Good Guys Win: Second Amendment in Action

Cold climes present wintertime CCW challenges. Outer breast pocket of this coat will hold a holstered J-Frame and is accessible while driving. Second Time’s the Charm On a Tuesday evening in a San Antonio, Texas Dollar General store, a man shopping in the rear of the store noticed customers surging toward him and away from…

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Street Smarts: Caching Fever

While the occasional reader has accused this writer of being a second-rate version of the sainted Louis Awerbuck, this particular column is actually mostly recycled from one that never saw the light of day. That’s fortunate, because it means Mrs. Clinton didn’t win the election in 2016. While I’m not the biggest fan of the…

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Frontline Debriefs: The Imperfect Machine

If anyone has questioned you about why officers acted in a certain manner or you yourself have pondered why an event depicted on video played out as it did, the answer is straightforward. The human being is an imperfect machine. We are all comprised of hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen. We are all the product…

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Enemy at the Gate: Could Gun Confiscation Lead to Civil War?

Last November, after the massacre of scores and wounding of hundreds in Las Vegas, soon followed by the murder of dozens more in a Texas church, Boston Globe writer David Scharfenberg dared to utter the words that most gun-ban zealots have long dared not, despite their fervent wishes: gun confiscation. The article actually started with…

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Briefing Room: Firepower?

In the last few years, I’ve noticed many people seem to be overrunning their headlights on the range—shooting faster than they can make good hits, especially with pistols. I understand that in competition, time is a critical portion of the score. I get it. But while several “C” zones hit with a fast overall time…

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Revolvers come in small to large sizes.

Reinventing the Wheel(Gun) Revolvers for Today’s World

In late 1972, I was on leave and hitchhiking home. Not many troops wore uniforms in public in those days, but I was in Class As, with spit-shined jump boots, ‘cuz Dad was a retired Airborne Command Sergeant Major and asked me to. As I passed a small gun store, The Force made me stop…

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We the People: SIG Sauer 1911 and M400 Carbine

After 20+ years as a gun writer and a lifetime as a member of the gun culture, it is good to have my passion for something rekindled. Leave it to my offspring to give me a look in the mirror. My youngest son, Ethan, is a bona-fide gun enthusiast and my constant companion during range…

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Successful Downsizing: Heckler & Koch VP9SK

In the spring of 2014, Heckler & Koch surprised the firearms world with the introduction of their striker-fired HK VP9. The gun was comfortable to shoot, accurate, customizable to users’ hands, reliable, and affordable. I am not sure that even HK was expecting the gun to be as big of a hit as it was.

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Custom AR and AK: DL Sports Professional Model Carbines

It occurred to me as I rumbled east from my home in coastal southern California to Chino Valley, Arizona that an 800-mile round trip just to test fire a couple of guns would probably be a bit much in most people’s opinion. However, we couldn’t ship the guns to my great state of Kalifornia without…

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Hurricane Irma: Lessons Learned

Preparedness is not a hobby practiced by the lunatic fringe in advance of a zombie apocalypse or biblical end times. Preparedness is a sensible lifestyle choice for anyone who wants to survive the array of natural disasters that strike the United States every year. 2017 was particularly brutal, with devastating wildfires over several Western states,…

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