[Review] Troy Industries A4 “Other Firearm”

Troy Defense M5 9mm Carbine

I have always been fascinated by the idea of a carbine that shoots pistol-caliber ammo. This is not a new idea – pistol caliber carbines have been around since the days of the Wild West. So, it would come as no surprise that I requested a 9mm firearm from Troy Industries. They sent me their … Read more

[Review] Taurus TX22: A Great Idea, Executed Well

Taurus TX22

A .22 LR pistol can be a very useful firearm. I’ve had a few. My first semiauto .22 handgun was a Ruger Bicentennial Mk. II that was given to me by my band at the school where I was teaching – I was leaving and they wanted to get me a nice going-away present. Talk … Read more

Gunbroker.com [Review]: Fees, Laws and more…

Gunbroker.com Logo

The eBay of gun sites. That’s what Gunbroker.com has been called by those who use it. There is some validity to that point, as gunbroker.com is set up and run pretty much like an auction, except that you can list a “buy now” non-negotiable price if you want to sell something as quickly as possible. … Read more

[Review] Taurus G3: Great 9mm For $250?

Taurus G3

It all started with the PT111 Millenium Pro. That was the small double-stack Taurus pistol that held 12+1 and included two magazines. Features included double strike capability, adjustable rear sight and some really good ergonomics. It was a competitor in the small, double-stack 9mm market. It was a successful gun and I owned two of … Read more

[Review] Glock 20: Best 10mm Out There?

Glock 20

If you’ve read many of my articles, you’ll know that I frequent a very good friend’s gun shop. My buddy Duane has loaned me used pistols to write about from time to time – he’s one of the good guys. He’s had a used Glock Gen 3 Glock 20 10mm in his case for a … Read more

[Review] Colt Anaconda

Colt Anaconda front-cylinder open

The Colt Anaconda is a revolver that many of us dream about owning. But, we have about as much chance of finding a Colt Anaconda .44 Magnum revolver as we do finding its namesake slithering around our backyards. Of the Colt “snake guns”, the Anaconda is one of the newer ones, and seems to be … Read more

[Review] H&K P30L .40 S&W

H&K P30L .40 S&W

Heckler & Koch makes some of the highest-quality firearms in the world. That’s a pretty strong statement, but I believe most folks who’ve spent much time around an H&K gun would probably agree with me. The designs, the engineering, the materials, the craftsmanship…it all goes together to make some top-notch guns. We’re going to look … Read more

Best .40 S&W Ammo [2019]: Self Defense & Target Practice

.40 S&W Ammo

It seems that the .40 S&W S&W cartridge has almost mystical qualities, to talk to some of its adherents. An experimental .40 caliber cartridge was the only other caliber besides the .45 ACP that the great gun guru Jeff Cooper invested time in developing. (It became the 10mm). Many police agencies adopted the .40 S&W … Read more

[Review] SAR K2P 9mm

SAR K2P and ammo on target

Sar What? Sar Who? You might even wonder more if you knew that Sar was short for Sarsilmaz. OK…now it’s getting weird, I hear you say… What is a Sarsilmaz? First, A Few Things… I hope to accomplish three main goals by writing this article. Here’s what I’m trying to do herein: Answer the questions … Read more

[Review] Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm

M&P Shield 9mm

I owned a 9mm Shield once upon a time and foolishly sold it. That gun was reliable and easily carried inside the waistband. It was well-built, felt good in the hand and went “bang” every time it was supposed to. I don’t remember what gun I just had to have in its place, but it … Read more

[Review] SIG Sauer P226

SIG Sauer P226

I recently was able to snag a used SIG Sauer P226 from my friend Duane’s gun case to review. The gun is chambered in .40 S&W and is in pretty decent shape, considering that it was shot and carried a lot. The P226 is one of those classic guns that has a great reputation. It … Read more

Best Concealed Carry Holsters [2019 Hands-On Tested]

Best Concealed Carry Holsters

If you are one of the 8 percent of Americans (excluding New York and California, whose percentages are lower) who has a concealed carry permit, you have most likely wondered how you are going to carry your gun at some point. In some states, it needs to stay concealed as they don’t have open carry … Read more

[Review] Beretta 3032 Tomcat

Beretta 3032 Tomcat and ammo

For those of you who remember American pop singer Jim Croce, one of his biggest hits of 1973 was “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” – a song about a mean dude on the other side of the law who “owned the downtown”. He was known for his fighting – he carried a razor in his shoe, … Read more

[Review] ArmaLite AR-50

ArmaLite AR-50

As I went to pick up the AR-50 from its owner, my friend Marty, I was a bit uneasy about actually lifting the thing into my truck. I’d read other reviews and had watched videos about this beast of a gun. As I walked into his store and saw the rifle leaning against a file … Read more

How To: Cast Bullets [Complete Guide]

cast bullets on board

The sun was just beginning to peek over the tree line as one of my sons and I sat at the edge of a thicket, facing a large, unmowed meadow. It was November and deer firearms season. We watched a couple of nice does meander towards us across the meadow. We decided I would attempt … Read more

[Review] Kimber Micro 9

Kimber Micro 9

Kimber is a company that has had a rather rocky past. Known today for high-quality 1911 and other types of pistols and rifles, the company has struggled to achieve the reputation it now enjoys. We’re going to examine the Micro 9 pistol in some detail, but first let’s look at the company that makes it. … Read more

[Review] Taurus Spectrum

The Taurus Spectrum, Magazines and Ammo

This article/review is about Taurus’ relatively new .380 ACP handgun, the Spectrum. But, before we get into discussing the Spectrum itself, a word about Taurus may be in order. (To cut to the chase, I really like my Spectrum – it’s a very reliable pistol). The following is directed at those who are not fans … Read more

[Review] Colt Combat Commander

Colt Commander Rail Gun

The Colt (Combat) Commander has had a long, blue-ribbon-pedigreed history. Evolving from the legendary Colt 1911, the Commander is not a lot different from that storied gun – the most obvious difference is that the Commander has a 4.25-inch barrel as opposed to the 5-inch one in the 1911 – but it has gained a … Read more

[Review] Colt Delta Elite 10mm

Title Shot of Colt Delta Elite

I approached my shooting bench with a bit of trepidation. I was holding an original, older Delta Gold Cup that belonged to a friend of mine who’d loaned it to me for this article. As you can see from the photo above, it is a beautiful pistol. He has had it for many years. He … Read more

Best Pistol Red Dot Sights [2019]

Vortex Venom front

My eyes are getting older, along with the rest of me. I just celebrated a birthday…which one, I won’t say but if it were the last two numbers in a year in the 20th century, the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper” album would have just been released. What does this have to do with red dot sights? … Read more

[Review] Charter Arms Pathfinder .22 LR

Pathfinder left side

I just traded for a fun little gun. I got one of these… This is Charter Arms’ Target Pathfinder .22 LR with a 4.2-inch barrel. They also make a snubby version but I wanted the longer barrel and adjustable rear sight. If you’ve read many of my articles on this site about handguns, you would … Read more

USCCA Review 2019 [vs. NRA Carry Guard, CCW Safe and more]

USCCA Sign Up Materials

It’s a fact – more and more people are getting concealed carry permits. Now that Illinois has joined the club, all fifty states have some method or other of allowing its citizens to legally carry a concealed gun. In some states, you don’t have to obtain a permit – it is just assumed that it … Read more

[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

Best .380 Ammo [2019]: Self-Defense & Target Practice

.380 ACP Shells

You may be wondering “why do a best-of article on ammo for a marginal carry gun” … it’s because of popularity. The .380 is here, stronger than ever, with many folks carrying them – myself included. Its popularity has surged over the last few years to the point where many claim it to be a … 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

Best .45 ACP Ammo [2019]: Self-Defense & Target Practice

.45 ACP Ammo

“The only reason I carry a .45 is because they don’t make a .46.” How many times have I heard that old chestnut? Technically, they now make a .46-plus – the .500 S&W Magnum (.500 bullet diameter) and the .480 Ruger (.475 bullet diameter), to name a couple – but they are heavy-duty revolver rounds … Read more

Best Gun Safes & Cabinets [For 2019]

Barska Handgun Safe exterior

When you buy your very first gun, whether a handgun, rifle or shotgun, you automatically have an issue to deal with the day you bring your new firearm home. That issue is: what are you going to do with it when you’re not shooting, cleaning or otherwise handling it? Am I Legally Required To Lock … 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 9mm Ammo 2019 [Self-Defense & Target]

9mm Ammo for self defense

When you talk about the best of anything, usually you have a specific purpose or criteria in mind for its usage. You pay attention and research its ability to satisfy that particular need or use. Ammunition selection is a complicated topic, with many different rabbit holes we could go down as we decide what’s best … Read more

Best Revolvers [Self-Defense, Hunting, Plinking]

3 Revolvers

An article about revolvers? Do they still make those anachronistic hunks of steel? Are they still relevant in this day and age of striker-fired, polymer-framed semiauto wunder-guns? Ja, sure! There are some shooting tasks that only revolvers can accomplish. Gun design, metallurgy and technology have advanced in the world of the wheelgun as well as … Read more