When is a Gimmick Not a Gimmick?

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Lehigh Defense is well known for producing gimmick pistol ammunition like the Controlled Fracturing Hollow Point as well as their Extreme Defender and Extreme Penetrator which are based on specious claims about magical fluid dynamic faerie dust.

The VMAX bullet

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts   The VMAX Bullet – Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover Sometimes something that looks pretty decent on the surface turns out to be not so great. A .300 AAC loaded with 110 gr VMAX should perform pretty well, theoretically. Sometimes the devil is in the […]

300 Rip Out Review

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts By now, most people are well aware that the G2 Research RIP is a steaming lump that does only one thing well: separate fools from their money. Hopefully most people are aware that fragmentation in pistol ammunition is not desirable. Pistol ammunition does not produce velocity sufficient […]

Walkers Razor X Review

This is a guest post by Tarra Stoddard HEARING PROTECTION LIKE NO OTHER! As if 31dB of noise reduction wasn’t enough for the Walker Razor X Digital Ear Bud Headset. The electronic hearing protection and enhancement buds work flawlessly for shooters or hunters.

Is the Holosun Worth Your Money?

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Holosun’s slogan on their home page is “Military grade optics without military grade price.” That’s a pretty high bar to meet. To be sure, there is no universal standard for “military grade” but it seems fair to expect that most people would interpret that as being roughly […]

Lumintop SD20 Review

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts A bright, dependable flashlight is probably the most important piece of self-defense gear, behind a gun and a phone. It is far more important than an optic or magazine pouch and it’s definitely more important than the flavor of ammo in your magazine.

Clearballistics Clear Gel

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Breaking: Clearballistics Clear Gel Not as Accurate as Manufacturer claims. If you have chosen your home defense ammunition based on a test performed with clear gel, you may want to reconsider. Clearballistics clear gel is extremely popular in YouTube ammo testing and with product demonstrations for gimmick […]

Is the Lucid HD7 Worth your money?

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Not long ago, you could either purchase a cheap, Chinese red dot sight for $30 or shell out $400 plus for a quality reflex from EoTech, Aimpoint, or Trijicon (we didn’t know yet that EoTech sights weren’t all they were cracked up to be). The expensive sights […]

Is .44 Magnum Suitable for Home Defense?

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts If you spend enough time around gun people, you are bound to run into that guy. The one that never misses an opportunity to tell people about how his choice of caliber makes him so much more manly than the rest of us mortals.

Rawdog Tactical IWB Holster Review

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts If you have been carrying a gun for more than a couple years, you probably have a drawer full of holsters. Some of them are great and get worn almost every day. Some are specialized and you may only use them if you are camping or cycling. […]

The Perfect Combat Pistol

What makes the perfect combat pistol? Jeff Cooper says that high visibility sights, a good/smooth trigger and total reliability. You also want one that you can shoot. That means one that fits your hand, you can manage the recoil and operate the gun.

Krav Maga for Home Defense

We’ve been asked about Krav Maga for home defense. Here’s the thing – Krav Maga is specifically designed to prepare people for defending themselves in real world situations and in as an excellent way of learning how to defend oneself in a real world situation.

Ruger American Pistol

The Ruger American Pistol has been talked about quite a bit. It’s  a good practical gun that works well and comes at a decent price. I like full size pistols that fit well in the hand. This fits the bill.

Top 5 Bad Gun Accessories

This is a guest post by Kevin Creighton Over the past few years, there’s been some tremendous leaps made in the firearms world. From inexpensive laser sights to rugged combat-ready magnified optics to the wide variety of lightweight, accurate pistols designed for concealed carry, we are living in a golden age of guns and gun […]

3 Crowdfunded Gadgets for Home Defense

This is a guest post by Lauren Ventosa My husband and I take home defense and safety pretty seriously. We’re the nerdy types that like to see what’s new or upcoming in the gun market.  We’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for any new technology that enters the market that could benefit us.  Whether it’s […]

Comfort-Air Bodyband Review

This is a guest post by Tarra Stoddard TODAY, there are more and more women and men who choose to conceal carry. As a woman who conceal carries myself, often times it is hard to find just the right holster that offers safety, comfort and allows you to wear normal clothing without the holster PRINTING.

Mossberg 500 Tactical Shotgun Review

  The Mossberg 500 is a great shotgun that makes an excellent home defense weapon. It’s reliable, easy to operate and not extremely expensive.

Beretta 92FS Review

I have to admit the Beretta 92 series pistol is one of my favorites. I learned to shoot a pistol in the military with it and put a lot of rounds through them. Now a lot of people love them and some don’t. That’s understandable. It’s the same with a lot of things.

Choosing a 9mm Carbine for Home Defense

This is a guest post by Tyler Capobres There came a point in my life when I debated back and forth about what the ideal home defense weapon would be. I wanted a weapon that would stop an attacker, without risking penetrating through multiple walls and potentially striking family members or pets.

Hi-Point 995 Home Defender

Looking for a good carbine for home defense without breaking the bank? Take a look at the Hi-Point 995 Home Defender.

.300 Blackout vs 7.62x39mm, Which is Better?

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Taken at face value, that question is pretty absurd. It’s like asking whether a hammer or a screw driver is “better”. For the question to have any real meaning, we need to put a finer point on it. Because this is the Home Defense Gun, the question […]

CATI level IV: A Seriously Tough Plate

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts With the Battlefield 1 trailer producing a lot of renewed interest in C&R calibers I thought it might be fun to use 8mm to test the new level IV personal body armor from CATI (Come And Take It), regardless of how unlikely it might be for Calvin […]

Armor Piercing Pistol Ammo?

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts You might think that armor piercing ammunition is illegal for private citizens to own, but in reality, the prohibitions on armor piercing ammunition are all on the manufacturing and sale of it. There is actually no reason that civilians cannot possess AP ammo.

Shield CQS Review

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts It might seem as though there are almost too many sight options out there today, but that diversity results in a fantastically robust market that can produce a sight for virtually any set of needs.

Choosing Good Defense Ammo

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Just because something does well in one area doesn’t make it suitable for a given task. Let’s say you need a ladder truck for your job as a general contractor. Engine torque and fuel economy are important factors for a work truck but a Corvette or a […]

Here We Go Again (OATH Tango review)

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Does it seem like there are more gimmick rounds introduced lately or is just me? It may have always been this way, but it really feels as though there has been a sudden proliferation of manufacturers selling magical beans to unsuspecting firearm owners.