shorter barrel impact the defensive capability

How Does a Short-Barrel Affect .45 ACP Ballistics?

How much does barrel length matter? For the .45 ACP, it turns out that there’s not much difference across barrel lengths when using loads designed for use in commonly sized handguns.

Dumbest Ways We Train with Firearms

Regardless of the reason, we do some things when we train that could be considered nonsensical or even stupid. These are things that sound good on the range and may even look good on paper, but in reality, they just don’t hold up to practical scrutiny.

Is the Scout Rifle Concept Obsolete?

For the last two decades shooters and self-proclaimed firearms experts have postulated that the Scout Rifle Concept, as originated by Jeff Cooper, is obsolete. But is it? 

Federal’s 22 Punch

The ever-continuing quest for the magic bullet has not subsided. In fact, as we journey through this new century, bullet and ammunition manufacturers are continuing to develop better projectiles for all shooting disciplines.

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.

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.”

Review: Diamondback DB9SL Handgun

Richard Mann takes an in-depth look at the Diamondback DB9SL chambered in 9 mm. 

Review: Tisas PX-9 Gen 2 Pistol

The Wonder Nine gets reimagined with a new 9 mm from SDS Imports.

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