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A Guide To Colt Firearms

May 1, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

guide to colt firearms  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The idea behind the first Colt handguns was inspired more by sea spray and carved pine than by metal and gunpowder. Sixteen-year-old Samuel Colt, aboard the swaying deck of Corvo en route to Calcutta, was inspired by the wooden mechanics of the ship and translated that idea, a revolving cylinder repeater for firearms, into whittled pine.

Iowa Concealed Carry

April 28, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

iowa concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Iowa’s concealed carry rights were expanded in April of 2017 when Governor Terry Branstad (R), who will soon serve as ambassador to China for the Trump administration, signed House File 517 into law.

Guide To Walther Firearms

April 26, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

guide to walther firearms  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Consider how many hands have held Walther firearms — everyday law-abiding civilians, military units, police forces, British secret agent James Bond (although he initially carried a Beretta) and even the German Reich.

Alabama Concealed Carry

April 24, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

alabama concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Senate Bill 24 may change the core of Alabama concealed carry laws if passed, positioning the state to potentially become the next with constitutional carry laws.

double vs single stack magazine  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

When choosing what gun to carry on a daily basis, one of the attributes that divides opinion is whether to carry a double stack or single stack pistol. It is worth thinking about, as that directly impacts the number of rounds that you have in your carry gun.

How to Get The Most Out Of CCW Shooting Practice

April 19, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

practicing ccw  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

If you're going to concealed carry, a certain amount of concealed carry shooting practice is going to be necessary. The reason is that if a person is going to carry a gun, they should know how to use it if needs be as well as carry safely.

Guide To Ruger Firearms For Concealed Carry

April 17, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

guide to ruger  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Ruger is one of the best-known names in American guns, and Ruger concealed carry guns are some of the most popular ccw pistols on the market. They make some of the best guns at mid-level prices that one can buy for multiple purposes, including concealed carry, target shooting and plinking, as well as some of the best hunting rifles and handguns available at the price-point.

The Complete Guide To 1911 Pistols

April 14, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

Complete Guide to the 1911 Pistol  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Whilst the past couple decades have been dominated by Glock, there can be no doubt that the most popular and enduring pistol design of all time is the 1911 pistol. Even today they are among the most popular for daily carry, competition shooting, target shooting, other sporting uses and also for collectors. Few guns are as iconic.

how to concealed carry at church  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Unfortunately, there is nowhere safe or sacred to criminals and maniacs which leads some to wonder about concealed carry in church. During the past few years, there have been a number of mass shooting incidents at and around churches and temples of multiple religions and denominations.

New Mexico Concealed Carry

April 7, 2017 3:46:10 PM PDT

new mexico ccw  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

New Mexico concealed carry regulations remained unchanged after the state’s Senate Public Affairs Committee voted in early 2017 to indefinitely table Senate Bill 56, a bill outlining concealed carry without a license, otherwise known as constitutional carry, for those 18 and older.

Guide to Taurus Firearms

April 6, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

guide to taurus  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

A historic flood ripped through the streets and marketplace of Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1941, which was coincidentally the same year another destructive power poured through the city’s factories: the first Taurus firearm, a revolver called the Model 38101SO.

State Concealed Carry Training Requirements

April 5, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

required concealed carry classes  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

When it comes to mandatory CCW training, there are differing standards between states - though almost all states have a baseline. That said, you will need to sit for a course that satisfies the training requirements in your state in order to receive your concealed carry permit.

Pennsylvania Concealed Carry

April 3, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

pennsylvania concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Given it’s a “shall issue” state, county law enforcement must issue Pennsylvania concealed carry permits to applicants who meet all the required criteria.

How Much Training Is Needed To Carry Concealed?

March 31, 2017 8:23:41 AM PDT

concealed carry training  

By James England | Contributing Editor

In many states, it's simply a right of passage. Being a responsible gun owner and citizen allows many to pursue a resident concealed carry permit in states such as Arizona, Oklahoma, and plenty others. But is that truly enough? At what point do we decide who is and isn't qualified to carry a concealed firearm?...

A Complete Guide To Ammunition

March 29, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

guide to ammo  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Obviously a person should learn to choose a gun, but also know how to choose ammunition for it. Ammunition, just like a pistol, is a tool and every tool has an ideal purpose. As a result, certain kinds of ammunition have a definite purpose.

SCCY Handguns Guide

March 27, 2017 8:26:11 AM PDT

sccy handguns guide  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

SCCY Industries, the self-titled “king of concealed carry,” built its kingdom in Florida -- but it was initially known as Skyy Industries when it was started in September 2003, much to the chagrin of that one vodka company named the same thing who soon requested a name change.

Kansas Concealed Carry

March 23, 2017 10:37:26 AM PDT

Kansas State Concealed Carry Guide  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Kansas Concealed Carry Guide - Constitutional carry for residents and nonresidents was added to Kansas gun laws in 2015, but there are still finicky statutes and regulations to consider. Let's take a look..

Kentucky Concealed Carry

March 22, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

Kentucky Concealed Carry Guide  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Kentucky Concealed Carry Guide - We cover how to obtain a permit, kentucy concealed carry laws, restricted premises and reciprocity information. lets see how to carry concealed in Kentucky State...

Guide To H&K Handguns

March 20, 2017 8:55:34 AM PDT

H&K guns guide  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The German giant now serves militaries, civilians and law enforcement around the world, but before investing in them there are a few basic things to know...

West Virginia Concealed Carry

March 17, 2017 7:00:00 AM PDT

west virginia concealed carry info  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Knowing your laws for concealed carry is a very important step for responsible carry. With that being said it may be difficult to keep up with the constant changes. Lets take a look at West Virginia concealed carry...

How to Determine a Holster's Retention Level

March 15, 2017 8:47:34 AM PDT

Retention Holster Guide  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Holster retention in and of itself is a good thing to learn about, since knowing a bit about it can help a person know what to look for in a good open or concealed carry holster. Lets take a look...

Guide To Springfield Handguns

March 13, 2017 9:11:24 AM PDT

Springfield Armory Guide  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Go to virtually any gun store and you're likely to see a few Springfields, and for good reason. If you need a good working handgun, Springfield has something for nearly everyone. Let's take a look...

New Hampshire Concealed Carry

March 10, 2017 12:39:53 PM PST

New Hampshire Gun Carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Those who received a permit will benefit from New Hampshire concealed carry reciprocity agreements with nearly 30 states that recognize the state’s permit.

Montana Concealed Carry

March 8, 2017 7:44:24 AM PST

montana state concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Montana concealed carry currently requires a concealed weapons permit at specific locations throughout the state beyond one’s home, business and vehicle. Take a look to learn more about how to ccw in Montana State.

unsafe ccw behavior  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Just as with anything in life, there are certain unsafe behaviors when it comes to concealed carry that should be avoided. It's one thing to have somewhat sloppy habits, like slipshod concealment, but it's another thing entirely to be unsafe.

Concealed Carry With An OWB Holster

February 27, 2017 11:56:08 AM PST

concealed carry with an owb holster  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

The original holster design – and according to some people, the best – is the outside-the-waistband or OWB holster. These holsters are secured to the waist via a belt, and are widely considered to be the most comfortable to wear.

How to Ankle Carry Effectively: The Complete Guide

February 24, 2017 1:46:48 PM PST

alien gear holsters guide to ankle carry  

By Michael Cambron | Contributing Editor

One of the most popular carry methods besides carrying in a holster on the waistband is ankle carry. It isn't necessarily the most popular method and has mostly been reserved for law enforcement officers and soldiers carrying a backup gun.

Guide To Smith And Wesson Handguns

February 22, 2017 12:05:55 PM PST

guide to smith and wesson  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Smith and Wesson is one of the oldest names in American handguns and one of the most popular makers to date. Here's everything you need to know about S&W...

picking a home defense handgun vs picking a concealed carry gun  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Guns, in the end, are tools, and there is a right tool for every task - which is why a lot of people will tell you that picking a home defense handgun is different than choosing a concealed carry gun. Granted, there are some pistols that are equally suited to both roles, but a lot of guns may be better at the one than at the other.

North Dakota Concealed Carry

February 17, 2017 2:35:20 PM PST

North Dakota concealed carry guide  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Although North Dakota concealed carry laws are being reconsidered with proposed permitless carry legislation, it’s important to understand the state’s not one, but two types of CCW permits.

Louisiana Concealed Carry

February 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

louisiana concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Louisiana concealed carry laws require a permit in order to carry a concealed handgun, but this state provides a unique benefit for applicants: they may apply for a lifetime permit.

Ammunition Capacity for a Concealed Carry Gun

February 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

ammo capacity  

By Michael Cambron | Contributing Editor

There may not be such a thing as too much ammunition for concealed carry…but then again, all you may need is one round. The amount of spare ammunition to carry is something everyone will have to work out for themselves, whether you wish to concealed carry a revolver or a semi-automatic handgun.

The Best Springfield Handguns For Concealed Carry

February 10, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

best springfield guns for ccw  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Some of the most popular carry guns out there are Springfield handguns, and for good reason. They make something for almost everyone, handgun-wise, and the guns they make are known for being accurate, reliable, and for also delivering quite a good amount of value for money.

mental health background check  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

President Donald Trump’s Second Amendment platform calls to attention an important consideration for gun owners: how do mental health background checks play into the firearms industry?

Single Action vs Double Action and Others

February 6, 2017 3:08:06 PM PST

selecting the right firing mechanism  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

When trying to choose a concealed carry gun, one element to consider is that of the firing mechanism, as there are significant differences between them. Each has inherent benefits and each has inherent drawbacks.

Do Gun Sights Matter for Concealed Carry

February 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

gun sights for concealed carry  

By Michael Cambron | Contributing Editor

Let’s start with some basic information about gun sights. More than likely, that new pistol you just purchased comes right off the showroom floor with a standard set of front and rear fixed sights.

The Ultimate Glock Guide

February 1, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

your guide to glocks  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Arguably, the most popular gun maker of the past 30 years has been Glock, and for so many good reasons. There have been controversies as well, and deeply divided opinions among the gun-owning community.

Choosing A Concealed Carry Gun

January 30, 2017 9:35:03 AM PST

picking a concealed carry gun  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Choosing a concealed carry pistol is not necessarily the easiest thing to do. There are a number of factors to consider, including the "on paper" specifications as well as the intangibles that a magazine or internet article can't tell you.

Maryland Concealed Carry

January 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

maryland concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Maryland concealed carry laws give the state a reputation that rivals even California’s strict firearm policies, specifically with four words echoed skeptically within the Second Amendment community: good and substantial reason.

Why Concealed Carry Is Relevant

January 25, 2017 11:37:44 AM PST

ccw importance  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Why does concealed carry matter? After all, some might opine, you don't need to go around armed all the time. For most people, the risk that they'll be involved in an armed robbery or car jacking or mass shooting or something is so low, that there's practically no point.

7 Outstanding Gun Guides by Alien Gear Holsters

January 23, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

guide to alien gear guides  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

You might have noticed an Alien Gear guide at some point, as we have published a number of them. Each one covers a particular topic in greater detail than the typical blog post, going into greater depth on every point and covering far more ground than normal.

Tennessee Concealed Carry

January 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

tennessee concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Because Tennessee concealed carry laws recently relaxed, 130 faculty members at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville walked into the fall 2016 semester able to legally carry a handgun on campus, according to media reports.

Connecticut Concealed Carry

January 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

Connecticut concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

The Connecticut pistol permit has an extra step that many other states’ permit programs don’t require — technically speaking, the state-resident applicant has to get two permits.

Has Concealed Carry Impacted Officer Safety?

January 13, 2017 12:09:29 PM PST

concealed carry officer safety  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

An aspect of the recent rise of concealed carry that doesn't always get discussed is that of officer safety, or in other words, additional risks faced by police officers as a result of more civilians carrying. Has concealed carry made officers safer? Has it put them at greater peril? Or has there been no impact?

How To Tell If Someone Is Armed

January 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

detecting when someone is armed  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Situational awareness is part of the defensive mindset, and one thing to be aware of in any environment is if someone is armed.

Colorado Concealed Carry

January 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

colorado concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

Whether the individual is new to the state or to the practice, it’s important to understand that Colorado concealed carry regulations require a permit (with some exceptions) in order to legally carry a concealed handgun.

Do You Have A Summer Gun And A Winter Gun?

January 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM PST

winter and summer gun  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

A fairly well-known practice within the concealed carry community is to have a winter gun and a summer gun.

how to overcome issues with concealed carry  

By Travis Box | Contributing Author

People often cite many reasons why they choose to carry a handgun. While that is fine and dandy, many often do not discuss why they CHOOSE NOT TO carry a handgun. I believe we need to look at both sides of the spectrum and identify the causes and reasoning for both ...

Michigan Concealed Carry

December 30, 2016 8:00:00 AM PST

michigan concealed carry  

By Jake Smith | Contributing Editor

An application can be declined based on about 44 types of misdemeanors within the past 8 years of the application’s submission and an additional 22 types of misdemeanors within the past 3 years. There are 15 total criteria to fulfill in order to qualify for a concealed pistol license and there are several locations where firearms are prohibited in Michigan.

Car Holsters Guide - Everything You Need To Know

December 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM PST

car holster guide  

By Sam Hoober | Contributing Editor

Ever wondered about using a car gun holster for easier access while driving? It's certainly a good idea, as it is not easy to draw while sitting, and especially while belted into a seat.

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