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Why Lightweight Carbines Are a Game Changer

Technology and demand are driving a light-rifle trend that shows no signs of slowing down. Purpose-built, flyweight guns are a dream to carry and shoot, but the additional machining, exotic materials and manufacturing methods that can bring something like an AR rifle down to 4.5 pounds make it expensive.

The King of Tactical Shotguns Benelli’s M3 Super 90

The goal of this column is to inform Shooting Illustrated’s readers of top shotguns, shotgun techniques and training for self-defense. But, when I talk about a specific gun, it often alienates one camp from the discussion.

First Look: Steiner Micro Pistol Sight

Steiner recently introduced the Micro Pistol Sight, a red-dot sight designed for pistols. 

Why Determination is Essential for Personal Defense

Determination is a word that ought to be part of every armed citizen’s vocabulary. The dictionary defines it as “firmness of purpose; resoluteness.”  Determination is how we master the skills necessary to defend ourselves, and it is also how we deal with the violence of a criminal attack.

I Carry: Glock G19 Gen5 MOS Pistol in a C&G Holster

In today's episode of "I Carry," we have a Glock G19 Gen5 MOS optics-ready pistol carried in a C&G Holsters OWB Tactical Custom holster, with a Crimson Trace RAD Pro red-dot sight.

Is the .30 Carbine the Most Overlooked Cartridge of All Time?

The story behind the M1 Carbine is fascinating. And, while this column is about ammunition, it’s impossible to discuss the “carbine cartridge” without some gun history. In 1940, the U.S. Army was looking for a light rifle or carbine.

Review: Tisas 1911 Bantam Carry 45 Pistol

About the time of the 1911’s 100th birthday, we were solidly in the age of the polymer pistol. A decade later, subcompact polymer-pistols chambered in 9 mm have become the most popular handguns for self-defense.

Review: Kimber R7 Mako Pistol

While word of a new pistol from Kimber started circulating some time back, the company managed to play its cards pretty close to its vest about what that pistol was going to be. Before I knew what it was myself, it was interesting to hear the speculations of friends who had a finger on the pulse of the handgun market.

Skills Check: Training to Shoot a Handgun with Both Hands

Simply alternating your handgun from one hand to the other between rounds helps to develop your skills with both hands while conserving ammunition.

Why the Shotgun is One of the Best Options for Personal Defense

Like the revolver and the lever-action carbine, the shotgun is still around because it gets the job done and gets it done quite well.

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