Posts Tagged ‘Handguns’

Smith and Wesson Shield 9mm top vs. .45 ACP bottom

Choosing Your First Handgun

The most common question presented to trainers, writers, and the family ‘gun person’ is, “Which handgun should I purchase for personal defense?” The bottom line is dependent upon the shooter and how much or how little time, effort, and training will go into the final choice. There are many firearms that are well suited to personal defense. But the student differs mentally and physically, and so should the choices each individual makes. The first step is individual research and study.

Smith and Wesson M&P 2.0

10 (Mostly) New Pistols for Concealed Carry

Concealed carry is on the rise, which means more citizens are able to defends themselves and their loved ones better than ever before. However, that means having the right training, holster, or carry system, and most importantly the right pistol. Handguns are not a one-size-fits-all affair. This makes choosing—or recommending—a handgun rather difficult. However, when it comes to handguns, even men love to shop! Here are 10 top choices for your consideration.

REar view of a pistol barrel showing unburnt powder

How Often Should I Clean My Handgun?

The more I test and use handguns, the more respect I have for the operating reliability of these machines. Tolerances held by Kimber, Colt, Glock, Ruger, Smith and Wesson, SIG, and CZ are excellent. When we fire these handguns on the range, we should have every confidence that they will fire time after time without any type of problem. After all, many of these handguns are based on service pistols that were designed to function in horrific situations.

action photo with flames shooting from the muzzle of a handgun

After You Get a Concealed Weapons Permit 101

It is encouraging to see so many Americans obtaining their concealed weapon permit. These new shooters are supporters of the Second Amendment and have taken steps to be responsible for their own safety and security. Yet, in many cases, there are people among them that are armed with a deadly weapon but unable to defend themselves well.

3 Buffalo Bore .38 Super bullets and one upset round

Buffalo Bore Ammunition

Some years ago, long time hunter, handloader, and experimenter Tim Sundles founded Buffalo Bore Ammunition. At first, he concentrated on big bore loads with the slogan Strictly Big Bore Strictly Business.

2 snubnose .38 revolvers with speed loaders

Snub Nose Magnum Revolvers — Unequivocal

With the great and growing abundance of concealed carry permits, as Americans exercise their rights and commons sense, and with a political climate that currently nurtures such progress, armed citizens are flexing their political muscles and choosing to be responsible for their own safety.

Hornady Critical Duty Ammunition boxes with a Glock 17 pistol

Why I Will Remain a Big Bore Man (And Validity of Research)

In 1876, Thomas LaGarde was decorated for gallantry during the Powder River Expedition. His intellectual accomplishment and military acumen were much respected. Later, Dr. LaGarde became best known for a few months of research during his long career. The Thompson LaGarde test of handgun calibers has been brought into controversy by some but were the definitive word when conducted. Their biomechanical fidelity in the use of both cadavers and live animals must be respected.

Multiple spent bullets

Handgun Cartridges — A Retrospective Look

The explosion in handgun choice, and the proliferation of handgun calibers and loads, is immensely interesting. Whether you wish to use a certain caliber and load or not, each is intriguing. However, did you know that the popular cartridges of today fill the same basic niche in the same relation to others since Sam Colt codified the pocket, belt, and holster pistol.

Bob Campbell shooting handgun from the hip

Will Your PDW Be Ready When You Need It? — Firearms and Reliability

When it comes to reliability, firearms and vehicles have much in common. Each is a machine of irreducible complexity—if one part goes bad the machine stops. Each requires maintenance and changing of springs and lubricants. And each may cause loss of life if not maintained. Some shooters have no idea what reliability is, because they have not really tested their firearms.