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Selecting, Buying, and Replacing Duty Pistols

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 writing room? This article will chronicle the oft-times torturous process of replacing a department-duty pistol. Let's start by recounting some of my adventures in this [...]

By |May 19th, 2022|

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 [...]


By |December 1st, 2021|

Pandora's Box is a genuine piece and was hand-engraved by a gold and silversmith master engraver over many months of work. The gun refers to the Greek mythology when Pandora illegally opened the box given to her and evil came upon mankind. The representation on the pistol is a modification [...]

MOSSBERG MC2 SC | Great Things Come In Small Packages

By |October 25th, 2021|

O.F. Mossberg and Sons is the oldest family-owned firearms manufacturer in the United States opening their doors in March. Best known for their shotguns and rifles, it is virtually unknown that the first firearm produced by Mossberg was a handgun—the Brownie. HAVE A BROWNIE Designed for trappers and self-defense, the [...]


By |October 8th, 2021|

Most of us don’t get to the range as we’d like to or should. I know I don’t. Few of us live where we can just step outside and shoot. Even when we do get to the range, restrictions often limit our training options. Ammo is not cheap these days. [...]


By |October 1st, 2021|

In any gathering of shooters there’s usually some talk about the great or greatest gunfighters and crime fighting organizations of all time. The one group that seems to get mentioned most often is the Texas Rangers. Though dwarfed by the number of personnel and size of budgets possessed by numerous [...]

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

By |September 1st, 2021|

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 [...]

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