pistol and shotgun



What’s Taught And Why

Over the weekend, I took a carry optics class from Dave Spaulding, formerly of Handgun Combatives. The “why” behind the course material is the genesis of this article. When you are developing a class, what material do you include? Why does that material matter in the context of the course? How do you convey it? And, when in the course do you cover it? With a degree in Sports Physiology, Dave can demo it [...]

By |August 8th, 2023|

Big Window, Nice Reticles – Holosun’s 507 Comp Pistol Optic

By |July 5th, 2023|

Announced this year at SHOT, Holosun’s 507 Comp – for competition – optic made its way into mailboxes and retail stores back in May. With some time behind it, here are my thoughts so far. One of the “secrets” to shooting a pistol-mounted optic is shifting your visual attention and [...]

Springfield Prodigy – Part 2

By |May 8th, 2023|

This is the second part of my look into the 1911 DS from Springfield, better known as the Prodigy. Accuracy I cannot and will not complain about the accuracy of the Prodigy, aka – Springfield Armory's 1911 DS (Double Stack). Three shots at 5 yards, just below the point [...]

50 ROUNDS | A Minimalist Approach To Practice

By |May 2nd, 2023|

It’s a constant mantra for American police, “Do more with less.” Today, with officers taking pay and benefit cuts it can be trying for LEOs to stay motivated and focused on training. Addressing personal fitness some-times does not garner the attention it deserves for individual officer safety. Firearms and tactics [...]

Back-Up Guns

By |April 25th, 2023|

I did the cop-thing for about a decade and since then have continued to teach firearms tactics and work with law enforcement officers for an additional 30 years. Over the last 40 years some things have changed, yet many things haven’t. It’s often referred to as “100 years of tradition, [...]

Adding Capability & Capacity – Magazine Extensions

By |March 28th, 2023|

In addition to death and taxes, I can add two more things to the “near certainty” list. One is that small and mid-size frame pistols can be easier to conceal, and the other is that, even with my smaller hands, having some form of extension on the magazine makes them [...]

Wheel Guns are Real Guns

By |January 25th, 2023|

In this era of double-stack polymer nines, it is easy to overlook revolvers as archaic and out of date. However, I believe anyone carrying a firearm for a living should, at the very least, be a student of weapons craft when it comes to revolvers. Even if you have already [...]

Springfield’s Prodigy – Part 1

By |January 10th, 2023|

Suppose the emergence and growth of double stack, single action, 9mm 2011 pistols did not get everyone's attention during the last few years. In that case, I'd imagine Springfield's release of the Prodigy – a double stack, single action, 9mm 1911 (their words) should have gotten to the last few [...]

Knowing And Evolving From Our Foundations

By |January 3rd, 2023|

With the amount of available information on the internet in various forms, including short-form social media posts, it’s easy to forget that printed books exist. And as the editor of an online magazine, I am aware of the irony. We all can read more. There are several good books out [...]

D&L Sports S&W revolver sights

By |September 14th, 2022|

Dave Lauck is the proprietor of D&L Sports, Incorporated- a shop offering complete gunsmithing services. Dave’s a retired lawman and a patriot; he thrives on providing the highest quality firearms and gunsmithing work for those serving at the tip of the Military/L.E. spear. Dave now hangs his shingle in Chino [...]

Failure to extract – when tap, roll, rack does not work

By |September 14th, 2022|

Tap, roll, rack, and assess should – I emphasize should – clear many of the stoppages you are likely to have with a quality semi-auto pistol. What happens when that technique does not work? What part of the eight-step function cycle for a semi-auto pistol (or rifle, or shotgun) have [...]

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