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. […]

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 […]

People of the NRA Annual Meeting

Elvis is risen! At the NRA Annual Meeting...

I have a serious love/hate relationship with the NRA Annual Meeting. The hate part is easy – it’s always a logistical nightmare. Hosted in cities that are completely unprepared for 75,000 instant hotel-stayers, hotel rape is rampant. If you can find a room downtown, it’ll cost ya north of $300 a night for a flea […]

The 5 Best Pocket Carry Handguns

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Pocket carry exposes the eighth great mystery of the universe: it’s much easier to put a gun in your pocket than to take it out. It makes sense when you think about it. When you go to draw a pocket carry handgun, your hand is wrapped around it in a firing grip, so the entire […]

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 […]

Handgun Caliber Doesn’t Matter

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“It’s not the size mate, it’s how you use it.” Nigel Powers, Super Spy Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) Wise words for a comedy movie and certainly relevant to the never-ending caliber wars. What caliber is best for concealed carry? If I use a 9mm, won’t the bullets just bounce off my attacker? If I […]

A Galco Gunleather Tour: How Many Holsters Can You Make From 44 Miles of Cows?

Got leather?

Got cows? Galco does. Lot’s of them. You know Galco, right? They’ve served billions and billions of holsters. Well, maybe not billions, but at least dozens of boatloads, judging by the size of their factory and activity level of all the folks in there. I recently had the distinct pleasure of a factory tour. You […]

Holster Review: Simply Rugged Cuda IWB / OWB Holster

The Simply Rugged Holsters Cuda is shown here in the outside-the-waistband configuration.

Today’s neat holster design falls squarely into the “Duh! Why didn’t I think of that?” category. While Simply Rugged Holsters makes a number of different holster designs, the shiny one that diverted my attention away from the squirrel was the Simply Rugged Cuda model. Here’s why. It’s all the rage out at Gunsite these days. […]

10 Things You Learn Carrying A Gun Daily

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Reflecting on my experiences carrying a gun daily for near a couple of decades, I figured out that I’ve learned a couple of things. Here’s a short list. 1. How clueless the average person is. I don’t mean this in an offensive way at all, I mean it quite literally. When you first start carrying, […]