SELF-DEFENSE

GUNS, AMMUNITION, GEAR AND TACTICAL ADVICE
Kalashnikov USA...

At first glance, some might think the Saiga-patterned 12-gauge from Kalashnikov USA (K-USA), dubbed the Komrad, would classify as a shotgun — but it’s not.
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Glock 26

The G26 is roughly the size and weight of a six-shot Detective Special .38, but contains the round count of a DS plus the five shots of a J-Frame.
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Ruger Super...

I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with Bill Ruger and his sons Tom and Bill Ruger at the legendary Ruger parties at the SHOT Show in years past.
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Ruger Model 57

What’s in a number? There was a time in ancient history, and for some people still today, when numbers were thought to be mystical.
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Rethinking things

Teaching firearms and deadly force has been my primary occupation for a few decades now. One thing I’ve learned is this:
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Walther CCP M2 .380

Men and companies alike must be able to adapt in order to survive and the Walther Firearms Company has been adapting steadily ever since it started in 1886,
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Home on the range

Companies like Umarex, SIG SAUER and Air Venturi have been making air clones of centerfire pistols for quite some time now, but we’re entering a whole new...
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.41 Mag Slugs

Like most of my obsessions, it started by thumbing through a gun magazine — certain articles grab our attention, refusing to let go.
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Ruger PC Carbine

Carbines using the same ammunition as a pistol are nothing new, even semiautomatic carbines.
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SIG Sauer 365 SAS

How many times have I heard this statement in my 72 years of shooting handguns? It certainly did not begin with me as I recall reading older books as a...
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Taurus Model 856...

The Taurus 856 line is derived from the venerable Taurus Model 85, one of the Brazil-based gun company’s most popular revolvers.
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The .22 LR

The argument is background noise anyplace two or more gun guys are gathered. Could you, should you ever, use a .22LR as a defensive weapon?
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The .356 TSW

A victim of poor timing and marketing, the promising .356 TSW (Tactical Smith & Wesson) cartridge may be on the verge of a comeback.
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Dan Wesson Vigil...

It’s difficult to imagine the name of a gun being more appropriate to the gun in question.
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Ruger American...

What makes a good competition pistol? If you’re running against a clock the gun needs to be accurate, handy, maneuverable and dead nuts reliable.
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Fit versus Feel

Ever since there have been gun writers, there has been the advice, “Choose the handgun that feels the best.” I may have been guilty of it myself in my...
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Altor Pistol

Yes, it’s weird. It’s also beautifully made and it works, every time. The ALTOR pistol is a single-shot, available in 9mm and .380 Auto.
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Springfield...

It’s no secret the world isn’t a very nice place right now. In fact, by the time these words hit subscriber mailboxes and the newsstand, things might...
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.22 Magnum For...

I’m a rootin’ tootin’ .45 shootin’ concealed carry practitioner and instructor — or, I was. For most of my years, I’ve been an adamant advocate...
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Ruger Lite Rack...

The new pistol sports the same 2.79" barrel, 4" height, and 8/10" width as its .380 sibling but the magazine holds 10 rounds, the same capacity as the big...
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Smith & Wesson...

Being on the Cutting Edge is a very good feeling. We have a long list of very powerful sixguns and semi-automatics available to us as well as...
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Pistol Caliber...

Pistol-caliber carbines is a firearm niche I’ve overlooked in the past. It always seemed to me if I could get the cartridge in a handgun there wasn’t...
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The Ruger PC Charger

It’s tough to quantify the Ruger PC Charger as it defies ready characterization. The government just calls it a pistol. If it had a happy switch and a...
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The Orthopedic...

When illness or injury make it hard to carry your handgun, an alternate carry option may solve the problem.
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