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Mossberg Maverick 88: The Affordable Self-Defense Shotgun

The Maverick 88 is a no-frills cousin of Mossberg’s legendary Model 500 pump-action shotgun, and although the two guns are aesthetically and mechanically similar they are not identical guns.

Why Tactical Pens Can Be So Effective

In the hands of a competent practitioner, a tactical pen can be used to distract, deter, delay and even stop a violent physical assault. Unlike your firearm or a folding knife, it is a low-profile, personal-safety option for your toolkit that can be used to help mitigate an active threat.

Are Percussion Revolvers and Single-Shot Muzzleloaders Obsolete?

It’s known that firearms can serve for a long time after they’re no longer cutting edge. Flintlocks held on long into the percussion era. During the American Civil War, plenty of cavalry units, especially local militias, turned up with single-shot pistols despite Colt’s revolvers having been on the market for a while by then.

Pump vs. Semi: Which Shotgun is Better for Personal Defense?

When it comes to personal defense, which is better: a pump or semi-auto shotgun? 

First Look: Smith & Wesson M&P12 Shotgun

Smith & Wesson has unveiled the latest addition to the M&P family: A bullpup 12-gauge shotgun.

Review: EAA Churchill 220 and 620 Optics Tactical Shotguns

Looking for a home-defense shotgun that everyone can use? EAA’s Churchill line just added two models that are worth a look.

Are Hunting Shotguns Good For Home Defense?

If all you have for home defense is a hunting-oriented scattergun, there are modifications you can easily make to improve its defensive capabilities.

10 Great Defense Loads for the 9 mm

David Workman takes a look at 10 great options for defense loads in 9 mm.

5 Great Types of Shotgun for Personal Defense

While shotguns are designed to be versatile, sometimes specialized models are needed to fill specific roles.

First Look: Winchester Expands Defender Ammo Line

Winchester ammunition recently introduced three new offerings to its Defender line, which will include new loads for the 5.56, 12 gauge and 20 gauge.

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