.380 ACP, 7x57 mm Mauser, .357 Mag., .38 Spl. and .44 Mag. ammunition

What’s the Deal With Caliber?

Caliber is a critical aspect of ammunition, but it is something that is also often misunderstood or misrepresented. As it relates to firearms, caliber by definition—according to Merriam-Webster—is either A: the diameter of a bullet or other projectile, or B: the diameter of the bore of a gun usually expressed in hundredths or thousandths of an inch and typically written as a decimal, such as .35 caliber.

How Penetration and Sectional Density Affect Terminal Performance

Penetration is a critical aspect of terminal performance. As the great African professional hunter and gunwriter Finn Aagaard once wrote, “Killing power is a matter of biology, not math and physics, and is influenced almost totally by shot placement, accompanied by sufficient penetration.”

Is the .357 Magnum the Best Option for Personal Defense?

Time and data have also unquestionably revealed that when compared to these semi-auto-pistol cartridges, the .357 Magnum does a better job at stopping bad guys.

Beretta Ships Last M9 to U.S. Military

The first week of September closed a chapter on small arms for the United States military, as Beretta USA shipped its last M9 to the U.S. Military. 

Three Companies Expand Offerings During Ammo Shortage

A trio of companies have recently entered or expanded their offerings in the commercial ammunition market.

The Hottest Carry Gun Trends Today

What are the hottest trends among handgun shooters today? 

Fightin' Iron: The Smith & Wesson Model 39 Handgun

When he made the point, my buddy was speaking from a position of strength. Chuck Karwan—West Point graduate, champion heavyweight wrestler, combat platoon leader, Green Beret, outdoorsman, gunwriter—was a bear of a guy. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of firearms of all sorts. Karwan was particularly fond of digging into the development of handguns; sights, systems, breeching, etc.; from Paterson to present.

Ammunition Selection and Shot Placement Matter

A gunfight more than a century and a half ago stresses the importance of ammunition and shot placement.

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.

Combat Mindset for the Defensive Shooter

Someone once said that good gear will not make up for poor tactics, but good tactics will make up for poor gear.

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