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Springfield Armory XD(M) OSP Red Dot 9mm [FIREARM REVIEW]

Springfield Armory XD(M) OSP Red Dot 9mm [FIREARM REVIEW]

Above is the XD(M) OSP. What is it? Well Springfield Armory (SA) has entered the reflex red dot (RD) optic handgun market with this pistol. Definitions: XD(M) means "X-Treme Duty Match" (match-grade barrel and more), according to Wikipedia. OSP means "Optical Sight Pistol." The XD(M) OSP 4.5-inch barrel pistol comes in two configurations, both fitted…

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What is Your Concealed Carry Code of Conduct?

What is Your Concealed Carry Code of Conduct?

Grab a pencil and some paper. Now quickly list your personal top 5 expectations (your bucket list of priorities) for your life in 30 seconds. Well most of us can come up with 2 or 3 things right away, but may fall short for the others in the half minute. Some can easily do this,…

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Best-Red Dot Sight Picture

Handgun Mini Red Dot Sights: Basic Considerations & Opinions

The latest and greatest for handguns seems to be Mini Red Dot reflex sights (MRDS.) Have they replaced laser sights or even the respected iron sights for handguns? No, not yet, but? What do you primarily use handgun MRDS for? Concealed carry, home defense, mostly competition, long-distance shots for hunting, short close quarters defensive shots,…

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Steyr C9-A1 9mm [FIREARM REVIEW]

Steyr C9-A1 9mm [FIREARM REVIEW]

The Austrian-made Steyr C9-A1 compact 9mm is an often overlooked handgun for Carry and personal protection purposes. Are the C9's innovative trapezoidal sights an advantage or just a unique eye-catching appeal? Some even compare the Steyr C9-A1 pistol to its fellow Austrian gun, the Glock 19. Is this a fair comparison? Are there similarities other…

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Top 14 .380 Pistols for Carry [2017 Edition]

Top 14 .380 Pistols for Carry [2017 Edition]

Well, are you going to carry your .380 pistol as a "pocket rocket" or Inside-the-Waistband (IWB) or Outside-the-Waistband (OWB)? Maybe in your fanny pack, briefcase, bellyband, bra, or purse... or on your ankle, or thigh or under your arm? The convenient, small size of .380 pistols is what attracts many to them because they can…

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[FIREARM REVIEW] Smith & Wesson M2.0 9mm Pistol

[FIREARM REVIEW] Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0

A few days ago Smith & Wesson introduced its major update of their successful 2005 classic polymer-framed, locked-breech semi-auto M&P (Military & Police) striker-fired pistol in the form of the new M&P M2.0 and sent me one in 9mm to Review. Although there are a number of M&P variants now, including the Pro, Compact, Shield, and Bodyguard,…

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Should You Modify Your Concealed Carry Handgun

Should You Modify Your Concealed Carry Handgun?

No, the above is not an acceptable concealed carry handgun modification, but it looks unique. What carry holster would you use? So what are some useful carry handgun modifications? How about the custom New York 1 and New York 2 triggers? Will they make your self-defense gun more accurate? Is there a heavier or lighter…

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[FIREARM REVIEW] Colt 1911 XSE

[FIREARM REVIEW] Colt 1911 XSE Combat Commander .45

How about the Colt 1911 XSE Combat Commander with a 4.25" barrel shown here in .45 ACP? Would it make a good concealed carry gun? I heard several great reports about this gun's accuracy, features, and enhancements and had to explore it for myself. While the XSE has been around a few years, Colt made…

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