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Bob Campbell shooting the Ruger SR1911 Commander

Firearms

Low Capacity, High Efficiency

The trend in handguns has been toward increased capacity. Many revolvers have even gained a cartridge or two in modern designs. However, high capacity doesn’t always mean greater efficiency. Here are nine top performers

Shotgun with several shotshells

Firearms

The Shotgun for Home Defense

Not long ago, the conversation turned to shotguns at the gun shop. While even the folks that are not the ones we call “gunny” know the merits of a shotgun for home defense, there are many opinions on the proper load and the best shotgun. However, the shotgun is only the launcher, it is the load that does the damage.

Bob Campbell defending the home with a shotgun

Gun Gear

Review: XS DXT Shotgun Sights

By adapting modern tritium technology to the classic Express sight, XS sights has been able to offer a truly unique system for making fast hits on a dangerous threat. XS DTX sight is not a set up for target shooting or long range. This is a set of sights that will give you every advantage, night or day, in a dangerous situation where your shotgun is the solution.

Hornady American Gunner shotgun load through a cardboard target

Ammunition

Four Hornady Shotgun Loads, No Bad Choices

You may choose a rifle, shotgun, or handgun, but the shotgun offers the greatest wound potential and the greatest versatility, but the gun alone is not enough. For maximum effectiveness, you’ll want to match the right ammunition for the situation, but here are four choices from Hornady that you cannot go wrong with.

Angled pistol grip of the Magpul SGA stock

Gun Gear

Review: Magpul SGA Stock — A Shotgun’s Best Upgrade

There are three firearms used for personal defense—the pistol, rifle, and shotgun. The shotgun is sometimes shied away from due to its recoil. The proper technique, leaning into the shotgun and controlling recoil, goes a long way, and so does extensive practice with light recoiling birdshot loads. When that isn’t enough, turn to Magpul’s SGA stock for a custom recoil taming fit.

Stevens 320 Security 12 gauge shotgun black pump with pistol grip

Firearms

5 Home Defense Shotguns for the Budget-Minded

When it comes to personal safety, it is always good policy to buy the best you can afford. After all, if you were preparing to jump out of a plane, would you be comforted to know you were wearing the cheapest parachute on the market? Fortunately, parachutes are not shotguns. In fact, you do not have to break the bank or your budget to get a home defense shotgun worthy of relying on to protect you and your castle. Here are five top shotgun choices that will not break the bank.

hree-dot tritium sight picture

Gun Gear

Understanding Handgun Sights

Discussions on combat sights, combat shooting, and handguns are often hi-jacked by those with an embarrassing lack of experience. All they know is what they have read and much of that isn’t accurate. A shooter should study. That is true, but they should also gain practical experience and meet the instructor half way with this experience.

CCI .22 LR Velocitor ammunition box with bolt action rifle

Ammunition

Is the .22 LR Suitable for Defense?

Most victims meet the perpetrator, at least in part, through some action of their own. Some students want to qualify for NRA courses or concealed carry with .22 pistols. That’s ok for beginners as the .22 is the most excellent training cartridge we have. However, using the .22 Long Rifle cartridge for defense requires quite a stretch, but there is some merit and history to consider.