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Gun Gear

Understanding Handgun Sights

Discussions on combat sights, combat shooting, and handguns are often hi-jacked by those with an embarrassing lack of experience. All they know is what they have read and much of that isn’t accurate. A shooter should study. That is true, but they should also gain practical experience and meet the instructor half way with this experience.

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Reviews

Throwback Thursday: .22 LR Competition Pistols: What to Buy, What Not to Buy

With ammo costs rising and availability falling, many shooters are turning to the .22 Long Rifle cartridge for affordable shooting fun. Rimfire competition shooting leagues are springing up across the country. New shooters are mastering the fundamentals of marksmanship, and experienced shooters are rediscovering that .22 LR competitions are a fun way to hone their skills. So, what should you look for in a competition .22 pistol? Read more on The Shooter’s Log at CheaperThanDirt.com.

Black-handled, silver barreled Walkter PPK, barrel pointed to the right on a white background.

Firearms

The Walther PPK: Still a Good Carry Gun

The Walther PPK, a small, self-loading pistol made famous by James Bond, is powerful and simple to use for self defense. As you read this post, you’ll discover it is lightweight, powerful and perfect whether you have small hands or large.

4 GI type 1911 pistols

Camping & Survival

Preppers: Choose Your Weapons

The question is, when the man says to choose your weapons, what is the choice? The real question must be what is the threat. I think most of us realize we need a handgun to always be with us and a long gun to even the odds and provide real protection. For a long term prepper to cover the needs and situation from a fixed base, the list is longer.

Beretta Storm PX4 Take Down Controls

Firearms

Throwback Thursday—Beretta’s PX4 Storm Pistol

The Beretta PX4 Storm is solid investment from a vendor well-known for quality and reliability. From the rotating barrel to fantastic ergonomics, the Storm is a worthwhile investment for both police and civilian personal defense use.

Attacker with a knife an man drawing his concealed pistol

Firearms

Choosing a Handgun

A few decades ago, the FBI did a study and found that a handgun that weighs over 35 ounces becomes a drag on the pants after a few hours. Perhaps concealed carry handgun permit holders should consider 26 ounces as a reasonable top end. Read the full article article for additional .

Springfield XD pistol with three boxes of SIG Sauer ammunition

Firearms

Range Report: Springfield .357 SIG with XS Sights

Our author began exploring a packing handgun for a specific scenario. The bottom line criterion was that the pistol must be completely reliable, accurate enough for personal defense and taking accurate shots at an adversary behind cover, and powerful enough for defense against both biped and quadruped threats. Vehicle penetration was important, and so was penetration against heavy bones. Springfield’s XD in .357 SIG quickly rose to the top of the list.

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.

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.

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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.