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.

Long-Term Review: Fort Knox Original Pistol Box

It’s been in my service for years: a Fort Knox Original Pistol Box. In it resides a Smith & Wesson… Read More >

Ninja Nate Woodworking Cocobolo Wood Kubotan

Kubotan — The Kubotan is a genericized trademark for a self-defense weapon developed by Takayuki Kubota in the 1960s. The principal targets in self-defense include… Read More >

Train With That 1911

The question has been asked: Is the 1911 an effective defensive platform? Well, yes it is. The pistol may not… Read More >

Talons for Your Shield

A couple weeks ago, I complained about the texture of the stocks on my Smith & Wesson Shield .45 Compact. Read More >

Are You Fully Dressed?

We in the gun community tend to use a lot of jargon. Do you know what EDC stands for? How… Read More >

Bond Arms Bullpup 9: The World’s Most Powerful Compact/Micro 9mm Pistol

Back in 2013, I reviewed a new and rather unconventional pistol: the Boberg XR9. The Boberg XR9 was a compact,… Read More >

Second Go-Around: Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 Pistols

WE GUN OWNERS BANDY ABOUT TERMS like fit, feel and ergonomics as if they’re critical factors in life-saving encounters. When… Read More >

Clipless Holsters Stay Put!

When carrying a gun in a clipless inside-the-waistband holster, you can be relatively confident that it will stay in place,… Read More >

Holstering a Light- or Laser-Equipped Gun

One of the greatest technological advances in self-defense includes the near ubiquitousness of accessory lights and lasers for handguns —… Read More >

North American Arms Pug-T .22 Magnum Mini-Revolver

If you have been reading my columns for a while, you know I have a great deal of admiration for… Read More >

Gear We Love — May/June 2017

1) Kel-Tec CL-43 Flashlight This unconventional Floridian uses three 123A batteries to throw a 420-lumen beam at whatever you need… Read More >

Don’t Stab … Slash!

Self-defense with a knife is complicated. Simply having a knife on you — ready for use — is not enough. Read More >