10 Things I’d Look For In A SHTF Shotgun

This Winchester SXP would make a fine last resort shotgun.

Recently I received a Winchester SXP Marine Defender shotgun for testing and evaluation, and this got me thinking. Yeah, I know. Me thinking is a big stretch of the imagination, but just go with it, OK? You hear a lot of scary scenarios from the prepper community. Some of them are realistic, others – not so much. […]

A Closer Look at the SilencerCo SWR Octane Pistol Suppressor

SilencerCo SWR Octane 45 mounted on a Glock 26

After waiting long enough for three additional square inches of my hair to turn gray, I finally received my permission slip from the BATFE to take possession of my SilencerCo Octane 45 suppressor. Having collected dust in my local FFL’s safe for over 10 months, it’s now mine. The Octane is a silencer made by […]

Shooting Myth: Knockdown Power

Testing the Knockdown Power myth with a 50 pound bag of sand and a bulletproof vest.

Knockdown [nok-doun] adjective Capable of knocking something down; overwhelming; irresistible: a knockdown blow. Internet lore referring to the ability of large guns like .45’s and shotguns to literally knock people off their feet. Last week, I wrote about Ten Examples of the Internet’s Worst Gun Advice, and that created quite the discussion! A lot of the […]

New Self Defense Ammunition From Winchester – Train and Defend

Dr. Rob Pincus extracts some .38 Special rounds from the gelatinous pig juice.

So one of the neatest things at SHOT Show Media Day at the range was not even a gun! What??? High on my to-do list for the day was to actually shoot the new Winchester Ammunition Train & Defend ammunition. The idea is simple. Create matching loads where the bullet weight and recoil are virtually […]

This Goofy Gun: The Winchester 9410

No, the goofball who took this photo was not high on black powder residue. Why, that's a Winchester 9410 lever-action shotgun!

Today’s pop quiz! What do the following have in common? Ben Cartwright John Moses Browning Saiga-12 Auto Shotguns Give up? It’s the Winchester 9410 lever-action shotgun! Admittedly, the Cartwright clan had access to guns from the future, as they shot an awful lot of Winchester 1892’s, which is only two different than the 1894 design […]

Buyers Guide: Winchester Elite PDX1 Defender Ammunition .357 Magnum 125 Grain

Winchester Elite PDX1 Defender 357 Magnum Ammunition

In our recent ammo review, we found the Winchester Elite PDX1 Defender .357 Magnum 125 grain load to be supremely effective. Velocity was quite respectable, even out of a short barrel snubnose revolver. We measured that at 1,214 feet per second on average, as measures by our Shooting Chrony Beta Master placed 15 feet downrange. […]

Winchester Elite PDX1 9mm +P Self Defense Ammunition

Winchester Elite PDX1 9mm +P Personal Protection Ammunition

Ammo Review: Winchester Elite PDX1 9mm+P Defender 124 grain personal defense ammunition Winchester Elite PDX1 Defender 9mm +P 124 grain personal defense ammunition is a bonded bullet design intended to succeed against the tough FBI ammunition testing protocol. Without going into top secret details (not really), these tests are intended to examine how ammunition performs […]

Ammo Review: Winchester PDX1 Elite Defender .40 S&W 165 Grain

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The .40 Smith & Wesson cartridge has been called many things since it was introduced in 1990. Slow & Weak Save your bacon & Walk free Sexy & Winchester Shoot & Wound Sledgehammer & Wallop Shortened & Widened Sluggish & Wimpy Slay & Waste Studious & Well-spoken Oh yeah, and Smith & Wesson… Used by […]

On the Eighth Day of Christmas… Eight Guns for Plinking

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On the eighth day of Christmas, I hope my true love gives to me… Eight guns for plinking…   Beretta CX4 Storm Carbine Always wanted one of these. In 9mm. Not sure why, but a light fast bullet just seems right out of this gun, especially as a plinker. It would get some nice accessories […]

Winchester Ammunition Moves To Mississippi To Cut Spelling Errors

Winchester Ammunition

According to the NRA’s American Rifleman blog, Winchester’s Illinois based ammunition division is relocating its plant facility to Mississippi. The announcement follows a recent trend of firearms companies moving south to warmer climes. Earlier this year, gun makers Para USA and Remington completed moves from Canada and New York to North Carolina. While many believe […]