Man in yellow t-shirt points shoots a Smith and Wesson .357 Magum with trees in the background

Handgun Selection: Revolver or Self-Loader?

Society changes slowly, although tools change often. Since about 1900, the subject of revolvers and automatics (yes, I know,  we call them automatics anyway) has been beaten to death every time a novice looks at a handgun. So, I suppose it is worth another discussion. Likewise, with the introduction of new handguns, the situation warrants attention. I sometimes feel a pang of sympathy for new shooters.

Young man in red shirt and jeans uses a vehicle to shield him while he practices

Determining the Self-Defense Mindset

Part 5 in our concealed carry series.

When it comes to personal defense, there are plenty of ridiculous statements about the mindset. The combat mindset may suit a combat Marine, but self-defense demands a different mindset. I am not going to be hurt or defeated, and my primary objective is protecting my family and myself. I want to maintain the ability to act effectively and morally under stress. The proper perspective must pass muster as to what is legal and must go further into what is moral.