Miss Kansas

Miss Kansas Receives Death Threats for Hunting

I attend a great deal of both outdoor trade shows and consumer shows over the course of a given year, with many of them concentrated between January and April. Recently, I attended the annual Shot Show in Las Vegas, the National Rifle Association great outdoors show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and the 2014 Pheasant Fest in Milwaukee Wisconsin. I was fortunate at each of these events to meet with numerous hunters, outdoorsmen and women and discuss some of the issues of today facing today’s hunters.

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.”

A gray-haired man in a blue and black plaid jacket with red ear protection fires a Smith and Wesson Miliary and Police .38 at a target with a wooded area behind him.

Golden Guns for Everyone: The Orthopedic Winners

I have been fascinated by the great buildings of the world all my life and always find architecture interesting. While Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower are monumental achievements, the Pirate’s House in Savannah, Ga., is another structure I find completely interesting. And Joyce and I love the mile-high bridge at Grandfather Mountain.

Silver Cold Steel Code 4 knife with blade open on a gray stone background.

The Cold Steel Code 4

For more years than I care to remember, I have been a fan of Cold Steel knives. The Cold Steel knife company offers good quality, sharp edges and positive function. During my time in police service, my impression was that I saw more Cold Steel knives used by peace officers than anything else. The reasons are quality and affordability.

Black Rock Island compact 1911 on a gray-and-white woven background, barrel pointed to the right.

Range Report — Rock Island Compact 1911

Is there a best personal defense handgun? I doubt it; the competition is fierce, and many handguns have their good points. We also have personal needs and personal worst-case scenarios. As long as the handgun is a quality design, well executed with good reliability and is accurate and powerful enough for the task, the rest is up to you. My personal favorite carry gun is the 1911 single-action self-loader in .45 ACP. There are many variants, and while some are ironmongery, many are well made of good material.

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.

Five-inch Barrel ATI Pistol with brown grip, pointed downward and to the right on a black background.

ATI’s Affordable 1911 Handgun: The ATI .45

These days, it seems anyone with a small shop can put together 1911 handguns and offer them for sale. I would not be surprised to see Duane’s Lawnmower Shop offer a special edition. Most such guns are parts guns, with outsourced frames and slides and internal parts from various parents. I am disdainful of those guns and prefer a pistol manufactured by a major maker.