A holster is what holds a handgun, and can be thought of as a combination between a gun accessory and a piece of clothing. Holsters are essential to safely and effectively carry a handgun.
Barrel length will affect many aspects of a gun. The right barrel length for any given purpose will depend upon a variety of factors. This article discusses barrel length considerations for firearms.
Over the past month or so, I’ve reprinted a few articles that were provided by Mark LeClair of Smart Tactics, a security consultation and instruction company. This is another such article, and it addresses the problem of having one’s dominant hand disabled during a self defense situation:
Over the past month or so, I’ve reprinted a few articles that were provided by Mark LeClair of Smart Tactics, a security consultation and instruction company. Mark recently sent me another article, entitled “Firing options and thinking out of the box,” which can be seen below. Just as interesting as the content of the article is the rather strong reaction that some people have had to the article’s advice about where one should aim. I’ve found that heated debates and … Continued
A recent negligent discharge case, in which a concealed carry permit holder shot himself in the leg, teaches several important lessons:
Below is my review of the Beretta 92, which is also known as the Beretta M9 in military circles:
Below is an article by Mark LeClair of Smart Tactics, a security consultation and instruction company. This is Part II of “Know Your Home” – Part I can be found here.
Christine Hollar of Orangeburg, SC is a retired school teacher and grandmother who now owns rental property. She was cleaning her property on Whitman Street during day when a male approached her, knocked her down, and began slamming her head against the ground. The man then pistol-whipped Hollar in the back of the head, before taking her car keys and her purse.
I’ve had several women ask me for advice insofar as concealed carry holster options are concerned. As a male, I can’t give first-hand advice as far as holsters and women’s clothing are concerned. However, I can highly recommend the video clip show below, in which a woman discusses and demonstrates a variety of concealed carry (and open carry) holsters:
A while back, I wrote a couple of articles that addressed the problem of humidity insofar as guns and ammunition are concerned, and how desiccants can solve that problem. The first article, How to Protect Your Guns from Humidity, provided a brief overview of common humidity-mitigation approaches. The second article, Long Term Ammunition Storage, addressed my preferred method of protecting ammunition during long term storage. In response to these articles, a reader named John recently sent me an email, suggesting … Continued
As I’ve previously mentioned, shooting is a great sport for those with disabilities. The Illinois State Rifle Association and the Vaughan Chapter, Paralyzed Veterans of America, have teamed up to offer the first of what will be many shooting events for the disabled:
This Guns 101 article addresses shotguns shells. Included are three basic types of shotgun shotgun loads (slugs, buckshot, and birdshot):
The New York Times recently published an anti-gun editorial, entitled “The Gun Lobby’s Long Shadow.” In that editorial, the author engages in the sort of anti-gun fear-mongering that has become all too common in the mainstream media, and also attempts to portray the “gun lobby” as a few aloof individuals, rather than a group of millions of law abiding, gun owning Americans. Quotes from that editorial, and my responses, can be seen below:
This Guns 101 article provides basic information about revolvers, which are a type of handgun:
Anti gun groups and individuals often suggest that children shouldn’t be taught about guns, on the theory that children who know how to use guns will end up harming themselves or others. Such beliefs are unfounded. Instead, as the Department of Justice found, children who are taught to shoot from a young age are less likely to misuse guns or commit other crimes than children who are not taught to shoot. As an added benefit, children who are taught to … Continued
I’ve previously discussed gun safety and responsible gun storage. However, those are important topics, and I think the video clip below does a good job reinforcing those points:
This Guns 101 article provides basic information about shotguns:
A reader of this website recently suggested that I write some articles which provide very basic and simple gun information, geared towards those who don’t know much if anything about firearms. I think that is a great suggestion, and the first such article will be published later today. Regular readers who have no need for such beginner information can rest assured that I’ll space these articles out over time, so as to avoid boring you Click here to view Guns … Continued
I’ve heard of gun owners who decided to get rid of their guns when their children were born, on the theory that the guns were a danger to the children. I find myself in wholehearted disagreement with such a decision, as it renders one’s household more vulnerable to criminals, and since proper gun storage and gun safety education virtually eliminate the risk that a child will find and misuse a gun:
I recently received an email which discussed the idea that a crime victim might not be justified in using deadly force against an attacker, if that attacker were themselves a “victim” of their situation. The idea was that shooting an uneducated and impoverished attacker in self defense might be wrong because the attacker is themselves the “victim of an unjust society.” Even if, just for the sake of argument, the attacker really were the
Below is a great video clip about AR-15-pattern rifles, which is produced by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The video clip does a nice job explaining how an AR-15 is properly called a “modern sporting rifle,” rather than an “assault weapon.”
The video clip below shows the process of field stripping and reassembling two Springfield XD pistols: a .40 subcompact and a .45 tactical.
I recently received an email from a woman who is not a gun owner, but who has attended gun education events and teaches womens’ self defense classes. She asked a rather well respected gun educator a simple question about laser sights, which he could easily have answered. Instead of answering, he rudely and dismissively told her that laser sights are something that he neither used nor recommended, then ignored her question. This woman emailed me to ask that same question, … Continued
I would like to point out an excellent article entitled “Best Choices for Self Defense Ammo.” That article is the result of extensive testing of various self defense rounds, for handguns, rifles, and shotguns. I would say it is one of the all around best self defense ammo reviews I’ve ever seen.
When facing attack by a violent criminal, the reliability of one’s self defense ammunition can be a matter of life or death. If the round doesn’t fire, the crime victim can lose the opportunity to shoot the criminal before that criminal can harm them. Even if the round does fire, an insufficient powder charge could prevent the firearm from cycling properly, leaving that crime victim unable to quickly fire a much-needed follow-up shot. In the worst case, having a double … Continued
Although criminals can attack at any time of day, they often commit robberies and home invasions under cover of darkness. However, many gun owners are unaccustomed to shooting in the dark, since ranges tend to be well lit and/or open during the daytime hours. Training in daylight, while helpful, does not fully prepare a person for the realities of shooting in self defense at night. The solution to this problem is
Following up on my recent article about long term ammunition storage, I would like to make a few comments about the “first in, first out” ammo storage method:
Prior to the current ammunition shortage, I generally kept only a small amount of ammo at home. I never really bothered to stock up, since I could always buy plenty of ammo at a reasonable price from my local gun stores. But nowadays, ammunition is in short supply, and sometimes can’t be had at any price. For example, I’ve wanted to go shoot my Springfield XD40 a few times this summer, but didn’t have any ammo (other than a limited … Continued
For those in the Chicago area looking for gun training, I would recommend Tactical Shot:
Ammunition used for self defense purposes must be carefully picked to ensure optimal performance. A bullet that performs properly can be the difference between stopping an attacker in time, or dying at the hands of that attacker. I’ve discussed, in general, my thoughts on the proper ammunition for such defensive purposes. However I don’t have the time/resources to provide specific information about the performance of various different self defense round. That is why I’m mentioning The Brass Fetcher website:
Below is a notice from the ISRA, discussing their 7th Annual Range Open House, which is on June 27, 2009. All law abiding citizens are invited, including those who do not own a firearm and wish to shoot for the first time under the supervision of qualified instructors:
For the last couple of months, a spammer has been sending me unsolicited emails with links to the BedBunker gun safe, suggesting that I discuss their product on this website. I’m more than glad to do so now, although I get the feeling that this review is not what that spammer was hoping for:
One of my favorite websites is The Onion – a satirical “news” website/newspaper. Unfortunately their latest video clip is something that I don’t find to be quite as funny as the rest of their work:
In movies and on the TV, it is common to see gun users get very close to the bad guy, often placing the gun against the bad guy’s body. While I hope that neither I nor anyone who reads this article ever has to use a gun in self defense, properly using the gun in such a situation is vital. Those who defend themselves using a gun should keep their distance from the criminal for a few reasons:
MovieCliches.com has a rather entertaining section on guns that I though I would mention. A few of my favorites:
Maxon, one of the Chicago-area ranges which I frequent, is hosting a free introduction to shooting and firearms safety.
The Brady Campaign, an anti gun rights organization, has rankings of gun control laws in each state. Interestingly, the states with the strictest gun control laws don’t seem to be doing well when it comes their murder and crime rates:
Although it seems obvious, I thought I would go ahead and say that handguns belong in holsters, rather than tucked into waistbands.
Those who are curious how barrel length affects the muzzle velocity of bullet should take a look at ballisticsbytheinch.com. Basically, a few guys fired thousands of rounds of ammunition from barrels of various lengths, measured the muzzle velocity, and put the information online
Below is my review of the H&K USP:
Its always annoyed me to hear people incorrectly refer to magazines as “clips”. This video clip does a nice job explaining the difference:
Following up on the article in which I addressed the fact that sometimes it is not wise to clean a gun, this article addresses my recommendations as to how frequently a gun should be cleaned.
The Mossberg 930 is a gas operated semi automatic (autoloading) shotgun. My review of this shotgun is below:
For parents, the desire to protect their children from the horrible harm home invading criminals can inflict is a good reason to own a gun. However having children, especially small children, means that extra care must be taken to ensure that children aren’t harmed by guns. This article addresses my suggestions in this area:
This is my review of the Mossberg 500, a pump action shotgun known for its low price but high quality:
Having a gun that is comfortable for the user to hold and fire is important. A gun that doesn’t fit the user will be unpleasant to shoot, and accuracy will suffer. This article addresses such considerations when selecting a gun:
Cleaning one’s firearms is important to ensure that they will function safely and reliably for years to come. Strange as it may sound, however, it is sometimes important NOT to clean a gun:
In many areas, anti gun rights politicians and organizations have mandated waiting periods before a gun can be purchased. They argue that his will provide time for an angry person to “cool off” so that they don’t go buy a gun and commit a crime, and that this time is needed to run a background check. These arguments may seem persuasive at first, but are in fact rather weak and poorly reasoned; failing to prevent crime and instead leaving citizens … Continued
A rather contentious issue in the area of self defense is that of proper bullet weight/velocity – I would guess that this is second only to the “which caliber” or “which gun” question. On one side is the idea that a lighter weight but faster moving bullet is superior, while others contend that a slower moving but heaver bullet is the better option. This article addresses my thoughts on the issue:
FrontSight is now offering a free training course that would ordinarily cost $2,000 to any law-abiding, responsible citizens of Chicago and or its suburbs who wish to attend.