Author Archive | Michael Jenkins

Transitioning from Handgun to Hand-to-Hand: A Wakeup Call

Transitioning from Handgun to Hand-to-Hand: A Wakeup Call

While this article is of  course written “for information purposes only”, I have to open by stressing that there’s a lot to learn about this topic and that these skills really need to be taught by a professional and practiced regularly and often. You can’t armchair-commando your way to success this time; we’re all going…

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Magazine Storage - Myths, Facts, and Commentary

Magazine Storage – Myths, Facts, and Commentary

There’s a little trick I’ve learned in my career as a gun writer: when in doubt, kick over a hornet’s nest--at a minimum, you’ll get an article that will start some conversation. Having flipped through a few online forums whilst doing the research for this piece, it’s pretty clear that magazine storage is one such…

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How to Handle a Bad Day at the Range

How to Handle a Bad Day at the Range

Once upon a time some poor nameless individual—whose name totally wasn’t Michael Jenkins—went to the range. And while there, this nameless soul—again, absolutely not named Jenkins—has a really crappy time. The facility was pleasant enough, the day was cloudy and cool but otherwise fine. It wasn’t even that crowded on the firing line. But for…

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Flashlight Review: Fenix CL30R Camping Lantern

Flashlight Review: Fenix CL30R Camping Lantern

Ok, you bunch of pedants: I know this isn’t strictly speaking a flashlight. Bear with me here.  As I’ve observed elsewhere, gun people tend to be gear nerds, with ample opinions about the various holsters/belts/magazines/gun safes/range bags/grips/drop-in trigger groups/plasma-rifles-in-the-40-watt-range on the market. Flashlights certainly fall within that scope; just look at all the booth selling…

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Lasers on Concealed Carry Weapons - Do You Need Them?

Lasers on Concealed Carry Weapons – Do You Need Them?

Laser sighting accessories are another topic upon which everyone in the Second Amendment/CCW community has an opinion. Everyone. If you don’t believe me, bring it up next time you’re at the range with your friends and watch the discussion jump the rails. So let’s cut through the conjecture and look at the facts: are lasers…

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Concealed Carry Life: Do You Need an Attorney

Concealed Carry Life: Do You Need an Attorney?

We carry, in a sense, as a form of insurance. The vast majority of us don't want to shoot anyone—we're much less likely to than even law enforcement officers—but the fact is that the unthinkable can happen. And we want to be ready. So in addition to the training, selecting the right firearm for you,…

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Flashlight Review: Olight S1R Baton

Flashlight Review: Olight S1R Baton

As a gun writer, you make some interesting friends. Over the last few months I’ve been chatting back and forth with the good folks at Best Light, an online vendor of some of the best flashlight, lanterns, batteries, and related accessories available. I’m a flashlight nerd myself, so this was a fun chance to talk…

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