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Extended Magazines - Concealed Carry Must Or Pain?

Extended Magazines – Concealed Carry Must Or Pain?

One of my first concealed carry pistols was an M&P Shield chambered in .40 S&W. This gun had a whole lot of snap to it, and it only holds six rounds in the magazine. I really wanted a pistol chambered in .40 S&W, but the capacity was cause for concern. It concealed exceptionally well and…

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Drop the Ball

Drop the Ball

No matter how excellent modern hollow point ammunition is, how wide the available selection of quality choices has become, how much readily available information about them is available online, or how easy it is to find them at low prices online and shipped directly to your door, I still encounter people who carry ball ammo.…

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Why Pistol Ammo Is So Important

Why Pistol Ammo Is So Important

When the price of ammo goes up, everyone rushes to the store to make impulse purchases. Their first considerations are usually rifle, shotgun and then pistol. Surplus ammunition deals for 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 Auto have steadily pushed a lot of the consumer market into those calibers. As a concealed carrier, I love a…

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An Argument for the Double-Stack as a Carry Gun

An Argument for the Double-Stack as a Carry Gun

The newer breed of single-stack 9mm handguns, epitomized by such weapons as the Smith and Wesson M&P Shield, Glock 43, and the Walther PPS, are all the rage among concealed carriers these days. Such handguns provide adequate shootability, sufficient ammunition capacity for general civilian needs, and prove very easy to carry. Civilian defenders rarely encounter…

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Trends and Gimmicks in Ammo Design

Trends and Gimmicks in Ammo Design

Like a great many of you, I get a lot of fliers, catalogs, and mailers from various vendors and manufacturers within the firearms industry. Some are physical, some are digital, and all seek to separate me from my cash in exchange for new gun-related toys. While I very rarely see a firearm that catches my…

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Carrying a Reload: Concealability vs. Accessibility

Carrying a Reload: Concealability vs. Accessibility

Many concealed carriers don’t bother packing a reload for their handgun. Statistically it is exceedingly rare for a citizen to reload in a use-of-force situation so there is an argument for not bothering with a reload at all. However, I believe there is a convincing argument for being prepared for even the outliers. Personally, I…

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What Handgun Ammo To Use If Hollowpoints Aren’t Available

Generally, the best handgun ammo to carry for defensive purposes is jacketed hollow point or JHP rounds. They have the best track record and ballistic performance when it comes to self-defense and law enforcement shootings, which is why most people carry them. However, what if a person couldn't get JHP rounds, either due to regulatory…

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Citizens! Store Your Ammo Properly

Citizens! Store Your Ammo Properly

Most of us store ammo, for any number of reasons. Buying ammunition in bulk is cheaper, of course. Fears of bans or restrictions are ever-present in the Second Amendment community. Some of us want to get off-grid or ensure our long-term survivability in the event something goes horribly wrong. So whether you’re pinching pennies or…

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Roles for Different Calibers

Roles for Different Calibers: Some Thoughts on Diversity

Let's start by focusing the discussion: this article is going to address the roles of different calibers for concealed carry handguns and for every day carry. The worlds of competition shooting and long weapons are fascinating and worth delving into, but I just don't have the space here. I've joked about the Caliber Wars in the past, but…

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