Among the most misunderstood tactics in personal defense is the double tap. More than half of those practicing defense shooting execute the double tap incorrectly. Worse yet, it is most often taught incorrectly.
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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.
In warfare of the day, horses were an important part of the equation. In many of the battles on the plains, more horses fell than men. The revolver served alongside the saber for cavalrymen. These men often fought as dismounted troops.
There are times when I am amazed at how lucky I am to test and own some of the finest firearms ever manufactured. I admit that sometimes the newest variation of the theme (a different finish or new sights) isn’t quite as exciting as a fresh start, but there are few genuinely new things under the sun.
The .38 Super was introduced in the 1911 handgun in 1929 to arm peace officers with a hard-hitting handgun that offered good penetration against the new breed of mechanized thug. The .38 Super saw extensive use in the hands of the FBI and figured into the demise of dangerous fugitives such as Baby Face Nelson.
Most folks using slugs in the shotgun do so because centerfire rifles are not allowed in a certain region or hunting area. Others do so because they understand how hard a shotgun hits at close range and find the slug a great deer and boar stopper.
The military is making noises concerning a new sidearm. There is some controversy. Handguns, for whatever reason, seem to come with more emotional attachment and a sense of history than the rifle. I believe, that as a close quarters combat pistol, the Beretta 92 is lacking the most important attribute a sidearm should have and that is wound potential.
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.
In the firearms world, I see much hype and overstatement. As such, the real article with genuine performance is often under appreciated.
In a world awash with mediocre handguns, a pistol with reliability, accuracy, and good features at a fair price is a desirable commodity. The Canik TP9SA exemplifies this concept.
When it comes to personal defense ammunition, we all want the most for our dollar and a load that maximizes the caliber. This is especially true with the popular 9mm Luger cartridge.
When ammunition and handgun sales are totaled, the shooting public voted with their dollars, and the 9mm Luger is easily our most popular defensive handgun cartridge.
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.
You may have recently heard about the horrific stalking story of actress/singer Lily Allen and the 7-year stalking she was a victim of. During the 7-year ordeal, she received letters and threats. Her stalker showed up at her concerts; he contacted her friends and family, and eventually committed a home invasion when she was asleep.
The shotgun is aimed primarily by a good natural point. A shotgun with the original-style stock and a bead front sight can be a deadly performer on game, predators, and our protein-fed ex-con criminal class. But many of us fit modern combat-style stocks to the shotgun and expect more performance.
A few years ago, Heckler and Koch introduced a new handgun design in hopes of achieving a military contract. The HK45 is a viable pistol for use by the Special Operation Command (SOCOM) or any military entity. The HK45 builds upon HK’s slide-to-frame design that features more contact between the frame and slide than most polymer frame pistols resulting in greater rigidity and greater accuracy potential.
Among the most reliable and battled tested handgun designs of all time is the Russian Tokarev. It simply doesn’t get the respect the 1911, Browning Hi Power and CZ 75 do, yet the pistol is always reliable, accurate enough for personal defense, and chambered for hard hitting cartridges. Century International Arms Zastava M88 continues the tradition.