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.380 ACP +P Grizzly Xtreme

Grizzly's new Xtreme line of self defense ammunition was covered in the Ammo column in the April 2010 issue of Shooting Illustrated. See how they perform in ballistic gelatin testing.

.380 ACP Hornady Critical Defense 90-grain FTX

Sub-compact .380 ACP semi-automatic handguns are the biggest trend in the firearm industry. Here's some great fodder for these concealed-carry pistols.

.22 LR for Self-Defense?

More bad guys are stopped by .22 Long Rifle ammo every year than any other chambering, but is it a good choice for personal protection?

.32 NAA Cor-Bon 60-grain JHP

The .32 NAA is a little-known personal-defense cartridge, but it remains adequate for personal defense.

Kel-Tec PF-9 Pistol

Kel-Tec has developed a reputation for innovative and affordable firearm designs. Its new PF-9, a polymer-and-steel pistol chambered in 9 mm, is designed to fill a niche in Kel-Tec's line between its P-3AT (a single-stack, 8.3-ounce .380 ACP) and its P-11 (a double-stack, 14-ounce 9 mm), and it is a hybrid of the two designs.

Pocket Pistols

While .380 ACP pistols are far from new—having first seen the light of day in the early 20th century—these are all fresh. More importantly, they are all very small and very light.

Buy a Car, Get an AK-47

Mark Muller, owner of Max Motors in Butler, MO, gained his 3 1/2-year-old company national notoriety in August 2008 when it gave away vouchers for a handgun with every vehicle sold that month. Sales went up 35 percent. This year's August promotion offered vouchers for an AK-47, generating a media frenzy that included this CNN interview where he gets the best of an anti-gun reporter.

.380 ACP DoubleTap 80-grain Barnes TAC-XP

The demand for .380 ACP handguns and ammunition is extreme. Manufacturers have responded by offering .380 ACP ammunition that is actually suitable for personal protection.

Smith & Wesson Bodyguards

Some words convey strong visual images. For example, the word bodyguard always made me think of a large, intimidating man protecting another person from any encountered threats.

Colt 21st Century Commander

When you're looking for a handgun you plan to shoot a lot in practice, you want something full-sized and comfortable to fire.

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