3 Reasons Why Outside-the-Waistband Holsters Are Better Than Inside-the-Waistband Holsters (And 3 Reasons Why They’re Not)

There are as many ways to carry a firearm as Israeli models worthy of linkage. But just as Bar Refaeli and Esti Ginzburg stand apart from their comely colleagues, inside-the-waistband (IWB) and outside-the-waistband (OWB) holsters are the go-to options for concealed carriers. Adherents of either method can choose from a wide range of holster designs and materials made by manufacturers chasing an elusive mix of comfort, reliability, efficiency of presentation and affordability. I’ve made my choice: outside-the-waistband. YMMV but here’s why I reckon OWB beats IWB . . .

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Gun Review: CZ 455 Varmint

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When I first started writing for TTAG I owned (and reviewed) a Zastava MP22R rifle. It was an excellent little gun for the price I paid and served me well, not only for teaching basic marksmanship to new shooters but also for keeping my own skills sharp. Then something tragic happened: I sold it. I knew it was a mistake the second the cash hit my hand. Ever since that moment I have been looking for a worthy replacement, and in the process I think I may have found the perfect .22lr bolt action rifle: the CZ 455 Varmint . . .

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THIS is What The NRA Should be Doing. Is Doing

As you may know I’m not the world’s biggest fan of the NRA Freestyle show Noir. Must…not…snark. That said, I really like Dom Raso’s Media+Lab Hollywood re-creation show. Although . . . his pro-police militarization video means he is not my friend and I’m not inviting him to my party. Anyway, here’s what NRA media does best of all (lobbying aside): teach shooting. Their entry into the newbies-guide-to-guns genre is way overdue, but most welcome. And perfectly produced. Not to put too fine a point on it, the NRA Firearm Science series is the bomb. The fact that Jessie Duff fronts the firearms instruction gives the program mega-bonus points. I can’t believe we missed all the other episodes. Time to catch up!

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Self-Defense Tip: Carry Enough Gun

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“Montana wildlife officials say a hunter who was attacked by a grizzly bear over the weekend is hospitalized in serious condition but didn’t suffer life-threatening injuries,” foxnews.com reports. “The father of the 47-year-old Stevensville man reported hearing a gunshot just before finding his son with serious injuries Sunday afternoon. This is another one of those “be careful what you hunt for” stories.  “On Monday, his father led a bear specialist, state game wardens and U.S. Forest Service rangers into the area of extreme southwestern Montana where the attack occurred while the men were hunting black bear. Jones says the 10-year-old male grizzly died of a gunshot wound near where the hunter was mauled.” This isn’t a perfect example but I’d like to point out . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Three Life Saving Tips for New Shooters

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Over at americanrifleman.org Jim Wilson offers 4 Life-Saving Tips for New Shooters: Get Professional Training, Buy the Best Defensive Gear You Can Possibly Afford, Internet Gun Forums are a Waste of Time and Practice. OK, sure. But this writer – who’s never been in a gunfight or served in the military, but is an NRA Pistol Instructor (FWIW) – thinks that’s a bit advanced for new shooters who might, by the way, be well-advised to start his or her firearm education with a rifle. Anyway, here are my three life-saving tips for new shooters . . .

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Gun Review: Diamondback DB FS Nine

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The DB FS Nine for this review was provided by The Kentucky Gun Company

Diamondback Firearms, best known for its pocket-sized micro pistols, the DB380 and DB9, has just entered the full-sized pistol market with the release of the DB FS Nine. This striker-fired, polymer-framed contender is certainly gunning for a share of the GLOCK/XD/M&P/et al market. The DB FS Nine looks good and it stacks up on paper, but its ace in the hole is an MSRP well below the competition. That’s all good and well, but how does it shoot? Find out after the jump…

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Pro Tip: Measuring Group Size

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Des Moines, Iowa – (Ammoland.com)- Now that spring is upon us – really, it is! – shooters in the less temperate regions of the U.S. are dusting off their range bags, digging out the shootin’ irons, and heading out to the nearest range to brush up their skills. If you’re looking to improve your shooting, or just keep an accurate record of your and your guns’ performance, you need to know how to measure shot groups. The easiest and most commonly used method of measuring shot groups is the “center-to-center” method . . .

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Gear Review: See All Open Sight

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Oversight Shooting Technologies in Blackfoot, Idaho — yes, the town boasts more than just the Idaho Potato Museum — is making a new gun sight. More than that, actually; it’s a new kind of sight. The See All Open Sight looks and feels like an advanced optic but it’s really more of a unique lovechild between a red dot-like optic and traditional iron sights. You can’t actually see through it and it doesn’t modify your vision in any way, but it’s much easier to see and to “align” than irons. A little explanation is needed here, so make the jump to learn more about the See All . . .

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Gun Hero of the Day: Yankee Marshall

YouTube gun guy The Yankee Marshall puts out an awful lot of content. Some of it is awful. But most of his material offers what gun control advocates pretend to offer: common sense. This video, in particular, makes me proud to be on the same side of the Second Amendment fence as the bearded one. TYM tells it like it is: firearms training is not the key to armed self-defense. A gun is. Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of gun buyers can figure it out: bullets face forward, aim, squeeze the trigger. Don’t shoot the wrong person. Don’t leave the gun lying around. Everything else? Bonus. In fact, kudos to TYM for having the guts to say that training-mania helps the anti-gunners (by making guns seems more dangerous than they are) and almost saying that training is more dangerous than not training. That would have really riled ‘em up.

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Be Aware of Your Target. No Really, BE AWARE OF YOUR TARGET

Of the four rules of gun safety, “be aware of your target and what’s behind it” is the one most people can’t recall. If they can remember it, they usually focus on the bit that reminds shooters that bullets can travel a long, long way beyond the target before they come to rest. (A .22 can travel a mile before ending its flight.) But the admonition to “be aware of your target” is equally important. We recently reported on a shooter killed by a ricochet off a steel target. [Click here for info on steel target safety.] As these bright sparks learned, targets made of other materials also fight back. Always stay a safe distance from your target and wear eyes and ears. Otherwise, even a tiny fragment from your target can come back and blind you. You have been warned.

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Self-Defense Tip: Never Fire a Warning Shot

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“John Marshall Bagley [above] told police he was upset his wife, Judy, was divorcing him and began to stab her, chasing her outside into the driveway of their South Anchorage home,” adn.com reports. “But a neighbor walking his dog in the neighborhood north of Ocean View Park heard Judy Bagley scream for help, witnessed the stabbing and then used his pistol to fire a warning shot into the air, diverting Bagley’s attention away from his wife. The neighbor, Donald Brown, then subdued Bagley, and handed Judy Bagley a phone to call police.” This report is mistaken. Mr. Brown fired a shot at Mr. Bagley and missed. If you are in a similar situation, that’s exactly what you might do. Because firing a warning shot – no matter where it’s aimed – could get you into all kinds of legal trouble. [h/t TG]

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Windbreaker Drawstring Triggers GLOCK Negligent Discharge

“Connersville Police Chief David Counceller was shopping at Wulff’s Gun Shop in January, searching for a deal on a handgun,” indychannel.com reports. “Counceller was looking at a .380-caliber handgun and pulled out his Glock 23 to compare it with other gun. After he put the Glock back in his holster, Counceller tugged on his jacket. Within seconds, the Glock fired, striking him in the right leg. The incident was captured on store surveillance cameras.” No joke this – especially for those of us who carry striker fired handgun in outside-the-waistband holsters. I’ve pushed my shirt inside my holster many times. And this drawstring thing is no anomaly . . .

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