I began my handgun shooting life with a revolver and will doubtless always have a revolver close by, on my hip or in my pocket. The revolver’s good attributes include simplicity, accuracy, power, and fast handling. I have carried a snub-nose .38 Special as a backup handgun for over 35 years. The snub .38 can
I have regarded the pump-action shotgun as my “go-to” firearm for some time. This is due to police experience when the shotgun was not a personal weapon but the “community” firearm shared by many officers. It had to come up shooting every time, and there were rules concerning its storage and load.
I have fired quite a few AR-15 rifles, including both direct impingement and piston driven. Performance has varied, but all piston guns were more expensive than the standard direct-impingement AR-15.
We all have our favorite firearms, but when training individuals I reserve comment on the gear students show up with. Unless an individual has selected an inappropriate or unsafe handgun—and I have seen a cracked frame with a screw driven into it—I do the best I can to point out the pistol’s good points. If
In today’s world, we seldom get more than we pay for. Many of us have been around firearms long enough that we sometimes suffer a bit of sticker shock at the gun shop. With a good 1911 at around a grand and a middle priced AR-15 rifle at about the same, the shotgun doesn’t always