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  • Do You Need an Active Retention Holster? August 15, 2018
    There is a good deal of misunderstanding regarding holster retention. Essentially, there are two forms of retention that holsters have: passive or active. Passive retention refers to the ability of the holster to hold the gun in place during activity, but the user needs only pull the gun from the holster with greater or lesser […]
  • 3 Easy Ways To Tune Your Trigger August 14, 2018
    Never satisfied with your trigger? You aren’t alone. The trigger is the heart of the machine, and it’s one of the things people complain about or blame their lousy shooting on. What can you do about it, though? Short of getting a custom gun built for you, there are some quicker, cheaper fixes that just […]
  • Dan Wesson 1911 ECO Sub-Compact 9mm Review August 13, 2018
    [toc]There are many fine handguns on the market now for concealed carry, including 1911s and striker-fired pistols. I appreciate a thin compact and sub-compact 1911 with all their fine traditional features, especially their ergonomics and triggers, and in 9mm. The overall reduced size, officer’s-size frame, and lightweight of 1911 sub-compacts combine with the easy-recoiling and […]
  • Knowledge of Self-Defense Law: An Often Overlooked Responsibility August 8, 2018
    If you are reading this article, then you are probably an individual who carries a concealed handgun, at least occasionally. You, the reader, may be a beginner who has recently entered the fold of armed citizens, or a seasoned practitioner of the armed lifestyle. Regardless of your level of experience, there is an overriding set […]
  • Jack of all Magazines: Tulster Echo Magazine Pouch August 6, 2018
    A magazine pouch, when you think about it is a relatively straightforward thing, and designs seem to be equally straightforward and “plain.” So what are the features that set a magazine pouch apart? What might make it unique, or above average? Build quality is a given. The execution of the pouch should be stellar. Second […]
  • How To Survive Deadly Force Encounters With Your CCW August 2, 2018
    The concealed carry and use of deadly force literature are chocked full of detailed chapters, pages, and lengthy articles about the related deadly force, concealed carry, and handguns laws, court cases rulings, guidelines, and interpretations. And yes I understand this is not a simple subject and that many factors are involved, and situational considerations are […]
  • FIRST LOOK: Springfield Armory XD-S Mod.2 9mm Review August 1, 2018
    I have the previous version of this pistol, the XD-S 9mm, but never really found a place for it in my EDC until recently. I used to carry a Springfield Armory Mod.2 Sub-Compact 9mm in an IWB holster at about 4 o’clock. And when I needed to be a bit more discreet, I would carry […]
  • 3 Reasons The 1911 Is A Great Carry Gun July 31, 2018
    Mention the 1911 and handgun enthusiasts will practically get in a fight. One side says “Glock or nothing,” the other counters with “John Browning” and “two world wars” and so on. Ultimately, you should carry what you’re proficient with. There’s no perfect pistol anywhere, including any 1911 ever made. However, if you wonder why this […]
  • The FBI’s Bullseye Course of Fire July 30, 2018
    There is not a real national standard for performance with a handgun, but many instructors use the FBI’s Handgun Qualification as a pseudo-national standard. While the normal handgun qualification is a decent base standard, the FBI also has a bullseye course that is used for their instructors. It is my understanding that once a year […]
  • 7 Tips for Concealed Carriers Who Drink July 27, 2018
    There are plenty of concealed carriers that enjoy a cocktail or a nice cold adult beverage once in awhile. Heck, maybe more than once in a while. And we respect that. That said, let’s discuss some good tips to concealed carriers who drink. Rule 1. Don’t drink and carry A lot of concealed carriers aren’t […]
  • Apex Action Enhancement Trigger & Trigger Bar for Glock Gen 5 Review July 26, 2018
    Alright, you have successfully practiced your smooth, steady, and straight-back trigger press, since you got your ideal handgun from the manufacturer. You regularly dry-fire practice with snap caps. Your gun fits your hand good, and it is comfortable. And you are holding the gun steady, your wrist is locked, and you are gripping it firmly. […]
  • Crossbreed Modular Belly Band Package Review July 26, 2018
    Quality holsters matter, and after that, quality belts. Carrying a gun concealed, and concealed well, becomes a lot easier when using proper gear. However, wearing a good belt and holster requires clothing compatible with a good belt and holster. For starters, pants have to have belt loops, and the problem is not all pants do. […]
  • Should You Carry More than One Concealed Handgun July 24, 2018
    This seemingly innocuous question is “loaded” with all kinds of considerations, local variations and requirements, personal priorities and preferences, specific legal ramifications, and penalties for civilian carriers among our 50 states and territories. And it really shouldn’t be so complex with the extreme variations, but the reality is that it is. While all fifty U.S. […]
  • 5 Things To Do If You Ever Find Yourself In A Knife Fight July 18, 2018
    A knife fight is an idiot’s game. It involves extreme close quarters, and because of our conditioning with TV and movies, people are generally more reckless and silly. Getting stabbed with a knife isn’t the end of the world unless it directly hits your heart, brain, or critical arteries and organs. The chances of that […]
  • Colt Defender 9mm Sub-Compact 1911 Review July 17, 2018
    [toc]For concealed carry, it is obvious that quite a few shooters prefer a small profile, lightweight pistol with an excellent trigger and comfortable grip that is easy to conceal. Additionally, they also require a pistol that is accurate and reliable which they can count on to defend their life. And, increasingly efficient for self-defense with […]