Personal Defense


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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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5 Lost Secrets Of The Combat Handgun

Massad Ayoob gives you five key secrets essential for proper handgun control when faced with a violent attacker. Power stance, high hand, crush grip and front sight, smooth roll. Recover these lost secrets and watch your combat handgun skill increase.
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First Look: Grizzly Cartridge Company 124-grain 9mm +P JHP

Aimed at top terminal performance, Grizzly Cartridge Company's new 9mm +P gives shooters an overpowering self-defense option.
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.380 Vs 9mm: Reasons To Consider The Small ‘Nine’

Yes, there is still a .380 vs 9mm debate and some very good reasons to still consider the smaller option to keep you covered.
In a competition, you must play by the rules or lose. In a fight, there are no rules, and the winner is often the person who has the proper mindset and exercises the best tactics.

Competition Shooting Vs Defensive Training

Competition Shooting and defensive training may seem similar. However, winning a shooting match and a real-world gunfight are not—and never will be—the same thing.
1911 triggers come in short, medium or long. The medium trigger on the R1 UltraLight Executive seems to fit the hands of many shooters.

Self Defense: When A Trigger Upgrade Becomes A “Hair Trigger”

Is a trigger upgrade on you self-defense handgun worth it? Not when politically motivated prosecutors are likely to twist it into the mythical "hair trigger".
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Top Affordable .38 Special Revolver Options To Protect Your Six

Go small and reliable with these excellent snub-nose .38 Special Revolver options.
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Taking A Spin With The Limited Edition Korth Mongoose Silver

A luxury revolver, the stunning Korth Mongoose Silver has the look and performance to match its price tag.
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1986 Miami Shootout: The Aftermath

The infamous 1986 Miami Shootout forever changed law enforcement training, equipment and tactics.
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Concealed Carry: Point Shooting Vs Aimed Fire

Ineffective and potentially dangerous, point shooting should be avoided at all costs and aimed fire employed in any lethal-force scenario.
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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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