Let’s Hear it for the .40: The Ideal Caliber

Over many years of research, I have learned a few things concerning wound ballistics. Among these truths is that only actual damage counts for anything. The wound potential of a cartridge depends upon the level of penetration of a bullet and the expansion, if any, of the projectile. Larger bullets make bigger holes. Coupled with the constant of adequate penetration, a larger caliber always has more potential to do damage, cause blood loss, and shut down the adversary’s body.

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Against All Odds: Weaponize Your World

Just a small sample of potential improvised weapons, from credit cards and combs to cell phones and keys. Ever since the Bourne movies, a lot of people who don’t understand aggressive conflict have been fascinated with the idea that Jason Bourne could use a pen to fight off an attacker. Although the fight scenes in

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Preparedness Force Options: Assembling a 9mm Carbine

In 1873, Colt and Winchester both introduced firearms chambered in the same pistol cartridge, the .44-40. This round fit the new Colt Peacemaker, or Single-Action Army, which became one of the most popular defensive handguns of all time. It also chambered in the 1873 Winchester lever-action, which was available with barrel lengths from carbine to rifle. These two weapons became the guns that won the West.

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Slimmed-Down Carry Pistol: Glock 43 Compact

Nowhere else has the public’s desire for a highly concealable handgun in a serious caliber been more evident than with the long-awaited 9x19mm Glock 43 (G43) pistol. Even though the Glock 42 filled a gaping hole in the Glock concealed carry inventory, many serious gunners told me they would have preferred it in Parabellum, not in .380 ACP, and waited.

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Good Guys Win: Second Amendment in Action

Eight is enough: A diminutive S&W Shield on the person beats a bigger gun left at home or in the car. UNPLANNED WITHDRAWAL A 60-year-old Warren, Michigan man stepped out of the bathroom at his neighborhood bank only to be confronted by a bank robber who pointed a gun at his face and ordered him

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Economical Rifle Practice: One Box Rifle Workout

Rifle shooters often have a problem working on their skills. First, the ammo is prohibitively expensive. Second, the drills and courses of fire that exist are either tilted toward specific competitions such as high-powered rifle or toward rat-a-tat close-range carbine skills.

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The Weaver Stance: Combating the Misinformation

The Weaver stance is well-known, acknowledged as revolutionary, and quick to draw sidelong glances from more than a few people on the firing line lately. In fact, a surefire way to start a heated argument is to debate the merits of the Weaver versus the “Isosceles” or other shooting positions.

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A Classic Redefined: Wilson Combat Tactical Carry

My experience with John Moses Browning’s 1911 spans four decades, and it remains my primary carry pistol(s). I have tried many other designs over the years, but putting a 1911 in my hand is analogous to sleeping in my own bed after a long road trip—it just feels right.

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