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The rounded butt of the SW1911 Sc helps with concealment and shooting comfort.

Pistol Test: The Perfect Carry 1911

I like carrying a Model 1911 pistol, but I’m not one of those guys who say silly things like: “I carry a .45 because they don’t make a .46.” Sure, .45 ACP is a great caliber. For over 100 years, it’s done an admirable job. But I don’t carry a 1911 … [Read More...]

Under what legal circumstances can you pull the trigger in self-defense?

Is Self-Defense Homicide?

If you kill someone in self-defense, are you guilty of homicide? Well, yes, technically speaking, but we’ll get into that more in a minute. You know as well as I do that lawyers get paid by the page, so any discussion of the legal issues … [Read More...]


Build an AR: Choosing the Right Butt Stock

  When it comes to choosing the right buttstock, we’ve got good news and less good news. The good news is that there are hundreds from which to choose. The less good news is that figuring out which type will work on your rifle is just a … [Read More...]

Leslie Nielsen as Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun series.

Seven Gun Lessons From the Movies and TV

For all the gun-related gaffes and myths Hollywood portrays in TV and movies, they can actually teach us a valuable lesson once in a blue moon. These are seven of my favorite “lessons” from Tinseltown and the films in which they appeared. Lesson 1: … [Read More...]

The Aimpoint PRO is an excellent general purpose optic for the AR.

How To Choose the Perfect Optic for Your AR-15

The answer to choosing the perfect optic for your AR-15 is easy. It depends. I’m not being bratty, hear me out. The beauty of the AR rifle platform is the near-infinite number of applications. It can be quite adept at the following, just to name a … [Read More...]

Being big makes it a bit easier to carry a full-size gun - usually

The Big Man’s Guide to Concealed Carry

Some of us believe that Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Pop-Tarts contain all four food groups. Some of us work out by watching American Ninja Warrior on TV. And some of us are just born this way. Yes, I’m talking about us guys that are on the larger … [Read More...]

The LWRC R.E.P.R. 20-inch rifle, right side.

Gun Review: LWRC R.E.P.R. 20 .308 Sniper Model

Sometimes visceral reactions are surprisingly on-target. About a month ago, I stopped by my FFL to pick up an LWRC R.E.P.R. A couple of other folks were there finishing up a gun purchase, so I opened the R.E.P.R. box while I was waiting. The … [Read More...]

Kestrel AE and Ballistic AE iPhone software

Long Range Shooting Made Easy

Ballistic knowledge--knowing how far your bullet, fired from your rifle in the local atmospheric conditions, will drop at different ranges--can spell the difference between a hit and a miss. If you hunt, you need to know the exact trajectory of your … [Read More...]

Barrel fluting doesn't just look cool, it has practical benefits too. This LWRC barrel is 20% lighter and cools faster.

Build an AR: Choosing and Installing the Barrel

The beautiful thing about building your own rifle is that you can be really, really picky about what components you choose. It’s your rifle, and you’re building it for your specific purposes so you can optimize each and every part according to your … [Read More...]

Fresh Flowers. If in doubt, remember that any good arrangement includes DoubleTap Ammo 6.8 SPC, Federal HST, and Sig Sauer V-Crown.

Fresh Flowers

If you don't bring your mother fresh flowers once in a while, you go straight to hell. I'm pretty sure it's in the Bible. So I did. … [Read More...]

A good pocket holster not only protects the trigger, it orients the gun for easy and consistent draws.

Concealed Carry Myth: You Don’t Need a Holster

I just carry in my belt, and my gun stays there just fine. I carry my J-Frame revolver in my pocket, no problem! I hear those statements all the time, but I know of at least seven people who would disagree with the wisdom of not using a holster. … [Read More...]

The Smith & Wesson 647 Varminter, shown without the included red dot sight or blade front sight.

Gun Review: Smith & Wesson 647 Varminter

I first laid eyes on this little/big gem while on a prairie dog hunt in the great state of Montana. It took just one shot at a distant prairie dog for me to know I had to get one in my hands. Big, heavy, long and beautiful, its performance on … [Read More...]