An Interview With Top Shot, and Top Chef, Chris Cheng

Pro shooter and Top Chef Chris Cheng

Over the past couple of years, I’ve had the distinct pleasure of getting to know competitive shooter and chef Chris Cheng. You might remember him from his Top Shot Season Four victory. If you read on, you’ll also learn that he won the annual Professional Outdoor Media Association’s Top Chef title. He’s just an all-around […]

Concealed Carry: Find the Method That’s Best for You

Galco's Kingtuk is supremely elegant and the attention to detail is evident.

Several years ago I was carrying a Glock 32 in one of those spandex undershirts that has a gun pocket. While bending over to pick up something off the ground, the spandex material and the polymer of the gun frame combined to create what seemed to be an anti-gravity effect, like a high-speed train speeding […]

Ammo Test: DoubleTap 9mm 77-grain Lead-free for Compact Handguns

This ammo is designed specifically for the new breed of compact 9mm handguns.

Do you suffer from a short barrel? Unfortunately, this problem afflicts millions of gun totin’ Americans. With the explosive growth of pocket .380 ACP pistols like the Kel-Tec, Ruger LCP, Smith & Wesson Bodyguard and Glock 42, just to name a few, gun makers just had to up the power level as their next move. […]

A Handy Upgrade for the Beretta 1301 Shotgun

Beretta's 1301 Tactical Shotgun equipped with a Mesa Tactical SureShell Shotshell Carrier.

I’ve been testing out a new product from Mesa Tactical for my Beretta 1301 Tactical shotgun: The SureShell Aluminum Shotshell Carrier. Called a side-saddle by some, this piece of gear allows you to carry extra shells on the side of the receiver for quick access. Before getting into the specifics of the Mesa Tactical SureShell […]

Are You Milking the Trigger?

Milking the gun tends to move the point of impact low and to the side.

As I was born in the not-very-rural oceanside town of Corona Del Mar, I know less about milking cows than I do about birthing llamas. But I’m pretty sure that effective cow milking involves squeezing the udders with various degrees of pressure to get whole milk, butter and cottage cheese direct from the factory, so to […]

The Ultimate Hearing Protection Solution?

I recently tried these, and am now totally spoiled.

I’ve got a serious bug up my butt about hearing protection. Even now, in the year 2015, I go to my local outdoor shooting range and see people who are not wearing ear protection. Worse yet, I see people bring kids to this range, also without hearing protection. Rather than freak out and gripe at […]

Exactly How Precise Is A Shotgun?

This Beretta 1301 Tactical Shotgun has ghost ring sights - for good reason.

At this point, you might be thinking, “He’s using the words precise AND shotgun in the same sentence? Is this guy nuts?” Well, that depends. I’m talking about whether a shotgun can be “precise” or not. We won’t discuss my sanity just yet. The potential precision of your shotgun depends on careful matching of your […]

IWB Holsters: Five Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Bought My First

The grip panel of this Crimson Trace Lasergrip is textured like skateboard tape, as designed. That’s why I always wear an undershirt with this combination.

I own more inside-the-waistband (IWB) holsters than I care to count. By “more”, I mean enough that if you lined them up end to end, they would reach from here to Hillary Clinton’s email server, wherever that is. I have this, umm, significant collection not because I use them regularly, but because I’ve bought, tried […]

New Optic from Aimpoint: The Micro H-2

New Aimpoint Micro H-2

In the “I figured this was coming pretty soon” department, Aimpoint just announced the Micro H-2 model. I’ve done a lot of work with the new Micro T-2, which offers night vision compatibility and figured it was just a matter of time before the optics folks at Aimpoint extended the new T-series features to the H-series […]

Mr. Manners School of Shooting Range Etiquette

Shooting etiquette is so confusing. I can never remember if you work from the outside in, or inside out. Is it “.22’s and .380’s first” or are they used for dessert? And which one is correct to use with the main course?

When I grow up, I’m going to start a charm school for shooting. You know, like cotillion. That’s where exasperated parents sent us poorly behaved children to learn about proper fork and spoon use and doing the Foxtrot safely while wearing braces. With all my cotillion penance, I don’t remember a single field trip to […]