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A Glock 19 C makes a great concealed carry gun with a few enhancements that help it perform like a much larger one with a compensator.

Best Glock Upgrades: Customizing For Performance

When it comes to Glock upgrades, the aim should be a high-performance pistol over a flashy gat.
Mete

First Look: Canik Mete SFX And SFT Pistols

Meet the next generation of Canik pistols, the Mete SFX and SFT.
Laser

Video: Pistol Mounted Laser And Light Fundamentals

There’s more to weapons lights and laser sights than slapping one on your pistol.
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First Look: Springfield Armory Emissary 1911

The new Emissary 1911 from Springfield Armory is built for defense and loaded with custom-level features.
Pepper Spray

Lethal Force Vs Pepper Spray: Is There Ever A Justification?

Is lethal force versus pepper spray ever warranted? It depends on more than if you face someone wielding the less-than-lethal option. On October 11, 2020,...
Trigger pull

Video: Perfecting Your Trigger Pull Under Stress

Adding pressure to precision, this trigger pull drill has the potential to improve your handgun marksmanship, even when you're under stress.
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Zigana PX-9 G2: Second Generation Updates

Imported by SDS out of Turkey, the Zigana PX-9 G2 has several new features but the same affordable price.
(Below) David “Boon” Benton working on the range with a member of a police SWAT team. Boon travels all across the United States offering his training services.

Evaluating Your Own Mindset, Tactics And Marksmanship

No surprise, gun owners spend their money on guns and gear. A wiser investment is the development of a mindset, tactics and marksmanship that will save your life.
The fastest way to reload the 586 L-Comp was with Speed Beez speed loaders.

Fighting Revolver Project: Smith & Wesson Model 586

Defensively, can a gassed up Smith & Wesson Model 586 L-Comp keep up with a double-stack 9mm pistol?
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New Ruger LCP MAX: Changing The Pocket Gun Game

The LCP MAX is Ruger's new double-stack .380 ACP CCW pistol. The same size as an LCP II, it can hold four to six more rounds in a pocket-sized package.
Shooting On The Move

Video: Rundown On Shooting On The Move

Effectively shooting on the move starts at the ground up.
Revolver power at the .357 Magnum level is just the start. Pistols top out pretty quickly after that, but you can get revolvers that have as much power as some rifles.

Brandishing And When You Can Legally Display A Gun

When is it brandishing and when is it a legal display of a firearm to back down an attack?
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New Smith & Wesson M&P Spec Series Kit

Smith & Wesson’s new Spec Series Kit includes a knife, challenge coin, and an M&P pistol with all the bells and whistles.
Multiple Targets

Video: Effectively Engaging Multiple Targets

Given perpetrators tend to travel in packs, learning to engage multiple targets effectively and efficiently is a key self-defense skill.
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STK100: Rock Island Armory’s Takes On The Striker-Fired

The STK100 is Rock Island Armory's first striker-fired pistol, chambered in 9mm and uniquely boasting an aluminum-alloy frame.
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Best 9mm Revolver: 5 Options For Everyday Carry (2021)

What do you get when you cross a time-tested platform with the most popular centerfire handgun cartridge? The 9mm revolver. Here are five that are fit to cover your six.

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A complete directory of personal defense handguns, AR-15s, shooting drills, accessories and tactics to keep yourself and your family safe in an unsafe world. There is some crossover here with concealed carry (which has its own section here), but these articles are focused on survival, SHTF, prepping, home defense and more general personal safety afforded by personal defense guns. Also see: Gun ReviewsHandgunsRiflesShotgunsAR-15sConcealed Carry


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