Guns & Gear

Read no-holds-barred reviews of both personal and home defense firearms and stay up-to-date on the latest concealed carry offerings on the market. Discover everything you need to know to select the best, tried-and-true self-defense gear—from holsters, knives, and ammunition to flashlights, first-aid kits, and alternate weapons.

New Twist on an Old Favorite: The Morale Patch Gift Exchange
New Twist on an Old Favorite: The Morale Patch Gift Exchange
Beth Alcazar — January 8, 2019

For a recent get-together, I was trying to think of something fun for our group of women shooters to do. Of course, there’s always shooting! And, as we’ve done in years past, we did decide to have another gun-cleaning party. But we also decided to try something…

Shoot Yourself … Go to Jail!
Shoot Yourself … Go to Jail!
Kevin Michalowski — January 7, 2019

This type of story makes me so angry, but I use it as a cautionary tale. Don’t be like the Arizona man who SHOT HIMSELF in the groin and is now facing criminal charges. He is charged with recklessly discharging a firearm in public because, as he walked through the…

Consistency Is Crucial
Consistency Is Crucial
John Caile — January 4, 2019

Consistency is the foundation of any skill and absolutely vital when it comes to carrying a firearm for personal protection. Obviously, training is a key area in which consistency is crucial, but training applies to more than just shooting. A perfect example — one that too many people neglect…

Shoot Yourself … Face Charges
Shoot Yourself … Face Charges
Kevin Michalowski — January 4, 2019

While shopping in a local Walmart on Nov. 27, 2018, an Arizona man negligently shot himself in the groin. According to local news reports, the man was carrying his handgun in the waistband of his sweatpants when it began to fall. He told police that the gun went off when…

Light Show: Streamlight Roundup
Light Show: Streamlight Roundup
Kat Ainsworth — January 2, 2019

One of the most misunderstood and underutilized tools in a gun owner’s toolbox is the modern flashlight. For this reason, low-light/no-light training should be considered not an extra but a necessity. Knowing how and when to use lights isn’t gimmicky and cool but falls solidly under the realm of…

The DeSantis Mini Slide OWB Concealment Holster
The DeSantis Mini Slide OWB Concealment Holster
Scott W. Wagner — December 28, 2018

Kydex is one of the most popular materials for constructing concealment holsters. Its strength, thinness and light weight combined with low cost works very well for many concealed carry applications. It has been popular for use on both inside- and outside-the-waistband (IWB and OWB) holsters, and…