pistol and shotgun



S&W 3RD GEN DAO’S | Autos For Revolver Guys

Smith and Wesson introduced Double Action Only (DAO) variants of their 3rd generation semiautomatic pistols in the first few years of the 1990’s. They were envisioned as a solution for agencies struggling with transitioning officers from revolvers to semi autos. At that time, I was in my early 20’s and a strong headed 1911 snob. I wasn’t impressed by S&W’s new offering. I didn’t appreciate its purpose and had nothing nice to say about it. [...]

By |September 1st, 2021|

NEW LIFE FOR A NEW SERVICE | Fink’s Custom Gunsmithing

By |August 2nd, 2021|

Starting in 1976 I have been to Gunsite more times than I can remember. Besides meeting life-long friends, one of the best things is the networking that takes place. At a three-day revolver/lever-action rifle event, I took my Colt New Service and a Model 92 Winchester, both chambered in 45 [...]

AMERICAN COP | Through The Centuries

By |July 20th, 2021|

My first trip to the American Pistol Institute (now known as Gunsite) was in 1976, shortly after it was founded by Jeff Cooper. When asked how many times I have been there I honestly answer, “I don’t know.” In addition to classes and industry events, I normally go to Gunsite [...]

KIMBER K6 | Carry Compromise

By |July 12th, 2021|

Kimber has earned a solid reputation for their quality 1911s and more recently with their bolt-action rifles and small concealable pistols. They threw us a curveball six years ago when they unveiled a new handgun: the K6 Revolver. Kimber has made a practice of delivering well thought-out guns that don’t [...]

THE SAINT COMES MARCHING IN | Springfield Armory SAINT™ Pistol

By |June 24th, 2021|

  When the SB-Tactical brace was released, they received a letter from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms saying the device didn’t turn a pistol into a rifle. It didn’t take long for gun owners to install a brace onto AR pistols creating a working man’s short-barreled rifle (SBR). [...]


By |June 15th, 2021|

  In November of 1998 we were invited to attend the rollout of the Mossberg MC1sc pistol at Gunsite. Spelled out the model is the Mossberg Carry 1, subcompact. The handgun was met with extraordinary success from both seasoned and novice pistoleros. A year later we returned to Gunsite to [...]

Gunsite’s New Gunsmithy

By |April 13th, 2021|

  There are a number of things that contribute to a viable business partnership such as good people, good products, and good ser-vice. On April 1, 2021 Gunsite Academy announced a re-organized Gunsmithy operation at the 45 year old world renown training facility. I was fortunate enough to attend the [...]

WHEELGUN WISDOM | Running Double-Action Revolvers

By |April 7th, 2021|

  I had the privilege of instructing the "revolver day" of a New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy's Firearms Instructor Course recently. There were 14 cops in the class and experience ranged from a few years to one gent with 27 years in the bag. None of them had carried a [...]


By |March 24th, 2021|

  Back in the early 1970s Colonel Jeff Cooper started the American Pistol Institute, now known as Gunsite Academy. Today Gunsite is known worldwide for firearms training, from a quality facility with top notch instructors and staff. Some of the best warriors have attended and continue to train there. Recently [...]


By |March 16th, 2021|

  Pistol ready positions and reload positions are an ongoing topic of debate. We’ve undoubtedly come a long way since the cup-and-saucer grip or emptying brass into the support hand during revolver reloads. We all recognize our tactics and training must maintain a high standard and we cannot afford to [...]

RELIC TO THE RESCUE | Century Old Self-Defense Pistol

By |February 8th, 2021|

  In the category of “Non-Fake News,” gun sales in the last two years have broken all previous records. Many of these guns have been sold to first time gun buyers suggesting that more Americans now believe that our government may not be able (nor inclined) to protect them in [...]

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