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General

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. Here are a few tips to get you on the right path.

Light haired young man in gray t-shirt sghts the Mini 14 with a wooded area in the background

Firearms

Ruger’s First-Class .223: The Mini-14 Rifle

Your .223 does not have to be an AR-15. After all, the U.S. Army chose the M14 over the original AR-10. Classic handling means a lot. Read this post to learn why the author loves his older model and the new one.

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General

NSSF Video: Shotgun vs. Handgun for Home Defense — Thunder Ranch

The argument between which firearm—shotgun or handgun—is best for home defense is almost as old as the 9mm vs. .45 ACP debate. However, we are still debating it because neither camp has conceded. In this video, sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Clint Smith, president and director of the Thunder Ranch training center, talks about why the comparative length of a handgun—when used properly—is insignificant to that of a shotgun and why length alone should not be a deterrent when choosing a firearm for home defense.

Butt of the Magpul SGA stock right

General

Review: Magpul SGA Stock/Mossberg 500

Firing 20 full-power buckshot loads from a 12 gauge Mossberg ended with my wrist resulted in Epsom salts the next morning. The pistol grip shotgun is acceptable for entry team use, or crowded areas, and ideal for keeping handy in fishing trawlers to take out flipping, gnashing sharks brought in with the more mundane catches. However, for extended shooting sessions, upgrade to Magpul’s SGA stock.

3 boxes of SIG V-Crown ammunition

Ammunition

Range Report: Ammunition Worthy of a Top Tier Gun — SIG Elite

SIG offers full metal jacketed training loads in the popular calibers but also hollow point defense loads. Among the most interesting are the three choices in .45 ACP hollow point loads. As with all top tier manufacturers, premium names need to deliver a premium product—preferably at a reasonable price. For this review, we put 185-, 2000, and 230-grain V Crown offering through their paces.

Kel-Tec KSG shotgun with a box of Winchester AA Shotshells

Firearms

Range Report: Kel-Tec KSG Shotgun

There are shotguns that do not look like shotguns. All are not practical but a few have merit. Among the most innovative and interesting is the Kel Tec KSG shotgun. The KSG is unmistakably a Kel Tec; the modern design and engineering shows. This is a shotgun you should immerse yourself in to learn the nuances of the design and operation if you plan to deploy the shotgun for personal defense.

Picture shows the inside of a safe with a pistol, flashlight and ammo in it.

Safety and Training

What’s In Your “Crash Box”?

If the blaring sound of your alarm doesn’t deter the criminal, and you’re trying to gather your family members in a bedroom to keep them safe, you need to ensure that whatever room you end up in has the proper supplies to protect you until the police arrive… And that’s where the Crash Box comes in. A Crash Box is simply a fancy name for a safe that is in the bedroom (or in every bedroom) that has the necessary supplies to fend off an intruder. It’s a medium-sized safe, not a gigantic gun safe that is going to take you forever to open, but it could mean the difference between life and death.