Personal Defense


The Wilson Combat EDC X9 offers a great balance of features; this is indicative of a quality carry gun. It fit the author well, but if it doesn’t fit you, find a different gun.

The Personal Journey To Your EDC Gun

Advice abounds when it comes to the 'best' EDC gun. But only you can choose the one you’re going to trust your life to.
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Full-Sized Hot Rod: The Kimber 4-inch K6s Target

With excellent lines and accuracy to boot, Kimber’s new 4-inch K6s Target has speed and performance worth bragging about.
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First Look: Apex Tactical Specialist 509 LongSlide

Apex Tactical Specialties allows you to go long with the FN 509 with its new LongSlide upgrade.
A simple laser diode, G Sight’s ELMS device gives you a way to measure accuracy while dry-firing.

Dry-Fire 2.0: Getting On Target With The ELMS By G-Sight

No ammo? No problem! G-Sight ELMS allows you to sharpen accuracy while dry-firing for minimal startup cost.
With more than 40 years of experience as a competitive shooter, hunter, gun builder and businessman, Wilson has guided Wilson Combat to being known as one of the finest firearms manufacturers in the world.

Bill Wilson: The Man Behind Wilson Combat

Perfectionism is a ‘disease’, but it also drove Wilson Combat’s Bill Wilson to the very forefront of the firearms industry.
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Heavy Metal: Sig Custom Works’ P320 AXG Scorpion

Marking a new direction for the pistol, the P320 AXG Scorpion is the first commercially available metal-framed pistol in the series.
Check your rearview mirrors frequently every time you make a turn when driving home. If you have made three turns inside your neighborhood and the same ragged, old car you’ve never seen before is right behind you, you might have a problem.

Honing Your Situational Awareness To A Razor’s Edge

Situational Awareness is your most powerful defensive tool. Treat it that way and enhance it for a life-saving advantage.
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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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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