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Sig Sauer 1911 C3 [FIREARM REVIEW]

Sig Sauer 1911 C3 [FIREARM REVIEW]

How about the Sig Sauer 1911 C3 shown here in .45ACP? Would it make a good concealed carry gun? For starters, what does the "C3" stand for? Well, that is a good clue as to what this gun is designed for. The "C3" stands for... Concealed Carry Compact. So then as the name states is…

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Why You Should Carry a Tactical Pen in Your EDC

Why You Should Carry a Tactical Pen in Your EDC

This past Christmas I was fortunate to receive a practical (and cool) self-defense item – a tactical pen.  After playing around with it for a couple weeks, I think I have a good grasp of the pros and cons of adding this implement to my self-defense arsenal. The first and most obvious advantage is that…

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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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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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NiteCore MH27 [Flashlight Review]

NiteCore MH27 [Flashlight Review]

As I write this, SHOT 2017 is wrapping up and a lot of you are salivating over the latest whiz-bang tactical toys that you saw either in person or via the many folks covering the event. Some looking useful, some were pointless; we’ll talk about that in another article. For right now, I have a…

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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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Taurus Spectrum .380

Shot Show 2017: Taurus Spectrum Pistol

New for 2017 from Taurus is the Spectrum .380 Auto pistol. We dropped by the Taurus booth and saw a myriad of color options for this little micro pistol. Ideally sized for concealed carry, the color options are sure to please. Taurus is currently planning to release the frame in several different in-house colors with…

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