Iron sights or reflex dots? Which is best for a personal defense handgun

Today we almost have too many sighting choices when it comes to equipping our handguns, and while reflex sights are great for competition, hunting and 3-gun matches, do they have a role on a defense pistol? Reflector sights or reflex sights first popped up back around the turn of the century (19th/20th, not 20th/21st!) when Irish telescope maker Sir Howard Grubb patented his non-magnified reflecting gunsight that superimposed an aiming reticle into the field of view. It was a neat… Read More

Concealed carry in wintry weather: Why it has special considerations

The mechanics of every day carry get a little funny when you start to add snow, ice, parkas, and gloves to the mix– which is why you need to think about how and what you are bringing along into the wintry wonderland long before Jack Frost nips your nose. The months of December, January, and February, where meteorologists begin speaking of such things as blizzards, ice needles, and snow accumulation, take up a full quarter of the year though the… Read More

Is it a slide stop, or slide release, and why it matters

Learning to run your gun like a pro can mean the difference between being stuck with a jammed weapon or staying ready for the next stage of the fight– and doing so can be as easy as learning how to work the slide. Semi-automatic handguns have been around since the tail-end of the 19th Century when Herr Hugo Borchardt went to market with his C93 (Construktion 93) design, an overly-complicated toggle-lock action pistol that was as long as a hero… Read More

Choosing the best gun for concealed carry

When the chips are down we all want to make sure we have “enough gun” so that we make it back home every day, but navigating just how to make an informed choice to do just that can sometimes be daunting. Back in the colonial days before the Republic was founded, the most common gun regulations were not gun control as we know it today, but a mandatory list of weapons for each man to keep at home to bring… Read More

What to look for in building the best gun cleaning kit

Among the extended global family that is united by gun culture, you will find tribal elders with comprehensive cleaning kits built over years of wisdom learned the hard way– and we have some of those secrets to get you ahead of the learning curve. Assembling a functional gun cleaning kit is one of the rites of passage for any firearms enthusiast and it is often done with trial and error over years, with the items more frequently used often replaced… Read More

Booger hook off the bang switch: How proper trigger discipline is good for you and those around you

A surprising amount of those harmed in what are chalked up as firearm shooting accidents are actually the result of negligent discharges stemming from poor trigger discipline, which is something that is 100 percent avoidable. Gun safety is a matter of honor that goes back to the age of the Renaissance when early arquebusiers– soldiers skilled in musketry and armed with primitive matchlock firearms– had to be heavily drilled by master instructors in a regimented process to ensure their length… Read More

How to pick the best gun safe without pulling out your hair

The road to picking the best gun safe for your needs is dotted with confusing ratings, claims and sometimes outright lies, but if you slow down and do your homework, you can navigate your way and in the end speed past those who got suckered. Why are you getting a safe? First off, identify what is driving you to look for a way to secure your guns. There are no current federal standards for locking devices or gun safes while… Read More

Regular firearm maintenance: How often to clean a gun

No matter how much money you spend on a carefully selected gun, poor upkeep and preservation can leave the lackluster firearms enthusiast ill-prepared when the chips are down. Going back to medieval times, feudal lords kept a stockpile of swords and polearms such as bills, pikes, and halberds on hand to protect the fiefdom in the event of war, issuing them out to the local militia or shire levy when the drums beat, and the smoke rose. To keep track… Read More

Keeping it working: What is the best gun oil for general use?

Any machine on a long enough timeline will break, but one that is clean, properly lubricated and protected will outlast those that aren’t on any given day– and firearms are no different. The problem is, in a crowded world of product out there, which one is ideal for your purposes and your gun? Let us look at that. Manufacturer’s guidelines The typical official sop from gun makers when it comes to recommended lube is “to use a product that is… Read More

The ongoing search for the best gun for home defense

The prescription for the ideal tool to defend one’s home and hearth from that which goes bump in the night is one that has constantly evolved over time– one that has many pitfalls and a few bright options to fill the bill. Since prehistoric times, when ancient man sought out the strongest tree limb or best chip of granite to keep in his cave at night for safeguarding against “the others,” he was always on the move about the world… Read More