Every Day Carry For a Gun ‘Riter and Court Jester

Here in the sauna of the Southeast, I generally carry a light load.

Just because I like to have fun with every aspect of my life doesn’t mean I don’t take things like every day carry seriously. Hey, I can make fun of Shannon Watts and her outrageous lies while always realizing the serious threat people like that pose to our rights. They’re not mutually exclusive. It’s kind […]

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 […]

Celebrate Diversity! The World of AR-platform Calibers

The AR platform can be adapted to dozens of different calibers, like this Rock River Arms LAR-6.8 chambered in 6.8 Remington SPC.

In these troubled times where everyone wants to stir up trouble and hate over our differences in appearance, I want it to go on record that I don’t just tolerate diversity, I embrace it. In my safe right this moment, I have AR-type rifles chambered in .223/5.56mm, 6.8 SPC, 300 Blackout, and .308 Winchester. Of […]

1,000 Yards with a Smith & Wesson M&P 10?

Will this stock Smith & Wesson M&P 10 .308 shoot consistently at 1,000 yards?

Can You Shoot 1,000 Yards with an AR-10? Well, can you? Conventional wisdom says no. After all, AR’s are semi-automatic designs, with hot burning gas of doom smothering all the important parts like gravy over Cracker Barrel’s Chicken Fried Chicken. Heck, the upper and lower receivers are stuck together with simple push pins. AR-type rifles can’t […]

5 Great AR Rifles for Less Than $1,000

The AR rifles on this list are solid base models ready for gear and customization.

The great Obama AR-15 Sale of 2013 is over, sort of. Yes, fears about political shenanigans like green tip 5.56mm ammo bans and other nonsensical moves are driving sales, but we’ve moved on from the time when there were no AR-rifles of any type available on the shelves. In fact, as the market has chilled […]

The Silencer Surge: Be VERY Quiet!

This Smith & Wesson M&P 22 Compact with a SilencerCo Sparrow might be the ideal first-time shooter combo.

It’s unfortunate but true: The sound from a single gunshot can permanently damage your hearing. Permanent hearing loss results from each and every exposure to a dangerous sound level—and it might not be evident for years. So it’s obvious that you should always use hearing protection when shooting. And if it’s possible, consider installing silencers […]

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 […]

Silencer Sunday

Silencer Sunday supplies.

I had the opportunity for a range outing with my son and a couple of his friends today. Somehow, we got a bug up our collective butt that today should be proclaimed Silencer Sunday. It turned out to be a pretty good idea. Assembling some guns currently in for review and plenty of silencers, we […]

Smith & Wesson’s M&P Performance Center Ported Model Is One Flat Shooter

Smith & Wesson's M&P Pro Series C.O.R.E. - now ported!

Recently I had the opportunity to shoot the new Smith & Wesson Performance Center M&P Ported pistols. While optimized for competition, there’s no reason these models couldn’t serve as a home defense go-to gun. Some of the features that make it a great competition gun serve equally well on other capacities too. There are four […]