Handgun Review: Smith & Wesson Model 66 Combat Magnum Revolver

Smith & Wesson Model 66 Combat Magnum

It’s funny how things have a way of coming back into vogue with the passage of time. While I hope never to see the return of those hip-hugger, bell-bottom jeans and zip-up Naugahyde boots from the 70s, I am thrilled to see the return of a venerable and street-proven revolver, the Smith & Wesson Model […]

Gun Review: Smith & Wesson 647 Varminter

The Smith & Wesson 647 Varminter, shown without the included red dot sight or blade front sight.

I first laid eyes on this little/big gem while on a prairie dog hunt in the great state of Montana. It took just one shot at a distant prairie dog for me to know I had to get one in my hands. Big, heavy, long and beautiful, its performance on varmints was astounding. The Smith […]

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 […]

Roy the Gun ‘Riter Goes All Mad Scientist with the Griplight

The Griplight replaces the entire grip on a J-Frame revolver.

You may have heard of a gun magazine called American Handgunner. It’s edited by some new whippersnapper ‘riter named Roy Huntington. It turns out that Editor Roy is not only a wordsmith, but a mad scientist inventor as well. That Frankenstein guy’s got nothin. Anyway, Roy’s been paying attention to the industry, and couldn’t help […]

What’s Better? Revolver or Semi-Auto Pistol?

Which one is best for you?

I feel sorry for new shooters. Back when I was a new shooter, movable type had just been invented and the internet wasn’t even part of Nostradamus’ wildest dreams. Learning about guns and self defense was hard, but easy. It was hard because I couldn’t sit at my computer and browse the opinions of thousands […]

A Brief History of Guns: The Smokepole Years…

1858 Remington Bison

Continuing on with an excerpt from our new book, The Rookie’s Guide to Guns and Shooting, Handgun Edition… 1700’s American pioneers have great success with long, rifled-barrel flintlocks known as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky rifles. Meddling politicians influenced the design of the California Rifle around this time, but adoption was limited due to the fact […]

A Brief History of Guns, The Early Years…

Before there were guns...

Here’s an excerpt from our brand new book, The Rookie’s Guide to Guns and Shooting, Handgun Edition. It’s part of the Insanely Practical Guides series and is loaded with light-hearted education, lots of helpful photos and some comedic relief. Hope you enjoy! Guns have been annoying politicians longer than you might think. Before we jump […]

The Seven Deadly Sins of Handgun Shooting: Bleeding All Over the Range

Dan Akroyd Julia Child SNL

This week’s Seven Deadly Sins of Handgun Shooting Tip involves keeping (most) of your body parts attached. Specifically, we’re talking about your thumbs. You see, opposable thumbs are one of the things that give us humans a real advantage over the rest of the animal kingdom when it comes to important things like opening Pringle’s […]

New Book: The Rookie’s Guide to Guns and Shooting, Handgun Edition

The Rookie's Guide to Guns and Shooting, Handgun Edition from Insanely Practical Guides

If you’re thinking about buying a gun, are new to shooting, or have had a gun forever but just want a refresher, this book is for you. Heck, even if you know a lot about guns, it’s still entertaining – to read yourself or give to a friend. In light-hearted style, it will give you […]

Gun Review: Ruger LCR .357 Magnum Revolver

Ruger LCR .357 Magnum Revolver

Taming the Beast! A Featherweight .357 Magnum. Suggested Retail Price: $575.00 www.ruger.com   The Good The Bad The Ugly Our Rating This is a shootable gun. The polymer frame soaks up some of the potentially aggressive recoil in this ultra-light pocket cannon. We wish that a little more attention was paid to polish and finish […]