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CCW Weekend: .300 BLK vs 5.56 In Your AR Pistol Or SBR – A...

August 22, 2020 6:08 PM ET By Sam Hoober, Alien Gear Holsters A whole bunch of people are snatching up AR-style rifles, carbines, SBRs and AR pistols and in record numbers. This leads also to the practical question of whether you should get yours chambered in .300 BLK, aka .300 AAC Blackout, or in 5.56mm NATO-cum-.223…

CCW Weekend: Inexpensive Practical Shooting Targets For Serious Training

August 08, 2020 1:30 PM ET By Sam Hoober, Alien Gear Holsters If you read the gun magazines and the good gun blogs (hopefully that includes this one…har har har) and watch stuff on YouTube, you’ll notice that the targets people tend to use are often kind of expensive. Steel targets aren’t cheap, either in-store or…

CCW Weekend: Should You Get Body Armor?

By Sam Hoober, Alien Gear Holsters If you watch YouTube, a lot of firearms trainers and YouTube gun channel personalities are wearing body armor. A number of instructors have advocated in print that the armed citizen should have it as well. Since the civilian market for guns and other gear mirrors or otherwise takes inspiration from…

CCW Weekend: Can’t Go To The Range, Can’t Get Ammo, Might As Well Do...

March 28, 2020 3:32 PM ET By Sam Hoober, Alien Gear Holsters Well, it looks like we won’t be shooting any time soon. Just about every state in the union is under a shelter-in-place or stay-at-home order of some kind. While gun stores are intermittently being considered “essential” in some jurisdictions, they aren’t in others. Store…

Hoober: These States Prove The Fight For Gun Rights Never Stops

February 23, 2020 1:12 PM ET By Sam Hoober, Alien Gear Holsters I hate resorting trite gnomes like “the fight for gun rights never stops” because they’re terribly mawkish, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t an element of truth there. At this moment, a number of states are proposing or considering anti-gun legislation and for all…

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…

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…

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…

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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