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5 Fantastic Pistols For A First Handgun

There's nothing like a person's first handgun. It's the base upon which a person's shooting skills will be built and may be with a person for the rest of their life. So it had better be a good one, but ideally shouldn't cost too much. After all, it's not a good idea to blow a…

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Handgun Training on the Cheap

Handgun Training on the Cheap

The need for inexpensive practice and training can arise for many reasons. You may just be getting started and need time to get your gear together. You may be temporarily short on cash. Maybe outside forces have intervened, and ammunition isn’t as cheaply or widely available as you’d like. Regardless, there’s no reason to panic:…

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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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Why We Shouldn't Worry About Polymer Handguns

Why We Shouldn’t Worry About Polymer Handguns

Glock and Steyr-Mannlicher were two of the most widely distributed pistol manufacturers in the early 80s that featured a polymer lower receiver. The core components that fire a gun need to always be made of metal because of the ballistic configuration of a modern pistol round. However, almost all of the support components can be…

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Selecting Your Personal Handgun: A Useful Checklist

Selecting Your Personal Handgun: A Useful Checklist

This is not a picture of your ideal handgun and certainly does not match any criteria that I have. There are, however, certain very necessary attributes you really need to consider when selecting your personal gun. Often, we just see a gun we like and buy it. Sometimes because Uncle Tom or Aunt Sally said…

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How Do You Leave Firearms In The Car Responsibly?

How Do You Leave Firearms In The Car Responsibly?

If you’re a daily carrier, it’s just a matter of time before you’ll encounter a place you cannot walk inside with your pistol. For instance, a lot of employers have no problem with an employee locking up his or her firearm in the vehicle - so long as it’s not visible by any passersby. In…

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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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Are You Gripping Your CCW Pistol Correctly?

Are You Gripping Your CCW Pistol Correctly?

Shot placement and grip are not related.  As long as the trigger is pulled, the bullet doesn’t care how your hand grips your gun.  That said, for fast follow-up shots, tight shot placement, etc., grip does come into play.   No concealed carrier plans on taking down his target with the first round.  We always…

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Top 5 Firearms For Home Defense

Top 5 Firearms For Home Defense

With self defense a perennial topic of conversation in the 2nd Amendment community, it's time once again to talk about the top five firearms for home defense, as presented in a neat slide show. We recognize, of course, that any top-five/ten/twenty list of firearms is the result of a great deal of subjective, personal opinion.…

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6 Signs You're Using The Wrong CCW Handgun

6 Signs You’re Using The Wrong CCW Handgun

When I first became a concealed carrier, I did not have to do any shopping. My father gave me his .22 handgun when I finished school and moved into my own place, which needless to say, was not in the nicest neighborhood. He and I went to the shooting range every weekend so that I…

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