7 Tips to Choosing Compact Handguns

This is a guest post by Joseph Gleason Choosing a handgun is a very personal decision. One that only you can decide as it needs to perfectly fit in your hand, be small and light enough for you to carry. There are a lot of options out there so here are some tips to help […]

Handgun Fundamentals

We’ve mentioned before that we are suckers for old firearm videos. When we found one by COL Jeff Cooper we had to put it on the blog.

Adjusting Your Sights

I have to admit I’m not a big fan of adjusting your sights on pistols. It was drilled into me back when I first started serious shooting. I remember an old, grizzled team sergeant catching some young guys adjusting their sights. He stopped them, saying “pistols shoot dead on, always.”

3 Great Concealed Carry Guns for Women

We’ve talked about this many times – men and women are different. That’s pretty obvious. So why not make a distinction between concealed carry guns for women and men?

Should You Carry with an Empty Chamber?

Should you carry with an empty chamber? You are going to get some very heated arguments for and against.

Decorating a Gun or “Gun-oration”

This is a guest post by Tarra Stoddard Decorating a Gun You’ve found your perfect gun. Now you’d like to personalize it. There are a few simple and affordable things you can do yourself for customizing your firearm. First, you can start with some non-basic grip screws and side panel grips. You can choose color, […]

Can Shooting with a Laser Improve Your Shooting

I have to admit, I haven’t done a lot of shooting with a laser. We had some in my units in the military but I never got comfortable with them. At the same time, a lot of people swear by them.

Loading and Unloading a Semi Auto

  As with most shooting tasks, loading and unloading seems pretty straight forward. Add in darkness, stress and maybe someone shooting at you, it can be pretty hard. Also you want to make sure you do it in a safe manner, whether on the training range or in a gunfight.

Buying a Used Gun

New to you guns or buying a used gun This is a guest post by Scott Sylvester Acquiring a firearm for personal protection doesn’t have to be an expensive undertaking. Gun shows and almost every gun store keep a stock of firearms for sale that are on consignment, or trade ins, etc. It is worth […]

How to Use a Flashlight with a Handgun

  It takes a bit of practice to use a flashlight with a handgun. Most people don’t have a tactical light attached to their pistols and if you conceal carry, it’s pretty much impossible.

The Seecamp LWS-32 – Best Pocket Pistol

by Home Defense Gun Staffer Mike S. When asked what the best self-defense pistol on the market is, the author usually replies with the same answer 99% of the time: “Seecamp LWS-32”. The main reason is because that is what is kept in the front right pocket about 99% of the time.

Glock 43 Review

By Home Defense Gun Staffer Mike S. The Glock 43 was one of the most highly anticipated pistols of the past decade: a single stack 9mm pistol designed for concealed carry produced by the famous Austrian gun maker.

How to Carry a Gun in Your Car

How to Carry a Gun in Your Car by Joshua Gillem The best way to carry a concealed weapon is on your person no matter where you are. Personally, my sidearm never leaves my body unless I’m going to a post office or any other place that doesn’t allow firearms on site. I recommend that […]

Budget Handguns

by Home Defense Gun staffer Travis Budget Handguns Buying budget handguns is a bit trickier than just finding a cheap gun. We can all find a cheap and affordable firearm easy, but is that firearm a quality weapon? You can find a 32 ACP Cobra pot metal pistol for under a hundred bucks, but is […]

Is the Steyr S9-A1 the best CCW Pistol?

by Home Defense Gun Staffer Mike S. The Steyr S9-A1 is a polymer framed, striker fired pistol with an accessory rail that is made in Austria. That may sound the same as a Glock pistol, but Steyr has been around almost a century longer and seems to have the art of pistol smithing down to […]

Are Wheel Guns Still Relevant?

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts There was a time when the aphorism “Six for sure,” carried significant weight and automatic handguns were not nearly as dependable as revolvers. That time is long past, though. Modern automatic pistols are extremely reliable when loaded with quality ammunition.

Fight the Flinch

This is a guest post by Scott Sylvester I’ve seen shooters at all levels that struggle to some degree with “flinching,” or what we commonly call anticipation.

Carrying a Makarov

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Should You Trust a Commie? Carrying a Makarov. If you knew you were going into a fight, you would be a fool to choose a pistol. Pistols are not powerful. They do not point very naturally. They do not hold a lot of ammunition. They do one […]

Finding the Right Handgun for a Woman

Finding the right handgun for a woman can be a challenge. There’s a lot of advice out there some good, some bad. It’s not about male guns or female guns or black guns or pink guns. It’s all about what fits you and your lifestyle the best.

Instinctive Shooting

This is a guest post by Scott Sylvester Instinctive Shooting or Point Shooting or Unsighted Fire Shooting a handgun without using your sights may seem like voodoo magic to a lot of shooters. While it is a difficult skill to master it is not really magic or difficult if you apply your fundamentals of handgun […]

Concealed Carry Versus Open Carry

This is guest post by John Pemberton Concealed Carry versus Open Carry If you are carrying for personal defense, you should carry concealed.  As an average citizen, the benefits of carrying a firearm concealed far outweighs the benefits of carrying a handgun for the world to see.  

Pistol Shooting from the Prone Position

Shooting from the prone position is a skill you should work on. You don’t see a lot of people on the range practicing it.

Tactical Reloads

Do you practice tactical reloads with your semi auto pistol? What I am talking about is reloading before the weapon goes dry when the time and opportunity presents itself.

How Effective are Pistol Caliber Carbines?

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Pistol Caliber Carbine Effectiveness Does size really matter? Is longer better? No, not that. Get your mind out of the gutter and read the title again. We’re still talking about guns, here.

Best 10mm Loads for Home Defense

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts 10 mm auto is an extremely versatile cartridge that is quickly gaining in popularity. It offers the energy of .357 magnum in a rimless auto cartridge, which brings with it the benefits of faster reloads and higher capacity than you can get in a revolver.

Getting Started Shooting a Revolver

  It can be a little intimidating getting started shooting a revolver. The can look a little old school and while in reality they are quite simple the mechanics are different from a semi auto.