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cutaway of a lead core bullet with a red polycoat sheath

Ammunition

Review: Federal Syntech Ammunition

Syntech uses a total synthetic jacket, termed the TSJ by Federal Cartridge Company. The lead-alloy core is covered with a red polymer coating. No lead, which is termed a heavy metal, is exposed. From the company that gave us Nyclad ammunition, this is just another step but a different and important one. This isn’t really a coating, but more of a durable sheath or shield.

Glock Gen5 pistol left profile

Firearms

Glock Announces the New G17 Gen5 and G19 Gen5 Pistols

Glock’s design has proven its worth—regardless of whether you are a Glock fanboy or a hater. The changes to the design through the various generations are not overtly obvious to eye, which leads some to believe all Glocks are all the same; a one trick pony. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sure, the basic design has been proven, some would go so far as to say perfected.

1911 pistol on top of several shooting patches

Safety and Training

Training: Shooting Well — Shooting to Win

Most shooters advance quickly. They go from having difficulty controlling their shots to what they think is good shooting. If they do not have other shooters to gauge their accuracy by, they often have an overinflated idea of their own skills. A few rounds of IDPA competition will put things in perspective. It is tempting to get pretty good with the handgun and then empty the pistol into the target. Machine gunning a paper target is fun but it isn’t viable training, and you do not learn much.

SIG Sauer and Glock pistols

Concealed Carry

Cheap Life Insurance — The Rumorings of Ol’ Bob

There have always been more cheap guns than good guns in my opinion, and the same is true today. Likewise, there have always been very few inexpensive but good guns. Sometimes when looking over the choices in handguns the heavy hitter may say, ‘What is your life worth?’ This is true enough, but many of us cannot afford an expensive firearm despite our best intentions. Read the full story for the pros and cons of picking your self-defense handgun.

Apex Action Enhancement Kit for Glock pistols

Gun Gear

Apex Releases New Action Enhancement Kit For Glock Pistols

Apex Tactical Specialties makes some of the best aftermarket drop-in performance parts for firearms and Cheaper Than Dirt! carries a bunch of them. Now, Apex Tactical Specialties has expanded its line of Glock compatible parts with the release of the new Apex Action Enhancement Kit for Glock pistols.

Choose the Right Gun

General

Throwback Thursday: What Pistol Should I Buy? — Tips for First Timers

If you’ve been shooting for any length of time, you’ve probably heard the question, “I’ve been thinking about buying a gun. What pistol should I buy?” Your answer, may make the difference between bringing another citizen into the Second Amendment ranks and turning them off from the shooting sports for life.

Glock 35 with M3 Tactical Illuminator

General

Do You Need A Rail Gun?

Among the decisions to be made when purchasing a personal defense handgun are caliber, action type, and size and weight. Among the options to be considered is the light rail. A rail gun is common parlance for a handgun with an accessory rail, but some just consider it common sense.

Safariland 578 GLS holster with Glock pistol

Gun Gear

Safariland 578 GLS Pro-Fit — A holster to replace all others?

As a level 1 secure duty holster, the 578 GLS Pro-Fit automatically retains your firearm when holstering the gun by locking on to the trigger guard. The Shooter’s Log’s Gordon Meehl put Safariland’s Pro-Fit holster to the test with multiple sized firearms and garment combination to see what worked and what did not. Read the full article for the results.

firing a gun through a coat pocket

Safety and Training

Everyday Carry Means Everyday Awareness

The facts are not in your favor if you don’t consider your everyday carry (EDC) gear and learn to use it well. Of course, your gear should be chosen after more than a 15-minute investigation. Step through the factors the author thinks you need to consider to be prepared on a daily basis.