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.

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 >

Cross-Draw Carry: El Paso Style

Cross-draw carry, defined as wearing an angled belt holster on the weak side of the body with the gun butt… Read More >

Objections to Carrying a Big Revolver

In the world of concealed carry, Smith & Wesson’s small and lightweight J-frame occupies a top spot — if not… Read More >

Grip Safety: Yea or Nay?

One gun that I typically carry with me on a daily basis — one of my go-to concealed carry guns… Read More >

Simple Summer Carry

During hot summer months, carrying a concealed handgun goes best when carrying is simple — and by simple, I mean… Read More >

Kershaw/AL MAR AM-3 and AM-4 SpeedSafe Assisted-Opening Tactical Folding Knives

Kershaw and AL MAR are both pretty storied names in the world of cutting tools. The AL MAR company has… Read More >

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