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 […]

Ammo Test: Sig Sauer Elite Performance .380 ACP V-Crown

This week, we'll test Sig Sauer's new Elite Performance .380 ACP, 90 grain V-Crown self-defense load.

.380 ACP is a pain in the butt. It’s convenient, and you can make obscenely small and handy guns that can handle the caliber, but it’s a borderline cartridge in terms of performance. I’m guessing it gives ammo manufacturers fits. Why? It’s a light bullet. Generally, 380 ACP rounds are about 90 grains in weight, […]

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, […]

Handgun Caliber Doesn’t Matter

Handgun Ammunition

“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 […]

Pro-Gun Policy Will Fail Because There Were No Nuclear Wars

Cold War strategy sucked

  Some gun control mantras make my head explode – and they don’t even use the phrase “for the children!” I’ll venture a guess they will cause you equal frustration. So go find a roll of duct tape. Then wrap your head with it. Done? Good. Now wrap an extra couple of layers, because I’m […]

5 Tips for New Concealed Carriers

One of the first steps is to get a proper holster, like this Galco King Tuk.

Maybe you have recently completed the NSSF First Shots program or recently acquired your concealed carry permit. Alternatively, perhaps you are considering getting a carry permit. In any of these cases, there are a few things you need to know in terms of your next steps. 1. Get The Right Holster! The right concealed carry […]

Top 10 Self Defense Ammo Picks

Top 10 Self Defense Ammo Picks

With a controversial and opinionated topic like this, I have to include a couple of explanations and disclaimers. You do have to be careful about blanket statements when it comes to ammo performance. There are just too many variables. For example, you can’t necessarily say things like “Mega Blaster Yellow Tips” are the best. You […]

12 Reasons I Carry A Gun

Call-911-you-dont-need-a-gun

1. A fire extinguisher is a lousy self defense weapon. No one seems to have an issue with folks keeping a fire extinguisher in the house, right? I mean, people don’t question your paranoia level even though there are fire departments just about everywhere. So I thought about just carrying a fire extinguisher for self […]

Try Competitions To Become A More Effective Shooter

Competition shooting

There’s a big difference between good and effective. If you are involved in shooting purely for recreation and the joy of punching holes in paper or tin cans, then being a good shooter is, well, good enough. If you intend to use your gun for self or home defense, then you need to think about […]