Looking for the finest revolvers you can buy? Korth is finally coming to the U.S.!

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At the NRA Show last week a surprise lurked: another company known for 1911 pistols decided to jump into the revolver market. This time the company was Nighthawk Custom, and the revolvers they showed weren’t your average, ordinary wheelguns.

That’s because Nighthawk decided to team up with an established revolver maker, but one that has never officially sold their products in this country. That maker is the legendary Korth from Germany, makers of what have been described as the “Rolls Royce” ...

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The NRA Show, part one: the “gunny” stuff

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On Wednesdays I normally post a Hump Day Reading List, but this week is a little different!

I’ve just returned from the NRA Annual Meetings in Louisville, KY. The big draw for the NRAAM is the trade show, which is the largest consumer trade show in the shooting industry (the annual SHOT Show is restricted to industry members.)

While the show is geared toward guns for all kinds of purposes a very large percentage of the people attending are in the ...

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Reliability testing your defensive ammunition: important but often ignored!

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Last week I headed out to the range to do some testing. Not practice, really (though I did use the opportunity to get in some realistic practice drills), but ammunition testing.

Now you’ve probably seen YouTube videos about ammunition testing, complete with gelatin blocks (or their synthetic equivalent) and breathless talk about penetration and expansion. That’s not the kind of testing I was doing; instead, I was testing some new ammunition in two autoloading pistols that I carry for personal defense.

Why ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for May 4, 2016

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I’ve really got something for everyone today! Starting off, there’s Greg Ellifritz with an article on how to handle people following you; Ian McCollum looks at some incredible engraved revolvers; a way to ease into the preparedness world; a reason why some rifle cartridges destroy barrels; some advice on what to do when your child reaches for your gun; avoiding social violence by being smarter than the other guy; ideas for outdoor security lighting; and all you ever wanted to know ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 13, 2016

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How’s your week going? Well, I’m about to make it a little better with some great articles and videos! This week: women are buying guns, but why?; Ian McCollum shows us a Nagant revolver you might not have known even exists; Greg Ellifritz considers what you should do if a fellow airplane passenger gets rowdy; a look at how guns can be intentionally disabled; a new way to mount sights on a lever action rifle; getting your legal education on; ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for April 6, 2016

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Is it Wednesday again? Holy cow this week went by quickly, but I still found the time to bring you some great information! I have a new article up at the PDN Blog; someone showed me a great prepper blog that’s not scary or offensive; Greg Ellifritz looks at a case where a man shot another man over a dog — but not really; a look at TASERs and stun guns for self defense; being in a rut gives you ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for March 23, 2016

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This week I’ve collected quite a few gems for your edification! First up is a look at AR-15 barrel life; then an essay on why the change that comes from carrying a handgun is positive; a link to an article on the pitfalls of the ever-popular slide-mounted red dot sights; Ian McCollum has a video about early lever-action rifles; why you might want to learn how to use a map and compass in this modern age; Claude Werner tackles the ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for Mar 9, 2016

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For this Hump Day we have an educational look at an actual attempted home invasion — from the intended victim himself; some resources for learning how to deal with an active shooter; some historical revolvers from a famous revolver shooter; trying to shoot a hole through titanium; a seasoned shooter finds out difficult it is to shoot a small gun; a blogger takes me up on a challenge; Greg Ellifritz analyzes what to do if you’re seated in your car ...

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Grant’s SHOT Show 2016 Adventure, Part 1: the Kimber K6s revolver and new FourSevens flashlights

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I’ve got a lot to talk about, so this post will be longer than usual. I hope you’ll take the time to read, however, because I think there’s some really interesting news.

First things first: SHOT Show, for those who don’t know, is the shooting industry’s annual trade show. Held in Las Vegas, it attracts some 60,000 people over four days (five, if you’re in the media and attend Range Day before the show opens) of displays and seminars. Any company that’s ...

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Maintaining your pocket revolver: 8 tips to keep your defensive gun in tip-top shape.

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If my emails are any indication, there are a lot of people out there carrying a revolver in their pocket. It might be a backup or secondary gun, but for a lot of people — especially those who live in warmer climates — it’s a primary defensive arm.

Now I’ll be the first to admit that here in Oregon we don’t get a lot of truly hot weather. This last summer was an exception to that rule (I endured a record ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for Dec, 16, 2015

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This week we take a look what to do AFTER you’ve defended yourself; paper really can stop bullets; Ian McCollum with another rare and unusual antique revolver; Massad Ayoob covers some court cases gun owners should be aware of; how a holster is made; the Ruger Mini-14 story; what delayed blowback looks like in action; and understanding why blunt trauma is a lethal threat.

 

If you only have time to read one article this week, make it this one.

Let’s say you’ve ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for Nov. 11, 2015

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This is really a “Hump Day” for me — it’s been a hectic week! Not so hectic that I didn’t collect a few things for your reading enjoyment, however: Ian McCollum has a video about one of the very rarest Colt/Browning pistols, the Model 1909; Greg Ellifritz takes a different view of an active killer response; some myths about women and concealed carry; a high-tech way you might be helping people to break into your own home; some frank talk ...

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My Threat-Centered Revolver class in sunny Phoenix is coming up soon!

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I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but here in Oregon it’s already winter: cold, wet, and foggy. There are, however, places in these United States where it isn’t like that — and next month, I’ll be in one of them teaching my famous Threat-Centered Revolver class!

I’ll be in Phoenix, AZ the weekend of December 4th & 5th teaching realistic, relevant defensive revolver skills at the Ben Avery shooting facility. If you’ve never been there it’s a ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 28, 2015

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Another Wednesday, another batch of interesting articles for you to read! On today’s episode: I appear on The RoadGunner Podcast to talk about lever action rifles; Greg Ellifritz dissects a violent purse snatching; shooting a gun from a “man purse”; Julie Loeffler talks about other women’s reactions to your gun; and The Handgun World Podcast talks about revolvers and gun-owning doctors. Let’s get started!

 

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I recently appeared on The RoadGunner Podcast with “The Un-Named Trucker” (quite possibly the worst-kept ...

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My new book of defensive shooting drills, HANDGUN TRAINING, is almost here!

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We’re just a couple of weeks away from the official release of my NEW book — but some people will get it early!

Handgun Training – Practice Drills For Defensive Shooting is my latest book and I’m quite proud of it. It’s a collection of drills for the average person who wants to practice relevant, plausible defensive shooting skills.

I wrote this book because my students would always ask me what they should practice after class; my answer was “all the ...

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Your Hump Day Reading List for October 21, 2015

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Congratulations — you made it to another Wednesday! Here’s this week’s collection of tips, information, and enlightenment, including how you can best use online articles and videos in your skill development; what ammunition you should carry in your .38 Special revolver; some alternative thoughts about pistol caliber carbines for self defense; a new concealed carry pistol makes its debut; how to deal with a threat that’s in contact with you; and some fun bullpup rifle shooting!

 

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What I’ve been doing lately, and some new class announcements for Threat-Centered training!

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Whew! It’s been crazy around here lately!

I just got back from an unplanned consulting trip. As some of you might know, from time to time I do a little work with companies in the shooting industry. Some of those jobs have resulted in products, some will in the future, and occasionally there’s the company that decides maybe their product idea isn’t as good as it could be. In this case, I’m happy to say that I think we’ll see a ...

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Are the Italians making Colt Python copies?

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I’ve had a bunch of inquiries about this picture since the NRA Show. Is a reproduction Colt Python coming to us via Italy?

While I was at the NRA Annual Meetings in Nashville a couple of weeks ago a rumor was buzzing around the show: the Italians, long known for their superb copies of historic American firearms, were going to be reproducing the Colt Python. It had supposedly been shown at the European version of our SHOT Show, the IWA, and ...

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Do you collect any particular guns? How about these?

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Believe it or not, I’m not a collector. There are times, however, that I’m sorely tempted!
I know that sounds odd, perhaps even unbelievable, but I don’t collect anything — not in the gun world, not outside the gun world. I’m just not the collecting type, though I’ve certainly been tempted by the acquisition bug now and again.

For instance, I find .25ACP and .32ACP pocket pistols fascinating. There are so many designs from so many manufacturers ...

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SHOT Show 2015: What about the revolvers?

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As you may have heard, I just got back from the 2015 SHOT Show. Pickings for revolver enthusiasts were slim, but there are a couple of things to talk about!

SHOT Show 2015 is a wrap and, as usual, I came back with a nasty sickness. No, not the infamous “Vegas Itch”, but the equally infamous “SHOT Show Crud”!Whenever you put 60,000+ people in a relatively confined space for four days and let everyone handle the same items again and again ...

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New Years news from Ruger, Glock, and more: SHOT Show is upon us, and I’ll be there!

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The big news this month is the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trades show (the SHOT Show) in Las Vegas. We can expect a lot of new product announcements, but they almost always start leaking out before show time. Such is life in this ever more interconnected world!

Ruger, for instance, has announced a new version of their “Match Champion” GP100. This is a gun ...

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Gun makers plus consolidation equals history!

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How many U.S. gun makers can you name? I’ll bet there are quite a few that you’ve either forgotten about, or never even knew existed — but their legacy lives on, even today!
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It’s tempting to think that the way things are today is how they’ve always been. This perspective changes as the generations do; for kids growing up today, they probably assume that ...
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What gun goes with my Halloween costume?

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(All images courtesy of, and hosted by, the National Firearms Museum. Please allow time to load, and click on each picture to see the full-size version!)

Why, the incomparable Vampire Detective Special, of course!

Back in 1975, a young Leonard Francolini — already a master engraver at Colt — produced a masterpiece that is still talked about to this day. Francolini took a standard Detective Special and turned it into a ghoulish tribute to Dracula fans everywhere.

The post-’72 Detective Special, with its ...

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Our Navy once gave revolvers to SEALs. No, really.

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The revolver is often derided as outdated. If that’s the case, why did SEAL teams use them?
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Over the years I’ve written about many unique revolvers, but this one is up there with the oddest of them.

Sometime in the early 1970s, the U.S. Navy acquired a pistol to equip their divers (including the SEAL teams). This wasn’t a pistol to be used once they exited ...

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An interview with Hamilton Bowen!

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Hamilton Bowen, the renowned gunsmith and proprietor of Bowen Classic Arms, doesn’t often grant interviews. When he does, you should listen.
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Hamilton Bowen is a name familiar to anyone who appreciates fine firearms. Through his company, Bowen Classic Arms, he’s become known for exquisite craftsmanship and unparalleled style.

(I’ve said, more than once, that he’s the only guy in this business who consistently gets the ...

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Chinese police are now armed with revolvers?!?!

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I’m not sure which surprises me more; the fact that Chinese police heretofore have not been armed, or that they’re now armed with brand-spanking-new revolvers.
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The Chinese, I’m told, have not regularly had armed police patrolling their streets. I’m not sure why that’s odd to me; perhaps my image of the authoritarian state, known mostly for their suppression of anything resembling dissent, includes police officers armed and ready to take down anyone daring to try that whole ...
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NRA Show notes: how to botch a new product introduction. Not that it really matters when the product is this bad.

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So, let’s say you’ve got a new product and a major opportunity to show it to the world. Think it might be a good idea to, you know, make it easy for people to learn about it? One company apparently doesn’t!
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It’s a bad sign when a company introduces a new gun, spends a large amount of money to publicize it at a major trade show, then says “we’re ...
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A different design for a revolving rifle, but this one is full auto – and a mystery!

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Ever wanted a revolving rifle that fired three-round bursts at an equivalent cyclic rate of 4,900 rounds per minute? Three inventors in the 1970s came up with an idea to do just that. Maybe.
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The revolver mechanism has proven itself over the last century or so to be a robust and reliable means of providing repeating capability to a handgun. Of course not all revolvers have been handguns; there have been a few revolving rifles over the years, ...
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Quick: can you name a Japanese revolver?

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Japanese pistols aren’t limited to the Nambu. Before that, there was the Type 26 revolver. Yes, a Japanese revolver.

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We tend to think of the revolver as an American arm. There’s a lot to be said for that point of view: while there were revolver-like firearms made as early as the 16th century, the patent for the first commercially successful revolver (and what we’d recognize as a being a modern revolver) belonged ...
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Another great review of my “Gun Digest Book of the Revolver!”

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Thanks to the Ordnance Corner for a very nice review of my first book, the Gun Digest Book of the Revolver. It’s always a pleasure to be able to bring quality information to people and do so in a way that is both comprehensive and understandable. (At least, that’s what I hope I do!)

Though that book has been out a few years now, I still get many nice emails every week from people who have found something ...

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