Personal Defense


American Defender: Ruger American Pistol Review

Ruger’s new full-size, striker-fired, polymer frame pistol is a rugged gun ready to serve in all capacities.

The 10 Best Defensive Guns Available Now

There are a wide variety of defensive guns designed for personal protection, but which ones are the best? Here is a list of 10 standout firearms.

A True Competitor: Colt Competition 1911 Review

Ready right out of the box for competition or personal defense, the new Colt Competition pistol is a high-quality performer. Here is a Colt Competition 1911 review.

DoubleStar PhD 1911 a Smart Play for Self-Defense?

The DoubleStar PhD 1911 has all the features that should make it a solid defensive handgun.

Featherweight Plinker: Ruger 22/45 Lite Review

The Ruger 22/45 Lite is an accurate, lightweight and fast-shooting rimfire pistol that’s now available with a sharp, OD green finish.

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.


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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