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The Art of Reviewing a Semi-Auto Pistol – American Handgunner

By |June 7th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

Reviewing guns is 38% objective, 54% subjective, and 93% opinion. Those of you who aced Trigonometry might have figured out we blew right past the 100% limit, but that just goes to show that evaluating a gun isn’t an entirely quantifiable exercise. Now that I think about it, there is a word for a perfectly objective gun review. Specifications.

Streamlight TLR-8 sub

By |June 6th, 2023|Tags: , , |

The “sub” in this one hints at its small and (extremely) light nature. Designed for compact carry guns like the GLOCK 43X and 48, SA Hellcat, SIG P365 and XL and other common subcompact models. Do check the model numbers carefully; some are gun specific, like the model shown here for GLOCKs with thin rails. The combo laser and light unit packs a whopping 500 lumens of steady or strobing light (your choice) into the small footprint powered by a CR123A battery. It’ll run for about an hour and a half with light and laser activated.

False Assumptions! You Most Certainly Can Carry a Larger Gun

By |June 6th, 2023|Tags: , , , , |

I’m saying you can carry a larger gun concealed — every day even. To be clear, I’m not talking about one more powerful or in a larger caliber. I’m talking about a handgun physically bigger than the pocket micro mini subatomic ultra-compacts all the rage these days.

How Do Your Concealed Carry Team Skills Stack Up? Team Tactics: Pernicious Pas De Deux

By |March 13th, 2023|Tags: , , , |

Humans are naturally confident, bordering on arrogant. In our minds, we’ve got all the correct answers, and for those situations we haven’t yet experienced, we assume we’ll make the right choices on the fly. We’re awesome like that.Gunfighting schools, on the other hand, are a force created by the universe to expose and counterbalance our genetic hubris. These diametrically opposed forces of nature are like gravity and orbital velocity — the reasons our hunk of rock topped with flawed humanity doesn’t crash into the sun or zoom past Pluto.

Less-Offensive EDC Tools

By |March 6th, 2023|Tags: , , , , , |

The parking garage was darker than normal. That light at the top of the stairwell was busted. No surprise, if the public bathroom on the ground floor is any indication, maintenance in the city’s public parking garages takes a distant second place to fixing that pothole at the end of 2nd Street. No reason to panic … yet. Nothing unusual about the light being smashed given the copious scrolls of graffiti on the walls.

American Handgunner Carry Options DeSantis OWB Season Leather – American Handgunner

By |February 21st, 2023|Tags: , , , , |

Winter is here, so for me, it’s outside-the-waistband (OWB) carry season — at least some of the time. While I generally make more use of Kydex for IWB carry here in the humidity capital of the world (leather can get sticky on the draw when moist, and yes, I hate that word), the cooler months offer an opportunity to easily conceal a full-size pistol with classic OWB leather.

Nighthawk Thunder Ranch Combat Special: Classy and Dangerous

By |February 2nd, 2023|Tags: , , , , |

The whole point of mass production is to make something “good enough” for an affordable price. If you want a pistol that ranks among the very best, you’ll look for a gun built more like a Chiron.The folks at Nighthawk Custom coined the phrase, “One gun, one gunsmith” to capture their manufacturing philosophy. It means what it says.Nighthawk starts each 1911 pistol with 46 parts, machined from bar stock billet. They’re intentionally oversized to allow the gunsmith to hand-fit every one to each specific pistol. No parts bins here.

Interview: Dr. Matthew Miller, Executive Director for VA Suicide Prevention

By |January 23rd, 2023|Tags: , |

Live from SHOT Show 2023, Dr. Matthew Miller stopped by to talk about VA Suicide Prevention efforts and the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL). For more information, visit https://www.keepitsecure.net. If you are a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, connect with our caring, qualified responders for confidential help. Many of them are Veterans themselves. - Call 988 and select 1 - Text 838255 - or visit https://www.veteranscrisisline.net to start a confidential chat online.

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