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Ben Shooting IDPA Classifier, August 17, 2014

IDPA: Self-Defense Shooting Experience

The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is an organization founded in 1996 that focuses on practical shooting equipment and ammunition to solve simulated “real world” self-defense scenarios with practical handguns and holsters that are suitable for self-defense use. Some clubs expand that use and include long guns in scenarios.The main goal is to test the […]

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Ruger LC9s 9mm

REVIEW: The 2014 Ruger LC9s 9mm Striker-Fired Concealed Carry Pistol

Most of us know the Ruger LC9 compact hammer-fired pistol as a mature, reliable, platform for concealed carry that has been around for about three years. While hammer-fired and striker-fired handgun designs each have pros and cons, some shooters complain about the long trigger press, the length of the trigger stroke, the hammer, and the […]

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SIG SAUER P320 Full Size and P320 Carry Striker-Fired 9mm Pistols

Sig Sauer’s First Striker-Fired Pistols

In 2014, Sig Sauer introduced its first striker-fired polymer semi-automatic pistol, the Sig P320. It is available in full size and carry models and I want to review them and offer my comments to help you decide if they meet your purposes and preferences. They are a modular, striker-fired handgun with several options and features […]

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Sig Sauer Academy in New Hampshire

SIG SAUER Academy Handgun Skills and Shooting Course

Last week I participated in a SIG SAUER® Academy shooting development handgun skills course in Epping, New Hampshire. It was a beneficial and interesting experience and I want to share it with you to help you decide on your further training. My wife who is an NRA Certified Instructor also attended the course. That’s her […]

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CRT Kydex Belt Holster with SW 1911 Pro 9mm

Critical Response Tactical (CRT) Kydex 1911 Holster Review

Recently I received a request from a custom kydex holster company for me to review their product. I want to do this since some readers also asked for a review of a moderately-priced (less than $60.) Kydex Outside the Waistband (OWB) belt holster for a 1911 handgun that has full barrel-length coverage, an open muzzle […]

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Rate Your Handguns Maintenance Products [SURVEY]

Rate Your Handguns Maintenance Products and Win the Most Popular Product!

We all know and accept the critical importance of maintaining our firearms. But what is the “best” product[s] to use for this? Is there a single “without a doubt” absolutely a holy-grail product to use. Several have volunteered to me the names of the products they use to maintain their firearms, as a response to […]

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Thoughts and Considerations Before Your Defensive Encounter

Thoughts and Considerations Before Your Defensive Encounter

Like most of us, probably your answer to “How would you respond in a defensive encounter?” is “Who Knows!” We wonder if it is even possible to plan our specific response ahead of a defensive encounter and the use of deadly force. Should we even take the time to think about all the “what-if” scenarios […]

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Traveling Safely and Legally with Guns and Ammo on Airlines

Traveling Safely and Legally with Guns and Ammo on Airlines

Well, my wife and I are getting ready to attend a Sig Sauer Academy handgun training course in New Hampshire and must fly from Florida into Boston, MA near the Academy. We are considering taking our own handguns and ammo with us for class and do everything safely, “by the book” legally, not lose our […]

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Proper Grip: Get Your DIP and Cam Correct

Proper Grip: Get Your DIP and Cam Correct

When shooting with a two-handed grip, some new shooters seem to naturally rest the tip of their support index finger well below their DIP on the front of the trigger guard. With some new students, I must continuously remind them that they are doing this. Most do not realize they are doing it. But, is […]

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A Look at 8 New Handgun Maintenance Products

A Look at 8 New Handgun Maintenance Products

Great comments and suggestions from those who commented on my article “Pistol Maintenance: Key Lubrication Points.” Some requested I look at specific firearm maintenance products, some I were not familiar with. Several asked my opinions about all-purpose CLP (Cleaner-Lubricant-Protectant) gun care products, wood grips conditioner and preservative, and holster leather care and conditioner, as well […]

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Most Young Boys Love to Play "Army" with Toy Guns

Gun Violence: Is There a Link to Childhood Toy Guns?

If I tried to come up with the most complex and controversial topic among pro and anti-gun folks, this article title would be it. That is not my intent, but rather I want to try to sincerely simplify, condense, and understand the pros and cons and what today’s professionals believe about the direct relationship between […]

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