Personal Defense


American Eagle Syntech TSJ: What Is Synthetic-Tip Ammo?

American Eagle Syntech TSJ takes target ammunition to new heights. See how synthetic-tip ammo works.

Don’t Blink! Beretta 1301 Tactical Shotgun Review

The Beretta 1301 Tactical shotgun is a fast shooting, surgical brawler perfect for home defense and law enforcement applications.

SIG’s Modular Pistol Line Goes Rimfire with P250-22

The new addition to the popular pistol line gives shooters a heck of an option for training and plinking.

Have Gun, Will Travel – Considerations for Traveling with Firearms

If you’re planning a trip and want to carry a gun, here’s what you need to know about packing state to state.

Recommended Nightstand Guns – Part 1

The author explains his thought process in choosing the best nightstand guns for home defense. In Part 1, he reaches for semi-auto pistols.

SIG Releases 1911 TACOPS in .357 SIG

Looking for a non-traditional chambered 1911? SIG Sauer is offering another model that feeds off the snappy .357 SIG round.

Carry Guns: Semi-automatic vs. Revolver

Revolvers and semiautomatics are very different beasts, though both are capable personal protection arms. The key to solving the semiautomatic vs. revolver debacle is knowing the differences and choosing what best fits your environment and needs.

Handgun Review: Sphinx SDP

The 9mm Sphinx SDP is a product of a desire to produce a world-class handgun, a goal that has been achieved.

Lessons from an Attempted Carjacking

Read a true carjacking story and learn how you can be better prepared should the same happen to you.

Is High-Velocity Ammunition Worth It for Handguns?

Is high-velocity ammunition, or +P, a good choice for most handgunners?

Is Reloaded Carry Ammo a Good Idea?

Been thinking about using reloaded handgun ammo as your concealed carry choice? It's not as cut-and-dried and you might think.

What to Look for in a Home-Defense Handgun

Not all handguns are right for home defense. In fact, a nightstand gun is going to have a number of features that might make it unwieldy for many other forms of self-defense, such as concealed carry.

Handgun Review: New Ithaca 1911

Ithaca Gun Company will probably always be known for their slide-action Model 37 shotgun, but the company also produces world-class 1911s.

Concealed Carry Handguns: Taurus Curve Review

Taurus has done it again. This innovative Brazilian company revolutionized personal defense handguns when it introduced the big-bore Judge in 2010. This year they’ve provided us with a whole new “curve” on deep concealment .380s.

Market Trends: More Women Than Ever At Texas Gun Shows

Women have been packing gun shows in the Lone-Star State, and the ladies know what types of firearms they're looking for. Small concealed carry and personal defense handguns have ruled the roost with this fast-growing demographic of gun owners.

Beretta, Wilson Combat Team Up to Produce 92G Brigadier Tactical

Beretta and Wilson Combat have teamed up to produced an impressive version of the 92G. Check out this video to see what these companies have cooked up.


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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