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.

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.

The Problem With Short Barrel .38 Specials

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts Your Snubby Could Get You Killed Snub nosed revolvers are still wildly popular for concealed carry and for good reason. They are very compact and lightweight and they are reliable and safe. While they are difficult to master, they are exceedingly easy to operate.

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.

Revolvers for Self Defense

Wheel Guns are Real Guns When Clint Smith recommends revolvers for self defense people should listen. Clint is one of the national experts on defensive shooting in the country and runs Thunder Ranch.

This Old, Ugly Gun That I Love

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts My uncle gave me this old, ugly gun. It’s a.44 mag single action revolver. It’s beat up. The finish is worn. The plastic grips are shattered and held together with electrical tape. It is truly hideous but I love it.

The Smith & Wesson Governor

Looking for a multipurpose handgun? The Smith & Wesson Governor is something to consider. Now when you choose something that is multipurpose, it’s not going to do everything or even anything really, really good. It fills a lot of different roles.

The Smith & Wesson Model 31

by Home Defense Gun Staffer Bob Charlie’s First Gun – The Smith & Wesson Model 31 It’s funny the stuff that sticks in your head. Personally, I have the odd habit of remembering guns from movies. In a lot of cases I couldn’t tell you the name of the actors when the film is over […]

Another Take on the Taurus Judge

This is a guest post by Andrew Betts The Taurus Judge seems to benefit from a far more aggressive advertising campaign than its predecessor, the Thunder Five. As much as it deserves to fade into obscurity, it just won’t die. The ammo makers have done a pretty good job selling people what they want to […]

What is the Taurus Judge Good For?

The Taurus Judge is a pistol you either love or hate.  For some it is a great multipurpose defensive weapon and others think it is a clown gun.

Ruger SP101 Review

Ruger SP101 Review in .357 Magnum  Introduction: Semi-autos seem to be preferred by many shooters, and are standard for law enforcement and military almost worldwide. However, there is still a market for revolvers, or old -school wheel guns as some call them. Simplicity of operation, and reliability are very attractive features.

Introduction to Firearms

We found a great old video on an introduction to firearms and posted it on our YouTube channel. It was produced by the Federal Law Enforcement Firearms Training Center back in the earlier 90s.

5 Handguns You Should Own

We found a good video on 5 handguns you should own.  Now this isn’t my list but it’s a good discussion of different types of pistols.

The Ruger Alaskan for Concealed Carry

by Home Defense Gun Staffer Bob The Ruger Alaskan for Concealed Carry Dirty Harry is basically the father of big bore, big gun, concealed carry. I say Dirty Harry instead of Clint Eastwood because it’s important to draw the line between the fictional character and a real person. Only a fictional character can do all […]

Is the Backpack Cannon the Answer?

If you want to take out a rapid bear or a hopped up home invader, the new Smith and Wesson Backpack Cannon might be the handgun for you. This is one big pistol that shoots one big round. The official name of the revolver is the Performance Center Model .460.

How to Load and Unload a Revolver

Since we talked about loading and unloading a semi auto in the last post, we are continuing along with how to load and unload a revolver.

Revolver Safety

You probably consider revolvers pretty safe and they are.  At the same time, there are some factors to consider for revolver safety. Revolvers can and will get very warm out on the range after shooting a lot of rounds because of the containment of the force of the round going off.  You want to keep […]

The 38 Special for Home Defense

We had a reader ask about the 38 Special for home defense.  There are tons of 38s out on the market and in households in the US. While it might not be the choice to hold off the hoards, it is a nice carry weapon that you won’t have a problem wearing or putting in […]

Revolver versus Semi Auto – Another Perspective

We have had the revolver versus semi auto debate on the blog already.  There is another way to look at this and many people choose a semi auto for the wrong reason. Many people choose a semi auto over a revolver for the concept of superior firepower. The idea is that a semi auto gives […]

Your First Handgun – Revolver or Semi Auto?

So you’ve decided that a handgun is the way that you want to go for home defense, but are unsure of which direction to go in. You may have heard good things about semi-automatic pistols, and they sure are popular these days, in a variety of calibers. You might have also heard some positive things […]

Which Type of Handgun is Right For Me?

So you’ve decided that a handgun is the way that you want to go for home defense, but are unsure of which direction to go in. You may have heard good things about semi-automatic pistols, and they sure are popular these days, in a variety of calibers. You might have also heard some positive things […]

Semi Autos versus Revolvers

I guess I am stepping into dangerous ground here.  Semi Automatics and revolvers each have their diehard fans.  I am not going to say that one is better than the other.  Each one does have different pluses and minuses. Revolvers When I talk about revolvers, I mean primarily double action revolvers.  That means that you […]