Concealed Carry Holsters

Recently, a reader - Robert H - emailed requesting an article on concealed carry holsters for retired cops. Well, that fits nicely into my wheelhouse. Appropriate concealed carry holsters are not just a subject for [...]

CIRCLING BACK | Adjusting Holster Cant

Holsters are to handguns as slings are to rifles and shotguns. That is where you securely store the handgun when it's not in your hands. In my old department, 1911 pistols were common when I [...]



Things are often just fine, until they’re not. For this, and many other reasons, some folks never leave home without some basic survival items – think folding knife, pocket flashlight, self-defense tool(s), small first aid [...]

Nighthawk Mammoth Knife Collection

The Wooly Mammoth roamed the earth between 30,000 and 10,000 years ago in what is present day Alaska and Siberia Russia. These grips and knife handles are a cross section of Wooly Mammoth tusk found [...]


The Magpul Frame Lock – Rigger EDC includes the same design and craftsmanship we built into our Limited Edition versions of the Rigger. It has the same functionality, features, and exceptional ergonomics of our previous [...]


Umarex GLOCK 17 Gen5 Paintball Marker

This all-new marker is an authentic counterpart of the GLOCK 17 Gen5 and is compatible with the full range of GLOCK-typical accessories. Made in Germany from top-grade materials, the Co2-operated Umarex GLOCK 17 Gen5 is [...]

Phazzer Enforcer

By Ben Douglas Phiscally-Phriendly Conductive Electrical Weapons. Aagh!” was all I could get out as I seized up and fell to the mat. I had “enthusiastically” volunteered to experience a full 5-second TASER cycle back [...]

Pass The Pepper

The US military began using chemical agents as weapons in 1918. Law enforcement personnel followed suit, but not until the late 1960s when they began using chemicals to quell group civil disturbances — think riots. Everyone who works in the business knows once it happens on the outside, it’s only a matter of time before it moves inside. Most prisons recognize chemical agents are an effective option when group resistance elevates or when individual detainees act out.


What You Need To Know About Lumens And Candela

Lumens and candela are two terms often used to describe the brightness of a light source, but they have different meanings and applications. Both measure brightness, but just different aspects. Lumens measure the total amount [...]


Dry Practicing Safely

It's good to see that there is a solid consensus on the importance of dry practice. Trainers of all backgrounds are recommending it to their students. There is a lot of discussion about what to [...]

Those Are My Bags, Baby

You can’t always carry everything you need in your cargo shorts or pants pockets. I know I would run out of capacity in those pretty quickly. Between a laptop and tablet, power cords, a headset, [...]

Infinity Targets

Golden age. I hear that phrase a bunch – especially relating to firearms, to training, to ammunition. Probably targets as well. Generally, the target you choose to use doesn't matter. Paper, cardboard, or steel. Each [...]


Blocking Your Dot — Occluded Optics

Two advantages of pistol-mounted optics (PMO) are the ability to keep both eyes open throughout the shooting process and the ability to focus on what you are trying to hit (threat, target focus). Those can [...]

Set It & Forget It

Where do I set the dot? Is it like lights? Can it be too bright? Can you, or should you, tailor the dot's setting to the current lighting conditions? What about the situation? That [...]

Zeroing Your Dot

We recently received an email from a reader who has also listened to the GUNS Magazine podcast and the episodes over there about pistol-mounted optics. He pointed out that while we have covered several dot-specific [...]