What’s Best For Home Defense? Pistol, Rifle or Shotgun?

A short-barrel carbine like this Beretta ARX 100 makes an excellent home defense weapon. It's compact, yet far more powerful than a handgun.

I just had a wonderful opportunity to directly compare pros and cons of different guns (or weapons systems as my instructors say) for home defense. You see, I just (barely) graduated from Tactical Pre-School. They were threatening to have me repeat, but I don’t think any of the instructors wanted me back for another session. […]

How to Survive Your First Gun Store Visit

Gun Store visit

I remember the first time I walked into a Wild Birds Unlimited store. I was just like those characters on the TV show “Naked and Afraid,” although I was slightly less naked and much more afraid. Realizing that I might be exposed as a poseur who didn’t even know the difference between a pied-billed grebe […]

Mad Gun Science: Is Birdshot Effective at Indoor Distances?

We're testing a variety of birdshot sizes to see just how effective the are at indoor distances.

We gun folk are exceptionally guilty of repeating hearsay and assuming it’s truth. You know how it works. If some hypothetical scenario gets repeated enough, it becomes the truth. This week’s Mad Gun Science experiment has to do with the idea of using birdshot for home defense. This one has two “hearsay” truths. Birdshot is […]

A Handgun Laser Primer

Beretta lasers-2

If you want to start a bar fight, just bring up the topic of using lasers on handguns. Although they’ve been mainstream for years, there’s still an amazing amount of controversy, disinformation and downright bunk floating around out there. With that in mind, we figured it’s time to do a series of articles that together, […]

5 Best Non-traditional Concealed Carry Methods

What do you choose when you can't use something like this Galco KingTuk IWB holster?

When you stop and think about it, all forms of concealed carry represent a compromise. Unless you’re stumbling through life carrying your gun at eye level, like characters on the Walking Dead, you’re always going to have to sacrifice some degree of speed, concealment and/or gun security with any carry method. Let’s be clear about […]

ATI’s New TactLite AR Stock Eliminates the Shake

The new ATI TactLite AR stocks. The standard model is on the left and adjustable comb model on the right.

You might have noticed that most adjustable butt stocks for AR-type rifles shake just a little. Worse yet, the farther you move that adjustable stock back, the more the shake. We’ve probably learned just to accept it, kind of like that “sproing” sound that many ARs used to make when fired. While the movement of […]

Benefits of Using a Handgun Laser

Why not add a light and laser to your nightstand gun?

Last time, I discussed the types of handgun-mounted lasers and how they operate. Now, let’s take a look at the “why” behind mounting a laser on your handgun. In other words, what are the benefits? Next in this series, we’ll talk about what some consider drawbacks. I consider most of the perceived drawbacks myths, but […]