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The Forty-Five Drill is uncomplicated to set up, understand, conduct and score. It’s a great training benchmark for the defensive handgunner.

Forty-Five Drill: Testing Your Defensive Handgun Training

Do you know if your defensive handgun training is up to snuff? The Forty-Five Drill measures your likely reaction if you’re actually attacked.
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First Look: Zeta6 K-PAK Speedloader

Taking the best from half-moon clips and speedstrips, the K-PAK speedloader rethinks reloading the revolver on the quick.
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The Stunning CZ 75 Guncrafter Industries Executive Series

Improving on the CZ 75? Sounds farfetched, but Guncrafter Industries perfects the classic pistol as only they can.
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Why The Hell The 9mm 1911?

To some, the 9mm 1911 is an aberration, yet there are solid reasons to pick up the classic pistol in the smaller chambering.
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First Look: Limited-Edition Sig P220 LEGION Carry SAO

Refined for superior on-person defense, the limited-edition Sig P220 LEGION Carry SAO is a cut above the rest.
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Thinking Soberly About 1911 Grips

Sure, those custom 1911 grips are lookers, but are they all flash and little to no function? What you need to know to get a grip on your pistol.
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The Ed Brown FX2 Appears An On-Target Defensive Pistol

Boasting a deep-slide cut and factory-installed Trijicon micro-red dot, the Ed Brown FX2 is designed to excel at accurate on-person defense.
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Q&A: Massad Ayoob On Self-Defense In 2020 America

Massad Ayoob gives his perspective on Kenosha, Wisc., new gun ownership, training in the time of pandemic, self-defense and more.
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Best 1911 Pistol Options For Concealed Carry (2020)

More than ever before the 1911 pistol is configured for concealed carry. Find the top models to protect your six.
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Springfield’s Carry-Friendly XD-M Elite Compact

Hefty capacity, excellent ergonomics and trigger that breaks like winter ice ... meet Springfield's XD-M Elite Compact.
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Gear To Get: Wheelguns And Revolver Accessories

Love the revolver? We gather up great wheelguns and gear to enhance them.
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Lipsey’s Goes Old School With Retro Glock P80

A throwback to the earliest days of polymer perfection, Lipsey's Glock P80 puts a Gen 1 G17 back into shooters' hands.
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Power On The Cheap: Best Affordable 10mm 1911 Options

The 10mm 1911 typically commands a king's ransom, but not the five we hunted out.
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Audio: Massad Ayoob On Kenosha, Wisc. And Lethal-Force

Straight from the horse's mouth. Massad Ayoob dissects the recent police and civilian involved lethal-force events in Kenosha, Wisc.
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Glock 43X And 48 MOS Offer Optic-Ready Carry

Still as slim and easy to carry, the Glock 43X MOS and Glock 48 MOS offer optics-ready options in the Slimline series.
A WWI-period Mauser 9mm in military trim. From the Herman Gunter IV collection.

Why The Mauser C96 “Broomhandle” Still Looms Large

The landmark Mauser C96 design changed things in a dimension far beyond the world of the pistol and still looms large in the mind today.
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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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