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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 .

Federal American Eagle .410/.45 Long Colt ammunition combo pack

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.410 Loads for Self-Defense — A Carjacker’s Worst Nightmare and More

I have always loved the .410. At a young age, I was introduced to it as an alternative to the .22 long rifle for rabbits and squirrels. Due to the shot pattern, it was easier to harvest the fast moving little critters. Later, I was introduced to bird hunting and quickly realized those old men were not shooting the .410 to gain an advantage. Instead, it was a show of skill on fast-moving Bobwhite’s. However, it was when I was first introduced to the .410 for self-defense that I gained a respect for the cartridge.

Woman shooting a Browning Hi Power with a two-handed grip

Firearms

6 Guns for the Gunfighter

There may be others nominated for this club of gunfighter’s guns, but these six have an impeccable reputation and more story behind them than any other group of handguns in history. They have been used in innumerable gunfights around the world. Even if you only punch paper, these handguns are worth the price of ownership. However, if you carry to defend your life, this is a must-see list. Did you favorite make the list?

HK VP9 pistol left side

Firearms

Pistols — The Magnificent 7 (For Beginners and Beyond)

Most shooters are introduced to shooting on .22 LR pistols for good reason. They have a low recoil and offer an easy initial introduction. But what about a “first gun” for new shooters? There will be plenty of dissension and additions to the list, but here are 7 pistols perfect for any new or experienced shooter.

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield

Firearms

Top Selling Smith & Wesson M&P Firearms

Smith & Wesson’s Military & Police handguns have been popular with law enforcement, military and civilians alike since 1899. S&W continues the legend with its concealed carry pistols the .380 Bodyguard and the M&P Shield. The M&P15 series of AR-15s are also best sellers. Reliability, accuracy and affordability make the M&P guns some of the best target, competition and self-defense guns you can buy. Here is Cheaper Than Dirt’s list of the top 10 best selling S&W M&P handguns and rifles.

Two stacked revolvers, a four inch .38 on top and a 1930s Colt Tactical on the bottom. Both have black grips and a dark charcoal-colored body, barrels pointed to the right

Firearms

Tactical Pistols

Tactical pistols need specific features and functions to serve you well. Read this post to learn what to look for and why training is essential.