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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Gun Test: Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield EZ

“That’s great, but when will you have a 9 mm?” If not discounted out of hand, that was one of two likely responses to the Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ chambered in .380 ACP. The other was, “I’ll take it.” This gun in its .380 guise represented a solution to what many gun company executives didn’t…

CCW Weekend: Enough With The Gimmick Shotgun Ammo Already

February 01, 2020 2:06 PM ET By Sam Hoober, Alien Gear Holsters An irritating trend within home defense ammunition is gimmick shotgun ammunition. Every year, some new bunch of cowboys cook up some New Tactical Terror, and a whole bunch of gullible yahoos think it’s somehow reinvented the wheel or somehow that buckshot or slugs is…

Sheriff’s Tips: Winter Carry

January 16, 2020 4:59 PM ET By Jim Wilson, American Rifleman For those of us who are serious about personal defense, cooler weather means that we can get back to carrying our full-size defensive pistols on a routine basis. Coats, jackets, and other covering garments won’t seem out of place and they’ll do a better…

Philadelphia Freedom? Five Homicides in 12 Hours

Four individuals were shot and killed while a fifth person was stabbed to death in Philadelphia during a 12-hour time period which ended around 1 a.m. Sunday morning. 6 ABC reports a man with two bullet holes his head was found lying in the street around 1 a.m. He was rushed to Temple University Hospital,…

CCW Weekend: It’s Not The Size Of The Pistol, It’s How You Use It

January 04, 2020 1:38 PM ET By Sam Hoober, Alien Gear Holsters Completely obvious double entendres aside, a trend in handguns on both the supply and demand side is to make them smaller, for easier concealment. By and large, it’s a good thing. However, what some people get sucked into thinking is that’s the only kind…

There Are No Safe Spaces

January 02, 2020 6:27 PM ET By Sheriff Jim Wilson, Shooting Illustrated All one has to do is check the evening news to realize that there is no safe place. It’s rather naive to assume that bad things can’t happen in any city, town, village or rural setting. Neither is it reasonable to decide to be…

CCW Weekend: Red Dot Sights

December 07, 2019 2:35 PM ET By Sam Hoober, Alien Gear Holsters Red dot sights, which would more accurately be called “holographic reflector sights,” are definitely the way of the future. It is likely that they will become the dominant sighting system for handguns and long guns, when not equipped with a telescopic optic. However, just…

CCW Weekend: When Law Abiding Gun Activism Goes Wrong

November 16, 2019 10:20 AM ET By Sam Hoober, Alien Gear Holsters One of the tropes that we like to repeat about ourselves as gun owners and concealed carriers is that we’re “law-abiding,” that we’re the most law-abiding folks around. Law-abiding, safe and responsible. Now, for the most part, it’s actually true. People who legally own…

3 Must Have Elements Of Personal Defense

November 08, 2019 4:36 PM ET By Sheriff Jim Wilson, Shooting Illustrated Sometimes, gun enthusiasts get all bogged down arguing about which is the best defensive pistol, the best caliber, the best ammo and the smartest way to carry. When we run out of those topics, we can always fall back on whether the Weaver Stance or the…

CCW Weekend: Grip Safety Problems

November 02, 2019 3:33 PM ET By Sam Hoober, Alien Gear Holsters Not many pistols come with a grip safety – basically there’s 1911 pistols, the Springfield XD series, and the Remington R51 as far as anything in current production – but two of those three are very popular. And the grip safety gives some people…
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