Are You An Innie Or An Outie? Concealed vs. Open Carry

Galco Small of Back Holster

An excellent way to start a good old-fashioned bar fight, or at least an internet happy-slap chat spat, is to gather two groups of gun people. One who believes in Open Carry and another who believes in Concealed Carry. Then ask them whether Cher is a true Diva or not. While we won’t attempt to […]

The Good, Bad And Ugly of Carrying A Gun On Your Belt

Does this holster make me look fat?

Here’s an excerpt from our book, The Insanely Practical Guide to Gun Holsters. It’s available at There are dozens of ways to carry a concealed handgun these days. You can carry in your pockets. In your undershirt. With an evening gown. Under your desk. Under your belt. Over your belt. Across your shoulders. Even […]

Holster Review: Galco Miami Classic II Shoulder Holster

Galco Miami Classic II Shoulder Holster

The original design behind the Galco Miami Classic II shoulder holster is way older than Don Johnson’s Miami Vice character. In fact, it was launched by the Famous Jackass Leather Company (Galco’s former name) in 1970. The original models were made for the Chicago Police Department. But Hollywood does have a habit of latching on […]

El Paso Saddlery Pocket Max Gun Holster

El Paso Pocket Max holsters

Here’s another fine holster featured in The Insanely Practical Guide to Gun Holsters… El Paso makes an excellent pocket holster. Here’s why. The El Paso Pocket Max is constructed from horsehide, which tends to be stronger and more rigid than cowhide. It uses an inside-out construction so the rough side of the leather “grips” the […]

Even A Fart Has Benefits: Dealing With Gun Control Arguments

Even a fart has benefits. Gun debate.

Now that civil debate has gone the way of Sony Walkman cassette players, just remember this: Even a fart has benefits. In fact, it’s hard to imagine something that has no benefit whatsoever. Mosquitos? Yeah, they’re part of the food chain and they keep the OFF! Deep Woods people employed. Former Congressman Anthony Weiner? Why […]

Shooting Tip of the Day: Is That A Laser In Your Pocket?

Shooting Tip of the Day

Are you a neon pants packer? Have you ever seen one in public? If you do happen to see someone cruising around with a steady or intermittent glow emanating from their pants pocket area, it means one of two things: They have a really, really, really serious urinary tract infection. The laser on their concealed pistol […]

Going (Contract) Postal Because ACE Is The Place

contract post office ace hardware

I almost went postal today. I think. But it was a contract deal, so I’m not sure. You see, I stopped by an ACE Hardware store near my home. ACE is the place. Ours sells everything from designer spackle to multi-color Post-It Notes to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I know this because the Reese’s are […]

Our Interview With Massad Ayoob – He’s Not A Dancing With The Stars Contender

Massad Ayoob

Recently I was invited to sit in on Massad Ayoob’s MAG-20 class. Lisa Marie and Tommy Judy run a great training business – B.E.L.T. Training – and were hosting Mr. / Officer / Instructor / Drill Sergeant / Coach / Counselor / Professor Ayoob’s four day MAG-40 class. They had space for me to sit […]