Personal Defense


Video: Drawing a Handgun in a Vehicle

Having to defend yourself can happen anytime and anyplace – including inside a vehicle. This quick video shows you the basics of getting your gun out of its holster and into the fight while in a car or truck.
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Glock 42 Review: Smaller May Be Better

In this Glock 42 review, Dave Workman concludes the little .380 ACP is a winner for concealed carry.

Master Defensive Handgun Shooting Practice

It’s not enough to own a gun and shoot it a few times a year. To be prepared to defend yourself and your family, regular handgun shooting practice is a must. Get the most from those sessions.

Tips for Women: Choosing a Semi-Automatic Handgun

Once so-called women’s guns were either revolvers—touted for ease of operation—or tiny, underpowered .22 or .32 semi-autos. Now, women can choose a semi-automatic handgun from an ever-growing selection, many designed for concealed carry.

Defensive Use of Tactical Shotguns

When it comes to shotguns, there has been a marked turn toward home-defense. Here's a few points about taking up the defensive shotgun for the protection of yourself, home or office.

Match Bullets, Accuracy in a Box

A precision rifle is half the equation when it comes to accuracy. The other half, top-notch ammo. There are a few things, however, that must be kept in mind when loading ammunition that will knock the heart out of the 10 ring.

Defend Yourself Book Offers Homeowners Confidence and Security

Preeminent firearms trainer Rob Pincus guides you through planning, training and defending yourself and your family from a violent threat inside the home.

Gun Digest Authors Signing Books at NRA Annual Meeting

Enjoy Gun Digest books? Here's your chance to meet some of our top authors in person with Gila Hayes, Massad Ayoob and Grant Cunningham signing books at the NRA's 2014 Annual Meeting & Exhibitions.

Market Trends: Women Shooters Leading Way in West

Firearms ownership has increased for nearly every demographic in America. For one California/Nevada retailer that has translated to a spike in women purchasing firearms.

Video: Handgun Training for Personal Protection Book Review

A thoughtful and balanced video review of Handgun Training for Personal Protection. Find out why this book, by author Richard Mann, is essential reading for anyone interested in concealed carry or handgun training for home defense.
Defensive shotgun ammunition

Bet Your Life on It! Defensive Shotgun Ammunition

To get everything out of a smooth bore when it matters most means feeding it the right loads. Here’s some top choices for defensive shotgun ammunition certain to come through in the most dire situations.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Concealed Carry Handgun

Every day thousands of prudent Americans make a commitment to personal defense and decide to buy a gun. Here are three questions to ask yourself prior to going to the store that might help you narrow your search.

4 Concealed Carry Compromises to Avoid

If you carry concealed, eventually you'll be tempted to compromise one of these four things. Don't give in—avoid them at all costs.

Grant Cunningham Makes a Case for the Revolver in New Book

When the semi-automatic pistol emerged in the early 20th century, revolvers took a back seat in military, home and personal defense. Revolver expert Grant Cunningham suggests it’s time to reconsider.

Concealed Carry Calibers: Pros and Cons

Can’t decide what caliber handgun will make the best option for you? Here’s a look at the pros and cons of three popular concealed carry calibers.

Concealed Carry for Women: Don’t Overthink Concealability

A note of encouragement to women who are struggling with how to fit a concealed handgun into their daily wardrobe.


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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