Review: Ruger LC9S

LC9S and holster

Small. Thin. Light. Reliable. Cheap. What’s not to like? I’m talking about the Ruger LC9S, a single-stack, striker-fired pocketable 9mm that has sold like hotcakes. Why is this such a popular gun? We’ll examine it in some detail to see if we can determine the answer to that question. Variations On A Theme Before we … Read more

Review: Taurus G2C 9mm

Taurus G2C with holster and ammo

The Taurus G2C is something of a phenomenon. Sales are greater than expected, which surprises a few people. Taurus is not the company it was, even 10 years ago. It used to be that if you bought a Taurus (especially a semi-auto), some fellow shooter might hand you a quarter and say “flip it – … Read more

Guide To Used Gun Values [What is it worth?]

Used guns on shelf

We’ve all been there. Somehow, we acquire a handgun, rifle or shotgun that eventually just becomes a safe queen. It could have been (as in my experience) a pistol that I thought would be just the ticket for concealed carry/hunting/steel targets/etc. Yet somehow, after owning the gun a while, I decided that maybe I acted … Read more

Best Concealed Carry Insurance Comparison [2019]

Concealed Carry CCW

“You’ve got to be prepared for anything, anytime, anywhere… I felt I was able to do the right thing and be protected as a law-abiding citizen…” -David Jackson, USCCA Member, South Carolina Shot Armed Robbers Who Threatened The Lives Of Innocent Barbershop Patrons And His Frightened Children… In this litigious, politically-correct society that we live … Read more

Best .44 Magnum Revolvers

.44 Magnum Revolver

How do you choose a good .44 Magnum revolver when there are so many great guns out there? I’ll attempt to narrow it down a bit and, hopefully, by the end of this article you might have more information about them than you did before. Are You Sure…? Before we get into specifics, let’s make … Read more

Best 10mm Pistols [2018]

Springfield Armory XD(M) 10mm

If you’re trying to select the best 10mm pistol, you definitely have a hard job ahead of you. This is one task that, about 25 years ago, would have been simple due to the lack of said-chambered guns. Not so much now – the 10mm is experiencing a renaissance of sorts as more shooters discover … Read more

Best Concealed Carry Guns [2019]

Concealed Carry Gun Draw

So…you’ve decided that you want to carry a gun. Depending on what state you live in, this may not be the easiest decision you’ve made. Different states have different laws, as we know. Some states make it easier than others to get a concealed carry permit. Now that Illinois has joined the club, all fifty … Read more

Handgun Calibers [Ultimate Guide]

Handgun Caliber Comparison

If you’re a brand-new handgunner or if you’re a seasoned veteran, sometimes it’s good to take a step back and look at some data on the cartridges we shoot. Maybe we’re thinking of expanding our gun collection but are not sure which way to go in terms of caliber, or maybe we’re just curious as … Read more

10 Best .357 Magnum Revolvers [2018]

Smith & Wesson Model 60 Barrel

The .357 Magnum cartridge is, arguably, the most popular all-around revolver cartridge out there. Whether you are carrying a snubby for protection or a larger gun for target shooting, competition, hiking, or other activity, the .357 seems to be the go-to round for wheelgunners. With the availability of many different loads and bullets, the cartridge … Read more

Best Compact 9mm Pistols [2018]

Ruger Security 9 Rear Sight

I recently did an article on the best 9mm subcompact pistols. Those small, single-stack guns can be very handy if you’re looking for something to stick in a pocket holster or carry discreetly, but what if you want to bring a bigger bat to the ballgame? Full-size guns, with their longer barrels and grip frames, … Read more

Best .22 LR Pistols [By Brand]

22 LR Pistols and Ammo

The .22 LR is by far the most popular caliber out there. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) estimates that about half of the approximately ten billion rounds manufactured annually are .22 rimfire cartridges. The military has used it to teach marksmanship; Boy Scouts use it to qualify for their Shooting merit badge. Largely available … Read more

Best .380 ACP Pistols For Your Pocket

.380 ACP Shells

Here’s a conversation from a gun shop: “What’s that in your pocket?” “A .380 in a pocket holster”. “Don’t you know you might as well throw rocks as shoot somebody with a .380?” “Well, if it’s so ineffective, will you volunteer to hold the target at the far end of the pistol range? HA! Didn’t … Read more

5 Best .45 ACP Pistols

Glock 30 in .45 ACP disassembled

“I won’t carry anything in a pistol caliber that doesn’t start with ‘four’”. This is the philosophy of many old-time (and some newer) shooters who grew up with the .45 ACP being the King of the Hill in terms of effective pistol cartridges. To them, the good ol’ .45 ACP is THE only round to … Read more