I took some ribbing a while back when I wrote a little post here on the blog suggesting that Colt needed something like the All American 2000 today: a polymer-framed, striker-fired 9mm pistol. ...
Or: what happened when the one I was shooting didn’t!
I’ve often told my students that a gun which doesn’t fit their hand makes it much more difficult (if not impossible) to shoot accurately, particularly at speed and under the duress of an attack. I’ve also said that it’s generally easier to deal with a gun that’s too small than it is to shoot one which is too large.
That’s not entirely true, ...Continue Reading →
I received an interesting email the other day asking how I select defensive ammunition. Here’s how I go about picking the load that rides in my self-defense handguns!
“I was wondering if you could give an overview of how you select defensive ammo for your revolvers. Do you accuracy test different loads? If so, at what distance do you expect the rounds to perform? How do you handle POA/POI issues with ...Continue Reading →
Many people believe that if you carry a gun, you should also carry a backup. How sound is the reasoning?
“Two is one, and one is none.”
You may have heard that saying, or something similar, in regard to carrying two guns. The rationale for doing so is usually some variant of “stuff happens.”
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One of my favorite pistol designs from yesteryear is the Frommer “Stop” pistol. Designed by one Rudolf Frommer, a Hungarian accountant turned arms designer, the Stop was one of his less successful designs. It is, however, a very interesting handgun in more ways than one!
What’s interesting about the pistol (aside from its operation, which we’ll get to ...Continue Reading →
Back in the 1930s Colt decided that their customers needed a less expensive way to practice with their 1911 pistols. Then, like now, the answer seemed to be the lowly but ubiquitous (and dirt cheap) .22 Long Rifle cartridge.
The problem, of course, is that the ...
If you carry a gun for personal protection, you should always carry spare ammunition — but how many rounds should you carry?
Contrary to what Hollywood might lead us to believe, our guns do not carry an unlimited supply of ammunition. If you’re forced to use your gun against an attack it’s plausible (though in private sector self defense not likely) that you might run out of ammunition before that attack has finished, ...Continue Reading →
Tales from the Back Creek Diary:
Loading Cast Bullets In the 9mm Luger/Parabellum
by Ed Harris, Gerrardstown, WV
If you’re new to the shooting world, and have decided to purchase a handgun for self defense, you’ll need to do your own research — because the guy behind the gun counter won’t do it for you!
Eleanor Roosevelt and Annie Oakley notwithstanding, shooting is a male-dominated activity. Most of the people in the industry, from presidents of firearms manufacturers down to the counter clerks, are men; most of the writers in the ...Continue Reading →
Remington’s only indigenous handgun, the R51, debuted last December to rave reviews from journalists in attendance. The reviews of production models have not been nearly so kind. What happened in between?
Like automobiles, there are some firearms which are generally regarded as very reliable and some which ...
There are a lot of autoloading pistols which have a double action (DA) pull for the first shot and a single action (SA) pull for all subsequent shots. Training for that transition is important, and here’s one way to do so.
I’ve been pretty outspoken about my dislike for what we call “traditional double action” autoloading pistols: pistols that start with a long, heavy double action shot and then present a short, ...Continue Reading →
SHOT Show was only a couple of weeks ago and there were lots of companies there showing all kinds of new guns. One company that hasn’t produced anything really new for some time, however, is Colt. Going to their booth at SHOT has always felt to ...
If you’re a new visitor you might not know that I write articles for a number of publications, not the least of which is the Personal Defense Network (in fact, I was one of their original contributors when they started a few years ago!)
My most recent article deals with the idea of consciously picking a .380ACP pistol instead of something larger. Are there situations where I would – or where you ...Continue Reading →
I’m excited about this gun: a slim, light single-stack 9mm that fits small hands really well, is very controllable, and is affordable. ...
I’ve got a new article up at the Personal Defense Network!
With the introduction of the new Glock 42 in .380, many people are asking “why”? Well, there are circumstances in which the .380 may actually be preferable to a 9mm; this article explores what they are, and more importantly explains why.
Read the article, then let me know what you think in the comments below.
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Last Wednesday we talked about inefficient handguns, namely the Beretta 92 (and variants.) It wasn’t that I was picking on the Beretta, you understand, only that (as I explained) I’d gotten an email about that specific gun. Also, as I pointed out in the article, the Beretta was hardly alone; the older S&W autos were very similar in operation and deficiencies, yet for some reason they don’t have nearly the vocal following!
Let’s start today by talking about efficiency as applied ...Continue Reading →
Someone sent me a kind email the other day asking about something I’d mentioned on The Gun Nation podcast last week: why did I single out the Beretta 92 (his gun) as being ‘inefficient’, and what do I mean by an ‘efficient’ gun? It wasn’t because I dislike the Beretta specifically; there are a lot of similar guns out there which are inefficient too. The Beretta was just the first one that popped into my mind!
What makes an efficient handgun? ...Continue Reading →
The appendix carry position (so named because the gun is on the front of your body, between your navel and the point of your hip; roughly on top of your appendix if you’re a right-hander) has gotten quite popular in recent years. That popularity has made it the subject of both scorn and praise, with some believing it’s the work of Beelzebub himself and others opining that it’s the best thing since a bunch of duck hunters in Louisiana decided ...Continue Reading →
If you’ve taken any of my classes you know I’m not a big fan of the press-check (drawing the slide of an autoloader partially back to ascertain if there’s a round in the chamber.) I hold that it’s an unnecessary movement which does little more than raise the risk of the gun not being fully in battery when the slide is eased forward.
As it turns out, press-checking also has an effect on bullet setback (the pressing of the bullet backwards ...Continue Reading →
Today I’m bringing you a review of a product for autoloaders. Why? Because I often carry a semiauto pistol, I’m sure most of you do as well, and I’m always looking for ways to make doing so a little easier. I think I’ve found such a product, one which I didn’t even know existed until a couple of months ago. Note that I said “think”; you’ll see why in a bit.
I was recently introduced to a fellow who makes a very ...Continue Reading →
Just the other day, Forgotten Weapons put up a story by Peter Rasmussen about the Husqvarna M 40 pistol (sometimes referred to as a Lahti, for its designer Eimo Lathi.) Rasmussen goes into some detail regarding the pistol and its history in Sweden, including the reasons for it eventual demise.
This was particularly interesting to me as I once owned an M 40. I found it at a local gun show, pristine and complete with holster, two magazines, ...Continue Reading →
It’s normal to assume that the products we have today – from toasters to autoloading pistols – have the form (design) they do because somehow that form has been shown to be the ‘best’. It’s a Darwinian notion, or rather a perversion of Darwinian thought. In reality, it’s always a combination of factors that may have more to do with relative, rather than absolute, advantage.
What we have today may not necessarily be the best, but simply the collection of attributes ...Continue Reading →
Father’s Day weekend is usually a bad time to schedule a class, but we did it anyway. Back in the old days when I ran shooting matches at our club, Father’s Day weekend always had the lowest participation. Mother’s Day weekend, however, usually had a very good turnout. This was consistent over a period of six years; I’d have expected the opposite, and to this day have no rational explanation for the phenomenon.
The students who did show up provided me ...Continue Reading →
An interesting confluence occurred last week: I got an email from a fellow asking about the .380ACP as a defensive cartridge, and this rather myopic article on the .22 Magnum rimfire came out in American Rifleman.
As a teacher of defensive shooting it’s my job to make my students as proficient as I possibly can. Part of that job is helping them to pick a gun/cartridge which allows them to make the bad guy go away using the least ...Continue Reading →
In case you missed it, the biggest news event to come out of the NRA Annual Meeting and convention this last weekend came from an unlikely source: a seminar on home defense concepts by Rob Pincus. (Those who know Rob may say it isn’t all that surprising he’d make headlines, but with the election of a new and indiscriminately vocal NRA president intent on reliving the 1990s it was surprising the press would focus on Pincus instead. Probably just as ...Continue Reading →
I’ve been a little hesitant to talk about the woes of the Caracal pistol, largely because it’s a gun I really like. Why? Well, for starters it’s just a nice gun to shoot! That’s largely due to the incredibly low bore axis and well designed grip.
How low is that bore? I’ll put it this way: it’s the only gun since the HK P7 which gives me what I call the “Monitor feeling”, in reference to the Civil war ship that ...Continue Reading →
I don’t really go to SHOT to look at gear, but on Friday I had the whole day to get out and look at stuff. Prior to that I only saw gear on a “hit and miss” basis as I ran between appointments and meetings. Here’s what I managed to see:
– The first thing I have to report (and the most exciting for revolver enthusiasts) is that Korth, the top-tier German revolver maker, is looking for a ...Continue Reading →
Ian over at Forgotten Weapons has come up with another interesting video: a tear-down and a range test of an Obregon pistol. Made in Mexico (many people forget that Mexico had an inventive and thriving arms industry at one time) it’s sort of a John Browning meets Karl Krnka sort of affair. There are also a few surprises (like how the thumb safety is implemented.)
The gun is quite rare (there were, by most accounts, less than a ...Continue Reading →