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Canik TP9SF Elite S pistol left

Firearms

Range Report: Canik TP9SF Elite-S 9mm

A few years ago, the CANIK TP9 pistol was introduced in America. A product of the Turkish arms industry, the pistol was a credible but not exact clone of a Walther design. The pistol has proven reliable and accurate enough. The price point is attractive and the pistol is well established. The TP9SF Elite-S is an improvement over the original in many ways and is designed as the top of the line pistol among the CANIK polymer frame pistols.

TruGlo light mounted to the rail of a Glock

Gear, Parts and Accessories

Combat Lights: Are You Ready for Action?

Preparing for personal defense scenarios on a brightly lit range, and firing against one-dimensional targets that are squared to you, isn’t combat practice. At best it is a beginner’s exercise in controlling the trigger and sight alignment. However, gunfights occur in dim light. This means that the time is overdue to practice and learn to use the proper tools. A combat light is an accessory to some, and a necessary tool to others.

Colt Gold Cup pistol on a bullseye target

Competitive Shooting

Is Your Handgun a Combat Gun or Target Gun?

Marksmanship can make up for power, but the reverse is seldom true. In a gunfight, shot placement is everything. Unfortunately, when choosing a handgun for combat, we risk becoming too interested in absolute accuracy and forget combat accuracy. A fascination with firing small groups on the target, even in combat courses, is counter intuitive to true combat practice. Are you carrying the wrong gun?

uger SR1911R/TruGlo combination

Ammunition

Range Report: Ruger SR1911R

The SR1911R is a rail gun affording shooters the option of mounting a combat light. For home defense and other qualified users, the light is a great option. In this range report, Bob Campbell puts the Ruger SR1911R through its paces with a bonus review of the TruGlo’s Tru-Point light/laser combo.

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

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.

Door breaching Remington 870 shotgun

Firearms

The Riot Gun

What is a riot gun? The riot gun is compact enough for any foreseeable need, handles quickly, and swings from one target to the other rapidly in trained hands. But, is it the best shotgun for tactical work? Read the entire—especially the plot twist at the end.

action photo with flames shooting from the muzzle of a handgun

Concealed Carry

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 2nd 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.

Three Ruger Single Six revolvers

Firearms

Review: Ruger Blackhawk

Today, much of the market seems to revolve around tactical gear and personal defense. That is important, nothing is more vital than taking responsibility for our own safety. However, personal defense isn’t the only reason to own a powerful and accurate handgun such as the Ruger Blackhawk. This single-action revolver is also a fine target gun and a great game getter.

Springfield Armory 1911 with a Shoot-n-See target

How-To

Training Tip: Double Taps

The double tap drill is considered by most to be two shots delivered to the target as quickly as possible—but are you doing it right? Practice does not make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect. However, among the most misunderstood tactics in personal defense is the double tap. More than half of those practicing for defense shooting execute the double tap incorrectly. Worse yet, it is most often taught incorrectly.