pistol and shotgun



Considering the 9mm Revolver

When choosing a small to medium-sized defensive revolver caliber, most people automatically default to the .38 Special or .357 Magnum chambering. There are good reasons to take a hard look at the 9mm Luger for this role. One of the biggest positives is the efficiency of the cartridge in short-barreled revolvers. The 9mm can be loaded to significantly higher pressures than the .38 Special cartridge (SAAMI max pressure- 9mm: 35,000 PSI, .38+P: 20,000 PSI). It [...]

By |July 20th, 2022|

Options for Mounting Your Red Dot Sight

By |July 6th, 2022|

If you've missed it, pistol-mounted optics (PMO), also known as red dots, are "here," they are staying; they are not going away. So, how do you put one – or more – on your pistol(s)? There are several ways to mount that dot. Some work with a stock slide, then [...]

Working the Thumb Safety for new 1911/2011 Shooters

By |June 29th, 2022|

It has been interesting to watch the re-invention of STI into Staccato and, simultaneously, see the resurrection of a 1911-style pistol into the police duty-use world. I used a 1911 pistol on patrol and in investigations for over twenty years. I carried, competed, and taught with one. And I did [...]

Two Is One – why officers need a backup gun

By |June 22nd, 2022|

Carrying a backup firearm while on duty is not as popular as I believe it should be. I am the only Constable (in a 13-officer agency) carrying a backup gun (BUG) on duty. Let us look at the pros, cons, and options available for backup gun carry. Some reasons for [...]

One Size Does Not Fit All

By |May 23rd, 2022|

If you got into a car and your feet did not reach the pedals, you would move the seat forward. If you were too close to the wheel, you would adjust the seatback - unless your agency said everyone had to have their seat in the same place. This is [...]

Selecting, Buying, and Replacing Duty Pistols

By |May 19th, 2022|

In my career that spanned 30 years, the replacement process for handguns - the universal piece of duty gear - was complicated by politics, emotion, and bias, all out of proportion to it's actual use. Do we stress as much about new cars or replacing desktop computers in the report [...]

Springfield Armory’s FIRST LINE Program

By |May 6th, 2022|

Early this week, Springfield Armory announced their new FIRST LINE sales program focused on supporting America's First Responders and others who serve the public. Springfield's VP of Sales, Phil Rawlings, said, "We recognize the sacrifices these individuals make every day for all of us, and we want to do our [...]


By |March 22nd, 2022|

Kimber’s .357 K6 and Ruger’s .327 LCR give you another round and weigh more than the alloy guns- not a bad thing if you shoot them a lot.   Cameras are everywhere in modern society- convenience stores, parking lots, residences, and everywhere cops go. If there's an upside [...]

The .40 S&W Woods Gun Project

By |December 15th, 2021|

A buddy of mine recently asked my opinion about stepping up to the .40 S&W from the 9mm as a “woods round”. I started to suggest that the 10mm would be a superior choice for that duty. I thought about the deer hunt I just got home from. Normally, I [...]

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