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Comparing Ballistic Plate Materials

December 18, 2014 11:32:30 AM PST

Comparing Ballistic Plate Materials  

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

No matter what level of preparedness you'd like to maintain, ballistic plates have been instrumental in increasing combatants' chances of survival. But how do the different materials compare? We'll examine this question taking into consideration it's not just the first bullet you want to stop – it may be the third or fourth as well ...


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Concealed Carry With Arthritis Or Other Handicaps

December 17, 2014 8:34:04 AM PST

Concealed Carry With Arthritis Or Other Handicaps  

By Trevor Dobrygoski | Contributing Editor

 

Having a handicap is difficult. Many people are born with a disability and know no other way of life. When you acquire a debilitating handicap later in life--arthritis for example--it’s usually pretty difficult to get used to. Just because you have different needs doesn’t mean you can’t protect yourself. In fact, you may need greater protection because some sick minded individual may see you as being weaker and therefore an easy target ...


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Guns Of The Soviets

December 16, 2014 12:05:14 PM PST

Guns Of The Soviets  

By Karmali Abid | Contributing Editor

 

The Cold War for a fascinating time. The fierce competition between the Soviet Union and the United States generated some of the greatest technological advances of all time. Advances were made in numerous military tactics, equipment, and even espionage. The Soviet Union and especially Soviet Russia had some fascinating small arms that have left their mark on the world ...


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7 Reasons Why Firearms are Important to the American Family  

By Troy Rogers | Contributing Editor

 

There has been much debate in recent years over guns. Should citizens be allowed to own them? Should they have access to them? These questions, and many more have been asked in recent history. Most of us have strong opinions on each issue. Rather than giving my take on each of the above questions, I want to share 7 reasons why I believe firearms are important to the American family ...


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Liberty Quotes

December 11, 2014 8:34:20 AM PST

Liberty Quotes  

By Trevor Dobrygoski | Contributing Editor

 

I like quotes because they tend to inspire me. They remind me that a guy, just like me was so committed to a cause, he spent every moment of his life fighting for it and even died for it. I think about that and think damn ... I need to get off of my butt and fight harder for what I believe in. What about you? ...


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Modifications: The Spirit Of Vanity And Necessity

December 10, 2014 8:34:17 AM PST

Modifications: The Spirit of Vanity and Necessity  

By Sharon Chayra | Contributing Editor

 

There are perhaps few items that benefit from customization like that of a gun or rifle. With countless manufacturers, configurations, treatments and accessories, you can virtually design your own gun. A firearm to help you find your place in the world whether that place is on the range, in the field, or defending the family. Sometimes these changes are improvements like getting more accurate sights and sometimes these enhancements do little more than look good. It seems that modifying your gun is nearly as personal as which way you vote and can be almost as controversial ...


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How Tough Are Your Bullets?  

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

Sometimes at the gun store we'll see a variety of different styles of ammunition and we'll wonder – how much more effective is one from the other? Are you curious to see how one brand performs against another? We've enclosed some fun activities that can be done cheaply and reliably to test the effectiveness of different rounds. It's one thing to read about them and it's another thing to see it for yourself ...


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The 1911’s Fatal Flaw

December 5, 2014 10:32:02 AM PST

1911  

By Steve Allen | Contributing Editor

 

Many years ago I was part of a peacekeeping force sent into the former Yugoslavia during the Bosnian War. As I drooled over a custom M1911 in the magazine; a Bosniak soldier looked over my shoulder, at the glossy pictures of the gun and inquired if I liked the M1911. The M1911 is also a weapon that I carry the most. The Bosniak soldier nonchalantly shrugged and said “Is nice pistol to shoot but has fatal flaw" ...


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The Perfect Gift for The Avid Shooter in Your Life

December 5, 2014 9:32:03 AM PST

Choosing a Holster: A Scout Helicopter Pilot's Experience  

By Megan Spencer | Contributing Editor

 

We as shooters certainly love the holidays and we are always excited when we get unique shooting gifts in our stockings. So hopefully this quick guide to gift giving will help you make the holiday gift giving season special for the shooter in your life, or maybe even for yourself ...


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Don't Shoot! Media Day At The Range

December 4, 2014 4:49:38 PM PST

at the range  

By Bob Ryan | Contributing Editor

 

This might sound weird coming from a gun writer, but I didn’t go to a shooting range until I was about 25 years old. It’s not that I hadn’t been doing a lot of shooting in my youth - there just aren’t many shooting ranges in Montana. Then I got to go to the SHOT Show in Las Vegas where they have what is known as “Media Day at the Range.” Free ammo and all the brand new guns for that year: you’d have to be crazy to miss that ...


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Resources For Concealed Carry Gun Laws

December 3, 2014 8:19:38 AM PST

concealed carry resources  

By Trevor Dobrygoski | Contributing Editor

 

Gun laws change all of the time. Not knowing what is legally allowed and what will land your butt in jail or lose your right to own and/or carry a weapon is your responsibility. Losing your Second Amendment right would really suck. In this article we provide some resources every concealed carry gun owner should know about ...


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The Caliber Wars Are Over

December 2, 2014 8:37:57 AM PST

calibers  

By Travis Pike | Contributing Editor

 

The Caliber wars were a brutal time, a bloody time, a messy time. The caliber wars were waged across the internet, through the videos of Youtube, on the forums of places like Defensive Carry and AR15.com. Articles proclaiming the new wonder gun in this caliber or that caliber, would have comment sections that devolved into full blown wars. These wars were waged most often by the proponents of 9mm, 40 S&W and 45 ACP, and occasionally the revolver aficionados ...


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Duty To Retreat Or Castle Doctrine?

December 1, 2014 9:35:09 AM PST

Castle Doctrine  

By Ryan Newhouse | Contributing Editor

 

In society’s terms, it’s called “fight or flight.” In the courtroom, it’s discussed as Duty to Retreat or Castle Doctrine. In reality, it is knowing when to use deadly force in a situation or when not to. The lines aren’t always clear, but it is important to know the laws and how to train for these scenarios ...


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4 Things Not To Do With Firearms

November 26, 2014 7:50:51 AM PST

4 Things Not to Do with Firearms  

By James England | Contributing Editor

 

As advanced shooters, those specialized techniques are developed in earnest through gradual, slow, and safe steps. People who learn to fast draw and shoot accurately with one hand probably didn't start off doing either very well. They focused on just simply drawing a pistol. And then shooting accurately with it. If, in a culminating feat, they're able to demonstrate that technique with any degree of proficiency – it's likely due to careful and diligent practice ...


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Are You Prepared To Use Lethal Force?

November 25, 2014 7:19:48 AM PST

Concealed carry holster  

By Jerry Desko | Contributing Editor

 

A while back I strolled into a shop owned by a friend of mine. During our conversation he informed me that he was concerned for his safety at his store since there had been a rash of burglaries in the neighborhood of late. He knew I had a fair amount of firearms knowledge and that I am a retired police officer. Later during the talk he stated, "Oh, I would never shoot anybody, I just want the gun to scare the guy." WRONG! ...


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3 Common Misconceptions About Gun Owners

November 24, 2014 8:55:28 AM PST

3 Common Misconceptions: About Gun Owners  

By Troy Rogers | Contributing Editor

 

If you are an avid gun owner, chances are you have found yourself in at least one awkward conversation. You are having a conversation with a new acquaintance, it seems to be going so well. Then they begin to ask you about your hobbies. You begin to talk to them about your guns. You tell them which one is your favorite and why. This is the point that you notice a change in their demeanor. You watch them raise their eyebrows, change the subject, or simply end the conversation ...


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A Well Regulated Militia…

November 21, 2014 9:40:55 AM PST

A Well Regulated Militia  

By Travis Box | Contributing Editor

 

Gun grabbers pretend and would like everyone to believe that the Second Amendment doesn’t exist. The exception to this rule is whenever they think they can try and exploit the wording and use it to their own advantage. These anti-gunners commonly get hung up on the militia portion of the Second Amendment ...


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Safety Tips For Keeping A Handgun In Your Home

November 20, 2014 11:40:33 AM PST

Safety Tips For Keeping A Handgun In Your Home  

By April Klazema | Contributing Editor

 

Households may have a variety of reasons for keeping a handgun in the home. Among those reasons is, of course, protection. While having a handgun on site enhances a homeowner’s preparedness in the case of a home invader, it is important to understand how to keep the home safe even with the presence of guns. There are, of course, numerous safety tips including the storage of your guns, keeping them unloaded, and more. What we examine here are a few more advanced safety tips for those homes with handguns ...


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Have You Ever Been In A Situation Where You Wished You'd Had Your Weapon And Didn't?  

By Trevor Dobrygoski | Contributing Editor

 

As you’re walking to and from your destination you can’t just turn off your situational awareness and training. You’re still keeping an eye out for possible threats. The problem in this case, when spotting a potential sticky situation, you can’t defend yourself like you're accustomed to. You feel a helplessness you know could be avoided ...


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The Television Trained Hunter

November 18, 2014 9:19:02 AM PST

The Television Trained Hunter  

By Richard Bogarth | Contributing Editor

 

At one point or another, each and every horrible occurrence mentioned here has happened to me. Sure, I’m an old pro at it now, but if you think that a few hunting shows and your brand new, starchy hunting camo, fresh off the rack from Cabelas and the most uber-expensive Benelli shotgun/Tika .308/Mathews bow is all it takes to become a good deer hunter…then take my advice—spend less time in front of the cable box and more time asking questions of real hunters and more time in the woods. Become a better hunter by hunting and not by watching tv ...


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Muscle Memory + Guns + Defensive Scenarios: What’s The Formula?  

By Benjamin Worthen | Contributing Editor

 

We know the concept of “muscle memory” exists in legitimate survival scenarios and utilizing large muscles in physical situations. But how much of it is myth and how much of it is reality. Perhaps more importantly: how can the science of “muscle memory” enhance your ability to cope with a defensive situation ...


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PAP Pistol Review

November 14, 2014 9:53:08 AM PST

PAP Pistol Review  

By Travis Pike | Contributing Editor

 

One of the first and most well known gun control of the modern era is the National Firearms Act. The National firearms act restricted ownership of machine guns, short barreled shotguns, short barreled rifles, and suppressors. An American could still own these weapons, but was subjected to a tax, registration, a ton of paperwork, and several months of waiting ...


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The Infamous Deuce-Deuce

November 13, 2014 9:43:14 AM PST

The Infamous Deuce-Deuce  

By Travis Box | Contributing Editor

 

The .22LR is a popular round, perhaps even the most popular in America if the ammunition shortage is any indication of its popularity. It flies off the shelf faster than most stores can stock it. The .22LR is also a versatile round with many uses ranging from plinking to hunting and many shooters have at least one in their arsenal

This begs the question that many firearms owners ask themselves and others; is a .22LR an adequate self-defense round? ...


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Holster And Carrying Tips For Runners And Athletes

November 12, 2014 9:04:16 AM PST

Holster And Carrying Tips For Runners And Athletes  

By Joe Warnimont | Contributing Editor

 

Running is often a time when you need to carry a concealed firearm the most. You are focused on getting in shape and pushing yourself harder towards the next mile marker. The last thing your mind is thinking about is a mugger running up behind you.

The easy solution to threats while running or being athletic in general is to just run faster. The problem is, even Usain Bolt can't outrun a bear or get away from a mugger with a firearm ...


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The Dirty Harry Paradox

November 11, 2014 8:13:56 AM PST

The Dirty Harry Paradox  

By Bob Ryan | Contributing Editor

 

I’ve always been impressed with Dirty Harry Callahan. He runs, jumps and gets into fisticuffs, all the while packing that huge hand cannon. One thing I could never figure out, though, was why I kept coming up against problems carrying my gun that he just never did. Heck, I was even trying to pack around a much smaller gun. I still haven’t been able to figure out how Harry does it, but let me tell you about a few of the issues I have worked out solutions for. Maybe it will save you some time and disappointment down the road ...


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A Crash Course For Beginners Gun Safety

November 10, 2014 9:12:46 AM PST

A Crash Course for Beginners Gun Safety  

By Megan Spencer | Contributing Editor

 

Shooting a gun for the first time can be an exhilarating experience for anyone, but before you head out to the range there are a few things you should know. Shooting technique, proper stance, and more make a good shooter, but attention to gun safety makes a great shooter ...


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Winter is Coming: Can You Shoot With Gloves?

November 7, 2014 8:12:46 AM PST

Winter is Coming: Can You Shoot with Gloves?  

By Ryan Newhouse | Contributing Editor

 

It is reasonable to assume that time spent at a range, for most people, has them shooting under very ideal conditions. Perhaps they are rested, have a perfect stance, and are barehanded. But winter is coming, and that means more layers on your body, and not only jackets and hats, but gloves too. ...


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Dear Children: Show Some Respect

November 6, 2014 8:37:26 AM PST

Dear Children: Show Some Respect  

By Troy Rogers | Contributing Editor

 

I would contend that one of the most important things we can teach our children is to have the proper respect for weapons. Let’s make sure that each of us are doing our part to promote gun safety within our homes, and pass it along to the next generation. The world does not need fewer guns. The world needs more responsible gun owners. Share your tips for teaching children about gun safety ...


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A Case Against Pocket Pistols

November 5, 2014 10:50:05 AM PST

 

 A Case Against Pocket Pistols  

By Travis Pike | Contributing Author

 

The problem with these small weapons is that they give their owner a false sense of confidence. I get it, some people have no choice but to carry a teeny, tiny gun for whatever reason. I do agree it’s better than nothing, but I don’t trust a seat belt rated better than nothing, or a fire extinguisher smaller than a shot glass cause it’s better than nothing. Pocket pistols are a niche pistol that have been branching out of their niche just a bit too much. ...


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5 Under 500 - 5 Handguns Under $500

November 4, 2014 10:39:12 AM PST

5 under 500 - 5 Handguns Under $500  

By Ryan D | Contributing Editor

 

Check out our list of 5 handguns that can be purchased for less than $500! These will protect you and your bank account! Do you have a recommendation? Share it in our comments section ...


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Carrying Concealed and the Traffic Stop

November 3, 2014 5:21:23 PM PST

Carrying Concealed and the Traffic Stop  

By Jerry Desko | Contributing Editor

 

In these days of heated debate concerning gun control, one of the last things you want to worry about is being hassled at a traffic stop by the police. Believe me, the police don't want to hassle you, they only want to protect themselves and you by using their experience and training to safely, professionally and legally conduct the stop and send you on your way. ...


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Murder in Arkansas Turns Realtor’s Focus to Safety - What’s Your Plan for Personal Security?  

By Ryan D | Contributing Editor

 

If I were to ask you to list off a few of our most dangerous professions, real estate probably wouldn’t even cross your mind, would it? But the fact of the matter is, as a Realtor, my colleagues and I put ourselves in potentially dangerous situations every single day. The most recent case in Arkansas serves as an unfortunate backdrop for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. ...


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Do You Draw On An Unarmed Assailant?

October 30, 2014 1:37:11 PM PDT

Do You Draw On An Unarmed Assailant?  

By Trevor Dobrygoski | Contributing Editor

 

Here’s a scenario to ponder while reading the rest of this post.

It’s a warmer fall evening in September. You are walking to your car after meeting some friends for dinner after work. In your state it’s legal to carry in a restaurant if you’re not drinking alcohol. You’re texting your wife to let her know you’re heading home. About halfway to your car, you’re punched in the back of the head and hit the pavement. ...


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Pink Is The New Green

October 28, 2014 2:25:41 PM PDT

Pink is the New Green  

By Sharon Chayra | Contributing Editor
 

Not that long ago the folks who bought guns as well as the basic functionality of firearms, holsters and assorted gear dictated their design: Black, utilitarian, masculine. Today it's not unusual to see a pink Glock perched on the retail display next to signature black Sigs and Berettas. And as female consumers continue to exert their influence through their pocketbooks, the weapons and accessory industry is responding with products and marketing geared to the fairer sex ...


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The Truth About Silencers

October 24, 2014 10:41:11 AM PDT

The Truth About Silencers  

By Mike Searson | Contributing Editor

 

To the uninitiated, silencers or sound suppressors have a very negative connotation due to their depiction in films and books as the tools of assassins, spies and criminals. However, for firearms instructors, hunters and shooters; they meet a number of needs. ...


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Common Hang-ups In Handgun Shooting

October 22, 2014 1:45:22 PM PDT

 

 

By Clayton Collier | Contributing Author

 

It’s a great day out on the range. You’ve just plopped your range bag down, tacked up a target, and pulled out your favorite handgun. Moment of truth! You’ve put some distance between you and that target, not too much, but enough to let everyone else know you mean business. Take aim… BANG! Your first shot hits paper, but not in that ten ring. BANG! High, right. BANG! Good elevation, shooting left. BANG! WHAT? Low left!?! ...


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The Return of The Revolver

October 17, 2014 12:32:27 PM PDT

 

   

By Mike Searson | Contributing Author

 

When it comes to handguns there is probably no American pistol that is more iconic than the Colt M1911. Built for battle at the request of the US Army prior to World War 1, the 1911 pistol has remained in military service for over 100 years in one form or another and has won countless shooting matches from Bulls eye to Three Gun. Despite its detractors, the 1911 boasts a legion of fans and attracts more every year ...


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It's Not About Guns; It's About Control

October 16, 2014 1:14:31 PM PDT

 

   

By Benjamin Worthen | Contributing Author

 

The world of guns is very much controlled by the community at large. The firearms industry as a whole has an extremely close relationship to the industry itself, including even the largest manufacturers. It’s not uncommon to find a move and shaker in the industry in a forum, to either release information for a new product, or even seek feedback on an item. The large forums out there allow the industry to directly interact with customers and gain insightful feedback from their direct consumer ...


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Legal Advice on Forums

October 15, 2014 10:39:03 AM PDT

 

   

By Travis Pike | Contributing Author

 

The world of guns is very much controlled by the community at large. The firearms industry as a whole has an extremely close relationship to the industry itself, including even the largest manufacturers. It’s not uncommon to find a move and shaker in the industry in a forum, to either release information for a new product, or even seek feedback on an item. The large forums out there allow the industry to directly interact with customers and gain insightful feedback from their direct consumer ...


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Take The Steel Challenge

October 10, 2014 10:49:30 AM PDT

 

   

By Richard Bogath | Contributing Author

 

The catch, is that you've got to shoot those five targets fast. Really fast. The more bullets you use, the more time gets racked up on your score. Oh, and in addition, while you can shoot those targets in any order you would like to, one of them will be marked with something (usually an orange flag of some kind) to indicate that it is the “stop plate” ...


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Range Essentials

October 9, 2014 12:20:55 PM PDT

 

   

By Troy Touchstone | Contributing Author

 

Headed to the range this weekend? Then make sure you have everything needed. First and probably most obvious is, of course, your weapon and ammo. Some may laugh, but I have seen people pack everything but the kitchen sink and still somehow forget to grab all the guns they wanted to shoot, or even enough or any ammo for the day. Secondly, you also will want to bring your “ears and eyes” ...


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Not All 1911s Are Created Equal

October 8, 2014 2:56:22 PM PDT

 

   

By Mike Searson | Contributing Author

 

When it comes to handguns there is probably no American pistol that is more iconic than the Colt M1911. Built for battle at the request of the US Army prior to World War 1, the 1911 pistol has remained in military service for over 100 years in one form or another and has won countless shooting matches from Bulls eye to Three Gun. Despite its detractors, the 1911 boasts a legion of fans and attracts more every year ...




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The 9mm Revolver

October 7, 2014 11:06:53 AM PDT

   

By Travis Pike | Contributing Author

 

Well the title may be the 9mm revolver, but there are quite a few revolvers out there chambered in a variety of auto cartridges. I chose the 9mm revolver as title due to my inspiration for this article. Ruger recently released their 9mm LCR revolver. This has brought some interest to the idea of revolvers in auto cartridges and started some debate on the subject ...




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[Video] This Is My Holster

October 3, 2014 4:11:23 PM PDT

   

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Click here to watch our "This Is My Concealed Carry Holster" video ...


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By Ryan D | Contributing Author

 

Ok, maybe minimal compromise. But we’re used to that, right Southpaws? Finding a firearm suitable for left handed use without compromising functionality can be a challenge. Finding a firearm suitable for concealed carry that also happens to be suitable for left handed use is even harder ...


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By Benjamin Worthen | Contributing Author

 

As alluded to in the title of this piece, often times as gun owners we get a bit cocky about our skills and tools. Specifically many of us feel almost invincible with our 1911 or our Glock 23 in a holster by our bedside. It’s all well and good to be confident, but if you really had to evaluate your preparation ...


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The Night Concealed Carry Saved My Life

September 24, 2014 10:53:35 AM PDT

   

By Grayson Herrera | Contributing Author

 

Had I known what was going to happen to me that night I still would have gone. Some people may find that crazy, but the man I always want to be is the man I was that night ...


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The Unpracticed Home Defense Gun

September 23, 2014 9:59:54 AM PDT

   

By Richard Bogath | Contributing Author

 

Far be it from me to tell any American how to protect the lives or his or her family. Be it high-tech alarm systems or the lowest tech Louisville Slugger in hand, we prepare ourselves for the primal need of defense when we or our loved ones are in danger. There is, however, a caveat to this position and when it comes to firearms for home defense ...


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By Travis Pike | Contributing Author

 

If the world and culture of modern firearms is ever graded on any form of scale it will have one inevitable black mark on it’s history. This black mark with be the 10mm Automatic round and the world that forgot it. The 10mm Automatic is one of the most under rated cartridges of all time. The 10mm automatic enjoys a cult like following these days, but only one modern and well known and respected weapon’s manufacturers ...


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Federal Gun Control: How It All Started With the NFA

September 10, 2014 2:02:51 PM PDT

 

 

By Travis Box | Contributing Author

 

The National Firearms Act (NFA) passed June 26, 1934 was the first piece of federal gun control legislation passed in The United States of America. It was basically a feel good piece of legislation that Congress passed to give the illusion of “fighting crime.” In order to understand the roots of NFA’s inception we need to take a look back in time to almost a century ago ...


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