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Shot Show 2016: Springfield Armory EMP4

Shot Show 2016: Springfield Armory EMP4 The EMP 4″ offers an extra half inch of height, providing plenty of room for a strong and positive grip. The EMP® 4″ is loaded with extras like a fiber optic front sight and two-dot, low-profile combat rear sight for effortless target acquisition. Ambidextrous safety levers, a match-grade barrel, and Posi-Lock™ grip texture to…

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Shot Show 2016: UTAS XTR-12

UTAS is bringing to market a new 12 gauge AR style semi auto shotgun. We spoke with UTAS designer Ted Hatfield who showed us UTAS’ all new design, the XTR-12. Based on the AR platform and weighing in at just under 8 pounds with integrated rails and a 5 round magazine, this looks to be…

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Shot Show 2016: S&W Performance Center Ported M&P Shield

Shot Show 2016: S&W Performance Center Ported M&P Shield Smith & Wesson is introducing its highly acclaimed M&P Shield pistol, in both 9mm and .40 S&W, with a factory ported barrel and slide.Engineered on a high-strength polymer frame measuring .95-inches in width, the Performance Center Ported M&P Shield is standard with a 3.1-inch factory-ported barrel. The new barrel along with the pistol’s three…

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Shot Show 2016: Ruger American Pistol

Shot Show 2016: Ruger American Pistol Designed with the latest U.S. Military standards in mind, the Ruger American Pistol™ is built to perform in the harshest conditions. A true American innovation, this pistol was developed through a rigorous “Voice of the Customer” process – where numerous law enforcement and military trainers, firearms experts, distributors and retailers provided input, feedback and…

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Walther PPQ 45

SHOT Show 2016 Industry Range Day Report

I attended the 2016 SHOT Show range day and got a look at a few new guns that will be headed to your store shelves soon. We will also be reviewing them to give you some perspective on them and what we think of them. Walther We took a look at Walther’s new MC2 PPS…

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Brave Response Holster Review

Brave Response Holster Review

A large number of students, including several females, have said they would like a lightweight, sturdy, and comfortable holster that is easy and quick to put on and take off, doesn't "break the bank" in cost, that could be worn casually without a belt, and would work with more than one model handgun. The females…

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AR-15 vs. Shotgun for Home Defense

AR-15 vs. Shotgun for Home Defense

A few days ago, I got this excellent question from a fellow named Karl L... “I find it interesting that you recommend a rifle over a shotgun for home defense. All the other experts I have talked to and research I have done point to a shotgun because with 00 buckshot you don't have to…

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Beretta 92 - 9mm

Are These 5 Guns Severely Overrated Or Perfect?

Beretta 92 - 9mm The Beretta 92 is the standard sidearm for most conventional U.S. military forces.  Listed as the M9, it’s an extremely reliable Single Action/Double Action pistol with good magazine capacity and easy maintenance procedures. However, more and more law enforcement agencies are ditching it in favor of striker-fire Glocks and Sig Sauers.…

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USA Carry Gun Belt Review

USA Carry Gun Belt Review

When it comes to carrying a handgun, without a doubt a strong, high quality belt makes a major difference. Some even suggest that it is even more important than the holster. I believe that both are certainly important for effectively and safely carrying a handgun, especially concealed. So my goal is to use a high-quality…

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Smith & Wesson J Frame

Top 10 CCW Firearms For Ambidextrous Shooters

First, what makes a gun ambidextrous? Magazine ejection - is it accessible from the left or right hand? Safety - can it be accessed easily from either side? In the vast majority of cases, those two qualifiers are the judge as to whether a firearm is ambidextrous.  And while it seems absolutely silly in this…

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Ruger LCP

7 Cheap CCW Pistols – Deal Or Dud?

S&W M&P Shield - 9mm/.40 S&W The M&P Shield 9mm is currently under investigation pending a potential fault in their safety switch for their previous generations.  That problem has been solved with more recent models but the lingering doubt remains over whether this is truly a reliable model.  In 9mm, the Shield has a standard…

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