Concealed Carry Myth: You Don’t Need a Holster

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

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. We’ll get to them in a […]

Gun Free Zones a.k.a. Self Defense Prohibited Zones

Self-Defense Prohibited Zone-1

  If you’re reading this, odds are about the same as Evander Holyfield whoopin’ Mitt Romney in the ring that you already know Gun Free Zones suck. Seriously, how much thought does it take to realize that people intent on doing harm could give a rat’s @ss about a flag in the ground claiming a […]

Concealed Carry Myths: Semi-Autos Suck Because Revolvers Don’t Jam

A quality revolver always goes "bang", right?

“A revolver never jams!” I hear this one virtually every time I visit a gun store. Given what I do for a living, I simply can’t help picking up the sales conversations at the gun counter. Yeah, I know. That’s nosey and none of my business. Whether it’s my business to overhear or not, the […]

Ammo Test: Barnes TAC-XPD .40 S&W

Expansion was picture perfect for all projectiles fired.

Over the years, .40 S&W has been disparaged as a mediocre compromise round. You’ve probably heard some of the descriptions. .40 Slow and Weak .40 Short and Weak I’ve never really understood that. Sure, most cartridges have pros and cons relative to others, and as study after study shows, none are perfect. All handgun calibers […]

Concealed Carry Myths: You Can’t Carry a Full-size Gun

Our "her" model (left) is carrying a Sig Sauer P229 with a Galco KingTuk holster. She's 5'6. Our "him" model is a 32" waist size and he regularly carries a full-size 1911, also with a Galco KingTuk. Shirts are tucked in only so you can see the guns.

I’d like to carry a full-sized gun, but I’m too small. I carry this pocket .380 because I have to keep it concealed. Generally speaking, I call B.S. on all of these types of comments. Yeah, I know, we’re all shaped and sized differently, so it’s impossible to make a universal statement. It’s also wrong […]

Concealed Carry Myths: Double-action Pistols Suck For Self-defense

On a concealed carry gun, is a long , heavy, double-action trigger a benefit or a curse?

Recently, there has been much rekindled and rehashed debate on whether striker-fired guns are the spawn of Satanic fire-breathing seahorses or the most effective self-defense technology ever to grace a holster. Some folks remain convinced that striker-fired guns like Glocks have trigger press motions that are too easy and too short. According to this view, […]

6 Ways to Carry a Gun Concealed (And the Holsters You Need)

How do you choose which holster is right for you?

If you listen to the internet, you might think that belt carry is the only sensible way to carry a gun. Any other way sucks on general principle, will get you killed, or result in Pluto plummeting from the sky into western Kansas. That’s probably OK though, considering Pluto isn’t a real planet anymore. I […]

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. […]