Box of CCI Velocitor Ammunition

Match-Grade .22 Ammunition

Among the most enjoyable of all calibers to shoot is the .22 Long Rifle. Accurate and devoid of recoil, the .22 is the best fun caliber. The subject of match-grade .22 comes up often, which inevitably leads to the question, “Is it worth it?” In short, it certainly is.

Black SIG P290 with boxes of ammo on a wood plank background

SIG’s Light 9mm, the P290

You should think carefully about the reasons for choosing a handgun. I do my best to test and review appropriate defensive handguns. And although the pistols may not be your choices, they are reasonable choices. With the explosion of concealed carry permits, many are carrying pocket pistols that give them more comfort than performance.

Gray-haired man in blue jacket with red ear protection shoots a pistol carbine into the woods.

Pistol-Caliber Carbines for Home Defense

I am always interested in different opinions about home-defense firearms. The three-gun trifecta—handgun, shotgun and rifle—is often commented on, with recommendations given. Many times the recommended rifle is more useful for an Israeli police action than home defense. Comments range from “the .223 has a lot of blast indoors” to “the system is very expensive, but you must have one” all the way to “buck it up, lay down the credit card and get with the program.”

Picture shows a man shouldering an AK-74 rifle.

Can We Stop the Ban on Russian 7N6 5.45×39?

In 1993, Olympic Arms created what they claim was only a prototype of an AR-15 pistol chambered in 7.62x39mm, the model OA-93. When word got out they were developing the pistol, the gun community was quick to tell them to stop. While at the 1994 SHOT Show, Olympic Arms unveiled the pistol. Olympic Arms was quick to claim the company was not “in the ammunition business and unaware of a problem.” Very shortly after, the ATF banned the importation of steel core 7.62x39mm ammunition.

Gray haired man in green shirt with red ear protection and safety glasses shoots a Raptor barrel facing the right, against a grassy background.

Slug Up! Shotgun Ammo Choices for Defense

For personal defense, many of us rely on a shotgun as a house or truck gun. Many see the shotgun as the ultimate problem solver. While the shotgun is easily the most effective of the three firearms we are likely to use—the rifle, handgun and shotgun—that is only true if you have practiced and loaded the shotgun with the proper shells.

Shooters Bible Guide to Concealed Carry: Finger Fit

Book Excerpt: Shooter’s Bible Guide to Concealed Carry

It is your right to carry a firearm to protect yourself and your family. However, it is your responsibility to know how to operate that gun correctly and safely. In the Shooter’s Bible Guide to Concealed Carry, author Brad Fitzpatrick delivers on-target tips and valuable information on familiarizing yourself with firearms and gaining the confidence you need to protect yourself in the worst of situations.

Blue-toned box of Liberty 45 Acp + P ammunition with cartridges toward the front of the picture on a plank of wood.

Liberty Ammunition Range Report

When it comes to personal defense ammunition, the first criterion to meet is reliability. This criterion is closely followed by accuracy, clean burning and a good primer seal. That is the bottom line. No ballistic advantage is worth pursuing if the ammunition is not completely reliable.

3 boxes of Hornaday XTP ammunition with scattered bullets on a bed of gravel. The box on the left sits beside another box on top of an open box on a white background.

Hornady’s Top Flight XTP

Most of my handguns are all around-do-anything-go-anywhere handguns. I most often carry a Commander-size 1911 .45, although sometimes carry a .40 or .45 caliber SIG pistol. When hiking, or in an area where large animals might be a threat, a four-inch barrel Magnum revolver is on hand. These handguns are versatile, accurate and, most of all, reliable.

Cimarron Open Top revolver left side

Cimarron’s Open Top Revolver

The history of men and women and machines is fascinating. The revolver may not be the most in demand at Cheaper than Dirt! but there are none more interesting. The first cartridge revolver in the United States was the little Smith and Wesson Number 1 in .22 Short. Colt was making thousands of cap-and-ball revolvers for the Union Army and Smith and Wesson sold its revolvers through private sale. Soldiers could tuck the little .22 into their shirts or jackets. Colts were the horse pistols, and the revolvers used by fast moving cavalry units.

Colt Commander, circa 1975.

The 1911 Pistol — Reliability and Accuracy

Today we see a great deal of revisionist history in the media, often tainted with rose-colored glasses and a personal agenda. Young people seem to demand more continuity from their comic book epics than from their history professors. However, when you level the criticisms and fallacies toward a firearm that has served Americans well for over 100 years it is more than irritating. When that same firearm has saved your life more than once, perhaps it is time for a report.

Winchester-W-Train-&-Defend-9mm-Luger-processed

SHOT Show 2014 Special Edition Day 4: New Ammo

Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers covering the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas have filed their final reports on new ammunition and accessories introduced at the show. Here’s a look at what 2014 has to offer from Winchester, including a simplified line of W Train & Defend loads; dedicated 3-Gun offerings; and Shot-Lok technology in the new Long Beard turkey load.

Picture shows a box of .22 Long Rifle ammo made by CCI.

SHOT Show 2014 Special Edition Day 1: New Ammo & Accessories

Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers covering the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas have filed their first reports on new ammunition and accessories introduced at the show. With ammo makers utilizing all their capacity, and running virtually 24/7, to feed the 2013 buying frenzy, you wouldn’t expect to see a significant number of new offerings this year—but you would be wrong.

Dark gray Taurus 85 .38 Special with a black grip on a white background.

Taurus 5-Shot Revolvers – The Model 85 and More

When it comes to personal defense, the snubnose revolver is so handy, lightweight, easy to manipulate and simple to operate, it is widely used. Even those who carry a heavier firearm as a matter of course often deploy the snubnose as a backup or hideout. The backup gun may be a lifesaver in the case of a malfunction of the primary. The snubnose handgun must be used by a skilled shooter (meaning someone willing to practice).

SHOT 2014 — Norma-USA Expands U.S. Caliber Offerings

Norma-USA Expands U.S. Caliber Offerings of its High Quality American PH Hunting Bullets and Superior Brass Components.

Norma USA, has created quite a buzz with the announcement regarding the expansion to its American PH and brass components. In 2012, Norma Precision expanded it high performance offerings to the United States and hunters have taken full advantage of Norma’s double-diameter expansion and deep, terminal penetration.