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

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 Reloading Press [Beginner & Advanced]

Lee Primer Dispenser on Reloading Press

Reloading your own ammo is a relaxing, rewarding hobby. Not only can you save money when you make your own ammo as opposed to buying factory stuff, it’s a lot of fun as well. To be totally honest, you may not save a lot of money shooting your ammo but you will get more shots … Read more

Rifle Calibers [Ultimate Guide]

Rifle Caliber Comparison

It’s just about time for firearms deer season here at home. This year, as in years past, one of my sons and I will head to the deer blind armed with (him) a .308 and (me) a .243. This is saying something, because it’s only been a couple of years that rifle calibers were legal … Read more

Best 10mm Pistols & Handguns: Carry some POWER!

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

[Review] Springfield XD(M) Compact

Springfield XDM 3.8 Compact

Springfield Armory is known for, among other guns, its extensive line of 1911s but it has gained a lot of traction from its XD line of striker-fired pistols. I just recently took possession of a new XD(M) with a 3.8 inch barrel in .45 ACP. (For simplicity’s sake I’ll just call it from now on … Read more

Best Budget 1911s Around $500

Budget 1911 Header

I am a retired public school music teacher. I also have an affinity for a good 1911 – I’ve owned several. But, when you combine these two facts, it fairly well defines the type of 1911s I’ve been able to own – the budget variety. I got really good at selecting good-shooting 1911s that cost … Read more

Best Concealed Carry Guns [Semiautos & Revolvers]

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

9mm Glock Models [Ultimate Guide]

Glock 17 vs Glock 19 vs Glock 26 vs Glock 41 vs Glock 43 WM

For those of us who are into handguns and have not been living under a rock for the past 3 decades or so, the name Glock has come to be a household word in the shooting universe. People who may have never held a gun (let alone a Glock) recognize the name. It’s a brand … 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

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 1911’s Chambered in 9mm

To many handgunners, the numbers 1, 9, 1 and 1 means only one thing: a classic semi-automatic handgun that was adopted by the military in 1911. Another related thought that usually pops into his or her mind is that the gun was chambered in caliber .45 ACP. As the original chambering of the vaunted 1911, … Read more

Best Concealed Carry Revolvers

Kimber K6S Grip and Trigger

In this day and age of polymer-framed striker-fired semiautos, does the old-fashioned revolver even have a place? Many of you reading this may think not but I beg to differ. There’s something to be said for a carry weapon that just needs to be drawn (or shot through the pocket, hidden) and fired just by … Read more

5 Best Compact 9mm Pistols

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

5 Best 1911 Pistols For The Money

Springfield Mil-1911 Rear Sight

The Colt 1911 semiautomatic pistol is an icon. If you were to show photos of an 1873 Peacemaker, a 1911 and a few other common handguns to your non-gun-savvy brother-in-law and asked if any guns were recognizable, chances are that he would point to the 1911 and say that he’d seen that one before, in … Read more

Best Single-Stack Subcompact 9mm [Concealed Carry]

Subcompact glock and ammo

Concealed carry options abound for most of the United States. Every state now has some form of concealed carry law on its books. The concealed-carry permit gamut runs from very restrictive states to other states that don’t require a specific permit, figuring the Second Amendment is permit enough. The upshot is that more and more … Read more

How To Reload Ammo [Ultimate Guide]

Reloading equipment

Why Reload? While reloading for your guns is usually thought of as a cost-savings for those of us who shoot a lot, there are other advantages involved. The common assumption is that you save money by reloading-and that is true, to a point. If you are a volume shooter or a competitive shooter, saving money … 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 [Excluding 1911s]

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

Best 9mm Handguns [Sub-Compact, Compact, Full-Size]

9mm pistols and ammo

The 9mm cartridge has long held a reputation as a great round for target shooting and competition. But its greatest surge in popularity has occurred over the past 30 years or so as more concealed carriers have adopted it as their favorite. Why has that happened? First, let’s look briefly at the 9mm backstory, then … Read more

Why & How To: Powder Coating Bullets

bullets before “baking”

In spite of the growing popularity and supply of jacketed bullets, many shooters still shoot cast bullets. Cast bullets are easily made at home or are inexpensive to purchase in quantity, are economical, and don’t require an elaborate set-up or supply chain to produce. (My bullets come from plain old wheel weights that a friendly … Read more