Smith & Wesson I Shield Plus

Review: Smith & Wesson Shield Plus

In retrospect, Smith & Wesson had nobody to blame for the situation but themselves. The company didn’t invent the subcompact, lightweight, single-stack nine, of course. Walther and Beretta had preceded the original Shield to market by a few years with the PPS and the Nano, respectively, and Kahr had more or less created the niche back in the 1990s.

Why You Should Add Movement to Your Defensive Plan

Once the armed citizen has advanced to the point that he or she can draw and shoot their defensive handgun safely, accurately and quickly, it would be a very good idea to start adding movement to the defensive response. Movement has the potential to momentarily confuse and surprise an attacker, allowing the citizen to gain a bit of advantage.

Review: Leupold Mark 4 20-60x80 mm TMR Spotting Scope

Leupold's Mark 4 spotting scope is ideal for long-range enthusiasts.

First Shots: Kimber R7 Mako

Kimber recently introduced its newest handgun, the R7 Mako. The new pistol is a micro-compact 9 mm with 13+1 or 11+1 capacity, depending on flush fit or extended magazine. 

SIG Sauer Academy Partners with The Light Foundation

SIG Sauer Academy partners with the Light Foundation for its Corporate Training Day 2021.

Handgun Training with Your Offhand

Training someone to shoot a defensive handgun is mostly a standardized process. Firearm safety is followed by firearm function, which is then followed by an introduction to the basics of marksmanship. Past that, focus falls on handgun manipulation, presentation and various methods of target engagement.

Review: Browning 1911-380 Black Label Pro American Flag

I’m a believer in the old expression “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Browning apparently believes in it, too, because its newest downsized Black Label 1911 makes a fantastic first impression.

Review: Ruger Max-9 Pistol

In case you just emerged from hibernation or beamed down from another planet, allow me to be the first to inform you concealed-carry pistols are hot. So hot, they dominate sales across the firearm industry, as millions of long-time gun owners compete with seven or eight million new gun owners trying to get their hands on these pistols.

Review: Iver Johnson Eagle LR Special Pistol

Iver Johnson’s new pistol embodies the 21st century 1911.

Review: DeSantis Veiled Partner

The DeSantis Veiled Partner is a Kydex OWB that hugs so tightly to the body that it can be worn under many of the same cover garments as you’d wear for an IWB and still minimize the odds of printing.

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