’t make this up: a David v. Goliath drama pitting grassroots gun owners against a billionaire-backed lobbying group, an unfriendly...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Wilson Combat X-TAC Commander

To refine is “to improve something by making small changes, in particular, make an idea, theory, or method more subtle and accurate.”
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
They've Gone Too Far

If a political party with significant power abandons the rule of law, proceeding headlong down a path with no Constitution, no due process and brute force...
Read Full Article Alan Korwin
You Asked For It — So We...

It’s only natural the world’s best handgun magazine teamed up with Les Baer Custom to create an exclusive celebration of the classic John Browning 1911...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Gun Control by the...

Money is the “life’s blood of politics,” a fact that Virginia gun owners — now looking into 2020 bleakly with an anti-gun governor and Democrat...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Galco Fits For GLOCK 43X/48

GLOCK released their single-stack, 10+1 9mm G43X and G48 models as the solution for a slimmer concealed carry pistol. While both pistols are built on the...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Watching Conservation At Work

Our natural resources are a constantly changing dynamic consisting of plants, animals and water. While hunting in Africa, I witnessed first-hand how vital a...
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Former head of Brady...

People attending the “Gun Rights Rally” in Washington, D.C. earlier this month got a bit more than they expected when Dan Gross, former president of the...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Dan Wesson DWX

A hybrid is defined as combining something from two different elements. When the best of both are combined, a super-hybrid is the result.
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Keep Yer' Head Down Pardner

In the early days of silent films sharpshooters were employed to fire at specially selected rocks around cowboy actors to simulate a real gunfight.
Read Full Article Gary Paul Johnston
Have Tools — Will Travel

Most gunsmiths who hang a shingle tend to have very spacious workspaces, room to roam, maybe pace once in a while. Not so for the Military Gunsmith.
Read Full Article Greg Derr
The Importance of the...

The coming of dashcams and later, bodycams gave us a treasure trove of visually recorded gunfights for study.
Read Full Article Massad Ayoob
New 9mm Commander; Reports...

Taurus International recently announced shipments of a new 1911 Commander-size semi-auto pistol chambered for the 9mm and it got the Insider’s attention.
Read Full Article Dave Workman
SIG SAUER ROMEO1PRO

If you’re like me (God help you) the first thing that crosses your mind upon seeing a reflex sight is durability. You ask yourself, “Is this thing going...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Motor City Sixgun Fun Run

Heading up the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I set my sights on mi amigo, Doc Barranti’s adobe in Pittsburgh, 3.5 hours away. From there, we head north for 5...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
A Tribute to the 2.5-inch...

Call it nostalgia, but when my hand reaches around the checkered walnut grip of my Smith & Wesson Model 19 revolver chambered for the potent .357 Magnum,
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Pronunciation Woez

If a gunwriter ever worries whether anyone actually reads his stuff, he should try writing a sentence such as this:
Read Full Article Dave Anderson
Taurus Raging Hunter .454...

As my buddy Dick Thompson candidly says, “You never master a handgun.” Shooting is a diminishing skill unless you keep chasing it. To maintain upmost...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Chinook: Officer Response...

I’m a retired cop and from personal experience I can tell you the ability to stop critical bleeding fast saves lives.
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Steinel 10mm Auto

The 10mm has exploded in popularity and for many good reasons. It’s a powerful, reliable cartridge suitable for both semi-autos and revolvers of all types.
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
The Extreme Danger of Squibs

We all know squibs are bad. The most common result is a bullet stuck in the barrel. If the shooter is not aware of what’s happened
Read Full Article Brad Miller
The .40 Story

One of the many quirks of history is the truth is often more complex and nuanced than the commonly-accepted version of events. If history is truly written...
Read Full Article Mike Wood
With election one year...

You’ve got to love the New York Times, because when they’re playing to their core readership, they occasionally — albeit unintentionally — provide...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Galco StukOn-U Pocket Holster

Great American Leather Company, better known as Galco, has been a leader and innovator in the industry for 45 years making classic leather and more modern...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Finding A Golden Goose...

By golly, there’s nothing more I love than cast lead bullets! Their tradition, history and performance turn my insides all warm and gooey, just like the...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Are you packin’?

“Gun control” advocates are avoiding this like an ugly dog: The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) recently released its 2019 update on concealed...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Black Collar Arms Pork...

As a cop, you quickly learn if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck! Conversely as a gun writer, if looks like a rifle and...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Being Un-Tactical

Handgun readers include law enforcement, security and military personnel, but the vast majority of us are armed citizens. Our responsibilities are limited...
Read Full Article Tiger McKee
Violent crime, gun...

Earlier this month, Insider Online got hold of the FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2018, and among the revelations is the slight decline in firearm-related...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Viridian E Series Laser...

Following the release of the new Springfield Armory Hellcat, Viridian Weapon Technologies is hot on its heels with an Essential (E Series) Red Laser Sight...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
It Started with an Invitation

This past spring (March 12th, to be exact) I received a rather surprising email. It was from our own John Sheehan, field editor of our sister publication,...
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Providing Value with Values

Providing American firearms owners with value since 1990, EAA Corp has searched the world to import quality firearms from respectable international...
Read Full Article Joe Kriz
Meet Robyn Sandoval, a...

It’s not a “new” story; so many others have told similar stories before, had the same experiences and something of an epiphany about guns. But, in...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Dan Wesson 1911 Wraith

As suppressors are fast becoming a popular accessory, it’s no wonder manufacturers are turning out guns with threaded barrels to accommodate their use.
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Remington's Radically...

When I first heard Remington was introducing a bolt-action pistol, the discontinued XP-100 came to mind. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. Could...
Read Full Article Mark Hampton
And the Survey Says…...

Recent surveys show an overwhelming majority of Americans support background checks for all firearm transactions.
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Mindset Matters Most

Our brain is our most vital asset in every endeavor we do. The decisions we make are carefully calculated as the positives and negatives of our actions, or...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Critical Defense for When...

Offering reliable expansion without the possibility of clogging, Hornady Critical Defense is the ultimate choice for concealed carry firearms and self...
Read Full Article Joe Kriz
56 Years Young

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but you're never too old to learn something new—even reloading.
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Doing guns by the numbers

An article published by the Washington Examiner should serve as a reminder for anybody campaigning to further restrict gun ownership in the United States:...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
More Carry Options — Options

Our old friends from Alaska have come up with a bare minimalist holster fitting medium and large autos. Called the “Alaska EDC,”
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Fussing With A Fitz

Sometimes you just have to get out of your comfort zone. I work on a lot of 1911’s every year. So when I got a call from Mark Mason of Downers Grove,...
Read Full Article Greg Derr
Phoenix conference should...

Hundreds of Second Amendment activists and gun rights leaders are gathering this weekend in Phoenix for the 34th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference, and...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
More Than Equal

When my editor assigned me to an upcoming concealed carry class, I cringed. Not another “ladies-only concealed carry course,” I thought. Needless to...
Read Full Article Shari LeGate
shooting back checks out...

Because some communities really really don’t want to get shot up, they are preparing — seriously preparing — to shoot back if some miscreant psycho...
Read Full Article Alan Korwin
One Eye — Or Two?

Should I shoot with one eye open — or two? The short answer is two. Most shooters, most of the time, are better off with both eyes open. Most of the top...
Read Full Article Dave Anderson
dinosaur hunting

Normally, one of the first articles I read is Duke’s, but his piece on hunting dinosaurs, I mean, er … dinosaurs and handguns, set a new bar height...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Mandatory buyback: Another...

For the past several weeks, a handful of Democrat presidential hopefuls have been trying to out-do one another in proposing dramatic gun control schemes if
Read Full Article Dave Workman
SCCY CPX-3 .380 Pistol

Owning a compact pistol means there’s no excuse for you to go unarmed anymore! Their ease and comfort of carrying means you can be armed at all times. The...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Streamlight Protac 90

How many flashlights are too many? I can’t count that high. Living in the country like I do, I have lights stashed all over. Unless you’re a long step...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
MTM Case-Gard

My first MTM products were the classic green cartridge cases I used when I first began reloading .38 specials about 50 years ago. Amazingly enough — or...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Team Tactics class at...

“A journey of discovery…teaching married couples a simple yet highly effec-tive communication technique…to grow in their marriage through open and...
Read Full Article Greg Moats
Preferences, Opinions and...

The advice you get when trying to choose a new gun may come from a father, brother, sister, uncle, cousin, co-worker, magazine article, online forum, or...
Read Full Article David Freeman
Must-Haves For The DIY Gunner

Every craftsman has his “go-to” piece of equipment or tool. That bit of “necessary” on the bench or in the toolbox, never loaned to or touched by...
Read Full Article Greg Derr
Majority of gun owners...

A recent Rasmussen survey confirmed what gun owners have known for a long time: A majority of armed citizens (58%) feel safer because they have a firearm in...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Streamlight TL-Racker

It’s 3:00 a.m. and you hear the front door opening. Jumping out of bed, you grab your Remington 870 with the TL-Racker forearm from the closet and head...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
.45 Colt Conversion &...

While loving the simplicity of the strong and reliable single-action thumb-cocker, I’m savvy enough to appreciate its swinging sidekick — the...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
American Rebel

American Rebel, designer and manufacturer of their own innovative “concealed and safe” lifestyle products for gun owners, introduced several new...
Read Full Article Frank Jardim
Survey: 64% of ‘Likely...

A recent Rasmussen survey revealed not only that a majority of “likely voters” believe that the United States is in need of “stricter gun control,”...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
New Products Nov/Dec 2019...

CrossBreed Holsters teamed up with Naroh Arms to develop a line of Holsters for Naroh Arms N1 pistols.
Read Full Article Handgunner Staff
Ruger Flag Series

You’re a Grand Ol’ Flag and what better way to show your patriotic pride by having ol’ Glory ruggedly displayed on your favorite Ruger shooter?...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Armed Citizens Can Prevent...

Following the deadly first weekend of this month, when mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Tex. claimed 29 lives and airwaves, news pages and social...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
Crossbreed P365XL Holsters

In nature, being a survivor means being adaptable. Without changing mindset, tactics or whatever else life throws your way, you become stagnant and...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Pet Loads With Cast Bullets

As a handloader, nothing is more satisfying than taking game, or punching the bullseye with your own handloads. It provides a feeling of accomplishment,...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Welcome to Chicago, the...

During the month of July, something not-so-unusual happened in the City of Chicago—44 people were killed, 39 of which involved firearms, bringing the...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
LWRCI SMG .45 ACP Pistol

With the AR platform being the most popular sporting/self-defense/duty rifle, it only makes sense it’s becoming our favorite pistol platform also. Built...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
A Collusion Of Chaos

Hunting has thoroughly enhanced my life. Some misinformed individuals view hunting as simply pulling the trigger and taking an animal’s life.
Read Full Article Mark Hampton
The 3rd Generation Of Colt...

In the fall of 1976 when reading an article by writer Skeeter Skelton, I got both good news and bad news. The bad news was Colt had quietly discontinued...
Read Full Article Mike "Duke" Venturino
Pro-2A Police Chief...

Actions speak louder than words, so when a rural Washington State police chief announced last fall he would not enforce a gun control initiative that voters...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
C-More RTS2 Red Dot Sight

There’s no doubt red dot sights make it easier to shoot your pistol more accurately. The single sight-plane, aim, and shoot operation is fast, natural and...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Buy or Build Your Perfect...

Deep River Customs offers a wide variety of custom gunsmith services for 1911- and 2011-style pistols, as well as pistolsmithing courses for shooters.
Read Full Article Chad Thompson
Republic Forge: What...

Every time I hear the name, Republic Forge, thoughts of the United States of America, a Constitutional Republic, is reinforced, stating the type of...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Believe It or Not, You Are...

Inspired by recent remarks from Democrat Joe Biden that the firearms industry is “the enemy,” which we discussed in last week’s installment, Insider...
Read Full Article Dave Workman
SIG Air P365 Semi-Auto...

If you’re like me, you’re constantly sneaking down to your gunroom or safe for a quick visit. You might even free a few of your friends to hold, fondle...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Gunsite's Buz Mills...

An open letter from Gunsite Academy Owner Buz Mills to the NRA membership and NRA Board of Directors.
Read Full Article Joe Kriz
I Won!

I’ve just received the SIG pistol awarded in a giveaway gun contest in Handgunner, and I simply want to thank you and your team there for the excellent...
Read Full Article Reader Speaks
A Sixgunners 4th Of July

The celebration of this year’s Independence Day is but a memory of picnics, family reunions, shooting guns, and of course firework displays. All of it...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Handguns Of WWII, Part 10

Some folks hold the Webley Mk VI .455 revolver in near reverence. I’m not one of them. To me it’s big, clunky, ugly, underpowered and worst of all I...
Read Full Article Mike "Duke" Venturino
First Time Shooters: An...

It’s always fun to introduce people to shooting — and it’s especially enjoyable when they’re such nice people, honestly interested in learning.
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
GALCO KODIAK HUNTER

Okay, so let’s say you’ve invested $800 bucks or more in a fancy hunting revolver. Maybe put $500 worth of scope on it too. Then spent another $200 on...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
1791 Gunleather’s...

1791 Gunleather’s mission statement can be summed up as follows: “Our love and appreciation of the Second Amendment goes hand-in-hand with our passion...
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WE MIGHT SUPPORT ...

Let’s summarize the background-check problems once and for all, as the Democrats now control the House of Representatives. Their effort to ban guns,...
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Malfunctions

Everyone practices empty reloads — you just fire til empty and reload. Yet, during a confrontation, an empty reload probably won’t be the deciding...
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Handguns Of WWII, Part 9

Perhaps the British could claim at least a small amount of credit for the advent of Smith & Wesson’s Model 1917 .45 Auto revolver. Just into World War II...
Read Full Article Mike "Duke" Venturino
Colt's Last Three Cap &...

We’re going to lump the last three Colt cap and ball revolvers together in one article because they were simply modifications and adaptations of...
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Welcome to the surreal:...

One supposes there is a rough justice in the revelation contained in a study recently released by NYU Tandon School of Engineering that credited media...
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First Favorites — For A...

As always, I had to have one — you know the feeling! I needed the ultimate hunting handgun, one fitting my needs perfectly, and yet having the ability to...
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The 1860 Army .44

For about a decade Samuel Colt was quiet as far as introducing new revolver models. Obviously they were using all their factory’s production capacity just...
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Handguns Of WWII, Part 8

Starting in grade school my primary passion was World War II history and the firearms used. Therefore it was an amazing day when around age 12 my father...
Read Full Article Mike "Duke" Venturino
The Speedloader Comes of Age

When the Colt Paterson revolver burst onto the scene in 1836, the game changed forever. With five chambers of .36 caliber ball at the shooter’s disposal,
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I can see clearly now!

Missed the target — again! It might be time to have an eye exam. I know you’re really enthused, but knowing a little about optometry and eyewear can...
Read Full Article Cindy Hagel
People who carry...

Two essays, published ten years apart, offer an interesting perspective on what may be happening in America that separates the doers from the watchers;...
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Blackhawk’s New T-Series...

As a cop, I was trained to realize there would be a gun at every single call I responded to … my own. This sobering fact gave me a real respect for gun...
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Belt Pistol

By the late 1840s America’s westward migration was in full swing, spurred along a great deal by the California gold rush of 1849. People by the thousands...
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Handguns Of WWII, Part 7

American fighting men anywhere in World War II could have been issued one of two basic .45 caliber pistols. The primary one was the Model 1911A1, and its...
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Rocky Times On Horizon For...

Nobody likes to be the bearer of bad news, but there’s plenty to go around as July looms on the horizon for Washington gun buyers, California gun owners
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TRUGLO Fiber Optic Pro

The “squints” at TRUGLO have been at it again. You know, the guys/gals who wear the white lab coats, constantly looking for better products to offer...
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The Greatest Honor…

The excitement of travel is rooted to anticipation and excitement of the unknown. We never know what’s in store heading to our destination. Recently,...
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The Babies

As early as 1848 Samuel Colt realized the military market was going to be finite. After all, the U.S. Army was a relatively small organization and those...
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Handguns Of WWII, Part 6

When Britain jumped into World War I and dragged Canada along, as usual their military outfits were woefully short of weapons. In those days the United...
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After Virginia Beach, gun...

After a veteran public employee in Virginia Beach decided to gun down a dozen of his fellow workers, anti-gun Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam was quick to...
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Real Avid Makes It Real...

Proper care and cleaning of our guns is paramount to their performance, reliability and functionality. Some are born to tinker, while others would just as...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Mossberg's New 9mm MC1SC

When you think of Mossberg, I’ll wager the words coming to mind are along the lines of “tough,” “rugged,” “affordable” and “reliable.” I...
Read Full Article Michael Humphries
THE COLT WALKER .44

The Colt Single Action Army revolver has to be the most famous, most recognizable handgun in the world. But it didn’t spring from the drawing boards in...
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The Dragoons

As pointed out in Part One of this series, in U.S. Army parlance of the 1840s/1850s the word Dragoon referred to horse mounted troops. It’s also the term...
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Handguns Of WWII, Part 5

Next to the Luger, Germany’s most recognized World War II handgun was the Walther-designed P38. It’s credited as being the first military pistol with a...
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S&W Performance Center M&P...

When S&W released their M&P .380 Shield EZ, it caused a lot of head scratching. Why a mid’ish-sized .380? The question was answered after a host of gun...
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WE MIGHT SUPPORT ...

Children are convinced they know something the rest of us don’t. Take the new children’s marches for our lives — to them, it seems simple. They have...
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Phone Apps

Smart phones have changed our lives — for good and bad. Ask a question and if nobody knows the answer, they’re either looking it up on their phone or...
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Heizer's PK045

It may seem impossible, but here it is. A semi-auto in .45 ACP about the same size as a 9mm compact. The design is brilliant, and the materials and...
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Sifting Through Social...

Social Media has, for better or worse, influenced society in ways our forefathers would never imagine. It’s boggling to think how an illuminated box full...
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Handguns Of WWII, Part 4

Without a doubt the U.S. Army’s adoption of Model 1917 .45 ACP revolvers was a “make-do” situation. And also without a doubt it “made-do” very...
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Two conversations...

Want to ignite a brawl at the next neighborhood cookout, just so you can tell anti-gunners apart from rational people?
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Aimpoint Acro P-1

I’ll admit to liking the challenge of shooting with iron sights, but I’m hardheaded. Nothing’s more satisfying knowing you’ve lined up your front...
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FATHER’S DAY TOP 10 DIY...

Looking to get just the right gift for the father in your life? Is he a handy guy who likes to tinker on projects and gets a huge kick out of building or...
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New, Old Colt Defender ......

You know the Colt Defender. It’s a classic 1911 for concealed carry, an old-timer showing how to pack .45 ACP into a small, rough and tumble platform....
Read Full Article Mark Kakkuri
A Betta' Beretta

In the world of defensive handguns, Beretta is a name to conjure with. And in the world of its popular Model 92, the same’s true of the name Ernest...
Read Full Article Massad Ayoob
Handguns Of WWII, Part 3

A statement I’ll make about the British Enfield No. 2 Mk I .38 revolver is one I’m not willing to make about any other British weapons of World War II....
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Conversation with a...

Talking to Jeff Cooper about practical pistolcraft would be like talking to Abner Doubledav about baseball or James Naismith about basketball, except that...

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From the pen of a legend

Somebody sent me images of a February 1960 article in GUNS Magazine by the late, legendary Elmer Keith, the little cowboy from Idaho and Montana with the...
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Franklin Armory Reformation

We all know SBRs (Short Barrel Rifle) are handy and convenient, along with being top-tier cool on the fun scale … but they have one drawback. Their...
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You Never Forget Your First…

No doubt about it, good, bad, or ugly — you never forget your first, well…anything. Be it first day of school, first kiss, first car or first car wreck
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Handguns Of WWII, Part 2

As with so many Americans during most of my life, I felt nothing but disdain for Japanese firearms. In fact in the pages of American Handgunner I’ve...
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What? Huh? No .22 Rifles

If you’re enough of an enthusiast to be a Handgunner reader, you probably get asked for advice on selecting a first handgun. Or maybe an acquaintance has...
Read Full Article Dave Anderson
How To Avoid A Miss Or:

After four decades of some pretty serious handgun hunting, I’ve become a distinguished master at missing. I’ve missed just about every possible way,...
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More Ways To Play:...

When his Editorship asked me to write a piece about guns that are fun to shoot, cost effective and light recoiling, but weren’t .22 caliber, I had to...
Read Full Article Clayton Walker
A Dozen Moronic Shooting Ideas

Can a bullet “knock down” an elk? Did the old cowboy’s load their SAA’s with only five-rounds for safety? And more falsehoods undone here ...
Read Full Article Sam Fadala
Make Mine A 'Trial' Nine

As a wee lad, I lived often with my grandparents and three good-looking aunts, especially one, a tall Northern Italian beauty with long wavy reddish hair...
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New, Old Colt Defender ......

You know the Colt Defender. It’s a classic 1911 for concealed carry, an old-timer showing how to pack .45 ACP into a small, rough and tumble platform....
Read Full Article Mark Kakkuri
Conversation with a...

Talking to Jeff Cooper about practical pistolcraft would be like talking to Abner Doubledav about baseball or James Naismith about basketball, except that...

Read Full Article Mark Kakkuri
A Betta' Beretta

In the world of defensive handguns, Beretta is a name to conjure with. And in the world of its popular Model 92, the same’s true of the name Ernest...
Read Full Article Massad Ayoob
Revolvers And Home Defense

In the “old” days almost everyone had a “wheel gun” sitting in the sock drawer at home, carried in a leather holster — or sometimes just shoved...
Read Full Article Tiger McKee
How I Carry

I don’t always carry a Glock 26 in a shoulder holster, but when I do, it’s usually in a Diamond D Custom Leather rig. This good-looking, functional...

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Defensive Firearms For Home

There are lots of factors to consider here, and a variety of firearm types to select from. Which is best — handgun or shotgun? What about the .223/5.56 AR...
Read Full Article Tiger McKee
Ladies Guns

Gunwriters and gun store clerks have tossed around the idea of “ladies guns” for a long time. It doesn’t matter whether you are talking about...
Read Full Article Richard Mann
Help For Hurting Hands

Sooner or later age catches up with all of us. For some of us, ailments such as arthritis, bursitis or neuropathy affect our ability to shoot any kind of...
Read Full Article David Freeman
My Backup Backup Knife

My primary knife is a folder clipped to my strong side pocket. My backup knife is a fixed blade; its location varies depending on the day/situation. And my...
Read Full Article Mark Kakkuri
Micro-Carry

First of all, this isn’t my fault. Editorial Director and fellow conspirator here, Mike Humphries, sent me a photo of a tiny NAA revolver in a pocket...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
EDC Gear

There’s a category called “super handy gear you oughta’ always have with you” but we usually abbreviate it as Every Day Carry (EDC) gear. Carrying a...
Read Full Article Mark Kakkuri
Return Of The Pin Men!

In 1975, Richard Davis invited three dozen friends for an impromptu shoot. A few gun writers, including our own now-retired J.D. Jones, wrote it up and the...
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Behind the Scenes — My...

I’ve become quite enamored with the new MC1sc pistol from Mossberg and have made it my primary pocket carry gun since I picked one up earlier this...
Read Full Article Michael Humphries
Off Duty Carry

When they first pinned a badge on me in 1972, carrying a gun off duty was pretty much part of the law enforcement culture. Some departments mandated it,...
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Speedloading Handguns...

Thumbing (electronically) through the July/August 1982 issue of American Handgunner, the editor's note at the end of the "Speedloading Handguns Takes Skill"...
Read Full Article Mark Kakkuri
The Virtually Unsnubbable...

Smith & Wesson’s J-frame -- what many consider the quintessential snub-nose revolver -- is virtually unsnubbable. That is, you can’t fault it for...
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Young Guns

When I was growing up cartoons only came on TV on Saturday morning. There were no video games and fun was mostly found playing football, Cowboys & Indians...
Read Full Article Richard Mann
What I Carry: Kershaw...

Here's a favorite lightweight for light duty. The popular Kershaw Leek in orange looks great, opens with a snap, stands out in a bag or backpack or clipped...
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What I Carry: A...

I’ve almost always been the guy who carries a full-size handgun for CCW. I was willing to forego comfort for capability, wanting to make sure I had a gun...
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Other Tools at the Ready

I'm a big fan of the tactical pen. A last-ditch strike weapon, it can go virtually anywhere with you, riding innocuously in a shirt pocket. Because — it's...
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Youth Shooting Sport...

As many political leaders seek to overturn the Second Amendment, the closest many young people get to learning about firearms is from a video game...

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Learning To Shoot — Finally!

For 15 years my handguns and I have had an uneasy marriage. Dating back to my first firearms purchase — a Glock 17 — they and I have been embroiled in...
Read Full Article Alan Rudakoff Q.C.
5.11 Small Kit Tool Bag

While you’re creating an all-around survival kit list, I'll bet it numbers more than 10 items. Probably at least 20. So think of what you’ll put all...
Read Full Article Mark Kakkuri
Budget-Friendly Handguns

Over the last 10 years, firearms manufacturing has not only improved in terms of quality and efficiency, it’s resulted in more and better handguns.
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Coach & Shooter:

Learning how to use a firearm safely and efficiently requires training and practice. Training teaches what you need to know; practice is when you learn it.
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Howdah Pistols

A howdah was a platform placed on an elephant’s back where a hunter would ride. Way back in the day, tigers were hunted in India while the hunter rode...
Read Full Article Mark Hampton
Gunsite Shows You How!

Training is paramount — to survival! As a retired copper, I know good training is more important than which gun, ammo or holster you have.
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Simply Rugged

Rob Leahy was corrupted early in life and the responsible reprobates were Elmer Keith, Skeeter Skelton and Jeff Cooper. Guns, shooting and adventure...
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What I Carry: Kahr Arms CM9

Living in a rural area finds me carrying a firearm in the truck on a daily basis. Our farm is just a few minutes' drive from our home and some type of gun...

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My Backcountry Carry Gear

We all know that guy ... the one who has a backpack or satchel or some kind of bag always with him. And it’s always packed with exactly the right piece of...
Read Full Article Mark Kakkuri
Federal Adds Premium...

In 2018, Federal reinvented the proven Hydra-Shok bullet design with Hydra-Shok Deep in 9mm Luger. Now, it has expanded the line with new loads in 40 S&W...
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A Beginner's Guide To...

“Hey, bud,” began the email from a good friend. “My wife and I have to manage some sketchy places for our jobs, and we are both thinking about getting...
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
Common Sense Personal Defense

This Voltaire quote is such a cliché: “Common sense is not so common.” I can’t count how many times I’ve heard the phrase used.
Read Full Article Dave Douglas
Fundamentals Still Rule

The process of teaching someone to shoot can get tangled up in egos and past experience, good or bad. Excellent instructional technique, coupled with...
Read Full Article Robert Kolesar
Working With What You've Got

With regard to personal protection, we all live somewhere between a box of ammo and a bodyguard.
Read Full Article Richard Mann
Three For The Defense

What happens when a Ruger American, Ruger 9E, and Ruger LC9s all land in our home at the same time? A gentlemanly family feud, of course.
Read Full Article Mark Kakkuri
"AIR DEFENSE UNDERSTUDIES"

The mere mention of “BB gun” inevitably conjures up the Daisy Red Rider. But let me tell you, BB guns have evolved well past this stage. Thanks to my...
Read Full Article Todd Burgreen
3-Gun Part 1

Competitive shooters are mostly purists. They shoot one discipline and work to excel in that one game. To become a dominant force in any game, it’s...
Read Full Article Shari LeGate
Here's Where To Begin

There’s a lot of books written specifically for women on the “how-to” of shooting. Most are on self-defense. The importance of protecting yourself,...
Read Full Article Shari LeGate
The 3 “P’s” of Training

There are a lot of obstacles to competing: The travel, the equipment, the guns, the ammunition, learning and mastering the game. But, I find, the obstacles...
Read Full Article Shari LeGate
Shotgun To Handgun

For a lifelong competitive shotgunner, I own a lot of handguns. I like them and I like to shoot them. We all know the basic difference between pistol and...
Read Full Article Shari LeGate
Training For The Real Deal?

My introduction to shooting was through the shotgun sports — trap and skeet specifically. It was through my own initiative. My dad didn’t shoot...
Read Full Article Shari LeGate
Shockingly Carryable

Guns can be expensive, difficult to master and uncomfortable to sit on during a long car trip. The point of all this inconvenience is the capacity to...
Read Full Article Will Dabbs, MD
Tips For Your First...

You’ve decided to attend a firearms class for defensive training and are paid-up. Now it’s time to start putting together the gear you’ll need for the...
Read Full Article Tiger McKee
Keeping Your Family Safe

They’re just tools, keep this in mind. Tools to keep your family safe, just the same as the fire extinguishers you have placed around (right?),...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Defensive Firearms For Home

There are lots of factors to consider here, and a variety of firearm types to select from. Which is best — handgun or shotgun? What about the .223/5.56 AR...
Read Full Article Tiger McKee
Champagne Taste On A Beer...

Whether we fancy ourselves collectors, shooters, hunters or any combination of these, our typical answer to “How many guns do you need?” is “Just one...
Read Full Article David Freeman
Every Day Carry

The commitment to carry a defensive gun daily is a significant one. If you’re new to it, you’ll soon find it can literally weigh you down. If you’re...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington

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