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Bob Campbell demonstrating weapon retention

How-To

Instructors: The Good, Bad, and Downright Dangerous

Over the past few months, threads and discussion have often become a lively debate on choosing instructors and the merits of training in anti-terror tactics. This article addresses many of these discussions. Not surprisingly, an honest appraisal of the current situation finds the author coming up short in certain areas, and willing to admit it.

Les Baer Concept VI 1911 profile right atop a brown leather holster

Ammunition

Range Report: Les Baer Concept VI 1911

Les Baer handguns are legendary 1911s with more than a little hand fitting and a vial of the maker’s sweat included. They are built, rather than assembled, and offer topflight performance for discerning shooters. Are they perfect? Perhaps not, but they are very close. Read the full report to how the Concept VI handled at the range.

Taylors Cattlebrand revolver and Randall Trailblazer Bowie knife

Camping & Survival

Handguns and the Backcountry

Some of the places are little known and others are historic. A focus on nature and a connection is important. This is the animals’ home and they are a concern. The cute ones that run away with your sandwiches are only funny once. The big ones want a larger meal. A fear of animals is primal and worthy of study, but when it is the furbearer or you, you better have the right gun.

Chrome revolver top and SIG Sauer Emperor Scorpion bottom

Firearms

Review: SIG Sauer Emperor Scorpion 10mm

As the late Jeff Cooper remarked, the 10mm will do things at 50 yards the .45 ACP cannot. I am a believer in using enough gun for game and defense use. The SIG 10mm pistol will make a particularly effective home defender. The weight doesn’t matter in home defense, and the balance and recoil control make for an easy handling 10mm handgun. Read the full review to see how it performed at the range.

Bob Campbell shooting a pump shotgun

General

Thoughts on Home Defense Preparation

The most dangerous places are outside the home. Inside the home, we have barriers including outer doors, glass, and hard interior doors. Hopefully, the family has your back, and you have a plan. If not, you have more problems than even this article can address.

1911 pistol that is cocked and locked

Concealed Carry

Pistols 101: Pistol Actions and Triggers Versus Performance

The story of handguns and how they work is very interesting but may also be frustrating to the beginner. Some definitions are stretched by the makers. As an example quite a few handguns cloud the definition of double action or double action only operation. Understanding how a pistol operates is an important part of the selection process when choosing a handgun. This article details the action and how the trigger action affects performance and handling.

Springfield SAINT AR-15 rifle right profile

Firearms

Range Report: Springfield Saint AR-15

The SAINT is the first AR-15 to wear the Springfield name. That fact should not be lost on anyone looking to purchase their next long gun. That SAINT is billed as entry, and by today’s standards the price point may not be inline with that moniker. However, older shooters such as myself that are able to discern quality at a fair price will appreciate the SAINT. As a Springfield fan the SAINT will take its place beside my 1903 Springfield and the modern 1911 Operator, but there is more to the puzzle than the name.

cutaway of a lead core bullet with a red polycoat sheath

Ammunition

Review: Federal Syntech Ammunition

Syntech uses a total synthetic jacket, termed the TSJ by Federal Cartridge Company. The lead-alloy core is covered with a red polymer coating. No lead, which is termed a heavy metal, is exposed. From the company that gave us Nyclad ammunition, this is just another step but a different and important one. This isn’t really a coating, but more of a durable sheath or shield.

Remington 700 with Hogue overmold stock right profile

Gear, Parts and Accessories

Increase Performance With a Hogue Overmold Stock

I have owned some type of Remington 700 rifle for more than 40 years. I enjoy the smooth action and excellent accuracy of these rifles. My most recent addition is a Remington SPS Varmint rifle with 26-inch barrel. I am pleased with the operation and accuracy. In fact, this is the single most accurate Remington rifle I have ever owned, but I still wanted to make it even better. I found the answer with a Hogue Overmold stock.

Woman shooting the CZ 9mm wearing yellow ear muffs

Firearms

Range Report: The CZ 75 P-01 — CZ’s Best Pistol?

There are pistols that are so overlooked it boggles the mind. The Czech CZ pistols (Ceska Zbrojovka Uhersky Brod) have appeal to professionals the world over, and the CZ 75 is among the most imitated pistols in the world. At present, few clones have equaled the reliability and build quality of the original. Within the CZ 75 line, is the P01 a new contender for the crown?