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Let It Drop

Excuse the mess, but the circular bump on the underside of this M&P9 slide is the plunger for the striker block.

In an earlier column, I wrote about the various mechanical safety devices used to make revolvers safe to… Read More

Clearing Presents Danger

Top: Too much concern for controlling the cartridge; not enough concern for controlling the pistol. Left: The slide is firmly controlled and the muzzle points safely downrange.


Can I share a pet peeve with y’all? Sometimes the way… Read More

Five Beans in the Wheel

If your carry revolver looks like this antique, you might want to leave a chamber empty.


“Is this thing safe to carry fully loaded?”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that question asked about a…

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Problems by Extension

High-visibility target sights may make it easier to shoot, but are a snag-prone nuisance on a carry pistol.

Your handgun is compromised.

No, seriously. Your handgun is compromised; all handguns…

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The Mechanics of Accuracy

Training aids like Crimson Trace Lasergrips can make learning to shoot little guns easier.


“You carry one of those little guns? You can’t hit nothin’ with one o’ them. They ain’t accurate!”


I have heard this countless…

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I Thought I was Joe Safety

As I read “Ballistics Basics: A Very Serious Setback” by Tamara Keel in the Nov/Dec issue, I realized I had met “Joe Safety.” He is me. When I take my car gun, a 9mm semi-automatic, I load a magazine and…

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A Darned Sight Better

He had been out there trying out the new Blastomatic 2000 we’d just sold him, and he had a frown on his face and a shot-up target in his hands. “There’s something wrong with the sights on this gun …”…

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It Shoots Flat

At defensive handgun distances, bullet drop doesn’t matter.

In my time I’ve owned a couple of Glock 33s, which is Glock’s itty-bitty subcompact in .357 SIG.



They were a hoot to shoot: lots of flash and bang…

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Thinking About a New 1911? Don’t Buy One Yet!, FMJ vs. Hollow Point

(CCR Editor: Unfortunately a victim does not get to pick the time and place when a criminal will commit his crime. Fire extinguishers are at home and the doctor’s office in case of fire. The concealed carry handgun should be…

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Bore Axis of Evil

With its beavertail grip safety, this custom 1911 from Coal Creek Armory allows the author to place her hand high on the grip, effectively lowering the bore axis of the pistol without changing its basic geometry.



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